Morgan Spurlock | Academy Award-Nominated Director of Super Size Me & Host, CNN’s Inside Man
Best known for his critically-acclaimed hit documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock is a prolific, Oscar and Emmy-nominated film and television documentarian and campus speaker. He is the former host and creator of the popular reality program on FX, 30 Days. He hosted Current TV’s 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die and produced the online series Failure Club, which followed seven people as they try to achieve their dreams. In April 2012, Spurlock’s released the documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, which follows a group of attendees around the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, chronicling the madness of one of the largest events of the year. A month later, his doc Mansome hit theaters, which features an all-star cast of commentators including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis who hilariously opine on the grooming habits of the 21st century man.
Ann Handley | Bestselling Author of Everybody Writes & Chief Content Officer, Marketing Profs
Ann Handley is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the world’s first Chief Content Officer. Ann speaks and writes about how you can rethink the way your business markets. Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in Social Media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers, Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education company with the largest community of marketers in its category. She is a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program , and the co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing, Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (Wiley, originally published 2011. Paperback 2012.) The book has been translated into nine languages, including Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese. Her most recent book, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content (Wiley, 2014) is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Al Madrigal | Comedian & Actor
A correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2011, Al Madrigal has been named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and his material dubbed “dynamic” by The New York Times. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents Special and appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show and Pretend Time with Nick Swardson. Al has also appeared with Conan O’Brien (as one of the first 20 guests during his stint as host of The Tonight Show, and on Conan on TBS) as well as multiple appearances on Lopez Tonight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Chris Sanders | Industry Manager, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Chris Sanders brings nearly two decades of digital and technology, sales and marketing experience from companies he served including Facebook, AOL, About.com, Philips, SONY, SpinMedia, Talenthouse and most recently, prior to Facebook, programmatic TV buying shop, Simulmedia. He currently manages a portfolio of Tech/Telco accounts for Facebook generating over $100M in annual sales. Well-known as a expert in the highly competitive and nuanced field of experiential and branded digital advertising, Chris has delivered many ground-breaking programs for brands like Bing, T-Mobile, KIA, Toyota, Universal Pictures and Sonos.
Rand Fishkin | Wizard of Moz
Rand Fishkin uses the ludicrous title, Wizard of Moz. He co-authored/co-founded the Art of SEO, Inbound.org, and Moz (he clearly likes doing stuff with other people). Rand’s an addict of all things content, search, & social on the web, from his multiple blogs to Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and FourSquare. In his minuscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, Geraldine, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.
The Original Wailers feat. Al Anderson
Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson has united with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Bob’s music with The Original Wailers. Al Anderson (guitar) first joined Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1973, going on to play with Bob until his untimely death in 1981. Al was an integral part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound, forever imprinting his guitar solos and production skills on the catalog that has sold more than 75 million records and touched so many around the world.
LaShawn Merritt | Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Track & Field
Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt has been setting the standard for world class track competition for more than a decade. He thrilled the world’s audience anchoring the men’s 4x400m team to Olympic gold this summer at the Rio Games, and brought home a bronze medal in the 400m. Seven years after winning Olympic gold in the 400m in Beijing, Merritt ran a personal record in the event at the 2015 World Championships with a time of 43.65. Merritt won the 400m Diamond League title in 2016, earning automatic qualification to next summer’s World Championships.
Justine Jordan | VP of Marketing, Litmus
After mastering table-based HTML in college, Justine fell in love with the unruly art of email design, helping some of the world’s biggest brands build and manage their email campaigns. Justine is currently VP of Marketing at Litmus, where she and her team are obsessed with helping marketers create, test, and send better email. Named “Email Marketing Thought Leader of the Year” by the Direct Marketing Association in 2015, Justine is also informally known as “Judge Jordan” for her candid, relatable, and actionable advice. She’s strangely passionate about this email marketing thing, hates being called a spammer, and still gets nervous when it’s time to hit the send button.
Neal Patel | Head of Human/Social Dynamics, Google
Neal H. Patel is Head of Human/Social Dynamics at Google. He leads a team of software engineers and data scientists charting the terrain of human emotion: how, why, and what we feel. He was a founder & Technical Project Lead with Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP), developing three hardware and software R&D efforts advancing scientific and business application of emotional processing. He has authored many research projects including Project Oxygen—a Wiley Award-winning study quantifying the impact of effective management—featured in The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. Neal is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Computational Sociology at the University of Chicago.
Hassan Ali | Creative Marketing Director, Onion, Inc.
As Creative Marketing Director of Onion, Inc., Hassan S. Ali likes overusing the buzzword “branded content.” Hassan has created branded content for brands like Intel, Allegra, and Progressive Insurance, all in The Onion’s satirical voice. His mission is to create advertising (“branded content,” if you will) that people actually enjoy interacting with, which is a win-win-win for brands, publishers, and audiences alike. Beyond branded content, Hassan is also an active video maker on Vine and Youtube. His videos have garnered over 15 million views. He also tinkers with emerging tech like bots, VR, and wearables.
Naike Romain | Product Marketing Specialist, Wistia
Naike heads up product marketing at Wistia and frequently contributes to the Wistia blog. After attending Simmons College, she jumped into Boston’s tech scene and has enjoyed working for companies that help businesses grow. In her down time, she searches for her next elaborate brunch and sips craft cocktails.
