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Maria Eden, President

Maria EdenPresident

Maria Eden oversees all of Mercury Media’s activities. Prior to joining Mercury Media, Maria Eden was the co-founder and President of Direct Response Media, Inc. (DRMi), a full-service media agency based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. With more than 30 years of successful direct response media management experience, Maria has expertise in all aspects of media including television, newspaper, magazine, radio and inbound telemarketing. She also has extensive experience on the client side. As Media Director for National Liberty Marketing (now AEGON), a leader in direct response advertising, Maria developed an in-house television media buying service and grew billings to $22 million over four years – a pioneering and extremely successful effort in the direct marketing industry. Maria has also held positions as Media Director for Byrnes and Takiff, working with major clients such as Union Fidelity. While in this position, Maria worked to establish and grow Union Fidelity’s veteran’s insurance and medical supplement products. Previously, she was East Coast Account Representative for NICE Corporation (now Convergys).

Maria earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University and is a member of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Electronic Retailers Association (ERA), and former Director of the Response Magazine Advisory Board and a member of the DMA Broadcast Council.

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Gina Pomponi, VP, Managing Director, Short Form

Gina PomponiVice President, Managing Director, Short Form

Gina is Vice President, Managing Director of Mercury’s Philadelphia office and is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the short form division. She brings over 20 years’ experience in direct response media buying and management. Gina is instrumental in building Mercury’s short-form business in both revenue and staffing perspectives. Her superior skills in effective communication, leadership, and business development have allowed her to grow from her previous role as VP, Director of Media. During those three years, she played an intricate role in the development and success of a myriad of campaigns. Prior to joining Mercury she was Vice President, Media at Direct Response Media.

Nikki Kearney, VP Client Services, Short Form

Nikki KearneyVice President Client Services, Short Form

Nikki Kearney is Vice President of Client Services in our Philadelphia office and is responsible for overseeing the Client Services department with a focus on client management, program analysis and campaign development. She also manages the Media Operations department which handles all operational program setup/integration. Prior to joining the Mercury Team, Nikki served as the Associate Director of Account Services at Direct Response Media and prior to that was the Marketing Manager for LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc. where she planned, developed, and implemented campaigns across media, including television, radio, print, direct mail, and online. Nikki brings a breadth of experience to all areas of creating and executing successful direct response campaigns on national, regional, and local levels. Nikki graduated with honors from Penn State University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business.

Beth Vendice, President, Performance Guarantee

Beth VendicePresident, Performance Guarantee Group

Beth is President of Performance Guarantee Group in Boston and is responsible for leading the strategic direction and day-to-day operations.

Since joining Mercury in 2001, she has led the firm to significant year-over-year growth by attracting clients that include Mandalay Bay Resorts Group, Neutrogena,LifeLock, Liberty Medical, Boost Mobile, Conair, and many more well-known brands. Prior to joining Mercury, Beth held leadership positions at both AIG and Liberty Mutual and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience guiding teams to successfully help clients significantly and measurably grow their businesses.

Kristi Tropp, VP Client Services, Performance Guarantee

Kristi TroppVice President, Director of Client Services, Performance Guarantee

Kristi is Vice President, Director of Client Service of Mercury Media Boston. Kristi brings motivated and tenacious leadership to the Mercury team and her tireless work ethic, attention to detail and commitment to quality ensure that each client’s goals are thoroughly exceeded. Kristi offers over 12 years of client management, marketing and strategic business development experience to Mercury’s clients. She managed client services in traditional media and creative agencies including Gyro Worldwide, Arnold and Hill Holliday.

Kristi holds a BA in History and BS in Education from Villanova.

Cheryl Green, SVP Media, Performance Guarantee

Cheryl GreenSenior Vice President Media, Performance Guarantee

As Sr. VP of Media for Mercury Media Boston, Cheryl leads a team of 20 direct response media professionals for the Performance Guarantee Group. With over 15 years of experience in direct response media, Cheryl prides herself on the strength of her long-standing relationships within the industry. She has an in-depth understanding of metric analysis via direct response marketing ensuring Mercury continues to provide savvy, effective and cost efficient media plans with high ROIs across various industries. Under her leadership, Mercury Media became the first agency to provide clients with Direct Response national cable sponsorships, create quarterly media package deals across numerous networks and provide clients with guaranteed media results against their marketing objectives.

