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.
PR & Media Specialist
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.
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.)
Innovation and Creativity Manager
“Sometimes, a little lunchtime humility keeps us grounded in reality.” Let’s face it: who hasn’t dripped something on their shirt during a business luncheon? Eddie Hollenbeck’s gastronomical shrewdness is typical of his broader wisdom.
As Rebel’s Innovation and Creativity Manager, Eddie is, in his words, a “creative warrior.” He’s a designer, strategist and UX architect who doesn’t believe in typical resolutions; he believes in ideation, innovation, and real solutions. He also has experience working with Fortune 100 companies and global brands, and he’s served as creative lead in myriad marketing venues.
Eddie is also nothing but a hound dog, having won two consecutive Elvis impersonation contests in high school. We know. We want to go to that party, too.
A roller derby enthusiast whose skater handle is “Angry Monk,” Eddie embodies the spirit of a rebel. And he’s smart enough to travel with an extra shirt.
Vice President, Business Development & Innovation
If Steve had a theme song, its lyrics would be, “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.” (On a separate note, shouldn’t we all have a theme song?) As one of Rebel’s account directors, Steve is a key utility player.
Steve’s strategic thinking — he always wants to know “why” and “how”– gives clients a measurable lead over the competition. And his in-depth marketing history, impressive certifications, and creative vision allow him to effortlessly combine innovative strategies for winning results.
A lifetime baseball player (a pitcher in college and a relentless league player and coach ever since), Steve is steely and unflappable on the mound, whether he’s pitching a baseball — or a new client.
He’s also a slugger who hits his work out of the park. Needless to say, Steve is one of our MVPs.
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.
She’s fearless. (Skydiving, anyone?). She’s spontaneous. (Trip to Spain, anyone?) And her favorite holiday is Halloween. (Costume party, anyone?)
She’s also Katie Lenihan, an Account Executive at Rebel Interactive Group. With experience at Ogilvy and Epsilon, Katie knows how to effectively manage and direct teams and clients (big and small), as well as oversee, organize and drive myriad marketing projects from inception through execution.
A self-proclaimed optimist, Katie excels in a “work hard and play hard” environment (she fits in well at Rebel). Speaking of “fearless,” her favorite food is a hot dog. (Dinner, anyone?)
VP, Account Director
His background speaks to diverse business skills in fast-paced work environments. And Account Executive Zack Hummel definitely has chops, from fluency in social media to prowess in public relations. In fact he helps stack the Rebel deck in terms of innovation and creative thinking.
When he worked at ESPN as a statistical analyst, Zack helped power and supply real-time box scores and play-by-play analysis, ensuring accuracy of statistical game coverage to myriad digital media, internet, and television platforms.
Beyond the games and behind the scenes, Zack pays fervent attention to the subliminal “tells” of human interaction. He is a student of the images, sounds, and emotional connections that create responses in people. That’s right: this marketer studies what people don’t even know they want to see, hear, and buy.
He’s definitely an asset to our marketing arsenal. We just wish he’d stop studying us all the time…
Manager Marketing Strategy and Research
“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.)
What do you get when you mix a jock and a nerd? Technically, you get a jerd or a nork. But if you’ve got anything to do with Rebel, you get a David Guildner.
As Rebel’s Lead Developer, David creates a variety of custom websites and applications for clients, and he brings unity and flow to development platforms. As he says, “Keeping client sites and applications up-to-date is a simultaneous touchdown, homerun and three-pointer.” (We know. That’s why we make him do it.) David also ensures all his (billions of) tasks are created and managed in an organized and timely manner.
You might ask where the jerd/nork component comes into play. David is a serious sportster who is no stranger to the games of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. And that’s as a player as well as a fan. Speaking of fandom, he’s a self-proclaimed diehard Red Sox devotee who keeps an “open mind” toward The Yankees. He’s also a SciFi enthusiast who consumes related material — from comic books to movies — like a veritable zombie vampire.
From creating web applications to tracking zombies, David’s jerd/nork game is strong.
