OUR MISSION and VISION:

evox is a lifestyle network that uses neuroscience and psychophysiology to support our community in the desire to improve the quality of life. We create an online and offline learning environment that increases individual and group participation in enhancing the world's environmental, social, and economic growth.

Because of the carefully curated catalog of healthy products sold at our evoxMarketplace, and because of our planet-focused distributors, evox has a positive and rapidly-accelerating effect on Consumer Buying Behavior. We sell products that: 

  • Reduce unnecessary chemicals and additives

  • Are committed to a responsible supply chain that honors workers, communities, the environment, and the purchaser

  • Reduce unnecessary packaging and waste with recycled and recyclable containers and shipping methods

Because of our deeply focused content at evoxTelevision and our immersive learning curriculum programs that are committed to each of us discovering and affirming great life choices for physical, mental, emotional, fiscal, household, and community wellness, we:

  • Decrease the incidence of diabetes

  • Decrease the experience of heart disease

  • Increase coping mechanisms and actively work toward lessening the incidence and impact of addiction

Because of our Listening Ecosystem and robust and growing evox Community keeping in touch and supporting one another digitally and via live events and gatherings, we:

  • Decrease the experience of isolation and loneliness

  • Foster connection and collaboration among affinity-based groups gathering around passion and purpose

  • Measure, with cutting-edge neuroscience, the social good each of us accomplishes, well beyond previous measures of "self reporting"

EXPANSIVE VISION: The way we, as a society, measure social good has been fundamentally flawed. Our world is filled with best intentions and creators "piling on positivity" posting "good" thoughts and messages and hoping people feel better or inspired. evox is changing the game...and the science...and we're keeping you in the center of the exploration and discovery!


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​evox TV: Streaming Television Programming

We bring you original television programming about expanding consciousness and finding deeper meaning in life; delivered online and streamed to your favorite device. evox features a wide range of top quality HD video programming, including reality, comedy and drama, as well as talk shows, documentaries and cooking shows. New content is rolled out weekly, created by established producers, independent content creators, and evox community members themselves.

evox Marketplace: Sustainable Commerce

The evox Marketplace is an online shop dedicated to promoting sustainable commerce and connecting evox viewers with goods and services from globally-conscious brands that support their healthy lifestyles. But it’s more than just another online store: it’s a shopping experience that connects people with the companies that market to them, and gives shoppers a real voice. Product categories include food, personal care, apparel, home and garden and recreation and fitness, plus others. The evox retail team reviews each vendor’s specifications, full sourcing and the product lifecycle of every item for alignment with evox’s standards and values of sustainability, fair trade and social responsibility.

evox Social Community: a ListeningEcosystem 

evox is an environment that fosters exploration, self-discovery, and interaction with others: people to learn from, respond to, and be inspired by, to live a better life in a better world. The evox platform features original blogger content, virtual hangouts, community forums, meet-ups, surveys, comments and posts, to encourage participation at whatever level community members are comfortable with. By also engaging directly with brands and manufacturers, evox has created a ListeningEcosystem℠ that provides a direct way for people and brands to communicate and connect, to genuinely hear what consumers like and dislike, what they want and what they don’t, through the evox social platform. So, whether you’re focused on health, wellness, global and social issues, food, wine, travel, community projects, or more conscious consumerism, you’ll find it at evox. We’re the next evolution in entertainment.

Our Core Values

Inherent Goodness. We fundamentally believe that people are good, if not great. We will always strive to show the best aspects of our mutual humanity. Cultural Evolution. We believe that we cannot authentically provide a television, retail and social community unless we consistently develop our corporate culture and inculcate our core values. Absolute Integrity. No matter what the circumstances, we will always act with integrity, honor, gratitude and joy. And, should we forget, we will listen to our loyal community to remind us of our promise. Mutual Co-operation. We exist to elevate the stature, vision and mission of organizations who inspire people, organizations and institutions to be the best of humanity and what is possible in being alive. Sustainable Profitability. We are committed to prosper as a business, have a thriving passionate and visionary culture and pave the way for a world that is sustainable, extraordinarily happy and honors the integrity of the human spirit. Constant Learning. We are on a mission of continual exploration. We do not know, nor will provide answers. We will provide rich experiences for people to explore their lives, but we trust our audience, fans, partners, vendors, staff and community to know what's "right" for themselves. Responsible Citizenry. We promise to be a "for good, for profit" organization helping and supporting other entrepreneurs and businesses to be profitable, successful, and powerful in causing a change in the world that lets all people experience the joy of being alive. evox proudly supports many community and environmental non-profit, NGO, and charitable organizations domestically and internationally, with giving and donation/support, and volunteer team commitment company practices. Accountable Leadership. We promise to shut the doors, fire the staff, and oust the CEO or other executives who do not provide leadership or demonstrate the courage to lead global shifts. Thanks for your interest in evox - now join the evox community! 

Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corps

In addition to taking great pride in providing good-for-you products in our marketplace (organic, sustainable, responsibly-sourced, etc) and content that is dedicated to inspiring discovering and affirming choices for the best life possible for yourself, your family, your community, and the world, evox is proud to have sustainability and social impact baked into our business model from the ground up. We are a certified Public Benefit Corporation (find out more about the PBC movement here) and, additionally, evox is a certified B Corp (discover the movement of doing business for good here, and explore the evox Impact Assessment on our page here).

If you are a business owner, stakeholder, shareholder, decision maker, or committed team member of any business that might benefit from a greater level of transparency, accountability, and commitment to social and environmental impact, consider exploring the Public Benefit Corporation model and the B Corp community. Find out more here.

About the evox Team

The evox team is a group of individuals with expertise across television, technology, e-commerce, health and wellness, and a collective interest in inspiring, entertaining, informing, and connecting people. evox was created around a common purpose of wanting to help people simply live better, and the belief that in so doing, the world will be a better place to live.

OUR CORE TEAM

Xav Dubois

An entrepreneur and experienced entertainment industry professional, Xav has worked for and collaborated with networks and companies such as Cannon Pictures, New World, Paramount, MGM, Universal Pictures, FX Networks, and Fox Movie Channel. He is also the founder of Kenwood Solutions Group, an independent software company that develops and implements customized software solutions for medium and large media, governmental, and transportation groups. evox Television is the culmination of all these efforts.

Xav is passionate about the tangible difference that evox is making and will make in the world of entertainment, conscious-commerce, and the growing community of people looking for ways to contribute to and improve the QoL (Quality of Life) on the planet. 

Looking back, the Scouts is where I began to learn about being a global citizen and taking care of The Earth. A little later in life, an amazing teacher, Sharon Carper, took me under her wing and mentored me in learning more about the world and instilled in me a great curiosity about how to make our planet better. Later, I volunteered for Amnesty International and Greenpeace and have always been in the pursuit of Transformation both personally and in the world. Our company, evox, is very much engaged in the inquiry that I've been in for my entire life: "How do we make the planet and its people happier, more joyful, satisfied, and peaceful?"

We're using Video Content, Conscious Commerce, and a Global Community to help bring about a world that honors all and supports monetary and social systems that are honest, fair, and just for everyone! Our Television Network, evoxTelevision.com, supports this by showing content that empowers, educates, and inspires while evoxMarketplace.com supports people and vendors who are striving to lead healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives. We're proud to be part of the process and we truly appreciate YOU for being with us on this journey. We look forward to hearing from you and the many benefits we hope you reap by being a part of the evox Community.

 

Jerry Johnson

Jerry has built a veteran marketing consulting firm that consistently produces innovative approaches that yield solid results. Stories of remarkable client success have been featured on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," KOMO TV in Seattle, numerous Puget Sound area radio talk shows, The New York TimesAdvertising AgeAdweekDirectPuget Sound Business Journal, and Media, Inc.

Jerry has a particular distinction for translating consumer insights into big wins in the marketplace.  His work for HP led to the “Mentor” campaign, which lifted oscilloscope sales 7%, for SquareSoft video games led to the “VideoBrat” campaign, which increased sales 12%, and for Group Health Cooperative led to the “Seeker” campaign, which boosted sales 18% and won the Kaiser Permanente Best Practices Award.

Jerry is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and radio talk show guest on marketing and brand development topics.  He received his B.A. in Government from Harvard University.

 

 

Bridget Barrett

Bridget has been marrying entrepreneurial spirit with service-mindedness for decades.  After working as chief in-house counsel to a technology company in Silicon Valley, she co-founded a pioneering “virtual General Counsel” firm that provides high-quality legal services to the underserved startup market.  Her practice has supported private and publicly-held businesses in the technology, internet, media, nonprofit, sustainability practices and renewable energy industries for many years (including such companies as SolarCity and KACO new energy).

