My background was primarily one of advertising and marketing, president of my own agency in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Our primary area of focus was media buying and web and video production. In the early 2000s I wanted to diversify our services and proceeded to open a retail marketing center offering a one-stop marketing solution to area businesses. Long story short, our new business was a big hit right out of the gate and based on this success, we franchised the concept and built the franchise system to 35 locations in 16 states coast to coast in 3 short years. Looking back what an achievement- from a little town in Western Pa. to a location in Beverly Hills! I think I’ll pat myself on the back right now! :-)
As you might imagine, going thru this process led me to gaining a great deal of expertise not only in franchising but in small business start up as well. I also made a ton of contacts within the franchise industry along the way!
Today as a Business Advisor, I work with individuals all over the country looking to make the change necessary in their lives to get on a path of reaching their goals and dreams just like I had done. Any type of change is a scary thing and believe me, it scared the living daylights out of me making the change needed initially that put me on the path to where I am today.
I have founded four companies and with my wife Rita, currently operate a Marketing Products & Services Company as well as a Business Consulting Firm that has relationships with hundreds of Franchise companies. We're based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and work with clients all over the country as well as internationally.
• Business Advisor Specializing in Business Startup
• Video Producer & Editor / Web Developer
• FAA Pilot & USCG Licensed Ships Captain