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Leadership Team

The professionals with the privilege of leading the team!

Adam Witty Adam Witty

Adam Witty

Founder & CEO

As Founder and CEO, Adam directs the company's strategic business development and growth initiatives. A passionate and seasoned marketer, Adam provides creative direction for Advantage's corporate marketing strategies. Adam is a proud alumnus of Clemson University and happy to call Charleston home.

John Witty John Witty

John Witty

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, John is responsible for the financial growth and stability of the company. With an extensive background in policy and procedure development and execution, John is dedicated to leading an effective and efficient team. Prior to joining Advantage, John acted as President of Med Advantage, a nationwide Credentials Verification Organization (CVO).

Harper Tucker Harper Tucker

Harper Tucker

Vice President of Member Development

As the Vice President of Member Development, Harper oversees the sales responsibilities for the Advantage team. Harper brings with him extensive experience in business development and sales management from a Fortune 1000 company. Harper is a proud alumnus of Clemson University. In his free time he enjoys college sporting events and the great outdoors.

Patrick Hanlon Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon

Vice President of Finance

As Vice President of Finance, Patrick manages the company’s day-to-day financial operations, prepares company budgets and forecasts, and provides strategic analysis of financial growth initiatives. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Patrick joins us from the world of public accounting.

Patti Boysen Patti Boysen

Patti Boysen

President of Publishing

As Vice President of Publishing, Patti oversees all editorial, production, printing, and distribution efforts at Advantage. Prior to joining Advantage, Patti worked one-on-one with Fortune 500 companies, individuals and associations, providing creative direction and oversight to their marketing campaigns. In Patti’s 20+ year career, she has personally helped 100's of CEO’s, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and authors build their brand and their business through content creation.

Rusty Shelton Rusty Shelton

Rusty Shelton

Senior Marketing Strategist

As Advantage’s Senior Marketing Strategist, Rusty speaks around the country teaching business leaders how to grow their business through Authority Marketing and works with the Advantage Marketing Team to ensure Members succeed in their business growth goals. He is the co-author of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset, which debuted at #2 on the Austin American Statesman bestseller list and his commentary on the changing world of PR and Marketing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and many other top media outlets. A member of EO Austin, Rusty lives just west of Austin in Spicewood with his wife, Paige and three children, Luke, Brady, and Sadie, and their rowdy lab, Charlie.

Bea Wray Bea Wray

Bea Wray

Vice President of Corporate Marketing

As Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Bea has the privilege of telling the story of the story tellers! She is responsible for both the Advantage Media Group and ForbesBooks branding, messaging, and content marketing. Prior to joining Advantage, Bea served as the Executive Director of The Creative Coast, a regional non-profit building the innovation economy. Bea is a frequent keynote speaker on entrepreneurship and business growth. She has consulted with hundreds of startups and successfully built and exited her own international company SourceHarbor. Bea holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, is a summa cum laude graduate of Emory University, and is one of South Carolina's prestigious Liberty Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


The Heart of Advantage

The professionals that help make your success a reality!

Alison Morse Alison Morse

Alison Morse

VP of Authority Marketing

As VP of Authority Marketing and Co-Chair of Health Innovation, Alison assists in driving the Member acquisition process for Advantage’s book publishing division. Alison brings with her over eight years of experience in publishing and marketing. When not at work, Alison can be found enjoying Charleston’s great outdoors with her dogs, Bert and Crumpet.

Allison Looney Allison Looney

Allison Looney

Project Manager

As Marketing Project Manager, Allison ensures quality deliverables and timely implementation of marketing initiatives which generate both awareness and growth opportunities for Advantage Media Group Members. Allison comes to us with a background in independent publishing and project management in marketing research. When not at work, Allison is making jewelry or tackling a do-it-yourself project

Ben Coppel Ben Coppel

Ben Coppel

Member Experience Manager

As Member Experience Manager at Advantage, Ben choreographs world-class customer service initiatives for our Members to create lasting memories and build enduring relationships. An Oregon native and University of Oregon alumnus, Ben joins us from Mercedes-Benz USA in New York. He enjoys beach days, backyard cookouts, warmer winters, and exploring Charleston with his wife, Rylee.

