Former C-Level Exec of a Public Company
Award-Winning Business Author
The Short StoryBrad Szollose is a global business adviser, former C-Level Executive of a public company, Web pioneer, Generation Y Millennial expert and keynote speaker who helps smart companies — like Dell and Master Card — understand how much technology has transformed corporate culture and behavior…especially the behavior of Generation Y, and how that impacts management, interaction and expectations in today’s Information Age. But this is not based on management theory: With a 35 year career as an entrepreneur Brad knows firsthand what it’s like to grow a company from a simple idea in a coffee shop to an internationally recognized brand. Mr. Szollose is a former C-Level Dot Com Executive who went from entrepreneur to IPO in 3 yrs—co-founding K2 Design, the very first Dot Com Agency to go public on NASDAQ. His company experienced 425% hyper-growth for 5 straight years, expanded from 2 business partners to 4 with 60+ employees and offices worldwide. At its height, K2 was valuated at over $26 million. His results only management model (ROWE) was applied to the first wave of young Generation Y workers producing great results—winning K2 the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation. Brad’s keynotes and workshops are highly interactive, heart-warming, humorous and thought provoking… and filled with high-content information that challenge assumptions and help leaders and managers create a better work environment for innovation to thrive. Brad is the *award-winning author of the international bestseller Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia which explores the subject of new leadership styles — mainly how to get the tech-savvy Generation Y and analog driven Baby Boomers working together. Liquid Leadership has been called “THE guidebook for the 21st Century” and has won the 2011 Axiom Business Book Award silver medal for leadership, The Indie Business Book runner up silver medal as well as becoming a #1 Best-Selling Business Book on Amazon for Organizational Learning. Published in the United States by Greenleaf Book Group, in India by Prolibris and in South Korea by UI Books/Iljinsa Publishing. Brad also writes a monthly column on business and marketing techniques that reach Generation Y for A Captured Mind newsletter and is part of The Mind Capture Group faculty. Today, Brad helps businesses close the Generational Divide by understanding it as a Cultural Divide – created by the new tech-savvy worker…and customer.
Claim to Fame:Co-Founded the first Internet Agency to go Public IPO NASDAQ: KTWO Market Valuation: $26 MillionFirst ROWE Management Model won The Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Business Practices in Fostering Innovation… (psst…the award was for managing Generation Y!)
Award-winning, business author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia
Wrote an Award-winning, International Bestseller about it all
Obsessed With:Measuring how technology changes Human Behavior Quantum Physics in daily application The perfect cup of coffee A good laugh
Hobbies:Mixed Martial Artist – Modern Kempo Jujitsu Painting & pencil drawing A GOOD movie
Career Highlight:Received a standing ovation after his keynote speech, at the inaugural Think & Grow Rich Summit 2013
Super Power:Christopher Walken impersonation
Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon. Dec, 2011
Achievements & Awards:
2011 Axiom Business Book Awards silver medal winner for Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia in the leadership category. 2011 Indie Book Awards Finalist silver medal for Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia in the leadership category.
Business Book Awards
2009 Lebanon School District Distinguished Alumnus Award. Brad Szollose’s Alma Mater Lebanon Senior High in Lebanon, PA, awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award plaque for his Internet pioneering work during the Dot Com Boom of the mid-90s.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Long StoryBrad Szollose started his first business in 1979 at the age of 16 (don’t be impressed. He started a business because his father made it almost impossible to ask for money). Ironically, that was the same year Brad won his first design award for a state-wide catalog cover design competition. Having an extensive art program at Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania helped fuel his decision to become a graphic designer instead of a professional drummer. Brad attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated with honors in illustration, graphic design and advertising with a degree in Visual Communications. After graduation in 1984, Brad moved to New York City and quickly became a noted multimedia designer, freelancing for such companies as The Caribiner Group, Roger Wade Productions and Drury Design Dynamics, producers of corporate theater and related promotional and entertainment events. During his tenure at these companies, Brad worked on the national and international sales meetings for the following corporations: American Express, BMW, Banco Popular, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bozell, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ethicon, Ford Motor Cars & Lincoln Mercury, IBM, Mercedes Benz, Merck, Mobile, Novartis, Pfizer, Rhône Poulenc Rhorer, Novartis, Seagram’s, Self Magazine, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Sunoco, Tahitian Noni, Vintner’s, WavePhore and Xerox.
In this capacity, Brad managed a team of designers, photographers and programmers in the production of full-scale, big-budget national sales meetings. With a track record in traditional design and the technical mastery of 70-millimeter film, Brad developed a reputation for creating never-before-executed special effects.Continued on next column…