2017 Video Awards Judging Committee


Tod Plotkin, Principal
Green Buzz Agency, Alexandria, Virginia


BJ BarrettaBJ Barretta, Senior Producer
Upworthy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Currently Senior Producer leading Upworthy branded video. Webby winner. Videos BJ produced collectively have over 400 million social video views.

Eliza Booth, VP, Branded Entertainment
Discovery Communications, Silver Spring, Maryland

Chris BrooksChris Brooks, Managing Director
Ventec Life Systems, Seattle, Washington        
Chris has a diverse mix of global experience in various roles across political, non profit and corporate sectors.  In 2015, Chris spent five weeks capturing the diverse team member population of Hilton Hotels through 300 on-camera interviews across 6 continents, 13 countries and more than 50 locations resulting in more than 16 final videos.

Christian CampagnuoloChristian Campagnuolo, Chief Marketing Officer
EVERFI, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
Christian is the CMO of education tech powerhouse, EverFi.  In his 25 year career Christian held marketing leadership positions at Snagajob, MicroStrategy and Blackboard.  He created marketing campaigns for worldwide brands including EA Sports and Walt Disney World.  He holds a MBA from Crummer School of Business and teaches at Georgetown University.

Tim ClarkTim Clark, Managing Director, Digital Platform
NASCAR Digital Media, Charlotte, North Carolina             
Tim Clark is Managing Director of the NASCAR Digital Platform, responsible for the daily operation of all fan-facing properties including NASCAR.com, mobile apps, fantasy games and subscription products.

Paxton GrayPaxton Gray, Director of Marketing Operations
97th Floor, Lehi, Utah               
Paxton Gray serves as the Director of Marketing Operations for 97th Floor, a Utah based, full-service digital marketing agency. In addition to talent acquisition and marketing operations, Paxton oversees all organic work done by the 55-person agency, including work for clients like Salesforce, Citrix, Dell, and Adobe. 

Judah HouserJudah Houser, Senior Video Producer
Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Maryland
I tell stories. Sometimes I use words, sometimes images. Sometimes they move and make noise and other times they are silent and powerful. I love the way a story can engage viewers and find my passion in figuring out the best vehicle for telling it.

Sourabh KothariSourabh Kothari, Director - Advocacy, Brand, Content
Signifyd, San Jose, California              
For over 20 years Sourabh has been managing teams that deliver B2B brand experiences combining audience targeting, content marketing, storytelling and digital engagement best practices for customers, partners and employees across six continents.

Philip LarsonPhilip Larson, Senior Producer
inVNT, Washington, D.C.  
Phil Larson is a Senior Producer with one of the leading brand communications agencies in the world: INVNT. Specializing in creative services, meetings & events, media & digital, and branded environments, he’s collaborated and produced experiences for a wide range of clients that include PepsiCo, Merck, SHRM, Subway, and Grant Thornton.

Michael Paolantonio, Associate Director, Creative Services
Children's National Health System, Seattle, Washington

Patrick PhoPatrick Pho, Producer
VW Marketing, Herndon, Virginia
Patrick is an experienced Digital Producer who enjoys watching, telling, and analyzing stories. He works closely with major consumer, entertainment, and automotive brands to help bring their stories to life in today's ever-changing world. He currently leads Content Production for Volkswagen of America.

Amanda PhranerAmanda Phraner, Lead, Digital Enablement Strategy
Shire plc, Chicago. Illinois
Amanda leads the transformation of the commercial capabilities, processes, and platforms to optimize digital marketing globally. Working cross-function, she helps accelerate organizational change to leverage digital channels and technologies throughout the business. Her team is focused on designing the future state of engagements across the globe.

Joanna RatajczakJoanna Ratajczak, Journalist & Moderator
rbb & Jazz Radio Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Joanna Ratajczak, A Polish citizen resident in Berlin, is an award-winning radio presenter, and a television presenter/producer with the public broadcaster rbb (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg).  She also heads her own company specializing in online media projects.  She holds an MA in Politics and Journalism.  Joanna Rataczak has been a presenter since 2003 on JazzRadio 106.8, Berlin. In 2013, her weekly Latin Jazz programme JazzRio!, which is sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy in Berlin, won a Bronze Worldmedal for ‘Best Regularly-scheduled Music Program’ at the New York International Radio Programming Awards.  As a freelance journalist, Joanna Ratajczak specializes in covering art & culture, and issues relating to Polish identity, with particular reference to the Polish diaspora in Germany.

Susan L. Sperry, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland             

Claribel Torres, Director, Digital Media & Entertainment
Associated Press, New York, New York

Bjorn Trowery, Communications Director
Heineken USA, White Plains, New York