Eric Brown; President
When Eric Brown created The Urbane Way, a cutting edge social media marketing laboratory, he considered himself a business owner first and a marketer second. Brown’s background is rooted in the rental and real estate industries. He founded metro Detroit’s Urbane Apartments in 2003, after serving as senior vice president at Village Green Companies, a major Midwest apartment developer. He established a proven track record of effectively repositioning existing rental properties in a way that added value for investors while enhancing the resident experience.
With his apartment company, he dared to abandon traditional marketing efforts and instead established a strong online presence. He created sites for Urbane Apartments on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Brown established the Urbane Lobby, a social network where residents could share photographs and videos and socialize.UrbaneLife online magazine took that idea one step further, targeting a specific demographic by providing fresh online content daily.
Matt Oberdier; Graphics and Marketing
Matt Oberdier received his BFA in Illustration from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit in 2008. He has since worked as a freelance graphic designer & web developer.
In his free time, Matt enjoys playing guitar & singing, cooking vegan food, photography and acting.
Melissa Brodsky; Writer
Melissa is a modern-day “yours, mine & ours”, as a Mommy of a blended family which includes 2 girls, 3 boys, 1 husband, 5 cats, 2 dogs and way too much laundry!
She is the founder and writer of the popular mommy-blog, Rock & Drool where she finds humor in the day-to-day insanity that is being a mother, wife, and woman. Rock & Drool has been featured in Detroit Free Press, WDIV, and the Dr. Phil Show.
David Murray; Writer
David is an active member and thought leader of our community. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, David founded the Social Media Club chapter of Detroit, and is a co-chair for FutureMidwest, our region’s largest technology and knowledge conference.
As a member of iDetroit, he has also been featured in David Meerman Scott’s blog, Web Ink Now; and his book, The New Rules of Marketing and PR.
When not blogging for The Urbane Way; David provides Social Web and Digital Communication strategy and implementations for businesses, non-profits, and organizations of all size. He also speaks on how businesses can learn the true value of the digital landscape, community building, and using social media to find employment.After a 10 year absence, David returned to Michigan to be closer to his family and to help in rebuilding Detroit’s image. Living by the mantra, “leave no regrets”, he currently lives in Troy with his wife Jenni and their two cats, Motley and Bree. His thoughts and theories about social media and communication can be found at www.themurr.com
Jane Fader; Writer
Jane Fader is a 27-year-old female with brown hair and eyes. She is a Detroit-born, Michigan-raised, Royal Oak-bound Midwestern American caucasian, though her loud voice and a somewhat swarthy complexion has been known to raise questions regarding her regional and ethnic origin. Jane received a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Wayne State University Department of Communication, where she also completed the doctoral coursework track for media studies and instructed courses in film, video production, and television criticism. She has written widely on the topics of sexuality and pornography, and produced an internationally screened and awarded documentary about female ejaculation.
Currently, Jane is in the dawn of her professional rumspringa and conducting fascinating experiments in the private sector. She has been afforded enormous satisfaction through pursuits such as The Jane Show
exhibit at the Museum of New Art, creative consulting services for an adult novelty retailer, and plotting an album release for a shadowy Detroit hip hop artist doc waffles
MJ Galbraith; Writer
is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with ‘questions’ of “What are you gonna do, teach?” He is determined to not get a job teaching.
So far, so good.
With music, MJ’s traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its ‘burbs have the the highest concentration of ‘native’ songwriting talent anywhere.
Eat it, New York. You too, LA.
MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He’s glad he’s out.
Naomi Cremen; Writer
Naomi Cremen was born and raised in Oklahoma until 10 years ago when the beaches, sun and the people of Florida lured her in – from there she began working in the property management industry. She went from leasing consultant to leasing manager and loved doing it. “It’s a fast paced and fun environment to be apart of,” said Naomi. Recently married in 2009 she and her husband decided that a move to Michigan was in order to be closer to family.
Along the way she discovered a passion for design and is now studying Interior Design at the International Academy in Troy, Mich. “In this field I hope to space plan for either residential or commercial buildings and would really love to contribute to the redevelopment of Detroit,” she said. “Along
with that passion, I love my huge family, my husband, architecture, green design, discovering cool buildings, the outdoors and all of the arts. Overall I have a huge passion for life and everything I’ve been given. Life is an amazing journey, don’t sweat the small stuff.”