Aaron Fish has empowered media partners, advertisers and brands for over 30 years with innovative entertainment properties and engaging marketing programs.
Aaron launched his career at a music industry radio network, where he collaborated with TV and print partners and record labels to promote some of the world's greatest artists and rock bands.
Over the years, Aaron expanded the scope of his promotional activities, from Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Police concerts, to televised music festivals, New Year's Eve Galas and interactive games.
The list of world-class companies Aaron has worked with along the way includes:
Ford Motor Company
Leslie Ferraro served as the President of Disney Consumer Products, Inc. from May 2015 to February 2016 and as its Co-Chair of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media from July 2015 to February 2016. Ms. Ferraro oversaw a global operation that delivers innovative and engaging products, from toys and apparel to books and fine art, through its Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store businesses. A 16-year Disney veteran, Ms. Ferraro served as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide.
Ms. Ferraro joined Disney in 1999 as Director of Marketing for Theme Parks and Resorts and went on to hold a variety of marketing leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy and New Business Initiatives, and Vice President of Marketing for Disney Regional Entertainment. She has also served on the Hong Kong Disneyland Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Disney, she held various senior-level marketing positions at McCann-Erickson, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. Ms. Ferraro holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Marketing from George Washington University, a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA in finance from New York University.
Bruce Vaughn was Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he lead the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney’s Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. The scope of Vaughn’s responsibilities included theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theater experiences, and new business opportunities that leveraged invented and emerging technologies.
Vaughn joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1993 as a senior technical specialist. In order to gain experience in various aspects of the WDI process, Vaughn spent time working as a writer for Theme Park Productions and was associate media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, Vaughn has been involved in many efforts that cross over the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, including Feature Animation, Television, Theatrical, Music, Internet, Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment.
Prior to joining WDI, Vaughn worked on the technical staff of Bran Ferren’s company, Associates & Ferren, in East Hampton, New York for five years where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various media projects. Vaughn has received several screen credits for feature films, including: “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” and “Imposter.”
Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Art History.
Lynn began her career working in the Pharmaceutical Industry as Sales & Marketing Coordinator for UK company ATi Atlas Ltd, supplying products and services related to sterility control and research. During her 7 year tenure, Lynn coordinated Sales & Marketing initiatives, was responsible for organizing technical workshops/trade events and was involved with monitoring client satisfaction as part of the company’s ISO: 9001 Quality Manual. In 2007, Lynn graduated with a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the British Chartered Institute of Marketing.
John is a successful business leader with more than 25 years of experience in creating award winning marketing strategies, developing and implementing customer-focused products and services, and maximizing business opportunities.
His background includes broadcast communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, business and communications at Simon Fraser University, and sales and marketing at the University of BC’s Sauder School of Business.
As a leading music industry veteran in Canada, John spent many years in the Vancouver radio and television industry and ran the most successful Rock and Roll radio station in Canada in the 1980’s. Among other achievements, he created and hosted a nationally-syndicated artist interview program capturing the insights and inspirations of literally hundreds of musicians including AC/DC, Genesis, Police, Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Halen, and Frank Zappa, to name but a few.
Building mutually-beneficial business relationships has been a strength in his career. Highlights include partnerships and sponsorships with the PGA, Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, IndyCar, Canadian Football League and many others.
In his most recent role as Director of Customer Engagement and Marketing at TransLink (one of Canada’s leading transit agencies - serving more than 1.2 million customers daily), John was responsible for bringing together the partnerships for the concept, design and delivery of ground breaking traditional and digital advertising platforms valued at more than $300 million.
As a community-minded individual, John also makes time to support local not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on a number of volunteer boards and committees supporting children, safety, and environmental perspectives.
Sports & Intelligence
Derek is the Managing Partner of The Data Jungle – a boutique insights-driven research and consultancy group focused on providing strategic market intelligence and consulting services to brands, agencies, and rightsholders that supports key business decisions.
