Brand Response Council
Forging the future of performance marketing.
The PDMI's Brand Response Council brings together media outlets, media agencies, and the clients both serve to build more powerful consensus and relationships across various mediums. The council serves as a visionary group, looking ahead to find the brightest marketers and marketing ideas working in the evolving media marketplace.
Vice President, New Business
Chris Foster is vice president, new business at Modern Postcard, a national direct marketing company that services business of all sizes and in all markets. As a marketing and branding executive, he understands how to help any-sized business better position and brand themselves and tell their most authentic story to engage their audience. In addition to leading the creation and execution of new business strategies at Modern, he has taught brand strategy at UCSD Extension since 2009. Chris is a contributing author for TargetMarketing Magazine and NonProfitPro and has presented at numerous professional conferences nationally.
Shane Allor is an account executive at Kount. Allor is part of a team that drives sales efforts in risk mitigation/payments and helps manage a portfolio of more than 150 merchants — more specifically, focusing on eliminating chargebacks and driving efficiencies for e-commerce merchants across the globe. A big part of the goal for the team he is a part of is to continue to allow customers and brands expand their revenue streams, while protecting the overall brand experience. In his spare time, Allor enjoys skiing, working out, and catching a concert or comedy show. He played golf at Boise State University, where he earned a B.A. in business and currently lives in Boise.
Urban Legend Productions
Jack Barrett is the founder and creative director at Urban Legend Productions, a brand response agency and production company. A 30-year veteran of the advertising industry, Barrett and his team at Urban Legend specialize in creating performance-driven linear, OTT, and CTV campaigns that build brand awareness and produce measurable results. When not creating the next big TV campaign, he specializes (less successfully) in waterskiing, flyfishing, and cross-fit training.
Apex Media Partners
Vice President, Sales and New Business
Doug Bognar is vice president of sales and new business for Apex Media Partners Inc. He has spent virtually his entire 30-year career in the direct-to-consumer industry. He has been a media director/senior manager with a top-40 media buying agency as well as having held director-level sales positions at both rep firms and networks, responsible for eight-figure budgets. A seasoned, data-driven professional, Bognar has extensive experience developing direct-to-consumer networks and worked for several years building aggregated programmatic platforms. As vice president, he takes on growing the Apex Media portfolio of client-focused services, including short-form media buying, station representation, ad sales, and navigating the rapidly expanding and complex world of over-the-top (OTT) platforms.
Cannella Media DTC
Senior Vice President, Integrated Media
Chris Brombach brings 20-plus years of agency and client-side performance marketing experience. He started his ad career on the general market/brand side at agencies including Carat, DDB, PHD, and evolved into hybrid/DR while working on client side at Beachbody. He then spent seven years at Havas Edge. Brombach is currently senior vice president, integrated media, at Cannella Media DTC. He is a firm believer in an effective hybrid approach – where awareness and response are not considered mutually exclusive.
Vice President, Digital Advertising Sales, Performance Media
David Futterman is vice president, digital advertising sales, performance media at Paramount. Futterman and his team are responsible for maximizing revenue and optimizing yield across Paramount’s streaming services and digital video products. He brings nearly two decades of sales and leadership experience to Paramount. As a seasoned data-driven performance marketing expert, Futterman has a proven track record of unlocking growth and opportunity for Paramount and its partners. He has built trust-based relationships with clients, agency partners, and D2C brands through his analytical approach, which has resulted in strong outcomes across the media ecosystem. Prior to joining Paramount, Futterman held a series of positions at NBCUniversal and Pop TV, formerly Pop Media Group. He holds an M.B.A. in communication and media management from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and graduated from University of Delaware with a B.S. in management. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.
Sales Director, Media
Meghan Glenn is the sales director, media at Flowcode, the offline-to-online company building direct connections between brands and consumers through next generation QR technology. Glenn works with media properties, agencies, TV networks, and content owners around the world to create direct, intentional, one-to-one connections with viewers. Prior to Flowcode, she was a digital sales manager for several broadcast and print media companies, including Nexstar's WGN Chicago, where she was responsible for driving digital revenue, transparency, and ROI in markets of all sizes. Glenn lives in Chicago, and when she’s not Flowcode-ing, she’s drinking cold brew, thrifting furniture, and probably getting ready to catch a flight.
