Meet The Team

Each of us is unique in our skill sets, extracurricular talents, and interests, but we share a common passion for the celebration of life and the appreciation of the amazingly intriguing world in which we live.

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LEO ABBE

FOUNDER AND CHIEF ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER

Leo graduated from Bucknell University in 1990, and promptly pursued his dream of selling long distance services door to door. Unfortunately for Leo, he was not very good at it, so after a short stint in the world of advertising, where the hours were long and the pay was wrong, he decided it might be a good idea to move out of his parents house and so had to get a real job. For over two decades, he has been honing his skills on “Wall Street” where, when you cut right through it, one’s fortune is made at another’s expense. Leo has three daughters who represent the generation most adversely affected by “smartphone addiction,” and who remind him daily how embarrassing he can be. He considers himself a connoisseur of practical jokes and has developed an extreme distaste for his CPAP machine.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to my uncle Harold asking his forgiveness for the time I impersonated a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coordinator and had him convinced that he would be able to participate dressed as an Oompa Loompa.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “It would be at the Heathcote Elementary School in 1975 when my sister promised to buy me GI Joe walkie talkies if I wore a dress to school. I did, she didn’t!”

LEO ABBE

FOUNDER AND CHIEF ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER

Leo graduated from Bucknell University in 1990, and promptly pursued his dream of selling long distance services door to door. Unfortunately for Leo, he was not very good at it, so after a short stint in the world of advertising, where the hours were long and the pay was wrong, he decided it might be a good idea to move out of his parents house and so had to get a real job. For over two decades, he has been honing his skills on “Wall Street” where, when you cut right through it, one’s fortune is made at another’s expense. Leo has three daughters who represent the generation most adversely affected by “smartphone addiction,” and who remind him daily how embarrassing he can be. He considers himself a connoisseur of practical jokes and has developed an extreme distaste for his CPAP machine.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to my uncle Harold asking his forgiveness for the time I impersonated a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coordinator and had him convinced that he would be able to participate dressed as an Oompa Loompa.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “It would be at the Heathcote Elementary School in 1975 when my sister promised to buy me GI Joe walkie talkies if I wore a dress to school. I did, she didn’t!”

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ALEXANDRA RATA

THE RIGHT HAND

Having lived in Moldova for most of her life, where geometry and physics are taught in the 4th grade, Alexandra tricked the American education system and graduated high school two years early. She is now attending New York University obtaining a degree in Business Management. Being fluent in Romanian, Russian and English, Alexandra’s biggest pet peeve is autocorrect when texting her mom.

Alexandra develops and implements the brand strategy of RetroActiveMedia. She plans and executes brand marketing and advertising campaigns to raise brand awareness and value. She also sets the direction of brands through awareness of market research and consumer trends. In other words, the art of getting known, liked and trusted.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “If I could drop just one shoudout, I’d drop it to Michael Jackson.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, I would capture the people of the first Gay Pride March in Central Park on June 28, 1970.”

ALEXANDRA RATA

THE RIGHT HAND

Having lived in Moldova for most of her life, where geometry and physics are taught in the 4th grade, Alexandra tricked the American education system and graduated high school two years early. She is now attending New York University obtaining a degree in Business Management. Being fluent in Romanian, Russian and English, Alexandra’s biggest pet peeve is autocorrect when texting her mom.

Alexandra develops and implements the brand strategy of RetroActiveMedia. She plans and executes brand marketing and advertising campaigns to raise brand awareness and value. She also sets the direction of brands through awareness of market research and consumer trends. In other words, the art of getting known, liked and trusted.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “If I could drop just one shoudout, I’d drop it to Michael Jackson.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, I would capture the people of the first Gay Pride March in Central Park on June 28, 1970.”

ADAM DAVENPORT

VP, STRATEGY “THE CREATIVE GENIUS”

Davenport graduated from Yale University and last year became the first African-American artist/producer to chart eponymously on Billboard for Electronic Dance Music after his debut single “My Return Address is You,” featuring Shanica Knowles, charted for 10 weeks on the Dance Club chart. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and recently co-starred in the season premiere of HIGH MAINTENANCE on HBO: to date, he has also performed onstage at Carnegie Hall and at The Metropolitan Opera in Sir David McVicar’s new production of TOSCA. He co-produced the feature film FURLOUGH, starring Academy Award winners Melissa Leo, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Paquin; the film was directed by Laurie Collyer and released by IFC Films.

