Meet the Team: Fred Brewer

Meet the Team: Fred Brewer

Fred Brewer has brought a wealth of knowledge to the team, and has taken a large load off of Carter’s shoulders. He manages the website migrations, as well as checks on the overall health of the websites of our clients. Many of you don’t hear from Fred all that often, since most of his work goes on in the background. Make no mistake, though. His work is vital to the service we provide all of our clients. I sat down with Fred recently, and he told me a little bit about his background.

Fred & Wife at Pyramids - Spark Marketer

Fred and his wife Jane at the Pyramids in Egypt.

Jonathan Sanders: How long have you been with Spark Marketer?

Fred Brewer: I started near the middle of June of this year.

JS: What type of work experience do you bring, and how does it help with your work here?

FB: Well, I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, with a major in Computer Science. My first job was as a software developer at a research facility in Canada. Then I transitioned to engineering. I went from engineering to marketing, marketing to sales, and then finally to developing websites after I left a large corporate office. Originally I got into web development on a volunteer basis, which I still do sometimes. All of this experience leads perfectly into what I do here, just on a larger scale.

JS: What are your specific roles here at Spark Marketer?

FB: My title is web server admin. One of the primary focuses has been migrating sites of our clients over to our servers. I also maintain the websites, which involves things like updating WordPress, updating plugins, and maintaining the overall health of the sites. I also troubleshoot any time there are performance issues. Generally, I play detective with any issue that comes up regarding a client site and/or email.

JS: What is your favorite thing about what you bring to clients?

FB: I’ve always liked talking and working with customers. Over the years when I made the transition to marketing and sales, I realized that I liked doing that. Sometimes I can be a little gabby, but that’s okay.

JS: I’ve always been a big believer that your tastes in films say a lot about your personality. Neither good nor bad, but a picture nonetheless. What are your favorite films and why?

FB: I like action packed movies, like the Bourne movies. I like a lot of science fiction, and got hooked on it with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Mop Tops & Guitars - Fred Brewer - Spark Marketer

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JS: If you could see anyone from any era in concert, who would it be?

FB: I would have loved to have gone to see the Beatles. Especially one of their earlier concerts. I remember when they came out, I was in grade school. Once, we had a show at school…a skit type of thing…with the Beatles’ mop tops and guitars for the parents. Some of the parents didn’t really appreciate it at the time.

JS: What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

FB: I don’t have just a book. My favorite author is Isaac Asimov. I have pretty much all of his books, and every few years I pull them out and start reading. The amazing thing is that I don’t recall how it ends until I’m pretty far into the re-read. What I like the most about Asimov’s books is how he told a story with the individual books, but also told a singular story with all of his books combined. While he didn’t write the books in chronological order, I’ve rearranged them into that order once I realized all the stories were connected. Interestingly, you can tell his books are a product of his era. He started writing them in the 1940’s, so there is a lot of tobacco use, which wasn’t taboo back then. Also, he never thought about cell phones, so characters are always looking for land line phones to make a call in a story that is set thousands of years in the future!

JS: What did you listen to on the way in to the office today?

FB: Well…it was a country western station. Just whatever was on the radio.

JS: Do you have any pets, and if so, what are their names?

FB: My grandkids! Actually, we don’t have any pets, but we do inherit my son’s cats whenever he goes out of town.

Meet the Team: Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Meet the Team: Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Kristen Chapman Gibbons started with us during the summer, and quickly established herself as a key member of our team. She handles the blogging for our clients, and has interviewed many of you to get a better idea of how you do your business. Her background includes a wide range of educational and professional experiences, and I think you will enjoy getting to know more about Kristen!

Kristen Chapman Gibbons - Content Coordinator - Spark Marketer

Jonathan Sanders: How long have you been with Spark Marketer?

Kristen Chapman Gibbons: I started on July 7 of this year.

JS: What educational and professional experience do you bring to your work with Spark Marketer?

KCG: It’s going to make no sense at all, but I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Carson-Newman College in east Tennessee. I also have a Master’s degree in Religion, and I’ve worked as a social worker for 12 years. After that, I transitioned into teaching at the university level for the next 10 years, so I come from a helping type profession. I help people come up with the narrative they want to tell about themselves.

JS: What role, or roles, do you play here at Spark Marketer?

KCG: My official title is Content Creator, but I essentially manage all of the blogs. We have various contract bloggers that send us work, and then we optimize it. I call it Google-bait. We Google-bait it!

JS: What is your favorite thing about what you personally bring to our clients?

KCG: I think I’m a good communicator, and I think I put other people at ease. Because of that, I can find out the gist of what other people want to say. Without putting a lot of pressure on them, I can help them articulate what they want to say about their business, their web presence, and what kind of people they are outside of business.

JS: I believe movies can reveal a lot about our personalities. What are your favorites?

KCG: My favorite film of all time has to be Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean and Natalie Wood. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that film. I also love The Man With Two Brains, Young Frankenstein, and Star Wars, of course. I like a lot of Science-Fiction and Fantasy films as well. I kind of like everything…except Westerns. No Westerns!

JS: If you could see anyone in concert, dead or alive, or any point in time, who would it be?

Kristen's Kids

KCG: I’m going to go with the Beatles. Because I was born post-Beatles heyday, and they’re probably my favorite band…tied with U2. I’ve seen U2 a couple of times, and I’ll never be able to see the Beatles. So I’ll say, the Beatles.

JS: What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

KCG: Well…I’m three books in to the Game of Thrones series, and they’ve been really, really good. I don’t normally read fantasy books, but I’ve really enjoyed them.

JS: What did you listen to in the car on the way to the office today?

KCG: Lana Del Ray. I made a Vine about it.

JS: Do you have any pets? What are they, and what are their names?

KCG: I have 1 dog who will turn a year old soon,  and his name is Obi. He’s a beagle/something else mix. Santa brought him for my children for Christmas last year. He is a loving, sweet, fun-loving dog. He likes to go on adventures, but he always comes back.