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Visionary of the Year: 2017-18
President & CEO; 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
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Chris McCann, President and Chief Executive Officer, of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is responsible for the company’s operations across all of its brands and businesses. He oversees the company’s strategic, operational and organizational processes, including the development, implementation and execution of annual and longer-term strategic, operating and budget plans.
When Chris’ brother, Jim, bought his first flower shop, Chris, who was still attending school, would come in on weekends to learn about the business and help out in any way that he could. Since joining 1-800-FLOWERS.COM in 1984, Chris has played a pivotal role in helping the company build a reputation as one of the leading ecommerce and Omni-channel retailers in the country. He has also become well-known for embracing new customer engagement opportunities in Social and Mobile commerce. He believes strongly in his company’s corporate mantra that their “best product is our customer experience.”
In 2005, as part of Chris’ vision, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM again led change in the floral industry with the launch of its BloomNet Wire Service business, which is designed specifically to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably. More recently, the company has begun offering on-demand delivery to its network of BloomNet florists through a new partnership with Uber. Chris also spearheaded the launch of the company’s Local Artisans program as a way to showcase the creativity of these local florists to millions of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM customers online.
Chris currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of IGHL, a facility dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of developmentally disabled adults, a cause that is near to his heart. Smile Farms is a non-profit he helped found with his brother, Jim, that seeks to help developmentally disabled adults find meaningful employment. The five-acre Smile Farm in Moriches, NY currently employs more than 30 developmentally disabled adults (including one of Chris’ older brothers) who grow flowers, plants and food products to be used in their local communities.
Chris also serves on the Advisory Board for Likeable Media and the Board of Advisors for IBM Websphere. Previously, he held director positions at Gizmoz.com, BLUEFLY.com and Neoware Technologies.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Marist College, where he currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Visionary of the Year: 2016-17
Director at MindShare
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Managing Director & Strategy at OMD West
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Director of Brand Strategy and Planning at Lifetime
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Director of Marketing at Terranea Resort
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Associate Director, Social Experience & Custom Product at MediaVest
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Sr. Director Global Connections Planning; Beam Suntory
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In her role as Sr. Director of Global Connections Planning at Beam Suntory, Andrea Javor is responsible for leading consumer connections planning, including paid media investment, digital content creation, consumer response strategies, and media analytics. Her current focus includes supporting the global marketing team in transforming the organization from a company of great brands, into a great brand building company through better leverage of IMC principles and discipline. Andrea is a proven strategic leader with a highly diverse background encompassing more than 17 years communications and media strategy experience for several public world-renowned consumer companies. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her new husband and three children as active members of their community. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL.
Global Director; Kinetic (WPP)
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Content Marketing Manager; SITO
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Senior Vice President, Digital at Media Assembly
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Smashbox Cosmetics of the Estee Lauder Companies; Global Digital Marketing
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Director, Ignition Factory
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Director of Strategy, Giant Spoon
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Associate Director of Strategy at Giant Spoon
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Senior Partner, Group Account Director at MediaCom
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Senior Marketing Manager at Netflix
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Global Account Manager at OMD
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Marcom Media Director; Microsoft
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SVP of Media and Digital Marketing; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Strategic entertainment marketing specialist with highly analytical and data-driven approach to Media, Digital & Social Marketing and Consumer Insights. Extensive experience in solving entertainment marketing challenges through data mining and model building approaches. Jane has been at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for 13 years. Prior to SPHE she led the planning team at UM for Sony Pictures theatrical and Home Entertainment team. Prior to UM, she worked at numerous media planning agency on various theatrical businesses including Disney, Fox and MGM.
Managing Partner, U.S. Digital Director at MediaCom
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Jeff is an experienced media professional with over 22 years Online/Offline media planning/buying across a range of categories.
In his role at MediaCom, Hinz will oversee the agency’s entire digital operation as well as provide thought leadership and strategic guidance for all existing and emerging digital media initiatives including display, video, SEO, SEM, mobile, social and emerging media. He will also collaborate with agency managers on the deployment and integration of MediaCom’s digital offering and lead the agency’s overall strategic approach with key growth clients, while maximizing potential within existing accounts.
Manager, National Media at Fox Broadcasting Company
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VP of Innovation; iProspect
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As VP, Innovation at iProspect, Jeremy works with iProspect’s clients in order to develop new advertising solutions that incorporate emerging technologies, leverage ever-changing platform features, and most importantly address evolving consumer behaviors and expectations. He provides both thought leadership around changing trends and specific plans that ensure brands can continue to connect with individuals and value and performance across digital and physical experiences. In 2013, Jeremy was inducted into the ClickZ Digital Marketing Hall of Fame, and in 2017 he was recognized as the Bing Executive of the Year. Outside the office, Jeremy is a talented bassist and can often be found playing for a crowd at a local jazz lounge.
VP Consumer Marketing & Marketing Strategy at HBO
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VP, Brand Marketing & Promotions at USA Network and Syfy
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Vice President of Digital Strategy at ID
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Executive Director at Mediahub
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Director of Marketing and Events at Tinder
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SVP of Strategy; Zenith Media
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Marketing professional with 15 years experience building and growing teams, collaborating with clients and working across functions to achieve defined goals. Result driven and adept at analytics, I successfully employ leadership and mentoring to promote teamwork for project success. Skilled at identifying inefficiencies and implementing processes, I help teams to embrace new procedures within environments that are traditionally ‘anti-process.’ I juggle a heavy and diverse workload with ease while maintaining consistently high quality thinking. I love to problem solve, providing solutions via traditional and non-traditional methods, including social and mobile media. I thrive in creative collaborative environments, take pride in my work and derive satisfaction from both the successful implementation of a strategy and the professional growth of those around me.
Senior Strategist at mcgarrybowen
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Managing Director at Kinetic
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SVP Strategy and Solutions at Zenith
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SVP Digital Media; Annapurna Pictures
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President of Outdoor Media Group
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VP, Media at AMP Agency
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EVP Executive Director; MullenLowe Mediahub
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Sean oversees the management and growth of both the LA and New York offices, while also leading multiple specialty teams within the agency such as media sciences (our programmatic group), R+D (our Radical + Disruptive Lab) and search. As a media executive and former Forrester analyst, Sean has nearly 20 years of industry experience that spans media, digital marketing, research, consulting, CRM and business development. Throughout his career, Sean has worked on a wide range of industries and clients including Netflix, VH1, TV Land, MTV, National Geographic Channels, Nickelodeon, Bose, Royal Caribbean, Motorola, Google, Nike, Philips, Lenovo, JetBlue, Hearst and Johnson & Johnson, to name a few. Sean authored the Forrester report that defined the terms “paid, owned and earned” media and was named an Adweek Media All-Star in 2016.
Media Director at Connelly Partners
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Media Supervisor at Maxus
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Chief Invention Officer at Horizon Media
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Strategist at Giant Spoon