About Ben Taylor
Coach to Founders | Growth Expert | People Maximizer | Competitor
Ben Taylor is the founder of Vision & Scale, and Active Outdoor Men (501c3). The former US leader for Product Sales Specialists in Amazon’s Global Growth Ads Business. He is an experienced tech and revenue leader with focus areas in sales, operations, marketing and management. His career has spanned several industries and functions at not only Amazon but at Gallup, BamBams, Vigilant Cybersecurity, NextUp (co-founder) TailorMedia Group+ (founder & exited), CollectionPoint (co-founder & exited), and The United States Marine Corps. He has built and led cross-country and global teams while being responsible for multi-million dollar P&L’s during explosive growth stages.
That's the nice way of saying it, but let me tell you how I got here. The nitty gritty founder story with rough edges, crushed dreams, and a lot of soul crushing work.
Hi, my name is Ben Taylor, I'm a serial entrepreneur, husband, father and all out competitor from just outside the nation's capital in Virginia. I have failed, a lot, I have been burned a lot (and unfortunately burned others), I have been broken, but I have battled hard and made it out the other side.
Today, I work directly with founders in founder lead businesses to maximize their P&A (people & assets), develop concrete strategy and GTM tactics that highlight big initiatives that will increase your company's value and directly install our step by step growth and profitability strategies into each function of your business.
In short, I help you cast your vision, maximize your human and physical capital so you can scale and exit in 3 to 5 years.
To even write that is a bit wild, because my life wasn’t always this way…
Growing up, I was a bit of a train wreck. I had the ability to create incredible focus when I was interested in something, but I hated the traditional school system. It led me astray, into handcuffs, drugs, and a lot of compromising situations.
At 18 I joined the United States Marine Corps, which was arguably the best and worst experience of my life. Ultimately those years taught me how to be coachable, to lead, and compete against my self to survive.
At 21, I watched the murder of a close friend as I stood next to him. I still wasn't ready to change yet.
At 25 I founded and bootstrapped my first company, CollectionPoint, I was fortunate, and we did well initially. It wasn't first timer's luck, it was right place at the right time, we were solving a simple problem in a niche field.
At 27 I started TailorMedia Group+ and we grew fast, almost failed, iterated, started over again, grew even faster and exited. This was a brutal learning experience that I will be forever grateful for. Especially financially as the tax man came to collect on my mistakes years later.
At 30 I started a consultancy, I hated it. I couldn't find my purpose, and I tried to be too many things to too many people and organizations. I failed.
I fell into some dark places and gave up on entrepreneurship (sort of) as a full time venture and went into full time W-2 Management consultancy work. I also hated that.
I nearly didn’t make it. I eventually found myself at the end of a rope, literally.
Fast forward a few years...
I began leading growth stage organizations from the $10M mark to $50M and $100M+ ARR. I learned that was my sweet spot. Long term though, I am an entrepreneur, so I never found happiness in doing for someone else.
What made me the founder's secret weapon was that I had been in their shoes before. I understand the risk, the drive, we have the same genes. We're all driven nutcases that have a burning desire to build, reinvent, build, and then build some more. While I knew it wasn't going to be a forever thing, I was willing to help you for 12-24 months. I have a burning desire to help you now, just in a different way.
Every company runs into a wall eventually, in spite of fast growth, being well funded or bootstrapped, regardless of great talent, or the perfect product or solution, we all stagnate, we plateau.
At that point, no matter what you do, it is a massive struggle to identify our biggest opportunities.
I have been there before, on my own and managing global revenue operations for tech, ecomm, and manufacturing companies, throwing money at the wall in hopes that something sticks. All I knew was that I had a viable product because I could spend money advertising and make a multiplier back. Until I discovered the system I am here to teach you now.
The bottom line is this:
As founders, we're always stressed out, working a crazy amount of hours every week, and operating on little to no sleep when our brain can't shut down, feeling overwhelmed in search of the critical container every founder needs to live in. When I say critical container, I am talking about a repeatable and scalable system for success.
Almost everyday, I was wondering the same as you:
- How do I increase the value of my company?
- How do I get my senior leaders and sales team to want it as bad as me or and clearly articulate my vision?
- How do I hire great people and who should I be hiring next?
- How do I build a repeatable and successful sales operation?
- What should I expect from my CFO and CTO?
- How do I consistently get in front of the right people?
- Is it time to scale or be cautious?
- Is my Go-To-Market strategy viable for long term growth and scalability?
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
I ask, because there’s a lot of bad information out there, and it will divert your focus from where it actually should be.
The good news is, if you’re a promotional products supplier / manufacturing founder looking to maximize your business, understand your pipeline on a deep level, and create an efficient Go-To-Market strategy, there are answers - there is a tried and true system.
And over time, with the help of the soul crushing work, spending countless hours in the weeds, working right mentors, books, and advice, and years of hard work, I believe I’ve found them.
My path to "success" was rocky at best. Crushing financial mistakes and losing it all, to eventually making it out the other side. I wanted to do what I do best, connect with other founders and help you get there in a way that causes less stress and doubt, and ultimately, cast your vision, scale, and maybe exit.
That is what I am doing here today, to share all of what I’ve learned with you. You need someone to talk to, who gets you, who has been there before. I want to be a part of your journey, we're members of the same tribe. If that sounds like you, it would be my honor to get to know you a little more, and maybe even partner with you to take your business to the next level.
You can click here to book a vision & scale session with me.
I can't wait to connect and add another member to a tribe of great founders who have scaled their tech, manufacturing, and ecomm businesses.