LEADERSHIP: FOUNDING PARTNERS ASSOCIATES

Margot Sandenbergh

Margot Sandenbergh Chief Executive Officer

Margot Sandenbergh, co-founder of
SPOT ON media, specializes in business plan development and marketing strategy.

As a consultant, she worked for several New York magazine publishers and newspaper groups, implementing new designs and editorial ideas, as well as circulation and advertising strategies.

As a publisher, Margot founded a city entertainment magazine in Cape Town, SA citylife, which was based loosely on New York Magazine and Time Out. She was responsible for its creative and editorial vision and actively involved in all aspects of production, marketing, advertising sales, and circulation.

As a TV producer, she developed and extended the brand from a magazine product to two weekly TV shows, big city on M-NET (cable) and citylife on e-tv (network), which won awards for best magazine show in South Africa in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The "citylife" brand also spawned a website, an in-flight magazine, branded entertainment events, and a smart-card CRM loyalty club.

As a business executive, she served as president and managing director of the AutoCAD Centre, representing the products of NASDAQ-listed software manufacturer AutoDesk USA. She quadrupled the revenue in three years and negotiated a multimillion-rand buyout with a division of Anglovaal.

As a software developer, Margot helped develop PQ, an interactive psychological testing program, and an interactive multimedia application called Infokiosk (which was funded by UNESCO for the South African elections in 1994).

Margot began her career as a graphics designer and served as art director for Slide Link, a computer graphics company in Irvine, Calif. She studied graphics design at FIT in New York and the University of Southern California and received a B.Sc. from the University of South Africa  with a double major in computer science and psychology. Her MBA thesis on the magazine industry was passed cum laude by the University of Cape Town, and she won an information technology prize awarded by Andersen Consulting.

Margot serves on the board of NYU Langone’s Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain (CSTP).

Greg Paul

Greg Paul Creative Director

Greg is the second co-founder of
SPOT ON media, is a graphics and design specialist.

As an art director and designer, he founded Ohio Magazine and directed New Age Journal, The Plain Dealer Magazine, California Living (the magazine of The San Francisco Examiner), and Sunshine (the magazine of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

As a consultant, he was a partner in Brady & Paul Communications Inc., where he worked with over 300 publications on launch, redesign, and repositioning projects for magazines and other publications.

As an internationally recognized artist, Greg’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno, in the former Czechoslovakia. He has received over 300 national and international awards, including gold medals from the Society of Publication Designers and the Society of Illustrators and citations for excellence in publication design and editorial art direction from Communication Arts, the Graphis Annual, the Print Regional Annual, the Type Directors Club, American Photography, the Society for News Design, Photographis, the WPA Maggie Awards, the Art Directors Club, AIGA Design USA, Creativity, the Print Casebooks, American Illustration, and Folio: magazine (the Ozzie Awards).

As a teacher since 1977, Greg has taught thousands of publishing professionals in his design and editorial workshops at the Folio: publishing conferences held annually in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Kent State University and published 60s Flashback (Pbc International), a survey of music-related graphic design from the 1960s.

Curtis Pesmen

Curtis Pesmen Managing Editor

Curtis is a cancer survivor and author of seven nonfiction books, including The Colon Cancer Survivors’ Guide, How a Man Ages, and Your Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Guide.

He has written for Esquire, GQ, Money, Cure, and Outside magazines, as well as for The New York Times and CNN.com.

Formerly Chief of Research at Esquire and Health and Features Editor at SELF (creator of the pink ribbon breast cancer awareness campaign). In New York, he bicycle-commuted for 12 years in Manhattan, with only one taxi/bike collision embedded in his medical history.

Alun Davies

Alun DaviesArt Director

Alun brings to SPOT ON media 20 years of experience as an award-winning creative director in both magazine publishing and advertising design.

As an art director, he became a partner of Cowling Davies & Associates and also worked with Active Art, McCann-Erickson, Young & Rubicam, and Ad’s Art.

As a publisher, he served as the managing creative partner of Metupp Publishing, specializing in contract publishing.

Alun graduated from Port Elizabeth Technikon and Graduate School of Business at the University of the Witwatersrand.