Mathew Sweezey | Author, Principal of Marketing Insights, Salesforce
Mathew is Principal of Marketing Insights for Salesforce.com, and regarded as one of the top minds on the future of Marketing. A consummate researcher and thinker, Mathew’s work is often cited leading publications such as Mashable, VentureBeat, PCWorld, CMO.com, Information Week, Forbes, and Huffington Post, and numerous others. Mathew also is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world including Content Marketing World, Dreamforce, Argyle CMO Summit, Connections, IMW, DX3, and routinely works with the worlds largest and most well respected brands including: UPS, HomeDepot, NASCAR, Verizon, and Dell.
Steve Guberman | Director Of Search Marketing, GolfNow, a subsidiary of Golf Channel/NBC Sports/NBC Universal/Comcast
Steve is the Director of Search at GolfNow.com. His role involves overseeing and developing an amazing team of PPC Managers, SEO Managers, and Affiliate Marketing. Steve has appeared on numerous SEO/SEM podcasts such as Marketing Nerds and WebCertain.tv. Most recently Steve was a team member for SEO on the NBC Olympics website. Steve’s primary focus is corporate enterprise level SEO/SEM/SMM/ASO strategies as it pertains to GolfNow, and other affiliated Golf Channel/NBC Sports Group properties. Steve has been employed in the search marketing realm for the last 12 years for multiple Fortune 500 publicly traded companies.
David Shing | Digital Prophet, AOL
David Shing is AOL’s Digital Prophet. He spends most of his time watching the future take shape across the vast online landscape. The rest he spends talking to people about where things are headed, and how we can get the most out of it. Shing has spent most of his adult life in the digital world, working for creative companies both large and small. He served as AOL’s European Head of Media and Marketing before taking on his current mantle. Engaging, witty and refreshingly candid, Shing provides both historical perspective and current context as he lays out his vision of the brave, new world of marketing to come – one he believes will belong to those willing to embrace change and take risks now, and that he dearly hopes will suck a great deal less than it does at the moment. The opportunities are incredible. The rewards are real. And Shing’s here to show you the way. That, afterall, is what prophets do.
Cristal Brawley | Senior Content Strategist, Wells Fargo
A content strategist since the age of 12, Cristal Brawley has spent the last four decades advocating for healthy grammar and nutritious communication. From her fiction-writing childhood to her award-winning career in journalism and digital user-centered design, she stands strong in her belief that useful, relevant content is a virtue. She now works as a senior content strategist at Wells Fargo, where she specializes in digital content strategy for the company’s public website, as well as personalization, gamification, and the value of using personas in design-thinking methodology.
Brandon Grabowski | Director, Advanced Analytics, Data Strategy, Viacom
Brandon Grabowski is Director of Advanced Analytics, Data Strategy at Viacom. In this role, he brings data tools to Viacom’s Branded Content teams. Walking the tightrope between data and creative, Grabowski works to optimize selection algorithms that inform creative development. Grabowski’s team provides a “creative map” for campaign RFPs that show how different creative decisions will impact predicted campaign performance.
Michael Perman | Former Dean of Innovation, Gap
Michael Perman help teams envision a future of prosperity. He is the founder of C’EST WHAT?, the Mindful Innovation firm based in San Francisco. Recently, Michael was “Dean” of Innovation for Gap, Inc. – leading innovation and creativity across all their brands, leveraging the talent of 30 innovation leaders and 2000 innovation catalysts. Michael has gathered insights from hundreds of ethnography sessions, providing creative fodder for dozens of innovation initiatives. He’s led brand strategy, design-thinking, insights and innovation projects for Levi’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Starbucks, General Mills, Google, and several food brands. Michael believes innovation is the “ability to perceive alternative realities and the courage to act upon those visions”.
Laura Wilson | Director of Digital Engagement & Social Media, Georgetown University
Laura Wilson is the Director of Digital Engagement & Social Media at Georgetown University, one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions located in Washington, DC. She has a track record for creating or improving successful social media programs for global brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, ICF International and Cvent. At Georgetown Laura sets the university’s social media strategy including leading an award-winning first-person video documentary series “Georgetown Stories” which shares the lives of 11 undergraduate students. Laura also volunteers her time consulting on social media strategy for several non-profits in the DC area.
Jeff Pundyk | Senior VP, Global Integrated Content Solutions, The Economist
Jeff Pundyk is Senior Vice President, Global Integrated Content Solutions, at The Economist Group. In his role there, he leads a team that includes journalists, researchers, editors, analysts, social media managers and creatives who produce and distribute thought leadership based on their proprietary research. Prior to joining The Economist Group, Jeff spent 10 years at McKinsey & Co., where he was publisher of The McKinsey Quarterly. Jeff started his career writing obituaries at a daily newspaper in New Jersey. After years as a reporter and editor there, he segued to B2B tech publishing, where he was the founding editor of TechWeb in the early ‘90s. In addition to his work with The Economist Group, Jeff is a regular columnist for CMO.com, where he writes about Digital Disruption.
Chris Moody | Content Marketing Leader, GE Digital
Chris Moody is a Content Marketing Leader at GE Digital where they’re bringing the Industrial Internet to life by connecting minds and machines. Chris brings years of digital marketing experience from Oracle, Compendium, and Red Hat to a team of subject matter experts to help the world’s leading companies through digital transformation.
