Beth Jackson Bates is a jack of all trades in the web world. In 1998, Beth founded Web Strategies, a digital marketing firm specializing in helping businesses connect with customers. She’s been in the web business for over 20 years and enjoys putting a new twist on traditional web technology. She helps her clients understand their business needs and how digital marketing strategies and tactics fulfill their goals.
From 2001 to 2006 she consulted with USA TODAY, where she supported the Education and Circulation departments with projects ranging from new websites to application development. During her time at USA TODAY, she was a three-time Jewell Award winner for business innovation. She also has 20 years of experience working with associations and nonprofits.
Beth has a soft spot for animals and founded GoodDogz.org, Inc. in 2003 to help fill a void in the animal welfare community. GoodDogz.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on dog selection and care and supporting the efforts of rescue groups. We believe that by assisting with good dog-owner matches, we’ll give each family the best opportunity for a life-long relationship with their new dog and help to keep dogs out of shelters. She currently serves on its board of directors as president. She is also the vice president of The Winchester Main Street Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Center for Literary Arts.
Beth lives in Bentonville, VA, with her husband, Mark, and their dog, Vivian. She is a craft beer aficionado, avid gamer and likes to be a “pretend farmer”, growing flowers and vegetables on her rural property.
Would you rather battle 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck and why?
I’d rather fight a giant duck because I have freakish, spontaneous strength, but am not an endurance fighter. 100 tiny horses would, sadly, wear me down. Fun fact: I use my instantaneous, mega strength as the official “jar opener” in our house.
What’s your hidden talent?
I’m classically trained as a violinist and have played as a soloist and as part of an orchestra.
What is something that very few people know about you?
I auditioned for Annie when I was a kid.
If your life had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”, Ministry’s “Everyday is Halloween” and the theme from The Benny Hill Show.
What’s your go-to comfort food?
Mashed potatoes and beer.
What is your death row meal?
Mashed potatoes and beer.
Of all the mysteries in the world, what is the one you’d like answered?
How do they travel so quickly from one place to another in Game of Thrones? It defies space and time.