Meet the Experts

Looking for the right consultant or agency to help you develop and implement your place brand and/or marketing strategy? We're delighted to make some introductions...

Amadeus

https://www.amadeus-hospitality.com/destination-management/

Travel broadens horizons, creates connections and builds economies. Travel powers progress. And Amadeus powers travel. 

We build the critical solutions that help airlines and airports, hotels and railways, search engines, travel agencies, tour operations and improve the travel experience, billions of times a year, all over the world. 

Amadeus harnesses in-depth travel data analytics from the millions of journeys we process every year (10s of billions of searches; 1,000+ airline schedules; 1+ billion annual air booking).  Amadeus for Destinations combines these insights with a broad range of marketing channels to help you reach highly-targeted audiences, make your marketing spend more effective and drive visitor growth in your region.

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Daniel Moravanszky

Bandwango

https://www.bandwango.com/

Bandwango's mission is to enable communities to support local businesses through the creation of unique experiences. The Destination Experience Engine (DXE) enables all things to do, including attractions, restaurants, retailers, outdoor activities, points-of-interest and more, to be organized into memorable experiences designed to drive website conversions, capture first-party data, and deliver customers into your community. Consumers are delivered fully interactive web applications directly to their phone with no apps to download. With over 1,000 passes launched, Bandwango has now delivered over 3 million customers (and counting!) into more than 450 communities across North America.

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Mo Parikh

Bloom Consulting

https://www.bloom-consulting.com/

Bloom Consulting is a global consulting firm specializing in Nation and City Branding and Placemaking, working for countries, regions, and cities across six continents since 2003.

Headquartered in Madrid, with offices in London, Lisbon, Sao Paulo and Paris.

Bloom Consulting regularly conducts in-depth research about countries and cities. One example is the biannual Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking ©, in which we extensively analyse the Country Brand performance of 180 countries and territories worldwide.

Other research covers the impact of crises or world events, such as Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war, on Nation Brands and their reputation.

Bloom Consulting offers a variety of consulting services to countries, regions, and cities, including Nation and Place Branding, Place Analytics, Placemaking, and Tourism Development. Additionally, they have introduced a new service called Place Academy, specifically developed for the launch of their sister company, Bloom Place Academy.

Nation Brand Builders, Bloom Consulting Latest book, available on Amazon

Listen to Bloom Consulting Conversations podcast on Spotify or Youtube.

Data management / Digital / Reputation Management / Research / Strategy / Marketing / Place Making
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Jose Filipe Torres, CEO

Brand Finance

https://brandfinance.com/

Brand Finance is the world’s leading brand evaluation and strategy consultancy. We help place brands measure their marketing activities and develop successful strategies. Headquartered in the City of London, we are present in 25 countries worldwide.

We have published the Brand Finance Nation Brands study into the strength and value of the world’s top nation brands for 20 years. In 2020, we launched the Global Soft Power Index – the world’s most comprehensive research study on perceptions of nation brands, surveying opinions of 150,000+ respondents in 100+ markets and ranking all 193 member states of the United Nations. Our Brand Finance City Index – published for the first time in 2023 will be extended in the coming years to cover more city brands in regional rankings across all continents.

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Konrad Jagodzinski, Place Branding Director

Brandkit

https://www.brandkit.io/

Brandkit® is a leading brand management platform built for Destination Marketing, Place Branding Organisations, and Economic Development Agencies.


Our platform combines digital asset management, media centre, CMS, customisable Brand Portal, File Transfer, Content Distribution, and Stakeholder Collaboration tools that enable brands and their marketing teams to find, manage, curate, share and deploy images, video, brand assets, brand guidelines, infographics, pdfs, design files, press releases, blog posts, story ideas, links to earned media, and more, at scale, all in one unified content library.


Brandkit® is headquartered in New Zealand and works with a number of DMO’s, Place Brands, Economic Development Agencies, and other businesses globally. Including Tourism New Zealand, VisitScotland, Brand Estonia, and Brand Tasmania.

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David Vaassen, Founder & CEO

C Studios

https://www.c-studios.com/

C Studios delivers digital marketing services for economic development organizations across investment attraction, trade promotion and talent attraction. With expertise from working with hundreds of cities, regions and countries, we guide our clients through their demand and lead generation challenges with confidence and clarity. C Studios is a joint venture between two best-in-class-agencies: OCO Global, a technology enabled advisory firm focused on trade, investment and economic development, and DCI, marketing specialists in economic development, talent attraction and tourism. Together, we combine more than 80 years of combined agency history and 250 experts from around the world. We’re a global team solving global challenges.

