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Yvette Vance Creative Designer
Favorite Quote “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Mike Cloutier National Marketing Consultant
Mike joined LeadingResponse in 2007 as a member of the production team. Within 8 months, he made a career move within the company to join the financial sales and consulting team, which he still enjoys and is proud to hold that position today. He is determined to drive consistent marketing results for small, medium, and large financial companies, by focusing on implementing strategies based on data and not guesswork.
Chris Figueredo National Marketing Consultant
Chris graduated from Eckerd College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration. A month after graduation he took an entry level marketing position at LeadingResponse. LeadingResponse helped open his eyes to the world of direct marketing sales and he has just celebrated his 18th year at the firm. Chris has grown to be a team leader and top producer within the company.
Lisa Hlava National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote “Find out who you are and do it on purpose” – Dolly Parton
Kye Duncan Executive Vice President of Activation
With over 20 years’ experience in technology and marketing, Kye Duncan is passionate about building teams and processes that deliver superior results for all stakeholders.
Chris Woods Executive Vice President of Sales
Chris was named LeadingResponse’s EVP of Sales in October 2020. As EVP of Sales, Chris is responsible for all revenue-related activities across the company’s client base and tasked with the goal of continuing the adoption and growth of LeadingResponse’s solutions across all markets.
Jennifer Lowery DeBuhr National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey
George Laucirica Telephony Manager
Favorite Quote "Don't count the days, make the days count." - Muhammad Ali
Scott Kasprzyk National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
James Jasanis Account Manager
James Jasanis has been an Account Manager with LeadingResponse since January 2007. He works with several of the larger accounts and has successfully produced over 15,000 campaigns. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. In his spare time, James likes to travel when possible, watch Lightning hockey, Buccaneers football, play disc golf and is a Master Scuba Diver.
Lori Polemenakos Senior Content Strategist
Favorite Quote I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” - Oscar Wilde
Josh Danielson National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company
Erin Cowell HR Coordinator
T & C Guru | Nature Lover | Hot Fudge Sundae Connoisseur
Patrick SchartzDirector of Advisor Development
Patrick Schartz is the Director of Advisor Development with nearly 20 years of experience in the Financial and Insurance marketing industry. Patrick specializes in seminar marketing and is responsible for educating advisors, corporate partners and employees on how to execute successful seminar campaigns through direct mail and digital platforms.
Matthew Kearney Chief Executive Officer
Matthew has a passion for technology that can drive growth for clients, shareholders and team. He has 20 years' track record of successful leadership at Screenvision, Daily Mail Online, Talent Partners and now LeadingResponse and he has also held board and marketing technology advisor positions with Telenor ASA and Rock Holdings Inc. Not-for-profit board positions have included BAFTA and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
John McCloskey VP of Sales, Elective Medical
Favorite Quote "Walk tall.... or baby don't walk at all" - Bruce Springsteen
Ryan VanSickle Director of Advisor Development
As Director of Advisor Development at LeadingResponse, I have the privilege of helping develop and maintain strong corporate relationships with some of the financial industry's most successful FMOs, RIAs, Broker-Dealers, and other strategic alliances.
Jeff Wallace Account Manager
Favorite Quote “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” ― Louis Pasteur
Kim Milne Severino National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain.
Jenn Nicholson National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote "Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do." - Walt Disney
Shane Burda Controller
Shane is from Tampa and graduated from Florida State University. He has over 12+ years of accounting experience gained from both the public and private sector. His hobbies include golfing, traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Tania Morrow Lead UX Designer
Full-time user experience designer, part-time ice cream aficionado | My passion goes beyond good design. I am interested in the user’s thought process, behavioral patterns and positioning a brand so it stands out. I specialize in UX/UI, visual design and conversion optimization strategy.
Robin Highsmith B2B Marketing Manager
Favorite Quote “Every moment of your life is a fresh start.”
Chris Lawson National Marketing Consultant
Chris graduated from Stetson University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He joined the LeadingResponse team in 2009 and thrives on putting his clients in front of quality prospects. He is a team leader and top producer. Chris resides in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife and three children.
