MEET THE FOUNDERS

We’ve built and sold multiple companies,
hired and fired plenty of online    
marketing agencies and made
our share of mistakes.


We understand the process and the problems you’re dealing with, and we can help you find the solution.

Derek Preston

Dereck Preston

Derek Preston is the San Diego Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s 2011 "CEO of the Year" award winner, a veteran entrepreneur, and a passionate advocate for performance and accountability in vendor relationships.

His unique experience helps business owners create winning market strategies, find the best partners, and deliver return on investment.

  • 2011 CEO of the Year, Entrepreneurs Organization, San Diego.
  • Raised $22 million in investment capital for his companies.
  • Founded, funded, and sold four companies in the last 20 years.

Derek and his companies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, and the New York Times as well as on CNN, ABC, and CNBC.

Originally from Michigan, Derek lives in San Diego with his wife and two children. He enjoys adventure travel and donates his time to several nonprofit and business mentoring groups.

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“Derek is brilliant! There’s a reason he was nominated and won the CEO of the year award.

I’ve had the honor of knowing him for the last four years and have seen his genius in action on a number of occasions. If you ever get the opportunity to work with Derek, consider yourself fortunate.” 

Martin Grunburg

Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, & Speaker

Brian Moaddeli

Brian Moaddeli

Brian Moaddeli is a senior executive with experience in all aspects of early stage company growth, including building revenue strategies and operational processes. His experience includes recruiting, training, and managing over 500 salespeople and 1,000 outside contractors. He has founded, funded, and sold three companies in the last 15 years.

He has a broad base of experience in negotiating and managing contracts with outside suppliers, focused on generating long-term performance and results.

Brian lived in Toronto, moved to Chicago, and then relocated to San Diego. He currently lives there with his wife and is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community in the city. He has served on the board of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in San Diego and volunteered as a mentor through its Small Business Accelerator Program. He has traveled to over 30 countries.

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“Brian is one of the most exceptional business leaders I've had the privilege to work with. His expertise in securing top-notch SEO partners and negotiating favorable terms is unmatched, and his ability to keep teams motivated and focused makes Grow Team an indispensable partner for us.

Brian is someone who always does what he says he will do and is always on or ahead of schedule. Can't recommend highly enough.”

Casey Wright

CEO, Founder, & Owner, Wright Brothers Inc.

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