Sean O'Brien | Education Entrepreneur | Higher Education Partnerships | Education for Athletes
Sean O'Brien's Bio:
Sean O'Brien is an entrepreneurial leader with a desire to solve problems in education either by starting up new businesses or working as part of a team.
Seeing both Perfect Competition and EDUCATE Athletes grow from inception, to revenue, to profitability informed me throughout my experiences partnering with institutions throughout K-12 and higher education. My experience taught me the value of all of the members of an institution along with the functions they provide from enrollment, to academics, to administration.
In my current role at Ashworth College, we are learning more about and creating solutions for the college transfer problem in US Higher Education. With over 60% of students switching institutions and 16-19 excess credits per graduate, we're partnering with schools on creative ways to help students easily and efficiently complete degrees. Previous to this at Market Motive, I partnered with colleges and universities globally to help them offer current, authoritative digital marketing curriculum to train students for jobs in a high growth field. EDUCATE Athletes was founded in 2010 as the newest online education resource for athletes providing online education and access to an elite leadership network. Reaching athletes in the ways unique to them with high quality, flexible programming from education partners can make an important impact on an athlete's life. Previous to EDUCATE Athletes, I built a successful sports brand at Perfect Competition covered on Fox Sports, USA Today, ESPN, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. The company accounted for helping over: 300 athletes achieve college scholarships, 120 NFL draft picks improve their draft status, and over 200 MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL veterans improve their performance, while helping over 5000 youth athletes achieve new heights in their development.
8 years of pro hockey throughout North America and Europe did little to advance my entrepreneurial skills, but it was a lot of fun.
Sean O'Brien's Experience:
Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ashworth College2013 - Present | Norcross, GA
Since 1987, Ashworth College has grown from a career training school to providing relevant accredited online degree programs that offer the flexibility and affordability for busy adult students. We fit into their Schedule. They don’t have to drop everything to be a successful Ashworth student. Our self-paced learning model gives them the flexibility to choose when, where and how they study. Our liberal tuition policy helps students meet their education goals without the burden of student loans and long-term interest. In fact, we charge 0 interest on our monthly tuition plans. Our program and course tuition is all-inclusive; Textbooks, learning materials and academic support—everything they’ll need for success—is covered in their school costs.
Founder at EDUCATE Athletes2010 - Present
Educate Athletes provides coaches & other leaders with the latest education resources to Educate Athletes.
Higher Education Partnerships Manager at Market Motive2012 - 2013
Partnered with Colleges and Universities to offer up-to-date online marketing curriculum through both academic licensing and educational reselling models supporting our Higher Ed partners from inquiry to analysis to implementation to program launch. Streaming Market Motive's constantly updated materials ensures that your curriculum is never out of date, and students receive relevant examples and authoritative best practices. Curricula support faculty-led or self-paced programs and are appropriate for online or in-person delivery. Market Motive is solely focused on creating and maintaining the industry's leading internet marketing curriculum. It is licensed by top universities and marketing associations world-wide.
Director of Player Development | Executive Board Member at USA HockeyJanuary 2006 - April 2012
Founder at Perfect Competition2002 - 2010
Perfect Competition provided coaching for athletes of all ages and skill levels to develop personal and professional goals, to maximize potential, and to reach competitive greatness through proprietary training programs using a multi-disciplinary approach unique to Perfect Competition. The company became an internationally recognized brand known for training Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Fred Taylor, Frank Gore, Nathan Horton and hundreds more. Experts from all areas of sports medicine and coaching cooperated on each individual athlete's behalf to create individualized programming. Programs fell into four categories: Performance Enhancement, Skill Development, Sports Nutrition and Professional Development.
Professional Hockey Player at NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, IIHFSeptember 1994 - June 2002
Vipiteno Broncos (Italy), Tappara (Finland), Philadelphia Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Syracuse Crunch (Pittsburgh Penguins), Utah Grizzlies (Los Angeles Kings), Phoenix RoadRunners, Houston Aeros, Anaheim Bullfrogs, Tallahassee Tigersharks, Richmond Renegades
Sean O'Brien's Education:
Princeton University1990 – 1994ABConcentration: Economics
The Roxbury Latin School1984 – 1990High School
Sean O'Brien's Interests & Activities:
Education, Higher Education, Higher Education Partnerships, Online Education, Online Marketing, Education for Athletes