Technical Project Manager
Technical Project Manager Steven B. needs people to understand something about working for Rebel — and about being able to work remotely: “My two dogs are my administrative assistants. It’s interesting that I haven’t been receiving any of my messages.” So, just in case you were wondering…
He also wants people to know something else about being a Rebel: at his (crazy) young age, he feels as if he’s found his dream career. And we are happy to have him for the rest of his life. Why? Because Steven is relentless. He’s driven, curious, motivated and thrives on knowing all the details. In short, he’s a workhorse.
Steven’s our go-to guy on the account team. From prepping copy decks and creative briefs to creating social posts and managing social accounts, Steven gets it done before most people have their first morning cup of coffee.
Speaking of coffee, he treats it a lot like oxygen (full time infusions). Also, he’s a genuinely nice person (unless he forgets to eat some breakfast with that coffee, but that’s whole other topic.)
Marketing specialist Jenny Haskins is a self-described “enthusiast of the digital world.” As such, she has written, researched and published her way through web, print and social media, with expertise in brand growth, public relations and communications.
Accurate, creative and persuasive, Jenny is also an “art-nerd” who is also into anime and The Legend of Zelda. Is that all you need to know about Jenny? Not by a long shot.
Jenny — who claims she can’t cook while simultaneously boasting about making a mean bacon, egg-over-easy, cheese, hot sauce, avocado and jalapeño sandwich — loves to snowboard. She spends so much time doing so she’s accomplished enough to “hit highway speeds” while riding her Bataleon.
To recap: A digital expert, creative nerd and breakfast sandwich-maker extraordinaire, we’re glad Jenny’s on our block.
Digital project manager and developer Chris Dias says he’s no Liam Neeson, even though throughout his career he’s acquired “a special set of skills,” ranging from website development and design to digital media buys and campaign optimization. He enjoys taking on projects and handling everything from concept to completion and design to development.
An independent thinker, Chris doesn’t always feel the best way forward is necessarily the path most traveled, and this mode of thinking has translated into his career, where he sees obstacles as challenges to be overcome.
Lest you think All Things Digital take too big a bite of his day, Chris has a baby girl and in his spare time he writes screenplays. He also loves horrors movies, retro gaming, Three’s Company, 80’s music and trying new beers. But wait. There’s more: He’s an artist who used to draw entire comics as a kid. Did we mention he built his own arcade cabinet from scratch to carry some of his childhood nostalgia with him forever?
Chris should consider taking up a few hobbies, don’t you think?
Director, Client Services
As an Account Supervisor at our agency, we count on Katy to work directly with clients in developing and completing projects that catapult their success. That might seem like a daunting task for some, but not for Katy.
You know how when a meeting’s almost over, there’s always one person who asks just one last question? That’s Katy. She’s dogged and fearless in her inquisitiveness. In her words, she does NOT like not knowing all the answers.
Now for the part when we tell you something surprisingly rebellious about someone: Katy knows all the words to “Rapper’s Delight.” Really! She does. (Ask her to regale you.)
Less rebellious but equally intriguing: Katy is persnickety about eating eggs, and she takes any egg protocol breach seriously. “I have a system for eating them. I get REALLY upset if the yolks get broken before I eat the whites, or if other food on the plate mixes with the egg and I can’t completely sop it up with toast in the right order.”
Need we say more?
Marketing Strategy Manager
Perfectly proficient in situational analysis, communications and marketing implementation, and able to identify solutions related to multiple verticals, Mark Anderson is actually not a droid. He’s our 100 percent human Marketing Strategy Manager, with loads of experience in digital and traditional marketing.
But wait. There’s more. Because we’re all about telling our secrets, we’re compelled to share that not only is Mark a Game of Thrones enthusiast and Dungeons and Dragons fan (and player), in high school he was an extra in a straight-to-video Disney movie that was filmed on the Tower of Terror ride in Disney World.
Want to know what movie? Email Mark. He’ll spill the beans. He’s only human, after all.
