Jeff Marcoux is the CMO Lead for Worldwide Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft. He has driven cross product and team collaboration, supported multiple product releases, bringing new products to market, innovative content strategies, channel development, and acquisition integration work. Jeff comes from the marketing automation and consulting industry where he led the service, consulting, implementation, marketing, and sales engineering teams. He believes that every touch point with a customer is a marketing experience- from marketing to sales to customer service. Jeff is a marketing growth hacker, martech expert, and brings entrepreneurial innovation to a big tech world. He attended the University of Washington where he received his MBA in Leadership, a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship, and was a Board Fellow for Leadership Eastside. Jeff currently sits on the board for the Internet Marketing Association (www.imanetwork.org), is a professor of marketing at UC Irvine’s extension program, and has received Congressional recognition for his work in the Internet Marketing Industry. In his spare time Jeff does lots of hiking and other fun outdoor activities.
Jay has more than 15 years of experience in marketing including advertising, media, brand development, interactive marketing, and search engine optimization. Over the years, Jay has worked with some of the largest and most brand-focused organizations in the world including Target, Toyota, GM, Honda, Staples, CBS, and Sony. Jay is currently a Senior Account Executive at Amazon, working in the Amazon Media Group, based in Santa Monica. Prior to his role at Amazon he was a partner at 451 Marketing a national award winning marketing firm specializing in PR, Digital Media, Search marketing and Social media.
Joseph N. Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and investor harnessing the power of innovation to improve the quality of life for all. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors forAspiration, a digital financial services platform for the American middle class. A founding investor in Blue Apron, a fast-growing provider of home-delivered, moderately priced ready-to-prepare meals for individuals and families, Sanberg is also actively involved in a range of other fast growing companies, including Bright Funds, which helps consumers support the causes they care about.
Dynamic and multi-talented Marketing Leader with demonstrated success delivering innovative, impactful digital and traditional marketing solutions that position companies for long-lasting success. Adept at analyzing market trends and aligning brand vision across diverse media spaces. Combine keen eye for envisioning targeted, fresh campaign messages with insights into advertising and social media. Proven track record of impacting and driving unstructured environments, defining processes and laying foundation for ongoing growth. Impeccable record of success supplemented by extensive industry involvement and talent for public speaking, showcased by engagements at iab, Ad Age, and Forrestor Conferences.
Don’s background includes 25 years progressive Senior Management, Marketing and New Product Development experience. Don joined Procter & Gamble in Brand Management and is the only Marketing executive in P&G history to be awarded ‘Research Fellow’ in the R&D organization.
In 2002 Don founded Baker St. Solutions, and has worked for more than half of the Fortune 500 using The Right to Succeed®, a proprietary new product launch model, to bring over $5 billion of new products and services to the market in the last 12 years.
Whitney Vosburgh, CEO + Co-Founder of Brand New Purpose. Over 20 years experience as executive for wide cross-section of large companies and agencies, domestically and internationally, from American Express to Merrill Lynch to Chevron to DDB to Ogilvy & Mather to Interbrand in creative branding, marketing, strategy, and management. As consulting CMO, most recently at McKesson and HP Enterprise, successfully repositions and markets start ups through Fortune 10 companies leading to greater sales, profits, innovative communities and brand leadership. Whitney graduated with BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design, and MA in Social Change from Graduate Theological Union. He lives in Berkeley and adores being part of a community of lifelong learning. He organizes many community groups, but the one he loved most was the annual “How Berkeley Can You Be” parade. @brandguru
As Chief Marketing Officer at MarketLinc, Langie is responsible for marketing strategy, messaging & positioning, demand generation, corporate communications, sales enablement, and thought leadership. MarketLinc enables global brands to increase revenue up to 20% by humanizing digital commerce. We identify consumers who require more than a digital experience to maximize their purchase, can predict when and how they need sales assistance, and provide personalized human-to-human engagement at critical moments across the buying journey. All in real-time, and always pay for performance. Turn revenue lost into revenue lift by providing customer journeys with the MarketLinc human experience.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer is an Orange County Supervisor and former California State Assembly Member and who has dedicated his career to public service. A former high school teacher, reserve police officer and prosecutor, Spitzer understands the challenges facing everyday people. Supervisor Spitzer is dedicated to enhancing public safety, strengthening fiscal responsibility and improving vital infrastructure.
