Gery L. Deer
Founder & CEO

Gery (pronounced “Jerry”) began his business journey on the family farm in Jamestown, Ohio where his parents and brother managed multiple business ventures.

In October of 1987, Gery sold his first freelance writing kept working as an independent journalist and creative specialist. His work has been used by companies like Brown Publishing, Cox Media Group, Aim Media Midwest, Standard Register (now Taylor Communications), IBM, Whirlpool Corporation and many more.

As a freelance feature writer, Gery has been published in more than a dozen regional and national publications over the last 20 years, ranging from local newspapers to specialty magazines and was nominated in 2010 for a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. He is also a business contributor and freelance segment producer for the WDTN-TV2 daytime program, Living Dayton.

To support fellow writers, in 2008 Gery founded the Western Ohio Writers Association, a regional organization dedicated to supporting area writers. The group provides networking, education and critique sessions for writers of all genres.

Screen Shot 2019-02-05 at 8.20.25 AMJulie Barth
Media Director

Julie joined our team in January of 2019 as Director of Media and Digital Communications. Originally from New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University and has spent her adult life in the Ohio Valley. Julie has been producing and directing audio and video projects for us for several years but only recently signed on officially since graduating from the International College of Broadcasting in Dayton, Ohio with a degree in Audio and Video production. She is also executive producer and co-host of the Old Nerd in the Gym Podcast. Julie is also a member of the leadership team of the Western Ohio Writers Association.