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MEET THE TEAM

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Kim Hughes Ellis

President & Creative Director

Marketing professional with over 25 years of diverse experience in advertising, sales, promotions, public relations, and creative direction within both B2B and B2C sales segments. She drives value creation through innovative and strategic planning, relationship building and execution management. Her strength lies in bringing concepts to completion with precision, accuracy and within budget.

 

To say Kim has been in advertising and marketing her whole life is not an exaggeration. Her father Ed Hughes, owned the EJ Hughes Advertising Agency from 1973-1995. Kim literally grew up in the business, as the school bus dropped her off at his office every day. She spent her afternoons either in the art department assisting with building mechanicals for newspaper ads for the St. Pete Times, or in the conference room writing jingles for clients like Ernie Haire Ford, Ace Auto Parts, Drapeman Textile Outlets, Carrier Air Conditioning, Kane's Furniture and Economy TV.

 

Starting that young had its advantages, at the age of 27 Kim was the Executive Producer for a commercial for then client Varian Oncology Systems, that ran during halftime in Super Bowl XXXI and seen by 87 million viewers on FOX.

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Jason Ross

Web Marketing Manager, Digital Media & Real Estate Marketing Strategist

Jason Ross has a 20-year background in digital media, and video marketing, with extensive experience in retail and real estate marketing. As the Director of Operations for Keller Williams Sports and Entertainment, Mr. Ross works directly with professional athletes, musicians, and artists to discretely find their new home, investment property or location for their business. Mr. Ross is excellent at then turning these relationships into consulting agreements for web design, social media management, personal branding, and more. Jason is a graduate of FullSail University and now sits on the Entertainment Business Program Advisory Committee at his Alma Mater. He holds a commercial drone pilot license and uses his vast experience and resources to help his client's real estate needs.

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Jim Foody

Director of Information Technology

Motivated, results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in technical and online environments. Skilled communicator able to build collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams and facilitate seamless coordination between IT and marketing/sales departments. Analytical and organized while creative and passionate with hands-on style of leadership and proven aptitude for motivating teams to achieve project and company objectives.

★ Certified Scrum Product Owner with 10 + years of experience in Product Management of web and mobile application development.

★ Experienced in leading all aspects of product strategy, design and development for SaaS products.

★ Experienced in building and leading onsite and remote resources including offshore teams.

 

Specialties: e-commerce/digital strategy, CRM, CMS, SEO, SEM, CRO, web development, mobile app development, analytics, UI/UX, affiliate marketing, email marketing, personalization, omnichannel, lead generation, content marketing, marketing automation, mobile optimization, project management, product management, Agile/SCRUM & Kanban, P&L management.

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Jonathan Golden

In House Counsel

Jonathan Golden has over 30 years of significant and diverse legal and business experience in corporate, securities and real estate law, including advisory roles with major corporations and start-up businesses. Mr. Golden also has extensive operational business and executive management experience overseeing all operations of a high-volume retail business. Mr. Golden began his legal career in 1984 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, in its Los Angeles Regional Office. From there, Mr. Golden entered private practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, emerging growth business development and debt and equity offerings involving the entertainment, franchise, oil and gas and technology industries. In 1993, Mr. Golden left the practice of law to join as a principal of a small chain of high-volume, deep discount housewares stores in New Jersey. This business closed in 2006 and the following year he joined Boston Asset Management as its General Counsel a registered investment advisory firm.

In 2013, Mr. Golden was appointed General Counsel of the private equity firm Boston Holding Company, with interests from manufacturing, finance, forestry and craft beverages. One of these interests is Big Storm Brewing Company, a quickly growing craft brewery located in the Tampa Bay area. In 2016, Mr. Golden was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Big Storm Brewery to oversee expansion and development strategies as well as operational consistency. There he worked closely with the Marketing Director, developing strategy for the brand taking it from a single point brewery in Odessa, FL to 5 locations, making it the fastest growing craft beer brand in Florida’s history. In April 2017, Mr. Golden returned to Boston Finance Group as Vice President and Special Counsel.

