Gahlord Dewald

Gahlord Dewald


Burlington, Vermont Area

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Gahlord Dewald's Overview

  • Online Strategist | President/Janitor at Thoughtfaucet
  • Speaker: Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Clarifying Things at Thoughtfaucet
  • Community Faculty: Animation at Burlington College
  • Director of Web Strategy (Online Strategist) at Union Street Media
  • Music Director at Viva La Voce Puppet Opera
  • Account Executive at Peter Harris & Associates Design

500+ connections

Gahlord Dewald's Summary

Gahlord Dewald is a strategist. He works with organizations on several continents to solve wicked problems involving audience, technology, and developing business capabilities.

For more than 15 years Dewald has developed web sites, built and improved marketing teams, made creative things like animation or design or music or film or branding and identity materials. His blending of number and narrative, analytics and creative, have become admired by his clients and by the industries he serves.

He can be found speaking to audiences who value his not-gonna-water-it-down approach to making complex things clear. He has presented from the stages of Blogworld, The Expeditionary War School at Quantico, Inman Connect, Global Strategic Management Institute and others.

Outside of business pursuits, Gahlord Dewald is active in the athletic and creative cultures of Burlington, Vermont. He performs on occasion as a bassist in situations ranging from community orchestras to improvisatory rock ensembles. He is an amateur biathlete, practicing martial artist, and bicycle commuter.

Dewald is most motivated by projects that develop data and information in order to assemble meaning and make things people like.

Gahlord Dewald's Experience

Online Strategist | President/Janitor


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Design industry

October 1999Present (15 years)

Thoughtfaucet is a strategic content studio.

Specific services include consultation to align business objectives and measurement systems such as web analytics, designing and making content to achieve those objectives, and measuring/reporting on results. Thoughtfaucet provides these services on a retainer basis for preferred clients.

Work often includes multi-channel development for the web, social media, print and television.

Thoughtfaucet has performed work for: Time Book of the Year winner Alison Bechdel; real estate brokerages including The Boutique RE, Shorewest Real Estate in Milwaukee, and Realogy brand Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; children's media property Dogsharks; international public relations consortium ECCO PR; rock band Charles, Dead or Alive; First American Title; live radio variety show Queen City Radio Hour produced by Vermont Public Radio; Apache Cassandra developers Datastax; platform-as-a-service/big data technology firm Pivotal.

Speaker: Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Clarifying Things


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Design industry

March 1998Present (16 years 7 months)

As a presenter, Gahlord Dewald best fits into your event if you have an emerging intermediate/advanced audience which is looking for more than what they'd get from reading a presenter's blog post, more than top ten lists, more than introductory.

He specializes in making complicated topics clear and within reach for audiences. He is able to elevate the capabilities and confidence of groups to take on their next challenge regardless of technical complexity.

Gahlord's presentations often include elements of practical how-to information but extend beyond into the "why do we do this and when does it make sense for my organization?" This approach is greatly appreciated by attendees.

Community Faculty: Animation

Burlington College

September 20072010 (3 years)

Burlington College is an alternative liberal arts college in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Graduates of its film program have been successful in the industry both in Vermont and beyond.

In keeping with the self-directed ethos of BC, I have developed a curriculum which focuses on helping students become capable of producing independent animation on their own and in small teams.

Specific successes have included: developing a core-skills program covering a variety of animated media from traditional hand drawn to computer assisted to experimental forms such as pixilation and sand painting, student successfully creating an animation rig for multi-plane paper cut-out animation in his kitchen, students completing 30 second and greater compelling and visually engaging animations.

Director of Web Strategy (Online Strategist)

Union Street Media

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

October 2007April 2009 (1 year 7 months)

While at Union Street Media Gahlord expanded name recognition from regional to international through his use of social media, blog content and conference appearances in the real estate industry. He also oversaw content creation and direction for a Department of Labor Workforce Education Training Funds (WETF) grant.

Results of his work at Union Street Media include creation of a new revenue stream for the business--internet marketing services, staff training materials, and extreme client satisfaction with the clients he worked with.

Music Director

Viva La Voce Puppet Opera

January 2005November 2008 (3 years 11 months)

Viva La Voce is an amateur puppet opera company combining the talents of local opera singers, musicians, puppeteers, set designers and theater specialists. Productions include Carmen, Faust, Die Fledermaus and Madame Butterfly.

Gahlord's role of musical director involved recruiting an ad hoc orchestra of volunteer musicians, arranging the full orchestra score, rehearsing and leading the orchestra from rehearsals through to performance.

Some successes include: Encouraging musicians who hadn't touched their instrument since high school band to participate to their fullest capability, sold out shows at the Flynn Space in Burlington, fitting all the parts of a full orchestra into a full sound using just six instruments.

Account Executive

Peter Harris & Associates Design

May 1998October 1999 (1 year 6 months)

Peter Harris & Associates is a small print and packaging design shop in southern Vermont specializing in Natural Foods and Natural HABA clients.

Successes: Management of a large catalog design process including photography and copywriting, development of a standardized creative brief process, management of final file proofing and preparation for domestic and Asian print houses.

Gahlord Dewald's Skills & Expertise

  1. SEO
  2. Social Media Marketing
  3. Digital Strategy
  4. Web Analytics
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Strategy
  7. Analytics
  8. Strategic Planning
  9. Solving complex problems
  10. Leadership

Gahlord Dewald's Publications

  • Thoughtfaucet Articles

    • Thoughtfaucet
    Authors: Gahlord Dewald

    Articles on technology, marketing, and strategy.

  • Trends Report 2014

    • January 31, 2014

    Gahlord contributed a section on innovation including what it is, how to identify it, and a concrete example to Stefan Swanepoel's 9th annual report on business trends in the real estate industry.

  • Syndicated Columnist

    • Inman News
    Authors: Gahlord Dewald

    Syndicated columns covering technology, analytics, locative media, digital communications and business processes. Examples drawn from lead generation and real estate businesses. June 2009 to present.

  • Trialogues Podcast

    • 2013

    A conversational podcast covering technology, marketing and leadership in the real estate industry. Examples drawn from a variety of industries, research and experiences.

Gahlord Dewald's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • German

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Bulgarian

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Mandarin

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Russian

    (Limited working proficiency)

Gahlord Dewald's Education

Marlboro College


Ongoing Professional Development

Gahlord Dewald's Courses

  • Marlboro College

    • Plan Paper: Authenticity and "Authenticity"
    • Independent Fieldwork: Bulgaria
    • Religion, Literature & Philosophy
  • Ongoing Professional Development

    • Introduction to Executive Protection Operations, 40hrs, Instructor: Tim Arnold
    • Yin Style Baguazhang, 120hrs, Instructor: He Jinbao
    • OODA and Innovation, 18hrs, Instructors: Chet Richards, Chuck Spinney, Dean Lenane

Gahlord Dewald's Additional Information


music, animation, cross-country skiing, typography.

Groups and Associations:

Peru Nordic Masters, Digital Analytics Association

Honors and Awards:

Inman News Real Estate's 50 Most Influential Online

2nd Place Biathlon Sprint: North American Biathlon Cup #5 2013, Masters Division

3rd Place Biathlon Mass Start: North American Biathlon Cup #5 2013, Masters Division

3rd Place USA National Champion: Summer Biathlon 2008, Senior Division

Assistant Instructor: Vermont Kung Fu Academy

Best Dressed: Old Northender Academy Awards Gala

Audience Choice: "Golgonooza" VT International Film Festival

5k Competition: Flash, Interactive Musical Dictionary (Polyrhythm 3.8k)

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