Brand Knew™ is a creative agency and technology studio.

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  • Social Marketing

Product Development

Our process is simple, strategic and streamlined. We develop desktop and mobile products that work seamlessly across browsers and devices.

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Brand Development

We refine brands to redefine their relevance.

Brand Knew helps brands to differentiate themselves from crowds of similar products and initiatives, and to develop emotional relationships with target audiences. We achieve this collaboratively through comprehensive internal review, competitive landscape analysis, and a systematic process of message optimization.

Social Marketing

Creativity is the currency.

The best marketing is conversational, and the greatest points of brand traction stem from social recommendation. Social platforms are only as useful as the creative implementation of content. We establish emotional, lasting relationships between brands and target demographics by optimizing content curation across both the gamut of popular social platforms and the lesser known, but equally utilitarian ones.


Developmental Venture Equity

Brand Knew’s accelerator program provides qualified start-ups with affordable services and a productive, nurturing environment in which to navigate the often unpaved paths that lead nascent ventures on their trajectories towards success.

We search for dynamic concepts from tenacious founders, who understand the importance of building businesses with strong technology foundations. We leverage our strengths and experience to integrate proven methods in efficiently bringing ideas to life; increasing speed to market and ensuring greatest probability for success.


$75,000 worth of services across legal, financial, hosting and real estate.

An environment that promotes productivity and creative collaboration.

Access to a network of experienced entrepreneurs and leading technologists.

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Zach Suchin
Co-Founder & CEO
Los Angeles, CA

Born and raised in Los Angeles to a family deeply immersed in the entertainment industry, he absorbed pop-culture and took great interest in the media and technology sectors. Throughout high school, he worked for executive management at Sony, 20th Century Fox, ICM and The Firm. He earned bachelor degrees in both Political Science and Film at Emory University, while marketing high-profile weekly events for college students, featuring recording artists such as Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Outkast and Jeezy.

In 2006, Zach moved back to Los Angeles with an increased knowledge of digital marketing and proceeded to develop College Tonight with Jason Schutzbank, which in its first 12 months of operation, won the Mashable award for Best Event-Based Social Network and was published in Generation MySpace as one of the top 15 social networking sites on the web. What started as a conduit between local businesses and college students, became a more robust collegiate platform. The Quad consisted of a retail outfit, collaborative tools and essential Greek community features. Suchin led the company through a substantial venture round, eventually taking the small-cap company public in late 2007. This made Suchin the youngest CEO of a publicly-traded company in the United States. With Zach at the helm, the company grew past a market capitalization of over $100 million. He and Jason sold their share of the company in early 2009.

The duo then co-founded Brand Knew to help both start-ups and veteran brands better navigate the digital landscape.  Suchin is credited with having invented the developmental venture equity model now popularized by boutique digital agencies, guest lectures in new media at UCLA and Boston University, and has been a technology contributor on BloombergTV.  Zach sits on the board of directors for several portfolio companies and the steering committees for various non-profit organizations, serving as the Digital Chair of YaLa Academy and judging the AT&T / NYU Connect Ability Challenge.  He remains intimately involved in the creative direction of Brand Knew’s clients and chairs the Causathon event series.

Jason Schutzbank
Co-Founder & President
Philadelphia, PA

Since the age of 14, Jason Schutzbank has had significant interest in the technology sector, starting a web development and design company as one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the country. At the helm of Philly Designs, Jason creatively and professionally helped a variety of businesses enter the digital space. Notable clients include the Wahlrich Group, Marty’s Shoes, Business Book Review, and Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs.

He worked on many successful branding and marketing campaigns, with an emphasis on ease of use and utilizing envelope-pushing strategies, making his clients leaders in e-commerce and online marketing. His creative ideas were implemented during a campaign for Subaru of America while participating in a college marketing program. With extensive experience in management and information technology, Jason co-founded College Tonight, Inc., a publicly traded social media company in 2007, becoming one of the youngest c-level executives of a public corporation. After a successful exit from troubled public markets in early 2009, Jason went on to co-found Brand Knew. Jason leads overall technology architecture across Brand Knew’s service clients and portfolio companies.

Russell Meyerowitz
Johannesburg, South Africa

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Russell and his family moved to San Diego in 1996. Russell was immersed in start-up culture as a young boy, which resulted in early hands-on exposure to the frenetic entrepreneur lifestyle.

