About

Almost everything I do is at the multi-faceted intersection of entrepreneurship and addiction recovery. And yes I like to laugh and have fun too 🙂

My entrepreneurial activities began in elementary school. I then spent my teens and early 20s in active addiction. Near death experiences, homelessness and unemployability were the norm. In 1998 a program of recovery and a formal introduction to entrepreneurship saved my life.

Professionally I’ve spent the last 20+ years working closely with startups and other entrepreneurs. Since 2000 my investment and transaction experience has totaled over $1 Billion (VC, PE and Real Estate). I later led professional services practices generating over $250MM in revenue. I invest in people, companies and communities in order to make a difference. I earned a BS and an MBA in Entrepreneurship with honors from the global leader in entrepreneurship education.

I founded Vanscend, a nonprofit that brings entrepreneurship to people for free. I love economic empowerment, helping underdogs to overcome, the Great Outdoors, good reggae music, pitbulls, cookouts, campervans and roadtrips.

Childhood

Recovery

Entrepreneurship

Career

Education

Passions