• Professional Experience

    Subject matter expertise attained from deep involvement. Superior performance through determination.

  • Gannon Solutions Agency for digital growth strategy and implementation

    Gannon Solutions Agency

    Founder | September 2013 - present

    Gannon Solutions is a full-service digital agency providing diverse organizations and consumers with a digital voice to extend their identity and capture/retain target customer audiences.

    • Collaborate with SMBs and enterprise-level organizations to identify opportunities and craft digital growth strategies

    • Provide digital services that combine strategic vision with winning execution of digital best practices as determined through subject matter expertise, testing, data analysis, and optimization and product development

    • Develop effective/conversion-focused cross-channel marketing and product development

    • Utilize open-source and responsive content management systems to improve brand-presentation for mobile optimization with clear user conversion pathways across all devices

    • Designing cutting-edge, pixel-perfect imagery, graphics, and visual illustrations

    • Evaluate and determine contractor proficiencies for work at hand while developing a band of highly skilled individuals under contract

    • Philanthropic pro-bono assistance for underfunded organizations

    • NEW: Launch of RealLifeResume.com, a new consumer-based product offering operating from the GS P&L but leveraging a separate delivery team of contractors and operations

    • Established a sustainable start-up consultancy yielding an impressive P&L

    • Grew service offerings to exceed enterprise-level and SMB client and consumer objectives

    Cardinal Path data analysis insights and digital marketing

    Cardinal Path Agency | Dentsu Aegis Network

    Director Digital Marketing, Business Development | December 2015 - 2019

    Cardinal Path provides a comprehensive set of services spanning the entire analytics lifecycle, from solution design and implementation, digital marketing data activation, through ongoing analysis, optimizations, and maintenance.

    • Strategic development and deployment of Cardinal Path's digital marketing book of business
    • Adapted and innovated our digital marketing offering (Programmatic display, paid search, paid social, remarketing, organic search optimization)
    • Assessment and cultivation of paid acquisition vendor partnerships
    • Client management, support, and oversight
    • New business development and internal growth with existing clients
    • Outreach and speaking on behalf of Cardinal Path
    • Management of paid advertising and organic teams


    • Sustained a complex portfolio of business while meeting 100% of targeted growth and revenue expectations
    • Strategically increased Paid/SEO product offerings while exceeding virtually all client KPIs and expectations 

    Technology Consultation

    • Paid Advertising: Google Ads, Bing Ads, Google Adwords, DoubleClick tech stack, Paid Social (Facebook/Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn), Criteo
    • Organic Rankings: Google, Bing, other search engines, Social Media (Facebook/Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn)
    • Analytics & Measurement: Google Marketing Platform, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Tealium
    Content that Works publication and content for nationwide newspapers and magazines

    Content That Works Agency

    Director of Marketing and Business Development | August 2014 - June 2015

    Content that Works was a contract engagement with the goal to rebrand the organization corporately providing a new voice to their current/new client offerings of written & visual content, web hosting, and custom advertising deliverables.

    • Provided publishers, media outlets, and corporate partners with holistic digital and print content, web hosting, and native advertising to advance value propositions

    • Utilized personas, use-cases, and digital platform analytics and insights to develop product roadmaps prior to implementation

    • Leveraged traditional marketing and communication tools for brand building and targeted messaging


    • Developed strategic online, mobile, SEM, SEO, content marketing, email marketing, and social media strategies to increase b2b and b2c by 130%+ client and user growth
    Rewards Network loyalty program for hospitality to airlines

    Rewards Network

    Director Digital Marketing, Product Development & Strategy | Mar 2011 - Sep 2013

    Rewards Network is a diverse company offering hospitality organizations market loans in return by sending over 14 loyalty program members to those restaurants capturing a % of spend to recoup loans with competitive interest rates.

    • Achieved advanced web and mobile digital strategy while optimizing product development with targeted marketing programs that focused on users’ contextual and personalized digital experiences

    • Managed a total of 30 team-members/5 direct reports in a manner which developed capacity and increased efficiencies for b2b and b2c digital marketing efforts overall

    • Developed and launched cross-platform portfolio which drove demand for 14+ loyalty programs while increasing affiliate client growth, membership growth, and legacy member spend-rates by over 5%

    • Set new standards for best practices regarding UX methodology based on data insights, modeling, measurement, and segmentation while improving retention rates and decreasing operational costs

    Chicago Tribune Company  logo for leading  national newspaper

    Chicago Tribune Company

    Vice President Product Development | Managing Director MarCom | Nov 2009 - Jan 2011

    At the time, Chicago Tribue was a respected local and nationally independent publisher of news, television, classifieds, and lifestyle content funded through advertising and consumer distribution.

    • Acting as in-house digital media agency, lead all Product Development efforts via agile and waterfall methodologies
    • Spearheaded client engagement and personally communicated with over 30 media partner stakeholders on a weekly basis
    • Leveraged data-driven marketing analytics and insights to align product development roadmap with market-driven needs
    • Managed and optimize the performances of 35+ staff members to improved consumer and business product portfolios for classified, retail, and SMB business solutions


    • Led insight-driven solutions for organization-wide mobile/online and UX, development to Increased performance for 7 publishers and 40+ broadcasters
    Playboy  is a major publication online and print

    Playboy Entertainment, Inc.

    Vice President Key Account Marketing | Sept 2000 - Apr 2008

    Most recognizable brand in the world at its peak offering adult males content they desired from fashion and politics to adult explicit imagery and stories.

    • Led national affiliate marketing as well as digital marketing efforts for prestigious media accounts
    • Engaged in cross-functional collaborations with global Playboy divisions to consolidate consumer-driven websites and increase efforts across multiple business units to develop while growing revenue


    • Developed national affiliate digital strategy which included online marketing, social media advertising, and new media promotions creating additional revenue streams that broadened consumer-base
    • Achieved annual distribution goals during every year of my tenure 
    • Won the Inaugural Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s Midwest Chapter President position three consecutive years
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