I a n U t i l e

Husband & Father | Entrepreneur | Co-Founder @GorillaBranders @Kukui @QuickComply @Slingshot @YouRealty @TakeNoGlory

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S U M M A R Y

As a tenth generation resident of The San Francisco Bay, I have built a strong network; however, I believe earning the trust and respect of the people I am closest with is what is significant. I love my family and believe the most important role in my life is that of a husband and father.

I am the Founder of a creative agency that is called Gorilla Branders. I'm also the Co-Founder of Kukui Corporation (ranked in 2015 as the 76th fastest growing private companyin the US) and several other organizations. I invest the majority of my time at Gorilla Branders focused on developing creative branding and marketing strategies for our clients.

I thrive on the visionary ideas and strategic risks that can lead to uncommon success in the startup environment! My career has been built on empowering my clients to leverage the "art of branding" with the "science of technology". I'm passionate about inspiring my employees and partners to do the greatest work of their lives.

Besides my website, you can also connect with me athttp://GorillaBranders.comorhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ianutile

E X P E R I E N C E

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2013 - Current

Founder, Creative Director

Gorilla Branders

2010 - Current

Co-Founder, Former President

Kukui Corporation

2014 - 2015

Co-Founder, Board Director

QuickComply

2014 - 2015

Co-Founder, Partner

SlingShot SV

2010 - 2013

Co-Founder, Growth Hacker

YouRealty

2007 - 2011

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Take No Glory

2008 - 2010

Brand Communications Architect

Trinet Internet Solutions

2003 - 2007

Senior Advertising Executive

AT&T

2002 - 2003

Entrepreneur in Training

Amway

1999 - 2002

Junior Account Manager

Grey Zone

1994 - 1998

Carpenter

New Habitat Inc

Founder, Creative Director

Gorilla Branders

I founded Gorilla Branders with a team of guerrilla marketers and brand strategists. We are a Silicon Valley-
based creative agency that develop clear brand identities, a consistent visual presence, technologies that
connect and social awareness campaigns. Gorilla Branders current clients include Trent Dilfer, Mariel Hemingway, Adam Wainwright as well as global corporations, small local businesses and tech startups. We
have also launched media portals for NFL and MLB players in partnership with Pro Athletes Outreach and
Nike. The Gorillas are proud to deliver world class branding and marketing techniques to help businesses get off the ground or re-define themselves. I am most thankful for the opportunity we have had to serve our
local community. You can read about that here https://communitybridges.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/
Gorillas-can-be-bridge-builders-too.pdf

Co-Founder, Former President

Kukui Corporation

In 2010, Kukui's founder (Ryan Wilmot) and I launched Kukui Corp out of his house. I served as the President until I made an "early exit" in 2013 and founded Gorilla Branders. As the President of Kukui Corporation, I inspired our team to create a revolutionary software platform and I led the company in securing our first million dollars in ongoing SaaS revenue (with ~95% retention rate). In August 2015, the Inc 500 list placed Kukui as the 76th fastest growing private company in the nation with a 3,493% growth rate. I am still a minority shareholder and a passionate advocate of everything happening at http://kukui.com Kukui provides businesses a custom marketing platform that integrates with each organization’s Point of Sale (POS) system. This empowers each of Kukui’s clients with quantitative data showing their return on investment, the number of new clients based on their POS system, statistics revealing their customer retention rate, and areas to improve their business through the tracking of phone calls, appointment forms, and feedback from customer reviews.

Co-Founder, Board Director

QuickComply

In just 2 minutes, you can discover your business compliance requirements to stay penalty free and in good standing. Once this app becomes embraced by small business owners it can save them time, frustration and collectively $4.5 billion dollars a year in penalties. Free application at http://QuickComplyApp.com

Co-Founder, Partner

SlingShot SV

Slingshot SV exists to support entrepreneurs. The Managing Partner (Andrew Van Valer) was a founding employee at Netflix and Borland. Business owners are able to work with Andy, and the Slingshot SV mentors, to scale their organization inside this unique incubator / accelerator. http://SlingshotSV.com

