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.”

Brooke Kleinman
Director, Brand Strategy
Dana Constantino
Director, Brand Strategy
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.

Lauren Law
Manager, Marketing
Manhattan Beach, CAlifornia

Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, Lauren graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a concentration in Marketing. She was a Division 1 athlete and part of the Student-Athlete Honors Program all 4 years while both playing on the volleyball team, and competing on the CP Snowboard Team.

Post college, Lauren began her career in the Fashion Industry where she learned skills and proficiencies that propelled her up the ladder. Through the world of product development and buying, Lauren gained valuable knowledge of how to create and brand products to suit target markets in fast-paced, shifting environments.

Joining the Brand Knew team has given Lauren an opportunity to express herself creatively while providing the perfect outlet to share her unique perspective, enthusiasm, and background in pop culture, branding, and fast-paced targeted campaigns. She brings a motivated and innovative work ethic to the team that boosts client brand awareness and increases brand equity.

When she’s not hard at work, you can catch Lauren out in the water- surfing, or up in the snow- skiing or snowboarding. Long sunset walks on the beach are a real thing to her, she travels whenever she can, and she shops like it’s going out of fashion.

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.

Morgan Cook
Manager, Operations
Carlsbad, CA

Born and raised in Carlsbad, California, Morgan Cook graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.

As someone with a knack for organization and passion for creative atmospheres, Morgan became involved in visual/interior design, soft-goods and product branding, until she found her home in the digital and web realm.  Morgan applies a purpose driven approach to bridge the connection between clients and the Brand Knew creative force.

Morgan loves good food, wine and Led Zeppelin.  She lives in Los Feliz, surrounded by her wide array of mostly successful indoor plants.

Daniel Ross
Manager, Marketing
San Diego, CA

Daniel was born and raised in San Diego, California, to a mother from Auckland, New Zealand and a father from Burbank, California. Growing up, he spent his days playing sports year-round, and had a few musical stints playing both drums and piano.

An important part of Daniel’s upbringing comes from his days at High Tech High International, a public charter high school that placed a significant emphasis on project-based learning, technology, and global awareness. Daniel thrived in this unique environment and throughout this time, he founded the school rugby team, served as student body president, and undertook his first business venture, a mobile DJ company. After high school, Daniel moved two hours north to attend UCLA where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. During college, he played on the men’s rugby team and was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Daniel joins Brand Knew directly from working on a startup venture of his own – a crowdsourced private property parking app. In this effort, Daniel led a team from the very early conceptual stages all the way through development, and it was during this time when he discovered his passion for marketing, branding, and emerging technologies.

In his spare time, you’ll likely find him with an iced coffee in hand, listening to a podcast or planning his next trip, while searching for the best burrito in town, petting every dog in sight.

Sophie Weiss
Manager, Marketing
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.

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.

Mark Williamson

A few notable things happened in 1976; Apple was founded, The Muppets began airing, and Mark Robert Williamson was born. He created and destroyed worlds during his childhood as a Lego enthusiast. As a young man he set out to become an artist the traditional way, through school. Realizing that the only thing you get in art school is art history he set out to create and mold the world as he saw fit. He moved to California to pursue his passions, for he had found where they might be hiding and stumbled upon a love of bikes. When he looked up and realized he had no one to share his passions with he went in search of a partner and went looking closer to his roots, in the Midwest. It was there that he found a mate and a cat as a bonus, though sometimes it didn’t feel very much like a bonus. A couple of winters in, the pair gave way to the cold. Mark decided he needed not only his passions, and a mate, but the sun as well to live a life worth writing tales about. They moved to California and have been happy, healthy and warm every since.

Maddy Simmer
Manager, Marketing
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.

Matt Wagner
Creative Strategist
Holland, MI

Matt was born and raised in the small lakeside town of Holland, MI and from a young age showed the promise of a creative and design-centric future. While pursuing a degree in business at Michigan State University, Matt used music as his creative outlet, going on to record original tracks and performing live, including opening sets alongside a Grammy award-winning artist and the DJ Mag number one rated DJ in the world. He also invested significant time with the university’s start-up incubation program, working to bring a marketing analytics concept to fruition.

