Executive Chairman / Chief Executive Officer
Ted Dhanik is one of the co-founders of engage:BDR LLC. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Company overseeing corporate development, strategic marketing, sales and business development, and product strategy.
From 2003 to 2008, Ted worked with MySpace.com developing strategic marketing initiatives. He worked closely with founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson and was responsible for launching the brand in its early days through a combination of on and offline campaigns. Ted also worked in business development at LowerMyBills.com from its early days until its acquisition by Experian. Ted was also an integral part of the development and launch of the consumer lending program at NexTag Corporation.
He has worked for, or been a partner at, several other companies in business development, sales, and managerial positions, including Xoriant Corporation, Atesto Technologies, Brigade Solutions, Beyond.com/Cybersource Corporation and Merrill Corporation.
Ted also advises a number of technology startups including Fighter, LottoGopher and Schizo Pictures and is an active mentor at Los Angeles-based startup accelerator Start Engine. He is passionate about being a thought leader in the industry and he is regularly published in leading publications.
He regularly contributes to discussions about industry standards and achieving positive change, sitting on IAB committees including the 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
Youqi Li is the Chief Technology Officer at engage:BDR. In his role, he leads the engineering team in Research and Development, planning and execution of the product roadmap, and forecasting technical direction of the organization.
Youqi has over ten years of experience in software development and six years of experience within the digital advertising industry. He joined engage:BDR in its early stages and helped to build the engineering team from the ground up. Prior to that, he worked in multiple startups and research centers, which helped him develop agile and open-minded technical expertise.
Youqi received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, writing, snowboarding, golfing, diving, and spending time with his daughter.
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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