Inside every founder, there is a great leader. My job is to reveal what already exists.
As founders, our brains work differently. We see opportunities where others see dead ends. We question assumptions. Most importantly, we take risks and we take action.
I say “we” because I’m a founder and serial entrepreneur myself. Before I began coaching, I developed a multimillion dollar business portfolio which included retail, professional service, and commercial real estate development companies. I’ve developed multimillion dollar projects, raised millions in capital, worked with hundreds of small business clients, and consulted with billion-dollar investment firms.
But as an entrepreneur, my mistakes have been just as formative as my successes. I’ve started numerous businesses that have failed. I’ve gone all-in on half-baked business concepts. I’ve been sued by crooked partners. I’ve lost an incredible amount of money. I’ve gone through the crap in life that can’t be faked. If you’re a founder, you can appreciate these experiences.
I began coaching six years ago as I grew my businesses. A coach I had hired when I was building my businesses encouraged me to take coaching courses to advance my leadership skills. Initially, I employed coaching as a managerial skill with my staff. I was also a landlord at the time and, without realizing it, I began operating as a business coach to many of my tenants to ensure that they were able to pay their rent. As my experience grew, I moved from coaching to advising startups and established businesses.
As an advisor, I quickly realized that the problems that most business owners face are not purely business related. Nearly every challenge I encountered with an entrepreneur started and stopped with the entrepreneur himself. These problems had little to do with the entrepreneurs’ businesses, but it was in their business where their personal challenges manifested themselves. However, in my role as advisor, I was tasked with increasing the company’s value – not improving the founder’s wellbeing. Through coaching, I can now do both: improve the founder’s quality of life and increase their organization’s success.
Outside of coaching, I am an active investor. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and our dog. When I’m home, I am on the beach every day. I travel often, and I love to take photos of the exotic locations I visit. I surf often, paddle board competitively, and wander through the desert from time-to-time.
I’m a Fellow at the Insitute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School, and active member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and the Young Entrepreneur Council. I’ve received the CoBiz GenXYZ Young Entrepreneur Award, as well as recognition from Under30CEO, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).