It’s the people behind the brand that matter!

Haig Barrett starts with our people. And ends there, too. Because our people are the power behind our name. While we come from all walks of life, with a variety of specialties and backgrounds, we have one shared passion. To help you, our clients, create rich, interactive relationships with your customers.

There’s one more shared passion. To help you, our clients, have a good time doing it.

Haig Armaghanian

Founder, CEO & Chief Visionary Officer

Sarah Flindall

Chief of Staff

Fred Amiryan

COO and Chief Project Warrior

Jens Wallrabe

Business Director

Beth Harris

Senior Account Director

James L. Pinzino

Vice President, Food & Beverage

Josh Dunn

Strategy & Execution Lead

Tonia Becker

Think Tank

Murray Schwartz

Founder & Managing Partner TM-Travel Entertainment Marketing & Chief Experience Officer

Larry Zimmerer

Automotive Industry Lead

Karine Boutin

Marketing Strategist

Khayal Algosaibi Jones

Project Warrior

Michael Utvich

Marketing Visionary

Minling Chuang

Chief Storyteller

Nina Cohen

Think Tank

Rachel Richman

Strategy & Execution Lead

Dr. Rhea Kim, Ph.D

Chief Research Officer & Total Market Evangelist

Renee Westerhout

Senior Account Director

Sally Verdugt

Strategy & Execution Lead

Stephen Getson

Business Director

Ted Whetstone

Strategy & Execution Lead

Andrzej Pienczykowski

Think Tank

Bill Boardman

Think Tank

Brett M. Miles

Think Tank

Brian Chatfield

Think Tank

Bruce Miles

Think Tank

Chris Christensen

Think Tank

George Skegas

Think Tank

Mamoush Ashour

Think Tank

Anil Doshi RPh, Ph.D

Think Tank

Aria Raphael

Team Talent Manager

Dan Wittmers

Business Director

Beatriz Nasciutti

Consumer Insights Analyst

Behrouz Aghevli

Data Analytics Manager

Haig Armaghanian

Founder, CEO & Chief Visionary Officer

Haig Armaghanian is one busy man. And that’s just how he likes it. On any given day, you’ll find him working with a longtime client like Toyota, collaborating with other Haig Barrett team members on their projects, penning a book he’s working on and squeezing in a yoga class. How is Haig able to do so much? One word. Passion. And five more very important words: He loves what he does. When clients call, Haig comes in, assesses the situation and diagnoses issues quickly. And he’s no wallflower. Clients look to Haig to shake things up with disruptive thinking—challenging the norm and looking for opportunities to improve. You might say Haig is known for creating “new normals”. And that isn’t the only new thing Haig is known for. After 12 years in leading management roles at Rio Tinto, Haig wanted to create a different kind of management consulting firm—one where the consultants are hands on, in the weeds and standing alongside their clients. Born and raised in the UK, Haig earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours Degree) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey. That’s probably where all of that experimental thinking comes from. And that’s not the only kind of experimenting Haig is known for. Put him in the kitchen and he’ll whip up something amazing – French and Armenian dishes are his specialties. Other things Haig cherishes include good cigars, his steady yoga practice and marveling at what Emily, his beautiful baby daughter, discovers every day. What else should you know about Haig? Well, if he could have one superpower, Haig would choose the ability to teleport. With this power, he’d crisscross the globe getting different perspectives and then delivering informed recommendations to his clients. And if this superpower helps him beat LA traffic – well, that’s just gravy.

Sarah Flindall

Chief of Staff

Sarah is a high achiever, with experience across a number of industries, and a proven track record of sustainable sales growth through the development of new business opportunities/new markets, the introduction of new products, with excellent people management skills and a strong focus on improving operational efficiency.

Fred Amiryan

COO and Chief Project Warrior

You might say he’s one of the people who runs the joint. Fred Amiryan is tasked with setting up and running Haig Barrett’s PMO—Project Management Office. As the PMO involves overseeing each project team to ensure successful completion of projects, he knows a thing or two (or fifty) about finding the best solution for clients. Fred doesn’t just sit back and watch. He’s in the middle of the action to make sure project teams run the way they should. On every project. Every time. He also jumps in with data analytics, project management, product development, business development and technical support. If something needs to get done, Fred can handle it. In fact, Fred’s expertise in handling all the details has become so well known, clients have come to think of him as a sort of “translator” —that invaluable liaison between the confusing data analysis, and the tangible objectives of applying that knowledge to find real, on-the-ground solutions. It’s why Fred Amiryan plays such a valuable role as Chief Project Warrior for Haig Barrett. He’s got undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry as well as an MBA. From there, he spent nearly ten years building and running enterprise-wide systems for WellPoint and Wellcare, as well as running his own IT consulting company. When he’s not in the office, Fred enjoys spending quality time with family and friends (and even his coworkers!). An avid road cyclist, he is far from your typical consultant, feeling at home pushing himself through grueling climbs on mountain roadways. But if he could have his superpower of choice, he would gladly trade in his bike for it. Fred would love the ability to fly from client to client. This would help him pack even more into a business day – and it would sure grab attention over the skies of LA.

