Jim is an outgoing adventurer who’s always in search of a great opportunity and someone who finds great joy in helping others along the way.
Lynnette is an extremely organized go-getter who takes great pride in her multi-tasking skills — always looking for yet another project to work on that involves researching, writing, or photographing.
Together, they’re a perfect team of entrepreneurs who enjoy tackling do-it-yourself projects great and small — both online and off!
Here’s more about Jim and Lynnette and how they started Squeaky Wheel Marketing, Inc…
Jim has always been an entrepreneur in spirit — from starting his own printing company at the age of 25 to repeatedly finding ways to incorporate his creativity, ideas and unique eye for marketing campaigns into his paid jobs, and at home.
He’s a problem-solver whose many years in sales (since the age of 9!) have made him completely fearless of rejection and forever challenged by closed doors.
He knows the printing and publishing business like the back of his hand, because he’s lived it for the bulk of his adult years. Yet he seeks the challenge and thrives on the success of tackling the unknown.
He’s self-taught in HTML and all forms of computer know-how, and he has a constant burning desire to learn new things.
Jim is a “tinkerer” by nature… someone who likes to get under the hood, and take things apart in order to understand how they work. So he’s perfect for handling the behind-the-scenes coding and scripting of this website (and others).
He has this uncanny ability to remain calm and devoted even when he’s tackling the most difficult of projects, and most others would have called it quits!
The hats Jim is wearing these days:
- Owner of Squeaky Wheel Marketing, a PR and marketing firm which specializes in website development, content management, and public relations.
- System administrator for the entire network of 32 websites on TheFunTimesGuide.com network (…and about 15 other sites as well!)
- Manager of PR, media, marketing, and websites for Terry McMillen (Hoosier Thunder Motorsports) and a few other NHRA drag racing teams.
- About.com’s (former) editor for the four-wheel drive & offroading site which carried over to part-time writer for The Fun Times Guide to Jeeping.
- Guitar player of songs that no one has ever heard of.
- … and a constant seeker of all things fun.
Lynnette proudly shares the title of “Serial Entrepreneur” with hubby, Jim. She is self-taught in HTML and all forms of computing, she gets the most pleasure from “learning-by-doing” — always adding her own unique “twist” to a project in the end, rather than doing things “by the book” or in ways that things are supposed to be done.
She’s a full-time writer and computer operator with creative organizational skills. If you ever want to know the best way to get something done, ask Lynnette. Better yet, if you ever want to find a way to use an object other than for its intended purpose… then ask Lynnette! She hangs her hat on the motto: “Think outside the box”.
Lynnette works (and plays) in front of a computer screen, with all of the tiny details of her personal and professional day-to-day life being organized, categorized, researched and filed in some way within a computer.
She’s known as “the Queen of Research” because she thrives on researching anything and everything on the Internet, and she has quite a sophisticated system of organization to show for it! Her strength is summarizing “the best of the best” information, combined with “been there, done that” firsthand experiences from herself and others.
The hats Lynnette is wearing these days:
- Editor and publisher (and, of course, writer!) for the network of websites found at TheFunTimesGuide.com (…32 fun sites and counting).
- Animal lover and lifelong dog owner who’s worked at a vet, worked a zoo, and has successfully trained 3 dogs from puppyhood through old age.
- Jeep owner whose daily driver is a 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited — which she drives regularly with the top down so her favorite Jeep Dog, Tenor can “feel the wind in his fur.”
- About.com‘s (former) researcher and writer for the four-wheel drive & offroading site (also, the former editor of the Pensacola site at About.com).
- Long-distance cyclist who has raised money for numerous charities while staying in shape. Multi-day rides with camping in between are her favorite.
- Avid scrapbooker who’s devised a lot of unique tools for organizing scrapbooking ideas and creating unique layouts (18 12×12″ scrapbooks completed so far!)
- …and an amateur photographer on the side (…one of her favorite part-time jobs was developing other peoples’ photos in a photo lab — before digital photography took off).
I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money — so I write about “outside the box” ideas that most wouldn’t think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I’m truly passionate about. I’ve worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).