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Stephen G. Barr

Advisor Boise, Idaho Area, US

Executive Advisor to CEO @ PingTank, Executive Advisor @ Alaf Corporation, CEO & Group Publisher @ SGB Media Group

Executive Advisor to CEO @ PingTank, Executive Advisor @ Alaf Corporation, CEO & Group Publisher @ SGB Media Group

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations

Involved In

Founder

Boardroom Advisory Services
SGB Media Group
Startup Hive
CrowdPad

Advisor

ALAF, Inc.
World Pro Ski Tour
PingTank, Inc.
PingTank, Inc.
TechPay, LLC Mobile Payment Systems
Control‘s Force Inc
ALAF, Inc.

Side Projects

USSA Masters Ski Racer

Positions

Ski Instructor Sun Valley Company November 2016 - present
Founder & Chairman Boardroom Advisory Services January 2011 - present
Executive Advisor World Pro Ski Tour November 2016 - present
Professional Masters Ski Racer U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association November 2016 - present
Council Member GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) July 2016 - present
Executive Advisor to the CEO PingTank, Inc. August 2016 - present
StartEngine Champion StartEngine August 2016 - present
Executive Advisor to CEO PingTank, Inc. August 2016 - present
Executive Advisor TechPay, LLC Mobile Payment Systems June 2016 - present
North American Senior Advisor Control‘s Force Inc February 2016 - present
Executive Advisor ALAF, Inc. April 2016 - present
Founder & Group Publisher SGB Media Group November 2006 - present
Founder & Executive Director Startup Hive April 2012 - March 2016
Co-Founder and Managing Partner CrowdPad August 2012 - January 2015
Director of Social Media GiveClicks.com October 2008 - September 2009
Owner & Community Manager Vintage Bass Trading Co. & The Dudepit Forum December 1998 - January 2007
Operations Manager & Cellar Master Sable Ridge Vineyards September 1996 - December 2001
President & CEO American Residential Appraisers April 1991 - November 1997
District Appraisal Manager Citibank Savings, FSB April 1989 - April 1991
President & CEO Axiel Research Group, Ltd. November 1985 - October 1988
Real Estate Broker & Sales Manager Scott E. Cohen Realty January 1983 - November 1985
Imagery Interpreter Specialist AFSC 20650 USAF June 1976 - May 1979

Education

Center For Progressive Leadership Political Science and Government 2009 - 2009
The Appraisal Institute Real Estate Appraisal 1984 - 1989
Monroe Community College Marketing Management 1979 - 1981
Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center (AFAITC) Photo Interpretation 1976 - 1977
Cardinal Mooney HS College Prep 1972 - 1976
University of Hawaii at Manoa English Language and Literature, General 1978 - 1979
US Small Business Administration Small Business Administration/Management 2014 - 2015
Harvard University CS50 - Introduction to Computer Science 2012 - 2013

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • CRM
  • • Monetization
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Fashion
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Real Estate
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Content
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Blogging • Advisory boards • Angel Networks • Business Development • Cannabis Businesses • Company turnarounds • Compliance • Early Stage Company Development • Executive mentoring • Government Relations • Social Media Marketing • Strategic Partnerships • Strategy • Thought Leadership

Key Accomplishments

1984 Sales Master Award, Real Estate Board of Rochester, NY;
1989 CitiPride Award Recipient, CitiBank;
2012 1st Place Winning Team Member (Bust'DD) at Startup Weekend - Phoenix;
2013 Microsoft BizSpark Graduate;
Columnist at Vator.tv;
Lifetime Fellow @ The Center For Progressive Leadership;
Former Board of Directors @ Monroe Community College;
Inducted into "Who's Who in Student Government" (ASGA 1981);
Roberts Rules of Order Scholar (ASGA 1981);
Certified Mentor @ Efactor.com;
Columnist @ Social Media Today;
Charter Member @ Crowdfunding Best Practices Advisory Council;
Moderator @ Viadeo's Crowd Funding Group;
Charter Member @ International Fellows Network;
Mentor @ Mentor's Guild;
Inaugural Content Committee Chairman @ The National Crowdfunding Association;
Crowdfunding & Real Estate Commentator @ Fox News

Multiple Gold Medal Winemaker in International Competition (Sable Ridge Vineyards) as follows:

SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2002 Petite Sirah - Russian River Valley
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2002 Zinfandel - Russian River Valley
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2002 SRV Meritage - Sonoma Valley
GOLD Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2001 Viognier - Russian River Valley
Best of Class Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2001 Viognier - Russian River Valley
GOLD Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2000 Petite Sirah - Russian River Valley
Best of Class Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2000 Petite Sirah - Russian River Valley
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2000 Zinfandel - Russian River Valley
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2000 SRV Meritage - Sonoma Valley
GOLD Sonoma County Harvest Fair 1999 Petite Sirah - Russian River Valley
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1999 Zinfandel - Lodi Hensley-Lauchland
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1999 Zinfandel - Sonoma County OVOC
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 1998 Zinfandel - Alexander Valley
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1998 Zinfandel - Alexander Valley
Top 12 San Francisco Chronicle ('98-SC) 1998 Zinfandel - Alexander Valley
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1998 Coupage A'Trois (Cab Blend - Limited)
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1998 Zinfandel - Lodi Old Vine
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1998 Syrah Sonoma County
SILVER SF Chronicle Wine Competition 1998 Gewürztraminer - Monterey (Limited)
GOLD North Coast Wine Competition 1997 Zinfandel - Lodi Old County
GOLD North Coast Wine Competition 1997 Zinfandel - Sonoma Valley
GOLD Sonoma County Harvest Fair 1997 Zinfandel - Sonoma Valley
SILVER Sonoma County Harvest Fair 1996 Zinfandel - Sonoma Valley
SILVER North Coast Wine Competition 1996 Zinfandel - Sonoma Valley

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Typically I work a combination of in-person and remote. I travel between Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas monthly. email, skype and cell phone are preferred methods of communication. Due to the high volume of calls recieved no direct calls are answered and go to voicemail. Should you require immediate response please send a text to 562-400-0685

Please note that even though I have personally invested in over 10 successful ventures and had one substantial public exit through an acquisition by a Fortune 500 corporation I do not make equity investments into startups in early stage or seed rounds but I will roll up my sleeves and give you 18 hours a day, 7 days a week benefit of my unique skill sets acquired over the course of my 35 year professional career and I do charge a small retainer fee anywhere from $500 to $5,000 upon execution of a cofounders or advisory services agreement as a sign of good faith and to ensure my highest level of participation in your venture. I assure you said retainer(s) don't come close to paying even my most basic of expenses let alone cover the great number of commnity based pro bono assignments I accept on a regular basis.

Or to quote your grandaddy "Ass gas or grass...nobody rides for free!"

As an Advisor

I work as an adviser generally on pre-seed early ventures and prefer to have input as early as possible and generally exit after seed round or A round as my forte and preference is early venture phase. I add value to emerging technology as well as gaming and NPO start ups from conception through IPO, merger or sale by serving, guiding, advising & governing their advisory & director's boards on a negotiable fee and/or equity sharing on a strictly case by case basis. I also accept a limited number of Pro Bono clients per year generally in but not limited to the NPO arena. I love the rush of the ramp up phase of new initiatives from alpha to beta launch and have great distain for the leveling off day to day slow growth periods. An administrator I'm not and I'm keenly aware of this fact. Please be sensitive to the fact that I am a one man band, spread thin across a 1,000 mile, four major metropolitan market area and my time is extremely tight so the "squeeky wheel gets the grease". Thank you!

