Hi! My name is Jeff Belizaire. My business card reads, marketing & communications director, strategist & social media specialist, but in addition I am....
Son of proud Haitian parents Jean and Monique, native of Brooklyn, entrepreneur, Libra, collector and curator, wordsmith, traveller, snowboarder, gardener, critical theorist, cultural analyst, historian and futurist, amongst other established and developing things.
Jeff Belizaire is founder and creative director of the Republic of Letters, a NYC-based business strategy and marketing collective. Comprised of the world’s top strategists, creatives and executioners, ROL is heavily sought-after by brands and agencies seeking breakthrough-marketing solutions that are unique, relevant and revenue generating. Belizaire's unique talent for brand-building, strategic focus and program implementation is recognized by respected media sources such as Black Enterprise Magazine and Mashable.
As former Marketing Director for the RP55 Group, an apparel and fashion accessory conglomerate, Belizaire was directly responsible for all advertising and promotional efforts of it’s multiple licensees. Before joining RP55 Group, Jeff Belizaire served as the Senior Marketing Manager of Boost Mobile, the lifestyle-based telecommunications division of Sprint Corporation. While at Boost Mobile, he was responsible for regional marketing initiatives and national campaigns focused on the gen-y demographic. By tapping into his entertainment resources and combining them with relevant consumer passion points, he spearheaded the development of groundbreaking platforms.
Belizaire's keen marketing sense and sharp intuition make him a distinguished authority in global youth culture. In 2009, he was selected to deliver the keynote address at the United Nations inaugural commencement of New York City’s first world soccer festival, Copa NYC. The following year, Belizaire was invited to Dubai and South Africa to curate a series of soccer inspired exhibits during World Cup 2010.
For ten years, Belizaire has been a proven marketer in a variety of industries. Before joining Boost Mobile, he was the Global Brand Manager New Era Cap Company. Prior to joining New Era Cap, Belizaire launched a youth marketing agency, Krush World Media – a media/pop culture think-tank and lifestyle-marketing boutique.
Jeff Belizaire's Background
Jeff Belizaire's Experience
Founder and Creative Director at Republic of Letters
August 2010 - Present | Brooklyn, NY
Republic of Letters is a collective of the best thinkers, movers and executioners in the fields of brand development, art direction and cutting edge technology. We are passionate about embedding brands, products, spaces and services with meaning and resonance. Our goal is to provide clients with tangible solutions that mirror the rapidly changing needs of a dynamic and diverse consumer base. To this end, we bring together a diverse range of experienced thinkers, designers and developers to make our business both rigorously analytical and highly creative.
Director of Marketing & Public Affairs at AKOO CLOTHING
August 2010 - May 2012
What is AKOO Clothing?
AKOO is a men's contemporary clothing line offering the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. AKOO was founded by Grammy award winning artist, music and film producer, song writer and actor, Clifford T.I. Harris. As Marketing Director, I'm responsible for advertising and promotional efforts for the brand, its multiple licensees and strategic alliances. Additionally my business objectives include developing integrated press and marketing strategies with the following partners: Atlantic Records, Vh1 Network, Harper Collins Publishing and Heatwave gaming publishers.
Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager at Boost Mobile
February 2007 - August 2010
What is Boost Mobile?
Boost Mobile, a division of Sprint, is a lifestyle-based telecommunications company focused on irreverent youth who live large, yet hunger for the next level in their lives. While managing a team of 5, I was responsible for building regional and national marketing initiatives targeting the following lifestyle segments: General Market/ Hispanic, Action Sports, Music/Entertainment, Celebrity/Trendsetter, Cause and Social Networking.
Global Brand Manager at NEW ERA CAP COMPANY
January 2004 - January 2007
What is New Era Cap?
New Era is the global headwear leader and exclusive manufacturer of Major League Baseball's official uniform cap. As Global Brand Manager I oversaw brand strategy, brand identity, corporate messaging, product naming, packaging, product demos, lifestyle and product photography for New Era Apparel. My responsibly also included hiring a team 18 staff (designers, global sourcing, production managers), securing overseas manufacturing, developing retail distribution plan and managing P&L against business goals and objectives.
Director of Marketing at Karmaloop.com
September 1999 - January 2004
What is Karmaloop?
Karmaloop is a global lifestyle retailer for men and women, generating $50 Million in annual revenues. As Marketing Director, I developed and implemented marketing strategies to drive revenue growth while managing $2.5 million budget. I was also responsible for a team of 8 staff with P&L accountability.
Jeff Belizaire's Education
University of Massachusetts
Jeff Belizaire's Interests & Activities
Entrepreneur, Libra, collector and curator, wordsmith, traveller, snowboarder, gardener, critical theorist, cultural analyst, historian and futurist, amongst other established and developing things.