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My Background

18 Years in Oregon
Oregon High School
Hardware Systems Certificate
Invention Convention Winner
4 Years in Madison
University of Wisconsin
Bachelor of Computer Science
Self-Employed Web Designer
10 Years in Honolulu
iOS Certificate at Code Fellows
Startup Founder (ShopSuey)
BNI Chapter President
7 Years in Seattle
Sales & Business Development
Event Series Production
MIT Chapter President

Work History

Employment and Founder Experience

2018 - Present

Monarch Agency

Director of Digital

Monarch is a forward-thinking brand and experience marketing firm. The creative and technical talent we bring together drives some of the Pacific Northwest's most compelling campaigns. Simply put, Monarch gets the brands of tomorrow be recognized today.

As Director of Digital, I oversee many the company's activities: everything from our internal and external IT setup to the individual projects and campaigns for each client. As an original team member, I also designed and produced the company's website. Currently, I'm helping launch Monarch's sector-specific, sister agency called Viceroy.

2016 - 2018

UpTop

Director of Business Development

UpTop is an end-to-end research, UX design and development agency. It conducts primary user research, persona development, user interviews, and product research; combined with sophisticated analytics and detailed behavior tracking, UpTop ensures its clients release products in their best, most likely-to-succeed forms.

Personally recruited by UpTop's CEO after Dogfish Software closed, I led the agency's business development efforts to widen its healthcare footprint. I often remained intertwined with engagements I started, playing key product management roles assembling and/or recruiting the team, road map planning and feature prioritization, running individual design and development sprints, billing for resourced time, and other project/account management work.

UpTop's work for my enterprise customers enhanced more than 2.2 million users' experiences. In service to that, the Design Thinking workshops UpTop performed for Premera® were the largest, most in-depth of their kind for UpTop's then 17-year history.



2015-2016

Dogfish Software

Director of Strategic Engagement

Before ending its 7-year run in 2016, Dogfish Software designed and engineered beautiful software for companies making use of complicated, new technologies: namely, IoT ("Internet of Things") and IIoT ("Industrial IoT"). Dogfish bridged the gap between these new IT capabilities and the solid, intuitive user experiences critical for wide, public adoption.

Personally recruited by its CEO, I took over Dogfish's high-level business development strategy and day-to-day sales, expanded the company's customer reach into Europe and Australia.



2013-2015

GenUI

Technology Evangelist

GenUI is an engineering firm in Fremont which has created complex, interconnected experiences for mobile platforms, mixed reality and other cutting edge technologies. Its award-winning products have appeared in Fortune, Fast Company, Gizmodo, TIME Magazine.

Charged with raising the company's profile as it doubled in size, I quickly became a recognized staple in Seattle’s IT community by attending and organized events and representing GenUI at key conferences, both locally and around the world.

2010-2013

ShopSuey

Founder, Chief Product Officer
ShopSuey

Value Proposition

ShopSuey improved shopping experiences for tens of thousands of Hawaii's shoppers – residents and tourists alike. By making the State's complex, 200-vendor malls easier to navigate and pointed out key necessities like ATMs, bathrooms, and your parking spot. With the app installed, the mall and its vendors were able to send deals to customers as they walked by their particular stores. The demographics ShopSuey would collect over time combined with realtime shopper location awareness to create a unique form of in-mall advertising.

Considered equally valuable was what malls received on shoppers' foot traffic – data they could interact with on a platform akin to Google Analytics. This allowed for more informed lease negotiations, better tenant and advertisement placement, awareness of dwell times inside and outside each store, when to make certain announcements, and much more.

My Role as Founder

I personally directed our 6-person hybrid design and engineering team spanning 3 locations. Our product would eventually be strongly adopted by 4 most widely recognized malls in Hawai'i, reaching 80,000 installs. To improve our indoor positioning accuracy, I begin working with Cambridge Silicon Radio to pioneer particular applications of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology, before the advent of iBeacon or the BLE standards enjoyed today.

Personally founded the company, recruited its 2 co-founders, and was principal in growing the team to 12 people in just 18 months. With an $800,000 seed round led by John Dean, prior 8-year CEO of Silicon Valley Bank and then-CEO of Central Pacific Bank in Hawaii, we built the product in English and Japanese, published it in both country's App Stores, and registered a patent for the underlying intellectual property in the process.

2005-2012

Square One

Owner, Digital Production Director
Square One Internet Solutions

I opened Square One after moving from Wisconsin to Hawaii, where 75% of all businesses are small businesses. It started by catering specifically to that community, helping small business owners launch new brands, websites and online stores ("from square one"). 122 projects were completed for 80 unique clients, including high-profile brands like TETRIS®, Dole Foods®, and successful political campaigns.

