Athan E. Stephanopoulos
CEO & Founder, GorillaSpot, Inc.
Athan E. Stephanopoulos, 35, is the founder and chief executive officer of GorillaSpot, Inc., a New York City-based social media marketing and development company that provides video applications for media and entertainment companies to engage and interact with millions fans across Facebook and other social networks. Having always had the entrepreneurship bug, Stephanopoulos launched the company in 2007 as a response to the effects he saw digital technologies having on the traditional media industry - something he witnessed first-hand while working for a prominent entertainment advertising agency. Today, GorillaSpot boasts an impressive list of companies who utilize their technologies to manage their marketing campaigns across the social web. Clients include Paramount Pictures, HBO, ABC, South Park, AMC, FX Networks, CBS Sports, MTV, Starz, MLB and Saturday Night Live. Led by Stephanopoulos, GorillaSpot has developed cutting edge campaigns for top shows like Entourage, The Walking Dead, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Spartacus, Modern Family and South Park. Aside from running day-to-day management of GorillaSpot, Stephanopoulos also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business in New York City, where he teaches courses on Media Entrepreneurship and Social Media. In this capacity, he also chairs a Media Lecture Series that interviews top media executives to examine the effects that digital disruption is having on the industry today. Stephanopoulos is also well-known within the national Greek community. Prior to his endeavors in media and entertainment, he worked for the Greek Orthodox Church raising money for its philanthropic and missionary activities around the world. He spent time living in Hong Kong where he documented the Church’s presence in South East Asia. While in India, he produced a video about a girl’s orphanage built and run by a Greek Orthodox monk and nun. His video ultimately helped raise more than $400,000 to support its efforts.