Meet Us

It was the ultimate challenge. . . who would settle in the sunshine first?

Would it be Donna and her cats or Tara and her husband Ron?

Eight years later, the ultimate challenge is but a moving memory (although Donna will never forget that she made it to San Diego six months to the day before Tara and Ron showed up in Las Vegas!). These best buds share more than memories of their hometown, Erie, Pa. – they’ve shared a passion for writing and reliving the trials and triumphs of their cross-country moves – so yours can be just as smooth.

With only a five-hour drive on the I-15 separating them now, Tara Maras and Donna Kozik bring you an insightful life manual.

Other Titles in Print

In January 2004, Marik Communications authored and published Get A Job! Put Your Degree To Work, a go-to job finding resource for the recent or soon-to-be college graduate. This book helps entry-level job seekers get motivated, get professional and get the job they want with 105+ pages of no-nonsense information and on-target advice from top career counselors, human resource experts and company leaders.

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‘This book delivers on all levels: cover letters, resumes, interviews and salary negotiation. Start your search off right armed with the insider information in Get A Job!

— Kurt Foriska
Coordinator of Greek Life
The Ohio State University

Media Clippings

  • Featured in Next Step Magazine. Read the article, Coping with getting fired.
  • Featured in August 1 issue of San Jose Mercury News. Read the article, A moving experience.
  • Featured in the August issue of Teen People Magazine. Read the article, Summer Fun: A to Z.
  • Article and photo featured on Inman News Real Estate website (June 17). Read the article, Real estate tips for people on the move.
  • Quoted in May 20 article. Read Pro or no?
  • Quoted in the April 19 issue of The Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties in New York. Read the article, Workers Must Weigh Options Before Relocating.
  • Scheduled to appear in the June issue of Money Magazine. Look for the special renovation section and an article called “Move or Improve.”
  • Quoted in April 4, 2004 CareerBuilder article appearing in Knight-Ridder/Tribune newspapers nationwide (LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Detroit Free Press and more than 130 other local papers). Read the article, English, History Majors Need Jobs, Too.
  • Profiled in March 24, 2004 Erie Daily Times Neighbors supplement. Read the article, Bound To Please.
  • Quoted in the April 1, l 2004 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. Read the article,  60-Minute Splurge.
  • Quoted in the March 6, 2004 Vancouver, Washington Columbian
  • Read about Kozik’s cross-country move in “The Big Move,” published in the best-selling The Don’t Sweat Stories: Inspirational Anecdotes from Those Who’ve Learned how Not to Sweat It.
  • Featured in Fool Proof Marketing: 15 Winning Methods for Selling Any Product or Service in Any Economy by Robert Bly.
  • Kozik appeared on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in 2000.

Marik Communications’ articles are published regularly on countless websites.