Tony Coolidge - Indigenous Advocate and Business Entrepreneur

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Tony Coolidge photoBy day, Tony Coolidge is a mild-mannered business entrepreneur. He is also an enthusiastic teacher, helping students with communication and valuable life lessons. With the rising of the moon, he transforms into a public-speaking indigenous advocate who can dance wildly to tribal music sporting a colorful tribal outfit. Tony has the ability to create miracles with teamwork and communication, which he has done in the corporate world and the worlds of philanthropy and advocacy. He set in motion events to fulfill on his commitment to bring together the 300 million indigenous peoples of the world in the spirit of self-determination, taking on the form of improved communication, cultural exchanges and economic cooperation.

Accomplishments

Currently in Taiwan, Tony is developing his skills as a teacher and instructor. He has taught English to students in grades K-12 as well as to business people in Taiwanese companies. Tony has also been improving his skills as a writer, writing articles that have been seen on CNN.com, FanAccess.com and The Guardian Weekly newspaper in London. He has also written for published English language instruction books.

As founder and President of an international consulting group, Go Business Network, Tony Coolidge and his partners are supporting the "Green Movement" in business. They provided financial, communication and marketing resources for companies providing "Green" solutions for clean waste processing, energy production, transportation, and building. The group also provided companies access to overseas markets and is currently developing an international consortium to bring foreign development to Shenyang China. In September 2005, in response to Hurricane Katrina, he founded Katrina's Angels, a volunteer organization dedicated to providing long-term employment and housing solutions for the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.

In December 2004, with a production crew from Florida, he organized and funded a trip to Taiwan to shoot the documentary film, Voices In The Clouds. This documentary film, with a budget of $100,000, highlights the indigenous cultures of the island and expresses the importance of discovering our cultural roots. The film is currently being viewed in film festivals around the world.

In October 2004, he made Orlando the showcase of the indigenous world with the Indigenous Heritage Festival, an international gathering of tribal groups, featuring films, performances and exhibits. He founded, organized and raised money for the $30,000 event, which brought together 14 tribes from 3 continents. The ATAYAL organization partnered with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and other groups to create the event.

Tony is a published writer and artist. He has written several magazine articles. In July 2004, Tony wrote an article for Cultural Survival Quarterly, an internationally distributed magazine focused on indigenous world issues. His article is a summarized of the issues and developments of the indigenous people of Taiwan throughout the last decade. It was in 1995 Tony published Village In The Clouds in Orient Magazine. The article chronicled his discovery of his indigenous heritage in Taiwan after his mother's death. The exposure and support he received after writing this article inspired Tony to organize ATAYAL, Inc.

In May 2004, Tony spoke to world tribal leaders at the United Nations during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on a panel on issues facing indigenous youth. This opportunity expanded Tony's vision and the direction of the ATAYAL organization.

In 2003, Tony and ATAYAL arranged for government sponsorship and financing of the documentary film, Atayal (Taroko) Trail, with a budget of $300,000. This film features a history of Tony's Atayal tribal heritage. The film was screened at the Enzian Theater in June 19, 2004 and was screened at the Indigenous Heritage Festival on October 16, 2004.

From 2001-2005, Tony Coolidge has worked as Director of ATAYAL, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization he founded. The organization is dedicated to heightening the awareness and understanding of the disappearing indigenous culture of Taiwan. Since speaking at the United Nations and networking with other tribal leaders, Tony has expanded the company to unite indigenous cultures of the world.

In August 2000, Tony Coolidge married Shu-min Hsu Coolidge, from Tainan, Taiwan. As a Taiwanese native, Shu-min became instrumental in facilitating Mandarin Chinese communications for his companies. They both had a son, Johan, in November 2001.

In 1999, he co-founded and was President of the Internet auction company, iBidUSA.com, which is now a publicly trading company on the American Stock Exchange. Tony co-developed the concept, patented it and wrote the business plan. He worked with three partners to raise money, hire staff and develop the software and marketing system. Within the first year, the company expanded to 20 employees and two offices and almost $1 million in sales.

From 1997-1998, Tony created the marketing concepts and materials for American Access Technologies, a telecommunications manufacturing company. The well-developed corporate image allowed the fledgling company to compete with and attract Fortune 500 companies immediately. He served in the capacity of Vice President of Marketing before he developed iBidUSA.com. American Access Technologies is now a debt-free multi-million-dollar publicly-trading company.

From 1995-Present, Mr. Coolidge served as President of HybridWeb, Inc., a web development, web marketing and social media company, which has produced work for hundreds of clients nationally.

Tony Coolidge received a Bachelor's of the Arts in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992.

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