For most of my life, I was driven to pursue excellence in everything I did. Whether it was school, work, a simple task, whatever it was, the goal was always the same, “be the best at what you do”. There was very little room for anything else. This led me to seek fulfillment anywhere and with anyone that posed a possible solution. Eventually I gave up looking for the answer and started to live a rebellious streak. I was going to live my life the way I wanted to live it, no matter who I used or hurt along the way.
I was what most consider, “successful”. I graduated from the university with honors, started a great career, had great friends and was making good money. Whether it was competitive cycling, racing, education, industry awards and recognitions or success in business, I did it to the fullest. Unfortunately, when it came to deep, meaningful fulfillment, I was empty. I harbored much angst and unrest. I had the drive, I had the intellect but there was still something missing.
One day as I awoke from another unfulfilled day, I looked around and realized I had nothing. I was sitting in my apartment only hours earlier surrounded by people having a good time. The things I had been chasing and the things I had been running from came to a collision. It was in this moment I sensed God called me back. I kept hearing “What are you doing?”. A whisper kept posing the question…”What are you doing? Don’t you know that I created you for so much more than this?” In that moment, I submitted everything to Christ and returned to my first love. The years wasted, the talents and gifts I had squandered, all I had, and asked Him to renew me. This was the start of my transformation.
It has now been almost 15 years since that day and that man is but a distant memory of the man I am now. Today I’m proud to say I’m a loving husband, dedicated father, thriving entrepreneur, committed in the church and community. It hasn’t been all roses but it has been fulfilling. I’m now called to help other men discover and become the men God destined them to be: men of honor, valor, loving husbands and fathers, servant leaders, successful at work, friendship builders and pillars of their communities. These are men which leave a legacy and embrace greatness!
My passion for working with leaders of organizations is evident as a formally trained Leadership & Business Coach. I specialize in working with men in leadership roles. My focus is on working with their core values, vision, purpose, & mission to align them for success. In addition, my faith-based based approach helps empower men to discover and apply their God-given abilities for dramatic life change.
This is the reason I created Led to Lead™, a leadership development program designed for men. This is an in-depth and transformative approach for men seeking to start or develop their leadership at work, home and in the community. The outcome of this program goes beyond the individual and into the world. In addition to the program, there are ongoing support initiatives for healthy accountability and ongoing growth.
In 2005, I founded Pumped, Inc., a brand development and design consultancy. Today the firm has worked with over 100+ startups, entrepreneurs, and businesses across 45 industries. Prior to starting the firm, I worked for various local, national and international agencies. The reason I started the firm was to help small businesses build and grow their brands. Staying true to the original mission, the firm continues to help businesses as well as run our own registered non-profit.
As a CMO, I bring almost 20 years of proven experience to the business. Over these years I’ve led a team of talented professionals and we’ve had the privilege to share with our customers the recognition of many awards from prestigious shows such as the One Show, National, Regional, Best Of Show Addy Awards, HSMAI and various others. In 2008, I also started the Pumped For Change 501(C)(3) non-profit to help bring awareness and support to local charities and organizations.