Mike is a catalyst for change who infuses the organization with a customer and market centric mindset. He is responsible for leading Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division. This includes the sale of non-cooperative database products across all markets, the development of co-created marketing audiences via audience partners, the overall management of the Automotive, Financial Services, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, and the development of digital newsletters and the direct-to-consumer data aggregation businesses.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in the information industry. He held general management and sales roles on the leadership teams at R.L. Polk & Co. as well as IHS Automotive. He led global product management organizations and North American sales and marketing teams, as well as leading corporate restructuring efforts in the U.S. and Europe. Mike was inducted as a Young Leader into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006 and remains active in the automotive industry. In addition to his focus on the company’s data products and partnerships, Mike brings a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, operations management, brand management, and leadership development.
Mike is proud to come from a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs. His great-grandparents founded the town of Gingellville in 1837 after receiving a land grant from President Andrew Jackson and successfully ran the hardware store, grocery store, and gas station for multiple generations. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Oakland University and his MBA from Wayne State University. When he is not working, Mike enjoys participating in his kids’ sporting events and local politics. He is currently serving his fifth term as an Oakland County Commissioner and is the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
Favorite Quote: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy
Chris leads the Ultimate Audiences business development team, helping agencies and brands find the right custom and on-demand audiences for their advertising programs. Chris’s career began in 1991 with IBM, followed by Canon where he managed a dealer network and landed several new major accounts for the Government Marketing Division. After five years he accepted a position at American List Counsel, where he spent a decade building data marts, creating hundreds of business intelligence reporting solutions, and automating processes that fueled the company’s growth. From there he served at NextMark for seven years, tripling the business in size through a balanced effort of acquisition and organic growth.
Other roles at V12 Group and Statlistics provided Chris the opportunity to work directly with top B2B and B2C clients, many of which resulted from his new business development efforts. He served as President of the Vermont/New Hampshire Marketing Group, contributes to leading trade publications, and speaks at industry events and universities.
Rob brings 28 years of direct marketing experience to Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division team in his role as Senior Vice President, Solutions and Insights. Having specialized during the last 10 years in leading account management and business development teams, Rob has extensive experience serving clients across industries, working with them to leverage data to build stronger relationships with prospects and customers and increase their marketing precision and performance.
Prior to joining Wiland, Rob held leadership positions in both data-centric and creative roles at companies including Epsilon, Datamark, Inc., Amrion, Inc., American Family Publishers, Rodale Publishing, and Prentice-Hall/Simon and Schuster. An active member of the direct marketing governance community, Rob has been part of the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) Ethics Operating Committee since 2009, having served as Chair in 2015 and 2016. Rob is also a five-time DMA Echo Award Judge and has served on the Board of Trustees for DMA’s Marketing Edge Organization.
Outside of work, Rob enjoys skiing, fitness, yoga, and adventure motorcycling. He enjoys spending time with his family and being out on his bike whenever possible, including while doing charity fundraising work as a brand ambassador for the nonprofit organization Backcountry Discovery Routes.
Denise’s experience across multiple marketing disciplines working with brands both in the U.S. and internationally makes her a true asset to her clients as Vice President, New Business Development on Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division team. With a career rooted in helping clients build their businesses through sophisticated, innovative data strategies, Denise leverages her expertise in sales and account leadership, data analytics, audience-based targeting, and brand management to bring success to her consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals industry clients.
A Toronto native, Denise attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before beginning her career in brand management with James River and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. From there, Denise began focusing on consumer marketing data, holding leadership positions with ICOM, a part of Epsilon, for 17 years before moving to North Carolina-based agency Concinnity Marketing. Here at Wiland, Denise looks to bring the company’s unique, world-class data products to her clients, fostering their brand’s growth and value with consumers.
Outside of work, Denise enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her twin daughters. Denise stays busy as a board member on the PTA of her daughters’ school and as a board member of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association. Denise is also Co-Chair of the Mentoring Pillar of the Carolinas Chapter of the Network of Executive Women, and she also serves on the board of TMI, a nonprofit focused on supporting people with mental health issues in South Carolina.
Ralph comes to Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division with over 20 years of experience in consultative and strategic sales in the direct marketing industry. Passionate about helping clients find innovative ways to connect their products and services to their audiences, Ralph brings a wealth of knowledge in data, analytics, and integrated direct marketing solutions to his role as Vice President, New Business Development.
A Detroit area native and seasoned automotive marketer, Ralph has held a variety of account management and business development leadership positions throughout his career, working for companies including Pii, ICS Marketing Services, Ancor Information Management, and advertising agency Campbell Ewald. Ralph has vast experience advising clients on their marketing programs from concept through execution and helping clients better understand and reach their customers and prospects in relevant, measurable ways. Ralph is a former president of the Direct Marketing Association of Detroit (DMAD) and has held various positions on the DMAD Board of Directors.
