Board of Advisors
IMA is led by a board of directors consisting of some of internet marketing’s foremost leaders. The executive council is responsible for IMA’s development, day-to-day operations, and overall vision. With their unbridled creativity and dedication, the executive council has been paramount in leading IMA to its current success and world recognition.
Integrated Media Director, MGM Resorts International
Las Vegas, NV
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Michael Aburas has been executing performance marketing campaigns for MGM Resorts International that drive increased direct sales and contribute to exceeding business goals since 2010. As the Integrated Media Director for MGM Resorts International, Michael leads the media investment strategy, planning, buying and campaign execution for SEM, international advertising and the M life Loyalty program.
Additionally, Michael has been the project manager overseeing the implementation, onboarding, training and strategy for the Adobe media tech stack for the MGM Resorts enterprise, enabling deeper audience segmentation and more efficient acquisition and communication across paid media. Michael joined MGM Resorts in 2004. Prior to joining the media team, he held multiple roles in marketing, HR, finance, sales and development.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Kevin serves as PRO Unlimited’s Chief Executive Officer and leads the vision and strategy for the company. He is recognized as one of the technology industry’s most tenured and trusted experts. Kevin has held executive leadership roles at some of the world’s most notable brands that were category leaders in Cloud Software, Services and Data. Prior to PRO, Kevin served as Global CEO at an industry leading SaaS Marketing and Communications software provider, where he took the company public on the NYSE before selling it for $2.8B.
President & CEO, A Gary Anderson Family Foundation
For nearly twenty years, Ms. Anderson has worked devotedly to make positive transformational changes to her alma mater, Chapman University, and to healthcare, the arts, social services and higher education throughout Orange and Riverside Counties.
Ms. Anderson became the CEO of the Irvine-based A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation after her father, a self-made mortgage banking and real estate business leader for whom the foundation was named, died in 1992. Under Ms. Anderson’s leadership, the Anderson Foundation has earned its reputation as one of the most generous organization in Southern California.
A soccer player while an undergraduate, Ms. Anderson transformed athletics at Chapman University through the Anderson Foundation’s $6 million gift to construct an entirely new athletics facility. In the early 1990’s, Chapman’s President Jim Doti made the decision to change the university’s athletics programs from Division II to Division III status, in order to make a push to improve the school’s academics.
Ms. Anderson’s leadership gift allowed Chapman to break ground on its multi-purpose facility, which was opened in August 2008 as the Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex. The facility earned a Facility of Merit award from Athletic Business magazine, and paved the way for Chapman’s entry into the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
Ms. Anderson also provided the lead gift for the next phase in Chapman’s strategic plan for athletics — the Erin J. Lastinger ’88 Tennis Center – strengthening Chapman’s tennis program so the Panthers have the opportunity and confidence to play their very best.
Ms. Anderson also improves student life at Chapman through her foundation’s steadfast support of Chapman’s annual American Celebration and the Argyros School’s A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. Outside of Chapman, Ms. Anderson and the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation has had an enduring impact throughout Southern California, including the support of organizations benefitting children and families, education, hospitals and the environment.
SVP COO, Providence Health System
Sandra is a customer focused, results-oriented, collaborative leader with entrepreneurial spirit. Nearly 20 years in the technology industry, Sandra has experience in business development, product management, customer experience, sales, visual merchandising and marketing. She is known for her ability to get stuff done, driving programs, products and opportunities from vision to launch to execution. Her strong track record is coupled with an uncanny ability to create win-win relationships building trust and developing partnerships that benefit all including the customer. Sandra is currently with Microsoft, focused on the end-to-end customer experience across Microsoft Direct, launching new products and innovation across Microsoft Retail and Online Stores as well as call centers.
Chairman, Ware Malcomb
Orange County, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Mr. Armstrong is Chairman of Ware Malcomb. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is an international design firm providing planning, architecture, interior design, branding, civil engineering and building measurement services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/educational facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm and Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants.
