Alex Melen CO-CEO & CFO

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Alex's Story

Alex Melen is the CO-CEO & CFO of SmartSites and brings over 10 years of digital media experience. Before SmartSites, he spent 3 years heading up digital analytics on the Walmart account at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG). In the late 1990’s, Alex founded T35 Hosting – one of the first and largest free web hosting providers. Alex has been featured numerous times in Business Week, Forbes and other publications. In 2001, he was named the #19 teen entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Young Biz Magazine. In 2006, Alex was named one of America’s Top 25 Best Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek. Alex is a graduate of Babson College, one of the top entrepreneurial schools in the nation. Alex completed Babson with honors and was awarded the highly prestigious Babson Student Business Initiative Award.

What websites can you not live without?

Car&Driver, MotorTrend, Road&Track and various car forums. Although I should probably start cutting back on the amount of time I spend on them.

What do you like best about the people you work with?

I am very proud and honored to be working with such amazing people at SmartSites. As Jack Welch puts it, "the team with the best players wins." I truly believe that we have the best people in the industry and that’s why we continue to win – for both ourselves and our clients.

What's your favorite part of working here?

Our remarkable employees and our amazing clients make this job one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. We spend our time working together and collaborating on ways to help our clients succeed; it doesn’t get any better than that.

When people ask you what you do, how do you respond?

I, along with the entire SmartSites team, help business owners establish their online presence and realize their dreams. We help you succeed!

What is the homepage of your browser set to? Why?

A single page showing all of our servers, their load averages and traffic graphs. As much as we’ve become a full digital media agency, I still can’t shake my techy roots.

What is your earliest computing or Internet memory?

Dialing up on my 33.6kbps modem and i386 pc to connect to compuserve, circa 1995. Given the snail-slow internet speeds, it’s not surprising that it took a full 2 years before I built my first website.

If you could have any job, what would it be?

The one I have!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere warmer than here. The brutal winters are getting to be too much!

What was the first website you created or helped create? – still up and running today!

What is the most exotic place you have ever visited?

It's a tie between the mountain villages of North Thailand and the Jungles & Islands of North Brazil.

Hometown Franklin Lakes, NJ
College Babson College
Sports Cars
Deal Hunting
Google AdWords
HubSpot Inbound Marketing
Business Week's Top 25 Under 25
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