CASE STUDIES

Creativity is the currency.

Brand Knew™ is a creative agency and technology studio.

  • Web Development
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  • Brand Development
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  • Social Marketing
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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.

BK DVE PROGRAM

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.

PERKS

$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.

PORTFOLIO

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.

THE TEAM

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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 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, USC 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 a Board Member of the Social Impact Fund, a charitable organization that provides legal structure to programs for John Legend, Tobey Maguire, wil.i.am, Lily Collins, Bradley Cooper, DJ Khaled 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.

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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.

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Russell Meyerowitz
COO
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, after playing D1 college tennis at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 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 TheQuad.com. 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 through their Parkinson’s Wellness Fund.

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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.”

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Brooke Kleinman
Director, Brand Strategy
Brentwood, CA

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brooke grew up in a household filled with entrepreneurial spirit. She worked throughout high school and college, earning deep experience in sales, finance and marketing. She eventually chose to follow her passion and drive, starting her own business, Love Detailed, in 2014. Inspired by her years of working with a top wedding planner in Los Angeles, Love Detailed offered a simple solution to a growing need in the wedding industry: luxury design at an affordable price. Throughout its first year, Love Detailed grew to be a notable brand, recognized by wedding professionals, brides and grooms to-be, and wedding aficionados. Noticing an even larger need in the industry, Love Detailed pivoted its service offering, becoming a marketing agency to help professionals and brands better connect with the millennial couple.

Brooke joins Brand Knew as an avid learner, problem solver and leader, and her commitment to her clients’ successes is unwavering. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her at the Brentwood Farmer’s Market, hiking Temescal Canyon, or cheering on any L.A. sports team.

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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.

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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.

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Matt Billings
Engineer
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.

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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.

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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.

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Pablo Santiago
Engineer
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.

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Kristen Abercrombie
Creative Strategist
Cincinnati, OH

Kristen always knew she wanted to pursue a creative career. Her love for art and passion for problem solving led her to attend the University of Cincinnati’s celebrated College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. During her studies, she alternated between classroom study, travel abroad, and real world work experience, completing her education as an intern at Apple in Cupertino, California.

After moving to Los Angeles, Kristen spent several years working as a graphic designer and illustrator, collaborating with companies and organizations such as Verizon, AT&T, Target, Anthropologie, the Los Angeles Times, and Greenpeace. She has since expanded into the digital space, crafting memorable, purposeful, and usable interfaces while constantly challenging herself to learn something new with every project.

Kristen is a nature loving, coffee addict, who spends her free time hiking with her rescue pup, Radar, and exploring Los Angeles on two wheels.

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Kathleen Bryson
Marketing Manager
Pasadena, CA

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Kathleen graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Following her passion for entertainment and the arts, Kathleen began her career in Script Development at ABC Television.  She then moved to Nickelodeon, where she worked as a casting executive for four years before heading to graduate school at USC Annenberg to pursue a master’s degree in Marketing Strategy and Communication.  Years spent formulating strategies to reach a diverse set of television audiences sparked Kathleen’s determination to move to a creative agency after graduate school. Kathleen is very excited to be working with Brand Knew to create innovative marketing campaigns that drive brand awareness and digital engagement for a premier list of clients.

When she is not at work, you can usually find Kathleen outdoors enjoying the amazing Southern California sunshine, running, playing tennis, or on the beach.  She also loves cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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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.

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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.

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Bre Vergess
Manager, Social Press Kit
Los Angeles, CA

Bre is a Los Angeles native with a passion for innovative and transformative technology. She brings diverse marketing and sales experience, most recently leading product marketing and business development for a rapidly growing SaaS platform company. Bre has also held communications and development positions for major nonprofit organizations including Camp Kesem, The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, and the International Rescue Committee, and remains an active member of the nonprofit community through board involvement and volunteer service.

Bre holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, with a focus in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Bre loves traveling, distance running, and cheering on the New York Yankees.

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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.

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Chris Fleming
Engineer
Riverside, RI

Originally from Rhode Island, Chris made his way to the west coast in 2005, landing in San Diego. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia from SDSU, he launched a branding and digital media company, Rising Artistry. After years of running his own company, he was sought out by Anacom Media, a design agency in San Diego, to become their CTO.

During this time, Chris pursued his passion for beach volleyball, traveling to competitions including events hosted by the AVP throughout the country. This pursuit and love for the game kept his eyes set on a move to Los Angeles. When a job opportunity presented itself, everything lined up. A week later, he hit the road from San Diego and landed in LA, working as an engineer for Brand Knew. Outside the creative world, Chris is often found surfing, snowboarding or traveling the world.

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Raj Ramakabir
Creative Strategist
Saratoga, CA

Originally from Saratoga, CA, Rajiv is a designer who has a passion for creating unique and eye-catching visual experiences. In 2016, he received his Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Design from the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design and since then has worked in the fast-paced marketing and digital advertising world with key clients such as Nike, Fox, BMW, Billboard, and Variety.

Coming from a sports background, outside of the office, Rajiv loves to play sports, workout, hang at the beach, and generally compete / challenge himself. He enjoys listening to all types of music and loves concerts and festivals. Don’t be surprised if you see him with his headphones on, bobbing his head to the music.

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Tiffany Roshanian
Manager, Marketing
Vienna, VA

Born right outside of the D.C. area, Tiffany grew up accustomed to a fast pace of life – surrounded by hustlers of all industries. This fueled her curiosity in the world, with her first major move to Austin, Texas to attend St. Edward’s University for college – a small liberal arts school with a focus on social issues and giving back. After graduating, she decided to use her psychology degree towards business, instead of the planned therapist route –  with confidence that this could help her learn how others think, and what attracts them to a certain product or service.

