Mike Church Joins IZEA Strategic Advisory Board

Mike Church Joins IZEA Strategic Advisory Board 
Executive Brings Nearly 20 Years of Technology, Marketing and Media
Experience to Company 
ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 07/15/14 --  IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB:
IZEA), the leader in Social Sponsorship, announced the addition of
Mike Church to the company's Strategic Advisory Board. Mr. Church has
nearly 20 years of experience leading technology, marketing and media
initiatives at global enterprises including Darden Restaurants, AOL,
Google and Diageo. 
Mr. Church most recently served as Vice President of the Interactive
Ecosystem for Darden Restaurants, Inc. In this role, Mike led teams
focusing on Digital Marketing, CRM, E-Commerce and Corporate Gift
Card Sales. The Interactive Ecosystem team partnered with Darden's
portfolio of brands and other key functions to lead Darden's
multimillion-dollar Digital Transformation, including the successful
launch of web and mobile platforms, online ordering, CRM
infrastructure, and electronic gift cards. Mike also worked closely
with Darden's media and creative agencies to help launch new
communications strategies and digital marketing programs across
Darden's entire portfolio. 
"I look forward to being actively involved in IZEA's continued
expansion," said Mr. Church. "The company has firmly established
itself as the leader in the social sponsorship space, and I am
impressed by the organization's forward thinking and culture. I await
the opportunity to work with the IZEA leadership team and assist them
in cultivating additional relationships with leading brands and media
companies."  
"We are pleased to have Mike's insight and industry prowess available
to us as we continue to develop our IZEAx platform," said Ted Murphy,
Chairman and CEO of IZEA. "His experience and relationships as both
brand marketer and media technology provider will be invaluable to
us, and we appreciate his involvement." 
Prior to Darden, Mike served as the Vice President of Customer
Solutions at AOL in New York. There he launched and led AOL's Client
Solutions organization, supporting the advertising goals of AOL's
FORTUNE 500 clients. Before AOL, Mike served as National Head of
Sales Development and Cross-Platform Solutions at Google, where he
launched sales development, creative services and media strategy
teams that helped deliver hundreds of millions in digital media
sales.  
Previously, Mike worked as Media Director for Diageo North America,
the world's leading premium-drinks company, where he led strategic
media planning, CRM and digital marketing for the company's priority
brands, including Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Captain Morgan. He has
also held a variety of digital-media and product positions at such
companies as Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, Inc.  
With proficiencies in both Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian, Mike holds
a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from the University of
Southern California, and an MBA from New York University with an
emphasis in Strategy, Marketing and Entertainment Media Technology.
He also holds a certificate of Japanese studies from Tokyo's Waseda
University. 
About IZEA 
Founded in 2006, IZEA is the pioneer of Social Sponsorship. The
company builds cloud-based marketplaces that connect brands with
creators who blog, tweet, pin, and post on their behalf. Brands
receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories
that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their
participation and partnership. For more information about IZEA, visit
http://corp.izea.com.  
Safe Harbor Statement 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These
forward-looking statements are based largely on IZEA's expectations
and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of
which are beyond IZEA's control. Actual results could differ
materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of,
among other factors, competitive conditions in the Sponsored Social
segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of
the marketplace platforms of IZEA, inability to obtain additional
capital, and changing economic conditions that are less favorable
than expected. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can
be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in
this release will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and
disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement  
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Media contact for IZEA:  
Brittany Berg 
brittany.berg@izea.com 
(321) 332-6830 
 
 
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