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By Joe Russo

#MadeinPBC | John Studdard, COO @ Achieve Agency

#MadeInPBC Spotlights are a weekly series of the Palm Beach Tech Association, featuring accomplished entrepreneurs in the Palm Beaches.

This week we profile John Studdard, COO of the Achieve Agency and founding Board Member of Palm Beach Tech and serial software entrepreneur here in the Palm Beaches

What does your business do?

I’m the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Achieve Agency, is a full service agency for causes headquartered in Downtown West Palm Beach, with offices in Indianapolis.

Who are your clients?

Our clients are non-profits like the American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way, and the Palm Beach Zoo. We also do work with several socially responsible companies.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

I’ve become inspired to be an entrepreneur because of my passion for building stuff through technology. I’ve been involved in several software companies and startups in South Florida since 1993.

Of most recent, I was the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Big Couch Media, a full-service interactive agency that merged with Forte Interactive in 2016 to create the Achieve Agency.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

Helping our clients change the world at scale is my favorite part about what I do.

What are three fun facts about yourself?

Three fun facts about myself are that I was a race car driver (car guy), a commercial pilot (plane guy), and now a town councilman for Lake Clarke Shores as well.

Why the Palm Beaches?

The Palm Beaches are my home – I grew up on Jupiter Farms and Palm Springs. I have left twice; once for the Navy serving aboard P-3 Orions, and once for College at the University of Houston. I always come back to the Palm Beaches.

How has Palm Beach Tech helped you?

Palm Beach Tech has always been there to help our company, by providing access to talent and the occasional business lead. Most importantly they’re growing the South Florida Tech community into a true tech hub.

By Stephanie Buzano

Why you should apply for a Scholarship to MCON

“Change doesn’t just happen – it’s made. By people like you.”


 What is MCON?

We believe every person inherently wants to do good in the world.  Some of us just need a little inspiration to take that first step. That’s why MCON exists.

We gather leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs from all over the country to better understand today’s social movements and how to turn interest into action.

We also explore the unprecedented enthusiasm for making the world a better place and how anyone, no matter where you work or live, can spark a movement and create change.


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Who should attend? 

  • Work for or lead a cause-driven organization
  • Represent a company that wants to increase its social impact
  • Are an activist working to raise awareness about your cause
  • Are a social entrepreneur with an innovative idea to create change
  • Are a member of the creative community who wants to use your talent to do good
  • Want to get involved in a cause, but don’t know how

 Why should you attend MCON this year?

You’ll be front and center in more than 20 inspiring sessions, you’ll have access to the swanky MCON Lounge, and you’ll receive a Newseum ticket for future use.

Does your tight budget prevent you from attending a conference like MCON and take action for the causes you care about?

Thanks to some really great partners, we have a limited number of MCON scholarships that cover the full cost of registration – and if that’s not reason enough to apply, we don’t know what is.

By Joe Russo

Forte Interactive and Big Couch Media Group Announce Merger Plans



West Palm Beach, FL – June 21, 2016 – Forte Interactive and Big Couch Media Group announced today they have reached an agreement to merge the two companies, creating a digital solutions powerhouse in the South Florida market. The combined entities will be branded under a new name, Achieve.

Formerly a division under the Forte Interactive umbrella of brands, Achieve is nationally known for its focus on causes, The Millennial Impact Project and MCON. Now, the brands are combining to pair Forte Interactive’s technology solutions with Big Couch Media Group’s consulting and marketing expertise.

“The merger with Big Couch was driven by an established history in collaboration and common vision between the two organizations,” said Clay Williams, CEO. “We are thrilled to round out our service offering through this merger to take both agencies to the next level.”

Founded in 1999, Forte Interactive has established itself as a leading technology solutions provider through its cloud-based software solutions, TrustedPartner™ and RacePartner™, providing comprehensive content management, fundraising and registration tools for nonprofits and endurance events. Big Couch Media Group, founded in 2007, is a full service strategic consulting and digital agency, with a trusted reputation of providing results-driven integrated solutions to its client base.

The union of the two organizations is a bold move in response to current market trends in South Florida and beyond. The combination of Big Couch Media Group’s expertise in branding, digital marketing, SEO, SEM, social media, PR, lead generation, email automation, custom web design and development services, coupled with TrustedPartner and RacePartner, will enable the new organization to provide a full range of pioneering client driven solutions from research and campaign design through full technology and marketing plan execution.

“We have collaborated many times with the Forte team over the past several years on a number of projects and are excited to be part of the new combined Achieve organization”, stated John Studdard, Co-Founder and Manager Partner Big Couch Media Group.

“Big Couch has enjoyed tremendous growth and success over the past few years, and is confident the combined talents, expertise, and expanded resources of the two companies will bring unparalleled service offerings to the marketplace,” noted Georgianne Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Big Couch Media Group.

Post-merger, Big Couch Media Group principals, John Studdard and Georgianne Brown will join the senior management team of the newly combined Achieve Agency organization.

About Achieve™

Achieve is a research and marketing agency for causes. We leverage our expertise in research, technology, creative and strategy to understand and inspire your audience – whether current or yet to be discovered – to take action. Learn more about Achieve, our research, events and cloud-based technology solutions, TrustedPartner and RacePartner, at

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