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A team of social media enthusiasts with backgrounds in marketing, communications strategy, business development and public relations.

Evan Urbania

Co-Founder & CEO

“I'm passionate about the convergence of business, technology and creative social media. By serving as a translator between executive, technical and creative people, I'm able to lead our clients into uncharted territory that shows true value and business impact”

Beginning his entrepreneurial experience in his teens, Evan built a recording studio in his parents’ basement and produced over 40 albums for local musicians in New Jersey. Prior to ChatterBlast, Evan was the Chief Operating Officer of The Schubert Group where he worked as a strategy consultant to financial and high-tech companies. In 2002, he co-founded The Memoria Project, a non-profit effort to erect a community-created sculptural memorial in honor of the lives lost on 9/11. Evan’s accolades include being named a “40 Under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Drexel University Magazine.  He is also always the first to use – and get bored with – any new social platform. Always.

Matthew Ray

Co-Founder & Creative Director

"I'm at my happiest whenever I help a client develop an entertaining campaign that succeeds in driving business goals. Content is critical to me, and I want to detail all of our clients' important stories."

Even as a tyke, Matt wanted to tell people stuff – whether with his own voice or through any other channel he could utilize. After graduating from Temple University, Matt nurtured his need for information mongering via a career in mass media. Over the next decade, he learned the insides-and-outs of the communication business by writing, editing, blogging, press releasing, entertaining and informing at organizations like Elsevier, HX Media, TLA Entertainment Group, The Philadelphia Film Festival and Boston’s Fenway Center. He has designed, and currently teaches, two social media marketing classes at the University of the Arts and Temple. Matt enjoys biking, lying on the beach, Internet-famous animals and debating the merits of almost any point.

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and friend to all raccoons, he now lives in South Philly with several thousand comic books and three healthy houseplants.

 

Jackie Kollar

Director of Digital Strategy

"Nothing is more satisfying than staying on top of trends and keeping current in the social-sphere. By nature, social media never sleeps and is constantly evolving. It's our job to grab the reigns, adopt new (and maturing) technology, and see how it can play into different brands and strategies."

Prior to coming to ChatterBlast, Jackie worked at 1 Trick Pony, a digitally focused advertising agency where she helped lead-up campaign initiatives and social management for Hard Rock, Virgin Mobile USA, and other various clients.

Jackie is a graduate of Rowan University for both Advertising & Graphic Design, and a native of South Jersey. She currently lives with too many Apple products and her Basenji (Google worthy) named Bunjie. In her free time, Jackie is an avid retail therapist, lover of Thai food, and a Pilates practitioner.

Justin Lehmann

Senior Account Manager

"The Internet is always hungry for the next new idea, and I like to think of myself as a gourmet chef. I like pushing my clients’ creative boundaries to the limit. It’s amazing to see an idea resonate with an audience online, watch them grab it by the horns and take it places you never imagined."

Prior to joining ChatterBlast, Justin worked at Gregory FCA Communication as a Senior Editor. He managed multiple client blogs and social handles, covering topics ranging from enterprise software development to homeschool education. Justin was integral in multiple clients’ social engagement, thought leadership and creative paid advertising efforts. Justin graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Corporate Communication.

By no means the grammar patrol, Justin has a keen eye for the written word, a sharp wit and an insatiable desire for telling a great story. Aside from social media, Justin enjoys biking, darts, learning to row, home brewing and exploring everything the great city of Philadelphia has to offer.

Shivani Desai

Account Manager

"What I love most about social media is that it's always changing and evolving into something more than we expected. It allows us to have these incredible opportunities to get out of the black and white and really get creative for our clients."

Prior to moving to the city of Brotherly Love and joining Chatterblast, Shivani worked at a Social Word of Mouth agency in the heart of SoHo in New York City. While in New York, Shivani worked with brands such as Skype and Cipriani, bringing in social influencers to increase brand awareness and love at various events, including BlogHer and Marvel movie premieres. Shivani hails from the Sunshine State and graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology and a minor in business.

 

When Shivani’s not busy at work, you can find her exploring her new city with her husband, relaxing on the couch catching up on her guilty pleasures (the Bravo network), or scouring the Internet in a never-ending search for sweet and adorable puppies to bring home.

