Dan Grech is the founder and CEO of BizHack Academy, whose mission is to give small business owners a simpler way to grow.
Dan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former NPR and PBS journalist turned entrepreneur and educator. He is the grandson of a Philadelphia public school science teacher and of a professional soccer coach in La Liga in Spain, and he carries forward a family legacy of teaching, coaching and entrepreneurship.
Dan trains business owners in the Lead Building System™, a proven process for online lead generation, and the Thought Leadership Pyramid™, a systematic approach to content marketing.
Past career highlights include as the head of growth at two software startups and as senior director of digital marketing the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned energy company. He helped take OfferCraft, a gamification SaaS company in the hospitality industry, from pre-revenue to a $2.5M run rate in just two years, culminating in an acquisition.
During his 15-year career as a journalist, he was a correspondent for NPR’s Marketplace and PBS’s Nightly Business Report; the News Director at Miami’s NPR station; and a reporter at The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald. He co-hosted one of the nation’s first podcasts, Under the Sun.
Dan is an active member of the South Florida startup ecosystem. He started a scholarship program at BizHack for minority- and women-owned businesses that has given out more than $150,000 in training to 100+ entrepreneurs. And he’s mentored entrepreneurs at Babson College’s WIN Lab, StartUP FIU, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, and the Innovation Hub at Broward College.
Dan has taught at top universities including Princeton, Columbia and University of Miami. He’s a graduate of Princeton University; has an MFA in nonfiction storytelling and a Masters in Spanish-language journalism; and was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina. He completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program in 2019 (Miami Cohort 18). Dan is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Spain.
He lives in Miami with his wife Gretchen Beesing, CEO of the nonprofit Catalyst Miami, and he has two children, Iris and Henry. Fun fact about Dan: he’s performed for more than a decade in the Miami improv comedy troupe Chasing Tales.