Our leaders are agency pros and media sales masters. They are people of integrity with decades of experience, multiple companies built and sold, and at least one Top Secret clearance. But, what sets the DOmedia leadership team apart from other executives is a die-hard commitment to our customers. They are at your service.
Ken is proud of the DOmedia team and if you ask him, he simply says he just "facilitates" their success. Whatever you call it, he’s pretty gosh-darn good at it.
He has always had a knack for finding ways to help people see opportunity in challenges and develop new approaches to solving business problems. Whether he is working with customers, marketers, accountants, Teamsters, programmers, C-level management or their admins, he can "read the tea leaves" and put the pieces together to make a plan work!
Ken began his career in the CPG industry in distribution and logistics and then progressed to merchandising $50M in category sales with one of New England’s leading grocery retailers. How do you make a leap like that? By listening, learning and working smarter with information systems to grow revenue and profits. He also learned it's easier if you work well with and develop deep relationships with sales partners.
It was one of those sales partners that gave Ken his first sales position where he developed unique customer programs in a commoditized industry that grew sales and got him promoted to regional and corporate sales management positions. Just as he loves coaching baseball, building a team and putting them in the right position for each opportunity is what he finds most rewarding in what he does.
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Ken’s foray into the wonderful world of out-of-home and alternative media began when he helped launch Dynamic Media Group back in 2003. A friend said he needed help "cracking the code" on selling ads on moving vehicles and that was a unique enough challenge to catch his attention. Based upon those experiences, along with NCT Ventures prior expertise with "marketplaces", the idea for DOmedia was born and he has been working on it ever since.
Having graduated from Purdue with an engineering degree, he is a minority in an office full of Buckeyes, but that doesn’t dissuade him from touting the occasional Boilermaker upset!
- favorite quote:To go fast, you have to go slow.
- best advice ever received: Recognize that you don’t know what you don’t know
- hidden talent: Homemade Pizza
- favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in the mountains.
- dog or cat?: Dog (BTW, it’s not a dog if it can be accidentally sucked up by a vacuum)
Five Questions with Ken
Jeremy is a small-town guy who grew up with big aspirations. Ever since retiring from an illustrious 7-yr lifeguarding career at the age of 21, he's been in the sales game. Jeremy attended the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!), where, in addition to college, he began his sales career selling windows, siding, and doors.
Waking up in foreign countries has always been a passion for Jeremy and his wife of 14 years, Erin. They have traveled throughout the world and been on countless adventures together, although she still won't agree to an RV trip across the country… yet. They have 2 old cats, 1 small but ferocious dog, and a giant fixer-upper-- all of which keep them on their toes.
If you can name a sales position, Jeremy has probably held it in his 20+-year career. Most recently, he's a decade-long, President's Club veteran of Enterprise Software Sales. Strategizing on accounts, developing sales cultures, and leading organizations to next-level growth is what drives Jeremy. He's passionate about efficiency, innovative technology, and the opportunity to empower a sales force from the ground up-- this is what led him to DOmedia.
- Favorite sports team: Pitt Panthers
- If you had to choose a superpower, what would it be? Flying, I hate waiting in airports.
- Favorite thing about Columbus: The food scene is amazing
- Favorite restaurant: Veritas
- What are your hopes and dreams for DOmedia? DOmedia will change the way media is bought and sold!
Five Questions with Jeremy
What do you call someone with crazy-sharp IT skills who is equally comfortable talking P&Ls, strategic plans and marketing objectives? Around DOmedia, we call him "CTO," although he really prefers we just call him Jeff.
