Meet Gv

The Path is Wiser Than the Traveler

To be honest I’m not much for certifications but when I look back over the last twenty years it’s hard to explain who I am in a few sentences. I can dive into a Hubspot implementation about as easily as I can roll in Adho Mukha Vrksasana. In 2020 I spent seven of the most challenging days of my adult life sitting in silence at a Vipassana meditation retreat. Five months later I became a LeanStack Mentor. Who I am on a daily basis depends a lot on the job to be done. For me “growth strategy” isn’t exclusive to the boardroom; growth should occurs in all areas of our life. The best I can do today is show up and be the best human I can be. Some days that’s easier than others; some days it’s not. In the end, I believe we’re all just doing the best we can with what we’ve got. My teacher tells me to, “Love everyone and tell the truth.” I’m telling you your’e perfect and you’re right on time!

The early years…

Knowing who I am today it’s hard to believe that I was born and grew up in a town of 700 people in the middle of Central Nebraska. There’s still no stoplight in Sargent but it was the home of my first lemonade stand. Broken Bow, Nebraska became my home in 1991. Thanks to some amazing educators and coaches I discovered my passion for computers, music, and all sorts of others cools stuff. 

Belgium, college & cruises…

I had the good fortune of spending my junior year in high school as a foreign exchange student in Belgium. Interestingly enough, it was in Brussels that I bought my first copy of Light on Yoga. I came home started DJing as a side hustle, finished high school, spent a few years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney getting a degree in Computer Information Systems then took off for the high seas as a DJ for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Frontpage and MS Access…

After returning from the cruise ships I got my first “real job” working for Intellicom in Kearney, Nebraska. To this day, I can’t think of a more amazing group of mentors who taught me so many amazing things about running a business. From 2002 through 2010 I started our  “web services” division by building websites in Microsoft Front Page and teaching people how to use Microsoft Office Suite. 

Stepping onto the path…

In 2010 I took a position with a digital agency in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the better part of 10 years just trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. While I had stopped drinking alcohol in 2007, I finally started to get healthy in 2012 after I found therapy. In 2013 I became a certified yoga teacher. In 2015 I found myself drinking ayahuasca in the Amazon. In 2016 I met my Vedanta teacher. Each of these events changed my life and are still very much a part of my journey. 

Tech & Entrepreneurship

I started building “SaaS” products in the mid-2000s before we even knew what SaaS was. I watched the rise of “Web 2.0″and social networks. I launched my first agency in 2010, my first startup in 2011, and have been living on the edge of tech and entrepreneurship ever since. Even today, I love squirreling myself away on a quiet Friday night to explore a new marketing automation platform or CRM system. I’ll twist every nob and flip every dial till I can visualize the underlying database architecture. 

Growth – in life and in business…

I started coaching baseball as an 8th grader and continued coaching well into my 30s. In 2012 I started my “turn-around” career by embedding myself into organizations with the express intent of building an optimized system to solve a  problem then hiring my replacement once the need for creation energy had passed. Now I’ve consolidated 20 years of knowledge into a book, an online training program, mastermind groups, a 1:1 coaching program and a community for Founders Thriving. 

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