Executive

Frank
DiGioia

Frank DiGioia

President, CEO

What makes Frank unique is what makes the FORT Group unique. With media, promotions, mainstream advertising, and channel marketing in his background, Frank has learned there are many roads to a client solution. Which is why he created an advertising and marketing company that is 100% media neutral.

Joanne
DiGioia

Joanne DiGioia

VP - Human Resources

Joanne has been with the FORT Group for 20 years as the Vice President of Human Resources.

Steve
Laux

Steve Laux

EVP - Chief Creative Officer

Since joining the FORT Group in 1994, Steve has had a unique perspective, as the company evolved into the marketing communications organization it is today. He is a native New Yorker and holds a B.S. in Communications from St. John’s University.

Jeffrey
Wolfson

Jeffrey Wolfson

Chief Marketing Officer

Jeffrey has been a strategic marketing executive for 40 years, with deep experience in both consumer and business-to-business marketing. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and holds both a Bachelor’s degree (University of Cincinnati) and Master’s degree (Indiana University) in Marketing and Management.

Creative Design

Bill
DeCorso

Bill DeCorso

VP - Creative Director

Bill began his career at Block Advertising but left in 1991 to start his own agency, DeCorso & Partners. He successfully launched brands such as Bertolli olive oil and Barilla pasta with his award-winning creative leadership. He re-joined Block Advertising as President/partner, and in 2017 merged with the FORT Group.

Brad
Manning

Brad Manning

Graphic Design Supervisor

Brad joined the FORT Group in 2001 and has been working in the commercial art industry for 20 years. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

John
Murray

John Murray

Senior Art Director

Approaching every project in a visually fresh and compelling way, John creates engaging and contemporary, award-winning design for our client base. His high-end production knowledge enhances an already measured approach to how to most effectively manage design budgets.

Pamela
Lorusso

Pamela Lorusso

Art Director

Pamela joined the FORT Group in 1997. She holds a B.S. in Marketing Management as well as a B.A. in Graphic Design.

Morgan
Dulhagen

Morgan Dulhagen

Graphic Designer

After earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Monmouth University in 2012, Morgan secured a position in her field of study, and has been working as a graphic designer at FORT.

Digital & Interactive

Jerry
Putruele

Jerry Putruele

VP/General Manager - Digital

Jerry started his marketing career with FORT in 1998. He studied business and engineering at Temple University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He then proceeded to work in the fields of product development, sales and marketing before landing at FORT

Anthony
Forte

Anthony Forte

VP - Digital Strategy

Anthony started with the FORT Group as a production intern back in 1993 fresh out of St. John’s University. Dabbling in Production, Post-Production, Color Correction, Finishing and Animation, finally found his spot in the world of Digital Sales and Marketing and is also a certified Google Partner.

Jeffrey
Sze

Jeffrey Sze

Digital Project Manager

Jeff started out in general IT support and transitioned to Digital Marketing 6 years ago, beginning with small retailers and eventually managing websites for Fortune 500 companies, such as Mercedes Benz. Jeff brings a wide array of skills to assist in various departments and provides structure to enhance efficiency.

Jason
Cope

Jason Cope

Web Designer

Jason is a long time web designer with experience in print design, video production and photography, as well. He obtained his degree in Digital Media from Full Sail University in Orlando.

Steven
Marin

Steven Marin

Digital Marketing Specialist

Steve has over 5 years of digital marketing experience with a focus in PPC, SEO, and content strategy. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Montclair State University.

Alan
Curtis

Alan Curtis

Web Developer

Alan began his career at FORT as an intern in Digital and Interactive while attending Quinnipiac University. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Accounting in 2017, Alan joined the development team full-time.

James
Leone

James Leone

Senior Web Developer

James graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in Graphic Design. He has served in both design and development capacities for close to 20 years and has worked in all aspects, including custom themes, frameworks and CMS platforms, such as Drupal and WordPress. As a Full Stack Developer, James is well-versed in LAMP/MEAN and open source languages.

Kaitlyn
Mutchko

Kaitlyn Mutchko

Social Media Specialist

Kaitlyn graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. For the past 2 years she has worked in Digital Marketing, focusing on social media management and as of 2018 has brought those talents to our FORT team.  Kaitlyn is a flexible and motivated team member who has experience working with global companies.

Jim
Campbell

Jim Campbell

Digital Marketing Specialist

Jim is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has more than 20 years of experience in direct marketing and media planning.  Jim uses an integrated mix of print, direct mail, broadcast and digital marketing to produce the most cost-efficient results for his clients.

Account Group

Joe
Moran

Joe Moran

Division VP/General Manager

Joe has been part of the FORT Group for over 16 years and has over 22 years of marketing/advertising experience. He currently heads up the Marvin Group Division and has been instrumental in developing channel marketing programs at every level. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fordham University.

