Ray Acosta is the genius behind Kinake Group. With more than 20 years of experience, this veteran is constantly ready and willing to take on the next marketing and branding challenge. Ray has worked with top recognized brands including Sony, Epic, A&E, Puma, Champion, the 2004 Olympics, Sprite, Adidas, Disney, Samsung, and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan to name a few. He has been a trailblazer in the Latin Hip-Hop scene, successfully launching platforms through companies like Urban Box Office and Latinflava to deliver music in the most non-traditional of systems. Ray is also the co-founder of the United AIDS Foundation and excels at all things content oriented. Ray is a non-believer of “if” and operates under the modus operandi of “when”. Ray’s can-do attitude sees him meeting challenges with a smile on his face and the resolve to see them through.
Richard Chiriboga is a combination of multi-disciplines – including strategy, project management and web development. In a career that spans more than 20 years, Richard has worked across global corporate, non-profit and boutique agency environments. He brings expertise in leading website restructuring, development projects, corporate intranet builds and content management plans through the complete lifecycle. Known for being a trusted partner across global matrixed organizations and having the ability to communicate complex information to both technical and non-technical users, including information pertaining to change management, stakeholder engagement and governance. Hispanic marketing and social media expertise: Created award-winning website CorrienteLatina.com and has worked with companies like Avon, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Lupus Research Alliance, Tzu Chi USA and the Wutang Clan to just name a few.
John Hartanowicz is a true jack of all trades. With an educational and professional career that has spanned the architecture, music, entertainment, marketing, PR, and advertising industries, he has devoted himself to seeing the job through in a multitude of capacities. Passionate about his work, John will stop at nothing to ensure the end result is one that everyone can stand behind. John’s greatest asset is his vision, which is seemingly never ending. He possesses and insatiable appetite for learning and intentionally sets goals for himself that challenge him to exist outside of his comfort zone. He encourages others around him to do the same, but is always ready to be the glue that keeps everything together. John brings nearly a decade of professional experience in social media, content generation, social strategy, influencer marketing, and optimization to the table.
Joseph Diaz, aka JKEY began his music career as a self-taught pianist who eventually went on to play with the Harlem Gospel Choir. In 1998, he began honing his production skills as the exclusive in-house producer at Roc-A-Fella Records. During his tenure at Roc-A-Fella, JKEY interacted with the crème de la crème of the Hip Hop world, including renowned producers Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, and Pharell and artists such as Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna amongst others. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, Mya, Carl Thomas, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Taio Cruz, Kat Deluna, Terror Squad, and more. His reputation has led to producing music for television, earning him an Emmy and working with the London Symphony Orchestra. JKEY is an avant-garde producer of bachata and Reggaeton music producing acts such as Xtreme, Prince Royce, Zion Y Lenox, Tito El Bambino, Tempo, Illegales, and many more. In addition, he has been commissioned by many well-known artists to produce remixes of their hit singles in order to crossover into the wider market. In his most recent work, he has expanded his reach by working with a stellar array of international artists such as Siti Nurhaliza, Yuna, Afgan, Joe Flizzow, Sonaone and Cita Citata.
Cristian Ramirez, aka DJ Vikingo began his journey in the music business at an early age doing mixes for a dance company to perform for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Utah. Consequently, he also won the LatinMixx Best West Cost DJ of the Year, earning him international recognition and leading to working the international crowd at local nightclubs around the United States with top artists. Eventually, his success led him to radio where he ran a local FM radio station in Latin & Regional Mexican Markets. In 2005, he began working at a successful night club as the Entertainment Director and DJ where he took up residence for the next 10 years. In 2015 DCAC Radio was born with a full team of On/Air talent. Disc Jockeying has led him to create original content for radio stations around the world. He joins Kinake Group, excited to discover and develop the next Grammy Award winning artist.
Michael Abdul-Qawi (MAQ), loves to blur the lines between marketing and entertainment. As he puts it, "e;one shouldn't feel like it's interrupting the other."e; Whether it's one piece of content or a large program across multiple channels, MAQ is a believer that seeing and engaging with a brand's message should make you laugh, cry, or think. Evoking those reactions from audiences will provide the emotional value to prompt the necessary actions towards a brand's voice. With experience spanning TBWA, RTC, RAPP, G2 Worldwide, and VaynerMedia, MAQ brings a level of quality and fun that is matched by few.
