a boutique marketing firm for small businesses worldwide
Evelyn Wolf (Ireland)
German native Evelyn is the Co-founder and Marketing Strategist at Dublin-based BusinessBrew. This former HubSpot employee is very passionate about marketing; especially inbound. She is a true advocate for attracting the right people to our businesses and creating valuable marketing. This passion has grown to embrace GDPR and how we as marketers can create secure environments for our audiences' data. At BusinessBrew, Evelyn brings actionable and cost-effective inbound marketing to startups, established businesses and agencies as well as ensuring that your sales & marketing teams are fully GDPR compliant. Evelyn holds multiple degrees, including a Masters in Marketing from Dublin Business School.
Elizabeth Goede (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, Elizabeth K. Goede is the founder of Elizabeth Ratliff Consulting LLC has a proven reputation for distilling some of the most complex business challenges and creating a pathway for resolution. With over 20 years experience, her disciplined approach to solving business challenges has led to a formulaic process that ensures efficiencies. With her strong sense of purpose, barriers to success don't exist. She has worked with multinational corporations to execute the following:
→ Collaborated with executive leadership to implement inter-department changes → Managed marketing and advertising budgets in excess of $65 million USD → Created and streamlined marketing, operational and fulfillment processes → Developed brands - naming, logos, strategy, creative implementation and repositioning → Managed, negotiated, and directed on-site creative shoots (video and photo), including the sourcing of photographers, production companies talent, and locations → Multidisciplinary on-site training processes to lead change management and improve efficiencies
Aly Nolan Greenwood (NH, USA)
Aly has a consistent track record in delivering highly impactful customized learning solutions to meet business needs and achieve results for over 13 years. She currently is the Learning & Development manager at New Hampshire firm, L3 Technologies. She has previously worked in a variety of Human Resource roles for companies including Oracle, Ledvance, Osram and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Michelle Sica (Northville, MI, USA)
After nearly 20 years as a stylist at a top salon, I made the decision to stay at home and raise my daughters. This experience changed my life — literally. I made it my job to turn our house into a home. This was everything from the meals I put on the table to the layout and flow of our living to the laundry detergent I used. Every single detail was considered.
A few years later, I spent several years partnering with my husband to manage our business, Jimmie’s Rustics which was a high-end outdoor furniture retail chain in the Metro-Detroit area. During my time working at our store, I really polished my interior design capabilities and started bringing this to other people’s homes. As a self-proclaimed shopaholic, I really seek to find the absolute best quality product at the most reasonable rate that’s available. I am truly a lover of all things beautiful.
Now, I reside in a Metro-Detroit suburb near my adorable granddaughter and I’m bringing the tips & tricks that I’ve acquired over the years straight to you (and your inbox). I do a select number of interior design jobs throughout the year.
Allison Komiyama (San Diego, CA, USA)
Allison is a former FDA reviewer who is an expert in regulatory submissions, quality systems, and biocompatibility evaluation. She started AcKnowledge Regulatory Strategies in order to serve clients who manufacture implantable and other patient-contacting medical devices. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University and her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley. She received her Regulatory Affairs Certification (US) in 2014.
While working at FDA as a biologist and reviewer in the Office of Device Evaluation, she acted as a lead reviewer and consult on 510(k) Premarket Notifications, Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) applications and Premarket approval (PMA) submissions. Her specialty was in biocompatibility requirements for implanted devices. She also researched neurotoxicity and systemic toxicity of medical devices in the Office of Science and Engineering Labs in support of FDA recognized ISO and ASTM standards. After her time at FDA, she worked as a project manager and regulatory affairs manager at an in vitro diagnostic device company, as well as a senior regulatory specialist and director of regulatory affairs at two consulting firms.
Allison has worked with clients from all around the world whose companies range from small 2 person startups to large firms with over 40,000 employees. She has worked on a diverse assortment of devices, including orthopedic devices (spine, hip, knee, and other skeletal implants), bone void fillers, general hospital devices, urological devices, dental implants, in vitro diagnostic devices, wearable technology, combination products, mobile medical applications and neuro-stimulating devices.
Meahgan Pear (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)
Meahgan Pear — passionately curious and driven by wonder — is a professional marketer who lives for experiences and the stories they create. Fueled by this passion, Meahgan helps companies uncover their “why” and express their core values in a creative way. Helping shape the strategy and vision, she adds value to each organization by focusing on alignment of immediate and long range business objectives, while creating customer-driven programs that result in strong brand recognition, engagement, and revenue growth. Her marketing philosophy is fueled by innovation, story, and customer-centricity.
