My Origin Story

50% Business

At 16 years old I was already living on my own because my parents were divorced and I was very independently minded. I lived in my hometown of Covington, VA.

Every week, I was in clubs and bars till 3 a.m. because I was a keyboard player in a band.

If I stepped out of the club for fresh air, I always had to explain my way back in. During the day, I had a job at Skate World.
About this time, I discovered a set of tapes in the back seat of my Dad’s car, called “The Psychology of Winning”
and I thought they were totally amazing. The idea that you could set a goal and just make it happen.

But because I was so young, I was up against lack of experience and everyone saying, “When you have experience come back and then we can work with you.”
So I got my real estate broker’s license at 18.
And then at 19, I had the idea to sell listings for developers which gave me an abundant supply of homes to list. But I was still looking for a way to use where I was at, to get to something even better, so I asked the developers how they raised money? They said through investors.
I had $12,000 saved from Skate World. I gave it all to the developers as my first investment. All of it. 1 year later, my ROI, was $39,000. Talk about confidence boost!

Today, most people see me as a guy that puts “smart” business deals together. But I don’t think success in business is about being “smart.”

All the things I’m passionate about – business, music
(I played in bands up until 42), nature photography, and even puzzles – are about being one thing: creative.

Thinking back on my teenage self, playing music in clubs till late and doing real estate deals by day,

I can now see I’ve always been the same person: 50% business and 50% creative.

Creativity is what really drives me.

Want Creative Growth Resources For Your Business?

Roland's Professional Bio

Co-founder and/or principal of 5 different Inc. Magazine fastest growing companies (e-commerce, e-learning, SaaS + real estate).

Serial entrepreneur who built or sold 24 businesses with adjusted sales ranging from $3 million to just under $4 billion.

Currently CEO of All Channels Media, LLC, and principal in Scalable.co, DigitalMarketer.com, Traffic & Conversion Summit, Praxio.com, TruConversion.com, War Room Mastermind, Fully Accountable, Everbowl Restaurants, Big Block Realty, Scribe Publishing and Real Estate Worldwide.

Roland’s work includes infomercials with Guthy-Renker, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster & Random House, shows with major hotels on the Las Vegas strip, over 100 private and public offerings, running an international hedge fund, advising major brands on a variety of business and legal related issues (from PepsiCo to MacDonald’s).

Roland has a real passion for business and putting deals together and is always looking for businesses to invest in or acquire, re-position and sell. Recent strategic partnerships and clients include Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Harper-Collins Publishing, Fedex and Uber.

Specialties: Acquiring or partnering with entrepreneurs to scale businesses through acquisitions, strategic relationships and marketing. Roland is also adept at negotiation, copywriting, marketing strategy, structuring and funding of mergers and acquisitions and, public exit strategies for businesses and entrepreneurs.  

Loading...
Scroll Up