our why-focused team is

talented, diverse and fierce

Our culture of caring, creativity and cultivation of individuality combined with an amazing team is the reason that advantages has been named one of the best places to work in NYC.

FRAN BIDERMAN-GROSS

FRAN BIDERMAN-GROSS

CEO & purpose driven strategista

fran@advantages.net

Make a mark. Rise above. Get noticed. Ask an executive what Fran Biderman Gross has done for their organization and this is what you’ll hear.

Known by her clients as “The Strategista,” Fran has synthesized more than 20 years of marketing expertise into inspiring, actionable steps that every organization can quickly implement to help their individual departments, and their organizations, to get noticed.

As its founder, Fran has taken Advantages from a local printing business in New York City to a multi-million dollar powerhouse branding and communications agency with national clients from the service, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit sectors. By telling authentic stories through purposeful marketing, she teaches brands how to leverage their organizational assets and amplify their reach.

Fran is now dedicated to sharing her intimate journey of brand discovery which unlocked her potential and resulted in her personal success. Fran has a unique twist on the Golden Circle and concepts from Start With Why as she was one of Simon Sinek’s first WHY Discoveries in 2006. She shares what she’s learned in the hopes that it will inspire others to explore their core values, their mission, vision and the personal “WHY” that propels them as leaders to excel every day.

Fran is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses and was active in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, recognizing the finest college entrepreneurs from around the world. She is also a longtime member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) where she spearheaded the launch of EO’s “Accelerator” program, providing promising entrepreneurs with the tools, education and mentoring needed to grow their small businesses past the $1M revenue mark

Fran has lectured on marketing at New York University, and is a guest speaker at industry conferences and tradeshows. Through it all, she remains a devoted wife and mother to her 3 children ranging in age from 26 to 7 years old and her husband Yeeshai Gross, a Tony Award winner and Emmy-nominated theatre and film producer – and former client!

Christel Fearon

Christel Fearon

education activator

christel@advantages.net

CHRISTEL’S WHY

To always choose to see opportunities so that I urge others to mold their own future.

CHRISTEL’S STRENGTHS

Connectedness, Input, Activator, Maximizer, Woo

ABOUT CHRISTEL

Christel, a true American Swede, combines her eye for European design with structured creative planning to create a unique combination of “Smart Design”. She believes it’s not just about creating a beautiful design but also seeing the beauty within to make sure the creation has depth, meaning and an interesting story.

"I’ve worked my way up from a junior designer to an experienced designer to an art director to the lead of my own department. I love working at a place where I can create my own path of growth. I've been able to travel, volunteer, and move and still I'm welcomed with open arms here. It's not as much work as it is a part of my life."—Christel

angelica rozon

angelica rozon

production coordinator | air traffic controller

angelica@advantages.net

ANGELICA’S WHY

To motivate people with truth, so that they can make a decision.

ANGELICA’S STRENGTHS

Deliberative, Significance, Command, Achiever, Strategic

ABOUT ANGELICA

Angelica’s obsession with detail and passion for printing make her the perfect “air traffic controller” for advantages. With nearly a decade of experience, she remains calm in the eye of the storm and decisively addresses lightning strikes as they occur. As a busy mom of a toddler, life wouldn’t be the same for Angelica if she didn’t have the 4 B’s: Bacon, Beer, Baseball and Burgers!

"Fran and the team are my second family! We truly care for one another and want to see each other grow in ways we never thought possible for ourselves."—Angelica

Ruthie Sommer

Ruthie Sommer

production assistant

ruth@advantages.net

RUTHIE’S WHY

To be a constant support so that others can advance

RUTHIE’S STRENGTHS

Learner, Harmony, Discipline, Responsibility, Intellection

ABOUT RUTHIE

Ruthie enjoys being involved with her kids’ lives and their schools as well as other volunteer work. Reading of all kinds, even school assignments, is a passion. She loves being able to use her organizational skills at Advantages to help streamline the work-flow and process jobs quickly and accurately.