Viveka von Rosen | CEO, Linked Into Business
Viveka von Rosen is the author of “LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day”, contributing “expert” to LinkedIn’s official “Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide” and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”. She is the CEO of Linked Into Business and co-founder of LinkedProspecting. Viveka has 32,000+ followers on LinkedIn and a network of over 42million people on LinkedIn, and 86,000+ followers on Twitter. She has personally worked with executives at The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, Starwood Resorts, Oracle, Adaptive Insights, AON, Western Union and several other Fortune 500 Companies. Both LinkedIn Corp. and Forbes have listed her as a top social media influencer, and she has been cited in Forbes, Money Magazine, Simple Living, Ragan, CNN, Mashable, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner.
Hally Pinaud | Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Marketo
Hally Pinaud is a technology marketing leader based in San Francisco, CA. As Senior Product Marketing Manager at Marketo, she is focused on the company’s Enterprise go-to-market strategy and leads Emerging Enterprise initiatives. Prior to Marketo, she held marketing positions at several Boston-area technology organizations. Hally holds an MBA in Brand & Product Management from Boston College.
Mike McLaughlin | SVP & General Manager of Domains, GoDaddy
Leading the domain names team, Mike oversees product, marketing, sales, and support, helping GoDaddy customers define their online identities. He is a consumer Internet executive and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of general management experience, including expertise in ecommerce and online marketplaces.
Dixon Jones | Marketing Director, Majestic
Dixon Jones became the Marketing Director of the world’s largest link analysis engine, Majestic, in 2009, transforming the SE industry by providing link intelligence on a scale not previously open to the industry. He has worked at the forefront of search marketing since 1999, since he set up the UK based search marketing consultancy, Receptional. During that time, Dixon has been a consistent presenter on the search conference circuit all over the world and has helped clients in all sectors – including national papers and international search engines themselves to understand their own search strategy. His consulting clients come from a wide variety of difficult sectors, from travel to gambling.
Austin Knight | Lead UX Designer, Hubspot
Austin Knight is a UX Designer, speaker, and author at HubSpot in Boston, MA. He currently oversees the UX for HubSpot.com, INBOUND.com, the HubSpot Blog, and a range of additional front-end web properties and tools, which are used by more than 4 million visitors per month. Upon joining the company, he introduced Lean UX to the internal design team, setting the foundation and framework for UX across all of HubSpot’s web properties. Previously, he’s worked with teams large and small, in organizations ranging from startups to public tech companies. He also serves as a UX and IxD mentor at DesignLab and General Assembly.
Jodi Wearn | Sr. Product Marketing Manager, IBM Marketing Cloud
As Product Marketing Director, Jodi leads marketing strategy and operations for IBM Silverpop’s North American sales team. Jodi has more than 20 years of experience in the software and services industries with expertise in product management, product marketing and marketing communications. Prior to joining IBM Silverpop, Jodi has served in marketing and product management roles at Ariba, Hewlett-Packard and Ceridian.
Gary Milner | Director Global Digital Marketing, Lenovo
Gary Milner is currently driving digital marketing strategy at Lenovo, with a key focus on optimizing and improving the execution of digital media buying globally. He is an experienced all-around digital executive with over seven years of digital experience, including set-up of the Lenovo ecommerce marketing capabilities, and, more recently, digital brand marketing activities. Activities have spanned from branding to ecommerce: digital media buy platforms (RTB for video and social)), SEO, SEM, affiliate marketing, TV buying digitally (Google TV ads), display advertising, and measurement systems on both the media and site sides. Milner is an experienced conference speaker and panelist, spanning iMedia, OMMA, CMO, and keynoted multiple RTB-based conferences last year.
Jeff Smith | Senior Manager – User Experience, Bandwidth
Dr. Jeff Smith is a human factors psychologist who leads the User Experience and Developer Experience team at Bandwidth. Jeff’s favorite research question is, “What do you want to accomplish?” (not “what do you want?”) and he enjoys solving urgent, critical problems with design. Jeff loves dogs and reminds you to #adoptdontshop when looking for your new best friend.
Kelvin Kwong | Director of Product, Health – Head of Behavior Change, Jawbone
Kelvin leads Jawbone‘s efforts on behavior change. He brings learnings from behavioral science to build experiences to help the UP community lead healthier lives. Kelvin was previously at Amazon, was an investor, and was a professional magician. Engineer by training, Kelvin attended the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.
Kelsey Carroll | Global Digital Marketing Manager, HP Enterprise
Kelsey Carroll leads branded content for Hewlett Packard Enterprise on social media. Prior to her current role, she ran PR for an independent film studio in Austin, TX and then got her start in communications with W2O Group. When she’s not reviewing ad copy and creative, she can be found eating Mexican food and seeking out the perfect karaoke song.
Len Shneyder | VP of Industry Relations, SendGrid
As the VP of Industry Relations at SendGrid, Len serves as an evangelist, proponent of best practice, drives thought leadership and data-driven insights on industry trends based on the massive volume of email SendGrid delivers on behalf of their customers. Len is a long time member of M3AAWG (the Messaging, Malware, Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group) and serves on its board in addition to Co-Chairing the Program Committee charged with organizing yearly meetings. Most recently Len was the VP of Industry relations at SparkPost.
