Our Team

Rapid Media is more than techstacks, analytics and media trends. We are a growing team of highly skilled media specialists with a passion for always striving to deliver quality, innovative solutions to clients.

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.

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.

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.

Benson Smith

Client Service Director

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.

Brianna Fairon

Digital Media Assistant

Starting her first role within the digital advertising space, Brianna joined the Rapid Media team in 2021 with several years of experience in operations, sales, and account management. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management and is passionate about all things digital marketing. She is eager to learn and grow with Rapid Media and assist in digital strategy across all clients.

Caitlin Grant

Account Manager

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.

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.

Danielle Mallen

Senior Account Director

Currently on Maternity Leave

 

Danielle joined Rapid Media in 2017. With extensive client side and agency experience across the UK and Australian markets, Danielle has a passion for understanding what influences the consumer and driving results for clients. Danielle brings a wealth of experience across media strategy, planning, buying, project management and client services and has worked with brands including Goodyear Dunlop, Great Wall Motors, Darrell Lea, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Roadshow Films, Weight Watchers and Hasbro.

Dylan McDonald

Data Analyst

Dylan joined Rapid Media in 2020 as a Junior Media Analyst, following on from his internship after having graduated university with a Bachelor of Actuarial Science. Dylan brings with him an eagerness for all things analytics and is dedicated to creating and delivering high quality insights for clients.

Elizabeth McGahan

Account Director

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

Gemma Pilon

Senior Account Director

Gemma prides herself on moulding her account service management style to suit the needs of each client. Weather that is becoming ingrained in your team, or used as an external resource to your business. Gemma brings with her a strong skill set and knowledge around account management, Above and Below the line media and strategic marketing support. Throughout her career Gemma has works across a number of key industries including; QSR, Automotive , Retail and construction.

Georgia ​Karklins-Wehr

Media Coordinator
Having graduated with ​a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries, Georgia joined ​Rapid Media as a Media Coordinator in 2022. Georgia ​is excited to begin her ​marketing career with Rapid Media. ​

Giulianna Stead

Senior Account Director

Giulianna joined Rapid Media in 2021 bringing her extensive agency and sales experience with her. Skilled in Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Account Management. Giulianna is a critical thinker and enjoys immersing herself in her client’s brands and becoming part of the team. Giulianna holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Advertising) from QUT.

Grace Martin Bates

Head of Social Media Management

Grace joined the Rapid Team in 2021 as a Social Media Executive. Graduating from university in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Economics & Marketing. Grace has also completed a scholarship she received to study in Milan during her final year. Grace is dedicated towards helping her clients elevate their social media presence and reach their goals through content creation strategies and implementation.

Hannah Beutel

Account Director

Hannah joined the Rapid Media team in 2019, bringing with her 3 years’ experience working in the Media industry across a variety of clients such as Haval & Great Wall, Palm Lake Resort, Personalised Plates Queensland, Australia Zoo, Battery World and more. Hannah has developed many key media and client relationships over her time in the industry.

Hayley Acton

Media Executive

Hayley joined Rapid Media for her first role in the industry in 2020. She brings with her a passion for communication and works across several advertising platforms.

Imogen Hunn

Account Director

Imogen joined the Rapid Media team in 2021, bringing with her 7 years of experience in marketing, media implementation, client services and project management. With a background in research, Imogen thrives on data driven insights. Throughout her career Imogen has managed many multi-level relationships with high profile clients such as QLD Government.

Izzy Banson

Social Media Executive
Izzy joined the Rapid Team in 2022 as a Social Media Executive. Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Marketing and Human Resources, from the University of Queensland in 2021. Izzy brings over 2 years’ experience in account management and social media management working with clients such as Queensland Airports and NRMA Parks and Resorts. She has a passion for social media marketing and helping her clients achieve desired results through exciting and engaging content creation strategies.

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.

Jess O’Reily

Senior 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.