SEO/SEM Specialist Jess Reilly’s trademark leather jacket screams “Rebel.” But it’s her ability to crunch numbers and visualize data, as well as her creativity and background in visual arts, that enable her to approach marketing rebelliously, through both the eyes of the brand and the consumer.
Jess digs vintage cameras and has an extensive collection, from pinholes to polaroids. She’s also had some considerable success with later model SLRs, and is an award-winning portrait/fashion photographer whose clients include a certain “A-list” former New York Yankees slugger and a certain Material Girl.
Multi-talented, creative, ambitious and cool with big-name celebs? Maybe we should all wear leather jackets.
Media Planner & Marketing Strategist
Her first language wasn’t English — it was Italian — but regardless of dialect, Media Planner and Marketing Strategist Stefania Ciarlegio has always spoken her mind. (A lot.) Prodigiously gifted in the art of speaking, she says that as a child she would barely stop to breathe between nonstop sentences and/or renditions of “Bananas in Pajamas.”
Stefania — who’s worked with brands large and small — is all about using her skills in media and communications to creatively stanch stagnant approaches, and to explore and build new options for bigger results.
When she’s not speaking, she reads, writes, and enjoys pasta. (A lot.)
Social Media & Marketing Strategy Manager
While her official title at Rebel is Social Media and Marketing Strategy Manager, Danielle Consiglio Reiss can hardly be confined to one area of expertise. An experienced marketing whiz who’s worked for Madison Square Garden Company and MGM Resorts International among other enterprises, Danielle thrives in fast-paced, collaborative environments.
And she is driven to succeed. Whether it’s digital marketing or volleyball and basketball (yup, she’s an athlete, too), Danielle understands the importance of teamwork and she recognizes that part of her success in marketing is her desire to keep learning new things.
Danielle and her husband, both enthusiastic UCONN fans, have two cats — Archie and Geno — that are eponymously named for the university’s coaching legends. And when she’s not on the field or court (or herding cats), Danielle enjoys cooking without recipes (having grown up with an “off-the-boat” Italian grandmother who taught her to cook using “little bits of this and that”).
We’re happy she’s on our team and we definitely look forward to not playing against her in volleyball.
Account Director & Marketing Strategist
Carly does not like to color within the lines. As an Account Director/Marketing Strategist, she is an adventurer who eschews the boundaries, of not only color and lines, but of just about everything.
She does, however, strive to be “on the edge of greatness and innovation,” and does so by acting as a sturdy suspension bridge between Rebel and clients, ensuring all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted perfectly, while solving problems, managing communications and driving multiple projects to completion.
Speaking of color and lines, Carly has great fondness for tattoos. And for travel. In fact, she reports on sporting 13 tattoos, one from each of the eight cities and five countries she’s visited. And, she says, she’s “still counting.” Here’s to many more adventures — and tattoos!
Director of Implementation Services
As Rebel’s Director of Implementation Services, Jason does, well, a lot of implementing. His experience is vast and varied, and he’s worked for large corporations and small businesses worldwide. But he says it was Rebel’s culture that lured him from those corporate agency environments.
Jason revels in Rebel’s approach to clients, which he feels begins with their needs and then works backwards from there. He also really enjoys working in a building that black bears visit on a regular basis. Who wouldn’t, right?
When questioned as to the nature of his own rebellious streak, Jason replied: “Is that what that is? They told me it was a birthmark.” Touché, Jason. See? A rebel through and through.
Director, Media Strategy
It’s a strategic move to have a handy person on your team, whether that person’s a hardcore DIY enthusiast or a number-cruncher extraordinaire. And we Rebels have Kevin, who’s as precise with a nail gun as he is with a spreadsheet.
As our Director of Media Strategy, Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in search and analysis. He’s also skilled in web design, development, and social media. And Kevin “loves numbers, and creating huge Excel formulas.” He really does.
Fun fact: Kevin sequentially watched all 201 episodes of The Office nine times without skipping any. Another fun fact: Kevin likes to build things. He recently remodeled his kitchen, and he built his son’s swing set from scratch. He says, “I feel like anything I can watch someone do, I can teach myself to do.”
Handy? Yes. We couldn’t agree more.