Grace Stasky

Ads & Analytics Manager

"The acceleration of social media marketing is growing faster each day. That's why it's imperative to keep up in order to help your brand flourish."

Coming from a diverse social media marketing background, Grace has a unique perspective. Her experience ranges from copywriting, to advertising, to analytical reporting but her passion is the numbers game. Whether it’s your budget or analytics, Grace is diving in head first.

When the proud Lock Haven University graduate isn’t targeting social ads or studying your analytics, she’s outdoors, hiking with her boyfriend and chocolate lab. You can also find her enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee.

Marc Snitzer

Managing Editor

"Let's go online."

Whether it be writing film criticism, Star Wars fan fiction or a one-act musical for an eighth-grade science project, Marc is in his element when he’s creating. A Temple University School of Media and Communications graduate with a background in arts and culture reporting, his work has appeared in Vice’s Noisey, Philadelphia City Paper (where he also spent time as a contributing web editor), WXPN’s The Key, CRED magazine and other fine publications. He’s a Libra.

When he is not inside the internet, Marc likes to eat ramen, drink cold-brewed iced coffee and tell himself he will join a gym soon. When he has enough time.

Kyle Krajewski

Editor

“I like to think that each of our stories is relevant to the popular online conversation in one way or another. I get a kick out of figuring how and proceeding to tell those stories in a way that fits.”

After interning with ChatterBlast in the summer of 2014, Kyle returned to the ‘burbs to finish off his final year of school at West Chester University, studying English to 1.) perfect the art of writing and 2.) read an unhealthy amount of Shakespeare. Keeping in touch with the ‘Blasters as a freelancer throughout that year, Kyle was brought on as a full-time member of the team after graduating in May ‘15.


When he’s not trying to write the perfect tweet, he’s probably trying to build the perfect Spotify playlist. You can often find Kyle writing about his love/hate relationship with the Eagles and Sixers for CSNPhilly’s 700Level or frequenting a number of dog parks in South Philly, where he resides with his girlfriend Breezy and shepsky Brenda (IG: @brendatheshepsky).

Valerie Hoke

Editor

“Finding ways to relate a brand’s niche messaging to relevant stories in news and culture is exciting to me. Social media allows for any organization to showcase their voice while proving they’re connected to a larger conversation.”

Whether she’s writing an essay, email or Instagram caption, Valerie usually feels she has the most to offer when she’s finding creative ways to string words together. After a while spent interning and writing part-time with ChatterBlast, Valerie was brought on as a full-time ‘Blaster at the beginning of summer 2016. Her writing has appeared in news outlets such as Technical.ly Philly, Generocity and the Phoenix New Times.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Valerie has a degree in English from the University of Arizona and frequently answers the question, “How on Earth did you end up in Philadelphia?” (You have to ask her yourself to find out.) When she’s not writing at CBM, she can usually be found on Twitter yelling about outer space, Marvel comics and movies or NBA basketball.

Chris Blondell

Content Specialist

I have my moments.

Before joining the Chatterblast family, Chris was a semi-comedian working at a local LGBT bar in Center City Philadelphia, cleaning up after the dregs of society when he realized he wanted something more of the “chatter” variety. He’s been called a “cantankerous contrarian” and is likely proud of it. A graduate of Drexel’s Screenwriting and Playwriting program, Chris is a passionate and enthusiastic writer who loves bringing people’s vision to the page or to the screen.

When’s he’s not shaking it up at Chatterblast, he’s chillin at home with his cat playing all the video games, eating all the food, and doing whatever he can to impress his downstairs neighbor.

Megan Hogan

Copy Editor

"Everyone -- every brand -- has a story to tell, and I'm here to find it. Some stories might be hidden behind one layer; others are like trying to find a parking space in Philly at 7pm; but they're always there. You just have to keep looking."

In 2005, Megan took her youthful ambition and completed a variety of internships where she could tell stories. After getting a taste of radio, print news and public relations, and a BA from Temple University, she dove into the field of advertising. Fast forward to today, and she’s the same, curious woman, always looking to uncover the next untold story. Megan asks more questions in a day than you probably do in a week, and prides herself in being a stickler for details. She’s like a grammar SWAT team, and feels a tinge of pain every time someone uses “your” instead of “you’re.”

When she’s not at ChatterBlast, Megan spends time with her husband and their 12-year-old pit bull, Daisy.

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