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.

Let’s discuss how BI Labs can change the game for your brand.

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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.

associate Partners

Jason Parrish

Jason Parrish

Partner, Consulting - Ecommerce

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.
Joanne Fedeyko

Joanne Fedeyko

Partner, Growth Advisory

Joanne is the CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, an organization that helps companies collaborate, connect, innovate and partner with Silicon Valley’s world-renowned technology ecosystem.

In the roles of CEO, advisor, consultant, and board member, Fedeyko works her own coveted high-tech network of decision makers and influencers to connect start-ups and corporates into the heart of Silicon Valley.

Andrew Pancer

Andrew Pancer

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.
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.

Abhishek Jadon

Abhishek Jadon

Sr. Director - Consumer Data & Digital Strategy, PepsiCo

Abhi Vyas

Abhi Vyas

Director of Marketing & Personalization, Verizon

Adam Kmiec

Adam Kmiec

Vice President - Digital Strategy & Communications, UnitedHealth Group

Alessandra antenucci

Alessandra antenucci

Global Brand Marketing Director, Fossil

Alexa Harnett

Alexa Harnett

Head of Marketing Communications, Mercedes-Benz USA

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

anna-karin loureiro

anna-karin loureiro

VP Global Strategy & Innovation, Calvin Klein

Ann Unger

Ann Unger

Senior Team Head - Digital Marketing, Puma

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

Bachir Zeroual

Bachir Zeroual

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

Banita Sarwar

Banita Sarwar

Director of Personalization, Marriott International

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

BETHANY EVANS

BETHANY EVANS

Senior Marketing Manager, Southwest Airlines

Brendan O'Marra

Brendan O'Marra

Director Digital Marketing North America, BIC

Bob Arnold

Bob Arnold

NA 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

Brina nash

Brina nash

Global Head of Consumer Intelligence & CRM, MCM Worldwide

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

Christy Kazlo

Christy Kazlo

VP Digital Paid Media, Synchrony

Claudia Cicilliano

Claudia Cicilliano

Director of Consumer Engagement & Digital Marketing, Nestle (Gerber)

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

Senior Director of Marketing & PR, AHAVA

Dane Mathews

Dane Mathews

VP Marketing, Roti Modern Mediterranean

Darrell Franklin

Darrell Franklin

Director Digital CX and Strategy - Retention, Cricket Wireless

Daryl Drabinsky

Daryl Drabinsky

Director Digital Strategy & Innovation, Aetna/CVS

Dave Spinato

Dave Spinato

Vice President - Global eComm, HARMAN International

Divya Goel

Divya Goel

Director - Media Marketing, NFL

Edwin Lee

Edwin Lee

Director of Social and Programmatic Advertising, Stubhub

EJ Smith

EJ Smith

Head of Marketing, Ryder Systems

elizabeth campbell

elizabeth campbell

Sr. Director US Marketing, McDonald's

elyse burack

elyse burack

Head of Integrated Marketing & Brand, Boxed

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 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

Grant Marek

Grant Marek

Editorial Director, Chubbies Shorts

Guillaume McIntyre

Guillaume McIntyre

Head of Acquisition Marketing, Instacart

Heather Bergstein

Heather Bergstein

Sr. Director eComm, Remy Cointreau

Ian Yung

Ian Yung

Director of Growth Marketing, Touch of Modern

Jack Song

Jack Song

Head of Global Communications, Lime

James Cuthbert

James Cuthbert

Director of Brand Marketing, Red Bull

Jasmine Atherton

Jasmine Atherton

Head of Social Media & Content, Delta

Jason Waggoner

Jason Waggoner

Director of Marketing, King's Hawaiian

Jayesh Shah

Jayesh Shah

Director - New Business Development, Mars Wrigley

Jeff Stender

Jeff Stender

Global Digital Transformation Leader, 3M

Jeff Wong

Jeff Wong

Marketing Director, PepsiCo (Naked & KeVita)

