That’s me and my wonderful family – my wife of over 20 years, Karla, and my daughter, Megan, who attends and swims for the University of Georgia (and is studying to be a marketing rock star).
I founded a technology company – OrcsWeb – in June of 1996, built it into a nice-sized multi-million dollar venture, employed dozens of employees, and grew it for the next 18 years. After rejecting dozens of acquisition offers over the years, I finally found a great match and had a nice exit in 2014. That sale included all three brands I was running at that time – OrcsWeb, Cytanium, and CloudServers.com.
I’ve also previously been involved in starting up a non-profit swim team, a non-profit private school, and a financial coaching practice. As a mentor for the College of Charleston’s ICAT Entrepreneurship Program, I engage with various teams on a regular basis both during and post-program to help them work through startup challenges to build a viable venture. I’m also plugged-in to the local angel investing and startup scene with some investments through a startup fund in which I participate.
“Brad is phenomenal at providing real-life business advice, especially by identifying any potential issues with your current plan, then providing specific guidance on avoiding or addressing the concerns.” – Kristina Friend, ICAT member
Technology is a side interest of mine too. Well, “side interest” as much as I do anything at small scale – in reality I wrote code for years, was a Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET & IIS, was on the Advanced Technology and Integration at NASDAQ for a while, and was the Director of IT at LendingTree to take them through their IPO. I believe in constant learning and pushing myself, so I also achieved Microsoft’s MCSE and Redhat’s RHCSA certifications a number of years back.
Outside of work activities I like running, swimming, hiking, fishing, and travel. I’m an active member of Seacoast and serve at their college-age ministry The Well and am also part of their financial ministry team.
What drives me today is my passion to help others. I love working with entrepreneurs regardless of whether they’re just getting started, in active startup-mode, or have been running a small business for years and want to grow and improve upon it. Starting and running a business is a very risky venture but there are ways you can lower the risk without lowering the reward potential – and an experienced entrepreneur sharing experience and perspective can help. To facilitate that, I’m available for coaching – if you are interested reach out via my Contact page.
I also understand – and unfortunately many people don’t get this – that entrepreneurship overlaps personal life in tons of ways. Success in business impacts personal finances; personal finances can impact business. So to help people with personal finances I’m starting a new project called Maximize Your Money. As of March 2016 this is brand-spanking new, so don’t expect much, but I will write about my progress and things I’m going as part of starting and growing that. Join my email list so you don’t miss anything on that front.
I’m serious about that drive. My goal is to help people. I had a nice exit and consider myself semi-retired. My family and I live fiscally smart (which we’ll talk about a bit at the MYM project over time) so my goal isn’t to gouge anyone. In fact, I don’t charge anywhere near what others have told me I should. And I want to make sure that any engagement is going to be a win-win… so let’s talk first (free) to make sure we get along and are a good fit.
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