• Darren Contardo

    Author / Speaker / Brand Builder

    Weight Loss and Sports Nutrition Marketing Expert  

    Host of The Marketer's Commute Podcast


    Fearless, Innovative, Visionary

    A forward-thinking and enterprising leader with boundless energy and an authentic ability to spot trends, create new products/services that maximize the opportunity, and get them to market successfully.

    Experienced global marketing executive with over 18 years experience in the health & wellness industry with strong analytical and creative skills who has led the development of top global brands within the highly competitive sports nutrition performance, energy, diet, and health and wellness categories. 


    Need help launching or turning around your brand in the weight loss or other nutrition categories? I can help with world-class turnkey solutions few if any can provide including media planning, marketing strategy, product development, creative execution, digital strategy, business development, sales management, and pricing. 

  • Booking

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  • Portfolio of Weight Loss and Health & Wellness Brands

    Hundreds of Products, Thousands of Print Ads, Dozens of TV Commercials, and Numerous Websites for Leading Weight Loss, and Health & Wellness Brands. Here Are a Few Samples.

    SlimFast Relaunch. "It's Your Thing" 30 Sec TV Commercial

    With the challenge of making the oldest weight loss brand new again we redefined the creative along with Barker and relaunched the brand with new packaging, print, TV, radio, and websites. Along with the fresh creative I led the rework of the $58 million dollar media plan and $100 million dollar plus innovation set to rapidly turn around this beloved brand.

    Hydroxycut Sprinkles Launch. "Live" TV Commercial.

    As part of the brand launch, I also wrote the TV commercial, selected the talent, and developed the Direct Response corresponding website/fulfillment solution. This is the 30 second cut from the original 60-sec spot after the DR testing period was over. The product went on to do millions in the marketplace.

    Hydroxycut Relaunch of Pro Clinical. "Live" TV Commercial.

    As part of the relaunch and revitalization of Hydroxycut; America's #1 Best Selling Weight Loss Supplement Brand that I was responsible for many years we did the "Live" campaign. The Creative Director and I developed the spot. This campaign went on to lift the brand sales significantly (double digit growth).

    Hydroxycut Gummies Launch. "Live" TV Commercial.

    Proud to say this product was my concept; a first in the category that went on to be one of the top-selling products in the category and the #1 selling weight loss gummy that started the weight loss gummies trend! For this spot we extended the "Live" campaign on the same shoot day and could use the Before and Afters since the key ingredients were the same.

    Xenadrine Ultra Launch. Ronnie from Jersey Shore TV Commercial.

    Arguably one of the cheesiest spots I've done, but the press was significant. We hired Ronnie from Jersey Shore and shot him in one day while also making edits to the script in real time. Later on the cheese factor allowed us to get press from late night talk shows and bloggers that resulted in tens of millions of unpaid impressions.

    Xenadrine Results Launch. "Take if Off" TV Commercial.

    In the many rebrands of Xenadrine the "Take it Off" commercial we tied in a pure hollywood vanity play to get consumers to aspire to the rich and famous. We shot in Malibu hills with our real before and afters. The brand Xenadrine Results gained a top 5 spot in all weight loss sales.

    Bob Harper's Smart Weight Loss Launch. "Lose Weight the Smart Way" TV Commercial.

    As part of the Bob Harper Smart Weight Loss brand launch I also developed this commercial along with a 3 hour DVD series that accompanied the bonus kit. Built everything from the products, packaging, website, print material, involved in the licensing deal, and of course the video shoots. This was actually shot at James Dean's old house in Sherman Oaks.

    SpiderTech Retail Launch. "Drug Free Relief" TV Commercial.

    Shot in the dead heat of summer in Phoenix, this SpiderTech commercial was the main thrust for the brand's multi-million dollar marketing campaign I built for the retail push. 60, 30, and 15 sec pre-rolls were done. The result? Achieved over 40% above Walmart targets.

    Cold MD Launch. "Cold Protection" TV Commercial.