Her passions for constant personal growth, creative expression, and being of service led Bridget to pursue a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, which she attained in 2014.  She continues to use those years of training in deep listening and counseling every day, and is deeply committed to using her learning in service to the continued awakening of consciousness in the world.

Bridget has rediscovered her lifelong love of a cappella ensemble singing.  She sings Baritone in a barbershop quartet and in the Santa Monica Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International women’s barbershop singing organization.  She also currently enjoys serving on the chorus’ nonprofit organization board of directors.  

Using the unique combination of gifts, talents, skills, and tools I possess, I strive to touch, inspire, and empower others to become themselves fully, to live their highest truth, and to reach for their most heartfelt dreams.  

 

 

Andrew Mersmann

Andrew is author of Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference global guide to volunteer vacations (Gold Medal—Best Guide Book). Former Editor in Chief of PASSPORT Magazine, featured at New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, 92ndStreet Y-TriBeCa, Oprah and Friends, Animal House, The Focus Group, NY1 TV, judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference. Mersmann’s service travel/volunteering blog: www.changebydoing.com

Andrew is committed to the concept that the wide chasm between where many people see themselves in their daily lives and the perceived far away place of having a profound impact on others is an illusion. One step gets us across, and there are also many bridges to help us find our way.

“I bang the Get-Out-There-And-Volunteer drum all the time—a little too loudly for some people’s taste, I’m sure. I find some of the most moving, poignant, goofy, hilarious, rewarding moments of my life have been working side-by-side in communities other than my own, and I wish that on everyone. I’m as much the lazy, shortcut-taking, boring, in hibernation mode dude as the next guy, so I treasure the times I get to focus outside my own skin, my own home, my own neighborhood. The fact that evox is committed to connection to ourselves and the world at large kinda rocks my world.

I’ve got a couple of charitable organizations I want the world to know about (and consider supporting, or…yep…volunteering!)…MAPP Mentor Artists (mentorartists.org) does creative education and writing mentorships with tribal youth on Native American reservations. The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (aarbf.org) provides support and services to enhance the quality of life for children and adult burn survivors, as well as providing burn prevention education. Dig in, find out more, and tell me about your causes!”

 

Erik Lehmann

Erik is a Social Artrepreneur who has founded the Cornell Coalition for the Homeless, Dream Catalyst, and most recently; the Game Changer Movement.

About 25 years ago, Erik spent approximately 50 days living in a homeless shelter for children in Stony Brook, NY. This experience changed his life’s course forever. He learned of a world that needed a voice and not just any voice; it needed his voice. Erik was taken in by his best friend’s parents during his senior year in high school, and the following year, they sent him to Cornell University to study Human Development and Family Studies. This was an absolute miracle!

During the summers of his undergraduate years, Erik interned at Pax Christi Hospitality Center, a 17-bed crisis intervention shelter for homeless men. Erik was recruited to tell his story at an Oxfam Hunger Strike Banquet in front of his Cornell peers. That night, Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless, asked if Erik wanted to serve as part of the Speakers’ Bureau on the Faces of Homelessness Panel, which would enable him to tell his story around the country. He embraced that opportunity and added his story and voice to what it means to be a child facing homelessness.

In graduate studies at Cornell in Program Evaluation and Planning, Erik explored leadership and his life’s mission when he founded the Cornell Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition redefined service on Cornell’s campus, raising funds and issuing micro-loans to support individuals as they ascended from the house-less to the housed community. Erik made it a priority to enroll those with house-less experience to become an active part in the decision-making process of the Coalition, knowing first
hand that speaking WITH rather than FOR, is the only true way to affect community change.

Erik has dedicated time in sales as a Reunion Campaign Officer for Cornell University, and then as a Pharmaceutical Representative for Bristol Myers-Squibb and Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. In 2011, Erik launched an organization called Dream Catalyst. This organization forwarded his personal mission to help serve youth challenged by homelessness by intentionally setting a course to impact lives by helping awaken personal dreams, purpose, and contribution to the world.

In 2013, Erik launched the Game Changer Movement to create a pathway for parents and youth to Change their Game. The long-range vision of the Game Changer Movement is to create a community of at least one million young people willing to Change their Game and boldly trade in violent video games to experience Life 2.0 in a platform that gamifies the real world and realifies the game world. The Game Changer Movement is deepening our understanding of Conscious Disruption, because incremental change is analog and no longer a fitting strategy — Conscious Disruption is exponential and digitally enabled!

