Meet Our Innovators Think Tank Advisory Board
Our advisory board is a prestigious group of movers and shakers in the retail and live shopping arena. They are willing to avail themselves by assisting in positioning and taking your product or service to the next level by offering creative ideas that are known to work, strategies that yield results, and exchange business ideas that will make the product more competitive in the market. From sourcing, product packaging and suggesting price points to steering a service in the right direction for results, the Advisory Board inspires, motivates and launches participants and their products toward success.
Advisory Board Members - Expert Panelists
Kevin Harrington, Celebrity Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker
Kevin Harrington is one of the most successful American entrepreneurs and business executives in history. Harrington is the founder of the As Seen On TV empire. He has appeared at the American annual invention trade show Inpex 2012, as Keynote Speaker and is the author of the top selling book, ACT NOW! How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products.
David Dial, Representative
David Dial is the owner of ProMarkCo.LLC. ProMarkCo offers consulting, marketing and sales representation in pet, toy, fitness, sporting goods, food industry and more. With over 150 clients to date, including HASBRO and Nylabone, ProMarkCo has an impressive track-record of success.
Joe Mezzina, QVC Vendor
Joe Mezzina is the President of ZINA International and Director of Business Development for Mallory Alexander International Logistics. Joe has been in the import logistics industry since 1990, managing import freight and distribution for many well-known brands. In 2000, Joe established ZINA International with one product from his homeland Italy, SUPERCLOTH, and successfully launched it on QVC Television. By 2008, ZINA International had become a driving force by selling over 100 items on QVC and received the following recognitions: QVC Vendor of the Year, Most Innovative Vendor and Best Product Concept awards. Joe is a QVC VTAC (Vendor Tactical Team) founding member and is an alumnus of the QVC Vendor Advisory Board. To date, ZINA still sells the original SUPERCLOTH on QVC, as well as many well established nationally recognized brands and individual products.
Darren Todfield, President and CEO of Leisure Time Inc.
Darren Todfield is the President and CEO of Leisure Time Inc. Leisure Time has been in business for over 30 years. Darren represents major DRTV agencies and marketers, selling over 200 million dollars in product sales on the shelves of Bed, Bath & Beyond. His expertise and accomplishments have been written about in magazines such as Response, and he's responsible for landing many of the products on the As Seen On TV shelves in big-box retailers.
Harrison Forbes, Pet Talk Consulting
Harrison Forbes has been involved in the pet industry for nearly three decades. For eighteen years he was the host of the radio show "Pet Talk," and has had multiple appearances on TV shows like the View, Today Show, CNN and Fox News. Dog Talk: Lessons Learned from a Life with Dogs is by Harrison Forbes. Harrison consults with innovators on branding and retail placement, and product scouts for several large chains and product companies, looking for the next best pet product.
Dianna Fischer, Manufacturing Representative
Dianna Fischer is the President/CEO of Creative Performance, Inc. and a leading Manufacturer’s Representative with a primary account base including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Staples and Wayfair. As a member of our Advisory Board, she has the depth and breath of knowledge to speak about retailing, and the personal relationship with buyers to assist in landing product on the appropriate retail shelves.
Marla Tabaka, Small Business Strategist & Coach, Contributing Editor for Inc. Magazine, Small Business Strategist
Marla understands the many challenges of today’s new innovators and entrepreneurs because she has been there herself. As a previous business owner of three businesses, since leaving a 20+ year corporate career at NBC Television Broadcasting Company, there were times she found herself stressed to the max with so much responsibility. She hired a business coach, and that’s when good things started to happen. She learned invaluable insights and became a certified business coach herself, and works with many small businesses that need to understand how to prioritize and effectively and efficiently grow their business.
Brian Harrington, New Digital Media
Brian is a born entrepreneur and credits his Dad and a great education at Penn State for his business acumen. He has extensive experience in the Electronic Retailing marketing industry, and has launched dozens of products reaching sales of nearly $100 million. He’s managed over 1,000 vendors, thousands of products, millions of customers, content production and marketing teams, throughout his successful career. He’s now focused on new digital media and how well it plays with DRTV marketing strategies.
Grif Blackstone, BMGcreative
As Founder and EVP of Sales & Technology, Grif Blackstone sets the vision for the agency using his wealth of experiences to propel clients into new markets and see their business objectives to fruition. Grif's career began 20 years ago specializing in print and with the birth of the internet, transitioned his print company into a leading marketing agency offering both print and digital services. As an entrepreneur himself, he has personally adapted his business offering through the countless new marketing trends and emerging technologies to not only sustain but continue revenue growth. He pulls upon his rich history of working with 100s of brands to lead new business owners down a path of success custom tailored to their industry, product, and budget. Client loyalty has been built upon his trusted recommendations and proven success.