Mitch Thrower's Experience:
New Media Officer, Strategist, Senior Correspondent, Investor at Competitor Group, Inc.January 2008 - January 2009
Investor and Team Member at Competitor Group, Inc., which is a platform media and race event company specializing in the endurance sports sector which primarily includes marathons, cycling, and triathlons. The Company is comprised of four companies, Elite Racing, Triathlete Magazine, Competitor Publishing, and Inside Communications which are the leading companies serving endurance enthusiasts. Competitor Group owns and operates 16 national branded sports events with over 150,000 professional and amateur participants. Additionally, the Company has 8 fitness expositions. Competitor Group publishes 8 magazine titles with a combined circulation of approximately 500,000 per month. Furthermore, it produces radio and television content along with the leading new media platform in the sector.
Owner, Chairman Of The Board at Triathlete MagazineJanuary 1997 - November 2007
o Managed all aspects of the worlds largest Triathlete Magazine, during a remarkable turn around. o Developed and implemented strategy for this group. o Restructured all departments marketing, advertising, distribution, dealer and subscription departments. Established major strategic partnerships. o Substantially increased the publication's subscription base and advertising sales. o Built and managed the company's highly successful Internet presence.
Entrepreneur In Residence at The University of San DiegoSeptember 2004 - June 2005
Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of San Diego - lecturing for the SIBC, the LIFE Institute. Teaching Entrepreneurship.
Author at The Attention Deficit Book SeriesMay 2004 - January 2005
Author, The Attention Deficit Workplace: Winning Strategies for Success in Today's Fast-paced Business Environment.
CEO & Co-Founder at Active Europe Network, LtdJanuary 2001 - November 2004
http://www.activeeurope.com The world's largest software, registration, marketing and commerce service provider. o Launched the European sister company of The Active Network, Inc. o Served as General Manager and CEO, responsible for all aspects of managing Responsible for raising capital, licensing negotiations, and creating strategic relationships. o Charged with obtaining funding from European and US investors. o Built worldwide clientele in 27 countries, 5 languages and 6 currencies. o Currently overseeing the overall design, development, and communication of planning activities that ensure market competitiveness and organizational excellence. o Responsible for the analysis of the development of international markets. o Planning and coordinating operations through the organization's managers. o Orchestrated several corporate acquisitions.
Co-Founder at Active.com (The Active Network)June 1997 - November 2004
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Co-Founder, Chief Strategist at The Active Network, Inc. (active.com)January 1997 - December 2001
(2004, Inc 500 - Ranked 99th fastest growing company in America, annualized growth rate of over 200% now with over 300 employees) o Successfully developed and implemented strategy, and rapid growth of the firm. o Raised over $52 million dollars in venture capital. o Created the vision, business model, corporate strategy and "profit-driven rapid-scale" approach o Planned and directed investigations and negotiations pertaining to mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions of businesses and negotiated large scale partnerships. o Initiated and negotiated partnerships and acquisitions with Ticketmaster Online-City Search, the acquisition of Enter Online and GetSetGo, multiple national magazines. o Monitored the external environment and identified opportunities to fulfill corporate strategy. o Developed internal and external relationship architecture.
CEO & Founder at The College Connection, Inc - The Rail ConnectionMarch 1990 - June 1997
Founder and CEO of this travel and publishing company serving the college market with rail travel and guidebooks. Managed all departments and growth until the company was sold to Student Advantage in 1997.
Founder, Co-Chairman at La Jolla Foundation (project active)April 1996
o Started and manage Project Active, a global mission with a commitment to diffuse world tensions through sport related education, equipment, mentoring and encouragement. o Project Active is dedicated to planting the peace-inspiring seed of athletics in the heart of the Human Spirit, in areas of the world where it is needed most. o Involved in all aspects of starting this new non-profit organization