    As part of the entire MD Products launch, ColdMD was the main star. Shot in Toronto, this commercial was done along with Joint MD and Sleep MD. We shot all doctors and talent over 4 days in addition to a print shoot that went into the wee hours of the morning. I made a cameo in the spot too... I'm the bald guy in the elevator.


    The MD Product line went on to be one of the most successful condition-specific supplement launches of all time. Sleep MD in particular achieved the #1 spot in North America for sleep aids. I managed all the brands during that time.

    Accelis Weight Loss Launch. "Banaba Plant" TV Commercial.

    Accelis was great weight loss product that managed... the key ingredient was corosolic acid from the Banaba plant in the Philippines. I thought that was a great story, so incorporated it into the spot. We also put the before and afters onto a treadmill, which was on top of a turntable. Accelis was supported by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign and was in the top 10 of all diet products during that time.

    Behind the Scenes at SlimFast Commercial

    This was shot as a promo video for behind the scenes of the SlimFast commercial then shared across social media and media partner websites. The concept was to give an authentic view of the groundbreaking commercial that enabled additional press. 

    BioTerra Boing Launch. "Boing" 60 Sec Commercial.

    As part of the brand launch for the natural energy supplement a commercial and direct response campaign was developed to help the company reach new distribution and increase sales.

    Hydroxycut Weight Loss Success Story "Jessica". Shot in Miami.

    In addition to shooting TV commercials, when on set the objective was to always maximize efficiencies and get the Before and Afters to share their success story. This was shot moments after Jessica finished her TV shoot.

    Hydroxycut Weight Loss Success Story "Brittany". Shot in Miami.

    In addition to shooting TV commercials, when on set the objective was to always maximize efficiencies and get the Before and Afters to share their success story. This was shot moments after Brittany from Toronto finished her TV shoot.

    Hydroxycut Weight Loss Success Story "Kevin". Shot in Miami.

    In addition to shooting TV commercials, when on set the objective was to always maximize efficiencies and get the Before and Afters to share their success story. This was shot moments after Kevin finished his TV shoot.

    Xenadrine Weight Loss Success Stories Real Shot in Miami

    Immediately after the Xenadrine shoot in Miami we turned the camera and shot the before and afters to use for social media and online video hosted on the xenadrine.com website.

    Xenadrine Weight Loss "Olivia" Success Story. Shot in Malibu.

    Immediately after the Xenadrine shoot in Malibu we turned the camera and shot the before and after Olivia to use for social media and online video hosted on the xenadrine.com website.

    SpiderTech Stories Series. Omar Romney Iraq War Veteran.

    To extend the TV commercial the idea was to have inspirational stories of the lives touched and changed from SpiderTech tape. Omar couldn't walk without knee braces and threw them away after discovering the tape. Here is his story outside of San Diego where we shot this.

    SpiderTech Stories Series. Dotsie Bausch Olympic Silver Medalist.

    Dotsie is a Olympic Silver Medalist, 7x world champ, and 2x pan am champ for cycling and before she discovered SpiderTech her career was almost over. The idea was to let her tell her comeback story beyond the TV commercial. The integrated concept gives the campaign more authenticity.

    SpiderTech Stories Series. Cari McLemmons Physical Trainer.

    As a former pro surfer and now physical therapist, specializing in pediatrics Car shares her story on how SpiderTech helped her. Although she wasn't in the main commercial, her expertise as an athlete and medical professional helped add credibility to new audiences.

  • Books

    Author of The Marketer's Commute "How To" Series.

    Develop Marketing Creative That Sells

    Not all creative is created equal. Harness the power of human psychology and sell.


    SEM vs. SEO

    Demystify the SEM vs. SEO debate and put quick actionable tactics into play.

    Create Your Brand Identity

    Discover your true voice and visual brand identity with this quick and easy how to.

    The Secret to Creating #1 Selling Products

    The secrets to developing and launching the #1 best-selling products in your category revealed.

    Social Media Marketing

    Don't get lost in the hype! Put proven strategies into practice for profit.

    SEO: Discover Free Traffic

    A step-by-step practical guide to get your brand top search engine traffic.

