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During our April edition of Marketing for the Now, our speakers dove into the question, “What are your hot takes for 2022?”.

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Here’s who joined us:

  • Sophie Bambuck, CMO, Everlane (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Gretchen Rubin, Author and Podcaster (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Rachel Tipograph, Founder & CEO, MikMak (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Rob Master, Vice President of Media and Marketing, Unilever (interviewed by Ryan Harwood, CEO, Gallery Media Group)
  • Kevin Miller, CMO, The Fresh Market (interviewed by Mickey Cloud, Executive Director, The Sasha Group)
  • Manos Spanos, President, L-Nutra Consumer Health (interviewed by Nick Miaritis, EVP, VaynerMedia)
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Sophie Bambuck


Sophie Bambuck is the Chief Marketing Officer at Everlane. Sophie joined Everlane in February 2021 as the brand's first CMO. Her focus has been on accelerating Everlane’s mission to create change for good in the fashion industry and increasing the brand reach while keeping purpose and transparency at the forefront. She is passionate about shaping brand strategy, youth culture, and digital experiences. Prior to Everlane, Sophie spent thirteen years at Nike in various roles, including CMO of Converse and Global VP of Brand Marketing for Nike Sportswear.

Gretchen Rubin

Author and Podcaster

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity, in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience.
She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. (The Happiness Project spent two years on the bestseller list.)
On her top-ranking, award-winning podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” she discusses happiness and good habits with her sister Elizabeth Craft.
She’s been interviewed by Oprah, eaten dinner with Daniel Kahneman, walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama, had her work written up in a medical journal, and been an answer on the game show Jeopardy!
In her work, she draws from cutting-edge science, the wisdom of the ages, lessons from popular culture, and her own experiences to explore how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
The Sasha Group

Mickey Cloud

Executive Director

A 10+ year veteran of VaynerX, Mickey currently serves as Executive Director at The Sasha Group, where he leads the Sasha South office in Chattanooga, TN, and wholeheartedly believes #teamwork makes the dream work.

Rob Master

Vice President of Media and Marketing

Rob Master is Vice President of Vice President of Media and Marketing for North America at Unilever. He oversees a team responsible for media innovation, strategy and the development of integrated communication plans for all Unilever brands. Under Rob’s leadership Unilever has been recognized as Digital Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age, Media Client of the Year by Media Post and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Marketers.

Rob joined Unilever in 2002 as a brand marketer, managing a number of the company’s iconic brands, including Dove and Axe, and driving award-winning branding campaigns.

Prior to joining Unilever, Rob worked in brand marketing for PepsiCo’s Taco Bell and for various communication agencies, as well as two start-ups.

He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.


Rachel Tipograph

Founder and CEO

Rachel Tipograph considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. Forbes listed Rachel as one of its “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World," Marie Claire named her one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in America," Fast Company named her one of "The Most Creative People in Business, AdAge named her one of "The Most Creative People of The Year," AdWeek named her one of "The Young Influentials Shaping Business and Culture," Entrepreneur named her one of the "50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs," Inc named her to the “Female Founders 100,” Business Insider named her one of “New York Tech’s Coolest People," Refinery29 named her one of its "Rising Female Tech Stars," The Wrap named her one of "The 11 Change Agents Disrupting Hollywood," and LinkedIn named her one of its "Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under." After being the Global Director of Digital and Social Media at Gap where she oversaw strategy, implementation and measurement, Rachel traveled the world for 100 days and then founded MikMak, an eCommerce marketing platform for multi-channel brands.

Nick Miaritis


The Fresh Market

Kevin Miller


Kevin Miller is a highly accomplished brand marketer, innovator, and industry disruptor. With a 30-year track record of leading marketing, advertising, and media organizations for Fortune 100 companies, Kevin is known for his ability to analyze data, create novel solutions and build high performing teams that deliver superior results.

