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    Meet the New Team!

    These people are the reason I'm so optimistic...
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, June 10, 2021, 1:23 PM

Meet the Team

It’s time to meet the new Peak Prosperity team!

As my long-time followers and subscribers know, there was a bit of turbulence as my former business partner and I went separate directions. That was finalized on May 12th, 2021.

Here it is just about a month later and our new team is not only in place but is already firing on all cylinders.

I am beyond lucky to have attracted such a talented team, and my only regret is all the very talented people who I didn’t (yet) have a place for.

This team is working hard to improve everything about this site, much of which will be happening behind the scenes. Our main aims are to significantly improve your experience with the site, and to make it more attractive and welcoming to new people.

I have decided to invest heavily in the business and that begins with people. Now we’re focusing on rebuilding the website (probably from scratch), and while I can’t give you a date yet to expect the new site, I will say that we are going as fast as we can.

Without further ado, please join me in giving these people a very warm Peak Prosperity welcome!

Aaron McKeon, Business Manager and Head of Technology

Aaron in a suit next to a sheep

Meet Aaron (and one of his Dorper sheep)!

Aaron McKeon, member of the Peak Prosperity Tribe since 2014 and former corporate renaissance man turned country homesteader, joins the Peak Prosperity team as Business Manager and Head of Technology.

During his 15-year career at a publicly traded medical device company, he eventually became the company’s only other general manager besides the CEO, personally running an $8 million sales and manufacturing operation in Australia / New Zealand.  Prior roles spanned IT, sales, marketing, and operations, giving him a rich understanding of all major areas of the business.  Ever since his high school days running his own company building websites, he has also maintained a passion for developing websites, one he now brings to the table at Peak Prosperity.

In 2014, Aaron discovered the Crash Course and has been a member of the Tribe ever since.  He and his wife spent their time in Australia learning permaculture and, upon moving back to the United States, left Corporate America to build a homestead in New Hampshire.  He has truly taken the Peak Prosperity ethos to heart.

Aaron’s aim is to maintain alignment between the vision of Peak Prosperity, the business strategy, and its day-to-day operations.

Jeanne Sheffield, Head of Marketing and Strategy

headshot of Jeanne

Meet Jeanne!

Leading our Marketing and Strategy department is Jeanne Sheffield of Charleston, SC.

Jeanne spent nearly 15 years rising the ranks of corporate America, managing many areas of the business from retail operations to data analytics and ultimately customer experience marketing. However, she left the comfort and security of the corporate world to pursue her own entrepreneurial goals; ultimately launching 2 successful businesses of her own, a marketing management consultancy as well as a niche self-directed IRA real estate investment agency. When Jeanne learned that Chris, one of her most trusted resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, was looking to build a world class team of experts to spread his critical message far and wide, she did not hesitate to offer her talents and skills in order to help Chris help others during this time of great crisis and transition.

A born adventurer and of an eternally curious mind, Jeanne is always looking for new ways to engage with and learn about life, people and the world around us. She is an avid world traveler, speaks 5 languages, and can be found in her leisure time travelling North America in her sustainable RV, chasing her unique version of the American Dream.

Livio Sanchez, Head of Production

Headshot of Livio with a stream in background

Meet Livio!

Award-winning editor, producer, and director Livio Sanchez joins the Peak Prosperity team as Head of Production.

Throughout his career, Livio has worked with numerous world-renowned advertising agencies, brands, studios, and foundations, spanning an immensely diverse and distinguished body of work – from documentaries, commercials, and music videos, to feature films and 360°/VR experiences.  His work has earned top industry honors, including a Cannes Entertainment Lion Grand Prix, AICP Most Next Award, and Television Academy Honors.

After stumbling across the Crash Course and attending a Peak seminar in Denver, Livio’s collaborations with Chris began earnestly in 2011 with a visit to Zuccotti Park during Occupy Wall Street to witness firsthand what was really going on.

Livio brings his passion for visual and emotional resonance to the Peak Prosperity community, helping the tribe to craft stories with maximum impact.

Whitney Easton, Content Manager

Whitney standing next to a donkey

Meet Whitney (and Amiatina donkey)!

Whitney Easton, an anthropologist, works with Chris and the team to change minds and build resilience through content.

