Our Team

James Plouf
Founder, Chairman, President & CEO

With a professional background in journalism and engineering, James founded Marco Polo Publications, Inc. in November of 1996 as a publisher of  Marco Polo Magazine, a travel magazine for active 50+ adults. While the company’s travel magazine is no longer in publication, James still remains part of the travel industry with Travelwriters.com and Travelroads.com, and has also branched out into the motorcycle and social media industries. He currently serves as President and CEO, working as the company’s creative visionary and manager of day-to-day operations.

Jake Braun
Lead Developer, Vice President of IT & CIO

Jake joined Marco Polo Publications, Inc. in 2007, after graduating from the University of Florida with a Business degree in Decision and Information Sciences. Jake joined our team as a developer, designing web sites and managing server and database infrastructure. He continues in these roles, and now also serves as the company’s Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer, overseeing the company’s IT infrastructure and technology action plan. Jake also serves as a key contributor in formulating and analyzing strategic goals for the organization.

Mirela Setkic
Marketing & Operations Manager

Mirela joined our team as a part-time Administrative Assistant in January of 2006, while working toward her undergraduate degree in Management and Marketing at the University of South Florida. Since then, Mirela has taken on the role of a Marketing & Operations Manager and earned an MBA from University of South Florida. She currently manages the company’s HR and financial functions, as well as the marketing efforts for ChopperExchange.com and CycleCrunch.com. Mirela also participates in corporate-level formulation and execution of strategic goals.

Doug Perry
Motorcycle Sales

Doug originally joined Marco Polo Publications, Inc. in 2003, took a short break from the motorcycle industry, and returned as the Dealer Account Manager for ChopperExchange.com. He is a lifelong student of the School of Hard Knocks and a brilliant sales professional. Doug is responsible for motorcycle dealer account sales and account management. He loves riding and attending biker events, and his 2010 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide®.

Madeline Keane
Bookkeeping & Customer Service Assistant

A recent University of South Florida graduate who also loves Florida Gators, Madeline joined Marco Polo Publications, Inc. in December 2013. Madeline is responsible for providing customer support for ChopperExchange.com and CycleCrunch.com, and assisting the Operating and Marketing Manager with the company’s accounting tasks. Pinterest, Dr. Pepper, and Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Chocolates are a few other things that Madeline enjoys in addition to helping customers and taking care of our daily bookkeeping tasks.

Wendy Lahr-Bees
Marketing Assistant and Product Photography

A recent graduate of University of South Florida, Wendy joined Marco Polo Publications, Inc. in March of 2011 as a part-time Administrative Assistant. She was promoted in September of 2012, and is currently responsible for photographing and listing online store items. Wendy also assists James with various marketing efforts for the company’s online apparel, accessories, and jewelry stores.

James Burnett-Stephens
Inventory Assistant

James is the second James on our team, and the most recent member to join. As a big fan of various card games, James has added a lot of enthusiasm to our office environment. He also helps the online store team receive inventory and pack customer orders.

Peter Fischbach
Office Leasing Specialist

As our office leasing specialist, Peter helps us find and negotiate the best office space available in Saint Petersburg. While he is not an employee of Marco Polo Publications, Peter has been helping us with office space search and lease negotiations since 2010. Without Peter we’d have nowhere to work, so we like to think of him as part of our team.

Last Updated: January 05, 2017

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