My guest will be Renee Azoulay. Renée, the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Promotions at Ventura Associates International, is renowned as a marketing and promotional consultant to leading companies based on her talent, high energy "make it happen" professionalism coupled with her strategic marketing focus and passion for what she does. Her ability to generate substantial new business for her agency and surpass client objectives while providing on-going added value is what makes her such a success. She is a proven leader and self starter with a multi-disciplinary skill set across a broad range of categories. One of her fortés is in relationship building, where her keen sense of practicality and diplomat’s approach enable her to navigate complex interactions. In addition, Renee uses her research background, disciplined bottom-line orientation, creativity, and smarts to develop and manage fully integrated promotion initiatives for many Ventura clients she brought to the agency, including the NBA, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Spalding, SAP, A.O. Smith, TD Ameritrade, among others. Renee comes to Ventura with a ten year marketing and research background. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, she was part of multiple marketing teams for leading OTC brands including Excedrin, Bufferin, Nuprin and Comtrex. Prior to that, Renee worked at BBDO for three years on the DuPont and Scott Paper accounts and new business for BBDO (direct marketing). Renee holds a B.S. from Cornell University. She is a professional motivational speaker and has presented for organizations that include The NY Emmys, American Women in Radio & Television, Columbia University, the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association (BAA, formerly the PMA), the eMarketing Association, the NY Builders Show, among others.