Andrew Dumont | VP Marketing, Bitly
Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist and advisor to a range of early-stage startups. Currently, Andrew works as Vice President of Marketing at Bitly, who processes and provides intelligence on more than 800 million links per month. Forbes named Andrew one of 30 innovators under the age of 30 in marketing, the United Nations appointed him an entrepreneurial delegate, and he’s spoken around the globe on all topics digital. A proud Seattle native, Andrew currently lives in New York City with his beloved espresso machine and Nirvana albums.
Matthew Capala | Founder & Managing Director, Alphametic, Author
Matthew Capala is the Founder and Managing Director at Alphametic, a boutique SEO agency, Internet entrepreneur, speaker, publisher of Search Decoder, Adj Professor at NYU, and author of award-winning international bestseller “SEO Like I’m 5.” He writes on the The Next Web, Entrepreneur and Medium. His work and ideas have been featured on Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Mashable, Problogger, and Inc. At Alphametic, Matthew helps businesses increase their online visibility through data-driven solutions that yield higher ROI. With SEO and analytics at the core, he’s built an industry-leading international consultancy and training practice. The client list includes L’Oreal, Novartis, Quest Diagnostics, Shopkeep, Makeup.com, and Hoval. He’s been invited to deliver his signature SEO workshops to some of the world’s largest brands in destinations ranging from a luxury retreat in Trinidad to a corporate summit in the Swiss Alps. Matthew enjoys surfing, reading historical fiction, and travel.
Michael Barber | Founder, barber&hewitt
Michael Barber is the founder of barber&hewitt, a consultancy dedicated to helping brands blend creative and data to tell better stories, execute exceptional strategy, and develop better teams and products, all the while leaving a legacy the organization’s namesake would be proud of. For over a decade, his teams have consulted with a broad range of clients including Kroger, Kraft Foods, Right Guard, Purex, UBISOFT, Fremantle Media, Swingline, and Henkel. This work has been awarded numerous industry accolades, but more importantly has driven successes including the most effective and cost-efficient campaign in the history of a company, a 160x return on ad spend, and 10 million earned media impressions within the first month of a new product launch. When he isn’t tinkering at barber&hewitt, you’ll find him teaching at various universities and honing his unhealthy obsessions with donuts, planes, the Arizona Wildcats, and his two Westies.
Janet Driscoll Miller | President & CEO, Marketing Mojo
Janet Driscoll Miller is the President and CEO of digital marketing firm Marketing Mojo. She has over twenty years of marketing experience and over 15 years of experience specializing in search engine marketing. Janet has spoken at search engine and marketing conferences including MarketingProfs B2B, SMX Advanced, Search Engine Strategies and Pubcon, has published articles in B2B Magazine, Visibility Magazine and others, and contributes to several blogs, including Marketing Mojo’s blog and Search Engine Land’s All Things SEO column. Janet is also a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities including the University of Virginia, James Madison University and Penn State and was recently a speaker at TEDx Charlottesville.
JP Kuehlwein | Managing Director Global Strategy and Innovation – Premium Brands, Procter & Gamble
JP Kuehlwein is a global brand- and business builder, marketing consultant, author and educator. He has a 20+ year track record of creating or re-positioning brands that then win in the market and have generated cumulative, sales growth of well over half a billion dollars annually. JP’s diverse experience includes introducing disposable diapers and Pampers to India and South-East Asia, leading the global communication strategy for the world’s leading detergent, guiding the portfolio strategy for the world’s largest advertiser and managing one of the most prestigious name in hair care and salon services in the world. Before co-founding the brand consultancy ‘Ueber-Brands’ in 2016, JP was Executive Vice President of Frédéric Fekkai and Managing Director of Global Strategy & Innovation, Premium Products at Procter & Gamble. JP is also an External Director of Smith & Norbu, a Hong Kong-based maker of luxury optical frames and accessories.
Michael King | Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant, iPullRank
One of the hardest working, and most unapologetically bold, technical marketer’s in the game, Mike King is single-handedly changing the job description of marketers today as a groundbreaking force in the Digital Marketing world. An artist and a technologist, all rolled into one, King recently founded boutique digital marketing agency, iPullRank in order to allow his creative approach free reign. Self-taught, self-possessed, and famously self-assured, Mike’s potent levels of moxie drives the increasingly multifaceted modes he can operate in to deliver on a cross-discipline strategy.
Cliff Corr | Director of Client Success, Emma
Cliff Corr is the Director of Client Success at Emma. He is responsible for leading program development for Emma’s VIP client base, while working closely with Customer and Product teams to ensure a quality Emma experience. Cliff has 10+ years of marketing and client management experience, having worked as the Director of Client Marketing for Rockhouse Partners and VP of Strategic Services for Spendsetter. Outside of work, Cliff takes way too many instagram photos of his dog Henry Wiggles.
Arnie Kuenn | CEO, Vertical Measures
Arnie Kuenn is the CEO of Vertical Measures, a content marketing agency with an SEO foundation, focused on helping their clients get more traffic, more leads, and more business. Arnie has held executive positions in the world of new technologies and marketing for more than 25 years. He is a frequent speaker and author of Content Marketing Works. In 2014, Arnie was honored as the Interactive Person of the Year in Arizona.