Gwen Giordano National Marketing Consultant
Gwen is an experienced marketing professional that brings insight and enthusiasm to each program she develops with her valued clients. She’s passionate about strategy, best practices, and getting results. Originally from the northeast where she attended CCSU, she has become a true Florida transplant.
Kelly Marcimo Director Senior Living
Favorite Quote We cannot direct the Wind. We can only adjust our Sails.
Lyne Tyler Chief Financial Officer
Lyne joined LeadingResponse as Controller in 2012 and named Chief Financial Officer in 2014. As CFO, Lyne’s responsibilities include operational and financial strategy, assessment of organic and acquisition expansion opportunities, governance, and risk management.
Quentin Bardo National Marketing Consultant
Part of leading response since 2012, Quentin has helped hundreds of advisors and elective medical practices get in front of their ideal prospected client. His passion in this industry is building a relationship with his clients and becoming an extended team member of each of each practice he works with. A Tampa native, he enjoys outdoor activities, theme parks, sports and spending time with his 7 year old son.
Scott Brewer National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote“You decide how you view the world each day. Choose to make it inspired!” -Prince
Ashley Hamrick-Dente Strategic Account Manager
Favorite Quote “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Suess
Liz Quebe Director Digital Advertising
Favorite Quote“Grief shatters. If you let yourself shatter and then you put yourself back together, piece by piece, you wake up one day and realize that you have been completely reassembled. You are whole again, and strong, but you are suddenly a new shape, a new size.” -Glennon Doyle
Johnny Proveaux VP Accounting FP&A
Favorite Quote“You can’t pick up one end of the stick without picking up the other.” -Stephen Covey
Christine Upp Director of Talent & Culture
Favorite Quote“Our running shoes have magic in them—the power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.” -Mina Samuels author of Run Like a Girl
Shirley ParsonsAccounts Receivable Coordinator
Favorite Quote“Everywhere you go, take a smile with you. It’s free therapy!”
Dain Tolbert & CooperVP of Online Activation
Favorite Quote“Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes’, otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.” – Ian Fleming
Jennifer L. WardNational Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Barbara BlackGraphic Artist
“As a child when I picked up my first crayon my dream of being an artist was realized.”
Meredith Friedman Senior Analytics Manager
Meredith joined the team in 2016 with a passion for data and now has over a decade of marketing experience. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her daughter and cheering on the Jayhawks and Chiefs.
Manuel Villar Web Developer Specialist
Manuel has been with the company for over 15 years and in that time has worn many hats. From Creative Director to Graphic Designer, Audio and Video Professional, Event Planner and now a Web Developer. He is an avid golfer and loves all of his South Florida teams, Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers.
Jen Ricca Account Manager
Favorite Quote“They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.” – Sophie Hatter
Fernando Villanueva Sales Enablement Specialist
Favorite Quote“The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become when serving others”.
Michael Craney National Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” -Babe Ruth
Lawrence Norwood National Marketing Consultant
Favorite QuoteChallenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Barbara Ternes National Marketing Consultant
Favorite QuoteInvest in yourself.
Rachel Campbell Marketing Operations Specialist
Favorite Quote“Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly”
Paige GardenhireSr. Social Media Analyst
Favorite Quote“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chris BakerDirector - Client Services
Favorite Quote“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain.” - Jack Kerouac
Scott CassonBusiness Development Manager
Scott joined the LeadingResponse team in 2017 as Business Development Manager of the legal vertical. He has over 20 years’ experience in lead generation and digital marketing. Scott graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in political science & history. Favorite Quote “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Valerie WhitmanVice President of Senior Living
Favorite Quote“In a world you can choose to be anything.... be kind”
Jerry Lanier Vice President of Sales
Favorite Quote“You Don’t Get Results By Focusing On Results. You Get Results By Focusing On The Actions That Produce Results.” – Mike Hawkins
Derek ScarboroughNational Marketing Consultant
Favorite Quote“The truth is permanent... and everything else falls by the wayside” - Dave Chappelle