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Say hello to Michelle!

Hello! I’m Michelle Longo, a Digital Marketing Account Specialist here at Forge3.

I’m a NJ native and I recently relocated with my family to the Los Angeles area last August.

Say hello to Michelle! - Family Photo

Family photo!

I’ve been working in the insurance industry for over 20 years. In my former life, I worked on the agency side managing employee benefits and pre-tax plans for clients of all sizes. At one time or another, I had my hands in claims, customer service, plan design and implementation, compliance, and a touch of sales.

After getting laid off from a job in 2014, I decided it was time to pursue my passion for writing. Freelance life didn’t quite take off how I’d hoped, so a few months later I returned to the world of full-time employment. I landed a job with some folks I knew at a local insurance agency to focus on digital marketing for them.

While at that job, I got to know Forge3 as they provided additional marketing services for us. I was a big fan of not only the work they did, but how they handled workflow and processes with an all-remote team.

Say hello to Michelle! - Hiking the Verdugo Mountains

Hiking the Verdugo Mountains

When I moved across the country this summer, I had to leave my job back in NJ. I had been building up a freelance business over the years in anticipation of branching out on my own once we landed in California. At the time, I mentioned my plans to my contact at Forge3 and asked her to keep me in mind if she heard of anyone who needed the kind of service I could provide. Soon enough, I got an email from Forge3 that they might have an opportunity for me. Things worked out and here I am!

Say hello to Michelle! - Michelle and Nathan

Nathan and Michelle

When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring my new home, hiking, and watching movies with my husband and almost-12-year-old son. I run an online writing community that hosts a variety of competitions and writing help services. I’m also working on a memoir and hope to soon fulfill  my dream of becoming a published author. And, as if I had any more time to spare, I just started taking martial arts classes!

Say hello to Michelle! - Michelle and Kris

Michelle and Kris

My life’s been full of excitement lately, and I’m thrilled to be a member of the Forge3 team!