Meet Tim, SparkPeople's Social Media Expert


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Editor's Note: By popular demand, our Behind the Scenes at SparkPeople feature has returned.

Name: Tim Metzner (SP_TMETZNER)

Position at SparkPeople: Marketing and Business Development

Age: 28

Family: Amazing and beautiful wife Kristy, our yellow lab mix Canyon, and Carson, our overly snuggly cat.

How long have you worked for SparkPeople? Started as a co-op in June of 2001 and came on full-time in 2005 (so almost 10 years)!

Tell us your proudest accomplishment at SparkPeople or a fun fact about your job: I'm probably most proud of how early on I got to join the company and the crazy range of things that I've done in my time. Some of my wide-ranging tasks have included: property management in our early days (whether fixing toilets, painting, or showing up in the middle of the night to check on alarms going off), helping sell and flight/traffic ads on our websites, managing all of our marketing, and creating and managing partnerships with other great companies.

I also was responsible for creating and executing our social media strategy and am probably best known by our members as the guy behind our posts on Facebook and Twitter (love interacting with our members there!).

How do you stay in shape? By varying my workouts all the time; it's pretty rare that my routine is the same from one week to the next. Some regulars on my list include walking, running, or hiking with the wife and pup, basketball, and weight training.

What's your favorite food? This is really hard for me as I enjoy so many different things. Some of the things towards the top of the list are stuffed peppers and sautéed onions/veggies of all kinds.

What's your favorite indulgence? This is easy, love ice cream!

How do you feel when you exercise? I'm not always super excited and motivated to get going, but almost always feel energized and a great sense of accomplishment when I'm done.

What do you do to de-stress? Exercise (a good lift or basketball), go for a ride on my motorcycle (when weather permits), or just spend some time in the great outdoors.

What is your passion in life? It may sound cliché, but I really do enjoy helping others. Whether that's through my work at SparkPeople or by getting involved around the community or with other organizations doing great things, it's something I've always enjoyed.

I also love traveling with my wife, anything outdoors, and connecting with entrepreneurs and others chasing their dreams.

How has working at SparkPeople affected your life? SparkPeople was my first real job and I always tell people that being a part of such an amazing organization with great co-workers, so young in life has completely spoiled me!

Have you gained or lost weight since starting here? I have actually gained weight. When I first started I was a pretty scrawny guy who had always hoped to be able to put on some muscle mass while staying fit, but had never been able to figure it out. Within a year of working for SparkPeople I put on 20-30lbs of muscle and was easily in the best shape of my life.

What's your favorite breakfast cereal? Honey nut cheerios for breakfast and peanut butter Cap'n Crunch is my go to snack cereal (I could eat cereal any time of day).

What did you eat for dinner last night? Barbeque pork chops, sautéed onions and squash, and mac & cheese.

Do you have any hidden talents? I have hops. While the vertical leap isn't quite what it was 10 years ago, at only 6'1", I can still dunk a basketball.

What are some of your goals? Continue to keep health and fitness a priority no matter how busy life gets, be a lifelong student (always make time for reading, learning from others, self improvement, etc.), and in the short term, run the Thanksgiving Day Race (10k) with Kristy.

What's your favorite SparkPeople feature? I'm a bit biased since I initially suggested it, but I'm a big fan of SparkStreaks (and have several weekly streaks that are currently approaching 100 weeks)!

What do you like best about working at SparkPeople? The people (this includes both co-workers and SparkPeople members)!

Is there anything else readers should know about you? I'm a big fan of our local sports teams; love the Cincinnati Reds, Bearcats, and Bengals (in that order).

What would YOUR dream job be?

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  • 23
    It was so nice to read this blog! You do a fantastic job with the Facebook page - it is so nice to get a response, to know that there's a real person behind the page.

    I don't know what my dream job would be. I am lucky to have my hand in a few things - I'm a nonprofit fundraiser full time, but also teach college courses part-time and freelance with writing, editing/proofreading, and design. - 1/23/2011   4:31:13 PM
  • 22
    Thanks for all you do Tim M.!!

    BTW, I just love this feature! Keep 'em coming! - 1/13/2011   3:19:10 PM
  • 21
    We are so blessed to have Spark People and all their employees. I have my dream job: Teaching Spanish grades 6-12. - 1/12/2011   7:49:37 PM
  • 20
    The staff are a reflection of the leadership of an organization. Chris is an extraordinary human being, and draws others like himself, including beings like Tim!

    My dream job: Run an international social services organization in South America! - 1/12/2011   7:51:58 AM
  • 19
    My Dream Job would be working for Jack LaLanne. - 1/12/2011   1:07:52 AM
  • 18
    I'm tickled that you can eat whatever you want for breakfast! That's great.
    Thanks for all you do with SP! - 1/11/2011   7:22:00 PM
  • 17
    Thanks for all the kind words - much appreciated! - 1/11/2011   5:32:10 PM
  • 16
    I already have my dream job. I teach. When I retire I wouldn't mind a job that paid me to travel. Perhaps leading tour groups? - 1/11/2011   1:22:02 PM
  • 15
    Love 'meeting' Spark employees! - 1/11/2011   12:04:12 PM
    Now I am going to check out SparkStreaks. I don't really know what that is but if it's a favorite then I better check it out, I'm missing out! - 1/11/2011   11:58:30 AM
  • 13
    I had the pleasure of meeting Tim at my husband high school reunion. Before he knew I was a member, when asked what he did, Tim proudly announced working for SP. I could tell he really does love working there, and how could you not!!! - 1/11/2011   11:50:33 AM
  • 12
    What an awesome life you live!! Kudos to you on loving what you do. - 1/11/2011   11:38:06 AM
  • MEREKL21
    Go Tim!!!!:) - 1/11/2011   10:53:04 AM
  • 10
    Tim is a great guy -- we're happy to have him on the team!

    Chris (SparkGuy)
    - 1/11/2011   10:17:40 AM
  • KRAZY84
    That's my hubby! :) - 1/11/2011   10:16:48 AM
    Thanks for sharing, Tim. Please do more of these kinds of interviews. They are interesting and helpful. - 1/11/2011   9:56:32 AM
    My dream job would to be a test kitchen associate for a healthy-lifestyle media platform - first and foremost alongside Chef Meg in the SP kitchen, but perhaps another outlet like Eating Well magazine, Cooking Light magazine, Health magazine, or others. :) I love to recreate recipes to be healthier and to share what I uncover with others. Hence why I'm in the editorial/food biz to begin with! - 1/11/2011   8:43:23 AM
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    My dream job? To be a successful and highly paid writer/fine arts photographer... Annie Leibovitz meets Nora Roberts... lol! - 1/11/2011   8:38:45 AM
  • 5
    My dream job is to work as a mental health counselor in a high school...and to get paid really well for it! - 1/11/2011   8:02:24 AM
  • 4
    To work for Oprah...any Job producer, mailroom, teacher, dog walker - 1/11/2011   7:07:41 AM
  • 3
    I am retired so I too have nothing for you. - 1/11/2011   7:07:15 AM
    athletic trainer for the michigan wolverines....and if not that job, then any highschool or local college team. i am facinated by the body (work in health care in pediatrics) and i LOVE sports. it would combine what im intrigued by and what my passion is! - 1/11/2011   7:03:25 AM
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    LOL. . . I live in the Cincy area and I've been a Steelers fan since 1972 (long before you were born).

    I love my job so I don't have much to offer on that topic. - 1/11/2011   7:03:14 AM

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