Currently, Meahgan serves as a National Senior Marketing Manager for Advisory Services at BDO USA LLP, a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth largest accounting and consulting network. Here she spearheads the strategic marketing efforts for the firm’s national Corporate Finance practice. Prior to joining BDO, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for a local accounting firm in Grand Rapids.
Meahgan is actively involved in the community, serving on several nonprofit and professional association boards. She is the current President of the American Marketing Association of West Michigan and current Chair of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force. She is also a member of the international Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), and is working toward her CCXP certification.
In 2016, she was named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty business leaders and continues to contribute to the local community both professionally and personally. She is a proud Native American, belonging to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and enjoys spending her free time with her two adorable nieces and her incredibly supportive family and friends.
Lisa Galletti (CA, USA)
Based in rural northern California, Lisa lives with her husband and son in her Nonna’s house which is surrounded by the family vineyard that her great grandfather planted in the early 1900s. She has proudly earned a degree (and some battle scars) from the Life Isn’t Always Fair University and is often referred to as The Bartender by friends, coworkers and associates. An avid listener, she is keenly sensitive to the plights of others and brings a unique blend of empathy, humor and common sense advice to her clients, friends and family. Lisa’s 20 year career as a payroll specialist for a local college ended abruptly 3 years ago when she was handed a life-altering diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa; a hereditary, degenerative, eye disease which leads to eventual blindness. Within days she was deemed legally blind, no longer able to drive a vehicle and shunned by her employer. Always practical and never one to back down from a challenge, she simply pulled herself together and made the decision to work from home. Armed with some online research and no business experience, she started her journey as a VA offering administrative support to online accounting professionals. Later, she found her niche in social media marketing and management and in 2018 narrowed her expertise and services even further. She works with solopreneurs and small businesses who are interested in using Pinterest & Facebook to connect with their audiences. A master at social media strategy and engagement, she also offers 1 to 1 guidance and training on a variety of social media apps and platforms.
A lifelong horsewoman, she is the Chief Stall Mucker & Treat Provider for her small herd of miniature horses that she drives and competes with at shows around northern California.
Dortha Hise (CA, USA)
Professionally... I’m Chief Overwhelm Eliminator at Pretty Smart Virtual Services, with a team of Overwhelm Eliminator Specialists here to rescue you out of overwhelm by tackling your to-do list for you, so you can take back your life and get back to doing what you love. Every time my very first client would ask me if I would be willing to learn something new, I always said yes…that led me to learn how to write code for websites and I really tapped into being a total techie nerd – I loved it! Today, I’m happy to strategize with my clients and provide solutions for the tasks that overwhelm them – social media management, writing blogs, updating or re-doing websites, product launches, research, newsletter creation, short and long-term planning and so much more. Read more here!
Personally… I’m a woman of faith – I spend time daily in prayer. I’m a woman of family – I make sure I spend time with family. I’m a woman who puts my health and fitness on the top of my priority list. In February 2013, after enduring the loss of my mother, my great-grandmother, a friend’s husband and one of my best friends from high school, I woke up with no voice. I thought it was a simple case of laryngitis or bronchitis…turns out it was not simple… it took some time, several doctor visits, specialists, and other non-traditional medical visits to be diagnosed with a condition called Abductor Spasmodic Dysphonia (“AB SD”) – which in and of itself is quite a mouthful. AB SD prevents me from using the phone or speaking normally – it sounds like my voice is incredibly hoarse all the time. I have made many adjustments and adaptations. I am grateful for this experience as it has heightened my sense of hearing and it allows me to really hone in on what others are saying (or perhaps not saying). Read my full bio here!
Julie Ehling (MA, USA)
Based in Massachusetts, Julie has been in property management for the last 11 years, managing residential properties between 200 and 500 units. Working mainly on the financial side, Julie was responsible for collecting rents, handing evictions and making sure the net operating income was in line with the budget all while achieving a high occupancy rate. Recently, Julie has stepped back from the corporate world and purchased her own investment property that she is managing. She has a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
Brandi Goodman (LA, CA, USA)
Michigan-native, Brandi Goodman lives her life with passion whether she is teaching a classroom, advising clients on the best skincare regimen or taking care of her adorable pup! Currently based in Los Angeles, Brandi teaches fourth grade at a private school whilst simultaneously growing a successful side hustle as an Independent Beauty Consultant for direct selling cosmetic conglomerate, Mary Kay. Brandi holds a Master’s from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree from Easter Michigan University.
