Student of Life.
Loving Husband. Entrepreneur. Community Builder. Apple Fanboy. College Dropout. Student of Life.
Hey! So, quick about me blurb:
I grew up on a farm in Taber, Alberta with one younger brother (he now runs a wine tour company in Toronto) and two amazing parents (they now live in Lethbridge). In November 2010 my wife, Danielle, and I got married on a beach in Cabo. My folks taught me that actions have consequences (I still chose to learn the hard way), showed me first-hand the hard work involved in running businesses, and introduced me to my favourite quote (from Zig Ziglar):
"If you help enough other people get what they want, you will get what you want."
Call it the golden rule, karma, doing the right thing, the long game, or whatever else you want but I live to give before I receive.
I founded Alberta's #1 coworking community, a nationwide security & automation company, and an IoT fleet management service.
I founded 100 Men Who Give A Damn in Calgary. Our mission is to build an army of men who give a damn about the community and each other.
I serve as a director of AWE, founder of GenYYC & the Calgary Coworking Alliance as well as a member of the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Committee.
I'm proud to mentor with ATB X, Startup Calgary, as well as directly with various Alberta based startups and small businesses.
2015 - Now
Work Nicer CoworkingFounder
No one succeeds alone. We are Alberta's Entrepreneurial Catalyst. Since opening the doors in December 2015 we have grown to become Alberta's largest coworking community. Working at home is soul-crushing. Work Nicer empowers entrepreneurs to get out of the house, out of the coffee shop, and get work done with their new found community.
2011 - Now
Cura is tech focused, forward-thinking security automation company. We operate nationwide in multiple verticals including residential, light commercial, and large commercial special projects. We really shine when given the opportunity to think outside the box.
2015 - Now
I acquired San-Fransisco based startup Doorbuzzing.com, the internet-enabled callbox helper that answers the phone and does smart things like open doors automatically during certain hours, ask for a PIN, call multiple people, and send an SMS alerts. We specialize in making the lives of short-term rental & property management companies streamline their operations.
iON was a design-centred, simple, turn-key service that blended physical hardware and SAAS. With clients like the City of Airdrie, Men In Kilts, and Tower Cleaners, we were great things. In 2015 I realized I lacked the passion and closed the business.
2005 - 2010
Misc Security CompaniesSales, Management & Executive
I earned my stripes by selling door-to-door across North America for US based security companies. From there I managed Top 10 sales teams and eventually was hired in an Executive position for a Toronto-based organization.
2019 - Now
Alberta Women EntrepreneursDirector
AWE's mission is to provide support and guidance for AWE and promote entrepreneurship as a viable business option for women. AWE believes that our economies and communities are stronger when women are full participants in entrepreneurship. Since 1995, AWE has been providing tools and resources to help women across the province succeed in starting or growing a business. For more than twenty years AWE has connected women with access to capital, training and workshops, business advising, and mentorship opportunities.
2017 - 2018
GenYYC is a new leadership development program designed in partnership by the Calgary Chamber and the Calgary Foundation. The goal of this program is simple: build great leaders, strong organizations and an engaged community. GenYYC embraces the evolution of the business and charitable sectors working collaboratively to create positive change. The program works to connect our city’s next generation of emerging leaders to a network of likeminded individuals from across all industries and sectors, for-profit and non-profits, to be at the forefront of building a healthy, inclusive, dynamic city for all.
2017 - Now
Calgary Coworking AllianceFounder
The Alliance is built on the three initial foundational pillars of Collaboration, Comarketing and Advocacy. Collaboration is the new competition. We are putting our money where our mouth is by working together, sharing best practices, resources, and connections. By working together to market what Coworking is truly all about is key to progressing the Coworking movement in Calgary. Together we represent 600+ members across 75,000+ square feet in Calgary. Working collectively enables us to direct our influence where our members need it most.
2016 - Now
Calgary StampedeGrandstand Committee
The Grandstand Committee is committed to advancing the Calgary Stampede's mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities. The Committee is a resource to and support for the creative and production team in the development and execution of the Grandstand Show. We create and deliver unique opportunities within the Stampede while also liaise with the Stampede Foundation, The Young Canadians School, the Friends of the Young Canadians and other members of the Stampede family.
2014 - Now
100 Men Who Give A DamnCo-Founder
Our mission is to build an army of men who give a damn about the community and each other. 100 Men is a powerful group of guys who gather four times a year and donate $100 each to a local charity. Not only have we raised over $200,000 for local charities - we are providing a platform and a community for men to influence change in the lives of the people around them.
Invest & Advise
2016 - Now
CMNGD is a local linen service for the hospitality industry providing employment, mentorship and a real living wage to people facing barriers.
2017 - Now
Muzooka takes the stress out of promoting your events, managing artist assets, and reporting live shows to performing rights organizations. Muzooka works with organizations globally inclusing SXSW, Ticketmaster, LiveNation, and more.
2017 - Now
Socialveil.ioInvestor & Advisor
Socialveil is a visual content calendar built by social media managers for social media managers. Social media is more than just scheduling and posting, it's about multitasking, community management, and efficiency.
2017 - Now
ENYAZ is a sustainable fashion brand catering to the luxury market. The company maintains the age old tradition of hand woven pashmina products while supporting the local communities where the artisans reside. All products are 100% organic and authenticated by the State Government of Kashmir and the National Government of India.
Get in Touch
Get in Touch
Even though I'm trying to say "no" more often, I do tend to say yes too much 🙂
Think I can add value to you, your company, project, podcast, blog, article, coworkers, students, class, charity, or stage?
Let’s chat about it. It’d be my pleasure.