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.)
CEO and Owner
Although not technically alliterative, the words “Bryn Tindall” have a ring to them. And that’s not surprising, considering Bryn Tindall has a strong knack for recognizing things that have a ring to them. The founder and CEO of Rebel Interactive Group, Bryn’s a rule-breaker who literally put the Rebel in his professional rebellion.
With an imposing list of startups on his resume and an impressive history of clients (Mercedes-Benz and Citigroup, to name a few), Bryn embodies entrepreneurial spirit and is the very definition of a maverick.
Bryn got started in digital marketing at Modem Media — referred to by some as the “Grandfather of the Digital World.” He then created the award-winning website, homes.com for Homes and Land Publishing.
In 1998 Bryn founded Horizon Marketing Group and spent 15 years growing the business while simultaneously creating almost a dozen additional entities, paving the way for some of marketing’s biggest names.
Most people need just a few things to survive; oxygen, water and food among them. But Bryn is also fueled by the need to re-examine the proverbial wheel. He has a spidey-sense understanding of and reaction to changes in the industry, and he won’t settle for status quo.
Bryn never stops wanting to learn but he will always be able to teach all us Rebels a thing or two about marketing.
SEO & SEM Specialist
Our SEO/SEM specialist, Marsha, boldly makes the following statement: “I don’t fit into ‘normal’ and I’m ok with that.” And that’s why we — a collection of “not normals” — love her. Because Marsha fits into Rebel.
A math and number geek who always looks at and analyzes data in search of “holes,” as she puts it, Marsha enjoys shredding information to find opportunities. It’s her breaking-apart (or smashing-apart?) process that allows her to see things that aren’t typically seen.
Marsha also has a generous heart (she has a teaching degree in special education), a love of cars, and a particular ability to handle, metaphorically speaking, multiple spinning plates while under pressure.
And, because we take great pleasure in sharing Rebel’s secrets, we feel obliged to reveal that Marsha has an inordinate fear of worms, from those of the live, slimy variety to the candied, gummy ones. But don’t tell anyone.
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.
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.
Social Media Strategist
Director of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel
We Rebels are spirited and intrepid by nature, but we rely on one person in particular to ensure we go about our daily work without too many bumps and bruises (and specific legal questions that we need to answer). Jen is our self-proclaimed “adventurer with grounding.” And as our Director of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel, she’s our own personal force to be reckoned with.
Jen is a skilled and experienced lawyer who has worked with clients in a variety of industries, and she’s supremely able to apply her judicial juju to the realm of marketing.
An eager river-rafter and deliberate cliff-jumper (yes, you read that correctly), Jen also enjoys “getting lost on purpose,” preferring to explore her world exuberantly — but thoughtfully. She enjoys decorating as her creative outlet, loves music, and admits to having been a marching band nerd in high school (wearing a full-on wool kilt while playing clarinet).
And, because we think it’s pretty cool, we’d like to note that Jen once single handedly fended off a mugger one summer evening in 1991. Jen’s our kind of nerd, kilt notwithstanding.
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?
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!
Account Supervisor & Marketing Strategist
Every digital agency needs an Account Supervisor/Strategist who’s always thinking about new business, technology, and product ideas. But Emily Amanti raises the game to another level by “helping clients solve business problems through creative avenues, tracking and measuring performance, and proactively providing recommendations.” And that’s before she’s even had a cup of coffee.
Emily’s had years of experience working in B2B, B2C, E-commerce and lead generation. Her specialties include performance-driven marketing and omnichannel campaign planning.
What don’t you know about Emily? We, of course, are delighted to share a few interesting tidbits:
- She grew up in Maine, digging clams, canoeing, sailing, camping, and hiking.
- She lived on the beach in San Diego for 10 years and loves dancing, concerts, and outdoor festivals.
- Her two little boys and grownup husband keep her on her toes.
- She hates when hangers get caught and tangled together.
Emily is clearly a force to be reckoned (and danced) with. We just keep her away from any menacing, tangled hangers.