I am a Christian Believer and a follower of Christ.
First, and foremost, I am a Christian believer who is learning what it takes to be a true follower of Christ. I'm not just a fan or a Sunday drive-by attending Church to get through the week.
God is #1 in my life, and I do believe in The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit also known as the Trinity.
I do attend Church every Sunday, and read the Bible cover-to-cover in seven weeks. Now, I am involved in life groups, Bible Study, and spend considerable time daily studying scripture.
Feel free to read more about my Faith Journey in #GodinMe.Faith, another project co-founded with a friend.
My entrepreneurial career began at eleven years of age. I sold hamsters and guinea pigs to pet stores all over Eastern Iowa.
I entered the limousine industry not long after renting a limo for my high school prom. The first time I drove a limousine happened on that evening, in a local mall parking lot after hours. My first limousines came about a year after that experience.
The limousine industry ended up engrained in my DNA. I operated limousine services for ten years. I wanted to work on something different and began searching for a new venture.
My First Computer
I bought my first computer on the third Friday of August 1995. The computer didn't have a modem, so I borrowed one from a friend and signed into America Online at about 7:00 PM on that night.
My first website launched just an hour later. The plan called for listing limousine services, allowing them to have a source to network with each other. I spent the next twenty-four hours working non-stop on the site.
Two years later, I had over 32,000 listings on my site, when an Investment Banker approached me about taking it to the next level. In 2000, we launched the first real-time ground transportation system. Today, it is one of the largest ground transportation networks in the world.
I chose to move on in 2002, as I am in love with the start-up and moved on to selling cars online utilizing my website and eBay. The cars came from auto auctions and were sold using my online marketing skills.
Reliable auto transport service caused me to purchase transport trucks. We ended up hauling cars for others to reduce expenses. Surprisingly, we were making a profit from shipping the cars.
The opportunity sparked another idea, which turned into another brokerage type business similar to the one I previously launched.
We did great until 2008 when a series of events created a perfect storm, and the company failed. It was incredibly difficult having come so far, and realizing how vulnerable we are even when we are at the top of our game.
Soon after, I launched into blogging and had a strong following, but I struggled with the failure of the previous business, and decided to move away from blogging personally, and focused on the TV show, Shark Tank.
Getting into Shark Tank
My first “Shark Tank” blog post happened on August 9, 2009, when the show first aired. I would profile the entrepreneurs every Friday night and wound up hitting high numbers every time the show would air.
I registered a new domain and moved my Shark Tank posts over to the new domain a few years later. I managed to generate over 150,000 views in the first sixty days, so I added a partner to help blog about Shark Tank a few months later, and we worked on the site for a couple of years when I decided to move on and find a different project. The site is still going today, having generated millions of page views.
These are only a few of the projects and businesses I have launched. I continue to work on new start-ups and ideas and have decided to build my personal site once again up.
This time, I am writing about telling your story and making it profitable. Part of this strategy is telling my story to you