A nationally recognized trial attorney who handles high-stakes cases for companies ranging from Fortune 100 to emerging companies. Clients include Allianz, Apple, Allergan, Ford, GE, PIMCO, Symantec, and Volcom.
Neda Eaton is a visionary leader with a passion for serving the community. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), one of the leading educational foundations in the nation, she is entrusted with ensuring that high-quality enrichment programs in critical areas such as the arts, music, sciences, health and wellness and math are sustained in public schools. In her role, she is responsible for guiding the strategic visioning and direction of the foundation, program and social enterprise development, day-to-day operations and implementation of various fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
Peter is the principle architect for Technicolor focusing on Software Defined Data Center and overall IT strategy pertaining to modernization of process and technology. As an advised to larger global corporation and government entities for last the 20 years he has gain tremendous insight into trends in technology which have proven exceptionally valuable to the industry. Working with companies such as Disney, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Microsoft and the OpenStack Foundation has resulted designs and innovation which meet strict security and compliance needs but maintains the flexibility to drive todays agile innovation in public and private clouds.
Dennis Kuhl begins his 13th year with the Angels after joining the Club on Nov. 10, 2003. He was initially appointed as the Angels’ seventh president before being promoted to Club Chairman on Nov. 14, 2009. Kuhl’s central focus is on a renewed effort in the area of civic affairs and community outreach. Kuhl also oversees the Angels’ flagship radio station KLAA AM830. Under his leadership, the Angels have shown tremendous growth and advancement in key business initiatives, including sponsorship and marketing revenues, the nationwide expansion and marketing of the Angels brand. Kuhl also played a key role in working with Major League Baseball in the Angels hosting the 2010 All-Star Game.
Infrastructure design, performance engineer, database (MySQL) optimization, I/O tuning, PHP performance, network design, project management, mentoring, Cassandra PHP API, Cassandra Scaling, MySQL scale up/out, Deal engineer, Load balancing, High availability solutions, zero maintenance systems design, Sphinx search, Citrix XenServer virtualization, Deals
Radius tracks 26 million small businesses in the United States in real time and has over half a million pieces of data, which include: social data; government data; people data; business listing metadata; daily deals, like those found on Amazon local; news articles and reviews. Radius surfaces this information for customers in CRMs. Shirazi is founder and CEO of Radius, and also writes about small businesses, entrepreneurship and startups for Forbes.
With nearly a decade of experience in higher education, specializing in business, management and marketing, Melanie thrives on leading and developing partnerships within the business community, exploring new markets, and building relationships with faculty, high-level business, government, and community leaders. As a skilled negotiator and project manager, Melanie enjoys managing and motivating a diverse staff, while working together in local, national and international markets to surpass goals.
David May graduated from Chapman University in 2005 and began working in Chapman’s admission office. In his time with Chapman Admission, he participated in traditional recruitment, read applications, served on the admission committee, and managed new media recruitment initiatives. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Admission Communication due to his successful experimentation with blogs and social media as recruitment tools. This was the topic of David’s graduate thesis, completed in 2010, and In 2011 David transitioned to a newly created unit on Chapman’s campus: Strategic Marketing and communications. He now serves as the Director of Web and Interactive Marketing. This team of 9 is responsible for Chapman’s public-facing social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, (and even Google+) and websites such as www.chapman.edu, inside.chapman.edu, and social.chapman .edu. The team also provides training, oversight, and general governance to other schools, colleges, and departments on Chapman’s campus. The Web and Interactive Marketing team has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for successful early-adoption of web tools and technology and forward thinking designs.