Lisa Hunt (Chicago, IL, USA)
Lisa Hunt spent her formative years training to become a professional ballerina. At the age of 15, Lisa was one of two students to be accepted into the sophomore class at the National Ballet of Canada (L'Ecole Nationale de Ballet) in Toronto, where she trained in the Vaganova and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) techniques. Upon graduation, Lisa was offered a contract to dance professionally with Ballet Arizona under the artistic direction of the world-renowned Ib Andersen. During her four seasons with Ballet Arizona, she was featured in many ballets, including Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Symphony in C, Romeo and Juliet, Serenade, Company B and world premieres by Ib Andersen. After hanging up her ballet shoes, Lisa was curious to explore the various career opportunities available to transitioning artists and moved to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to work as an Executive Assistant to the Korean chairman of the parent company of Samsung (CJ Corp), which afforded her many unique insights into the lifestyle and demands of the extremely affluent. Following her career working for CJ Corp, Lisa worked for Bessemer Trust, a private wealth management company, in Los Angeles and Boston – managing the office and planning events for high net worth clients. Lisa also worked for Bessemer remotely, conducting research for Business Development and Philanthropic Advisory. Her experience working in Philanthropic Advisory piqued her interest in fundraising, which led her to a role as Assistant Director of Development at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. While at Hochstein, she spearheaded the annual campaign, which funded need-based scholarships to under-privileged youth for music, music therapy and dance lessons. Subsequently, Lisa was asked to join her brother’s start-up, Crossrope, as PR Manager/Content Writer, where she helped to grow brand awareness, develop email and ad campaigns and create procedures to increase exposure for Crossrope and its products. Lisa now lives in Chicago where she works as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a private wealth management company for one of the most affluent families in the nation. As an insatiable “ideas” person with an entrepreneurial streak, Lisa hopes to harness her creativity and one day follow in the footsteps of her brother to launch her own company.
Erin Covert (Detroit, MI, USA)
As a recently graduate of the Master's Degree program in Organizational Leadership at Siena Heights University, I am a creative and innovative organizational leader specializing in people development. I have more that 10 years’ experience managing all aspects of an employee life cycle- from recruiting to on boarding to performance analysis.
I have spent the past five years working with the executive team of nationwide organizations where I have specialized in developing courses that promote teaming, productivity, and performance all while living out the company's vision and mission. Most notably, I developed an Inappropriate Conduct Prevention and Response Strategy that I presented to hundreds of business owners and managers over there course of several days in multiple states around the country.
My background lies in the health and wellness industry, where I have spent the past 15 years in a variety of eclectic positions, from massage therapist, instructor, regional development coordinator, and director of massage therapy and corporate development. I have worked in a variety of different sectors of the industry, from private practice, to franchise chains, to hospital settings. Working in such a variety of settings has allowed me to hone my communications skills, whether I am working with a technician, manager, business owner, or leader.
Currently, I am developing Studio for Mindfulness, which provides tools for people to practice mindfulness in their everyday life. Studio for Mindfulness provides mindful tools through meditation classes, mindful lectures, and personal development workshops. Slated to open in Spring, 2019, SFM is creating a community of support for the personal growth, development, and advancement of one’s self in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Sarah Hipwell (Richmond, VA, USA)
Sarah Olivia Marketing is named after its owner and founder, Sarah Olivia Hipwell. Sarah credits her entrepreneurial journey to an early and enduring desire to make a lasting impact on others. Following her calling, she created a business model that capitalizes on her strengths: meticulous attention to detail, a tireless work ethic, and a keen understanding of aesthetic appeal. Taking what she learned from academics, athletics, back to back summer internships in London, England with a large web hosting company and smaller public relations company, she became a freelance digital marketer offering small and mid-sized business owners a customized approach to public relations account management, retail, and interior design. Subsequently, Sarah became an entrepreneur while a full-time senior student in college. To date, Sarah brings 4 years of professional marketing experience to the table.
Though a native of Philadelphia, Sarah now resides in Richmond, Virginia with her regal bright orange kitty, Gigi. Her company’s headquarters is in Shockoe Slip, within the Novel Coworking building. With dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Richmond in Leadership Studies and Business Administration, Sarah found her passion in strategic and creative marketing within the digital space.
