-Robert A. Heinlein
I’m a southern gentleman. Born and raised in a charming town in Southern Virginia—population 700 people.
Growing up in Smalltown, U.S.A. nurtured my creativity and fueled my ambition. My father (an engineer) and my mother (an artist) helped spark a lifelong obsession with multimedia and technology. Our family business required them to travel regularly, so my sisters and I got to go with them all over the world—so began my torrid wanderlust.
While in college at Radford University, I discovered Freebording. After about a year, I was sponsored by the company and started working for them as a multimedia producer and the East Coast Ambassador. They sent me all over the country to represent them at trade shows, rides, and TV shows including a trip to NYC to be on Good Morning America. I also consulted for a 2008 Freebord viral video: Freebord Tetris.
After graduating, I worked at Glass Dynamics as a media manager where I produced high-quality marketing assets (architectural and product photography, brand videos, and a new website) on a tight budget. I planned and executed a tour across the East Coast in which I photographed and captured many time-lapses of various buildings that featured the company’s glass.
In 2012 I accepted a job as the marketing director at Freebord Mfg. in San Francisco. During my years at Freebord, I learned the ins-and-outs of running a business and honed my marketing skills. By marketing a product like Freebord, I learned how to turn weaknesses into strengths and community into active brand ambassadors. A few highlights would be the GoPro video, Travel Channel Segment, and Color the Streets.
I’m currently the marketing lead at Scribie, an online audio transcription service, where I manage all marketing and growth strategy. The transcription industry is competitive and requires a unique marketing approach to stand out from the crowd.
While I’ve had success in my career, I’ve also failed many times. Failures taught me how to succeed, and they shaped how I think through problems. They’ve made me a voracious reader (especially history & psychology), and a critical thinker that relishes new challenges.
That’s all the writing about myself I can stomach at the moment, so for now, I leave you with Ron Swanson.
“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish…and feed yourself. He’s a grown man. And fishing’s not that hard.”