I live in Alburgh, Vermont with my wife, Heavenly, pictured with me above. Previously lived in Burlington, Vermont for 19 years. Grew up in Colchester, Vermont.
Work and Education History:
My first job was working summer vacations as a fruit picker and “pick-your-own” manager for Paul Mazza’s Fruit & Vegetable Stand of Essex Center. Then, when I turned 16 I took on a second job that summer as a cashier and stocker for Grand Union of Essex Junction. When summer was over I kept working at Grand Union while going to high school. The following summer I continued working at Grand Union, full time.
Once I graduated from Colchester High School I went to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I joined Josten’s as a ring inspector and eventually took on jobs running computer functions for the company while going to college.
In 1998, I decided to open up JLRyan.com while still working full-time at Josten’s and going to school full-time.
By 2000, JLRyan.com was keeping me busy enough to focus on the business full time while still going to school full time. From 2000 to 2004, I continued to grow sales and open up several other web sites including CosmicVitamins.com, PepsiCollectables.com, and ElectricGear.com.
In 2002, I graduated from University of North Texas (UNT) with a business administration degree in Marketing with an emphasis on e-commerce along with some courses in Entrepreneurship. Heavenly and I moved back to Vermont and got married on the shores of Lake Champlain at St. John’s Club. We then purchased a home off North Ave and Heavenly and I continued to run the several web sites.
In 2004, we took on web site management of Hamlens.com, which is the online presence of Hamlen’s Garden Center of Swanton, Vermont.
Later in 2004, I decided I really liked creating and developing web sites as a occupation, so I opened Advantage Creations to offer my help to other small businesses wanting to do business online. In the first year of business as Advantage Creations we created the several web sites for clients. We also formed ChamplainCoffee.com to offer low acid coffee online. As I love coffee and have acid reflux, this was a perfect business for me to get involved in.
In 2005, we have continued to manage the web sites created previously as well as completed several more new websites for clients.
In 2007, I was elected chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party and have remained in this position until February 2020.
In 2012, we acquired the assets of Digital Road Consulting to expand more into internet marketing services.
In February 2017, we purchased the assets of Wondermugs and have been rebuilding the business since.
In 2019, I became a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party.
Along with running several retail web sites and a web development/internet marketing firm, I trade the stock market. I journal this on my website: Champton.com.
- Serves as Interim Treasurer of North Avenue Cooperative – 2015
- Elected chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party – 2007-2020
- Formed and elected chair of the Burlington Libertarian Party – 2003-present
- Elected Treasurer of the National Youth Rights Chapter of Vermont
- Elected Treasurer of Safe Water Advocates of Burlington
- Elected to the Burlington Ward 4 & 7 NPA Steering Committee – 2006-2007
- Member of the Burlington Business Association
Hobbies and Interests:
- Cross-Country Skiing at Leddy Park
- Drinking coffee
- Walking and biking on the Burlington bike path
- Tennis at Leddy Park
- Enjoying Leddy beach during the summer
- Watching movies
- Freedom and Liberty (Burlington LP & VTLP)
- Stocks & Business (Current favorite stocks: AMZN, FB, TAST, CMTV, PYPL, CSCO, COF, CVS, INTC, NATH, PEP, GOOG, MSFT, MO, BRK.B, & EBAY) – More Info: https://champton.com
- Internet, web sites & computers
- Great food from Tian Fu, Beansies Bus and The Shopping Bag.
- Reading (Recently read: Give Me a Break by John Stossell, One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch & Greatest Business Stories of All Time by Forbes
We have either started or acquired the following companies…