Our Story

Our Story

BrandVerge founders, Lynn and Mollie, met on the first day of college and ended up working on opposite sides of the media industry after graduation. Lynn handled media planning and buying at an NYC-based agency, while Mollie worked in advertising sales at prominent NYC-based publishers. Their friendship progressed alongside their professional development and they found themselves brainstorming ways in which they could simplify their jobs - and make an impact on the larger advertising industry.

They finally had an ah-ha moment over brunch, while complaining about the RFP process. Lynn was sick of wading through mountains of materials that lead to hours of back-and-forth negotiation with publishers. Mollie was sick of guessing what buyers wanted and scrambling to send thoughtful proposals within the 48-hour timeframe allotted. This is how BrandVerge was founded.

Custom advertising campaigns are extremely valuable to brands, lucrative for publishers, and a great experience for consumers...but are too complex to plan and activate at scale. BrandVerge solves this problem by unlocking the benefits of bespoke advertising programs alongside the comfort of ease and expertise. Our complementary experience and knowledge of the friction on both sides of the industry provides the perspective needed to build a company that makes your day-to-day easier, and your marketing campaigns more effective.

Our story

Why Us?

We are a tech-enabled agency with the only proprietary platform of on-demand placement options, giving us the expertise and scale to plan and buy your media 60% more efficiently than our competitors.

We have a hands-on solution that combines proprietary technology and 20+ years of experience in media buying to accomplish your marketing goals and get your campaigns in the market quickly.

We act as an extension of your team, planning your media transparently to increase negotiation power in the market and create continuity across all your marketing channels.

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BrandVerge has been recognized as one of Gartner's elusive "Cool Vendors," and received accolades from top tier press across the marketing & advertising industry.

Leadership Team

Mollie Kehoe
Mollie Kehoe

Co-Founder

Mollie has been in ad sales so long, she will literally sell you the shirt you are wearing.

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Lynn Browne
Lynn Browne

Co-Founder

Lynn had been an agency and client-side media buyer forever.

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Certifications
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Advisory Board

Michael Provenzano
Michael Provenzano

CEO & Co-Founder,
Vistar Media

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Anthony Iacovone
Anthony Iacovone

Cofounder and Director
at BioSymetrics Inc.

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Caitlin Engler
Caitlin Engler

SVP, N.A. Client Partnerships of VICE Media

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Carl Fremont
Carl Fremont

CEO of Quigley-Simpson

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Courtney Spritzer
Courtney Spritzer

Co-CEO of Socialfly, Co-Host of The Entreprenista Podcast

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Michael Kassan
Michael Kassan

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of MediaLink

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Mike Dupree
Mike Dupree

Senior Manager, Client Solutions @Twitter

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Samir Chokshi
Samir Chokshi

Early Stage Advisor
and Investor

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Scott Kurnit
Scott Kurnit

Founder of About.com

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Scott Schiller
Scott Schiller

Global Chief Commercial Officer at Engine Group

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Stephanie Cartin
Stephanie Cartin

Co-CEO of Socialfly, Co-Host of The Entreprenista Podcast

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Suzie Cohen
Suzie Cohen

Vice President, Client Partnerships, Travel at Buzzfeed

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Career

At BrandVerge, we believe great ideas stem from working together. As a team, we collaborate to constantly brainstorm new ways to streamline premium media solutions! Are you interested in joining our team?

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Our Culture

The BrandVerge team has a “leadership + lean” structure, which means that clients will work directly with key decision makers that have media expertise. We pride ourselves on partnership and transparency, and our mission is to become a trusted extension of your team.

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Here’s What Customers Say About Us

Ryan Montañez, Marketing Director at Skip Hop

What I really loved about working with BrandVerge was how they were so responsive to our feedback and so transparent during the process. They made it easy to work with several influencers at a time and future campaigns. Really great to find a team that creates successful campaigns while being great to work with.

