For over twenty-five years, Justin has honed a unique and impressive blend of experiences that include executive management, sales, operations, and finance in Canada, the United States and South Africa.
In 2003, Justin, together with group of private equity investors, purchased Talent Payment Services (TPS), and Justin was appointed CEO. Justin quickly led TPS’s growth and expanded its core business of performer payroll and associated broadcast business affairs offerings to Canadian, U.S. and international advertising agencies and brands producing commercials and short-form content in Canada.
Because of Justin’s forward thinking and TPS’s commitment to expanding industry knowledge and focus on customer service, The TEAM Companies acquired a majority interest in Talent Payment Services in 2012. Justin was soon appointed COO of The TEAM Companies, helping to form a superior leadership team that has grown TTC into an enterprise-level business service and technology solution for producing advertising content, music, concert tours and live events.
In 2017, Justin, along with Greg Smith and An De Vooght of TTC’s executive management team, led an investment in The TEAM Companies by private equity firm Torquest Partners. Subsequently, Justin was appointed President and CEO and will lead the company through its next phase of growth and expansion.
Justin graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Passionate about advertising, content, marketing and technology, Greg is a catalyst for delivering client satisfaction and business growth using his experience, skills and knowledge. As our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer, Greg leads The TEAM Companies’ operations, technology and sales groups and significantly contributes to the development and enhancement of TTC technologies.
Greg has been involved in marketing and technology for his entire career and held leadership positions such as CMO of The TEAM Companies, CEO of iRGONOMIC, Global CIO of McCann Worldgroup, WW CIO of Universal McCann, CIO of Zenith Media, CIO of Initiative Media NA, Interim Global CIO of Ipsos, General Manager at Deluxe Advertising Solutions as well as building two businesses, Adserve and iRGONOMIC (now Magnet 360).
Most recently, Greg has been driving the growth and technology for The TEAM Companies as CMO and part of the management team who led the recent investment by Torquest Partners. Through his leadership, Greg has helped The TEAM Companies become one of the top content and production services businesses in the industry.
Additionally, Greg brings his experience of growing a business from the ground up. He launched iRGONOMIC in September 2011 — a marketing technology firm based in New York focused on innovation and marketing automation. The rapid growth of iRGONOMIC led to its success and, in June 2014, it became part of Magnet 360. Since 2004, Magnet 360 has been a Salesforce consulting and implementation partner focused on helping their clients to engage audiences in order to provide meaningful and measurable engagement for outcomes. Magnet 360 was named #34 in Forbes most promising companies in 2014.
All of these roles have put Greg on the forefront of content and technology and have fed his passion for creativity in marketing, technology enablement and leadership. Greg has been able to blend inward and outward facing solutions and to stay on top of the latest service offerings while bringing them to life using technology as the core enabler. Through a high level of commitment and the ability to deliver service and technology platforms, Greg has been able to drive efficiencies into the process of creating ideas and the execution of his work.
As Global Chief Financial Officer for The TEAM Companies, An De Vooght is responsible for the company’s global financial management and operations. A key player on the company’s executive team, An brings 25 years of leadership experience in financial function and performance, corporate governance, and business efficiency management and she was instrumental in coordinating Torquest Partners’ 2017 investment in The TEAM Companies.
An began her career in finance at Price Waterhouse, dividing her time between Los Angeles, CA and Brussels, Belgium as a Senior Auditor responsible for a diverse, multinational client base covering the technology, banking, pharmaceutical, entertainment, and energy industries. This was followed by a three-year stint as CFO/Head of Finance & Operations heading up financial operations for Sony Cinema Products Corporation in Culver City, California. In 1998, An joined Red Bull where she worked for 16 years, serving first as CFO for Red Bull North America, and then as Vice President of Internal Audit for the parent company, Red Bull GmbH.
At Red Bull North America, An directed the successful implementation of the ERP system (SAP), as well as various programs and applications to streamline financial processes in tandem with the company’s operations and explosive growth. During her tenure with Red Bull GmbH, An’s portfolio included management of internal audits for all regions, as well as establishing global guidelines for operations and Risk Management and a Global Code of Conduct.
Just prior to joining The TEAM Companies, An served as CFO for Beats Electronics, LLC, where she managed day to day financial operations and oversaw the implementation of enterprise level processes and systems for financial management and strategic planning. She was part of the executive team that conducted the due diligence and oversaw the acquisition of Beats by Apple Corporation in May 2014.
