WE ACCELERATE INNOVATION & GROWTH

BRAND INNOVATORS LABS ACCELERATES INNOVATION & GROWTH BY LEVERAGING OUR NETWORK, EXPERIENCE AND THE COUNCIL OF EXPERTS FROM FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES.

OUR SOLUTIONS

Brand Innovators Labs is an innovation consulting firm focused on accelerating growth through digital transformation. Our capabilities are enabled by a team with diverse experience, an agile engagement staffing and delivery model and our powerful Advisory Councils. We’re passionate about helping clients unlock innovation that powers growth outsize ROI.

Biz Dev:  Growth

For growth stage companies and new solution developers from within the enterprise. Product and go-to-market advisory + tailored business development support leveraging proprietary access to hundreds of enterprise decision makers.

Consulting:  Advisory

Consultative and project management solutions for brand clients, with deep expertise in marketing innovation, enterprise digital transformation, partnership and new business line development.

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Leadership

Brandon Gutman

Brandon Gutman

Founder, Board Member

An expert connector and proven business builder.  Brandon has forged relationships with some of the most influential brand marketers, technologists and venture capitalists in marketing. He is also co-founder of the Brand Innovators Group and Managing Partner of Brand Approved. As a former expert blogger for Forbes, his contributions were regularly featured on Forbes’ CMO Network, Leadership and Technology sections. 

Marc Sternberg

Marc Sternberg

Founder, Board Member

Marc is co-founder of Brand Innovators Group, a community of over 20,000 brand marketers.  Formerly, Marc served as CEO of Rising Tide Media, President and COO of Always On, and Vice President and Advertising Director of The Hollywood Reporter.

Amish Tolia

Amish Tolia

Founder, Board Member

Serial entrepreneur who has co-founded three companies, two of which have been acquired in the last 10 years. Amish has deep experience in both B2B and B2C company development – specifically Consumer Web, Specialty E-commerce, Media / Marketing Services and Digital Marketplace models. He is also an active angel investor focused on backing great entrepreneurs. He began his career in Structured Finance at HSBC.

Jared Golden

Jared Golden

Founder, Board Member

An entrepreneur and investor with experience building, advising and investing in companies in numerous spaces including marketing services & ad tech, media, consulting, ecommerce, custom apparel, pet services, consumer packaged goods (food products) et al. Jared is also the managing General Partner of Viking Investment Management. Prior to BI Labs, Jared co-founded Pear (acquired by CustomInk), and was an analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Trey Holder

Trey Holder

Founder, Board Member

Trey has over 15 years of experience in retail in leadership, logistics, merchandising, distribution, sales, marketing and IT development. Trey is also Co-Chair of the GMDC Retail Tomorrow Board and previously co-founded the CPG Institute. Prior to BI Labs, Trey served as CEO of Mercury Retail Services, Front Flip, Self Point & Rhelief. 

Stephen Strauss

Stephen Strauss

Executive Director

Stephen is an accomplished operator in the areas of rights holder, sponsorship, partnership development, activation, and retail technology services.  He brings an array of expertise both in large corporate environments as well as growth company operations.  At BI Labs, Stephen focuses on Growth client engagement delivery and development.

Jason Adelman

Jason Adelman

Vice President, West

Jason brings over 15 years of leadership experience to the Labs team, having managed the brand marketing & business development activities of both Fortune 500 advertisers and emerging consumer brands alike. While leading business units on the client side, agency side, & within multi-media entertainment companies, Jason specializes across the areas of strategic partnerships, consumer brand marketing, sports & entertainment alliances, branded content development, & B2B joint ventures.

