AWARD WINNING ENTREPRENEUR & EDUCATOR Cited in over 120 publications

Awards and Accolades

Individual Awards

  • 2016 – Entrepreneur of the Year – SBTIA
  • 2011 – DEMOGod Award
  • 2007 – 40 under 40 –Pacific Coast Business Times
  • 2001 – Who’s Who in Technology – Crains Detroit Business
  • 2001 – Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Andersen Consulting
  • 1999, 2000, 2001 – Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist – Ernst & Young

Company Accolades

  • 2015 – SXSW – Tech Startup of the Year Finalist – SelfEcho, Inc.
  • 2011 – CNET: Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice – Phone Halo, LLC
  • 2010 – American Advertising Federation Bronze Winner – SBClick, LLC
  • 2001 – GLIMA Gold Winner – Web Elite
  • 1997 – Fast Track Award Winner – Web Elite

Recent Civic Experience

  • Board Member: Dream Foundation Dream Committee – 2015 – Current
  • Founding Board Member: Mentorship Works – 2013 – Current
  • Board Member: Arthritis Foundation Leadership Council – 2009 – Current
  • Board Member: Westmont College Foundation – 2007 – Current
  • Board Member: Santa Barbara City College Foundation – 2013 – 2016
  • Board Member: MIT Enterprise Forum Board – 2007 – 2016
  • Board Member: Riviera Association of Santa Barbara – 2007 – 2012
  • Founding Board Member: Catalyst for Thought – 2007 – 2009
  • Presented, moderated, and judged approximately 100 events since 1996

Academic Experience

  • 1996: Bachelors in Literature Science and Arts from the University of Michigan, English and Philosophy with Honors
  • 2007: Online Marketing Instructor – Santa Barbara City College
  • 2009: Distinguished Speaker – Global Studies Program –
    University of California Santa Barbara
  • 2015 – Present: Adjunct Professor – Santa Barbara City College
  • 2016 – Present: Guest MBA Educator – Antioch University MBA Program

Additional Information

  • Successful real estate speculator, investor, and owner
  • Co-Founded, operated, and sold night club business in Ann Arbor, MI –
    OZ Ann Arbor, LLC from 2004 – 2007
  • Avid Traveler – visited over 60 countries in lifetime
  • Fluent in 3 languages – English, French, Spanish