Tiffany Boyle is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerge the Magazine, and an avid expert in the field of marketing and entrepreneurship. Emerge Magazine is a company that focuses on promoting entrepreneurs and cultural events. She is also the Executive Director of the non-profit association “Access Virginia”; an organization that is focused on providing access to live theatre and the arts for the disabled by providing open captioning and audio description services.
Tiffany founded Emerge the Magazine in 2011, (although officially established in 2009), to provide numerous avenues of exposure for small businesses and the people that run them. She has traveled extensively throughout the world networking, creating memories, making friends, and helping others.
Tiffany, also a Florida native, currently residing in Virginia, is a graduate in Business Management from Virginia Wesleyan College and attends the University of Maryland University College for her Masters in Management.
Tiffany’s objective and daily activities include, but are certainly not limited in maintaining the day-to-day operations of the business along with staff. She creates and maintains professional business relationships with reputable companies that can further the career of the featured talent in her publication. Another key factor is interviewing individuals in the entertainment industry, as well as promoting featured people in the publication through social media to offer exposure. “The concept of marketing talented individuals began with a realization that there was an abundance of undiscovered talents lacking the ability to directly contact reputable companies in their desired industry. We wanted to offer an affordable option for our applicants to pursue possible representation for their desired field. We do this through our monthly newsletters and annual magazine.”
SM: What prompted you to start Emerge Magazine? Where did the name come from?
TB: I started Emerge to fill voids in the business industry; networking, promotion, and mentorship. The name took a long time to come up with. I wanted a title that embodied the whole company and not just the magazine. Emerge means to move out of or away from something and come into view or to become apparent, important, or prominent.
SM: What is your ultimate goal, with magazine company? What talents are you interested in promoting?
TB: My ultimate goal is for Emerge to be more than a magazine. I want it to be the place where people who are starting in the business industry come to for advice, for exposure, and for loans. I want Emerge to be the company that business owners that have been in their industry for years to come to for advice, for exposure, to mentor the novice, and to add credibility. Emerge is interested in promoting all talents. If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur contact us to be featured either in our magazine or online blog.
SM: Who is your most notable influence?
TB: The most notable influence, and there are many, I would have to say is Oprah. She came from very little and has built her empire and helped so many people along the way.
SM: When you started Emerge Magazine, did you have people that started with you, then quit? How hard/easy would you say it is with starting your own publication? Why or why not?
TB: YES! When I first started Emerge I had a group of people made up of friends and acquaintances that said they would help and overtime their drive was not the same as mine. It is very hard to find people to work hard for something that is not their dream, especially when they are not getting paid for it. So I had to let some people go, some people quit, and some people just faded away. That is why I will work with a small hard working dedicated team before I just let anybody in on my dream. I am very happy with the group I have by my side now. DaShana Kemp, my C.O.O., is my right hand woman. My editor, Alexandria Gryder, started off as an intern and stayed to help me because she believed in Emerge. My graphic designer, Jeremy Banks, turned the whole idea of the magazine into reality. My human resource personnel, Lawrence DeJean, also started as an intern and stayed with me. I am truly grateful for these people and couldn’t do this without them.
SM: How many companies/publications have you managed prior to starting your own magazine?
TB: Zero. Emerge is my first publication. My first of many, I hope.
SM: What are qualifications for someone to be in your publication? What are some topics that people would expect to read in your magazine?
TB: People have to be a business owner or an entrepreneur to be in the publication. Our readers can expect to read about personal life stories about real people who started their own business. They will read about their trials and tribulations, their successes, their mentors, and their advice.
SM: What is your process of hiring staff? What qualifications must each staff member have?
TB: I accept resumes. Lawrence, the human resource personnel, sifts through them and chooses those he believes would fit into the culture of Emerge. I conduct phone interviews. A lot of the hiring is based off of how the interview went. Our culture demands hard work and reaching deadlines. Our staff is everywhere in the U.S. so communication is key. I am looking for international staff. Qualifications depends on what you are trying to do. To be a writer, you have to love to write. To be an editor, I would prefer either in college for journalism or have graduated. And so on…
SM: Where can potential customers find or subscribe to your magazine?
TB: Everyone can go to www.emergethemagazine.com to purchase the magazine or to find a location where they are being sold. Emerge will not have subscriptions. We have a membership program called Emerge Elite. Once you are a member you have a free subscription. Members can only be business owners and entrepreneurs.
SM: Any last remarks?
TB: I hope everyone goes out and buys Emerge Magazine when it comes out in January 2015. I hope everyone loves the content and will gain some good contacts from it.
SM: Contact info?
www.shanellmonique.com/Editor Enticing Resultz Magazine