David Curtiss (Boyne City, MI, USA)
My passions are branding and advertising. More specifically, I live for developing and executing strategies that bring success and reinforce a solid brand. I love driving the work behind the scenes for highly visible programs and making sure that a company has its best foot forward. Over the past 10+ years, I have touched many aspects of branding including advertisements, literature, presentations, trade show banners, photography, videography, and much more. Currently, I reside in beautiful Boyne City, Michigan. While living in northern Michigan, I work as Marketing Specialist at EJ, where I function as the in-house creative, designer, and strategist. In my spare time, I run DSCURTISS. Through DSCURTISS, I help others with branding, strategy, and digital marketing.
Heather Janssens (Ontario, Canada)
Heather hails from Guelph, Ontario and is truly an entrepreneur at heart ever since she was a teenager. She experienced pain early in life when she fled her abusive husband at the time and as a single-Mom, she found immense comfort when local Artisan Business women gifted her and her children items, and it really inspired her to do that for others some day. Since re-building her life, she has dabbled in numerous businesses from creating her own handmade baby items to later an online boutique that sells handmade products for online Artisans. When her anxiety was hard to manage, she found more comfort in the structure and training that direct sales provides and is a rep for Norwex, Silver Icing and recently started doTerra. Since then, she has healed tremendously and is ready to be her own business again! Recently, we discussed how a strong personal brand will set the foundation for her diverse interests and passions. Her main passion with everything in life is helping to positively impact any woman's day and Customer Service and she is currently brainstorming different ways she can incorporate her experience with women's need for self-care, self-love and empowerment into her current direct sales companies she's with, building herself as a brand and anywhere else it can take her. She is also a Customer Service Virtual Assistant on the side because she loves helping Businesses and talking to customers.
She’s joining the group for support in the area of learning how to be authentic, creative and owning your own brand in Direct Sales and how to make money as your own Brand outside of Direct Sales, and to network with all of you!
Victoria Thygesen (Ireland)
I am originally from Denmark but have been calling Galway, Ireland my home for almost 11 years. I have always wanted to work for myself, but have changed my mind about WHAT a good few times. I worked as a Self-employed life coach and recently as a Reiki Practitioner too but felt that it still wasn't quite right. I currently work full-time as a Supply Chain Specialist and I'm not hating my job but know that it's not what I want to do long-term. I have made a promise to myself to quit this full-time job end of this year (2019!) so I am 1000% motivated to grow my business(es). At the moment I have two businesses I'm working on; an online store selling yoga wear and a website for my holistic life coaching, where I am currently 'just' doing a weekly motivational blog and focusing on growing my email list. The plan is to then create an online course and promote that to the list. I am very excited about working with Jessica, as she has got some ideas about how I can perhaps combine my coaching skills with the yoga wear and thereby grow both. My vision for next year is to be 100% self-employed and flexible in where and when I work. I am so excited about being part of this group as I know it will help me stay focused and motivated, as well as challenge me to get better and achieve my goals!
Melissa Davis (NYC)
In her role as Senior Director of Service Operations for the US, Melissa ensures that her clients have an exceptional experience at every step of their engagement with Investis Digital. Melissa oversees the Project Delivery and Client Services departments in New York.
Melissa relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to join Investis Digital in November 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Purdue University and has more than 10 years of experience in client service and digital communications. Melissa will graduate with an MBA from New York University in Summer 2019 and is looking forward to having free time when her studies are completed to travel, practice yoga more regularly and finally learn to ski.
Magali Chamson (Dublin, Ireland)
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Sapna Negi (Dublin, Ireland)
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Tiffani Newbold (NC, USA)
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Laura Dunlap (Miami)
I currently live in Miami, work for a start up based in Boston and am currently working as part of their TA team. Born and raised in England, I graduated with a ‘Masters in Drama' with a specialism in stand up comedy. I toured across the UK with my comedy show, hosted regular comedy nights and worked on live productions and so this is where my love for conceptualizing experimental ideas, creative writing and project management evolved. For the last 7 years I have been working with premium brands and blue-chip companies across the UK and USA with the primary focus of generating revenue. I have worked with companies to troubleshoot and improve their brand-identity by implementing new processes both client-facing and internally using consumer data and metrics. As well as conceptualizing, selling and executing experiential marketing concepts based upon the RFP's, I have delivered event productions such as Intimate VIP Team-buildings 4-day conferences to corporate parties with 2,000 attendees and managed budgets in excess of $450,000+. I am passionate about brand experience and generating revenue through creative solutions. I am looking forward to being part of a group where I can continue to learn and build upon my strengths.
