Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is an entrepreneur, innovator and a seasoned mechanical design engineer with expertise in 3D CAD design, 3D printing, prototyping, manufacturing, animations, virtual tours, visualizations, virtual reality, virtual reality real estate walkthroughs and 3D architectural renderings. His other areas of specialty include aluminum extrusion process, sheet metal work, steel smelting and rolling. His firm, Render 3D Quickly operates on a global scale from its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The client centered and detail oriented approach espoused by Jason through Render has seen the company endear itself as a leading design entity. Today, the firm serves a broad market as evident in its client portfolio that includes contractors, architectures, designers, real estate VR and real estate entities. The company clients come from the US, Europe, Canada, China and Australia. The rapid expansion is all thanks to a team of highly trained and experienced professionals who are always ready to assist clients.

Jason Vander Griendt also owns J-CAD, Inc a firm that specializes in providing 3D CAD design services along with 3D printing and prototyping. Established in 2005, the firm is highly adept at converting hand written drawings into CAD format of various file types, including Microstation, Inventor, AutoCAD and Solidedge. Jason’s work experience also includes serving as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Hatch from September 2006. His duties here include designing key components of smelting furnace used for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Jason also served as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Gerdau Ameisteel from February 2004 to September 2006. During his tenure, he was tasked with designing, replacing and improving re-heat furnace components. Jason is a graduate of Fanshawe College. The renowned Canadian engineer and entrepreneur is passionate about building successful online businesses and mentoring up and coming entrepreneurs.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Travel always enriches my soul because of the various experiences I encounter along the way. Indeed, the experience I get from visiting places I could only previously imagine often enhances my sense of well-being and inspires me to go further.

Is traveling a lifestyle or a hobby for you? How did you get started?
I know people travel for various reasons, chief among them include work assignment, family and holiday. I always liked the feeling of complete freedom and dreamed of it one day. Location free, financially free, complete freedom from anything that restricts what I want to do so I designed my life to achieve this. I always admired people who had lives like that so I learned from them in what they were doing. A key ingredient was that they had online businesses.


What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

There are so many it’s hard to pick! Some excellent memories that come to mind quickly though are Sardinia, Italy, Western Canada in the Rockies is also very gorgeous! The turquoise lakes surrounded by massive mountains is stunning. I’m also very partial to Northern Italy close to the Switzerland border. Very pretty there too!

What are some travel tips you’d give to an inexperienced traveler?
Through traveling, you get the opportunity to enjoy new cuisines, enhance your quality of life and create new job and business prospects. For inexperienced travelers, I say avoid carrying everything you think you need if you want to travel light and efficiently. Pack ½ of what you think you’ll need. Only bring a carry on luggage to really zero in on what you’ll actually need. Realistically you throw on that same t-shirt a few times so you don’t’ need to bring 10. I find it’s helpful to have the mentality that “if I absolutely need it I’ll just buy it when I’m there” really helps to pack light. If you are traveling on a budget, check out discount deals, book special group rates and try to travel off season. Further, find a good credit card that gives you travel points. I have a WestJet card which gives me $500 – $1,000/month in travel dollars so I haven’t paid for a flight for years! Even better is I sell the travel dollars I can’t use to friends at a small discount helping them save money on travel while giving me free cash.

Where would you like to go?
I don’t have any plans currently but I’ll definitely be returning to Northern Italy, Como specifically very soon. Love it there!

Where would you like to revisit?
I just went to 20 countries in 2 months. One place that stood out for me was Serbia. Such a good time there!

Do you travel alone? Why?
I love travelling alone to be honest and prefer it for the most part. I got used to it when I worked for Siemens and was shipped all over the world alone for the company. It’s more efficient, do whatever YOU want all the time and be on your schedule. From time to time I’ll travel with a girlfriend if I have one in my life which is nice but it’s also nice to feel totally free to explore a location I’ve never seen before.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
Italy, Vegas, Serbia.

Do you travel light and efficiently or do you pack up the house?
I generally travel light, especially by road. With regards to air travel, I always try to travel light because of prevailing luggage restrictions and international security in order to save time and avoid unnecessary delays. To travel light I always ensure I have a small bag or suitcase that can fit all my basic items as a carry on saving time at check-in and having no checked baggage means you just walk off the plane and go!

Matthew David Parker

Matthew David Parker always had an eye for the arts. From painting to sculpting at a young age, he knew he had a drive to express himself artistically. It was not until he started taking photos with his family’s camera that he found the true outlet for his artistry. Not long after finding his new love, he took on a job during his early teens to save up for his own camera. It was as his work as a paperboy in New York City where he began to train his eye for the scenes he wanted to capture in his surroundings. The early photographs he took along his route laid crucial foundation for him.

After gaining experience over the years, Matthew David Parker found himself an opportunity to take promotional photos for his friend’s bakery shop. His honed skills allowed him to take mouthwatering photos of the baked goods that were to be used in store and online. His friend then went on to recommend him to others who required promotional photos. It did not take long for Matthew David Parker’s name to extend beyond family and friends and make its mark in the professional photography world.