Co-Founder, Growth Hacker

YouRealty

The YouRealty team developed this company as a passion project during the same time that we built Kukui. We were working on revolutionary software with the intention of competing with Zillow and Trulia. The goal was to "change how people search for real estate, connect with a Realtor® as well as buy & sell realty". YouRealty collected more than ten thousand emails from people requesting early access to the platform. Due to valuable feedback from our target users, we realized an incredible opportunity in the market and decided to make a pivot in our business model. Look for updates at http://YouRealty.com

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Take No Glory

Take No Glory is a non-profit musicianary band. We have done more than 200 concerts touring through Europe, Asia and the U.S. Our song "Beautiful Slave" has become globally recognized as an anthem for the abolition movement. The songs from our four albums have been downloaded millions of times, and we have distributed about 135K copies of our 4 records. We are grateful to have partnered with important organizations like the United Nations, World Vision and International Justice Mission.

Brand Communications Architect

Trinet Internet Solutions

Trinet Internet Solutions is one of the nation's largest interactive agencies that serves faith based non-profit organizations. I traveled around the nation and worked with board members and executives to develop strategies for charities that are making a difference in the world. I was also invited to speak at several large conferences as a "digital branding expert".

Senior Advertising Executive

AT&T

I sold and managed millions of dollars in digital and print advertising for AT&T clients, earning the "CEO Achievement Award" for being in the top 1% of company sales each year I was there. I also traveled around the nation to train sales managers and their teams during new product and software launches.

Entrepreneur in Training

Amway

Direct Sales (MLM) is a great idea...often with poor execution. It really is a numbers game. I personally recruited over 100 independent distributors because I would show the plan (often called drawing circles) about 15 times a month. I was able to sell more than $100K of products to my customers through the Amway online portal (called Quickstar.com at the time) and that enabled me to generate about $30K/yr in commissions. I would read a new leadership book each week, and listen to motivational teaching throughout each day. I look back at my time working with Amway as "Entrepreneur College" :-)

Junior Account Manager

Grey Zone

Grey Zone was at the forefront of web content management software serving clients such as VISA, Teradyne, and Western Multiplex. I learned how to generate leads by aggressively prospecting for new sales opportunities calling random businesses out of the local yellow page book. I was able to find and develop Grey Zone's largest client (who paid us $316,000 for a custom intranet website).

Carpenter

New Habitat Inc

General and Framing Construction company that my parents started in 1976. I began working as a laborer, then as an apprentice carpenter before transitioning into a career focused on technology. I currently serve on the board, and assist with business strategy. We provide free estimates http://NewHabitatInc.com

R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S

Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Brandon Rossi

reported to Ian

Ian Utile has been an amazing mentor and advisor. Having the privilege to work with Ian has opened my eyes to the immense list of talents and skills he possesses. He truly is a jack of all trades within the Advertising and Marketing space. Ian constantly provides the highest quality team for his clients and is able to accommodate any request in a professional and efficient way. It has truly been an honor to work with such an amazing and life-changing entrepreneur who has had a direct impact on my personal and professional growth.

Alex Ferriera

reported to Ian

Ian is a branding and marketing guru who maintains his virtue, kindness, and passion throughout any project he tackles. I had the pleasure of interning for Ian and can relate much of my positive experience with Gorilla Branders directly to him. He has had a huge impact on my personal knowledge and has had an immense affected my professional growth. His energy flows to the rest of the team and has cultured an environment that’s difficult to replicate.

Lance Howard

reported to Ian at Kukui Corporation

Ian Utile is a gifted and disciplined leader who is passionate about creating products and providing service that will help people to grow both personally and professionally. I have found him to be both engaging and genuine. To balance hard work with an unquenchable love for people and the abundant life experience. He is an excellent judge of talent as well, which makes him efficient and effective in recruiting. His engaging personality and genuine interest in others makes people want to work with him and for him. His loyalty to others engenders loyalty from others. For these reasons and many more, I gladly recommend Ian Utile for his great leadership and abilities socially and professionally!

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Ian has provided our website with excellent results in implementing SEO. Due to the implementation of his ideas and some of our own, for site improvement, we have experienced a significant increase in daily traffic.

Tony Romero

was Ian's client

Ian has provided our website with excellent results in implementing SEO. Due to the implementation of his ideas and some of our own, for site improvement, we have experienced a significant increase in daily traffic. We are now enjoying over 1 million page views per day on average. Personally, I believe him to be a person of high integrity and find that working with him again to be a desirable prospect.

