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Founder & Principal, Wink Communications
Champion of the Artfully Written Word
From: Nottingham, England
Home base: Miami
Hannah's writing career began as an 18-year-old intern at Elle magazine and The Daily Telegraph (London, England). Here, she experienced the heady world of fashion under the watchful eye of industry leaders such as Hilary Alexander, Fiona McIntosh and Melanie Rickey. This in turn led to contracts with WGSN, Women’s Own, Woman & Home, NYLON, M, Condé Nast Traveller, Daily Candy and more.
At 25, Hannah jetted off to New York to pursue her dream and, at this young age, in a new Internet world, she pitched, co-founded and directed Profile magazine and its content development offshoot, eMagMaker. The stars were aligned. It was here that Hannah realized her niche talent for developing bespoke content solutions and on-brand communication products. With an instinct on the pulse of what’s about to trend, Hannah has always been ahead of the curve.
In the years that have followed, Hannah has segued into marketing communications. In this capacity she has acquired and worked with an impressive portfolio of start-up and corporate clients across the lifestyle industry spectrum, including Tommy Hilfiger, Chico's, Soma Intimates, Zumba, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Silversea, getAbstract, Sandow Media, Shops at Bal Harbour, and many more.
Digital Directrice & Multimedia Mastermind
From: Vancouver, Canada
Home base: New York
Andrea Grant is a digital and editorial expert with a background in corporate, start-up and consulting environments at the convergence of publishing, advertising and emerging media. In addition to extensive writing, editorial, and production experience with a strong focus on fashion, beauty, arts, and culture, she has a proven success record for developing multi-platform social strategies and creating content for various brands. Her strengths lie in building projects from the ground up, implementing systems within current corporate structures to increase team efficiency, and providing creative leadership for managing teams.
Over the years, Andrea has masterminded and produced media projects for brands such as MTV, YouTube, Glamour, Details Magazine, MR PORTER, Meredith Corporation, DeVries Global, Grey Group, Gorilla Nation, Media Edge, MEC Global, CoverGirl, Max Factor, Pantene, Herbal Essences, John Frieda, H&M, Nike, and Nautica.
Her writing background started in the poetry / academic realm in the motherland of Canada, which evolved into the editorial world of Conde Nast (DETAILS Magazine) and several Proctor and Gamble branding / advertising in New York City. She’s always had a “sixth sense” in terms of reviving several companies (i.e. Pantene, Nautica, etc) and while she works a lot in corporate realms, her passion is for helping start-ups to grow.
Artist Management & Business Development Director
From: Dallas, TX
Home base: Los Angeles
Leigha’s background is firmly rooted in strategic planning and business development. Prior to transitioning into the arts and creative industries, Leigha spent 10 years working in finance. During the “money years,” Leigha worked at Goldman Sachs as a wealth management advisor—focusing on sales, strategic planning and marketing—for private banking clients. In 2009, she was recruited by J. P. Morgan, where she worked as a private banker, focusing on new business development, investment analysis and strategy for ultra high net worth clients. (The girl’s a bit of a whizz kid. ;))
Since 2011, Leigha has been putting her skill set to work as an artist management consultant, providing her clients with business development, and sales and marketing support. Leigha’s talent roster includes Bertil Petersson (contemporary sculptural artist), Christian Awe (urban contemporary artist), Marissa Macias (photographer), and Alexandria Hilfiger (contemporary abstract artist).
Enterprise and Consumer Tech PR Specialist
Seasoned Idea Farmer and Certified Story Teller
From: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Mike is a creative, energetic, and strategic communications professional with nearly 20 years of marketing communications experience in the wireless, digital media and mobile app space with clients like Sierra Wireless, Rdio, Tokii, Cisco Systems, Nova Scotia Tourism, and more. Known for his strong track record in scoring top-tier coverage in US business, broadcast and trade press such as Tech Crunch, Inc. Magazine and Forbes, his knowledge of wireless/ telecom, security, big data/ CRM, aerospace & defence and digital media spaces is second to none.
Mike, a quick thinker and fast learner, thrives on impossible challenges and ridiculous deadlines, firing strategies and relationships that drive results. This polished corporate spokesperson is known for defusing “hot button” issues both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
From: Chicago, IL
Home base: Miami, FL
William Balcazar is an acclaimed hospitality professional whose work has been sought by numerous high-profile establishments, across South Florida, including Macy*s Food division, Mayfair Hotel and Spa, Room Service Restaurant and Lounge, Haven, and Tongue & Cheek. A deeply-rooted love of food and beverage, along with exceptional organizational skills (the result of being in the US Army for five years), make Will the go-to consultant for our hospitality clients. Le Cordon Bleu-trained, Will has worked with acclaimed Chef Timon Balloo, before moving to the Jonathan Eismann Group, leading four of their multi-unit concepts: Pacific Time, Q American BBQ, Fin, and Pizza Volante.