Kevin currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of The Fresh Market gourmet specialty grocery chain headquartered in Greensboro, NC privately owned by Apollo Global. As CMO he is responsible for enhancing the brand’s competitive positioning, multi-channel media and marketing strategy and working closely with merchandising on the menu and product innovation strategies. This work includes continuously refining current brand positioning, increasing new media and social marketing weighting/effectiveness, creating fresh news and activation across all consumer touch points, with enhanced product innovation, meal solutions, eCommerce, loyalty programs and calendar planning.

Prior to The Fresh Market, Kevin was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Natural Grocers a rapidly growing natural and organic retail grocery chain operating 160 stores in 20 states reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In four short years, he led transformational change across marketing, company culture and digital innovation resulting in strong business growth including 12 straight quarters of positive sales and traffic comps and Natural Grocers being recognized as one of the World's 20 Fastest Growing Retailers of 2018. Under his leadership, membership in the (N)power Loyalty Program grew over 500% to 1.3 million and the Natural Grocers' marketing team created four original marketing concepts that have been awarded U.S. Trademark Patents.

Prior to Natural Grocers, Kevin served as President of KMMP Media Group a social media business development firm serving start-up MarTech companies, SVP Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of ABC Radio Networks, VP National Marketing Pizza Hut, VP Management Supervisor for the Subway Restaurant business at Publicis/Hal Riney, Field Marketing Manager Coca-Cola USA, National McDonald’s advertising account executive at Leo Burnett USA.

Kevin is a member of the select CMO Masters Circle of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) focusing on global growth challenges of the world’s leading brands. He has served in leadership positions on several non-profit boards including The West Point Society of Denver as VP Admissions and President of The First Tee of Dallas Board of Directors. He has received numerous awards in business and in the military including Corporate Executive of the Year by the American Diabetes Association of New Jersey and two Meritorious Service Medals from the US Army.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Kevin lives in Greensboro with his wife and daughter and his son recently graduated from West Point, Class of 2020 and is currently serving as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

L-Nutra Consumer Health

Manos Spanos


Manos is an incisive, high energy, and results driven C-Suite Executive with an impressive 21 year track record in three major global companies, J&J, PepsiCo and Danone, consistently driving profitable revenue growth and maximizing enterprise value across a number of US and International businesses.
Passionate, purpose-led brand builder, recognized for developing game-changing marketing campaigns and awarded for igniting innovation in the field of Marketing. A dynamic change agent with a strong communication and team building skills that loves to develop a people-oriented, high-performance culture
In his new role as President for the consumer division of L-Nutra, a Nutrition Technology powerhouse, Manos will lead the development and scale of the consumer business behind Brands like Prolon & FastBar that utilize breakthrough science aimed at optimizing healthspan, curing disease and extending life, Naturally… through food.
Born in Athens in 1976, Manos is an alumnus of Hartwick College of New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Miami, where he currently serves as Member of the Marketing Board for the UM School of Business. Manos resides in Plano, Tx with his wife, Daniela and two children Billy and Margaret.
Gallery Media Group

Ryan Harwood


Ryan Harwood is the CEO of Gallery Media Group, a media holding company focused on building media brands that truly matter to the end consumer through distinct editorial missions, voice, and aesthetic. Their mission is to 'Make Positivity Louder.' Gallery Media Group includes women’s lifestyle brand PureWow (Harwood has been the CEO/Founder of PureWow since 2010), a youth culture brand, ONE37pm, a podcast arm featuring Mom Brain, The CMO Podcast with Jim Stengel, Card Talk, and a large scale social media portfolio across Instagram and TikTok.

Under Harwood’s leadership, PureWow grew to become a leading digital publisher for women. Having raised significantly less venture capital than his peers, he was able to build a highly profitable company in a crowded women’s media space. He built a special culture grounded in kindness, empathy, and passion with an unprecedented employee retention rate from 2014-2018. Harwood steered the ship through a highly successful acquisition by Gary Vaynerchuk in 2017.

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