In today’s exciting automotive landscape, Ralph looks to bring this background in data, strategy, and innovation to his mobility vertical specialty and to the dynamic, forward-thinking Ultimate Data Division team as a whole.
Outside of work, Ralph enjoys fly fishing, golfing, and skiing.
Favorite Quote: “Approach each customer with the idea of helping him or her to solve a problem or achieve a goal, not of selling a product or service.” —Brian Tracy
As Vice President of New Business Development in Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division, Cori works with home services and entertainment companies to help them find the right solutions and customers that will lead to them exceeding their marketing goals. With a vast consumer services background, Cori has worked in sales for over 20 years, most recently for over 10 years at SK&A. Cori loves building new relationships, and she’s proud to say that many of her past clients are now her friends.
Originally from Michigan, Cori moved to California with her family in the early eighties and never looked back. With a degree in psychology from Cal State Fullerton, Cori has a genuine interest in people, helping others, and making the world a better place, which translates perfectly into the client-first, integrity-driven culture at Wiland.
In her free time, Cori thoroughly enjoys the Southern California lifestyle, where she can both go to the beach and hit the slopes on her snowboard in the same day. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Geoff, and their yellow lab, Harley, watching football, attending spin class, volunteering, and catching up with her parents and three younger siblings, all of whom live nearby.
Favorite Quote: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
A true and sincere people person, Mark translates his vast knowledge of the publishing sector to clients throughout the home and personal services and travel and hospitality industries as Vice President of Business Development in Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division. Adept at bringing clients effective solutions that solve their unique needs and concerns, Mark looks to build relationships with and attain success for each client he works with.
Mark’s background includes immense experience in account management and business development roles primarily within the publishing industry. Mark was first introduced to the publishing world through the tough yet terrific training ground of working in and managing a call center before moving into client account management in an analytical and cooperative database environment at Experian. From advising clients on how to better manage their audience development strategies to putting his genuine listening and problem-solving skills to work, Mark has built a career rooted in client success.
Outside of work, Mark stays busy traveling, hiking, and biking with his five children. He is also an accomplished musician, giving his love for interacting with and getting to know people a creative outlet as he plays clubs, weddings, and parties with his two professional bands.
Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford
Dave is a self-proclaimed man of numbers who brings a wealth of direct marketing knowledge in digital and offline environments to his role as Senior Vice President of Client Services in Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division. With a double major in finance and economics, Dave brings his data-driven focus to overseeing a team responsible for the delivery of solutions and services to several hundred Wiland clients.
Dave’s nearly 30 years of direct marketing experience began at Fingerhut, where he held multiple marketing-related positions. He then moved on to catalog marketer Michigan Bulb, which was part of Foster & Gallagher, where he led the new customer acquisition marketing and circulations functions and oversaw direct response advertising decisions and vendor relationships for more than four years. Prior to joining Wiland, Dave also held a variety of senior positions with Epsilon.
Outside of work, Dave has been trained in effective negotiation, management, and coaching for success.
Favorite Quote: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” —Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
April brings extensive marketing experience and a deep knowledge of Wiland’s products, services, and philosophy to all of her client relationships in her role as Client Services Director within the Ultimate Data Division. Having worked with clients across a wide range of industries, April enjoys solving unique challenges and finds fun and enlightenment in coming to truly understand her clients’ goals and objectives, allowing her to help them find the best solutions possible to meet their needs.
April began her direct marketing career with National Demographics & Lifestyles in 1993 before moving on to Arvato, part of Bertelsmann, which often provided the opportunity to travel abroad, specifically to Germany. April came to Wiland in 2007, where she advanced to outside sales. A cancer survivor, April credits both her family and her Wiland colleagues for lovingly helping her through to where she is today, and she brings a fresh, positive perspective to everything she does professionally and personally.
When she’s not at work, April enjoys spending time with her family and is also busy taking care of her own personal menagerie of pets and animals. From her beloved dogs to her ducks, pigs, goats, and even steer, there is always something or someone to be tended to on her farm.
Favorite Quote: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” —Dale Carnegie (attributed) by way of April’s mother
With a penchant for problem-solving, Brian brings his experience leading Wiland’s political team to his new role as Vice President of Ultimate Media. With a background in politics, Brian has worked on campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a staffer for the U.S. Congress. Since joining Wiland, Brian has helped establish it as the premier political cooperative database in America. Brian looks to bring that same level of success to Ultimate Media, where he will be focused on creating high-value products and services for Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division.
Outside of work, Brian enjoys reading, hiking, playing chess, cooking, and traveling.
Favorite Quote: “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” Attributed to Hannibal, this Latin phrase means, “I shall either find a way or make one.”