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The Stars Shine Bright at Gramercy Institute!


On October 22nd 2015 Gramercy Institute introduced its “Class of 2015-2016” 20 Rising Stars in Financial Marketing to the industry at an award reception at the world-famous Le Cirque. 


Each year, Gramercy Institute reaches out to its vast network of several thousand financial marketing industry insiders to collect nominations for its “20 Rising Stars in Financial Marketing” program.  Once nominated, the final “class” is selected on the basis of the following criteria:


  • Their professional work will be focused (predominantly) in financial services marketing.

  • Their leadership potential will be supported by accomplishment and service in their past and current positions.

  • They will possess the ability to clearly express their own industry opinions as well as their vision of the future of the financial services marketing industry.

  • They will possess a willing (and inspiring) voice--eager to be heard.

  • The "Twenty Rising Stars" delegation will represent a diverse cross-section of today's financial brands. While, this award is intended to honor marketers at financial brands, we are pleased to consider exceptional up-and-coming leaders from the agency, media and service areas of financial marketing for this award.



Michael Arnold, Associate Director, Mindshare

Laura Barger, Managing Director, BNY Mellon

David Blackburn, Head of Digital Marketing, DTCC

Tammy Cash, Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds

Karna CrawfordHead of Digital Marketing, Consumer BankJPMorgan Chase

Patrick Hook, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Citi

Christine Horgan, Sr. Digital Marketing Manager, MetLife

Chris Howard, Vice President, Digital Marketing and Design, Calamos Investments

Ann Hynek, Global Editor-in-Chief, BlackRock

Amy Jackson, SVP Content Marketing, Bank of America

Ajinkya Joglekar, Senior Manager, Innovation, JPMorgan Chase

Jaime Kalfus, Managing Director, Head of Branding Experience, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

David Lefcourt, Director, eBusiness, Eaton Vance

Pierpaolo Maniglio, Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager, Thomson Reuters

Sarah McSpiritt, Senior Marketing Manager, Strategic Marketing Initiatives, Lincoln Financial Group

Brian O’Hare, Associate Director, Digital, Assembly

Liz Piscitelli, Vice President, Online Acquisition Marketing Manager, Citi

Wes Reese, Vice President, Brand and Marketing, Barclays

Nancy Robles, Head of Marketing, Nadex

George Sargent, SVP Account Director, Havas Media

Juliana Swisher, Vice President, Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company

Elizabeth Devin West, Head of Marketing Strategy, Voya Financial

Dave Yudoff, Director of Marketing Operations, Duff & Phelps




The Gramercy Institute is the world’s leading think-tank for senior marketers at major financial firms.  GI produces over 22 different conferences around the world each year—each focused on the interests of senior marketers from the world’s major financial firms (Gramercy Institute 2015-16 Calendar).  In addition, Gramercy Institute honors excellence in financial marketing through the following industry award programs: Gramercy Marketing Strategy Awards20 Most Valuable Partners in Financial Marketing, Financial Media & Marketing Mavens, The Best in the West in Financial Marketing and The Gramercy Global Achievement Awards.


Membership in the Gramercy Institute is open to marketing teams at major financial firms.


Gramercy Institute participation is welcomed and available to agencies, media companies and marketing service providers through numerous engagement programs.

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