February 2018 Volunteer of the Month – Belinda Southgate

Belinda Southgate is Director of US Marketing & Sales at Explore Horizons Inc.  Explore Horizons is an education start-up in the early stages of its US launch. Her role involves everything from high level strategic planning to on the ground delivery and implementation. Areas of responsibility include; market research, brand management, design, public relations, traditional advertising, agency management, customer experience, digital marketing, content creation, social media, customer acquisition and training delivery.

Prior to this Belinda managed the marketing of the Award-winning and number 1 provider of children’s education in the UK, Explore Learning.

Belinda grew up in England and moved to Dallas from London 4 years ago. She brings 11 years of marketing experience and a passion for developing people.



January 2018 Volunteer of the Month – Mark Mietus

Mark is the National Sales Manager for SurveyLocal, a small marketing technology startup that focuses on capturing positive reviews on third party sites while intercepting negative feedback. While in his tenure they have grown significantly and have recently been acquired by a technology company out of American Fork, UT. At the AMA he is the Director of Recruiting and loves working with the team to bring the benefits of the AMA to business professionals in the area.




December 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Yumna Moazzam

Yumna Moazzam is a Product Marketing and Sales Analyst at Trinity Consultants since 2013. She leads the development and execution of marketing plans that support the BREEZE business line which provides modeling software for environmental, hazard and safety professionals. Her role requires her to wear multiple hats from creating marketing collateral to developing strategies to support new business growth opportunities. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a dual degree in Global Business and Marketing. She loves hiking, biking and enjoys any outdoor activity you can imagine. She is currently training to run a 10k and her goal is to run a half-marathon next year.

She has been a member of the AMA for four years and was a member of the UTD collegiate group before that. She participated in the DFW AMA Mentor/Protégé Program for the last three years and appreciates meeting and networking with the talented marketing professionals in the DFW area.



November 2017 Volunteer of the the Month – John Connors

John Connors is the Founder and President of Campaign Now, a direct marketing firm for political and issue advocacy organizations. John graduated from Marquette University in Wisconsin with degrees in finance and political science. Shortly after graduating he helped launch and grow a nonprofit into a multi million dollar national organization within a few short years. The company began with a large focus on telemarketing and consulting, but quickly grew to offer a wide variety of services. The services are mostly focused on rapid deployment and maximum impact, whether that goal is raising awareness or increasing donations. In his free time, John enjoys being involved in the community through his volunteer efforts with AMA DFW as the membership’s Director of Data & Technology, playing tennis, and spending time with his family in Dallas.



October 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Becky Young

Becky has been a member of the DFW AMA for 5 years and during that time, served on the Marketer of the Year committee for 2 years, co-chaired Marketer of the Year for 2 years became President-elect and then President 2015-2016.

When not serving as Immediate Past-President of the DFW AMA Chapter, she is on the board of the Dream Fund and has worked at SCA Promotions in Dallas for 13 years as a Senior Account Manager.  Becky’s responsibilities include communicating with clients across the country educating them on marketing promotions that include prize coverage to help gain a better response rate to their contest/sweepstakes.

Prior to SCA, Becky worked in broadcast sales with many of the major broadcast groups holding positions as Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and New Business Development Manager while earning distinguished award for “Sales Achiever and Top Performer”.  During her career, she developed a regional marketing campaign called “Women’s Wellness Breast Cancer Awareness” that ran for 3 years in Houston, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.   Becky also coordinated a Sampling Program from city to city across Texas at major festivals for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and was show producer for a trade show called “Big Boy Toy Show”.

Becky also served on the board of TSEA (Trade Show Exhibitor Association) and when not hard at work, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her daughter, husband and friends. Becky appreciates hard work, honesty and integrity when dealing with others.

Becky holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.



September 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Del Mixon

Delano (Del) Mixon is an Assistant Account Executive for Pierpont Communications, a public relations, marketing, and public affairs agency headquartered in Houston, Texas. Hesupports a number of clients in the energy, health care, legal, and technology industries. Previously he worked on Capitol Hill for the House Committee on Science Space and Technology and Representative Ken Calvert (CA-42). Del is a graduate from the University of Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Journalism.






August 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Troy Minaldi

Troy has spent that last 25 years developing marketing and advertising programs for a variety of companies in the DFW area.  Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Brand and Marketing Communications for Rent-A-Center.  There he was responsible for the strategic integrated promotional planning for the company and stewarding the $90MM advertising budget across all channels including national broadcast, FSI, direct mail, digital, social, and in-store and sales support.

Prior to his 8 years with Rent-A-Center, Troy spent time with several multi-unit retail and franchise companies including Brook Mays Music Group, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Palm Beach Tan, and Snelling Personnel Services managing the national marketing efforts and developing programs that could be implemented easily at the local level while remaining true to brand standards.

His career started in a very traditional sales role with The Ralston Purina Company but he quickly moved into true marketing with The Walt Disney Company working for the Disney Channel in the early 90s.

Troy, his wife Joan, and daughter Kendall live in Frisco, TX where they also co-own a scrapbook retreat called The Sisters’ Hideaway.

When not dreaming up new marketing programs, Troy plays in a classic rock cover band called Group Therapy and is an avid guitar player, collector and builder.



July 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Monica Nicholas

Monica is a results-driven marketing communications professional who has worked in a host of industries including real estate, automotive, architecture, technology and non-profit.  She strives for excellence in all she does and is thankful that she is able to do what she loves every day. She currently works as a Marketing Manager for the American Heart Association, and is dedicated to providing quality professional education to aid in the mission of leading healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Outside of her work, Monica enjoys time with her husband and their 2-year old son.




2016 – 2017 Volunteer of the Year – Nicholas Benoit

Video game-loving former philosophy major. Aspiring hip-hop music producer. Theater school graduate. Internet Ninja. Nick has taken a rather circuitous route to his current position at Benoit Design, but that’s sometimes the best route to take.  When Nick is not busy developing award-winning websites, coding some code or delving into the mysteries of Javascript, he jumps in on new business development and client management. Nick graduated cum laude with a BA in Arts and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has been with Benoit Design since 1995.