Jens Wallrabe

Business Director

Jens has an extensive leadership and revenue generating background, with over 20 years of business, program management, sales and marketing experience. He has a successful track record of strategic development and implementation of innovative business, sales and marketing initiatives for both large and small companies. Jens’ experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial sectors gives him a unique skill set with a very strong sense of understanding of what companies need to have in place if they are looking to rapidly increase growth, sales, and revenue. Jens’ background includes being part of the original team that launched DIRECTV, Inc., at the 1994 start-up phase, and participating in its unprecedented growth. Over the years there, he held a number of key management positions including the development and implementation of strategies to meet national sales objectives for 5,000 points of distribution. Most recently he was the COO of a rapidly growing boutique strength & conditioning fitness start-up company. Jens remains passionate about training and competing in sports and has been an athlete all his life. He is currently studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and holds an M.B.A, from the University of New Haven, Connecticut.

Beth Harris

Senior Account Director

Beth is an enthusiastic, inspirational leader who brings a wealth of experience in high level experiential marketing, branding, consultative sales and empowering leadership to her clients. Beth combines impeccable organizational skills with innovative, creative strategies to orchestrate extraordinary experiences, and her practiced, strategic approach to branding and marketing routinely creates outcomes that are grounded in consumer insight and reinforce a shared sense of vision and purpose, while increasing revenue.

Beth’s background includes working with a wide range of global clients including: Medtronic Inc., Roche Sequencing, The Cosmetics Group of Sumitomo Corporation, Hyundai and UBM. She most recently demonstrated expertise in creating and executing sophisticated, exciting experiential events that engage and educate CEOs, tech entrepreneurs and high-level executives on world issues, while building a global network of prominent speakers and leaders. Key influencers, speakers include: Paul Kame, President, Republic of Rwanda, Jared Cohen, President of Jigsaw, Chris Kelly, Former Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook, Peter Gibbons, Executive Vice President, Mattel, Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Minister of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany and more.

Beth is passionate about philanthropy, and she currently serves as Chair of the West Coast Leadership Council for the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda, the first and only college for women in East Africa. She also actively supports the Just Like My Child Foundation that helps families escape cycles of poverty and social injustice. Beth currently shares her time between Los Angeles and New York, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia.

James L. Pinzino

Vice President, Food & Beverage

James is a Food & Beverage industry veteran, a top-performing Sales and Marketing leader with a proven record of increasing sales, expanding client base, introducing new products, and driving company growth. His deep knowledge and experience positions him between the marketplace and the product. James is invaluable when partnering with Food & Beverage companies who are looking for an edge in the competitive market place.James has held a number of Senior Executive-level positions at Food & Beverage companies including North American Water Group (President), HPL Puresport (President), CSI (Cluster Solutions Inc.) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Beverage Marketing Inc., and Sysco Branded Products for Compton Foods (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sysco Foods).During Jim’s tenure at North American Water Group as president, he was responsible for the sales of three bottling plants located in Phoenix, AZ, Macomb, MS, and Quincy, IL. Jim was instrumental in increasing sales nearly ten times from $5 million to over $48 million and was instrumental in the sale of the company.Over his career Jim has been directly responsible for driving both regional and national growth, for many companies. Also, he has built up relationships with the key players such as Budweiser, 7Up, Dr. Pepper, RC Cola, Sysco, Armour Foods, Kansas city, Vancol Industries, Outlaw Energy Drinks, HEB, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Randall’s and 7/Eleven franchise stores.If James could have one super power, he would choose the ability of Super Speed, since he has so many good ideas for the Food & Beverage segment, he wants to share them with as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

Josh Dunn

Strategy & Execution Lead

From labels and packaging, to mining and minerals, to automotive parts—Josh M. Dunn knows how to develop a business and keep it running.

As a Strategy & Execution Lead for Haig Barrett, Josh currently leads a project for Toyota, and its luxury vehicle division Lexus, which bridges Marketing and Supply chain functions to improve customer satisfaction. But his qualifications and expertise are far from narrow.

Prior to joining Haig Barrett, Josh held numerous Marketing and Program Leadership roles in several divisions of Avery Dennison. He also spent 18 years at Rio Tinto in various Marketing, Business Improvement and Regulatory Leadership roles in their Industrial Minerals division. Perhaps that’s why he’s such a goldmine of knowledge and expertise.

So, what’s a guy like Josh—who’s always looking toward the future—do for fun? Besides spending time with his family, he travels extensively—having visited more than 50 countries across the globe. In fact, the only continent he hasn’t (yet) visited is Antarctica—though he looks forward to seeing the penguins.

When asked what he would choose as his superpower, it’s no surprise that Josh wishes he could predict the future. He knows how valuable such a skill could be to clients. The funny thing is, from looking at his past successes, you might think he already can.

Tonia Becker

Think Tank

Tonia brings more than 24 years of experience in content, audience development, marketing communications and brand leadership strategies. Tonia spent most of her career on the business side of B2B publishing in sales, sales management and publisher positions. She particularly enjoyed leading Pharmaceutical Manufacturing website and magazine as the property’s publisher for more than 7 years.

While she will always love the smell and feel of a freshly printed magazine, increasingly sophisticated digital communication strategies and tactics have been the focus of her work for the last several years – business leader, communications strategist, writer and digital junkie. Tonia has a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Murray Schwartz

Founder & Managing Partner TM-Travel Entertainment Marketing & Chief Experience Officer

Combining his passion for music, sports and travel, Murray Schwartz has followed a winding path of unique opportunities over the course of his long career. As a teen, Murray was the official photographer for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and other major TV music shows. In 1977, he and two friends started a punk rock and heavy metal fanzine, Raw Power Magazine, which reached 10,000 readers by the time Murray was just 18 years old.