As the VP of Strategy for Retroactive Media, Davenport brings ten years of experience and relationships in the entertainment industry. He has served on the nominating committee for the NAACP Image Awards for almost a decade. A multi-hyphenate artist and rising star in film, theater and music, he’s been profiled by such outlets as Indiewire, Backstage and DNA Magazine Australia, which included him on their “Best of 2016” list.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop one to Meryl Streep and ask her to collaborate with me. I wrote her a letter as an undergraduate at Yale; she responded and said she’d love to help me if she had time. I’d like to bug her and remind her what she said. Even Meryl needs to be kept accountable — someone please give me her cell number so I can get to work.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “Perhaps along the Nile River in a ferry during the reign of Ramses III. Of me being fanned by a Greek slave and being fed grapes. Of course I would set the slave free after the Kilroy is painted because I don’t believe in indentured servitude of any kind, figurative or literal.”

ADAM DAVENPORT

VP, STRATEGY “THE CREATIVE GENIUS”

Davenport graduated from Yale University and last year became the first African-American artist/producer to chart eponymously on Billboard for Electronic Dance Music after his debut single “My Return Address is You,” featuring Shanica Knowles, charted for 10 weeks on the Dance Club chart. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and recently co-starred in the season premiere of HIGH MAINTENANCE on HBO: to date, he has also performed onstage at Carnegie Hall and at The Metropolitan Opera in Sir David McVicar’s new production of TOSCA. He co-produced the feature film FURLOUGH, starring Academy Award winners Melissa Leo, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Paquin; the film was directed by Laurie Collyer and released by IFC Films.

As the VP of Strategy for Retroactive Media, Davenport brings ten years of experience and relationships in the entertainment industry. He has served on the nominating committee for the NAACP Image Awards for almost a decade. A multi-hyphenate artist and rising star in film, theater and music, he’s been profiled by such outlets as Indiewire, Backstage and DNA Magazine Australia, which included him on their “Best of 2016” list.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop one to Meryl Streep and ask her to collaborate with me. I wrote her a letter as an undergraduate at Yale; she responded and said she’d love to help me if she had time. I’d like to bug her and remind her what she said. Even Meryl needs to be kept accountable — someone please give me her cell number so I can get to work.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “Perhaps along the Nile River in a ferry during the reign of Ramses III. Of me being fanned by a Greek slave and being fed grapes. Of course I would set the slave free after the Kilroy is painted because I don’t believe in indentured servitude of any kind, figurative or literal.”

NIJI ADELEYE

JAZZ MUSICIAN IN CHARGE OF SALES

Niji graduated from The University of Kent, United Kingdom. He studied Financial Economics with Econometrics and joined Bloomberg LP as a Fixed Income Analyst. Given his knowledge and attention grabbing statue, he moved to cover FICC & Equity Product Sales to International Banks for Bloomberg. Alongside finance, Niji maintained a busy career in music. After 2 years bouncing around trading floors, he released his first jazz album and and put finance on hiatus. Two years later, Niji remains active in the jazz scene & still finds the time to buy ETFs.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to Sade and ask her if we’re ever going to another album from her in this lifetime!”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “It in my old high school maths class, where my maths teacher Dr. Eames bet me £40 if I got an A* in maths. I did get an A* & my £40 (which I blew on football magazines and pokemon cards.”

NIJI ADELEYE

JAZZ MUSICIAN IN CHARGE OF SALES

Niji graduated from The University of Kent, United Kingdom. He studied Financial Economics with Econometrics and joined Bloomberg LP as a Fixed Income Analyst. Given his knowledge and attention grabbing statue, he moved to cover FICC & Equity Product Sales to International Banks for Bloomberg. Alongside finance, Niji maintained a busy career in music. After 2 years bouncing around trading floors, he released his first jazz album and and put finance on hiatus. Two years later, Niji remains active in the jazz scene & still finds the time to buy ETFs.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to Sade and ask her if we’re ever going to another album from her in this lifetime!”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “It in my old high school maths class, where my maths teacher Dr. Eames bet me £40 if I got an A* in maths. I did get an A* & my £40 (which I blew on football magazines and pokemon cards.”

