About Forward Leap Marketing
We are data driven lead-generation experts helping financial companies get more quality leads and decrease costs through leading-edge online technologies – guaranteed.
- Integrity – We do what we say we are going to do. Period. No excuses
- Constant Growth – We always striving to learn and grow through education and our environment
- Communicating with Candor – Call it as you see it. We believe in honestly raw communication. It is the glue of our company
- Working as a Team – There is no “I” in team. We believe you can’t do anything great all by yourself. You will need the help of others
- Positive Attitude – Everyone has a choice. Nothing good ever comes out of negativity
- Contribution to the Greater Good – We believe in playing the game of life for something greater than ourselves
- Celebrating and Having Fun – Life is a game. Psychologist and Sports trainers talk about the flow. The looser your mind and body are, the better your results will be. We do this by having fun.
Wade Schlosser – Founder, CEO
I’m a high energy, Internet “4″ life, no “I” in team, entrepreneurial type of individual with over 12 years of online sales, marketing and operational executive experience. I love creating and contributing to companies’ strategies to invoke raving fan customers that ultimately drive significant bottom line results through targeted web traffic, value-added partnerships, and must have products.
Previously, I have led the acquisition of two companies, am a successful investor in emerging tech companies, and played a significant role in earning Affiliate Media a two-time Inc Magazine fastest-growing privately held company award, along with the honor of being named the 11th fastest-growing company in Orange County, CA.
Tariq Ali – CMO (Chief Marketing Officer)
I like to define myself a growth marketer, not because it sounds good, but because that’s where my true passion lies. As a result, I have been instrumental in growing revenue exponentially for my clients – by as much as 100X and by hundreds of millions of dollars at times. My reputation for making immediate improvements is founded on over 20 years of experience in digital/direct marketing, data driven team culture, and process optimization.
Prior to joining Forward Leap Marketing, I was Chief Marketing Officer for Fidelity Life (Est. 1896) and subsidiary Efinancial. I also launched eCoverage as a standalone insurance lead marketplace for Fidelity Life. Previous to that, I was with Wunderman where I ran Team Microsoft globally (Digital AOR). But I have to say my foundation and real marketing chops were developed during my 10 years with DDB Worldwide where I was responsible for running digital/direct marketing, brand response and analytics for DDB’s blue chip clients.
When I am not working, you can find me goofing off with my two kids, hanging out at the beach or playing basketball. I also enjoy cooking on the weekends and watching rugby whenever there is great game on.
Christina MacKinney – Director, Strategic Accounts
There’s a reason my mom called me her little “social butterfly”. I love seeking, developing and growing relationships. I live by honesty, transparency and communication and believe these are key to any successful partnership. I have 8 years online marketing experience from start-up, network and fortune 500 levels.
Food, wine and travel junkie, residing in SoCal with my husband, new baby girl, and our 2 fur-babies.
Patrice Bryant Akers – Accounting
I’ve been working in the accounting field since 1990 and doing bookkeeping since 1977. I have worked all facets of accounting. For example, manufacturers, services, non-profits, and web design and technology companies. I love creating organized accounting procedures and training.
Susanna Virgilio – Partnership Manager, Affiliates
Life is an adventure, and I’ve always been one to go get it. I love marketing and helping companies find the best way to target their ideal customers. I previously worked with large non-profits in the US and internationally and helped them strategically communicate with their leads in order to grow business.
I moved to Southern California from upstate New York, and I can’t get enough of the fantastic Cali culture and style.
Jeff Bui - Sr. Account Manager
I love talking with clients and figuring out new ways to add value to their business. I have successfully built relationships with clients ranging from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 clients. I started out my professional career working in business development in e-commerce, where I eventually got to manage a team. I switched gears and worked as a full-desk executive recruiter while simultaneously earning my MBA before joining the Forward Leap Marketing team.
On a more personal level, I was born and raised in Orange County, and I didn’t learn how to use chopsticks until I was 21. I think I have the hang of them now though. I am a big fan of mixed martial arts, and I’m an amateur rock climber (indoor though, since I haven’t quite conquered my fear of heights). If I’m not doing either of those, I’m probably at home trying to get my 6-month-old puppy to not be scared of everything that moves.
Reanna Houde – Business Analyst
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein
I have always been a numbers person. I love their consistency, and I love finding the story behind the data. I spent 10 years working in marketing and data analytics before taking a break to try out teaching. After a year in a preschool, I hurried right back into analytics!
I’m married and a cat-mom to 4. One of my favorite things to do is play video games. My husband works at Blizzard, so luckily we share that interest. I used to have a small home-based baking business, and I still occasionally do orders for family and friends. I also like volunteering for the library and local animal rescues.