• Andy Russell
    Founder & Chairman
  • Andy Russell is also the CEO and founder of Trigger Media, the parent company of Host Committee. Andy is also an initial member and a partner of Pilot Group, launched in 2003 by Bob Pittman. At Pilot Group...
    , Andy's responsibilities are focused on digital media investing. Through Pilot Group and other investment vehicles, Andy has been involved with investments including DailyCandy, Thrillist, TastingTable, Ideal Bite, VitalJuice, PureWow, GeekChicDaily, Zynga, Betaworks, Silicon Alley Insider, SailThru and many others.

    Prior to Pilot Group, Andy was the youngest Partner at East River Ventures, where he focused on the Digital Media investment practice from 1999 to 2003. At the age of 26, Andy co-founded the world-renowned restaurant/nightclub MOOMBA, which New York Magazine ordained "the hottest restaurant/nightclub in the universe."

    Andy currently serves on the board of directors of American Media. He is also a Digital Media Strategic Advisor to Condé Nast. He received his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from Columbia University Business School.

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  • Vanessa Liu
    CEO
  • Vanessa is also the COO of Trigger Media, the parent company of Host Committee. Prior to joining Trigger Media, Vanessa was an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company's Global Media, Entertainment...
    and Information Services Practice and was based in Amsterdam, London and New York.

    Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with an AB in behavioral neuroscience from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands where she conducted independent research on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. She has also been a negotiations and conflict resolution instructor for the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and is admitted to the New York State bar.

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  • Eric Chu
    CTO
  • With over 12 years of technology and startup experience in both NYC and Silicon Valley, Eric is at the forefront of designing and developing large-scale distributed systems and customer-centric Internet software ...
    spanning Internet advertising, mobile, and e-commerce industries.

    Prior to Host Committee℠, Eric served as a Lead Engineer at Gilt Groupe heading up the Email Personalization & Deliverability team. There he assembled and managed the engineering team that created the infrastructure and algorithms that burst deliver millions of individually personalized emails into inboxes within minutes.

    Before Gilt, Eric joined an early-stage Mobile Startup in the SMS publishing and advertising industry. There he served as Lead Engineer for their content publishing system, as well as, engineered their advertising platform from the ground up.

    Eric holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

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  • Jonathan Durkee
    VP of Operations &
    Business Development
  • Jonathan Durkee is the VP of Operations and Business Development at Host Committee℠. Prior to joining Host Committee℠, Jon managed analytics, user intelligence, and SEM at Voxy, a tech startup in the...
    language learning space that uses NLP and machine learning to deliver relevant and intelligent content to teach more than 2 million users English from Spanish & Portuguese. Before diving into the tech space, Jon worked in various finance, business development, and analytics roles at Johnson & Johnson and Contrarian Capital. He has a double BA in Mathematics & Economics from Wheaton College.

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  • Marguerite Pravata
    VP of Events
  • Marguerite Pravata is the VP of Events at Host Committee℠. She organizes and executes all party details, from maintaining a hospitality-trained staff to ensuring top-tier event entertainment. Before joining...
    Host Committee℠, Marguerite was the Senior Events Manager & Director of Outside Markets at Joonbug.com and worked in FOX's Publicity department. She has a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from Loyola University Maryland.

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  • Carli Roth
    Director of Events &
    Co-Founder
  • Carli began her career working in public relations at Harrison & Shriftman. Working closely with both principals, Carli helped manage the Events department to work on VIP Relations and event management. She...
    moved to RJW Collective (JWALK NY) to run event production for clients like DeLeon Tequila and LACOSTE.

    Carli brought her expertise and experience in event management to DBD Social, which she co-founded with Yvonne Najor in 2010. Together, Carli and Yvonne grew DBD Social to become the premiere event planning service for young professionals in New York City.

    Carli is a graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Yvonne Najor
    Director of Events &
    Co-Founder
  • Yvonne started her career as a Special Events Curator for a private global dining club. Yvonne worked closely with sponsors and venues to craft unique experiences for new club members in Los Angeles, building...
    towards the club's successful Los Angeles launch.

    Given her passion for creating memorable experiences, Yvonne went on to co-found DBD Social in 2010. DBD was an event planning service that organized social events and parties at top venues throughout New York, focused on offering clients a high-end experience by matching groups of partygoers with their ideal venues.

    Yvonne is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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  • Jason Hirschhorn
    Advisor
  • Jason Hirschhorn is a seasoned media and technology entrepreneur. Jason was most recently President of MySpace, having served as their Chief Product Officer beforehand. Prior to MySpace, Jason was the...
    President of Sling Media and the Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks. Jason was also the Founder of Mischief New Media, which was sold to MTV Networks in 2000.

    Jason produces Media ReDEFined, a popular daily newsletter. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MGM.

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  • Sam Shank
    Advisor
  • Sam Shank is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and the founder and CEO of popular same-day hotel bookings app HotelTonight. Previously, Sam founded and was the CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search...
    engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. He has also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET, and Nextag. He has a BA in English and an MBA in Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Marketing from the University of Virginia.

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  • Tom Windish
    Advisor
  • Tom Windish is the founder and president of The Windish Agency, an independent booking agency with a roster of over 600 musicians, bands, and DJs. The Windish Agency has offices in Chicago, New York...
    , LA, Toronto, Oakland, and Boston. Tom has a BA in Sociology from State University of New York at Binghampton.

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  • David Rabin
    Advisor
  • David Rabin founded many of New York's most venerated bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, including The Lamb's Club, Jimmy at the James, and Double Seven. The former entertainment lawyer was...
    also President of the New York Nightlife Association for nine years. David has a BA from Tufts and a law degree from Columbia.

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  • Dave Howard
    Advisor
  • Dave Howard is a renowned sports management executive with over 20 years' experience leading iconic sports organizations in the New York City marketplace. Most recently, Dave was President of MSG Sports where he...
    ran the business operations of the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and the Garden's and non-team sports events. Prior to MSG, Dave ran the business operations of the New York Mets and was the key business executive in the development of Citi Field. He has an AB in Economics from Dartmouth and a law degree from Fordham.

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