With a love for creativity and controlled chaos, Tiffany moved to Chicago to work for a start-up sneaker company called BucketFeet. This gave her the opportunity to work with artists and cultivate a community of creatives through BucketFeet – including an artist-in-residence program, monthly events, and generally helping to shape the company culture at BucketFeet HQ.

Following Chicago, Tiffany moved back to her hometown to join an advertising agency, where she brought her love for creative environments to manage clients in the travel/tourism industry. She was able to combine her creative problem solving skills with her unique perspective from the lens of an avid traveler, and help her clients achieve their attendance, visitation, and other goals. Her favorite part of this role was being a part of so many client projects from beginning to end – including creative concepting, campaign planning, execution, and reporting/optimization – and not only see the creative come to life, but also see first-hand how this helped her clients achieve their respective business goals.

In her free time, Tiffany can be found attending concerts or watching YouTube tutorials on how to sew kimonos.

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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.

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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.

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Mairin Hall
Marketing Coordinator
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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Jade Biver
Marketing Coordinator
Falls Church, VA

Jade was born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. She felt compelled to pursue a career in a fast-paced and creative industry after many years of attending her dad’s commercial photography and video shoots. Jade completed her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and majored in Creative Advertising, where she explored her passion for writing, design, and developing strong concepts to drive campaigns. Jade comes from a background of digital marketing, branding, and fashion, and works with Brand Knew’s clients to help them connect with their audiences in ways that are genuine and memorable.

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Taylor Winnie
Marketing Coordinator
Stockbridge, MI

After a childhood well spent in the rural Midwest, Taylor decided her aspirations were bigger than a small hometown could offer. A life dedicated to expanding her knowledge and exploring the world, Taylor studied International Business and Marketing at Grand Valley State University. Her studies moved her to Munich, Germany in pursuit of German fluency and the completion of her degree.

While living in central Europe, she had the opportunity to travel the world, getting lost in the Souks of Marrakech, kayaking the shores of Thailand, and hiking the Bavarian Alps—beer in hand. But life requires a balance of work and play. Taylor put her ideation skills to the test while working at a German sports agency, creating social content and curating campaign concepts for major international brands like Adidas, BMW and PowerBar. After a year in Germany, her adventurous spirit brought her to the California sunshine, where she began her journey at Brand Knew.

When she’s not exploring the nooks of LA, Taylor spends her time experimenting in the kitchen, reading non-fiction novels, and researching where she’ll take her next exotic vacation.

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Meg Rapp
Marketing Coordinator
Beaverton, OR

Meg studied business administration with a concentration in marketing at Gonzaga University, where she was also a defender on the women’s soccer team. As a part of a study abroad program, she taught business practices in Zambezi, Zambia to locals and others in surrounding communities.

Meg brings to Brand Knew a passion for learning, diverse marketing experience and strong work ethic. In her spare time, she loves hiking, listening to podcasts, dad jokes and is always chasing the latest health fad.

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Kelsey LeBlanc
Marketing Coordinator
Houston, TX

Kelsey grew up in Houston and later moved ‘further south’ to attend The University of Alabama (Roll Tide). There, she studied Telecommunication and Film and interned as a reporter for local news networks. She soon found a new calling creating videos and social content for different news stories. Kelsey decided to leave reporting, and the South all together, to explore the west coast, ultimately calling Brand Knew her home away from home.

In her free time, Kelsey loves binge-watching Netflix, traveling, eating ice cream, and going on hikes that are way above her skill level.

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Tim Shu
Manager, Digital Media Buying
San Marino, CA

Born in Pasadena, Tim graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and minors in Chinese and Environmental Studies. He was goalkeeper for the soccer team all four years, and ended his senior year with the lowest goals-against record in the league.

After briefly exploring a career as a ceramic artist, Tim joined the marketing industry to pursue his passion for creating narratives and bringing ideas to life. With a background in digital strategy, direct response performance media buying, and analytics, Tim helps Brand Knew to maximize ROAS and campaign effectiveness. Tim specializes in social media, search, display, PPC, and native advertising; retargeting; and data-driven campaign analysis and optimization.

When he’s not in the office, Tim can be found on the soccer field, on a hiking trail, or searching the streets of LA for the best hole in the wall ethnic restaurants.

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Ricky Nguyen
Marketing Coordinator
San Diego, CA

Ricky was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in San Diego, California with parents from Vietnam. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University. During his undergraduate years, Ricky’s passion for marketing and creativity grew as he became a founding member of Theta Chi Fraternity and Aztec Music Group – with additional involvement under Associated Students as a member of the Music & Entertainment Committee and GreenFest Executive Committee.

After receiving his degree in 2016, Ricky gained valuable marketing experience working as an intern for a technology start-up while professionally DJing in San Diego. Ricky’s entrepreneurial spirit and bright mind comes from the culmination of his eclectic experiences as he moved up to LA to start his exciting career with Brand Knew.

On his free time, you can catch him curating a mix, cruising on his board along a boardwalk, or casually enjoying the beautiful weather Southern California has to offer.

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Morgan Wilkins
Office Coordinator
Bakersfield, CA

Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Morgan grew up with a passion for dance and entrepreneurship. After traveling to Los Angeles for dance competitions throughout her childhood and being surrounded by her family of small business owners, she was inspired by her role models to move to Los Angeles and pursue her dreams. Morgan received a degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She plans to one day follow in the foot steps of her family members and become an entrepreneur, while always maintaining a presence of dance in her life. She is excited to join Brand Knew and to display her passion for creativity and innovative spirit.

In her spare time, Morgan enjoys hanging out on Abbot Kinney, taking an upbeat jazz class, trying new craft breweries in the LA area, searching for new coffee spots, and thrifting for vinyl records.

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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.

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