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 launched her national show “Mario Armstrong’s Never Settle Show” in 2017, and is working on launching products. Nicole splits her time between Baltimore and New York City, where she runs the company.
Shy Mukerjee, Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Content
Shy Mukerjee is an Emmy Award nominated talk-show producer, online content creator, writer, and social media marketer. At Mario Armstrong Media, he produces and manages all of Mario’s social and web content. He also steps in with ideas and content for Mario’s TV & radio segments, podcasts, and special events. He holds a BA in Writing & Literature from Naropa University. Prior to his work with Mario, Shy worked on the Advanced Camera for Surveys, a part of on NASA’s Hubble Telescope project.
Meg O’Hagan, Producer
Meg O’Hagan works as a producer for Mario Armstrong Media, specifically producing Mario’s television segments for The TODAY Show, HLN, CNN, Harry Connick, Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition, as well as others. She has also produced his radio spots for the American Urban Radio Network. Previously, she worked as a producer for DMB&B advertising, where her work included national commercials for Blockbuster Video, TWA, M&M Mars, and other national brands. In between, Meg got married, had 2 sons, 4 dogs, a goldfish, and freelanced for various companies and agencies around the country.
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.
Ces Tayo, Videographer/Editor
Born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Ces is an avid Videographer & Editor with a skill for documenting reality & filming it as it unfolds. His passion for capturing images began in elementary school in the photography club, and he took it to the next level enrolling in the Audio/Video squad in Jr. High School. More recently, Ces has completed courses at both NY Film Academy as well as the NY Institute of Photography.
Launching NYCL1 FILMS full time in 2016 Ces has been a DP on numerous including commercials shoots for couture wedding dresses, hair products, live music concerts and reality TV shows. Recently, he served as a camera operator and behind-the-scenes videographer for season 1 of the Never Settle Show.
Laynie Thomas, Assistant
Laynie is a multi-role business professional. Laynie has a broad administrative background including experience with executives, professional musicians and biotech experts from around the world. At Mario Armstrong Media, Laynie specializes in performing a wide variety of invaluable administrative and program support functions.
When Laynie is not organizing communications or events, she spends time training in the gym and taking her three dogs, Ollie, Bruce, and Jewel on hiking trips.