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OUR TEAM

David Harry Stewart
Founder & CEO

David is the founder and the face of AGEIST. He is a passionate champion of the modern 50+ lifestyle, and a leading authority on the mindset and aspirations that drive this influential demographic. He frequently shares his expertise and insights, and recent speaking engagements include HIMSS in Las Vegas, the leading conference for health information and technology; TEDx, on Redefining Age; MONOCLE Quality of Life Conference in Zurich; Mercedes Benz ME Convention in Stockholm; Rise and Thrive in Los Angeles; and The AGEIST YBL conference in Los Angeles. He was also keynote speaker at The Global Wellness Summit in Singapore in October 2019. He is a go-to reference on people in our age group, having been quoted in the WSJ, The Times of London, NPR, CNN and The South China Morning Post. Before he launched AGEIST, Stewart was an award-winning photographer, specializing in portraits of people that combined his engineer’s precision with a refined design and visual aesthetic. His work for iconic brands including Nike, Adidas, Google, AT&T, Coke, Lexus, BMW, Corona, Gillette, Philips, Johnson & Johnson, Red Bull and many more has appeared in GQ, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Wired, Interview, Time, The New York Times Magazine, and other outlets. Stewart is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@weareageist.com. A life-long wellness and fitness enthusiast, he loves dead lifts and makes a legendary green smoothie.

Jack Phan

CTO

Jack is a serial entrepreneur and media executive with over 20+ years building businesses in publishing, lead generation, affiliate marketing and social media. He led his company to rank #186 on Inc 500's Fastest Growing Companies of 2007 and an acquisition in 2008. In addition to... being Chief Technology Officer of AGEIST, Jack is the CEO of PhanZu, an online media publishing agency. Jack has held roles as President & COO of Money Crashers and previously served as Vice President/EIR at Digital Trends where he helped to scale the company to the #1 private tech media company in the world. Jack has been instrumental to the on-going build out at AGEIST. Fun fact, Jack was kidnapped by pirates at 8 months-old. Talk about a turbulent start to life!

Paul Hynek

CFO

Paul Hynek has decades of successful experience in finance, technology and entertainment. Paul is a Wharton MBA, an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting at Pepperdine University, and the creator of startup financial projections software that has raised over $1 billion for thousands... and startups. Clearly, he is magic with money. He has significant executive, software, and high tech experience in the US, Europe, and Asia. Paul is a sought-after speaker, having emceed, keynoted, moderated, and spoken at South x Southwest, Wharton / Penn, Harvard, Mensa, BIL, Brink, and numerous technology and startup conferences and events. He’s a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. As the son of Dr Alan Hynek, he is probably the world’s foremost authority on aliens.

Colleen Scholer

Vice President, Brand Insight & Strategy

Colleen has an uncanny knack for intuiting growing trends and develops brand strategy based on data insights. She keeps eyes and ears on the age-positive consumer and their impact on today’s culture and shares decades of research, marketing communications, and media relations... insights with major brands and top leaders. She is an awesome mensch and believes business development is built on good working relationships and opening doors to new client opportunities. Colleen is fiercely competitive, which is just one more thing to love about her.

Jonathan Cheung

Head of Creative

A graduate of the renowned School of Fashion at Kingston University in London, Jonathan got his start working for legendary labels Moschino and Armani in Milan. In 2009, he moved to Levi’s and served as Head of Global Design for Men’s & Women’s Levi’s from 2013 through... 2020. He has led creative teams in 6 countries and in 3 languages (English, Cantonese and Italian) and currently resides in Mill Valley, on the quieter side of the Golden Gate Bridge. He joined AGEIST’s board in February 2017 and is now our head of creative. He is rife with Yoda-isms, a committed cultural anthropologist, a denim Jedi and the most terrifyingly voracious reader we’ve ever met.

Ann Marie MacDougall

Director of Partnerships

Ann Marie is a leader in consultive sales with extensive experience in digital marketing and advertising. She never met a brand she didn’t love, large or small, and has worked on staffs at established brands as well as start-ups including Men’s Health, Warner Bros., Elle, ...TotalBeauty.com, RealAge, Lifescript and TextureMedia. She is always willing to roll up her sleeves with clients and takes a proactive approach to packaging solutions for maximum engagement and ROI, including branded content executions, social and influencer programs, custom research, lead generation, licensing, consumer sampling, event sponsorships and activations. She has a fondness for bee-keeping and was in beauty professionally for many years.

Isabel von Fluegge

Editorial Director

Isabel is a writer and brand voice specialist who has overseen the language for companies such as Tiffany & Co., La Mer and Bergdorf Goodman. She’s a strategic storyteller, with an expertise for translating brand strategy into authentic, effective language that people respond to on an... intellectual and emotional level. She especially loves her more anonymous work as a ghostwriter, crafting speeches, book forewords and press quotes for well-known executives, creatives and designers. After a recent move from Brooklyn to Oakland, she’s doing her best to discover California despite pandemic shenanigans. She speaks four languages, has two daughters, one tattoo and knows both the common and Latin names for more plants than she cares to admit.

Gaia Lutz

Head Writer, Content Producer

Gaia Lutz is originally from Brazil and, while working as a journalist in London for five years, actively attempted to acclimate to the weather in England, with limited success. She has worked for Monocle Magazine and Radio in London, where she wrote regularly, produced... a weekly podcast interview series and curated conferences and summits. She is a whiz in multiple languages, with wild wordsmithing skills, riveting storytelling abilities and a warm, personal touch which she brings to all her work. We’re nuts about her at AGEIST. She is now based in Lisbon, where the sun actually does shine, and continues to write and produce content for print, digital, broadcast and live platforms.

Zachary Slobig

Director of Research

Zach is a born questioner (Yes, he was that kid who constantly asked “But WHY?” And nothing much has changed.). He is a journalist, specializing in crafting authentic stories for social impact. He has an odd but impressive ability to utilize data-based research to craft a powerfully relatable... story. The staffs of NPR, WIRED, GOOD Magazine, and Agence-France Presse have been blessed by his presence. As a narrative consultant, he has collaborated with major brands, start-ups, and foundations. He's a sucker for stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Patricia Garcia-Gomez

Travel Editor

Patricia Garcia-Gomez is a writer, photographer and artist. She has contributed to the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel and her work is part of the archives of the Tate Modern, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Buhl Collection, and The Harwood... Museum in New Mexico. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys the somewhat singular activity of open ocean cold water swimming.

Balint Bognar

Merchandise Curator & Content Marketer

Balint Bognar is the ultimate denim dude, with massive menswear design experience at fashion hotspots like Levi Strauss & Co., John Varvatos and Armani Exchange, among others. Currently, we are usng his impressive talent for tapping into the cultural zetigeist to connect us through... our various social channels, run our comprehensive content strategy and build out our ecommerce capabilities. And when we get into the business of selling really amazing merch that everyone will want a piece of, he’ll be our guy.

Board of Advisors

Lesley Blodgett

Founder & Former CEO of bareMinerals

Alex von Bidder

Rob Angel

Founder of Pictionary, Author

John Stanton

Co-Founder at Chosen & Momentum Ventures

Andrea Cullen

Managing Director of Bright Link Ventures

Matt Hirst

West SF & Co-Founder of AGEIST

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