President and CEO, Splash Media
John Dankovchik started his career over 25 years ago as a stockbroker with firms such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers where he honed his natural sales abilities. A decade later, John pursued his lifelong passion for technology and immersed himself in being on the leading edge of the technology that made Wall Street tick. John fulfilled his vision by founding LiquidTrader, an ultra-high performance professional trading platform that dwarfed what was available to the typical Wall Street firm. John served as president and chief technology officer of LiquidTrader until the company was acquired by GlobalTec Solutions, a leading provider of real-time trading tools for individual investors. John spent seven years at GlobalTec, including the last five as its president. Under his leadership the company experienced consistent growth with a great emphasis on strategic partnerships. One such partnership led to the creation of the first electronic exchange, built for individual investors, to transact in the spot foreign exchange (forex) currency market. This allowed investors to cut out the middleman and gain superior execution pricing. GlobalTec ultimately merged with this partner, a leading online brokerage firm.
John is a highly talented visionary who has a knack for identifying and capitalizing on macro changes in technology and regulatory changes that ultimately affect business and consumer behavior. “I love to see the pieces of the puzzle and figure out how to put them together.”
John joined Splash Media with the passion and vision of transforming social media and search engine marketing by using cutting-edge tools and analytics. “I cannot imagine a more exciting business to be on the cutting edge of. Social media, with its leading-edge technology, has given us the ability to listen to the consumer, apply exceptional creativity and content, and generate the desired results for our clients.”
R. Brad Murano
Chief Creative Officer
Before he brought his considerable talents to Splash Media as an editor, director and director of photography, Brad Murano was spending time with the likes of Pat Benatar, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black. As co-founder of Film Xero with future Splash Media director Steven T. Miller, Brad produced and directed more than 100 music videos for major media labels. The ability to work with advanced video effects technologies set the stage for Brad to become an Emmy Award-winning animation and motion graphics designer. The virtual “sets” created for Splash Media’s clients in its $5.5 million studio and production facility are born from his imagination and technical abilities.
More than 20 years of Brad’s media production experience have included stints on “Walker, Texas Ranger” and projects for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Nutrisystem, Disney’s Buena Vista Datacasting and EMI Catalog Marketing.
Splash Media client Adobe benefited from Brad’s expertise and vision when he served as broadcast creative director for the company’s new Adobe TV web portal
In addition to Emmy Awards, Brad has also won dozens of Telly Awards, several Worldwide Film Festival honors and the Kodak-sponsored Platinum Award for Cinematography.
Vice President of Accounting
Jim Sparks has been with Splash Media since its inception in 2004, and for 16 years has been associated with the companies that eventually morphed into Splash. Prior to this venture, he had been involved in a variety of fields in both the public and private sectors. These endeavors include the fields of hospitality, municipal utilities finance, mortgage financing, construction contract compliance, automobile insurance, stock trading software tools, e-learning, and hospital administration.
At Splash, Jim’s primary responsibility is to handle funds, oversee payroll and related taxes and filings, expenditure certification and directing internal accounting processes and procedures. Jim is known as the company “gate keeper,” meaning he tries to see that nothing gets in or nothing gets out without his careful scrutiny.
Director of Client Services
Ryan Miller joined Splash Media with a combined eight years of traditional and social media marketing experiences. While attending California State University, Chico, Ryan started and grew a successful fly fishing business with strategic online marketing as the driving force. After graduating with a B.S. in Recreation Administration, Ryan continued to explore social media marketing and went on to help businesses start the conversation.
Ryan is committed to excellent service and delivering results. He has a thorough understanding of social media and is well versed in the business applications for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs.
Director of Search
Cole Field started his professional career in the IT industry, but his real passion came to light when he joined his former employer, SuperMedia. This is where he learned about the world of online marketing and advertising, and how to leverage SEO, SEM, and IYP PPC to take businesses to new heights. After five years, his entrepreneur spirit led him to start his own photography company, where he has taken a wildly creative and interactive approach to the old-school photo. His mobile photo studio is branded to the needs of any client or theme; it’s a sophisticated marketing solution connection brands to consumers.
He has always been a social networker; he enjoys meeting new people and building key relationships. Social media has empowered him to expand his networking both professional and personally, as well as create an online presence for his photography company. It’s all happening online, and people and companies need to incorporate online networking more.
In a few words, he is an influencer, sarcastic and humorous, extremely passionate about his skill, a contemplator and a responder, and is child-like in spirit. He is a social networker and is always keeping up to date about online marketing. He’s just an average guy, with a creative passion just trying to make a successful living and find ultimate happiness in life.
He is married and expecting his first baby, and hope that he/she will become just as passionate about creative media as Cole is. Cole is very involved in humanity outreach, and servant leading at his church.
Manager of Administration
Want to sharpen your administrative skills and learn how to manage a challenging budget? Try raising a family, Linda Randall says. She’s done that successfully, of course, but also has plenty of valuable experience in more business-centric environs. Her 23 years of administrative work include positions within commercial, nonprofit and government organizations; her corporate work features such diverse industries as automotive, cosmetics/fragrances, legal, finance, retail and manufacturing. She came to Splash Media after three years as manager of administration for WebDex Media, where she also managed accounting, human resources, sales operations and facilities. As if that wasn’t enough to keep Linda hopping during the course of an average business day, she also gives generously of her time for various community and charitable events. She’s on the board of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit raising money for pediatric cancer research. Linda is a member and past officer for the Dallas Junior Forum, which arranged volunteers for several nonprofits including the Ronald McDonald House, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Hope’s Door.