BRIAN F. MARTIN, Host, Brand Fast-Trackers
Brian F. Martin is an marketing and media entrepreneur, philanthropist, educator and advocate. He founded Brand Connections, an independent global media and marketing company that specializes in Making Marketing Easier for Marketers™ in 1997 at the age of 24. Since that time, Brand Connections connected hundreds of Fortune 500 brands with more than two billion consumers. Brand Connections is majority owned by Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a leading media and communications private equity firm. Martin has funded and provided guidance to more than a dozen successful business start ups in a variety of fields. A leading voice in the fast-changing media landscape, Martin has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today, Advertising Age, Crain’s New York Business, and Adweek. In his private life, Martin has made a commitment to use his business expertise to eliminate the problem of childhood domestic violence. In 2007, he founded Children of Domestic Violence, the first non-profit organization dedicated to developing scalable solutions to help those who have experienced childhood domestic violence reach their full potential and break the cycle of violence.