In 2007, Russell started OnFIREbeerpong, Inc. which soon became a national leader in the distribution of portable and custom beer pong tables.

After an acquisition in 2008, Russell joined College Tonight, Inc. to begin development of the social shopping component for Russell helped produce and bring on global sponsors for a nationwide college fashion show featuring Lauren Conrad. After CTI was sold, Russell moved back to San Diego to start MEYROW, Inc. – a digital agency specializing in revitalizing and empowering brands to empower others.

After a successful stint in San Diego, Russell re-joined Zach Suchin and Jason Schutzbank in Los Angeles. Working intimately with clients and assessing their goals to develop and effect integrated brand strategies, Russell oversees core architecture and ensures efficient execution. Russell brings years of experience and success in generating brand equity momentum and improving user experiences.

Russell threads custom solutions for clients, by producing efficient programs from Brand Knew’s variety of services and brings a business owner mentality, energy, focus and passion to Brand Knew; personifying company culture and the elite level of services provided to clientele.  Russell conceptualized both Brand Knew’s Social Press Kit technology and the Causathon event series.

Outside of work, Russell enjoys family life with his wife and son, playing tennis and directing the vision of the MEYROW Foundation; a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with Parkinson’s.

Maurice Martineau
Director, Creative
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Maurice moved to Los Angeles to achieve a masters of science in Biochemistry at the University of Los Angeles, California. After completing his thesis, Maurice decided to pursue his passion and let imagination drive. He was able to learn how to manipulate pixels while studying biochemistry, and took an entry-level position at an internet/media agency. Writing gossip articles for the company while learning the ropes of the internet business, Maurice stayed after hours each day to practice and improve his design abilities. He was eventually given the opportunity to tackle small design tasks. During the recession, the company was forced to reduce its 8 designer team to just 2, and Maurice was chosen to keep on board as he’d become an essential creative asset to the organization. He started to take charge of bigger tasks and challenges, helping him to mature as a designer. Maurice also worked with multiple agencies and corporations as a freelancer over the years.

Now an experienced creative leader, Maurice joined the Brand Knew team to guide each pixel that comes out of the agency. His designs span from web to mobile apps, from brochures to high-scale posters. Maurice’s gamut of work has spanned elite projects with Toyota, AOL, EL AL Airlines, Popchips, Roxio, Patricia Cornwell, Goodwill, Got Your 6, and Adobe, amongst others. People who meet Maurice are surprised by his history as a biochemistry lab teacher of 7 years… until they observe his meticulous process and academic reasoning. Outside of work, Maurice is constantly seeking outdoor adventures, sports and music endeavors. His favorite quote is “sharks are born swimming.”

Cory Lopez
Senior Marketing Manager
New York City

A traditionally trained journalist, Cory has now traded news for new media. After several years covering entertainment for American Media, Inc. and Spin Media, she came to Brand Knew to turn her writing, editing, and digital media skills toward marketing — helping to define, develop, and drive brands through content and creative strategies across social platforms.

Born in the West but bred in the East, Cory once upon a time left behind her beloved New York City to travel throughout Southeast Asia for several months, which only fueled her fascination with how the internet is unifying our world, one click at a time. Now she’s returned to her roots in Los Angeles, where she lives by the beach, runs by the beach, and fails at parallel parking by the beach.


Laura Day
Marketing Manager
Torrance, CA

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Promotions and Sports Management. Her role at Brand Knew provides her with an opportunity to combine a passion for marketing with the work ethic she developed as a record-breaking team captain of the Division One volleyball team during her tenure at GU.

As a natural leader who thrives in a competitive team environment, Laura also earned the title of VP of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, while pursuing her degree. Laura works intimately with clients, helping them to navigate the plethora of rich media opportunities across social platforms, generating organic brand buzz both on and offline. In her free time, Laura enjoys cheering on the Lakers (with her somewhat unhealthy obsession with Kobe Bryant), rooting for the Zags, working out and reading.

