Laurie Tardif


Laurie Tardif is a freelance writer, business and communications consultant, and real estate property manager based in Charleston, South Carolina. Her clients include Fortune 500 manufacturing firms, small and mid-sized businesses, and select private individuals.


Real estate,Gardening


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford: MBA in Business
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: BA in Journalism

Certifications and Awards

  • Certified Culinary Instructor
  • Registered Therapy Dog Handler

Detailed Experience

Business and Manufacturing

Laurie holds an MBA in Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford. As a consultant for Fortune 500 multinational manufacturing companies, Laurie has written on shop floor operating concepts, high-tech industry products and contracts, employee relations, and corporate philanthropy. Her primary areas of interest are aerospace, defense, and energy.

Personal Finance

Laurie keeps an eye on the financial industry as it relates to regular people. She has written extensively on self-directed IRA accounts as well as the relationship between retirement and college savings.

Social Media Marketing

Laurie also holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a pioneer in corporate social media usage, Laurie continues to follow the latest trends in how businesses can leverage social media for marketing and message delivery. She advises clients to take a disciplined and integrated approach to these valuable communications channels. She is the current Head of Corporate Communications at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Laurie has been involved in the real estate business for more than ten years and writes about how people can make passive income from property. She is a strong proponent of using nontraditional ways to build lasting wealth with real estate and takes a particular interest in the vacation rental market.


As a certified culinary instructor, Laurie has enjoyed making great family dinners and teaching others how to cook. Specialties include showing 'tweens how to hone their culinary skills with healthy ingredients and assembling show-stopping cakes the easy way.

Family Matters

When she has spare time, Laurie enjoys writing about her hobbies almost as much as participating in them. She’s an award-winning gardener, certified culinary instructor, and registered therapy dog handler. She seeks the use of sustainable products and practices in all of these areas.

Connect With Laurie Tardiff

You can learn more about Laurie's work by visiting her profile on LinkedIn. You can also follow Laurie on Twitter at @LT_LiveLoveLife.