public speaker, entrepreneur, mentor
I am a digital marketing and personal growth strategist. I focus on helping clients formulate successful online strategies and frameworks to keep million-dollar projects on track. Done correctly, the right combination will catapult growth and shatter expectations of what was thought to be possible.
I spent four years at Microsoft Corporation where I managed over $25MM in search and display advertising for their premier clients. When I left there, I started my own digital marketing agency, Think Strategy, which is currently one of the top-rated Web design, PPC and SEO agencies in Los Angeles. Our goal is to turn a cold lead into a warm prospect, into an ecstatic client and raving fan using the right language and sequencing. We serve clients located all around the world.
I am the host and moderator of Stacking Growth, a Facebook Group, with over 5,000+ marketing professionals. The Stacking Growth Conference, was named "1 of 10 events that will help you grow in 2018" by INC magazine.
I am also an avid student and practitioner of personal growth. I focus on mindfulness and personal development as a way to achieve individual goals, growth and happiness. I believe that in order to be successful, this facet of one’s life needs to be nourished and nurtured so that the positive results carry into every other aspect of life, including success in business, relationships, friendships, and internal peace. For nearly 20 years, I have served on the board of the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based non-profit committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. To date we’ve taught over 7,500 children nationwide the practice of yoga, mindfulness and self-care.
I received my BA from University of Baltimore and my MBA from Seattle University, with a specialization in entrepreneurship in international studies (China and India).
I recently moved to Los Angeles where I can skateboard every day outside with my dog, Sky. I’m an avid reader and world traveler. I enjoy visiting a new country every year, meeting the local people and sampling the local cuisine.
digital strategy, personal growth
One of the biggest challenges when you’re planning an event is finding the perfect speaker. Whether it’s a half-day workshop, weekend boot camp or multi-day summit, you want to bring in someone whose message supports your event goals, creates a buzz and sends an electric charge through the event. Someone who is credible, will keep the audience engaged and has the expertise to provide valuable, new information. You want someone who can leave the audience feeling inspired and energized, ready to tackle new challenges head-on.
I’ve been in the same position when planning my own events. Finding the right balance between educating and entertaining is critical to the attendee’s experience and the success of your event.
Here I’ve outlined the necessary information to make it easy for you to make a decision. I look forward to connecting with you and learning how I can contribute to your event’s success.
I have two main groups of topics that I speak about: digital marketing and personal growth. I will gladly customize a topic to your event and audience so that they may gain the most value from my presentation. My talks can be adjusted to accommodate a workshop, seminar, break-out session or even keynote. More specific topics include (but are not limited to):
- How to Start or Grow an Online Business
- Secrets for Killer Facebook ads
- Online Lead Generation Strategy
- Winning with Google AdWords
- Social Media Marketing
- Peace of Mind Through Mindfulness
- Challenge Yourself To Be Fully Present
what to expect
Once we agree that I’m a good fit for your event and we move forward, you can expect from me and my team:
- An introductory phone meeting to discuss your goals, expectations and specifics of the event so I can best understand how to cater my message to your audience. This will ensure they receive the most value from my presentation.
- A professional, dynamic, interactive presentation focused on the pre-determined goals and objectives of the event. I will share the latest information, examples, challenges and motivation to get them excited to take immediate action.
- A resource page exclusively for attendees where they can access my presentation, resources, links and articles that I have personally sourced.
- Prompt, professional responses to calls and emails from your team prior to the event.
- My commitment of 100% effort to inspire your attendees and help make your event a success.
- An event de-brief phone meeting so I can ensure your expectations were met and the audience gained value from my presentation.
My Video Clips
Take a look at what others have had to say about my presentations:
"Under the guidance of Bernard and Think Strategy, PLEXIS’ leads per month increased by 20x – resulting in one of our biggest marketing years ever."
Dan Jimmerson, Vice President of Marketing at PLEXIS Healthcare Systems
"I am not easily impressed. Bernard has never failed to impress me. Who do I recommend Bernard to? Well, anyone looking to increase conversions, drive traffic, increase the quality of leads to their site, or just sleep more easily."
Myron McMillin, Director of Software Development, QuintilesIMS
"When it comes to Email marketing, Growth, and Sales leadgen Bernard is the guy for it."
Justin Wu, Hustle beats talent, when talent doesn’t hustle. | Growth Hacker | Startup Founder
"Bernard brings strategic insights, an ability to connect technology to business and marketing goals and an understanding of new and existing digital platforms for development of each project."
Stacey Paynter, C-Level & Board Advisor to Build Brands, President, Strategic Connections
"There are very few people I would personally and professionally recommend talking big-picture money making ideas with, and even less who I trust to turn those ideas into actionable solutions."
James Castro, Founder, Multiverse Media Group, Inc
"Bernard is one of the best in the industry. I have known and worked with him for many years, and he continues to blow me away with his depth of knowledge. He knows the exact steps to take to assess a business and apply the most effective strategies and tactics to make it successful."
Angie Salisbury, Professional Business Writer, Author
May 18-20, 2018
Mastery of Greatness with Les Brown, Kevin Harrington & Bernard Ablola - Los Angeles, CA
May 18, 2018
Stacking Growth - Santa Monica, CA
June 9, 2018
Stacking Growth - Summit IV - Burbank, CA
June 9-10, 2018
WordCamp Orange County, Irvine, CA