EP239: Dan Boever, Professional Golf Entertainer

Dan Boever has been a full time corporate and charity golf entertainer since 2000 with 1800+ personal appearances around the world. His clients have included Bank of America, Microsoft, TD Ameritrade, McDonalds, Citgo, AT&T, Sprint, Pepsi, Yahoo!, Make A Wish, MGM Grand, Marriott Hotels, PGA Tour. Dan has made 18 consecutive trips to the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship including a World Title.

EP238: Tanya Woods, Chief Impact Officer & Head of Partnerships, Project In-Kind

Tanya Woods is a dynamic, future-forward leader with entrepreneurial edge and successful track record advancing government and industry partnerships to deliver strategic results at scale. Sought out to provide executive-level strategic legal and policy counsel, visionary foresight, navigation on complex legal and systemic challenges, and to deliver success with triple bottom line benefits. Especially skilled at systems thinking, translating complex business, legal and economic risks into simple language, and executing fast-paced, high-impact projects that achieve desired outcomes for all sizes of companies and organizations. Passionate about advising on and implementing projects and technologies that will make a positive and innovative impact in the world.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in 2020, Project In-Kind is an inclusive global philanthropic and social impact movement leveraging in-kind giving, technology and partnerships to help communities and meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is the world’s first-ever tech-supported global in-kind giving movement to enable and measure 1 billion in-kind donations from businesses, government, and citizens by 2030 and help non-profits and charities use contributions of skills, services and goods to help their communities.

EP237: Peter Schube, Founder and President, Ladder & Light

Peter Schube, Ladder & Light’s founding principal, is an entertainment and corporate executive with broad and deep experience across all areas of the media industry, including the production and distribution of television programming, feature films, and digital/mobile content.

Previously, Peter served as Chief Operating Officer for Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing franchises), overseeing business strategy and all core business operations for the company, including Illumination MacGuff, its 800+ person animation studio in Paris. Prior to Illumination, Mr. Schube spent nearly three decades at The Jim Henson Company, including the last 13 years as President and Chief Operating Officer. There, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the company’s businesses, including its distribution, sales and marketing, finance, H/R, and administration functions, as well as the company’s Academy Award® winning Creature Shop. Prior to serving as President, he was the company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, where he supervised an international staff of 10 lawyers and support personnel as head of the company’s worldwide business and legal affairs functions.

EP236: Marla Kaplowitz, President & CEO, 4A’s

Bringing 30 years of industry experience in marketing and communications, Marla joined the 4A’s in May 2017 to help define and shape the future focus for the association. Under her leadership, the 4A’s helps empower members to drive commerce, spark connections, and shape culture through infinite creativity all while moving the industry forward.

As the former CEO of MEC North America, beginning in 2011, Marla drove the agency’s strategic initiatives with a focus on delivering growth for its people, clients and the industry. Marla led MEC to become a major disruptor in the area of talent management with its innovative approaches to attracting, nurturing and retaining the industry’s top talent. MEC NA was cited in Fortune’s “Great Places to Work” feature and was named in Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work in Advertising and Marketing” in 2015.

Prior to joining MEC, Marla spent 12 years at MediaVest, where she oversaw the Procter & Gamble Communications Planning assignment for North America, and previously managed a multi-client team. Marla began her career at DMB&B before moving to Ammirati Puris Lintas. Marla serves on the Boards of The Ad Council, AEF (ANA Educational Foundation), BBB National Programs, Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), and General Assembly’s Marketing Standards.

EP235: Bob Liodice, CEO, ANA

Bob Liodice is chief executive officer of the ANA. He previously served as executive vice president, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base. Bob joined the ANA as senior vice president in 1995.

Prior to the ANA, he was vice president of global marketing and sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster. His previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods and tenure as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands.

He is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Better Business Bureau National Partner Program, Geopath, Advertising Educational Foundation, Digital Advertising Alliance, Trustworthy Accountability Group, and World Federation of Advertisers.

He is co-chair of the ANA Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing, chair of the Privacy for America coalition, and he serves on the governing bodies of the Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media and the Global Alliance for Responsible Media.

Bob holds bachelor degrees in accounting and management and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.

EP234: Jon Wilkins, Executive Chairman, Karmarama

Jon joined Accenture Song as the Executive Chairman of Karmarama – a role he has held since 2014. In his position he now leads client conversations around experience and works extensively in the marketing and communications space.

Prior to joining Accenture Song, John’s 30 plus years of experience in advertising and marketing were spent at ITV, MTV Europe, Disney, BMP DDB, and PHD (part of Omnicom). He also founded and launched Naked Communications in 16 markets globally, trailblazing joined up thinking across legacy and digital channels, and advising global marketers on modern communication strategies to engage with customers.

Jon is a regular speaker at the World Federation of Advertisers, Cannes Lions, SXSW amongst others.

EP233: Maryam Banikarim, Marketing Industry Veteran and Co-Founder, NYCNext

Maryam is a marketing industry veteran who has led and infused purpose into some of the world’s top brands including Hyatt, Gannett, NBC, and most recently, Nextdoor. As a co-founder of NYCNext, Maryam mobilized a volunteer army of 700 passionate New Yorkers to incite both action and optimism—by way of pop-up performance events throughout the city’s five boroughs, supporting the city’s performing arts community by doing it. Featured cultural institutions included the Metropolitan Opera, stars from Broadway, Central Park, Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. NYCNext’s activities ultimately culminated in a love letter to the city in the form of a music video re-imagining Billy Joel’s iconic “New York State of Mind,” featuring a diverse group of talent that included Idina Menzel, Stephen Colbert, Sara Bareilles, and many others.

