Chris Hardwick and Vincent James to Host at DMA2014

New York, NY, October 7, 2014 —The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) today announced two dynamic comedians will be entertaining attendees at DMA2014, The Global Event for Data-Driven Marketers — held October 25-30 in San Diego. Chris Hardwick will host the 2014 International ECHO Awards Ceremony & Gala on Tuesday, October 28, and Vincent James will be master-of-ceremonies for morning sessions and DMA2014 keynotes.

“Each of these comedic artists elevates the Conference experience with his own brand of humor and creativity. We are excited to have both Chris and Vincent with us at DMA2014 in San Diego,” said Paul A. McDonnough, DMA’s vice president, conferences & events and group show director.

ECHO Awards Ceremony & Gala

On Tuesday, October 28, comedian Chris Hardick will share his vivacious comedic style and wit as host of the 2014 International ECHO Awards Ceremony & Gala.  “As we honor the top achievements in data-driven marketing and enjoy a great evening of fine dining — Chris will keep us laughing with his incredible energy and off-the-cuff humor,” said McDonnough.  The reception, gala, and ceremony will take place at San Diego Convention Center starting 6:00 p.m.

Keynotes and Morning Sessions

Every morning, Vincent James will open up proceedings, introduce keynote speakers, and give attendees an insightful and entertaining glimpse of the day’s highlights.  “Vincent will walk us through what to expect in the day ahead, and what to immerse ourselves in at DMA2014,” McDonnough said.  “That’s particularly great for first-time attendees who want to know about the hottest sessions; who to visit in the Exhibit Hall, and how to become a fully integrated, 360-degree marketer.”

More about the Performers

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth known as Nerdist Industries. He is also the CEO of Nerdist Industries, which has grown to include the website; a premium YouTube channel ( with over 850K subscribers; 2.1M Twitter fans; and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 4.8M monthly downloads. Nerdist also produces content for television including All Star Celebrity Bowling for AMC and In the Name of Science for National Geographic Channel.

On top of his Nerdist responsibilities, Chris is the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His new late-night show on Comedy Central, @Midnight, premiered in October, 2013.

Vincent “James” Pietrafesa

Vincent James Pietrafesa is a rising-star comedian with more than ten years of experience in stand-up comedy, improv, and theatre.  He is a regular at some of the best comedy clubs in NYC, including The Stand, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and the Tribeca Comedy Lounge.  Since starting Pietrafied Productions in Westchester County, New York, back in 2005, he has been able to bring the best of comedy shows and charity events to the area. He has been featured in Westchester Magazine and on the MSG network, and was recently part of Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Covino and Rich Show at the Gotham comedy Club in NYC.

Pietrafesa’s experience in the direct marketing industry spans 13 years, including a six-year career with Walter Karl turned Infogroup, where he took on various roles in list management, publisher development, and sales. He later entered the start-up world, joining Marketfish as their director of partner development. Most recently, he joined the BusinessWatch Network (BWN) team as director of business development.

About DMA’s International ECHO Awards

The DMA International ECHO Awards honor excellence in creativity, marketing strategy, and response results in data-driven marketing campaigns. With more than 1,000 entries submitted by agencies and advertisers worldwide, DMA’s ECHO Awards recognize every type of media used in direct and interactive marketing campaigns. The ECHOs – the world’s top advertising and marketing competition solely dedicated to data-driven marketing – were first established in 1929, originally focused on direct mail.

For more information about the International ECHO Awards, which will be presented Tuesday evening, October 28, 2014, during the DMA2014 Conference and Exhibition, please visit

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About DMA2014 Conference & Exhibition

The DMA2014 Annual Conference & ExhibitionThe Global Event for Data-Driven Marketers is the world’s largest gathering of data-driven marketing professionals.  At DMA2014, which will be held October 25-30 in San Diego, the focus will be on igniting customer engagement.  We’ll help you discover innovative ways to engage customers and drive response, via leading-edge case studies from global brands; more than 70 conference sessions designed for team development; premier networking events; the 2014 Exhibit Hall featuring hundreds of the world’s top companies; and much more.  Through strategic partnerships with top marketing organizations, DMA2014 delivers the most cutting-edge, relevant content to all areas of focus and interest.  For additional information, or to register for the six-day data-driven marketing event of the year, please visit

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About Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

The Direct Marketing Association ( is the world’s largest trade association dedicated to advancing and protecting responsible data-driven marketing.  Founded in 1917, DMA represents thousands of companies and nonprofit organizations that use and support data-driven marketing practices and techniques. DMA provides the Voice to shape policy and public opinion, the Connections to grow members’ businesses and the Tools to ensure full compliance with ethical and best practices as well as professional development.

In 2012, the Data-Driven Marketing Economy (DDME) added $156 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy and fueled more than 675,000 jobs.  The real value of data is in its exchange across the DDME:  70 percent of the value of the DDME – $110 billion in revenue and 478,000 jobs – depends on the ability of firms to exchange data across the DDME.

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