2012 Inductees


Erin Clift, Vice President, Global Marketing & Partnerships, Spotify

As Vice President, Global Marketing & Partnerships, Erin Clift is responsible for consumer and business marketing, revenue expansion and strategy, brand partnerships, and agency programs. In this role, Erin oversees the Spotify brand around the world with a focus on making the entire experience easy, personal and fun.

Erin and her team are also charged with developing creative solutions for 3rd party brands and evangelizing the Spotify platform as an innovative way to connect marketers to their consumers through the power of music.

Erin came to Spotify from AOL, where she was in charge of Branded Experiences and Partnerships. In this role, she oversaw relationships with top talent and production companies including Heidi Klum, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, BermanBraun, and many more. Previously, Erin ran Global Sales Development for AOL, where her team expanded the company's ability to provide deep insights and industry knowledge to clients and partners, and increased marketing presence in the media industry.

Before joining AOL, Erin held various leadership positions in advertising sales for Google. As Director of North American Agency Relations, she was responsible for Google's business strategy, marketing and learning programs and overall revenue management from advertising agencies. Previously, Erin spent more than five years directing the strategy, marketing and revenue management for Google's North American business-to-business media practice.

Prior to Google, Erin spent 10 years working in various marketing and media consulting roles, including Director of Marketing at Oprah.com. Erin also has held both marketing and consulting roles at Neoglyphics Media Corporation and American National Bank (now part of JP Morgan Chase).

A frequent speaker on topics related to media, marketing and industry advertising trends, Erin also serves on the board of the DMG Media Board of Governors and the (AEF) Advertising Educational Foundation as well as several local charities.


Georgina Flores, Director of Marketing, Allstate Insurance Company

As Director of Marketing at Allstate Corporation, the largest publicly-held insurer in the U.S., Georgina Flores is responsible for leading Homeowners insurance marketing and Multicultural marketing strategy and communications, focusing on Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) segments. This includes advertising, media, cause-related marketing, direct marketing, digital, social media, collateral, promotions, sponsorships and consumer public relations.

Georgina joined Allstate in 2003 and serves on Allstate’s diversity council to implement companywide strategies that leverage diversity as a business driver. In 2011, Georgina’s marketing role expanded to include strategy development and execution of all homeowners insurance marketing for the company.

Under Georgina’s leadership, Allstate’s multicultural advertising campaigns have won numerous awards including two Effie awards in the Hispanic category, three ANA Multicultural Excellence awards, three GLAAD awards and Best in Show at the Interactive Media Awards.

Prior to joining Allstate, Georgina worked at Entertainment Marketing, Inc. and Element 79 Partners, both Chicago advertising organizations, where she managed a range of integrated marketing programs targeting general market and multicultural consumers.

She holds two bachelor’s degrees with summa cum laude distinction from the University of Missouri in broadcast journalism and Spanish. While doing her undergraduate studies, Georgina spent one year abroad at Spain’s premier journalism university, the University of Navarra, in Pamplona. Georgina earned a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, where she also graduated with high honors.

Georgina and her family lived in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago for several years where her husband, Manny Flores, served on Chicago’s City Council as Alderman of the 1st Ward. Currently, they reside in Park Ridge, Ill. and have two children, Teddy and Sofia.


Rei Inamoto, Chief Creative Officer, AKQA

Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50” twice as well as one of “the Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising” in Forbes Magazine, Rei Inamoto is one of the most influential individuals in the marketing and creative industry today.

With a broad international experience in Asia, Europe and the US as well as an unusual combination of background in advertising, design and technology, Rei brings a unique perspective to his work.

Rei is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, responsible for delivering creative solutions for the agency’s clients such as Audi, Google, Nike and Xbox. Since he arrived in 2005 at the agency, his presence has been instrumental in bringing AKQA the highest recognitions. In 2009, AKQA became the first agency in history to receive five Agency of the Year accolades from publications such as Creative Review and Campaign. It was also selected as one of the Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Most recently, Advertising Age honored AKQA as one of the top Ten Agencies of the Decade.

Rei is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW and Spikes Asia to name a few. His writing and opinions have been widely published in publications like Fast Company and Contagious Magazine, making him a thought leader and a prominent voice in the industry.

Originally from Tokyo, Rei spent his childhood and teenage years in Japan and Europe. He then came to the US to complete his university studies with degrees in fine arts and computer science – all before people were broadcasting their feelings, talking in 140 characters or less, or becoming friends with people they didn’t know.