Kevin Donohoe, Automotive

was Ian's client

I met Ian Utile in September 2011 and have worked with his marketing firm Kukui since October 2011. Ian is a natural leader and doesn't hesitate to assume a leadership role. With his quick intellect and natural sense of humor, Ian adds a lot of charm and wit to seminars, workshops and Board meetings. Working with Ian on a number of projects I could see that he is a highly focused, energetic and a driven professional. He consistently takes on challenging roles and then performed over and above what was expected of him. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me at 831-717-2912. Kevin Donohoe President & CEO Pacific Motor Service Monterey, Ca

Mike Giblin

worked directly with Ian at Kukui Corporation

Ian will offer any company the ability to see a bigger vision with the opportunity to see the vision become fruitful. He has been gifted with a skill-set to recruit amazing talent to complete the mission.

Greg Sands

was with another company when working with Ian at Kukui Corporation

Ian is a wonderful person that I've had to honor to work with. I strongly recommend Ian for any type of creative leadership or sales position. Greg Sands

Eric McClellan

reported to Ian at Kukui Corporation

Ian is a keen visionary. He quickly perceives strengths and weaknesses within individuals and discerns not only their present qualifications but also their future potential. He's an amazing salesmen, an honorable leader, and a loyal friend.

James Jurado

was a consultant or contractor to Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Ian is a very creative and innovative leader. He has a great command of how to use media and technology for promotional and marketing purposes. He holds a high standard and delivers excellent results in the various projects he has managed.

Kelly Lund

worked with Ian at Trinet Internet Solutions

Ian offers a rare leadership ability to ignite passion and purpose in every individual around him. He truly brings a strategic vision to every project, while working with sound integrity and honesty.

Tim Downs

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ian for about 10 years now. We have a number of connections, including both professional and personal. He is as solid an individual as you will meet. Ian has an engaging personality and is passionate about everything he sets his hands to. I have always been impressed by his unfailing enthusiasm, straight-forward manner and eye for quality. Great guy.

Joe Shupp

was with another company when working with Ian at YouRealty.com

I’ve known Ian for a long time. He is a remarkably composed and articulate leader that is unique because he has skills, knowledge, and the vision to implement strategies from scratch that equate to rapid growth operations. People who meet Ian are instantly impressed; from “C-level” executives to social organizations, he is always being recruited as someone who can immediately draw up and execute a plan of action. He is, however, careful to only participate in projects that he is passionate about. His passion is what makes him one of the hardest and most efficient workers I’ve ever known. It would be my pleasure to work alongside him again someday soon.

Jonathan Ziegler [LION] SF Bay Area

managed Ian at Grey Zone, Inc

Ian is a conscientious, intelligent and tenacious person. He strives to help customers achieve and succeed, and connects them with the proper solutions that they need. While at Grey Zone, Ian worked single-handedly to gain meetings and prepare client prospects for presentations and sales opportunities. He was self-directed, in spite of my guidance, most of the time and was very capable and adept at matching the needs with the right fit of our product offerings over the phone and via e-mail. Although I have not had the chance to work with Ian recently, I would sincerely welcome the chance to work with him again, and support his every effort to make the business world a better place for everyone. YouRealty will exceed your expectations just because Ian is involved.

William Cody Bateman

was with another company when working with Ian at YouRealty.com

Ian is presenting a unique approach to the whole issue of real estate generally and it's navigation during times of great uncertainty presently. You can know that the efforts Ian is putting forth, will have both immediate and long term positive results for those searching for, purchasing and closing on real estate holdings. Great job and great effort!

Sue Mohr

worked with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Ian is a 'world changer". His work as a musicianary and leader in the field of music has made a difference. He is the first to interact with individuals and the last to leave, making sure that the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. A natural leader.

Lang Bliss

was a consultant or contractor to Ian at Take No Glory

Ian was great to work with. In the work of creative endeavors, Ian stands out. He was focused yet very open to my suggestions and worked to get a product that he, Johnna and I were all happy with. He went above and beyond by making sure I was paid on time and was concerned about my situations. I recommend him highly!

Bridget Willard

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

Ian is a natural-born leader and communicator. Not only is he servant minded, but he is an encouragement to the Body of Christ. His gift of hospitality is apparent through his writing, mission work, and music.