A native of Belgium, An is a Certified Internal Auditor and holds an MBA from the University of Antwerp. She has also completed Executive Management programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Gerry’s extensive knowledge of payroll and business affairs for the entertainment industry stems from nearly thirty years of experience in the business. Gerry honed his expertise during his tenure at industry giant, IDC. His focus on sessions and residuals for all performance categories under the AFM and SAG-AFTRA agreements, as well as his work with the WGA, DGA, and IATSE contracts, for work in sound recording, commercials, television, film, and the internet, quickly made him an industry expert and led to his acquisition of TEAM in 2000.
His dedication to his clients has made him an effective advocate on their behalf when negotiating individual contracts, as well as positioning him as a sought-after resource and participant in industry-wide guild negotiations. Under Gerry’s leadership, TEAM expanded from thirty five employees in three U.S. offices into The TEAM Companies with a staff of two hundred and fifty in six offices throughout North America.
There are three themes that are consistent in the professional anecdotes told about Mujeebur by his peers, the recommendations from former colleagues and employers, and the comments made by others at The TEAM Companies. They are that Mujeebur is an outstanding knowledge resource for a wide range of technologies. He’s a strategic thinker and leader who sees the long-range plan and understands what technology solutions will help a company get there. And he balances his ‘get-it-done’ drive with a pleasant and fun persona.
These three core traits in Mujeebur’s ascent at The TEAM Companies where he began working in 2016 as the Vice President of Information Technologies and within a year attained the role of Chief Technology Officer. As CTO he leads teams in technology product development for applications designed to improve our clients’ management of the creation and use of their advertising and entertainment assets, technology solutions to help streamline internal workflows across TTC divisions and departments, and IT support throughout the network of TTC offices throughout North America.
Mujeebur began his career in New York working for the City of New York as a system and web developer. In 2005 he joined Deluxe as a senior technology manager and for ten years spearheaded technology efforts for several divisions including Deluxe Media Management, Deluxe Laboratories, and Deluxe Entertainment Services.
During his time at Deluxe, he worked on a project in California and fell in love with the weather. Soon after he decided to relocate to Los Angles permanently. When he is not devoting time helping take The TEAM Companies to the next level, he is devoting time to his two sons enjoying bike trips and LA sunshine.
As Senior Vice President, Rori leads our Business Affairs Division in New York, Chicago and Portland working with key clients to ascertain their needs based on the creative goals.
Rori’s first job out of college was for Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine. So, it was fitting that when she began working in advertising, trafficking commercials to destinations far & wide was a key part of her job. Rori managed talent and traffic for Lockhart & Pettus before joining Uniworld Group in the same capacity, but handling larger budgets while also establishing a historical database for commercials produced for past & present clients as well as overseeing the creation of a talent rights expiration date alert database.
Her professionalism and ever-expanding business affairs knowledge led to her promotion to Director of Business Affairs for Uniworld. Then, like all people who are stellar at their job, she was quickly sought after by many in the ad world. It wasn’t long before she made the leap to Euro RSCG as their Director of Talent Affairs.
At Euro Rori negotiated celebrity endorsement agreements, music licenses, Union performer rates and off shore/non-union talent rates and agreements and tracked and dispersed talent reuse budgets in excess of $15 Million. She also negotiated trademark, copyright and intellectual property licensing.
It was Rori’s well-rounded experience, her subject matter expertise, and her customer-first attitude that made her a perfect fit for The TEAM Companies’ Business Affairs division first as Director of Business Affairs and now as Senior Vice President.
With over 30 years of IT and industry experience, Jeff Rogers is responsible for managing special projects to advance The TEAM Companies’ IT infrastructure, software development, and the introduction of new technologies.
Jeff’s initial foray into IT was during the early 1980s developing video games for Atari computers, followed by an 18 month stint working with Tandex Electronics Test Lab. In 1985 Jeff branched out into the talent payments industry, joining Talent Payments Inc. (TPI) as an account coordinator, where he learned the basics as well as the nuances of the SAG, AFTRA, AFM, and Industrials contracts. In 1987 he departed TPI and moved to Special Artist Talent Agency, where he broadened his experience to include the agency side of talent management.
In 1993 Jeff joined TEAM, where his talent payment and IT background made him an ideal candidate to manage the company’s technology infrastructure and software development. During his first two years he directed the redesign of TEAM’s internal and client facing applications. In 1995 Jeff was placed in charge of all billing operations and was later named Operations Manager. Jeff eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Information Technologies, during which time he spearheaded the implementation of TEAM’s web-based online client system that is known to users as TOCS.
