• What I'm Working on Now

    CEO, Smart-RIA

    Smart-RIA is a FinTech startup founded in 2011 and located in Knoxville, TN. Our SaaS and value added services provide professionals in the Registered Investment Advisor community with best-in-class technology to make maintaining State and Federal compliance easy, and to manage other business critical operations, all through one dashboard.

    My current focus is on fundraising to capitalize on our advantage as current technology leaders in the market, as well as overseeing operations in development, marketing and sales.

    Investor: Audiohand

    One of the tech startups in which I'm an investor is Audiohand: an iOS app for quickly and easily making beautiful recordings of live music with nothing more than your phone.

     

    I'm also Marketing Director of the Audiohand team, and have aided in getting additional funding for further development.

    Partner: Instartly

    Instartly is a "done for you" unified communications service for small business and startups.

     

    We deliver a mobile-ready website, branded email and integrated phone line: all the basics that a business needs to communicate professionally with their customers, with an hour or less of their time to get up and running.

     

    Options starting at $299 a year, including website, email and phone.

    VIEO Design

    Partner: VIEO Design

    As Instartly reaches its growth benchmarks, it is in no small part because I cut my teeth as a marketing professional and partner/owner at VIEO Design

     

    VIEO specializes in high-end WordPress websites, inbound marketing, and general awesomeness.

    Consulting

    I launched my first tech startup in 1999, and have been actively learning and practicing tech entrepreneurship and online marketing since 1997. I've learned a lot about marketing, startups and building teams along the way.

     

    I'm not currently taking clients, but let's talk to see if there's a fit between what I know and what you need to achieve. I'll be happy to help if I can.

  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. 

    - Aldous Huxley

  • About Me

    A little about me, the things I'm good at, and my work-related passions.

    Mac pitching Instartly to investors

    Introduction

    Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing, Psychology

    I've been an entrepreneur since 1999, an online marketer since 1997, and a student of people and psychology since 1987. I've made my share of mistakes, garnered enough wins to keep me going, and have proven ability to help my customers to succeed, regardless of whether they have small needs or big ones.

    This section briefly explores what's gotten me to where I am now.

    Berry College

    Education

    B.S. Psychology | Berry College
    M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology | UT Chattanooga
    Certification in Positive Psychology | University of Pennsylvania

    I've been a student of people and what makes us tick since the 1980s. My studies have helped me build and motivate teams, increase sales, improve marketing ROI and cope with the stress and strain of entrepreneurship. My passion for business and the successes I've had all come down to my love of people and deep fascination with our motivations.

    Mac's family

    Passions

    Work without passion is like a kiss without a squeeze.

    I'm not exactly old as the hills, but I'm old enough to know what I like. And, I make a point to incorporate my passions into my work. My deepest, longest-abiding passions are, in no particular order:

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Psychology
    • Team Building
    • Helping Others
    • Creative Problem Solving
    Read more about my world views in this article I published on Inc.com.
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