Brian Kreutz Brian Kreutz

Brian Kreutz

Business Systems Manager

As Business Systems Manager, Brian oversees all the business systems used at Advantage, while troubleshooting technological issues along the way. He also helps implement processes company-wide to make the Sales & Marketing teams more efficient and effective. He is an Alpharetta, GA, native who joins us from the local organization, PeopleMatter. Brian went to the College of Charleston and enjoys spending time at the beach and playing golf.

Corie Luzon Corie Luzon

Corie Luzon

Account Manager

Originally from Massachusetts, Corie joins Advantage following a brief but extraordinary stint in paradise. In the Virgin Islands, her work in hotel sales fostered the exceptional customer service skills she exhibits for the Advantage team. While Corie wears many hats Monday through Friday, communicating regularly with Members on their branding and ensuring nothing but quality, she dons only a sailor’s cap on weekends, as co-owner of an inshore fishing company with her husband Mike and their first mates, Bongo and Marley--two rambunctious, water-loving pups.

Courtney Little Courtney Little

Courtney Little

Corporate Marketing Specialist

As a part of the Corporate Marketing Team, Courtney secures speaking and event opportunities for Advantage. She loves getting the word out on the power of Authority Marketing through organizing webinars and podcasts with our partners as well. With a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication from Roger Williams University, this lifelong Massachusetts resident moved to Charleston to escape the snow. In her free time, she finds her zen practicing yoga, dabbling in guitar, writing, and smiling at strangers.

Eland Mann Eland Mann

Eland Mann

Editorial Manager

As Editorial Manager, Eland leads manuscript care and editorial engagement throughout the publishing process, bringing Member ideas to life on the printed page. Eland's background in journalism, ghostwriting, and magazine editing took him from George Washington University to the frozen tundra of Mongolia. He and his wife are currently enjoying thawing out in Charleston!

George Stevens George Stevens

George Stevens

Creative Manager

As Creative Manager, George lends his unique creative ability to the covers and interiors of many Advantage titles. In addition, he is the lead Editor and Art Director for the Advantage Magazine, our quarterly publication. George is an avid musician and proud graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Jon Falkenburg Jon Falkenburg

Jon Falkenburg

Authority Marketing Concierge

Jonathan's core purpose is to generate, qualify and tee-up potential members for the VPs of Authority Marketing. Jonathan came to Advantage with two years of business development experience, and now works with medical and financial professionals specifically. With New England in his blood, he loves outdoor activities including: golf, tennis, hiking, and anything involving the water.

Katie Biondo Katie Biondo

Katie Biondo

Graphic Designer

As Graphic Designer, Katie works directly with Members on the visual elements of their books to design beautiful covers. A New Jersey native and proud graduate of Virginia Tech, she volunteers on the board of the Charleston American Marketing Association and Junior League. In her free time, she loves to catch a tan at the beach or hit the gym.

Keith Kopcsak Keith Kopcsak

Keith Kopcsak

VP of Authority Marketing

As VP of Authority Marketing and Co-Chair of Entrepreneurial Innovation, Keith supports our Member Acquisition Team. He brings to the table the shared experiences of being a business owner when helping other professionals position themselves for growth. Prior to joining Advantage, Keith was an entrepreneur and forward- thinking Project Management professional. At 23, he started his first company where he built a 10-year track record of success overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar construction and infrastructure projects for commercial, government, industrial, and private-sector clients. Since joining Advantage, Keith has helped dozens of business professionals in the fields of finance, medicine, law, speaking, coaching, consulting, and general entrepreneurship to build an Authority brand and systematically position them as the unquestioned leaders in their field.

Kirby Andersen Kirby Andersen

Kirby Andersen

Account Manager

As an Account Manager, Kirby strives to walk Authors through each step of their publishing process, seeing projects through their lifecycle while ensuring success and efficiency, then ushers them into the wonderful world of marketing where he works with them to create a strategy that fits their goals and personal brand. Kirby comes to us from AMC Networks in New York and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. In his free time, he loves surfing, fishing, and traveling.

