Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO of The 100 Companies and The Atlanta 100, Chris previously founded PR firm SPR Atlanta in 2002, selling it in November 2017. He established and served as publisher of his own chain of Atlanta neighborhood newspapers in 1994, selling them to real estate developer Tom Cousins in 2002. Prior to that, he worked for six Southeastern daily newspapers, serving as advertising director, creative director, promotions director, editor and reporter – winning awards in several states for his reporting and print advertisement design.
A fifth-generation Atlantan, Chris is a graduate of Westminster and the University of Virginia and the creator and producer of Moments on SaportaReport.com where he was a founding member. He continues to serve clients through Schroder PR, when he’s not riding his bike, traveling the country attending music festivals, meeting potential members of The 100 Companies or visiting with his children, his granddaughter, family and friends.
As Operations Manager, Margaret oversees the final proofing, scheduling and production of the 100 newsletters. She is also the primary contact for client onboarding and assists with business development.
A North Carolina native and graduate of the University of Georgia, Margaret has more than 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing and strategic communications. She started her professional career with Schroder PR in Atlanta, and went on to work for upscale lifestyle and restaurant agencies before transitioning to music and entertainment publicity. Margaret calls Nashville, TN home and is a proud dog mom to a four-year-old husky named Kobe
Sally Schroder manages distribution services for The 100 Companies, working with members to develop recipients for the eNewsletters, monitoring reader participation and working to increase engagement with The 100 platform in all markets. She also assists with production and proofing of The 100 eNewsletters.
Sally is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, a graduate of the Carolina Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a resident of Gastonia, North Carolina. In her spare time, Sally manages an eBay store, Newish, and also has designed a software platform for other eBay store owners to help improve their productivity when listing items for sale called Efficilist.
Managing Editor & Market Developer
As The 100 Companies’ Managing Editor & Market Developer, Marisa manages editorial duties and engages in the expansion of prospective 100 markets. Before joining the team, she worked as an editor for Nutrition4Kids where she discovered her love for digital copy and media.
Marisa is an East Coast native: born in the Big Apple, raised a Georgia peach. She is now back in New York, introducing sweet southern charm to the curt concrete jungle. Marisa is committed to all things tea, creative writing, helping people discover their passion, and, of course, bringing the world together 100 words at a time.
Managing Editor & Market Developer
As The 100 Companies’ Managing Editor & Market Developer, Alex Simon manages editorial duties and coordination of the eNewsletters and websites as well as helping with growth, both in currents members’ markets and in potential expansion candidates. Before coming aboard, Alex attended Arizona State University for a master’s degree in sports journalism.
Alex is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and received a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. As a journalist, he’s traveled all across the country, writing stories for Baseball America, MLB.com, News21 and others. Alex loves to go on an adventure, will always find a sporting event to watch and eats way too much In-N-Out Burger.
Editor-in-Chief of The Travel 100
As editor-in-chief of The Travel 100, Jan Schroder develops and produces content for The Travel 100 monthly eNewsletter, which features stories and videos on destinations near and far. She is an award-winning writer and editor, and the author of several books.
She has several years of editorial and social media experience at magazines and newspapers and was formerly managing editor at Travelgirl magazine. Her corporate work includes the writing and editing of columns, eNewsletters, magazines, blogs and books for a variety of clients.
Her travel writing also appears in Fodor’s Travel, Orbitz, ShermansTravel, Global Traveler and other national magazines as well as on her Girl on the Go site. Jan appears on nationally syndicated radio shows as a travel expert. She is a native of Atlanta, a graduate of Westminster and the University of Virginia and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.