Haj Carr is president and CEO of Trueline, a company that reflects his extensive experience in delivering the most value possible to all strategic partners. After studying sociology and religion at Bowdoin College, where he garnered a Mellon Fellowship that furthered his analysis of communications and information technology, he started his career in direct marketing, developing products and campaigns that led to winning a Telly award for best 60-second TV spot in 2002. He next founded and grew Novaya Mortgage, one of New England’s largest mortgage broker firms at its peak of 150 employees across eight offices. Sparked by a respect for the integrity and work ethic of the construction industry, he cofounded Bull Run Media, a publishing house of magazines that was sold to pave the way for Trueline. When not growing the industry sectors covered within the company’s family of magazines, he enjoys competitive ballroom dancing, social salsa dancing, Crossfit, target shooting, skiing and fishing.
A graduate of University of Southern Maine, Karyn Dowty is operations manager for Trueline, where she is proud to continue a tradition of effortlessly balancing budgets and schedules for one of Maine’s fastest growing enterprises. Over the past decade she has handled the finances and agendas for indoor multi-sports arenas to Novaya Mortgage, one of New England’s most large-scale mortgage broker firms. In addition, she brings insight to Trueline from Gibraltar Investment Partners-Property Management, where she worked with contractors, realtors and loan officers during the construction, renovation and marketing stages of condominium development. Alongside organizing people and places to offer the most efficient services, she spends her time running, doing Crossfit, skiing, playing soccer, and taking part in intramural sports and any activity that allows her to be outside enjoying nice weather.
Marcia Giancola, director of public relations and marketing at Trueline, grew up on the West Coast, attending Lynbrook High School and West Valley College in San Jose, Calif. Fueled by a passion for fashion and travel, she lived in Japan for several years, eventually directing her strengths as a people person into the communications sector. Relocating to the East Coast, she worked for 12 years as director of administration, marketing and PR for the Maine division of Waterfront Properties, a commercial property owner/management company headquartered in New York City, following that with a three-year stint working for Novaya Mortgage as a loan officer and marketing manager. She has been happily married to her husband David for over 30 years and has been a singer for much of her life,sitting in on professional sessions and performances nationally and internationally during the 1970s and 1980s while based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She still takes every opportunity to belt out a number, and it’s this commitment to harmony that she brings to keeping things in tune at Trueline.
Erica is a content marketing professional with experience working in a variety of industries, including technology, digital media, publishing and politics. She began her career working in-house at San Diego-based businesses and then found her niche as an independent consultant. Freedom from the office lent itself to world travel, but in 2014 Erica, a Maine native, moved back to the East Coast and joined the Trueline team.
An alumna of UMaine, with a degree in mass communications, Erica’s passion lies in uncovering unique and compelling ways to communicate and promote a product, service or business. When she's not helping companies achieve their dreams, she is busy chasing her own -- planning multi-country adventures, enjoying all the great food Portland, Maine has to offer and discovering the best of the library's fiction section.
Jeanee Dudley has been with Trueline since May 2012, beginning her tenure as a staff writer. An alumna of College of the Atlantic and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Jeanee is a contributor for several regional magazines. Outside of work here at the office, she enjoys building nonfiction narratives with a range of political, environmental and human interest subject matter as well as writing short fiction.
Her expertise in grammar, narrative, linguistics and press policy contribute to Trueline’s mission to provide value through building high-quality content. As managing editor, Jeanee has driven adaptations to the department’s workflow, boosting productivity while providing editorial leadership and organization. When she is not busy trying to self-induce carpal tunnel, Jeanee enjoys outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, backwoods camping, boating, rock climbing and bicycling, as well as indoor pursuits, such as sampling Maine’s best craft beer, eating pizza, painting, reading, collecting records and taking afternoon power naps.
Starting at Trueline in October 2014, Lia brings an array of experience – from branding and apparel design to print and catalog production to web design and development. A native of Maine, Lia attended St. Lawrence University where she spilt her time creating masterpieces in the studio and competitively ski racing on the D1 nordic circuit. Her early portfolio work includes ceramic pieces, charcoal drawings, and both oil and acrylic paintings. After spending several years living in Park City, Utah as a glorified ski bum, Lia returned to school where she refined her design and production skills.
When not punching out journals, Lia can be found skiing, cycling, or surfing, rocking out at local shows, hitting up one of the endless dining establishments, or planning her next vacation. If there was only more time in the day, you might even find her painting another masterpiece.
Patrick Rose is director of vendor relations at Trueline, where he strives to assure the highest level of efficiency for all vendor relations representatives, while reinforcing the mission objectives of the company. He attended Lincoln Academy, where he graduated at the top of his class in 2003. His career experience includes three years running the state of Maine’s only in-house lead generation center for Novaya Mortgage, facilitating business for loan officers. He also acted as a loan officer himself, processing refinances and new purchases for both first time and recurring homebuyers. In addition he gained experience as director of training for NexRep, where he trained agents to deliver the highest level of customer service that clients expected, and he worked on eliminating abandonment and improving brand awareness, as well as value-added services. When not dedicating time to improving the growth of Trueline, he enjoys more outdoor activities, including fishing, sailing, snowboarding and ATV riding.
Victor Martins is the DC director of editorial research at Trueline, where he oversees operations at the company’s Bethesda, Md., office. Graduating in 1996 from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in corporate communications, he worked for several national companies in marketing and media sales, including Yellowbook USA most prior to Bull Run Media, which led to a core position at Trueline. In the past several years his work has garnered multiple monthly, quarterly and yearly awards and accolades as he contributes to the positioning of Trueline’s publications as the top-ranked magazines of their type in the U.S. and Canada. Fluent in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese), he spends downtime following the soccer leagues of multiple nations, as well as playing soccer, basketball, softball and flag football in between devoting time to his beautiful wife and two daughters.