Born in Queens, New York, I have always had passion for the arts, music, film, technology and money. Inspired by DJ's, artists, musicians, actors, comedians and art. My first job after graduating Temple University was a temp job with Chemical Bank on Water Street, in New York City’s Wall Street area before they were purchased by Chase Bank. After that I landed at HBO scanning film reviews. When that project ended, I ended up at Sony Music, where I coordinated Ron Grant’s R&B Showcase for record executives at in-house boutique labels like Epic, Columbia, 550 Music & the WORK Group for many years.
From there I established Audiology Recording Studio with a partner and some of our clients were Ice T, Treach, Lil Kim, Sticky Fingaz, Fat Joe, Phife Dog along with Select Records, Elektra Records, Atlantic Records, Jive/Zomba Publishing, Def Jam Recordings, Violator Management & Bad Boy Entertainment.
Always on the front end of the bell curve, I then invested seed capital to start 'Silverback Digital Studios', a successful HD Video Editorial Production Company in partnership with Benny Boom's Gorilla Flix Production company under HSI Productions. Silverback Digital Studios only credits include Def Jam's Anniversary DVD for the movie Scarface.
Additionally, I also helped a little known music industry start up named 'Digiwaxx Media LLC'. Before the inception of Digiwaxx Media, I helped one of it's founders find affordable housing. Even further still, I worked with the founders in that same apartment that served as Digiwaxx's first office. Furthermore the first internal database that 'Digiwaxx' ever used to collect DJ feedback & report it to music labels like Elektra was created & designed using very early versions of Filemaker Pro.
While DJ'ing nights and moonlighting as an Senior Account Executive for BAMS, I helped business owners with their Point Of Sale systems while trying to lobby for a DJ gig. Either way, a sale was being made. During my time as a DJ, I also worked with Bank Associates Merchant Services in Brooklyn before establishing other payment partnerships. I probably inspired many innovations within the merchant services CRM software that was developed by BAMS called 'IrisCRM' which was recently purchased by NMI.
As a Business Relationship Manager for Heartland Payment Systems I acquired them a long term stay Hotel called Furnished Quarters that does over $12mm in sales annually. Can you imagine that Heartland let me go for non-production after scoring this deal for them?
Good for me, bad for them I guess.
That's when we started Merchant Advisory Services. Back in 2016.
You might find JP taking pictures somewhere; skateboarding in your local skatepark or DJ'ing at your local dive bar when he's not being CEO of Merchant Advisory Services.
JP has a long history of projects he has worked on. Just to ask him to tell you a story one day. :-)