About us


Advisory Board

 

Sarah Fay

Sarah is a veteran of the media services industry: in her two decades of experience, she has developed and implemented groundbreaking new models for advertising and media. Over the course of her career, Sarah has become a well-known voice in the advertising industry on the topics of digital marketing and media integration. She has helped to build one of the most recognized digital companies in the world through a combination of acquisitions, new business wins, and organic growth.

Until May of 2009, Sarah was CEO of Aegis Media North America. She was also responsible for launching and growing a significant part of that business during her eleven year tenure at that company. As President of Carat Interactive and then President of Isobar, Sarah orchestrated the successful acquisitions and merging of several companies including Lot21, Vizium, Freestyle Interactive, Molecular, iProspect, Ammo and Bluestreak. Sarah is also responsible for launching Isobar Mobile, a highly regarded mobile marketing entity.

An industry thought leader, Sarah initiated several ground breaking studies including “Born to Be Wired” (2003), which examined rapidly increasing internet use by teens, and “Never Ending Friending” (2007), which considered the increasingly vital role of social networking as a component of social behavior and also calculated marketing ROI for Social Marketing campaigns.

Sarah has been widely quoted in such sources as Ad Age, Ad Week, DM News, B2B Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Additionally, Sarah regularly addresses audiences at major marketing conferences and participates on a number of company and industry boards.


Recognition

  • “Industry Achievement Award” 2007, ad:tech
  • “Online All-Star” 2008, OMMA
  • “Top 100 Media Influentials” Media Post 2008
  • “Future Legend”, 2008 Ad Club, Boston
  • “Top 50 People to Know in the Digital Space”, MediaPost 2003
  • “Top 100 Business Marketing Influencers” 2002, 2003 and 2004, B2B Magazine
  • “Media All Star” Adweek, Mediaweek, Brandweek 2004
  • “25 Women to Watch”, Advertising Age 2005
  • “Fast 50″, Fast Company 2006
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Tim Hanlon

Tim is the Founder and CEO of The Vertere Group, LLC, a Chicago-based boutique investment advisory and strategic consulting firm focused on helping today’s most forward-leaning investors, entrepreneurs, brands, and media firms benefit from rapidly changing technological advances in marketing, media and consumer communications.

Hanlon was previously Founder/Managing Director of Velociter, the innovation-centric partnership and strategic investment arm of Interpublic Group’s corporate media agency division Mediabrands – where he was chiefly responsible for driving entrepreneurial innovation through proprietary relationships with more than a dozen emerging venture-backed media/marketing startup firms.

Before Velociter, Hanlon was Executive Vice President/Managing Director of Publicis Groupe’s VivaKi Ventures – the strategic partnership and investment arm of VivaKi (comprising Starcom MediaVest Group, Zenith Optimedia Group, Digitas, Razorfish, and Denuo), which he founded in 2008, after launching predecessor Ventures practices for Denuo (2006) and Publicis Groupe Media/PGM (2005). In those roles, Hanlon served in formal advisory and directorial positions with over three dozen media-related startups, while managing successful exits with more than a dozen firms, including Sling Media (acquired by Echostar/Dish Network, 2007); Navic Networks (Microsoft, 2008); Rapt (Microsoft, 2008); SnapTell (Amazon/A9, 2009); IMMI (Arbitron, 2010), Dapper (Yahoo, 2010); Pelago (Groupon, 2011); Tumri (Collective Media, 2011); Panache (24/7 Real Media/WPP, 2011); Sezmi (KIT Digital, 2012); Brightcove (IPO, 2012); and Peer39 (DG/MediaMind, 2012).

Before founding the Denuo Ventures and PGM Ventures practices, Hanlon was Senior Vice President/ Director, Emerging Contacts for media agency Starcom MediaVest Group.

Hanlon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Georgetown University.

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Scott Ferber

Scott is Chairman and CEO of TidalTV, a leading video advertising company. Prior to starting TidalTV, Scott founded Advertising.com in 1998. The company was sold to AOL in 2004 for nearly half a billion dollars. In his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for the company’s stellar operating performance, strategic vision and continued development of its award-winning, proprietary optimization technology.

Prior to Advertising.com, Scott held roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, where he developed computer systems and mathematical models to create business practices for plant production and raw material procurement. Furthermore, he was with the Capital One Financial Corporation, where he leveraged statistical approaches to marketing and financial risk management to develop new businesses outside of the credit card industry.

Scott has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, CEO of the Year by Blue Chip Venture Company, the American Business Award’s “Stevie” for Best Executive in 2005, the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award 2006 from the University of Virginia, and was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record in 2009.

Scott graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. from the Stanford University, Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1992.

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Martin Puris

Martin is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Engine US, which is a joint venture with The Engine Group, Ltd., the UK’s largest independent marketing and communications company.

Mr. Puris was Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ammirati & Puris, one of America’s most revered advertising agencies. He was also Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of NTM Inc. (Not Traditional Media), a marketing and media advisory firm created in 2003 to work with clients and their agencies to develop strategies integrating nontraditional marketing solutions and new media models.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ammirati Puris Lintas, as the agency was called after a 1994 acquisition merger with The Interpublic group of Companies, Martin managed one of the 10 largest advertising networks in the world, with over 10 thousand employees, 172 offices in 54 countries and annual billings of $7.9 billion.

Author, guest lecturer, contributor to various publications including the Harvard Business review, honored and awarded internationally on numerous occasions by industry peers, in 1988, Mr. Puris was named by Ad Week magazine, “one of the twenty most influential figures in advertising during the past 20 years.”

Mr. Puris served as Media Advisor to President George H. W. Bush in both presidential campaigns.

Mr. Puris has served as a director of a great many not-for-profit boards including The ASPCA, The Mystic Seaport Museum, Upward, Sheltering Arms and The Hampton Classic.

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David Rosenblatt

David is the former Chief Executive Officer of DoubleClick. Prior to serving as DoubleClick’s CEO, he held various positions at the company, including, from 2000 – 2005, President. After selling DoubleClick to Google in 2008, he served as president of Google’s Display Advertising business.

He also serves on the board of directors for Twitter, IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), Narrative Science, Inc., and is Co-Founder and Chairman of Group Commerce, a technology start-up venture that enables publishers to sell products and services to their targeted audiences.

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