While attending Fort Lewis College as a Sophomore in 2002 my entrepreneurship class assignment was to create a generic business with strategic and financial forecasts. My project focus was to create an audio visual company that would cater to the unmet needs of southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. A month after completion of the business plan I had secured a $10,000 investment to open the doors of Axxis Audio, a name centered around xxi the roman numerals for my age of 21 at the time.
Within one year I had achieved over $500,000 in sales and quickly grew the company from a 700sq. location to over 5000sq. ft with multi-million dollar sales and ten full time employees. I had an opportunity to sell Axxis Audio in 2011 and moved to Miami Florida to create EOS Controls a smart home technology software and hardware development company. The initial focus was to flood the burgeoning Miami condo market with EOS Controls products and services through a network of architects, designers, and builders.
Despite business growth, my wife and I found out that we were expecting our first child. The revelation caused us to re-evaluate our priorities and move closer to family. In the beginning of 2013 I stepped down as the Chief Operating Officer of EOS Controls and began an MBA at the University of Colorado to solidify and enhance my business skills. Additionally I will be graduating from gSchool Denver, with a certificate in web development at the end of June, 2015.
To serve as a humble admired leader committed to excellence, live a balanced happy life, and make a significant positive difference with those around me
My Value Proposition
I'm extremely hard working, enthusiastic, and enterprising. I thrive of challenging analytical projects. I'm intrigued my the unique traits and contributions of human capital, and love to extract the best from individuals in my team. I take initiative and don't require motivation from others.
Executive MBA graduate student with eleven years of professional experience in fast paced startup environments.
Co-founder of EOS Controls, a smart home technology software and hardware development company, in 2011
- Raised $10,000 in investment to develop a home theater and home automation sales and installation business that grew to over $2MM in sales. (sold the company in 2011)
University of Colorado, Boulder / Denver, CO: Masters of Business Administration (MBA), expected graduation July 2015
Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado, 2005: Bachelor of Arts, Business Marketing
Yamasa Institute, Okazaki Japan, 2002: SILAC (Short Intensive Japanese Language Acquisition Course 12 Week
Universidad Interamericana De Puerto Rico, 2000: Intensive Spanish Language Acquisition Course 12 Week
Western Reserve Academy, Hudson OH, 1999: High School
Avid cyclist, competing in multiple 50-100 mile races in the past three years (Road and Mountain). Trail and road running enthusiast, completing over 40 half marathons and marathons in the past three years.
My first Entrepreneurial experience at the age of nine
When I was little my parents frequented a wholesale market in Ohio and typically dragged me along. On one occasion a wrist watch that resembled a now popular Casio G-Shock caught my eye. I remember instantly thinking "I could sell these to my classmates!"
I begged my parents to buy ten watches to start with for $5 each. I discussed payment instructions with my Mom and had her help me photocopy flyers that I could distribute to my classmates . The next day I handed out flyers and within 24 hours sold all 10 watches for $20 each, clearing $150 profit.
A few of my classmates expressed discontent (loud crying) that I didn't have enough supply to meet demand and immediately told the teacher who in turn told the principal. Within an hour the principal announced a whole school assembly over the PA system.
As we filtered into a room big enough to hold the student body I was pulled aside and instructed to sit on a slightly elevated platform facing everyone. With over 100 of my peers present, the principal expressed her frustration with me and instructed the student body of 4th graders that "John Marty did something VERY WRONG." The principal then made each student, whether they did or did not purchase a watch, approach me (obviously crying by now) so that I could apologize.
My parents found out the news of this strange social experiment that afternoon while picking me up from school, spoke their minds to the principal, removed me from this school, and placed me in another school.