SCOTT SCHILLER

GLOBAL CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER AT ENGINE GROUP

Scott Schiller is a consummate media executive known for growing businesses and developing people. He brings a wealth of experience on the critical aspects of communication success at the intersection of content, context, and data. Schiller is Global Chief Commercial Officer at Engine Group, charged with driving worldwide revenue growth for ENGINE, a creative and media-marketing services company.
At NBCUniversal, he built and led a $500 million internet media advertising business that resulted from refining 16 separate sales/marketing organizations brought together with the acquisition of NBCUniversal by Comcast eight years ago.
Prior, Schiller spent the majority of his career in marketing, sales management, and media roles with increasing responsibility at a wide variety of entrepreneurial and Fortune 50 companies.
Schiller was a co-founder and long-time board member and former chairman of The Interactive Advertising Bureau (www.IAB.com) as part of a small group of industry leaders who imagined the future business opportunity for digital media. He created the Digital Media Sales Certification program with over 15,000 participants to-date.
Schiller is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, an advisor to Cornell’s Department of Communication, and serves on the Board of Directors/chair of the Governance Committee of Make-A-Wish/Metro New York. He earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University and has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University.

SUZIE COHEN

VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS, TRAVEL & SERVICES AT BUZZFEED

Suzie graduated from UPenn in 2004 and began her career at Goldman Sachs & Co. After four years on Wall Street, she transitioned into media sales at a handful of start ups before joining BuzzFeed in 2015.

STEPHANIE CARTIN

CO-CEO OF SOCIALFLY, CO-HOST OF THE ENTREPRENISTA PODCAST

An entrepreneur from a young age, Stephanie Cartin walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Within eight years, Socialfly has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies for two years in a row and has worked with over 200 brands including the Girl Scouts, WE tv, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the Co-Author of "Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business,” and the Co-Host of the Entreprenista Podcast. She has appeared and been featured on Bloomberg, Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, Refinery29, and CheddarTV. Stephanie is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year. To connect with Stephanie you can follow her on Instagram or reach out on LinkedIn!

SCOTT KURNIT

FOUNDER, ABOUT.COM

Scott Kurnit founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. About invented or popularized important Internet staples such as blogging, content SEO and contextual pay-per-click advertising. He sold About US to Primedia for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and IAC.

SAMIR CHOKSHI

EARLY STAGE ADVISOR AND INVESTOR

Samir Chokshi is an experienced investor at prominent hedge funds and family office with background as corporate lawyer and investment banker. He advises BrandVerge on general strategic, financial and investor-related matters.

COURTNEY SPRITZER

CO-CEO OF SOCIALFLY, CO-HOST OF THE ENTREPRENISTA PODCAST

As Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Socialfly, Courtney oversees all operations, strategy, and finance. Socialfly is a leading social-first digital and influencer agency. Since 2011, Courtney has developed strategic social media plans for her clients and successfully implemented campaigns for 200+ clients, including John Varvatos, NEST Fragrances, We TV, Conair, Girl Scouts, and Modell's. Courtney is the Co-Author of "Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide To Using Social Media To Grow Your Business," has appeared on Bloomberg, http://entrepreneur.com, and CheddarTV, and is a Co-Host of The Entreprenista Podcast. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Business Studies from New York University. Courtney is the recipient of the Smart CEO Brava Award and Drum's 50 under 30 in Digital Marketing.

MIKE DUPREE

SENIOR MANAGER, CLIENT SOLUTIONS @TWITTER

Mike is a marketing & advertising executive with experience across digital & traditional media channels. Based in New York City, Mike currently oversees Twitter’s East Coast Media & Entertainment solutions – serving partners across TV, Film, Sports, Music & Publishing. Prior to Twitter, Mike was at Sporting News as Director of Eastern Advertising Sales. Mike is a California native, graduating from the University of San Diego. He currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and two children. His passions include playing golf, drinking wine & eating tacos – in any order. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dupree!

