Jenny Hallmark Named President of SMB Nation

By Karl_Palachuk
In Channel
May 3, 2013

Karl Palachuk / Karl Palachuk

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:

– – – – – 
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 &
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.
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.”

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.
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
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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