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Will has been an entrepreneur since the age of 8, when he dug seams of clay out of a creek, packed them in Ziploc bags and carried them around the neighborhood in his Radio Flyer wagon until he had sold every one.
His past work as a writer, strategist, and creative director has won many local, national, and international awards. He has conducted workshops around the world with more than 100 leadership teams across many different industries, helping them discover who they are, how to work well together, and how to create a uniquely valuable experience for their customers.
He is passionate about seeing teams thrive, and about coming alongside leaders to craft meaningful and unique plans that help them to become a better version of who they’re made to be. His colleagues and clients frequently comment that he seems to have the superpower of bringing clarity where only fog existed previously. He has a unique ability to slice through the fluff and focus on the vital.
Ask Will about some of his favorite whiskies from the year he lived in Scotland, and you’ll be in for a conversational treat.
Ph.D. in English, University of St Andrews
Advanced study at the Universities of Oxford and London
Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center
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Director of Messaging, Fortis Riders
Creative Director, Worthwhile
Professor, Clemson University
Professor, University of St Andrews
Director of Digital Marketing, VantagePoint
Board Member: ACTA, Downtown Presbyterian Church Building Commission, The Park at Pendleton West HOA, Upstate Film Society, Upstate Visual Arts
Chris has been an entrepreneur since the age of 10 when he sold wild blackberries and apples from a stand in front of his house in Washington State. He’s traveled to 48 U.S. states and lived in Nepal and Thailand along the way. Serving in three fast growing tech-related startups over the past 15 years has helped him appreciate the use of technology, but even more importantly the power of a unifying vision and a committed team.
He has served multiple Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies both as a consultant and as a partner, and enjoys studying what makes organizations of any size great.
His most recent adventure was a 3-year stint in his birth country of Nepal where he established a non-profit organization and helped some amazing social businesses expand their reach and impact in the country.
He gets jazzed about helping organizations and individuals identify their perceived growth ceiling, and punch through that ceiling.
On a good day you’ll find him running up a mountain or snowboarding down one.
Business Degree with an emphasis in Marketing
Graduate studies in entrepreneurship and leadership through Wharton Business School and the University of Illinois
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Certified Blue Ocean Strategist and How to Start a Startup (Y-Combinator)
Certified EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) implementer
Founder and President of ACTA, a non-profit serving social businesses in the developing world
Engagement Executive at Worthwhile - a leading digital agency in the Southeast
Manager of Inside Sales at Level One (now RealPage)
Graduate of Opportunity Greenville and Pacesetters
Leadership at F3 Nation
Board member of Leaf Institute for Art and Vocation
Past: Chairman at GCC (business for good network), board member of Momentum Bike Clubs, marketing committee at PULSE, Sandler President's Club, Mentor at Miracle Hill, Volunteer at Food for Life, Run/Walk/Adopt Fundraising committee