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

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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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Adina Solomon: Freelance Journalist

My NativeAdVantage:


Adina Solomon is a freelance journalist based in Atlanta. She writes about a range of topics — everything from business to culture to death to city design and beyond. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Smithsonian Magazine, and other outlets both in Atlanta and nationally. Adina spent months and miles reporting on a major pipeline project’s effects on the home of the largest Native American community east of the Mississippi River. She was named a 2018 Rising Star by the News Media Alliance. Before freelancing, Adina worked as an editor at trade publications in aviation and hospitality. In between, she taught English to high school students in France. Adina serves as head of the freelance committee for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Georgia chapter. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree.

What do I do best?

I think about things differently than a lot of people. That means I think of topics and stories that are overlooked, which is an asset for a freelancer. It also means I get to cover things that few people consider and allows me to challenge preconceived notions.

What makes me the best version of myself?

An awkward middle school phase has ensured that I’m not sensitive to criticism, making me a determined person. The nature of freelancing is running into constant failure. But if you don’t keep trying – keep pitching that dream publication, keep running after a story – then you’ll never have a chance to receive a yes.

What are my aspirations?

For my personal goals, I would like to become more fluent in languages other than English. I speak French pretty well, but I’d like to improve my fledgling Spanish. For my business goals, I’d like to write more longform, investigative pieces.

My Biggest Success?

It’s hard for me to pick absolutes, but I’m proud of the work I did in reporting on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s effects on the Lumbee tribe in Robeson County, North Carolina. The story, published in February, took almost a year of interviews and work, and it was difficult to get the needed information and organize it in a logical way. It turned out to be a fascinating story.

My Most Challenging Moment?

In retrospect, it doesn’t seem that difficult, but the decision to leave a steady, full-time job and jump into freelance work is among my tougher decisions. There’s always the prospect of failure in the back of your mind. But so far, it has been a great decision that has made me feel invigorated about my career.

My Motto?

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

On the business side, I follow work from Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist who covers civil rights; Corey Johnson, a journalist now at the Tampa Bay Times who has done amazing investigative pieces on criminal justice; and Lauren Smiley, a freelance journalist who writes tech stories that really make you think.

On the personal side, I think of my family, my husband, and my friends who I worked with on the student newspaper at the University of Georgia.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

One of my favorite places in Atlanta is Oakland Cemetery, a beautiful Victorian cemetery. I like history, nature, and architecture, so this combines all of that.

I lived in France for a while, so I have a special affinity for it. Costa Rica, specifically the area around Monteverde, is gorgeous. Israel is always wonderful. But really, as soon as I start listing favorite destinations, I can’t stop. There are so many great places in the world.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I don’t like shopping, but I love cooking. So I’ll say that my favorite product is my kitchen knife. My husband and I use it every day. It’s indispensable. For decorative objects, I really like this ceramic whiskey bottle from decades ago that’s in the shape of a locomotive. It’s not valuable or rare, but I just think it’s a cool piece. My grandfather loved trains, so it’s something he had, which I found more recently in my grandma’s house.

Also, as a journalist, I can’t live without my recorder.

My Current Passions?

I love city design. It incorporates so many different topics: transportation, socioeconomics, community building, the environment, history. I’ve been fired up about it ever since I read more about the historical development of suburbs and how the car has influenced how we live. (Spoiler alert: If you learn about this, you too will be ruined.)