Susan Wenograd | Partner and SEM Manager, FiveMill
Susan Wenograd is a Partner and SEM Manager at FiveMill, a boutique agency made up of experienced SEM professionals that focuses 100% on pay-per-click advertising (PPC). She is responsible for the managing and optimization of client’s media buys across multiple platforms in order to deliver the best ROI possible. Previous to her current role, she spent over 10 years both client-side and agency-side, in roles that spanned media management and team management for brands such as General Motors, CircuitCity.com and many others. Her initial roles in digital were in the copywriting and email marketing space, giving her unique perspective on the overall digital marketing life cycle, and the role of paid media within it.
McLean Donnelly | Director of User Experience, Shutterstock
As an award-winning UX leader with an MBA, McLean has a proven track record of building products that delight users and exceed business goals. Currently, McLean is the Director of User Experience for Shutterstock, leading teams of designers building experiences for the world’s largest creative marketplace. Previously, McLean worked for the Expedia, a Presidential contender, as well as extensive startup experience. He earned an M.B.A. from the Opus School of Business, a B.A. from Gettysburg College, and completed a public policy study with Rhodes University. McLean has also sat on numerous boards, including The Lead Project in addition to business and community organizations.
Antonio Casanova | VP of Search, Starcom MediaVest Group
Antonio Casanova heads up the Search Engine Optimization practice at Starcom. He has leveraged his deep understanding of search engine marketing, user experience, data analytics, and technology to help a diverse array of Fortune 500 companies improve their online performance. His experience developing SEO offerings at top design and media agencies gives him a unique perspective on the integration of UX, content, media, and SEO. Antonio has extensive experience architecting and implementing content optimization and link building SEO programs. He has also helped clients build custom data analysis frameworks that clearly articulate online performance and provide insights used to refine our clients’ strategies. In his free time, he runs a successful Meetup group on the topic of search marketing with over 400 members.
Megan Tom | UX Specialist, Universal Mind
Megan Tom is a UX Specialist at Universal Mind. This means that she spends her days defining requirements, conducting user research, and building prototypes, all from the comfort of our Dallas office. In a nutshell, she’s a user advocate, looking out for what your users want and need. Prior to joining the UM crew, Megan designed for many different audiences, from music publishing apps for songwriters to enterprise analytics tools and internal troubleshooting systems. Most recently she was at a private equity firm where she did UX for over a dozen portfolio companies. We simply call her the jack of all design trades.
Steven Barnard | Director of Commercial Marketing, Lenovo
As Director of Commercial Marketing at Lenovo, a $46B Global technology company, Steve leads a 16-person team and is responsible for developing the overall marketing strategy and integrated marketing plan for its North American Enterprise, Public Sector, Health, and Channel businesses. Steve’s team develops inbound, outbound, and field marketing lead generation programs and creates enablement for Lenovo’s sales teams and business partners to best drive business.
Patrick Vlaskovits | Principal, Full Stack Marketer & Bestselling Author
Please forgive Patrick Vlaskovits for helping to inflict upon the marketing world “growth hacking”, one of the most overused & cliché buzzwords to date. Patrick (@Pv) is NYT bestselling author of Hustle, and Principal at http://FullStackMarketer.com, a digital agency that hacks and stacks content, digital marketing and storytelling to deliver sustained growth for its clients.
Carlos Gil | Head of Global Social Media, BMC Software
Carlos Gil is the Global Head of Social Media for BMC Software. Previously, he served as Senior Social Marketing Manager for LinkedIn. His proven track record includes leading consumer-facing digital and social media programs as Social Media Manager for Winn-Dixie, where he developed strategy and led the launch of all Winn-Dixie’s social channels, social listenings, and blogger influencer program. In addition, Carlos served as the Head of Digital Marketing for Save-A-Lot food stories. A true digital native, Carlos maintains an active presence on Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube in addition to speaking at industry conferences.
Dave Fryer | Product Advocate, Domo
Dave Fryer has been with Domo for the past year. Prior to Domo, Dave worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Startupbootcamp Mobile in Copenhagen. Here he helped early stage companies turn their customer and marketing data into early adopters. He has a BS in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University.
Mackenzie Fogelson | Founder & CEO, Genuinely
Mackenzie Fogelson – “Mack” to those in the know – is a writer, speaker, and the Founder and CEO of Genuinely, a digital strategy company. Mack has been a featured speaker at top search engine marketing conferences such as MozCon and SearchLove. She helps companies build meaningful brands that care as much about their customers and employees as they do about their profits. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Jon, and is rapidly funding her kids’ college education with a 25-cents-per-swear jar.
John Thies | CEO and Co-Founder, Email on Acid
John Thies is the CEO and Co-Founder of Email on Acid, a service that gives email marketers a preview of how their emails are displayed in the most popular email clients and mobile devices. He resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and son. His career passion is helping marketers send perfect emails. When he isn’t working he’s either on the golf course or snowboarding in the fresh Colorado powder.
Nick Hoppe | VP Strategic Marketing, Movement Strategy
As VP of Strategic Marketing at Movement Strategy Nick is responsible for highlighting opportunities for the agency to successfully collaborate with brands. Whether it’s through social listening, influencer activations, leveraging our content studio or any number of strengths our agency provides, Nick assesses the current landscape of social to find the right strategic partnership opportunities to help his clients best achieve their digital marketing initiatives.
