Honorable Heathen

The thoughts, ideas and perhaps even wisdom of Hal Halladay

Friday, June 01, 2007

My wife Gina, renowned author of Quiltersbuzz, has been busy. She is currently building two quilting businesses. The first business is Threaded Pear Studios. Threaded Pear Studios designs quilt patterns. These patterns are uniquely stunning quilts yet easily completed in an afternoon. Threaded Pear Studios recently launched a new line of patterns called "Afternoon Delights." The Afternoon Delights quilt patterns were a big hit at the recent International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City in early May.

It looks like Threaded Pear has a great start. They just launched their website and nationwide distributors will start to offer their quilt patterns to quilt stores around the country. Keep your eyes open for them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Despite the absence of writing here, the Honorable Heathen does get the word out.

I am busy in the launch of Know More Media, a business blog network that I co-founded. I publish there regularly on things relating to our network, business blogs and news.

I also regularly publish my thoughts and observations about leadership on LeaderNotes.

Last but certainly not least, you should check out Lyrical Wisdom where I post a daily lyric that inspires me, cracks me up or I just find interesting.

If you wonder what I looked like as a toddler, check out my birthday lyrical wisdom. Handsome fella huh?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blogging is catching on at my house. My wife is having a ball sharing her passion and knowledge of quilting. Check out her quilting information blog.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I am Hal Halladay.

I am currently CEO and a founder of Know More Media, an online media company that publishes unique online content in vertical business-to-business markets. I also publish a blog on leadership principles called Leadernotes.com.

While my career started on Wall Street, I have been an executive or investor in several start-ups for the past several years. Technology and the Internet have been my fascination from a business standpoint. I love working in places where the answer isn't clear and the path not specifically drawn and where there is an opportunity to grow personally. After surviving the tech slide of 2000, I thought I would see what life was like in a small, industrial company. This experience convinced me that I missed the volatility (and tremendous upside) of leading a technology company.

I found my way back to working in technology with the help of Tim Stay, with whom I had worked to build freeservers.com into a top player in the web hosting industry. Freeservers became North Sky, Inc and from 1998 to 2000, I was President and CEO of this Internet community that grew to become a top 50 web property. We were eventually acquired by About, Inc. Tim is also a founder of Know More Media, a great entrepreneur and a trusted business partner.

I spent some time as a founding partner at venture capital firms Aspen Grove Capital and BizCradle, LLC. These were short–lived experiences due to detoriating market conditions in 2000-2001 but valuable nevertheless.

Prior to NorthSky, I was CFO and a Director at Inari, Inc., a provider of home networking products that utilized power line transmission of digital signals (eventually acquired by Thomson). It was pioneering technology that had been initially developed by Novell. I think we were too early and definitely undercapitalized to be a part of the current growing market of digital transmission such as broadband over power lines.

As noted, I started my career as an investment banker. It was an extremely valuable experience but after seven years I wanted to see a business up close - not from 30,000 feet and not as an agent but as a stakeholder. It was a difficult decision but I have no regrets. I worked desperatley hard but happily for Furman Selz in San Francisco, Paine Webber in Los Angeles and Kidder Peabody in New York where I started in 1990, coincidently the same day Iraq invaded Kuwait and stopped the market dead.

Through all these experiences, I have met many wonderful people. This has been the most meaningful aspect of my career. I have also developed expertise in building value in companies and have had plenty of experience raising capital and in advising middle-market buyers and sellers. I received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Utah.