Utilizing his knowledge of New York City, Matthew David Parker has gone on to capture the most iconic landmarks under a captivating, fresh perspective. The style in his photos have been described as demonstrating a contrast between the perfectionism of man’s architecture and the imperfection of mother nature. From portrait photography to photojournalism, his work has exhibited that this rising talent is no one hit wonder in the photography world. He has done professional work not only for locals in New York but for clients across the United States. His presence has even hit a global scale as he has contributed to clients based in Europe and Asia.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

1. I think most people would assume photographers love traveling because of all the new moments we can capture. That is certainly the case, but I believe it is much more than that. There is the opportunity to experience a different culture that is a big appeal. It is interesting to meet different people and taste new food. The allure of traveling is having an immersive new experience.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

2. I consider traveling somewhere between a hobby and a lifestyle. My job allows me to travel quite often, which I am grateful for. However, I rarely travel outside of work related reasons.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

3. It is hard to choose one place as there are so many beautiful places I have been to. One of the top ones is definitely Tagaytay, which is located in the Philippines. There is an area called the Picnic Grove filled with individual benches with small roofs. It is a perfect place to have a snack and enjoy the magnificent view as it overlooks the surroundings.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

4. I do have a trip to Japan scheduled soon for business reasons. I am quite excited as I have always been interested in traveling to Japan. In my spare time there, I hope to attend one of the summer festivals that occur.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

5. I would advise to not procrastinate on planning out the trip. Double and triple check you have all your necessities packed. Keep a budget for the trip as it is quite easy to overshoot it since buying everything is tempting. Also be sure to leave enough money aside in case of any emergencies.

Where would you like to go?

6. Since I can soon cross Japan off my list, I would like to visit Victoria, BC sometime. I have seen pictures, and it is really a sight to behold.

Where would you like to revisit?

7. It would be nice to revisit the Philippines again. The climate may not be forgiving as it does get humid. However, the people there are all so friendly. The sights and the food are amazing.

Do you travel alone? Why?

8. I do travel alone. As it is business related, sometimes the trips come up on short notice. It is difficult to ask a buddy to suddenly drop what they’re doing and expect them to join me.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

9. Top 3 places would be the Philippines, England, and Italy.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

10. I think I am somewhere in between. It depends on how long I am staying.

Keith Bansemer of My Patriot Supply

Keith Bansemer, a talented and experienced digital strategist and eCommerce marketing expert, has recently helped lead My Patriot Supply in the development and implementation of diverse marketing strategies aimed at promoting the company’s varied brands across more than two-dozen individual websites. Keith, who joined My Patriot Supply as the VP of marketing in early 2016, is responsible for leading a uniquely skilled team of marketing professionals specializing in website UX and conversion optimization as well as a host of other essential tasks in the creation of a full-service marketing experience.

After living in Chicago for many years while working in the broadcasting industry, Keith now resides in the Idaho panhandle while working on highly effective marketing campaigns for My Patriot Supply’s many unique brands, including Alexapure, Colonial Concepts, Patriot Pantry, and Patriot Seeds. As My Patriot Supply’s vice president of marketing, Keith maintains a busy professional schedule yet still finds time to travel to some of the most idyllic natural settings in the United States and beyond.

Prior to assuming his marketing leadership role with My Patriot Supply, Keith focused on instilling operational excellence in brand-building for Gannett’s USA Today Network, One-Click Ventures, and Shindigz, just to name a few. Recognized throughout the industry for the unique breadth of knowledge he has accumulated over more than 30 years as a marketing team leader, Keith actually began his professional career in broadcasting, an experience that included serving as a Chicagoland-area radio talk show host.

Keith, who spent more than a decade in broadcasting after graduating from Northern Illinois University, worked in a variety of roles during this early portion of his professional career, including as operations manager, program director, and promotions guru. Of course, it was the latter role that inspired Keith to leverage his marketing talents into the decades-long success he has gone on to enjoy as a professional.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is the opportunity to explore the remote places that tend to get overlooked but are every bit as amazing as the more popular or well-known destinations. My favorite was going on safari for a couple of weeks in Kenya.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s probably somewhere between a hobby and a lifestyle. Having worked for Abercrombie & Kent and promoting their luxury private world travel tours, you realize the need to break away from time to time and radically change your scenery.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

There’s an off-the-grid area of Idaho (near Upper Priest Lake) that brings me joy each time I visit. A close second choice would be the boundary waters of Ely, Minnesota.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I’m currently planning either to take a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail or bike the Le P’Tit Train Du Nord Linear Park in Quebec.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Never underestimate the benefits of going off the beaten path when planning a trip. The backroads are full of much more adventure than the interstate.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to spend an extended period of time exploring the Argentine side of Patagonia. What a diverse countryside!

Where would you like to revisit?

Like I said, I’ll never tire of visiting the Upper Priest Lake area of Idaho.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I travel with my wife frequently; I just find it’s easier to improvise and bounce new ideas off her during our adventures.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

The Andes Mountains/Patagonia (in both Chile and Argentina), the boundary waters of Minnesota, and Costa Rica.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Since I fit a lot of essential gear and supplies in a relatively small space, it would probably be more accurate to say I pack in the most compact way possible whenever I travel.