As Rebel’s Copy Chief, Julie brings an understanding not only of where apostrophes should and should not be placed, but of the power of the written word. Julie has been writing — from dramatic and informational TV to magazines, newspapers, digital marketing — since the days when people used pens.
Her rebel streak is manifest in her sense of humor. She delights when she can make the crankiest person in the room (we’re not looking at you) smile, or whip off an email that can make you laugh literally out loud (she’s loath to using a certain acronym).
Some surprising things about Julie: she ran the New York City Marathon (once), has won a game show (really), and is an alarmingly good ventriloquist (yikes).
VP, Marketing Strategy
With a 30-year track record of growing revenue and profit, as well as activating brands in energy, financial services, consumer and industrial package goods, Craig understands the nature — and the structure — of business success.
As a vice president of marketing strategy, Craig believes in a holistic teamwork approach. He’s “learned that the answers to complex business challenges lie within the knowledge, intellect and willingness of employees, partners and clients.” In other words, he plays nicely with everyone.
He’s also a muscle car-owner and enthusiast, an “active percussionist” (we don’t know what that means, either), avid jogger (five days per week), and serious Cape Cod beach-goer (no further information available…)
Lead developer Michael W. Delaney is passionate about building digital marketing projects which, according to him, “just work” for the user and for the administrator of the product. And he makes it look easy.
Speaking of passion and of making very hard things look very easy: Michael used to be a professional swing dancer and instructor. And if you’re unfamiliar with the tone, style — and speed — of swing dancing, make sure you take a look/listen.
Michael can do all sorts of super hard things, except, he says, one: “That moment when I’m trying to be serious with my son and he pulls ‘a face.’” Not everything is as easy as it looks.
Vice President of Technical Strategy
When it comes to digital storytelling, there is nobody that does it better than Bryan. For the past 20 years, he has been honing his trend-forecasting skills, combining them with his wizard-like talent for technology and in-depth grasp on anything related to digital marketing. As Rebel Interactive Group’s Vice President of Technical Strategy, he is a technical force to be reckoned with.
As far as technology is concerned, if it involves high-tech words or an acronym (SAP integration, anyone?), chances are Bryan has experience with it. From international automotive companies to national finance brands, there are few industries Bryan hasn’t conquered.
Bryan effortlessly takes a company’s vision and transforms it into their reality—a reality so much better than the client even imagined. His renowned action plans are completely customizable, leaving nothing up for debate. A technical titan, Bryan is like Rebel’s own in-house Silicon Valley.
“Soisson: from a variant of medieval French — soçon, sosson; ‘companion,’ ‘partner,’ ‘workmate.’”
We don’t know why the dictionary doesn’t include the words, “Unstoppable force,” because that’s how we define Pam. She has in integral role in just about every major (and minor) move we make at Rebel Interactive Group, and she does so insightfully and with precision.
As our Vice President of Marketing Strategy, Pam surgically crunches monumental amounts of data. Then, with enthusiasm and keen insight, she always generates jaw-dropping ideas and marketing strategies. And she does all this with super-human speed and unflinching generosity.
Pam makes it all look so easy, and she makes our jobs a little easier as well.
Whenever we have a question, big or small, major or minor (smart or… There’s no such thing as “not-so-smart” question), Pam’s the first person we ask. We only hope she doesn’t answer in French.
It’s tough to top a career pinnacle that begins with delivering balloons while dressed as a gorilla. Yet somehow Joel Kalinowski has persevered.
As our Marketing Strategist, Joel manages to find solutions to complex problems, and artfully combines the emotional impact of creative endeavors with actionable, analytical insights to successfully execute myriad campaigns.
Relentless and strategic, he acts on the philosophy that success is built from solid plans and tons of (smart) hard work.
And he seems to have time for tons of hard work, because he is a self-proclaimed “pop culture wasteland” who hasn’t followed any TV shows since he was in college. Ironically, he also feels he might one day embark on an acting career. (In so doing, we sure hope he deploys that gorilla suit.)
Creative Designer & Developer
What’s in a name? If your name is “Swav,” then a lot. Because Swav Cembrynski is as cool as his name implies, and he’s smart and accomplished as well.