Cheryl has her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Hofstra University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Clark University. She is active in the Electronic Retail Association, Electronic Media Marketing Association and is a member of the JW Greensheet Green Ribbon panel.

Ruben Hernandez, President, Long Form & Espanol

Ruben HernandezPresident, Long Form & Espanol

Ruben Hernandez is President, Long Form for Mercury Media. Ruben oversees all Long form media, new business development, client services and operations. Ruben is a seasoned Direct Marketing veteran with a proven track record in multiple media disciplines including television, digital, mobile, radio, print, direct mail and out-of-home. Ruben began his career at Williams Worldwide Television, an international leader in infomercial marketing where he managed several key agency accounts including AOL, Quaker State and Kent & Spiegel Direct. Most recently, Ruben was a part of the core leadership team of Integrated Marketing Solutions where he was an integral part of the company’s exponential growth.

Joel Schaeffer, VP Media, Long Form

Joel SchaefferVice President Media, Long Form

Joel manages the company’s Long Form buying division in Santa Monica. Under Joel’s strategic leadership, Mercury Media owns and manages some of the largest broadcast, cable, satellite, Spanish and Canadian paid programming schedules in the current media landscape.

Joel joined Mercury in 2002 with more than 17 years of direct response advertising experience. As Media Director for Williams Worldwide, the largest direct response advertising agency in the 90’s, Joel negotiated profitable national cable and broadcast media schedules for Kal Kan, Sega, Braun, Hoover, Princess Cruises and Philips. He also held a leadership position at WorldLink, the country’s largest direct response sales organization, to become Director of Sales for both the LA and NY offices. Managing direct response sales for the FOX Sports and Comcast Sports national and regional networks, Schaeffer created profitable direct response schedules for Ameritrade, Bose, Dell, Phillips, Sears and Sprint.

Joel holds a BA in English Literature from California State University Northridge.

Itai Sutker, VP Campaign Management & Operations, Long Form

Itai SutkerVice President of Campaign Management and Operations, Long Form

Itai Sutker is Vice President of Campaign Management and Operations for Mercury’s Santa Monica team. Itai has been with Mercury Media’s team for more than eight years, starting as Mercury’s controller for five years. He then moved to client services where he worked with some of the company’s biggest clients. Itai is a true DRTV professional, and brings an extensive knowledge of the business, from the management of marketing and media operations though results reporting. Itai’s background makes him well suited for providing the link between marketing media, media accounting and finance.

Mercury Digital (Formerly iMarketing)

Mercury Digital approaches interactive marketing as an integrated program; not a series of independent projects. Mercury acquired iMarketing in early 2013 to become Mercury’s digital services business.

Keith Kochberg, President, Digital

Keith KochbergPresident, Digital

Keith is head of Mercury’s digital business. Mercury acquired iMarketing in early 2013 to become Mercury’s digital services business.

Keith Kochberg has been a leading figure in the field of online marketing for more than 15 years, developing and implementing industry-leading best practices in search marketing, affiliate marketing, and online media planning and buying. Since co-founding iMarketing in 1999, Keith has turned the agency paradigm on its head, providing Internet retailers and Fortune 500 companies with results-driven programs to acquire customers online. Through his vision, Mercury Digital functions not as an outside resource but a direct extension of its clients’ operations, enabling them to expand their online media mix, develop and grow online sales channels, and create unique, cost-effective strategies that meet specific business goals.

In addition to his role at Mercury Digital, Keith is actively involved in a number of trade associations and a frequent speaker at industry events. He is a co-founder of Affiliate Metrix and a founding member of the USAMC. He has shared his insight and experience as a keynote speaker at Commission Junction University and other events including Affiliate Solutions and Affiliate Summit.

