Management Team

Markus is a pioneer in the search engine industry with almost ten years of online marketing expertise.During his studies in computer science and marketing at the University of Dortmund, Germany, he started developing a search engine specifically designed for the needs of the German marketplace. By 1996, he had co-founded evision, a company that specialized in the development of search engine technology. In 1999, he co-founded a VC-backed company, WAP Communications, to market wireless technology in Munich, Germany.Apart from being a member of the Angelika Blendstrup & Associates team, Markus is founder and chief visionary of theBloofusion Group, an online marketing agency with offices in Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and Germany. Furthermore, he is one of the minds behind Goto-Silicon-Valley.com, a directory for Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay Area business resources.

Andreas’ roots are firmly planted in global marketing. He spent sixteen years in Germany, lived and worked in France, the UK and Japan. He has a Master’s Degree from UC Davis.He began his career in 1989 at Seagram & Sons in San Francisco. In 1994, Andreas was hired by the French software firm, Esker, and headed up their global marketing department as VP of International Marketing. In 1997, Andreas joined the staff at JSB (later named SurfControl) in Scott’s Valley as VP of Marketing. He helped the company go public, increased its global staff to over 350 and its market cap to over $1 billion.Andreas has been a member of the Angelika Blendstrup & Assoicates team since early 2002. At the same time, he is co-founder and chief strategist of the Bloofusion Group, an online marketing agency with offices in Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and Germany. Furthermore, he is one of the minds behind Goto-Silicon-Valley.com, the premier directory for Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay Area business resources.

Benedicte Ennis brings 10+ years experience in PR and Corporate communications to the team. She is a briefings expert preparing senior executives for discussions with broadcast and written media with expert skills in cultural localization within EMEA. She has worked with CNBC, Sky B2B, and most of the European media and business communications channels. Benedicte has held communications positions in high-tech hardware and software organizations including IONA Technologies and Gateway Europe. Her professional interests also extend to further improving and exploiting communication opportunities through cultural localization and embellishment of relations collatorally and combining business, government and the social contexts intrinsic to successful global communication relations.

Petra Jakobskrueger provides professional outsourced business services such as Virtual Assistance, Office Organization, and German Administrative Assistance to Angelika Blendstrup & Associates’ clients. An expert in understanding the various facets of business administration, Petra brings over 15 years of hands-on, international experience to Angelika Blendstrup & Associates.Petra has lived and worked in the United States and in a variety of European countries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Suitbertus Business School of Duesseldorf, Germany. In addition to English, Petra speaks Spanish and German.

Six Feet Up co-founder Calvin Hendryx-Parker has 10+ years of experience in fields as diverse as systems administration, graphic design and data architecture.As systems engineer for Epylon, an enterprise-class company providing integration services to public sector entities, Calvin implemented ERP systems, deployed marketplace application servers and spear-headed network trouble-shooting.Calvin is now applying his unusual dual background as an engineer and a designer to his recent entrepreneurship venture. As a Dir. of Engineering for Six Feet Up, a provider of web development and hosting services for small and medium size companies, he maintains the company’s infrastructure and leads the technology vision by constantly evaluating new products and technologies.Calvin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Technical Graphics from Purdue University.

Six Feet Up co-founder Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker brings over 12+ years of experience in product marketing and project management. She has been working with high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley for the past 10 years, providing companies with a strong customer-oriented vision and down-to-earth organization skills.As Dir. of Marketing of Six Feet Up, a provider of web development and hosting services for growing business, she directs the strategic vision of the company’s growth, develops new business opportunities, and manages operations.Gabrielle acquired her skills learning from the best: in Paris she worked for Eastman Kodak, Microsoft and NCR, where she was investigating and providing recommendations on the launch of several new products and services.Gabrielle holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Leadership from EM Lyon, France. She can be reached at gabrielle@sixfeetup.com.

Summer/Fall 2011 InternsPhilipp Reissmann is a health management student from Munich, Germany. He spent his semester break in the summer of 2011 doing an internship in Silicon Valley, at Angelika Blendstrup & Associates to gain experience in branding, database building and marketing. His future plans are creating health prevention campaigns and implementing health-focused programs in major German corporations.

Rebecca Rappensberger is studying sports, event, and media management at a major, private university in Munich. The goal after she finishes her degree is to help organize events at the next World Swimming Championship as well as help with event planning for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rebecca interned in Silicon Valley with Angelika Blendstrup & Associations for three months in 2011 focusing on social media, marketing and branding.

Rebecca Rappensberger is studying sports, event, and media management at a major, private university in Munich. The goal after she finishes her degree is to help organize events at the next World Swimming Championship as well as help with event planning for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rebecca interned in Silicon Valley with Angelika Blendstrup & Associations for three months in 2011 focusing on social media, marketing and branding.

Bastian Koch is currently studying sports, events, and media management at a leading, private university in Munich, Germany. While he was running TheBioTechPanel, whose mission it is to build the bridge between biotech companies in capital needs and investors, he was also interning in Silicon Valley at Angelika Blendstrup & Associates. His goal is to be an entrepreneur in Germany as well as in the US, focusing on sports and media management..

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