College of Management and Technology
I was born in Pensacola, FL, but grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. I earned a B.S. in Psychology at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Soon after, I moved to Milwaukee, WI and earned an M.A. in Communications/Advertising from Marquette University, tending bar and playing professional soccer in my spare time. After graduating from Marquette, my wife and I packed up our bags and moved west to Phoenix, where I completed my MBA through the University of Phoenix in 2000. We lived in Phoenix for 9 years, and after a two year visit to Pittsburgh, we are back again once again. The sunshine and beautiful sunsets were too difficult to give up.
I have held several communications, marketing and advertising related positions in the past 12 years. In my current position, I am the Vice President of Marketing for OC Music & Dance, a non-profit community performing arts school. My most recent position was Director of Marketing for Dick’s Sporting Goods, the country’s largest (by volume) sporting goods retailer. Prior to working at Dick’s, I worked at PETsMART, Inc., the world's largest pet retailer, where I have held a variety of positions a four year period. My final position there was Associate Creative Director, focusing primarily on brand perception, consistency and visual implementation, i.e., signage, decor, etc. Also during my tenure at PETsMART, I was the Marketing Manager for National Events and Promotions, Director or Services Marketing and Director of Special Media. It's demanding work, but at least we could bring our four-legged friends into work anytime we want! I do have pets, of course; a rescued greyhound and three psychotic cats.
In my spare time, I play with my two daughters, play golf, practice yoga and Tae Kwon Do (I tested and received my first degree black belt) and I am also an actor and professional stand up comic, performing at local and national clubs.