Futuri Media Welcomes Michael Sharkey, Jim Tarantine, and Jim Roberts to Its Fast-Growing Team
Key additions to Futuri’s Product and Sales teams bring decades of media success to the Futuri Media team
Cleveland, Ohio, March 12, 2018 – Futuri Media, a global leader in SaaS technology designed to drive audience and revenue growth for broadcasters, today announced several key additions to its fast-growing team.
Michael Sharkey joins as Product Manager, #engage and Futuri Mobile. Sharkey, known to many in the industry as “Shark,” has more than 25 years experience in programming and brand management positions for radio broadcasters, including 14 years at Cox Media Group. There, he was Rock Format Leader and Program Director/Brand Manager for Tampa Bay’s 97X (WSUN) and 102.5 The Bone (WHPT). Sharkey also has co-founded and advised for multiple technology startups designed to drive audio consumption and audience engagement. At Futuri, he’ll lead the product teams for #engage, the interactive broadcasting platform designed to drive tune-in occasions using social media, and Futuri Mobile, which develops highly-customized and engaging mobile apps.
Jim Roberts joins as National Account Manager. Roberts joins Futuri Media from Mid-West Family Broadcasting, where he spent more than 20 years in Sales and Programming executive positions with their South Bend stations. Roberts has extensive experience on both the content and sales side of the broadcasting business. A graduate of the NAB’s Broadcast Leadership Training program, Roberts has extensive experience managing converged media and a track record of proven success in driving ratings and revenue growth.
Jim Tarantine joins as National Account Manager. Tarantine joins Futuri Media from Nielsen Audio, where he spent more than 12 years, most recently as Director, Client Solutions, leading key initiatives including TV/audio integration, digital audio measurement, audio enhancements, and media analytics offerings. Driven by a desire to help his clients win, Tarantine has worked across Sales, Programming, and Corporate divisions to help them meet and exceed revenue and audience goals. Over the last six years, he was exclusively dedicated to the success of CBS Radio.
“Futuri’s fast-growing team builds solutions to deliver the ROI our media industry partners require: audience engagement, ratings, and revenue,” said Daniel Anstandig, Futuri Media CEO. “Collaborating with local managers and corporate leaders to help them develop the future of our industry is the most important and rewarding part of our mission.”
ABOUT FUTURI MEDIA
Futuri Media is a global leader in SaaS technology designed to drive audience and revenue growth by deepening consumers’ trust in, affinity for, and loyalty to brands and the teams who represent them. Futuri Media’s audience engagement and sales technology, for which it holds 11 published or pending patents in 151 countries, is used by thousands of broadcasters and publishers worldwide. Named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest-growing private companies for four consecutive years, Futuri Media’s best-in-class customer support is a key driver of its growth. Founded by CEO Daniel Anstandig in 2009, Futuri Media is dedicated to driving measurable success for its partners through innovative SaaS technology, proactivity, speed, and trust in all of its relationships.