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Justin grew up in the southern portion of the United States in Military homes in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee. After graduating high school, he moved to Naples, FL where he resided for 7 years working in customer service and marketing/advertising. Developing relationships within the LGBT community was an important part of Justin’s early adult life. Helping to build and create successful Pride Days in Fort Myers was something he excelled in doing. In 2007 he moved to Fort Lauderdale and in 2009 began working in the newspaper/publishing industry of South Florida. He was able to find his home and role in the LGBT community in 2012 at South Florida Gay News, where he has grown professionally, socially, and emotionally within an organization close to his heart.
In March of 2014 Justin was married to Zachary De Souza in New York City and in 2015 celebrated the event with friends and family in Fort Lauderdale. Today he resides with his husband in Sunrise, FL and has dedicated himself to helping businesses grow and expand in the community. He has also dedicated himself to working in the recovery community of Fort Lauderdale. He has served on the board of directors for The Poverello Center as well as volunteered for many other fundraising events in South Florida. He has now begun working towards a college degree focusing on marketing and social work. His success in the community has provided Justin with stability and respect at South Florida Gay News.
SFGN’s Senior Account Associate is Clark Rogers. He grew up in a small town outside Fort Wayne, Indiana, and began forging a pathway in the mid-80s that helped lay the groundwork for the first Gay Student Association at Purdue University in West Lafayette. He then moved to Los Angeles and, as he calls it, played on the sets of Hollywood as an overpaid extra … until he ventured to Key West where he discovered his niche in advertising with a position at “the” agency that created and promoted “Gay Key West” in the late 80s and 90s.
Just before the new millennia, Clark returned to his Hoosier roots to be with family where he launched his own ad agency servicing an eight-hospital system throughout Northeast Indiana. (“In one of my many past lives this life” as he humbly gests.) He ultimately decided to let go of his successful business in 2005 for the warmth and sun of Fort Lauderdale. Clark is our gain because he lives by a core value that client satisfaction is everything. True Midwestern Hoosier Hospitality brought to the Sunshine State, indeed.
Kewan Smith is originally from North Carolina. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Additionally he earned an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Currently residing in Aventura, he has been in South Florida since the summer of 2004. He is actively involved in the community as a member of Sunshine Cathedral MCC and The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.
Prior to joining SFGN he worked on the Marketing team of a national retailer. During that timeframe he led corporate communications for campaigns in over one hundred stores throughout major markets across the South Central and Southeastern US, including Puerto Rico. Additionally, he managed the marketing effectiveness analysis and ROI review of the associated programs. He also represented the company as spokesperson and brand ambassador for events throughout the regions. He brings over 13 years of professional experience, with specific focus on advertising, brand development and strategic planning.
Anthony Pennetti is a highly accomplished business leader with strong entrepreneurial background experience in driving operational and financial goals to take organizations to the next level. He’s capable of developing high performance management teams that adhere to corporate administrative processes, policies, and procedures. He is a business tactician who ensures that the company’s vision and ideology is accurately communicated and understood at all levels of the organization. Praised for leading teams to maximize profit results by increasing sales transactions, generating cash flow, he is also known for ensuring return on assets and investments, and expertly managing cost-effective operations. He is also recognized for a strong work ethic, integrity, and a high degree of personal initiative.
Anthony’s career highlights include the launch of Tommy Hilfiger men’s underwear as a licensed business achieving a sales goal of 61 million while maintaining P&L contributions according to company principles.
He launched Calvin Klein brand of men’s underwear in Southwest territory, attaining sales in excess of $7M, as well as women’s innerwear and sleepwear.
His Cookie Party Startup ultimately partnered with Toys”R”Us Times Square and FAO Schwarz.
Edwin has been part of the Advertising Team at SFGN for almost 8 years now. But you have probably also heard him on the piano at concerts by the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, as well as at Sunshine Cathedral Sunday mornings. Edwin loves the South Florida warmth and sunshine (he grew up in Missouri and Iowa) and enjoys working with the creative team at SFGN, all his piano students, and the great musical ensembles around town.