After serving in the U.S. Air Force honorably for four years during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and then completing my undergraduate studies in biological engineering at the University of Florida, I was employee #1 in a life sciences company. The best part about coming in so early was that I got to do a little bit of everything functionally from marketing, operations, accounting, and contracting during my 10 years there. Additionally, I worked extensively on developing a custom eCommerce and Point of Sale system which we eventually spun off as its own company. After cramming a career’s worth of experience as a key executive for two successful startups into 10 years, I seized the opportunity to orchestrate a successful exit as COO, EVP, and shareholder.

Energized by my past experience in building and growing startups and small businesses, I launched my own boutique management consulting and private equity firm. My business partners and I provide fractional operational, accounting & financial, legal & contracting, information systems, and HR strategy and implementation services for startups and small businesses. Frequently, this involves us being embedded as a transitional Director -> CXO and then recruiting, hiring, and training our replacement.

Parallel to launching this new venture, I also decided to pursue my MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The basic idea was that the MBA would fill in a lot of those foundational business gaps that they didn’t teach me in engineering school while the fractional consulting and equity capital is expanding my radius of impact by providing startups and small businesses with the vital operational infrastructure and access to capital required for sustained success.