Christopher Mahlmann, Founder, CEO, and Publisher, founded Idea in Motion 6 years ago. The company launched ValpoLife in 2009, PortageLife in 2010, LaPorteCountyLife in 2012, and NWIndianaLife in 2013, and will be building other good news networks throughout Indiana, the Midwest, and beyond in the years ahead.
Chris grew up in the financial markets, spending time with exchanges, brokerage firms, and ultimately running a market data, news, and software company for the global financial markets. He learned a lot about highly-efficient, highly-scalable communication networks. He utilized that technology background and communications skill set to build an extremely entrepreneurial communication, news, and information network using digital photography, HD video, blogs, web display, e-mail marketing, and social network tools to connect people, places, events, and organizations in one all-positive exchange.
Chris was awarded the 2011 Small Business Journalist of the Year from the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center e-day awards for excellence, and in 2013 was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators.
He resides in Valparaiso with his wife Natalie, and has four children, Christopher,31, Nicole, 27, Trevor, 18, and Peyton, 15.
The central premise that is the bedrock of all of the company's work is a relentless focus on gathering positive news and information, connecting good people and the mission, organization, or purpose of their efforts that make the communities they serve a better place. The company has grown to 14 core employees and a team of 18 freelance coverage team members.
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