Advertising Advisory Board

Carlin DixonCarlin Dixon is an award-winning culture-first strategist with experience across brands like Hilton, The Mayo Clinic, and Brooklyn Film Festival. As Associate Director of DEI Strategy at global advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day\NY, Carlin works alongside agency leadership to create an equitable and inclusive environment for employees while ensuring the agency’s creative product tells diverse, equitable, and inclusive stories.

He currently serves as a co-lead on the Alumni Engagement Committee for the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. He has been recognized as a 2018 ADCOLOR FUTURE and one of the “50 Rising Stars on Madison Avenue in 2021” by Business Insider. Carlin is a proud Midwesterner from Cleveland, OH, and holds a B.A. in Media Production & Studies from Bowling Green State University, where he studied the intersection of media, race, representation, and culture. He was the former President of the Media Student Association.

Kristen GillespieKristen Gillespie is Group Product Marketing Manager at Google in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She leads a team that develops marketing strategies and programs for medium-to-large Google Ads advertisers. She and her team conceptualize and execute campaigns that inspire and educate customers to meet their marketing goals. Prior to her position in Google Marketing, Kristen led product specialist teams in both YouTube and Small Business Ads, working directly with product and engineering teams to develop features and content that users trust and enjoy. She is an expert in product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, and is passionate about building products that can be enjoyed by a diverse set of users.

When not on a laptop or phone, Gillespie enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 year old son Nolan and 1 year old son Gavin, and their dog Cooper. Gillespie holds degrees in music performance and business entrepreneurship from Bowling Green State University.

Scott GreggoryScott Greggory is the chief creative officer for MadAveGroup, a full-service marketing agency based in Toledo, Ohio.

An award-winning copywriter, he works to simplify brand messages and develop humorous content. He’s also a skilled voiceover professional, as well as a video and audio producer/director.

Through the MadAveGroup blogs, Greggory reinforces the agency’s perspective and shares sound marketing and customer experience principles. When speaking to audiences, he focuses on branding, content creation, using humor in marketing content, and exploring the question “who cares?”

Greggory is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.

He has judged several Addy Award competitions and sits on the Telly Awards Judging Council.

Joshua Gross

Joshua Gross is a Senior Director of Creative Partnerships within the Global Advertising & Partnerships Group at NBCUniversal. In this role, he partners with ad sales clients to develop strategic partnerships across NBCU’s entertainment and news brands. With over 16 years of branded content experience in the entertainment industry as an integrated marketing professional, Gross is responsible for strategizing, ideating, and executing innovative marketing solutions across high-profile properties such as Peacock, NBC, The Today Show, The Voice, Top Chef, The Real Housewives, Live From E!, Fandango, NBC Sports, Telemundo and others. He has collaborated with top brands such as Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes-Benz, L’Oreal Paris, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures; and now focused on emerging brands like Instacart, Hims & Hers, Olly, Athletic Greens, True Classic and more. He also has led sponsorships surrounding major pop culture events including New York Fashion Week, Super Bowl, Sundance Film Festival, and The Olympics.

Gross studied communication and marketing at Bowling Green State University and graduated with a B.A. in telecommunications (now media production and studies). After residing in Los Angeles for 15 years, Gross now lives in Chicago with his French Bulldog named Cooper.

Mike HartMike Hart is president and CEO of his family’s business, Hart Associates, a full-service, Ohio-based marketing and advertising agency that has been in business for more than 50 years with offices in the Toledo and Columbus areas. Ranked among the country’s top business-to-business marketing firms, the agency helps clients deliver powerful customer experiences through integrated services that span strategy development, advertising, media planning, public relations, interactive marketing and video production.

After graduating from BGSU in 1983, he joined the agency. His father and business partner, Tom Hart died in 1998. 

The agency recently acquired Conrad Phillips Vutech, a longtime Columbus agency, making Hart Associates one of Ohio’s largest independent agencies with more than 80 employees. He always has managed Hart as a business as well as an agency. Management takes up a great deal of his time these days, but he has developed a talented and strong management team. This team allows him to continue his involvement in account supervision and new business development.

He is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in the Multimedia, Marketing and Communications category for the Central Great Lakes Region. Harte also has served on the boards of the Press Club of Toledo, The University of Toledo’s Center for Family Business, the Toledo Area Small Business Association (TASBA) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio plus many more.

He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Shannon.