Bonnie Malone | Senior Director, Consulting & Knowledge, Return Path
Bonnie leads the Consulting, Client Training, and Knowledge & Editorial organization of Return Path. With the goal of helping clients achieve optimal results from the email channel, her teams manage the curation of Return Path’s knowledge assets and application of email intelligence through client education and Professional Services.
Jason Dove | Senior VP of Sales, SocialCentiv
Recognized as a visionary leader in the business community, Jason has been educating and inspiring entrepreneurs for more than two decades. Jason has worked in many innovative and interdisciplinary environments throughout his career helping brands explore modern ways to communicate. His passion for business success stems from his personal experience launching and reinvigorating numerous print and digital products within the media industry. Jason has also contributed to the success for several locally owned businesses in the DFW area. He is currently responsible for the growth strategy of SocialCentiv through direct sales, channel partners, consulting and professional services.
Colman Murphy | VP of Digital and Customer Marketing, Xerox
Mr. Murphy leads the global digital customer marketing function for Xerox’ multi-billion dollar Document Outsourcing (DO) business, driving integrated engagement with enterprise customers across social, web, PR, advertising and outbound marketing. Mr. Murphy brings over 20 years of experience to this role, having previously led integrated marketing functions for organizations ranging from start up to F500s including Canon USA, Visioneer, Accellion, Content Circles and others.
Michael Salamon | Director of Experience & Principal, Lousy
Michael Salamon is an industry recognized thought leader in User Experience and Design. With more than 20 years experience, Michael’s work spans print, application, web, mobile, motion, illustration and animation. With an extensive history in the printing industry, Michael made the move to the web early via engagements with military contractors and helped define interaction methods still used today. Michael is currently the Director of Experience and Principal at Lousy.
Tiffany Starnes | Founder, Starnes Solutions
Tiffany Starnes forecasts online marketing trends and builds the systems, process and protocols to integrate innovative new solutions into digital marketing strategies. Tiffany founded Starnes Solutions to help business owners and C-level executives identify and solve complex marketing problems… without getting distracted or overwhelmed. Whether just starting a new company, shifting from traditional to digital advertising or restructuring an existing business, she will find a solution with a keen focus on actionable goals and results.
Ashley Crowder | CEO and Co-Founder, VNTANA
Ashley is a driven visionary who leverages her engineering background to guide VNTANA’s overall direction and technology development. She co-founded VNTANA with the goal of allowing people to be in multiple places at the same time and has since created the first scalable and interactive hologram system. She has a BS and MS in Engineering from USC, and previously worked at Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman and BP.
Brendan Walsh | Co-Founder & Principal, Mole Street
Brendan Walsh’s passion lies in where the digital meets the live experience. For over a decade he’s managed strategic marketing initiatives on the client and agency side. As principal and co-founder of Mole Street, Brendan has directed experiential campaigns for lifestyle brands such as UGG to non-profits like The Barnes Foundation. A Temple University alumni, Brendan is passionate about building brands and helping the City of Philadelphia move forward.
Andrea Vahl | Social Media Consultant, Strategist, AndreaVahl.com
Andrea Vahl is a Social Media Consultant and Speaker who is passionate about helping businesses understand and leverage the power of social media to actually grow their business. Andrea is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and was the Community Manager for Social Media Examiner, for over 2 years. She also uses her Improv comedy skills to blog as a slightly cranky character, Grandma Mary – Social Media Edutainer on her website. Andrea is an international speaker and has presented at Social Media Marketing World and New Media Expo as well as many corporate events. She was named 50 Favorite Online Influencers of 2014 on Entrepreneur.com, 21 Best Blogs That Will Help You Grow Your Business on Inc.com in 2016, and Top 30 Women in Social Media by Boom Social. Learn more about Andrea’s books, resources, and get her Quick Start Guide to Social Media for Business on her website, www.AndreaVahl.com.
Matt McGowan | President, Adestra
Matt has been in digital marketing for over 20 years, working alongside many of the world’s leading brands, agencies, and technology pioneers. Matt is currently President at Adestra, where he oversees the global business. Prior to Adestra, Matt was head of strategy at Google, looking after the America’s Advertising Agency business. Before that, Matt served as Managing Director at Incisive Media, a global media company.
Charles Marshall | Partner, Brooks Pierce
Charles Marshall, a partner in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce, has a diverse practice involving digital media, data privacy issues, government relations, and complex business litigation. He is a frequent speaker on digital marketing, privacy and technology. Charles is also an accomplished musician, fronting the Raleigh-based band The Balsa Gliders.
Thomas Varnum | Partner, Brooks Pierce
Thomas Varnum, a partner in the Wilmington office of Brooks Pierce, represents businesses in a wide range of digital marketing, entertainment, intellectual property and litigation matters. Thomas is also an avid supporter of the film and television industries in the Wilmington area. He chairs the Board of Trustees for the Cucalorus Film Foundation, the producer of the annual Cucalorus Film Festival.