Derek has over 20 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and media industries. He has successfully managed hundreds of projects including ROI and economic impact assessments, sponsorship valuations, feasibility studies, and consumer & media research projects.
Prior to launching The Data Jungle in 2014, Derek was the Senior Vice President in Canada at Repucom, a global leader in sports marketing research, where he worked with such clients as the Royal Bank of Canada, EA Sports, Tim Hortons, Hockey Canada, NFL, CFL, NBA, 2015 Pan American Games, Wasserman Media Group and MetLife Stadium to name a few.
Before Repucom, Derek was the Managing Director of IMG’s sponsorship research & consultancy division (Comperio Research) for North America where he provided expertise to the likes of Red Bull, Samsung, Bank of America, New Balance, Scotiabank, NHL, IndyCar, Volkswagen, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Grant began his career in marketing and communications when he founded an Internet marketing company in 1999. Since that time, Grant has written and developed corporate communications, investor relations assets, and marketing copy and systems for public, private and startup companies. He has also taught writing in continuing education programs at the University of BC and Simon Fraser University. Grant earned degrees with distinction in Psychology and Education from the University of Calgary.
Intelligence & Development
Rahz Lavon oversees the creation of Accordios business documents, spanning from financial modeling to the communication of the vision. He also serves on the frontlines of our research department, performing analytics, logistics, and development.
With a background in computer engineering and technical experience creating web, sales, and administrative infrastructure, Rahz received his BCom specializing in finance from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He also pursued several other disciplines including operations management, communications, and commercial law.
Katherine is a qualified marketing and project management professional with extensive knowledge in a range of industries, in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. To date, her career has spanned across both traditional and digital media. Katherine is the founder of BigLittle, an agency that works with positive impact organizations, ensuring their web experiences, brand identification and digital communication solutions match the power of their cause.
Mehmet Gun Taskiran started his career as a self-taught Graphic Designer in 1996. For the first three years he worked on Graphics Design projects and managed the first design department at Vestel Group in his early 20s. For more than 5 years Mehmet worked as Lead Graphics Designer for companies such as Opel, Coca Cola, Rexam and Ege Ceramics.
Mehmet has worked for several well-known Architectural, Exhibition, Development and Yacht firms from different countries around the world including Dubai, Australia, US (Hawaii, Miami, New York, Las Vegas) Canada and Turkey.
Mehmet's dedication and passion to design and technologies has brought him a broad knowledge in Movie, Game, Architectural Visualization, Graphics Design, Media and Entertainment.
John has more than ten years of experience in the games, films and entertainment industries. His broad range of leadership in design and creativity in concepts, UX/UI and VFX has led him to work in multi million dollar productions including, Electronic Arts ‘Need For Speed’ franchise, Microsoft Xbox Live, Warner Brothers Games, SXSW 2014, among others. He is also involved in a number of indie game development studios for PC, console, Andriod and iOS, as well as film studios as Art Director and Concept Artist.
Pepper first joined the team as a 4 month old pup and is a frequent visitor to the Accordios office. Now three and one-half years of age, she often can be found sharing her positive, playful energy with the team and greeting visitors who stop by the office. Pepper enjoys yoga and practices poses throughout the day to maintain her happy spirit.
Production & Alliances
Jordan Fiksenbaum has been working professionally in the live entertainment industry for more than 25 years. He has been involved in numerous senior management roles specializing in: Sales and Marketing Business, Strategic Planning, General Management, Event Programming, Ticketing and Operations.
Within the theatre industry, he has worked on a number of award-winning productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Les Misérables, Monty Python’s Spamalot and many more.
Mr. Fiksenbaum most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for the North American Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil, overseeing the day-to-day Marketing, Sales and PR activities for nine resident shows. He was responsible for generating over 33 million tickets for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue over the last seven years.
Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum was the Vice President of Theatrical Presentations for Kimmel Center, Inc. in Philadelphia, where he developed the Center’s inaugural theatrical season and had executive oversight and day-to-day management over all theatrical operations for the 50 productions that the Center presented during his tenure.
Matthew Belzberg specializes in system architecture design and data management solutions. He has over 15 years of experience in leading teams to design, build and deploy mission-critical systems.
Matthew has been working in technology since 1999 when he led the Interface team for stockhouse.com, which reached an audience of 5 million unique visitors each month. In 2001, he moved to Simon Fraser University (SFU), one of the top 250 schools worldwide, where he acted as an internal technical consultant to advise their startup incubation program as well as develop proprietary software with advanced technical departments. In 2006, Matthew left SFU to help develop the technical aspects of several successful companies in finance and media under his own consulting company.
In 2010, Matthew took on a short-term job to review the architecture of Don Best Sports, the major provider of Business to Business sports betting solutions in North America. He found there was an opportunity to modernize the data distribution architecture, which allowed for a substantial increase in revenue and number of customers. Matthew then took on the role of CTO and has since helped develop the leading Live Betting Platform for North American sports. This system turns over millions of dollars per day, and is being used by many of the top tier sportsbooks in the UK and around the world to take bets during live sporting events.
Throughout all his work, Matthew's focus has been on creating bullet-proof, low latency applications leveraging the best technologies available.
Former clients/employers include:
Simon Fraser University
Don Best Sports
Arik is a globally recognized Co-Inventor of ICQ - the world's first internet wide instant messaging program - which received hundreds of millions of downloads. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Mirabilis which received the patent for instant messaging and was purchased by AOL for $407 million in 1998.
Arik has extensive experience in all aspects of software development including analysis, design, architecture, implementation and maintenance. He is an Entrepreneur who enjoys establishing technology companies as a founder, technologist and investor.
Jose Alfaro represents expertise in analytical and predictive modeling of large data. Jose applies advanced mathematics and statistical theory to a range of challenges, from designing engaging game dynamics, to behavioral analytics. At 19, he received a Fulbright Scholarship after placing 4th in an international Mathematics competition. He holds advanced Degrees in Science and Business Administration, and is a Mensa member.
Jose has worked with many of the blue chip lottery, casino and sport wagering firms across Europe, as well as supporting the Panamanian and Mexican Lotteries.
Over the course of his career he has gained extensive experience in the following areas:
Development of predictive sports modelling, such as the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, Soccer, WNBA, College Basketball, College Football, CFL, etc., as well as predictive player performance modelling and algorithm development for the major sports
Algorithm development for automation of liability/risk management and any other quantitative driven repetitive tasks
Client betting analysis to incorporate pre-emptive line shading for profit maximization
Creation of new and original secondary markets for sports
Software coding of mathematical models
20+ years of gaming industry experience, spanning several countries and positions
As Director of Business Development for SCAinteractive (Calgary, Canada), and Director of Interactive at SCA Promotions (Dallas, USA), Adam Ford possess valuable knowledge and experience in the digital marketing space, particularly in consumer motivation and engagement.
From fantasy sports games to integrated interactive programs, Adam works closely with all stakeholders, including prospects, clients, third-party vendors, channel partners and the team at SCAinteractive to develop unique interactive programs that attract end-users and encourage action.
Adam also manages clients of all sizes, from local mortgage brokerage firms to Fortune 500 companies. Clients he has managed include Conoco Philips, The Marketing Store, 7-11, Husky Energy, EMC, Rogers Communications, Bell Media, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Post Media, among others.
Adam graduated top of his class from the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary), earning the Silver Medallion for highest distinction in the International Business discipline. Adam also holds a certificate in User Experience Design from Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as in Sales Excellence and Social Marketing.
In 1992, The Erlick Group - www.erlickgroup.com - a longstanding, leading New York City based entertainment sponsorship agency, was launched to conceive/broker strategic sponsorships/promotions on a national, regional and local basis with distinctive properties in theatre, music, film, family and venues.