Kristin Hackler Kristin Hackler

Kristin Hackler

Ghostwriter

As an in-house Project Editor and Ghostwriter, Kristin works directly with Members to assist them with the writing, editing, and content creation process. Before joining Advantage, Kristin was a managing editor for three coastal South Carolina newspapers, as well as a ghostwriter and blogger for several multinational corporations and a national law firm. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and a proud, life-long Charlestonian.

Megan Elger Megan Elger

Megan Elger

Senior Graphic Designer

As Senior Graphic Designer, Megan works directly with members on the visual elements of their books. She specializes in layouts, as well as ebook creation. Megan is a South Carolina native, and a College of Charleston graduate. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, and attempting to grow a garden.

Miranda Head Miranda Head

Miranda Head

Authority Marketing Concierge

Miranda's mission is to generate and qualify new business opportunities for the senior sales team, for the entrepreneur and financial verticals specifically. She comes to Advantage from the public education world where she grew her communication and customer-focused skills as a teacher. Miranda graduated from the University of Southern California and moved to Charleston with her husband. She loves cheering on her favorite sports teams, with the Dodgers and Trojans holding a special place in her heart!

Nate Best Nate Best

Nate Best

Editor

As Editor, Nate reviews and polishes manuscripts throughout the different editorial stages and works with the Design Team to make final changes in manuscript proofs. Nate comes to us with a publishing background from Bloomington, IN where
he graduated from Indiana University.

Olivia Iacovone Olivia Iacovone

Olivia Iacovone

Administrative Assistant, Operations

As Administrative Assistant, Operations, Olivia takes care of many small details that help keep the Operations Team on track, as well as assisting with internal events and serving as a tour guide/hostess for in-office visitors. As a proud local, Olivia enjoys spending time outdoors and on the water with her family and friends.

Scott Neville Scott Neville

Scott Neville

Editorial Manager

As Editorial Manager, Scott educates and guides Advantage Members through each step of the editorial process to transform their ideas into professional products. Scott is a proud alumnus of Marist College and the University of Technology - Sydney. Originally from Connecticut, Scott and his wife now enjoy all of the culture and cuisine that Charleston has to offer.

Steven Janiak Steven Janiak

Steven Janiak

Web Designer/Developer

As Web Designer and Developer, Steven lets his passion for user interactivity and design lead the way for all Member projects. He works closely with Members to deliver an online presence that is both visually stunning and rich in content. His projects range from Member websites to online learning classes. Steven is a local to the Lowcountry and a graduate of The Art Institute of Charleston, majoring in Web Design & Interactive Media.

Melanie Cloth Melanie Cloth

Melanie Cloth

Senior Graphic Designer

As Senior Graphic Designer for Advantage’s Marketing Team, Melanie designs clean, elegant, and interesting platforms for Members to interact with their audience. She began her career at Advantage fine-tuning her branding skills for bestselling authors like Jon Acuff, Geoff Colvin, Denise Lee Yohn, and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. A self-proclaimed nomad, her journey has taken her far and wide. Melanie has lived in Hawaii, Germany and most recently, Nevada. Maybe it’s the breakfast tacos or the wealth of strange and creative residents, but Austin feels like home. She loves exploring the beautiful trails and parks with superpup, Xander (#xanderdoesatx).

Patti Conrad Patti Conrad

Patti Conrad

Operations & Finance Manger

As the Operations & Finance Manager, Patti is involved with Member billing, financial reporting, and related HR and operational duties. A business major graduate of Santa Clara University, Patti worked many years in the fitness and golf industry, where she was General Manager of several clubs. Though a native Californian, Patti considers Austin her home, enjoying the great outdoors, food, and music the city has to offer.

Wes Fang Wes Fang

Wes Fang

VP of Authority Marketing

As the VP of Authority Marketing and Co-Chair of Financial Innovation in Advantage’s Austin office, Wes Fang supports our Member Acquisition Team and navigates potential Members through our various publishing and marketing plans. Wes has been involved in numerous campaigns for top businesses and brands including Columbia University, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Share Fair Nation, and many others. Wes was born and raised in Austin, but his journey takes him all over the world. Wes’s biggest passions include learning, listening, and serving others. If by chance, you catch Wes by himself, it is usually with a book and coffee in hand.