Joseph Lee

was Ian's client

Ian is an incredible speaker and his group, "Take No Glory" is one of the best to invite to do retreats, speaking engagements, revivals or any other meeting.

Patti De Felicis

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

Ian is so passionate about the vision of Take No Glory and about helping people in need. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him and Johnna to make a difference in the lives of people all over the world.

Megan Yorimitsu

worked with Ian at Take No Glory

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Ian Utile and his group Take No Glory for a little over a year now. The vision the Lord has given him for their group is absolutely amazing! I have heard numeral accounts of just how much their music and blessed the lives and hearts of so many!

Jim Pamplin

worked with Ian at Take No Glory

I have been blessed by Take No Glory's music. Ian's team has invented a kind of modern hymn...deep, rich and thought-provoking.

Gary Lyles

worked directly with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

I have had the privilege of knowing Ian from our time together in the School of Ministry. We also served together during our short term Missions trip in the Philippine Islands. I was impressed with his love for the Lord and his passion to see the Word of God go out, free of charge. The wisdom and grace that God has given him in overseeing and directing the ministry of "Take No Glory" is amazing.

Ming Chou

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

Ian is a great visionary and self-less servant. I have had the privilege to interacted with Ian on several occasions, and our church has had Ian and Take No Glory come minister to our high school fellowship. Ian is a passionate and kind hearted communicator. Highly recommend this guy.

R.W. Reynolds .

was Ian's client

Take No Glory is a wonderful christian based band that truely inspires the community through song. Managed by Ian Utile, this group will continue to go along way to success.

John Whittaker

managed Ian indirectly at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

I had the good fortune to work with Mr. Utile while we were doing business and marketing development at a top tier interactive agency in Southern California. Ian is an intelligent, trustworthy, entrepreneurially minded, and creative member of the team. Expect strong work ethic, out-of-the-box thinking, and a tough but fair minded drive toward mutual "win-win" scenarios with clients, partners, and employees. He has great potential as a future business leader, and I look forward to watching him make significant contributions in his executive career.

Kristen Kiley

worked with Ian at Trinet Internet Solutions

It was exciting to see all the new relationships and accounts that Ian brought to the company. As a Project Coordinator on several of those projects, I saw how eager clients were to kickoff their new projects. It was clear that Ian truly understood each of the clients and was able to define solutions and projects based on their needs. And with that came strong results! Overall, I enjoyed working with Ian and I admire his wisdom and strong character.

Timothy Payne

worked directly with Ian at Trinet Internet Solutions

Ian was consistently exceptional in the area of crafting innovative solutions for unique client opportunities. Ian's focus and communication in complex and often dynamic client engagement scenarios, proved invaluable and critical to successful relationships. I am confident that Ian would be a tremendous asset in a wide variety of roles due to his diverse skill-set.

Michelle Rice

worked directly with Ian at Trinet Internet Solutions

Ian is an extremely hard worker with great morals and ethics. While I did not work with Ian for a long period of time, in the short time I did work with him I was impressed. His clients genuinely love him and he made selling look easy when in fact it’s quite difficult and especially his role in particular. I would highly recommend Ian as I believe him to be a wonderful person and employee.

Mark Kopelciw

worked with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

During his time at Trinet Ian showed great commitment to his role as Communications Architect. The fact that he was always out of the office as his role required and that I would constantly hear about and witness the results of his efforts proved he was an essential member of the Trinet team as a whole. Getting to discuss with him his professional and personal experiences on the road during the occasional visits he would make to the office confirmed why he was successful at what he did. Conversation with Ian even when first meeting him was always like talking with a long time acquaintance who conveys honesty and wisdom.

Erin Tran

worked with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Ian was an asset to our team in countless ways. His perky, charismatic can-do personality really made working with him a pleasure. His knowledge of the industry and what clients and potential clients desired was excellent. We miss him!

Paul Woodley

worked directly with Ian at AT&T

Ian is probably the most charismatic and dynamic sales associate I have worked with. Whatever it is he has it. He consistently was the premiere sales person in our office and thats saying alot because our offfice is loaded with great sales people. You want Ian on your team.

Craig Voight

worked directly with Ian at AT&T

Ian is a very positive, "do it now" type of individual who always has his eye on the ball. During the brief time I worked with him, I noticed that, as busy as he was, Ian would always take the time to stop and share sales tips and success stories with his peers when asked. He was a well respected salesman at AT&T and top performer. Ian was a pleasure to work with.

