Tommy Swanhaus, a Duke University Graduate and devoted father, can be described as no less than a creative genius in the global entertainment and advertising industry. He is a leader with high honors and expertise in his field that has earned him and his work recognition in over 200 publications worldwide, such as The New York Times, Reuters, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Thrillist, etc. He created and sold his first TV Show when he was 25 years old to the TLC Network, which made him one of the youngest Executive Producers for his age in Hollywood and New York in history. Swanhaus also created his own film streaming platform years before Netflix and Amazon Prime. His platform, The FreeStyle Life, went from zero marketshare to being in 110 Countries and 26 different languages in two years. He then launched a film festival, The FreeStyle Life Film Exhibition, that became a Top 10 Film Festival in terms of web traffic in the 1st year. The exhibition was called the “Olympics of Film” with the winner of it going on to be finalist in the Oscars.
Tommy Swanhaus has keynoted at Global Entrepreneurship Week about the “Future of Media & Entertainment.” He was asked to be the keynote speaker after Steve Wozniak (Apple Co-Founder) and Nolan Bushnell (Atari Co-Founder) were not able to do it. Some of Swanhaus’ other accomplishments is that he created what was declared the first successful series on the mobile platform. He has won MIN’s Integrated Marketing Award; been nominated for a People’s Choice Streamy Award (The Oscar’s of the Web). He was invited to join the IADAS or the International Academy Of Digital Arts and Sciences, which is made up of the elite and pioneers of the Internet. He has spoken at Duke University, Miami Startup Weekend, along with numerous other events. Through his involvement with the IAB, he has met with different Congressmen and Senators in Washington DC about online advertising and represented small businesses. His last company, The FreeStyle Life Inc was a Finalist for Forbes Most Promising Companies in America. There is also a book published and being sold about him called “Tommy Swanhaus, Multimedia, Mobile Content, Cross-Platform.” Before making Arkansas his home, Tommy Swanhaus was routinely invited to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to partake in discussions with Ambassadors, top USAID officials, along with other key personnel. Some of his meetings at the United Nations entailed topics, such as HIV, access to medicine, intellectual property, global education and technology.