Marketing EDGE Names Eight New Trustees to Its Board

-Announces Board Officers Through 2015-


NEW YORK – June 3, 2014 – Marketing EDGE, the only national nonprofit of its kind solely committed to acquaint professors and college students with – and to engage and involve them in – the business of marketing,  announced today its Board officers for the coming fiscal year, as well as eight industry leaders who will join its Board of Trustees for three-year terms. 

The new Board officers for FY2015 (July 2014 – June 2015) are:
  • Chair: Christine Aguilera, Kim Komando Show
  • Vice Chair: Scott Ellis, Adworthy
  • Vice Chair/DMA: Tom Benton, Direct Marketing Association
  • Secretary: Gretchen Littlefield, Infogroup
  • Treasurer: Charles Swift, Hearst Corporation
  • Assistant Treasurer: Allison Porter, Avalon Consulting Group
  • Immediate Past Chair:  Craig Wood, The Futures Company
  • President:  Terri L. Bartlett, Marketing EDGE 
The eight new Board members include:
  • Edith Chu, IBM Corporation
  • Steven Isaac, Isaac Enterprises
  • Chris Paradysz, Paradysz + PM Digital
  • Allison Porter, Avalon Consulting Group
  • Gary Skidmore, Strategic Consultant
  • Nada Stirratt, Acxiom
  • Colleen Sugarman, Healthy Directions
  • Dirk van de Bunt, Guthy|Renker
"Each year Marketing EDGE opens doors to thousands of students who are eager to join the marketing field.   Their enthusiasm for our industry is contagious and their passion is invigorating which, in turn, fuels our passion and drive to expand,” Chair Christine Aguilera said.  “During my term, Marketing EDGE will mark an important milestone:  50 years of opening doors to the marketing field and helping students realize their potential.  As we face this major milestone, during the coming two years, the Board will be focused on two major objectives:  1) To scale our programs and activities to meet the growing needs of our industry; and 2) to ensure that the financial resources of Marketing EDGE keep pace with the growing needs of this field.  Given the projected talent shortages, with support and engagement of individuals, corporations and institutions throughout this field working together. our opportunities are limitless.”
Full biographies on each of these leaders are posted here: 
Altogether there are 42 current members of the Board of Trustees. Other Board members include:

Academic Representatives:

  • V Kumar, Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • Charlotte Mason, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Russ Winer, Ph.D., New York University
In addition, the other Trustees on the Marketing EDGE Board include:
  • Dan Aks, C3 Multimedia  
  • Michael Becker, mCordis
  • Hal Brierley, Brierley & Partners
  • Tim Carr, Creative Lift
  • Brian Cross, Elasticity
  • David Diamond, dELiA*s
  • Lisa Donnelly, Epsilon
  • James Gauthier, Travelers
  • Linda Gridley, Gridley & Company
  • Jeff Gundersen, Executive Connections LLC
  • Warren Hunter, DMW Direct
  • Worth Linen, WLA
  • Nicole Lombardo, 360i
  • Kelly Mangold, Guideposts
  • Ingrid McGuire, Ernst & Young
  • Dawn Morris, Webster Bank
  • Dani Nadel, Scholastic
  • Megan Pagliuca, Merkle
  • Adrea Rubin, Adrea Rubin Marketing
  • Jay Schwedelson, Worldata
  • David Scott, Author
  • Alison Shaffer
  • Christine Slusarek
  • George Thacker, Gerber Life
Chair’s Advisory Committee members, a special group invited to serve a particular role to further the organization’s mission include:  
  • John Deighton, Ph.D., Harvard
  • Kent Johnson, Highlights for Children
  • Kate Kestnbaum, KesTry
  • Liz Kislik, Liz Kislik Associates
  • Gary S. Laben, KBM Group / Wunderman
  • Pam Larrick, Javelin Group
  • Tim Litle, Litle & Co. / Vantiv

Effective June 3, leaving the Marketing EDGE Board of Trustees are:

  • Dennis Armbruster, LoyaltyOne
  • Richard Hochhauser
  • Kent Johnson, Highlights for Children
  • Marjorie Kalter, Ph.D., New York University
  • Drew May, Merkle
  • Joe Pych, NextMark
  • Arvind Rangaswamy, Ph.D., Penn State University
  • Rob Stagno, Paradysz
  • Andrea (Derricks) Steele, Unilever
  • Paull Young, charity: water

About Marketing EDGE

Headquartered in New York City, Marketing EDGE works to Educate, Develop, Grow, and Employ college students in the field of marketing, thereby, expanding and enriching the talent pool of market-ready professionals. In June 2013, in response to the shifts within the marketing field, the organization changed its name from Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) to Marketing EDGE.  The name better reflects how it is serving the dynamic field of marketing; connecting with students, academics, career centers, corporations, and independent professionals; and streaming top talent into the industry.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax deductible contributions from individuals and corporations are the lifeblood of Marketing EDGE.  Today, we are recognized as the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to students through scholarships, education, career development and job placement, empowering the next generation of marketing leaders.  For additional information about Marketing EDGE, its mission and its programs, visit:

Media Contact for Marketing EDGE
Chet Dalzell