John Price is a Creative Director made from sterner stuff. With a passion for branding and concepting, John has won multiple awards with a career spanning the better part of 15 years. His work can be seen for the likes of Joseph Abboud, Ralph Lauren, Enyce, Bachrach, and more. John takes a very “in your face” approach to his campaigns. Suffice it to say, with John leading creative, your brand will not go unnoticed.
Jaemin Kim is somewhat of a creative maven, receiving praise consistently for her ability to conceive and deliver on truly out-of-the-box ideas. Of course, all great ideas need to be communicated in more than simply words, and when it comes to visuals, Jaemin and her years of experience working with brands such as OnePlus, Arc’teryx, the Museum of Ice Cream, KY, Durex, Mucinex, Delsym, Airborne, and Neuriva, has delivered and then some. Always looking to push the envelope of her abilities and venture into new and uncharted territory, Jaemin isn’t just up for a challenge, she thrives on it.
Gabriel Guzman is a filmmaker, director, post-production guru and producer. His work within the film industry is undeniable and his abilities are evident in his previous productions. Gabriel has worked with some of the world’s leading brands such as NBA, Sprint, Adidas and Nike. His professionalism and a keen eye for details have enabled him to work with giants in the music industry such as Eminem, Don Omar, Prince Royce, and many others. His corporate experience includes the likes of eCann Media, Exec Comm, Octagon and Weber Shandwick. Creative, talented and dedicated to producing quality results, Gabriel possess the articulate and detail-orientated personality traits necessary to encapsulate his client’s vision. His professionalism and creativity separate him from other filmmakers, and his vast experience give him the insight to yield exceptional productions.
With a career that has spanned the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, MAD Magazine, Grey Group, MTV Networks, and 360i, Dustin Glick is considered a creative guru. If it requires writing, Dustin has done it and his vast and expansive knowledge on a myriad of topics seems to have no end. As a creative, Dustin is quick to deliver exciting and innovative concepts in the brainstorming phase and is diligent and efficient in execution. But ultimately, Dustin is just a funny guy with a healthy obsession for plants and current events satires.
With over 10 years of social media experience and 13 years in advertising, Christie “CJ” Bilin is no stranger to the scene in the professional sense. Detail oriented and meticulous with project management, CJ leads by example setting a standard for the social team in both quality and excellence. She is most attributed with being the strategist, analyst, manager, and content creator for all LG USA social properties for the first few years LG Electronics began their social media initiative in the US. Prior to CJ, LG had no social media presence. CJ was the lone wolf on the LG Electronics social media team for years before it began to grow, proving her mettle and her expertise at every turn.
Brian Pineyro is a social media analyst hailing from the likes of Vente Privee, Bite, Deep Focus, and iCrossing. Thorough with his analysis and reporting, Brian is the life-blood when it comes to proving whether something is effective or needs work. He plays a vital role to the success of any organic or paid campaign and works closely with strategy to make sure everything is on track to hit marketing goals and KPIs. Little secret: Brian is also DJ Python, ranked in the top 20 best EDM DJs by Rolling Stone circa 2017.
With 15+ years of experience, Andrew Wind has written for it all; above the line, below the line, mobile apps, social media, long form (including books), retail and on/offline relationship management. A career agency professional, Andrew’s repertoire includes agencies such as FCB Global, Geometry, 360i, Big Fuel, Kaplan Thaler, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Publicis. He also writes for Facebook…which is a thing. A true creative trailblazer, Andrew lifts his team from the bottom, with perfect form.
Aaron Westbrook is an award winning PR practitioner and brand + lifestyle marketing professional. He has served as the content manager for Sean “Diddy” Combs and owned the social media strategy for Ciroc Vodka and DeLeon Tequila. When it comes to ideating quantitative and qualitative research projects, and playing an active role in developing strategies to assist social engagement growth, Aaron is a true Wizkid. Aaron has served to better social initiatives at the likes of Ketchum, iCrossing, Horizon Media, Combs Entertainment, Chobani, and GoDaddy.