Mr. Armstrong is both an accomplished architect and strong business leader. He is well known for his strategic, visionary approach to the company’s management and growth, as well as his commitment to fiscal discipline to ensure the overall health of the firm. His strong design ability and focus on creativity and innovation greatly influence all aspects of the organization. His philosophy of embracing change and rewarding achievement and innovation has resulted in a highly successful, dynamic firm. In 2008, Mr. Armstrong was selected as an award winner for the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Orange County/Desert Cities Region and was also a national finalist. In 2018 and 2019 he was selected to the prestigious OC 500, a list of the most influential leaders in the community by the Orange County Business Journal. Mr. Armstrong was also nominated as an Innovator of the Year in the Orange County Business Journal’s program recognizing OC innovators creating game-changing ideas and business models.
Mr. Armstrong joined Ware Malcomb in 1984 and shortly thereafter was responsible for running the firm’s Los Angeles office. In 1988, Mr. Armstrong was promoted to Principal of the firm, and then became CEO in 1992. In 2020, Mr. Armstrong transitioned to the role of Chairman of Ware Malcomb. In addition to expanding Ware Malcomb from a Southern California firm to a national and international firm with 25 offices in key markets across North America, Lawrence’s tenure as CEO is hallmarked by an unprecedented 40x revenue growth.
Mr. Armstrong is a licensed architect in over 45 U.S. states, as well as in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Mr. Armstrong is a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Chapman University Argyros School of Business, and UCI’s The Paul Merage School of Business. In 2013, Mr. Armstrong was the keynote speaker at Kent State University’s Spring Commencement for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, OC Register, Orange County Business Journal, Real Estate Business Online, Coast Magazine, Modern Luxury and SIOR’s Professional Report, to name a few.
Mr. Armstrong is also an accomplished artist, including work in a variety of mediums such as paintings, furniture design and sculpture. To view his portfolio, please visit www.LRAart.com.
Mr. Armstrong’s current professional and charity affiliations include the following: Chair, Leadership Council, United to End Homelessness; Board of Directors, Orange County United Way; Co-Chair, Kent State University Comprehensive Campaign; Past Chair, Kent State University Foundation; Member, CEO Leadership Alliance-OC Executive Committee; Advisory Board Member, Chapman University Real Estate Program at the Argyros School of Business and Economics; Member, Ernst & Young EOY Alumni Advisory Council; NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) CEO Leadership Forum Member and National Forum Member (Trends in Real Estate Development II Forum); and International Executive Council for the Internet Marketing Association (IMA).
His previous professional and charity affiliations include: Guest Lecturer, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Graduate Real Estate Program 2008-2010; Past Member, Vistage; Advisory Board, Hall & Foreman; Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member, CSP, 1999-2008; Advisory Board, Buzzsaw.com; The United Way Real Estate Steering Committee 1999-2006; Vice President, Board of Directors, Ballet Pacifica; Advisory Board Member, UCI Center for Real Estate; Chancellors Club at UCI; CHOC Corporate Partners; 2015 NAIOP YPG Case Competition Judge; SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Member; Advisory Board Member, Spaceez; Member, Visiting Committee, Hoag Center for Real Estate & Finance in the Argyros School of Business at Chapman University and Founding Member, United Way’s Real Estate Community Builders.
CEO, Smile Brands Inc.
Steve Bilt is the Chief Executive Officer at Smile Brands Inc. (SBI) and OneSmile, LLC. He co-founded Smile Brands and OneSmile and in 2016 combined the two businesses (collectively “Smile Brands”). Steve was integral in SBI’s three initial platform acquisitions and led the acquisitions of Monarch Dental Corporation [NASDAQ: MDDS] and Castle Dental Centers Inc. [NASDAQ: CASL]. In addition to these transactions, Steve has overseen the development and operationalization of over 200 de novo practices at Smile Brands and each of the OneSmile platform acquisitions. Smile Brands and OneSmile have 5,500 employees and affiliated providers in 450 locations across the United States. Smile Brands has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Glassdoor for three straight years (#1 in multi-site healthcare) and by Comparably as a top-10 US Large Company for Culture, Diversity and Best Places for Women.
Steve also serves as Chairman of the Smiles for Everyone Foundation. The Smiles for Everyone Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) and has established international outposts serving six countries in South America, Asia and Africa and conducts ongoing events each week throughout the United States.
