Who We Are
You're in Good Company
We define a founder as someone who is building a new firm within NPG.
They have a vision of what can be created, they have financial responsibility (P&L), and we are here to support them to make it happen. It is our view that founders should remain founders and continue to pursue their dream and our collective dream of building the next generation agency model. Within each firm, they will tell you more about their leaders, who do an awesome job of really making it happen.
Since you will hear more about their teams via their sites, we’ll just focus on each founder along with a brief description of their vision.
Founder and CEO, The Bliss Group and Chair, NextTech Communications
CORTNEY RHOADS STAPLETON
Corporate storyteller and marketing architect. Relentlessly in pursuit of smart, unique, global/local marcom programs focused on what matters most to you and your audience.Learn More
Founder and Managing Partner, The Bliss Group & Chair, NPG Health
Integrated communications executive who builds innovative & impactful programs, supports rapid business growth and counsels C-suite & senior marketing executives across multiple industries.Learn More
Founder and Global CEO, The Next Practice
A global business & communications leader, investor, adviser and strategist. Chris brings 20+ years of experience in senior roles at Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Y&R to help define what’s next.Learn More
Founder and President, The Next Practice
Founder, digital transformer, analytics lover, integrated marcom strategist. With two decades in global roles both client and agency side, Colin has led many organizations through massive change.Learn More
Founder and CEO, The Next Solutions Group
RAY KERINS, JR.
Prior to joining The Next Solutions Group as CEO, Ray was communications, government relations and foundation lead in the U.S. for one of the world's largest agriculture, consumer and healthcare companies. He brings strong global and regional experience in reputation management, corporate reputation, and crisis/issues management.Learn More
Chief Data Scientist, NPG and Founder and CEO, Ringer Sciences
YASH GAD, PHD.
A data science leader who has helped companies create industry-changing technology innovation pipelines in healthcare, marketing, and retail.Learn More
With more than 20 years of experience running high tech startups, Chris built a career around identifying, championing, and executing new ideas. Chris guides Matchfire in helping brands do good in the world. He has broad experience in creating and launching new businesses, marketing campaigns, and products - including the ability to take existing products and chart new directions, or to start it all from scratch.Learn More
Founder and President, Matchfire
Joey brings over 20 years of award winning experience creating and managing unique social good campaigns for major entertainment studios, large national charities and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He’s directed online and offline cause campaigns that have raised over $100 million for non-profits across the United States.Learn More
Managing Partner, Innate Motion and Founder, Matchfire
Passionate leader of design thinking to unlock profit that’s more purposeful and purpose that’s more profitable. He’s directed multifaceted teams in a courageously collaborative approach to deliver business and marketing solutions for iconic companies and organizations. From insights and innovation to consulting and creative, he’s paired his entrepreneurial spirit with a consistent drive to build brands that make better things and make things better. Advisor to social enterprise startups, and guest lecturer on marketing with meaning.Learn More
Chief of Business Strategy, NPG; Founder and CEO, Brain + Trust Partners
With 20+ years of marketing and business leadership experience, Tim has founded several new ventures and been a catalyst for transformational progress for some of the world's largest brands.Learn More
Chief Technology Officer, NPG; Founder and CEO, Victory CTO
A veteran entrepreneur with 3 successful startups under his belt specializing in operations while building and delivering large-scale, highly availability consumer facing applications.Learn More
Chief Technology Officer, NPG; Founder and CEO, Victory CTO
Veteran business architect and founder of multiple successful startups specializing in tech, data-driven process, multi-disciplinary perspective, & "Math+Magic" method for organization-wide alignment.Learn More
Chief Media Officer, NPG; Founder and CEO, RocketSauce Media Labs
An entrepreneur, thought leader in performance media, David has worked with top brands across verticals, developed technology and digital solutions for government, non-profits and political campaigns.Learn More
Chief Integration/Client Officer, NPG; Founder & CEO, RocketSauce Media Labs
With deep agency and in-house leadership experience across industries, Julia relentlessly focuses on solving client’s business challenges via new and innovative media strategies that drive results.Learn More
Chair, NPG, The Bliss Group and The Next Solutions Group
Advisor, Author, Professor, Entrepreneur. Built two top-50 media companies, led comms at Dell & Novartis, professor at UT, lecturer U.S. State Department, advisor to media software companies.
Chief Experience Officer, NPG and The Next Practice
Marketer, Strategist, Analyst, Planner, Professor, Author. Tracy believes in working smart, collaboration, planning when you can and adjusting on the fly when you can’t.Learn More
Founder and CFO and COO, NPG
With years at network agencies leading finance & operations across digital strategy, budgeting, ops management, E-commerce and advertising, Mike is now ready to shape what’s next. Prior to The Next Practices Group & the MedicAlert Foundation, Michael was the vice president of finance and operations for global marketing and advertising company, Omnicom Group Inc.
