My Career Journey (Overview)

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so there is little doubt that such upbringing influenced my desire to build. I started my first company when I was a teenager, selling t-shirts to friends and t-shirt designs to one of the nation’s largest (at the time) t-shirt companies. In my early 20s, I started a marketing firm for $158. I ran that company for over a decade, working for organizations ranging from local and regional businesses to one of the world’s largest companies. At that point, I sold my marketing company to a hungry competitor.

I also worked in radio as a D.J. and talk show host, having built syndication for both of my shows. I worked for one of the world’s largest employers, developing and deploying security protocols. I researched and analyzed economic indicators and projections, markets, trends, competitors, and marketing for one of the largest financial institutions in my state.

As a leadership and health science doctor, I have written hundreds of articles, developed over a dozen original protocols, and published studies. I have also become an advocate for leadership professionals in the industry. Today, I teach leadership and organizational development because it is a passion of mine. I started GrassFire Industries L.L.C. from scratch, designing everything from the logo to the curriculum, and now work with some of the most dominant organizations in the region.

I hold myself to a relatively high standard to ensure that my students always get the best. The leadership industry is currently unregulated. However, I operate as though it is regulated. As a result, I regularly participate in continued leadership education in the various aspects of my program. My continued education helps me refine and hone my craft and understanding. Now, it is an honor and pleasure to share what I have learned with my students.

I have been teaching leadership principles and organizational development in various roles since 2009. I have an undergraduate, master’s, and a doctorate in leadership along with several undergraduate and continuing education certificates in leadership as well. I have dedicated my life to this discipline. Understand that I do not share all of this to brag. Remember that I am applying to be your leadership development professional. 

However, my life isn’t all about teaching leadership. I am proud to sit on a few committees of various organizations, including a Government Affairs Committee and Small Business Boards. I like to get involved and help others. Additionally, I’m a loving father, son, and brother. Other interests include history and health, and I do considerable research and study in these areas. Finally, I love camping, music, motorcycles, and long walks on the beach!

I look forward to meeting you!

Simply put, I love the challenge. The discipline of leadership starts with what most might assume, like leadership theories, practical applications, and the evaluation of some great and not-so-great leaders (both past and present). What many do not know is that there is much more to the discipline. For example, strategic forecasting and decision-making, organizational theory, performance improvement, team development, motivation and influence techniques, change models, negotiating, facilitation, bias evaluation and control, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, human mind heuristics, organizational structuring, psychology, business, international business and global trends, are just a few of the many other elements of leadership. It is a highly challenging discipline that cannot be learned in a week, and there is definitely a lot more to leadership than just a fancy quote.

In my opinion, health and leadership go hand-in-hand. To make our best decisions, we need to be thinking at peak performance. That is hard to do when we do not feel well. Unfortunately, over half of the population is dealing with at least one chronic ailment. I want to ensure my students get whatever information they need to ensure their best outcomes. Health science is a great vehicle for that. 

Health science is about studying all aspects of health, disease prevention, root causes of disease, and finding real solutions. I’m not interested in symptom management. I chose health science because I felt that I could do more good helping my clients find the information and solutions they need and helping them to make that information actionable. I chose to focus some of my advanced education on physical activity epidemiology, disease prevention, exercise prescription, health & fitness psychology (with a Cognitive-Behavioral Orientation), alternative health solutions, applied nutrition & supplementation, general sports medicine, etc. and fitness training and coaching.

What good is knowledge if it cannot be shared effectively? I decided to ensure that a solid portion of my education would include elements of knowledge distribution. My education studies included strategy, hands-on teaching and decision making, research methods, curriculum design, program planning and evaluation, education approaches and evaluations, education procedures, etc.

  • Doctorate
    • Leadership
      • Health Science
      • Education
  • Master of Science
    • Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Leadership
    • Security Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate – Operational Leadership
  • Undergraduate Certificate – Homeland Security
  • Professional Certificate – Active Shooter Workshop / Trainer | DHS
  • Continued Ed Certificate – Agile Leadership
  • Continued Ed Certificate – Qualitative Research Methods
  • Leadership, Business, & Security
    • Leadership and Influence
    • Resilient Leadership
    • Business Strategy & Competitive Advantage
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare
    • Organizational Culture and Change in Healthcare
    • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Health and Wellness
    • Lifestyle Medicine
    • Lifestyle Medicine Treatments of Chronic Disease
    • Disease Prevention and Management
    • Viruses & How to Beat Them
    • Human Microbiome
    • Autophagy: Roles in Health and Disease