About The Team
Nicole Hunter, CEO
Nicole Hunter launched Mario Armstrong Media, LLC. in 2007 when she quit her job as Managing Director of UMBC, CCTC to start her own national media company.
Nicole worked hard consulting on the side to continue to bring income into the home while building her business on the side. Her company started locally by positioning Mario Armstrong as the local technology expert for local television on ABC (WMAR) and NBC (WBAL), as well as on the radio on WEAA and WYPR Digital Cafe.
Within two years, Nicole and her team branched out nationally, placing Mario as the Digital Lifestyle Expert® for NBC Today Show, HLN, CNN and as a monthly columnist in Men’s Fitness Magazine. Mario was also placed at several prominent national radio outlets during this time, including NPR Morning Edition Show and hosting his own daily talk show on Sirius/XM. Mario also appears regularly on Inside Edition, Rachel Ray, and Dr. Oz. He also appeared on the Steve Harvey and Katie Couric show.
Nicole Hunter’s belief is that her company improves people’s lives by bringing Mario into their homes. Mario helps people live a better life by guiding them to fulfill their passion, their dreams and never settling by integrating digital tools when needed.
Her company is continuing to grow and works with national affiliations and brands such as Ford, Intel, AT&T, IBM and Target just to name a few. She currently is working on launching a national TV show and products. Nicole splits her time between Baltimore and New York City, where she runs the company.
Jessica B. Levin, Producer
Jessica serves as Mario’s producer for television, web and radio segments as well as for his #NeverSettleClub. Her award-winning career began at Good Morning America working for legendary journalists like Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson. Jessica has crashed breaking news, produced live in-studio segments, full-origination remote shows for big events such as the first live broadcast from inside the Vatican and produced feature pieces involving everything from concept to on-air delivery.
In 2014, Jessica launched Making Money with Charles Payne on the Fox Business Network, a panel format show that breaks down the confusion behind the day’s financial and news headlines to help viewers invest wisely and realize their American Dream. Recently, she founded Jessica Levin Media, a media training company that helps people filter out distractions, allowing them to get the message about their unique brands out.
Shy Mukerjee, Head of Ideas & Content
Shy Mukerjee produces all of Mario’s online videos, websites, & social media in addition to managing the #NeverSettleClub. Shy also steps in with ideas and content for Mario’s monthly Men’s Fitness article and well as Mario’s TV & radio segments, podcasts, and special events.
Shy Mukerjee holds a BA in Writing & Literature from Naropa University. He has traveled extensively abroad, and lived in both Korea and Japan. Prior to his work with Mario Armstrong Media, Shy worked on the Advanced Camera for Surveys, a part of on NASA’s Hubble Telescope project. He is a pescetarian, loves indie video games, and is always down for a round of disc golf.
Katherine Elsasser, Head of Ideas & Strategy
Katherine Elsasser joins the Mario Armstrong Media team as the Head of Ideas & Strategy. Previously she was with the Webby Awards, the most prestigious award for online work in the world. There she helped launch Internet Week New York, Internet Week Europe, and ran Netted by the Webbys, a daily email newsletter dedicated to “better living through the Internet.” Katherine received her BA in English and German from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she also had the opportunity to get to know the Mario Armstrong Media team. She currently lives, works, and putters around in Marfa, TX, a Far West Texas town mostly known for modern art and mystery lights that may or may not be aliens.
Gina Verrett, Researcher & Producer
Gina joins Mario’s Team as a Researcher and Producer. With a diverse background in all areas of film and television, Gina started her career as talent before switching gears and working her way up the production ladder.
Gina’s expertise is broad, covering not only Reality but also Live Award Shows, Talent Competitions, Commercials and webisodes. Based out of Las Vegas, Gina has worked her way up the production ranks on a variety of major shows, including Real World 25, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, TANKED, Real Housewives, several seasons of America’s Got Talent, the NHL Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards.
Recently, Gina has been working with Blue44 and BET Networks on their latest show (set to air this year!), and is helping to bring Penn and Teller’s Fool Us to the U.S., a talent competition series for magicians.
Gina sits on the board of non-profit Produce4Pantries and hopes that one day all children will be able to regularly receive fresh, healthy food from similar programs worldwide.