Rob Fields is an award-winning marketer (GM, Honda, Toyota, Burger King, and IBM) who loves contemporary culture. He has a two decades-long history not only in marketing, but also of working in, and supporting, arts and culture communities in NYC and abroad. In the early 90s, he ran PR for the Black Rock Coalition, managed Groove Collective’s Josh Roseman and cornettist and composer Graham Haynes. Later, his PR efforts helped raise production funding for Bridgett M. Davis’s debut indie feature film Naked Acts and he led its marketing and four-wall theatrical release in New York City. The film made money during its theatrical run —a rarity among indie films–and had subsequent releases on DVD and Netflix. In 2007, he launched Bold As Love Magazine as a platform for left-of-center, black progressive culture. His byline has appeared in Forbes, PSFK, The Huffington Post, and The Root, to name a few. From early 2013-late 2015, he and Bridgett M. Davis co-hosted a literary reading series, Sundays At. . . In addition to being a speaker at various industry conferences such as SXSW, CMJ and the Indiana University Black Rock Conference, he is one of the original members of the 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast crew. He will relaunch his 2011 TED-inspired arts and culture conference, the New Black Imagination Festival, in the Fall 2017.
Currently, he is the marketing director for CMO Initiatives at the Association of National Advertisers. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of his employer.
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