Jon Michael Horst Digital Marketing Specialist CGM

Jon-Michael

Jon-Michael Horst brings over 18 years of extensive business experience, specializing in marketing, merchandising, and business development. His career has spanned national multi-million dollar corporations to small local businesses, providing him with a diverse and comprehensive understanding of the industry landscape.

A proud Colorado native, Jon-Michael hails from Colorado Springs and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His commitment to continuous learning led him to complete the Digital Marketing Certificate Program at Denver University in 2022, enhancing his expertise in the rapidly evolving digital marketing realm.

Passionate about marketing and branding, Jon-Michael thrives on crafting compelling brand narratives. He firmly believes in the power of storytelling as a pivotal component of marketing strategy, enabling brands to forge deeper connections with their audience.

An avid learner, Jon-Michael stays abreast of the latest marketing trends, regularly immersing himself in books and newsletters covering diverse topics from AI to SEO. Committed to giving back to the industry, he serves on the Boards for Colorado Companies to Watch and the American Marketing Association – Colorado Chapter.

Jon-Michael enjoys many hobbies outside of work, including traveling, reading, spending quality time with his family, and assembling intricate LEGO sets. He shares his home with his beloved 18-year-old cat, Simba.

 

If you could invite one person to lunch, who would it be?

There are so many people I would love to meet for lunch and have a discussion about business, creativity, and world affairs. One person who comes to mind is Bob Iger, CEO of Disney. I find him to be a very level-headed businessman with one of the best strategic minds in business.

What is your favorite quote?

I have so many favorite quotes. I have them all over my office at home. But the one that sticks with me is “Believe in yourself.” My late mother would always tell me that when I was down. I still have her notes where she wrote that down for me. During difficult days, I always go back to my Mom’s hand-written note that she wrote to me that ends with, “Believe in yourself. Love Mom”