 

Ritesh Shah

Ritesh Shah

General Manager, Canada

Over a career spanning 20 years, Ritesh has provided leading edge advisory and technology consulting to Fortune 500 firms in the Pharma and CPG industries.  Most recently, he led the IT-Marketing relationship for the Canada zone for KraftHeinz, where he was responsible for launching the first Marketing Digital Innnovation Challenge.  During his time at AstraZeneca, he acted as the lead technology Business Partner to all functional units – ranging from Medical Affairs and Operations to Sales and Marketing.
Joey Rahimi

Joey Rahimi

Digital, Mobile & Web Strategist

Joey comes to BI Labs after founding myriad of successful companies including niche.com, branding brand, and 9 others in the web, software, app development, analytics and marketing industries. He brings an unique expertise specifically in UI/UX, efficient software design and development, data science / machine learning and growth hacking.  Rahimi graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2001.

Innovation Advisory Council

In partnership with Brand Innovators, we’ve developed a community of thought leaders, change agents and decision makers from Fortune 500 companies. These advisors help to provide insights and expertise we can leverage on behalf of our portfolio companies to accelerate the adoption of new solutions within the enterprise client landscape.  Selected council members are featured here.

Abhishek Jadon

Abhishek Jadon

Sr. Director - Consumer Data & Digital Strategy, PepsiCo

Abhi Vyas

Abhi Vyas

Director of Marketing & Personalization, Verizon

Abigail Flora

Abigail Flora

Director of Marketing, Athleta

Adam Kmiec

Adam Kmiec

Vice President - Digital Strategy & Communications, UnitedHealth Group

Alessandra antenucci

Alessandra antenucci

Sr. Director Global Brand Marketing, Fossil

Alex Meakin

Alex Meakin

Director of Acquisition, Smile Direct Club

Alexa Harnett

Alexa Harnett

Head of Marketing, Aston Martin Americas

Ali Frost

Ali Frost

VP Marketing, Greg Norman Company

Amy Endemann

Amy Endemann

VP Marketing, Athletic Greens

ana soto

ana soto

National Media Manager, JCPenney

Andrew Eis

Andrew Eis

Head of Marketing - Hiball, AB InBev

Northeast Council Chairperson

Angela Gruszka

Angela Gruszka

SVP Marketing + eComm, Milly

Ann Unger

Ann Unger

Head of Communications, Puma

anna-karin loureiro

anna-karin loureiro

VP Global Strategy & Innovation, Calvin Klein

Anthony Cortese

Anthony Cortese

Digital Planning Strategist, Unilever

Ash Duvernois

Ash Duvernois

Sr. eComm Manager, Honey Baked Ham Co.

Ashwin Nathan

Ashwin Nathan

Vice President Digital, H-E-B

Audra Carson

Audra Carson

Director - New Ventures, Post Consumer Brands

Bachir Zeroual

Bachir Zeroual

Head of Marketing - Multi-Device Experience, Samsung Electronics Americas

Banita Sarwar

Banita Sarwar

Director of Personalization & Marketing Orchestration, Marriott International

Barbara Liss

Barbara Liss

Director, Brand and Product Marketing, Republic Wireless

Barbara Sharnak

Barbara Sharnak

Director, Brand and Product Marketing, Republic Wireless

Ben Collier

Ben Collier

Executive Director - Brand, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ben De Castro

Ben De Castro

VP Marketing, Eargo

Bess Montecalvo

Bess Montecalvo

Director of Field Marketing, Hyatt Hotels

BETHANY EVANS

BETHANY EVANS

Director Digital Marketing, The North Face

Bob Arnold

Bob Arnold

Global Digital Media & Strategy Lead, Google

Brandan Jones

Brandan Jones

Content Marketing, Editor In Chief, DirecTV

Brandon Levine

Brandon Levine

Sr. Product Manager - Digital, Dollar General

Breana Teubner

Breana Teubner

Sr. Director Strategy, Operations & Innovation, Gap Inc.