2004-2005

HulaFish IT Services

Director of Web Development
HulaFish Computer Services

Built out a new business arm for HulaFish, extending it's IT capabilities to include website design and development. I personally directed business development and executed/deployed 12 individual projects. The new revenue channel drastically increased HulaFish's business value the year before the company was wrapped up and sold to a new owner.

2001-2003

University of Wisconsin

Senior System Administrator

Selected to manage the Dean's Office and International Institute


1999-2000

System Administrator
Langdon Resdiency Halls

Leadership Experience

Teams and programs I've directed

2018 - Present

Chair & Executive Director

CIVIC is expected to launch in 2020 as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization charged to leverage the Power of "Big Tech" for Small Communities. Our society seems to face an ever-mounting list of challenges and it's clear government and the business industry aren't solving them fast enough. CIVIC acts as an organizing vessel through which Seattle's technologists, designers, researchers and strategists come together to solve problems and enact their own, powerful change.

2018 - Present

Board Member

GratiFI Summits are daylong events which bring together thought leaders, researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and everyone interested in driving positive social change. Keynotes, panels discussions and interactive demos give attendants first-hand insights into the forces of change we may or may not realize are shaping our lives and our futures. As a board member, I advise on sponsorship strategy, marketing execution, and by opening my rolodex to compelling thought leaders and speakers.

2017 - 2018

Board Member

IxDA champions the importance of thoughtful and purposeful design to be infused into the technology, architecture, products and services that make up our collective lives. IxDA's Seattle chapter has 5,800 members and organizes 10 annual events with 1,300 ticket purchasers. Beyond sponsorship strategy, I also worked with the board to conceived of and develop a new, ongoing event series ("UX AV Club") which will premiere in 2020.

2013-2018

President & Sponsorship Chair

The MIT Enterprise Forums is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of MIT Technology Review, charged with engaging the Pacific Northwest and infusing it with MIT's spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology leadership. The Northwest chapter spans Washington, Oregon and Vancouver (Canada). It aspires to be a trusted source of curated information and thought leaders, educating and inspiring about technology's far-future impacts on our lives.ic about technology's far-future impacts on our lives.

Elected President in 2016, I chaired and directed an 8-person executive board with 4 sub-committees. We produced 7 annual events for 1,000 ticket purchasers. I led our chapter into the Enterprise Forum's 40th anniversary year locally by organizing our board's first-ever retreat and participating in a select, 6-person team compiled by MIT itself to interview and compile insights from 20 other chapters around the world.

2007-2012

President, Board Member

BNI is an international collection of local networking chapters, each driving revenue for its individual members through education, partnerships and trust-based referrals. I was elected President of the Honolulu chapter in 2010 after 5 years serving in other leadership roles like Vice President and Educational Coordinator. Selected for education segments at BNI Hawaii's annual, all-chapter leadership conferences.


2005-2012

Principal Community Manager

Instrumental in growing the group from its inception to a 3,500 person powerhouse, providing a platform for business leaders and subject matter experts to educate us about the rubber-hits-the-road ways IoT ("Internet of Things") will impact people's lives. By my departure, we'd curated more than 30 events and 44 speakers.



Events I personally produced:

2017-2018

Search & Rescue Volunteer

More than 12,000 of our King County neighbors are homeless, hungry and hurting. Search & Rescue teams dispatch to specific, preset locations to bring these folks essential supplies, build familiarity, and listen to their stories.

2017-2012

Big Brother Volunteer

5.5 Years as a 'Big Brother' Big Brothers Big Sisters' goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. I was matched as a "Big Brother" to a wonderful kid named Matthew for 5.5 years before leaving Honolulu.


2000-2002

Managing Director

The largest of its kind for a public institution, UW-Madison allocates $125,000 of funds annually for the discretion of a 40-person, student-run committee with one mandate: organize a concert at each of two campus venues, every Friday and Saturday, continually –200 events annually– and keep each one free and open to the public. I was elected Managing Director during my third year of involvement.

Education

University of Wisconsin

1999-2004 • Madison, Wisconsin


Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

+ Hardware & Systems Design Certification




Code Fellows

2013 • Seattle, Washington


iOS Programming Certification

Objective-C


Intellectual Property

2012 • "Mobile Messaging & Data Tracking Platform"

Pioneered a new type of contextual, proximity based messaging platform specifically for shopping malls and other retail collectives. Its messaging capability combines the geolocations of active shoppers within a mall with demographics and shopping behavior learned over time. Also defined is its key data tracking system, with a portal akin to Google Analytics but for physical foot traffic.

