About Us

The SUCCESS Team

Senior Vice President, Lauren Lawley Head

Lauren Lawley Head is senior vice president for SUCCESS, where she directs the publication’s multi-platform business operations, including print, digital and e-commerce. She earned two degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, one in journalism and one in economics, and she loves spending time with her husband and their two Lego-loving boys.

 

Director of Digital Content & Social Media, Shelby Skrhak

Shelby Skrhak is the director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com, where she previously served as managing web editor. She founded the deals site FatHeadDog.com inspired by a funny looking dog. She's a southpaw and thinks her great penmenship should be made into a font.

 

Digital Managing Editor, Jessica Krampe

Jessica Krampe is the digital managing editor for SUCCESS.com. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Jessica has worked for news, entertainment, business and lifestyle publications. Outside of the daily grind, she enjoys happy hours, live music and traveling.

 

Lydia SweattWeb Producer, Lydia Sweatt

Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She loves painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

 

Integrated Content Editor, Jonny Auping

Jonny Auping is the integrated content editor for SUCCESS. A graduate of Saint Louis University, Jonny spent five years as a freelance writer before joining the SUCCESS team. He loves reading good books, telling mediocre jokes and watching too much basketball. 

Social Media Coordinator, Amshi Stephenson


 

Editor-in-Chief, Josh Ellis

Josh Ellis is the editor-in-chief for SUCCESS. He loves a good story (in long form or short), is an aspiring foodie, a P1 and a fan of the Texas Rangers, traveling and dinosaurs. 

 

Managing Editor, Jesus Jimenez

Jesus Jimenez is the managing  editor for SUCCESS, joining the magazine after working as social media coordinator. He eats, breathes and sleeps Texas Rangers baseball. He also enjoys running, traveling and buying cool socks.

 

Associate Editor, Jamie Friedlander

Jamie Friedlander is the associate editor for SUCCESS. She recently received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism and relocated from Chicago, her hometown, to Dallas. When she’s not working or traveling, she can usually be found drinking coffee into excess, reading a novel or surfing Etsy late into the night.


DIGITAL PRODUCTION

Digital Asset Production Manager, Mariana Lenox

Mariana Lenox is the digital asset production manager, responsible for producing the monthly SUCCESS Audio CD. She enjoys gaming and created the movie blog Reel and Unscripted.


ECOMMERCE

Director of SUCCESS Commerce, Lauren Cannon

Brand Manager, Charlee Russell

Product Marketing and Development Manager, Hugh Murphy

Sr. Manager, Web Marketing Services Blake Stepan

Digital Marketing Manager, Garrett Hughes

Web Designer, Jennifer Anderson

Webmaster, Aaron Vail


ADVERTISING & SPEAKER SERVICES

Marketing Director, Paige Dungan

Advertising Sales & Speaker Services Manager, Amy Taylor-Norwood


ART & PRODUCTION

Production Manager, Alan Dwelle

Senior Art Director, Amy McMurry

Senior Production Designer, Christian Stovall

Contributing Photo Editor, Mark Perlstein

Copy Editor, Peter Tepp


SUCCESS PARTNERS

Founder and CEO, Stuart Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Tony Chaplin

Chief Financial Officer, David Rapier

Senior VP, Strategic Marketing, Paul Adams

Senior VP, Business Development, James Smith​

VP, Culture and Human Resources, Mark Carlson

VP, Operations and Manufacturing, Coy Moore

VP, Creative Services, Shelley Rojas

 

Our Mission

Unlike any other time in human history, people need to continually keep up with expanding knowledge and perpetually develop new skills to stay relevant and sustain their lifestyles. In every issue of SUCCESS magazine we will strive to bring you the thought leaders and success experts, both past and present, and reveal their key ideas and strategies to help you excel in every area of your personal and professional life. You also will be provided a unique window into the lives, practices and philosophies of today’s greatest achievers—top CEOs, revolutionary entrepreneurs and other extraordinary leaders.

SUCCESS is the only magazine that focuses on people who take full responsibility for their own development and income. SUCCESS readers understand that the world has changed and the classic employer-to-employee relationship has changed from a patriarchal to a transactional one. No longer can you expect a corporate training program and a predictable growth track. Our readers understand and embrace that they are responsible for their own long-term success and happiness, and need to be proactive in finding the inspiration, motivation and training to achieve their goals. Some may choose to start their own business but will prefer to keep it small—what some would call a micro business—so they will always have total control and visibility over its growth, spirit and contributions to society. SUCCESS readers desire the freedom and control to make all meaningful business decisions.

SUCCESS magazine, established in 1897 by philosopher Orison Swett Marden, offers advice on best business practices, inspiration from major personalities in business and entertainment, and motivation to improve their mind and body so that our readers are in the best possible mental and physical shape to compete and reach their goals.

SUCCESS.com’s mission is the same, but also addresses the needs of a generation who have entered the workforce after the rules changed. This generation lives in a highly-competitive world where immediate performance is critical and most of the skills needed to succeed are self-generated. SUCCESS.com offers a more individualized approach to inspiration, motivation and training by delivering the content in a faster, immediate and topical way through multimedia platforms. Designed for those who work, learn and leisure on the go, our digital products deliver customized information based upon the user’s needs and can be accessed at the exact time our users need the information, whether it is on our mobile app, shared socially in their social media feeds, delivered straight to their inbox or found as morning inspiration when they sit down to their desk and type success.com to start the day. Our users take SUCCESS.com with them into their jobs and use it as their own career coach while competing to improve personally and professionally.

Both SUCCESS magazine and SUCCESS.com readers understand and value the fact that they are empowered to control their own destiny. Our products are a key resource in their continued growth, leadership and motivation.

SUCCESS magazine is published by SUCCESS Partners (formerly VideoPlus) in Dallas, Texas. The company was established 25 years ago and is an expert at a range of services including newsstand-magazine publications. It currently publishes custom newsstand titles including Success from Home and Your Business at Home.

 

Here's a little SUCCESS Easter egg for you: the SUCCESS Mixtape. We asked our staff to choose one song that defined their 2015 here at SUCCESS. Some are slow, some are fast, and some we had to remove for explicit lyrics. In any case, enjoy our Spotify SUCCESS playlist for 2015. Want to know why we picked them? Email us at webeditor@success.com and we'll tell you.