Billy Walsh – Founder & CEO: An avid saltwater fisherman, undersea explorer, and artist, Billy Walsh brings 22 years of marketing, business development, and entrepreneurial experience to the creation and management of Shark Zen. In 2013 he developed Tropicalogy, which helps tropical artists, villa owners, and tour operators connect with tropical shoppers and travelers. He also has spent the past ten years as cofounder and CMO of Tangerine Wellness, a corporate weight management program featured on ABC Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, the Wall Street Journal, etc. Prior to Tangerine, Walsh spent three years as director of sales and business development at E-Needs, a business specializing in information systems for the entertainment industry. He led a successful acquisition of E-Needs by Radiant Systems (now NCR). Before joining E-Needs, Walsh spent six years as Director of Business Development at Iconomy, a private label internet retail and ecommerce company. Walsh received a BS in Marketing at the University of Florida.
James K. O’Connor – Advisor, Shark Zen / CEO & Creative Director (Ret.), J.O’Connor and Matthews, Inc.
A seasoned international flats and deep sea fisherman, Jim has been both advertising agency Creative Director and CEO. He has over 35 years of experience in the industry. Jim’s agency, J.O’Connor and Matthews, Inc. was South Florida’s most tenured full service advertising agency serving consumer and business-to-business clients for almost 25 years. JOM won numerous regional and national awards for excellence for integrated marketing and advertising programs across the nation.