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Steve Duncan

Civic Brand

https://www.civicbrand.com/

CivicBrand is an agency with over a decade of experience in research, branding, consulting, design, and marketing. We’re a team of strategists, creatives and storytellers with a passion for helping communities tell their story.  We work directly with cities, economic development, and DMOs including convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs), chambers of commerce and business associations to develop and implement branding, engagement and destination marketing strategies. We focus on public engagement at the core of place branding and implementing strategies that cut across residents, visitors and business.

Strategy / Design / Marketing / Citizen Engagement
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Ryan Short, CEO

Creos

https://www.creos.io/en/

Creos offers expert consulting and project management services for designing, planning and developing technology and art in public spaces, with the goal of transforming these areas into lively, attractive spaces that combine creativity and efficiency.

A world-leading agency for touring interactive installations, Creos transforms public spaces into must-see destinations worldwide that enrich the lives of citizens and tourists alike. Creos offers a diverse portfolio of interactive installations tailored to venues, offering visitors a unique and memorable sensory and interactive experience.

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Alexandre Lemieux

Development Counsellors International

https://aboutdci.com/

Known as the “Leader in Marketing Places” since 1960, Development Counsellors International (DCI) is an international marketing and communications agency specializing in tourism, economic development and talent attraction.

A full-service creative agency, DCI offers research, destination marketing strategy, place branding, public relations, websites, lead generation, digital advertising, creative services, travel trade and business events marketing.

 

Our team of in-house creative place makers designs high-impact marketing campaigns that will help attract more visitors, business and talent to your destination.

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Dariel Y. Curren

DNCO

https://dnco.com

DNCO is a studio of experts in place and culture. Based in London and New York, they are unified by a rallying belief: design has the power to shape the world we need next. They work with cultural leaders, governments, developers and businesses to create award-winning place strategies and brands, with clients including the City of San Francisco, the Mayor of London, and great cultural institutions including the V&A and National Galleries of Scotland.

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Joy Nazzari, Founding Director

Epsilon

https://www.epsilon.com/emea

Epsilon is a digital media company that leverages data to drive destination demand. Our digital media solutions allow destination marketers to utilize real-time, person level data to have proactive conversations with the right travelers. We provide DMOs with the ability to use transactional spending data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to build and manage campaigns that speak directly to real people like midweek travelers, past visitors to your destination, bourbon purchasers, golfers, etc. Our measurement solution, Net Economic Impact, measures the direct influence your campaign had on true visitation and visitor spend, yielding an unmodeled measure of economic impact. This reporting will help you prove the value of tourism marketing to your stakeholders by demonstrating how much money visitors spend at hotels, restaurants, retail shops, and more.

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Jonathan Keslow & Allison Elizabeth

Fourth Economy

https://www.fourtheconomy.com/

Fourth Economy is a national strategy firm that supports change agents working to improve the quality of place and the economy in their communities. Our team works at the intersection of community systems from tourism to economic development and from talent attraction to outdoor and cultural economies. We combine rigorous data analysis with a human-centered approach to assessing a community’s opportunity and developing actionable strategies for success.

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Rich Overmoyer, President & CEO

Hunden Partners

https://www.hunden.com

Mr. Hunden and his Chicago-based firm offer extensive experience in the economics of placemaking, primarily via transformative real estate projects. He has provided economic development, market and financial feasibility, impact, developer selection and planning expertise for more than 800 projects and studies over the past 25+ years, totaling more than $6 billion in developed real estate. The firm completes approximately 60 assignments per year with its 12-person professional staff. Hunden’s background in economic, real estate and tourism development combine to make him a unique resource for communities looking to develop their destinations and projects in a viable, transformative and sustainable way. Some compelling projects include the Chicago Riverwalk and Navy Pier, Distrito T-Mobile in San Juan, a mega mixed-use destination in the Middle East (in pre-development), and Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, ON.

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Rob Hunden, CEO

Hunter

https://hunter-design.co.uk/

Some people call it fireworks, or butterflies, or gravity. It’s that intangible force that keeps your audiences coming back. We call it chemistry. 