    Develop a Winning Content Strategy

    Build a content marketing strategy that will build your business in this how to.

    SEM: Maximize Your Profit

    Target the right keywords and use bonus tools to drive profit and stay away from the gamblers.


    Discover the proven principles of leadership including "influence" without title.

    You vs You

    Face the imposter in you and realize your dreams.

    Small is the New Big

    Everybody wants to grow, grow, grow. More people, more processes, and slower reactions to market. Discover why small is sometimes better

    Niche vs Mass

    The dream of having a brand in the mass market is enticing, but did you know you can amass a fortune and be number 1 in a niche faster?

    Health & Wealth

    Without your health, wealth is meaningless. Discover fast, easy and proven ways you can achieve better health so you can perform at the peak of your game!

    Affiliate Marketing

    How would you like to only pay for marketing when you sold something? Welcome to the world of pay-for-performance marketing! See how you can use the king of performance marketing - affiliate marketing to grow your business!

    How to Start a Business

    Want to break out of the rat race and build your empire, but don't know where to start? You need this no-nonsense guide to evaluating your business opportunity and creating a profitable business fast!

  • The Marketer's Commute Podcast

    Host of iTunes Podcast and Stitcher Radio Show.

    Podcast - The Marketers Commute

    As host of The Marketer's Commute I share real marketing strategies that work in roughly 30 minute episodes that can help you build your business fast!


    Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes

    Listen on Stitcher Radio


    Marketing Management

    Marketing Strategy

    Branding & Identity


    Media Planning

    New Product Development

  • Testimonials

    What folks are saying...

    Tom Dowd,

    Partner MW/TD Inspired, LLC

    Former CMO GNC

    "Darren led the brand development and marketing for some of our most successful selling brands. This portfolio alone consists of over 100 different products over the years and hundreds of millions in sales. Darren’s ability to work with top scientific minds, combine true scientific innovation with retailer and consumer trends, then bring it to market backed by breakthrough creative is hard to duplicate."

    Bob Emilian

    Director of Marketing, Healthy Natural Systems

    Former Senior Buyer for the Weight Loss Category, GNC

    "When I was buying for GNC Darren led the product innovation and marketing for nearly all the top diet brands in the category. Darren created sophisticated marketing programs that worked and when I needed a new innovation in my category I would turn to Darren because I knew he would deliver. His ability to create new products backed by science, market them, and achieve significant success in the marketplace is unrivalled."

    David Pecker

    Chairman & CEO, AMI


    "With his marketing leadership and advertising expertise he has successfully launched dozens of products into GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Costco, Bodybuilding.com, Vitamin Shoppe, CVS, Rite Aid, and other leading retailers. It would be fair to say that few if any other marketer has successfully created more brands, advertised more, and has a better understanding of the landscape than Darren."


    Samuel Harwit

    President, PUBLICpr

    "I have had the good fortune to work with the largest organizations and brightest minds in the field of health & wellness, yet Darren stands atop the crowd. Few if any marketers have the ability to spot trends, build a strategy, pull a team together, lead them, execute flawlessly and quickly, adapt to a small or large budget, create business models, and sell to clients, retailers, or even celebrities like Darren."

    Jason Reiser

    EVP, CMO Family Dollar

    Former VP Merchandising, Sam's Club & Sr. Category Director, Wellness at Walmart

    "There are few if any marketers who have ultimately controlled the market in the weight loss and even sports nutrition categories as Darren has through scientifically backed innovation, strong merchandising programs, and comprehensive marketing programs. His ability to grow multiple #1 brands and continuously produce new advertising collateral that works is extremely rare."

    Dotsie Bausch

    U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist - London Olympic Games 2012

    Former World Record Holder

    7x U.S. National Champion

    Motivational Speaker and TV Cycling Analyst for NBCSN & Universal Sports Network


    "Darren’s strong coaching ability and incredible challenging style kept me on my toes and always pushed me to think outside of the box. He has a unique ability to lead and encourage, while being positive with a firm and effective approach. I learned more from Darren than anyone I have ever worked for in the past or present."



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