Brand Knew™ is a creative agency and technology studio.

  • Web Development
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  • Brand Development
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  • Social Marketing

Web 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, investors and leading technologists.


Brand Knew’s portfolio represents both wholly owned business units and equity positions in external ventures run by talented founders. Investment strategy focuses on marketing solutions and consumer services.


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 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 degrees in both Political Science and Film at Emory University, while building a promotions business and marketing high-profile weekly events for college students, featuring recording artists such as Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris and Outkast.

In 2006, Zach moved back to Los Angeles with an increased knowledge of the digital landscape and developed College Tonight with Jason Schutzbank, which was named the best event-based social network by Mashable and was published in Generation MySpace as one of the top 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 Greek community features. Suchin led the company through a substantial venture round, successfully 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 sold his share of the company in early 2009.

He 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 Bloomberg technology contributor.  Zach sits on the board of directors for several portfolio companies and the steering committees for various non-profit organizations.  He is a Guest Member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Oakwood School.  He serves as the Digital Chair of YaLa Academy, has judged the Connect Ability Challenge for AT&T and NYU, and serves as the Secretary of the Social Impact Fund, a charitable organization that provides legal structure to programs for John Legend, Tobey Maguire,, Lily Collins, Bradley Cooper and other celebrities.  He conceived FitCause, a Nike/TechStars company that leverages fitness data towards charitable donations and is contracted by the Department of Veteran Affairs to measure veteran wellness.  He remains intimately involved in the creative direction of Brand Knew’s clients, leads investments in many of the firm’s portfolio companies, advises several start-up ventures throughout LA 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 kids, working out, 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 and their caregivers, today.

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.”

Laura Day
Manager, Marketing
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
Manager, Marketing
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.

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.
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.

David Grazer
Manager, Social Press Kit
Mission Viejo, CA

Growing up in Southern California, surrounded by entertainment and creative industries, David has seen the power of creativity, curiosity and their ability to facilitate positive societal shifts. This exposure has pushed him to leverage logic and imagination towards crafting impactful solutions. At Brand Knew, David focuses on ensuring that Social Press Kit aids organizations of every size in strengthening their brand messaging through effective social media coordination.

His work has weaved him through both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, mirroring his belief that business and social change are not mutually exclusive. A graduate of Chapman University, he currently resides in Los Angeles.

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.

Courtney Cameron
Marketing Coordinator
Orange, CA

Following in the footsteps of her brother and sister who are proud UCLA alumni, she attended the southern California university where she double majored in anthropology and gender studies. Courtney was a member of the UCLA cheer squad, on which she earned the position as marketing coordinator. She oversaw social media campaigns, merchandising, and marketing fundraisers for the squad.

Courtney works alongside clients to create content, ensure brand uniformity, and facilitate fan engagement. Courtney enjoys fitness, cheering on her Bruins, snowboarding, learning to cook from her father, and spending time with her dog, horse, family, and friends.

Sam Kaufman
Marketing Coordinator
Denver, CO

Raised in Denver, Colorado, Sam moved to Los Angeles to pursue his interest in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a BBA in Marketing and Film & Media Management, Sam worked in the music, comedy, and digital departments at United Talent Agency, gaining insight as to how the entertainment landscape works and operates. He understands the importance of merging the creative and business sides of the entertainment world in order to develop sustainable brands. Sam brings his enthusiasm for marketing to the Brand Knew team, believing strongly that consistent creative marketing and out-of-the-box thinking are essential in developing lasting brand equity.

Sam is a music junky who enjoys frequently attending concerts and festivals. He co-created, designed, and developed a website that provides readers with up-to-date news, content, and reviews from music, food, and cultural festivals around the world. He also enjoys rooting for all Colorado sports teams, occasionally doing stand-up comedy, trying new craft beers, exploring new areas of Los Angeles, working out, and traveling.

Ted Stevenson
Production Coordinator
Sewickley, PA

Ted is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA Degree in Musical Theater and a minor in Film Studies. Originally from a town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he started in New York City editing, producing, and developing reality TV pilots with Adam DiVello, creator of MTV’s THE HILLS. While in New York, Ted worked alongside his buddy Jake Wilson in helping him mount his feature film, ARE YOU JOKING? (starring Hannibal Burress and James Wolk) and creating the promotional content for Broadway’s A CHRISTMAS STORY and Off-Broadway’s DOGFIGHT and other Second Stage productions.

After moving to LA, Ted produced his first feature from the ground up titled GOLDEN BOY. He’s been featured in, written, edited, produced, and filmed countless projects of his own and others. His content has been promoted by the LA and NY Times, The Wrap, Gold Derby, Domino’s Pizza, the Huffington Post, Funny or Die (among many others) and has received millions of views.

April Moreau
Production Coordinator
Ft. Myers, Florida

April is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a BFA in Acting.  While pursuing her performance degree, April discovered her love of film and video production. After college, she began producing both original narrative content as well as commercial and social media content with 3DiR Productions.  Through this work, she gained an expertise in delivering succinct, impactful messages in the videos she creates.

April brings a passion for comedy and storytelling to all of her video projects.  Outside of production, she writes stand-up & sketch comedy and also performs as an improviser at The Groundlings in West Hollywood.  Her original comedy shorts have been featured on numerous blogs and websites as well as the home page of Funny or Die.

April is originally from Ft. Myers, Florida and doesn’t care for weather below 75 degrees.

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
Manager, Media Buying
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
Manager, SEO/SEM
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.

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