Who am I?
Photography - Web Marketing - Consulting
I have always loved to work with photography, starting with my dark room in my home while in high school, to having some of the best equipment to photograph IndyCar racing at several events around the country. But, it wasn’t until recently that I found a style that serves me well. Night photography is now a passion and a strong emphasis on the type of work that I am doing. I’ve found talent in shooting real estate as well and am beginning to photograph listings.
In 1995, I bought my first computer and logged on to the internet just a few hours later. Within two hours of signing on, I began work on my first website in a free hosted space on AOL and named the site, LimoLink. Soon I registered the domain, limolink.com and moved the LimoLink to a hosted server. I spent two years working on indexing all the limousine services in the world, using advertising of new and used limousines as the primary source of revenue for LimoLink. In 1997, I joined forces with Dominion and Co, an investment banking firm to secure funding, and build a team to scale the company into a real-time reservation system. As founder of the company, I also held the position of President/CEO until 2000, and later left the company to pursue another start-up. I remained on the board until 2002.
It was at that time that I began to use my web marketing skills to move a significant amount of automobile sales through my new website and eBay. The business specialized in selling off lease Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lincoln LS vehicles.
Sales took off all over the country, so I purchased my transport units and began shipping cars I sold, as well as servicing other accounts. We quickly grew to five transporters which challenged our ability to do both sales and shipping. At that point, I put a team together and built a transportation management company that quickly grew to $20 million in sales in just half way through the third year. Unfortunately, we experienced numerous challenges including a major natural disaster, the stock market taking a downturn and major customers failing under the reorganization of the automotive industry.
Since that time, I’ve worked in online marketing strategies and web design, including affiliate marketing and blogging as a profession.
I’m often sought out for business advice, especially among start-up and scaling businesses having over thirty-five years of entrepreneurial experience. I’m now offering consulting services covering start-ups, raising capital, marketing strategy, employee motivation, debt negotiations, and some other areas to help entrepreneurs and their investment team achieve satisfactory results. Let me know how I can help you work with your business needs. Consulting is available on an hourly or retainer basis.
Some of my achievements include:
- Corridor Business Journals Fastest Growing Companies
- INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies #541
- John Pappajohn Business Plan Award Winner
- Guest Speaker Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Iowa Pappajohn MBA school.
- Published frequently in several trade journals in both the limousine and affiliate marketing industry
- Serve on Iowa Kids Net recruitment committee for foster/adoptive parents
- Parent volunteer for weekly Kindergarten computer lab
- Foster/Adoptive Parent to two children
- Foster/Adoptive owner of multiple rescue dogs
I’m a single dad with two wonderful children in my home every other week.
I do look forward to working with you in the future.