Jeff departed TEAM in 2007 to become Chief Operating Officer of Mola Inc., a Los Angeles based full-package clothing manufacturer for noted brands including Juicy Couture, BeBe, True Religion, and Guess. As a rapidly growing company that produced upwards of 350,000 garments per month, Jeff successfully implemented A2000, an ERP system specifically designed for the garment manufacturing industry, to manage all design, inventory, supply chain, order fulfilment and distribution.
Jeff returned to, what then had become, The TEAM Companies in 2012 where he served as CTO for five years before focusing his energies on key initiatives within the company. With his combined talent payment and IT experience he brings a big-picture perspective to the projects he spearheads.
The story of Julie Thompson’s career begins in a book store in the land of Calabasas where, once upon a time, she was a well-respected manager and trainer for Walden Books and then Barnes & Noble.
One day, out of the blue, a friend from a land not so far away (L.A.) told Julie of a world called commercials where people got paid to pretend to be someone else in order to sell products. However, there were special rules for paying these pretenders (known as “Talent”) and those rules were encased in the complex pages of what are called the SAG & AFTRA commercial agreements. It took wizards to decipher these agreements and this Intrigued Julie. Always up for an adventure, she joined her friend in the Talent division of Media Services to learn the craft.
While at Media Services she heard of Shannon Kerns, a grand wizard of the SAG & AFTRA contracts. In hopes that Shannon was looking for an apprentice, Julie reached out to her at Cast & Crew. She struck a chord with the oracle of these union contracts and was invited to join Shannon and her crew of merry people.
Julie quickly absorbed the wisdom and strategic thinking of this knowledgeable mentor & when the opportunity came for Shannon to move the entire group to TEAM, Julie followed without hesitation.
The knowledge that she has gleaned by deeply immersing herself in the SAG/AFTRA agreements and applying them in many unique circumstances has provided Julie with deep insight and catapulted her through the ranks at The TEAM Companies, first to the role of Manager of their Talent division on the west coast and then as Director, Client Service & Operations. She is now Vice President of Talent & Production.
Julie continues to work closely with clients to understand the nuances of their projects and then matches the most appropriate person on her staff to help find the best solution so that they live happily ever after.
Kat is one of The TEAM Companies’ well-regarded and invaluable assets. A human search engine of talent contract knowledge, Kat has the cherished ability to not only break down contracts but to also communicate the nuances of those agreements to others so that they may work smarter in the future.
As a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with Honors in Theater Arts and an MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management in Arts Administration and Labor Relations, Kat brought a special passion for acting and business to her 15 years of work in contracts and business affairs in the regional and national offices of SAG and AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Actors).
Kat’s extensive experience with talent labor agreements began at the national SAG office in Hollywood, where she initially worked as a business agent and contract representative. Kat eventually assumed the position of Executive Director of the SAG/AFTRA office in Dallas/Fort Worth. In 1995, she joined Media Services as Director of Labor Relations. She then worked at Cast & Crew in the same capacity before joining TEAM in 2004 where her expertise continues to be an invaluable resource in helping discover unique and innovative solutions for our clients.
An enthusiast about marketing and production, Mark has held a number of positions in the content creation ecosystem. After earning his Master’s Degree in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Mark worked as a location scout and manager on films and television shows. He eventually moved to commercial production in the on-set leadership position of Assistant Director. Mark’s interest in the details of the entire production process made his ascent to the role of producer a logical step. As a producer, Mark worked for a number of well-respected commercial production companies and advertising agencies.
While Executive Producing in Chicago, Mark served a six year term as President of AICP’s Midwest region during which time he co-founded the Illinois Production Alliance. He served as that organization’s first president and positioned the IPA to have an instrumental role in the creation and passing of Illinois’s film and commercial tax incentive. The incentive spurred the return of production to Illinois, reaching record levels of nearly $500 Million in 2016.
Mark was an early entrant in the field of Branded Entertainment and understands the business challenges that production and post-production companies face when taking on more comprehensive roles in the creation of advertising content for multiple media. While in this space, Mark took a hands-on approach working with clients on brand strategy, marketplace positioning and how that dovetails into sales. It was during this time that Mark began working with TEAM, eventually taking a lead role in the company’s marketing, communications and business development initiatives.
Mark is based in The TEAM Companies’ Chicago office.
Candy is the rudder on the increasingly large ship that is The TEAM Companies. In her dual role as the Vice President of Human Resources and the head manager of all the TTC office locations, Candy keeps the physical plant of the organization and our ever-growing number of staff, functioning at the highest levels.
Her consummate professionalism and experience dealing with the constant change of a growing organization was honed early in her career as the manager of event planning and office administration for a newer network that has exploded on to the scene, MTV. For fourteen years Candy developed departmental policies, worked closely with sales, marketing and clients and managed a marketing and operational budget of over $1 Million.
