Our experiences make us who we are, and I am no exception. I am a product of years of public service, small business & self-employment, and a family that believes in me. From combat in Iraq, to 'combat' on the city council, I have faced, learned from, and overcome challenges and opportunities. I value people over ideas, and ideas over the status quo. Give a man a fishing pole? I say give a community a vision and watch out world! Goals are simple: * Bridge the gap between social media/networking and local governments and change lives for the better in the process. * Create, grow, and improve organizations that service the human needs of community. * Help communities effect valuable changes through activism and participation in their local government.
Dec 2008 - Present
Sid Burgess Strategies
I advise and counsel professionals in government and organizations that work within communities. I have advised on several projects and already worked with a couple of candidates for public office.
Dec 2007 - Present
State of Oklahoma Internet Review Board
I was appointed by the Speaker of the House to this board.
Jan 2002 - Present
Army National Guard
Includes one overseas combat tour to Iraq in 2004-2005. Received Combat Action Badge and Army Achievement Medal
Jan 2008 - Apr 2009
Vice President of Operations
Mobile Fundraising Solutions
Short-term project to develop a concept. I focused on product development and creating a marketing plan for the product.
Jun 2005 - Dec 2008
Project Manager/ Co-Founder
War Eagle Group LLC
War Eagle Group, LLC is a private Real Estate development company that focused on remodeling and renting small homes in rural Oklahoma. I worked on several of the homes as project manager (including old fashioned carpentry work) as well as acquired private investments for houses.
Sep 2005 - Nov 2008
City Councilman/Vice Mayor
Town of Haskell
May 2001 - Nov 2008
Haskell Volunteer Fire Department
May 2007 - Oct 2008
Assisted the management in running the stores (managing inventories, staff, etc) and handled marketing and advertising for the three locations. Established new marketing strategies and expanded existing ones.
Sep 2005 - Nov 2007
I formed Vision Haskell shortly after I returned from Iraq to act as an umbrella organization to non-profits in Haskell. My primary focus to was achieve 501(c)3 status (which we did) in order to provide a more advantageous option for donating to projects within the community. The organization became a launchpad for several beautification projects and even a large festival. I stepped down as President after two years because I felt the organization would not benefit by having the same leadership year after year but that new leadership would ensure plenty of new ideas and opportunities for Vision Haskell. I remain a distant, but devoted volunteer to the organization.
Jan 2003 - Jan 2004
Director of Marketing
I generated leads, canvased, appointment setting, started and ran the telemarketing room, and created marketing and advertising materials for the company. I left to go to Iraq.
2012 - Present
I am attending this college as soon as I complete the first two years of study in Oklahoma at OCCC and UCO.