Joe Dirmeitis

Digital Media Specialist
Joe joined Rapid Media in 2021. Before that he worked with the Initiative group for the 3 years. Joe worked with brands ranging from Local and Global brands like Lego, H&M, Moller Auto. He helped to grow and advised tens of local businesses through analyzing historical data and through experimentation.

Josephine Bobbermen

Creative and Design Executive

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.

Josh Heine

Paid Search Manager
Josh joined Rapid Media in 2022 and is passionate about paid search and all things Google Ads to help grow a brand’s online presence, leads and sales. Josh brings experience with working alongside lead generation, e-commerce and business to business across a diverse range of industries and clients.

Kate Collins

Senior Digital Account Manager

Kate joined Rapid Media in 2019, bringing widespread knowledge and experience of the digital marketing industry. During her career, her roles have included 4 years as a Digital Sales Executive at Nine Entertainment Co and 2 years as a Wholesale Travel Agent at Infinity Holidays.


Kate’s Key Client experience includes Tourism Queensland, Techtronic Industries, Flight Centre Travel Group, Isuzu, National Product Review and Suncorp.

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.

Khayla Broad

Social Media and Content Coordinator
Khayla joined the Rapid Team in 2022 as a Social Media and Content Coordinator. Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business, Majoring in Marketing from Bond University. Khayla brings 4 years of experience in Social Media Management to the team, specialising in content creation strategies and seamless execution across social media platforms. Khayla has a flare for creative copy writing and the passion to go with it.

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.

Meara Girvan

Digital Media Assistant
Meara joined the Rapid Media team in 2022, following several years of experience in small business startups, sales and customer engagement. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and major in International Business and hopes to use her technical skills in business operations, combined with her strong interest in digital marketing to achieve desired results within the Rapid Media team. Meara enjoys forward thinking, innovative companies and is excited to develop and learn within the digital space at Rapid Media.

Michaela Weinstein

Media Coordinator

Kick starting her first role in media, Michaela joined the Rapid team in 2021 with a background in sports marketing and communications. Graduating with a Bachelor of Professional Communications (PR) she is keen to take her career to the next level in the media industry.

Ned Cook

Media Coordinator

Ned joined Rapid as a Media Coordinator in 2021 for his first role in the media industry. Being a part time student, studying a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Advertising and Accountancy, Ned has a keen interest in both media planning and advertising strategy.

Nikki Agar

Operations Manager

Nikki joined Rapid Media in 2021. She brings with her 5 years of marketing experience in the travel industry managing all campaigns: ensuring their smooth delivery and the best results. Nikki is responsible for ensuring production deadlines are met while maintaining quality control standards. She is passionate about creating a business with smooth running operations and strong inter-departmental relationships.

Sarah Vardy

Senior Account Manager

Sarah joins Rapid Media with 5 years’ experience in media sales, and account management, specialising in Television. During her career she has worked across a variety of key clients including QLD Government, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party and YouFoodz.

Shashank Mujumale

SEO & Paid Search Specialist

Shashank has over five years of experience in the field of SEO and Web development. He is proficient with Google Analytics, Adwords, Tag Manager, Web Master tools and skilled in website design, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript development.
Shashank has previously worked with well-known brands such as L’Oréal, SMRT Corporation, Royal Brunei Airlines and Urban decay. He is highly dedicated with enthusiasm to accept new challenges. He thrives to deliver his best to the company and clients.

Tamila Manshtein

Account Manager

Tamila joins Rapid Media team with 10 years’ experience in media sales and 3 years in revenue management, specialising in TV. During her career, Tamila has worked on a variety of clients such as Coles, Officeworks, Bunnings, Mazda and Australian Federal Government.

Tim McDermott

National Business Development Director
Tim joined Rapid Media in 2021, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in the advertising media industry. During his career Tim has collected a wealth of experience in consulting, executive sales, general management and executive client sales roles. Previously Tim’s roles included General Manager at Nova Sydney, Group Sales Director at Australian Radio Network and National Sales Director at Swift Media and APN Outdoor.

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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