Family Entertainment TV
Senior Vice President, National DR Sales
Maria Kennedy is senior vice president of DR ad sales for Family Entertainment TV (FETV). A pioneer in the DRTV space, Kennedy ran the DR group at Discovery for nearly 16 years. She was a leader in rebrands and launches of TLC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery, OWN, AHC, and Destination America, among others. Under her leadership, Discovery was one of the first network groups to offer key sponsorship opportunities, syndicated series, cause marketing, and both quarterly and yearly packages to DR clients across all platforms. Kennedy was inducted into the Direct Response Hall of Fame in 2015, and, in 2017, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ERA.
Senior Vice President,
Direct to Scale
Brian Norris is senior vice president, direct to scale, at NBCUniversal and leads the direct to scale and direct response sales team. Norris brings almost 20 years of management and leadership experience driving television revenue in linear, addressable, and digital media. Before joining NBCUniversal, he served as vice president of DISH Media Sales. He’s also held sales roles at Viacom and Lifetime Entertainment Services. Norris volunteers with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of NYC and currently serves on the board of the nonprofit International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). He also serves as an undergraduate volunteer interviewer for Brown University’s Alumni Association.
Vice President, Direct-to-Scale
Sean Robertson serves as vice president, direct-to-scale, in NBCUniversal’s Advertising and Partnerships division. Robertson and the direct-to-scale team are responsible for leveraging NBCUniversal’s suite of premium content and industry-leading advanced advertising capabilities to assist direct-to-consumer brands scale their businesses in new and engaging ways. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Robertson served as director of partnerships for DISH Media — connecting new, non-traditional agencies and media technology to the DISH and Sling platforms. Robertson joined DISH Media in 2011 and served on various teams across the organization including performance media, digital advertising, programmatic media, and addressable advertising. He’s spent his professional career working toward the goal of a more diverse and inclusive media industry. He currently serves on the board of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). Robertson holds a B.S. in journalism, with a focus in advertising, from West Virginia University. He also earned his M.B.A. at Brown University and IE Business School. Robertson lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Vice President, Convergent
Mark Sullivan has been with Paramount for more than 15 years. He is responsible for co-managing a convergent sales team of 11 sales executives across 19 networks and digital platforms. Top networks and digital platforms include Nickelodeon, MTV, Paramount Network, and Comedy Central. Sullivan has helped lead the team into the digital video side of the direct response business, and it has delivered significant growth during the past couple of years. He lives in Hoboken, N.J. with his wife and three sons.
Executive Vice President of Analytics
Cody Tunney is executive vice president of analytics at Yangaroo, managing insights for brands and agencies on their media delivery and placements. Interacting with the whole team — from sales to finance and UIUX development — she has oversight into the next generation of services to keep Yangaroo’s clients ahead of the market. Tunney also oversees Yangaroo’s internal and external DEI initiatives. Before joining Yangaroo, she spent 20 years as a media auditor and consultant for some of the largest and most respected brands in the world. Tunney is excited to be on the cutting edge of bringing data and delivery together as an industry standard.
Max Van Heel
Pacific Media Technologies
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Max Van Heel is the vice president of sales & marketing for Pacific Media Technologies Inc. Van Heel works with media agencies and advertisers, creating relationships and tailoring services to ensure that their DRTV message is received by the TV networks and ultimately aired according to the media buyers airing schedules. Van Heel has worked remotely for PMT for more than 10 years and lives in Great Falls, Mont. Previously, he was the president and CFO of another dub house in Montana. He has been in the DRTV industry for more than 20 years. When not working or traveling for business, he is an avid golfer and bowler. Van Heel has been married to his wife Jill for nearly 45 years, and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren — and love spending time with them all.
Shira Witelson founded RSLT.IO to help marketers and media buyers make the most out of their advertising budgets. Leveraging machine learning, the platform provides attribution metrics for TV and digital advertising. RSLT monitors advertisement fatigue and recommends where to invest next. Witelson worked in the analytics space with top brands and agencies in New York. She earned a master’s in statistics from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technion, and a bachelor’s in statistics from the Hebrew University. She has spoken at numerous conferences on big data and analytics. Witelson resides in New York with her husband and three kids.
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