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 BMW, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Global Television, ROGERS Communications, CBC-TV, General Motors, Molson, Labatt, Visa and Hyatt Hotels, among others.
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.
He spent several years in the Vancouver radio and TV industry after studying Broadcast Communications at the BC Institute of Technology. During that time he also attended Simon Fraser University to study business and communications and later formalized his sales and marketing background through the University of BC’s Sauder School of Business.
Building mutually beneficial business relationships has been a strength in his career. Highlights include partnerships and sponsorships with the CFL, PGA, Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, IndyCar and many others.
In his most recent role as Director of Customer Engagement and Marketing at TransLink, John was responsible for the design and delivery of many of the services, products and programs TransLink provides to its customers and the residents of Metro Vancouver.
As a community-minded individual, John also makes time to support a number of local not-for-profit organizations. He is a board member for Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers and the BC Scrap It Program, and is also a member of the Variety Club of BC Fundraising Committee.
Sports and 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.
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.
Rahz Lavon serves as Corporate Communications Officer at Accordios Worldwide Enterprises, Inc.
He is on the frontlines of our research department and oversees the creation of a multitude of business documents. Rahz is most passionate when engaged in analytics, logistics, and development projects, including comprehensive evaluations of software platforms, social media, and valuation of M&A synergies.
More recent accomplishments during his tenure as a Business Analyst include creating web, sales, administrative, and technical infrastructure.
Rahz received his BCom in Finance from the University of British Columbia. He has pursued several other fields of interest involving computer engineering, operations management, communications, and commercial law.
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 a year old, she can often 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.
Hugh Kelsey is the pilot of the Accordios development team. Known for his strategic business thinking and proficient resolution skills, Hugh is a dynamic leader in research and development and product development. With over 15 years of technology development experience, Hugh has built large-scale systems in the pharmacy, ecommerce, CRM and marketing industries, including the construction of high-availability systems for emergency services.
Hugh’s areas of expertise include strategic technology planning, product development, project management and leadership. Additionally, Hugh has over 10 years of experience developing and executing Accordios’ core technologies.
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.
In May 2010, Ed Goren, a 47-time Emmy Award winner and Executive Producer of FOX Sports since 1994, was elevated to Vice Chairman FOX Sports Media Group. Goren and Chairman David Hill created FOX Sports and are responsible for all production hiring and the overall look and have served as Executive Producers of all FOX Sports productions.
Goren and Hill spearhead the division's strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports' position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Prior to FOX Sports, Goren was Senior Producer at CBS Sports. During his tenure as Senior Producer, CBS Sports broadcasted such major events as the World Series, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters and Super Bowl XXVI. Goren was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, in October 2011, a fitting tribute to his long and distinguished career.
Brad Turell was the top corporate communications and publicity executive at the launch and during the formative years of The WB and Fox Broadcasting Company, the two most successful broadcast television launches since the creation of ABC. Since the start of 2007, Brad has been the Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications for Paradigm Talent Agency where he is in charge of all marketing, branding and publicity efforts.
From 1995 to 2006, Brad worked for Time Warner's The WB television network and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as the top communications officer of both companies. After five years at The WB, Brad served as the Executive Vice-President of Corporate Communications and Worldwide Chief Communications Officer at TBS, Inc. In that time, Turell worked on a wide range of news and entertainment networks and their strategies including shaping the image of CNN before, during and after '9/11 as well as the successful launches of the new CNN Headline News campaigns, and marketing and publicity campaigns for the Atlanta Braves and Hawks.
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.
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.
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.