Marketer Interviews

Where are you working now, what is your role and how did you get here?

Julia Anishkina:

I'm a Business Development Manager in Wow-How Studio, creative service company. We have a vast experience in 2D/3D graphics and animation which spread over 10 years. Based in Ukraine we deliver our services throughout the globe. My colleague found this Slack community and offered to join it.

Julia Anishkina

Business Development Manager at WOW-HOW

Neal Bloom:

Managing Partner of RisingTidePartners.co which became involved in earlier this year

Neal Bloom

Founder at Fresh Brewed Tech

Anthony Coppedge:

Having worked for Fortune 100 companies, small-to-medium businesses, and even non-profit organizations over the years, I developed an appetite for turning marketing and communications teams around. As a result, I've done contract work, professional coaching, and consulting work as the owner of my own firm so that I can re-align marketing teams to focus on delivering business goals while producing higher value content marketing using the Agile Marketing framework. Looking back, I didn't have the foresight to see that my friends in the software development community had discovered a better way to deliver value through team-based work in short sprints of time. It wasn't until I worked for just such a software company in my early 30's that I saw firsthand the effectiveness and culture-changing power of team-based work using Agile. Since that time, I have been trained in Scrum and Kanban and have applied the principles of Agile inside marketing. As an early adopter, I have seen the amazing transformation of marketing teams that leverage the visibility, accountability, and metrics inherent in Agile to manage the tension between their Editorial Calendar and interrupt-driven, last-minute work. How I 'got into' marketing happened during a company merger where my role shifted from Communications to Marketing literally overnight. I dove in, read a ton, took courses, and developed relationships with innovating marketers. Over the years, I saw that Marketing was broken in an endless cycle of delivering more content with less value, and that's when I began experimenting with Agile for marketers. In 2016, I led co-located and remote teams in the United States and Europe to leverage the team-based power of Agile to have our company named among the Top 50 B2B Marketing by Kapost.com (, a leading authority in content marketing, among such luminaries as Eventbrite, GE Digital, IBM Mobile, Ameritrade, and FedEx.

Anthony Coppedge

Agile Marketing Coach at Anthony Coppedge Consulting

Jonathan Payne:

I'm the CEO and Founder of JP Digital, a digital marketing and advertising agency based in Louisville, KY. I spent five years working in account services on brands like Old Forester, Early Times, Canadian Mist, and KORBEL. I then transitioned into higher education, spending a little over a year at University of Louisville in the department for online learning and distance education.

Jonathan Payne

CEO and Founder at JP Digital

Jason Denny:

Having become frustrated with how the old agency where i worked was being run, i made the decision that i would fulfil a dream i'd had for a long time - to become my own boss. I went freelance. With a young family to support i won't lie and say it was an easy decision, freelancing has its risks but i knew that i had good industry contacts that i could reach out to once the decision was made. It wasn't long before i was rewarded with a major contract and subsequent projects. After a about a year it became apparent that i needed to employ more resource to manage the increasing volume of work hitting my inbox - so i decided to start my agency, Kaffeine Digital. Kaffeine has gone from strength to strength since its founding and is a decision i am glad i made. This does not deter me from what i love most, freelancing. I am still very much my own boss today and love consulting for local (and larger) business.

Jason Denny

Founder at Freelance PPC & Digital Marketing Consultant | Founder Kaffeine Digital

Lauren Downey:

I'm a paid search specialist at Mad Fish Digital, a boutique marketing agency in Portland, Oregon. I began my marketing career in an entry-level SEO position at another agency but soon became interested in paid search, worked freelance on the side, and eventually made my way to Mad Fish.

Lauren Downey

Paid Search Specialist at Mad Fish Digital

Aleksandra Milovanov:

I'm currently working as a Social Media Manager in a marketing agency. I've landed here through a colleague that recommended me.

Aleksandra Milovanov

Social Media Manager at Four Dots

Mark Miller:

My partner and I currently own and run an agency named Firm Theory. We focus on helping lawyers and legal professionals grow their practices and their exposure through digital and traditional marketing channels. I started my online career in the late 90s when a roommate and I began building computers and selling them online. After moving to Arizona for school I began working in web hosting where I learned more about coding, SEO, email marketing and more. It gave me a taste for marketing. I was the first in the company to start reaching out through social media to begin helping customers and pitch them on products that would help them. Those early tweets turned into a full department that now handles the branding and social for over 10 brands. In 2012 I followed a girl to Orlando (where we got married) and began working for attorneys helping them grow their practices. At first, I worked in-house work. I later joined an agency and learned a bit about how they work. After leaving the agency I took another in-house gig where I met my current business partner. As we began winding down the project we were hired to do we decided to start growing our new business and launched it at the beginning of this year.

Mark Miller

Owner at Firm Theory

Adam Torkildson:

I'm working as the CMO of a supplement company called Nanohydr8 part time. I work full time as the owner and founder of Tork Media. I bought my way into Nanohydr8 because I love the product, and I founded Tork Media because I hated the traditional model of PR and their horrible pricing model.

Adam Torkildson

Founder at Tork Media

Chandra Kumar:

Building my Startup WiselyWise. am the Founder & CEO. I wanted to simplify the adoption of Digital for everyone, unlike the big corporates where I used to work for a long time.

Chandra Kumar

Founder & CEO at WiselyWise

Gee Ranasinha:

I founded KEXINO almost 11 years ago. The reason was simple: For 7 years I was CMO of a software company and frustrated/astonished that marketing agencies were happy to make grandiose pitches to me, but would run a mile whenever the subject of fiscal responsibility was mentioned. To me, having an agency take no responsibility for the ROI from a particular campaign was ridiculous - so we started our own! Since 2008 we've helped over 300 startups and small business realize their business goals - including a few high-profile acquisitions.

Gee Ranasinha

CEO at KEXINO

Katie Hulan:

I am the Marketing and Communications Manager at Indellient. Out of school, I worked at an edtech company for five years and decided I needed to explore something different. I moved cities and took the opportunity to build the marketing team here at Indellient. An opportunity I couldn't pass up.

Katie Hulan

Marketing and Communications Manager at Indellient