Christopher Celeste has spent more than twenty years catalyzing ideas in politics, marketing and business.
Born in New Delhi, India and raised in a large political family in Ohio, Christopher grew up in and around political campaigns. After graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1988, he returned to Ohio and helped to launch and lead Participation 2000, a non-traditional political action committee designed to train young organizers. Christopher’s afﬁnity for “campaigns” took him from politics to advertising where he spent ﬁfteen years in various marketing agencies, eventually serving as president of several ﬁrms including Resource (www.resource.com), a national technology marketing ﬁrm, where he managed ofﬁces in Columbus and San Francisco. During this period Christopher played a key role in the e-commerce launch and web fashion show for Victoria’s Secret that garnered international attention and was named ADWEEK’s Marketing Event of the Year. In 2004, Christopher became a Founder & the first President of FindawayWorld, whose core product is Playaway, the world’s ﬁrst preloaded digital audio book format (www.playaway.com). Called a “genius idea” by Oprah Magazine and the “simplest way to get from the bookstore to Chapter One” by the New York Times, Christopher helped to lead Findaway from a start-up idea to a profitable, Inc 500 success.
In 2010, after selling his interest in Findaway, Christopher shifted his attention to Hatch Partners (www.hatch.us.com), a start-up consultancy whose mission is to provide coaching, connections & capital to early-stage entrepreneurs. Today, Christopher serves on the board of several Hatch-supported start-ups including Tackk, Breaking Media, Movable and the Columbus Idea Foundry; and he is also engaged in a variety of social impact projects through Facing West Ventures, an initiative he launched with his wife & fellow entrepreneur Nancy Kramer.
As Founder and Chairman, Nancy Kramer has built Resource Interactive into an award-winning, nationally recognized agency—both for its creative work and its unique culture. Kramer’s marketing experience and impact coincide with great moments in technology marketing history, from Apple as the agency’s first client to the first live streaming of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to the launch of Off The Wall—the first-ever fully integrated social commerce experience. She has guided Resource through 30 years of trends, shifts and splits in the interactive arena—all while remaining driven by the core values that are the cornerstone of the agency and influence every decision.
Under Kramer’s leadership, Resource Interactive has not only achieved renown in the industry, but also as one of the best places to work in the country. A nationally respected leader on workplace issues, Kramer considers an open, collaborative culture where employees feel valued one of her highest priorities. In 2006, Kramer announced the creation of REEF, the Resource Employee Equity Fund, where every employee is a shareholder in each of Resource’s publicly traded clients. Featured in BusinessWeek and Inc., the fund is yet another example of her philosophy: The investment made in company associates comes back tenfold. As Chief Culture Officer, Kramer continues to focus on workplace culture, solidifying Resource as a company that has not only raving clients, but fulfilled associates as well.
In addition to her role at Resource, Kramer has been appointed to the Advancement Committee of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, is a co-organizer for TEDx Columbus, board member of The National Center for the Middle Market at Fisher College of Business, is on the Wexner Center for the Arts Board of Directors, is Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Wellington School, is on the Limited Brands Foundation Board of Directors and holds a position on the marketing committees for both The Columbus Foundation and The Ohio State University Foundation.