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avnet photoMark Avnet

With over 25 years in media, technology, advertising, entertainment, marketing, and education, Mark Avnet brings a Media Psychology focus to the convergence of these areas. Completing a PhD in Media Psychology, Mark has a special insight into human behavior in a media-rich world.

Prior to founding Converging Arts, Mark was founding director of new media at, executive producer at Hearst New Media, served as acting-CTO and SVP/Director of Production at Ammirati Puris Lintas’ APL Digital, and as CTO at Lot21 Interactive Marketing, where he established and led a Media Technology Development Lab, filing several patent applications for work created there.

Mark has been faculty at NYU, visiting assistant professor at Marist College, and Chair of the Communications and Information Design programs at The Sage Colleges. Mark currently serves as Professor in the Creative Technology track at VCU Brandcenter, the premier graduate program in advertising. The Creative Technology track is the first in the world to focus on techology as an equal partner at the creative table.

Mark is also a clinical hypnotherapist, holding certifications from the two largest certifying groups, the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and the National Guild of Hypnotists. Discoveries made in his clinical hypnotherapy practice led to the development of the BrandSphere Hypnosis Research methodology, and is the topic of his doctoral dissertation.



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