Experience, Knowledge, Drive

Brendan J. Smith
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Brendan Smith oversees all aspects of the operations of the Company with a focus on new business development, strategic relationships, design and technology. Prior to founding Motive Interactive, Mr. Smith served as Senior Business Development Manager for NetCreations, Inc., a leading opt-in email marketing company. At NetCreations, he built a team responsible for developing business opportunities with strategic partners, such as MSNBC, CNET, ZDNet, Tech Republic, and Tech Target.

Prior to NetCreations, Brendan was a successful entrepreneur responsible for building several distinct and profitable internet businesses. These travel, technology, and survey based web sites have been featured in many national publications and websites, including Travel + Leisure Magazine, Coastal Living, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Denver Post, Concierge.com, lonelyplanet.com, and fodors.com to name a few.

Brendan is a founding member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Lead Generation Committee, Performance Marketing Alliance (PMA) and The Online Lead Generation Association (OLGA). He has been recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in Nevada, California, and New York. Brendan graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Colin Johnson

Colin plays a key role in the company's overall management, with his primary focus being in the marketing and sales areas. Colin takes the lead in expanding new client relationships, and formulating Motive's vision and mission. His passion is structuring exclusive partnerships with Publishers who have developed unique websites and want to fully monetize their businesses. If this describes you, contact Colin directly for a “no obligation” assessment of your site’s financial potential.

Before starting his own business, Colin was a Senior Sales Executive at NetCreations Inc, where he successfully built revenue streams within various online vertical markets. At NetCreations, he managed some of the company’s biggest clients including American Express, E-Loan, Goto.com and Pet Smart.

Another one of Colin's passions is soccer, and he once played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the U.S.L. He holds a BS in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

John Teotico
Vice President and CFO

As VP and Chief Financial Officer, John manages all of the financial, administrative, and human resource functions of the Company.

Prior to Motive Interactive, John had been involved in a CFO or Controller capacity in a variety of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce, most recently for a leading automotive buying portal and consumer information website. Many of the companies John has been associated with have either had a successful IPO or been acquired. John received his bachelors degree in Accounting from San Diego State University.

Mike Schwartzberg
Vice President, Sales

Mike Schwartzberg is the Vice President of Sales at Motive Interactive where he leads media strategy, advertising sales, account management and affiliate operations. One of Motive’s first employees Mike is a key player in the success and rapid growth of the Company, a growth of over 900% since 2004.

With extensive knowledge of affiliate marketing and online advertising Mike is a recognized leader within the industry. Mike’s hands-on and unique style in motivating others has built a world class advertising sales and account management team for Motive. Mike is a graduate of Cortland State University in New York.


Feb 10 - Feb 12, 2016 | Kochava Mobile Summit

Feb 17 - Feb 18, 2016 | Mobile Growth Summit

Feb 22 - Feb 25, 2016 | Mobile World Congress - Barcelona, Spain

Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016 | GDC, San Francisco

May 11 - May 12, 2016 | Appsworld, Santa Clara

Awards & Recognition

Motive has been recognized by Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Deloitte, San Diego Business Journal, and numerous other media sources as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. 



August 23 - Mobile Ad Platform, Motive Interactive Named to Inc. 5000 List for Third Time

August 19 - Mobile Ad Platform Motive Interactive Wins Four Globee® Business Awards for Company Growth

August 19 - CEO of San Diego Based Mobile Ad Firm Motive Interactive Named Entrepreneur of the Year

August 13 - Exciting news! TUNE officially announced the TUNE Certified Partner Program.

July 2 - Mobile-Focused Firm Scores Industry Props

March 26 - A Look Inside Motive Interactive’s Modern San Diego Office


December 4 - Quality Traffic and Global Reach Lead Motive Interactive to a Top 3 Ranking for Mobile Ad Networks in 2014

December 3 - Mobile Ad Network Motive Interactive Awarded for Quality User Acquisition, Pushing the Company from a Top 25 to One of the Top 3 Mobile Advertisers in the World

August 19 - Mobile Ad Network Named to Inc. Magazine's 33rd Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000



February 25 - Motive Interactive ranked #11 out of top 25 Mobile Ad Networks worldwide


October 8 - Motive Interactive Makes the Lead411 Tech 200 Fastest-Growing Companies List

October 2 - Motive Interactive Wins Gold and Two Bronze Awards in the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Awards

June 18 - Motive Interactive Honored as a Gold Stevie® Award Winner in the 2013 American Business Awards

May 9 - Motive Interactive Named a Finalist in the 2013 Stevie® American Business Awards.

May 7 - Motive Interactive Honored as Gold Winner in the 8th Annual 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Award in Company Growth of the Year Category

May 7 - Motive Interactive Named Finalist in the 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards

March 4 - John Teotico selected as finalist for San Diego Business Journal's CFO of the year

March 11 - Motive Interactive Launches Rebrand