At Hunter, we believe in the art as well as the science of great branding. Ever since we started over 30 years ago, we’ve been perfecting our formulas to create brands and places that powerfully connect with their audiences.

We are a branding agency, and the ultimate alchemists in great place-branding and placemaking.

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Crispin Reed

HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment

https://hvs.com/services/conventions-sports-entertainment-facilities

HVS can help you meet the challenges of planning, operating, and financing convention center, sports, and entertainment facilities with trusted, impartial advice resulting from our years of studying and the guiding planning of these venues. Our wide range of real estate expertise allows us to analyze mixed-use developments that are indeed place makers. We perform market and feasibility studies, operational assessments, surveys, financing recommendations, and economic and fiscal impact analyses. Our goal is to serve our clients throughout the lifecycle of their developments.

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Tom Hazinski

INSTID

https://instid.org/

Institute for Identity (INSTID) is a specialised agency that helps places define their brand positioning nationally and internationally. Through qualitative research, we highlight strengths of a place through its people’s values and way of life rather than physical assets. As a result, places can project a razor-sharp image based on their genuine personality, whilst giving their residents a renewed sense of community and belonging.

Our work applies to visitor and investment attraction, talent and student attraction, as well as governance in general. We give cities and regions confidence in their own voice and a competitive edge on the crowded global market.

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Dr Natasha Grand Norman

Joy Riot Agency

https://www.joyriotagency.com/

We create pleasant interruptions.

To us, the term “joy riot” is more than a clever juxtaposition of words. It’s the pure essence of what marketing should be: something that gets your attention and drives action.

We specialize in connecting destinations with their audiences by cutting through the clutter and connecting on an emotional level. We do this through branding, marketing, and websites.

Our work isn’t defined by one particular category or region. The one thing our clients have in common? They’re unafraid to start a joy riot.

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Jessica McCarthy

KINESSO UK&I

https://kinesso.com/

KINESSO is the technology-driven digital performance marketing agency that sits at the heart of IPG Mediabrands.

Fuelled by a deep understanding of consumer behaviour, we offer an end-to-end engine of planning and optimisation while delivering on data-driven strategies for social platforms, actionable growth in e-commerce, and creating curated marketplaces specific to each client.

We elevate performance marketing by creating a better flow between brands, consumers and communities – producing best in class experience, media and content for our roster of brands across all verticals.

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Emma Jeffers

LMNL

https://www.lmnlstudio.com/

LMNL Studio is a design firm that brings place-based narratives to life. Our multidisciplinary approach pairs strategists  and storytellers with architects and technologists to shape physical places as well as the digital and virtual layers of a connected ecosystem. We call this approach omnispatial design.

Whether you seek to activate a specific space or create a more magnetic destination, our approach to purposeful placemaking aims to inspire, educate, and build community. Our innovative design process integrates spatial technologies as a material layer of place so environments come alive with art, real time data, digital wayfinding, and moments of pure delight.

Watch this video to learn more about LMNL Studio, an omnispatial design practice specializing in purposeful placemaking.

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Jamie Shaw

Miconex

https://mi-cnx.com/

Miconex works with over 200 business communities to retain spend in their local area, providing essential support for local businesses of all types and sizes. With the Town & City Gift Card program, local and loyal shopping becomes not only easy for customers, but desirable, contributing to the evolution of high streets and downtowns around the world.

Miconex’s technology is backed by an experienced implementation team, with full technical program setup, materials and support. Our industry leading client success program will connect you with other programs, sharing best practice and helping you to quickly grow your gift card sales and deliver local spend. When you’re ready to introduce your own gift card program, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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Ria Beeson

Miles Partnership

https://www.milespartnership.com/

Miles Partnership is a strategic marketing consultancy focused exclusively on travel and tourism. Our mission is to enrich lives through travel by positively impacting communities and travelers with audience-focused, results-driven solutions. Our team is skilled in every aspect of travel and tourism, from marketing and communications to destination management and sustainability.

Today we work with more than 150 destinations, hospitality businesses and other travel industry clients worldwide to develop marketing and management strategies that amplify local experiences, boost visitation, improve community relations and increase overall economic impact.

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Andria Godfrey

MMGY Global

https://www.mmgyglobal.com

MMGY Global is the world’s leading integrated global  marketing firm specializing in the travel, hospitality and entertainment  industries. With eight operating brands across the world, the award-winning  organization maintains a global communications practice in all marketing  channels, serving many of the world’s premier travel and tourism brands. As a  company dedicated to the global travel industry, MMGY Global strives to create  a connected, inclusive and peaceful world by promoting travel as a cultural bridge  of understanding.