From MTV, Candy moved to NBC Cable Networks as the Executive Assistant to the VP of Cable Distribution and from there she eventually became the Account Manager for client services at DMI Music and Media Solutions.
At DMI Candy Managed projects for all five divisions of DMI (Private Label Radio, Firehouse Studios, Rescue Records, and 5Alarm Music) including website development and enhancement, client micro site and web streaming development and implementation, and all collateral materials (sell sheets, banner ads, newsletters, and banners/signage).
Candy was raised in the San Fernando Valley and her career spent working in the entertainment industry has prepared her well for dealing with all types of personalities and professional cultures.
Joining TEAM in 2007, Lori Tedds is the quintessential music insider. Born into a musical family, Lori’s passion for music was formed at an early age. Her musical ambitions quickly led her to the music industry beginning at ABC Records. From there, Lori joined a team of Unit Managers at ABC TV where she worked annually on The American Music Awards and The Academy Awards. She also worked on General Hospital during the now infamous “Luke & Laura Wedding” era. Then, when opportunity presented itself to enhance her music experience further, Lori seized it by returning to the record industry with a cherished tenure at Geffen Records.
Lori’s career has also included live shows, Manager of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) for Windham Hill Records and A&R Administration for IGA (Interscope/Geffen/A&M). Lori joined the Buena Vista Music Group in 2000 where she became Director of A&R Administration.
Throughout Lori’s career she has developed personal and professional ties with some of the most highly regarded professionals in the business. Her in-depth knowledge of the inner-workings of the music industry and her insight into client’s needs has made her an invaluable asset for The TEAM Companies.
As Vice President of The TEAM Companies’ Chicago office Marie manages both the Talent Payroll and Business Affairs personnel in that office while lending her client-side perspective and extensive experience in production business affairs.
Marie joined The TEAM Companies after 31 years at Ogilvy’s Chicago office where, as Partner & Director of Production Business Management she worked closely with heads of production, media and account management on projects for clients such as SC Johnson, Unilever, MillerCoors and Kimberly Clark.
She was a key liaison for Ogilvy’s international agencies by providing production guidance and legal and network clearance. Marie designed and implemented her departments’ transitional plan to support the agency’s move into the digital space, administering her department’s support services for broadcast and digital producers, art buyers, print production managers, in-house studios, account services, client billing, media buying partners, outside legal counsel, and cost consultants.
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Marie worked as a Group Supervisor at Talent & Residuals which eventually became known as Talent Partners.
Effective and knowledgeable managers are ones who have jumped into a process and worked their way up. They not only want to know how the sausage gets made, they have been instrumental in making it. This gives them context and perspective as well as the know-how to get the job done quickly and correctly. Shari Fagin is one of those managers.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Shari hit the ground running working as the Advertising Traffic/Schedules Coordinator for a publishing group near Chicago. She did everything from proofing and editing ad copy and helping with page layout and design to overseeing print buying and production.
Within three years it was on to the majors, starting with J. Walter Thompson in Chicago. While at JWT, Shari worked as an Assistant Business Manager and within a year became the agency’s Broadcast Services Business Manager handling network clearance and trafficking, preparing formal estimates, determining talent cycles and authorizing talent payments and analyzed billing activity to ensure budgets did not exceed the projected bottom line. The clients Shari worked with included Kraft, Quaker, HJ Heinz pet products, Motorola, Oscar Meyer, Midas International and ReMaxx Realtors.
Shari’s next move was to Leo Burnett as a Broadcast Business Manager, handling talent payments, administering contracts and talent negotiations including renewals and special use rights. Since the cream rises to the top, Shari ascended the ranks within Burnett, getting promoted to Senior Talent Business Manager where she flexed her muscles as an expert on talent matters related to advertising. She managed nearly 1/3 of Burnett’s U.S. broadcast advertising business for clients that included Procter and Gamble.
After nearly a decade at Leo Burnett, Shari moved to EuroRSCG Chicago where she assumed the role of Senior Manager, Production Management acting as Production & Talent Manager on all broadcast projects including television, radio and internet for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Barilla, Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese.
In 2011, Shari joined TEAM as a talent payroll manager, heading up the company’s New York office.
Dean has over twenty years of experience with the interpretation and implementation of SAG, AFTRA, and AFM commercial and industrial contracts as well as the IATSE & DGA collective bargaining agreements. His comprehensive understanding of agency accounts as it relates to broadcast business affairs and the subsequent payment of talent residuals has been instrumental in his successful management of The TEAM Companies’ Detroit office.
