As Chief Marketing Strategist for Penny / Ohlmann / Neiman, my job is to use my knowledge of business strategy, my passion for creative expression, and my skills of communication to help people achieve the remarkable. I believe that Marketing is both art and science – using the uniquely human gifts of creativity and analytical thinking to deliver something of value to our world. Great marketing is about examining society, understanding the dynamic wants and needs of human beings, gauging strengths and weaknesses, consistently building trust, and crafting stories that resonate deep within people’s hearts and minds. Life is way too short. I am fortunate to be able to earn a living doing something I enjoy so much.
I was born in Dayton, Ohio, and I grew up in nearby Springfield. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wright State University and my MBA with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Dayton. My professional career has taken me to small firms like Lucrum, Hafenbrack Marketing, and Ohio Financial Group and large corporations such as Cintas, Relizon, and Reynolds & Reynolds, where I developed and executed strategies for business growth. I am also an accomplished presenter and public speaker – having addressed thousands of people at numerous institutions and organizations on topics such as social media, creativity, business, and marketing.
I love Ohio. Here in Dayton, I am surrounded by family, friends, and friendly strangers – all of whose kindness and generosity never ceases to amaze me. The people of this community have given and continue to give me so much, and everyday I try to use my talents to give something back. I am active member of many professional, philanthropic and community organizations, including serving on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio and the Marketing committee of the Dayton Rotary Club. Dayton, and the surrounding region is quite simply one of the best places on earth to live, work, and play.
By far, the most important part of my life is my family, whom I love with all my being. They make life meaningful, inspire me to be a better man, and support me with their unending encouragement and undying love. I wake up every day with a smile on my face that is a mile wide – they are why. I strive to make them proud with my words and deeds. Nothing matters more to me.