In 2016, Erik crossed “giving a TEDx Talk” off his bucket list in Erie, PA.  The talk is entitled, “How Gaming Will Save the World

As the Director of Sponsorships and Visibility for evox Television and Marketplace, Erik is excited to be part of a team that is serving to change the world’s game. Those who are changing the world with the work they do or the products they provide deserve to be promoted and celebrated. evox is doing exactly that.

 

Julie Fahnestock

Writing stories of businesses creating positive impact was what Julie Fahnestock did for fun. From fair trade, to closed-loop, to the locavore movement, Julie has always been committed to promoting the sustainable impact of social enterprises. A recent partner of evox Television, she is also the Creative Director and Sustainability Storyteller for B Storytelling, a B Corp and brand development/content strategy company. B Storytelling has helped dozens of sustainability-minded entrepreneurs strategically discover and position their stories. From start-ups like SunCommon, a growing solar company in Vermont, to Lands’ End, one of the world’s leading apparel companies, B Storytelling views every level of impact as a reason to celebrate.

Julie holds an MBA in Sustainability from Marlboro College Graduate School and blogs for 3BL Media and Triple Pundit. She has ten years of experience in nonprofit management and communications. Both evox Television and B Storytelling marry her understanding of business, brand building, and personal convictions. Julie is a recent Brooklyn resident and falls in love with NYC more and more every day.

 

Greg Hemmings

As an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement-maker, Greg Hemmings is a global thought leader in the area of positive social impact filmmaking. Greg’s focus is on how companies can inspire positive change by investing in the sharing of important stories, which can significantly increase brand trust in the market.

His commitment for positive social change has taken him and his team to all corners of the world to tell global stories to inspire local change and local stories to inspire global change. His company, Hemmings House, is a certified B-Corporation and has been producing film content for the brand marketing and global broadcast industries for over a decade. They have also created a process that engages social community and brand stakeholders in the film story experience helping to accelerate social movements that matter to them.

Greg is also a mentor, public speaker, podcaster, writer, adventurer, musician…and most importantly a dad and husband.

Greg's philosophy is simple: If we want to see transformation happen in our world and in our communities, we cannot wait for governments and philanthropists to make the necessary changes on their own. We, as business owners and global citizens, need to walk side-by-side to support, and in many cases lead, the change.  

 

 

evoxMarketplace

Jennifer Mansibang - evoxMarketplace Orders Fulfillment Officer

Raised on the beautiful island of Hawaii, Jennifer knows the meaning of Aloha in its truest sense—extending true hospitality to our customers. Prior to evox, Jennifer was part of an online magazine that deals with different online trends, and was a virtual assistant to one of the internet's leading bloggers.

Jennifer handles order fulfillment, screening, and verifying orders of customers to make sure that they get the right product they expect, and want to come back for more. She proactively advises them of any concerns and delivery timelines to make sure everyone's expectations are met and exceeded. She is also responsible for handling customer concerns via email and making sure that each customer receives that dedicated attention that comes with each product we proudly offer on evoxMarketplace.com.

Baking and cooking are some of Jennifer's passions, and when she takes vacations, her favorite spot is, no surprise here, the beach.

 

Pam Baluyo - evoxMarketplace Managing Consultant

Pam is currently​ the Co-Founder and CEO of Virtual Knowledge Workers, Inc. She brings with her over 15 years of business management, focusing on Customer Service, Sales, and Technical Support and has worked with blue-chip companies in the IT and telecommunications industr​ies. ​She closely coordinates with the evoxMarketplace team in developing strategies to improve the all important customer shopping experience and additionally executes processes to facilitate faster lead times and better productivity.

Pam is a lover of the written word, a game console enthusiast, and a huge fan of anime, DC & Marvel cartoons, and ​anything of the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. She is also an active Rotary Club member and community service is one of her passions.

 

 


evox Advisors

Jerry Dackerman

Jerry is the founding partner and CEO of Integral Performance and has served as CEO of six public and private companies over the last 30 years. He founded 3 companies and took another public on the NASDAQ exchange. His diverse industry sector experience includes Energy, IT, Telecommunications, Marketing and Advertising, and Financial Services. He has been a non-executive director for three companies including a leading mutual fund and has been involved in Turnarounds, Joint Ventures, Alliances, Investment Banking, Acquisitions, and Mergers. He is focused on leadership elevation and performance management for clients globally.

