U.S. Partnership Awards

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PerformanceIN
PerformanceIN

September 7th 2022
Sony Hall, New York

The 2022 Judges

Alexis Caldwell

Alexis Caldwell

Forbes

Executive Director, Business Development + Partnerships

LinkedIn

Alexis Caldwell serves as Executive Director, Business Development and Partnerships for Forbes. A 15-year veteran of digital marketing and #startuplife, Alexis works closely with all major affiliate networks, serves on industry advisory boards and has close ties with thousands of online retailers, publishers and tech partners, thus constantly keeping her finger on the pulse of partner marketing. Alexis has also appeared on CNN, ABC, FOX, CBS and a variety of other media outlets as an online shopping expert.

Amanda Karr

Amanda Karr

Tailored Brands, Inc.

Affiliate Marketing Manager

LinkedIn

Amanda Karr has +17 years experience in Affiliate Marketing on both agency & merchant side, including 11 years in Retail and 3 years in Lead Generation.

Amy Sheridan

Amy Sheridan

ViacomCBS

Director of Performance Marketing

LinkedIn

Amy Sheridan is a pioneer and leader in digital media with more than twenty-three years of experience driving rapid growth and monetization in the tech, SaaS, and digital media space. Amy currently works at ViacomCBS as the Director of Performance Marketing running the commerce and audience acquisition business. Previous to working at ViacomCBS, Amy started her own business, Blue Phoenix Media in 2006 and sold it in 2019. She opened the business in October 2006 with an idea and $1000. Blue Phoenix Media, operated a performance-based affiliate network and 100 websites in popular lead generation and e-commerce verticals. Amy led the vision which engineered the building of a bevy of proprietary software products including a robust backend attribution software, CMS, CRM, and lead generation software which focused on the full funnel user journey through multi-touch attribution models which were an integral part of the long-term success of Blue Phoenix Media. Blue Phoenix Media has been honored multiple times with the Inc 500/5000 list for fastest-growing companies.Amy is currently and has previously been a consultant and advisor to startups and established media companies, including WeTransfer, Pixis.ai, and Vurbl.

Christie Childers

Christie Childers

Best Day Ever

Creative Strategist, Influencer Agent, Podcast Producer

LinkedIn

Christie Childers is an Influencer Marketing and Brand Partnerships consultant based in New York City (and sometimes beyond) under her company entity, Best Day Ever. Christie’s goal in the brand space is to build out of the box, influencer centric campaign strategies that uphold ethics & integrity in an effort to leave the world a better place than she found it. Christie is considered a leading subject matter expert in the influencer world. As an early adopter of the vertical, her expertise has evolved specifically to focus in creative strategy, contract law for usage and licensing, and post-campaign reporting analysis to draw conclusions on audience behaviors that are supported by data. She is a graduate of Florida State University with dual degrees in Studio Art and Art History, a global agencies alumni, and a multi-hyphenate pursuant of creative endeavors that make people feel good.

Christie Frazer

Christie Frazer

Assembly Global

Global Vice President, Affiliate Marketing

LinkedIn

Christie has over 18 years of Digital Marketing experience and has overseen the Affiliate Channel at Assembly for 12 years. ​ As the Global VP of Affiliate Marketing, Christie is responsible for growing Assembly’s affiliate program management business and has built a team of 40+ employees over the last 10 years across North American, EMEA, MENA and APAC. She launched affiliate programs for several large brands over the years and her global teams currently manage programs for brands such as Ace Hardware, Boden, American Girl, Foot Locker, Champs, Tommy Hilfiger, Make Up For Ever, Janie & Jack, MCM, Forever21, Ballard Designs and Frontgate.Christie began her career in the airline and publishing business and spent several years in London running the marketing programs for various PR/Communications consultancies before moving back to the US to work for Vonage. Christie lives in New Jersey with her husband, 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old twin sons but is a Midwest girl at heart! (St. Louis) She loves traveling with her family, playing tennis, going to the movies and having fun with her mini Irish doodle, Belle.

Diana Lysenko

Diana Lysenko

Taimi

Global Partnerships Manager

LinkedIn

During the last 3 years I`ve been leading global partnership department for Taimi, the largest LGBTQ+ dating app in the US and UK. My knack for communication and strong networking skills helped me release huge collabs with the respected projects in the industry like the Ellen Show, Katy Perry, Calum Scott, Todrick Hall. The portfolio of Taimi brand also includes appearances in the series of Elite, Call my agent, Hot House, Ru Paul`s Drag Race. My team and I have successfully secured partnerships in line with the SCR policy aimed at contributing to the LGBTQ+ community. Taimi supported GLAAD Media Awards and takes part in the biggest Pride celebrations in LA, NY, and London every year.

