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.

Council Members




Chris Foster

Modern Postcard

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.


Doug Bognar

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.

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Ron Hadler

Red Door Interactive

Vice President, Data & Innovation


Ron Hadler is vice president of data & innovation at Red Door Interactive, a fiercely independent marketing agency. As a marketing technologist, he brings software development, dev ops, data engineering, and data science to marketing disciplines ranging from business intelligence and web development to paid media and marketing analytics. Hadler also leads research and development at Red Door through organizational innovation contests focused on emerging technologies and thought leadership. In his offline life, he is a home chef, ceramicist, organic gardener, cheesemaker, and lives by the saying, “Wine is the nectar of the Gods.”


Kevin Hayes

American Target Network

Senior Vice President of Media Sales




Kevin Hayes has headed up sales for American Target Network for the past 10 years, generating more than $100 million in sales. ATN provides advertisers and agencies with the opportunity to insert on premium cable, streaming, and broadcast properties for peak media and efficiency. Before joining ATN, Hayes sold sponsorships and advertising for the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment & Sports). Prior to YES, he worked at CBS in New York where he specialized in client partnerships. Hayes started his career in media selling “The Howard Stern Show.” When not working with ATN’s great clients, he can be seen working on his golf and tennis games and hitting the slopes in the winter.


Sean R. Kalub

Havas Edge

Vice President of Media



Sean R. Kalub is the vice president of media at Havas Edge where he leads a team of integrated performance marketers focused on driving efficient outcomes at scale. Havas Edge is part of the Edge Performance Network, which serves as the largest global performance marketing agency, with offerings in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Since joining Edge in 2009, Kalub has managed more than $1 billion in agency billings, working with brands such as DraftKings, Citibank, Casper, Tripadvisor, Monster Energy, and Bethesda Softworks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He lives in Orange County, Calif., with his wife, three kids, and an English lab.

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly

DISH Media



Dan Kelly oversees general market and direct response sales efforts for our Central and West Coast based sales teams. He is charged with leveraging DISH Media’s entire suite of advertising offerings across DISH’s satellite and Sling TV properties. His teams are dedicated to elevating the brands’ presence at a market level, while simultaneously providing the latest advanced ad solutions to their clients. In his spare time, Kelly is an avid skier and youth sports coach. He earned a B.S. in marketing from Pennsylvania State University, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Penny, and their three children.

Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy

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.


Ella Leung

The Walt Disney Co.

Sales Manager, Performance Advertising



Ella Leung is the sales manager of the performance advertising sales team at the Walt Disney Co. Leung joined ESPN in 2005. She negotiated pricing, advertising placement, content, and event concepts for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, SEC, ACC, and ESPN Deportes. In her current role, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the performance advertising sales team on ESPN, ABC, Disney, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic networks. Prior to joining Disney, she spent three years at WorldLink.


Brian Norris


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.


Jim Norton


Chief Revenue Officer



Jim Norton is chief revenue officer at Flowcode, the offline-to-online company, building direct connections for brands and consumers through next generation QR technology. In his role. he is responsible for building and managing relationships with partners across the industry who are looking to enhance their omnichannel and direct-to-consumer strategies. He joined Flowcode from Dosh, a mobile cash back app based in Austin, Texas where he also was CRO. Prior to Dosh, Norton served as chief business officer, president of revenue at Condé Nast, where he led revenue diversification efforts in direct-to-consumer subscriptions, events, licensing, and e-commerce. Prior to Condé Nast, he spent seven years at AOL as global head of media sales, and earlier in his career he held sales roles at Google and Tribune Broadcasting. Norton has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College.


Sean Robertson


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.


Mark Sullivan


Vice President, Convergent

Ad Sales



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.


Cody Tunney


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.


Shira Witelson





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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