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Nick Choat

Advisor Sarasota, Florida Area, US

Chief Digital Officer Pine Lake Advisory Service and CEO/Owner of Sport Clips Haircuts of Soutwest Florida

Chief Digital Officer Pine Lake Advisory Service and CEO/Owner of Sport Clips Haircuts of Soutwest Florida

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Microsoft Corporation
manatee technical college
Caterpillar Inc.
RE/MAX Fine Properties
intrusion protection technologies
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)


CEO, Multi-Unit Franchisee in Southwest Florida Sport Clips Haircuts 2014 - present
Chief Digital Officer Pine Lake Advisory Service 2012 - present
Vice President, Big Data Analytics and Digital Advertising Technology The Walt Disney Company February 2011 - 2012
Vice President, Enterprise Program Management and Ad Operations The Walt Disney Company March 2008 - February 2011
Vice President, Engineering, Project Management and Operations VERISIGN 2005 - 2008
CTO (interim) and Sr. Director of Engineering 2004 - 2005
Vice President of Engineering Getty Images 2000 - 2004
Senior Manager EY 1995 - 2000


University of Tennessee-Knoxville Computer Science
University of Tennessee-Knoxville - College of Business Administration Marketing

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Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Video

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Marty Dobbins
We worked together  •  Procurement PMO Lead, McKinsey & Company and IT Strategy and Execution Consultant, "Self Employed".
Nick is both technically savvy as well as possessing strategic business planning skills. He is a strong communicator and has a broad busines ... s background, with both large and startup companies.
Jon Stuart
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, University of Sourth Florida- Sarasota Manatee and Mentor, SCORE.
Nick's background, knowledge, experience and achievements provide him with immediate credibility. He has a personality that allow him to bui ... ld strong and very effective problem solving relationships with clients. I have worked with Nick in many situations and have seen that he effectively communicates with individuals from CEO's to University students. Nick can effectively pinpoint what problem areas clients need to prioritize and assist these clients in developing effective and efficient problem solutions. There is no question in my mind that Nick will be a jewel as an advisor with your organization.
Jym North
Leader of the EDGE Program, EDGE, a unit of Empowering Small Business LLC and Principal / Owner, North Consulting and Communications.
We work together in a foundation team that evaluates bright ideas from entrepreneurs. So his is consistently offering insight and opinion t ... o similar people. In addition he is a successful entrepreneur growing a string of SportsClips salons.
Bill Broughton
We worked together  •  PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE, First Lenders Alliance, LLC. Previously OWNER, Perfect Keepsakes, Inc..
After 16 years, I would sum up my professional perspective on Nick as that of a trusted sounding-board. In have known Nick as an executive l ... eader as well as a manager, mentor, and colleague in not only engineering and business development capacities, but in a personal capacity as well. In each, I found that his personal advice, professional guidance, and developmental leadership always seemed to be the right combination of technical theory, rich practical experience, and personal challenge. Especially when combined with his soft-edged leadership style, I readily regard Nick as an excellent leadership or advisory resource.
Jean-Yves Bancilhon
They're my friends  •  Founder / CEO, RedSwipe LLC. Previously Sales Account Manager, OSIsoft.
Nick has many years of experience in the corporate. He turns his experience into wisdom to help small businesses make the right decision esp ... ecially when it comes to proper use of digital media.
John Gregory
They're my friends  •  RealtorĀ®, RE/MAX Fine Properties. Previously Management Consultant, "Self Employed".
I started a second career as a Real Estate agent and new very little about internet marketing and the strategy and tactics associated with i ... t. I first met Nick at a SCORE seminar where he was a speaker. Immediately I knew I needed to know "this guy" because he had the skill set(s) I was looking for in regards to marketing online. In summary, I've personally met with Nick a number of times and communicated with him via email and by phone. Nick has acted a mentor in regards to providing me with insight into developing a strategic and tactical approach to marketing my services in a very effective and efficient manner. One hour with Nick is like getting 100 hours of professional consulting services. He doesn't do the work with you however he guides you and gets you to think in ways that are applicable to achieving your goals - in my case developing a successful online marketing strategy/approach. Granted I still have a lot to learn and expect to continue to lean on Nick (if he lets me) for a long time. Finally, outside of Nick's skill set(s) I would consider him a friend and someone that really likes to help others to succeed without expecting anything in return.
Josh Freeman
We worked together  •  Manager of Delivery Engineering, Amplero (a Globys company). Previously Senior Solutions Architect, Globys AsiaPac, Globys Inc. Oregon State gra
Nick has a great wealth of industry knowledge and experiences across both large and small businesses. Of all the managers I've worked for, N ... ick was the best at helping me grow the strategic aspects of my skill sets
Martin Wilson
We worked together  •  Director, Matisia Consultants and CEO, Positive Performance, Inc.. University of Washington grad.
Nick has been a great advisor and mentor to us throughout the ups and downs of our start-up. He is always available to offer advise, talk th ... rough potential risks/opportunities, help us with hiring and making introductions.
max gallardo
We worked together  •  CEO, Fundworx and Business developer consultant, AllShoppings.
Nick is a great advisor and great strategy and project manager
Mark Russell
We worked together  •  CEO, Elevate Publishing. Previously Board Member, A Rocha.
He's smart, has had exceptional work experience and is good with people.
Mark Castleberry
We worked together  •  Previously Executive Director, CIO Advisory Practice, EY. Previously Founder & CEO, Continuity Group LLC.
Nick has been a great mentor to me over many years. He is a high-integrity guy, with great depth of professional experience. I strongly endo ... rse him as an advisor.
David Kreinheder
We worked together  •  Director of Architecture, Globys Inc. Previously Senior Engineering Manager, VERISIGN. Oregon State grad.
I reported into Nick for 3 years. Nick has a rare combination of business and technical acumen that allowed him to work with multiple engin ... eering teams, dig deep into the details of complex processes and set business direction. He is a great communicator with strong interpersonal skills.

Jon Stuart
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, University of Sourth Florida- Sarasota Manatee and Mentor, SCORE.
Jon is uniquely qualified as equal parts educator and business strategist. His many startup and small business clients benefit from his deep ... marketing expertise and strategic problem solving skills. He always receives the highest praise from his clients.

Jean-Yves Bancilhon
We worked together  •  Founder / CEO, RedSwipe LLC. Previously Sales Account Manager, OSIsoft.
Jean-Yves is a strong entrepreneur with an uncanny vision for products. His background has helped him develop a deep understanding for busin ... ess coupled with a rich understanding of technology. His mindset is focused on learning which will serve him well in this ever changing business world.

Mark Castleberry
We worked together  •  Previously Executive Director, CIO Advisory Practice, EY. Previously Founder & CEO, Continuity Group LLC.
I have held a long term relationship with Mark, He has a unique combination of strategic business and technology skills. Mark also has the ... highest degree of integrity and honesty. He's been a trusted partner to me over the years, and I give him my highest level of endorsement;.