Josh Steimle, CEO of MWI

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Born: May 28, 1975
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Current home: Shenzhen, China
Occupation: Founder & CEO, MWI. Also author, speaker, journalist.
Hobbies: Family, friends, skateboarding, reading, writing, triathlon, trail running, drawing.
Religion: Mormon
Books: Chief Marketing Officers at Work, Apress (August, 2016).

Copy and paste bio (edit as needed): Josh Steimle is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He has written over 200 articles for publications like Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Time, and is the author of Chief Marketing Officers at Work, which contains 29 interviews with CMOs from organizations like GE, the Harvard Business School, Spotify, Target, and PayPal and was recognized in Success Magazine as one of the 5 Best Business Books of 2016. Josh is the CEO of MWI, a digital marketing firm he founded in 1999 with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the U.S. Josh has presented to business groups, industry associations, and at events like TEDx, ClickZ Live, Echelon, Ad:Tech, CommunicAsia, Social Media Week, and the Content Marketing Conference. Forbes recognized Josh as one of 25 Marketing Influencers To Watch In 2017, Josh was ranked #7 on Richtopia’s list of Top 100 Most Influential CMOs, and data from social media research firm Leadtail ranked Josh #11 on their list of People Most Mentioned and Retweeted by CMOs. Josh has been interviewed for national TV, radio, and leading podcasts on topics related to technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and in Asia, Josh consults with leaders in government on topics related to entrepreneurship and startups. He has held various board positions on or otherwise worked with non-profit entities related to adoption, education, entrepreneurship, economics, and government policy. Josh holds a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University (BYU). Josh started his marketing agency while a student at BYU where he won the BYU Business Plan Competition in 2001. Josh was also named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by the Utah chapter of the Small Business Administration. Josh lives in Shenzhen, China with his wife and two children, and is an avid reader, trail runner, triathlete, and skateboarder. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”) and served a mission for his church to Manaus, Brazil. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and is currently studying Mandarin.

Brief Non-Marketing Bio: I was born and raised in Arcadia, California, the youngest of four children. My dad was a rocket scientist for NASA and my mother was a public school teacher. Based on results, my favorite activity as a kid was breaking my arms (1 mountain biking, 2 skateboarding). I grew up reading voraciously, doing some creative writing, drawing a lot, and skateboarding. The only thing I thought I could do for a career was art, so I planned to study at Art Center in Pasadena after high school and perhaps a year or two doing general studies somewhere else. But I’m Mormon, and so at age 19 I went to serve a two-year mission for my church in Brazil where I learned Portuguese. Being in the Amazon jungle for two years changed my mind about a few things, and I decided that when I came back to the US I would study business instead of being an artist. I had run a skate shop while in high school and loved the business side of things, but hadn’t realized until I was in Brazil and was looking at a college pamphlet a friend of mine had that you could study business in college.

I ended up getting a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. But two years before I graduated, while working for the startup that would become Omniture, I decided I couldn’t wait to graduate and started a web design firm. That was in 1999 and today that company is MWI, which I still run. It’s the only job I’ve ever kept for more than five months. Today MWI still does web design, although our focus is on the entire gamut of online marketing services. We like to get involved with our clients as their virtual online marketing department and handle everything from strategy to execution. We make it easy by allowing clients to pay a fixed monthly rate, and in return they get everything taken care of that’s related to online marketing, and a nice set of monthly reports that show that everything is going well. MWI is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I am currently living in Shenzhen, China where I’m opening a branch office of the firm.

I’ve been privileged to write for various publications including Inc, Time, Fast Company, Business Insider, VentureBeat, South China Morning Post, TechinAsia, Mashable, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

I’m married to a beautiful, smart woman and we have two young children who have replaced our TV as our source of entertainment. As hobbies I enjoy skateboarding, reading, drawing, ultra trail running, and triathlons.