About Ivan: The Man
I was born on December 1st, 1989, in the city of Arlington, TX, USA.
My parents were local residents, from somewhat different backgrounds.
When I turned 5yrs old, they decided to purchase a house, and move to Fort Worth, TX, USA.
Growing up, as a millennial, I related to many of the modern interests of the popular culture in my generation.
I played a lot of video games, enjoyed TV and movies, but excelled in Baseball, above all else.
My home life was somewhat turbulent, and took a serious turn when my parents divorced at the age of 10yrs old.
From the 6th grade, onward, my success in traditional academia was extremely strained.
Turmoil in my family life, as well as being a minority in most of the public schools I attended, made it very difficult for me to live a stable, peaceful life, until I was 18yrs old.
There were many dark chapters in my youth.
As I look back, today, I can clearly discern that God brought me through those times, and is worthy of all due honor and credit, for my survival.
While Baseball had always been my career focus, a bad political experience, during my first year of college, lead me to the decision that I should discontinue my pursuit of the sport.
I spent the next few years pursuing Vocal Performance opportunities, particularly in Local Community Theatre.
Again, however, for political reasons, I decided to move on to other things.
About a year after that, I successfully created a Christian Themed Card Game, but failed to bring it to Market.
This is what lead me to Online Marketing.
At the age of 26yrs old, I quit my part-time job, and became a full time Online Marketing Consultant.
There was a time when I looked back, and wondered at all the random things I did over the years.
Now, I can see the common thread that links it all together, and it is a major part of my Christian Ministry as an Online Marketing Consultant.
My name is Ivan David Lippens, and it is my privilege to share the Grace of Jesus Christ with the Global Marketing Community.
Contact me, or browse my site, for a refreshing understanding of Truth in Marketing.
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
About Ivan: The Brand
The name “Ivan” is Slavic in origin, and comes from the Greek name “Ioannes“, which is subsequently derived from the Hebrew name “Yochanan“.
The English Old Testament transliteration of this name is “Johanan” or “Jehohanan“, while the New Testament version is certainly the more well known for, being “John“, and there are also many variations.
The name means “YAHWEH is Gracious”.
Some attribute the meanings of names as applying to the individual, and in this case the name would mean “Gift from YAHWEH“.
There are at least a few cases, in the Holy Bible, where “Grace” is referred to as a “Gift from God”, so I think that it makes more sense that way, rather than view any given person that way.
The name is not there to define the person, but rather to remind the person of something that is eternally true.
For my brand, I decided to combine my personal identity with a message of Grace and Truth.
I, Ivan, am merely a man, but I also want to be accountable to Grace and Truth, in every aspect of my life, including my business.
When people see this brand, and work with the people behind it, I want them to experience the Grace of God.
That is why my logo is “The Gift of Christ”, because that is inevitably what I want to share with everyone who comes seeking the Truth in Marketing.
Ephesians 4:7 (KJV)
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.