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The Makegood Team
Matt Straz. Matt is the publisher of The Makegood. He is the CEO of Namely, the people management platform used by some of the world’s most dynamic companies. Matt co-founded Pictela, the New York-based startup that was acquired by AOL in 2010. Previously, Matt spent seven years at MEC, GroupM’s global media planning and buying agency. Follow him @mattstraz.
Ragini Bhalla. Ragini is the Director of Public Relations and Content at G/O Digital, and a monthly contributor to The Makegood. She brings the PR, communications and content perspective to all things advertising and marketing. Her career background includes entertainment/TV PR and technology/B2B PR and communications. Writing is her second love, just behind her family. Follow her @RaginiBhalla.
Jordan Bitterman. Jordan is a contributor to The Makegood and Chief Strategy Officer, North America at Mindshare. Jordan has extensive media agency experience having spent time at agencies including Digitas, Ammirati Puris Lintas and Foote Cone Belding. Follow him @jordanbitterman.
Bill Brazell. Bill is a partner at WIT Strategy, and enjoys helping clients find the aspects of their story that will resonate most with reporters and readers. Before joining WIT he was director of author relations at Federated Media, and a senior editor at both the Industry Standard Magazine and Penguin Portfolio books. He also co-wrote a humor book — “He Meant, She Meant” — and loves his wife and two daughters. Follow him @BillBrazell.
Katie Bronnenkant. Katie is a contributor to The Makegood and brings an insider’s point of view of the digital and emerging media space. She has previously spent time at WPP Group corporate, MEC and Tremor Video and recently received her MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. Katie is currently the Director of Product Marketing at Namely. Follow her @bkatiea.
Andrew Casale. Andrew is a contributor to The Makegood and has been with Casale Media as vice president of strategy since the company’s founding ten years ago. Andrew oversees the deployment and execution of Casale Media’s new products and manages the needs of the company’s thriving marketplace across the supply, demand and technology business units. Most recently, Andrew’s leadership played a key role in developing and establishing Casale’s Index Platform, a sell-side platform that powers programmatic selling and privatemarketplaces for publishers.
Julia Casale-Amorim. Julia is a contributor to The Makegood and Chief Marketing Officer at Casale Media. She has been working in digital media for more than ten years and loving every moment of it. Follow her @juliacasale.
Cate Corcoran. Cate is a contributor to The Makegood and the former technology editor at Women’s Wear Daily. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and Slate. Cate is an associate at WIT Strategy and holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Follow her @catecorcoran.
Brad Davis. Brad is a contributor to The Makegood and an accomplished senior sales executive with an impressive background and track record of building and managing highly-successful sales organizations. As Photobucket’s EVP of sales, Davis is responsible for leading all sales efforts to improve and diversify revenue generation and to meet the marketing needs of key brand partners. Most recently, Davis led the national online sales team for all web and digital properties of Disney Online, plus affiliated Disney brands focused on moms, kids and tweens. He was also responsible for sales product development, marketing, sales operations and research in support of online and cross-platform initiatives. Previously, Brad has held senior sales management positions at Digital City and AOL. Follow him @gbradleydavis.
Aaron Epstein. Aaron is Vice President, Business Development at Voltari. He oversees the introduction of new products to the marketplace — managing key relationships for the company, related to product development and new lines of business. Follow Voltari on Twitter @voltarimedia.
Ben Fox. Ben is contributor to The Makegood and Executive Vice President at Adconion Media Group, where he is responsible for the execution of global product strategy and innovation. Previously, he worked for nearly four years at Yahoo!/Overture, contributing to launches of Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Publisher Networks. Follow him on Twitter @benfoxgo.
Kunal Gupta. Kunal is CEO of Polar and regarded as a rising young visionary, shaping the future of media. He has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30, a United Nations Global Citizen and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @kunalfrompolar.
Tom Hespos. Tom is a contributor to The Makegood and has been planning and buying digital media since the commercial explosion of the web in 1994. He has held management-level positions at K2, Blue Marble ACG, Mezzina Brown & Partners and Underscore, which he founded in 2002. Tom is also the creator of the Old Timers List, a collection of high-level professionals in digital marketing. Follow him on Twitter @THespos1.
Nathan Levi. Nathan is a contributor to The Makegood and the Head of Media at VCCP. Nathan has over a decade of experience working in digital media at companies including 24/7 Real Media and Razorfish. Follow him @nathanlevi33.
Tim Nichols. Tim is a contributor to The Makegood and Principal Media Director at Exact Drive. Tim has been involved in the digital media, online advertising space for nearly 10 years and has been with Exact Drive since its founding. Most recently, Tim played a key role in developing and launching Exact Drive’s Campaign Builder software, which helps clients plan and execute their Internet advertising campaigns. Follow him @timothynichols.
Jayne Pimentel. Jayne is a contributor to The Makegood and Director, Demand Sales at NEXAGE. Follow her at @jayne.
