I’m many things. The important stuff first: I’m a son and a friend. But beyond that, I’m a traveler, writer, and marketer, too.
What I am not is an expert. As NBA legend Charles Barkley always says, “Only God’s an expert.” I’m just curious about the world and how it works. I created this site is to show my commitment to being a lifelong learner and to test business and marketing ideas.
An Eventful Life…so Far
Right out of college, I worked at KFBK, a radio station in Sacramento, Calif. owned by iHeartMedia. I mostly handled technical production for the daily afternoon news program. But sometimes, I jumped on the microphone, too. I grew up listening to sports-talk radio with my dad during our rides home from school. That was when working in media became something I wanted to do.
For almost a decade, I fulfilled a dream to work in sports and in my favorite league of all places – the NBA. I spent most of that time around the Sacramento Kings. As a journalist, I reported on one of the most improbable comebacks in sports history: the Kings relocation saga. The story of the Kings failed attempts to move to Anaheim and Seattle consumed my life for three years. Luckily, there was a happy ending.
From professional sports, my life took a 180-degree turn into a world of opulent excess. I accepted a job in Las Vegas where I received a crash course in digital marketing with Hakkasan Group. If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you might know them. They operate some of the Strip’s most popular nightclubs, including OMNIA at Caesars Palace and Hakkasan at MGM Grand. Some highlights from my time there include Justin Bieber’s 21st birthday and ringing in the New Year with Scott Disick. I told you my life took a 180.
I left Las Vegas after a year. I didn’t envision a future climbing the ladder of the nightlife industry. I also had this nagging itch for international travel. So in 2016, I scratched it. I threw my stuff into a bag and flew to Europe, where I visited 20-plus different countries over the course of 7 1/2 months. Since then, exploring the world (both at home and abroad) has become an important part of my life.
These days, I work remotely as a writer and digital marketing strategist. Working online has provided me flexibility. I can please my desire to explore the world and own most of my time. It hasn’t been an easy lifestyle to create and it’s still a work in progress. But it’s well worth the effort.
A Few Career Highlights…
Here are some links to some of my favorite work I’ve done throughout my career.
- SLAM Magazine – In Your Face – New Reign: Marcus Thornton Sacramento Kings
- ESPN.com – Examining the impact of Kings deal
- Kings.com – Gary Gerould Reflects Ahead of 2,500th Kings Game
- SB Nation –Thunder Players Contrast Seattle Departure to Sacramento’s Pending Fate
- Cowbell Kingdom – Isaiah Thomas on Sacramento Kings regime changes
- Awlogy.com – Podcast Metrics: The Latest Guidelines for Measuring Advertising and Show Success
- OMNIA Nightclub* – Step Into
The Space: Martin Garrix
- OMNIA Nightclub* – Heart Of OMNIA | DJ Jazzy Jeff
*Note: I conducted the interviews for these videos. We worked with the talented team at ThemToo Productions to create these promos.