Stephen is a civic and business entrepreneur.
A former U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, attorney, and NCAA Division I fencer, Stephen is also co-founder of PriceWaiter, Delegator, Smart Furniture, Chattanooga Renaissance Funds I & II, and the non-profit ventures Causeway and CF Smackdown.
Stephen earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a fellowship from the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, and graudated with Highest Distinction as a varsity athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill, ranked 8th in a class of 4,000. While studying abroad at the Université de Paris VII and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, he completed a photo and audio journal of the 1989-90 revolutions in Eastern Europe. He has visited more than 50 countries.
Drawing from experience running ecommerce and agency leaders Smart Furniture and Delegator, in 2013, Stephen co-founded PriceWaiter to making buying and selling better, starting with simple, fast and private price negotiation for buyers and sellers, on any product or service, anywhere on the web.
Stephen is a multi-patented inventor (for the original “Smart Furniture”), a black belt, surfer, 1996 Olympic torchbearer, 2010 Marshall Fellow, a 2016 Spirit of Innovation Keynote Speaker, a 2016 member of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders, and in was selected for the 2017-18 class of Leadership Tennessee. He has also appeared on the cover of Inc. magazine for not paying himself enough money, has accidentally suspended a forklift across a drainage ditch, and while in high school in the 80s, created a videogame rejected by Microsoft as “tasteless”.
Finally, and more importantly, Stephen is a husband, and father of two beloved children, and is currently working with researchers from Israel and UAB to put an end to cystic fibrosis.
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