"I propel people and ventures toward the goals that matter most to them."
I founded Firefield on the belief that in a world teeming with management consultants and development shops, there was a space between them that desperately needed to be filled. Today inspired leaders come to Firefield when it’s time grow, protect, or spark change in their growing business.
When I launched the first Spark Starter lunch in Cambridge in early 2017, I really didn’t know what to expect. My goal was to run an experiment: what happens if a collection of “pay-it-forward” types sit around a table and introduce themselves based on their passion and purpose, not their title and tenure?
The results far exceeded my expectations. Today the Spark Series is a community of more than 200 founders, mentors, leaders, creatives, academics, change-makers and most importantly, givers. If the idea of a group routinely offering of themselves to ignite inspired outcomes gets your energy up, then we should talk.
Mentor, Advisor and Teacher
In my work at Firefield I have the good fortune to collaborate with a collection of great entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. Unfortunately I also meet a large number of inspired individuals whose needs don’t always match up with what Firefield offers. It was these encounters that have motivated me to find ways to push inspired people and ideas forward outside of my normal “day job”.
Mentorship, advising, and teaching have become that vehicle. Whether I’m working with a startup team that’s part of an accelerator, advising a founder who’s on the verge of launch, or leading a workshop, I love the opportunity to help advance the passions and missions of other doers. If you know of an individual or group that could use my help, please let me know.
If it’s true that most of our greatest lessons are learned through failure, then I don’t understand why I’m not a genius yet. In all seriousness, I do try to glean as much insight from my surroundings and experiences as I possibly can. I strive to hypothesize, measure and iterate with a goal of personal or professional growth, sometimes to a fault.
If nothing else, I’m a work in progress. But constant improvement is my commitment - to myself, my family, and those to whom I contribute. The mission never really ends, and I’m always welcoming help from others. I’m most interested in introductions to people, concepts, content, and experiences that will challenge me to rethink the old and welcome the new.
Anyone who knows me, even just a bit, knows that I can talk - a lot. For those lucky enough to also know my family, you understand why my fate was inescapable. Our chatterbox gene runs deep. Given that altering my very core wasn’t likely, my next best option was to find a way to harness this trait for good.
Today I enjoy addressing groups on various topics including leadership, entrepreneurship, management, lean startup principles, and the transformative impact of technology. Whether via a workshop, tutorial, panel, or keynote, I challenge myself with making the audience better for having attended. If you think there’s a group I could benefit, let’s talk about it.
No matter how hectic and full my days might get, they still start, stop and revolve around my two incredible daughters. My wife and I started our family a bit later than some parents, but I couldn’t be happier that we did. Had these kiddos arrived earlier in my career and before my priorities were ironed out, they may have gotten far less of me than I was capable of giving. I’m not sure I would have forgiven myself for that.
This means that this Dad really doesn’t like missing a daycare drop-off or pick-up. It means my evenings are more likely filled with books and baths than drinks and networking. Don’t get me wrong - I still make myself available outside of 9 to 5. The difference is that nowadays I prioritize and pick my spots.