Matt Prohaska. Matt is a contributor to The Makegood and a 21-year media veteran and consultant to leading digital media and advertising technology firms and executives. He has held various roles in the industry at companies including BBDO, CNET, [x+1] and AOL. As Principal at Prohaska Consulting, Matt helps companies with their digital sales, marketing, business development, and operational strategies. Follow him @mattprohaska.
Jeff Rosenblum. Jeff is a contributor to The Makegood, a pioneer, a disruptor, an innovator and a pain in the ass. He is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators in the field of digital marketing and has worked on teams that have helped revolutionize market research, magazine publishing, sports broadcasting as well as advertising. Follow him @JRQuestus.
Amy Rosenberg. Amy is the Marketing Manager at Namely. She was raised on the outskirts of Silicon Valley, and moved to New York City to attend New York University. She is a Graduate Cum Laude of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Class of 2013. @amylena17.
Carla Rover. Carla is a contributor to The Makegood and has worked as a free-lance journalist for 5 years. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Triple Pundit, and an array of literary journals. She served as editor of IRREVERSIBLE: An International Art Project and is a contributor to various blogs in the Village Voice Media network. She studied international relations at New York University and law and political economy at The University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College. Follow her @carlarover.
Premal Shah. Premal is VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP). Follow him @prem_shah
Richard Sadowsky. Richard was named Acting CEO of Voltari in December 2013 after a year serving as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Previously Richard was a Partner at SNR Denton US LLP in New York City, where he specialized in corporate and securities law.
Christopher Skinner. Christopher is a frequent speaker at Google conferences and other digital industry events, Christopher Skinner believes that the dominant methods for measuring digital media are limiting business growth. Christopher founded MakeBuzz in 2001 and has worked with over 250 leading companies, including Vodafone, Target, United Airlines and Oreck. He holds three patents in marketing automation. His latest MakeBuzz software is a reliable, simple and affordable Profit Optimization platform that helps business seek out maximum profitability through digital marketing. Follow him @cjscjscjscjscjs.
Richard Stalzer. Rich was named CEO of Voltari in November 2012 after a year serving as President of Voltari’s Mobile Media and Advertising division. Formerly, Rich served as COO for Education Dynamics, a leader in helping higher education institutions find, enroll and retain students, where he oversaw sales, marketing, product management, operations and business intelligence. Throughout his career, Rich has held a number of executive leadership positions, including President of IAC Advertising Solutions, SVP of Sales at Bankrate, East Coast Financial Services Director at Microsoft, VP of Sales and Business Development at E*TRADE Financial and Western Regional Sales Director at Time Warner, Inc. Rich holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Follow Voltari @voltarimedia.
Sonya Tiratsuyan. Sonya is a Marketing intern at Namely. She was raised in Westchester, New York. She isgraduating from Marist College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Advertising. @SonyaTiratsuyan
David Toner. David is a contributor to The Makegood and Photobucket’s VP of Marketing. He has sat at every seat of the marketing table. After spending eight years in Agency Account Service including tenures at BBDO and GSD&M, Toner then led Consumer Online Marketing at Dell in the early 2000s. Since then, he has played key roles at Global Top 10 publishers Yahoo and CBS Interactive while leading integrated marketing partnerships with AT&T, Best Buy, AT&T Wireless, Rogers Communications (Canada), British Telecom, and many more. This diverse experience includes emerging market product launches in broadband, consumer electronics, mobile, and now multimedia storytelling.
Amy Vale. Amy is a contributor to The Makegood, who grasps the impact of emerging technologies in the digital, mobile and social marketplace. She’s also a member of the digital advisory board for charity: water. Follow her @AmyVale.
Katharina Volkmer. Katharina is a contributor to The Makegood and has a background in advertising, marketing and social media. In the leading European Advertising Agency Jung von Matt, Katharina worked for clients including Mercedes, Maerklin and Henkel. She studied Advertising and Market Communications in Stuttgart, Germany and holds a Master in Corporate Communication from Baruch College, New York. Katharina is currently the Digital Marketing Strategist at Namely. Follow her @Kathariensche.
Ellie Windle. Ellie is a contributor to The Makegood and a Director of Sales at MediaMath. After moving to New York City from Nebraska, her first entry into the Ad Tech industry was as an Executive Recruiter at Urgent Career. Here she focused exclusively on helping Ad Tech Start-up’s find top sales talent. From Urgent Career, she moved on to Magnetic, where she was the first Account Executive and helped establish search retargeting as a data category. For the past year and a half, Ellie has managed all east coast Publicis agency relationships as well as clients in the Retail and Financial Services vertical at MediaMath, a leading digital media platform. Follow her @EllieWindle.
Doug Wintz. Doug is a contributor to The Makegood and Founder and Principal of DMW MediaWorks, a consultancy specializing in digital ad operations and technology. Since 2004, DMW MediaWorks has helped emerging companies set up their ad operations departments and established companies improve them. Working on both the buy and sell side, recent engagements have included project work with NY Times, Universal McCann, Discovery Channel, Weather.com, Meredith, Cox Digital, Collective, AMA and WNYC. Follow Doug @dougwintz, or visit at www.dmwmediaworks.com