Professional Experience

I would describe myself as a highly energetic and enthusiastic individual who has strategized, developed, and implemented innovative international products and services in the health & fitness, artificial intelligence (AI), card not present (CNP) security, and manufacturing & distribution industries. Comfortable in self-starting, entrepreneurial, and visionary environments. Independently motivated with a very open analytical mind that is constantly surveying the surrounding environment. Team player, builder, and leader accustomed to fast-paced environments. Welcoming of feedback for lessons from challenges with a humble thirst to better the team, the environment, and self wherever and whenever the opportunity arises. Well-trained, disciplined, driven, and outside-of-the-box thinking individual with nine years experience as project & product manager, operations specialist, and business developer.

 

WALDO PHOTOS, INC

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DEC 2015 - JUL 2017

 

Waldo Photos is a photo-finding platform empowering consumers to toss their selfie sticks, put their phones back in their pockets and live in the moment. Waldo is the only platform that removes all of the friction in getting photos of you taken by others and creates new opportunities for photographers to market and sell their photos. Users can enjoy life’s most precious events and automatically receive images taken of them right on their smartphones or share images of others they’ve taken without having to lift a finger – whether between friends and family or a professional photographer.

  • Built strategic partnerships from the ground up with SXSW, EY, Keller Williams Corp, Kendra Scott, CDW, RewardStyle, Events.com, and others resulting in on-boarding thousands of new users to our BETA platform in the first year.
  • Managed over all partner and internal event operations to ensure successful and smooth execution of content delivery.
  • Managed over all sales assets and personnel.
Elliot is extremely efficient and detail-oriented while also being an incredible relationship builder. His strong work ethic and passion bring out the best in others making him a versatile asset to any team.
— Justin Lo, VP Strategy Waldo Photos

 

ELLIOT AQUILA CONSULTING

Contract consultant

April 2014 - Present

 

A contract consultant specializing in business development, operations management, and project & product management services to small and medium sized companies.  Elliot Aquila Consulting understands the hardships, pitfalls, and avoidable costs of getting products and services to market profitably.  Applying years of successful startup and business development experience to keep projects cost-effective, brands recognizable, and revenue streams lucrative!

  • Completed international procurement project under budget and on time while reducing sourcing costs by 8%.
  • Rebranded three clients completely using international freelance network exceeding client expectations while reducing cost by an average of 15%.
A motivated strategist and business developer with exceptional customer-facing skills and a natural talent for bringing new products and services to market.
— Katie Harvill, CEO MatchStick Creative

 

EPICOA HOLDING COMPANY

Chief operating officer 

director of Global sales 

April 2012 - February 2014

 

Epicoa & Scheer are the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial Brazilian rotisserie charcoal and gas grills.  Owned 90% market share of all Brazilian steakhouses in 2014 and voted #1 Charcoal Grill in America 2013. 

  • Built a global distributor network from zero revenue to $1,000,000 and beyond by leading an incredible sales and marketing team.  
  • Reduced costs of manufacturing by 33% using Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Designed and implemented Epicoa rebranding; which resulted in a 25% increase in sales to targeted markets across three brands.
  • Designed and patented new lines of commercial and residential culinary equipment with joint venture manufacturing partners, contract engineers, and contract manufacturers.  
  • Performed regular QA / QC site visits in Brazil and China.
  • Built and managed website and e-commerce platform 
Elliot Aquila is a loyal employee of paramount character with a tenacious work ethic. Having years of experience in a fast-paced professional environment, I know no one who possesses more steadfastness in the face of adversity.
— Fernando Zardo, CEO Scheer USA

 

ONEBUY

Project manager

Financial Liaison 

August 2011 - May 2012

 

OneBuy is an innovative and proprietary payment solution for online shopping.  Your personal information is converted into a unique token that is only valid for a short window.  Enough time for merchant and issuing banks to transact but not long enough to be vulnerable to hackers. 

  • Led on-time phase-gate development using Agile and lean startup methodologies to effectively launch BETA mobile application.
  • Coordinated mobile application development between teams in São Paulo, Brazil and Dallas, Texas.
  • Wrote intellectual property proposals that resulted in patents compliant with the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
  • Prepared and presented financial reviews as liaison to venture capital firm to safeguard funding for business operations while reducing company burn rate.
Elliot Aquila is an insightful advisor and an exceptional project manager with a charismatic personality that inspires those around him.
— Wendy Mitchell, Facilities & Office Administrator Manager Flowserve

 

AFV

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

January 2010 - August 2011

 

 

AFV is a family owned and operated venture capital firm. AFV applies a highly profitable and proprietary mixture of force multiplication theory, experienced and passionate associates, and proven business practices.

  • Ensured investments were on mission and yielding measurable results through financial and operational analysis that resulted in a 60% investment success rate.
  • Responsible for the strategic and financial successes of investments based upon business plans, pro formas, and roadmaps.
  • Implemented AFV’s propriety operational practices through waterfall or Agile project management methodologies.
  • Performed operational and financial evaluations of potential investment opportunities based on AFV’s KPI indexes and extensive research. Applied lean startup protocols to keep burn rates low and project pivots valuable.