Colette Robinson
Marketing Manager
Mill Valley, CA

Colette graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Spanish. Originally from San Francisco, but always ready for a good road trip, Colette made the move to LA and joined the Brand Knew team in 2013. With experience in TV and radio, marketing, advertising and fundraising, Colette has a solid grasp of today’s media landscape. She brings her enthusiasm for creative marketing and branding to the team, and is dedicated to helping clients organically promote their social agendas and efficiently grow conversation around their brands. Colette enjoys learning to count to 10 in as many languages as possible, rooting for the San Francisco Giants, traveling, and painting.

Adam Weidenbaum
Creative Strategist
Commack, NY

Simply put, Adam is a purveyor of well-crafted graphic design concepts, copywriting services and big ideas. Originally from Long Island, New York, Adam moved to Los Angeles in 2008 in pursuit of sunshine, palm trees and new opportunities. Prior to his foray into the field of creative expression, Adam worked as a quantitative analyst at an LA based hedge fund and as an associate at a boutique investment bank. In 2012, he came to the conclusion that his passion lay elsewhere and he decided to pursue his design education.

As a designer with a background in finance, he brings a unique, analytical approach to creative solutions. Adam firmly believes that the utilization of extensive research and sound reasoning are vital to successful execution. He subscribes to the maxim that process and strategy are as important as technical skill. Before joining Brand Knew, Adam worked as a freelance designer for individual and corporate clients on an array of projects ranging from print advertising to packaging to branding to website design. Adam also worked, as an independent contractor, with various Los Angeles advertising agencies including Media Arts Lab, 72 & Sunny, And Company and BIRD Design.  Adam holds a Certificate in Design Communication Arts from UCLA Extension and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two lovable dachshunds and his prized record collection.

Matt Billings
Calgary, AB

From an early age, Matt showed enthusiasm for both listening to and playing music. As he grew older he excelled in various logic based subjects and attributed his fondness for these seemingly unrelated entities to his early study of music theory – the combination of creative expression and math. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in film theory and at a loss of where to go next in life, he decided to revisit web design which he had briefly experimented with in high school. Quickly realizing that it brought the same satisfaction of creativite expression while tackling logic based problems, he began to develop his skillset and pursue freelance work. After reconnecting through social media with Russell Meyerowitz, with whom he’d attended high school, he relocated to Los Angeles and began working with Brand Knew.

Pablo Santiago
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Building things has always been Pablo’s passion. He started young, playing with legos, models and BASIC programming. Over the years, he found himself turning to technology, creating digital music and websites.

Soon after earning a B.S. in Telecommunications, Pablo began exploring Illustrator and Photoshop, finding himself naturally drawn to graphic and print design. He began working in advertising at MFP&W, one of the top advertising agencies in Puerto Rico. As he saw the industry trend towards digital, Pablo switched gears to work as a web designer and developer for Grupo Ferre Rangel, the island’s main newspaper and internet company.

In 2005, Pablo sought to expand his horizons by moving to Los Angeles, where he was eager to explore new professional opportunities. He worked first as a Flash designer and then as a PHP/WordPress developer for several media companies, including Instaclick and AdMedia.

Pablo brings more than 10 years of experience, a unique blend of design and programming skills, and an excellent taste for beer.

Sophie Weiss
Marketing Coordinator
Cincinnati, OH

Sophie began her career in entertainment, first working at a talent agency and later at a major cable TV studio. With exposure to the marketing and PR strategies of nationally recognized companies, television shows and individual talents, she understands how integral social marketing can be when building a brand in today’s tech-savvy world. Sophie believes that by making the consumer a part of the conversation, a company can transform buzz into lasting business.

When not working, Sophie enjoys re-watching 90s coming of age movies, listening to podcasts in her car, and curating the perfect cheese platter. She has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University as well as a minor in French, which she at one point could speak (almost) fluently.

Maddy Simmer
Marketing Coordinator
Sydney, Australia
Maddy was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and graduated from Sydney University with a major in marketing and a minor in political economy.  Growing up, she traveled often with her family and eventually decided to leave her hometown to try her luck in the United States.  First living in New York City before switching to the sunnier shores of Los Angeles, she has worked with a variety of clients across entertainment, natural health care and hospitality.  She believes in the importance of a creative marketing strategy that cultivates consumer interest through genuine, effective communication.
Maddy enjoys cooking elaborate dinners, going on adventures, buying plants, watching documentaries and continuing her search for the perfect cup of coffee.
Leahna Purcell
Marketing Coordinator
Orinda, CA

Megan Purcell came home from preschool one day when she was four years old and demanded a new name. Shortly after, Leahna began a new life of constantly challenging the norm.

