I am a regular guy with a simple credo: Leave people and businesses better than I found them.
My Bio – The Longer Story
Currently I am privileged to work with Patrick Bet-David on the C-Level executive team in the role of Chief Strategy Officer at PHP Agency, a tech-enabled field marketing organization (“FMO”) life insurance agency – the tech-enabled agency of the future – that Patrick founded. PHP is changing the game in life insurance with the most diverse group of agents in the industry.
I am also partnered with Patrick at Valuetainment Investments Group as Managing Director of the Venture Capital / Private Equity firm that is serving entrepreneurs and startups with capital.
I am also involved with Ambina Partners, a private equity firm that provides equity and debt capital to growth-oriented middle market companies, where I am on the board of a portfolio company.
Previously I was Chief Administrative Officer for a healthcare software company that listened most of the time as they provided industry-leading compliance and appeals & grievances software for Medicare/Medicaid payors.
Before that I completed an engagement as the President & COO of a mid-market VAR of enterprise solutions and services for migration and archiving of email in regulated industries. I helped the CEO optimize his organization and re-calibrate his operating plan.
Prior to that I was CEO and Co-Founder of Premier Digital Publishing, (a) an enabling technology provider for eBook distribution and (b) an eBook publisher of nearly 500 titles for over 40 authors. We exited via a sale of the book list to a larger publisher in 2014 (an executive who spun out of Harper Collins).
From 2005 until its sale in 2011 I was COO / CEO of GoTV Networks, a provider of feature-rich smart applications. GoTV was the go-to partner for the NFL, NASCAR and the Oprah Winfrey Network. I had a great team and we were able to take the company through a complete financial turnaround and then exited via acquisition.
Before joining GoTV, I had the privilege to serve as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development at JAMDAT Mobile. Inc, at the time the largest wireless games publisher in the world. I was a core member of senior management team that drove the March 2001 start-up to its highly successful IPO in 2004 (later acquired by Electronic Arts). That was a fun ride and we blazed early trails that the Angry Birds and friends followed.
Prior to JAMDAT I was Vice President of Incubator Development in the wireless division of Sprint. The Sprint incubator joint venture launched wireless-focused companies including JAMDAT and Boingo.
Along the way, I discovered a knack for helping friends and colleagues make great career choices and find job satisfaction. This came to life in The Rat, the Race, and the Cage, a result of over two decades developing mentoring techniques and career tools that have benefited his staff, colleagues, friends – and now readers!
Long before venturing into the business world, I somehow completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Marketing from California State University, Northridge followed by an MBA from Pepperdine University where my team set the record for enterprise value created in the business simulation project which was the final part of the capstone class (an early sign of my passion for startups).
Today, I call North Dallas, Texas “home” and am increasingly spending time in South Florida (please note the lack of state income taxes in both locations) along with my beautiful and patient wife, Kim who is a teacher and scratch golfer (most recent hole-in-one: June 2020) and two wonderful daughters who are crushing it at school, the golf course and soccer pitch.
I Engage for Impact
I consult with CEOs, leaders and entrepreneurs. My driving passion is to teach business. I have some of the same scars on my back that you do from years of leading and growing companies.
From this background I help CEOs, entrepreneurs and startups calibrate their focus and execution as they drive the value of their companies. Whether it’s financing a startup, optimizing a business plan or mentoring a team, I absolutely love it when I get the opportunity to leave you better than I found you
Here are testimonials from entrepreneurs and leaders I have had the privilege to help.
Thomas Ellsworth, The Biz Doc is: @tomellsworth