It was at university that Murray came up with the idea for his career and company: RPMC, a company that was equivalent to “The Club Med of Rock’n’Roll.” RPMC, which first began as a way to update radio stations and media worldwide on who was playing when and where, quickly became an elite sponsorship activation firm that created some of the most impactful and talked about Travel Entertainment Promotions in the industry including: ” It was 20 Years ago Today” Party at Abbey Road Studios, Budweiser Rock n Roll Summit with the Rolling Stones in Moscow, Halloween in Hollywood, and others. The company worked closely with major Sporting Events, Music Tours and once-in-a-lifetime shows from Amnesty International, Live Aid and The Wall at the Wall. In addition, Murray produced many Radio Remote Broadcasts for some of the most famous radio DJ’s of the era including Howard Stern from destinations including Abbey Road Studios, Hard Rock Cafes, London, Moscow and Munich.

RPMC and Murray Schwartz became synonymous in the business as the go-to place for designing innovative destination experiences for corporate business incentive use. He has worked with AB/InBev, Adidas, Amgen, Coca Cola, Discovery Channel, D&B, Formula 1, The Grammy Awards, Hard Rock Cafe, Intel, McDonalds, Sony, UBS and many, many more.

Murray has been involved in working with The Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games where he and his agency produced the Westwood One/NBC Radio hospitality. Since that time he has produced radio remote broadcasts, consumer promotions, travel hospitality/incentives and unique activation including consulting for companies such as Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike and the Chicago Olympic Bid committee. His experience includes working directly with host cities, the IOC and USOC.Murray divides his time between California and the U.K.

Larry Zimmerer

Automotive Industry Lead

To say that Larry is knowledgeable of the Automotive Industry is an understatement.For the last 36 years, Larry worked in the field office for Ford and for Toyota in corporate headquarters and the field. He’s even been part owner and operator of retail dealerships. With his vast experience, Larry has a unique understanding of how to create the right synergies.Larry’s philosophy is to create a win, win, win scenario – win for the OEM, dealer, and customer. This philosophy comes from working in the field and retail, gaining a deep understanding of what both customers and dealers care about the most. These insights provide Larry the ability to craft plans to meet customers’ and dealers’ needs.His knowledge was showcased when he was selected to over-see the development of a new information system software for a leading automotive manufacturer. Larry’s knowledge of OEM, dealer and customer needs made Larry the choice to lead a team in creating a system to streamline the manufacturers’ incentive process.Although Larry has moved around numerous times throughout his career, he is a Midwesterner at heart. He grew up in Kentucky, attending Bellarmine University. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife.One of Larry’s passions is playing golf. If you challenge him to a game, ask him to go easy on you because his single digit handicap is no joke. Larry also enjoys gardening and reading a book a week. Some of his favorite books are by James Patterson and Stuart Woods.When asked about his super power, he would like to be able to look into the future without needing a crystal ball. This way he’ll be better prepared for what happens in the future. Really though, we think he just wants to make sure he can beat you at the game of golf before he accepts your challenge.

Karine Boutin

Marketing Strategist

No matter what the industry, Karine can pull together a solid marketing plan, with style. Karine’s experience within the fashion world, her trained eye for creating beauty and understanding the aesthetics of a brand gives her a unique perspective we use to our client’s advantage.Karine’s background includes five years at Clarins Fragrance Group in Paris, working as their International Marketing Manager, four years at LVMH Kenzo Fashion, presenting collections to agents and importers, conducting commercial follow ups, explaining competition analysis, recommendations and more. That’s what she’s known for. Her uncanny ability to analyze how a specific brand should approach its audience and help create a unique angle and campaign for that brand to reach its most ideal audience.At Haig Barrett, Karine is a Marketing Strategist and currently advising Toyota on how to best communicate their new brand across the company. But coming up with the plan is only part of the job. Karine works with her teammates to implement the approved plans and helps manage the budget, resources, and timeline.If she had her pick of superpowers, Karine would choose telepathy and she’d use it to serve her clients. Because staying ahead of the trends is all about reading the market—and her customer’s mind. A trendsetter in her own right, we can’t wait to see what Karine pulls together next as she dresses up ideas, strategies and even tired-looking office furniture with flash and style.

Khayal Algosaibi Jones

Project Warrior

Khayal Algosaibi Jones is a people person at heart. He enjoys sitting down with people, getting to know them, and looking for ways to make them happy. And it shows in his work.Prior to joining Haig Barrett, Khayal coordinated events for Owl and Panthers, a non-profit organization for refugees. The events he coordinated helped refugees from all over the world adjust to a new country and heal from the trauma they endured.It is this service mindset that drew him to Haig Barrett where he’s one of our Project Warriors. As a Project Warrior, Khayal works with our clients to ensure their goals are reached with ease (and of course a little fun).Originally from London, Khayal spent his childhood between Western and Middle Eastern cultures – often traveling between the UK and Saudi Arabia to visit family. His interest in other cultures led him to study International Relations at Harvard.True to most Californians, he enjoys spending his time outdoors. In his spare time, you can find him surfing the best surf spots in Los Angeles or skateboarding around town. But don’t let his laid back Cali style fool you. He is also a bookworm and cites Shantaram as one of his favorite books.If Khayal could pick any superpower, he would choose the ability to teleport, to “jump” from one location to another in the blink of an eye. Not only will it allow him to travel around the world and immerse himself into other cultures, but he’d also be able to help his clients be 10 steps ahead of the game. Now who wouldn’t want that?

