The Bees Knees!

Did you know in the peak of summer, a colony of honey bees can be made up of over 50,000 “members” in one hive? All members of the same community, from queen bees to worker bees, offering constant communication and naturally working together in harmony to achieve a common goal.  This same ability to build, support, and organize to achieve success is the foundation of who we are. 

Our Purpose

To become the leader in helping people prosper and positively impact their community.

The Collective 

We provide a trade exchange marketplace and collaborative community to members with access to new customers, stronger cash flow, and increased buying power. Vendvana's growing network includes a collective of some of the top entrepreneurs, creatives, dreamers and startups who are all growing their business through trading. 

Our Worker Bees

Our Founder
Mary Ellen Twohey

Founded by Mary Ellen Twohey, whose hands on experience as a business owner of a successful digital advertising agency, chamber of commerce member, and an involved citizen in her community, inspired the vision for Vendvana. From her wedding to vacations, business expenses to home repairs, Mary Ellen’s network of passionate professionals have been trading their expertise with one another to support each other’s dreams for many years.  This personal experience has taught her the value, efficiencies, and positive impact that occurs when we come together.

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The Team

Kathleen Blair
Director of Sales

Kathleen moved to the Valley in 1986 from Michigan leaving the computer industry as a National Accounts Manager in the Automotive Market to venture West. Soon after, she met and married her husband and took her dormant design background and intertwined it with her husband’s architectural background and created a successful custom home business. It was there that
she started utilizing barter to get services and extras for her business and personal life. Twenty years later, we are excited to have Kathleen join Vendvana to share her experience in the Barter World with new and potential members. Kathleen is a supporter of the Arts – theatre and music – as well as a movie buff. She is a foodie and spent six years as a restaurant
critic for three local magazines. Also, Kathleen rescued two furry Poo-Kids –
Pumpkin Latte and Java Beane - who keep her busy. Can you tell she loves coffee!
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Michelle Ruggiero
Director of Client Services

Michelle moved to Arizona in August of 2014, leaving her banking background to begin in marketing. She brings excellent customer service and organizational skills with her to Vendvana. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her rescue pup Buddy. 

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