My interest in marketing started way back in high school when I took a marketing class because it was taught by my elementary school football coach. I took to it quickly, joining DECA, managing the school store (we tripled sales in the first year), and eventually heading to college for my marketing degree. After undergrad, I wasn't quite ready to head out to the real world, so applied to graduate school. Somehow I convinced the University of Washington...the #2 marketing program according to U.S. News and World Reports...to take a guy straight out of undergrad.
Two years later, armed with a couple of marketing degrees, I started my career in Marketing Communications with Comcast. I was involved in traditional advertising activities such as Direct Mail, print, radio, TV, etc.
After a couple years, and a couple of successful changes to the Direct Mail program, I headed to a more "traditional" MBA position as a marketing manager for Philips Healthcare. My start was supporting our internal sales team through the development of collateral, pricing strategy and analysis (i.e. price setting, promotion development) and other direct support activities. Now, I'm in a product manager role where I'm responsible for working with internal teams to develop the next software releases and developments on our systems.
Over the past year, my desire to find something to keep me out of trouble has started to lay the foundation for a new business idea I have in my head that I am trying to figure out how to launch. I purchased a house with the intent on rehabbing it and reselling it. It worked, but it also ignited a passion in me. I've since purchased another property and have my eyes on my more. During this time I've had an opportunity to work with many contractors and experienced a lot of room for improvements. Transparency in pricing, timely communication, and specialization in certain types of projects offer a lot of potential. So now I'm trying to bootstrap a general contracting company with little more than a few bucks, a couple of ideas, and a passion for helping people make their houses into homes.
Marketing, Home Remodeling, Do-it-Yourselfing, and becoming my own boss.
Projects, your experiences as a start up, pitfalls and traps, tips and advice, and anything else that you want to share. I'm an open book!
Speaking, and working with my hands.
I don't even remember how I came upon TED in the first place. It might have been a Tweet I saw or a Facebook post. I just know that when I landed there, the wheels started spinning. I started by watching talks about business, seeking out some of my personal favorites like Seth Godin. Then I started watching ones on science. Then I started just watching anything. It's turned into a bit of an obsession, one where I watch 2-3 talks a day while I'm eating lunch or skimming e-mails. I feel inspired to do more. To find new ways to look at things. To learn. And ultimately to find my way deeper into the TED community.
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