Friday, May 03, 2013

Jenny Hallmark Named President of SMB Nation

Got a press release over the transom this morning.

My friends Jenny Hallmark and Chris Bangs have been promoted to major new positions over at SMB Nation.

Jenny Hallmark and Chris Bangs

This news will be announced live in about 30 minutes. Luckily, I have access to a time machine.

Here's the official press release:

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For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Harry Brelsford
Founder and Chairman
SMB Nation

SMB Nation Elevates Longtime Team Members to Executive Positions

Media integration company promotes Jennifer Hallmark to company President; Chris Bangs elevated to VP of Sales & Marketing.

Redmond, WA – May 3, 2013 – SMB Nation announced today that it has promoted two longtime team members to elevated roles within the company. As noted during Chairman and Founder Harry Brelsford’s keynote speech this morning at the 2013 Spring Conference, SMB Nation has promoted Senior Manager Jennifer Hallmark to the role of President, and Chris Bangs, Director of Business Development & Strategic Relationships, to the role of VP of Sales & Marketing.

Known as familiar faces with the SMB Nation tribal community, both Hallmark and Bangs will continue to bring their high level of industry expertise and dedication that they have implemented within their previous positions.
Hallmark, who is taking the reigns as President, joined SMB Nation in 2007. She most recently served as the company’s Senior Manager and Partner. She has almost 10 years of experience in various operational and event roles, primarily in the technology field, and currently is tasked with spearheading and directing all of SMB Nation’s worldwide event logistics, conference development, contracts, and conference communications. In addition to her new responsibilities as President, Hallmark will also retain her current duties, which involve the organization and production of SMB Nation’s live and online events.

Prior to joining SMB Nation, Hallmark worked at Microsoft in the conference center as an event manager. Her extensive work experience of event management; coupled with her analytical abilities has added to her past and current successes within SMB Nation, and will undoubtedly contribute to her successes as company President.

“Through my new role as President of SMB Nation, I will be focused on continuing to bring our community the best live and online events in our industry,” Hallmark said. “In addition, I will now be working with Harry (Brelsford) and our entire team to ensure that SMB Nation continues to hold its top spot in the industry as ‘The Channel’s Best Friend,’ and the IT community’s single resource for information.”

Bangs, who also joined SMB Nation in Since 2007, has been exclusively focused on furthering SMB Nation’s Business Development, Internet Marketing and Technology departments. In addition to his current position as VP of Sales & Marketing, Bangs also provides his expertise and industry knowledge as it relates to SMB Nation’s online media products. In his new role, Bangs will be tasked in working with current and potential business partners to further their presence within the SMB IT channel. In addition, he will also work to craft individual marketing plans that will be specifically tailored to each business partner’s specific needs.

Prior to joining SMB Nation, Bangs served as a top sales/marketing educator and motivator to the retail, financial, and real estate industries. Through curriculum, seminars, webinars, and products, he has trained literally thousands of salespersons throughout the United States.

“I’m very much looking forward to being part of the team that is positioned to steer SMB Nation into the future as a leader within channel education and emerging technologies,” Bangs said. “My main goal within my new position is to maintain our leading role within the IT community in 2013, and beyond.”

Both Hallmark and Bangs will assume their new tenures immediately, as announced today by Brelsford during his keynote at the SMB Nation Spring Conference.

“The promotions of these two dedicated longtime team members is definitely well-deserved,” Brelsford said. “Through both Jenny (Hallmark) and Chris (Bangs), as well as the entire core SMB Nation team that is currently in place, we now have all of the players to continue to take SMB Nation to the next level as your trusted IT community resource.”

About SMB Nation
SMB Nation is a media integration and events community, targeted at the small and medium business (SMB) channel partner/reseller/consulting/VAR community.  SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its conferences, books, print magazine, online services, and worldwide seminars, workshops and accredited Pocket MBA certificate.  As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation tribe exceeds 54,000 followers worldwide. For more information, visit and Follow us on Twitter @SMBNation, and join our Facebook page at:


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