And here are a few things you’d never guess upon meeting him: Swav moved to the United States from Poland when he was 14 and learned English from watching the Cartoon Network (he cops to taking a few English lessons as well). He also produces his own music and has written copious easy listening and dance/trance tracks. Can Swav be any more suave? We don’t think so.
As a creative designer and web developer, Swav’s a highly creative and multi-talented individual with extensive experience in digital, print, and web design as well as front-end development.
Swav rebels on a daily basis, which might sound a little alarming, but it’s a creative “win” for us. He says he often does stuff that he’s not necessarily asked to do, just to see what happens. We’re not talking about running with scissors or anything but we are referring to his relentless curiosity, regardless of the outcome. It all leads to all his creative output, which makes him that much more, well, Swav.
What’s the difference between a Star Wars enthusiast and a Star Wars enthusiast? For starters, according to SEO specialist Mike Walker: “A full back tattoo of the Battle of Hoth with AT-ATs, snow speeders and a tow cable.” Yes. He has one of those. And if you have any idea what any of those words mean, then you’ll understand he’s serious about the Star Wars canon.
He takes marketing seriously, too. Experienced in many aspects of digital marketing, including SEO, conversion optimization, local listings management, reputation management and lead generation, Mike also has industry experience, from B2B and B2C to enterprise and small business, including eCommerce, tech, fashion and non-profit sectors.
He also enjoys the company of his two cats, Strax and Obi, as well as reading historical fiction and watching professional wrestling. Mostly, the Force is strong with this one, and we’re glad he’s on the side of the Rebels (forgive the Star Wars geek-out).
Graphic Designer & Digital Production Manager
She likes to tinker with her old Jeep Wrangler. She rows on the Women’s Masters Racing Team. She’s a baker and cookie/cake decorator (with ample homemade cookie dough at the ready in her freezer).
No, she’s not a make-believe superhero. She’s Wendy, our graphic designer and production manager, and we’re keeping her.
With more than 20 years of experience in design, production, marketing, and creative thinking spanning all areas of the digital marketing space, Wendy knows and does it all. Her background in print and web development and design give her acuity about the importance of usability and overall user experience.
Wendy is “annoyingly proud” of her two children. She also has two Westies and a husband who always makes her laugh. Wendy clearly provides Rebel an unfair advantage, which we’re always happy to deploy.
Sr. Application Developer
Account Executive Neil Frutuoso has many attributes, from his experience in building and maintaining client relationships to his highly analytical and logical approach to problem-solving, as well as his outstanding marketing and strategy skills.
That is, of course, when he’s not tripping the light fantastic. A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Neil loves to travel wherever and whenever he can and, he says he actually enjoys flying. Inside a plane, that is. His exuberance for the troposphere doesn’t extend to skydiving, at which he vigorously draws a line.
Neil also enjoys hiking with his wife (and his dog), as well as jet skiing (no dog) and fishing (TBD). He also considers himself a fast learner, having ridden a bike without training wheels at the age of three. Speaking of childhood, Neil eschews the typical morning coffee and instead opts for a cup of hot chocolate. Here’s to adrenaline in whatever form it takes!
Senior Marketing Strategy Manager
Erika says she cannot take “no” for an answer. As Rebel’s Senior Marketing Strategy Manager, this “inability” is a great asset for us.
Determined, disciplined, and dogged, she finds solutions “no matter what it takes.”(That’s a verbatim quote.) Erika also confesses to secretly critiquing every ad she sees wherever she sees it, and considering how to improve it.
Her guilty pleasure, we’re happy to reveal, is watching “Survivor.” Not only has she never missed an episode of its 15-year/31-season run, she’s actually considered competing on the show as a contestant. What stopped her? It was neither the grueling competition nor the punishing physical conditions, but rather the possibility of maybe having to eat a bowl of live worms for a meal.
With two young girls at home and spare time at a minimum, Erika enjoys spending some of it creating and baking homemade cakes in various themes, from tacos to Tiffany boxes. Guess what themed cake she probably won’t bake?