I’m a serial entrepreneur who has launched and run several successful businesses of my own since age 8. After running a successful MSP of my own for 10 years, I founded Orange Nomad to help MSPs, small businesses and entrepreneurs bridge the gap between strategy and execution. I enjoy the challenge of working with the smaller firms. All my life I’ve had to build something from nothing, and that’s what I’ve gotten really great at – scrappy, creative and really, really smart strategy coupled with hard work.
I love helping the ’underdog.’ When a client comes to me with a story about how I’ve helped them finally get the financial success they so desperately needed, or that I’ve helped their business grow, I’m totally fulfilled. That gives me far more personal gratification than helping a $20 million dollar firm generate an increase in sales. I’ve built my business from nothing and know how hard it can be to start and grow a business when you’ve got no money, no help and the world on your shoulders. I’m proud to be that “guiding force” to help my clients enjoy the same level of success I’ve been able to achieve myself.
The three things I’m most passionate about are: cars, technology and the color Orange. My life as an entrepreneur, strategist and speaker has afforded me the opportunity to travel a good bit. So, combining my love of Orange and my digital “nomadic” lifestyle seemed appropriate as the name of my newest venture. Never hesitate to introduce yourself to me when you see me out and about. I’m nice. Promise. (Don’t let my haircut intimidate you) You can also connect with me online using the links below.
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The Profit is a show that airs on CNBC Prime about struggling businesses finding a “savior” in the person of multi-millionaire Marcus Lemonis. In each episode, Marcus, the CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises will find a business in dire need of help and radically change its’ core while investing a hefty amount of his money to save it. What I love about the profit show is that since it is very real, sometimes the deals work and sometimes they don’t. That’s life isn’t it? Being a life-long entrepreneur, I absolutely love the show. Marcus Lemonis is an incredible business man, and seems to have a heart. I came across a video interview with Marcus the other day. How can you as an MSP use this to educate potential clients? This interview really got me thinking. “I wouldn’t know if someone is BSing me.”, was his best quote. If someone like him will not invest in tech companies because he’s outside his element, how does the normal business owner make an educated decision about which IT company to choose to support them? The short answer…they shouldn’t be. At least not by themselves. Let’s face it. The average business owner has no idea whether they are being BS’d either. They usually start looking for another IT company when something is on fire and they need it fixed right away, or their current guy (assuming they have one) has royally screwed something up. After jumping on Google and calling down the list of names one by one, they finally get someone on the phone. That’s where you as an MSP come in. Most IT companies go in and start talking about the tech. After a “Free Network Assessment”, they drop a RapidFire report on them (which might as well be written in a...
In this episode, I break down what the Microsoft buyout of LinkedIn means for MSPs, IT Service Providers, Application Developers and any other IT related business. There is a HUGE opportunity. Are you ready for it?
I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on my friend Rick Coplin’s podcast. Listen to my extremely candid interview about what being an entrepreneur is really like here: http://www.rickcoplin.com/sts006/
Just in case you hadn’t heard…..Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2. What does this mean for you? Stay tuned……
“Orange Is The Color Of A Good Mood”