Leahna is a multi-skilled developer and implementer. She graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a BBA degree in both Strategy & Management Consulting and Film & Media Management. During her time at Emory, she advised in the career center, worked in the technology center, and presided over a charity club. In her senior year, she was awarded the Budnick Award for Transformation through creativity. Now she crafts design-led solutions for innovative businesses.

As a Marketing Coordinator, she creates and plans content for clients, shaping creative strategy to streamline brand narratives. Leahna uses a breadth of experiences and an insatiable desire to learn to further Brand Knew’s goals.

Leahna is an occasional food snob, a running enthusiast, and an experimenter in 2D design. She currently resides in West Los Angeles.

Gustavo Halperin
Haifa, Israel

Gustavo came from Israel after studying at the Technion Institute of Haifa where he earned his BSC and MSC in software engineering. Gustavo has worked alongside global brands such as: Verizon, Amdocs, Converse, Carfax and Geico.

In his free time he enjoys exploring new places with his wife, surfing, playing chess and reading.

Michael Carroll
Media Buying Specialist
Knoxville, TN

Michael Carroll graduated from Mississippi State University with a BA in marketing, advertising and business administration.  He has strategized, created, and managed advertising and marketing campaigns for companies ranging from local to national advertisers in several different industries. His core competencies include traditional, digital and social media marketing campaigns.  His digital and online proficiencies include: Google Adwords, Omniture, adCenter, behavioral targeting, contextual targeting, site retargeting, search retargeting, dynamic rendering and many more.  Michael has worked intimately with the digital teams at NASCAR, Toyota, Krispy Kreme and various others.

Roman Zelvenschi
SEO/SEM Specialist
Chisinau, Moldova

Roman was an SEO expert before the term even existed.  Blessed with a weird last name, Roman ranks #1 on Google for Zelvenschi, without having built a single link. Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Israel, Roman has been immersed in two raw entrepreneurial cultures since his early childhood. At the age of 22, Roman was part of Imperial Energy PLC’s team that led the sale of the company to ONGC for $2.1 billion. The start-up bug has been with him ever since.

Roman believes marketing is an investment that should have a clear and measurable ROI, which is why he’s established himself as an expert in SEO and SEM over the past 7 years. He takes a scientific approach to planning, executing and measuring each campaign.  He eats regressions and multivariate analysis for breakfast.  Roman implements holistic marketing plans that integrate new media with traditional time-tested marketing concepts.

Stenio Ferreira
Technical Advisor
São Paulo, Brazil

Stênio is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where he graduated with a computer science degree in 2003. After 3 years working as a software developer, he decided to venture to the US to work with a small, but growing consumer goods company. Starting in IT, he gradually became involved with sales, marketing and account management.

To support his new responsibilities, Stenio pursued an MBA at the University of Chicago in 2011 and acquired a PMP certification in 2012. In order to keep current with the latest technologies, in 2012 he developed and published his first iphone app – In his spare time throughout 2013, he worked as a consultant for different startups, and in 2014 he decided to leave his previous job and dedicate himself full-time to this endeavor.

Stênio is interested in startups, technology, design, sports and sustainability.

Hugh Myers
Technical Advisor
Santa Barbara, CA

The son of an entrepreneur, Hugh has always been fascinated by the process of starting and building businesses. Technical from a young age, his parents told him that he would need to learn to write thank-you notes or write code–coding seemed easier at the time.

Hugh is currently the CTO of Newsbloom, a full-service technology platform for publishers. Prior to Newsbloom, Hugh built products for companies ranging from small startups to large enterprises like Symantec and F5 Networks. He enjoys swimming, cooking, and cycling.

Spring Intern
Los Angeles, CA

Our LA office is looking for spring interns who are currently pursuing a bachelor of arts or masters in marketing, computer science or design. Must have basic experience with social platforms and a general understanding of the technology sector. Strong organizational skills, and superb verbal/written communication skills required. We are looking for interns who are insatiably hungry and think outside of the outside of the box. This opportunity is an unpaid internship and at the completion of the internship, interns will receive school credit.


Los Angeles
10351 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90025
New York
145 W. 28th St. Suite 801
New York, New York 10001
(310) 277-0918