I think what makes me unique is that I've experienced a little bit of everything. My sports background has given me a lot of friends who are professional athletes, my hospitality community has given me some great connections in the artistic and even LBGT community, my financial background has given me a lot of friends who are bankers, and now my recent experience as a consultant has brought me closer to the tech and CPG industry.
A night out with me can start at a great neighborhood dive bar, move on to a restaurant that most tourists would never hear about, into a loft party with a great crowd of people, to a nightclub where I happen to have gotten a tip that a popular DJ is playing, to lounge that I know a lot of cute girls would be at, to an after party that keeps the party going until the early morning! The best part of New York is that there is something for everyone. It just takes a little bit of time to meet the kind of people you like and to find the places that interest you. I've been fortunate enough to have done all of that already.
I was a college football player who moved into New York City to pursue a modeling opportunity. My long term plans to follow my Finance degree into a career in banking were sidetracked after the crash of 2009. I went on to manage some of the most popular restaurants, clubs, and hotels in the city - including The Standard Hotel, The Boom Boom Room, Del Frisco's Steakhouse, the Blue Water Grill and Dos Caminos. When the financial industry started to recover I was offered an opportunity with UBS where I spent two years as a trader and one as an investment banker. I left 6 months ago and to help start a culture marketing and event production company which we recently sold. I now consult for VC backed start-ups and early stage non-profits.