Susan Blizzard is the CEO, owner and co-founder of Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc. Susan graduated from Phillips Andover Academy, earned a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, graduating with honors at each school. After Columbia, Susan spent 5 years working on “Wall Street” as an investment banker for Prudential and then Oppenheimer & Co. During this time, Susan developed an expertise in corporate finance and management that serves Blizzard well. In addition to all the various roles any small business owner must perform from time to time, Susan’s primary role was Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2008. Susan volunteers as the Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley, and sits on the Colorado Mountain College Advisory Board. She enjoys tennis, skiing and spending time with her 2 kids in the gorgeous Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.
Sales & Marketing
Originally from Petersburg, Nebraska, Daniel Leifeld started with Blizzard in January, 2012. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 and moved to Colorado. Daniel did audio and video production and sold radio advertising before coming to Blizzard. He enjoys spending time with his wife Erin and their dog, Summit. Daniel enjoys officiating football, basketball and baseball. His hobbies include his motor cycle, cars, music, country dancing and watching sports-especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Chicago Cubs.
MARKETING & DESIGN SERVICES
A native of the Northeast, Tammy was born and raised in New England; graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in Environmental Design and ultimately ventured on a whim to Colorado. A love of adventure, sunshine and outdoor activities made the mountains of Colorado the perfect place to work and play. Tammy has a wide range of previous administrative experience: including hospitality and office management, as well as a 2 year stint as an equine therapy program director. In 2011 Tammy started work with Blizzard offering help with client relations in both the hosting and marketing departments and then promptly moved into a full time SEO Expert role. Now a project manager, Tammy still loves Search Engine Optimization and particularly enjoys teaching clients how to develop good website structure and content for users. Successfully applying years of research and process development skills, Tammy strives to simplify the sometimes daunting world of online marketing. Outside of work, Tammy, her husband and their six “kids” (three dogs/ three horses) spend a great deal of time traveling, hiking, camping, hunting and working on their ranch.
Zack‘s early roots are in New Hampshire; his family relocated to Colorado when he was 6 years old. Colorado is his true home, but he does still visit the east coast every summer. Zack loves to ski in the winter, play golf in the summer and enjoys gaming and music when he’s stuck inside. For the past 5 years, Zack worked as a fluids engineer for Baker Hughes. During his time in the gas fields, he familiarized himself with SEO (Search Engine Optimization.) Zack developed his own extremely successful website that outperformed other similar sites, and his mind was made up. SEO was not only a passion, but something he could excel at and thus he left the oil and gas industry in his wake and is now part of the Blizzard marketing team.
Jacquie is a Denver native. She spent several years in Los Angeles, working in marketing and radio promotion for various record labels, as well as being stuck in traffic. She returned to her native square state and decided to get her paralegal degree, however she soon realized that was NOT her calling and sought to find a less litigious path, one with a marketing emphasis. Jacquie loves learning new things and is thrilled to be absorbing so much from her new Blizzard family. When not working, Jacquie has gone to the dogs; she serves as president of the Roaring Fork Kennel club, even though her fur-kids are All Americans, and also as President of Heeling Partners of the Roaring Fork Valley, the local pet therapy group. Jacquie’s dog, Chauncey, is recently certified as a therapy dog. Her other dog, Karma, rules the roost. Jacquie is also interested in politics and, of course, the Denver BRONCOS!
It took many roads, trails, and ships to land Stu on the shores of the Colorado River, but today, he calls his home Glenwood Springs. Stu grew up in Central Florida, moving to Glenwood Springs in 2000 after spending many years traveling and working in various places. Stu has a degree in English Literature with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has spent most of his working career, both before and after college, in the Outdoor Adventure Industry, working with corporate and youth groups, teaching leadership and teambuilding as well as being a professional whitewater rafting guide on some of Earth’s most beautiful and deadliest whitewater rivers. His travels have taken him to many countries and continents throughout the world, but in the end, a little mountain town in Colorado is where he ultimately decided to rest his head. He first found his passion for the Internet and Online Marketing in 2006 when a friend of his asked him to help with some freelance work for a new startup. After that day, Stu has been on a mission to help other people succeed on the Internet, consulting businesses of all sizes in accomplishing their online goals. Having the Colorado River any day of the week for fishing and rafting, endless acres of snowboarding terrain, miles upon miles of mountain bike trails, and mountains surrounding him seemingly on all sides, Stu has found a wonderful life in Glenwood Springs, and a new family here at Blizzard Internet Marketing.
Originally from Dillon, CO, Danielle holds a degree in Marketing from the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder. Prior to starting work as a Project Manager at Blizzard, she completed marketing internships in the corporate restaurant and non-profit sectors. Danielle uses her knowledge of search engine marketing to deliver successful results to her clients, and strives to deliver excellent customer service. When not at work, Danielle enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and spending time with her husband, Levi, and their two dogs, Mollie and Laramie.
