Contributors

mark-ford.jpgMark Ford
Mark Ford is the editor of The Palm Beach Letter.

Mark started his first business when he was 11 years old. In the decades since then, he’s started hundreds more.

Mark grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College, CUNY, a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and did Ph.D work at Catholic University. After college, Mark joined the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching students at the University of Chad in Africa.

In 1982, Mark moved to Palm Beach County and took a job with a small publishing company. He worked as an apprentice to a well-known businessman in South Florida. He helped that company grow to $135 million in annual revenues, became a multi-millionaire himself, and retired at age 39.

After a year of writing poetry, he became a consultant to the health and investment publishing industry. He was involved in the development of dozens of multimillion-dollar businesses, including one whose revenues recently exceeded the $400 million mark.

He has also written a dozen books on entrepreneurship, personal productivity, and wealth building. Three of these were New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

After turning 60 years old, Mark “retired” again. He now focuses on growing his investments and writing in The Palm Beach Letter.

Mark currently lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Kathy.

tom-dyson.jpgTom Dyson
Tom Dyson is the publisher of Common Sense Publishing.

Tom bought his first stock when he was 11 years old. He has been studying the art of investing and speculating ever since.

Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. He’s a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, one of Britain’s top accounting bodies. He has also worked for bond trading desks at Salomon Brothers and Citigroup.

For the past six years, Tom spent his time researching and writing about conservative income investments. His income-focused newsletter, The 12% Letter, was one of the most popular advisories in America.

tim-mittelstaedt.jpgTim Mittelstaedt
Tim Mittelstaedt is the editor-in-chief for Common Sense Publishing.

Tim is Canadian by birth, but spent the majority of his childhood in East Africa. He graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he received a degree in Marketing Management for Commercial Real Estate.

After graduating college, Tim spent five years in the commercial real estate industry analyzing shopping centers and finding investment opportunities for high net worth individuals.

Tim has been actively investing in stocks and options for over a decade, and he currently manages investment portfolios for several family members.

Tim lives with his wife and three daughters in Palm Beach County.

jeff-remsburg.jpgJeff Remsburg
Jeff Remsburg is the executive mananging editor for Common Sense Publishing.

Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta where he studied finance.

His professional background includes experiences as varied as founding two start-up companies, performing in a professional music group that featured music on MTV, and working for the hit television comedy, The Office.

bob-irish.jpgBob Irish
Bob Irish recently retired from a successful 30-year career in the financial services industry. He now contributes monthly to Mark Ford’s Creating Wealth essay series.

Prior to joining PBL, Bob spent 30 years with two world-class money managers. Most recently, he was the national spokesperson for a major mutual fund organization and a sought-after keynote speaker.

Bob has been happily married for nearly 30 years and has two adult children. He’s traveled to 41 countries, is an expert skier, and once had his golf handicap down to a 7.

Bob began his career in the financial services industry at Institutional Investor magazine. He is a graduate of Washington University.

Grant WasylikGrant Wasylik
Grant Wasylik is an analyst for Common Sense Publishing.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Grant graduated from Juniata College with a degree in economics.

His previous experience includes working as a trading supervisor for a discount broker, an elite trading specialist for Charles Schwab, and a lead research analyst for a billion-dollar wealth manager.

Grant moved to Florida in 2013. He lives in Palm Beach County with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

Andew DumaisAndrew Dumais
Andrew Dumais is an analyst for Common Sense Publishing.

Originally from New Hampshire, Andrew studied business at Merrimack College and the University of New Hampshire.

His professional experience includes working at one of the largest mutual life insurance companies, a four-star resort, and as a financial representative serving high-net-worth individuals at one of the largest investment companies in the United States.

He enjoys reading, organic food, traveling, and hiking.

Greg Wilson
Greg Wilson is an analyst for Common Sense Publishing.

Originally from New York, Greg graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in accounting and received his MBA from Pace University where he specialized in strategic management and finance.

His previous experience includes working for a real estate company where he spent time as a mortgage accountant and REO manager. Most recently he had a customer service role with one of America’s largest banks.

Greg is an avid New York Yankees and Seinfeld fan. In his spare time he enjoys reading and swimming at the beach.

amanda-carden.jpgAmanda Carden
Amanda Carden is project manager for Common Sense Publishing.

Originally from Bucks County, PA, Amanda graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She moved to Florida in 2012 to be closer to her family and friends. Amanda enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending quality time with loved ones, including her pets.

emily-donohue.jpgEmily Donohue
Emily Donohue is managing editor for Common Sense Publishing.

A North Carolina native, Emily majored in English at Loyola College (now University) in Maryland. She worked at Agora, Inc. in Baltimore as both a copy editor and creative manager before venturing away from publishing to teach high school English—but is excited to be back in the publishing industry. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, watching classic films, and spending time with family and friends. She currently resides in the Baltimore area with her husband and young son.

Molly PoloMolly Polo
Molly is a managing editor for Common Sense Publishing.

A New York native, Molly graduated from Florida International University with a degree in communications.

Molly loves country music, spicy food, travelling, and anything on the water.

David Dittman
David Dittman is the director of e-commerce at Common Sense Publishing.

David has a unique ability of completely understanding the business goals and objectives while having the technical proficiency to execute the project.

haden-deboer.jpgHaden de Boer
Haden de Boer is the advertising director for Common Sense Publishing.

Haden was born and raised in New Zealand. He studied finance and marketing at both Otago and Waikato University. Haden moved to Virginia in 2011 and currently lives in Delray Beach with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

kim-sweeney.jpgKim Sweeney
Kim Sweeney is the marketing manager for Common Sense Publishing.

A Chicago native, Kim moved to Florida in 2003. She graduated from Stetson University with degrees in general business, marketing, and Spanish. Since then, she has held a wide range of positions in the marketing and advertising world. In Kim’s free time, she likes to stay active and is also a diehard Chicago sports fan.

sharika-kellogg.jpgSharika Kellogg
Sharika Kellogg is a marketing manager for Common Sense Publishing.

A New Jersey native, Sharika Moved to Florida in 2004. She graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in mass media communication and political science. Sharika has worked in various avenues within Internet marketing for the past 10 years.

Ryan MarkishRyan Markish
Ryan Markish is the director of copywriting for Common Sense Publishing.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University with a degree in English, Ryan spent two years at an East Coast motion picture advertising and public relations firm. In 2003, he joined Stansberry & Associates Investment Research and has spent the last decade writing direct-response copy.

Ryan lives in South Florida with his wife and young son.

david-babineau.jpgDavid Babineau
David is a technical publications writer for Common Sense Publishing.

Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, he holds a B.S. from the Université de Moncton and a Master’s Degree in physics from the University of Ottawa. David’s previous experience includes running his own communications firm, working for a biotech company, serving as online marketing director for an Internet start-up, and co-owning a real estate investment company.

Eric Glanzman
Eric is a copywriter for Common Sense Publishing.

He has a lifelong interest in finance, and was a Senior Trader for a Chicago-based firm from 2006-2010. A native Hoosier, Eric was also managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal before graduating from Indiana University School of Law. He currently resides in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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