Marketer, architect, photographer, fitness freak, family man, tree hugger, tech geek and lover of ice cold beer.
Yes. That’s all true. But there are some gaps… I founded Paradise Social in late 2011 to help small business owners implement and manage social media marketing and publicity for their businesses at an affordable price. Since founding Paradise Social we have expanded our services to include SEO and SEM, website design, and logo, graphic and mobile app design in order to provide our clients with a tightly integrated digital internet presence.
The journey started in 1986 when I received my 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame which included a year of study abroad in Rome, Italy. After graduation I spent 14 years as a licensed architect working on laboratory, aviation, museum, and K-12 education projects at the big firm powerhouses of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Perkins+Will in Chicago.
While working on international projects in Japan, China and the Philippines in the mid-90’s I became nearly obsessed with the exchange of project data via the internet. And by the late 90’s I had shifted my focus wholly on the use of the internet in the design and construction industry, designing corporate websites and implementing internet-based collaborative software solutions for A/E firms, and for billion dollar municipal capital construction programs. It was very exciting, bleeding edge stuff back then. And it ended with resounding success.
I moved abroad in 2005 and focused on international real estate and vacation property management. I learned Spanish and my experience and success in doing business internationally using the internet as a means for communication, data sharing and collaboration fit right in with managing foreign real estate investors and absentee vacation property owners. More recently, I was the General Manger, with a hand in Business Development, for 3rd Planet PR – a green and clean tech/consumer/business-faced PR firm.
This collective experience has made me both knowledgeable of and sensitive to the realities resulting from the daily joys and frustrations that small business owners know all too well. It’s tough and competitive out there and you have to use everything in your skill set arsenal in order to succeed. Social media marketing, SEO, SEM, responsive website design and mobile apps are all the evolution of an environment I am very comfortable working in. And that’s why I continue to apply my vast experience making the internet work for businesses here at Paradise Social.
I am fluent in Spanish, have a wife and two great kids and like it says above, I’m a lover of beaches, sunsets, Mother Nature, and ice cold beer. Wanna dig deeper? Check out my CV/Résumé. I look forward to collaborating with you soon!