Seth is a founder of Rival IQ, a Seattle-based digital marketing analytics company, where he leads product efforts. Although a computer scientist by training, Seth has the heart of a marketer. In his role at Rival IQ he works with some of the best brands and agencies in the business, helping them transform good marketing into great marketing. As a long-time entrepreneur and recovering academic, he believes there is no better way to find marketing success than to test, measure, and iterate. Prior to Rival IQ, he founded a clean-tech software company, V2Green, that he and the team sold to Arlington, VA based GridPoint in 2008. In 2006, Seth earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington where his research focused on low-power analog circuits for image and pattern recognition. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two young boys, aged three and one.
Twenty-three years of experience in software and Internet technology with extensive expertise in defining, developing, scaling, marketing, and managing profitable Internet and software products and businesses.
Mr. Juha P. Markkanen was appointed Consul General (Ambassador) of Finland, Los Angeles as of September, 2013. He is Finland’s Ambassador for the 13 Western states in the US.
Consul General Markkanen joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1991. Prior to his service in the Ministry he has worked as a bank lawyer and as an Attaché for the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Finland.
Mr. Markkanen holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Turku, which is the oldest university in Finland. Before Los Angeles Mr. Markkanen was posted in Germany (1992—1996), in Japan (2000-2004) and in Sweden (2010-2013). He has worked primarily with trade related issues, trade promotion, communications and EU affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Helsinki, for example as the Director of Communications.
Mr. Markkanen is married and he has two children.
Amy Bishop is a Senior Strategic Consultant for Epsilon in San Francisco. She helps brands research, explore and capitalize on industry trends and market innovations for business growth. At Epsilon Amy leads marketing research and content strategy for Google. Throughout her career, she’s developed strategic integrated marketing frameworks for enterprise clients including Intuit, Intel, HP, Office Depot, Macy’s and L’Oreal. Amy is an alumna of Indiana University’s School of Journalism and enjoys thrift shopping, reading and wine tasting in her spare time.
Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. He is also an authority on entrepreneurship, social media & branding by authoring the book series “Confessions from an Entrepreneur”, spoken to over 10,000 people and has been cited in 100’s of articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx & The White House. Ash has also hosted over 100 interview with business mavens, authors, entrepreneurs and celebrities who have achieved their dreams and goals.
Ash is currently helping run Youngry (a media company informing, inspiring and elevating young & hungry minded entrepreneurs to thrive), Trade Kraft Media (a knowledge video network to help millennial entrepreneurs thrive) and Kolab Agency ( a top North American social media agency with clients including Giant Bicycles, Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas., Pirelli, Tourism Board Dept. Philippines & Olloclip).
Ash is also Chairman of the board for one of Southern California’s largest entrepreneurship education non-profit Tech Coast Venture Network (“TCVN”), Co-leader for the California Team for White House/Steve Case founded “Startup America” (now owned by Up Global), Advisor board member for UC Irvine’s Merage School Of Business and on the leadership advisory board for the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 initiative.
Maci Peterson, the CEO and co-founder of On Second Thought, is a DC-based entrepreneur with roots in Chicago. In 2015, she was named “Tech’s Newest Innovator” by Essence Magazine and recognized among Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. On Second Thought won First Place at SXSW’s annual pitch competition #StartupOasis in 2014, was named “The Texting Savior” by AT&T, and the 1st Place Winner of the Women Who Tech Startup Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist and Fred and Joanne Wilson. Before launching On Second Thought, Peterson was a brand manager at Marriott International and a marketing strategist for The Root. Peterson received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations and advertising from Chapman University.
As a Senior Director of Product Design and Architect at Salesforce, Adam is responsible for tackling cross-cloud product challenges by applying research methods, experience strategy and design tactics.
