The Inspired Word Staff


Founder: Mike Geffner

Inspired Word founder/producer Mike Geffner is a longtime journalist who has published thousands of stories in countless major publications, including USA Today, Details Magazine, The Sporting News, Cigar Aficionado, Texas Monthly, and The Village Voice. He’s interviewed everyone from former President Nixon to Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Forest Whitaker to Derek Jeter, and his work has been acknowledged seven times by the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing. He was named Best Sportswriter in New York City by New York Press in 1990 and awarded 1st Place for Profile Writing by The Society of Professional Journalists (NJ) in 2000. You can follow him @

Assistant Director: Marvin Mendlinger

Inspired Word Assistant Director Marvin Mendlinger is unquestionably a renaissance man, having done everything from working on Wall Street to being a ranch foreman to owning a hair salon. He was a senior research analyst, certified internal auditor, and stock broker for the prestigious Goldman Sachs, held a variety of positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He was also, at various points, a salesman for B. Altman, a fashion designer,  and a part-time sound engineer  at the Music Palace. He loves 70’s funk, pocket billiards, and football, and he has lived most of his life in Manhattan’s East Village.