Ryan Foland with Tucker and Janna Parris: A Knife Maker who is Forging his Way in Social Media

Cutting his way through Instagram with his hand forged knives, our guest this week is a master blacksmith who works here at UCI with his wife, a marketing specialist. Get Notified gets the inside scoop on instagram stories, where anyone can hashtag their way to a niche following. Learn how to balance personal and professional in one account — after all, promoting your small business sure looks better with a filter!

Tucker and Janna Parris are a UCI power couple. Tucker (@tapforge) is a veteran who now works as a machine shop manager and instructor at UC Irvine's Samueli School of Engineering, forging custom damascus knives on the side. He is a lecturer, trainer, problem-solver, and decision-maker of all things “machine.” Janna Parris is a marketing and fundraising specialist. As a senior-level communications professional, she builds and sustains relationships with key influencers to increase private support.

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