Since joining Salesforce in 2011, Adam has led a variety of cross-organizational design efforts during the company’s rapid growth – from leading the redesign of Salesforce’s application marketplace – AppExchange, to co-authoring motion and sound guidelines for the wildly popular Salesforce Lightning Design System, to leading sales and service product design efforts on the Lightning Platform.
Prior to joining the Salesforce team, Adam was a User Experience Specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense, a UX Practice Manager at the leading portal/CMS company OpenText Corp./Vignette, a Model Maker and Artist at M5 Industries, and a freelance web designer specializing in Marketing and PR.
Adam graduated with degrees in Fine Art/Psychology and 3D Modeling & Animation. An avid adventurer who loves exploring the wild, Adam has climbed some of the world’s most famous mountains from Kilimanjaro to Denali.
Kamran Zand, a premier high-end real estate broker in Las Vegas, sells the finest luxury homes, estates, mansions, high rise condos, and penthouses the city has to offer. His fascination with ultra high-end luxury real estate has made him an expert in the field. With over a decade of experience in the luxury real estate business, he has quickly risen to the very top of his industry.
Kamran is recognized as a maven in the Las Vegas luxury home market by many major financial institutions, banks, asset management companies, developers, sports athletes, celebrities, and affluent buyers and sellers. Kamran provides his clients with a wealth of knowledge about luxury communities, real estate trends, and values. His professionalism, discretion, and communication is the cornerstone of his business, making him a huge asset to his wealthy high-end client database. With Kamran’s full time staff behind the scenes, he is able provide his clients with unprecedented first class, white-glove VIP treatment, which is why his business is primarily made up from referral and repeat customers.
Kamran is the owner and founder of Luxury Estates International, an upscale real estate brokerage dedicated to marketing and selling the finest and most sought after luxury properties. Kamran has a mission to deliver the very BEST first-class customer service in the business and a vision to be the luxury real estate broker of choice.
I’ve served as CEO, CMO, CDO and CCO at various companies. I combine my experience in entertainment, technology, new media, branding, cause campaigns, entrepreneurship and executive management to develop and realize new ideas.
Tuan Pham was a writer before he was a marketer. Tuan had a natural propensity for the language arts, entering the gifted and talented education program since the first grade and receiving multiple awards in English, writing, journalism, drama, and speech. In the 9th grade, Tuan was published nationally by Prentice Hall in high school literature books, and has continued on to win nationwide contests in poetry and writing. He received a full ride scholarship among other scholarships and earned a BA in creative writing and an MBA in marketing. Tuan began his professional career at a niche advertising firm and has represented a diversity of clients, from startups to Fortune 100 corporations. His work spanned nearly two decades and included campaigns across silver screen, billboard, television, radio, print, digital and social channels. Tuan is currently SVP and Head of Marketing at Colony American Finance. Previously, he was VP of Marketing at RealtyMogul.com in Santa Monica.
Valuing Relationships as the core of any experience. The best experiences are shared, sharing creates discovery which in turn encourages learning and opens a deeper awareness. Being more aware of self and of others promotes relationships.
Accomplished executive with over 19 years of experience creating, building and growing online audiences through social media, digital marketing and technology strategies. Recognized social media expert and thought leader with a diverse background across consulting, start-up and public company environments. Entrepreneur, intraprenuer and change agent that successfully drives organizational initiatives.
Extensive experience in online publishing and print media. Thought leader and savvy businessperson with successful track record in building content-rich products with bottom-line impact while maintaining editorial integrity. Strong strategist and communicator; recognized for building successful and loyal teams, creating and maintaining traffic-driving sites and producing results in an ever-changing environment.
Aya Zook is a Principal at Microsoft Accelerator, responsible for managing marketing and media partnerships, and is passionate about building new initiatives designed to source and engage promising early stage startups for the accelerator program.
Aya joined Microsoft Corp. in 2006, and has worked in various senior marketing roles, first with MSN then Windows Live, Bing, and the Bing Fund.