Shelby Janner Shelby Janner

Shelby Janner

Publicity Manager

Our incredible Publicity Manger, Shelby, has been with Advantage since 2011 and overseen dozens of campaigns, including generating media coverage for bestsellers like The Confidence Code by leading media personalities Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, How the World Sees You and Fascubate by Hall-of-Fame speaker Sally Hogshead, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has secured media coverage in top outlets like Associate Press, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Inc.com and more. Shelby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in English. A native Austinite, Shelby enjoys seeing live music and practicing yoga.

Sara Pence Sara Pence

Sara Pence

Project Manager

As a Project Manager for Advantage, Sara Pence has amassed a wealth of public relations and digital marketing experience through creating timelines and ensuring quality deliverables for Members. She has secured coverage for her clients in national news outlets such as The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, Fast Company, Entrepreneur.com, Relevant and more. Sara recently moved from the Lone Star state to the sunshine soaked shores of Charleston. When she's not exploring her new home, you can find her jamming to country music, cooking, or playing fetch with her tabby cat, Barney.

Arthur McKey Arthur McKey

Arthur McKey

Account Manager

As an Account Manager, Arthur's role is to design marketing strategies for our Members, and execute those strategies with the help of our in-house marketing team, as well as managing our publishing process. A Fulbright Scholar, Arthur holds a degree in International Business and Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Fulbright Scholarship from Indiana University. He is a passionate and innovative marketing strategist and Advantage's local Irishman!

Laura Otero Laura Otero

Laura Otero

Content Strategist

With more than 10 years of marketing experience, Laura has had the privilege of overseeing online content creation and strategy at a number of organizations, growing their overall presence and impact. She has worked extensively in the authority marketing, nonprofit and media spaces. At Advantage, Laura manages content driven, trackable marketing campaigns for our Members with a focus on social media engagement and increased followers. She is an expert on what types of content resonate with audiences on specific platforms. In her spare time, Laura loves to create organizing videos with a mix of DIY and vintage elements.

Emily Fisher Emily Fisher

Emily Fisher

Corporate Marketing Copywriter

As the Marketing Copywriter, Emily writes creative content for our blogs, emails, website, Advantage Magazine, and more! She assists the Corporate Marketing team in crafting superb content to drive leads and engage with our Members. With a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University, this lifelong Hoosier is looking forward to spending warmer winters with her husband and trusty pup Frankie. In her free time, she enjoys taking in the Charleston food scene and visiting historic sites.

Josh Houston Josh Houston

Josh Houston

Project Editor

As an in-house Project Editor, Josh works directly with Members to help them shape their ideas and say what they hope to say with their books. He has years of experience as both an editor and a writing coach. Before he devoted himself full-time to writing and editing, he was a philosophy professor and taught writing to college students. He is an avid reader and music lover, and loves most of all to spend time with his wife Rachel and two dogs, Gus and Charlie.

Keith Farrell Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell

Ghostwriter

As a Ghostwriter and Project Editor, Keith works with Members to help them plan, write, and edit their books; ensuring their voice is captured and the final product is something they can be proud of. Prior to joining the Advantage team, Keith was a freelance writer and ghostwriter, specializing in economics and politics. He had the pleasure of ghostwriting part of Steve Forbes’ book, Reviving America, and was the head editor of a popular news website. Keith hails from Connecticut, where he graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut.

Sarah Koger Sarah Koger

Sarah Koger

Recruiting Manager

Sarah’s goal as the Recruiting Manager is to grow the Advantage Family by bringing aboard new Team Members and supporting their professional growth. With a wanderlusting spirit, Sarah takes advantage of every opportunity to globetrot. While at home, her aim is to catch each beautiful sunset Charleston offers while biking the breezy lanes.

Justin Batt Justin Batt

Justin Batt

VP of Authority Marketing

As VP of Authority Marketing and Co-Chair of Healthcare Innovation, Justin leads business development and Member acquisition for the Advantage and ForbesBooks healthcare vertical. Justin brings over fourteen years of experience from both the corporate healthcare sector and as an entrepreneur. When not at work, Justin can be found helping his wife, Heather, run her bridal enterprise, spending time with his four children, growing his personal platform, Daddy Saturday, or at the beach.

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