Provided by Inside Business Magazine
Written by Sara Lepro
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR: Deagan has been starting businesses for as long as he can remember. From the bait shop he started in third grade to the successful Lynk Media, an Internet development company he began with three childhood friends in 1995, to 600 Monkeys, a software business that was sold to a California-based company in 2000 when Deagan was 25.
LATEST VENTURE: Today, Deagan runs Knotice, a former division of Craver Marcon that Deagan spun out in 2003. Knotice develops electronic customer communication methods for companies. He hopes to grow his business from 9 to 30 employees by the end of the year. in the money: In February, Cleveland-based business development organization JumpStart Inc. pledged $500,000 to help Knotice with sales, marketing and product development.
LOCAL LEADER: Deagan is the president-elect of the Akron/Canton chapter of the American Marketing Association.
GOING THE DISTANCE: Deagan just finished his fourth marathon and hopes to run two more before the end of the year.
The first thing you notice about someone? How they hold themselves. You can almost tell if someone is introverted or outgoing by the way they carry themselves.
If you had three wishes .
Good health for myself, my family and my friends.
Describe yourself in one word.
Advice for fledgling entrepreneurs?
Don't quit. And don't get too worked up about your credit rating because it will probably take a hit.
Your management style?
I'd like to think I'm up front. What you see is what you get.
Last time you won a bet?
I'm horrible at betting on sports. The only game that I bet on that I won [during] this last football season, I read the point spread wrong.
One thing you'd like to change about yourself?
Maybe not be so candid. Sometimes it's hard to control that though.
Early bird or night owl?
Early, early bird.
Key to running a successful business?
Making decisions and moving forward.
Last time you helped out a friend?
Now the selfish prick is going to come out. . Well, I am going to help a friend move this week.
They're kind of irrelevant. <
People rarely use my first name. . The only time my ex-wife called me Brian was when I was in trouble.