If there are any hard and fast rules about running a successful company, I've probably broken them. In 2007 I dropped out of The Savannah College of Art and Design and returned to my hometown of Buffalo. I co-founded Block Club, my first business, along with Brandon Davis. Today, Block Club is an award-winning branding and strategy agency, specializing in restaurant, food and beverage, liquor and beer branding along with branding and strategy for global non-profits and forward-thinking businesses and organizations in the Rust Belt.
In 2011, I co-founded Loupe (formerly City Dining Cards) with Brandon Davis and Marilyn Roach. Today, Loupe is a VC-backed tech company that helps you find the right place to eat, right now. Loupe answers the question, "Where should I eat?" It learns from you to recommend the best place to eat no matter the circumstance, so you can discover the best local restaurants wherever you are.
I'm active in the startup, restaurant and business community, hoping to contribute to the comeback and resurgence in my beloved hometown of Buffalo, NY.
Block Club is an award-winning branding and strategy agency located in Buffalo, NY. Our team is small and agile, fun and spirited, connected and invested. We’re designers, strategists, writers and entrepreneurs who are committed to wanting better in everything we do—for our clients, our team, our city and region. We believe in creating and supporting intelligent brands that are committed to responsible, sustainable and progressive practices. We believe in the power of place, and all the networks and opportunities that are available in a community of engaged people, businesses and organizations. Clients include the United Nations Foundation, TED Conference and dozens of restaurants, bars and progressive nonprofits.
Loupe is an app that helps you find the right place to eat, right now. Loupe answers the question, "Where should I eat?" It learns from you to recommend the best place to eat no matter the circumstance, so you can discover the best local restaurants wherever you are.
Loupe is all about discovery and exploration. Search by mood, tags or location. Find discounts to featured restaurants, add the restaurants you love to your favorites list, and get updates from your favorite restaurants in The Feed.
Loupe was formerly City Dining Cards. Since our start back in 2010, we've been committed to connecting great local restaurants with hungry locals. Loupe works with thousands of businesses throughout North America. With our products, businesses attract and retain customers; and users discover the best locally owned businesses in their community.