Before joining Microsoft, Aya worked for an interactive agency as a designer and a project manager. He sits on the executive council of the Internet Marketing Association. He graduated from the University of Washington where he studied philosophy.
I’m a seasoned digital leader and strategist. I’m expert in business communications, UX and UI design, brand identity and graphic design.
I help to determine the best ways to visually represent client identities. This involves development of high-level concepts for identity recognition and also responsibility managing design and marketing resources.
I’m an entrepreneur currently operating in the e-commerce & automotive space. ModBargains and ModAuto are my businesses that are both on a mission to make the world a better place for automotive enthusiasts. We do that by sharing our expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for modifying cars & trucks. We are a rare breed in the aftermarket automotive industry because we check off multiple boxes in a robust combination – we stock inventory, we perform installations, & we have adequate staff to run an inbound call center. After over 10 years in business in the industry our reputation of treating customers with respect and providing valuable contributions to our partners in the industry is well known.
Jim Squires is director of market operations at Instagram, where he focuses on ads product development. Before Instagram, Jim was director of product marketing at Facebook and played a key role in the introduction of sponsored content in News Feed and mobile. Prior to Facebook, Squires headed up product at Mixercast, a startup that enabled brands to use widgets as a promotional vehicle, and Ning, a social networking platform. He also was director of product management at Yahoo, where he developed the company’s video and entertainment products. He originally joined Yahoo in 1999 with the acquisition of Broadcast.com, an early video startup based in Dallas. Squires holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jo-Anne is Team Leader for Mercer’s Global Innovation Hub which is based in Hoboken, New Jersey. Jo-Anne moved to the US from Australia in July 2014 to take on this role. The Innovation Hub works with clients, colleagues and industry participants to review important and impactful trends to determine “the next big thing” which will ultimately make the lives of our clients easier and more productive in the areas of health, wealth and career.
Dustin grew up in Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from Chapman University in 1997. While at Chapman, Dustin was the captain of the varsity soccer team and led the Panthers to the Final Four Championship in Williams, Massachusetts.
Today, Dustin is President of Park West Landscape Management, an industry leading landscape management company. He got his start in landscape maintenance as a gardener at the nation’s largest landscape maintenance provider shortly after he graduated in 1997. Within three years Dustin moved up the ranks to an account manager role working on some of the highest profile landscape jobs in Southern California – Angel’s Stadium and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.
Dustin was quickly recruited by Park West where he was promoted to President within three years of being hired. Since taking the reins at Park West in 2005, Dustin has grown the company from 250 to 850 employees and the annual revenue from $12 million to $55 million. Dustin is proud of Park West’s commitment to customer service, quality of workmanship and the Firm’s work throughout Southern California- encompassing Los Angeles County, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego County.
During his free time, Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and their three children, Kennedy, Jackson and Reagan. He coaches his son’s soccer team, fits in a little golf and continues to play competitive soccer.
Mark J. Gambill, CMO, MicroStrategy Incorporated
Mark J. Gambill is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for MicroStrategy, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. Mark oversees all of the company’s global marketing operations, including, business development, marketing communications (including advertising and promotions), analyst and public relations, field marketing, market intelligence, and corporate events.
Mark has over 20 years of executive marketing experience across a diverse set of industries. Prior to joining MicroStrategy in 2014, he was CMO for Vocus, a global provider of marketing automation software. Mark was also CMO for CDW, an $8 billion provider of technology and services, and Vice President of Marketing for Dell for the Americas. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and has completed graduate work at Insead.
Robert is the Director of the Innovation Lab for Hospitality at The University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Innovation Lab develops and commercializes innovative applications and ideas for global service industry including hospitality, restaurants, retail and entertainment. The lab is a project oriented innovation lab solving strategic problems, needs and opportunities through disruptive innovation. The scope of exploration in the lab includes artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, eSports, mobile, experience design and process innovation. Along with providing vision and guidance to the multi-disciplinary students, Robert also actively researches millennial ethnography, behavior and eSports Gaming.
