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Getting to know ‘Age of Conversation’ Authors – 5 May 13, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Digital.

Hello there! Click here to visit the updated profiles of ALL ‘Age of Conversation’ authors on one page. UPDATED ON 16 JULY 2007.

I’m still at profiling the ‘Age of Conversation’ authors. Behold today’s picks:
At Brand DNA, Stanley Johnson aka Stan Lee takes us to the weird and wonderful world of brands and communication. He is employed in the media / communications industry as a ‘creative problem solver’. I like his short blog posts & his pithy commentary on the latest brandcom buzz .

Copywriter Spike Jones is also the ‘Firestarter’, the official ‘voice’ and the ‘New Business Hound’ of Brains on Fire, a national naming and identity company based in Greenville, South Carolina. Spike holds a double major in Environmental Studies & Journalism and is also an experienced cattle ranch hand. Spike comes from the Lone Star state, where he was born and raised. Spike considers BMW the ultimate driving machine (he writes copy for BMW Manufacturing btw), and I hope BMW pays heed to his roundel request. (BOF’s got such a cool website too.)

Nathan Snell blogs on Giddlebits. Originally from CA, Nathan lives in NC. Nathan’s currently a junior in the entrepreneurship & business development program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. He’s been involved in internet marketing, design, web development, CRM implementation for small business, training for said implementation, mutual fund analysis, game design, I.T. work, lead event media & more. And he likes long walks… on the beach…

Writer, editor and marketing consultant Simon Payn is the go-to guy if you want to discover how powerful customer newsletters can benefit your business. Simon believes that newsletters are so powerful that every business should have one. That’s one reason he gives one free away at Ready to Go Newsletters. With 13 years’ experience at all levels in magazines and newspapers, and a successful 7 years developing and managing the content of continental Europe’s leading online English-language publisher, Simon can help you achieve your editorial and marketing aims – in print and on the web.

Based in Chicago, Ryan Rasmussen is Director of Social Media Engagement and Research at Levenger, a company that manufactures high-quality planning and organizer materials including stationery. As a part of his job, Ryan researches emergent social communication networks and engages communities to elicit co-creation of new products and services. In addition to speaking with customers in blogs and community forums, he uses services like Flickr, Twitter, Blip.Tv, and interactive virtual environments, like Second Life, to cooperatively redefine brand experiences. Collaborative Ideation is a tumblelog he uses to synthesize voice and perspective for the various social networks within which he experiments. Ryan-speak: I’m here to listen, learn, and participate in discussions about organization and creativity.

Ron Shevlin is VP of Marketing at Epsilon in Wakefield, MA. Prior to joining Epsilon in April 2006, he spent nine years at Forrester Research where he was a Research Director and Principal Analyst of the Financial Services team, and led Forrester’s consumer research efforts in financial services. He has set 3 objectives for his blog: 1) Help marketers succeed. 2) Make marketers smile. 3) Enter into new conversations. To achieve  any or all three of the above objectives, please visit his blog! Read his post How To Give A Great Presentation (In Nine Words).

Roger Anderson is a Scientist, Entrepreneur, Evangelist, CEO, Consultant, and Author. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Caltech in 1996, he has been on the business side of science. He has experience in three previous start-ups, twice serving as CEO a combined 6 years. Dr. Anderson has also served as a consultant to dozens of companies in the laboratory reagents and diagnostics markets.

He is the first person in the whole wide blogosphere to link to me. A native of Houston, he has worked as a (among other things) Fuller Brush salesman, carpenter’s helper, piping designer, Y2K consultant, management consultant, and a mechanical engineer. These days, he is enjoying his current job as a project manager for a large engineering firm. He’s moved at least 60 times since marriage and took over 20 years to complete his first degree, but then went on to complete his Master’s in Engineering Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration to round-off things!!! (Both exceedingly rewarding experiences according to him.) His blog Middle Zone Musings is where you go to have a good time and participate in the occasional literary contest that brings bloggers from the world together. Three cheers for Bob Hruzek.

Design and Management student at Parsons School of Design, New York, Rishi Desai’s blog ‘Gumptious Design’ is a simple, austere yet intense intersection of design and society. Rishi is the Founder and Chairperson of the Parsons Sustainable Design Review that aims to foster and encourage awareness of the social, artistic, and design-based sustainable solutions to the dynamic challenges presented to students at Parsons University.

