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Organizational Sponsors


Official Founding Sponsor of SoDA

As the founding sponsor of SoDA, Adobe’s goal is to provide tools and technologies to inspire the design and development of leading-edge digital content, help agencies build strategic relationships with clients, and support the overall advancement and growth of the digital marketing industry. Adobe empowers its customers to create and deliver compelling content and applications that turn engaging digital experiences into more valuable interactions every day. By efficiently creating and optimizing digital experiences across devices, agencies help clients maximize their marketing investments and fully realize their business potential.

Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 19,000 organizations and 2 million users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek TrafficLIVE is the leading online people and agency management system that is trusted all over the globe by creative agencies large and small. Deltek – Know more. Do more.® To learn more about the Deltek and SoDA partnership you can read this recent press release.

Microsoft is proud to be a new organizational sponsor of SoDA. Through our rich platforms and common design language, agencies can help their clients deliver innovative experiences that engage their customers across millions of devices. Our goal is to provide top digital agencies with the resources and training necessary to create beautiful and engaging experiences that fully leverage our platforms in new and exciting ways for clients.

PALAZZO is a full service investment bank with a singular focus on creating value and wealth for owners and stakeholders of marketing services, interactive, digital, information, and new media companies. Known for the quality of its counsel and the commitment of its people to outstanding client service, PALAZZO advises a host of leading independent marketing services and interactive companies. The firm’s unrivaled depth of industry knowledge, combined with its extensive merger and acquisition related experience, make it partner of choice for agencies intent on improving performance, or considering an M&A transaction.

Frankfurt Kurnit helps many of the world’s best-known digital and traditional advertising agencies and brands adapt their marketing to new media, emerging technologies and consumer touch points. They partner with clients to provide legal training for their marketing professionals to encourage the creation of cutting-edge marketing communications with reduced infringement or compliance risk. Their lawyers have been recognized in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and elsewhere as the highest rated team of advertising lawyers. They provide the following benefits: Risk Assessment, Agreements, Trademarks, Branded Entertainment, Sweepstakes and Promotions, Social Media, Native Advertising, NAD, Litigation and Regulatory Matters.

AgencyAgile, Inc., is an operations and productivity training company whose high-impact 3-4 day workshops have provided rapid ROI and improved performance to agencies in the US, EU and Australia. Founded in 2011 by business and digital agency veterans, AgencyAgile employs selected best practices from Software Agile (XP, Lean, Kanban, Scrum, etc) enhanced with a rich selection of behavioral and organizational research-based methods. AgencyAgile’s 3-4 day programs provide agency teams and their clients a system of values, culture, processes and tools that deliver superior results for all involved.

Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company, the leader in hybrid cloud, and the founder of OpenStack®. Its technical expertise, multiple technology platforms, and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. rackspace.com.

Workfront is a cloud-based Marketing Work Management solution that helps in-house creative teams and agencies, marketing departments, and external agencies conquer the chaos of excessive email, redundant status meetings, constant rework, and tedious approval processes. Unlike other tools, Workfront is a centralized, easy-to-adopt solution for managing and collaborating on all creative work through the entire work lifecycle, which improves team productivity, credibility, and executive visibility. Thousands of marketing teams and agencies trust their work to Workfront.

Trusted by top tier digital agencies, ULTRA Testing provides high quality, highly responsive quaility assurance (QA) and testing services for websites, mobile applications, digital campaigns and enterprise solutions. Founded by two MIT engineers in 2012, ULTRA delivers superior results through exceptional teams that include individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

ULTRA teams are 100% onshore, can be rapidly deployed and consistently extend bug detection rates for agency and brand clients, freeing up valuable internal resources while minimizing reputational risks and costly delays.

SoDA Advisors

Brad Gross

Brad Gross

A technology law attorney with thirty years of experience in the computer and technology fields, Brad is SoDA’s General Counsel and Global Legal Advisor. He educates SoDA’s members about the laws, cases and legal trends that impact the business of digital marketing, focusing in particular on intellectual property and contract issues that are crucial to the viability and stability of digital marketing agencies and their clients.

