Meet The Team
Founder and CEO
Through Rembrandt Communications, LLC, Melanie Rembrandt helps businesses boost sales, awareness and credibility via public relations and SEO content marketing strategy (known as the Small Business PR Expert).
For example, her article in Diesel Progress immediately brought in $94,000 worth of new
orders, her feature story in Success Magazine catapulted national awareness for a Montana printing business, and her social-media posts brought in thousands of new fans for a caramel apple company, within days… just to name a few.
Known as THE Small Business PR Expert, Melanie earned this title through many years of in-the-trenches hard work, sweat and tears.
In fact, she started doing public relations at an early age through high school to raise money for various charities, volunteer performances, and events.
Her experience earned her numerous awards including the coveted, Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Award (where she gave a presentation with the mayor of her hometown as a sophomore). Melanie also beat out over 2,000 nationwide contestants to win the Miss Teenage America Talent Award for her volunteer work, high grades and tap dance routine.
That same year, she was accepted into UCLA’s prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television and worked her way through school doing various, PR and communication jobs (Yep. She paid her full tuition on her own).
After graduating magna cum laude, Melanie became a member of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity and performed for thousands worldwide in live musical theater performances, television, film, and radio.
When she was done touring, she turned back to her PR roots to help small business owners, non-profit organizations, Fortune 500s, authors, and celebrities like Robert and Kim Kiyosaki of The Rich Dad Company, Dan Kennedy, Joe Tremaine, Samantha DeBianchi, Michael Rooney, Christy Curtis Buss, Judie Aronson, and many others, reach their goals.
Today, Melanie is the official, small business PR expert for Smallbiz America, Little PINK Book and American Writers & Artists Inc, where she is on their Board of Advisors to advise and teach new copywriters.
An avid, award-winning writer since the age of 10 (she won a toy frog in her local newspaper’s writing contest!), Melanie has written thousands of articles and is the published author of “Secrets of Becoming a Publicist,” (AWAI Publishing), “Simple Publicity” (1Win Press), “7 Steps to Successful Public Relations (StartupNation), and “Dance Class Etiquette” (1Win Press).
Melanie also hosts the Smallbiz America Radio Podcast, “Simplify Your Small Business,” and has a regular column in B2B News Network, Little PINK Book, Podcast & Radio, and others. Plus, she offers the latest tips and insights on small business public relations and SEO content marketing strategy via her free, monthly newsletter, “Rembrandt Writes Insights,” and her “PR and Content Strategy Blog.”
Voted one of the “Top Google SEO Copywriters On Earth,” and receiving the Small Business Institute for Excellence Award in Marketing, entrepreneurs worldwide flock to see her in-depth training presentations on PR and content strategy… and for good reason.
As someone who bootstrapped her own business starting with nothing, Melanie understands the emotional, financial and competitive challenges entrepreneurs face. She has over 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience to share, and that’s her mission:
“To help my fellow, small business owners avoid major pitfalls and unnecessary expenses while getting them the online awareness, sales and credibility they need to succeed!”
Melanie is a member of the following organizations:
- Better Business Bureau -A+ Rating
- Public Relations Society of America
- The Professional Writers’ Alliance
- No BS Insiders Peak Performance
- International Association for Human Resource Information Management, Editorial Board (Past)
- SEO Success Works Certified SEO Expert
- Gold Key
- Diver’s Alert Network as a certified NAUI Worldwide Scuba Diver
- Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA
- Actors’ Equity
Melanie and her team are here to help you. Whether you have questions about public relations, need killer copy that produces results or want help reaching your business goals fast, please contact us.
(Now, on a side note, we may need to pull Melanie out of one of the many activities she loves when not working with clients. This could be a tap, jazz or ballet class, Muay Thai kickboxing training, or even an underwater adventure scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean, but we’ll definitely get back to you ASAP!)
Branding and Strategic Marketing Communication
Chris is an accomplished strategic branding and marketing communications professional with 30+ years of experience developing and spearheading successful programs across several industries. He is an expert at branding, strategic planning, developing integrated marketing communications programs, and effectively implementing them.
Successful in both agency and client-side roles, Chris understands how to act as a change agent – marrying his unique, external consultative perspective with a client’s internal dynamics and culture. He has run goal-exceeding programs that build brands, communicate complex value propositions and support sales team efforts.
Chris has worked with clients across several industries, in regions around the world that include Europe, The Pacific Rim and The Americas. His specialties include: Brand Building, Positioning & Management,
Strategic Marketing Planning & Management, Advertising, Content Marketing & Management, Direct Marketing, Marketing Infrastructure, Marketing Research, Social Media Marketing, and Sales Support.
Working in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Agriculture, Computer Software & Hardware, Construction, Health Care & Medical Device, Heavy-duty Diesel Equipment, Manufacturing & Industrial Automation, Recreation & Powersports, Pharmaceutical, and Telecommunications, Chris has experience with numerous industries to offer his clients.
