After graduating from Gordon College
in 1992 with a degree in chemistry, I began my career as an environmental analytical chemist and eventually became a laboratory director. This position involved solving complex, multivariate analytical problems by providing analytical services to wide variety of environmental engineering firms.
In addition to a deep interest in science, I've always loved small business and especially real estate investing. In 1995, I started investing in real estate, both commercial and residential. By 2004 I was able to generate enough cash flow and leave my position as laboratory director.
This gave me extra time to begin my next venture, Ion Marketing Group, a digital marketing company focused on the real estate industry. Ion created a custom database that utilized the data feed from Rhode Island's multiple listing service. This allowed real estate agencies to serve up property data on their websites and win more customers. After a year's time, Ion had 90% of the largest brokerages in Rhode Island as clients.
In 2006, I sold Ion and founded Astonish, a digital marketing company focused on helping the local insurance agent market themselves in an increasingly competitive market (Geico spent ~$1.2 billion
on advertising in 2013).
Along with a lot of great people, we grew the company to several hundred customers and a little under 100 employees.
In September of 2011, Astonish partnered with a private equity firm, Serent Capital
In 2012 Astonish was voted #267
on the Inc 500In June 2014, after 8 years I left Astonish and founded Envisionable. In 2015 Astonish, which was re-branded as "Intygral", sold to Zywave.
I am also a member of the C12 Group, America's leading Christian CEO forum, building great business for a greater purpose.