Erin Kerr

Erin Kerr

FlipGive

Senior Account Manager, Strategic Brand Partnerships

LinkedIn

With a career spanning over a decade, Erin’s no stranger to the affiliate marketing space. Her time working at agencies and now at a publisher has given her a unique set of skills: data analysis and a love of it. Moreover, she’s been nominated on various occasions for her work for the years.She’s had the chance to grow and manage brands in various verticals, including travel, skincare, and B2B.

Gazelle Bakhtari

Gazelle Bakhtari

Internet Brands

Affiliate Marketing Manager

LinkedIn

I’ve worked in the affiliate and Influencer space in beauty, health and legal space for 8 years. I love finding a different solution for each affiliate and company, it feels like solving a puzzle. I also love dogs!

George Yuhba

George Yuhba

Industry Veteran

Partnership Marketing

LinkedIn

One of the original industry champions, George Yuhba also known as “Geo” has primarily been on the network side building out and evangelizing the affiliate side of affiliate marketing. His powerful voice and efficient work acumen has lead Geo to be one of the most listened to voices in affiliate.

Heidi Rumpf

Heidi Rumpf

Foot Locker, Inc.

Senior Manager, Affiliate & Partnership Marketing

LinkedIn

Heidi has been in the affiliate space for the last 6 years. Spending the last 3 years of her career at Foot Locker. She is passionate about automating/building new capabilities and her team. She made the PerformanceIN Top 50 list for 2021. In her spare time you can catch Heidi at the beach, reading a mystery novel, or playing with her mini aussie – Onyx.

Jacob Huang

Jacob Huang

Snapcommerce

Enterprise Partnerships

LinkedIn

Jacob is a passionate performance marketer who has been in the space for over 10 years. Jacob’s previous experience include roles at Savings.com, Slickdeals, and most recently leading partnerships at Snapcommerce.

Jade Mayberry

Jade Mayberry

Dentsu International

Head of Affiliate & Performance Partnerships

LinkedIn

Jade is an experienced marketer trusted by best-in-class digital marketing agencies, start-ups and direct-to-consumer brands. With a breath of experience across direct response, paid media and specializing in affiliate & performance partnerships, Jade will bring a well-rounded, multi-dimensional point of view to the judging panel!

Jennifer Quigley-Jones

Jennifer Quigley-Jones

Digital Voices

CEO

LinkedIn

Jennifer is the CEO & Founder of Digital Voices, a global Influencer Marketing agency in London and New York. They drive global customer acquisition at scale for brands through partnerships with content creators. Digital Voices has grown rapidly in the last two years and runs award-winning campaigns for clients like Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Facebook (Meta), the NHS and Booking.com. Jennifer also speaks internationally and was named as one of Campaign’s 30 under 30 in 2020. Digital Voices has been featured by Forbes, BBC News, the Evening Standard and Sky News. Prior to founding Digital Voices, she worked at YouTube, teaching creators to grow on the platform. Before that, she completed her Master’s at Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies, on a full scholarship from the Kennedy Memorial Trust.

Jillian Posada

Jillian Posada

Top Cashback USA

VP, Partnerships

LinkedIn

With 10+ years of experience in strategic partner management, Jillian pivoted from a career in SaaS 7 years ago and joined the affiliate world with the team at TopCashback – and never looked back! She is an award-winning industry veteran, having been recognized for her hard work and passion for performance marketing and is inspired by the new talent shaping the future of affiliate.

Jim Nichols

Jim Nichols

Exclamation Marketing Solutions

Founder

LinkedIn

Jim Nichols is the Founder of Exclamation Marketing Solutions, a US marketing strategy and execution consultancy. He is a longtime veteran of the partnerships industry, having established his first affiliate program in 1999. Jim has held numerous marketing leadership positions with networks, martech businesses, agencies, and to B2B and B2C brands. Prior to Exclamation, he was CMO of Partnerize and VP-Marketing for Singular/Apsalar. Before this, he was VP of Marketing for then-CJ-parent-company Conversant Media. Jim is very active in our industry and a frequent contributor to PerformanceIn and other leading industry publications.

