Martin Alvarez – CEO/ Editor-in-Chief
Martin began his career at Automotive Restoration Technology where he was responsible for securing venture capital to launch a mobile automotive paint franchise in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He then had the vision to move the Florida-based operation to Denver, CO and introduced that market to the automotive mobile paint technology. Martin was responsible for attracting new franchisees to the company as well as overall growth within the Denver market.
Taking his experience from Automotive Restoration Technology, he then founded his own automotive reconditioning company, Automotive Alliance, in 1996. As CEO of Automotive Alliance, Martin continues to maintain contracts with national companies, such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Car Sales, Budget Car Sales, National, Avis, Alamo, and many more auto dealerships/fleet companies. He has been responsible for setting up training programs and instructing and teaching in all areas of automotive reconditioning.
Martin has an extensive background in leadership and public speaking to a variety of audiences on topics such as personal growth and life management. Martin is currently a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, Martin enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, scuba diving, fitness training, golf, and the great outdoors.
Kristen Hamilton – Senior Editor
Kristen was the girl who, in grade school, would read instead of play at recess. She was soon reading five books a week. Obviously, she has had a passion for words her entire life.
After earning a degree in English and writing at Boise State University, Kristen pursued a career in freelance writing and book editing, and now works with clients across the globe at her business, Kristen Corrects, Inc. (www.KristenCorrects.com). Several authors whose books she has edited have won awards and have topped Amazon’s best sellers list.
Kristen is included in the 2014 Guide to Self-Publishing and the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, both published by the prestigious Writer’s Digest. She is also part of the credible Writer’s Market and Editorial Freelancer’s Association.
Reading is Kristen’s passion, so when the workday is over, she can usually be found curled up with a good book (alongside her three cats, Sophie, Charlie, and Jack). She loves pizza, cat videos, watching The Bachelor, and traveling, and is likely planning her next vacation. She lives outside of Boise, Idaho.
Deb Slavec – Jewelry Designer for MG Jewels
Deb started making jewelry in 2002 after discovering a deep love for taking beautiful metals, leather, and stones from the earth and transforming them into unique artistic expressions. Her work involves a combination of bead embroidery, metal work, leather tying, and precise wire wrapping, and borrows from traditions such as Native American loom beading.
She feels fortunate to be designing for Modern Gladiator magazine, as MG reflects many of the positive intentions and qualities that she infuses into her work, namely: power, honor, discipline, and strength. She is always honored to see others wearing one of her pieces because to her, it reflects a direct transfer of those positive qualities to another person.