Whitney has worked in both industry and academia and anthropology’s context-rich, holistic lens on human experience is always at the heart of her work. She has consulted on projects for major international clients, ranging from design research for global mobility ecosystems and financial wellness products, to cultural analysis of pastoralists’ livelihoods. For her dissertation, she conducted long-term ethnographic field research on agricultural change, livelihoods, and tourism in Italy. She is committed to building sustainable food systems and is glad that Peak Prosperity has a healthy contingent of food producers, homesteaders, and gardeners.

Whitney is a lifelong asker of “big questions” and in her early days, her father urged her to “just watch the Crash Course!”  Finally, she did, and she doesn’t regret a thing. Her “resilience” shirt is far and away her favorite.

 

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36 Comments

  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 1:27pm

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    Kat43

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    Kat43 said:

    Welcome to all!  Good to meet all of you.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 1:51pm

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    westcoastjan

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    Awesome!

    A warm welcome to all of you! It is so nice as well as reassuring to know that the people behind the scenes already 'get it'! The learning curve is that much smaller because of your level of awareness and how you are living it.

    Best wishes and much success to all of you!

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 2:01pm

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    SagerXX

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    Cool!

    Let's Rock!

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 2:04pm

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    okauchee

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    FUTURE dead ahead

    Welcome to all of you!!!! Been following Chris since 2005/06... We've come a long way and who knows what's next....  Should be fun either way.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 2:15pm

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    Chuck in Belize

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    Wow, Chris ! You've outdone yourself !

    I can't imagine how you could have gotten off to a better start !

    Our future is so bright, we'll have to wear shades.
    Thanks for the great introduction, and a big Welcome to your new team,

    -- Chuck

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 3:42pm

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    nordicjack

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    Interesting group of talent

    I would like to welcome the new team.  All seem uniquely accomplished,  and bring some interesting things to PP.  I cant wait to see what will be done moving forward.

    Love the photos too.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 4:01pm

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    mikies123

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    In the photo is Aaron the one on the right or left?

    I'm sure they are both capable at what they are good at, but the one on the right its hard to picture with 15 years of experience.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 4:10pm

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    dcm

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    A great team

    For a great cause

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 4:48pm

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    macro2682

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    Aaron,

    Where are your shoes man?

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 5:07pm

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    B. C.

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    Would be happy to help

    I'm a finance nerd and would be happy to help out with any financial modeling or ongoing financial operations stuff you'd want to offload.

    [Edited: previously said "I'm a finance need..."]

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 5:37pm

    AaronMcKeon

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    Re: Replying to In the photo is Aaron the one on the right or left?

    I'm the slightly less attractive one on the left.  The one on the right has 1 full year of experience in lawn maintenance, soil fertility, and building food security.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 5:58pm

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    nyhetersverige

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    Hello Team!

    Splendid to meet you. Good on Chris and you all.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 6:02pm

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    Montana Native

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    Welcome

    Nice to hear about the new crew!

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 6:51pm

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    brushhog

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    Way to go

    Looks like a strong group.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 7:15pm

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    TWalker5

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    Promising Team

    Here’s hoping they are as impressive in practice as they are on paper!

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 7:32pm

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    Mike from Jersey

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    Welcome

    A big welcome to the new crew.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 7:57pm

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    travissidelinger

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    travissidelinger said:

    Huge welcome to the new team.

    I figured it would take 3 people to replace Adam.  Four sounds even better.  Can't wait to see some big stuff now.

    -Travis

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 7:59pm

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    Tycer

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    Howdy 🤠

    Welcome! Glad you’re here!

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 8:04pm

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    Arthur Robey

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    The future.

    " There is nothing more powerful than an Idea whose time has come." (Or words to that effect.)

    You're all at ground zero.

    Stretch that Overton window.

    The Truth is a many faceted diamond.

    Me.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 8:30pm

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    nancybeck

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    Welcome!

    Looks like a very capable team! Glad you are all here. Thank you.

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 8:51pm

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    MGRS

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    Welcome!

    And congrats to the new team.  Can't wait to see what the future holds 🙂

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  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 - 9:07pm

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    livsez

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    Thank you for the warm welcome

    I'm humbled and honored to be working alongside such an esteemed team supporting this remarkably conscious community.

    It's hard to believe it's been over a decade when I followed Chris around ground zero of Occupy Wall Street.  We met some amazing people that day who gave us hope that maybe there was a chance their voices would be heard and make a difference on a grand scale.  Boy were we wrong!

     

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 2:02am

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    Terminator

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    Congrats and all the best

    Great to see this expansion and what a bunch of nice and capable people you gathered. I'm looking forward to the things to come and wish you all a lot of success together. Welcome!

