July 11, 2011

Charleston CEO Is Not Only Witty, but Cool

Staff Report  /  Charleston Regional Business Journal

Charleston's Advantage Media Group CEO Adam Witty has been named to a list of America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine.

Witty is the second entrepreneur from South Carolina ever to be selected. Last year Ashleigh Hansberger, founder of Motto Agency in Myrtle Beach, was selected.

Annually, Inc. Magazine identifies America's entrepreneurs under 30 years old. Past winners include, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer and Living Social founders Tim O'Shaughnessy and Eddie Frederick.

"I am honored to receive an accolade reserved for the entrepreneurial greats," Witty said. "I believe in the concept of loving what you do and always looking forward to Mondays. To be recognized as a part of the growth of the publishing business in an era where people consider print to be declining is extremely gratifying. I work in a dramatically changing business where only the most innovative will thrive."

Witty started Advantage Media Group in a spare bedroom of his Charleston home six years ago as a startup publishing company with the aim of writing books for motivational speakers and business professionals. Witty used his philosophy of "sell it then build it" to reach a $100,000 revenue the first year.

Since then, the company has grown into an international media company, leading in book publishing, magazine publishing and online education. Witty employs a staff of 15, posted revenue of $2.2 million in 2010 and expects to bring in nearly $3 million in 2011. The company works with more than 350 authors and publishes 100 books a year.

Witty was also the recipient of the Charleston Regional Business Journal's 40 under 40 award in 2010, and Advantage Media Group won the Journal's Roaring 20s award in 2011, which recognizes the region's 20 fastest-growing companies.