Michael Utvich

Marketing Visionary

Michael’s unique ability to see the whole spectrum of a client’s problem and provide real world solutions has made him an important member of our team. By the way, he’s also an award-winning author of nine books on computer software. Talk about that maximizing every opportunity!Even though he possesses over-the-top critical thinking skills, Michael is never afraid to pull up his shirtsleeves and get down to the nitty gritty work that needs to be done. He will try on every hat in the room in order to gain perspective and deliver the best solution for a particular client’s needs.What makes Michael such an integral part of the Haig Barrett team is his deep understanding of our strategic approach and problem-solving process. He has helped us focus on seeking the pivot, the edge that reveals a critical angle. Michael recognizes that a new approach and new solution can change the value equation.Throughout his career Michael has been actively involved in product launches for large scale companies including Toyota, Xerox, IBM and others, including the $8 Billion+ Xerox Xenith Project in 1989-90. He has also worked as strategic product launch developer for Ogilvy New Media New York, working with European, Israeli and Asian clients onboarding to U.S. with new products and building their PR presence.Something else clients can count on with Michael is a genuine devotion to his work. He’s there from start to finish. From the very inception to the very execution of a solution, Michael is there every step of the way.In his free time, Michael likes to entertain guests in a home he has carefully designed for his friends and family to enjoy. He’s also a member of the Magic Castle. Michael believes a little magic can change your perspective on everything.If asked what his secret super power would be, Michael remains philosophical. Explaining much like an artist works to create an image by identifying the negative space around an object to make that object appear, he would use his superpower to see the whole picture. He would most like a power that enables him to see the things that his clients are not looking at or paying attention to.It’s this “big picture thinking” that gives Michael the power to create beauty and magic with every task he’s given. Michael helps us seek and find the hidden path, so we can see our work in a different way that yields new and better results for our clients.

Minling Chuang

Chief Storyteller

Minling Chuang knows how to tell a story. How to take the best qualities of her clients and spin them into a beautiful representation of who they are.With a background in brand management and social media, Minling loves to help brands find their core essence—their story. And she knows that successful companies use their stories to build lasting relationships with their customers.Since graduating with an MBA from Indiana University and a BA from the University of Southern California, Minling has helped several great brands launch successful products including Guess? Inc., Lean Cuisine and Nestle Toll House—all because she understood what her customers needed.Now, as the Chief Storyteller at Haig Barrett, Minling uses these skills to weave her client’s story into a powerful message that showcases their heart and soul and connect with their customers. When customers feel connected to a brand—really know and understand the brand—well, that’s when the magic happens.Being a creative type, you never know where you might find Minling when she’s out of the office. She’s an expert practitioner and teacher of Kundalini yoga, a connoisseur of vegetarian cooking, a (not so expert) tennis player, and a world traveler. When the weather’s nice (and when isn’t it?), you’ll likely find Minling exploring the streets, trails, and beaches of LA or just hanging out at Tom’s Roasting Company in Venice. You might say she’s writing her own story – and no two chapters are alike.If Minling could choose a superpower, she would choose to fly. Not only would this save her hours a day in drive time, but it would also come in handy for helping clients get a bird’s eye view of the problems they are trying to solve. After all, if she could see the whole picture at once, it would make for easier storytelling.

Nina Cohen

Think Tank

Nina has always liked the business side of business—the day to day operations, behind the scenes action that keeps businesses ticking. After receiving her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from UCLA Film School (preferring the producing and business affairs side of movie making) and assisting on a few films, Nina found herself in the music business. She designed a Mac computer program to track radio airplay for a promotion, marketing and management firm. Nina also worked on the artist management side of the music business with Paula Abdul, Julia Fordham and No Doubt.

Later on, Nina worked as head of finance and administration for a company that manufactured toys licensed from Disney for Burger King then, back to the music biz again, managed world renowned musician and producer David Foster’s Time Warner joint venture record label. She also worked with Ozzy Osbourne’s business management firm.

Nina’s business management clients have included law firms, real estate developers, experiential marketing firms, IT consultants, clothing manufacturers and retailers, design firms and high net worth individuals.

Rachel Richman

Strategy & Execution Lead

Rachel Richman is a highly driven sales and marketing leader with more than ten years of experience in entertainment, sports and consumer packaged goods, most notably with Showtime Networks, Universal Sports and Teleflora.

Whether she is creating integrated marketing campaigns, developing new business, negotiating contracts or managing partnerships, Rachel approaches all tasks from a strategic, results-driven perspective. She offers a collaborative management style that is easy (and fun!) to work with, and believes the best way to achieve results is to clearly communicate expectations.

As a skilled project manager, Rachel enjoys juggling multiple tasks at once and thrives in high pressure circumstances. She is trustworthy and reliable, and well-versed in overseeing the development and execution of project plans, delivering results on time and within budget.