Brendan O'Marra

Brendan O'Marra

Director Digital Marketing North America, BIC

Brina nash

Brina nash

Global Head of Consumer Intelligence & CRM, MCM Worldwide

Brittney Williams

Brittney Williams

Director Global Omni-Channel Shopper Marketing, Kellogg Company

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

Manager - Social Marketing, Spin Master

Carmen True

Carmen True

VP - Digital Experience & Marketing Innovation, HP

Caroline Culbertson

Caroline Culbertson

Director of Marketing, Betabrand

Charlotte Lee

Charlotte Lee

Brand Manager, Godiva

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Head of Voice, Columbia Sportswear

Chris Carfi

Chris Carfi

Sr. Director of Content Marketing, GoDaddy

Chris Terschluse

Chris Terschluse

Head of Marketing & Content, Chime Bank

Claudia Cicilliano

Claudia Cicilliano

Director of Digital Marketing, CNBC

Colleen Sherry

Colleen Sherry

Digital Marketing Lead, Henkel

Dalia Ganz

Dalia Ganz

VP - Social Media, Digital Marketing, Freeform (Disney)

Dan Gray

Dan Gray

Digital Manager - Shopper Content, Ford Motor Company

Dan Mazei

Dan Mazei

Senior Director & Head of Global Newsroom, Reebok

Dana Miller

Dana Miller

Sr. Director of Integrated Marketing, The Pause Group

Dane Mathews

Dane Mathews

Head of Marketing Activation & CRM, Conagra Brands

Darrell Franklin

Darrell Franklin

VP Marketing, Mattress Firm

Daryl Drabinsky

Daryl Drabinsky

Director Digital Strategy & Innovation, Aetna/CVS

Dave Spinato

Dave Spinato

Vice President - Global eComm, HARMAN International

Diana Boyles

Diana Boyles

VP Marketing, Home Advisor

Divya Goel

Divya Goel

Head of Marketing, Premier Lacrosse League

EJ Smith

EJ Smith

Head of Marketing, Ryder Systems

Elisabeth Bromberg

Elisabeth Bromberg

Director of Brand Social, T-Mobile

elizabeth campbell

elizabeth campbell

Sr. Director US Marketing, McDonald's

elyse burack

elyse burack

Head of Integrated Marketing & Brand, Boxed

Enrique Cortinas

Enrique Cortinas

Sr. Marketing Director - NA Juice, PepsiCo

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Senior Director Marketing Insights, Inspire Brands

