Engage:BDR’s management team are online media experts who have the experience and understanding to deliver advanced technology and solutions to digital marketers . Engage:BDR was built by key members of leading companies like MySpace, LowerMyBills, Buzznet Media, Slingshot Labs, NexTag, and ValueClick. The team believes that the digital space is strengthened by innovation and execution, and we seek to bring cutting-edge solutions to market.
President & CEO
A co-founder of engage:BDR, Inc. Ted serves as President and Exec Vice President of Business Development overseeing strategic marketing, sales and business development, client relationship management, and content acquisition.
From 2003 – 2008, Ted was with MySpace.com developing strategic marketing initiatives. Working very closely with founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, Ted was responsible for launching the brand in its infancy through a very specific combination of on- and offline campaigns. Also, Mr. Dhanik innovated business development at LowerMyBills.com in its early stages through acquisition by Experian, and was also an integral part of the early development and launch of the consumer lending program at NexTag Corporation.
Mr. Dhanik has worked for or been a partner at several other companies in business development, sales, and managerial positions, such as Xoriant Corporation, Atesto Technologies, Inc., Brigade Solutions, Beyond.com/Cybersource Corporation, and Merrill Corporation. Mr. Dhanik has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University at Hayward. Ted sits on the board or advises other tech startups such as Fighter, LottoGopher and Schizo Pictures, and is an active mentor at Los Angeles-based startup accelerator Start Engine.
Co-founder and COO of engage BDR. Kurtis grew up in the San Francisco bay area and went to California State University Chico where he earned a B.A. in Cinema Studies. He then went on to study and perform at the world famous Groundlings Comedy Theater for five years.
Kurtis has written, directed, performed in and produce several short and feature films and is currently producing several web series for engage BDR’s branded entertainment division Entegrate. Coming from the Silicon Valley the Internet was in Kurtis’ DNA. He was an early member of the very successful Internet start up LowerMyBills.com and went on to co-found engage:BDR, Inc.
Kenneth is the Chief Technology Officer at engage:BDR where he leads the engineering and technology department. During his tenure, he has overseen the release of various successful projects and properties both online and offline and continues to flourish with the company today.
Prior to engage:BDR, Kenneth served as Senior Software Engineer at Buzznet Media. In addition, he joined Fox Interactive to oversee various web products and their monetization at Slingshot Labs. Kenneth worked at Valueclick where he helped design, implement, and maintain various key components of their delivery engine.
He received his Masters in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition & Computer Science from The University of Kentucky
VP, Business Development & Branded Entertainment
Jason is the VP of Business Development & Branded Entertainment at Entegrate. As a founding partner of engage:BDR, Jason brought his large network of agency and entertainment contacts and has been instrumental in growing the company into one of the largest Ad Networks in the world. In 2011, Jason launched Entegrate, the branded entertainment division at engage:BDR and produced a re-creation of Jamie Kennedy’s Hidden Camera show called “The HAHAJK! Webshow”.
Jason got his start in digital media in 2006, joining the sales team at MySpace. He quickly became one of the leading sales reps in the company, forming relationships with top-tier agencies like Initiative, Carat, OMD, and signing huge programs with Anheuser-Busch, The Weather Channel, Sony BMG, and Universal.
Jason received his BA of Finance from Michigan State University in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
VP, Advertising Operations
As a key partner of engage:BDR’s founding team, Raja brings his operation’s expertise to efficiently optimize the usage of client dollars with engage:BDR’s proprietary digital platform and publisher network, Blink New Media™.
As one of the earliest members of MySpace.com’s Ad Operations team, Raja oversaw teams that were responsible for a full spectrum of operational processes including: campaign implementation and management, creative/rich media testing, optimization, order management, billing invoicing, reconciling and data analysis.
Raja attended the California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and the University of California, San Diego.
Director, Branded Entertainment
With over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Chris comes over to engage:BDR from Young Hollywood, where he was Director of Marketing/Events for the last two years. Chris was responsible for designing their Studio at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, producing celebrity content and segments, as well as managing Brand partnerships.
Earlier in his career, Chris served as Events Manager for Movieline/Hollywood Life Magazine producing several awards shows and events such as the Young Hollywood Awards and the Hollywood Life House at the Sundance Movie Festival.
Youngest founder of a publicly traded company in history. At the age of 23 years old after selling 15 million dollars of clothing into retail stores & surpassing expectations with his 9.5 million dollar licensing deal with STARTER apparel Mr. Fleyshman launched the “Who’s Your Daddy” energy drink into 55,000 stores & military bases. 10 years after starting his licensing company in high school, Dan went onto launch Victory Poker in 2010 building the 3rd largest team of professional players out of the 550 poker sites on the market.
Besides his passion for philanthropy, he’s also an avid poker player with multiple 1st place wins ranging from the $5,000 C.E.O. Poker Championship at the Palms to the $2,500 Canadian Poker Tour Main Event & the $10,000 Chipleader Challenge at the Hard Rock.