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Whit Bones

New City America

https://newcityamerica.com/

As of early 2024, New City America has successfully formed 94 BIDs across the USA, and anticipate formation of 100th district by the end of 2024. Based in California, we’re dedicated to post-pandemic revitalization efforts, public space planning, management, and funding. We also deliver operational insights on how to make a quick and dramatic impact on older or mixed-use communities in North America. We believe that non-profit district management corporations will increasingly be needed throughout the continent as city budgets are strained due to a multitude of issues that will need to confront in the coming decades. It is in anticipation of that growth, that a new “New City Standards” program will be unveiled at the upcoming City Nation Place Americas conference this May.

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Marco Li Mandri

Reputation Lab

https://www.corporatereputationlab.com/

Reputation Lab is a firm specialised in the management of corporate reputation and other intangible assets of companies, organisations and countries. Its partners are pioneers in reputation analysis and management. Reputation Lab helps companies and institutions to create sustainable competitive advantages through the integrated management of two of their main assets: brand and reputation. Reputation Lab has adapted the most advanced methodology for measuring and managing the reputation of companies to the reputation of countries (RepCore® Nations).

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Fernando Prado

Resonance Consultancy

http://resonanceco.com/

As leading advisors in economic development, tourism and real estate for more than a decade, Resonance combines business strategy and marketing creativity to help shape the future of countries, cities and regions around the world.

Our team has advised destinations, communities and governments in 20 states and more than 70 countries. We provide leading public and private sector organizations with consumer research, strategic planning, marketing strategy, place branding and economic development strategy to help places realize their full potential.

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Jeremie Feinblatt

Simpleview

https://www.simpleviewinc.com/

Simpleview is the worldwide leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organisations (DMOs). The company employs 325+ staff and works with 900+ travel, tourism and convention marketing customers on six continents, from towns of less than 30,000 to world capitals, including Los Angeles, New York and 14 more of the top 20 U.S. meetings destinations, Dubai, East Sweden, Guadalajara, Melbourne, Prague, Reykjavik, South Africa and the countries of Malaysia, Norway and Scotland. 

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Kevin Bate, Senior Director of Business Development

Sojern

https://www.sojern.com/

Sojern is a leading digital marketing platform built for travel marketers. Powered by artificial intelligence and traveller intent data, Sojern provides multichannel marketing solutions to drive direct demand. More than 10,000 hotels, attractions, tourism boards, and travel marketers rely on Sojern annually to engage and convert travellers around the world.

Our mission is to support smart and sustainable tourism growth for our customers. We help destinations all over the world attract the travellers they want through multichannel campaigns, co-op marketing programs, and partnerships that deliver the right messaging at the right time to attract the right travellers.

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Antony Powell, Tourism Sales Director

The Culturist Group

https://www.culturistgroup.com/

The Culturist Group is committed to creating a more inclusive industry by empowering global travel brands and destinations. We are multicultural strategists who leverage community, cultural, and travel industry insights to grow trust, activate diverse travelers, and generate business results. We create value and business impact for our clients by crafting award-winning multicultural brand marketing and communications work that prioritizes social inclusion, cultural relevance, multicultural resonance, responsible reach, and authentic representation of the communities that will fuel the future of the travel industry. We are a 100% diversity-owned enterprise. We are a force for good.

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Danny Guerrero

The Travel Foundation

https://www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk/

The Travel Foundation is a global charity with technical expertise in understanding and managing the impacts of tourism in destinations, for the benefit of communities and the environment. The charity works across the public and private sector, encouraging collaboration in placemaking to manage the burdens of tourism on communities (see www.invisibleburden.org) and future risks to the visitor economy, and to maximise opportunities for sustainable product innovation and local SME supply chain development. Their headquarters are based in the UK and are active across the globe.

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thinkingplace

https://www.thinkingplace.co.uk

thinkingplace is the UK’s leading place marketing and place branding specialist, it’s all we do and all we have done for the last 17 years. We help places stand out, get thought about, to develop and grow, compete and be chosen.

We work with places and destinations that want to be more successful; whether nation, region, city, town, development or neighbourhood, and enable this by working with them to create a place strategy that makes their place the ‘hero’.

