This is an up-to-date resume of my employment history, academic credentials and technical skills. Please note that I am not presently seeking employment.
Founder, Startup Sioux Falls March ’19 to Present
Startup Sioux Falls (www.siouxfalls.eco) is a digital hub that connects entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem and startup community in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota metro. It is a one-stop shop to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners, to find education and networking events relevant to business owners and to read the latest news about startups in Sioux Falls and the startup ecosystem in Sioux Falls. The Startup Sioux Falls Facebook community has approximately 6,000 members and is used by participants to get feedback about business ideas, to discuss business strategy and to find employees and business partners.
Chairman, Falls Angel Fund April ’16 to March ’19
Falls Angel Fund is a community-based angel investment fund that raised $2.35 million to invest in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota and surrounding states. Its portfolio includes Montessorium, Myriad Mobile, Equinox, Learn Create Build, Five Friends Food, Prairie Aquatech (through FAF Aquatech Investors, LLC), WalkWise, Hutchinson Car Audio, Oska Wellness, Nanopareil and Query.AI. As of 2019, Falls Angel Fund has fully invested its capital and is no longer seeking new investments.
Partner, GoGo Photo Contest. July ’13 to Present
GoGo Photo Contest (SJM Fundraising, LLC) provides web-based fundraising software for animal welfare groups. Through its donate-to-vote photo-contest fundraising software, the company has helped animal shelters and humane societies raise more than $10 million since it launched in October 2013. I co-developed the GoGo Photo Contest software platform with Jason and Stevie Shea and currently manage the company’s financials and marketing efforts.
Founder, MarketBeat. November ’10 to Present
MarketBeat is a digital publishing company that empowers retail investors to make better trading decisions by providing real-time financial information and objective market research. The company publishes a daily investment newsletter to more than 1 million subscribers and operates a network of financial news websites including American Banking and Market News and Ticker Report which garner more than 8 million page views each month.
Partner, USGolfTV August ’14 to September ’17
USGolfTV (T Interactive, LLC) produces a regionally-syndicated television show available in 12 million homes and 25 states. The company regularly publishes new content on its web portal, USGolfTV.com, and has produced a variety of video training courses designed to help golfers improve their game. I provided leadership to the company in the areas of marketing, operations and product development.
Adjunct Instructor, Dakota State University August ’08 – August ’13
Dakota State University is a public university located governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. As an adjunct instructor, I developed curriculum for and instructed client-side and server-side website development courses, including CIS-275: Web Programming 1 and CIS-375: Web Programming 2.
Senior Web Developer, Factor 360, Inc. February, ‘08 – November, ’12
Factor360 is website design and development firm based out of Pierre, South Dakota. While at Factor360, I developed a multi-site content management system called 360WebCMS (www.360webcms.com) that powers approximately 200 websites. I also managed a wide variety of web projects and developed custom ASP.NET web applications.
American Consumer News – December ’06 to November ’10
American Consumer News was a network of personal finance websites including American Consumer News.com, Fine-Tuned Finances.com, Discover Debt Freedom.com and Savings Toolbox.com. At its peak, the network had a team of 7 writers and garnered more than 400,000 page views per month.
Content Management Systems: Drupal, WordPress
APIs: Amazon SES, Facebook, PayPal, SendGrid, MailGun, Stripe, Twitter, Twilio, Zapier, Cloudflare
Marketing: Content Marketing, Conversion Optimization, Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Display Ad Optimization, Web Push Notifications
Server Administration: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Server, Windows Server, WHM/cPanel
Other: Business Process Automation, Project Management, Technical Sales, Technical Writing
Academic Credentials and Honors
Sioux Falls Seminary Jan ’10 – May ’13
* Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
* Specialization in Leadership Studies
* 3.9 GPA
Dakota State University May ’08 to Aug ‘09
* Master of Science in Information Systems
* Specialization in E-Commerce
* 4.0 GPA
Dakota State University August ’04 to May ‘08
* Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
* Minors in Applied Mathematics and Electronic Commerce
* Member of the Kappa Sigma Iota Honor Society
* Member of the Center of Excellence in Information Systems
* NSF/DSU Math and Computer Science Technology Scholar
* DSU Champion Scholar
* President’s Academic Honors List (seven semesters)
* Received “Campus Student Leader” award
* Graduated Cum Laude (3.6 GPA)
Mitchell High School August ’00 to May ‘04
* High-School Diploma
* South Dakota Board of Regents Scholar
* National Forensics League Superior Distinction
Professional & Community Leadership
Downtown Rotary June ’18 – Present
Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship December ’17 – Present
1 Million Cups of Sioux Falls October ’16 – Present
Faith Baptist Fellowship May ’16 – Present
March of Dimes, South Dakota Chapter October ’15 – October ’17
Sioux Falls Seminary April ’15 – Present
Trustee Board Member
Kiwanis International April ’13 – September ’16
Central Baptist Church July ’09 – May ’16
Website Design (2010 – May ’16)
FPU Coordinator (September 2009 – April 2015)
Trustee Board (March 2011 – August 2015)
Mission Board (January 2010 – June 2011)
The Capitalism Conference: 2015, 2016 (speaker), 2017, 2019
DynamiteCircle Austin: 2014
Global Leadership Summit: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Financial Marketing Summit 2018, 2019
Microconf: 2015, 2017
Microsoft Mix: 2009
Now What? 2014
Rhodium Weekend: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (planned)
South Dakota Code Camp: 2011, 2012, 2013 (sponsor), 2018 (sponsor)
South Dakota Innovation Expo: 2010, 2014 (sponsor), 2015 (sponsor, speaker), 2017, 2018 (sponsor), 2019 (sponsor, speaker)
Startup Weekend Sioux Falls: 2013 (sponsor), 2014 (sponsor), 2015 (sponsor), 2017 (sponsor)
Traffic & Conversion: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Content & Commerce: 2017
TrenDigital: 2014, 2016, 2017
OTA: 2014, 2015