Jean Noonan (NYC)
My name is Jean Noonan. I am a graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway with a degree in Global Commerce, majoring in Information Systems. I moved to New York to begin my career at the start of 2019. I'm currently working doing digital marketing in a tech company. My interests are technology, fashion and travelling.
Judi Ramsey (Washington)
Judi is the owner and operator of the hyperlocal shop, Aristans Mercantile in Snohomish, Washington. The shop carries a selection of very impressive Northwestern artisan goods. In addition to the shop, Judi has recently introduced a variety of events on location in the after-hours, which is drawing even more of a crowd to her wonderful shop!
Over the past decade, Jessica partnered with clients from a multi-faceted global portfolio of corporate, mid-size and micro brands. She has directed every phase of a project from preliminary strategizing to post-launch maintenance. In 2011, she founded an independent e-Commerce business Wicked Candle. Jessica also holds an MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has an undergraduate degree in Advertising Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Kristin Quinn (Boston, MA)
As an award-winning Blogger and Lifestyle Expert Kristin Quinn has 15 plus years of experience in Sales & Marketing. Highlights of her career include working for Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Contigo Beverageware and Dorel Juvenile Group (purveyors of the Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, and Cosco baby product brands). In 2012, Kristin chose to fulfill her dream of running a yoga studio and owned Charlestown Yoga in Boston until 2015. She is the author of the popular book Misadventures in Mommyhood – a humorous and heartfelt take on parenting with both a national and international audience helping to bring “the truth & nothing but the truth.” She is a featured writer and scout for Family Jaunts, Stroller Traffic Boston and Mommy Poppins Boston. You can find her traveling around the world with her family reviewing popular kid-friendly resorts. She also serves as a brand ambassador and spokeswoman for several companies around the country and is part of the TODAY Show Parenting Team.
Her work has been featured on Scary Mommy and she has been a guest speaker on NECN, ABC, and CNBC’S POWER PITCH, as well as NPR’s One Bad Mother. She has also served as a keynote speaker for Mommybites’ Ultimate Mom’s Night Out, and Biggest Baby Shower. Kristin’s blog was up for best parenting website for the Creator’s Choice Awards in 2015 and Best Social Media Mom in Boston in 2016. She won 1st runner-up for the latter among 10 other finalists. Kristin lives with her husband and three young children outside of Boston.
Isaac H. Boda (MI, USA)
Sarah Oram (Metro Detroit, MI)
Hi, I’m Sarah. I work at a company called Clarkston Skin Research as a study coordinator on many clinical trials for new and coming Dermatology medications. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
Craig Bender (Commerce, MI, USA)
Craig R. Bender, a 1977 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, started his advertising and marketing career in radio sales in the Detroit market with WTWR Tower 92 FM, a Golden West Broadcasting property. He would later join WCXI AM/FM Country for one year before moving to WLLZ 98.7 Rock radio (Doubleday Broadcasting) from 1982 until 1987, ultimately becoming Local Sales Manager. In 1987 Craig was named General Sales Manager of CKLW AM/FM Music of Your Life and Oldies where he managed for two years before expanding into television in 1989.
Prior to his move to television, Craig, with partner Steve Scott, opened Professional Selections Inc. in January 1988. PSI, an employment evaluation company that assists organizations in hiring the best individuals based on job descriptions and candidates’ psychological profiles, PSI continues to flourish today.
In January 1992, Craig created Broadcast Selections and Sales, an independent marketing company that represents both clients and media alike. From marketing and advertising to sales training and staff selection processes, Craig has continued to create strategic partnerships that dynamically advance his clients’ objectives.
Craig’s extensive knowledge and relationships in all forms of media, advertising, and promotions has continued to allow him to produce dramatic results for his clients for nearly thirty years.
Craig married his wife Lori on September 21st, 1990, and has one daughter, Nicole, born on January 23rd, 1992.
Based in California, Jeanne believes that good nutrition does not have to be complicated. Jeanne's personal journey to a healthy relationship with food, body confidence, and self-love was far more challenging and troubled than it should have been. Inspired by her experiences, Jeanne is determined to arm families with vital information and tools to navigate these changes in a modern world with social media, bullying, and peer influence that pressures our children to compare themselves to others and squeeze themselves into some acceptable mold. Jeanne is the founder of Jeanne Reilly RD, a Registered Dietitian, holds a Masters in Nutrition & Food Science and is also a Precision Nutrition Certified Level 2 Coach.