About this Blog
Life is difficult and has many struggles. It isn’t always glamorous. By sharing what I’ve learned and my thoughts on life, I hope to inspire others and help them to be successful at work, business, leadership, money and family. It is my hope that some of the things I’ve learned will help others to succeed in life and financially. Growing up in a poor home and facing a level of financial hardship, I was able to break out of the financial bondage that my family had experienced. Now I am on a personal mission to inspire and show people how to live a financially successful life and create wealth for themselves and their families. My quest is to inspire others in the belief that they can become millionaires and show them how.
After spending 15 years with Dave Ramsey, I am now working to develop and promote a new wave of innovative thinking and products in the personal financial education and services space. Joining the Financially Fit team in January 2017, we’ve been busy developing new products and services and are working to change the face of personal finance across America. It is my belief that Americans need an overhaul in how they think about money what they aspire to achieve in life. While there are many competitors in the personal financial space, the market is currently being highly under-served, and consequently many individuals who are both poor and wealthy are not getting the support, information or services that they need to maximize their money for a brighter financial future. Americans are letting their opportunity to build generational wealth slip through their fingers. Imagine an America without poverty. An America where every American is wealthy. That’s the America I envision, and once America, then the world.
The Financial Manifesto
Education and The Early Years
I graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from Pensacola Christian College. In my first year after college, I spent time at several different manufacturing facilities on assembly lines attempting to work my way into an engineering position. Falcon Fabricators, manufacturer of stainless steel restaurant equipment, Whirlpool, manufactured air conditioning systems, and finally landed back the the company I interned with in college, Bennett Tool and Die, a job shop for General Electric, Yamaha and several other clients.
Several months after returning to Bennett, I was moved into the engineering department where I spent six years doing engineering and network administration work. In March 2001, I made the decision to say goodbye to my engineering career and move full time into digital and technology. I joined Dave Ramsey, noted author, radio talk show host and entrepreneur. I spent the last 15 years on the journey from web developer to Director to VP of Internet Business and Technology. In 2012, I became the first CIO in company history where I held the role until June 2015 when I became COO. My journey with Ramsey Solutions ended in May 2016.
During my time with the Dave Ramsey organization, I spearheaded the transition from an analog company into the digital world. We were very early stage innovators in the online space with online lead generation and managements systems in 2002, early adopters of ecommerce, developed advertising synergy between our radio and online advertising, elearning pioneers, online budgeting technology in 2003, early leveraging of website analytics to grow our business, and much more. As the primary leader of our digitial expansion, I oversaw and influenced the maturing of our digital strategies and growth of our digital team from a staff of 3 to 150.
Personal Finance, organizational planning, business planning, problem solving, leadership development, team skills mentoring, innovative thinking, digital business development, and leveraging the power of pulling together technology and business. Really appreciates the freedom to influence his surroundings, affect change and make improvements in all areas of business and life.