Our Team

DSC_1803-REDO Dan Copeland, publisher

Dan Copeland was born in 1955 and spent the first 19 years of his life in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1984. In 1987, Dan moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., to start Business People. For the past 25 years, Dan has led the company. Dan has two daughters, one who is active in the business and the other is still in college. He is involved in the local community through various non-profit agencies. He enjoys golf, snow skiing and travel. 


Alicia Tharp, editor 

Alicia first came to Business People in 2010 as an editing intern and always hoped for the opportunity to return as a full-time employee. She attained that goal in May 2017 when she joined Business People as editor. After spending six years at the Journal Gazette as a copy editor and later as night city editor, the Huntington native and 2011 graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington is thrilled to return to the Business People staff. Armed with a BA in English and her AP Stylebook, Alicia eagerly brings her love of editing. In her spare time, Alicia is an avid reader, movie watcher and lover of all things that get her outdoors. She spends as much time as possible with her family and friends, traveling to see those who don't live locally. Her German Shepherd Molly is her constant shadow and source of joy. Alicia teaches 2nd-graders about the community as a Junior Achievement volunteer and was previously a Big Sister. 

DSC_8907 Emily Burnworth, vp of operations 

Emily started working for Business People in 2004 as the ad coordinator. After gaining experience and learning about all aspects of the company, she took over the office manager position in October 2009 and was promoted to VP of Operations in 2014. She has a degree in marketing from IPFW and strives to bring a fresh perspective to Business People. Emily got married in March 2015 to Mark Burnworth and they welcomed their son, Colin, in March 2016. Emily enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and has a passion for magazines. She feels privileged to work with the Business People team and feels blessed for the opportunities she has been given. 

Deb-Retouched-FINAL Deb Fulton, senior account executive 

Deb began her sales career when she was barely out of her teens, selling for an office supply company, a food distributor, a communications company and for a TV commercial/video production company, before she finally landed at Business People magazine. In July 2016, she will be celebrating her 16th year anniversary as an account executive for Business People. For Deb, this job has been the most rewarding by far. Each day, she has the pleasure of meeting with companies to discover how and why they started their business, and how she can help them continue to grow. Deb has been an ambassador for the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and currently sits on several non-profit marketing committees. She organized and launched a women's networking group (3W3) in 2005. In her spare time, she is a regular movie-watcher, animal activist, book-reader, walker, gardener, photographer and scrapbook artist. She enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends.

DSC_1757-REDO Andrea Copeland, account executive

Though Andrea has had a varied career path, a common theme prevails - sales. When you’re good at something, why rock the boat, right? During her 20 year career in sales, she was a corporate travel agent, helped schools meet their goals while working at Scholastic Books, worked as an account executive for a technology company and then joined the Business People staff. Though she loved her position at Business People, she wanted to broaden her scope of experience, so in 2009 she left to join the Holiday Inn staff. There she wore many hats and gained a wealth of experience, but when a position in non-profit was presented to her, she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Though her career led her all over the Fort Wayne business landscape, she always had a desire to come back to Business People. In August of 2013, her dream came true. She rejoined the Business People staff and says that “it feels good to be home.” Andrea has one son who is her pride and joy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening. She dreams of perfecting her golf game (though she says she still has a ways to go), is always looking for the best bargain and believes that when all else fails, the perfect pair of shoes can save the day.  


Megan Mantica, account executive

Megan studied communication at IPFW and was first introduced to Business People during her sophomore year as an editorial intern. Three years later with a completed college degree and some professional experience, Megan is back - this time as an account executive! She hopes to bring her knowledge of communication and her love of people and Fort Wayne to become a great asset to the BP team. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and working on her house. She has two dogs, Max and Bronx, who drive her crazy but she adores.


Danielle Hoelle, art director

Danielle joined Business People in September of 2012, a year after graduating from IPFW with a degree in graphic design. She continues to be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Outside the world of design, Danielle loves the art of self-expression through other creative outlets such as writing and photography. She also enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and her annual family vacations to North Redington Beach, Fla.

Elle_-65_CMYK Elle Hey, graphic designer

Elle joined Business People in January 2017 as a graphic design intern during her last semester of college at the University of Saint Francis. After receiving her degree in May 2017 she joined the BP team as a full time graphic designer. At the University of Saint Francis she studied graphic design and photography, and loved being involved with the various art organizations on and off campus. She is now a proud USF alumni. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking and eating with her family and friends. She also enjoys learning more about art history, design, metal crafting and alternative photography techniques.


Britny Berndt, account executive

Britny joined BPPromos, a division of Business People magazine, in August of 2016. She is a Fort Wayne native, an Indiana University-Bloomington graduate and is excited to be part of the Business People team. Britny comes from the non-profit sector with a marketing and fundraising background, and has a passion for helping meet businesses’ and people’s needs. Having been a former customer of the promotional products industry, she understands the value of the customer experience. Britny serves on multiple non-profit Boards and community committees. In her free time, she enjoys all things food—organic gardening, healthy cooking, canning, trying new restaurants—and is always looking for a yoga or indoor cycle/spin buddy. She loves spending time with friends and family and cuddling up with her dog, Charlie. 


Whitney Kaiser, sales/marketing

After spending four years as a marketing manager in the tax industry, Whitney joined BPPromos, a division of Business People, in April 2017. She graduated from IPFW in December 2015 with a BS in business, with concentrations in marketing and finance. During her time at IPFW, Whitney founded the IPFW chapter of She’s the First, a non-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in developing nations. She is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. During her spare time, you can find Whitney traveling with her husband, playing fetch with her dogs, Oakley and Copper, spending time on the lake with her family or watching a good movie.