EP232: Rob Perry, Founder & CEO, XOMAD

Rob Perry is the Founder & CEO of XOMAD, an influencer-led marketing agency founded in 2010. While representing athletes (50% of his time on Michael Jordan), Rob recognized the power of social influencers to set trends and spike sales. Later he deployed global influencer strategies as President of Champion Footwear International. At XOMAD, Rob seeks to propel influencer marketing out of the scripted era, optimizing the ROI of large scale media buys with organic content created from powerful influencer campaigns. He has led XOMAD’s development of a proprietary technology platform that revolves around influencer creativity, trend-setting and group collaboration with programmatic-like audience targeting, while creating engaging brand campaigns for clients such as Clorox, Unilever, L’Oreal and Ocean Spray.

EP231: Shelly Palmer, Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, the CEO of The Palmer Group 

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at
Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications,
CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500
companies with technology, media and marketing, and co-founder
of Metacademy, a free educational platform that teaches practical
applications of blockchain, crypto, NFTs, Web3, the metaverse.
Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and
business for Fox 5’s Good Day New York, and is a regular commentator
on CNN and CNBC. He’s the co-host of the award-winning
podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts
the Shelly Palmer #Web3Wednesday Livestream.

Shelly is a prolific author. Along with his daily newsletter, his books
include, the Amazon #1 Bestseller, Blockchain – Cryptocurrency, NFTs
& Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized
finance and Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to
Networked TV, the seminal book about the technological, economic,
and sociological forces that have changing everything about the the
business of television, Overcoming the Digital Divide: How to use
Social Media and Digital Tools to Reinvent Yourself and Your Career,
and Digital Wisdom: Thought Leadership for a Connected World.

EP230: Nicole Lapin, News Anchor, Author, and Businesswoman

Nicole Lapin is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of Rich Bitch, Boss Bitch, Becoming Super Woman and Miss Independent. Lapin has been an anchor on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. She is the founder of Money News Network, which is the home of her daily show “Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin” that reached #1 on Apple’s business charts.

EP227: Tiffany Xingyu Wang, Chief Marketing Officer, OpenWeb

Tiffany Xingyu Wang is the Chief Marketing Officer of OpenWeb. OpenWeb, which powers over 1,000 publishers and brands, is a comprehensive, Web3-ready solution designed to create trusted spaces for online conversation and build highly engaged communities.

An award-winning social entrepreneur and marketer, she champions trust, safety, and ethics in web3 development. She co-founded and serves as the President of the Oasis Consortium, a think tank that helps advance digital sustainability through ethical standards and technologies, which launched the first-ever User Safety Standards for the metaverse.

EP225: Natalie Bastian, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Teads

As Global Chief Marketing Officer of Teads, Natalie Bastian oversees a team that spearheads public relations, lead generation, digital, social, events, communications, and branding. Bastian’s charter focuses on doubling down the expansion of the brand in the US market and enabling growth across Teads’ portfolio, including new omni-channel products such as its recently launched CTV offering.

EP222: Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Vice President Global Business Group, Meta

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE is a British advertising executive. Active in the advertising industry since 1992, she was named vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook in June 2013. In 2021, Nicola was named Vice President of Meta’s Global Business Group. She is also a non-executive director of Diageo. The Daily Telegraph has called her “the most powerful woman in the British tech industry”. She was named in Campaign magazine’s Power 100 2020 list of top marketers.

EP221: Josh Johnson, Comedian

Josh Johnson is a stand-up, Emmy-nominated writer, performer, and NAACP award-winner from Louisiana by way of Chicago. He is currently a writer on The Daily Show, and is a former writer and performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his late-night debut. Johnson is Comedy Central’s ‘most watched comedian ever’ with 40M+ views to date across their platforms.

EP220: Stephanie Dobbs Brown, Chief Marketing Officer, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Stephanie Dobbs Brown leads the marketing team at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the New York Stock Exchange, a Fortune 500 company. ICE is a global data and technology company that designs, builds, and operates digital networks across asset classes, with 9,000+ employees around the world committed to connecting people to opportunity through digital networks.

EP219: Kevin Gentzel, Global Chief Commercial and Growth Officer, Newsweek

This week on Great Minds, we’re pleased to welcome Kevin Gentzel. Kevin is the Global Chief Commercial and Growth Officer of Newsweek. He previously worked at Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK as a President Marketing Solutions and CRO. Kevin Gentzel attended the University of Florida.

EP218: Michael Nyman, Founder & CEO, Acceleration Community of Companies

Michael Nyman has made a career by being on the leading edge of marketing trends. With his latest venture, Acceleration Community of Companies, he has created another new go to market strategy.

With Acceleration, Nyman, the former long-time PMK*BNC Co-Chairman & CEO, has developed a new business approach with a series of strategic and complementary acquisitions and build outs aimed at providing a unique collective of specialized agencies, designed to help clients move quickly and efficiently with their branding, marketing and media decisions.

EP217: Harshit Jain, Marketer, Storyteller, Doctor

A healthcare innovator, Harshit Jain, MD has been driving health transformation across the globe, delivering life changing, creative and sustainable solutions since his days as a Healthcare Professional. An MD from Chicago’s Northwestern University, Harshit practiced Medicine for a few years, after which he decided to cut his teeth at big advertising agencies, including McCann, where he held a series of positions including Country Head, Marketing Director & Innovation Lead in Asia, Europe and America. In the 13+ years of his professional journey, Harshit has skillfully (and successfully) weaved together his medicine domain expertise and marketing acumen, to grace the world with some outside-the-box campaigns in the healthcare space. Making the best use of advertising media, Harshit has addressed some of the biggest health challenges over the course of his career– Immunization, Vitamin D deficiency, Diabetes, etc., by using data creatively and innovatively. For his pathbreaking work, he has been conferred with eminent industry awards and accolades.