Meet the Team
Chris Martenson, Founder and CEO
Chris Martenson, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell) is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, and founder of PeakProsperity.com. As one of the early econobloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his seminal video seminar: The Crash Course which has also been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). The Crash Course is a popular and extremely well-regarded distillation of the interconnected forces in the Economy, Energy and the Environment (the “Three Es” as Chris calls them) that are shaping the future — one that will be defined by increasing challenges to growth as we have known it.
Following that, the book Prosper! addresses personal resilience by building eight forms of capital. His COVID video series garnered in excess of 40 million views and helped millions better understand, adapt, and prepare for the Pandemic of 2020. In addition to the analysis and commentary he writes for his site PeakProsperity.com, Chris shares his insights on his own social media channels, as well as through traditional media, academic, and civic and private organizations around the world, including the UN, the UK House of Commons and US State Legislatures.
Chris and Evie now live on a 180-acre rural property in western MA and love being close to nature’s bounty and beauty.
That’s the formal version, but here’s the informal version in his own words:
I think it’s important that you understand who I am, how I have arrived at my conclusions and opinions, and why I’ve dedicated my life to communicating them to you.
First of all, I am not an ivory-tower economist. Instead, I’m a trained scientist, having completed both a PhD and a post-doctoral program at Duke University, where I specialized in neurotoxicology. I tell you this because my extensive training as a scientist informs and guides how I think. I gather data, I develop hypotheses, and I continually seek to accept or reject my hypotheses based on the evidence at hand. I let the data tell me the story.
It is also important for you to know that I entered the profession of science with the intention of teaching at the college level. I love teaching, and I especially enjoy the challenge of explaining difficult or complicated subjects to people with limited or no background in those subjects. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
Once I figured out that most of the (so-called) better colleges place “effective teacher” pretty much near the bottom of their list of characteristics that factor into tenure review, I switched gears, obtained an MBA from Cornell (in Finance), and spent the next ten years working my way through positions in both corporate finance and strategic consulting. From these experiences, I gather my comfort with numbers and finance.
So much for the credentials.
The most important thing for you to know is the impact that the information that I’ve now placed on this site had on me. Let’s do this as a Before and After.
Before: I am a 40-year-old professional who has worked his way up to Vice President of a large, international Fortune 300 company and is living in a waterfront, 5 bathroom house in Mystic, CT, which is mostly paid off. My three young children are either in or about to enter public school, and my portfolio of investments is being managed by a broker at a large institution. I do not really know any of my neighbors very well, and many of my local connections are superficial at best.
After: I am a 58-year-old who willingly terminated his former high-paying, high-status position (at 42) because it seemed like an unnecessary diversion from the real tasks at hand. My children were homeschooled, and the big house in Mystic was sold in 2003 in preference for a modest homestead in rural western Massachusetts. In 2002, I discovered that my broker was unable to navigate a bear market, and I’ve been managing my investments ever since. I grow a garden every year; preserve food, know how to brew beer & wine, build structures, operate a sawmill, play guitar, and raise chickens, pigs and cows. I’ve carefully examined each support system (food, energy, security, etc), and for each of them I’ve figured out either a means of being more self-sufficient or a way to do without. But, most importantly, I now know that the most important descriptor of wealth is not my dollar holdings, but the depth and richness of my community.
I hope you find what I have to offer here useful.
All the best,
Aaron McKeon, Business Manager and Director of Technology
Aaron McKeon, member of the Peak Prosperity Tribe since 2014 and former corporate renaissance man turned country homesteader, joins the Peak Prosperity team as Business Manager and Head of Technology.
During his 15-year career at a publicly traded medical device company, he eventually became the company’s only other general manager besides the CEO, personally running an $8 million sales and manufacturing operation in Australia / New Zealand. Prior roles spanned IT, sales, marketing, and operations, giving him a rich understanding of all major areas of the business. Ever since his high school days running his own company building websites, he has also maintained a passion for developing websites, one he now brings to the table at Peak Prosperity.
In 2014, Aaron discovered the Crash Course and has been a member of the Tribe ever since. He and his wife spent their time in Australia learning permaculture and, upon moving back to the United States, left Corporate America to build a homestead in New Hampshire. He has truly taken the Peak Prosperity ethos to heart.
Aaron’s aim is to maintain alignment between the vision of Peak Prosperity, the business strategy, and its day-to-day operations.
Morgan Stewart, Managing Editor & Director of Marketing
Morgan Stewart brings to Peak Prosperity 30 years of communications and marketing experience from multiple industries including energy, retail, consumer electronics, economic development, shipping/logistics, restaurant/food service, tourism, legal, and nonprofit.
He had a brief journalism career, ending as the Associate Editor for Campaigns and Elections Magazine, before transitioning to PR/marketing. Morgan then spent over 15 years working for two Fortune 200 companies and later consulting to national solar energy companies, restaurant chains, nonprofits, and schools. He’s also worked with news organizations in more than 160 media markets, including CNN, Fox News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Good Morning America, the Today Show, 20/20, and Dateline.
In 2016, he launched Paratus Business News, covering the business of self-reliance, homesteading, survival, and prepping. As Chief Reporter, Editor, and Content Manager, he evaluated trends and covered business-related topics that taught readers about the industry and how to build resilience.
While building Paratus, he discovered Chris Martenson and has been following Peak Prosperity ever since. In 2019, he and his wife decided to build on their self-reliance by moving to the North Carolina mountains. Moving from the city life to their homestead was a dream come true. Morgan is extremely active in his church and in charitable organizations, including The Special Liberty Project, serving veterans and Gold Star families; the SPCA; and, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, raising funds for childhood cancer research.
Michael Congero, Events Manager & Director of Strategic Partnerships
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Mike Congero spent his initial working years freelancing in various showrooms across the city – even serving as a “grip” in his family’s record studio – until eventually signing up for the US Air Force, yes, one month prior to September 11.
Between a 15-year tour in the military and 5 years at URS (later Amentum), Mike has nearly 2 decades of project management, operations, maintenance, and logistics experience. In the military, he last served as Assistant Director of RAF Lakenheath’s Process Improvement Office. In his corporate role, he was responsible for managing the movements of hundreds of employees and their families as well as millions in parts and equipment across various projects and site locations, including Germany, Italy, UK, UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Djibouti, and others.
A self-described economic “nerd,” Mike discovered the Crash Course through a trail of self-study on different economic theories prior to and during the 2008 crash, which inevitably led him to Chris Martenson in 2009. He has been a member of the Peak Prosperity Tribe ever since. Combining mission and passion, he now puts his logistics experience to work organizing our events, building partnerships, and growing our community into one that will help us thrive in what we all know is coming.