I am the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Marketing and Social Media at Surrogate Alternatives, Inc. (SAI). I have over 20 years of professional security and logistics experience as well as social media, content management and marketing experience. I’m kindly considered as the ‘Jack of all trades’ here at SAI.
Previously, I served on the Presidential Advance Team for President Clinton and worked in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance alongside the United States Secret Service personnel where I coordinated logistical arrangements for the President of the United States.
During my 20+ years of experience, I not only worked for President Clinton, but I also worked for many high-level executives including handling the protection for the Chairman and Founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar and as a Global Security Manager who coordinated security and protected the President of Sony PlayStation, Jack Trenton.
I’ve also had the pleasure of selling my website to Founder and Chairman of FUBU, Daymond John, who currently appears on the ABC TV hit show, Shark Tank. While working for Daymond John I also spearheaded his entertainment website, Y2G, as the Content Director.
My interest in surrogacy began after meeting my incredible wife, President, and Founder of Surrogate Alternatives, Diana Olmeda. I quickly began to forge a love for building families and started my apprenticeship under my wife where I quickly became involved in all aspects of SAI operations that I’m now the Director of Marketing and Social Media! My career has taken a 180 turn, and it’s been a rewarding process that I am humbled by.
Not only can you find me assisting SAI behind the scenes, but I am now front and center hosting my very own podcast, ‘Building Families”, the Official Podcast of Surrogate Alternatives. Available on Spotify, iTunes and SoundCloud ‘Building Families’ offers tips and insight into surrogacy from an agency perspective and has been well received by Surrogates and Intended Parents alike.
My commitment to SAI and to helping build families is evident in my passion for surrogacy and one that continues to grow. As a Father to an amazing daughter, Marissa, I understand the joy of parenthood and can’t imagine others not being able to have the same experiences that I have. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching a couple who’s suffered fertility issues for several years walk into our office looking for help and than a year later the look on their face when they are holding their biological baby, it’s priceless. It makes you feel like you’ve just changed the world. You’ve helped alter the course of a couple for generations to come. There’s truly no other feeling like it.
The things I love about my job:
- Every Family has a story and I love that I’m a part of creating one.
- Knowing that what I’m doing is helping to make a difference in peoples lives.
- Watching the joy our selfless surrogates bring our intended parents.
- Learning new ways to spread the beauty of surrogacy.
- The ability to create.
- Working with passionate people.
- Creating and promoting incredible hashtags like #StickBabyStick
I love Hawaii! I love the Aloha spirit that the island gives me and whenever I need to decompress and get away from it all you can find me at Sandy’s in Oahu watching the sunrise. Often times my wife and I travel to Michigan to spend time in the country and disconnect from the hustle that city life brings. I also love spending time with my daughter and building memories with her as well as supporting her passion for theater. My guilty pleasure is Broadway Musicals which I share with my wife and daughter. Our favorite Broadway memory? Watching the original cast of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. I love 80’s movies, Gulls Hockey, Anaheim Ducks Hockey and I’m a huge Yankees Fan. I’ve lived in DC/Maryland, New York City, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Michigan, Puerto Rico and San Diego. On Sunday’s you can find Diana, my daughter Marissa and my Step-Son Alec at the movies watching the latest releases. I have an affinity for hoodies and have a large collection. I am a HUGE Eric Church fan and proud!
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller