V.P. Business Development/ Rock-n-Roll Photo Journalist
For 25 years Doug has been studying the art of “observation-to-translation of human
truths” in the marketing, advertising, new product and strategic planning arenas
of the food and beverage industry. A career that has included advertising, new product
development, strategic planning, strategic selling, shopper marketing and promotions
work in both the B2B and B2C sides of the equation have provided Doug the opportunity
to hone his approach to growing any client’s business. Doug shoots mostly in black
and white, preferably with natural lighting. Through out his career he’s shot everyone
from Led Zeppelin to the White Stripes. Fortunately he has incredibly bad aim.
V.P. Account Services/ New York Scene Maker
As head of account service, Val brings to deep 16 years of experience in food. She
specializes in developing strategic marketing plans, executing large-scale integrated
communication programs, applying behavioral insights to deliver innovative business
solutions and launching successful new products to the marketplace. As a veritable
institution on the New York art circuit Val has seen it all, done it all and lived
to tell the tale. Eagerly anticipated is her soon to be released tell-all book:
Can I Buy A Val?
Creative Director/ Tattoo Artist
Dan is deep's creative leader, chief butt-kicker, head idea champion, and all around
provider of inspiration. Dan has over 20 years of creative excellence in advertising
for national brands. True to his Scottish roots Dan enjoys wearing kilts in the
traditional manner. Living in close proximity to sheep. And assisting people in
making horrible, life-long decisions with their own skin.
Creative Director/ Painter
The Alchemedia Project
Tim joined TAP in 2009 because as he says, “I wanted to do something great.” And
since that time Tim has done exactly that. He prides himself on creating an open
environment where ideas are welcomed from everyone and everywhere. Tim’s belief
is that an ad is a message communicated in the simplest way possible that inspires
someone to action. As a painter Tim focuses primarily on still-life subjects– which
he prefers because they have much less tendency to complain.
As the Director of the STARAwards Program, Jeff brings 10 years of experience in
sales and marketing. He specializes in connecting brands to self-operated college
and university foodservice through strategic marketing initiatives and sales staff
support. Jeff is an immensely powerful poet. In fact he once broke up a bar room
brawl using four sonnets and a limerick.
V.P. Account Service/ Sculptor
At Marlin, Tom is grateful to work alongside and
serve some of the most talented food ad professionals and clients you will ever
meet. As V.P. Account Services Tom oversees the Marlin account teams and works with
clients in strategic planning, brand development, media and marketing research.
As a sculptor his philosophy is that the figure is already inside the marble. His
job is merely to release it.
Partner, President/ Welder
With creative roots, Michael's perspective on agency leadership is grounded in the
power of ideas. His tenure with Marlin has always been balanced by surrounding himself
with people of passion, intuitive strategic thinkers and talent that moves the needle.
His belief that client relationships based on like and trust are the single most
important reason to be in this business. Michael is a true renaissance man with
many interests in passions. Ironically though, renaissance festivals are not one
Dennis entered the marketing/advertising business in 1973 and has a diverse background
in both consumer and business-to-business segments. In 1985 Dennis formed the Marlin
Company founded on the need for “Creative Thinking in Business”. In 2005, he evolved
the Marlin Company into the Marlin Network, which supports the operations of Marlin,
deep, FoodIQ, The Alchemedia Project, Marlin Network Consulting Group and StarAwards.
- Following in the footsteps of John D. Rockefeller, Peggy Guggenheim and John Baird, Dennis has a passion for art, ascots and small dogs.
Tom is a 1999 graduate of Sullivan University in Louisville Kentucky. Upon graduation,
Tom became executive chef of Brasserie Dietrich’s where he gained valuable skills
that laid the foundation for his career. In 2007, Tom started down another career
path, focusing on foodservice marketing. This expanded new role has given him the
opportunity to work with some of the largest manufacturers and operators in the
business. Tom is known for having an eye for emerging food trends. The other eye
was lost in an unfortunate fondue accident.
Partner/ Artistic Muse
The Alchemedia Project
Sheri's 20 year career in food and beverage advertising has spanned nearly all categories
and channels of the trade. She is a recognized thought leader in the area of branding,
account planning, product marketing, and customer development—and has worked extensively
in niche channel marketing, such as retail foodservice and special markets. Unafraid
of new territory, Sheri is known for asking the tough questions, posing the "what if"
possibilities and pushing for original answers. Though rumors abound regarding
sordid relationships with artists Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and several other prominent
painters, Sheri insists that her role is merely to inspire passion within the artist.
"What happens after that is just part of the creative process."
Creative Director/ Graffiti Artist
Matt began his advertising career in NYC. Attracted by the culture and dedication
to award-winning creative and strategic work, Matt joined Marlin as a designer in
2000. Here, he’s been pivotal in developing compelling work for the agency as well
as directing the creative department. As a graffiti artist Matt sites his main influences
as Basquiat, Banksy and the artist formerly known as Prince.
Partner/ Performance Artist
The Alchemedia Project
At the Alchemedia Project, Greg is responsible for the technology arm of the organization.
He leads developers, online designers and architects through all phases of the web
development process. Greg brings with him fifteen plus years of experience in web
technology, web application development and integrated marketing methodologies.
As a performance artist Greg believes that ultimately his job is to illicit a response
from the audience. Whether that response be a positive one or a negative one is
more times than not, completely subjective.
Division President/ Gonzo Journalist
Phil brings 35 years of experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, product development,
culinary arts and food equipment design. At the Marlin Network he is responsible
for overall management of deep, FoodIQ and the Marlin Network Consulting Group business
units. Phil has a degree in engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point,
an MS in marketing from Webster University and is a graduate of the US Army Foodservice
Management Program. As a journalist Phil maintains that in any story the truth is
all that matters. Unless of course a little bit of fiction can make it funnier.