Everywhere I look – all I see is Peerfly banners and publishers talking about Peerfly this, Peerfly that. Each year they make the Top Affiliate Networks in Perform Insider (along with my former company Affiliate Venture Group – but that is a discussion for another day). Why is it that these guys were able to take the affiliate marketing industry by storm and leave everyone else in the dust? Short of me pimping their t-shirts everywhere, there had to be another reason.
Well as they say – good companies come from good people and the team over at PF exudes goodness – from their employees, to their founder and to even the founder’s wife and kids – absolutely adorable.
Chad was kind enough to take the time to let me know what drives him and what makes PF work and more importantly, what they are doing to give back with all their success.
Chad, can you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the Internet Marketing industry?
I’m a 28-year-old husband and father of 3. I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was a boy and fell in love with the Internet when my dad brought home our first computer in 1999. Almost immediately after getting online, I started learning how to develop websites. My passions collided and I infused myself into the online ad industry full time in 2005. I started making a real living from it in 2007. I developed the first crude version of PeerFly in late 2008, launched in January of 2009, and the rest is history.
Do you think you’ve achieved everything in life or do you believe in saying “there are miles to go before I sleep”?
If I knew in 2005 where I’d be in 2013, I’d say my 2013 self would be the pinnacle of achievement. Now that I’m here, I feel like I’ve hardly touched the surface. Even though I believe “success” is how you personally define it, the irony is people’s threshold of success always increases as they reach it. So, to answer your question – I will always feel like I’ve accomplished many achievements, but I will never feel satisfied with them.
What was the turning point of your life?
I can say with 100% confidence that my life completely changed the day I met my wife, Corinna. I was a 22 year old, unemployed, divorced father, with a GED and no college education. She changed my life so much that literally a few months after we started dating in 2007, I found big success online that would catapult me into the position I’m in now.
In your struggling days, did you ever think of giving-up?
Yes. Many times. I’ve had so many failures in my life that the moment something started getting too hard, I wanted to give up. However, the age-old cliché of “never give up” still holds true. “Never give up” is an easy way of saying, “PASSION and DEDICATION always leads to RESULTS.” These 3 words are proudly displayed on our PeerFly crest.
How has life changed after touching the feet of success?
Life for me has changed significantly. I’ve achieved a lot for my young age and I’ve made a lot of money. However, I always remember where I came from so I try to stay humble with this mantra: “I refrain from arrogance. I strive for humility. I aim for greatness.“
Which is your favorite quote and why?
“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.” – Tony Robbins
This quote is the most powerful set of words that I’ve ever come across. Something about it just defines who I am. When you say, “I can’t do that,” you’re essentially giving up. You’ll never get ahead in life if you give up on everything. So, the moment you think you CANNOT do something, you have to turn that into a, “I MUST DO IT.” Skip over the “Ok, maybe I can do this” part and go straight to, “I MUST!”
You are involved with some charitable organizations, can you tell us a bit about them and more importantly how you decided on that particular one?
Every year, my company gives to several charities for causes that hit us closest to home. They are outlined below:
- One of my founding employees has a child with a congenital disorder called “cystic fibrosis.” Each year we not only give to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but we also help sponsor an annual CF walk-a-thon to help raise money and awareness for CF.
- We give money each year to the Adaptive Sports Foundation via our local Rotary Club. I have a cousin who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a motorcycle accident and he’s now, amazingly, an all-star wheelchair rugby (murderball) champion with dreams of playing in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The money we give helps these wheelchair rugby players, like my cousin, buy new equipment and cover the travel for out-of-state games.
- Earlier this year we single-handedly raised $25,000 for Alachua County, Florida’s “Early Learning Coalition.” The ELC is a non-profit that strives to give over 4,000 children each year a better start in school.
- This Christmas, we will be passing out care packages to homeless shelters in our community. These packages will contain socks, toiletries, and assorted gift cards to local businesses.
- We also donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association.
In 2014 we hope to have the “PeerFly Foundation” setup (will be at PeerFly.org ) so we can work with more charities and also show our PeerFly affiliates and clients that by simply doing business with PeerFly, they will also help many great causes.