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 6:44am

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    Matt Laherty

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    It’s great to meet the team—I’m very excited about where the tribe is heading!

    Chris and team,

    It’s very exciting to watch the team grow!  I can’t wait to see what you will accomplish.  I’ve been a lurker on the site since the beginning.  I sold my Silicon Valley home in 2006 and purchased a 65 acre homestead in the Midwest.  I’m going to attend the Polyface farm event and I hope to see some of you there.

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 7:50am

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    girlflower

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    girlflower said:

    Welcome to all of you.
    I am very excited with what this site is going to do, and the impact to humankind and society it is going to make, going forward.

    Thank you 🙂

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 9:46am

    Whitney

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    Whitney said:

    Great to see you join the conversation here, Matt, and we'll see you at Polyface!

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 10:12am

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    herewego

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    Looking Good!

    Welcome, new Team PP!

    I'm looking forward to the evolving PP, especially since Whitney and Aaron finally fixed my account glitch and got me back in behind the paywall.  Many thanks for that!  It is very good to be back.

    Susan

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 12:25pm

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    scotthw

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    Welcome from an old tribe member

    So cool to see all this new talent.  Can't wait to see how this all unfolds.  I was one of the earliest tribe members, discovering Chris when the Crash Course wasn't even finished yet.  During the 2008 crash I wasn't satisfied with mainstream media's interpretation of what was happening and dove into the history of monetary systems to try and unearth what on Earth was happening.  This search quite naturally led me to chrismartenson.com which then pointed to many other directions (The Fourth Turning, Charles Hugh Smith, James Kunstler, and on and on).

    I await this new direction with excitement and anticipation.

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 1:38pm

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    SingleSpeak

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    Exciting Times

    Wasn't it just yesterday we were welcoming Adam onboard?

    Looks like a healthy rebirth Chris. Congratulations.

    I can see the new team will be extremely fruitful. (word play intended)

    As always, thank you for your guidance in these interesting times.

    SS

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 3:24pm

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    britmi

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    Congratulations and Welcome

    Thank you Chris for introducing us to your team!  It is nice to be able to put a face to a name.

    I'm looking forward to all the changes and new ideas as we move forward in such interesting time.

    This is a great group of people to be working with.

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 4:30pm

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    XZBD2

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    This Makes me hopeful

    Great to see the new team.  With the crazy belief that wearing soft casts on your feet not only leads to atrophy of the feet, thus the loss of the natural spring in your step and that somehow translates over to ones relationship with nature and thought processes in general, its great to see this site building that connection with nature one step further and putting a little spring back in its thoughts 🙂  In this day and age it is easy travel through life with heavy thoughts, a heavy heart and heavy feet.  Maybe they're connected?

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 4:42pm

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    dreinmund

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    Great team, welcome

    Fantastic, great to see a capable team assembled to carry forward PP.

    Looking forward to meeting some (all?) of you at Polyface Farm.

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 5:44pm

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    Wilco

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    Welcome!

    Nice to meet you!

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  • Fri, Jun 11, 2021 - 5:53pm

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    kdredske

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    Welcome Team!

    What a great way to meet all of you. I only discovered Peak Prosperity at the beginning of the pandemic. I am grateful for all that Chris has done and am looking forward to the great things that all of you will do for the tribe. I'm excited to meet all of you at Polyface Farms in 2 weeks. If you need a hand with anything that can be done remotely, please feel free to reach out. I have extensive experience with websites, ecommerce, online marketing, community building, apps, and more. I can send you a link to my CV if needed. There is a bright young man in my household who would make a great intern as well if you just need hands on keyboards or some creativity from the newest generation joining our world.

    Thank you Chris for the amazing and inspiring work you continue to do. You continue to amaze and delight all of us with your candor and logic. I miss when that was more common in our world and am grateful that we still have it here.

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  • Sat, Jun 12, 2021 - 9:23pm

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    David Atkinson

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    Welcome!

    Being an entrepreneur in one of the hottest sectors and developing companies in the world, I know the value of a solid TEAM.  Thank you for being there to support Chris in the continuity of Peak Prosperity and delivering the high-value information we all cherish so dearly!

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  • Sat, Jun 12, 2021 - 10:28pm

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    danina

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    Changes

    This team looks extremely capable and creative. It's exciting to imagine what the website will look like coming up.

    Welcome to you all!

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