I was born in the not so famous town of Leeds in the UK and at 22 emigrated to a place you may have heard of in the US, New York City. I fulfilled a teenage dream to work on Wall Street in 2006 – not great timing, but better late to the party than never. I won’t forget what it was like during the 2007 financial and housing collapse, you could actually get a cab and if you went to an after-work bar you could even get a seat.
For many it was a tough time, but i hadn’t just moved my life 3,000 miles to be disrupted by the inconvenience of a little recession, I was the CEO of thebigword Inc a language company predominately selling to banks, and I knew in order to survive we would have to pivot.
We focused on manufactures who would trade with developing nations and the plan came off, we also went after government contracts as we didn’t believe the US government was about to slow spending, at least not with George Bushes plan to inject money into infrastructure, businesses and the military.
We did well and grew the business by 500% before the recession was deemed over. During that time I was named in Business Insiders Magazine Forty Under Forty and won a Stevie Award – this is my bio, its my job to show off a little.
So fast forward to now, i’m still the CEO of thebigword Inc and we now have very grown-up offices in Midtown Manhattan, with clients such as Google, P&G, Unilever, Harley Davidson and the US Government. I have also invested in companies such as; Selling Key, Connect Earth (SLP), Janitorial International and Josh Reagan (this is the name i use for public speaking, podcasting and my vlog).
I now live in New Jersey with my wife, two girls, my dog and our goldfish. When I am not working and running around after my girls you can find me fishing on the river Hudson or getting towed in my 1968 Porsche.
Looking forward to crossing paths.