I don’t blog as much as I’d like to, but I’ve done it off and on since 1997. Why is that? Jeff Hilimire, President of Engauge (the awesome agency where I work) posted a call to others to explain why they blog and so I started to write a comment on his post and found [...]
Archive | March, 2011
It’s almost here. Imagine screens that are bendable, twistable, almost paper thin and practically indestructible. All sizes from the palm of your hand to a roll out wall sized screen. Even transparent as well as plyable. “Big deal. So you can bend ‘em.” you say? Well I tell you to think again. Start small. Everyone [...]
Ahhh, yes. Time for a little social media imposed narcissism and self deprecation rolled into one. LOL. If it’s one thing I should probably work on, it’s probably figuring out how not to look goofy in front of a camera. I generally dislike photos of me. Ironic for a photographer, I suppose, but maybe not [...]
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Endorsements & Feedback
"Tony is a talented, creative, tech savvy, organized manager with excellent communication skills. I highly recommend him."Marcel Mendoza, President & VP SalesEdutech
“Tony was pushing for companies to blog and go social LONG before anyone gave it serious thought -- he has vision and a great handle on the big picture. As well, he is always smiling and full of (good) surprises. A valuable asset and a pleasure to work with!”
Kelly Berdine, Project Manager - Creative & Technical Website Development Spunlogic (now Engauge)
“Tony, I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the Olive Garden team for helping us with our website. You went above and beyond to get us the information we needed.”
Wendy Boyer, Associate Brand Manager Darden Restaurants – Olive Garden
“I have worked with Tony for years on my TV show and on other projects. Not only does he have an acute quality to finish projects on time while maintaining top quality standards, but he also brings so much more to the table with a natural passion and drive to create the ultimate results. Tony would be great part of any project.”
Hugh Robinson, CEO Crescent Moon Production
“Tony epitomizes the definition of a team player. He will always jump in and aid in any situation to ensure a project's needs are being met or exceeded. He's attention to detail and quality of work are unsurpassed by his ability to lead in any situation. He anticipates needs and knows exactly how to tackle any project, no matter the size. The mix of know-how, quick wit, passion and drive make Tony invaluable. Most notably, in the interactive world, Tony applies strategic and critical thinking to situations which substantially improve overall results. It was a pleasure to work with Tony and I highly recommend him.”
Jonathan Hobbs, Channel Marketing Administrator / Project Manager A.D.A.M. Software, Inc.
"Tony is a fun guy to have around the office. His knowledge and passion for all things digital is shown through everything he does in his work. Combine that with his other creative channels (i.e. photography) and you have a person who would be highly valuable to any organization.”
Drew Hawkins, Community Manager Engauge
“If you are looking for someone who is truly passionate about business development and is an incredible "closer" in the digital marketing arena, look no further than Tony. Traditional business development "hunters" rely on antiquated methods to get in front of decision makers. Not Tony. Tony presents digital solution scenarios to C-level executives as a means of getting them to open up about their issues and talk about what they really are looking to accomplish with their overall marketing and branding campaigns. Tony actually listens and documents the pain points for each individual prospect or client and then works with his colleagues to formulate the right approach to win the business. For Tony, it is not about sitting back and waiting on RFPs; it is about accelerating the conversation and creating opportunities that drive toward closing the deals - which is why I can't wait to work with him again!”
PJ Walker, Client Services Director Organic
“Tony is a very energetic and passionate individual with a strong drive to get the best results possible for clients. It has been a pleasure to work with Tony; his positive and sunny attitude is very motivating.”
Mirko Bulovic, Systems Architect Spunlogic (now Engauge)
“Tony just doesn't open doors, he closes deals. He is a great business development lead with a deep understanding of the ever-changing digital and social media landscape. He listens, educates you and customizes the right solution for you. He's always in touch with the latest trends and understands how to apply them to your communications challenges. At the end of the day, you want to work with smart people who you trust and know will get the job done. This is what Tony is all about.”
Sam Hosokawa, SVP, Managing Director Grey Atlanta
“I worked with Tony on channel sales and strategies. Through my work and conversations with Tony, I always found him to be collaborative, energetic and insightful. Tony was always thinking about we could tailor our offerings to provide clients with a unique and differentiated solution. I hope to be able to again work with Tony and would recommend him to other organizations.”
Adam Steinberg, Co-Founder PlacePunch (aquired by SilverPOP)
“Tony doesn't just bring expertise in every aspect of a project, he also brings enthusiasm as well as out of the box creativity. He always has incredibly useful information that is relevant to the task at hand. Time is money and Tony will not waste your time. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative.”
Banu Yilmaz Modern Luxury
“I have recruited several Business Development professionals throughout my career, but Tony Kinard stands out in a crowd. I have NO problem endorsing his professionalism.”
Jim Stroud, Director, Sourcing and Social Strategy Bernard Hodes Group
"Tony is a great person to have on your team! He has a deep passion for interactive marketing, and he shares his passion with both colleagues and clients. One of my favorite qualities about Tony is his intellectual curiosity that keeps him constantly abreast of the latest trends in digital marketing. From a sales perspective, he is very tenacious, but he also focuses on adding value to every interaction with a potential client. Tony is a team player who makes everyone around him better. I highly recommend Tony, and look forward to watching as his career continues to blossom."
Joe Koufman, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Engauge
“Tony played a critical role at Engauge as well as at Spunlogic, which was a predecessor firm that later became Engauge. Over the years Tony has added significant value to our company through striking new relationships with firms that became major clients due to his efforts. Tony has the skills and knowledge to navigate new business efforts that span RFP driven opportunities as well as organic opportunities. This is a rare talent since most people excel at one or the other but not both. His ability to get first meetings, as well as be considered a trusted advisor, and not just a door opener, is his greatest talent. He "gets" the business of interactive marketing, and has worked alongside me over the years to tune both proposals and plans to keep the clients' best interests in mind to achieve their marketing goals. He has a passion for technology, and is skilled in the art world as well through his photography background. This blending of creativity and technology is a rare, and valuable skill set.”
Raghu Kakarala, VP, Digital Strategy Engauge
“Tony, Thanks for all the life, energy and ideas you brought to our review process.”
Mike Friedman, Director of Interactive Marketing Darden Restaurants - Red Lobster
“Tony's understanding of the digital marketing and social media landscape is unmatched -- 2nd only to the people that he surrounds himself with. Coupled with a relentless desire to learn, inquire, and master, Tony is a huge marketing, creative, and business asset to any brand in his portfolio. Period.”
Vlad Gorenshteyn, Digital Marketing Manager AIS Media, Inc.
“Tony has a tremendous amount of knowledge when it comes to customer acquisition, delivery of services and retention.”
Steven Hughes, Executive Director of Oracle Users Worldwide Oracle Corporation
“Expert! Amazing photos and always on time. Extremely professional and creative. Would highly recommend for any photography project.”
Sandra Jordan, Special Events Beau Rivage Resorts, Inc.
"Tony was a great find a Edutech. He's a natural at marketing and relationship sales. Great energy and personality. He'll do what it takes to get the job done."Frank Holsworth, PresidentEdutech
"I've had the benefit of working with Tony on two different occasions, first at Spunlogic and then at Engauge. His energy, work ethic and passion for what he's doing are reasons why I'd happily work with him again in the future, and I'd recommend him for any organization that values those qualities. I'll also add that Tony has gained a great deal of experience over the years both in digital marketing and social media. Once he latches on to an area he's passionate about, it doesn't take him long to get up to speed and deeply involved in that community."
Jeff Hilimire, President and Chief Digital Officer Engauge