Mr. Golden’s broad base of business and legal experience provides him with unique abilities of risk assessment, strategic financial planning and budgeting, competitive analysis, regulatory compliance and sales and marketing strategies all under an aegis of legal perspective.

Mr. Golden is admitted to the practice of law in Florida and California. He has a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

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Paul B Wilson

Director of Media & Public Relations

Paul Wilson is a seasoned advertising and marketing specialist with unique expertise of brand strategy, creative development, media strategy and publicity. He’s an Award-Winning writer, producer and artist. Also an alumni of the EJ Hughes Advertising Agency, Paul brings an uncommon knowledge of all facets of communications to our clients. With an innovative and thoughtful approach to creative development and production, media strategy, advertising and publicity uncommon among his peers, Paul Wilson has a 360° approach to communications. His experience with media garnered him expert status which led to an appointment as Media Analyst in the 6th, 8th and 12th Judicial Circuits in Florida. He’s been featured on Fox News Channel, Hard Copy and Inside Edition for his expert media analysis.

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Rick Schirmer, III

Director of Viral Launch Influencer Marketing

As a pioneer of influencer marketing, Rick began influencer campaigns back when MySpace and Facebook first started. Throughout his 20 year career in the entertainment industry, Rick has been at the forefront of the most viral campaigns of all time - ever hear of Harry Potter, The Purge, The Hobbit, and Passion of the Christ? Working in the C-Suite next to Roy Disney and Michael Eisner, Rick became a "rock star" helping Disney brands make emotional connections, which lead to lifelong, loyal fans. He is the Founder and CEO of LaunchViral (Hollywood's first viral influencer agency), and a Founding Partner in Gloo (a 300+ employee data firm), and the Founder and CEO of LaunchPreneur. Rick has endorsements from some of the biggest and most recognizable names in business and has launched over 1,000 top and emerging brands. He is also an accomplished author, recently published LaunchPreneur : Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur in 60 Days.

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Andrew Ortoski

Director of Video Production

Accomplished media production professional with 12+ years of experience in commercials, motion pictures, and photography. Track record of success within many production companies to improve production value and enhance image standards.

 

Andrew is motivated and personable with multiple skill sets in areas of pre-production, production, and post-production, and also has experience in electrical systems.

Flexible and versatile – able to maintain a sense of professionalism under pressure, goal-oriented, ability to accomplish tasks in various production departments, thrives in deadline-driven environments, excellent team-building skills, and ability to collaborate within teams.

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Leo Govoni

Managing Member

Leo Govoni has more than 40 years of experience in various capacities within the financial services industry. He is the President and founder of Boston Asset Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Boston Asset Management is recognized as an industry leader for providing investment advisory services to companies and individuals serving in a fiduciary relationship, whether as trustee, guardian, attorney, or in another fiduciary capacity. Mr. Govoni is also the Founder of Global Litigation Consultants, an organization designed to help law firms navigate the complex and arduous administrative demands associated with cases based on personal injuries, medical malpractice, mass torts nursing home negligence/abuse, wrongful death and those involving public benefits. Mr. Govoni’s experience with the legal and special need community is long and varied and he has founded a collection of related businesses that provide a wide range of professional services specifically designed to meet the needs of attorneys and their clients. These services include Medicare and Medicaid lien resolution, Medicare Set-Aside allocation and administration, special needs trust administration, structured settlement consulting and law firm financing. Most recently Mr. Govoni has founded the Directed Benefits Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advises and administers disability trusts including, Qualified Income Trusts, Special Needs Trusts and Pooled Special Needs Trusts. Among his many other interests, Mr. Govini has served as an investor and fiduciary advisor to several marketing/production companies in the Tampa Bay Area such as A to B Motion, Olympus Marketing and White line Creative. Regarded as a generous and prominent member of the philanthropic community, Mr. Govoni serves in various leadership positions with local legal, education and charitable organizations. Mr. Govoni previously served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Bar Foundation and the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, and Enterprise Florida. Additionally, Mr. Govoni has served as a member of the Stetson University Board of Trustees and now serves on the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseer’s Committee as well as their Executive Committee. Mr. Govoni serves locally on the Board of Directors of the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation and has served as a board member and advisor to several national non-profit organizations.

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