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KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz's picture
Sustainable Brands

Koann is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and... +

Thomas Miner's picture
Director of Operations
Sustainable Brands

An operations professional dedicated to developing competitive advantage through sustainable business strategies, Thomas’ specialties lie in driving operational efficiencies and project management. His experience ranges through a variety of industries including agriculture, renewable energies... +

Marie Perriard's picture
Director, Global Brand & Corporate Communications
Sustainable Brands

Marie is a marketing and brand strategist dedicated to fresh insights, authentic messaging and measureable results in sustainability. Her professional experience spans over 15 years working in the advertising, marketing and design industry in both Chicago and San Francisco, including several... +

Jessica Joy Martinez's picture
Producer, Events
Sustainable Brands

Jessica is the Producer of Events here at Sustainable Brands and focuses on the execution and planning of our North American and European conferences.

She also works extensively with our speakers and event volunteers, guiding and prepping them to ensure our conferences always exceed the... +

Patrick McCartan's picture
Director Corporate Member Development
Sustainable Brands

Born and raised in Ireland, Patrick joined Sustainable Life Media in January 2012. Patrick is the Director of the Sustainable Brands Corporate Membership Development.

Mike Hower's picture
Principal, ClimaTalk Communications
Senior Writer, Sustainable Brands

Mike Hower is senior writer at Sustainable Brands, and principal of ClimaTalk Communications, a media content production and communications strategy firm aimed at informing, inspiring, and empowering sustainable business.

Bart King's picture
Principal, New Growth Communications
Associate Editor, Sponsored Content, Sustainable Brands

Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also Associate Editor of Sponsored Content for Sustainable Brands. Follow him... +

Jennifer Elks's picture
Managing Editor
Sustainable Brands

Jennifer Elks is Managing Editor at Sustainable Brands. She is a writer, editor and foodie who is passionate about improving food systems, closing loops and creating more livable cities. She loves cooking, wine, cooking with wine, correcting spelling errors in the media, and shows about people... +

Bo's picture
Senior Marketing Manager
Sustainable Brands

Bo has extensive and successful experiences in IT solution and software development companies from her previous positions in system analyst, system engineer and project executive. After earned an MBA from Thammasat University in Thailand, she ... +

Dimitar Vlahov's picture
Director of Content Development
Sustainable Brands

Dimitar is the Director of Content Development at Sustainable Brands. He joined the team after earning a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering – focused on sustainable business – from Stanford University. Before Stanford, Dimitar worked in international development at the... +

Valerie Miller's picture
Sr. Manager - Corporate Administration, HR & Advisory Board Liaison
Sustainable Brands

Valerie is the Head of HR, Corporate Administration and acts as liaison for the Global Advisory Board. She believes in the power of listening, simplicity in design and execution, and bringing her passion for community, sustainability, and resiliency into each and every part of her position.... +

Riley Scherer's picture
Sponsorship & Expo Manager
Sustainable Brands

Riley is the Sponsorship & Expo Manager at Sustainable Brands.  As a UC Santa Cruz grad with a degree in Global Economics, and studying in Shanghai, China and Washington, DC, she is very excited to be learning about how sustainability plays a role in the international political... +

Jonathan Reese's picture
Director of Business Development
Sustainable Brands

Jonathan has over 15 years experience in sustainable business leadership, most recently in sustainability-related events management and consulting. He brings to SB a strong desire to match our company offerings with businesses that will benefit from them, while aiding in the creation of new... +

Melissa Pendergraft's picture
Web/Graphic Designer Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Melissa is the Web/Graphic Design Coordinator for Sustainable Brands. In this role, Melissa works closely with the Marketing Department to execute marketing collateral including graphics for events. After graduating San Francisco State University with a BA in Industrial Arts, Melissa began to... +

Emily Taken-Vertz's picture
Manager of Business Development and Marketing
Sustainable Brands
While having devoutly studied the corporate brand giants of past lore, Emily is particularly inspired by the opportunities the current landscape presents. Starting out in the music industry managing various friends' bands while living in South America, Emily went on to work in marketing and artist... +
Zach Weismann's picture
International Business Development, Manager
Sustainable Brands

Zach lead's SB's International Business Development & Partnerships and is excited to help lead the way towards a sustainable future. He has helped grow SB's global presence, now with 8 international conferences... +

Tamay Kiper's picture
Content Development Manager
Sustainable Brands

Tamay joined the team as Content Development Manager and she is excited to be part of the global impact Sustainable Brands is making. She is a risk and strategy professional with international experience in sustainability strategy and corporate citizenship in various industries.... +

Lauren Smith's picture
Community Engagement Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Lauren is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Sustainable Brands. With a passion for sustainability and experience in social media and marketing, Lauren is thrilled to find herself combining her interests and skills in her efforts to significantly support the growth and reach of Sustainable... +

Danielle Rubio's picture
Member Engagement Associate
Sustainable Brands

Danielle is a recent graduate of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Before coming to Sustainable Brands, she worked with social enterprises both domestically and globally that used business as a means for social change. With a strong background... +

Hannah Furlong's picture
Editorial Assistant
Sustainable Brands

Hannah Furlong is an Editorial Assistant at Sustainable Brands, based in Canada. She recently completed her Bachelor's in Environment and Business Co-op from the University of Waterloo. Hannah has been actively working on startups for three years, and is interested in social innovation, economic... +

David Fiss's picture
Executive Producer - Live Events
Sustainable Brands

A long time friend and admirer of Sustainable Brands, David Fiss formally joined the team as the Associate Producer for Live Events in the summer of 2015.  David brings years of cause related event and meeting producing to his role with Sustainable Brands.

David is a graduate of... +

Christine Kehner's picture
Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Sustainable Brands

Christine joined Sustainable Brands in 2015 as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant. With a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New York University, she has strong interests in sustainable business practices. Favorite reading topics include sustainable agriculture and the global coffee... +

Nassy Avramidis's picture
Content Development Manager
Sustainable Brands

Nassy is Content Development Manager at Sustainable Brands. Prior to joining the team, she worked as CSR Manager for Sustain Natural, and before that was a Communications Specialist (Writer) for the Institute for Sustainable... +