The Grom Social Team

Meet the talented professionals behind Grom Social who are dedicated to providing kids with an awesome online experience in the safest way possible.

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Zach Marks

The Grom Social Team FOUNDER

Zach Marks was born on June 2, 2000 to Sarah and Darren Marks in Boca Raton, FL. He is the second oldest of six children. Early on, Zach was a quiet child with a wild imagination, who developed a love of surfing, skating and motocross. He also loved to attend his dad’s business meetings and marketing events, and once he discovered social media, he couldn’t get enough. By the time Zach was 10 years old, he had developed a strong interest in computers, technology and business. He was also registered as a full time online student at Florida Virtual School.

In late 2011, after being kicked off Facebook twice by his parents, Zach set off on the biggest adventure of his young life - the creation of Grom Social. Transforming obstacle into opportunity, Zach followed his dream of designing a website where kids can connect and express themselves in a safe, fun, environment that also gives a voice to his desire to help stop bullying, encourage social responsibility and healthy, active lifestyles.

Zach is a comedian at heart who dreams big and enjoys making ideas come to life. Grom Social keeps him very busy but he always makes sure he has time for school, friends, surfing and just being a kid.

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Mr. Marks has more than 20 years of executive management experience. He co-founded and served as Vice President of Sims Communications, Inc. from 1991 to 1997, a publicly traded NASDAQ telecommunications company. He was responsible for the creation, design, and funding of a national telecommunications program for clients such as Alamo Rental Car and the American Automobile Association. Additionally, Mr. Marks has held several positions with DNA Brands, Inc., including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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Mr. Leiner has more than 35 years of entrepreneurial and executive management experience in developing and operating publicly traded companies across a broad range of industries, from telecommunications to food and beverage. Mr. Leiner has held several positions with DNA Brands, Inc., including Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary. Additionally, Mr. Leiner was the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Sims Communications, Inc., a NASDAQ traded Telecommunication Company, and a former financial consultant specializing in new ventures.

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Sander Schwartz is a senior Emmy Award winning entertainment executive and producer of innovative entertainment content in the kid’s space. Mr. Schwartz held the positions of President of Freemantle Media, President of International Production for Sony Pictures Television International, and President of Warner Bros Animation. A small example of Mr. Schwartz successes are: Scooby-Doo Batman: Kangaroo Jack, Tom & Jerry, Superman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, What’s New Scooby-Doo, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, The Looney Tunes Show, Max Steel and the the Jackie Chan series.

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Mr. Putnam is an accomplished Art/Graphic designer with heavy experience in all aspects of media operations. Most notably, Mr. Putnam was the Art/Graphic Director for Right Coast Media Inc. (Eastern Surf Magazine), where he completely restructured the art department to create more efficient work flow while reducing costs and improving the existing product. He was responsible for layouts of the magazine and all print materials used internally. Also, he created in-house ads, client ads, and campaigns, as well as rebuilt/managed the company’s new website. From 2006 – 2008, Mr. Putnam was a Senior Artist for Clear Channel Outdoor and led the introduction of digital media in the outdoor market. He created marketing campaigns to acquire new clients. From 2002-2006, Mr. Putnam was a freelance designer for Direct City Media, Cox Target Media, and Gulfster.com.

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Mr. Bartleman is a graduate of Sheridan College's Classical Animation Program. He started his career working as a storyboard artist on TV commercials,series and movies. Chris started Studio B productions with Blair Peters in 1988 specializing in animated TV series development, production, international co-productions and sales, employing more than 200 full time and hundreds of free lance artist. In 200, Studio B was sold to DHX media and Chris was named EVP of Children's programming, encompassing development and production of all children's programming. In 2014 Chris started Off Model Pictures and is developing various animated and live action series concepts.

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Bettina has held executive roles at major studios including Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox, as well as holding management and business development roles at independent production companies such as Chorion and Rainbow. She has also led the diversification process at leading broadcaster ProSiebenSAT1 Group.

Bettina has been invited to join several boards (LIMA), juries (MIPCOM, BLE) and committees as well as receiving one Licensing Excellence Award, three LIMA Awards and 5 LIMA Award Nominations.

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Mr. Sabella has over 25 years of retail and operational Management experience. He has held management positions with CVS Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond, Royal Strategies & Solutions and most recently as V.P. of Operations for DNA Brands.

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Dr. Rutherford is a highly renowned and respected oncologist and a national expert in ovarian cancer with more than 30 years. Former Section Chief of Oncology at Yale University Hospital. Dr. Rutherford has published in excess of 200 articles and case reports during his career. He is a highly sought after speaker and lecturer that has brought him all over the world. Currently the Director of Oncology for Connecticut Oncology, a 270 member practitioner group and Director of Cancer Services for Western Connecticut Health Network leading more than 100 physician.

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Mrs. Romero is an award-winning game designer, artist, writer, and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981 at the age of 15. She is the longest continuously serving woman in the video game industry. Mrs. Romero worked in a variety of digital game companies as a designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-Tech Software, Electronics Arts, and numerous companies in the social and mobile game company. She has been honored with many prestigious awards and accolades, including three notable recognitions in 2013: Gamasutra’s Top 10 Game Developers of 2013, the 2013 Women in Games Lifetime Achievement awarded by Microsoft, and one of Forbes “12 Women in Gaming to Watch in 2013.”

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Mr. Romero is an award winning game designer, programmer, and artist whose work spans over 130 games - 107 of which have been published commercially, including the iconic works Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM and Quake. He has worked in the mobile, core, mid-core, casual, social, and MMO space. Mr. Romero founded eight companies, including companies in the traditional hardcore, MMO, and mobile spaces. His contribution and philanthropy within the commercial game industry have led to a myriad of inspired games. Mr. Romero is considered to be among the world’s top game designers and his products have won every major award.

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Eric Tannenbaum and his wife/business partner, Kim Tannenbaum, run The Tannenbaum Company based at CBS Studios. They are Executive Producers of CBS’ TWO AND A HALF MEN and WE ARE MEN.

Tannenbaum is the former President of Artists Television Group. During his tenure at ATG he oversaw all creative and financial areas of the company. Prior to founding ATG, Tannenbaum served as President of Columbia TriStar Television. During his tenure there the studio produced such hits as "Mad About You," "Party of Five," "Dawson's Creek," "The Nanny" and "The King of Queens." Previously, Tannenbaum was Executive Vice President of New World Television.

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Mrs. Marks is an AFAA certified personal trainer and an AFAA certified spinning instructor since 1997. She is currently enrolled in special interest studies and earning continuing education in children's fitness, pre perinatal and postnatal fitness, and aqua fitness. She is also a certified Doula and child birth educator. Her personal fitness hobbies include attending triathlon swim, bike, run events. Participating in triathlons? (swim, bike, run) Her best personal accomplishment is being a mother of six happy, creative, athletic, fun, and unique individuals.

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Marine Master Sergeant Brett Marks has served on active duty for over 18 years with the United States Marine Corps. Brett most recently completed service as a Chief Instructor at Marine Corps Detachment in Fort Lee, Virginia. Master Sergeant Marks has served in numerous combat operations overseas. He is currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Command Center in 29Palms, California.