Creative Direction and Production
For more than 32 years, David Wolf has been the creative director, music composer and/or producer of content for radio, TV, film, podcasts, audiobooks, and multimedia. He’s been hosting the Smallbiz America Podcast since 2005, now syndicated coast-to-coast on BizTalk Radio Network and on Smallbiz America Radio.
Today, David applies his experience along with the skills of his virtual creative team to help companies, organizations, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders grow their brands and businesses through podcasting, audiobook production and internet radio. Some of his clients have included:
Hit Entertainment/PBS, Disney, Discovery Channel, Southwest Airlines, Children’s Medical Centers, ReCARnation, Kindercare, Miller Brewing, Exxon, Budget Rent A Car, Texaco, The Red Shoe Institute, Spectrum Financial Group, Grow With Christine, Women Make a Difference, Jennifer Brown Consulting, Chuck E Cheese International, Net Medical, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, The Denver Post, Shaklee International, Edible Communities, Frame of Mind Coaching, Copywriter Today, Accion, Franchise Update Media, Quantum Conversations, The Women of Light, DNA Behavior, A Good Goodbye, and The Jewish Federation of New Mexico.
Marketing Technology Advisor and Expert
NO-BS Inner Circle calls Bryan a top 10% Direct Response Marketer! Why?
Bryan has shared the stage with industry greats such as Steve Forbes, Alan Mulally, Dan Kennedy, Dave Dee, Lee Milteer, Adam Witty and others from our amazing industry!
He has a passion for success and an ability to cut through the BS and focus on the strategies that will let you TRANSFORM your business.
Learn more about his 3 Keys – Markets – Methods – Mindset at https://bryandurkin.com/.
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Expert PR Reviews
“‘Simple Publicity’’is a simple read that provides valuable, public relations information for small business owners who want to build buzz and grow their organizations quickly and cost-effectively.”
“Melanie Rembrandt’s eBook, ‘Secrets of Becoming a Publicist,’
taught me the basics of public relations. It’s easy-to-read and
simple to follow. In just a few days after reading it I created a press release, media kit and online newsroom. And I’m already pitching prospective clients about my PR services. Thanks to Melanie, I’ve gained the expertise and confidence to be a publicist!”
Jeff Traister, Traister Creative LLC, www.TraisterCreative.com
“I recently attended Melanie Rembrandt’s B2B virtual webinar on content strategy, writing blogs and articles, and working with clients on their projects. I came away with valuable tips and strategies to improve my writing skills, client relations and that will improve sales for both my clients and me. In fact, I used several tips immediately and I’m seeing results already. I would recommend this webinar to
every B2B writer who wants to build a strong blogging and online article writing business.”
Steve Maurer – Steve Maurer Freelance Writing, http://www.maurer-copywriting.com
“I just finished reading “Simple Publicity” by Melanie Rembrandt and I must say, it is packed with practical knowledge of the complicated world of PR and marketing. Melanie does an outstanding job outlining what today’s organizations need to do to create a well thought out and strategically-focused PR campaign, one that works! I recommend this book to any organization, large or small, looking to gain a better understanding of how to leverage their PR efforts for maximum exposure.”
Elliot Markowitz, Past Senior Vice President, Ziff Davis Enterprise, www.ziffdavis.com
Director, Content Marketing Services at Madison Logic
“Dear Melanie: I love your newsletters. I read them all the time. I am way behind in my goals for my website but am inspired to keep moving forward when your newsletter pops into my email Just a note of thanks.”
Kim Power Stilson, Past Radio Host of the Kim Power Stilson Show on on SiriusXM 143, R.I.P. 2016
“Melanie Rembrandt is a total joy to work with. She seems to always have a new idea or angle on how to leverage our assets at Smallbiz America. Melanie is a content contributor at Smallbiz America and has a steady stream of seemingly endless tips on how to leverage the power of PR for any business. She is extremely attentive to details both in content and logistics, and knows the business of public relations inside and out.”
David Wolf, America Markets Media, Ltd, www.smallbizamerica.com
“I have worked with Melanie Rembrandt for over 10 years, and I highly recommend her content-marketing, SEO copywriting and PR services. As the author of three books on PR and copywriting, and an experienced expert, she knows how to write copy that sells and offers valuable information to targeted markets. Plus, she is a joy to work with! If you want to increase your site traffic, sales, online reputation, and more quickly and cost-effectively, contact her via Rembrandt Communications now and secure your spot as one of her clients!”
CEO of Dysleximedia
“You’re really on the ball. Every time. I got some good quotes for my article. Thanks again!”
Pat Olsen, Writer for The New York Times
“Melanie’s Step-By-Step Guide is a Winner! Melanie is a great publicist and PR pro, and her book is full of great advice and “to do” lists. It is a great resource for all small businesses that need PR and don’t know how to get it. This is a fun book to read, an easy bo0ok to use, and any company or solopreneur can benefit from this.”
Mark Amtower, Consultant, Author, Speaker, CEO Coach and Radio Host,