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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Nina Gilden Seavey: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker & Director, The Documentary Center at The School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her films can be seen in theaters, on television, in ancillary media, and in museum exhibitions across the globe. Seavey is the director of The Documentary Center in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, which she founded in 1990.  She holds the academic rank of Full Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs with appointments both in the Department of History and in the School of Media and Public Affairs.  In addition to her academic appointment at GW, Seavey is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. In 2002, Seavey became the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (now AFI Docs). She continued with the festival as Executive Producer, strand programmer, and senior member of the management team until 2009.

Seavey’s films have appeared in domestic and international festivals and have won numerous awards including five National Emmy nominations (one statue awarded), the Erik Barnouw Prize for Best Historical Film of the Year, The Golden Hugo, Cine Special Jury Prize, The Telly, The Italian National Olympic Cup for Best Sports Film, The Peter C Rollins Prize for Best Film in American Culture, among many others. In addition to many awards received for specific films, Seavey has received a number of professional accolades including being named one of the top 50 professors of journalism in the U.S. in 2012. In 2004 she received a commendation for “Outstanding Service to the Industry” by Discovery Communications and in 2006 she was named a “Woman of Vision” by Women in Film and Video.

What do you love most about Your City?

I live in a place called Takoma Park.  It’s in Maryland – but just barely.  On one side of Carroll Avenue is DC and on the other side of the street is Takoma Park, MD. That’s how close we are to the District of Columbia.  But we are an entirely different kind of a community.  It’s like living in a small town. We are one of the two nuclear free zones in the US, we have street festivals, a weekly farmer’s market and we are a refuge for aging hippies and general liberal do-gooders. But the best part of living in Takoma Park is that for a decade there was a rooster named Roscoe that freely wandered the tree-lined streets.  Every morning Roscoe did what roosters do – at dawn he cock-a-doodle-dooed.  You could hear him throughout the town. He was really loud.  But everyone loved Roscoe so even though it was annoying to hear him every day 5 AM, the city was okay with it.  One day Roscoe was found dead, the victim of a hit and run driver. Everyone was bereft.  So community leaders mounted a statue on the town’s main street to memorialize Roscoe.  I like living in a place that has the right kind of statues – honoring animals that make a lot of noise and no one cares.  

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?  

I eat Cheerios at home.  I never go out for breakfast.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping.  I have two dogs, Frank and Ruby, and they wake me up every morning exactly at 7:00 AM.  I don’t know how it is that dogs know how to tell time.  But they do.  So they are my alarm clock (at least now that Roscoe is gone)

10:00 AM - Every day for the past 3 years I have been doing the same thing every morning.  I read government documents.  A few years ago I sued the Federal Government under the Freedom of Information Act in what became known as Seavey v. Department of Justice et al for the release of documents from the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Army, and the National Archives relating to my most recent film and media project.  I won and now the government releases 5000 pages a month to me.  So every day I have to review at least 300 pages, in what I call my  “document diet,” to keep up with this tidal wave of material.  I begin reading at around 8 AM and keep going until I’ve satisfied my daily quota.

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

I don’t eat lunch - out or otherwise. At 2:00 PM I swim at my local gym and then have a light snack afterwards.   

7:00 PM - On the nights that I teach my graduate students I begin class at 6:30 PM.  Class goes until 8 PM.  So that’s work time.  If I’m not teaching, my husband and I believe in eating a traditional Midwestern dinner – I’m from Missouri and he’s from Minnesota - so every night we have a protein, a starch, and a vegetable.  And then we watch Jeopardy.  As you get older you have to keep your brain moving all the time.

11:00 PM - I am catching up on television shows and movies that I missed out on when I was raising our three children.  Thank goodness for Netflix and Hulu. Sometimes I keep watching until really late. (This is not good for my early morning document review.  

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

I drink a lot of water all day.  Then at dinnertime I have what I call my “cocktail.”  It’s one shot of vodka, a lemon, a lime, and a can of seltzer.  I drink it every night.  I consider it my reward for having lived a good life.  

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I use the apps and platforms that I have to in order to promote my work.  I don’t like any of them.  I find social media an intrusion into our lives and I would be thrilled to live without any of them.  But that’s not possible in this day and age.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should spend some significant time in the Midwest.   So many people – journalists, filmmakers, thought-leaders, and policy-makers - have moved to the East and West Coasts and they have no context for how Trump got elected President.  There is a huge country out there that has very different attitudes, worldview, and values than that which exist in the bubbles of the coasts.  People should get to know this vast part of our nation and not just fly over it.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I am addicted to podcasts. I love getting lost in the world of tales well told. Even though I’m a long-time filmmaker I actually find that stories that don’t have visuals, i.e. audio stories that illuminate the imagination, are truly the ones that are the most satisfying. I love that feeling of losing a sense of place and time brought on just by listening. . .