Executive Chairman / Chief Executive Officer
A co-founder of engage:BDR, Inc. Ted serves as Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, overseeing all aspects of engage:BDR’s businesses.
Ted was with MySpace.com from its launch, developing strategic marketing initiatives. Working very closely with founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, Ted was responsible for launching the brand in its infancy. Also, Mr. Dhanik innovated the business development practice at LowerMyBills.com in its early stages through acquisition by Experian; he was an integral part of the early development and launch of the consumer lending program at NexTag Corporation, a competitor to LowerMyBills.com and LendingTree at the time.
Mr. Dhanik has worked for or been a partner at several other companies in the areas of business development, sales, and key managerial positions. Ted sits on boards or advises other tech startups and is an active mentor to Los Angeles-based startups.
Ted is passionate about remaining a thought-leader in the digital advertising industry. His writings are regularly published in publications including Ad Age, Forbes, Fast Company, AdExchanger, VentureBeat, and several other top-tier U.S. publications. He contributes to the development of industry standards and positive change, sitting on IAB committees including Anti-fraud Workgroup, Anti-malware Workgroup, Traffic of Good Intent Task Force, Programmatic Counsel, Digital Video Committee, Mobile Advertising Committee and Performance Marketing Committee.
Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer
Kurtis Rintala is one of the co-founders of engage:BDR. He serves as an Executive Director and is the Chief Operating Officer overseeing the day-to-day operations and leading the execution of the strategic direction of the Company.
Kurtis is responsible for establishing policies that promote the company culture and vision. He sets goals for performance and growth and leads employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication. He evaluates performance by analysing and interpreting data and metrics. Kurtis began his career in the technology industry in 2003 as an early member of the Internet start up, LowerMyBills.com
Non Executive Director
Tom Anderson was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director to provide the Company with the benefit of his wide ranging expertise in social media and innovative product design and to assist to steer the company’s future growth strategy.
In 2003 Tom founded and served as President of MySpace, simultaneously inventing “social media” while revolutionizing the music industry. After its launch Myspace became the #1 most visited site on the web quickly, surpassing company’s such as Google, Yahoo and Amazon. At its peak, Nielsen Net Ratings reported that MySpace captured more than 10% of all minutes spent online worldwide.
By the time Anderson left the company in 2009, he had amassed more than 350 million friends on MySpace, making him the first and still ultimately the biggest “influencer” of all time. His MySpace profile photo, the lo-res, pixelated photo which he never changed and still uses to this day is estimated to have been viewed more times than any single photograph in history. Before retiring in 2009, TIME Magazine included Tom among its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Barbara Walters named him one of her 10 Most Fascinating People.
Non Executive Director
Robert (Rob) Antulov is a Partner at boutique Australian corporate advisory firm Jacanda Capital, where he provides advice to clients in the technology and media sectors on trade sales, acquisitions and equity growth capital raisings. Based in Sydney, Rob is a highly accomplished Director with experience in public, private and not for profit enterprises, primarily in the tech and media sectors. He has extensive digital media expertise with strong capabilities in the implementation of technology-oriented growth strategies, most recently in digital media, programmatic advertising and online marketplaces. Rob also brings to engage:BDR specific M&A skills, having participated in over forty corporate transactions as either principal or advisor.
Previous corporate experience has included senior executive roles with Fairfax, Coca-Cola and Booz & Co (now PwC Strategy&). His entrepreneurial activity includes co-founding a sports digital media business, co-founding a number of ecommerce and SaaS businesses and providing mentoring and Advisory Board guidance to numerous entrepreneurs and their ventures. Rob has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Elect) from the University of Western Australia, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW, and has completed additional postgraduate studies in the USA at the Kellogg School of Management, North Western University.
Non Executive Director
Darian Pizem is the co-founder of Blockbuster Ventures. He has worked across many different industry verticals within technology over the past 12 years and has co-founded blockchain development Company that provided turn key solutions for blockchain products to launch. Darian has also worked with Australia leading digital marketing company Now We Collide, he has a strong network with the tech market in Asia and Australia. Darian’s leading focus is to take great businesses to market and provide the best resources to always deliver strong success.
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