One of the best things about Regulation A+ and Reg.CF crowdfunding is that just about any industry can take advantage of all the benefits the Jobs Act of 2012 offers in order to raise capital. In this podcast episode, we spoke with Cliff Smith, the CEO and founder of the Cookie Club of America, who explained how his company is honoring military service on a national level by bringing exceptional purposeful and iconic cookies to the civilian and military markets. Listen as Mr. Smith talked about his background, how his company began, why he’s doing what he’s doing, why his company is focused on the military, and what the future holds for Cookie Club of America and its investors. Remember, each and every cookie is tied to a cause… and who doesn’t love cookies, right? (and who doesn’t love crowdfunding as well!)
Maybe you’re a business owner thinking of raising capital via crowdfunding and placing your deal on one of the many online crowdfunding portals. (we previously devoted an entire podcast on the subject of portals) Perhaps listening to Mr. Smith on this podcast episode will give you the motivation to move forward with your idea! After all, the Cookie Club of America started as a dream and is now live on the StartEngine crowdfunding portal and is already accepting investments as a Reg.CF deal. It just takes time, effort, and aligning yourself with the industry professionals who can guide you step by step on the road to success! The people at Simply Go Public should be your first call. If you’re interested in more information on investing into the Cookie Club of America, please visit the Cookie Club of America’s website, call Cliff directly at 619-850-0864, or INVEST HERE.
ABOUT OUR GUEST: Cliff Smith
Mr. Smith brings 28 years’ experience in the management of for-profit organizations including Board of Directors governance and policy. Mr. Smith has a proven ability to manage complex issues and large portfolios of responsibilities. An experienced senior-level planner and administrator, Mr. Smith has implemented corporate management structures, policies and procedures, operational systems and controls throughout his career. Mr. Smith served as President of 1st Net Technologies, Inc. Through public speaking engagements, Mr. Smith won over new clients and business relationships providing investor relations services for publicly traded companies. Mr. Smith conducted various investor relations workshops at several “money Shows” and Regional Investment Banker’s Association Conferences in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.
In 1997, Mr. Smith teamed 1st Net with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Bell to create and develop a presentation titled the “Tour of Technology” for the San Diego Insights 1997 World Conference. Further initiative brought the company such respected organizations as the San Diego and Imperial County Better Business Bureau and the American Lung Association in San Diego bringing them online so that they may continue with their important work.
Previously, Mr. Smith spent 20 years in Hotel Food and Beverage Management working for Marriott, and Hilton Hotels among others. One highlight includes the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego. Mr. Smith was heavily involved in the opening of multiple food and beverage outlets, throughout five new full-service hotels for the Marriott Corporation. Hotels included: Boston Copley, Long Island NY, Westchester NY, Newark Airport Marriott, and the New York City Marriott Marquis. Mr. Smith holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Hotel Restaurant Management with a Minor in Nutrition from Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) with a double major in Food Service Management and Business Administration, from Montclair College in New Jersey.
Mr. Smith began working full time as the Company’s Founder and CEO in May 2018. He is actively and intimately involved with every aspect of the Company’s development. Activities include its completion of the Start Engine funding process, product development, website creation and team building. His recent work history includes:
- Celebrity Lifestyle Brands, Inc. – January 2017 – April 2018
- Chief Operations Officer Full Time Mastermind Investment Club July 2017 – April 2018
- Club Operations Director Part Time Pearls of Sorbet April 2015 – December 2017 Owner – Part Time
- Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa January 2014 – January 2017 Banquet Event Operations Supervisor Full Time and Part Time
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