Jason KEEHN, CEO & Founder
Jason founded ACCOMPANY to leverage the economic engine of the fashion and lifestyle industry towards positive impact for global communities in need. Jason brings with him 3 key areas of expertise – strategic image-making for global fashion retailers, leadership experience growing a small business, and a passion for applied ethics surrounding the needs of marginalized and exploited communities. For the past 7 years, Jason has been integral in growing YARD – a strategic image-making agency in New York – and now leads their expansion efforts as Chief Growth Officer. Jason has established and led relationships to strategically craft and design communications platforms, brand identities, multi-channel advertising campaigns and targeted retail promotions across a range of clients in fashion, retail and socially conscious lifestyles, including John Varvatos, Tumi, Kenneth Cole, Perry Ellis, Converse, Timberland, Equinox, Method, Shea Moisture and Smartwater. Simultaneously, while completing an M.S. in Global BioEthics at Columbia University, Jason published in 3 academic journals and in 2 national conferences his research on the under-acknowledged risks of low-income women and the ways in which unregulated fertility markets treat them like commodities. ACCOMPANY is Jason’s merger between these disparate pursuits – the fun of growing small businesses, the reward of creating compelling lifestyle brands, and the conviction that vulnerable populations with less opportunity deserve a fair chance at prosperity.
Tali Magal, Director of Creative Partnerships
With 10+ years in fashion, film & photography production, Tali brings together a talented network of designers, celebrities, photographers, journalists, models and taste makers that help make Accompany tick. She has worked with some of todays most iconic photographers and directors, and has produced photo shoots, films and images for a wide mix of advertising and editorial clients such as Vogue, French Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Nippon, Purple Mag, Balenciaga, Maiyet, Max Mara, Donna Karan, U2, Rag & Bone and Beyoncé to name a few. Tali's knack for pairing complementary talent and forging relationships has her building Accompany through new endeavors in media, image-making and product collaborations. Her extensive travels, studies and work across this country and abroad have left an indelible impact on how she lives her life, and her passion for beautiful products that provide a dual benefit to consumers and craftsman alike have resulted in many of the special products you find for sale on our site today. Tali is thrilled to be able to combine the production work she does with helping people better their lives.
GREG JAROSZEWSKI, VP Community Engagement
Greg’s curiosity for global cultures lured him around the world for 2 years exploring Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America through photography, farm work, multi-lingual translation and a lot of laughter. Today, Greg leads our documentary effort to understand, respect and share the human stories behind our product partners -- ensuring a high standard of cultural sensitivity, transparency and measurability in the impact we seek. Greg’s passion for ACCOMPANY’S mission stems not only from his self-described identity as a “global citizen,” but also his last 3 years producing for leading image- making icons out of Paris: Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus and Joe McKenna. Greg has led the production of photography, video and digital content for some of the world’s most iconic luxury clients including Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Lancome, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Versace; and editorial clients T Style, English Vogue, French Vogue, Spanish Vogue, Vogue Nippon and LOVE.
JILL DENTE, Fashion Director
Jill brings the prefect blend of a background, having styled fashion segments and celebrities on MTV, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and The View; crafted editorial trend pieces for Marie Claire, Self, Teen People, Elle, YM and Seventeen magazine; and led in-house Fashion Direction and Trend & Concept for Coach, Chip & Pepper and Shopbop.com
JEN PINTO, PR Director
Jen has been a fashion publicist for over 18 years with a career that began at Giorgio Armani and followed at other luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Jen then worked on the editorial side at Allure magazine, before lead the inhouse efforts at Juicy Couture and later joining Nanette Lepore -- a role that expanded her experience into special events, celebrity dressing and overall branding, including recent visits to the White House to lobby support for bringing back manufacturing to America.
ANDREW RISPOLI, Digital Strategy & Production
Admittedly geeky, but more notably charming, Andrew bridges a critical gap between lifestyle savvy and tech knowhow. A consultant on emerging technologies for brands seeking competitive advantage in new or cluttered markets, Andrew has launched an extensive range of award winning innovation and technology products for numerous Fortune 500 clients and lifestyle brands, including Ralph Lauren, Urban Daddy, Equinox fitness, T-Mobile, Virgin Group, Time Warner Media and GM. Andrew's expertise has helped companies navigate the complex digital landscape; advising on digital, Wobile and social strategies with a focus on driving aggressive growth in the eCommerce and mCommerce sales channels.
ELIZABETH KIESTER, Advisor
As the current Vice President of Accessories Design at Tory Burch, Elizabeth brings with her broad and deep experience in Creative Direction, Fashion Direction, Color and Trend, and Product Design and Development for a host of global fashion brands and retailers. Her extensive resume includes executive creative roles at Li & Fung, Juicy Couture, LeSportsac, Abercrombie & Fitch, YM magazine, JANE magazine and Marie Claire -- in addition to launching and creating her own fashion and lifestyle collection in Siem Reap, Cambodia, utilizing and training young at-risk women to assist in production, design and resourcing.
CRAIG FLEISHMAN, Advisor
Craig Fleishman is a consultant whose work helps audiences attracted to charismatic figures understand their own capacity to make their voices heard and catalyze social change. Craig has worked with the Obama campaign, Nate Berkus, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga's technical team, and the Mandela family. He works closely with the Creative Visions Foundation, which teaches activists to use media and the arts for social impact, and as an advisor to multiple technology companies. A graduate of Cornell University and NYU Law, Craig has also served as an adjunct law professor and as an intern to former President Bill Clinton.
STEPHEN NIEDZWIECKI, Advisor
Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD, Stephen has created iconic multi-channel fashion campaigns from the "khaki-swing" spots for Gap in the late 90's, to the alluring John Varvatos campaigns today. Stephen's vision for beautiful design, distinctive and emotional storytelling, and spotting emerging talent, has built YARD's success with brands like Converse, Timberland, Tumi, Perry Ellis, American Eagle, JC Penney, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Equinox and Smartwater among others.
RUTH BERNSTEIN, Advisor
Chief Strategic Officer at YARD, Ruth blends insight, intuition and intellect into an uncanny ability to see straight to the heart of each and every brand, often uncovering untapped potential and introducing brands to their true selves. In addition to guiding many global retailers, Ruth has particular experience in socially conscious brands, having lead the Sundance portfolio with Robert Redford for many years, stewarded innovation for Method, and led positioning and creative expression for Planet Green, Clif/Luna bar, Gaiam, Shea Moisture and Kenneth Cole.