I am a Kansas City entrepreneur that is a founding team member of Idle Smart, a provider of IoT (internet of things) trucking technology serving the transportation industry. Previously, I was the founder of a consumer Internet startup in Silicon Valley.
I hold a BS and MBA from Saint Louis University where I enjoyed a successful baseball career and finished by being named Academic All-American by ESPN. Most recently, I was highlighted as a top Kansas City entrepreneur when I was named to Ingram Magazine’s “Twenty in Their Twenties” class of 2012.
I volunteer as an Unified Partner for the Special Olympics and spend time speaking at events, panels, and workshops.
Idle Smart has developed and patented a product that works similar to a thermostat in your home but is designed for over-the-road semi trucks.
Idle Smart monitors the cabin temperature and automatically starts and stops the truck to keep the driver comfortable while saving the fleet around $3,000 a year in fuel expense and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 70%.
Idle Smart also maintains fleet uptime by keeping batteries charged and engines warm during the winter months.
I previously founded Livthis.com. Liv was a consumer Internet startup that allowed users to collect items they “want, love, and Liv for” all online, all in one place.
After moving to Silicon Valley and growing a small team, we decided to shut down the concept after 2+ years of hard work and long hours.
I am the president of KC Roundtable, which is a group of 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs who meet regularly to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses.
Our mission is to:
· Focus on relationship building; not lead generating
· Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching
I was one of the organizers for the URace4Water: KC Balloon Dash 5K & 10K which raised $8,300 for the UNICEF Tap Project. A lack of access to water leads to the spread of disease, dangerous disputes over water ownership, malnourishment, and often, an absence of an education, as children spend their day walking to get water instead of going to school.
URace4Water raised funds for the UNICEF Tap Project, which provides children around the world with access to clean water. The funds raised will go literally to the ground level—drilling wells, helping communities build latrines and learn about water hygiene, and trucking safe water to communities during emergencies.