After graduating, Matt went on to work in the automotive industry for a tier-one supplier. He managed the company’s challenging low-volume, high-mix accounts with automakers such as Ford, GM, FCA, and Honda. While also managing the company’s marketing efforts, Matt was reintroduced to his passion for creativity, designing customer decks and other marketing materials for the team. In early 2017, he decided it was time to make the creative leap; Brand Knew offered a perfect fit.

Leigh Kloss
Marketing Coordinator
Phoenix, AZ

Leigh graduated from Haverford College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in both gender and sexuality studies, and art history. After college, Leigh worked in marketing for two years at a leading higher education and healthcare consulting firm. As she worked her way up to the position of product marketing manager, Leigh gained invaluable digital marketing experience, and she learned that the success of any company relies on innovation and direct, personal connection with consumers.

In joining Brand Knew, Leigh brings to the team her marketing experience, creativity, and unyielding ambition to create memorable marketing programs. In her spare time, Leigh loves to analyze reality television, scour flea markets, and travel—she has been to 25 countries in the last 8 years.

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.

Jamie Eddy
Marketing Coordinator
Mill Valley, CA

Jamie graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology. Born and raised in Marin County, Jamie always found herself most comfortable surrounded by people and nature, with an innate curiosity. Jamie moved to Los Angeles to join the Brand Knew team. She has a keen eye for enhancing brand awareness through social engagement, event marketing, web strategy, and journalism. Jamie is a visual creative and believes in her intuition. Her positive attitude and unwavering ability to intimately connect with people and the world around her helps to reinforce lasting and worthwhile relationships, furthering market responsiveness. She spends her free time camping, rock climbing, spending time at music shows, reading, cycling, and adventure tripping.

Sammy Spiegel
Marketing Coordinator
Valencia, CA

Growing up in sunny Southern California, Sammy quickly developed a passion for everything film, TV, and pop culture. After spending some time in college in Washington D.C., she made a promise to herself to never leave the sun again. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degrees in Communication and Psychology and a minor in Professional Writing, and moved back to LA to join the Brand Knew team. She is excited to elevate brands by creating unique online identities and social presences. When not working, Sammy enjoys looking for the best sunset views, petting other people’s dogs, eating your leftovers, and pretending she knows the difference between a pale ale and an IPA.

John Kalabokis
Marketing Coordinator
Chicago, IL

John was born and raised in Chicago, where he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment & Media Management. Shortly after graduating, John was presented with the opportunity to play music professionally and tour the country. During this time, John worked closely with his band’s record label and gained valuable experience in creating marketing plans and fostering fan communication. It was during this time that John recognized the importance of digital marketing and discovered his ability to develop brand equity. After countless shows and 2 record cycles, he decided that it was time for him to focus his attention on the business aspect of the entertainment industry. Armed with this experience and his newly acquired degree, John set his sights on sunny Southern California.

John brings his insatiable appetite to learn, marketing experience, and creativity to Brand Knew. In his spare time, John likes to explore the beautiful state of California, watch World War II documentaries, and create music.

Mairin Hall
Marketing Corodinator
Potomac, MD

Mairin was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. She headed to the midwest for college and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Strategic Communications. Over the past few years, Mairin pursued her love for sports by working in broadcast television at Miami and in DC. She was the lead anchor for her school’s sports show and went on to become a production coordinator for CBS News in DC after graduation. In January 2017, she switched coasts with the hopes of finding sunnier skies in LA and settled in Marina Del Rey. 

Since moving to California, Mairin has been exploring the West Coast beaches as often she can. When she’s not going for long runs on the Venice Boardwalk, she is heading to Malibu for a weekend hike followed by an oceanside iced coffee. Mairin loves traveling, especially to Italy ever since she studied abroad in Florence. Regardless of where she is in the world, Mairin watches every Washington Capitals game and follows the team religiously.

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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