Jodey McCorquodale

worked directly with Ian at AT&T

Ian and I worked together at AT&T Yellow Pages. Ian always personified a sales professional with a great work ethic, uncompromising integrity & great leadership skills. I highly recommend Ian and would be glad to support him in any endeavor he is currently associated with.

Vincent De La Torre

worked directly with Ian at AT&T

Ian has great energy and charisma. One of his strengths is the ability to be taught and to teach. He is able to process new and difficult products and programs quickly. He masters them and in a short time becomes the expert in them. He takes everything he learns and conveys it to other collegues and sales people, so they can have the knowledge to be successful too. He was the top sales rep in our office and often one of the top reps in the entire company. Ian may be the most well rounded sales reps I have ever known. You would be doing yourself and your company a profitable deed if you hired Ian Utile.

Chris Record

was with another company when working with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

I would highly recommend Ian to anyone who has come across this profile. I have worked with him several times in the past, and have had the opportunity to have him as a business partner for an internet company several years ago as well. In every way possible Ian exceeded expectations with his great personal support, and close attention to detail. He approached every difficult situation with an optimistic and positive mindset, and created an environment of success with his presence. Thank you Ian for being a role model of success and showing that focusing on customers needs first will help you win in the long run!

Matt MacBradaigh LION

worked directly with Ian at Grey Zone, Inc

Ian is the most positive and enthusiastic person I know. We've know each other for a long time and worked together at GreyZone and AT&T together as well as on some business projects of our own. His energy is contagious and if you have the opportunity to work with him, you may well find yourself saying 'today is the best day of my life'. I know I have.

Thomas "Tom" Cunningham

managed Ian indirectly at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

I worked closely with Ian during the dot.com era. He excelled at inside sales at the time but was clearly cut out for a much larger role. I have followed his success since then in both established companies and as an entrepreneur. He's an exceptional worker / innovator / promoter.

Marleen Sullivan

reported to Ian at Kukui Corporation

Ian is the quintessential sales executive. I have had some of my most glorious professional moments while working with Ian. He is also a personal friend and brother in Christ.

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Ian Utile is a incredibly hard working man ,with an uncanny ability to motivate those around him, and to express his vision in a way for others to see it. He is a man of extreme integrity that I would never hesitate

Shannon Williams

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

Ian Utile is a incredibly hard working man ,with an uncanny ability to motivate those around him, and to express his vision in a way for others to see it. He is a man of extreme integrity that I would never hesitate to refer to anyone . Sincerely,Shannon Williams Owner of Williams and Associates Williams Gate Works Shannon Williams Construction

Reggie Almond

worked with Ian at Take No Glory

To whom it may concern. I have known Ian for over five years and during that time Ian has shown honesty, loyalty and respect towards my friend’s, family and me. Ian has always put others first and has treated my wife and me like family. An example that best describes Ian takes me back to the good old days when a contract of any kind could be finalized by a hand shake. I have been blessed by and through Ian, and am honored to know him. Reggie Almond.

Emery Smith

was with another company when working with Ian at Take No Glory

I find Ian equally at ease in the boardroom, counseling session and ministry opportunities. Ian's passion for transparency and truth make him ideally suited to consult in those hard issues of business and life. His spiritual walk brings integrity to the conversation in an honest and helpful and personable way. He thinks in a constructive out-of-the-box style that is refreshing and accurate.

Jim West

worked with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

I have known Ian for a few years and I have appreciated the integrity and gentleness that are a part of his DNA. He is wise in the tech arena as well as music. He is a man of God who loves his family.

Carl Westerlund

was with another company when working with Ian at Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Ian is an exceptionally gifted man. He is able to organize and execute projects. He has a lot of initiative. He is very savvy with the techy world and knows how to utilize it in our culture. He has strong character and great integrity. Carl Westerlund

Mark Eldridge

was with another company when

I would highly recommend Ian Utile. He is always professional and has a tremendous amount of vision and drive to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.

Skills

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Branding

Start-ups

Leadership

Social Media

Strategy

Entrepreneurship

Marketing

SEO

Advertising

Public Speaking

Education

See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

The Master's Program

2008 - 2015

School Of Hard Knocks

1994 - 2015

Contact

Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say hello.

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