AJ Silverman, PMP
Company: Quantum Sponsor
Position: Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Compass Digital Labs, Implementation Manager
PairPEO, LLC, Chief Operations Officer
BarSkout, LLC, Chief Technical Officer
Smooth Monkey LLC, Co-Founder
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
I was born in Washington, DC, but I grew up in Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA) where I moved at age 10.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
I moved to Charlotte from San Jose, California 4 years ago in 2015, got an apartment uptown, and worked for Bank of America.
I worked at Bank of America for one year, and my love for Charlotte has kept me here. I lived uptown for 3 years, and then moved in October 2018 to my own condo in South End.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I grew up in Silicon Valley where I went to school with a lot of really competitive people. I had a strong work ethic drilled into me at an early age. I’m also a very creative person. This combination of willingness to work hard and creativity has led me to pursue an entrepreneurship path.
I started and sold my first mobile app, Mooch, with friends in San Jose at age 23. I soon decided I needed a more stable income and a more livable city, so I moved to Charlotte to work at Bank of America. I found exactly what I was looking for.
While I enjoyed my assignment at Bank of America, I also realized that it was not a good long term fit to fulfill my creative and entrepreneurial ambitions. I focused on developing another tech company, Quantum Sponsor, which connects social media influencers with advertisers through an automated web application.
The company took off, and continues to do well. I now have a global team working around the clock to support advertising clients who are then serviced by 16,000 influencers who have joined the platform. In 2018, I sold a stake in the company to an advertising firm in DC and started to look for additional opportunities.
I am now working at Compass Group, the $30 billion food services conglomerate, which is headquartered off of Yorkmont Road. Their Canadian technology division (Compass Digital Labs) was hiring a project manager in Charlotte, and I jumped at the opportunity to work in a startup atmosphere, but also at a well-respected global company. I’ve been there since, and love that I’m putting my International Business degree and my international business travel experience to good use.
Although, some think that I am a workaholic, I also understand the need for good friends and good hobbies. Since I moved to Charlotte, I am grateful to have been welcomed into a close group of Davidson College alumni friends. Sometimes I even have to remind them that I didn’t go to college there.
These days, I split my time between friends, work, and consulting, as I have become involved with several entrepreneurial endeavors, including three local Charlotte businesses.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
I spent one Saturday morning helping Charlotte Business Group make 500 sandwiches for donation to Urban Ministry, and I realized that it was the most food preparation/cooking I had done in my whole life.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.
I am a very entrepreneurial person, and that extends beyond just my own endeavors. I enjoy helping others realize their entrepreneurial goals as well.
As an early board member of Charlotte Business Group, I did everything I could to help make the group a success, and help people make valuable business connections in the Charlotte community.
As a founding partner in the Smooth Monkey, I helped turn an empty fish market into a thriving acai & smoothie shop that brought vitality to an otherwise run-down street corner.
As a co-founder of PairPEO, I helped a fellow Charlotte Business Group board member get his employee benefits consulting practice off the ground such that it is now his own profitable full-time business.
In addition to my job, running my own company, and the above endeavors, I also manage software development for a local startup, www.Barskout.com. Barskout.com is launching September 2019 to give Charlotte’s partygoers a live-view into nightlife destinations around the city so they can bar-hop with confidence.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
I haven’t really won any “awards” per-se in my professional career. As a 7th grader I won a National Geography Bee award. And, at Purdue University, I won a Mandarin speaking award. But that’s really the extent of my award resume. I am hoping to receive the recognition of the Charlotte Top 30 Under 30.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I play tennis recreationally, and off and on I play on Men’s USTA teams (level 4.0). I am a member at Lake Effects Boat Club and spend some of my summer weekends wake boarding on Lake Norman. I also create and sell art out of my studio, which is housed in a friend’s converted attic in SouthPark.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” John D. Rockefeller
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
I see myself working in venture capital, coaching leaders, and helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams of starting and growing successful businesses in Charlotte and beyond.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
One day I’d like to take a catamaran, and sail from San Diego to Australia.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
Aside from using my passport for my job at Compass Group bi-monthly to meet with my team in Canada, I have also traveled to 20 countries and 4 continents for education and recreational travel. My last trip outside North America was to Thailand to visit a college friend.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I sometimes use my work from home days to work from New York so I can attend evening networking events, galas, and Quantum Sponsor client dinners.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
John D Rockefeller because he stood by his own set of personal values, which carried him consistently through his 80+ year-long business career (he lived to be 97). Rockefeller valued hard work and money, but he also valued charity, family, and rest. The attribute that I most admire about Rockefeller was that he always listened to others’ opinions. Although he wielded the greatest power at Standard Oil, and was arguably the smartest person there, he was never the loudest voice in a room.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
Fleetwood Mac at the Spectrum Center