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 is a community organization operated by the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship that connects small business owners and startup founders to one another and to the startup ecosystem in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota metro. Our mission is to create a movement of small business owners and startup founders working to create and grow businesses for the betterment of themselves, their families, and their communities. You can use the Startup Sioux Falls website as a one-stop-shop to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs, 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 online community of startup founders in the Sioux Falls area is the Startup Sioux Falls Facebook group. It has more than 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. Several in-person events are put on by Startup Sioux Falls each year, including startup socials, pitch events, educational training events on a variety of topics. The Zeal Center and Startup Sioux Falls Cohost the annual Innovation Expo event, which brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and the many others who are involved in developing startup companies.
Chairman, Falls Angel Fund (April ’16 to Present)
Falls Angel Fund is a fully-invested 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. Falls Angel Fund II, a successor organization to Falls Angel Fund, has raised an additional $1.2 million to invest in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota and surrounding states. The fund was established in September 2019 and is actively hearing pitches for investments. I served as the chairman of Falls Angel Fund and am currently serving as the due-diligence chair of Falls Angel Fund II.
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 $12.5 million since it launched in 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 1.5 million subscribers and operates a network of financial news websites including American Banking and Market News and Ticker Report which garner more than 10 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 a 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, Managerial Finance, Project Management, Technical Writing
Academic Credentials and Honors
Sioux Falls Seminary (January ’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
Alex Jensen for Sioux Falls (May ’19 to April ’20)
Eide Bailly (September ’18 – August ’19)
Advisory Board Member
Downtown Rotary (June ’18 – Present)
Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship (December ’17 – Present)
1 Million Cups of Sioux Falls (October ’16 – Present)
Organizing Team Member
Faith Baptist Fellowship (May ’16 – Present)
Member, Church Treasurer, Stepping Forward Campaign Co-Chair, Website Designer, Usher, Announcements Giver, and Life Group Participant.
Rhodium Mastermind Founder’s Mastermind (October ’15 – 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)
Awards and Recognition
Prairie Business Magazine (December 2019)
Prairie Business Magazine’s annual “40 under 40” list recognizes “up and coming leaders in the Dakotas and western Minnesota” under the age of forty years that “show unusual devotion to their communities and to volunteer service.” I was included in Prairie Business Magazine’s 2019 “40 under 40” list.
605 Magazine (November 2019)
Startup Sioux Falls and the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship were recognized for their collaborative efforts to help small business owners and entrepreneurs by 605 Magazine in its annual 605 Best Awards.
Entrepreneur Magazine (October 2019)
MarketBeat was recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 Entrepreneur360™ List, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. MarketBeat was the only South Dakota-based company to make the list, coming in at #158. The study recognizes MarketBeat as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, leadership, and value.
Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network – 4 Under 40 Award (August 2019)
The Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network (YPN) “4 Under 40 Award” is an award that recognizes individuals under forty years of age “who have displayed demonstrable impact in their business and community.” I was selected as one of four recipients of the award during its inaugural year at the 2019 YPN Crossroads Summit.
Inc. 5000 (2019) – Rank #2462 (August 2019)
MarketBeat was recognized as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States by Inc. in its 2019 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #2462 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list.
Fit Small Business – Top Small Business Influencer of 2019 (May 2019)
I was recognized as a top small business influencer of 2019 by Fit Small Business for his “outstanding credentials, expertise, and industry skills as well as his impressive number of social media followers.”
Global Gurus – Top 30 Startup Guru of 2019 (March 2019)
I was recognized as one of the “world’s top 30 startup gurus for 2019” by GlobalGurus.org. Global Gurus selects its winners by identifying “remarkable leaders who make an impact through their speaking, training materials, books, and other media.”
Hey Sioux Falls – Investor of the Year (September 2018)
Falls Angel Fund was named “Investor of the Year” by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and 1 Million Cups at the inaugural Hey Sioux Falls awards for helping “grow the local economy by investing in small businesses and startups in the Sioux Falls area.”
Inc. 5000 (2018) – Rank #2761 (August 2018)
MarketBeat was recognized as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States by Inc. in its 2018 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #2761 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list.
American Association of Individual Investors – Best of the Web Award (December 2017)
MarketBeat received a “Best of the Web” award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from the American Association of Individual Investors’ Computerized Investing publication for “its simplicity” and “its straightforward approach to providing investors with daily ratings moves.”
The Enterprise Institute – Spirit of Enterprise Award (October 2017)
The Spirit of Enterprise is an award given annually by the Enterprise Institute at South Dakota Innovation Expo to an individual in recognition of personal commitment, dedication, and achievement in entrepreneurship. I was the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Enterprise award.
Inc. 5000 (2017) – Rank #1620 (August 2017)
MarketBeat was recognized as the fourth fastest-growing privately-held company in South Dakota by Inc. in its 2017 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #1620 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list.
The American Small Business Awards – Executive of the Year – Internet/New Media (May 2017)
I was recognized as the executive of the year in the Internet and new media category of the annual American Small Business Awards (“The Stevies”).
Inc. 5000 (2016) – Rank #529 (August 2016)
MarketBeat was recognized as the fastest-growing privately-held company in South Dakota by Inc. in its annual Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #529 on the Inc. 5000 list in 2016.
Campus Student Leader Award (May 2008)
I was one of three students that received a campus student leader award during his graduating year of college, which is given to students that “exemplify the highest degree of skills in management, communications, personal relations, vital involvement, and university accomplishments.”
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, 2020 (Planned)
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, 2020 (Planned)
Content & Commerce: 2017
TrenDigital: 2014, 2016, 2017
OTA: 2014, 2015
YPN Crossroads Summit: 2017, 2019