At colleges and universities, I coach and mentor new venture founders and create innovative co-curricular programming for university students, presenting them with a practical perspective that is deeply in tune with the real world. My background as an entrepreneur and almost two decades of experience providing business services to hundreds of thousands of startups have afforded me knowledge, resources, and connections about what to do versus what not to do when starting a business. I share this with students and community businesses at higher education institutions globally.
I help IB high school students, faculty, and staff develop entrepreneurial mindsets by creating curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular entrepreneurship programming for students, faculty, and staff. Services include entrepreneurship course and certificate development, pitch competitions, mentoring, skills development, guest lecturing, and speaking, learning & development for faculty and staff as well as entrepreneurship club management.
I've been consulting, coaching and advising solopreneurs and startup teams through the new venture creation process since 2005. Services include Business plan review, Go-to-Market strategy, financial projections, business coaching and consulting, competition preparation, entity formation, raising capital, and more.I coach, consult and advise solopreneurs and startup teams from idea to prototyping to selling and raising capital.
I help businesses and experienced solopreneurs develop strategies for growth and then execute those plans. If you're a small to medium-sized business or sales organization and need help with lead generation, strategic partnerships, sales & biz dev, operations, culture, or rapid revenue growth I'd love to hear from you!
Bachelors:Public Relations, University of Florida
Masters:Entrepreneurship, University of Tampa
Doctorate:Business Administration, Florida International University ('25)
I’m a serial entrepreneur, turned business coach, turned educator who has founded a handful of startups, run multiple others, and helped thousands of startups clarify and execute their growth strategy. For the past few years, I’ve worked in entrepreneurship education. I was the Director of the Entrepreneurship Academy and Business Growth Lab at the State College of Florida. Before that, I was at the University of Tampa where I taught for the Entrepreneurship Department and was also the Entrepreneur in Residence at UT’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. I oversaw the Spartan Incubator and Accelerator which included developing entrepreneurship programming and coaching both student and community businesses. I also was responsible for helping to open The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, the first entrepreneurship center (with a dedicated space) at a high school in Florida where I also taught IB entrepreneurship, design technology, computer science and business management.
The decade before delving into the academic world of entrepreneurship, I was the Founder and CEO of The Startup Expert, a coaching and business services company aimed at turning business owners’ ideas into reality. I graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations, and am a Certified SCORE Mentor, and Certified Small Business Coaching Specialist. I earned a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from The University of Tampa and won first place in the 2019 New Venture Expo with one of my businesses. I fell in love with startups when I moved to NYC in my twenties where I got a job at a startup that wanted to create the first virtual accounting firm. I was the 12th employee and first salesperson . We experienced rapid growth and I was thrust into a leadership role almost immediately where I was responsible for revenue and consequently ~100 salespeople. It took 5 years to scale it to tens of millions in new business, annually.
Today, I’m self-employed and work with entrepreneurs all around the world! You can find me at universities, colleges and high schools where I create engaging entrepreneurship programming for their entrepreneurship centers. I’m also available for one-on-one business coaching, consulting and advisory boards.