• Jon Santangelo

    Cultural Communications Professional

    • Public Relations
    • Branding
    • Event Management 
    • SEO & Copywriting 
    • Business Development
    • Strategy
    For China & Southeast Asia International Education Expertise
    Visit my new site Chariot - Global Education

    Since 2010 I've proactively engaged in intercultural exchanges, whether for educational purposes, or specialized travel. I am a promoter of relation-building.


    From participating (and playing) in the first-ever contact football game in China sponsored by the NFL,


    organizing a Chinese delegation to Dubai,

    delivering award-winning WWF Earth Hour PR campaigns in Bejing,


    building a business from scratch to organize Chinese destination weddings in Southeast Asia,


    to initiating a public-private partnership with VIPKID's Lingobus & US-China Strong Foundation for American students nationwide to learn Mandarin;


    I am a self-proclaimed proponent of creating meaningful, educational, and transformative experiences, whether domestic or abroad.


    Brands I've done work for

    • Consumer: Rockstar Energy Drink, NFL (China)
    • Nonprofits: BOSSA, WWF (World Wildlife Fund), US-China Strong Foundation
    • Tech: VIPKID, STARY/Qihoo 360, Wimdu (Rocket Internet)
    • Hospitality: BVLGARI Hotel, Beijing | Doubletree by Hilton, Beijing | Shangri-la Resort, Boracay | The Lind, Boracay, | Discovery Shores Resort, Boracay | Mithi Resort, Bohol | Donatella Hotel, Bohol | Amorita Resort, Bohol | South Palms Resort, Bohol | Rayavadee Resort, Krabi | Rambutan Resort & Hotels, Cambodia |
      Heritage Hotel, Siam Reap
    2010 Doubletree by Hilton Hotels' Global Community Relations Recipient (Community CARE)
    2017 The PIE Professionals in Education PIONEERS Association of the Year, Nominee
    2020The PIE Professionals in Education PIONEERS Association of the Year, Nominee
  • Biz Building

    2006 - Current

    • Years active: Brand / Project / Launching Locations
    • 2006: College Night Entertainment in North Carolina, USA 
    • 2007-09: Rockstar Energy Drink in North Carolina, USA
    • 2011: Wimdu.com (Airbnb direct competitor, Rocket Internet venture), China
    • 2011: NFL China's first American football game, Beijing vs Shanghai, China 
    • 2012-14: YCC China Internship Program, China-Global
    • 2013-17: VIPKID Initial Lanch & Public-Private Partnership, US-China
    • 2014-now: BOSSA International Department, China-Global
    • 2017-2020: STARY (Qihoo 360-backed) apps launch, Global 
    • 2016-now: Chariot Destination Wedding & Events, Southeast Asia
    • 2019-now: Chariot Global Education, China & Southeast Asia 

    The Chariot Company

    Chariot Global Education is an international education relations consultancy focusing on China & Southeast Asia student markets. Specializations in student recruitment channels. business development, strategic partnerships, collegiate instructing, and soft skill training.


    Chariot Destination Weddings & Events specializes in the design, planning, and execution of intimate events in the romantic tropical paradises of Southeast Asia destinations;

    Co-founder, PR & Partnership Development

    Sept 2016 - Present





    The Beijing Overseas Study Service Association & China Alliance

    Established in 2004 as an association of select agencies recognized by the government, BOSSA is now China's leading, largest, professional body of 300 international education agencies and has served hundreds of international institutions and companies in business development services.

    Spokesperson, Senior Consultant.
    Former Communications Director

    April 2014 - Present





  • In Media

    features | interviews | commentaries | contributions

    The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels


    Are Online Graduate And Professional Programs A Scam Or An Opportunity?


    Can This Online Course Get Me a Job?


    US colleges look to insure against impact of trade war


    WeChat and stolen credit cards: How scammers victimized Miami Chinese college students


    Paradise by the Weekend: Rent your own island (April/May 2017 Print Magazine)


    Chinese seek U.S. college admission at any price


    Getting hitched the way they want


    China Steps Up Efforts to Lure Academic Talent From Overseas


    China: safety as crucial as ranking for study abroad


    US-China Trade War Impact on Student Flows


    U.S. colleges seek to combat fraudulent applications

    How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Overseas


    Chinese lovers are going places


    US-China relations impacting on student recruitment


    Stay or Go? COVID-19 Forces Students to Rethink Study Abroad Plans


    Agents predict drop in Chinese students studying abroad



    Chinese Wedding Tourism Isn’t About Weddings


    What Chinese Consumers Want in a Dream Destination Wedding

    Hai Life Magazine: An American Who Officiates Chinese Weddings


    China: Talent drive looks to bring in international students



    The Most Epic Sections of the Great Wall of China


    The Secret to Finding Your Next Job, Cofounder, or Mentor: Volunteering


    MEET & GREET: Jon Santangelo, The Chariot Company

    As Seen On TV Fitness Products: Are They Worth It?


    The Culture Trip: Authors

    Jon Santangelo

    (All published articles)


    View from the desk of: Jon Santangelo, Association Q&A


    Road tripping through the natural wonders of Bohol


    Boracay Guide: Best Hotels, Things to Do, Where to Eat, and Top Tips

    Better half | Asia Weekly

    Getting hitched the way they want






    HNA Hai Life Magazine: April 2018 edition:

    Beijing's Priciest Hotel is its Most Novel




    7 Pros & 6 Cons to Living and Working Remotely in Makati, Manila Philippines


    East West Sports

    China Tackles American Football


    A guide to Boracay for first timers (April 2017 Print Magazine)


    An Eco-Friendly Adventure of Krabi (Thailand)


    From Factory Boss to Pizza Maker in Shenzhen



    Articles & Anecdotes

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