Eric Toda

Eric Toda

Head of Marketing, HIll City/Gap

Erica Hughes

Erica Hughes

Integrated Media Lead, Chick-fil-A

Erica Kaufman

Erica Kaufman

Director - Corporate Franchise Management, The Walt Disney Company

Erica Urrutia

Erica Urrutia

Global Digital Marketing Director, Edgewell Personal Care

Erin McElroy

Erin McElroy

Program Director - Innovation, IBM

Erin Everhart

Erin Everhart

Sr. Manager - Commerce Marketing, The Home Depot

Ethan Eyler

Ethan Eyler

Head of Brand, Bikes & Scooters, Lyft

francey grund

francey grund

Director of Marketing, Chameleon Cold Brew

Gary Weintraub

Gary Weintraub

Director - Drugstore Trade, SC Johnson

Gavin O'Hara

Gavin O'Hara

Global Social Creative Lead, Lenovo

Genevieve Mazzeo

Genevieve Mazzeo

Manager - Digital Commerce, Tyson Foods

Guillaume McIntyre

Guillaume McIntyre

Head of Acquisition Marketing, Instacart

Heather Bergstein

Heather Bergstein

Head of eCommerce, Remy Cointreau

Heather Ruiz

Heather Ruiz

Brand Manager, Sprint

Hedy Payghambari

Hedy Payghambari

Director of Marketing/Media/Digital, Papa Murphy's

Ian Yung

Ian Yung

Head of Marketing & Growth, Simple Habit

Jack Song

Jack Song

Head of Communications, Grabango

James Gregson

James Gregson

Head of Social Media Studio, The LEGO Group

James Cuthbert

James Cuthbert

Sr. Director of Brand Marketing, Red Bull

Jasmine Atherton

Jasmine Atherton

Head of Social Media & Content, Delta

Jason Waggoner

Jason Waggoner

VP / General Manager, Kadenwood

Jayesh Shah

Jayesh Shah

Director - New Business Development, Mars Wrigley

Jeff Stender

Jeff Stender

Sr. Manager - Global Digital Transformation, 3M

Jeff Wong

Jeff Wong

VP Marketing, Country Archer

Jenna Engleman

Jenna Engleman

Director - Brand, Thrive Market

Jenna Stephenson

Jenna Stephenson

Director Marketing, Harmless Harvest

Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns

Director - Marketing Strategy & Communications, Discover

Jennifer Clay

Jennifer Clay

Director, Digital Product Management, Whole Foods Market

Jenny Wiliams

Jenny Wiliams

Marketing Director, Moe's Southwest Grill

Jeremie Moritz

Jeremie Moritz

Brand and Digital Director, Absolut Elyx at Pernod Ricard

Jess Anselmi

Jess Anselmi

Director of Innovation & Category Growth, Panera Bread

 Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Sr. Director - Global Product Marketing, Visa