The objective has consistently been to leverage our strategically grounded consumer marketing orientation to create truly customized partnerships that address brand positioning/sales objectives, while incorporating unique assets of the entertainment property.
Mr. Erlick is a seasoned marketing executive with 14 years prior experience in financial services, packaged goods and beverage alcohol industries at American Express, General Foods and Seagram Wine Company respectively. He received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.
Pat Gillick inducted on July 24, 2011 into the Hall of Fame, has had a distinguished 27-year career as a major league baseball general Manager, and the second longest managerial career in the history of the Phillies franchise, where he guided the team to back-to-back NL Eastern Division Champions (2007-08), and the 2008 World Championship.
Prior to being named GM of the Phillies on November 2, 2005, Pat held the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays (1978-94), where he guided the team to five AL West titles, and two World Series championships. And from 2000-2003 he managed the Seattle Mariners to the best record in baseball, and a World Series championship, as well. In addition to their championships, his teams have won eleven conference or divisional titles, making him one of the most successful managers in the history of the sport.
For the past three decades, Brad has been an Executive or Senior Vice President at some of the world’s top entertainment companies, serving as Worldwide Head of Corporate Communications at Turner Broadcasting Company (CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, TCM) and head of Corporate Communications, Publicity and Talent Relations at The WB Network and Fox Broadcasting Company. Brad was part of the senior team that launched and ran Fox and The WB through their break through years.
Brad comes to Accordios from Paradigm Talent Agency, where he served for the past nine years as both an agent and as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications in charge of all marketing, branding and publicity efforts for the agency and as the agent for many clients including David Copperfield.
Michael is the co-founder and co-president of Stage Ventures Inc. a leading producer of world-wide, live staged productions, including numerous Broadway, Vegas and touring shows. He began his career as a CPA who practiced Entertainment tax then moved on to become the Vice-President of Paragon Entertainment, a North American film and TV production company. In addition to live events, Michael has successfully financed over $125,000,000 of film and television productions.
Ian is a founding Partner of Granville West Group, and had led a distinguished career in the Financial Services Industry over 28 years, servicing the Wealth Management and Financial Planning needs of his clients. Founded in 1982, Granville West is a consulting industry leader that expanded nationally through a series of four mergers, before merging in 2007 with Manulife Financial Corporation, one of the world's largest Insurance Companies.
Ian began his working career as a professional athlete with the New York Yankees in 1961, and played four seasons in the Yankee organization (1961-1964) before returning to the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, he captained the Varsity Men's Basketball team and was named the Most Valuable Collegiate Player in Canada in 1967, before graduating with a degree in Economics in 1968.
In November 1968, Ian served as Regional and National Sales Manager with Xerox of Canada, overseeing a dynamic period of growth. In 1979 Ian became Vice-President of Macaulay Nicholls & Maitland, a leading Western and International Real Estate full service broker, where he headed up the Residential Sales Division in Alberta and British Columbia, before co-founding the Granville West Group.
Richard was called to the Bar in 1982. He has practiced in Vancouver, British Columbia in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Estate Planning and Mortgage Law for over 25 years with a brief hiatus of five years in Toronto. During his time in Toronto he partnered with other industry experts to launch a publicly traded mortgage bank and was founding Chairman of one of the largest mortgage broker companies in Canada.
Richard has been an active member of numerous community and professional groups and associations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
Frederick Warner Rhines (July 8, 1942 - October 6, 2016)
In loving memory.
Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 25 years of advertising agency experience, which includes stints at Young & Rubicam, Marschalk, McCann-Erickson, and Publicis, the third largest international advertising agency in the world, and largest in France. His key clients have included Coca-Cola, Bristol-Myers, Revlon, L’Oreal, Lancome, and Fujitsu.
Having worked for both major international advertising agencies and then launched a successful staffing service business in Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1995, Fred provides a unique and in-depth perspective of the advertising industry.