He currently resides in New York.


Howard Mittman, VP & Publisher, WIRED, Condé Nast

Howard Mittman is the Vice President and Publisher of WIRED and has been in the role since February 2009. Prior to that, he was the magazine’s associate publisher for three years.

Under Howard, WIRED has received numerous accolades, including recognition as “Magazine of the Decade” by AdWeek in addition to being named to AdWeek’s Hot List and Advertising Age's A-List. In 2010, Howard was awarded with Condé Nast’s Publisher of the Year award after leading the brand to its most successful and profitable year in history. The brand also received recognition as Condé Nast’s Sales Team of the Year for 2010, for this achievement.

Howard has led the successful integration of WIRED.com and launched the WIRED Tablet application, the industry’s most groundbreaking and buzzed-about magazine app. Several new brand extensions have launched under Howard such as the development of the WIRED Business Conference and the introduction of the WIRED Café at Comic-Con. These awards and accomplishments landed Howard on Crain's prestigious 40 Under 40 list, in 2010.

Prior to joining Condé Nast, Howard was at Time Inc. at both Popular Science and Mutual Funds magazines and he also worked at New York magazine and Thompson Financial Publishing. Howard lives in the city with his wife and two children and received a B.A. from The Ohio State University.


Tor Myhren, President & Chief Creative Officer, Grey New York

Tor Myhren is President and Chief Creative Officer of Grey New York, which was just named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World by Fast Company Magazine. In the four years under Tor’s leadership, Grey’s flagship office has more than doubled in size, from 400 to 950 employees.

The E*Trade Baby, the Oprah car giveaway, Obama’s astoundingly viral 'Race Switch’ poster and making Ellen DeGeneres a CoverGirl at age 50, are some examples of Tor’s culturally relevant work.

Fortune Magazine just named Tor to their prestigious ’40 Under 40’ list, and he was placed along with James Cameron, Dave Eggers and Lady Gaga on the elite 'Creativity 50' list honoring the 50 most influential creative minds of 2010. Tor recently finished his first feature-length documentary film, ‘City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story’ which aired on ESPN after winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Tor grew up in Denver, is a journalist by trade and loves skiing and basketball (which he played for Occidental College). His favorite life experience was taking five months off work (twice) to travel around the world (twice). He married Tomoko Higuchi in Kyoto (once). They have a little girl named Reika.


Max Page, Recipient of the Special Award for Charitable Works for Children’s Hospitals

Witty and wise for his age, 8 year old Max Page has learned a lot from overcoming challenges and seldom lets anything slow him down. He was born with a congenital heart defect – Tetralogy of Fallot – and he requires a pacemaker. Max has had his heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and loves giving back to his community. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network, leads the Jr. Ambassadors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, lobbied DC on behalf of Children's Hospital Association representing 217 hospitals and institutions, and has donated his time to over 20 events promoting children’s healthcare issues. Each year Max selects a charity for his birthday and donates gifts and money from this charity birthdays to children’s causes. This year he collected money for The Jessie Rees Foundation, who give Joy Jars to critically ill children.

Best known for his role as “Little Darth Vader” from the Volkswagen 2011 “The Force” commercial, Max has also been in several national commercials and is a reoccurring character on The Young and the Restless and Prime Suspect. Max was covered extensively by the media this past summer as he underwent open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

In his free time, Max loves to act, swim, golf, play baseball, play drums and pal around with his brother, Ellison.


Marc Speichert, Chief Marketing Officer, L’Oréal USA

Marc Speichert joined L’Oréal USA in the newly-created role of Chief Marketing Officer in April, 2010. Reporting directly to L’Oréal USA CEO, Frédéric Rozé, Marc is responsible for driving and enhancing innovation throughout L’Oréal USA’s four Divisions. These Divisions include Consumer Products (mass,) Luxury Products (prestige,) Professional Products (salons,) and Active Cosmetics (dermatologist offices, medi-spas.) In his role, Marc is also responsible for Corporate Strategic Marketing, Media & Digital, as well as Consumer Market Intelligence.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Marc is leading an organizational and cultural breakthrough. His focus is in three key areas: First, the identification of synergies to create a more transversal view of consumers that will provide a base of knowledge to further innovation and gain new consumer and shopper insights. Second, Marc and his team are focusing on identifying platforms and creating a pipeline for driving media and digital efficiencies and innovation through such vehicles as investment strategies for TV, Print and Digital; creating digital listening capabilities through the company’s Consumer Affairs Department; and the creation of the NEXT fund – a digital and media incubator fund which will benefit all of L’Oréal USA divisions and brands. Third is business development, which includes investigating new growth areas in which to help L’Oréal USA deliver against the L’Oréal Group’s global goal of bringing one billion new consumers into its franchise within the next ten years.

