Hello & a little about me…

A native of Los Angeles (since I was 2 years old) I focus on strategic and business development on my own startups and with clients in a variety of industries.

To date, these industries include entertainment, creative, medical, manufacturing, energy and personal services providing consulting on brand development, social media, corporate structuring, client acquisition and development, local and international market expansion, operational efficiency, marketing and financial strategy. In addition to my independent work and startups, I lead the Digital & Business Strategy practices at The Zehner Group based out of Los Angeles, California.

During the course of my career I have brought over 250 products to market including over 70 funded startups (several of which my own) and an equal number of Fortune 500 as well as institutional / creative clients.  During this time I have created an Inc. 500 recognized business of my own and taken several clients to Launch and Tech Crunch in the process as well as won a number of awards in the digital space.

I enjoy public speaking and presenting at conferences and have had the opportunity to present at Google, USC, The Skool, Loyola Marymount, This Week in Networks (regular guest on This Week in Web Design), School For Startups, BNET and other media outlets, organizations and professional events.

Looking back a few years…  I graduated with honors from the University of Southern California’s MBA program with a double emphasis in New Venture Development as well as Marketing and have my BS (dual) from USC in Accounting and Information systems with additional experience in Finance.  Prior to returning to USC for my MBA, I spent several years in public consulting with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.

Presently I am based in Downtown Los Angeles and work with clients globally to address today’s ever-changing business (digital as well as bricks & mortar) ecosystem including global structuring and sourcing, organizational development and change, traditional and social media, interactive applications and the mobile environment.

In addition to my startup/consulting/product development work, I sit on several community and institutional boards, served several terms as a director on the Downtown Neighborhood Council and am the proud ‘father’ of my Bernese Mountain Dog named Eros!

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