Chad started his first company at 7 years old, when he was in second grade. While that led to $3.34 in his pocket and a quick lecture in the Principal's office, it didn't slow his passion for designing things and selling them to his neighbors.
After graduating from University of Cincinnati's DAAP Program in 2000, Chad started a digital agency called Hyperquake. Inspired by his co-op experience during San Francisco's dot com bust, he wanted to create a company that could tell stories through online media. Hyperquake grew in size and revenue, landing contracts including Warner Bros., HGTV and P&G Design.
After 8 years, Chad left agency life to explore and experiment. He converted an old church in Newport, KY into his home and launched multiple ventures to discover his next path. This included everything from opening a boutique shoe store to building a digital apparel platform.
Throughout his journey, one thing always stuck in Chad's mind. He envisioned a technology platform that could improve the way people work. He wanted to help people "connect their dots."
Today, Chad is founder of Batterii, a cloud-based innovation platform that gives users a visual way to create and share their ideas. The company has raised over $5M to date and touts a list of global enterprises as early customers (adidas, Pepsico and P&G to name a few).
Newly married, he is husband to his beautiful wife, Nicole, and co-founder of OCEAN, an accelerator that merges business and faith.