Jenny Sommerfeld, COO: Jenny started as a BusinessGhost writer and has since held roles in every phase of book production– from editor-in-chief, to project manager, to publishing coordinator, and now chief operating officer. She knows the writing process through and through! Wielding both fiction and nonfiction literary prowess, Jenny’s work has appeared been published in LA Stage Magazine, Palaver, and Angelingo Literary Journal. Raised in the Midwest, she moved to the coast to receive training from the University of Southern California’s renowned writing department, headed by best-selling author T.C. Boyle and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins. She graduated cum laude with a degree in English and minor in Theatre. In addition to her writing, she has produced critically acclaimed works for the stage such as Killer Joe, by Tracy Letts, and other original pieces by up-and-coming artists.
Michael Levin, Founder & CEO: As one of the most established ghostwriters in the nation, New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin has written, co-written or ghostwritten more than 550 books, of which eighteen are national best sellers. He appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in January of 2012.
In the past, Michael has published with Simon & Schuster, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, Putnam/Berkley, and many other houses. His works have been optioned for film and TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others. One of his own novels became Model Behavior, an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week.
He has also made contributions to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Jerusalem Post, Writers Digest, CBS News. Michael teaches writing at the University of California – Los Angeles and has taught at New York University.
As an Amherst College and Columbia Law School graduate, Michael served for many years as a member of the prestigious Authors Guild Council and as Treasurer of the Authors Guild Foundation.
Michael currently resides with his wife and four children in Boston, Massachusetts.
Bree Barton, CCO: Bree Barton has written over thirty books. She’s worked alongside Michael Levin, her fellow Amherst College alumnus, for over a decade, collaborating on dozens of financial planning books, business fables, novels, and memoirs. The book she ghostwrote for a Shark from ABC’s Shark Tank was an international bestseller, and one of her novels was adapted for primetime TV. Bree has been with BusinessGhost since 2004, plying her talents as a wordsmith, book planner, and writing coach. As Chief Creative Officer, she’s hired a terrific team of writers, editors, interviewers, and proofreaders to make sure every i is dotted and every t crossed. Under her own byline, Bree has penned op-eds for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post. She’s published short fiction in various literary magazines, including The Iowa Review, PANK, Nano Fiction, and Mid-American Review. For fun, she teaches dance and eats avocados in Los Angeles. Her fantasy trilogy, HEART OF THORNS, comes out from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins in 2018.
Roy Francia, Vice President of Member Development: Roy is instrumental in our endeavor to brand business leaders as authorities in their respective fields. With a comprehensive publishing and Authority Marketing plan, Roy helps our Members achieve meaningful business growth. Prior to joining the Advantage|ForbesBooks and BusinessGhost teams, Roy spent fifteen years at the Amazon-owned firm, CreateSpace, where he was a consistent top revenue producer. In 2014, he was selected by senior leadership at CreateSpace to lead the Quarterly Kick-off meeting. Despite there being a standard one-year rotation for the position, Roy remained the Social Committee Chair at the company for three years. Having attended The Citadel on a full tennis scholarship, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Roy currently resides on the Board of Directors for Carolina Voyager Charter School as Vice Chair, and he is also the Head Tennis Coach for the school’s Red Ball (K-2nd grade level) tennis team. Originally from Haworth, NJ, he is an active member of F3 (which stands for Fitness, Fellowship, Faith), where he joins like-minded fathers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for workouts and volunteering efforts. He is an avid golf and tennis player, and the proud father of two young children. Roy is thrilled to build on his passion for publishing in his role at BusinessGhost.
Amy Feldman, CFO: Amy grew up in Western New York State but has been a resident in the Boston area for almost 40 years. Amy’s focus has been on handling the financial side of the business, and she has focused on working with entrepreneurs and high growth businesses. Her financial education began at Boston University where she received a BSBA and was expanded at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business where she received her MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies. She has worked as a CPA for many years and also handled all aspects of finance and accounting for several companies in various roles.
Bryan Gage, Editor-in-Chief: Bryan has over a decade of experience as a professional writer and copy editor, and worked in this capacity for BusinessGhost for three years before assuming his current duties as Editor-in- Chief. For much of his adult life he pursued careers in music and photography, but by 2008 it was clear that his best opportunities lay in exploiting his natural facility with the English language. Originally from Southern Connecticut, Bryan has lived in the Los Angeles area for over twenty years (not counting a brief stint in Washington, DC from 2009–2010). He now lives with his wife and their dog in Long Beach.