An avid athlete herself, Rachel always looks for ways to get involved in sports and jumped at the opportunity in 2013 to work for Universal Sports, an arm of NBC Universal and the only 24/7 Olympic sports channel. During her time at the cable network, she expanded distribution by negotiating new carriage agreements with TV distributors and executing impactful B2B and B2C marketing campaigns. Given a limited marketing budget, Rachel leveraged relationships with National Governing Bodies and video distributors (e.g. DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS) to find creative ways to reach larger audiences and provide greater exposure for the sports and the athletes showcased by the network.

Originally from Solvang, California, Rachel traded aebleskivers and windmills for freeways and palm trees when she moved to the city to pursue an undergraduate degree at UCLA, and since then has slowly been moving closer to the ocean. A long time west-sider, Rachel enjoys playing tennis, frequenting coffee shops and teaching her dog Lucy to not chase birds, a task at which she has not yet been successful.

Dr. Rhea Kim, Ph.D

Chief Research Officer & Total Market Evangelist

Rhea Kim knows how to plan, how to research, and how to execute. And she should—she has 20 years’ experience in the trenches. A real “renaissance woman,” Rhea’s strong background includes experience in high-profile global marketing and advertising, branding, corporate relations, strategic planning, leadership coaching, product development, and client management for successful companies across many fields. Rhea is also a respected researcher and professor at the University of Southern California, known for her work in the field of Diversity research. Her dissertation on “Asian American Females in Higher Education Leadership” is scheduled for publication. So how does Rhea put that experience to work for her clients? By helping them grow and develop their business. By helping them identify strategic partnerships. And by providing a scientific counterpart to the art of brand positioning and marketing.

But don’t let the lab coat fool you. Rhea is just as “at home” with a paintbrush and a fresh canvas as she is running analyses on her computer. She’s an accomplished artist, working in oils, sculpture, fine printing and bookmaking. She also loves to cook, and her dream is to combine these passions into restaurant with space for up-and-comers in the art and music world. Oh, and did we mention she’s a competitive (we didn’t say phenomenal) golfer? It’s clear that Rhea has a natural curiosity about life and all it has to offer.

Perhaps this curiosity is what drives her to understand her clients so deeply. And may also be why her superpower of choice would be to read minds. That way, she would really understand what they needed – and deliver before they ever asked for it. It would also be a great way for her to find out where women she passes on the streets of LA find their fabulous shoes.

Renee Westerhout

Senior Account Director

Who inspired Renee Westerhout to start a marketing career? Amanda Woodward, that’s who. [and if you don’t know who Amanda is, the answer is at the end of the bio]. Even though her love of marketing started from a TV show, Renee is the real deal.

Renee has spearheaded many campaigns for large brands such as Clinique, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Nike Basketball, Butterfinger, SweeTARTS and more for the last 10 years. She’s even won awards including The Webby Award in 2012 for a campaign she worked on at Saatchi & Saatchi for Toyota Motor Sales. Her MO is to help connect the dots for her clients between the consumer insights and strategies, in a way that delivers a connection between brands and their consumers.

Not only has she been able to create campaigns to keep the brands she is working with top of mind through traditional marketing tactics, Renee also brings extensive experience working in the digital space. Most recently, Renee was the Director of Social Media at Threshold Interactive where she helped garner 27 million impressions for one of her client’s during an activation alongside a Primetime awards show, and helped the brand take 84% share of voice in mentions in the brand’s category.

Renee exudes passion when she talks about marketing. But that’s not her only love. She is also an avid marathoner, running in 14 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2011. Besides running, Renee is an adventure junkie. From the places she travels to the culinary delights she samples from around the world, Renee is always up for trying new things.

And her superpower? That’s easy. Teleporting from place to place is her number one choice. This way she can travel to Greece, eat some delicious Mediterranean food, and maybe even run another marathon (or two) without having to hop on a plane.

** Amanda Woodward is Heather Locklear’s character in Melrose Place.

Sally Verdugt

Strategy & Execution Lead

Sally Verdugt has worn many hats since joining Haig Barrett—which, as she will tell you, is the fun part of working in a management consultancy. It’s also the fun part of any consulting company, really.

As Strategy & Execution Lead, Sally’s current role is managing day-to-day relationships with key client contacts. Her strong commitment to success, consistent performance, and deep knowledge and experience in her clients’ industries allow her to earn client trust and position her as a trusted advisor.

What other roles does Sally play? Motivator: ensuring the team meets and exceeds client goals and objectives. Anticipator: looking for potential issues before they can become problems. Ambassador: representing Haig Barrett to clients and in business development settings.

When it comes to product experience, Sally’s runs the gamut. She’s marketed everything from high-end resorts and private jets to tough, rugged trucks. No matter what she’s working on, Sally has a knack for getting a handle on the competitive landscape and where the industry is trending – keeping clients ahead of the curve and on top of the category.

But, guess what Sally wears even more varieties of than hats? Perfume. An avid collector, she has more than 200 bottles! She also makes a yearly trek to Sniffapalooza –an annual event for scent enthusiasts held in New York City.

If she could choose a superpower (or two), Sally would duplicate her team members in the event of client crisis. Or, maybe just see the future. Then she could get a jump on things and maybe avoid the whole duplication thing.

Stephen Getson

Business Director

Stephen is leader in brand strategy and experiential marketing. With over 15 years of professional experience in business development, strategic growth and marketing. He has a diverse background including strategic planning, sponsorship marketing, product development, plus creating and deploying experiential programs. Stephen is unique in bringing a holistic marketing perspective to clients and is able to organize and deliver to improve brand engagement and foster growth at a highly accelerated rate.

