Business Development for tech entrepreneurs/private equity building early stage online communities, tools and content - media (music/film), e-learning, healthcare, non-profit. Strong passion for producing inspiring content and communities with high profile thought leaders.
Experience leading cross-functional teams (product management, implementation, legal, finance, etc). Strong track record identifying partners and analyzing, structuring, negotiating and executing deals.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
May 2003 - Present (9 years 10 months) Hawaiian Islands
Interval/fractional sales for Starwood Hotels & Resorts upscale Westin and St. Regis brands, global leaders in luxury hospitality/lifestyle. Consistent top performing Sales Team Leader in a fast paced, performance based and highly competitive Fortune 500 sales environment. Responsible for training and supporting a team of 60+ sales executives for one of the most successful projects in the industry (over a billion in sales).
Owner - Convergence Consulting
1998 - 2003 (5 years)
Business Development for tech entrepreneurs/private equity building early stage online communities, tools and content. All clients owned successful companies and hired Convergence to help design and implement their online strategy, specifically building strategic partnerships to drive community/revenue and developinging branding partnerships and content with high profile experts and celebrities. Industries included media (music/film/sports), e-learning, healthcare and non-profit.
Clients: Wyndcrest Partners (media), Palm Pictures/Chris Blackwell (media) Midisoft/Recordlab (e- learning), Brilliant Media (technology), Lido Capital (healthcare) and Comodo Group (security).
Client partners: Apple, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Panasonic, Wal-Mart, Viacom, Disney, EMI/Capitol, NARAS, RIAA, Universal, Sony/BMG, Time Warner/AOL, Yahoo!, MTV Networks, Sims Snowboards, World Snowboarding Championships, Quicksilver, Hurley, Michael Bay, Peter Gabriel, Guns & Roses, Metallica, Tony Hawk.
Palm Pictures/Chris Blackwell - Convergence Client
1999 - 2002 (New York City/Los Angeles/San Francisco)
Cutting edge convergence media company owned by entrepreneur Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records). Brands include Manga (Japanese Anime), Palm Pictures (Film/DVD), Palm Music, RES Media Group (international film festival), and Sputnik 7 (on-line entertainment network). Responsible for driving growth of online communities surrounding offline media assets.
Recordlab/Midisoft - Convergence Client
1999 - 2001 (Seattle/NYC/LA)
Distance learning network consisting of interactive music creation tools and content from the most accomplished music producers and engineers in the world. Recordlab allowed users to record, remix and produce music online, and gave them access to a deep and inspiring database of content from the most successful people in the music business (artists/producers/engineers/publishers/lawyers/etc).
Wyndcrest Holdings/Jester Digital (Now Digital Domain) - Convergence Client
1999 - 2001 (West Palm Beach/Los Angeles)
jesterDigital is a technology company founded by John Textor and film director Michael Bay, lead investors in Art Technology Group (4th largest IPO of 1999). The companyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s flagship product provided a multi-user virtual reality 3D environment which was used to create a completely immersive, on-line, e-commerce enabled 3D network for GenX/Y (action sports/movies/music). I was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with media companies and famous athletes/musicians and developing online communities around their brands.
MPGA - Now the Producers & Engineers Wing of the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences
1997 - 1999 (Los Angeles/New York/Nashville)
International non-profit consisting of world famous music producers, engineers and recording artists. Primary objectives were representation on international intellectual property rights, the establishment of industry wide technical standards, and national philanthropic involvement in education. Folded into the Grammy Organization.
John Snyder Productions
Manager/Production and Publishing
1994 - 1996 (New York)
Jazz and Blues production company. Artists included: Etta James, Charles Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Sun Ra, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Mavis Staples, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lucky Peterson, Robert Lockwood Jr., Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Short, Jim Hall, Mel Torme. Helped several jazz and blues legends chase down their publishing contracts and get paid:)
Brilliant Media/Peter Gabriel
1992 - 1993 (San Francisco)
Production Assistant for Peter Gabriel's award winning interactive CD-ROM "Xplora 1; Peter Gabriel's Secret World - - the first CD-ROM (DVD) ever created by a musician.
Education - especially e-learning and developing content and communities with world class thought leaders and experts that inspire.
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