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Mission statement

Launching in 2009, OwlAccess.com is the top source for Florida Atlantic University athletic news and the fastest growing community of Owl fans .

The only professional site solely dedicated to covering FAU sports, OwlAccess.com promises to keep FAU fans informed, while also offering fair and honest commentary about one of the fastest growing athletic programs in the country.

FAUOwlAccess is an independent, privately-owned site and not affiliated in any way with FAU or the FAU Athletic department. 

Our staff

Chuck King, Managing Editor

Chuck King started covering Florida Atlantic in 2002 for the Boca Raton News. The Owls' football team had yet to make its jump to Division I-A, or the Football Bowl Series or whatever the NCAA decides to call it this week. Remember that frenetic I-AA playoff run?
 
Two years later he made the move to the Palm Beach Post, and has written for that paper as a staff member and a freelancer ever since. King served as Marcus Nelson's backup, writing stories about athletes in nearly every sport FAU offers.
 
King is familiar with the specific advantages and challenges associated with developing and maintaining a sports web site. His MinorLeagueDugout.com site is one of the fastest growing minor league baseball sites on the Web. In 2004 King wrote The Funniest Thing I've Ever Seen: More than 100 crazy stories from minor league baseball. He's looking forward to bringing FAU baseball some of the coverage that's been lacking in the major local media.
 
Not always a sports writer, King has also worked for IBM as a multimedia producer and WPEC News 12 as a weather producer.
 
A graduate of Spanish River High School, King received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Hartford. Prior to becoming editor of the student newspaper there, King spent a year as sports editor. Basketball was the main sport for the Hawks, and one of their biggest rivals was Boston University, then coached by a young Mike Jarvis. How's that for coming full circle?

Maria Burnham Nelson, Marketing Director 
 
Maria Burnham Nelson has extensive knowledge and proven experience in internet marketing including SEO, SEM, website usability and online public relations. With more than 15 years of internet marketing experience, she has developed and marketed websites for a wide range of companies, including NY Times Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer, Chiquita Banana, Rodale’s Publishing, PetStyle.com and more. As a consultant, Burnham Nelson has helped more than 60 companies significantly improve their ROI through smart, measured internet marketing tactics and strategies.  Prior to consulting,  she was Director of Product Management for eDiets.com, where she defined and developed more than 13 interactive diet and fitness plans. She began her online career building one of the first newspaper websites for the Scripps Howard media corporation and was part of the team that launched The Palm Beach Post's first online presence. .

Steve Johnson, Technology Director

Steve Johnson is a seasoned technology executive with proven expertise in e-commerce, software development, information technology, infrastructure, and systems management. He has significant product development experience, has run large software development organizations and has been involved in several successful start-ups.  In 2003, Steve founded Four-six Systems, an Internet technology consulting firm specializing in the design, development, and management of highly interactive web applications.  In this position, he has been responsible for bringing dozens of web applications into production.

From 1996 thru 2003, Steve was the Chief Technology Officer for eDiets.com, where he led all aspects of the company's I.T. and development initiatives from inception. eDiets.com (Nasdaq: DIET) is the largest subscription-based online diet, nutrition and fitness destination.  Prior to eDiets.com, Johnson held various management and hands-on technical positions in the fields of software and systems development for several companies including IBM, General Dynamics, Allied Signal / Bendix King, Sensormatic, and Advanced Promotion Technologies. 
 

A1A Interactive - Business Operations

 A1A Interactive, Inc. is is a full service marketing agency specializing in internet marketing services, including low acquisition cost marketing campaigns, SEO and SEM, cutting edge web design and unique branding methodologies.