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About Best Boomer Towns

Best Boomer Towns Website is based on the largest U.S. population, Baby Boomers, born between 1946 amd 1964, who will be leaving the workforce. Research is comprised from the U.S. Census Bureau 2000, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, AARP, New York Times, Del Webb Survey, and U.S. World News Report. Based on the research, twenty-one towns have been selected in the United States that deliver the high standards that Baby Boomers expect when they relocate and retire. Key criteria for each town includes: Airport Access,  University Presence, Good Hospitals, Social Opportunitities, Cultural Activities, Variety of housing costs, Mild Climates

Nancy Shonka Padberg, Founder & Publisher

Ms. Shonka Padberg is a former Fortune 500 Times Mirror executive, Integrated Marketing Communications Vice President and MBA graduate from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University. Ms. Padberg has over 17 years of publishing and marketing expertise, served on several boards, is a guest speaker, published author, former Big 12 golfer and resides in Santa Monica.

George D. Wells, Advisor

Mr. Wells is Lead Direcor of Qlogic and board member since February 1994. Mr. Wells was President and Chief Executive Officer of Exar Corporation, a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, from June 1992 until he retired in October 1996. Before joining Exar, Mr. Wells served as President and Chief Operating Officer of LSI Corporation, a manufacturer of HCMOS and BiCMOS application specific integrated circuits, for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow, is an avid golfer and resides in Saratoga.

Adeline Ashley, Search Engine Marketing

Ms. Ashley is CEO of and She has partnered leading companies such as Sur la Table, Hallmark. Hanes and RedEnvelope to create a dynamic party planning and social network site. The site was named Best New Publisher by Linkshare along with Dell, Chase and Wal-Mart. She has fifteen years of event, strategy and planning expertise. She is a gourmet chef, graduate of UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.

Sarah Shonka, Research

Ms. Shonka graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with BS in Public Relations and Marketing in 2007. She brings research and communication expertise to this exciting new website. Sarah’s public relations and online marketing success has been demonstrated with the launch of party planning, eCommerce and Social Network website, She is an avid traveler and resides in Los Angeles.

Kelly Sims, Designer/Developer

Kelly Sims is a web designer/developer based in Manhattan Beach, CA. For over ten years Kelly has been designing for both the web and print for clients across the United States. Kelly's extensive background in print design has served him well in current web-based projects. From redesigning client web sites, to creating rich, CMS-driven websites for new businesses, Kelly brings his passion for clarity, honesty and intelligent design to all projects. Find out more by visiting his company website at

Natalie Rebot, Research

Natalie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Eng in Software Engineering and Business Management. After graduation, she worked successfully in the online space developing marketing and social networks. She has earned her MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management

Heather Records, Public Relations

Heather Records is an independent designer who works and lives in Huntington Beach, CA. After graduating with a BA from San Diego State University in Interior Design, she immediately began working in both residential and hospitality design. Heather has designed a variety of homes throughout Orange County, as well as restaurants such as ‘Lazy Dog Café' in Orange, ‘Oasis Grill & Sky Lounge' at the John Wayne Airport, and ‘French 75' in Tustin. After working 8 years in the industry, she developed a new passion in working directly with clients, building personal and professional relationships. With an interest in public relations, Heather continues to utilize her artistic skills and outgoing personality to explore new avenues of interest in creative presentation.

Michael Ivey

Michael Ivey is a Sophomore at Pepperdine University. He is is pursuing a Major in Economics and Minor in Marketing. Michael brings his skills in online marketing and social media to Best Boomer Towns. He is an animal lover and sports enthusiast. Michael resides in New York.

Min Li

Min is an MBA student from Graziadio School of Business and Management with an emphasis of marketing. Prior to beginning the program, Min worked in luxury hotel sector in Nashville where she rotated among operations, sales and marketing and accounting departments and was consistently recognized as sales winner and received several excellent Awards. Born and raised in Beijing, graduated from Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Business, and having worked in various locations in both Asia and North America, Min brings a fresh perspective on boomer consumer needs on a global scale. As she pursues the MBA degree, Min is building a tool belt of brand management, quantitative analysis, digital marketing, and social media.