As my profile mentions, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 with a major in Sociology with a Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR).
While attending college I had two internships, the first with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center and the second with the Credit Union Nation Association (CUNA), in Madison, Wisconsin. The second internship led to a fulltime position after graduation.
For over 10 years I worked for Credit Union National Association. For most of that time, I was a Senior Research Analyst and Project Manager. In this role, I managed multiple market research projects simultaneously, while ensuring accurate, timely, cost-effective, and efficient delivery of survey reports to customers. (Click here for a list of some of the publications that I contributed to while working at CUNA.)
Then in 2006, I moved to Louisiana and in February of 2007, I was hired by Franklin Associates, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to help with the community outreach efforts for Louisiana’s Road Home program. (The Road Home program is the single largest housing recovery program in U.S. history.)
The community outreach team was tasked with developing rapid and accurate networking systems to assist residents of Louisiana affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in getting access to federal recovery dollars via Louisiana’s Road Home program. Although I only served a minor role, I am very proud of the work that I did during my two years at Franklin Associates. Not only did I get a chance to get experience in a community outreach/public relations role, I feel that I was a part of a great team that helped make a difference in people’s lives, and I met some very cool people along the way.
When I left Franklin Associates, digital marketing was really taking off, Twitter was in the news (remember the race to 1 million followers between Ashton Kutcher and CNN?), and my former college roommate was constantly talking about this Facebook thing.
That was it, I was hooked.
From that point on, I spent most of my free time keeping up with the current trends in digital marketing.
In January of 2010, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and started attending events that were held by the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA).
Since moving back to the Midwest, I have also attended events that were held by the Minnesota and Chicago Chapters of the AMA, as well as Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) and Chicago Interactive Marketing Association (CIMA) events.
In 2015, I completed Auburn University’s Mobile Marketing Professional Certificate Program. This program is supported by Market Motive, an industry leader in the development of online marketing training curricula. The courses in the program include: Internet Marketing Fundamentals, Mobile Marketing Practitioner, Social Media Practitioner, Pinterest Marketing, YouTube Video Marketing, and Content Marketing. (Here is a full list of Market Motive certifications that I have earned.)
With my education, work experience and participation in the aforementioned marketing associations, combined with my desire to learn as much as I can about the digital marketing world, I hope to create a blog that is of value to everyone who reads it.
So, that’s my story.
I look forward to seeing how this blog will evolve over the years. But, most importantly, I look forward to getting your input on my posts.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog.
Disclosures and relationships:
Chad Thiele is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
University of Wisconsin-Madison — Bachelor of Science (1992-1996)
Major: Sociology with a Concentration in Analysis and Research
Auburn University — Mobile Marketing Professional Certificate Program (2015)
HubSpot Academy — Inbound Sales Certified (June 2016 – July 2017)
HubSpot Academy — Email Marketing Certified (August 2016 – September 2017)
HubSpot Academy — Inbound Certified (January 2017 – February 2018)