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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a speaker, author, professor, and consultant on word of mouth and digital marketing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My 5 siblings and I were raised by a single mother from the time I was 13. While she worked to pay the bills, I helped cook, clean, and raise my younger siblings. I met my wife in college where we shared the same apartment complex. She was closer to graduating, so I put her through college. We had our first daughter 3 months after she graduated. I went on to finish my bachelors and an MBA, all while working full time and raising a family. After 15 years of marriage and four daughters, we are still in love and enjoy date nights every Friday night and the occasional trip with just the two of us. I started my first business in 2003, which was a small retail kiosk in a local mall. I went on to start two marketing agencies that focused on word of mouth and digital marketing. With such a specialty, I found myself in demand as an author, speaker, and consultant on the topics. I have been lucky enough to travel the world to work with companies in many different industries. Within the last year, I have realized a long-time goal of mine to teach the principles I have learned to inquisitive young minds. Currently, I teach graduate courses on marketing and strategy. I am a die hard college football fan, a golf nut, and a movie buff. I can often be found rooting on my favorite teams, taking my oldest for a round of golf, or at the movie theater with my wife watching the latest blockbuster.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, I wasn't always converted. Like most young minds, I believed the things that were told me by my parents. When I reached adolescence, I had to find out for myself. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer asking for some sort of answer. There were many times I felt comfort, but nothing that I could point to that was THE answer. The earliest memory I had of a tangible experience with the Spirit of the Lord was when I was 16. My grandfather had just had his second heart attack and was in the hospital. I remember praying earnestly that he would get better and a feeling coming over me that, no matter what happened, everything would be for the best. My grandfather passed away shortly after that, but I remembered that feeling of comfort and knew that it was the Lord's will. That summer, I remember feeling close to my grandfather and had many special experiences that strengthened me. Despite my many experiences with the Spirit, I still hadn't received what I believed was THE answer. I chose to serve a mission for the Church and was called to serve in Brazil. While in the Missionary Training Center, I dedicated myself to study and prayer to receive that clear answer I had been looking for. One night, I read a passage in The Book of Mormon about a king going through the conversion process. He prayed to the Lord saying, "I will give away all my sins to know thee." I had found that the key to receiving an answer was to give myself to the Lord. That night, I finally received the answer I was looking for. It wasn't a voice or a vision. It was a feeling that came over me from my head to my toes that filled me with joy, peace, love, and light. I knew it was from God. Though these experiences and countless more, I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we have living prophets today. I know that you can know these things for yourself if you ask in faith.

How I live my faith

I have been heavily involved in the community and church throughout my life. I have served on the board of directors for many civic organizations including Rotary Club, Chambers of Commerce, and entrepreneurial organizations. I try to mentor as much as I can and give back to the community that has given so much to me. I have always try to live by the principle that "service is the price we pay for living on this earth." In church, I have spent the majority of my adult life working with the youth. Whether it be in the Boy Scouts, youth groups, teaching Sunday School, or simply donating my time, I have found that working with the youth is one of the most rewarding things that I can do. As my children are reaching the age where they have begun to participate in these organizations, it has become an even greater passion of mine. Despite serving wherever I can, I have found that the most important way to live my faith is to live my life in such a way that my faith is apparent through my actions. Whether that means a simple kind word or a hug when someone is down, faith is not seen in the grandiose actions that everyone can see, but the small acts of kindness. As Gandhi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." I have tried to live my life accordingly.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Brian
Families are made of all different shapes and sizes. However, one thing is true: when there is harmony and love in the family, the home can be a heaven on earth. My wife graduated college with a degree in elementary education. She has a love for children, but she felt her most important calling was to raise her own children to become strong, righteous adults. We decided as a couple when were first married that I would take the responsibility to provide for our family and that my wife would be the one to perform the greatest of all jobs, to raise our precious children. Neither one of us wanted someone else to do this sacred task for us. We made the commitment to the Lord that we would do this if he would make sure that our needs are taken care of. It hasn't been easy. There have been many times that it would have been much easier to have two incomes rather than one. We have gone through financial struggles, but our family has never gone without. I attribute that to our covenant with the Lord. My wife is many things, but subservient is not one of them. She is a strong, driven woman who is the keystone of our home. Without her, we simply wouldn't function. We discuss everything as a couple and make decisions together. She is my partner, my companion, my rock, and the love of my life. Show more Show less