October 05, 2016

Meet the Team: SPC MVPs

If you’ve ever met anybody from our team in person, you can probably tell that the Schaaf-PartnerCentric team is one big, happy family.  We’re incredibly proud of our employees and wanted to give you; our valued clients and partners, the chance to get to know our team on a deeper level. In this monthly series, Meet the Team: SPC MVPs, we highlight a few of our team members to give more insight into who they are and how our company functions. This month we are excited to introduce you to Elia, Khristinè, and Megan!


Elia (right) & his fiancè, Jason (left) attending an 80’s theme party as Revenge of the Nerds!

Elia Badran

Affiliate Program Manager

How long have you worked at SPC? 2 years

What does your typical work day look like? I have my standard day to day tasks:  answering both client and publisher emails, reviewing program metrics to stay on top of and report on weekly/monthly fluctuations, client weekly calls, internal strategy meetings. However, the part that really excites me is the out of the norm requests where clients have a specific KPI they are focusing on and need help optimizing.  Thinking outside of the box to help with these initiatives is something I thrive on because it takes me out of the standard tasks, and let’s me fully leverage my critical thinking skills.  I LOVE collaborating with my clients on new ideas.  It’s all about working together with the common goal of growth in the most efficient and streamlined way possible. 

What do you enjoy most about the industry? This industry is ever changing, and has grown leaps and bounds since I first entered it back in 2007. I love the visibility I get from the various advertiser verticals I have the opportunity to manage, as well as the plug and play of what publisher distribution works with one advertiser vs. another.  I keep learning and growing with my clients, and I love that. The other part is the people I have the privilege of working with, both internal here at SPC as well as my clients and publisher partners.  Regardless of the side of business I am working with, one thing has remained constant in the last 9+ years, and that is the multitude of kind, collaborative, and intelligent people I have grown to know and can depend on.

What movie title best describes your life? “Life As A House”. Outside of this movie being shot in my hometown of Palos Verdes, CA, the theme is something that absolutely resonates with me.  Relationships with yourself and others, like houses, need to be built and maintained. I’m an exceptionally relationship oriented individual, and I operate with the understanding that we all are constant works in progress.  Relationships are hard work, but when you devote enough time to yourself, and by extension to your relationships, both personal and business related, you will come out with a beautiful end result.

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you? One of my passions has always been creative writing, and back in high school, one of my short stories centered around a son losing his mother (thankfully, not based on true events, folks!) was mentioned in our local newspaper.  Writing has always been an outlet for me to expel anything positive or negative in my life. 


Kristinè goes nuts over Kauai!

Kristiné Kirschke

Affiliate Program Manager & Team Lead Content/Influencer Marketing

How long have you worked at SPC? 6 years

What does your typical work day look like? Many, many emails to respond to! It really comes down to staying on top of priority projects and tasks, and working as hard as you can to accomplish them that day! The funnest part of my day is discovering a great partner for a client to work with, and of course, working with SPC teammates.

What do you enjoy most about the industry? It is ever-evolving which can make it challenging, but never boring! And, if you have been in the affiliate space for some time like I have been, the colleagues you work with and the good friends you make become like family.

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up? Looking back at my ‘school days’ book that my mom had me fill out and she pasted my school picture in, there were questions about what you wanted to be when you grew up. It changed all the time! One year I wanted to be a nurse and the next year I wanted to be a ballerina….I would not have been good at either!!

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?  I love to be social but am also a loner…is that possible? 

Megan and her hubby, Marc, snowboarding at Stratton Mountain in Vermont!

Megan Sabo

Affiliate Program Manager

How long have you worked at SPC? 2+ years

What does your typical work day look like? Every day is different but usually consists of answering client and publisher inquiries and requests, as well as calls and discussions with clients, affiliates, my SPC colleagues, etc. plus a variety of regular and ad hoc tasks that are scheduled each day, week, month!

What do you enjoy most about the industry? I really enjoy how dynamic the industry is, as well as the variety of clients I work with and per above, every day is different which makes it exciting and challenging!

What movie title would best describe your life? The Pursuit of Happiness.

Is there anything else you want readers to know about you? I lived in Colorado for 11 years, and hiked 5 of of the 54 “Fourteeners” aka 14,000–foot peaks (some a few times)! 


Ciao, everyone! Tune in next month to get to know your SPC family a little better!