Jessica Burns

Jessica Burns

VP Brand Marketing, GrubHub

Jessica Berlin

Jessica Berlin

Sr. Director Marketing, Beachbody

Jim Halliday

Jim Halliday

SVP Marketing, Plated

Joanna Darst

Joanna Darst

Global Director of Media & Consumer Activation, Molson Coors

Joe Rago

Joe Rago

Director Digital Innovation, Ulta Beauty

Joe Prota

Joe Prota

Principal - Global Social Practice, IBM

Jorge Almeida

Jorge Almeida

Sr. Digital Marketing Manager, Avocados From Mexico

Jose Corella

Jose Corella

Sr. Director Global Marketing - Baby & Child Care, Kimberly-Clark

Joseph Barbagallo

Joseph Barbagallo

Department Manager - Digital/Social/CRM, Jaguar Land Rover NA

Josh Karpf

Josh Karpf

Director, Social & Traditional Media, Keurig Dr. Pepper

Josh Palau

Josh Palau

VP Media Strategy & Platforms, Bayer Consumer Health

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

Digital Strategy Manager, Church & Dwight

JP Persico

JP Persico

Head of Digital Innovation & Strategy, Bosch USA

Kamal Bhandal

Kamal Bhandal

Sr. Director of Consumer Marketing, Align Technology

Kate Brady

Kate Brady

Head of Media Partnerships & Innovation, PepsiCo

Kathryn McKeon

Kathryn McKeon

Director of Marketing, Vital Farms

Kathryn Wong

Kathryn Wong

Director - Mobile Marketing, Walmart

Katie Sotor

Katie Sotor

VP Marketing & Sales, Crane USA

Keith Farley

Keith Farley

Vice President - Innovation, Aflac

Kelli Mccarthy

Kelli Mccarthy

Director - Digital Innovation, PepsiCo

Kim Curtis

Kim Curtis

Agile Team Lead, Connected Health Global Toothbrushes, Colgate

Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis

Vice President of Digital Strategies, Sonic Drive-In

Kim Stokes

Kim Stokes

Head of Digital, Boston Beer

Kirsten Hamstra

Kirsten Hamstra

Director Global Social Marketing, Lenovo

Krista Phillips

Krista Phillips

Head of Brand Management and Insights, Citi

Kristi Gole

Kristi Gole

Sr. Director Customer Strategy & Insights, Global Hotel Alliance

Kristin Mateja

Kristin Mateja

Head of Brand, Morningstar

Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith

Director Global Digital Marketing, KEEN

Lexi Diedrich

Lexi Diedrich

Category Marketing Lead - Gaming, Best Buy

Lindsay Bennett

Lindsay Bennett

Sr. Director - Marketing & Communications, Randstad USA

Lindsay Sutton

Lindsay Sutton

AVP Digital Strategy Lead, John Hancock

Lindsay Chastain

Lindsay Chastain

Sr. Director - Global Digital Marketing, Ancestry

Lockie Andrews

Lockie Andrews

Chief Digital Officer, UNTUCKit

Lorena Hathaway

Lorena Hathaway

Marketing Director, Pitney Bowes

Luis Spencer Freitas

Luis Spencer Freitas

Director of Omnichannel, LVMH

Luke Elliott

Luke Elliott

Director Global Digital Intelligence & Capability, Brown-Forman

Lynne Bartron

Lynne Bartron

VP Global Brand, Symantec

Mario Monroy

Mario Monroy

Marketing Director, Duracell

Mark Mraz

Mark Mraz

Director PPC & Marketplaces, Jockey International

Martin Morse

Martin Morse

Executive Director of Strategy, Bulletproof 360

Mathieu Gamache

Mathieu Gamache

Senior Marketing Manager, Hershey Company

Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard

Vice President - Digital Marketing, Campbell Soup Company

Matt Repicky

Matt Repicky

CMO, Genexa

Matthew Fantazier

Matthew Fantazier

Sr. Brand Manager - Digital Strategy, Johnson & Johnson

Meenakshi Nagarajan

Meenakshi Nagarajan

VP Marketing, sweetgreen

Melanie Reiffenstein

Melanie Reiffenstein

Sr. Manager - Influencer Relations, Rogers Communications

Michael Rotella

Michael Rotella

Senior Manager - Product Innovation & Strategy, Verizon

 Michael Sabbia

Michael Sabbia

Director, Nestle Skin Health

Michelle Taite

Michelle Taite

Global Brand Marketing Director, Intuit

Mike Italia

Mike Italia

Head of Social Media & In-House Content, Mars Wrigley

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Sr. Marketing Manager, Regis Corporation

Mitsi Portwood

Mitsi Portwood

Sr. Manager, Brand Marketing, Krystal Co.

Monica O'Hara

Monica O'Hara

Head of Acquisition & Growth, Lyft

Morgan Ferrarotti

Morgan Ferrarotti

Senior Director of Integrated Marketing, MassMutual

Nancy Modrcin

Nancy Modrcin

VP Marketing, Metro Inc.

Natalie Bowman

Natalie Bowman

Managing Director Marketing & Advertising, Alaska Airlines

Natasha Young

Natasha Young

Director - Comms Planning & Media Strategy, Staples

Naveen Gunti

Naveen Gunti

Vice President - Global eComm Tech & Ops, Tumi

Nick Holt

Nick Holt

Director - Brand Creative, Weed Maps

Nicole Fraley

Nicole Fraley

Associate Vice President Digital Marketing, Victoria's Secret

Nicole Sorensen

Nicole Sorensen

Sr. Brand Manager - Hillshire Farm, Tyson Foods

Orchid Bertelsen

Orchid Bertelsen

Digital Innovation Lead, Nestle

Pablo Henderson

Pablo Henderson

Global Marketing Director, W Hotels Worldwide

Paras Shah

Paras Shah

Senior Manager eCommerce, Georgia-Pacific LLC

Pat LaCroix

Pat LaCroix

Director - Global Demand Generation, Bose

Paul Gelb

Paul Gelb

Head of Programmatic & Social, Bayer

Phil Grieco

Phil Grieco

Sr. Director - Brand Marketing, Monster Energy

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Vice President Innovation and Entrepreneurship, L'Oréal

Rafael Lopez de Azua

Rafael Lopez de Azua

Head of Media & Digital (LATAM), Coty

Renata Riechelmann

Renata Riechelmann

eCommerce Programs Manager, BISSELL Homecare

Rob Bullough

Rob Bullough

Global Brand Marketing Director, Electronic Arts (EA)