Jenna Engleman

Jenna Engleman

Director - Brand, Thrive Market

Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns

Director - Marketing Strategy & Communications, Discover

Jennifer Clay

Jennifer Clay

Director, Digital Product Management, Whole Foods Market

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

Joanna Darst

Joanna Darst

Global Director of Media & Consumer Activation, Molson Coors

Jose Corella

Jose Corella

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

Josh Karpf

Josh Karpf

Director, Social & Traditional Media, Keurig Dr. Pepper

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

Digital Strategy Manager, Church & Dwight

Josh Palau

Josh Palau

VP Media Strategy & Platforms, Bayer Consumer Health

JP Persico

JP Persico

Head of Digital Innovation & Strategy, Bosch USA

Kamal Bhandal

Kamal Bhandal

Sr. Director of Consumer Marketing, Align Technology

Kathryn McKeon

Kathryn McKeon

Director of Marketing, Vital Farms

Kathryn Wong

Kathryn Wong

Director - Mobile Marketing, Walmart

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

Global Head of Social Media, SAS

Krista Phillips

Krista Phillips

Head of Brand Management and Insights, Citi

Kristin Mateja

Kristin Mateja

Head of Brand, Morningstar

Lindsay Bennett

Lindsay Bennett

Sr. Director - Marketing & Communications, Randstad USA

Lindsay Sutton

Lindsay Sutton

AVP Digital Strategy Lead, John Hancock

Lorena Hathaway

Lorena Hathaway

Marketing Director, Pitney Bowes

Luis Spencer Freitas

Luis Spencer Freitas

Digital Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard

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

Matthew Pritchard

Matthew Pritchard

Vice President - Digital Marketing, Campbell Soup Company

Mathieu Gamache

Mathieu Gamache

Senior Marketing Manager, Hershey Company

 Michael Sabbia

Michael Sabbia

Director, Nestle Skin Health

Michael Rotella

Michael Rotella

Senior Manager - Product Innovation & Strategy, Verizon

Michelle Taite

Michelle Taite

Global Brand Marketing Director, Intuit

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Marketing Manager, Regis Corporation

Mitsi Portwood

Mitsi Portwood

Sr. Manager, Brand Marketing, Krystal Co.

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

Nicole Sorensen

Nicole Sorensen

Sr. Brand Manager, Tyson Foods

Naveen Gunti

Naveen Gunti

Vice President - Global eComm Tech & Ops, Tumi

Natasha Young

Natasha Young

Director - Comms Planning & Media Strategy, Staples

Nick Holt

Nick Holt

Director - Brand Creative, Weed Maps

Nicole Fraley

Nicole Fraley

Associate Vice President Digital Marketing, Victoria's Secret

Orchid Bertelsen

Orchid Bertelsen

Digital Innovation Lead, Nestle

Paras Shah

Paras Shah

Senior Manager eCommerce, Georgia-Pacific LLC

Pat LaCroix

Pat LaCroix

Head of Global Media & Sponsorships, Bose

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Vice President Innovation and Entrepreneurship, L'Oréal

Renata Riechelmann

Renata Riechelmann

eCommerce Programs Manager, BISSELL Homecare

Riley Haemer

Riley Haemer

Digital Activation, Beam Suntory

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

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

Simon Kopec

Simon Kopec

Director of Social & Content Strategy, Loews Hotels

Sindhura Polasanapalli

Sindhura Polasanapalli

Sr. Director of Innovation, Dean Foods

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

Tara Costa

Tara Costa

Senior Manager eCommerce Trade Strategy, Newell Brands

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

Uttam Mukherjee

Uttam Mukherjee

Brand Manager - Fabric Care Naturals, Procter & Gamble

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 West

Zach West

Head of Mobile Growth, Stitch Fix

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.

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

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Maria (Brewer) Palma

Director of Platform, RRE Ventures

Rick Zullo

Rick Zullo

General Partner, Equal 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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