MICHAEL KASSAN

FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN, & CEO OF MEDIALINK

Michael E. Kassan is the founder, Chairman and CEO of MediaLink, a leading strategic advisory firm. Described as the “ultimate power broker,” he is a trusted advisor to Fortune 100 chief marketing officers, media moguls, Hollywood visionaries, technology pioneers, advertising holding company heads and Wall Street investors. They seek his insights and instruction for solving their most complex business challenges. Kassan and his global team of more than 165 specialists provide counsel for navigating the age of digital disruption in areas including: marketplace development, talent and organization, brand transformations, data and technology, agency optimization and investor strategies.
Kassan is known for his uncanny ability to see – and seize – opportunities across complementary industries and is often called upon as a keynote speaker and media commentator on the most pressing and provocative topics impacting the future of marketing. He has also been instrumental in redefining major tentpole events like CES, Cannes Lions, and Mobile World Congress for the greater marketing landscape.
Prior to founding MediaLink in 2003, Kassan was President/COO and Vice-Chairman of Initiative Media Worldwide, growing billings from $1.5 billion to over $10 billion. Before that, he was President and COO of International Video Entertainment (Artisan Entertainment). In 2019, Kassan was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Fame, which is considered the highest honor in advertising. He has been named one of the top media executives in America by Ad Age and in 2018 was honored on Adweek’s “Power 100” list and on Variety’s index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global entertainment industry. Michael has also been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Silicon Beach 25” list of the most powerful digital players in L.A.
In addition, Kassan has served on the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy and the Cultural Affairs Commission – City of Los Angeles and has been Chairman of the State Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry. Kassan is also a strong supporter of community and not-for-profit programs; he currently serves as Chair of the UJA-New York Marketing Communications Committee and is a Board member of the American Advertising Federation, the Ad Council and the Paley Center for Media.

CARL FREMONT

CEO, QUIGLEY-SIMPSON

With over 38 years in Marketing, Carl is a passionate leader and visionary in the industry, as well as a frequent speaker and consultant on the transformations occurring in digital and technology. He was responsible for the creation of a business alliance between two WPP powerhouses, Wavemaker (Media) and Wunderman (Digital, Data, CRM). The Alliance was developed for brands to achieve an orchestrated and integrated consumer-centric approach to communications, centered around the consumer journey, from creating brand desire and demand to long-term profitable consumer relationships. As Global Chief Digital Officer – MEC, he collaborated with clients on the transformation to more digitally-centric marketing strategies that accelerated the expansion to a more dynamic and responsive brand-consumer relationship for Marriott, Chevron, Campbells, AT&T and Vodaphone. Carl has extensive marketing and media experience in a multitude of brand categories in leadership roles at WPP and Digitas/Publicis including automotive, car rental, financial services, consumer package goods, retail, technology, eCommerce, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and travel. Carl has extended his leadership to help non-profit and early stage companies accelerate their digital practices through Advisory Board roles; notably breastcancer.org, KERV, Bionic and BrandVerge. Carl has been awarded lifetime member status of She Runs It (formerly Advertising Women of New York) a marketing industry association, for his mentorship and advocacy for the development and advancement of women in marketing. Carl also is the Chairperson Emeritus of the Ad Club of New York where under Carl’s leadership, Club launched its Women’s Fellowship program and diversity initiatives.

CAITLIN ENGLER

SVP, N.A. CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS, VICE MEDIA

Caitlin leads North America Client Partnerships at Vice Media Group. She’s been a foundational part of building Refinery29’s client relationships and commercial growth for the past 7 years. Her expertise is focused largely on retail, fashion, beauty, finance and auto. Caitlin was also the lead behind Refinery29’s award winning initiative, The 67% Project, which is an on-going cross-platform initiative created to confront the reality that plus size women in America are consistently underrepresented in media and retail.

ANTHONY IACOVONE

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR AT BIOSYMETRICS INC

Anthony Iacovone has long been a leading visionary in the area of mobile marketing and advertising technology. He conceptualized the Augme Mobile strategy in the early days pre-smart phones, and later became co-founder and CEO of AdTheorent Inc. More recently, Anthony spun off Barometric, an advertising identity graph and audience insights company, recently acquired by the Claritas Corporation.

MICHAEL PROVENZANO

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, VISTAR MEDIA

Michael Provenzano is the CEO & Co-Founder of Vistar Media, the world’s leading end-to-end programmatic ecosystem for digital out-of-home. Prior to Vistar, Michael was a co-founder of Invite Media, the first universal demand side platform for online display advertising, which was purchased by Google in 2010. Michael holds a BSE in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mollie Kehoe

CO-FOUNDER

Mollie has been in ad sales so long, she will literally sell you the shirt you are wearing. She has also been in ad sales long enough to know there is a better way to get things done. That is why BrandVerge is such an empowering tool for digital media companies.
FUN FACT: Mollie was a member of a National Champion cheerleading squad in high school...Go Red Raiders!

Lynn Browne

CO-FOUNDER

Lynn had been an agency and client-side media buyer forever. Her frusturation with the old way of doing things is why BrandVerge is the perfect solution for modern media buyers.
FUN FACT: She is a proud Penn State Football season ticket holder...Go Nittany Lions!

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