Adam C. Dudley is a Florida native with nearly a decade of domestic and international business experience in developing and managing start-up and early-stage companies in several industries including hospitality (restaurants and nightlife), health and fitness, and technology. He is known for his ambition, persistence, resourcefulness, and penetrating business acumen that make him a formidable force in any venture. As a consultant, adviser, and founding executive, Adam has helped more than a dozen start-up and early-stage companies create more effective strategies in the areas of start-up, strategic planning, raising capital, marketing, and branding. Throughout his career, Adam has attracted the personal mentorship of several exceptionally successful entrepreneurs. These relationships have resulted in rapid and exponential increases both in Adam’s business skill and high-level professional contacts that contribute to his extensive repertoire of resources. Adam's core philosophy is that in order to succeed, a business needs a focused mission, an inspiring vision, and a sophisticated strategy articulated in a manner relevant to the entire organization. He emphasizes the importance of working with a clear set of tightly defined objectives, targets, and time lines that are reinforced with clear, consistent, and frequent communication to ensure effective execution. If you're a start-up or early-stage company or an established brand launching bold new initiatives, Adam Dudley can help you find clarity where there wasn't any before and help you develop creative solutions to your most vexing business problems. He brings a wealth of knowledge and resources and a driving energy that is unleashed when there are new challenges and exciting opportunities to leverage.
Mar 2009 - Present
Grace Capital Partners LLC
Grace Capital Partners is a service-based private equity and venture capital firm that provides $100,000 to $5,000,000 to seed- and early-stage companies in health care, clean technology, and high-tech business and computer services, and, arranges funding through private equity for diversified real estate investments over $5MM.
Oct 2006 - Dec 2008
Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning/Founding Executive
Group Four Restaurants
Reported directly to the CEO as a development and management executive with corporate P&L oversight responsibility for growing and managing a multi-concept restaurant and nightlife company. Raised at least $1M in capital from private investors for new projects. Directed concept development and consulted at the design and construction phase for new projects. Facilitated the development of a company-wide strategic plan and held responsibility for driving implementation. Defined and executed business and marketing strategies at the corporate and business unit levels. Negotiated vendor contracts, managed marketing budgets and a small team of high-performance professionals. · Recruited key personnel at each level of the organization to contribute to the development of a corporate and business unit level strategy · Developed and deployed cost-efficient marketing and public relations campaigns using social media, SEO/SEM, PPC, and permission-based email marketing campaigns and systems combined with traditional advertising methods that increased weekly restaurant sales by over 20% breaking previous records · Managed all aspects of a year long effort from concept creation through to the development of a complete set of construction documents and business plan for a sophisticated nightclub project
Jan 2000 - Sep 2006
Employee and Entrepreneur
Various Health, Wellness and Fitness
Was employed by and owned several companies in the rehabilitative and preventative exercise fields.
Jan 2004 - Nov 2005
Multinational Restaurant Concepts, LLC
Reported directly to the managing director as a development executive for a start-up international restaurant and nightlife company that planned to develop multiple American-style restaurants in Poland and a Dutch nightclub franchise in the United States. Responsible for driving development and project management, raising capital, market research, negotiating contracts and building strategic relationships in our target European markets. Managed a small team of international business consultants. · Recruited international business consultants to assist in evaluating oversees opportunities and business landscapes · Developed a business plan and successfully raised seed capital from private investors to fund working capital for exploration · Identified prospective locations in target countries using local contacts
Feb 2003 - Sep 2004
Grand Master View Florida, LLC
• Established a relationship with the manufacturer of a projection screen technology in Holland for possible licensing agreement to distribute in the United States • Sourced and hired international business consultants to assist in evaluating the project potential • Assisted with market research, analysis, negotiations, planning, and legal decisions
2007 - 2007
Certified Balanced Scorecard Practitioner
The George Washington University - School of Business
Completed a comprehensive two-week certification in the development and implementation of the balanced scorecard strategic planning and management system; course facilitated by the Balanced Scorecard Institute (www.balancedscorecard.org).