A couple of weeks ago, I published “Help Wanted“. Shawn Coomer, my long time senior editor / Quick Deal author / credit card manager / etc. had given notice. He was ready to work full time on his own blog, Miles to Memories. I’m very happy to see Shawn succeed, but I also clearly need someone else to help… Hence the post requesting applications.
The new position is intended to be full time (Shawn worked half time for me). I received 95 valid applications, and most appeared to be extremely well qualified. A couple of submissions that I considered invalid were from Tom Brady (who should stick to football), and my dog. Surprisingly, my dog got the question about 5/24 mostly correct, but I suspect that my son helped him file his application.
Choosing among so many qualified application was excruciatingly difficult. I have no doubt that many applicants would have been fantastic, but I only had an opening for one. I narrowed the search down to 26 candidates, then to 12, then to 4, then finally to 1…
Meet Nick Reyes
The application process proved that Nick has a good solid understanding of points & miles, stacking deals, manufacturing spend, etc. Importantly, I also learned that he has the ability to write succinctly and with humor. Throughout the application and interview process I kept asking myself: is this someone the Frequent Miler audience will enjoy reading, and who I’ll enjoy working with? With Nick, the answer was always yes & yes. I believe Nick will be a great contributor to the blog.
Nick is currently on a 5+ week around-the-world journey with his wife, but he was eager to get started at Frequent Miler. So, while he travels he’ll be part time and he’ll transition to full time when he returns to the U.S.
Nick has already helped update our Best Offers Page, and has published a couple of posts. If you’re interested in stacking deals, please see his write-up about Neiman Marcus in his excellent post about the United 15X 1 day deal. Even though the 15X deal is done, the stacking techniques he wrote about may be of interest to many. You can find an up to date list of all of Nick’s posts here: thefrequentmiler.com/author/nick/
Meet Nick at FTU Advanced Seattle
On the weekend of February 24th, I’ll be presenting at Frequent Traveler University Advanced in Seattle. I’ll be speaking about manufacturing spend, earning elite status, meeting Richard Branson, and more. And Nick will be just back from his round the world trip, so he will join me there too. I’m looking forward to working with Nick in-person. If you’re interested in meeting him, please introduce yourself when you see him there.