TODAYM y current labor of love is a non-profit that I founded called Youth Campaigns, a hands-on work experience program that creates a pipeline toward careers in digital marketing for low income, minority and at-risk youth ages 16 -24. I am also in the process of running for City Council in Solana Beach, on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Solana Beach Library and helped create Finding Voices a movement to bring more awareness to teen depression and suicide.
PROFESSIONALLYI started my career in the internet industry in 1998. The tech boom had just begun and I felt that my background in art was perfectly suited to create masterpieces for businesses using a new technology called web design. As CEO of my first start-up designing minds, I was able to acquire some big contracts. Some of my contracts included development work on the first virtual tour technology, web design for intuits first web site, and other web work for companies in the real estate industry such as Coldwell Banker and Century 21. Following the changing of the tide, in 2002 Designing Minds morphed from a web development company into a Search Engine Optimization company. In 2004 my world was forever altered with the advent of Wordpress. From that day I have been a student of social media, the tools used to deploy it and the psychology behind it all.
In the last few years, I have been privileged enough to be a featured speaker on social media strategy through partnership with my current company My Social Media Monster. Speaking engagements included workshops for small businesses with the SBA of San Diego and Citibank to name a few.
PERSONALLYI was born in Long Beach California on June 2nd, 1975, also home to Snoop Dog, Cameron Diaz, and Desean Jackson. There were lots of gangs, crime and drugs in my neighborhood. I was born to a single mother, Astrid Van and I have three siblings, my brothers Rodney and Anthony and my sister Cookie. My dad was never really around so things were really hard for me and my family. I loved sports and since I was really good at football, I dreamt of being in the NFL. My mom died of cancer when I was 13, so I went to live with my brother Rodney in San Diego who was attending San Diego State on a track scholarship at the time. My brother became the father that I never had.
I attended Horace Mann that year and went on to attend Monte Vista High School where I was one of the best football players in the state of California.
I was also a Links Achiever, a program that honors the top African-American male seniors for excellence in academics, sports, and community
After High School, I attended Fresno State University where I played wide receiver for the Football team. After college, I started my first business “Designing Minds” a web design company and I have been a successful entrepreneur ever since, having worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like WD40 and Bumble Bee Tuna. Currently, I live in Solana Beach with my wife and two sons Damion and Quentin.