Meet the Dynamite Team Behind Smart Blogger
Smart Blogger is much more than just this blog. It’s a thriving business run by one of the best virtual teams on the planet — brilliant talent from literally all over the globe.
Writer Extraordinaire and Badass Visionary
• Austin, Texas (US) •
Jon’s viral posts have been read and shared by millions, but it took three failed blogs before he found the keys to blogging success and created a multi-million dollar company.
These days Jon is focusing his amazing ability to overcome adversity into his new blog, Unstoppable.me, with the goal of reaching the millions of people who need to hear his message of hope and inspiration.
Fun Fact: Jon developed an addiction to guacamole when he lived in Mexico, and won’t go a day without an avocado gracing his plate.
Queen of “Onward!”
• Brevard, North Carolina (US) •
One of the early Guest Blogging students, Marsha became Jon’s first employee after moderating the forum free for six months. Now she’s senior instructor and coach for all Smart Blogger programs, using skills she honed during nearly 20 years as a journalist, newspaper editor and frequent mentor to newbie reporters.
A Detroit native, Marsha fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina in 2005, finally moving there in 2011.
Fun Fact: She loves to paint mountain landscapes outdoors and just bought a fixer-upper on six acres in the mountains with a gorgeous view that’s “way out there” even for locals.
The Operations Guy
• London (UK) •
An early Guest Blogging student, Glen worked his way from student to course instructor to managing editor of the blog, and now he runs the show behind the scenes of Smart Blogger.
A tech geek at heart, Glen has degrees in computer science and artificial intelligence. He’s the proud father of two young boys – one human and one canine – and is currently plotting an escape from London (where he’s lived for 20 years) to England’s south coast.
Fun Fact: Glen spent five years trying to “make it” in the world of comedy, eventually landing a writing agent and a job in the BBC’s online comedy department before “getting sucked into” Jon’s world of writing and blogging.
Business Ops Goddess
• Bluffton, South Carolina (US) •
Missy is the silent power that controls the backend of Smart Blogger. She’s worked at some of the other great companies in the world, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Proctor & Gamble, and General Electric Aircraft Engines.
She hung up her corporate hat and moved to the Hilton Head area in 2014, where she lives the dream on a golf course and obsesses over identifying birds she doesn’t recognize.
Fun Fact: She loves to paint abstracts with palette knives.
• Reno, Nevada (US) •
Smart Blogger’s WordPress and integration guru, Tim’s been programming computers since the late ‘70s — think hunky boxes with switches and blinking lights a la “War Games” — and the dark, pre-Internet ages.
He was involved with several medical-lab testing startups and developed a program to correlate medical research data to lab results. He joined up with Jon and Marsha as the company’s tech needs grew.
Fun Fact: Tim loves working from home with his two Persian kitties, Koa and Kai, when he isn’t working from exotic locales like Panama and Hawaii because of his favorite hobby — playing the award/points/miles “game” with credit cards, airlines, and hotels.
Web & Graphics Go-to Gal
• Huntsville, Texas (US) •
An online, work-at-home veteran for the past 17 years, Heather’s worked in web design and development, branding and consulting, freelance writing, ghost blogging, and blog content management.
She’s also launched and sold three separate web businesses. Which is why she knows just about anything about creating things online, and which is why she’s our answer to every web question.
Fun Fact: A geek for creatively packaged products, yet a minimalist at heart, Heather has been caught sneaking snapshots instead of actually purchasing the item. And her idea of a perfect date night with her husband of 23 years includes Mexican food, margaritas, and a movie.
• Beaver County, Pennsylvania (US) •
Leanne’s a lifelong teacher and trainer on topics ranging from business, economics, statistical forecasting to rock-n-roll guitar.
A veteran of all Smart Blogger programs, she wrote several viral evergreen posts for her first blog. Now a freelance writer, she enjoys the big hairy writing projects that scare everyone else.
Fun Fact: Her best high school job was a summer gig as a local college radio DJ where she could play whatever weird music she wanted. The weirder, the better.
Customer Smile Manager
• Los Angeles, California (US) •
One of the two helpful, friendly voices behind Smart Blogger’s help desk and chat, Jenn easily relates to blogging woes after struggling with several failed blogs.
She credits 20 years of retail work with honing her customer skills.
Fun Fact: A secret animal whisperer, Jenn says she’s yet to meet an animal she couldn’t make friends with. Her resident kitties agree.
• Austin, Texas (US) •
Chris earned his marketing street cred passing out cheap promos on street corners in San Fran, then as a successful nightclub promoter in Vegas. When a friend showed him how a passive website earned him more targeted leads than Chris’ polished hustle, the proverbial light bulb went off and he turned his attention to the digital side of marketing. He realized he was onto something when a short ebook he wrote started earning passive income.
Chris’ credentials include several respected tech certifications that prepared him to tame the automation machine behind Smart Blogger.
Fun Fact: He loves reality TV, stand-up comedy and hearing movie spoilers.
Robert van Tongeren
• Warmond (NL) •
After an internship convinced him an office life was not for him, Robert dropped out of school to be free to move when and where he wanted. He read about people who traveled the world with money they made from their blogs; inspired, he started his style-advice blog, RestartYourStyle.com.
He joined the Guest Blogging program, and to his surprise, fell in love with editing, becoming the Guest Blogging instructor and is now Smart Blogger’s associate editor.
Fun Fact: Robert’s birthday falls on the Dutch holiday, Kingsday, and he likes to pretend the countrywide celebrations are in his honor. He’s also BFF with his 6-year-old niece and has the certificate to prove it.
Customer Giggle Specialist
• Ferntree Gully, Victoria (AU) •
Curt managed bakeries and led sales teams in his previous lives but now as the only “Down Under” member of the team, he handles the support desk while his kids are in school.
A self-aware introvert who practices karate with his son, Curt trained himself to become an expert people profiler and body language reader.
Fun Fact: Curt likes to say he is a cybernetic organism in human form with Jedi-like mind-reading abilities.
• Portland, Oregon (US) •
Loose ends and stray emails don’t stand a chance with Felicity on the task. Never afraid of new experiences, she’s worked in both the offline and online worlds as an admin assistant, web design freelancer, as well as at Mirasee and Ruzuku.
Fun Fact: A digital nomad since 2014, she’s house sat in England, France, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland. She sings bass in a women’s barbershop chorus and looks for choruses to sing with while jet-setting.