Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Founded 2+ startups
I'm a Business Founder, Philanthropist, Startup Founder and Incubator/Accelerator Director, specializing in eCommerce, Hospitality, Gaming, and Technology. Operational management experience in technology application ideation, creation, and implementation. Create culture, recruit and assemble talent. Relationship development with Venture Capital, Advisory Committees, and Mentors. Market Intelligence expert of emerging technology.
For the last year, I ran a startup accelerator in Las Vegas, strategically focused on hospitality and gaming startups. Prior to that, I was CEO of a Startup Studio of over 30 web, mobile, and enterprise applications. From 2006 to 2013 I owned and operated Negri Electronics, the nation’s most popular online store for unlocked wireless devices, and scaled that company to ~$60M in revenue in 7 years - bootstrapped & exited in 2013.
Over the course of my career, I have amassed an incredibly valuable network of talented engineers, project managers, designers, and have forged meaningful relationships with notable clients, such as Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, The Department of Defense, and others. When it comes to technology, I’m the one introducing new products to my network. I’m bullish on AI, AR, and commerce as emerging industries, and passionate about e-commerce and helping other founders succeed. I'm a well-respected local community leader, connector, mentor, and investor.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves. - Leo Tolstoy
June 2012 - December 2016
Laicos is a Business & Technology Consultancy & Startup Studio. Reach out if you need help with your tech startup/business.
Iron Yard Ventures
April 2016 - January 2017
Iron Yard Ventures is the Venture Capital arm of sister company The Iron Yard (coding academy). As Managing Director I led the hospitality and gaming accelerator in Las Vegas. My responsibilities included creating the program’s curriculum, sourcing office space, raising capital and recruiting mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs for the program, as well as marketing the program and bringing large local corporations and privately held companies together to innovate in the hospitality and gaming industries.
June 2006 - December 2013
Negri Electronics, Inc (2006-2013) Las Vegas, NV/Costa Mesa, CA Negri Electronics was the largest privately owned electronics e-commerce company in the U.S. Bootstrapped from $0 to $54M in total revenue, during an economic downturn, to exit Christmas Eve 2013 - without raising capital or taking on debt. Led a sales team managing thousands of domestic & international consumers, hundreds of SMB, SME and enterprise customers and over ten thousand SKU’s.
St. Cloud State University (SCSU)
1999 - 2003
Iron Yard Ventures - Hospitality & Gaming Accelerator (2016) (Managing Director)