Stephen worked with a multitude of brands and organizations, including NASCAR, The Special Olympics, Coca-Cola Company, Hyundai, Major League Baseball, Toyota and University of Florida. His role has been key to strategy development and leading teams to create experiences that drive growth and brand alliances. Stephen is a former professional water-skier preforming at Sea World theme parks across the globe, he continues his athletic lifestyle with yoga, mountain biking and skiing. He has an industrial design degree and is the inventor on several patents.

Ted Whetstone

Strategy & Execution Lead

One of Haig Barrett’s “veterans”, Ted Whetstone has been a core member of the team since 2005.

For most of that time, he’s been working on Toyota, one of Haig Barrett’s largest accounts. And because he’s acquired such a deep history on the brand, the Toyota clients trust Ted to handle some pretty diverse tasks—everything from complex analytics and performance strategy to “in the weeds” project management.

Basically, if it needs to get done right, they know Ted will meet—and exceed—their expectations.

After graduating with an Engineering degree from Cornell, he joined Lutron Electronics where he wore many hats—product management, sales and business development. One of the highlights of his time at Lutron was establishing the company’s subsidiary in Tokyo. From there, Ted took his knowledge to the world of start-ups, helping multiple companies go from great idea to great profits.

When he joined Haig Barrett in 2005, he found the best of both worlds—a steady gig in which he is always challenged by new, exciting opportunities.

And here’s something you may not expect from Ted. From Monday through Friday, he’s pretty much a straight arrow. But when the weekend comes, you’re likely to find Ted having a blast with his friends—grabbing a wig and looking for a dance joint that plays 70’s funk disco.

And if Ted had a superpower, he’d choose the ability to see the future. Clients would benefit because Ted would help them find clarity in the unknown. And of course, he’d benefit because he’d always know which club to hit up on Saturday night.

Andrzej Pienczykowski

Think Tank

Andrzej Pienczykowski is an accomplished technology executive experienced in setting and driving technology as well as business strategy. Andrzej is also a thought leader in knowledge management, business intelligence and electronic publishing with a specific focus on content management systems. From operational perspective he possesses an expertise in maximizing return on technology investment, leading and directing teams, application and infrastructure architectures designed for performance.

Andrzej spent number of years at Gartner and he was critical to turning this research organization from paper to electronic publishing and electronic research delivery to their clients. This change enabled Gartner to grow its business from $ 150 million to $ 1 billion. He also served as a CTO of number software companies among others delivering and managing Learning Management Software platform. His expertise in knowledge transfer technologies was critical to delivering learning product to the market and strategic clients that included Toyota, Whirlpool, Black & Decker, Raymond James and many others. Andrzej was also responsible for building knowledge management and content delivery platform used by pharmaceutical clients that was saving them about $500 million in drug market launch phase by accelerating product uptake by 6 months. Clients of this platform included Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim and many others. Currently Andrzej runs a web software development company successfully developing commercial products for its clients as well as develops and operates its own product.

Andrzej holds Masters Degree in Mathematical Physics of Elementary Particles from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University.

Bill Boardman

Think Tank

Bill is a Managing Director, Product and Market Innovation for The StratOps Group, a consultancy to companies participating in the consumer products and MedTech value chains.

Throughout his career, Bill has led complex assignments transcending science, technology, and business resulting in new innovative product, market entry, and new adjacent business for clients. Bill specializes in advanced engineering, advanced sales, and strategic business development.

He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, PepsiCo, Colgate Palmolive, and the Bell Laboratories among others including strategic investors.

Prior to forming The StratOps Group, Bill led Arthur D. Little’s Technology and Innovation Management practice in North America and spent several years with Ernst & Young’s Northeast Management Consulting operation. He started his career within Honeywell’s Aerospace business group.

Brett M. Miles

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Brett is known for Empowering Leadership™ through his management consulting, strategic thinking, meeting facilitation skills, executive coaching and executive team building.

Brett has Fortune 500 sales, management and leadership experience in the business services and technology sectors with Yahoo’s Resumix, Inc., Oracle Corp., Lockheed’s CalComp, Control Data Corporation, and the United States Army where he served as a Captain.

Brett’s experience and leadership span sports, board-level, sales teams, company, and management consulting projects. He works within a variety of industries especially Entertainment, Technology, Automotive, Finance, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Services, and Commercial Real Estate.

Brett is a Ph.D. student in Human and Organizational Development at the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. He holds a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University.

Brett is a certified through the International Coaching Federation and Fielding Graduate University’s Evidence Based Coaching Master’s level program. He is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching. He was trained in Ontological Coaching by Fernando Flores, PhD. He is certified in a variety of assessment areas that include behaviors, motivators, thinking acumen, competencies, emotional intelligence (EQ), ASSESS® 360 surveys, and FIRO-B.

Brett is co-author of the book, Leadership: Helping Others to Succeed.

Brian Chatfield

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For the past few years, Brian Chatfield has been a partner at Assembly Associates, Non Executive member of wearedna, and Executive Chairman of Warnfield Developments Limited.

