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

Jared Golden

Jared Golden

Managing Partner

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.

Brandon Gutman

Brandon Gutman

Managing Partner

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. 

Trey Holder

Trey Holder

Managing Partner

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. 

Amish Tolia

Amish Tolia

Managing Partner

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.

Marc Sternberg

Marc Sternberg

Managing Partner

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.

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.
Marc Fonzetti

Marc Fonzetti

Senior Partner

With a 2 decade career in Media, Marc began his journey with great agencies: MediaVest on P&G & Norelco, then i-traffic on Time Warner and Bertelsmann; built an email and affiliate marketing start-up in the mid-2000s; then evolved to a client-side Executive running media strategy, innovation and investments for Reckitt Benckiser and then Verizon.  He won an AdAge Media Maven Award in 2009 for his trailblazing work legitimizing Online Video as a compliment to TV, and has served on the Boards & Councils of the ANA, MMA, IAB, and other industry associations.
Javier Farfan

Javier Farfan

Senior Partner, Growth

Javier is a creative strategist and with a passion for entertainment, social impact, digital innovation and cultural immersion. As VP of Marketing for Verizon and as the head of the Music and Entertainment group for PepsiCo, Javier has leveraged acumens in music, entertainment, technology, and culture to build successful marketing programs for an array of brands. Before joining PepsiCo, Mr. Farfan served in marketing leadership roles at Microsoft and MTV Networks.
Jason Parrish

Jason Parrish

Senior Partner, Consulting - Omni-channel Commerce

Jason is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor in a wide range of industries. For BI Labs, Jason focuses on omni-channel commerce advisory and infrastructure development engagements.
Andrew Pancer

Andrew Pancer

Senior Partner, Growth Advisory

Andrew is a veteran leader who has spent the entirety of his career at the forefront of innovation in the digital media industry. Andrew’s combination of deep experience in digital publishing, marketing and advertising innovation; mastery of digital advertising business dynamics and leadership skills enable him to add value in numerous engagement scenarios.
Stephen Strauss

Stephen Strauss

Vice President

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.

David Feldman

David Feldman

Senior Partner, Consulting - Digital Transformation

Over his career of more than 25 years, David has developed a powerful combination of technology, operations and leadership skills.  As a consultant and operational leader, he has led myriad digital transformation initiatives in marketing, omni-channel commerce, data science and other critical “on-the-business” areas.   
Andrew Bleiman

Andrew Bleiman

Senior Associate, Consulting

Andrew is a veteran marketing and innovation leader, founder and wildlife conservation project manager.  His diverse experience spans startup and growth company leadership, investing, and not-for-profit leadership, in an array of spaces. 

associate Partners

Key Compton

Key Compton

New York, NY

As a product and sales centric entrepreneur with a passion for building businesses of lasting value, Key has tremendous respect for the time and hard work that goes into starting, growing and maturing technology firms. Key’s experience includes Mimeo (co-founder), XGraph (co-founder, acquired by AddThis), AddThis (acquired by Oracle), and numerous angel investments.

Rick Nechio

Rick Nechio

Los Angeles, CA

Rick is a specialist in breaking through vertical and horizontal corporate silos via networking; this aptitude aligns marketing and sales teams towards a common goal. Rick is originally from Brazil but spent over 16 years at ABinBev helping to build key strategic partnerships.

John Demarco

John Demarco

Los Angeles, CA

John DeMarco has been a production executive for over twenty plus years in the entertainment business. He has had a producer title on a wide variety of content which includes digital, television, live event and feature films. John has also served as a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for the last 15 plus years.

Ian O'Donnell

Ian O'Donnell

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Experienced Director of Industry Solutions with deep experience in the consumer goods industry in the areas of Customer Service, Corporate Finance, Retail, Marketing Strategy, and Business Process Improvement.  Ian spent over 13 years at Mars Candy working with major retailers across in the country.

Neil Morgan

Neil Morgan

Brisbane, Australia

Neil Morgan has more than 20 years of experience working throughout international markets to facilitate sophisticated business introductions and capital investments. Neil is a successful entrepreneur and has previously held senior executive roles at KPMG and other noteworthy global consulting firms.

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.

