Grown by People’s owners, Mike Maxwell and Thea Deley, have worked together on marketing communications projects for more than 18 years. They launched their first communications company in 1998 in Denver. Since then, they have provided a variety of marketing services for clients ranging from a chocolatier to a regional magazine.
Their combined experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors provides them with an insider’s knowledge of common challenges your organization may be facing.
Co-owner. Technology and Strategy Coach for small business and non-profits.
Mike brings more than 20 years of Internet development and marketing experience to your Web site projects and digital marketing strategies. He also draws on his four years of professional audio and video production experience to enhance your multimedia project.
For six years Mike worked for TrueCredit (now called TransUnion Interactive), an Internet start-up company that survived the dot-com bust and became the leading online consumer credit Web site. As director of product development there, Mike and his department designed and tested new personal credit products. As a member of the leadership team, Mike’s contributions helped boost the site’s daily transaction rate almost 9,000 percent over five years. While with CareerTrack, the foremost seminar company at the time, Mike worked as an associate audio producer. He recorded and edited high-profile programs for Tom Peters, Roger Mellott, Julie White and other business speakers. These audio programs grossed more than $12 million for the company annually.
More recently, Mike served the award-winning environmental magazine, High Country News, as the Associate Publisher. In this role he managed the business operations of the organization including sales, marketing, IT, circulation, human resources and facilities. During his 5 years at HCN he initiated several infrastructural projects and helped the organization grow its circulation even while other magazines folded.
Mike graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in political science.
co-owner, PR guru, editor/writer
Thea brings 12 years of marketing and public relations experience in the higher education, government and nonprofit sectors. She also draws on her 10 years of professional writing, editing and graphic design experience to enhance your marketing materials.
While still a student, Thea was offered a marketing communications position at the University of Denver. She wrote for and edited the alumni magazine (circulation 74,000); edited the biweekly faculty/staff newspaper; designed and coded high-profile university Web sites; and wrote, edited and/or designed marketing materials for various university departments. As a freelancer, Thea has also written and designed communication pieces for clients ranging from a bicycle advocacy coalition to a hostel. Thea enjoys combining integrated marketing with traditional fund raising to boost visibility of and support for non-profit organizations. For example, she created a newsletter and Web site, and wrote newspaper articles and foundation grant requests to raise $60,000 for Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. Thea has published more than 60 articles in various trade and consumer magazines, such as Delicious Living and Common Ground. She earned her master’s degree in public relations from the University of Denver, and her social sciences undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.
Mike and Thea welcome the opportunity to partner with you on your marketing project! Please let us know how we can help you with your project.