Anne
Shulman

Anne Shulman

Account Group Supervisor

Anne joined the FORT Group in 2003 and has grown with the organization, working in both an account management and supervisory capacity. Anne is extremely familiar with regional markets around the country and the clients she works with on a regular basis benefit from her knowledge

Alex
DiGioia

Alex DiGioia

Account Group Supervisor

In 2009, Alex graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. After a tour in radio sales for seven years, she joined the FORT Group.

Chris
Jackson

Chris Jackson

Account Executive

Chris began his FORT Career as an intern in the summer of 2012 working throughout the company before joining the account team late that summer. In 2013, Chris earned a degree in Marketing from Bentley University.

Greg
Padley

Greg Padley

Account Executive

Greg is a marketing professional with nearly two decades of experience. He started at The FORT Group in 2012 and in 2016, Greg and his family transferred to FORT’s Minnesota location to serve our client base in the Midwest.

Samantha
D’Andrea

Samantha D’Andrea

Project Manager

Samantha is a recent graduate from Saint Thomas Aquinas College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a Minor in Business, and obtained a certification in Social Media Marketing during her senior year.

Carla
Dean

Carla Dean

Account Group Manager

Carla, a graduate of Penn State University, started her career at Block & DeCorso. Carla eventually became an agency partner and Vice President, Account Services. In 2017, Block & DeCorso merged with the FORT Group where Carla continues to manage a healthy slate of substantial food agency clients.

Ashna
Patel

Ashna Patel

Project Manager

Ashna stepped into the world of marketing when she began her career at FORT as an intern in 2017. Later that year she joined the Account Team and became a part of the FORT family. She holds a B.S. in Management with a Minor in Marketing from Kean University.

Media

Kaitlyn
Downes

Kaitlyn Downes

Media Buying Supervisor

Kaitlyn has been working in media as a market specialist for almost 10 years. She grew up in Yonkers, NY and graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville NY with a B.A. in Media and Communications.

Grace
Tutone

Grace Tutone

Media Buyer

Grace has 20+ years’ experience in the media-buying arena. Grace has a Business Economics degree from St. Louis University.

Geralyn
Smith

Geralyn Smith

Traffic Manager

Geralyn began working at FORT in 1998 as the Receptionist, eventually moving into her current position as Traffic Manager. She is responsible for the delivery of FORT’s TV/Radio/Print advertising to our various media partners. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Maureen
Whyte

Maureen Whyte

Media Buyer

Maureen’s 25+ years of media buying expertise comes from local and national buy placement for a wide variety of clients. Maureen graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in French.

Production

Joey
DiGioia

Joey DiGioia

Production Supervisor

Joey’s time with FORT began in 2004 and in that time has gone on to oversee our Production/Post-Production department. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Applied Music.

Christopher
Russomanno

Christopher Russomanno

Audio Post Production

Chris graduated from Seton Hall University with a background in Computer Science and Communications. Since joining FORT in 2003, he has served as our in-house Audio Engineer and on-location Sound Recordist.

Bobby
Pecarific

Bobby Pecarific

Field Production

Bobby has been in the production field for 20 years. For over a decade, he has served as our in-house Director of Photography, shooting a variety of broadcast, commercial and web projects all across the United States.

Chris
Dehnert

Chris Dehnert

Video Editor

Chris started working with FORT in 2015 as an Assistant Editor and has quickly grown into the role of Video Editor. A native New Yorker, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from the Zicklin School of Business located at Baruch College.

Administrative

Tina
Chavez

Tina Chavez

Executive Assistant

Tina has worked for FORT for the last 9 years, having started as the Executive Assistant and then as the HR Coordinator.

Julie
Ghezzi

Julie Ghezzi

Director of Finance / Systems Development

Julie brings more than 33 years of experience working for advertising/marketing agency financial departments. For seven years she has been the Director of Finance for FORT.

Diane
Hroncich

Diane Hroncich

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Diane has been working in Accounts Payable/Receivable at FORT for 8 years.

Dan
Lynch

Dan Lynch

Operations Supervisor

Dan has been part of the FORT Group for 13 years. Since starting on the account side in 2004, and more recently moving into the operations side of the company, Dan keeps things moving. He lives in upstate New York, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Plattsburgh State University.

Vincent
Melillo

Vincent Melillo

Financial Analyst/Accounts Receivable

Vincent started with Fort in 2018. Born and raised in NJ. Vincent graduated from Seton Hall University in 2006 with a degree in Finance.  Vincent previously worked for Oppenheimer Inc and JP Morgan Chase where he gained valuable knowledge of the financial industry.

Terri
Simonelli

Terri Simonelli

Receptionist

A long-time resident of the Pascack Valley, Terri has been FORT’s receptionist since 2005.