MEET THE Board Members

Darko Rakin

Darko Rakin

As a branding and marketing research strategist, Darko has enjoyed helping more than 500 brands generate
consumer insights, identify marketing issues, address multicultural challenges, and overcome business
obstacles that have prevented them from achieving their goals and objectives. He brings more than twenty-
five years of progressive marketing and marketing research experience and over fifteen years of senior
executive experience to the team.


Darko is innovative and thought-provoking marketing leader with expert knowledge of both qualitative and
quantitative marketing research methodologies including design, data collection methods, tools and
techniques for basic and multivariate statistical analysis.
Transcending consumers’ product-only relationship and connecting the brand to powerful and timeless
emotion through innovation is his daily motivation.

ALL Board members

Miglena Nikolova
Miglena Nikolova
PAST-PRESIDENT
Tina Portillo
Tina Portillo
PRESIDENT
Steve Simkus
Steve Simkus
VP, PARTNERSHIP & SPONSORSHIP
Matt Chong
Matt Chong
VP, FINANCE
Santo Ligotti
Santo Ligotti
VP, MARKETING
Barbara Boyd
Barbara Boyd
PRESIDENT-ELECT
Jacob Kessler
Jacob Kessler
VP, MARKETING HALL OF LEGENDS
Malaika Palmer
Malaika Palmer
VP, EVENTS
Christine Andrew
Christine Andrew
VP, DEI
Christopher Stathousis
Christopher Stathousis
VP, INTERNATIONAL
Debbie Bolton
Debbie Bolton
VP, VOLUNTEERS
Lia Grimberg
Lia Grimberg
VP, MEMBERSHIP
Rob Maclean
Rob Maclean
VP, PUBLIC RELATIONS
Wendy Greenwood
Wendy Greenwood
VP, COMMUNICATIONS
Christy Varicat
Christy Varicat
VP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Vincent Mok
Vincent Mok
VP, TECHNOLOGY
Darko Rakin
Darko Rakin
VP, Strategy & Insights
Craig Lund
Craig Lund
SECRETARY AND VP, MENTORSHIP