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About the Team

Online Brand Strategist Marieke Hensel and CEOMarieke Hensel (@hensel)
Marieke (pronounce like Eureka) lived and worked in Brazil, Romania, the US, and in the Netherlands – where she was born and raised. She got started in Search Engine Optimization in 1998, Search Engine Marketing in 2005 and Social Media in 2004 and currently runs the team and educates her clients on what is needed to generate more leads or sales online.Marieke is an internationally published co-author of BusinessWise, a collaborative book for small companies with large ambitions. BusinessWise was the #2 bestselling business book on Amazon.co.uk in May 2007. Her latest book is – ‘Next Up: Essential Social Media Strategies for Auto Dealerships’ that she co-authored with Kathi Kruse. She is listed in the VIVA400 for 2009 & 2010 in the Netherlands; a ranking like the Forbes500, that lists the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands, compiled by Viva Magazine.In the rare moments when she’s not developing winning strategies for her clients or speaking at events, she is playing Settlers of Catan at her weekly hosted board game nights.

 

Maks SurguyMaks Surguy (@msurguy)
Maks is a web developer working for Branding Personality. Originally, he is from Ukraine where he was a professional breakdancer by night and a geek by day. He moved to the USA in 2004 with his parents and his brother. He graduated from a high school in Pomona and was immediately hired as an IT guy by the district. While working full time, he completed his Bachelors in Computer Science at CSUF. At Branding Personality, Maks does all kinds of little things like Bootstrapification of admin interfaces and coding mobile apps. One of his side projects called Bootsnipp.com took off and made it to the best of Hacker News on the third day of its existence. His hobbies include making micro RC airplanes, robotics and beta testing new apps. One day he wants to travel all of Europe with his gorgeous wife.

 

Miguel AguilarMiguel Aguilar
Miguel Aguilar is a web developer working for Branding Personality. He was born in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico and came over to the States when he was 11 years old. Ever since he was a kid he was always fascinated by computers. His first official job as a web developer was working with a start up company which organized music events. While working there, he realized how much he loves programming. In the evening hours he is attending Fullerton College and wants to attend UCLA to finish his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. When he’s not programming, Miguel is playing or watching soccer, which he is very passionate about, relaxing at home listening to alternative rock, or spending time with his two beautiful children.

 

Anne PelczarAnne Pelczar (@anne_pelczar)
Anne loves people, pitching, planning and seeing results. Naturally, she chose public relations as her line of work and is now Branding Personality’s PR and social media account manager. She graduated from CSU Fullerton with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. Before coming to Branding Personality, Anne worked in PR and marketing for several organizations, including Warner Brothers and GolinHarris. She has executed several successful integrated marketing campaigns and is always focused on a strategic approach to branding and gaining awareness. Having been born and raised in Germany, Anne is happy to be part of such a diverse, international team. In her free time, she spends her time at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, a German cultural and events center, where she is an active member and volunteer. She also teaches at GASA’s German Saturday school.

 

Michael WongMichael Wong (@chinaboytellem)
Michael (pronounced “Michael”) is the youngest team member at Branding Personality. As a self-proclaimed “stuff-doer” and social media content strategist for BP, you can often find Michael with his feet propped up on a chair, working on his MacBook and developing fresh, engaging, and often humorous content for our clients’ profiles. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Michael came down to Orange County to pursue an education at Chapman University, where he currently studies Creative Writing and Public Relations/Advertising. He has been writing on social media for 6 years, and developed a large following on Facebook and Twitter, with his work being featured on websites such as Reddit, The Chive, and iFunny.

 

bp-ryan2Ryan Eisenacher (@ImAGirl_YouKnow)
Ryan, short for My Mom Really Wanted a Boy, is a social media strategist for Branding Personality. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a minor in Television & Film. Before coming to Branding Personality she was an Associate Editor and a Digital Content Developer, where she managed editorial campaigns and social media content strategies. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys watching football, pretending to workout, and singing fabricated remixes of popular songs to her dog.

 

Steve NewmanSteve Newman
Steve is the Online Advertising and Analytics Strategist for Branding Personality. He pursued a career in marketing analytics after a 10-year career as an international chef. In 2005, Steve attended San Francisco State University and completed his Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a focus in Decision Sciences. To start out his career in marketing, Steve worked at Marriott’s largest convention hotel as an assistant pricing analyst. Since then, he has worked as a marketing analyst for the last eight years for companies such as Red Envelope, Williams Sonoma, and Genentech (Roche).  When not working, Steve enjoys adventure travel, surfing, photography, and scuba diving.

 

 

pim
Pim Hensel
Pim likes to make everybody happy and wanted a job at our office, so he became our Chief Happiness Officer. He loves to offer you a drink if you are working hard and sometimes even gives a tip of his own hard earned money, as he feels you deserve it when you are working so much! His traits of kindness and empathy shine through in his work. He likes to help people out with whatever they need. When he is not working, he loves to play at home with one of his brothers. He loves playing with Legos and is not old enough to drive.