Our Instructors

Michael Gross, President, Paragon Media Inc.
Having held senior-level media positions at some of the world’s largest advertising agencies, Mike’s broad and diverse client experience combined with his award-winning creativity, an involvement with online media going back to 1986, and a career-long participation in media education, makes Mike ideally suited to head up the advertising industry’s leading media training company.

For three decades, Mike has worked on over 200 brands in around 70 business and service categories ranging from large multinationals to internet startups to small, local companies.

Long before starting Paragon Media, Mike recognized the importance of career education. Of particular interest was the development of short-term media training programs designed to deliver long-term benefits. During his ad agency tenure, Mike developed and managed training programs for his agency as well as his clients. For the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Mike developed and presented a media seminar designed to improve the performance of small agency media departments. As a consultant, Mike authored the course for Adweek's well-known Media School and produced an interactive media module for marketing software developed by Management Science Associates.

Active in industry affairs, Mike was a member of two 4A’s media committees as well as the 4A’s media seminar faculty. Mike is a two-time winner of Adweek's "Creative Media Award," a winner of Inside Print's "Perfect Print Plan" competition and winner of a JWT “White Pea Award” for creativity in media.  Mike has appeared as a columnist in a number of industry publications and has been interviewed by and quoted in numerous media outlets.


Peggy Yervanian, EVP, Director of Training Services, Paragon Media Inc.
Peggy has spent over thirty years planning and buying for clients such as Unilever, Scott Paper Company, U.S. Marines, Warner-Lambert, Reynolds Metals, U.S. Airways, Burger King, Ford Dealers Association, Levitz Furniture and many others.

The former Vice President/Associate Media Director for J. Walter Thompson, New York, Peggy began her career as a local broadcast buyer for JWT Atlanta and then ran Thompson's spot buying unit in Washington, DC.

Prior to forming Paragon Media with Mike Gross, Peggy was President of D&D Marketing & Media Services, a consulting firm with such clients as Scudder Mutual Funds, The Money Store and Sony.

Well respected within the industry as an instructor, Peggy began her training career with Adweek’s Media School and has conducted training programs for the media, advertisers and ad agencies for nearly twenty years. She gives seminars on a variety of subjects including ad sales training, marketing, media planning, presentation skills and buying.

As an instructor, her big-agency background coupled with running a mid-sized media management company brings together an important combination for marketers and the media. With a career path that crosses over from media buying to planning to training, Peggy is a much sought after facilitator. After spending many years on the agency side of the desk, Peggy offers invaluable advice to sales reps who are looking to make that winning sale. To marketers, she provides a fresh outlook and the ability to tie the marketing discipline to the media planning and buying process.


Alistair Goodman, CEO, Placecast

As CEO of Placecast, Alistair Goodman brings both passion and experience in helping create, build, and scale successful new media organizations.

Alistair’s long-term experience in online marketing is remarkably diverse which makes him an ideal teacher of the many facets of the online advertising genre. Prior to Placecast, Alistair was Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Exponential Interactive, an online media services and technology company whose flagship brand — the Tribal Fusion ad network — grew to be one of the largest privately-held digital media companies in the US. Before joining Exponential, he was a founder and Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Impli, a San Francisco-based digital media company. Earlier in his career, he worked first on Wall Street and then as a management consultant for both CSC Index and Corven UK Ltd, helping large organizations with process reengineering and the implementation of growth strategies.

Alistair holds a BA from Haverford College, an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management and was a Henry Luce scholar in Asia from 1993—94. He is a frequent speaker at online advertising and mobile media industry conferences.


Jarod Caporino, Managing Partner, Resolute Digital
Jarod brings over 15 years of agency, publisher and search engine experience and his diverse experiences brings a broad perspective of the online advertising industry.

Prior to joining Resolute Digital, Jarod was a founder of MMi where he served as VP, Business Development & Client Service. Jarod also served as Senior Director of Sales & Agency Relations at MIVA, leading a group of 20 sales associates responsible for nearly $50 million in annual revenue. Before MIVA, Jarod worked for Go2Net/Infospace serving as their East Coast Ad Sales Director where he oversaw the advertising sales for all of the Infospace search engines, which include Dogpile, Excite, Metacrawler, and Webcrawler. Prior to Infospace, Jarod worked for Paragon Media as Media Supervisor and also held the position of Online Business Development Director.

Jarod received a BA in marketing from Rutgers University School of Business.  Jarod frequently speaks at universities in the New York area, and on various industry panels sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Search Engine Strategies and others.