TIFFANY EATZ

RESIDENT SOCIAL IQ GENIUS AND FUTURE BRAIN SURGEON

Tiffany Eatz is a Johns Hopkins University recently graduated pre-med triple major in neuroscience, writing seminars, and medicine, science and the humanities, and minor in theater. She is the founder of Arts for Hearts (the JHU American Heart Association performing arts benefit showcase) and former captain of the Homewood Campus American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Walk team. She has performed research for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s cancer immunotherapy, ophthalmology and neurosurgery departments, and writes for the cardiology department. Tiffany is currently an actress, singer, dancer, model and choreographer in the TV, film, commercial and music industries during her gap years before medical school.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to Nicki Minaj because her music always gets me moving.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “I would paint a Kilroy of the first neurosurgery I scrubbed into. It was awesome.”

TIFFANY EATZ

RESIDENT SOCIAL IQ GENIUS AND FUTURE BRAIN SURGEON

Tiffany Eatz is a Johns Hopkins University recently graduated pre-med triple major in neuroscience, writing seminars, and medicine, science and the humanities, and minor in theater. She is the founder of Arts for Hearts (the JHU American Heart Association performing arts benefit showcase) and former captain of the Homewood Campus American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Walk team. She has performed research for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s cancer immunotherapy, ophthalmology and neurosurgery departments, and writes for the cardiology department. Tiffany is currently an actress, singer, dancer, model and choreographer in the TV, film, commercial and music industries during her gap years before medical school.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “I would drop a shoudout to Nicki Minaj because her music always gets me moving.”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “I would paint a Kilroy of the first neurosurgery I scrubbed into. It was awesome.”

THE MOVERZ

SHAKERZ AND CONTENT MAKERZ

Ryan Costello graduated from Suny Oneonta in 2016 with a Music Industry degree. He became president of his fraternity his sophomore year where he met a ton of great people and had his first hands on experience in growing an organization. After graduation he decided to partner up with his cousin Matt Ferrara and childhood friend Steve DeAngelis to start up the organization Moverz where their goal is to grow a community of people passionately working on their own ideas. Moverz is now currently working with bold brands including Wuzhear, Shoudout, We Are Good Friends, and The Weekly Sitdown. Their mission is to grow the brands they believe in by leveraging their community members to help each other.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “If we could drop one Shoudout it would be to Guy Fieri telling him to come to a We Are Good Friends bar crawl”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “If we could go back and paint one kilroy it would be the one time Ryan’s cousin Nick fell through the gap between the the train and the platform.”

THE MOVERZ

SHAKERZ AND CONTENT MAKERZ

Ryan Costello graduated from Suny Oneonta in 2016 with a Music Industry degree. He became president of his fraternity his sophomore year where he met a ton of great people and had his first hands on experience in growing an organization. After graduation he decided to partner up with his cousin Matt Ferrara and childhood friend Steve DeAngelis to start up the organization Moverz where their goal is to grow a community of people passionately working on their own ideas. Moverz is now currently working with bold brands including Wuzhear, Shoudout, We Are Good Friends, and The Weekly Sitdown. Their mission is to grow the brands they believe in by leveraging their community members to help each other.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “If we could drop one Shoudout it would be to Guy Fieri telling him to come to a We Are Good Friends bar crawl”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “If we could go back and paint one kilroy it would be the one time Ryan’s cousin Nick fell through the gap between the the train and the platform.”

GABE MATARASSO

MAD MEDIA SCIENTIST

Gabe has been an innovator of media since college. Obsessed with making waves in the digital world, he has been finding ways to get attention on the internet since college. At Scripps network, he innovated repacks leveraging ”old” video content to make new engageable content.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “Probably a quote from the Godfather or the Big Lebowski. Maybe something really wise If i knew anything really wise..”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “I would like to paint a killroy for the invention of rock and roll.to the best of my knowledge that would probably be in the early 50’s in a Chuck Berry practice session.”

GABE MATARASSO

MAD MEDIA SCIENTIST

Gabe has been an innovator of media since college. Obsessed with making waves in the digital world, he has been finding ways to get attention on the internet since college. At Scripps network, he innovated repacks leveraging ”old” video content to make new engageable content.

Q. If I could drop just one shoudout, to whom would it be?

A. “Probably a quote from the Godfather or the Big Lebowski. Maybe something really wise If i knew anything really wise..”

Q. If I could go back in time and paint a kilroy, where, when and what would it be?

A. “I would like to paint a killroy for the invention of rock and roll.to the best of my knowledge that would probably be in the early 50’s in a Chuck Berry practice session.”

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