Steven Clough is an emerging voice on behavioral economics and marketing. As the Founder & President of AVO, a Seattle-based consulting firm, his work focuses on consumer insights, product development, brand positioning, executive strategy, and analytics. He also serves as an advisor to several startups and non-profit organizations.
Over the course of his career, Steven has published several significant pieces of research and thought leadership papers, which he as presented at conferences around the country. He is a contributor for the Huffington Post and is currently writing a new book on human behavior and the science of decision making.
Steven holds degrees in Business, Psychology, and Music from the University of Washington, where he lectures in both the Michael G. Foster School of Business and the College of Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys music, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
As an expert in marketing, public relations and community networking Jennifer creates and implements measurable strategies and brand awareness programs that secure positive publicity and leverages strategic partnerships and business alliances.
She utilizes her innovative core strengths to motivate and communicate to all disciplines achieving successful consumer experiences through thoughtful marketing plans.
I am a senior marketing executive with more than two decades of combined experience in marketing, content development, product management, and sales/sales support. I’m also a practical problem solver and an excellent communicator with the ability to think strategically, build effective organizations, and collaborate with others to get things done.
I am a regular contributor to immixGroup’s Government Sales Insider blog and have spoken on a variety of marketing topics for such organizations/events as the GovMark Council, Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit, Government IT Sales Summit, and the American Marketing Association at George Mason University, where I acted as an Associate Advisor. Over the past few years I’ve appeared on Federal News Radio’s Amtower Off Center program and written articles and blog posts on business-to-government (B2G) marketing for FedPulse, Federal Marketing Insights, FedBizBeat, and AOL Government. I recently served on the steering committee for the Government Marketing Forum. In 2014 I led the creation of immixGroup’s Government IT Sales Summit.
My areas of expertise include B2B/B2G marketing strategy, staff management, marketing communications, lead generation, online marketing, product marketing, branding, positioning, advertising, events/trade shows, marketing automation, social media, Web content, SEO/search engine marketing, PR/media relations, market research, proposal support, and business development.
Sean O’Brien is the co-founder and Vice President Sales and Operations of Swyft Media, which joined the Monotype family in 2015.
Sean and his college roommate began Swyft with one simple goal: to create custom emoji to send to friends. Since then, he and the team have grown and expanded Swyft into a Mobile Engagement Platform. Together they help global brands like MillerCoors, Sony, and Sega become a natural part of customer conversations by creating and distributing engaging, measurable and amplified campaigns that millennials and young consumers want, love, and share with friends across a wide variety of mobile apps.
Jeff Yasuda is the CEO and Founder of Feed.fm (Feed Media Inc.). Feed.fm helps game developers, content publishers, music festivals and retailers increase customer engagement, retention, and revenue by incorporating popular music into their mobile experience. These engagement metric improvements in turn improve financial metrics including increased ARPU (average revenue per user), reduced average CAC (customer acquisition cost), and lower churn.
Jeff was also Co-Founder of Fuzz which offered free, people-powered Internet radio stations and CEO and Founder of Blip.fm, a real-time social music discovery service.
Earlier in his career, Jeff was Managing Director and CFO of Redwood Ventures where he managed investments in their technology portfolio. Prior, he worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, and did strategic consulting, M&A and financial valuation at Arthur Andersen.
Jennifer Holland (Harpole) has lived in Orange County her entire life. She has 18+ Years of Experience Selling Homes in Orange County. “My utmost Priority is providing Exceptional customer service for my clients in various markets. I handle each transaction and customer with your specific needs in mind. I implement powerful negotiation skills, excellent communication, perseverance, integrity and honesty.”
Jennifer has been working effectively in the customer service industry for 27 years, counseling clients and closing transactions . Before she became a Real Estate agent she worked at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Coast and the Marriott where she gained invaluable experience working with people and providing superior, cutting edge service for her clients. When Jennifer is not working she is spending time with husband, children and mentoring women.
