I was born on March 3rd, 1980 in Jacksonville, FL. I was blessed with a great childhood and raised by a single mother. My mother sacrificed many things to ensure I had everything I needed and pretty much what I wanted. I’m not afraid to admit that I was spoiled-rotten. As a kid, I grew up loving and playing most sports. In high school I transitioned into football where I was a self-proclaimed, average-at-best quarterback. After graduating high school, I begin my entrepreneurial efforts and stated a music recording label. Not longer after I met my wife who I have been with for twenty years and we have three beautiful daughters.
After moving on from my record label, I began my career in the credit and collection industry. At the time I took a entry-level job and had no idea it was the beginning of a career that is going on twenty years. Over the course of the next several years I took on many roles being promoted up to a SVP. After ten years with that organization, my entrepreneurial spirit reared its head and along with business partners we started what would quickly become one of the premier and leading organizations in our industry. We organically grew the organization from the ground up into a multi-million-dollar company.
During those eight years, I found my career exploding. While I set out with one goal in mind, to architect and establish our company as an industry leader which was accomplished, I never envisioned the journey I would set out on. That journey took me to the pinnacle of our industry, and I became one of the faces that represented our entire industry. From writing for national publications, speaking at the largest conferences, traveling all over the country, and representing thousands of organizations on the board of directors of a national association. I felt very fortunate while learning more than I could have imagined. Due to philosophical differences with my partners, I made the difficult but necessary decision to leave the company and started a corporate consulting company, RightAway, LLC (www.TheRightAway.com).
RightAway was a career in the making and allowed me to leverage decades of insights and experiences I had gained to share with everyone. In the years since RightAway started, I have had the fortune of working with many great companies and individuals accomplishing our mission of getting individuals and organizations from where they are to where they want to be. RightAway has also created the Debt Collection Forum podcast(thedcforum.com) that serves as the premier podcast for the credit and collection industry.
I firmly believe as a leader and influencer we have a responsibility to those who we have the fortunate opportunity to lead to allow them to truly get to know us. We must be transparent and allow the world to not just see our accomplishments, but our failures as well. As I personally look at the world of global influencers, I quickly discovered that what a lot of them were saying sounded great, but is what their saying gained from personal experience or material they read on the internet from someone else? I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have experienced success, but at the same time I have had my share of failures as well and that is truly what valuable wisdom is comprised of. I believe the personal and professional experiences I have gone through were not experienced in vain and I strongly feel I have a social and civic obligation to share them. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received came from my pastor who said, “you can not have a testimony without a test.”
So here is my commitment to you. My personal mission is to engage, inspire, and empower you to get from where you are to where you want to be. If your looking for an influencer that has always gotten everything they wanted, only experienced success with no failure, never suffered or struggled personally or professionally, then I’m not the guy. But if you’re looking for someone that started from modest beginnings, worked extremely hard for everything they have earned, has seen the mountain-top yet visited the valley more than once, gone through unimaginable trials and tribulations, and cares more about the success of others than themselves then you’ve come to the right person. I can guarantee I am one of the most perfectly imperfect people you will come across, so let’s enjoy this journey together.