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Nancy Slotnick
They're my friends
Stephen is an awesome business-man who "gets it" based on very little explanation. He's involved in a tremendous variety of activities, yet ... is able to keep it all in balance. A true connector-type who knows all the key players and has a wealth of knowledge on many topics.
Sandra Hicks 4,600+
They're my friends
Stephen, would be good at anything that he attempts to do. He has fantastic communication skills. If I could choose one person to choose to ... work with in my business, it would be Stephen. His ability to work on several projects simultaneously is amazing. His intelligence and drive to succeed will make him a success at anything that he attempts to do. He has a vast pool of experience in several different fields of work. Because of this, Stephen is able to draw upon his past in order to utilize his experiences in new projects. Another great quality is the fact that he is "approachable". He makes a person feel safe as a co-worker. He never intimidates. In lieu of this, he is a great mentor. He will not do the work for a co-worker, but he certainly will be there for that person if support is needed. Stephen's writing skills put him at the very top in anything that he attempts. I hope that someday we may be able to work together. He also invited me to join his group on Linked In. That has proven to be one of the best steps that I have ever taken. I now am in contact with over 19 million people thanks to Stephen. It has helped me in my own business called Global PC Cure, LLC. My business is thriving in an economy that is not the best. I contribute much of that to Stephen's nurturing when I have needed help. Please feel free to contact me if I can ever be of further help in relation to this wonderful, intelligent, and compassionate man. "Charismatic" is a good word to describe him. Sandra Stengrim Hicks
Patelli Paschal
Previously Founder, A Friend Indeed TV. Previously Interim Executive Director, CAGLCC.
Stephen is great entrepreneur because he is never to busy to answer someone who asks in earnest for his help,he also has a broad understandi ... ng of how businesses can improve their organizational development.
Michael Noel
We worked together  •  Co Founder, WP Pro Host and Co Founder, Software Integrity Associates.
Stephen has been providing Consulting and independent advisory services to Entrepreneurial clients as well as senior product development te ... am member from conception to public Beta launch on over two dozen start ups. He is Driven and will bring his Rolodex with him. He is a get it done type that is not at all comfortable waiting around for something to happen.
Peter s Chalkley
Md-Ceo, V C Q Media .com. Previously MD, Sage Hansel.
Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Startup Adviser, Board Member, Business Catalyst, Investor, Author, Editor & Publisher
Courtney Smith
We worked together  •  Marketing Manager, L'Auberge de Sedona and Founder, Bashelorette, LLC. Arizona State grad.
I am beyond grateful to have Stephen's expertise and mentorship. From the moment we connected, Stephen has provided insight, passionate dedi ... cation, and has made himself available which is invaluable for our startup. His expertise is wide-reaching, yet Stephen is so approachable. I am beyond grateful to have such an impressive and successful advisor in our corner.
Dave Hepworth
We worked together  •  Managing Director, Arrive.By. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Stephen knows his stuff, is well connected and makes himself available to you without hesitation. Without Stephen advising me, moving forwa ... rd in the US market would take 3-4 times as long - he is definitely a game changer!
Brian Kissinger
We worked together  •  COO, ARIA Management Group.
Stephen has proven valuable throughout the years in many of my startups.
Rich Wheeless
We worked together  •  CFO & COO, Rivetz Corp.. Previously Co-Founder and CEO, BRIVAS Technologies.
He is patient and very knowledgeable in keep aspects in running a business. He is always available and willing to help with whatever is nee ... ded.
Alex Pardalis
They're my friends  •  Chief Operating Officer, Control's Force Inc and President, President.
Great mentor, advisor and genuine person
Brian Kissinger
We worked together  •  COO, ARIA Management Group.
Stephen will always give you his honest opinion regardless of conventional wisdom or popular thought. He is perfectly comfortable walking al ... one on the contrarian side of the street.

Lynn Petronella
CEO FOUNDER, itsawomansworld.tv. Previously CEO FOUNDER, CEO FOUNDER ATHLETTES PRODUCTIONS/. Northwestern grad.
Lynn is an experienced professional that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone!

angelo falcone
CEO, Booster Pro and Advisor, Prep QB. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Angelo is an experienced and market savvy CEO who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone interested in working with him.

P.K. Fields
They're my friends  •  Founder /CEO ElderSense: Presently Raising First Round, Starwood, Caesar's Entertainment, Mirage Resorts & non profits. NYU grad.
PK is a motivated, experienced and diverse professional capable of leading almost any type of company with great success.

Michael Noel
Co Founder, WP Pro Host and Co Founder, Software Integrity Associates.
I have known Mike for over 20 years and worked with him on numerous projects but we worked closest on the GiveClicks.com that he cofounded f ... rom 2008-2009 where I was his direct report as Director of Social Media. He was a patient and knowledgeable supervisor who always was willing to share his vast IT knowledge with his direct reports. He is the man who taught me to not be afraid of coding and also taught me how to build financial channels and multiple income streams.

Courtney Smith
They're my advisor  •  Marketing Manager, L'Auberge de Sedona and Founder, Bashelorette, LLC. Arizona State grad.
Courtney is a dynamic born leader with a clear vision and purpose for her start up with a very well researched mapped out route toward suces ... s. She is in early stage, pre-seed and already generating revenue from multiple income streams. She is a pleasure to advise and takes direction direction well and professional in every thing she does. I highly recommend her to potential investors, collaorators and business partners.

Dave Hepworth
They're my advisor  •  Managing Director, Arrive.By. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Dave is an experienced, creative and insightful CEO with a clear vision and path toward bringing disruptive technologies to the public. I hi ... ghly reccommend him.

Rich Wheeless
They're my advisor  •  CFO & COO, Rivetz Corp.. Previously Co-Founder and CEO, BRIVAS Technologies.
Rich is a dream for any mentor and we've been working together now through 3 startups he's been associated with. We speak daily and I'm not ... quite sure who's mentoring who to be honest with you!

Ella Dyer
They're my friends  •  Member, MonacoUSA and Sales, AngloINFO.
Ella is a dynamic, intelligent and experienced leader who's not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get it done!

Michael Noel
We worked together  •  Co Founder, WP Pro Host and Co Founder, Software Integrity Associates.
Mike is a lifelong friend who I've had the opportunity to work with and for several times over the past 25 years. He is a easy going, patien ... t mentor, teacher and guide who knows more than I'll ever forget. He tends to erase all questions when I come to him with a question with an absolute singular answer that even when I've tried to explore beyond I always wind up back at the same single definitive answer he gave me with a minimal amount of I told you so back from him.

