About the Founder

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Founder, Maia Arneson, graduated from the University of Arizona earning a Bachelor’s Degree with dual majors in Marketing & Business Management. ‘Even back in college I was especially intrigued by my Social Capital courses. I found it very interesting that a savvy networker could have significant value to a company even at an entry level position. As I approached graduation, I wondered how God would meld this interest in social capital with my Christian faith.’

In 2000, God led Maia to Phoenix to start the Christian Resource Guide for Colorado-based Red Letter Publishing (www.RedLetter.com). Not knowing anyone in the Valley of the Sun, she found much success in networking to build her advertising clientele and her directory quickly became the largest of the publisher’s 30 cities. In early 2003, after many calls from her contacts inquiring about Christian networking groups and with the support of Red Letter, Maia launched Christian Business Networking.

Why does Maia feel called to build CBN? ‘It is a wonderful honor to connect Christian professionals not only in our local chapters but nation-wide through our site. My hope is that as a result of their involvement with CBN, members are excited about doing the Lord’s work in their field and feel energized knowing that He’s called and equipped them to be His light in their industry.’

Maia grew up in Alaska & Seattle and moved to Arizona to run track at the University of Arizona. She and her husband Matt have one son and two daughters, one is in heaven. They attend Missio Dei Church in Chandler, AZ. Her passions for ministry are assisting the elderly and serving Board of Directors of the Christian Business Women’s Association.