After serving in the British Army on an extended short-service commission, Brian joined the London headquarters of Dolby Laboratories in 1972 before moving into front line industrial relations with Delta Metal. He later spent over 20 years in various management roles at Rio Tinto, the global mining corporation. He is a chartered Fellow of the Institute of People Development with an MBA and extensive global experience in cultural change and business transformation. He has undertaken numerous senior search and recruitment and complex change management assignments throughout Europe over the past six years. During the late 1990s, he worked in Armenia and Hungary on business development and civil society projects funded by the European Union, the UK Department for International Development and the Soros Foundation. He holds a number of other positions including the board of Britain’s highly respected National Star College. He is particularly experienced in supporting companies as an advisor, investor or in a non executive boardroom role.

In addition to these roles, Brian was also the Non Executive Chairman of Haig Barrett, Inc. for 10 years before moving into his current role of Think Tank member.

Bruce Miles

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Bruce is a Managing Director with The StratOps Group, a strategic growth consultancy to companies participating in the Retail, Consumer Products and MedTech value chains.

Throughout his career, Bruce has earned a reputation as a high-energy and tenacious consultant with the vision to innovate business models to create a compelling competitive advantage, the experience to solve challenging problems which cut across organizational boundaries, and the organizational skills to lead companies to stellar operating results.

He specializes at helping companies to create and implement operational excellence strategies, while fully leveraging existing core competencies, brands, value chains, and infrastructure. Known for consistently driving bottom-line results, Bruce has improved EBITDA & working capital by tens of millions of dollars at more than a dozen companies.

He has worked with many leading Retail (grocery, pharmacy, specialty and department stores) and Manufacturing firms (high-technology, medical devices, industrial and consumer products).Prior

to forming The StratOps Group, Bruce held senior Practice leadership responsibilities at some of the world’s most highly regarded consulting firms including Managing Director with AlixPartners (Operational Restructuring Retail/Consumer & MedTech/Hi-Tech), Managing Principal with IBM (Business Transformation-Retail/Consumer), and Partner with Ernst & Young (Operational Excellence and World Class Sales & Service).

Bruce brings an executive perspective not typically found in most consultants, with proven executive management experience as acting CEO of a Medical Devices company, President & COO of a Hi-Tech company, and Chief Supply Chain Officer for a division of a Global 100 company.

Chris Christensen

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Chris is a keen problem solver and enjoys helping companies improve their processes. In fact, he’s an author of a book on process improvement and one on problem solving.

With over 30 years of experience as a senior manager for an aerospace firm and 20 years of experience consulting to government agencies and private industry, Chris is a valuable asset to our team.

He has worked with the who’s who of companies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Toyota, California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Hughes Aircraft Company, 3M Medical Products, Southern California Edison and more. All of his clients love Chris because he helps them improve their processes and manage their projects more effectively and efficiently.

If that wasn’t enough, Chris is also an instructor at UCLA Technical Management Program and an International speaker and seminar leader in China, Mexico, India, Japan, and the USA.

Chris graduated with a BS in Physics, MS in Engineering, and an MBA.

During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandkids, his children, and of course his beautiful wife, Toni.

George Skegas

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During George Skegas’s career, he has completed over forty transactions involving more than $2.5 billion of managed capital across a wide spectrum of debt and equity securities. These encompassed leveraged buyouts, corporate acquisitions, recapitalizations, and acquisitions of businesses in need of restructuring.

He was recruited by Kroll Zolfo Cooper, LLC in 2003 to lead and develop their Structured Equity initiative. Prior to joining KZC, George was a founding managing member of Catalyst Equity Partners, LLC and a managing principal of Heller Investments, Inc., two private turnaround equity investment funds.

George had personal responsibility for twelve equity investments in troubled businesses where he drove the strategic planning process, guided the development of turnaround business plans and ensured successful and timely implementation of plans. This investment activity generated returns in excess of 230% and 1.9 times invested capital.

Prior to joining Heller Investments, he was a Senior Vice President and Origination Manager for Heller Financial, Inc’s Leveraged Finance Group where he developed and managed a staff of highly motivated senior professionals responsible for originating, underwriting and closing highly leveraged senior and subordinated debt transactions in the Western United States with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.

He began his business career at Bankers Trust Company in its Structured Finance Group where he had major responsibility for a number of large leveraged buyouts. Prior to that, George served in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Captain. In his last command assignment, he was a Infantry Platoon Leader and Liaison Officer charged with armed security of a NATO nuclear missile site outside Istanbul, Turkey.

George holds a B.A. in Economics from John Hopkins University and a M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mamoush Ashour

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With his Egyptian heritage, years of residence in Saudi Arabia and fluency in Arabic, French and English, Mamdouh is dedicated to representing discriminating real estate buyers and investors from throughout the Middle East. Specializing in luxury properties within upscale Los Angeles communities and enclaves such as Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air and Beverly Hills, Mamdouh brings three decades of international financial and management experience to his role as a Realtor. That priceless experience allows him to serve his clients with unsurpassed skill at market research and analysis, communication and negotiation in addition to his multi-cultural sensitivity.

Originally moving to the United States to obtain a university degree in geology and engineering, Mamdouh then pursued job opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Eventually returning to the US, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on accounting and subsequently passed all CPA requirements. Following 25 years in France as European Manager and Chief Executive Officer of a global manufacturing company, he relocated to the US to be near his children and immerse himself in the real estate profession, an interest stimulated by his experience building homes in France.

