Alex Schenker / CEO
Alex is the founder, leading corporate strategy and setting the vision for the future of the company. With over a decade experience as a content marketer, and roots as a web developer, he applies his foundation of SEO and analytics to Cover Story Media’s brand portfolio. Alex holds two degrees – one in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego and a second in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Alex grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, CA but currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife and their dogs, Bella (Yellow Lab) and Lily (Carolina Brown Dog). He is an avid tennis player and hiker, and loves visiting the mountains, although on any given day he’s partial to basking in the sun on an isolated shoreline while catching a couple of waves.
Michelle Schenker / COO
Michelle oversees the day-to-day operations and marketing of the business at Cover Story Media. She brings 16 years of corporate business experience, having led strategic planning, marketing and growth efforts for national brands including Bank of America, Mattel, Hanes, and licensed products including Harry Potter and Batman. Michelle holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and marketing from Vanderbilt and Longwood University. Her favorite moments include hanging out with her husband and dogs, practicing yoga, traveling the globe, and dancing her butt off at Jazzercise.
Jeff Butler / Analytics
Jeff has over a decade of experience in management, both as a small business owner and as the director of an internationally recognized e-commerce site. Jeff helps Cover Story Media analyze traffic and user data, industry trends, as well as discover future growth opportunities for our brands. In his free time, Jeff can be found on a golf course or playing guitar while dreaming about being a member of My Morning Jacket.
Sadie Cornelius / Marketing
Sadie helps with brand management, graphic design, social media strategy and marketing initiatives. She has more than a decade experience in digital and traditional media for a wide-range of companies and industries. Originally from Kansas City, Sadie is a proud graduate of the University of Texas and currently resides in Washington DC with her husband. She is a vegetarian (who eats bacon) and loves listening to public radio, practicing yoga and traveling the world.
Kimberly Alt / Research and Content
Kimberly helps with writing and research. She has been writing professionally since 2013 with the goal of helping consumers make more informed purchasing decisions. She is a graduate from Simpson College with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She enjoys traveling and has lived in many places including Thailand. In her free time, you can find her exploring the outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, or testing a new recipe out in her kitchen. She enjoys trying out the newest gadgets and sharing her experiences with others.
Neil Gargis / Editing and Insurance Business Development Director
Neil helps Cover Story Media with editing and is also the Business Development Director for its subsidiary Green Elephant Partners LLC (a licensed insurance agency). Neil has an extensive background in both the securities trading and insurance industries and has a passion for entrepreneurship. He holds a degree in economics from Wake Forest University. When Neil is not working he can be found chauffeuring his two children ages 12 and 10, riding his bicycle (Neil is a former competitive road cyclist) or snow skiing, hiking, and camping in the North Carolina mountains. Neil grew up in western North Carolina and currently lives in Winston-Salem.
Dane Morgan / Web Development
Dane has been building things online since before there was even an internet. He got his start with Wildcat BBSs in the Fidonet days back when he was a Satellite Radio Technician in the US Army. Dane is a self-taught full stack web developer. He supports Cover Story Media with coding, testing methods and procedures. When he isn’t making things on the internet, he enjoys wearing hats, reading sci-fi, doing science experiments with his kids, traveling and geocaching with his family, and long, quiet hikes with his dogs, Lyle & Horatio.
Kristi Marion / MyWinston-Salem.com
Kristi brings 15 years of publicity, social media, PR and writing experience in the realms of non-profit organizations and content marketing including the North Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes, RiverRun International Film Festival, the North Carolina Zoo and more. Kristi helps Cover Story Media with outreach and PR. She holds an English degree from Appalachian State University and studied abroad in Ireland. She received Smitty’s Notes Best of Winston-Salem “Mover & Shaker/Local Scenester” Award and loves the variety of friendly locals she gets to know through sharing their stories on Cover Story Media’s local brand, MyWinston-Salem.com. She also enjoys spending time with her kids, experiencing the arts, traveling and the martial art of Krav Maga.
Our Writers and Researchers
Our company would be nothing without our strong team of talented journalists and researchers. They are experts in their respective industries and are also blessed with a great deal of creativity and drive to deliver thorough and unbiased news coverage and reviews.