Jeff Mikes

Jeff Mikes

Jeff Mikes is SoDA’s Financial Management Advisor and has led Digital Marketing Roundtables for members on how to improve their operational structure and profitability. Outside of SoDA, Jeff is a management consultant with deep experience in agency finance and operations. He’s spent the last decade working with digital agencies to improve the business management fundamentals necessary to scale product and service offerings and drive shareholder value.

Steve Wages

Steve Wages is SoDA’s Business Strategy Advisor. A former SoDA Board Member and past Executive Director of SoDA, Steve now serves as the organization’s Business Strategy Advisor. The consummate entrepreneur and ex CEO of one of SoDA”s founding agencies, Steve offers a wealth of expertise in defining leadership’s responsibilities for company strategy and aligning all efforts toward a cohesive organizational strategy.

Alex Chapman

Alex is SoDA’s European Legal Advisor. Alex leads the software and creative industry practice at Sheridans – a preeminent UK-based media law firm. Alex specializes in intellectual property as well as the interactive, entertainment, and creative industries. Based in London, Alex will be advising European members on legal issues impacting the digital industry.

Phil Palazzo

Phil is SoDA’s M&A Advisor. Phil leads a full service investment bank with a singular focus on creating value and wealth for owners and stakeholders of marketing services, digital, information, and new media companies. Phil leads roundtables and advises SoDA members on factors to consider when considering an M&A transaction.

Organizational Partners

SurveyMoz is a leading technology provider of online survey software to academic institutions, small businesses and individuals. SurveyMoz enables users to create, distribute, and analyze online surveys using various platforms. Learn more at Surveymoz.com

Lenovo creates and builds exceptionally engineered personal technology, but are much more than a tech company. They are defining a new way of doing things as a next generation global company.

Experience the Lenovo difference. Giving you all the tools you need for everyday computing, Lenovo offers SoDA members discounts on its entire product line. This includes savings of up to 20% on a variety of top products such as ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops, and IdeaCentre desktops. SoDA Members also receive: Free Shipping on all web orders, eCoupons each month with special limited time savings, and access to energy efficient green technologies. For the latest SoDA member discount, Email Us Here.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet across Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film and video, Apps and Social. The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) — a 1,000+ member judging body that includes Executive Members comprised of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals. Watch the 19th Annual Webby Awards here!


Emma is a web-based email marketing service that helps organizations communicate in style. Designed for small and midsize businesses, nonprofits and agencies, Emma makes it easy to create attractive email newsletters and online surveys, send to large opt-in audiences and track the response in real time. Headquartered in Nashville with a satellite office in Portland, Emma powers the emails of more than 40,000 organizations worldwide. Learn more at myemma.com. Follow Emma on Twitter at twitter.com/emmaemail or on Facebook at facebook.com/emmaemail.

Since 1996, MediaPost has been the most influential resource to professionals in media, marketing and advertising – providing daily news, commentary, research and events to over 100k members on the topics of social, mobile, email, search, video, television and more.


The Direct Marketing Association (www.thedma.org) is the world’s largest trade association dedicated to advancing and protecting responsible data-driven marketing. Founded in 1917, DMA represents thousands of companies and nonprofit organizations that use and support data-driven marketing practices and techniques. DMA provides the Voice to shape policy and public opinion, the Connections to grow members’ businesses and the Tools to ensure full compliance with ethical and best practices as well as professional development.

GSMI is a leader in the industry of executive education, creating conferences, summits, workshops and training sessions that combine rich learning environments with the opportunity to network with today’s most relevant thought- leaders, speakers and practitioners. GSMI’s annual events have reached 70% of the Fortune 500 companies, in over 30 countries, and cover topics that today’s leaders find most challenging and inspiring. More information about Global Strategic Management Institute and the Social Media Strategies Summit can be found at: http://www.gsmiweb.com.


FITC stands for ‘Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.’ – four words that capture the essence of what our company and events are all about. They produce design and technology focused events worldwide that inspire, educate and challenge attendees. Since 2002, FITC has brought together like-minded professionals in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and many other cities. FITC Toronto is a three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies. For complete event details and tickets visit www.fitc.ca/toronto.