Under 40 and Overly Ambitious

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Under 40 and Overly Ambitious
Under 40 and Overly Ambitious

The emails start like this:

“It's my honor to nominate…”
“There's no one…more deserving of this recognition.”
“He is a young and amazing leader and overall industry talent, well beyond his years.”
“A bold leader who's driven outstanding results…”
“He's an incredible marketer.”
“An amazing leader who makes an impact every day…”
“She's a model candidate for 40 Under 40…a fantastic, up-and-coming, inspirational marketer; an inspiration to us all here every day.” 

Attached to those nearly 200 emails were nomination forms for the Direct Marketing News 2014 40 Under 40 Awards. The achievements cited within them were abundant. So much so, that there were several rounds of tie-breaking judging. After we tallied the final scores, 40 accomplished marketers had risen above a galère of amazing talent.

So, who exactly are the Direct Marketing News 2014 40 Under 40 Award winners?

They're a group of young, standout marketers whose work has already left an indelible mark on their organizations, clients, and the industry as a whole. They've launched and led initiatives that have helped to significantly grow their companies; devised creative and strategic plans that have made a major impact on their clients' businesses; and influenced the industry in numerous ways—from reinventing marketing strategy, to advancing measurement, to hatching new technologies, and much more.

Their inspirational work is helping others in marketing to go beyond simply conquering the challenges of ever-increasing customer expectations, integrating digital and traditional marketing, using cross-channel data to inform marketing decisions, and building loyalty at a time when customers churn at the click of a mouse. Instead, their handiwork is helping their organizations and clients create a sustainable competitive advantage in a time of rapid change and uncertainty. Their stories are ones of determination, creativity, and adaptability.

It's an honor to showcase the accomplishments of such an exceptional group of young marketers.

Direct Marketing News is hosting an awards ceremony to honor the 2014 40 Under 40 winners on Tuesday, September 30 at the Dream Downtown hotel in New York. Join us to meet these luminaries in person and hear more about their accomplishments. (Full profiles of the winners will run in the November issue of Direct Marketing News and online.) In the meantime…

The Direct Marketing News 2014 40 Under 40 winners are:

Greg Alvo, CEO & Founder, OrderGroove
Jenne Barbour, Solutions Strategist, Markerting Applications, Teradata
Jared Belsky, President, 360i
Josh Blacksmith, VP/Management Director, FCB Chicago
Ryan Bonifacino, VP, Digital Strategy, Alex and Ani
Bryan Brown, VP, Product Strategy, Silverpop, an IBM Company
Cari Bucci, EVP/General Manager, MARC USA Chicago
Melissa Burdon, Director of Marketing Optimization, Extra Space Storage
Michael D'Adamo, CEO, T.O.P. Marketing Group Inc.
Zak Garner, VP, New Media, DWA Inc.
Darr Gerscovich, VP of Marketing, Ensighten
Lee Goldstein, President, DiMassimo Goldstein
Jeannie Green, VP, Fundraising and Nonprofit, Epsilon
Matt Greitzer, Cofounder & COO, AccordantMedia
Uwe Gutschow, VP, Digital and Engagement Strategy Director, INNOCEAN USA
Amy Hoopes, CMO & EVP, Global Sales, Wente Family Estates
Kristen Kaefer, Senior Director, Digital Marketing, NetApp Inc.
Nataly Kelly, VP, Marketing, Smartling Inc.
Michelle Killebrew, Program Director, Strategy & Solutions—Social Business, IBM
James Kugler, Director, Global Digital Marketing, Sigma-Aldrich
Kim Land, Marketing Director, Herald-Journal
Amanda Levy, SVP, Managing Director, Critical Mass
Sean Lyons, Global Chief Digital Officer, Havas Worldwide
Josh Martin, EVP, ZenithOptimedia Direct
Matt Mierzejewski, EVP of Client Service & Delivery, RKG
Sally Mundell, Senior Director, Direct to Consumer Marketing and CRM, Spanx
Iryna Newman, Head of Mobile Growth, OpenTable
Amber Olson Rourke, Cofounder and CMO, Nerium International
Carina Pologruto, GM, EVP Client Services, Marketsmith Inc.
Dwayne Raupp, Executive Creative Director, Organic Inc.
Kane Russell, VP of Marketing, Waterfall
Adriel Sanchez, VP, Demand Generation, SAP
Mike Santoro, President/Principal, Walker Sands Communications
Leerom Segal, Cofounder and CEO, Klick Health
Ron Selvey, VP of Marketing, WebDAM, a Shutterstock Company
Erik Severinghaus, Founder & CEO, SimpleRelevance
Julia Smith, VP of Technology, Epsilon
Lauren Tetuan, EVP, Director of Digital Media, Deutsch LA
Mitch Wainer, CMO, DigitalOcean
Jacqueline Yu, Senior eCRM Manager, LG Electronics USA

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