My Mission

Saving Small Business

The odds are stacked against small businesses. Only 50% of businesses launched today will survive five years. I want my innovations to help change that statistic because I still believe in the American dream. I don't want to live in a world where everyone works for a few large companies.

What am I doing to make this happen?

In the last six years, my company High Level Marketing, has launched over 1,400 small business websites and successful digital marketing campaigns. In the last year alone, powered by HLM’s technologies, our clients have hired an estimated 1,300 new employees because of the growth of their businesses. I'm currently working on multiple technologies to continue and expidite the growth of small businesses.

Experience
Co-Founder and CTO - VP of Product Development
2009 - Current
High Level Marketing, LLC
Self-funded, started in the face of a struggling economy, HLM has grown to over 4 million in revenue with 30+ employees. I currently lead R&D, technology, process, and project fulfillment. Client retention rates are the best in the industry with a 98% client satisfaction rate.
Web Director
2007 - 2009
Wireless Toyz - National Wireless Franchise Company
In 6 months increased organic search engine traffic from under 6,000 unique visitors per month to over 55,000 unique visitors per month. Developed a rate plan comparison tool to allow customers to compare all possible rate plan, text, and data packages available from all possible carriers.
Advisory Boards
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Graphic Design Program
Specs Howard has a very high job placement rate for graduates.  I assist those graduating students in prepping for interviews and preparing their portfolios for success in the interview process.  My biggest achievement in that process is getting students to understand how they can be great assets to a business, not just great designers.  In addition, I advise on the curriculum and technologies that future students will be using to best prepare them for the job market.
Community Involvement
Donated website and marketing campaigns to many non-profits such as:
  • The Plymouth Historical Society
  • Northville Grief Center
  • Home Fur Ever Animal Rescue
Education
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
1999 - 2004
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Trademarks and Patents
MYCE
September 10, 2009
IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Application service provider (ASP) featuring customizable software for use in updating and maintaining a users own website, to track customer usage of the users website, and for use as in database management to track the user' associated costs. FIRST USE: 20071230. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20071230
Batman’s toolbelt can’t compete with mine.
His car is a lot cooler though.

Design & 3D Animation

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign
  • Wireframes & Navigation Flowcharts
  • Autodesk Alias
  • 3D Studio Max

Marketing & Leads

  • Branding
  • Copywriting (Specifically copy designed to sell)
  • A/B Testing
  • Email Marketing (Constant Contact & MailChimp)
  • Content Marketing & Social Media Strategies

Mathematics & Reasoning

  • Advanced Calculus - Differential Equations
  • Experimental Statistics
  • MATLAB

Agile Development & Servers

  • HTML5, CSS, SASS, Javascript, jQuery
  • PHP
  • LAMP Stack, MySQL
  • Responsive Frameworks - Zurb Foundation
  • CMS: MYCE, Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal
  • Many E-Commerce Platforms including MYCE, Shopify, and Magento
  • Any RESTful API
  • Email Systems
  • Shipping Integrations: Fedex, UPS, USPS

Google

  • Apps Setup, Usage, & Integration
  • Many API Integrations - OAuth 2.0
  • Analytics
  • Adwords
  • Search Engine Optimization: I survived through all Panda, Penguin, & Hummingbird updates.

Business Development

  • Improving Profitability & Forecasting
  • Company Org Structures
  • Operations Manuals & Documentation
  • EOS

Leadership & Management

  • Team Training & Skills Assessment
  • Long Term & Rapid Project Delivery
  • Employee Reviews & Performance Assessment
  • HR Onboarding & Communications

Office

  • Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access
  • Open Office Draw and Suite
  • Editable PDF Creation and Deployment
  • Google Apps (Usage & API Integration)
  • Box.com

Workflow & Project Management

  • Teamwork PM
  • Zoho Support Desk & Projects
  • Basecamp
  • JIRA, Scrum
  • Git, Gulp, Stash

CRMs (Usage & API Integration)

  • Zoho
  • Salesforce
  • Pipedrive

Accounting (Usage & API Integration)

  • QuickBooks
  • QuickBooks Online
  • Authorize.net
  • PayPal
  • Stripe
On a personal note,

I currently reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with my beautiful wife and two kids who are the inspiration for me every day.

I love to draw and play golf. I recorded my first hole-in-one this summer, so my golf game is probably all downhill from here. I’m a big Lions fan, even though it’s been hard, and I’m excited to have Jim Harbaugh in as Michigan’s coach. Go Blue!!

Jon with his wife and children Jon with his wife and children