Robecta Ma

Robecta Ma

VP Marketing & Digital Sales, Cathay Pacific Airways

Roger Koman

Roger Koman

VP Media & Marketing Services, Eggland's Best

Russell Ball

Russell Ball

Global Media Operations Manager, RB

Ryan Fleming

Ryan Fleming

Marketing Director - Innovation, Morton Salt

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Department Manager - Marketing Communications, Mercedes-Benz USA

Sabrina Cherubini

Sabrina Cherubini

VP - Customer Marketing Strategy, Ann Inc

Saliha Saeed

Saliha Saeed

Director of Innovation, Apple & Eve

Sam Niburg

Sam Niburg

Sr. Manager - Global Digital Experience, McCormick & Co.

Sapna Parikh

Sapna Parikh

Executive Director of Digital & eCommerce, Clarins Group

Sarah Kirchner

Sarah Kirchner

Vice President - Marketing, Kenneth Cole

Sarah Sachs

Sarah Sachs

Director Freestyle Marketing, Coca-Cola Compay

Sarah Tabb

Sarah Tabb

Senior Director Marketing, Momofuku Milk Bar

Scott Bishoff

Scott Bishoff

Vice President Media, 20th Century Fox

Scott Yacovino

Scott Yacovino

Brand Director, GSK

Shane Pittson

Shane Pittson

VP Growth, Quip

Shaun Healy

Shaun Healy

Sr. Manager - Media & Digital Marketing, US Cellular

Simeng Zhu

Simeng Zhu

Director of Media & Sponsorship, Labatt Breweries of Canada

Simon Kopec

Simon Kopec

Director of Social & Content Strategy, Loews Hotels

Sindhura Polasanapalli

Sindhura Polasanapalli

Sr. Director of Innovation, Dean Foods

Stephanie Nordstrom

Stephanie Nordstrom

Global Social Media Lead, Amazon Music

Steve Kennedy

Steve Kennedy

Director, Digital Marketing, Dominos

Steve McGowan

Steve McGowan

Regional VP - Shopper & Consumer Activation, Mondelēz International

Sumantro Das

Sumantro Das

Sr. Director of Product Innovation & Growth Brands, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

Tia Cummings

Tia Cummings

Global Director - Holiday Inn Express, IHG

Tina Portillo

Tina Portillo

Senior Manager - Marketing, Scotiabank

Tracey Del Moral

Tracey Del Moral

Director Marketing, Carter's

Ursula Ringham

Ursula Ringham

Head of Global Influencer Marketing, SAP

Veena Jayaram

Veena Jayaram

Director - Integrated Marketing & Content Excellence, Johnson & Johnson

Vivan Tran

Vivan Tran

Digital Distribution Marketing Director, NBC Universal

Yana Kershteyn

Yana Kershteyn

Sr. Director - Consumer Marketing, Cox Automotive

Zach Barkus

Zach Barkus

Director - Digital Communications, UnitedHealth Group

Zach West

Zach West

Head of Mobile Growth, Stitch Fix

Zehra Raza

Zehra Raza

Marketing Manager - Sweets & Refreshments, The Hershey Company

venture Advisory Council

The BI Labs Venture Advisory Council is a select, highly engaged group of venture and growth equity investors with interests in the areas of digital marketing and other tech-enabled enterprise B2B services.  Members of the Council leverage expertise and connections to help develop successful Growth client engagements.

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Director of Platform, RRE Ventures

Dave Knox

Dave Knox

Managing Director, WPP Ventures; Co-Founder, The Brandery; CMO, Rockfish

Joe Medved

Joe Medved

SB Capital Partner, Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Kimberly Moore

Kimberly Moore

Operating Partner, Glynn Capital Management

Lon Chow

Lon Chow

Partner, Method Ventures

Kimmy Scotti

Kimmy Scotti

Partner, 8VC

Rick Zullo

Rick Zullo

General Partner, Equal Ventures

Matthew Burnham

Matthew Burnham

Operating Partner, Kamylon Capital

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

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