"I love our Advantages family! Over the many years I’ve been here, it’s always a great team to work with, both professionally and personally!"—Ruthie

Rosa D'Elia

rosa d'elia

art team lead

rosa@advantages.net

ROSA’S WHY

To encourage a feeling of togetherness so that everyone feels at ease.

ABOUT ROSA

Rosa is a passionate designer who has been a creative nut since her teens. She draws on her many talents and eclectic experiences, from quirky postcards and cartoonish stickers to elegant, handmade invitations, to create designs that capture our client's Purpose and their customer's attention. Rosa's obsessions include music trivia, Super Mario video games, purchasing too many pens, and food! When not at Advantages, Rosa can usually be found with the members of her extensive Italian family, eating.

Adina Derdik

Adina Derdik

creative designer

adina@advantages.net

ADINA'S WHY

To use my strengths and talents so that I help others overcome problems, and find self-fulfillment.

Adina’s Strengths

Empathy, Belief, Developer, Woo, Communication

ABOUT ADINA

Adina is a young graphic designer that is already being noticed for her artistic flair and eye for detail. Her creative, out of the box thinking produces designs that get Advantages' clients noticed in previously unimagined ways. Adina enjoys party planning and interior decorating, and can usually be found doodling on just about any piece of paper she can get her hands on.

"When you have so much fun that you forget you're at work."—Adina

Jaclyn Pearson

jaclyn pearson

creative designer

jaclyn@advantages.net

JACLYN'S WHY

To challenge conventional thinking and stimulate mental growth so that others can become the best possible versions of themselves.

ABOUT JACLYN

Pulling from her many years of experience in design, illustration, production, and professional photography, Jaclyn brings a broad skill set to her work at Advantages. Still, she remains on a never-ending quest for growth, and will rarely turn down an interesting challenge. Outside of Advantages, Jaclyn can be found binge watching shows on Netflix, photographing weddings, studying psychology, volunteering, and exploring nature!

Neal Conlon

Neal Conlon

Growth Sherpa

nconlon@advantages.net

NEAL'S WHY

To provide context and drive passion to push through obstacles so that we create mutually beneficial relationships that fuel growth.

NEAL'S STRENGTHS

Command, Activator, Ideation, Communication, Arranger

ABOUT NEAL

Neal Conlon is a US veteran, data guy, and sales & marketing influencer. He builds scalable and repeatable lead generation and digital marketing strategies for startups, mid size markets, and enterprise firms. Neal has a depth of data that is both wide and deep, technical skillsets, and business acumen that adds a perspective to sales & marketing that is valuable to the teams he works with. Having had an untraditional path to digital, Neal’s purposeful and passionate about empowering others to adopt and use new forms of digital media.


Kayla

kayla lloyd

strategic communicator

kayla@advantages.net

KAYLA’S WHY

To help sort through the clutter on people’s path, so that they are empowered to take the right steps on their journey.

ABOUT KAYLA

With an eye for detail, Kayla sorts through clutter and distraction to find the best solution in any situation, and she absolutely loves turning strangers into friends. These complementary traits combine to create the perfect Strategic Communicator for Advantages—crafting clear, Purposeful messages that turn prospects into customers and customers into brand evangelists.

Gabriela Rivadeneira

Gabriela Rivadeneira

creative designer

gabriela@advantages.net

GABRIELA'S WHY

To exploit my creative and organizational skills, so that they can be useful to assist others to accomplish their needs.

ABOUT GABRIELA

Gabriela is a creative designer at Advantages who is an avid reader (especially of creative, art and design books) and amateur photographer. She combines inspiration garnered from her reading, photography and life experiences with her creativity and attention to detail to create emotional connections that get noticed.

"Working at Advantages is like listening to your favorite song every day! You like the rhythm, you know the lyrics and sing it in all the possible ways you can. You know the song is so good that there are other people who also enjoy listening to that song with you, and even though you listen it every day, you’re not tired of it because you just love it." —Gabriela