The NGAGE team are great performers, like the clients they serve.  They have competed at the top of their respective disciplines and share a deep passion for success.  Building on the need for a new type of management company, NGAGE built its roster of key executives.  

MICHAEL SMITH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A born entrepreneur, Michael has founded and managed more than 20 companies worldwide.

Following his passions, Michael’s success spans across many industries including, financial services, real estate and land development, energy, private health care, as well as individualized medicine and technologies to support advancements in wellness. 

A onetime serious amateur athlete and long time friend to many professional athletes and entertainers, Michael has a deep understanding of what the career highs and  post-career struggles are like for many top performers, prompting him to create NGAGE.

BLAKE ARMSTRONG

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Graduating from Queen's University School of Business, Blake has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, from Disney and Nickelodeon, to Pepsi, evian, L'Oreal, Unilever, Nissan, BlackBerry and the National Hockey League, to name a few.

After rapidly climbing the advertising ranks, Blake followed his entrepreneurial instincts in late 2009. For five years, he served as Partner and President of Toronto's boutique marketing agency Salt & Pepper before selling his business in 2014.

With a background in sports and entertainment, Blake has worked with many of Canada's top entertainers and athletes. 

MARK CONKLIN

VICE PRESIDENT, NGAGE MUSIC

An award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, and producer, Mark is a rare breed, pairing his musical talent with his broad business and management expertise specializing in indie music and DIY artists. 

He founded the full service music and entertainment company Music City East in 2011 and quickly developed then teen YouTube sensation, Mree (Nettwerk Records) into an indie music darling securing placements on national TV Commercials (Target) and major TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Beauty and the Beast to name a few.   

His roster of clients has independently released music that has collectively been streamed over 100 million times and their combined video views exceed 50 million.  

MEIRAV SAVYON

MANAGING DIRECTOR ,  NGAGENCY

Meirav Savyon’s career as a creative executive in the music business spans over 17 years. Upon graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, she began her first role in the industry as Executive Assistant to the President of Sony Music Entertainment. There she gained valuable experience working on high priority projects including ‪Michael Jackson‪Jennifer Lopez‪Ozzy Osbourne‪Jay-Z‪Marc Anthony and ‪Wyclef Jean

Most recently, Meiravfounded Savystudio Entertainment. There she worked with a meticulously hand-picked roster of writers and producers for which she was able to garner credits on projects such as ‪Beyonce‪Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, ‪Rihanna‪Christina Aguilera‪Foster The People‪Kanye West, Nas, ‪Katy Perry, and J-LO.

Meirav is well respected in the music industry for her uncanny ability to bridge the communication gap between executives and artists. 

RICH NARDO

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS & CREATIVE, NGAGENCY

Rich Nardo has worked in the music industry for almost a decade and holds a BA in Business Management from Loyola University in Maryland, as well as, an MBA in the same concentration from Hofstra University in New York.

Before joining NGAGE, Rich was a co-founder of the entertainment marketing firm 24West where he ran campaigns for a wide array of artists including Cold War Kids, Camila Cabello, Mutemath and Say Anything. Before starting 24West, Rich was a project manager for Zero To Sixty Group where he worked in a marketing capacity for albums from Alabama Shakes, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Coheed & Cambria and Primus.

Rich is also a freelance writer whose work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Tunecore, Hypebot, Linkedin Pulse, Big Blue United and Paste Magazine. He has penned bios for artists including Tyler Lyle, SWIMM, Simon Doom and Young Buffalo.