I aim to seek out innovative, sustainable ways -- through products, services and/or activities -- to improve people's lives and make our world a better place to live.
2007-Current: CEO and Co-founder for Project Koru, a national Nonprofit organization that helps young adults move forward after cancer through community and the outdoors. This was an incredible learning experience in not only how to grown and run a successful social enterprise organization, but how to communicate benefits to stakeholders in terms of making a difference in the world. Not everyone responds to this, but everyone can relate to stories that hit close to home. All of us have been hit by cancer in one form or another, myself included. When I share the stories of the survivors who attend our programs, people can see someone close to them being that person. It hits home. This role has also taught me how to be the best leader, listener, and collaborator. I'm still learning this!
2007-Current: President / Founder of Cascade Kiteboarding: I started this with nothing but a wetsuit and some kiteboarding gear. I taught by myself, all day every day for three summers, and grew it to now having 12 employees, 8 jet skis and running 600 lessons in 4 months every summer. I'm not kidding when I say we positively change lives through kiteboarding. I've seen it. And teaching is really fun.
1997-2007: Marketing Director: I freelanced as marketing strategist, art director, and even copywriter for a number of brands from Eddie Bauer and REI to Microsoft, North Sails, Slingshot Kiteboarding, BigFish Promotions, Rivals.com, Blues Clues, Real Networks, Naish, and many more, executing on projects as interesting as full company brand strategies to designing national bowl game promotions to dry creative work such as writing user manuals for kids' software games (kids don't read user manuals - they're useless).
Pre-2007: Production Assistant for CBS, Reporter for NPR, Mural artist for the Dave Letterman Show, Catering Manager for Restaurants Unlimited, Graphic Artist for REI and Eddie Bauer, and many more work-my-ass-off-with-little-pay jobs that taught me solid work ethic and doing my best at whatever job I had at the moment.
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Where I usually work unless I'm not:
216 Cascade Ave, Ste 222
Hood River, OR 97031