David Smyth | Partner, Brooks Pierce
David Smyth, a partner in Brooks Pierce’s Raleigh office, focuses his practice on data security, securities law and government investigations. David is a widely read author and presenter on issues related to privacy, corporate compliance, and securities regulation. He frequently shares his legal insight on two Brooks Pierce blogs: Digital Media and Data Privacy, and Cady Bar the Door.
Megan Berry | Head of Product, Octane AI
Megan Berry is head of Product at Octane AI, a platform that lets you easily create a chatbot for your business. Previously she was VP Product at RebelMouse, where she helped brands and startups drive organic growth from their content. She also ran a consulting company focused on helping early stage startups achieve momentum through community and social product. Before that, she led community and marketing at social influence startup Klout, after joining as their fourth employee. Megan graduated from Stanford Phi Beta Kappa.
Andy Didyk | VP Account Services, Ntara
VP of Account Services at Ntara, Andy Didyk is responsible for the overall business development and digital strategy for Ntara’s clients. Andy lives at the intersection of business strategy, technical integration, and digital innovation. He functions as a Subject Matter Expert in eCommerce (B2B and B2C), and digital strategy for leading Fortune 500 branded manufacturers, technology companies, healthcare, retail, and more.
Jordan Koene | Chief Evangelist, Searchmetrics
Jordan Koene is Chief Evangelist for Searchmetrics, a SEO, social and content intelligent platform. He leads the growth of the Professional Services group which provides customers ongoing and custom solutions for using Searchmetrics data. Previously, Jordan was the Head of SEO and Content Development at eBay. In this role, he lead development of millions of content improvements for the organization. Along with advancing eBay’s content, Jordan produced numerous well-covered viral stories using eBay data. Jordan has grown and managed different Internet marketing teams and has a strong background in SEO and social media.
Geoff Ables | Managing Partner, C5 Insight
Geoff Ables is a Managing Partner at C5 Insight. His insights into customer and employee engagement can be found in: BusinessWeek, NPR, USA Today, and The New Zealand Direct Marketing Journal. He has authored two books and numerous articles on the topic.
Matthew Royse | Content Marketing and Social Media Strategist, Forsythe Technology
Matthew Royse is a digital marketing strategist, overseeing all content marketing and social media initiatives for Forsythe Technology – a leading enterprise IT company in North America. Prior to Forsythe, he served as a publicist at the National Geographic Channel. He teaches social media and marketing classes at Duke University.
Jeff Greer | Associate Director of Content Strategy, MRM//McCann
Jeff’s expertise includes content strategy with an emphasis on plain language and customer experience. He recently moved to MRM//McCann, where he leads the content strategy work for General Motors Digital Owner Services. He’s also on the board of directors of The Center for Plain Language (www.centerforplainlanguage.org), a nonprofit organization that helps organizations create better content. Before that, he led Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s digital content strategy from the launch of the Affordable Care Act through 2016. He’s also held positions in Digital and Internal Communications at The Walt Disney Company, Kellogg Company and Visteon Corporation. Jeff earned his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. He also holds an M.F.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. with his wife and two kids.
Amy Lavin | Director of the Digital Innovation in Marketing Program, Temple University
Amy A. Lavin first joined the Fox School in 2012, as an adjunct professor of Management Information Systems. In 2015, she joined the school as Director of the Digital Innovation in Marketing Program and assistant professor of practice. Prior to joining the Fox School, she served as a technical training manager for Temple University, coordinating the implementation of Salesforce.com, as well as managed and delivered the training program for the Concur Expense Management System. Additionally, Amy has worked as a technical team manager and senior functional consultant with SunGard Higher Education, and as a software licensing manager at Temple.
Eric Boam | Senior UX Designer, Under Armour
Eric is designer and data enthusiast. Currently he leads the design of Under Armour‘s connected fitness devices. Prior, he was a designer at frog design. He also has a series of personal projects using data collected about his life. His work and writing has been featured on wired.com, fast company, The Guardian, and design mind.
Yuri Sagalov | Co-founder and CEO, Amium
Yuri Sagalov is Chief Executive Officer of AeroFS, a collaboration tool company, which he co-founded in 2010. He earned a BASc, Engineering Science-Computer Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. He also serves as a part-time partner of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley startup fund and incubator.
Janelle Johnson | Senior Director of Global Segments Marketing, Act-On
Janelle Johnson is Act-On‘s Senior Director of Global Segments Marketing, and is responsible for everything from email marketing and webinars to content creation and customer nurturing. She has helped develop key customer segments and communications, and continues to keep the sales, customer success, and marketing teams closely aligned.
Major Highfield | Director of Mobile Product – iOS, Capital One
Major Highfield lead’s Capital One‘s award-winning iOS apps, where he gets to build talented mobile teams, who build even more amazing mobile products. With nearly a decade in product management, Major specializes in turning dev teams into product development teams, delivering common sense customer experiences, as well as shipping, iterating and repeating. Prior to Capital One, Major oversaw mobile and web teams at ING DIRECT and Gannett, and received his master’s in New Media from Syracuse University. Major currently resides in the D.C. Metro area with his wife Patti; in his spare time, he enjoys sampling a healthy mix of strong coffee, stronger bourbon, and full-bodied wine.
