- The Chief StorytellerCEO, 2002 - present
- AptegrityDirector, Marketing and Product Management
- XUMADirector, Product Management
- DigexManager, Product Planning
- Vector Research / AltarumDeputy Director
- US Army - Silas B. Hays Army Community HospitalChief Information Officer
- US Army - Office for Defense Information SystemsPublic Affairs Officer
- ComedySportzImprovisational Humorist, 1994 - 2006
- University of Maryland, College ParkAdjunct Professor, 2008 - 2010
It all started in high school, around 30 years ago. It was a science fair and I presented my computer program on the heart and the circulatory system. One by one, the prizes were announced…honorable mentions…third… second…first place. After nearly 100 hours of computer programming, my shoulders slumped and said to myself, “I lost.” Then...the chairwoman said, “We are awarding the grand prize to a young man that could sell me my own pair of shoes!” And my name was called.
My most pivotal experience was as a US Army public affairs officer. In this position, I designed presentations for 40 military and civilian executives. At the young age of 21, I gained invaluable insights into messaging and communications. Little did I know, this was the start of my life as a storyteller.
Living on both coasts, I held various leadership roles in marketing and product management. In 2000, after finishing my MBA from the University of Maryland, I heeded the call of San Francisco during the heyday of technology. Spanning 12 years and more than 1,000 shows, I performed improvisational humor professionally with ComedySportz (Washington, DC and San Jose). While performing, I had an amazing epiphany: “improv mirrors life.” Life experiences stem from random and planned connections with people. And the best improv professionals use these experiences to bond quickly with their audiences.
Drawing on my 26 years of eclectic experiences, I help you become unforgettable through the ways you communicate—in writing, verbally, and online. The Chief Storyteller's programs and services blend education, inspiration, and fun into everything we do. We delight audiences around the world with fresh perspectives and thought-provoking insights on communications, branding, leadership, messaging, marketing, customer service, and personal and organizational storytelling.
My favorite mantra is “Think deliberately.” It cuts across everything we communicate. I am an active blogger and writer, was a guest columnist for the Washington Business Journal and the Marketing Executive Networking Group, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. My first job was as a US Army captain in the Medical Service Corps. I started The Chief Storyteller ® in 2002 while living in California. 10 years later, it is an internationally recognized brand. Some quick examples of success stories include:- TCIG quadrupling its revenue in just six months
- The American Diabetes Association® developing its national sponsorship presentation
- A US government contracting firm winning a $94 million multi-year project
- EPA’s researchers and analysts crafting memorable, easy to understand mission statements
- Helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) secure Affordable Care Act dollars and $6.2M for the National Youth Fitness Survey
- University of MarylandMBA,, 1997 - 2000
- Syracuse UniversityMarketing & Information Systems, 1987
- Robert H. Smith School of BusinessEntrepreneurship & eCommerce, 1997 - 2000