Read online

2011 • "Display Systems & Methods for Mobile Devices"

Extended the first patent and defined new functionality related to the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) beacon technology being developed between ShopSuey and our partner, Cambridge Silicon Radio.

Read online

2011 • ShopSuey Design Trademark

Skills & Experience

PROGRAMMING
  • C, C#, C++, and Objective-C
  • Java, Python, PHP, SQL
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap, jQuery
  • E-commerce, and SQL databases
Design
  • Creative: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketch
  • Video Production: Adobe Premier & After Effects
  • Prototyping: Adobe XD & InVision
Productivity Tools
  • G Suite (Google): Sheets, Docs, Presentations
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
  • Apple iWork: Keynote, Pages, Numbers
  • Slack, Trello, Basecamp, JIRA, Asana, Salesforce
Business Development
  • G Suite (Google): Sheets, Docs, Presentations
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
  • Apple iWork: Keynote, Pages, Numbers
  • Slack, Trello, Basecamp, JIRA, Asana, Salesforce
"Having been a business owner himself, Adam understands the importance of clear communication and providing a high level of service."
Jason Greer, President of GenUI
Adam's former boss
"What really caught my eye was his strategic way of tackling challenges and keen sense of client needs. He has a unique way of slicing through customer's’ technical requirements to their broader business objectives."
Dan Zimmerman, CEO of Dogfish
Personally recruited Adam in 2015
"I was very impressed with Adam's ability to take high-level directives and execute on it so swiftly and with such success."
John Sloat, CEO of UpTop
Personally recruited Adam in 2016
"His background as a web and mobile software developer gives him a unique perspective into how to align business and technical goals to make each project as successful as possible. From initial introduction to product delivery, he has a unique way of speaking to their needs, wants, and desires."
Jason Greer, President of GenUI
Adam's former boss
"We have found Adam to consistently be among the best and brightest of our organization. His leadership style, ability to build an effective team and his communication skills working with other business owners, were instrumental to their success."
Joann Seery, President of BNI Hawaii
Executive Director of 25 Hawaii Chapters
"Adam’s strategic way of thinking, technical and communication skills make him a powerful market player and a strong asset to any company he works for."
Charles Wathen, Investor
Supported Adam's Startup 2012
"Adam is a rare equation: (D) Driven by action and out-of-the-box ideas + (C) Contagious enthusiasm and a commitment to success + (B) Building strategic relationships that create long-term value = (A) A crucial asset to any team.
The short version? Frankly, Adam gets sh*t done!"
Jen Mallory, Strategy Director
Adam's Colleague at GenUI in 2016
"Adam is a man of strong work ethic, deep technical knowledge, and a broad and diverse network. When you meet him, you’ll immediately sense his passion for technology and affinity for building relationships. Combined, the two qualities are formidable."
Dan Colleran, Director of Talent
Adam's colleague at GenUI 2015-16
"Adam has a passion for technology in all it's many forms, and a drive to learn more about how he can impact the world with it."
Nick Newlin, Director of Digital
Business parnter of Adam's
"I've seen Adam's passion for community involvement, connecting people and ideas. He loves technology and frames it in a vision for positive change."
Peter Nash, Director of Sales
Adam's boss at UpTop 2016-17
"Thoughtful in his questions, diligent in his execution, he nurtures customer relationships by understanding what they want to achieve from a business standpoint first and a technical standpoint second. It was great to collaborate with him because of his creativity and out-of-the-box thinking."
Kaine Robertson, Client Engagement Director
Adam's colleague at GenUI, 2015-16
"Adam possesses an effortless ability to build a meaningful sense of purpose and belonging to any community he leads or participates in."
Chris Robison, Community Manager
MIT Team Lead, Managed by Adam 2018
"From the first day I met Adam, I knew he possessed leadership qualities. He has the energy, analytic ability and personality to solve sophisticated challenges."
Herman Stern, Real Estate
BNI Board Member with Adam, 2005-12
"He expressed passion for technology at a level rarely seen for someone in his role. In addition to having an expansive view of the future, Adam has an amazing ability to network and build communities."
Jon Edwards, Engineering Lead
Colleague with Adam at UpTop, 2016-18
"We were so impressed with Adam’s professionalism, that we selected him to teach segments on leadership to approximately 200 business owners during our bi-annual Leadership Team Training."
Joann Seery, President of BNI Hawaii
Executive Director of 25 Hawaii Chapters
"Adam has participated on several international business delegations to promote Washington’s design and technology industries abroad. He personifies how economic development, technology, and organization/community strategy come together to create impactful change."
Rob Fiddick, Canadian Consulate Trade Commissioner
Business Contact of Adam's