AMA Triangle board members serve one-year terms, from July to the following June. Each Spring the membership elects a President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice Presidents and Directors are appointed by the President.
Leah Dorsey, President
Leah Harris is a client services and marketing strategist who works for Method Savvy, a Durham-based full service advertising agency. She began her career in marketing after graduating with her MBA from North Carolina State University. Before entering the marketing world, Leah worked in the fields of event planning and interior design, both of which she remains passionate about. She is also an aspiring writer and public speaker. If you are visiting the area, be sure to reach out to Leah as she is a lover of food, live music, and craft cocktails and will be able to provide awesome suggestions on the must visit spots in the Triangle. You can reach Leah by emailing her at email@example.com.
Kelly Gelinne is the Marketing Manager for Nuventra Pharma Sciences, a drug development consulting company. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan in support of Nuventra’s growth strategy. Before she joined Nuventra, Kelly served in marketing roles at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. and Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC. In addition to her work with AMA Triangle, she has held leadership roles in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Raleigh Young Professionals Network (YPN). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and exploring Durham’s restaurant scene. You can reach Kelly by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karl Sakas is an agency consultant and business coach, specializing in eliminating growing pains at fast-growing digital agencies. Through Sakas & Company, he’s worked with agencies on six continents. Karl founded and runs an online community for 1,500+ digital agencies in 50 countries. He previously led business operations at two agencies and started in the marketing industry as a freelance web designer while in high school. Within AMA Triangle, Karl has served as Conference Director for High Five 2016, VP of Programming, and VP of Community Relations. Outside of work, he volunteers as a bartender on a 1930s railroad car. You can reach Karl by emailing him at email@example.com.
Lauren is an Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford that furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In her role, she develops and executes marketing strategy for a diverse portfolio of academic journals. She is a native North Carolinian, but spent time living in Jackson Hole, WY and Bend, OR after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. She fondly remembers her “Western Tour after college adventure”, but is happy to back in NC. She recently purchased a home which she sees as her next big adventure. You can reach Lauren by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Illuzzi, Treasurer
Matt Illuzzi is President and Founder of New Day Business Advisors. Mr. Illuzzi graduated cum laude from the Business School at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 1998. He is a Certified Public Accountant in both North Carolina and New York and is a member of the AICPA. You can reach Matt by emailing him at email@example.com.
John-Paul is a founding partner of the law firm Ortiz & Schick, PLLC, which focuses on business law, commercial real estate, construction law, civil litigation, and surety law. John-Paul and his firm provide transaction and dispute resolution advice to clients big and small, from restaurants to marketing firms, to general contractors, to IT firms, to surety companies, to commercial real estate developers. Their motto is, “Big firm expertise, without the big firm.” John-Paul is a graduate of Davidson College and received his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Born and raised in Venezuela, John-Paul is fluent in Spanish. He lives in Durham with his wife, Stacy, and their two sons. He serves as Vice President of the PFA at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School. John-Paul is an avid fan of 1980’s hair metal and rock n’ roll. You can reach John-Paul by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny hopelessly falls in love with a lot of people he meets. The homeless man playing saxophone tirelessly in 96 degree heat. The kid who yells “Dad! Come check this band out!” The friendly elder gentleman who has swept the floors of The Berkley for 29 years and takes a special amount of time to explain that his grandma taught him about true work ethic and that kids today, just do not get it. He is the President of Brand Fuel, a full-service promotional products agency that helps its clients elevate their brands. He is also the active co-founder of Band Together, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change that has donated $8 million dollars to The Triangle community. You can reach Danny by emailing him at email@example.com.
Meredith Oliver, Vice President of Communications
Meredith is a sales and marketing strategist. She is the president and creative director of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC. Meredith holds a Masters Degree in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins College. She is the author of three books, FANtastic Marketing, FANtastic Selling and Click Power. Meredith is a sales and marketing keynote speaker and holds the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional®) designation, the highest designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. She has spoken to audiences from 10 to 2,000 at prominent industry events such as the International Builders Show and National Automobile Dealers Annual Conference and Expo. You can reach Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lars Bredahl, Vice President of Membership
Lars works on the mobile product team at BB&T where he develops strategic and tactical plans for the award-winning U by BB&T mobile banking apps. Before he joined BB&T, Lars managed digital marketing for First Bank and worked in the agency space where he assisted a variety of clients with digital strategy, social media campaigns, and email marketing. When he unplugs, Lars enjoys traveling with his wife, brewery run clubs, and authentic Carolina barbecue. You can reach Lars by emailing him at email@example.com.
By day, Tracy is a Developer Marketing Manager at Qlik with a mission to build an active and engaged audience of developers. Working at a business intelligence company, she loves that marketing has become an art and a science. She is also fiercely passionate about using digital innovation to solve puzzles and bring people together. By night, you can find Tracy exploring Raleigh, reading or trying to learn new things. In fact, she completed her MBA from North Carolina State University in 2016. Now she’s learning to code. You can reach Tracy by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane is no rookie having served at both the local and national level of several non-profits and professional organizations. A seasoned marketing and agency veteran, Diane is bringing a wealth of experience in strategy, client service, research, events project/program execution and more to the AMA Triangle Board. Her knowledge and background spans companies and product categories from agriculture to technology in B2B and B2C, which positions her to be a great counselor and resource for our varied sponsors here in the Triangle. You can reach Diane by emailing her at email@example.com.
Catherine Locke is currently the Marketing Director for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation where she leads the marketing and communications efforts for 41+ state parks, recreation areas and nature preserves as well as working closing with their non-profit arm, Friends of State Parks. Previously she was the Senior Merchandiser for Acosta Sales and Marketing where is was responsible for marketing and branding over 250 American brands within the United Kingdom. Catherine has lived in three different countries and three different states in the last 15 years following her husband and his job. Now, it’s her turn as she makes the Triangle her permanent home. You can reach Catherine by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tricia is the Co-Founder of Lucas Select, Inc., an award-winning recruiting form, and has over 25 years experience with technology companies in sales, marketing, recruiting, and business development roles. She is a published author in The Huffington Post, CBS Small Business Pulse, Recruiter.com, SheKnows.com, Jobvite.com, Bust.com, and Ellevate.com
In addition to 9 startups, Tricia’s experience includes roles at IBM, SAS, NSTAR Global Services, and QMS. Tricia holds an MBA, and is an AMA board member, VP of Sponsorships, former Job Bank Director, Co-Chair of The Job Transitions SIG, and Advisory Director of Social Recruiting Practices for Career Odyssey. She is also a devoted supporter of Animal Welfare issues, with roles as HSUS District Leader and NC Voters for Animal Welfare, Second Chance, and the SPCA. You can reach Tricia by emailing her at email@example.com.
Kristen Schmidt, Executive Director
Kristen is a wonderful addition to the AMA Triangle Board. We are excited to see what the board will accomplish this year!