In our ‘Leaders on the Rise’ series, we aim to lift up our rising leaders who demonstrate grit, perseverance, and hustle and thank them for all of their contributions to our agency. Check out the next generation of DA leaders making an impact and going above and beyond in all that they do.

RT Zhang, Associate Director of Paid Media

During her 2 years at Direct Agents, RT has grown from Media Manager to Associate Director. Bringing specialization in both Paid Search and Social, she is truly a jack of all trades. She balances providing strategy on a myriad of omnichannel accounts all while being an active member of Toastmasters and earning her second master’s degree. RT is also a cultural champion who helps the team embrace hybrid work life to the fullest. She shows nimbleness, hustle, drive, and determination in everything she does.

Jon Viano, Director of Client Solutions

During his 6.5 years at Direct Agents, Jon has climbed the ranks from Jr. Account Executive to Director, responsible for consistently signing new big-name clients. Jon’s success is largely due to his work ethic and ability to spot trends. He recognized the streaming trend early and made strides to up-level DA’s service offering in that space, contributing to our overall client portfolio growth. Most importantly, Jon is a positive force in the office, always modeling an upbeat, go-getter attitude.

Matt Swain, Senior Graphic Designer/Team Lead

Matt has hit the ground running since joining the team earlier this year, recently earning a promotion to Senior Graphic Designer! A real hand-raiser, Matt served as the creative lead for the upcoming issue of our Illuminate magazine as well as multiple big-picture projects for internal brand marketing and creative clients. From revamping our website and brand guidelines, to pitching FFS services to prospective clients and bringing their creative vision to life, Matt approaches every challenge with optimism, innovation, and a good sense of humor.

Andrea Duffy-Cabana, Search Strategist

Andrea joined Direct Agents three years ago as an intern with a strong background in TV. Since then, she has grown tremendously and was recently promoted to Strategist on the Paid Search team, which will allow her to take on more managerial responsibility. Not only did Andrea show thought leadership and help grow a key account 10 fold, but she is also an active hand-raiser. From writing industry blogs, leading campaign global expansion, advocating for mental health, and so much more, Andrea is always willing to go above and beyond for the agency and her clients.