● Give first, don't take
● Help others before ourselves.
● Make friends and partnerships. Don't play zero-sum games.
● Do at least one thing each day to enrich another's life.
● Every business can be phenomenally successful, add value to the world, and enrich the lives of all stakeholders.
● We succeed only after our clients excel.
● Practice honesty, openness, and the free exchange of information
● We are inclusive and practice diversity, everyone is welcome, has something to contribute, and has an important role to play.
● Challenge and disrupt the status quo, think differently,
● Hold ourselves and our clients accountable and responsible.
● Dare to think differently, find solutions, challenge everything, disrupt the status quo.
Give first, don't take. Help others before ourselves. Make friends and partnerships; don't play zero-sum games.
Our beliefs and principles guide and direct everything we do.
I started my career as a scientist and engineer and worked in the field for several years. It was somewhat fulfilling and enjoyable, but it was not my career and business passion. I wanted something more, an opportunity to be creative and grow things.
I was given a unique opportunity to make a leap into business and help build a small concrete subcontracting company doing less than $800K in revenue (15 employees) and growing it into an $80 MM regional construction management organization (250 employees) seven years.
I began my continuing education at the University of Hard Knocks. I learned the art and science of business by the seat of my pants. Trying, failing, screwing up, learning, and retrying until we succeeded. After a decade at the University, I decided that maybe I should get a formal education in business to support my University learning, so I got my MBA.
It was an incredible ride. I found my passion and drive. For building successful companies and helping others do the same. I decided to focus my time, talent, and resources on helping others become successful. They define it by finding huge problems and creating great solutions while avoiding many mistakes, screwups, loneliness, fear, and isolation experienced on my journey.
In addition to leading a great team at 360 Venture Management Group, I also serve as director of the Columbia, mid-Maryland Chapter of Startup Grind, the largest global community of entrepreneurs.
I choose to live my beliefs by serving as a mentor, advisor, and coach for several incubators, accelerator, and University business school entrepreneurship programs nationwide.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Loyola University-Maryland. I'm pursuing a Ph.D. in life through the University of Hard Knocks.