Leadership

Sheri Austin

EVP/General Manager

Sheri’s career has spanned all categories and channels including extensive experience across the supply chain, in both B2B and B2C marketing. She is a sought-after food and beverage marketing expert with a forward-thinking approach to digital marketing. A recognized thought-leader in branding, account planning, product marketing and customer development, Sheri is known for asking the tough questions, posing the “what if” possibilities and pushing for original answers.  She holds a B.S. in Marketing, an M.B.A., and co-founded network agency, The Alchemedia Project, in 2009 with partner, Tim Bade.  When she’s not marketing food, she’s preparing it for a household of boys.

Tim Bade

Chief Creative Director

As Marlin Network’s creative lead, Tim fosters an open environment with a cross-functional creative team made up of storytellers, technologists and motion media experts. Tim believes in the blending of technology and creative applied to simple ideas that break through the clutter and create real impact for brands. His 29 years in food and beverage branding have earned him plenty of awards, but Tim is most proud of work that works.

Beth Cozza

VP Operations

Most of Beth’s agency career has focused on serving clients and customers across the food industry. An integrator, collaborator and passionate solution-builder, Beth has extensive cross-functional leadership experience which helps her understand and value all touch-points in the end-to-end process. In her current role, Beth leads the charge on all things business operations for Marlin Network. When not ‘rolling up her sleeves’ at work, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her faithful Corgis!

Stephanie Hart

VP Growth & Innovation

Stephanie’s experience leading a vast portfolio of clients across food and beverage and beyond has provided her with the range of category and omni-channel experience that makes her a second-to-none brand builder.  Her broad and objective perspective combined with her passion to create a culture of growth that benefits all stakeholders enables her to see opportunities others do not. Always on the hunt for the next collaborative win and inquisitive by nature, she’s excited to start conversations that uncover opportunities to put Marlin Network’s creative and strategic thinkers to work to meet the goals of smart brands.

LeAnne Garoutte

SVP Client Services

LeAnne has 25+ years in the foodservice communications business and she’s served many brands in B2C and B2B roles. Her vast consulting and advertising experience has shaped her keen, customer-centric advocacy for creative solutions. LeAnne is at home leading the development of go-to-market strategies, marketing and sales plans, brand positioning, innovation initiatives and customer development engagements.

Kevin Gross

SVP, CSSI Marketing + Culinary

For Kevin, foodservice is truly in his blood. As part of a third-generation catering family, Kevin gained hands-on industry knowledge before accepting a managerial role at The Food Group. Sensing a need in the marketplace for R&D-driven interface between food manufacturers and the industry’s top chain operators, Kevin founded CSSI in 2005. The company has grown to fill a unique niche, combining the talents of chefs, dietitians, marketers and advertising creatives into comprehensive agency services and culinary-focused strategy.

Vanessa Brandt

VP, Account Service, Marlin Company

Vanessa has the enviable skill of bridging gaps—from reconnecting disconnects in communication to identifying the path from where a client is to where they want to be. A true leader, she inspires successful growth with a direct and thoughtful approach: listen; engage; empower. She has an impressive track record of brand development on a global scale that underscores her value as a strategist. Above all, it’s Vanessa’s ability to recognize and cultivate the best parts of brands, talent and work that makes her an invaluable member of the Marlin family. Her secret to productivity? Phone-less, computer-less conversations.

Matt Rose

Executive Creative Director, Marlin Company

Matt has the uncanny ability to see the big picture while creating precise and inspiring ideas. Matt began his advertising career in NYC, working on everything from cameras, spirits to financial. Attracted by the culture and dedication to award-winning creative and strategic work, Matt joined Marlin in 2000. Here he has been pivotal in developing and nurturing all types of brand projects for Food and Beverage clients, as well as directing the agency creative team. Away from work, you can usually find him busy raising kids, perfecting his smoke to sauce ratio on the grill or hunting for that next old rusty flea market find to resurrect.

Greg Melton

Digital Director

Greg is a tech junkie. Over the past 25 years, he’s developed software solutions across the healthcare, finance and, of course, marketing industries. He has a knack for applying agile technologies and proven industry techniques to the unique challenges of each individual client. Clients have come to rely on his team to look past the problem and see the bigger picture to develop and implement long-term digital business solutions.

Brad Hill

Sr. Director of Product & Innovation

Brad has 10+ years creating delightful digital experiences that make people's lives easier. He values minimalism, strong opinions that are loosely held, honest feedback and team collaboration. Brad brings a multidisciplinary background of visual design, photography, art direction, user experience methodologies, research and front-end design to every project. Brad received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University with an emphasis on Graphic Design. He is passionate about creative digital experiences, accessibility and user-centric design.

Chris Wolf

SVP, Strategic Insights & Planning

Chris Wolf is our SVP of Strategic Insights & Planning, leading the Marlin Network’s unrivaled insights and planning practice of services, tools, talent and structure to support the Network’s client business needs. Chris is a veteran of the food industry, spending the first half of his career pioneering new food publishing, product innovation and account planning competencies for food-focused communications and innovation agencies. In 2010, he joined Tyson Foods, where he managed the insights, global innovation and foresights competencies across the enterprise during his 8-year tenure at the company.    

Jeff Daniel

Director of Integrated Connections

Jeff Daniel leads a team of media, social and performance analytics experts across the Advantage Enterprise. He has extensive omni-channel strategic expertise across brand, shopper and e-commerce objectives, building go-to-market and measurable strategies that inspire, engage and drive consumers to act. As fuel for the omni-channel experiences he leads,clients also seek his expertise for data strategy, technology consultation and connected commerce solutions. He holds experience across many B2C & B2B verticals, client examples including Starbucks, Kellogg’s, Beam Suntory, Tyson, Constellation Brands and Johnson & Johnson to name a few.

Laura Doerffler

Director of Public Relations

For more than 13 years, Laura has been a passionate advocate for the power of third party endorsement through the news media and influencers. She believes that no integrated communications plan is complete without a robust PR strategy to change perceptions, build credibility, create relevance and ultimately, accelerate adoption and drive demand for clients. While Laura has deep experience in the food and beverage industry, both directly to consumers and B2B, she has also successfully led clients in the fashion, retail, appliances and supplements spaces. A news junkie with an entrepreneurial spirit, Laura is the first person in the room to throw out new ideas and encourage her teams to think bigger.

Michelle Johnson

Media Planner

Inspired by growth and innovation, Michelle brings a fresh perspective to integrated touchpoint planning. From evaluating the shifting media landscape to crafting integrated communications plans, she understands the poise needed to achieve client objectives rooted in strategic vision.  With a background in marketing and MBA, she uses all of her resources to persistently evaluate media for constant opportunity and optimization. Even with that, she knows that there’s always more to uncover and she doesn’t plan to stop exploring opportunities for her clients anytime soon.

Mark Cullum

Director of Business Development

Mark Cullum brings over 25 years of sales success in media to his role of Director, Business Development at the Marlin Network.  Mark joined Marlin in January 2021 after eight years as Regional Vice President-Sales for Winsight Media, the leading media & events company in the restaurant, noncommercial foodservice and retail convenience & grocery space. At Winsight, Mark sold integrated media products, building and implementing complex programs for leading food, beverage, equipment and technology clients in foodservice and retail.

Mark holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa and three Digital Media Sales Certifications from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). 

Visit his LinkedIn Profile to learn more about Mark.