Tim Dukes

Tim Dukes, Ph.D. consults with senior leaders and teams, established business owners, political and organizational visionaries, emerging innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists to bridge the worlds of dynamic opposition so that what seems to be a contradiction can actually inform a process of continued evolution into clarity.

His model for clarity is based on presence and mindfulness distilled from years of coaching leaders, clinical work, academic research, and contemplative practices. With clarity, a leader can be an inspired, authentic communicator, transform challenges into professional mastery, and be accountable for his or her actions. His process fosters a relational environment based on insight, trust, and candor.

Terry Gips

For more nearly four decades, Gips has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement, helping countless people, organizations, and communities meet the challenge of living more sustainably.

Gips is an internationally recognized sustainability leader, ecologist, agricultural economist, and business consultant who serves as  CEO and President of Sustainability Associates, was co-founder and executive director of Alliance for Sustainability and its Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, Director of Ecological Affairs at Aveda, founding vice-chair of Congregations Caring for Creation, adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, board member of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

The author of the widely acclaimed Breaking the Pesticide Habit and the co-author of The Humane Consumer and Producer Guide, Gips served as technical editor of Reviving the Land and has written numerous articles based on his work in 45 countries.

Maurice Kanbar

Philanthropist, film producer, entrepreneur, and Inventor Maurice Kanbar holds over 36 patents on various consumer and medical products, including D Fuzz It, a brush that removes “pilling” from sweaters, an innovative hypodermic needle protector, and Skyy Vodka, the fastest growing vodka over the last decade in the United States.  Mr. Kanbar built (and still owns) the first multiplex movie theater, the Quad Cinema, in Greenwich Village.  

A renowned supporter of the arts, especially independent film, led to his endowment of the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University, Kanbar Hall in San Francisco, the Kanbar Campus Center at Philadelphia University, and the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union as well as the establishment of the Kanbar Program in Environmental and Transportation Graphics, also at The Cooper Union. He is also a board member of the San Francisco Film Society, and has given millions of dollars to charitable organizations worldwide.

His support of film festivals across the country includes the San Francisco Film Society (Kanbar Screenwriting Award), Hampton's Film Festival,  Mendocino Film Festival (Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award), UCLA FILM FESTIVAL, and the Sausalito Film Festival.

In 2006, Maurice produced an animated feature film, Hoodwinked, which held the number one spot in the United States during its first week of release and the movie has grossed more than $100 million in domestic and foreign box office receipts. His film company, Kanbar Entertainment, also produced Hoodwinked Too (the sequel to the original hit film), and Seducing Charlie Barker (2012).  He is currently developing other film projects.

Mr. Kanbar is the author of the Secrets from an Inventor’s Notebook (all royalties donated to an NYU scholarship fund), and he and his inventions have been featured in The Wall Street JournalForbes magazine, Business WeekNewsweek, and USA Today.

A MENSA member, Mr. Kanbar received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Philadelphia University where he later received an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

Jeffrey Knoll

Jeffrey is an e-Commerce professional from Rochester, Michigan with a passion for innovation and adventure. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, where he studied Integrated Supply Chain Management. Jeffrey has spent the last eight years of his career representing brands, distributors, and e-retailers within the eCommerce space and generating over $60 Million dollars in annual revenue across numerous sales channels.

Annie Longsworth

Founder and CEO—The Siren Agency; Chair & Advisory Board—Sustainable Brands; former CEO—Saatchi & Saatchi S.  

Experienced, entrepreneurial executive committed to positive change through business. Depth of knowledge in sustainability and brand communication strategy, CSR, marketing and PR and consumer behavior change. Proven leader dedicated to team success. Specialized knowledge in purpose-driven sustainability and environmental communication strategy.

Specialties: Purpose-driven brand communication and storytelling, TBL sustainability, consumer engagement, public relations, communication planning.