As you look through Jeff's background, one thing jumps out at you (and it's not just the cosmic rays)… he has honestly done a little bit of everything. We're talking real estate mogul, restaurant owner, consulting services entrepreneur, U.S. Air Force Captain, chief technology officer, and - no joke - spy satellite engineer (he could tell you all about this one, but then he'd have to kill you). Chronologically speaking, after graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering, Jeff spent four years active duty as an officer in the Air Force working at the National Air Intelligence Agency. Upon return to civilian life, he founded Computer Wizards Consulting, a virtualized computer consulting firm focused on database-intensive web applications. When Leader Technologies purchased Computer Wizards, Jeff stayed on as Chief Technology Officer and led the development of 60+ patentable technologies. After five years with Leader, Jeff decided to give the IT-thing a rest and (successfully) explored the worlds of real estate, restaurant and bar ownership (nice perks), and helped start a web-based telephone conferencing company.
Having enjoyed a semi-retired state, Jeff decided to return to the real world, accepting a Chief Technology Officer role with Interactive Ink, an interactive marketing company. As he helped to successfully launch a number of websites for a wide range of clients, he also helped prepare the company for its eventual sale to Northlich, a Cincinnati-based advertising agency. Following the acquisition, Jeff remained with Northlich as their Chief Technology Officer until fate brought him to DOmedia's door.
In his off hours, Jeff likes to use his unfair height advantage to squash opposing sand volleyball players. Squash 'em, like a bug… really small bugs with short legs… and no wings.
- favorite quote: "The only secure computer is one that's unplugged, locked in a safe, and buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location… and I'm not even too sure about that one"
- best advice ever received: Don't be stoopid.
- hidden talent: You wouldn't think it to look at me, but I can run really fast.
- favorite vacation spot: Rocky Point, Mexico
- dog or cat?: Neither. I travel too much; often without a lot of pre-planning. It wouldn't be fair to keep a cat or dog with my schedule.
Five Questions with Jeff
Adam is the very definition of "youthful exuberance." Always passionate about the projects he's working on (and many of those he isn't), he definitely keeps DOmedia on its toes. A bit of a "brainstormer," he's taken up permanent residence at the only desk overshadowed by a giant whiteboard. We may have to start hiding the markers.
As a product of Michigan (we still talk to him anyways), Adam had to make some major adjustments when he came to Ohio State. While attending OSU, he combined his two loves - business and travel - to graduate with an honor's degree in International Business, Economics and German. Before his reign over DOmedia whiteboards, Adam interned at iPharro Media GmbH, a tech start-up in Frankfurt, Germany, where he claims he first caught the entrepreneurship bug. He also spent some time at GE Aviation during a logistics quality co-op shortly before landing on DOmedia's door step.
When he's not enjoying the challenge, freedom and creative nature of the world of entrepreneurship, Adam loves traveling, jazz music and remains an active member of the OSU Business Builders Club.
- favorite quote: Build the business you wish to see in the world. (Ghandi, paraphrased)
- best advice ever received: Play the notes that aren't there. (Daniel Malone)
- hidden talent: "Spricht jemand deutsch? Nein…" Yup, hidden.
- favorite vacation spot: where the beer flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.
- dog or cat?: Dogs - especially those singing Billy Joel
Five Questions with Adam
Queen of QA. Expert at Excel. Rockstar rollerblader. What more could you ask for? The perfect combination of left brain, right brain, Rachel combines her two interests--the creativity of marketing and the all business aspect of logistics--to become an all-star client services rep by day (vespa virtuoso by night).
An Ohio native, Rachel stuck to her roots by attending Ohio State University, graduating with an honor's degree in Business Admin with specializations in Logistics Management and Marketing. Before tackling the start-up world, Rachel served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Ohio Union Activities Board. She was also a marketing intern at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP, as well as a logistics intern at Ashland Inc. Before graduating from OSU Fisher College of Business, Rachel participated in the Politics, Society and Law Scholars Program as an advisory board member.
When Rachel isn't plotting world domination, you can find her cruising down Lake Erie in her boat or checking out a history museum. And who knows… if you ask nicely, she may even take you for a spin on her vespa.
- favorite quote: I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night. (Steven Wright)
- best advice ever received: Put on your rose-colored glasses (Mom)
- hidden talent: I can name almost any song within the first five seconds of it playing.
- favorite vacation spot: Salt Fork State Park
- dog or cat?: Kittens!