Linda Ogbeide
They're my friends  •  Partner, Mealspirations. Previously Account Manager, Jeffrey Simbrow Associates. University of Toronto grad.
Linda is a creative, experienced and intelligent administrator with a clear understanding of her business vertical and I give her my highest ... recommendation!

Scott Gray
They're my friends  •  Startup Coach, Founders Space and Founder & Ceo, Zoku, inc.. The Ohio State grad. The Ohio State grad.
Scott is truly a visionary who is way ahead of his peers at all times and one of the nicest people I've ever met!

Steve Hoffman
They're my friends  •  Angel Investor
Steve is a dynamic, talented and resourceful leader to the international startup community.

Nerea Anderson
They're my advisor
Nerea and I first came in contact on LinkedIn and are developing a strong working relationship. She is very intelligent, knows her vertical ... and is not afraid to seek help when needed.

Jaymes Hines
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, Startup EduTech and Founder and Managing Partner, ByParents4Kids Entertainment.
Jaymes was a fantastic person to work with, and is not only a multi-skilled and insightful colleague, but also an inspiring strategist. Very ... good person. Great educator and mentor with a very strong problem solving skills. Jaymes is an asset to any company.

Warren Whitlock
They're my friends  •  Business Development Consultant | Social Media Strategic Adviser | Content Marketing Analyst, Carbon Digits. Brigham Young grad.
Warren is one of only a handful of people who's opinion and judgement I would trust over my own in business decisions.

Eddie Godshalk
Driven entrepreneur seeking strategic business partners & advisors see WizMaps.com data visualization platform complete, now looking 2 scale
I met Eddie about a year ago through Angel List. He is a rare combination of CEO Businessman, Geek and Visionary and he knows his niche and ... has put together the right team of people to make his company soar. Mark my words...Eddie's a winner all the way!

Lexi Sprague
They're my mentor  •  Founder And CEO, Etransfr. Previously Market Research and Development, Scrambls.
Lexi will have a solid track record of founding, managing and exiting three to four tech startups before she's old enough to drink! Fact

Chad Deckard
We worked together  •  Chief Marketing Officer - Business Development Specialist, Generations Marketing. University of Florida grad. University of Florida grad.
I've been fortunate to work with Chad in the same group for some time now, and I can say that he's a consumate professional and a very knowl ... edgable person in general.

CLARISSA BURT
We worked together  •  Founder/CEO, Clarissa Burt Productions. Previously President, Clarissa Burt Productions.
Working with Clarissa I found her as a person with great recognition and deep expertise of solutions. Clarissa is a wise and multi-skilled m ... edia professional. Detail oriented perfectionist. With Clarissa, every problem had a solution.

Josef Holm
They're my friends  •  Founder, Krowdster and Founder, Crowdfunding.biz. University of Maryland grad.
Josef is a visionary and always makes decisions with the future in mind. Josef would be a welcome addition to any leadership team! A driven, ... ambitious individual with an infectious enthusiasm for any project. Josef is a proven person who does and says what he does.

Alex Pardalis
Chief Operating Officer, Control's Force Inc and President, President.
Alex has provided great leadership and it has been a real pleasure to be professionally associated with a consummate professional like Alex! ... He has the passion, the vision, and the persistance to succeed. A good team player and leader with a positive attitude. Alex was very timely and helpful in assisting me within his role at Controls Force.

Tigest Zelalem
We worked together  •  Self-Employed, Currently work full-time performing administrative work in an office , working on startup Marketing Associate, The Soho Loft.
Tigest is an energetic worker who displays a sincere desire to help others. Tigest is a hard-working, creative professional that brings a lo ... t to any table. She is very thorough in dealing with all relevant issues, in order to deliver a working solution, and capable of explaining these issues to non-technical people. Highly recommended to all others.

Brian Kissinger
COO, ARIA Management Group.
He set a great example for everyone who worked under his supervision at ALAF Corporation. It's hard to find managers who are both knowledgea ... ble and perceptive. Brian fits the bill. Anyone who works with him can attest to his efficient and effective communication, creative thinking, professional business acumen and ethical conduct. Brian is a dedicated professional always willing to help others achieve their goals. I highly recommend working and connecting with Brian.

Christine Perkett
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, SeeDepth, Inc., SaaS PR Analytics platform for brands and agencies Award-winning marketer and entrepreneur 2x founder
A driven, ambitious individual with an infectious enthusiasm for any project. A systematic and smart manager who knows how to manage work an ... d the teams she deals with. A good team player and leader with a positive attitude. Christine is highly skilled at successfully handling Senior Management responsibilities. I highly recommend Christine, and if you ever get a chance to work with her you will know what I mean.