New Facebook Platform Industry Hires: AdParlor, Buddy Media, Context Optional, Involver, Kontagent, Vitrue and More

There were hires all around this week, from business development to interns, on our new weekly post covering hires among non-gaming companies on the Facebook platform. In particular Buddy Media hired a Director of Business Development and General Manager of Lifestyle brands. Nanigans hired a Vice President of Client Partnerships, TBD Digital hired a Managing Director of France and two VPs of Business Development and Vitrue hired a General Counsel, as well as a Director of Business Development.

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Here’s this week’s list of hires:


  • Sarah Watson, Account Manager – formerly an Intern Marketing Coordinator at T Magazine.
  • Dustin Keller, Designer – previously a Web/Graphic Designer at SteadyRain.
  • Prashanth Mohan, Account Manager – formerly the Development Manager at Management and Economics Students’ Association.
  • Vitaly Pecherskiy, Account Manager – previously a Financial and Research Analyst at Oriyon Corporation.


  • Christopher Henty, Marketing Associate – formerly at Project Manager, Recruitment Chair at Cornell Business Review.
  • Andrea Kalsow, Marketing Associate – previously a Teaching Assistant at Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
  • Emma Markley, Marketing Associate – formerly an Intern at Makena Capital.
  • Michael DeVerna, Product Manager (Virals/Analytics) – formerly Director of Products at Pagefad.
  • John Petroff, Marketing Associate

Buddy Media

  • Stephanie Sprangers, Vice President of Strategic Brand Accounts – formerly Vice President of Business Development at InterMundo media.
  • David Dowd, General Manager of Lifestyle Brands – formerly the CEO/Founder of ViewPlay Media, LLC.
  • Drew Stern, Director of Business Development – formerly a Senior Manager of New Product Development at American Express.
  • Rebecca Bonell, Manager of Client Loyalty Team – previously an office Manager & Executive Assistant at Lead Financial Group.
  • Jamar Parris, Senior Engineer – previously a Vice President, Application Architect at BNY Mellon.
  • John Friese, Front End Engineer -formerly a Graphic Designer/Production Support professional at Sign-a-Rama.

Context Optional

  • Grahame Lesh, Comunity Genius – formerly the Marketing Manager at Tripping International.
  • Belen Torres-Gil, Account Manager – previously a Program Coordinator at Stanford University.


  • Richard Rich, Sales Executive – formerly the Director of Marketing at Webtab, Inc.
  • Jed Wheeler, SML Trainer & Developer – previously the Founder & Editor in Chief at Vallejo Free Press.
  • Adam Steinharter, Recruiter – formerly a Contract Recruiter at Adchemy.


  • Ryan Tankoos, Enterprise Sales Executive EMEA – formerly a Business Development Manager at Global Collect.
  • Taehoon Kang, Software Engineering – formerly did the same work at Soompi Media, LLC.
  • Justin Hypes, Business Development – previously Director of Business Development at MSDonline.
  • Art Santos, Business Development – formerly at Senior Director of Business Development at
  • Dave Paola, Software Engineer – formerly a Software Developer at the Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering.


  • John Dobrowolski, Vice President of Client Partnerships – formerly the VP and Brand Alchemist at SCVNGR.
  • Ron Searls, Ad Operations Manager – previously a Software Developer at Incipient.

Spruce Media

  • Jason Leveille, Software Engineering – formerly Lead Developer at Blue Atlas Interactive.
  • Scott Bain, Director of Advertising Delivery -previously the Mobile Marketing Manager at Neverblue.

TBG Digital

  • Ben Miles, Senior Account Manager – previously a Key Account Manager at
  • Ed Cox, Client Services Manager – formerly a Digital Media Analyst at Fairbrother Lenz Eley.
  • Bruno Vannod, Managing Director France – previously a Solution Sales Specialists Director at Microsoft Advertising France.
  • Mike Lee, Vice President of Business Development – formerly an Agency Development Manager at Yahoo.
  • Chris Phenner, Vice President of Business Development – formerly EVP of Business Development at Thumbplay, Inc.


  • Michael Rideout, Director, Business Development – previously President and Founder at Rideout Media Group, LLC.
  • Harris Troutman, General Counsel – previously a partner at FSB FisherBroyles, LLP.
  • Amy Barbieri, Mid-Market Sales – previously a feature producer for Jezebel Magazine/Modern Luxury Media.
  • Eric Schwertzel, Business Development – New York City, previously Vice President of Business Development at Netbiscuits.
  • Kevin Race, Senior Project Manager – formerly a Project Manager at Trivantis.
  • Erika Admundson, Strategic Services Manager – once a Marketing Strategist at MKTG Inc.

Work4 Labs

  • Libby Te, Office Administrator at Work4Labs – previously a program leader at YMCA.
  • Vincent Vo, Business Development & Strategy Intern