Adam Kmiec

Adam Kmiec

Vice President External Communications, UnitedHealth Group

Abhishek Jadon

Abhishek Jadon

Head of Digital Strategy North America Nutrition, PepsiCo

Alexa Harnett

Alexa Harnett

Head of Marketing Communications, Mercedes-Benz USA

Amy Wargin

Amy Wargin

Senior Marketing Director, UnitedHealth Group

Andrew Eis

Andrew Eis

Senior Brand Manager, Bud Light

Northeast Council Chairperson

Ashwin Nathan

Ashwin Nathan

Vice President Digital Strategy & Marketing, H-E-B

Bachir Zeroual

Bachir Zeroual

Head of VR Marketing, Samsung Electronics Americas

Brendan O'Marra

Brendan O'Marra

Director Digital Marketing North America, BIC

Brenley Higgins

Brenley Higgins

Director US Media, American Express

Bjorn Leigvold

Bjorn Leigvold

Director CRM, Loyalty, Prepaid and Payments Marketing, Western Union

Brittney Henderson

Brittney Henderson

Director Digital Marketing, Weight Watchers

Bob Arnold

Bob Arnold

NA Digital Media & Strategy Lead, Google

Bradley Pitts

Bradley Pitts

VP Customer Insight Americas, AIG

Christy Kazlo

Christy Kazlo

Media Manager, ConAgra

Daniela Pitts

Daniela Pitts

Senior Brand Manager, Bacardi

Darrell Franklin

Darrell Franklin

Director Digital CX and Strategy - Retention, Cricket Wireless

Darius A. Hines

Darius A. Hines

Senior Brand Manager, Hendrick's Gin at William Grant & Sons

Daryl Drabinsky

Daryl Drabinsky

Director Digital Strategy & Innovation, Aetna

Dave Spinato

Dave Spinato

Senior Director Global Digital Engagement, HARMAN International

Dilini Fernando

Dilini Fernando

Upstream Innovation, MillerCoors

Douglas Kwong

Douglas Kwong

Director of eCommere & Digital Marketing, Pei Wei

Drew Nannis

Drew Nannis

VP Integrated Marketing, KIND Snacks

Elena Levitskaya-Lécué

Elena Levitskaya-Lécué

EVP Sales & Marketing, Gaia Herbs

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Senior Director Brand Management, Arby's

Eric Toda

Eric Toda

Director Digital Marketing, Gap

Erin Everhart

Erin Everhart

Brand Marketer, The Home Depot

Erin Gordon

Erin Gordon

Director of Digital Marketing, Belk

Genevieve Mazzeo

Genevieve Mazzeo

Integrated Marketing and Public Relations, TreeHouse Foods

Heather Bergstein

Heather Bergstein

Director E-Retail, Moët Hennessy USA

Heather Nykolaychuk

Heather Nykolaychuk

Brand Management, Mattel

James Cuthbert

James Cuthbert

Brand Strategist, The Coca-Cola Company

Jason Ward

Jason Ward

Director Brand Strategy and Content, Sears Holdings Corporation

Jen Kosse

Jen Kosse

Marketing Director, Conagra Brands

Jennifer Dalipi

Jennifer Dalipi

Senior Director Global Media Consumer Beauty, COTY

Jessica Ruscito

Jessica Ruscito

Director of Digital Media, CVS Health

 Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Global Innovation Marketing & Analytics Leader, Visa

Jon Levy

Jon Levy

Senior Brand Manager, Chobani

Joshua Palau

Joshua Palau

Senior Director Global Media and Agency Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

Kathryn SheAffer

Kathryn SheAffer

Brand Manager, Vital Farms

Kate Trumbull

Kate Trumbull

Director Digital Marketing, Domino's

Kathryn Wong

Kathryn Wong

Senior Manager Mobile Marketing, Walmart

Keary Phillips

Keary Phillips

Head of Digital & Creative Services, CNO Financial

Kelli McIntosh

Kelli McIntosh

Director Digital Innovation, PepsiCo

Kim Neppel

Kim Neppel

Director Shopper Marketing IMC North America, The Coca-Cola Company

Lee Nadler

Lee Nadler

Marketing Communications & Launch Manager, MINI USA

Marie Proto

Marie Proto

Senior Manager Global Marketing Strategy & Brand Management, Western Union

Mark Sciortino

Mark Sciortino

VP Brand Marketing Strategy & Planning, Walgreen's

 Michael Sabbia

Michael Sabbia

Global Brand Director, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Mohammad Gaber

Mohammad Gaber

Senior Director Digital Strategy & Transformation, Air Canada

Natalie Bowman

Natalie Bowman

Managing Director Marketing & Advertising, Alaska Airlines

Naveen Gunti

Naveen Gunti

Senior Director Global eCommerce Tech & Operations, Tumi

Nicole Fraley

Nicole Fraley

Associate Vice President Digital Marketing, Victoria's Secret

Nicole Kane

Nicole Kane

Director Global Media, McDonald's

Patrick Cassidy

Patrick Cassidy

Global Digital, New Balance

Paras Shah

Paras Shah

Senior Manager eCommerce, Georgia-Pacific LLC

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Vice President Innovation and Entrepreneurship, L'Oréal

Sarah Tabb

Sarah Tabb

Senior Director Marketing, Momofuku Milk Bar

Shaun Healy

Shaun Healy

Senior Brand Manager, US Cellular

Scott Yacovino

Scott Yacovino

Senior Brand Manager, GSK

Yana Kershteyn

Yana Kershteyn

Director Consumer Marketing, Brand Engagement Media, Cox Automotive

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.

Joe Medved

Joe Medved

SB Capital Partner, Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Lon Chow

Lon Chow

Partner, Method Ventures

Dave Knox

Dave Knox

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

Kimberly Moore

Kimberly Moore

Operating Partner, Glynn Capital Management

Rick Zullo

Rick Zullo

Partner, Lightbank

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Director of Platform, RRE Ventures

Matthew Burnham

Matthew Burnham

Operating Partner, Kamylon Capital

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Kimmy Scotti

Kimmy Scotti

Partner, 8VC

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