Vaughan O'Connor

Managing Director

Vaughan started the agency with Katrina in 2001 (previously named Functional Business Innovations FBI) and changed the name of the business to Rapid Media in 2009. With a marketing and human resources background, Vaughan takes a hands on approach with the majority of our clients and works across the strategy and key media negotiation functions as well as developing and fostering Rapid Media’s internal staff development and capabilities. Prior to starting the agency Vaughan had extensive media and creative production experience in various media formats including Television, Radio, Cinema and OOH which has given our agency a great understanding of and connection to media owners in regards to how they view and manage agencies and client relationships from within.

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Katrina O'Connor

Director

Katrina has worked with Rapid Media since the doors opened, initially as General Manager, Katrina is now a Director of the Rapid Media group of companies. Prior to founding the business with Vaughan she worked in various roles with Southern Cross Austereo and also spent a number of years in business development roles with the Hilton Hotels Group.

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Paula O'Toole

General Manager

Joining Rapid Media in 2017, Paula brings in her extensive media and sales experience with her years at MCN, Mitchell & Partners and Channel 9.

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Benson Smith

Director of Informatics

Benson joined Rapid Media in 2012 bringing with him extensive agency and account experience as a result of his 17+ years in the industry. Client work includes Golden Casket, Fisher & Paykel, Herron Pharmaceuticals, Queensland Government, Subway, Air Asia, Scoot Airlines and much more. Benson excels at the analytical side of his role and is our in-house spread-sheet wizard.

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Danielle Hitchcock

Account Director

Danielle joined Rapid Media in 2017, bringing with her years of experience in marketing working with Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Roadshow Films, Tate, Weight Watchers, Pepsico, Hasbro, Haval and Great Wall Motors.

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Gemma Moore

Account Director

Gemma joined Rapid Media in 2017. With expertise in marketing, media and communication strategies, media planning & buying, data, analytics and reporting, digital and mobile solutions, project management, agency management and creative and client services. During her career she has worked with many brands, both internally and at agency level. Her most recent role was with the large jewellery retailer, Michael Hill, where Gemma helped develop their next 5 years business strategy and create tighter media efficiencies and a greater understanding of their consumer. During her career Gemma has also worked closely with the following brands; McDonald’s, HBF, Westfarmers, The star Group and Bank of Queensland.

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Jess Lehman

Account Director

Jess joined the Rapid Media team in 2018, bringing with her years of experience in media planning & buying, project management and client services. During her career Jess has also worked closely with the following brands; STIHL, Tatts Lotteries, Mantra Group, Virgin Australia, Terry White Chemists & QLD Government

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Kate Turner

Account Director

Kate joined the Rapid Media team in 2018, bringing with her years of agency experience in media planning and buying, media and communication strategies, client services, creative services and project management.

During her career Kate has worked closely with the following brands: Crown Resorts, Techtronic Industries, Isuzu Trucks, Woolworths Group – Home Timber & Hardware and Dan Murphy’s, Samsonite, BabyLove and Australian Pork

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Tony Giacca

Group Creative Director

Over his 19 years in the creative industry, Tony has developed an in depth understanding of client creative requirements across all mediums. His ability to rapidly innovate and deliver strong concepts and creative solutions has been demonstrated with clients including Scoot Airlines, Travel Associates, von Bibra Auto Village and SsangYong.

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Taras Didyk

Creative Director/Director of Video

With 10 years in Television production and 5 years within creative agency roles, Taras brings first-class creative content production to Rapid Media’s Creative Department through experiences with brands such as Vodafone, Comm Bank, Bet 365, STIHL, SsangYong and sporting codes involving v8 Supercars, AFL and Cricket Australia.

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Cameron Brands

Director Of Digital

Cameron has a passion for digital media and excels at creating opportunities to grow a brand’s online presence. Drawing from experience on both the client and agency side, he works across a diverse range of clients and industries.

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Laury Suopys

Digital Operations Manager

Laury joined Rapid Media in 2017. He has certifications for Facebook Blueprint for Mindshare – Digital Planner Training. Laury has worked across a variety of well-known clients like Unilever, Jaguar and Land Rover at MindShare/Group M in Europe.

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Charlotte Jackson

Account Manager

Charlotte joined the Rapid Media team in 2017 as Marketing Manager after returning from 2 years within the UK. During her time in London she worked client-side across several subsidiary companies within one commercial parent group. She has a diverse range of experience across a number of industries including; technology, trade, sales, education and finance.

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Brianna Gianis

Account Manager

Brianna joined the Rapid Media team in 2017 and is passionate about digital marketing, media strategy and communications. She has experience working both publisher and agency side and with well-known clients such as Federation Square, Royal Automotive Club (RACV) and Porsche Cars Australia.

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Josephine Bobbermen

Graphic Designer

Josephine joined Rapid Media in 2018 as a Graphic Designer inspired by the creativity and innovation of the fast pace advertising industry. Josephine has experience with a wide range of mediums, from digital to print and is always excited to help her clients achieve their next ultimate design.

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James Burnell

Senior Graphic Designer

James joined the Rapid Media team in 2018. Bringing over 20 years experience in print and media, delivering creative design solutions across a range of Industries. He thrives in a fast paced environment with a passion for design and a sharp eye for detail.

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Elizabeth McGahan

Digital Account Executive

Elizabeth joined Rapid Media in 2018 and is passionate about all things Digital Media. Elizabeth has experience dealing with a wide range of clientele in her working career and is eager to assist her clients improve digital strategy and performance across all industries.

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Krysten McLeod

Media Coordinator

Krysten joined Rapid Media in 2019 as a Media Coordinator, after graduating from university with a Bachelor of Communications. Krysten has completed training in MOVE and OzTAM courses and works across several advertising platforms.

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Caitlin Grant

Media Coordinator

Caitlin joined Rapid Media in 2019 as a Media Coordinator. Graduating from university in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business/ Sports Management, Caitlin has also done a marketing internship at Sofitel. This is her first role in the media industry.

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Brandon Delardes

Director of Performance Media

Brandon is an experienced digital marketing executive with extensive search industry background and in depth understanding of the channel. Proven and continued success achieving return on investment for businesses of all sizes through strategic planning, development, execution and detailed analysis of innovative digital marketing campaigns.

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Hannah Nguyen

Search Marketing Specialist

Hannah’s passion is all about digital marketing, she has been working within the industry since she was in college. Throughout her career, Hannah has a long record of successfully improving digital performance, brand exposure, market expansion for clients in a wide range of industries, including travel, automotive, FMCG, healthcare and government sector.

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Dawn Beaumont

Search Marketing Specialist

Dawn specialises in SEM with extensive experience in digital marketing working both agency side providing strategy planning, website analysis, SEO optimisation and SEM strategy as well as publisher side implementing and optimising display activity and booking media. Google Adwords and Analytics certified.

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Ryan Kenny

Social Media Manager

Ryan has been involved in creative media for 20 years, primarily in action sports as a freelance camera operator, editor and photographer. Experienced in producing & content production for ASL magazine, Southern Cross University, O’neill International and Southern Cross Ten.

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Mitch Harland

Junior Digital Media Assistant

Mitch joined Rapid Media in 2019 as a Junior Media Assistant for the passion of the digital advertising industry. Mitch has a variety of certifications in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing for Facebook and Google and works across several digital advertising platforms.

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