Prior to Mercury Digital, Keith was the Director of Business Development for, a leading online shopping service, where he acquired 60% of the company’s overall member base on a cost per acquisition basis. At, Keith managed affiliate marketing, member acquisition, merchant relations, and co-branding initiatives. Keith began his online marketing career launching one of the first e-commerce Web sites for a direct-mail book company.

Joe Kochberg, SVP Finance & Operation

Joe KochbergSenior Vice President, Finance & Operations

Joe Kochberg has had an impact on the sales and marketing, strategic planning, financial management and operations for some of the world’s best-known brands. As a co-founder of iMarketing, Joe brings a unique intersection of analytics, marketing, and finance experience to provide clients with programs that best support their exact goals and needs.

Previously, Joe held a variety of positions at Home Box Office (Time Warner) in both New York City and Los Angeles, from managing finances for several of HBO’s award-winning film and programming groups, to spearheading affiliate sales initiatives to market, promote, and distribute HBO and Cinemax throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Southern California and Arizona. In that role, Joe delivered the highest net subscriber growth seen on the entire West Coast in his first year, earning HBO’s Best in the West Award.

Joe began his career at Haagen-Dazs, where he worked first as an accountant and later as a business analyst, developing financial and operational strategies to maximize the profitability of regional distribution centers and international business units. He also served as the liaison between the Financial and Information Technology departments, affording him a deep perspective on the critical overlap between the two that continues to play a role in his ongoing client relationships.

Joe attended Rider University on an academic scholarship as both a Rider University Distinguished Scholar and a Garden State Distinguished Scholar, earning a degree in Accounting, and he holds a certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University. Joe’s an avid CrossFit athlete and coaches several youth sports.

John Golden, VP Client Services, Digital

John GoldenVice President, Director of Client Services, Digital

John Golden has more than 12 years of online marketing experience encompassing affiliate, media, sem, seo, performance based campaign management and creative development. Working on both the agency and client side of business, he has used his knowledge of the online landscape and understanding of the underlying technologies to deliver results.

John has built cross functional teams geared toward creating efficiencies in the marketing landscape – bridging the gap between different media channels online and off and creating opportunities to scale. Over the last seven years John has been a Sr Account Director at iMarketing where his responsibilities have included the entire campaign lifecycle; planning, executing and optimizing online marketing initiatives to acquire leads or sales. He has guided the online strategy for companies including Dow Jones, Forbes Magazine, Blue World Pools and Hoveround whose subsequent online successes have earned recognition in the industry.

His approach is team based, involving the appropriate client and agency personnel and building a foundation upon which the best practices and new approaches can be brought forth more rapidly allowing technology to be a tool rather than a hindrance.

Justin Henderson, VP, Digital Services

Justin HendersonVice President, Digital Services

Justin Henderson leads the strategy and execution of Mercury Digital services and is a seasoned industry professional with 10 years of experience in direct marketing, SEM, SEO, affiliate marketing, email marketing, analytics infrastructures and cross-channel attribution modeling. He has held leadership positions with companies such as DDB Worldwide Communications Group,, DexOne Inc, Resource Nation, Inc. and Merit Direct LLC. With a proven track record of leading successful teams and programs, Justin demonstrates a tenacity that is unmatched and a determination and focus of effort that consistently leads to meeting and exceeding the goals of his clients’ marketing efforts.

Justin has managed digital programs with annual spends in excess of $70M from strategic inception through implementation and advanced optimization. He began his career in marketing leading analytical initiatives and building consumer response models to maximize return on direct marketing initiatives. An inherent understanding of the web, tracking infrastructures and advanced analytics imbues Justin with the breadth of knowledge that enables him to empower the teams he leads with the tools necessary for truly comprehensive and successful marketing tactics. Combined with over 7 years of experience in search engine marketing, Justin has also managed and optimized programs in direct mail, print advertising, radio and TV media buying across the B2B and B2C spectrum and truly understands the new age of integrated marketing as it relates to response propensity, branding and cross-channel analytics.