Vice President Auxiliary / Business Services
2006 - 2010 (about 4 years)
Responsible for the business side of one of the largest private Universities ($185M P&L = 1300 employees) Exposed to multiple industries (real estate, retail, hospitality,...more housing, transportation) + free MBA win-win-win
* Provided key leadership and strategic direction to stabilize and optimize the daily operations of the company in order to achieve sales and net profit objectives. * Analyzed...more and reorganized this low-performing company to maximize ROI, introduced a more targeted sales and marketing strategy and built credibility with key stakeholders. * Identified operational gaps and inefficiencies, and coordinated the development of procedures that improved the quality and efficiency of operations worked clos
I'm the CEO of Syncromatics and Hangar202. The first is a tech company that is tackling the glamorous world of transit and mobility. The second an investment group I started with the Co-Founder of the Hillstone Restaurant Group and yes you have probably eaten and raved about their restaurants.
I'm a husband, father, friend, and multiple Dundy award-winning "don't go in there after that guy award". I was a pretty good student, a better athlete and a stellar Marine. I've sold a company, bought a couple companies and invested in about 40+ startups with plans to invest in many more.
I've mentored 5 CEOs but only 2 really listened and that's ok. Those 2 would tell you the advice was extremely helpful and one would tell you I saved his company. I kinda did.
I've led or been on a small team raising capital for startups totaling around $25M. I have one investment publicly trading but that's a much longer story.
I climbed Mt Whitney in one day. It took about 15 hours and I ran out of water and broke my life straw. That was tough.
I think that's about all the self-promotion I have in me today.
If I could describe Ian in one word it would be: people. Ian possesses the unique ability to connect quickly and easily with his direct reports, his frontline staff, his customers and his suppliers in a friendly, trustworthy way that inspires confidence and trust. It has been my pleasure to work with him in many capacities as a colleague and a friend.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Money has never been a motivator. However, I would love to coach and mentor kids in Junior High and High School so they maximize opportunities and avoid a hamster wheel type career. I do this now but on a limited basis.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
I should have taken the dive into entrepreneurship after the USMC. I felt I had to go to college first. I don't regret that but in 2010 when I started my entrepreneurs journey I realized I could have done a lot much earlier without school.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
I've built multiple companies and brands. However the most creative I've felt without making a dollar has been writing screenplays. I've written 4 and enjoyed that process a great deal.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Richard Brandon - a real serial entrepreneur before it was cool to be one
Steve Jobs - vision & relentless pursuit
Elon Musk - no fear
Reid Hoffman - sharing stories & knowledge
Bill Gates - giving back
Mark Zuckerberg - growth as a person v comp
What's your super power?
X-ray vision into people's motivations. I read bullshit as fast as a speeding bullet.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Email first. It's just easier to keep track of and action oriented aka reply, calendar etc
What words of wisdom do you live by?
People first; problems second
It's amazing what man can accomplish when he doesn't care who gets the credit.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Building teams and being around great people with good intentions.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Yearbook. It was an elective that allowed you to build a story, layout design and imagery to support the story, and have a final product in the market.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Invested in tech companies I was a huge early advocate for before they were big. My friends thought uber was weird I thought it was amazing, airbnb, oculus, zenefits, Asana, Pipedrive and others.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
I'm just a trailer park kid from home gardens (shit hole next to Corona). I have a lot of intestinal fortitude. My obstacle was an abusive mother battling alcoholism.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Angel, creative confidence, starts with why, grinding it out, shoe dog, wooden
What's your favorite non-business book?
Star Wars, biographies, and Michael Chriton or Malcolm Gladwell