Phil Gerbyshak is a writer, motivational speaker, helpful guy, blogger, and lifelong learner. He is the president of  the Professional Help Desk Association, works as a Help Desk Manager at a financial services firm in Milwaukee, WI, a prolific blogger, and an overall great guy who enjoys spending time with his wife and his friends, and is willing to help you Make it Great! He is also the author of the book ‘10 Ways to Make It Great!

Peter Corbett blogs on ‘Advercation = Advertising + Education’ and is Manager, Marketing Services at Blattner Brunner, a leading full-service ad agency with offices in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington D.C . Pete’s interests include interactive advertising, interactive guerrilla marketing, integrated marketing, international content licensing and social media. He received an ‘Excellence in Volunteer Service Award’ (2003) from Former President Jimmy Carter in 2003.

Pete Deutschman is the Chief Buddy and Founder at the Buddy Group, an interactive creative agency based in Lake Forest, California that uses the ‘Buddy Up!’ spirit  to bring in trust, camaraderie, heat, energy and fun while creating compelling online brand communciations for clients such as eBay, Washington Mutual, AOL, Reebok, Hansen Beverage Company and Warner Brothers. Pete’s interests are: Youth and Entertainment, Viral Marketing, Rich Media, Interactive, Online Creative, Application Development, Promotions, Live Entertainment & Interactive Video. He has worked in commercial theater and earnt his MFA in Theater Management from Columbia University School of the Arts.

Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Nick Rice, Nick Wright, Mitch Joel, Michael Morton, Mark Earls, Mark Blair, Mario Vellandi, Lori Magno, Kristin Gorski, Krishna De, Kris Hoet, Kofl Annan & Kimberly Dawn Wells. 

Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Karl Long, Julie Fleischer, Jordan Behan, John La Grou, Joe Raasch, Jim Kukral, Jessica Hagy, Janet Green, Jamey Shiels, Dr. Graham Hill, Gia Facchini & Geert Desager.

Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Gaurav Mishra, Gary Schoeniger, Gareth Kay, Faris Yakob, Emily Clasper, Ed Cotton, Dustin Jacobsen, Tom Clifford, David Pollinchock, David Koopmans, David Brazeal, David Berkowitz & Carolyn Manning.

 Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Craig Wilson, Cord Silverstein, Connie Reece, Colin McKay, Chris Corrigan, Cedric Giorgi, Becky Carroll, Andy Nulman, Amy Jussel, Kim Klaver, Sandy Renshaw, Susan Bird, Ryan Barrett & Troy Worman.



1. Robert Hruzek - May 13, 2007

Hey, Arun, I had no idea I was your first internet blog link! Wow, glad to have kicked things off for you – everyone has to start somewhere, and it looks like you’ve carried the torch well.

Thanks for the nod, and profiling the Age of Conversation authors is a really great project! Good one, Arun!


2. Phil Gerbyshak - May 14, 2007

Thanks for profiling me and everyone else. Quite a prolific series you have going here!

Congrats to you, and best wishes for your success!

3. Simon - May 14, 2007

Thanks for the profile of me. This a great way to get to know the project’s authors.

4. Cam Beck - May 17, 2007

This is a great idea. Once you’re done with these, I’d love to have a file I can print off and take with me… I already added the authors to my blog feeds, but it’s difficult to really get the flavor of them without the context you’re providing here.

5. Getting to know ‘Age of Conversation’ Authors - 6 « Arun Rajagopal - May 17, 2007

[…] Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Stanley Johnson, Spike Jones, Nathan Snell, Simon Payn, Ryan Rasmussen, Ron Shevlin, Roger Anderson, Bob Hruzek, Rishi Desai, Phil Gerbyshak, Peter Corbett & Pete Deutschman. […]

6. Getting to know ‘Age of Conversation’ Authors - 7 « Arun Rajagopal - May 20, 2007

[…] Profiles of ‘Age of Conversation’ authors: Stanley Johnson, Spike Jones, Nathan Snell, Simon Payn, Ryan Rasmussen, Ron Shevlin, Roger Anderson, Bob Hruzek, Rishi Desai, Phil Gerbyshak, Peter Corbett & Pete Deutschman. […]

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