Jered Schneider | Executive Market Director, SnapShot Interactive
Jered Schneider is the Executive Market Director at SnapShot Interactive. Prior to joining SnapShot, Jered started and grew Pounds Media into a full service video production company that helped the likes of GE, Emerson, Caterpillar, and the St. Louis Cardinals tell their stories. Jered lives in St. Louis with his wife Jordan and his maltipoo Ruthie.
Jon-Mikel Bailey | Principal, Wood Street
Jon-Mikel Bailey worked in sales, marketing, and business development for technology and marketing firms before co-founding Wood Street in 2002. He gives seminars on digital marketing, social media, branding, design, and development to chambers of commerce, trade associations, and colleges.
Cara Rousseau | Manager of Digital and Social Media Strategy, Duke University
Cara joined Duke University in 2011 after serving as director of partnership initiatives for the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, where she focused on marketing, strategic initiatives, social media efforts and partnership relations. She worked previously at the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. She holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Philip Jones | Social Media Community Leader, UNC-Chapel Hill
Philip loves nothing more than to tell a good story. For almost seven years he did his storytelling on television as a news reporter and anchor. Now, he tells the stories of his alma mater through UNC-Chapel Hill’s social media channels. Philip joined Carolina’s social media team at the start of 2015 after almost two years in the same role at Elon University. In addition to content creation, he manages social media ambassador programs that engage UNC students and alumni.
Jackson Steger | Social Media Editor, Duke University
Jackson Steger is a junior at Duke University, where he is majoring in public policy and pursuing certificates in videography and journalism. In partnership with Duke’s Office of News and Communications, he created the @DukeStudents Snap account in the spring of 2015 and has grown the channel to over 200,000+ weekly views. In addition to his work with social media marketing, Jackson has also produced a number of viral videos that have been featured on ESPN, ABC, Bleacher Report, and other outlets as part of his role as sports director for Duke Student Broadcasting.
Nick Cebollero | Marketing Assistant, Carolina Union, UNC-Chapel Hill
Better known simply as “Cebs,” Nick Cebollero is a senior Communication Studies major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Cebs is a member of the Communications & Creative Services team in the Carolina Union, where he generates and manages content for the student union’s social media accounts. He’s also an avid Twitter user on his own time — and his wit and engaging style have led to several memorable interactions with UNC’s Twitter account. As a result, Carolina’s social media team invited Cebs to be part of its ambassadors program that reaches out to current students.
Robert Glazer | Founder & Managing Director, Acceleration Partners
Robert Glazer, founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, is a customer acquisition specialist with an exceptional track record in growing revenue and profits for fast-growing consumer products and services companies. His clients include adidas, eBay, ModCloth, Warby Parker, the Honest Company, Reebok, Shutterfly, Target, Gymboree, Tiny Prints, and many other consumer brands. In 2014, Acceleration Partners drove more than $500 million in online revenue for its clients and ranked #260 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list, earning Robert a spot in the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. The company is also the 2014 recipient of the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award for Agency of the Year and is a past recipient for Affiliate Program of the Year.
Melanie Spring | Chief Inspiration Officer, Sisarina
Anyone with the title Chief Inspiration Officer on their business card has figured out their own personal brand. When you meet Melanie Spring, you’ll know immediately she was put on earth to bring her big energy to getting you outside of your comfort zone and firmly into your purpose. She is the Boss Lady at Sisarina, a brand strategy agency in Washington DC, and once she drove 7000 miles in 3 weeks to find out why great brands work. She’s coming to Internet Summit to make sure you know just how to rock your business.
Shane Torres | Stand Up Comedian, Writer, & Actor
Shane Torres is a stand up comedian, writer, and actor. Shane made his late night debut on Conan just this year. You may have also seen him on Last Comic Standing or acting on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He has also been part of Montreal Just For Laugh’s New Faces in 2013 that same year. Shane was also one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more. Shane has appeared on popular podcast such as Savage Love and Comedy Bang Bang. He tours across the globe at comedy clubs, rock venues, and theaters. He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Paste Magazine, Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine. He also hates writing bios.
Brian Handly | Co-Founder & CEO, Reveal Mobile
Brian Handly is co-founder & CEO of Reveal Mobile, a mobile intelligence firm that builds location-based audiences from billions of data signals, creating the world’s largest source of first-party beacon data. Prior, Brian was co-founder and CEO of Accipiter, acquired by Atlas in 2006, followed by the $6.1 billion acquisition of Atlas by Microsoft in 2007. Brian has more than 20 years of technical, operational and executive management experience, including 17 years in advertising technology. He is also an angel investor and active advisor, currently serving as an Operating Partner for Frontier Capital and on the Board of Directors for WebAssign.
Michael Albanese | Comedian, Writer & Producer
Born in Philadelphia and raised in the south means nothing in the long run. Mike Albanese finds his humor from his everyday life experiences mixed with his internal struggle with paranoia, inability to say no to a roulette table and the longing for that perfect girl who he will inevitably blow it with. Using comedy to cope and food to find more reasons to hate himself, Mike’s comedy might make you realize that maybe you aren’t so strange after all.
Rodrigo Fuentes | Co-Founder and CEO, Listenloop
Rodrigo is an engineer and entrepreneur, and he is the co-founder of ListenLoop, an advertising platform tailor made for account-based marketing. As the product and marketing lead, Rodrigo loves data analysis, and his friends often chuckle at his overuse of Excel and data-mining software.