Jodi Rieger

Jodi Rieger

All Inclusive Marketing

VP Client Services

LinkedIn

As a seasoned digital marketing team leader, Jodi has more than 15 years of experience in performance marketing on both the network and agency sides. She has built and honed her leadership, project management and strategic marketing skills working with partners in verticals from fashion, wellness and travel to SaaS providers and subscription services.Besides being passionate about digital marketing, Jodi is also passionate about her coffee, her friends, her book club, and spending time at home with her family; where you can almost always find a pajama-dance-party in progress.

John Nardolilli

John Nardolilli

FlexOffers

Director of Relationships

LinkedIn

John Nardolilli has developed relationships in the affiliate marketing industry for over 15 years. He has a passion and love for the affiliate marketing industry that has allowed him to develop long term relationships with many of the top partners in our industry. John’s entrepreneurial spirit helps him develop industry partnerships using out-of-the-box thinking. He is always willing to test new ideas or help push them with partners for testing. John started his career at LinkConnector, where he climbed the ladder from Account rep to Director of Affiliate Relations. At LinkConnector, John oversaw the Affiliate Relations team as well as business development opportunities. John is now joining the FlexOffers family as Director of Relationships where he is planning to help the team build the strategy and direction for one of the top affiliate networks in our industry. John enjoys developing relationships and connecting with people through his company and industry opportunities. In his free time, John enjoys working out, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends.

Kassigan Naicker

Kassigan Naicker

Vendasta

Director, Partner Alliances

LinkedIn

Kass brings a mix of sales, technical, product management, and partnership experience to the table. He has been in the Alliance/Partnership space for the last six years with previous experience with SaaS startups. Kass’ big passion is finding a way for Vendasta and your company to work together. Kass loves learning new things and hearing about different ways to accomplish goals. He is building out a new and enticing Affiliate Program to the marketing world. High commission, great content, transparency, and a lot of fun! Whether it is trying a new recipe when BBQing or our Affiliate Program, feedback, and new ideas are always welcome.

Katie England

Katie England

Reprise

Director, Affiliate Marketing

LinkedIn

Katie has worked in the affiliate marketing space for over seven years, with experience at both networks and agencies. In this time, she has managed various global affiliate and influencer programs, scaled the launch of a new affiliate business model, and collaborated cross-channel to put together cohesive digital marketing plans. Katie is excited to join the judging panel for the USPAs and share her passion for win-win partnerships.8

Kelly Rodeck

Kelly Rodeck

Capital One

New Enterprise Client Development

LinkedIn

Kelly is passionate about the intersect between technology and commerce with a track record for being a results-driven revenue leader. She enjoys volunteering her time mentoring and coaching as an Advisory Board Member for the University of California, Santa Barbara.Kelly began her career in the performance marketing industry at CJ Affiliate. She went on to build and manage the Global Emerging Partnerships Team at Honey, an LA-based startup acquired by PayPal – their largest acquisition to date. Most recently, Kelly is at Capital One Shopping as head of their Enterprise New Partnership Development.

Laura Thompson-Vallarino

Laura Thompson-Vallarino

Marriott International

Senior Manager, Global Media

LinkedIn

Has over 17 years experience leading data-driven customer acquisition and performance marketing programs. Laura brings a well rounded view of the affiliate marketing industry as she has spent time on the publisher, network, and merchant sides working across various verticals including travel, retail, entertainment, insurance, and financial services.

Luca Kim

Luca Kim

Neo Media World

Director — Affiliate Marketing

LinkedIn

Luca has nine years of affiliate experience split between the network, agency, and brand side. Before joining Neo Media World, Luca worked at American Tire Distributors, Rakuten Advertising, and Apple Inc. She has managed global affiliate programs for premier brands across fashion, consumer electronics, financial services, automotive, luxury, and subscription verticals. Luca prides herself on being a marketer championing technology to enable meaningful data-driven experiences with a people-first authenticity. In addition, she loves solving challenging problems and developing strategies that deliver meaningful and measurable business impact. Before joining the affiliate world, Luca taught German language and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Matthew Becker

Matthew Becker

Lowes Companies Inc.

Integrated Media Manager

LinkedIn

Matthew is a customer focused, data driven marketer with over 9 years of experience in the media and ecommerce space. He focuses on balancing strategic thinking and execution, building strong media partnerships and developing cross functional relationships. Over the last 6 year, Matthew has worked at Lowe’s Companies Inc. in multiple capacities including leading the affiliate program strategy and management, media planning, programmatic media activation, and SEO.

Mike Currey

Mike Currey

Mike Currey Marketing

Founder

LinkedIn

Mike has a mixed background in media strategy, affiliate marketing, product marketing, and is an analytics professional who enjoys working with B2C and B2B businesses across music, media, real estate, CPG, fashion, and technology industries to create highly scalable and innovative solutions that drive results and reach performance targets. He has worked as a media strategist on the agency, brand, publisher, and startup side managing campaigns for Moet Hennessey, Toyota, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Blue Nile – an experience that has earned him a good reputation and recognition in the field of marketing.As an astute marketer with a wide range of experience in affiliate marketing, Mike has developed and implemented customer-focused solutions for today’s marketing needs. He spearheaded the building and implementation of T-Mobile’s affiliate program for six years, including launching the military offer which was the foundation of their military program, consulting to help launch the T-Mobile Tuesday program, launching their performance social influencer program, and launching an industry-first phone tracking solution to payout commissions at SKU level conversions, which Invoca and Impact offer as a solution in their product mix. Today, Mike continues innovating with the Blue Nile affiliate team.

Norman Yuen

Norman Yuen

Riddle & Bloom: A Wasserman Company

VP Accounts

LinkedIn

Norman Yuen is a seasoned marketing and brand strategy professional at Riddle & Bloom – A Wasserman Company. As the VP, Accounts, he oversees multiple brand partnerships including Amazon and Comcast while also guiding the agency and his team’s development. His previous work includes time at Johannes Leonardo, Mullen and Modernista where he partnered with Coca-Cola, Grey Goose, Cadillac, Zappos, TripAdvisor and more. Born and raised in Boston, Norman’s loyalty to Boston sports teams is only surpassed by that for his wife and their golden retriever Jackson.

Rose Blackmore

Rose Blackmore

Dealmoon

Global VP

LinkedIn

Ranked as one of the 2020 Luxury Women to Watch by Luxury Daily, Rose Blackmore is a China expat consumer market specialist. At a time when Chinese shopping habits rule the minds of retailers globally, Rose defines how brands can better understand and implement strategies that drive this ever-growing consumer segment’s buying behavior. As the Global Vice President for Dealmoon, the #1 shopping community for Chinese expatriates, Rose’s leadership, insight and expertise has solidified Dealmoon’s position as an integral component of long-term marketing strategies for some of the world’s most renowned luxury brands.

Sarah Beestow-Blay

Sarah Beestow-Blay

Silverbean

Vice President North America

LinkedIn

With 17 years of experience in the affiliate and partnership marketing space, Sarah currently oversees the US operations for the global affiliate & partner marketing agency, Silverbean. She helps brands achieve their revenue goals and grow their business in North America, UK, Europe, Australia, and APAC. Prior to joining Silverbean, Sarah served as VP of ShareASale, responsible for the operations and revenue of the platform. Sarah speaks regularly on the topic of Performance Marketing, contributing to several industry publications, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Performance Marketing Association.

Stefanie Kitzes

Stefanie Kitzes

Ominto/SaveMate.com

Head of Affiliate Marketing

LinkedIn

Stefanie started at the company when it was MediaNet Group Technologies/BSP Rewards, prior to its reverse merger with the Dubli Companies in 2009. Her early responsibilities included the identification and integration of new affiliate networks in multiple world markets toward creating a global Cash Back shopping website. Over the years she has held a variety of roles and positions including Product Manager of DubLi’s first international Shopping Mall, for which she helped engineer the strategy for the first global mall for customers that weren’t served by one of the company’s 12 local country malls, the predecessor site to today’s model. In 2016, Ominto launched the platform still used today, one global URL that identifies customers by geo-IP and routes them to their local country which is available in 11 languages. Stefanie manages a globally based team that is responsible for managing the company’s relationships with 70+ affiliate networks that deliver 12,000 local brands in 64 countries. Stefanie is known throughout the global affiliate marketing industry as she was instrumental in helping to launch the Cash Back shopping model into new regions including the Middle East and North Africa, where SaveMate.com was among the earliest and largest Cash Back sites as well as helping to pioneer a global brand built entirely on the global affiliate marketing fundamentals. Stefanie is often called upon to speak on behalf of the Cash Back space as well as the value proposition offered by the pay-for-performance model in new global markets. She was a recent presenter on the growing and thriving loyalty publisher set at the Arab Affiliate Summit in Cairo, Egypt where she presented to more than 1000 industry participants. Stefanie’s team is also now responsible for managing the global affiliate operations for WU Shop by Western Union, a site built as a mirror to the SaveMate.com model.Stefanie started her career in the Investor Relations business in New York where she spent 15 years with some of the world’s leading IR firms including Morgen-Walke Associates, Edelman Financial, a division of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, and later Hill & Knowlton in Chicago, where she was the Managing Director overseeing the domestic IR practice as well as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions deal team where she was the lead counselor on American Airlines acquisition of TWA, Starwoods purchase of Westin Hotels & Resorts and several high profile real estate transactions, both hostile and friendly. Stefanie earned her BA from The Ohio State University and remains a loyal Buckeye fan and an avid collector of Buckeye memorabilia, owning several one-of-a-kind pieces. She earned an MBA in Finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York. She is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida.

Stevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson

Disrupt Marketing

Managing Director

LinkedIn

Stevie is a leading voice in the influencer marketing space, having worked in the industry for the last 8 years and seeing it grow into a vital part of the marketing mix today. Stevie brings his own unique insight into the world of influencer marketing, having transitioned from television star and influencer after his Bafta-winning sojourn on Made In Chelsea, into agency leader today at Disrupt. 

He is now focussed on ‘influencing influencer’, and has worked with leading brands such as Bose, Ford, Peroni, Huel, Puma and more to activate their influencer campaigns and build out wider strategy. Stevie’s personal and professional background in the space bring to Disrupt clients a distinctive competitive edge when raising awareness and driving action around their services and products.

Teresa Grammatke

Teresa Grammatke

eAccountable

Sr Director

LinkedIn

I am an experienced manager and marketing growth expert with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping clients meet their sales and marketing objectives and helping team members discover their purpose and achieve their potential. With over 20 years of experience I have led customer acquisition, lead generation and e-commerce growth strategies for both small and fortune 100 businesses, through a variety of digital marketing tactics, such as affiliate marketing, inbound marketing (including content and SEO), paid media (display/retargeting/AdWords), email marketing and social media marketing.

Tricia Meyer

Tricia Meyer

Performance Marketing Association

Executive Director

LinkedIn

Tricia Meyer (@sunshinetricia) is an attorney and the owner of Sunshine Rewards, Helping Moms Connect, and other niche sites. She frequently speaks and writes about affiliate marketing topics such as monetizing blogs, affiliate and affiliate manager relationships, and the basics of affiliate marketing. She serves as the Executive Director for the Performance Marketing Association. She is also a partner in WineClubGroup.com. Tricia has been a finalist for the Pinnacle Award for Industry Advocate and won Affiliate of the Year in 2014 and Best Blogger in 2012.

Tye Degrange

Tye Degrange

Round Barn Labs

CEO

LinkedIn

Tye is the Founder & CEO of Round Barn Labs, a growth marketing agency based in Austin, TX. He was born in Santa Rosa, CA on a working ranch.After attending UC Santa Barbara and majoring in History, he stumbled into Direct Response marketing after a strong interest in marketing and advertising. Tye has 17 years of data-driven acquisition marketing experience growing startups and fortune 500 companies specifically in e-commerce and Direct to Consumer (D2C).Since its inception 8 years ago, Round Barn Labs (RBL) has grown to 10 full time remote employees and has doubled revenue each year for the past 3 years serving clients like Nextdoor, Oculus (Meta Quest), Hatch, Wyze, LiveNation, Facebook Portal, Tempo, FutureFit, Puma, Ask Media Group, Gloria Ferrer, and August.Tye loves building teams with a growth mindset and identifying the more efficient, revenue-generating opportunities for consumer e-commerce brands. You can find him at Barry’s Bootcamp, playing tennis, exploring Austin with his wife Blaine, and playing with his 2 year old daughter Hayward.

Zahra Bidar

Zahra Bidar

Disney

Sr. Affiliate Marketing Manager

LinkedIn

Zahra is currently leading the affiliate marketing strategy and growth for shopDisney.com. As a performance marketing leader who’s built and optimized marketing campaigns and programs for global Fortune 100 brands, Zahra has over 15 years’ experience, blending innovative thinking with an analytical approach to attracting, acquiring, and engaging customers. Skilled at managing a client portfolio at CJ, across different industries, she scaled revenue cost-efficiently for 5 years, before moving client-side to Disney.

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