Blue Zones

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Dan Buettner

Dan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Zones and the New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” Dan is an internationally recognized explorer, educator, public speaker and co-producer of an Emmy Award-winning travel documentary. Dan has appeared as a longevity expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, CBS’s The Early Show and CNN.

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Tony Buettner

Tony is the Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development for Blue Zones. He is responsible for sales, product development, partner relationships and delivery of overall operations and services. He received his BA in Operations Management from the University of St. Thomas and spent the first thirty years of his career running an adventure travel company and as owner of wholesale company based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following the sale of his wholesale company he opened a retail store and consulted on retail operations throughout the Caribbean. Tony enjoys hunting and fishing, the outdoors, and is dedicated to his family and wife.


Gwen Martin

Gwen is the Managing Director, VP of Corporate Development & Education.  She is responsible for the overall direction of Blue Zones and is primarily focused on creating new avenues for growth.  Gwen received her BA in International Business from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the team she was an integral part of building an award winning, nationally recognized consulting firm based in Minneapolis.


Amelia Clabots

Amelia is the Operations Manager at Blue Zones. She manages daily operations, HR, IT support, bookkeeping, financial reporting and website management. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is currently seeking an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Amelia loves to ski, golf, photograph and eat amazing food. She is also an MCAD alumni board member and volunteers with Open Arms as much as she can.

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Sam Skemp

Sam is the Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager at Blue Zones. He provides executive assistant support to Blue Zones CEO Dan Buettner, oversees Blue Zones’ social media presence, and handles social media related correspondence. Sam received a degree in Business Management and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. He loves to golf, ski and spend time with friends and family.

Amy Tomczyk

Amy is the Speaking Agent at Blue Zones. She oversees the public speaking business and maintains key relationships with sponsors, clients, vendors, and the public. Amy received her Masters in Education from Loyola College of Maryland and her BA from University of Minnesota, School of Journalism. Amy is an avid yoga practitioner and loves to eat, bike, ski and hike with friends and family.

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra is the Research and Editorial Manager at Blue Zones. She writes articles for local and national media outlets as well as the Blue Zones website and also researches emerging topics in health, wellness and longevity. Alexandra received a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working towards an MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. She loves yoga, hiking, and street food and believes everyone should get lost in a foreign country at least once.