Dean’s in-depth knowledge of talent payments derives from his experience as a talent agent, casting director and production coordinator, as well as his work as Manager of TTC Detroit. Before joining The TEAM Companies, Dean worked for over 5 years as an agent for The Talent Shop in Detroit, where he was promoted to manager of the broadcast department. Following his tenure with The Talent Shop, Dean gained added “hands on” production experience working for two years on dozens of commercials and industrials as a freelance casting director and production coordinator.
It is said that the cream rises to the top, and Dean’s reputation preceded him catching the eye of top ad shop, McCann-Erickson. They quickly tapped Dean to be their Detroit office’s Talent Supervisor, charged with all talent related matters including annual residuals budgets, talent production estimates and over-scale negotiations. His clients included Buick, Buick Dealer Groups, GMC, GMC Dealer Groups, Delphi Automotive Systems and DTE Energy. Dean joined TEAM in 1998 as the office manager and has been directly involved with the continued growth and expansion of services offered by The TEAM Companies.
Adriana’s management strength and client focus was developed during her several years working in retail. From the niche specialty store clientele of Victoria’s Secret to the large diverse customer base of Robinson’s May (now Macy’s), Adriana’s knowledge of the products in her department and her understanding of the needs of her customers, made her stand out as a superior manager of those who reported to her and a sought-after resource for customers.
Adriana also worked in bookkeeping in her family’s business. So, in 2005 she jumped at the opportunity to merge all of her skills when a position became available in TEAM’s talent payroll department. In the eleven years that followed Adriana rose from a payroll coordinator to account manager to co-managing the Talent Payroll department in The TEAM Companies’ LA office, the largest talent department in the TEAM Companies’ network of offices. She now serves as Manager, Client Service & Operations.
Julissa leads the talent payroll group at our Burbank headquarters near where she grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Roots and close ties are important to Julissa. Not long after starting her industry payroll career in 1996 at Cast & Crew, working on crew payroll for Feature Film and Episodic Television, she met Shannon Kerns in the Cast & Crew’s Commercial Group and began to learn the nuances of paying union and non-union Talent in advertising.
In 2003 when Shannon and her commercial talent payroll group moved to TEAM to expand the company’s talent payroll department, Julissa’s loyalty and close ties to her mentor brought her to TEAM as well. In her fourteen years since joining TEAM, Julissa’s dedication, knowledge of SAG-AFTRA’s Commercial and Corporate-Educational agreements, and focus on client service led to her current leadership position over the largest group within the Company’s Talent Payroll Department.
Julissa continues to live in the San Fernando Valley with her family.
Hazel’s proficiency in production accounting comes from her time spent helping managing the accounting and other financial aspects of projects at renowned commercial production company, Pytka, as well as at the animation powerhouse, Dreamworks. Her time spent at Pytka and Dreamworks, coupled with her years working in production payroll for Media Services and Bon Bon Entertainment has provided Hazel with extensive into the financial management of production as well as a thorough understanding of the DGA, IATSE and Teamsters labor agreements.
Most situations provide more than one opportunity if you are curious enough to explore your options. Carl Zucker is a walking example of the positive results that occur when someone is open to, and curious about, the situations they encounter.
Carl majored in Photographic Illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with the aim of becoming an advertising photographer. When an occasion arose to use his skillset in a different way, Carl jumped at the chance. Starting out as a location scout for print and TV commercials, he eventually moved to location managing feature films. Carl was a DGA Assistant Director/Location Manager on nine features including Annie Hall, Without a Trace and Moscow on the Hudson. During this time he also worked on over 400 TV commercials as a Producer/1st AD and served on the DGA East-AD/UPM Council for over eight years.
Armed with an extensive knowledge of industry labor agreements, Carl discovered an opportunity to lend his expertise to the business side of production He joined Media Services as their VP of Sales & Marketing where he created the ShowBiz Commercial Guide, providing abstracts of industry labor agreements that impact commercial production. After nearly 14 years at Media Services, Carl joined CAPS payroll as their VP of Sales and seized upon the opportunity to Join TEAM four years later as VP of Production Business Affairs, assisting clients in compliance and understanding of union contracts, wage and hour laws, and the complexities of employment tax codes.
Carl is a sought-after industry expert on DGA, IATSE and Teamster labor agreements. He serves on both of the AICP National and East Boards of Directors, the AICP Business Affairs Committee, is a founding member and Executive Vice President of the New York Production Alliance. He lives with his wife in Westchester New York and has two grown children, Samantha, a User Experience Designer and Drew, a FDNY EMT and comic book artist.
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