Today, backed by the strength and worldwide prestige of Sotheby’s International Realty, Mamdouh shares with his sophisticated clientele his thorough understanding of the dynamic Los Angeles real estate market, as well as his affection for the area’s global appeal and cultural opportunities. His focus is on building long-term relationships with his Middle Eastern clients.

Anil Doshi RPh, Ph.D

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Anil has selected, developed and launched several pharmaceutical products in anti-infective, cardiovascular, CNS and NSAID therapeutic areas. His thirty years of total product development experience has resulted in a filing of 6 IND’s, 4 supplemental NDA’s, two 505(2b) NDA applications for branded products and 16 ANDA’s for solids, 6 ANDA’s for Parenterals and 4 ANDA’s for liquid generic pharmaceutical products.

Anil has a wealth of knowledge from thirty years of experience in pharmaceutical formulations from solids, liquids and parenterals as well as controlled release and biotech formulations. He is results oriented and has a clear comprehension of the entire Product Life Cycle Management process including: preformulation, product development, process development, project management, validation, technology transfer, manufacturing (in-house and contracted), regulatory affairs and business development.

In 2005, Anil formed Infinity Pharmaceutical Consulting, which provides product development, manufacturing, regulatory and management strategies in life science industries.

Anil has served as VP of Product Development and was the head of the Formulation Development division for aaiPharma in Wilmington, North Carolina. His previous scientific and leadership/management positions includes, Director of the Pharmaceutical Product Development for Mova Pharmaceutical and later, Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the business groups. Prior to Mova Pharmaceutical, Anil worked for Warner Lambert (now Pfizer), Eurand America (now Warburg Pincus), Bristol-Myers and Dow Pharmaceutical (now Sanofi-Aventis).

Anil obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University and is a Registered Pharmacist in the state of Pennsylvania.

Anil has taken various strategic business and leadership development courses at Wharton, Columbia & Kellogg business schools.

Aria Raphael

Team Talent Manager

What’s in a name? When your name is Aria Raphael, people might expect you to make beautiful music. Or beautiful art. Or perfect harmony with those around you.

Aria’s role at Haig Barrett is to make sure that each team member has what they need to take exemplary care of their clients. If any piece of the puzzle is missing, Aria finds it and puts it in place.

And, if that weren’t enough, Aria also facilitates communication between team members, and helps to organize how best to communicate with clients—the Haig Barrett Way.

To put it plainly, Aria keeps the Haig Barrett crew in perfect harmony.

Aria’s intuitive communications skills were honed through winning a public speaking contest at her Nova Scotia high school (Go St. Pat’s!), and carried through her degree in International Affairs. Before joining Haig Barrett, she even managed her own consulting business, and conducted trainings for 1500+ people on sales effectiveness and leadership skills.

When Aria isn’t making beautiful music at work, she takes her harmonizing with her—singing in a hip hop choir, rapping, and dancing (sometimes around her living room!). She also has trouble choosing one superpower, overachiever that she is. Perhaps “regular” psychic powers are enough, or how about invisibility and the ability to fly? Knowing Aria, she’d find a way to meld all of them in harmony.

Dan Wittmers

Business Director

Born and raised down the street from Apple’s original headquarters in Cupertino, California, some might say Dan was born with digital in his veins.

In 2007 Dan truly found his calling when the iPhone and App Store were launched. He quickly immersed himself into the mobile platform and has spent the last decade of his career handling full-scale mobile strategy for notable brands that include NBCUniversal, MillerCoors, Kroger, Arby’s, Hasbro and more.

Whether you need an app built or just more downloads for one you’ve already got in market, Dan can help. Want to create an augmented reality bus shelter? He’s your guy. Need to understand how your traditional campaigns are affecting your brick-and-mortar store’s foot traffic? Dan’s got you covered there too. To put it simply, if it can be done on or connected to a mobile device, Dan’s done it!

When he’s not dealing with Fortune 500 brands, he spends his spare time working as a CTO – that’s Chief Tickle Officer – to his son Liam. Dan enjoys soccer, golf, water skiing and a perfect four-finger pour of single barrel whiskey on the rocks.

Old enough to remember paying for internet by the minute, but young enough to know how to speak to today’s on-the-go millennials. Dan’s got you covered no matter what demographic you need to reach.

Beatriz Nasciutti

Consumer Insights Analyst

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Beatriz Nasciutti is always eager to bring a new, global perspective to Haig Barrett’s clients.

After spending a few years in San Francisco, California, where she earned her B.A. (Honors) in Psychology, Beatriz recently traded in foggy days for sunshine and clear skies in Los Angeles. She will soon earn her Master’s degree in Organizational and Consumer Psychology from the University of Southern California.

A thinker through and through, Beatriz uses her naturally analytical mind to excel in projects regarding organizational development, marketing, and consumer behavior. She is very glad to start her career at such a talented (and fun!) organization like Haig Barrett. Beatriz enjoys conducting qualitative and quantitative market research, and create strategies based on brand awareness, trial, and usage studies.

As natural as she is in the workplace and in the classroom, Beatriz is not one to forget about living! She is a staunch advocate for social justice, and is never afraid to challenge the status quo. When she is not working or studying, Beatriz is not too far away from her three lovely cats–that is, if she’s not out and about in the city, enjoying the trendiest food and watching live music.

Behrouz Aghevli

Data Analytics Manager