I GREW UP ON THE ICE, WITH HOCKEY AT THE CENTER OF MY WORLD.  TO KEEP UP WITH THE CALIBER OF TALENT I FACED EACH WEEK REQUIRED AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF DISCIPLINE AND FOCUS.  DESPITE THE FIERCE COMPETITION, I ALWAYS BELIEVED MY ONLY TRUE COMPETITOR WAS ACTUALLY MYSELF. 

I SPENT THE EARLIER PART OF MY CAREER GAINING PERSPECTIVE IN CONSULTING, WHILE UNDERSTANDING HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN ALLOW FOR GLOBAL SCALE.  IT BECAME CLEAR THAT BUILDING PEOPLE, TEAMS, AND CULTURE WITHIN ORGANIZATIONS WAS THE FUELING FORCE BEHIND MY TRUE PURPOSE. 

IT WASN'T UNTIL I WAS ASKED TO DO SOMETHING AGAINST MY MORAL CODE THAT I DECIDED TO TAKE THE LEAP AND CREATE A COMPANY OF MY OWN, ZIPKICK.  THIS COMPANY IS THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF ALL THE THINGS THAT MEAN MOST TO ME.  ZIPKICK WAS CREATED TO FOSTER A GLOBAL COMMUNITY, DRIVEN BY AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS.  IT NOT ONLY ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO DISCOVER UNQIUE EXPERIENCE THAT STRENGTHEN CONNECTION, BUT IT SUPPORTS THE INFLUENCERS OF THE WORLD IN SUSTAINING THEIR LIFE THROUGH THE BUILDING OF THEIR PERSONAL BRANDS. 

NOTHING EXCITES ME MORE THAN WATCHING THE WORLD BECOME A BETTER PLACE.  WE ALL HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES, BUT I'VE LEARNED YOU CAN'T LET YOUR ENVIRONMENT DICTATE WHAT IS TRULY POSSIBLE FOR YOUR LIFE.  THERE IS A PATH FORWARD FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL ON THIS PLANET.  IT ALL COMES DOWN TO HOW BADLY YOU WANT IT AND HOW HARD YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR IT.