About

Our mission is to connect, prepare, and inspire Foster School MBA students who are interested in the field of Marketing. We accomplish this by:

  • Connecting students with each other, professors, alumni, and marketing professionals

  • Preparing students through exposure to current marketing trends and best practices with speaker events, company visits, and student-led discussions as well as advocating for continual curriculum improvements

  • Inspiring students and generating excitement about the field of Marketing

Leadership

The mission of the Foster Marketing Association (FMA) is to be the most valuable resource for students interested in the marketing industry. The FMA Board strives to broaden your exposure to the themes and trends of marketing in the business world through the collaboration of our members, officers, faculty, alumni, and distinguished speakers. 

Interested in joining the board? Email Roger at wrsoles@uw.edu. First-year board positions will open in October 2018.

ROGER SOLES  PRESIDENT    Originally from North Carolina, Roger came to Foster from Pace, the nation’s leading independent content marketing agency. He brings with him nearly 10 years of professional creative experience working in content, design, and media. Roger is excited to translate his passion for the creative process into business ideas, solutions, and looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm with his classmates.

ROGER SOLES
PRESIDENT

Originally from North Carolina, Roger came to Foster from Pace, the nation’s leading independent content marketing agency. He brings with him nearly 10 years of professional creative experience working in content, design, and media. Roger is excited to translate his passion for the creative process into business ideas, solutions, and looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm with his classmates.

GIULIA PELLEGRINO  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FULL-TIME    Giulia is an aspiring marketer who came to Foster to redirect her career to a marketing track. Prior to Foster, she worked in higher education and the legal industry with roles ranging from recruitment to legal services. Her interest in marketing stemmed from her undergraduate studies in sociolinguistics where she analyzed the impacts of language on social and cultural behavior. She hopes to apply these insights to her MBA skillset by providing global companies with brand and communication strategies that resonate with global customers.  In her free time, Giulia enjoys planning her next trip abroad, going to the theatre, trying new recipes, eating the results of said recipes, and singing.

GIULIA PELLEGRINO
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FULL-TIME

Giulia is an aspiring marketer who came to Foster to redirect her career to a marketing track. Prior to Foster, she worked in higher education and the legal industry with roles ranging from recruitment to legal services. Her interest in marketing stemmed from her undergraduate studies in sociolinguistics where she analyzed the impacts of language on social and cultural behavior. She hopes to apply these insights to her MBA skillset by providing global companies with brand and communication strategies that resonate with global customers.

In her free time, Giulia enjoys planning her next trip abroad, going to the theatre, trying new recipes, eating the results of said recipes, and singing.

LORIS ZARZAR VICE PRESIDENT  Prior to Foster, Loris was an Operations Manager at an interior decorating retailer in Mexico. In her role, she analyzed customer journey maps, identified pain points, and implemented solutions to improve the customer experience. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Project Manager at a marketing research provider for the Pharmaceutical industry, conducting studies that ranged from fielding in a single country to fielding in over 20 markets.  Once she graduates, Loris hopes to continue her career as a Product Marketing Manager in the tech industry. She is interested in truly understanding who the consumers are, what they want and what they need, and how and where to deliver it to them, to provide the best product or service possible.

LORIS ZARZAR
VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to Foster, Loris was an Operations Manager at an interior decorating retailer in Mexico. In her role, she analyzed customer journey maps, identified pain points, and implemented solutions to improve the customer experience. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Project Manager at a marketing research provider for the Pharmaceutical industry, conducting studies that ranged from fielding in a single country to fielding in over 20 markets.

Once she graduates, Loris hopes to continue her career as a Product Marketing Manager in the tech industry. She is interested in truly understanding who the consumers are, what they want and what they need, and how and where to deliver it to them, to provide the best product or service possible.

 
KATE NEUPERT VICE PRESIDENT, FULL-TIME  Hi there, I’m Kate Neupert. Prior to getting my MBA, I worked in Account Management at various advertising agencies in NYC working for clients such as FedEx, United, the National Park Service, Verizon, and Downy. After getting my MBA, I hope to transition into more of a strategic and product-centric marketing role at a global tech or service firm. I want to continue a passion in marketing because I have an insatiable fascination for why consumers act the way they do and how we can use creative to persuade them to purchase and use certain products.

KATE NEUPERT
VICE PRESIDENT, FULL-TIME

Hi there, I’m Kate Neupert. Prior to getting my MBA, I worked in Account Management at various advertising agencies in NYC working for clients such as FedEx, United, the National Park Service, Verizon, and Downy. After getting my MBA, I hope to transition into more of a strategic and product-centric marketing role at a global tech or service firm. I want to continue a passion in marketing because I have an insatiable fascination for why consumers act the way they do and how we can use creative to persuade them to purchase and use certain products.

GUY SCHOONMAKER VICE PRESIDENT  Reed has over 9 years of operations Guy is PNW re-plant. After spending six years in Boston, he returned to the northwest where he works as a fundraiser for the Foster School of Business. He enjoys his time on campus so much that he spends his evenings there as well, taking class towards his MBA. Guy’s focus in high-education fundraising has been around driving donor participation through thoughtful segmenting and targeting, and he relates his work closely with the principles taught several marketing classes. While he harbors no animosity towards Seattle’s professional sports teams, his loyalties will always lie with the Red Sox and Patriots.

GUY SCHOONMAKER
VICE PRESIDENT

Reed has over 9 years of operations Guy is PNW re-plant. After spending six years in Boston, he returned to the northwest where he works as a fundraiser for the Foster School of Business. He enjoys his time on campus so much that he spends his evenings there as well, taking class towards his MBA. Guy’s focus in high-education fundraising has been around driving donor participation through thoughtful segmenting and targeting, and he relates his work closely with the principles taught several marketing classes. While he harbors no animosity towards Seattle’s professional sports teams, his loyalties will always lie with the Red Sox and Patriots.

JEFF RECHLER VICE PRESIDENT  Jeff is a seasoned marketing communications strategist who has helped dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations to articulate their competitive advantage, engage customers, and grow their business. He previously lived in Philadelphia and worked in a variety of agency and in-house roles with responsibilities spanning public relations, branding, change management, employee engagement, design thinking, and digital and social media – all with a unifying focus on telling stories and engaging audiences. He is excited to build upon these experiences, contribute as a Foster Marketing Association board member, and get to know the Seattle marketing community.

JEFF RECHLER
VICE PRESIDENT

Jeff is a seasoned marketing communications strategist who has helped dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations to articulate their competitive advantage, engage customers, and grow their business. He previously lived in Philadelphia and worked in a variety of agency and in-house roles with responsibilities spanning public relations, branding, change management, employee engagement, design thinking, and digital and social media – all with a unifying focus on telling stories and engaging audiences. He is excited to build upon these experiences, contribute as a Foster Marketing Association board member, and get to know the Seattle marketing community.

JOHN TURK VICE PRESIDENT  Before attending Foster I was a project manager in the environmental engineering sector supplying biogas conditioning systems for waste to energy conversion. I am excited about a career in marketing because I want to use data analysis to incorporate consumer insights into product development and project planning. Post Foster I hope to enter a career in Brand Management or Product Management in the Seattle Area.

JOHN TURK
VICE PRESIDENT

Before attending Foster I was a project manager in the environmental engineering sector supplying biogas conditioning systems for waste to energy conversion. I am excited about a career in marketing because I want to use data analysis to incorporate consumer insights into product development and project planning. Post Foster I hope to enter a career in Brand Management or Product Management in the Seattle Area.

 
 
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