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.

Madeline Keane

Operations Manager

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 and Advertising

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
Customer Service

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.

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