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About Me

Personal

I have had the privilege to call many places home over my life.  I was born in Hawaii.  Spent my childhood years in New York, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Attended high school in Scotland and went to college in Florida.  In 1998 I settled northwest of Atlanta with my wife Heather and now two sons, Chad and Chase.

In 1999 I started InternetSafety.com which went on to produce the top-rated Parental Control product on the market before being acquired by McAfee at the end of 2010.  This has allowed my family and I to pursue two passions that we all share.  The first is serving in a great local church that is reaching the community around it – not just talking about it.  It took us several years, but we have finally found our church home at Freedom Church in Acworth, GA.  Our second passion is travel –  from boating in Belize to laying on the beach in Jamaica to skiing in Whistler we have been able to experience more of our world than the typical family.

Personal Accomplishments

  • Disney’s Dopey Challenge Finisher (2015)
  • American Sailing Association Certifications: 101, 103, 104 & 114 (2014)
  • Open Water Scuba Certified (2013)
  • NYC Marathon Finisher (2010)
  • 8-time Peachtree Road Race Finisher (2009 – 2016)

Me: Our passports arrived today, where should we use them first?

Chase: DISNEY WORLD

Dad, when are you going to start another business and sell it? ~ Chad

Professional

I am what people would probably call a serial entrepreneur.  I started my first business when I was 13 and used the money I made to buy a scooter.  In high school I ran a donation-based lawn mowing service that crushed the other high school competitor in the area.

In 1999, with my brother, I started InternetSafety.com.  We built a parental product called Safe Eyes that was rated as the #1 product on the market.  I learned a lot from the School of Hard Knocks in the 11 years that I ran that business.  (See the My Story section for more on these lessons.)  In 2010, McAfee acquired InternetSafety.com.

I enjoyed my time at McAfee.  I learned a lot about how big companies work, and in many cases how they don’t work.  In late 2012 McAfee laid off myself and the 20+ people that remained from the original InternetSafety.com team.  It was a tough day when I turned the lights off for the final time on the business where I had turned the lights on originally.

I needed the kick in the pants though.  It is easy to get comfortable in a big company.  In November of 2014 I launched my next venture, FilterSnap.  Going back into a startup has been more difficult than I had imagined, but it has been a lot of fun too.  Stay tuned, I’m sure some great stories will come out of this next adventure as well.

Professional Accomplishments

  • McAfee GM Award for work on annual user conference (2012)
  • Safe Eyes – Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval (2011)
  • InternetSafety acquired by McAfee (2010)
  • Safe Eyes – Editor’s Choice, LAPTOP Magazine (2008)
  • Safe Eyes – Editor’s Choice, PC Magazine (2006 & 2007)
  • Safe Eyes – Rated #1 by Consumer Reports (2005)