Member Since July 2017
Automating a process to provide value at scale is my favorite part of business. Take an unreachable and daunting experience, and present it in a simplified manner while automating the underlying services. The purpose of CheerSounds is to help cheerleading coaches find or create music that enhances their team's presentation and performance. We achieved this by developing a highly automated SaaS system for music arrangement and distribution, and by building a private record label to create audio content to license. I have two patents pending in this area, and one patent awarded. The acceptance of CheerSounds' method resulted in an industry shift toward licensed music from 2014-2016, earning a spotlight feature in Cheer Biz News in 2014, as well as being selected for Cheer Biz News' "35 under 35" in both 2015 and 2016. Additionally, I am a board member of the USASF National Advisory Board, serving terms from 2015-present. My education is from Northeastern University; I have a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Music Industry. I have a wonderful wife who helped me start the business in the early years, and three children.
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Music production, licensing and distribution for the cheerleading and dance industry.