We’re proud to have worked with places such as Staffordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Torbay, Hemel Hempstead, Wakefield, Lowestoft, Reading, Eccles and Gloucester.

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John Till

Toposophy

https://www.toposophy.com/

For more than a decade, TOPOSOPHY has been a leading place making and marketing agency, with a global reputation for rigour, professionalism and forward thinking. TOPOSOPHY’s integrated services span across four main areas: research and intelligence; strategy and consulting, marketing and branding, and creative platforms and events. We are committed to supporting our clients and partners to transform places sustainably, creating an environment where inhabitants and visitors can thrive.

Looking for some quality place-based inspiration? Discover Common Ground by TOPOSOPHY - our new podcast series that takes a look at the future of our cities and the people redefining it.

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Manolis Psarros, CEO & Founder

Trajectory

https://trajectoryco.com/

Trajectory’s place brand clientele ranges across North America, from urban/suburban communities to rural and wilderness destinations. Working with neighbourhoods, BIDs, municipalities, counties, regions and development agencies, our integrated strategy, design and implementation know-how drives economic, tourism and talent attraction successes for over 30 communities, from Washington DC to Vancouver Island. What connects them is the need to communicate a powerful message of “Why choose here.” Based in Toronto, Canada Trajectory’s reputation has been built on robust stakeholder engagement; evidence-based strategies; distinctive design systems; authentic storytelling; savvy marketing; plus sustainable implementation plans and tools.

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Jeannette Hana

Trove

https://www.trovetourism.com/

Trove is a digital strategy and marketing agency for tourism boards, tourism authorities and tour operators. Our focus is on tourism development through the development of "troves" which are treasures or gems in a destination that have major potential for rapid visitor growth. We bring innovation to tourism organisations - from sentiment analysis, to data-driven market segmentation, to branding & influencer strategy, to smart social media campaigns and predictive data analytics. Our goal is to help destinations create better digital branding, marketing, and analytics programs and “stand out.”

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Danny Cohanpour

Veneto Collaboratory

https://venetocollaboratory.com/

Thriving in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing competitive business environment requires business intelligence, innovative strategies, best practices, and trusted advisors.

Veneto Collaboratory – founded in 1996 – partners with clients in the Tourism, Hospitality, Retail and Service industries. We work collaboratively with clients to identify new business opportunities, create strategies, and implement solutions that drive economic value, customer engagement and loyalty. Our work leverages organizations’ existing assets to generate sustainable business results.

Our specialities include destination development and placemaking, strategic planning, experience design and consumer travel packaging. We customize solutions and strategies for destinations based on the desired outcomes, unique circumstances, and goals for each client.

Our Experience Design Studio methodology is a unique destination and experience design process that innovates a destination’s tourism landscape along with their tourism attractions and businesses. 

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Joe Veneto

Violet PR

https://www.violetpr.com/

Violet PR is an award-winning public relations agency based in the New York City metro area, specializing in economic development and place branding. Founded in 2010, Violet PR has earned a stellar reputation among our client base for our creativity, personalized service, speed and results. The firm’s team manages media relations, content development and social media projects for places across North America and internationally. In the last three years, Violet PR won over 40 national and regional awards for PR and social media excellence, including 2022’s “Best Boutique Agency” from PR News and Bulldog Reporter.

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April Mason, President

We Are Fred

https://www.wearefred.co.uk/

We design and craft legacy creative that will endure for decades.

Challenging creativity across the real estate landscape including placebranding, luxury hospitality to commercial and private residential. Digital. Brand design. Social. Animation. CGI. Verbal identity. And more.

Our passion lies in challenging conventions, creating culture and driving social change through strategic design, with a unique ability to craft narratives that inspire and provoke.

We combine strategic flair with a deep understanding of branding, having demonstrated our craft internationally in markets across Europe, MENA and Asia.

All for a world of brands in constant motion.

We Are Fred – Destination Brand

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Nick Street

Zartico

https://www.zartico.com

Zartico’s mission is to provide the clearest perspective of the visitor economy. As the world’s first Destination Operating System, Zartico combines science, technology and domain expertise to positively impact the tourism and visitor economy. By harnessing the power of proprietary data streams, Zartico answers the “why”. With over fifty years of destination and travel experience, Zartico is uniquely positioned to lead the transformation from global destination marketing to global destination leadership.

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Ted Sullivan