The Oasis Team
A 25-year veteran of the publishing and entertainment industries, Steve Smith joined Oasis Audio as its Director of Sales and Marketing in August 2010. At Oasis, his responsibilities include managing all sales efforts while working with key accounts and distributors to boost product awareness. He will also manage the marketing efforts of Oasis.
Steve began his career at David C. Cook Publishing Co. spending just under 10 years with the company in product development, advancing to youth marketing director. His relationship continued with the company for many years as a curriculum writer for Cook's online group. Following his time at Cook, Steve led Gogo Entertainment Group as publisher and editor-in-chief of a successful pop culture magazine before joining Rolling Thunder Entertainment as Director of Sales and Business Development, where he assisted leading entertainment producers including Lucasfilm, Ltd, 20th Century-Fox and Sony Pictures in licensing and merchandising efforts. Most recently, Steve assisted Scientific Publishing Co, LLC in developing new markets. Steve had authored eight best-selling novels for Standard Publishing, a leading Christian publisher, and is the creator of THE ALEX CRYSS CHRONICLES, an upper-elementary web series in development at WTTW-n, the national production arm of Chicago's PBS network.
Steve and his family live in a western suburb of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and continued his education at Northern Baptist Seminary.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Marianne joined the Oasis family in March 2013. Marianne joins Oasis with nearly 25 years of publishing experience. Most recently, she served as the vice president of retail sales for WORDsearch, a Bible study software provider in Austin, Texas.
At Oasis, Marianne works directly with distributors, independent retailers, and libraries. She brings insight and understanding to each customer, working together to help them discover the best titles for their patrons. According to Marianne, audio books are like ice cream: There are a lot of different flavors and theyíre all delicious ó but itís up to her to find the best flavor for each person.
As much as Marianne loves her customers, her life is about so much more than work. She loves to spend time with her family, including her husband of 32 years, Dave, and 22-year-old son, Chris. When the three of them arenít out boating and camping, Marianne enjoys scrapbooking to keep a record of their adventures.
If you meet Marianne, it wonít take you long to realize that she loves to laugh. Many people have told her that she inspires them, offering hope and encouragement. Thatís no surprise to us! Marianne is a great addition to the Oasis Audio team. So if youíre searching for the right inventory, donít hesitate ó contact Marianne today!
Web & Digital Manager
Jordan has been with Oasis since June 2008. He spends the majority of his time working with digital partners to ensure that the necessary audio content, product data and artwork are efficiently transmitted, and then optimizing those digital relationships. He also manages social media channels, runs the Review Program for bloggers, and updates the Web site to reflect what is happening at Oasis.
Prior to joining Oasis, he worked in the banking industry as a teller and customer service representative. Jordan is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he received a bachelor of arts in communications, media studies.
In his free time, Jordan enjoys juggling and tennis and is an avid fan of celebrating half-birthdays. He lives in Glen Ellyn with his wife, Julie.
Contracts and Rights Coordinator
Lisa joined the Oasis Audio team in June 2010. She is responsible for making inquiries, offers and writing contracts as part of the acquisitions process.
Lisa's eye for detail has been honed by her time spent as part of an undercover narcotics unit for over a decade, as well as positions at a legal office and an appraisal office.
Lisa lives with her husband, two daughters and two dogs in the suburbs of Chicago.
Toni Summers, whose background includes 13 years at a major retailer in merchandising, joined the Oasis team in September 2008, serving in customer service.
Toni and her husband live in the western suburbs of Chicago where she enjoys a variety of activities from interior decorating and scrap booking to swimming and spending time with family. She has also served on multiple boards at her children's school and is actively involved in fundraising efforts for her church.