VoC research pioneer and thought leader. Inducted into the DMA Marketing Hall of Fame based on the results companies achieve with ERDM’s VoC research-based CX strategies.
ERDM conducts specialized VoC research to identify CX strategies that generate significant increases in revenue. Clients include IBM, MassMutual, Gilt, QVC, HP, Microsoft and Norton AntiVirus.
His influential blog Ernan’s Insights on Marketing Best Practices appears in Forbes, Huffington Post, CMO.com, CustomerThink, CRMC and Business2Community.
Named by the Online Marketing Institute as one of the Top 40 Digital Luminaries and by Crain’s B to B Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Business Marketing.
Ernan’s latest book is titled Voice of the Customer Marketing. His other books are Opt-in Marketing and Integrated Direct Marketing.
Akbar focuses on growth strategies for enterprise clients combining his expertise in product marketing, commercialization, brand management and marketing technology. Akbar advises senior executives on implementing cutting-edge sales and marketing technologies, streamline sales and marketing operations, optimize business processes, and enhance revenue engineering. Akbar has worked with organizations such as Oracle, Bed Bath & Beyond, Olympus, UPS, and HP.
Akbar holds a BSc in Mathematics & Computer Science from University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, MBA from Kellogg School of Management, and has completed advanced studies in Internet Marketing and Social Media strategies from University of California, Irvine. Akbar authors PointOfIntersection.org, a passion project blog about innovation.
Kathie Johnson is a marketing and business executive with over 20 years of experience. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Demandware, a Salesforce company, which is the category-defining leader of enterprise cloud commerce solutions that empower the world’s leading retailers to continuously innovate. Prior, she was the Vice President of Global Advertising, Equity and Strategy for Dassault Systèmes, a $3B French-headquartered global 3D software company dedicated to providing business & people with virtual worlds to imagine sustainable innovations. Other positions held at Dassault Systemes include: Vice President of Global Advertising & Marketing Operations and Vice President of North America Marketing.
Kevin Akeroyd oversees the Cision executive management team across operations globally.
He has more than 25 years of experience in reshaping modern digital, social and mobile marketing globally. Prior to Cision he was general manager and senior vice president at Oracle Marketing Cloud. Akeroyd and Oracle created the Enterprise Marketing Platform category and led it from the onset. Prior to Oracle, he held senior leadership positions at several companies, including Data.com, Salesforce.com, RR Donnelley, and Jigsaw.
Maria Winans is responsible for defining and executing the marketing strategy to deliver higher value solutions to clients. As the CMO for the IBM Commerce Business Unit, Ms. Winans embraces her leadership role to make IBM the go-to brand for clients on C2B (customer-to-business) and cognitive commerce. Fueled by cognitive technologies and real-time insights, IBM Commerce solutions help forward thinking leaders in marketing, selling and merchandising and supply chain execution with embedded expertise, advice and recommendations to make better decisions, turn insight into action and deliver innovation.
Tim Burke is the CEO and Co-Founder of Affinio Inc. No stranger to the startup world, Tim was also the CEO and Founder of startups including Tether and 26ones. An engineer by trade with a Master’s of Mechanical Engineering, Tim began his engineering career in a R&D role at Creare Engineering Research & Development. In 2004 Tim met Affinio CTO and Co-Founder, Stephen Hankinson, at the Innovation in Design Lab at Dalhousie University. A partnership grew based on their shared passion for solving problems and disrupting business models. Tim is a family man who lives with his wife and four children in Halifax, NS.
Emily Washcovick is a Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp. She hosts informational sessions with local business owners across North America to educate them on best practices for navigating the world of online reviews. She works with local business owners interested in utilizing Yelp to help grow their business. She also hosts a series of webinars on subjects relevant to business owners and regularly contributes content to Yelp’s “Blog for Business Owners.” Emily also acts as a liaison between the small business community and the different divisions within Yelp.
Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, Emily worked for Marriott as a Front Office Manager to help coordinate events and ensure guest experience. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in Pennsylvania, Cyprus and now San Francisco. She has many business owners in her family and enjoys helping small business owners everywhere.
As Director of CRM for EMEA for Symantec, Matt is responsible for the online experience and subscription relationship with Norton Customers which drives the $300m+ EMEA Retention Business. The CRM team delivers against Norton’s overall goals throughout all post-activation phases of the customer life cycle and partners across the organization to deliver a great customer experience and business success.
Matt has been in the Norton business unit within Symantec since he joined in 2006 and has worked in various roles which include optimization, digital marketing and online store management. As part of his roles he has gained experience from working in Netherlands and the United States. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.
Kerry Barden is a native of Atlanta. He majored in theatre at the University of Georgia and has cast over 200 films, including, most notably Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho, The House of Mirth, Bad Boys 2, Pineapple Express and four films for director John Waters. As a producer, his credits include the award-winning Conversations with Other Women, starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter.
Arad is CEO and Founder of zenamins, a Y-Combinator backed personalized health company receiving recognition including AARP Innovations Finalist, IMA Most Disruptive Company, and Mashable’s top 5 wellness service. He is also an active angel investor. Arad previously co-founded SocialShield, a social network security company, which raised $10M in venture capital and was later acquired by Avira. Prior to SocialShield, Arad was an executive and youngest Distinguished Engineer in HP’s history, working with Microsoft to grow enterprise servers to $100M and 100 employees. He has 10 granted patents with more pending coupled with a Wharton MBA from Penn, a Stanford MSEE, and a Purdue BSCEE. Arad has been invited to the UK’s 10 Downing Street as well as 3 times to the White House, including being invited to speak at the White House GES in Morocco on the health panel alongside the President of Guinea, and received certificates of recognition from members of Congress.
Mary oversees the growth and development of Citi¹s ThankYou Rewards loyalty program as well as the benefit offerings associated with Citi¹s Branded Cards portfolio.
Mary is also responsible for leading innovation efforts within Citi¹s Branded Cards portfolio and bringing new products to market to service Citi’s card members.
Prior to Radius, Shari led demand generation for OpenDNS and Demandbase. Shari frequently speaks as a thought leader on B2B Marketing topics such as Account-Based Marketing, Integrated Marketing and marketing technology. Shari was a recipient of an Eloqua Markie for “Integration Innovation and a finalist for “Best Nurture Campaign”.
Grant Johnson is executive vice president of marketing for the $700 million enterprise software division of Lexmark. Previously, Johnson was the chief marketing officer of Kofax, which was acquired by Lexmark for $1 billion in May, 2015. Prior to Kofax, he was CMO for SDL, a leading provider of customer experience software, and previously, he served as CMO of Pegasystems, Inc., a leading provider of business process and customer relationship management software. During his tenure at Pegasystems, the company’s revenues more than doubled. Johnson was also a vice president of marketing at Guidance Software, Inc., a leading provider of eDiscovery and endpoint security solutions, and FileNet Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise content and business process management software. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which has placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy.
Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, has received 2 House of Representatives Awards, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision: to help hundreds of thousands of students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.
Multifaceted visionary with more than 20 years of experience in strategic growth planning, executive management, organizational restructuring, start-up & turnaround leadership, community development, public relations, business development, team building & coaching, brand awareness, marketing.
A proven track record with a unique and innovative ability to develop community engagement through the utilization of strong leadership skills and over 20 year history of driving significant, nationwide gains across every aspect of business. An exceptional team- builder with proven ability to create effective CSR platforms, brand development programs, corporate transformation, multi- faceted promotions, and effective communications. Thrive in problem solving and relationship management between stakeholders. Innate ability to manage collaborative teams, strategic partnerships, large-scale events, earned media, multi-million dollar budgets, and measurable business plans.