NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

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Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur


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Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

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Christie Conochalla: Writer & Director 

Christie Conochalla is a writer/director in Los Angeles, CA known for her screwball romantic comedy "Once Upon A Zipper," her award winning dramatic short "August in the City," and coming in 2019 her first feature film "Forever Not Maybe" starring Mandahla Rose and Marie-Pier Gibeault, an old Hollywood style love story about two women who don't have time for love or desire to sacrfice their success to settle down but who fall in love and try anyway. You can find the trailer on YouTube and Vimeo! Follow our social media to learn where you'll be able to see the film. Christie loves inspiring and supporting women and women in the industry and loves helping others work towards their creative goals to show people that you can achieve your dreams. All you need is a plan, endurance and a support who can help you see the path a little better.

What do you love most about Your City?

Los Angeles is a really special place. I've always been a fan of old Hollywood films and television so it is pretty surreal to see movies at theaters where Judy Garland walked the red carpet. Walk the Culver City sidewalk near Sony Studios where all the biggest talents walked when it was MGM. Wandering neighborhoods where people like Bette Davis lived and doing work in the studio Mary Pickford helped build and worked in West Hollywood, not to mention the iconic studio which used to be Desilu where Lucille Ball was one of our first female studio heads. So many amazing historic women broke glass ceilings in this town. If you're a fan of the films of yesteryear, there's really nothing like it.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My most important meal of the day is a nice hot cup of coffee. The best in town, in my opinion, is Alfred Coffee. Most days I try to have a healthy breakfast of a smoothie or a juice but on special days I like to wander over to Alfred in Studio City for a cappuccino and an almond croissant.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Rise and shine! Downstairs for a pot of coffee. Journaling at my dining table and reading in my favorite chair listening to the record which sounds like how I want my day to feel, recently it's been Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit," and going over my schedule and goals for the day.

10:00 AM - At 10 I'm finishing any reading, writing whether it be for pleasure or for work. I'll work with projects in my creative support business where I workshop screenplays with writers who are pushing toward their next draft, if you're one of these people I'm always taking new clients. And I'm starting to get ready to take my dog to the dog park or getting ready for her walk and getting into my gym routine to prepare for my day of meetings, writing, classes or preproduction. Right now I'm producing a short film called "House of La Reine" for the director Lisa Tedesco. Find us on indiegogo to be a part of the fun!

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

It depends on the day. At noon I usually take a break from whatever I'm working on to walk down to the movie theater and see what's playing. There is a small coffee spot next to the theater where I enjoy writing and having a cup of coffee or tea. If I'm going to meetings I generally go to La Pain Quotidien. With its European style service and cafe, it's always great to feel comfortable sitting outside and ordering as I go about my day with multiple meetings. They have a great smoked salmon salad. A glass of Rose is perfect on a hot day and a nice selection of pastries; I'm a sucker for a flaky French pastry.

7:00 PM - At this time, if I'm not headed out to an event; mostly with the Alliance of Women Directors who are such amazing support and advocates to its members and other women directors, I'm usually trying to shut down my devices, finish any work and put a period on all my tasks. This is admittedly the toughest part of my day. Once all the devices are shut down I can enjoy the evening knowing I'd had a full, efficient and busy day. I like to catch up on a film I've yet to see and search for new titles directed by women or a television show on my queue. The new season of Dr. Who just began. A woman Doctor! I'm so happy.

11:00 PM - Sleep. A good night's sleep leads to an effective daytime hustle and waking up early sets the stage for successfully getting through your daily to do list.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I very rarely drink anything else but coffee, water, wine and whiskey. Usually, two cups of coffee, water all day long and a glass of wine or whiskey when I feel like enjoying one.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I'm pretty obsessed with Instagram. It makes me happy to share inspiration I need for self motivation. It's really inspiring when other people find motivation in my posts. We are all in it together so pushing each other forward and upward in any small way is the best way. Find me @cconochalla

I have a few favorite Instagram accounts: Alex Prager, my favorite visual artist and an incredible director in her own rite. Tasya Van Ree, an amazing photographer and artist. I'm obsessed with the activism inspired products on Shop.Kiddbell. I absolutely love getting lost on the Cozyful account which is all cozy rooms and sweaters. And I love following political figures like my senator Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama who are constant role models of inspiration and hope for me.

What should everyone try at least once?

Going multiple days without social media. Getting lost without feeling the need to share it with the world online. Going full tilt toward that thing you might be too scared to start, do it anyway. Live your dream. Do what you say you'll do. You'll get there. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

So many places. Here at home, driving up and down Mullholland from Hollywood to Malibu listening to Lana Del Rey. In new cities walking the same streets people I've admired had walked when they lived. THE MOVIES. Going into the theater and allowing yourself 2-3 hours of surrender from reality is the ultimate journey and sitting inside the theater, rather than at home, is the only way to really understand not only the story, but the mastery of the community of people who stood behind the film and pushed forward tirelessly so you could feel something new or see something in a different way. It's a powerful medium and my constant obsession. Support big films in theater but don't forget us in the indepedent world. "Forever Not Maybe" has been my life since 2015 and I hope you come out and see it when it comes to your town.