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My parents will tell you that I captured the attention of my first audience at a very early age and never turned back. They will also tell you that I cost them way too much money, but that is beside the point. I started facilitating leadership presentations and speeches in 2002 for my peers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and at regional student leader conferences.
By infusing my thought-provoking talks with comedy and self-awareness, my audiences stay engaged from beginning to end. In 2011 I was signed by the nationally renowned agency, CAMPUSPEAK. Becoming a Professional Speaker has allowed me to do the two things I love most: having a positive impact on individuals’ lives and making people laugh!
Most recently, I became a Professional Life Coach in January of 2014. I work with my clients to help them get out of their own way and begin living their lives on purpose. I coach individuals on finding and following their passion, work-life balance, leadership techniques, communication skills, and public speaking.
I grew up in Sayville, NY and attended college at UNCW. While there I was a Resident Assistant for over 3 years and was heavily involved on campus. I earned my B.S. in Marine Biology in May of 2005 and promptly put it to good use by attending graduate school for Higher Education Counseling at Clemson University.
During my time at Clemson, I uncovered my passion for Social Justice work as noted by my efforts with the One World Project and my work in the Multicultural Programs and Services Office. I became a proud brother of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. in February of 2007. In May of 2007 I earned my Masters of Counselor Education: Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education.
I then moved to New York City, to be closer to my family and my dreams. I worked for 4 years at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus where I oversaw the advocacy, leadership-development efforts, crisis response, and community programming for all first-year students residing on campus. Then in October, 2011, I became the Student Government Organization (SGO) Advisor at New Jersey City University. As the SGO Advisor I served as a bridge between the students and all other departments on campus and oversaw the leadership development of many of the university’s student leaders. Finally, in August of 2013, I left NJCU to pursue my dream of being a full time speaker and a life coach.
Outside of spending time with clients and students, I have a number of other passions and hobbies. Most notably, improv comedy. I trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and taught classes at the Magnet Theater, both in New York. In early 2009 I created “North Coast” an improv team that incorporates freestyle rapping and beatboxing into long-form improv; we have impressed and delighted audiences nationwide. I am also a semi-professional photographer who is loyal to Canon products. Lastly, and possibly most randomly, I am a wedding officiant and have had the distinct honor of officiating 7 weddings of close friends!