President, Social Purpose, NPG; Founder and CEO, CHANGEx
Forged by two decades in leadership roles at global network agencies, John has been a pioneer in the social purpose space at in/PACT, a scalable giving platform that links purpose to purchase.Learn More
Founder and CEO, NextTech Communications
Janine brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations, and marketing. With a focus on storytelling, she advises on programs that range from thought-leadership initiatives to crisis communications, and product launches. She consistently delivers results for her clients due to the deep relationships she has built with top-tier media and industry influencers over the years.Learn More
Kerry founded the company in 2001 and has helped transform the agency into one of the leading medical marketing firms in the country. During the past 21 years, Kerry has recruited top-tier talent to lead Boundless into its third decade, encouraging boldness in its leaders and striving to inspire everyone. He has been recognized by PharmaVoice Magazine as one of its top 100 inspiring individuals.Learn More
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Boundless
Francesco exemplifies the Boundless value of “embrace challenge." During his more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, he has overseen product launches and developed results-driven strategy in a wide variety of leadership roles.Learn More
Founder and President, Next Content Labs
As a Producer on the venerated news magazine “60 Minutes," Chris worked closely with legendary reporter and anchor Dan Rather. After 14 years at CBS, he went on to work as a producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show. And in 2014, Chris founded the strategic marketing and communications consulting firm LEVER.MEDIA (formerly CAVU Media Works) where he worked with numerous companies to help hone messaging, solve communications challenges, and elevate brands and public profiles.Learn More
Managing Partner, NPG and Global CEO, NextPurpose
Global PR strategist and business leader with a history of helping organizations and brands thrive though purpose, resilience and impact. Twenty-five years and more at Ketchum, Omnicom and at the head of British and global trade groups. Author, speaker and dual US-UK national.
CEO, Next Practices Group Health (NPGH) and Founder and CEO, Bliss Bio Health
Industry veteran Gloria Vanderham leads both Next Practices Group Health (NPGH) and Bliss Bio Health as Chief Executive Officer to help clients across the health continuum disrupt the healthcare ecosystem and remove barriers to optimal care with an unrelenting focus on the whole person and their health journey. Gloria is a creative, values-driven leader who has more than two decades of global, regional and local country experience in communications, digital and social media marketing. She understands the challenges and opportunities from the agency and in-house perspectives and brings invaluable patient insights to drive business impact for our clients and strong leadership for our teams.Learn More
A thought-leading Business Humanizer, psychologist, silo shifter and B Corp Activist. As a truly global citizen, she has advised many companies across continents to build humane and culturally relevant relationships with the people and communities they want to serve. Joyshree helps develop regenerative brands that make a difference and coaches teams to welcome change. She believes that fierce empathy, radical collaboration and our humanity are the key tools to turn business into a force for good, thus creating a better future where planet and people are not left behind.Learn More
Steve brings a rich and varied 35 years of strategic planning experience in marketing and medical affairs to Boundless. He has worked with more than 50 companies in dozens of therapeutic areas, guiding performance-enhancing strategy in all phases, from early compound development through product maturity. His deep expertise includes clinical development and launch planning, identifying in-licensing opportunities, and guiding the intricacies of mergers and acquisitions. Steve has a truly Boundless enthusiasm for helping organizations of all sizes reach their target markets and exceed their goals.Learn More
CEO – FUSE Health Inc.
With a urologist father and nurse mother, you could say Stephanie was born into healthcare. Her deep experience on both the industry and agency sides, driven by an insatiable curiosity, has honed her proven talent for uncovering client needs and fostering teams to create successful solutions that engage and inform a variety of audiences.Learn More
Chief Medical Officer – FUSE Health
As a clinical pharmacist, Marcia saw firsthand the role that smart communication plays in improving healthcare delivery. Marcia coaches her team to always listen for the insights that give healthcare professionals the confidence to change how they practice, as new care pathways are built by sharing data and clinical experience.Learn More
Founder & CEO, NSG Technologies and Wells Tech Advisors
Thomas brings more than 25 years of engineering experience within the healthcare, finance, and marketing spaces. With a focus on delivery process, technical operations, and application management, he drives value for his clients and their vendors by allowing them to focus on their core competencies.
BLISS BIO HEALTH
We are an AI-infused, next-generation life sciences marketing communications firm that partners with clients across the health continuum, focusing on the whole person and their health journey.
BOUNDLESS LIFE SCIENCES GROUP
Creative campaign development and omnichannel execution are just the start at Boundless. We offer a broad catalog of strategically focused, analytically driven services.
BRAIN + TRUST PARTNERS
A strategic consultancy, empowering brands to compete at the speed of the customer and grow revenue.
At CHANGEx, we are relentlessly determined to put more purpose back into corporate purpose: radically focused, tangible and authentic, measurable and accountable.
Within the field of healthcare communications, our passion and efforts are focused on promoting a critical analysis of the path forward in a particular therapeutic area.
Matchfire is an award winning digital marketing and design agency specializing in purpose-driven work.
We are a global strategic consultancy that humanize business to unlock more meaningful growth.
NEXT SOLUTIONS GROUP
Protecting and advancing reputation, our team has a broad range of experience in business, government and journalism.
NEXT TECH COMMUNICATIONS
We are an integrated communications agency that works with technology innovators and the industries they're disrupting. We do this across all stages of growth from startups to the Fortune 500.
We are a data science and analytics consulting firm that works with companies of all sizes and across industries to help them leverage data to make informed business decisions backed by research.
ROCKETSAUCE MEDIA LABS
We are an innovative media services agency that meets the customer where they are, delivers content that people want and makes it easy for them to return over and over again.
THE BLISS GROUP
We are an insight-driven marketing communications agency that blends data science with the art of storytelling to target priority audiences with precision, empathy and purpose.
THE NEXT PRACTICE
We are a team dedicated to unlocking the potential energy that exists at the intersection of Purpose, Analytics, and Human Creativity.
NEXT CONTENT LABS
Next Content Labs focuses on developing strategic, short-form content solutions and quick-turn videos for businesses, non-profits, healthcare systems, and individuals to help brands shine.
Victory is the world's leading Hypernetic Solutions consultancy, delivering business evolution through technology, data-driven process, and cross-disciplinary experience.