With over fifteen years experience in the consumer products industry, Marc has extensive knowledge in the areas of marketing and innovation. He began his career in marketing with an internship in L’Oréal’s Luxury Division in France in 1995, which was where he decided to make marketing his career.

Marc received his Masters in Marketing Management from ESCP Europe, and from there went on to hold various marketing positions at Colgate-Palmolive, beginning in 1997. He accepted a number of international assignments while at Colgate including Marketing Director in Latin America for Personal Care and Fabric Care; Marketing Director in Greece, and prior to his position at L’Oréal USA, was Marketing Director, Category Innovation Center for Colgate-Palmolive in New York, where he was in charge of innovation for Colgate’s Personal Care Products in North America.

Marc has been a featured speaker at many conferences and summits including the 2011 IAB Innovation Days, Women’s Wear Daily 2011 Digital Forum, keynote at Ad Age’s 2011 ME Conference, Columbia University Business School Center of Brand Global Leadership BRITE ‘12 Conference, keynote at the 2012 International Advertising Association New York luncheon, Federated Media’s 2012 CM Summit, the Cannes Lions 59th International Festival of Creativity, and most recently he was the keynote speaker at the Brand Innovators Integrated Media Buying Summit. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Brand Innovator’s first annual 40 Under 40.

Marc resides in New York City.


Lisa Weinstein, President, Global Digital, Data & Analytics, Starcom MediaVest Group

Lisa Weinstein leads Starcom MediaVest Group’s digital, search and analytics capabilities, anchoring its product in digital and evolving the media mix for the near future where nearly half will stem from the digital, content and analytics disciplines. In this role, she oversees all aspects of SMG’s digital expertise spanning online, mobile, social, search, and more as well as the agency’s growing Performance Marketing and Data & Analytics units. Lisa’s leadership serves as a digital guide for many of the biggest marketers in the world, including Coca-Cola, P&G, and Microsoft.

Since joining SMG in January 2011, Lisa spearheaded 70% digital growth, with global, social and mobile centers of excellence serving as key drivers. She also oversaw the integration of search within the US business units, aligning it with upstream strategy and insight, and nearly doubling search commitment. Most recently, Lisa added leadership of SMG’s Data & Analytics capability, evolving it into an integrated practice at the heart of connecting brands' human experiences to marketplace results.

Lisa leads the biggest digital partnerships in the business, with SMG ranking as a leading agency partner with Facebook, Google and Microsoft, and forged early-adopter relationships with social analytics partners like ShareThis and Visible Measures.

In addition, Lisa drove global solutions such as SMG's proprietary ECHO tool set that leverages social data to make experiences more meaningful across listening, activation and measurement. She also established SMG’s analytics products like POEM for progressive cross-channel measurement, incorporating paid, owned and earned data; Pathfinder, defining the future of attribution; and SMG Connected Intelligence that underpins SMG's analytics suite to deliver real-time data visualization and power greater impact.

A testament to the digital capability built under Lisa’s leadership, Forrester Research recently cited SMG among the leaders in the new interactive landscape—the first time a media agency has received this acknowledgement from Forrester.

Prior to joining SMG, Lisa ran Mindshare Chicago where, at 32-years old, she was the youngest person to ever run an office for the agency. In this post, she oversaw nearly 200 employees and more than $1 billion in billings for brands including BP, Motorola, Kimberly-Clark, Abbott Laboratories, and others, as well as leading the operation to win nine new clients and doubling its size during her tenure.

Lisa has served as an advisor to numerous start-ups, Balihoo and Visible Measures among them, and is also on Google’s Global Media Council and Forbes Executive Women’s Board.

Lisa’s achievements have earned her accolades including Advertising Age and Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”, MediaWeek “Media All-Star”, and now, the AAF's Advertising Hall of Achievement.