Since 2004, Kathy been in with Blizzard as a Senior Account Manager and Marketing Project Manager. She combines her knowledge of SEO, SEM and User Experience with her understanding of the tourism market to help clients improve their digital marketing. Having developed long-term partnerships with our client and visiting their regions, talking to vendors, she understands the challenges our clients face thus helping them succeed. “Project Management is about the big picture, finding integrated solutions and reaching goals.”
Aside from traveling, Kathy has many outdoor hobbies related to living in Colorado where she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as volunteering in our community.
Amy moved to Glenwood Springs from Southern California in 1998 where she gained her professional experience working for a large insurance company as a Customer Service Manager and as a trainer for a software development company. As a Marketing Consultant, Amy utilizes her computer business and customer service experience to manage a variety of Blizzard Enterprise and Comprehensive clients. Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the Rocky Mountains offer.
Originally from Wisconsin, Nicole has called Colorado home for 15 years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Colorado State University and has over 9 years experience as a Graphic Designer and Web Designer. Nicole is passionate about both web design and mountains, so Glenwood Springs is the perfect place for her to work and play. As a team member of Blizzard, it is Nicole’s goal to help create beautifully designed websites while maintaining a positive user experience by utilizing the most modern aspects of online marketing. Outside of work, Nicole, her husband Matthew and dog Bella, spend their time playing in the mountains of beautiful Colorado.
Jeffrey hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spent a majority of his life growing up. After spending several years in the restaurant industry where he worked his way up to the Kitchen Manager. Jeffrey decided to go back to school to pursue a career doing something he truly loved. Not long after earning his degree in Web Design and Interactive Media from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he decided to move out to Colorado where he found a perfect opportunity to begin his career working at Blizzard. Outside of work, Jeffy is creative and enjoys being outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, longboarding or snowboarding, he likes to stay active. “It’s a fair trade to give up being surrounded by The Great Lakes to being surrounded by the mountains, they never cease to amaze me!”
Lynn Santomo joined the Blizzard team in 2011 and serves as the Blizzard Reservation Engine (BRE) Project Manager. Her role as Project Manager encompasses a comprehensive array of technical assistance and organization of all aspects of the BRE product delivery. Lynn works closely with Blizzard developers and clients to provide program consultation, testing and training. Prior to joining Blizzard, Lynn has had a successful career as a marketing director and consultant in industries ranging from real estate, water park manufacturing and hospitality. With over 15 years of marketing experience, Lynn’s work has focused on building smart, cohesive communications strategies that integrate advertising, marketing, Internet and public relations, with a proven track record of giving sales teams the tools needed to be successful. Lynn prides herself on implicitly understanding the project at hand, listening to the needs of the client and assisting in the timely delivery of BRE products.
Greg is a Colorado native and has lived in the Glenwood Springs area since 2000. He has a degree from Mesa State in Information Technologies and over 20 years of IT experience. In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife Julie, camping, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Colorado native (4th generation!) that grew up exploring the state. Terry earned a degree from Mesa College in Grand Junction, majoring in Geology and minoring in Mathematics. He started programming in 1979 part time and has been doing nothing but since 1982. His experience includes Civil Engineering systems, Doppler Radar DB’s, Process Plant CAD systems, Text Search & Retrieval, Financial Market Trading systems, CAD operator in steel fabrication shop, automotive dealership inventory systems… Joined Blizzard in 2012 as a contractor, and as an employee in 2013. Avid motorcyclist (part time tour guide), mtn biking, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, cooking. Spending time outdoors with my daughters as often as possible.
Larry originates from Orlando, FL, and has worked as a programmer since 1989 in many varied fields, from defense contractors to litigation management. Being part of the Blizzard Team has been a very enjoyable part of his life and one he wants to continue for a very long time. He has been heavily involved in the software internals of the company since 2000. Larry enjoys shooting, hunting, spending time with his family, skiing, camping, and spending an inordinate amount of time learning new but established technologies to determine usefulness to Blizzard.
Raised in the local Roaring Fork Valley, Tish moved to Fort Collins, CO, to attend Colorado State University. Upon returning to Western Colorado, Tish worked as a Software Support Technician for an analytic software development company from 1994 – 2001 where she gained much respect and knowledge of the trading markets. As a member of the Blizzard Internet Marketing team since 2001, Tish now enjoys the challenges of managing the Hosting and IT services. Tish is a proud mother of four children. She and her husband enjoy the winter seasons coaching the area Buddy Werner Ski Racing Team at the local resort, Sunlight Ski Resort. Their summers are filled with rafting the Roaring Fork, Colorado, and Gunnison rivers. In her spare time, Tish enjoys reading, hiking, running, biking, and camping.
Born and raised in England, Ali moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2007 for just one ski season, where she met her husband, and decided to stay (“We don’t have much sun in England”). She has a background in Law Enforcement and Nursing, but over the years has developed a passion for Office Administration and Accountancy. With over a decade in Office Management, Ali started her own business in July 2014 for Virtual Office Administration, and also supervises security events such as X-Games and Jazz Aspen.
When she’s not working (which isn’t that often), Ali enjoys hanging out with her dog, Jake.