Tané Minnick

Tané brings with her over 20 years of experience as a consumer product marketer and retail strategist, 15 specifically in the A&O (athletic & outdoor) business cluster and 8 in sustainability. She has held senior leadership positions with Federated Department Stores, VF Brands, and Patagonia in buying, planning, store operations, product development, and marketing. Most recently Tané was on the founding executive team as GMM of hwchannel.com and cofounder, CMO of nymbldrive.com

At Patagonia Tané built the entire buying platform for the retail division including securing talent, purchasing and managing merchandise information systems, and creating product initiatives. At Macy’s she was consistently recognized for her ability to identify the white space in the marketplace, launch unique innovative product strategies, and retain higher-than-average profit margins.

Tané received her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Nick Neuhausel

Nick Neuhausel is a partner and executive vice president at culture-shaping firm Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company. He also leads Senn Delaney's energy practice. Nick brings significant business leadership and consulting capabilities to help clients build healthy, high-performance cultures that deliver strong, sustainable business results. He builds strong and lasting relationships with senior executives and as a trusted advisor, helps them to lead and shape the cultures of their respective organizations. A former client of Senn Delaney himself, Nick has directly experienced many of the issues facing Senn Delaney clients, as well as the positive impact of improved spirit and performance. His extensive executive-level experience leading human resources and business functions inside companies enables him to quickly assess the situation and develop systematic approaches to address the issues impeding performance.

Nikki Pava

Nikki is the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in planning and executing marketing communications and sustainability initiatives for mission-driven companies. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio School of Management and works in a strategic capacity with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profits to develop and reach specific, measurable goals.

Nikki co-foundedEcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitates vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday has hosted more than 300 events and is currently thriving in six cities across the country. In 2012, Renewable Energy News named Nikki one of the “Top 10 Women in Cleantech and Sustainability.” Nikki serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and Going Organic Magazine and has spoken at Harvard University and the Women in Green Forum.

Mark Sonnenberg

Mark Sonnenberg is a veteran of over 25 years in the entertainment industry across multiple platforms on both the business management and creative programming side – from broadcast (local and network) to cable (basic and pay) to new media (on-line, video-on-demand, location-based) – many of which were successful start-up operations. He has been an integral part of the management and leadership of various channels and businesses – both large and small as well as corporate and entrepreneurial.

Sonnenberg has acquired, developed, and overseen the creation of thousands of hours of content and has an excellent reputation within the business and creative communities.

Having started his career in broadcast television research – first at KTTV in Los Angeles and then ABC Network – Sonnenberg returned to local television as Program Director for Tribune’s Los Angeles television station, KTLA, where he helped create and then later became the executive producer of the Emmy Award winning KTLA Morning News. The program became the staple for morning news programs across the country and revolutionized morning television. While at KTLA, Sonnenberg successfully negotiated several studio movie packages and off-net acquisitions that were instrumental in the station being the leading independent in the market.

News Corp. later recruited Sonnenberg to be part of the launch team that propelled Fox into the cable arena with FX and the Fox Movie Channel, ultimately in charge of both networks, leading their successful growth within the cable industry. Sonnenberg later moved into a corporate role, looking after Fox’s interests in many cable channels interacting with Fox Sports – including; Speedvision, Golf Channel, and TVG.

Sonnenberg expanded into the pay and video-on-demand arena – first, as EVP, Entertainment at iN DEMAND and then for the VOD service, Intertainer before returning to basic cable. At E! Networks, he was responsible for the entire entertainment operation for E!, Style and E!online. During his tenure at E! Networks, the company experienced its greatest growth in Adults 18-34 and Adults 18- 49. Following E! Networks, Sonnenberg helped create a west coast programming operation for Discovery Networks, working between the creative community and the company’s various channels including Discovery and TLC.

Prior to starting XE5 Media Group, Sonnenberg was the Chief Operating Officer for Maya Entertainment Group – a content company that specializes in the development, production, and acquisition of independent films across all media platforms – focusing on the growing English speaking American Latino audience.

Russ Stoddard

Russ started Oliver Russell in 1991 and is the brand building expert company’s president and founder. He’s committed his career (nearly 30 years) to social responsibility, first inside the corporate world and then as an entrepreneur who’s started four companies and five nonprofit causes. Russ is the author of "Rise Up - How to Build a Socially Conscious Business," and his creative work has been honored with local, regional, and national creative awards. These days, Russ focuses on brand strategy for clients, spreading the Certified B Corp love, and connecting kindred spirits to multiply social impact.

Russ also co-founded digital cause marketing start up, Social Good Network, and serves as advisor to GoodWell as well as being founder of four nonprofits, with deep involvement in the social enterprise community.