Meet the Board of Directors
Partner, Rust Built, Inc and Co-Owner, Type-A
PMA Governance Committee Chair
Rachel Honoway has served in executive roles within the performance marketing space since the late 90′s, spending over a decade with KowaBunga!, just over 5 years with Lurn/Affiliate Classroom, and 4 years leading FMTC. She now operates a strategic growth firm that owns a variety of properties including the Type-A blogging conference and community.
BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS
VP Sales and Marketing, LinkConnector Corporation
PMA Membership Committee Chair
Tara McCommons is VP of Sales and Marketing at LinkConnector—a Performance Marketing Network providing innovative technology and support for over a decade. Since beginning her career in affiliate marketing (in 2004), Tara has established a successful record in fueling revenue growth through the development and leadership of strategic partnerships. She leads a high performance sales team that plays a pivotal role in identifying new merchant and affiliate opportunities that will continually expand the LinkConnector network. Tara has been actively involved with the PMA’s Publisher Recruitment Council since 2012.
Head of Technology, PartnerCentric
In his 9 years of working in the affiliate industry, Tom has worked in an analytical, account management, operational, and technical capacity. He is now Head of Technology, and oversees the technology department. This department handles all of PartnerCentric’s integrations and program launches (He personally has over 150 under his belt), as well as the development of proprietary technology.
Senior Affiliate Coordinator, Fanatics
Joe has been in the affiliate industry for 18+ years on both the affiliate side and the affiliate management/merchant side. He is currently working at Fanatics.com, managing the affiliate programs for Fanatics.com, FansEdge.com, NFLShop.com, MLBShop.com, NBAStore.com, Shop.NHL.com, and a number of other properties. He has won the Affiliate Summit Affiliate Manager of the Year Pinnacle Award and two Merchant of the Year Pinnacle awards in the last 3 years.
Co-Founder & VP Strategic Inititatives, Impact Radius, Inc.
Todd is responsible for forging and managing relationships with many of the company’s flagship advertisers, agencies, and media partners. Previously, Todd was VP Business Development at Digital River’s affiliate network, OneNetworkDirect, where he guided strategic initiatives and industry relations. In the late 1990’s, Todd helped birth the modern affiliate marketing industry as co-founder and VP Business Development of Commission Junction.
Affiliate Manager, Jane.com
Maryellen stumbled across affiliate marketing while she owned and operated a business with her husband. Taking the reigns of all marketing initiatives (both traditional and online), Maryellen started a hyper-local blog about things to do in her beautiful resort hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Quickly outranking the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau on select relevant terms, Maryellen landed a spot at an affiliate marketing agency where she managed programs such as philosophy.com, philosophy UK, Charlotte Russe, Plastic Jungle, DownEast Basics, David’s Cookies, Roots Canada, Roots USA and more.
Always a goal to work inside at an advertiser, Maryellen left the agency for Restaurant.com where she led the channel for both networked and direct affiliate partners. Maryellen is now with Jane.com, recently named the 11th fastest growing, privately held company in the United States by Inc. Magazine – and Jane is further honored to be named the #1 retailer.
Maryellen has been a member of other non-profit boards before and understands the commitment and drive it takes to move a body of volunteers ahead toward a common goal. In this case, Maryellen hopes to continue the honorable work of the PMA in advancing the performance marketing industry, as well as grow the overall knowledge of the organization and it benefits for all of us who love this channel over all other channels.
Senior VP of Affiliate Marketing, Pepperjam
As SVP of Affiliate Marketing at Pepperjam Network, Maura Smith oversees the client and publisher relationships that drive the success of Pepperjam’s omni-channel performance marketing solutions. With over 10 years of performance marketing insight, Smith has led advertiser, agency and publisher teams, responsible for the growth and optimization of over 1,200 performance marketing programs across 200,000 publisher partnerships.
Smith received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and holds an MBA from the University of Scranton.
Sarah Beeskow Blay
Vice President, ShareASale
I joined the Affiliate Marketing space in 2005 when I joined ShareASale.com as a program manager.I have contributed to the industry through various speaking opportunities as a presenter at conferences and served as emcee for Affiliate Summit West 2012. Additionally, I have authored several articles for industry publications on the topic of Affiliate Marketing. In addition to the 12 years I have in Affiliate Marketing, I spent 7 years working at the non-profit, Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) where I was the Director of Membership and Member Services. While at the MAB, I was also responsible for coordinating the broadcast efforts in the roll out and implementation of the Amber Alert system in the state of Michigan.
I remember when the PMA was formed in 2008 and feel as strongly now as I did then that this industry needs this organization as its advocate. We need a central location not only for the member resources and education, but to be a voice for our channel within the greater digital advertising space. The accomplishments put forth already are impressive and I am thrilled to be a part of the future.
PMA GENERAL COUNSEL
Partner, David & Gilbert LLP
Gary practices in the areas of New Media, Advertising/Marketing and Privacy law and regularly counsels clients with respect to issues such as interactive advertising, affiliate marketing, enterprise technology implementations, behavioral advertising, privacy and data security, wireless services and entertainment, joint ventures, intellectual property and laws affecting interactive businesses. Davis & Gilbert LLP’s Marketing and Advertising practice is rated in Tier 1 by The Legal 500 United States and in Band 1 by Chambers USA.
Owner, Sunshine Rewards
Tricia Meyer is the owner of Sunshine Rewards, Helping Moms Connect and other niche sites. She speaks and writes about topics such as monetizing blogs, managing affiliate relationships, and current events in the industry. A graduate of Indiana University School of Law, she combines her legal background and marketing experience to educate and open conversations about legal and ethical issues. As a consultant, she helps companies monetize through affiliate marketing.
PMA MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR
PMA Membership Coordinator
Rachel serves as the PMA’s Membership Coordinator and project manages many of our processes, including our PMA Councils. Her background is in creating more efficient workflow processes and she works with businesses, both for-profits and non-profits to identify and remove the barriers to effective operations systems.