Prinz Coleman

Brittanie Coleman currently resides in Chicago, IL where she is the Director, Partnership Marketing for The United States Soccer Federation which is the National Governing Body for the sport in America. In her current role, she oversees Partnership Development within the commercial arm of U.S. Soccer where she is hard at work building out their roster of purpose-driven partners to collectively raise awareness of their shared values, and ultimately make soccer the preeminent sport in the country.  

Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Brittanie spent a year at Uber revamping their partnership strategy and launching partner programs with Marriott Bonvoy, Tesla, and Hulu. Preceding Uber, Brittanie was with The Walt Disney Company for 15 years giving her a range of experience working in multiple business segment areas within the company. Her last role was at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California where she oversaw global brand partnerships with third-party partners for Disney Live Action, Disney Animation, Pixar and Lucas Film. She started her career as a vacation planner with the Disney College Program at the Orlando-based parks and resorts. Post-graduation from BGSU, she moved back to Orlando to continue her career with Disney and where she quickly moved through the ranks doing a stint in Corporate Alliances. There she helped lead company-wide alliance development efforts with a focus on Disney Parks that included the opening of New Fantasyland, re-branding of The Great Movie Ride, and a long-term run-Disney partnership with New Balance. In 2013, Prinz-Coleman moved to California to work as a brand manager with Disney Interactive and Consumer Products, managing digital content strategy and creation for Disney’s digital platforms such as, Disney's social network, Disney Blogs, and Disney Apps. In 2016, she moved to Disney Studios where she worked on robust theatrical marketing partnership campaigns for some of Disney’s biggest films such as “Moana,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor Ragnorok,” and Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” Additionally, she was active in Disney’s Corporate Volunteer Program and was the co-chair for the Women@Disney Organization that spans the entire enterprise.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree in communication and telecommunications in 2008. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega: Beta Phi Chapter, BGRO and BG24News. 

Brittany Schluneker VertoBrittany Schluneker graduated with a B.A. in telecommunications and sociology from BGSU in 2006. Shortly after graduation she began an entry-level research analyst job at ARS group (now MSW Research), an advertising research firm specializing in communications evaluation and brand tracking. Over her 12-year tenure Schluneker managed several Fortune 500 brand relationships, ensuring all advertising research needs were met through proper survey design and execution while providing ongoing brand consultation.

She embarked on a new career adventure in December 2018, moving away from survey-based advertising evaluation and joined Verto Analytics as the senior director of Client Solutions. Verto Analytics is a Finnish-based measurement company that offers a holistic view of consumer behavior across digital devices and services over time. In the job, Schluneker offered solutions to market research vendors (among others) by providing Verto’s single-source, cross-platform data to help enable research teams to build consumer journey models and produce digital behavioral insights.

In June 2021, Schluneker joined the team at DISQO as the director of Client Services - Data Solutions. DISQO is an audience insights platform fueling brand growth with complete and actionable insights into human experience.

She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Doug (also a BGSU graduate), and 3-year-old son Landon.

Valerie ThompsonValerie Thompson is a native Toledoan and alumnae of the University of Toledo. Starting as a freelance graphic designer in college, Valerie founded Leap Graphics design firm, and went on to teach introductory graphic design at Columbus State Community College and Owens Community College. Her career evolved into corporate marketing, beginning at ProMedica as a Graphic and Environmental Designer, then transitioning to philanthropy as the Executive Director of FAIRWAYS, ProMedica’s initiative to address social health inequities of women and girls.

Her journey in the corporate design space revealed a burning need for increased representation in the art, marketing and media industries. Valerie uses her influence and experiences to advocate for intentional recruitment of students and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the advertising space. Coming full circle, Valerie is now President of AAF Toledo (American Advertising Federation) and the Mosaic (DEI) Co-Chair of the Ohio/Kentucky District. It is Valerie’s mission to introduce all who study and work within marketing and media to lucrative opportunities, professional education and national award recognition.

Valerie serves on several additional boards including the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities), Urban Sight Inc. (commissioner of the Glass City River Wall), and Peace & Healing Commons (originally Toledo Spain Plaza). She is also a member of The Girl Friends, Incorporated - Toledo Chapter, a social organization for professional African American women.

In addition to her love of art and advocacy, Valerie enjoys public speaking, mentoring and business development.

Updated: 09/22/2023 08:43PM