Before joining Smile Brands, Steve was Vice President Finance for Vivra Incorporated (NYSE: V), which operated 250 dialysis clinics in 29 states and specialty physician networks and practices in 15 states. Vivra was the second-largest provider of outpatient kidney dialysis services in the United States, caring for approximately 15,000 end-stage renal disease patients. He was with Vivra during its growth from approximately $150 million in annual revenues to over $700 million and through its successful sale. Steve oversaw M&A activities, corporate finance and certain specialty business units.
Previously, Steve was Chief Financial Officer at SCRS, Inc., a provider of speech, occupational and physical therapy with 70 locations in 10 states. SCRS provided rehabilitation therapy to approximately 40,000 patients annually, primarily in the skilled nursing environment. He participated with SCRS in its growth from $4 million in annual revenues to over $70 million. Earlier in his career, as a manager with Ernst & Young, he provided services to high-growth technology and healthcare organizations.
Steve was recognized as People Focused CEO of the Year and Healthcare CEO of the Year by American Business Awards (Golden Stevie) and as a top-rated U.S. Large Company CEO by Glassdoor, Comparably and CEOWORLD Magazine in multiple years. Additionally, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in an international program sponsored by Ernst & Young and is a member of the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Steve was also honored with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from the Orange County Business Journal for his role in founding and developing Smile Brands Inc. and led the Smiles for Everyone Foundation to two American Red Cross Humanitarian Awards, NEA’s Humanitarian Award and numerous other international awards related to its ongoing services, including recognition by the governments and/or monarchies of Paraguay, Thailand and Ghana. Additionally, Steve led Smile Brands to be honored with Inc. Magazine’s Inaugural Hire Power Award, numerous inclusions on Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies in America list and was honored by CEO Connection and the Wharton School as Mid-Market CEO of the Year for Social Impact. He has also been honored by ACG with its Founder’s Award and by the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business upon its 50th anniversary with their highest honor, the GEORGE Award for Good for The World Leadership.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a Master of Business Administration degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University; and completed the Harvard Business School Presidents’ Program. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California.
Steve is a founding member, former President, and Executive Board Member of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and has been a member of the Pepperdine University Board of Visitors. Steve served on the Board, Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for THINK Together, the largest non-profit after-school education program in the United States for nine years. In addition, Steve is a long-time board member of the Young Presidents Organization, an international association for chief executives.
San Francisco, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Victor Cho has 24 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. Victor is currently the CEO at Evite, the leading digital invitation and social event planning service with over 32 million registered users. He is also a key board member at Modo Payments, a mobile payments hub that connects any payment system with any other payment system through a proprietary digital COIN.
Vice President & Operations Manager, PIMCO
Ms. Creighton is a vice president and operations manager at PIMCO. She is responsible for implementation and maintenance of the firmwide liquidity program, which includes the liquidity risk management program utilized by U.S. mutual funds, oversight of vendor data, governance, and the exception processes. Previously, she oversaw fund compliance with a specialized focus on mutual fund regulatory requirements. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1999, she was with Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, coordinating bids and special projects. She has 21 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from Chapman University and an undergraduate degree from California State University, Fullerton.
Founder & Managing Partner, Rev
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
An accomplished customer, media and market strategist with over 20 years of experience developing and launching innovative new businesses and brand extensions, Alma Derricks joined El Rey as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017 where she is responsible for driving corporate strategy, branding, business development and new ventures for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s network, studio, and digital content businesses. Drawing on a unique combination of media and entertainment, professional services, and consumer products experience, she has launched multiple-medium brand extensions for a range of internationally acclaimed franchises including Star Trek, Entertainment Tonight, Peanuts and Dilbert and held a series of consultative and senior management positions at HBO, Paramount, Blue Man Group, Verizon, NBCU, Deloitte Consulting and most recently Cirque du Soleil where she ran global sales and marketing for a portfolio of eight resident shows in Las Vegas and Orlando. Alma is an IMA board member and a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group.
Co-Founder & CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes
After 30 years in the automotive world, Don started an electric bicycle shop in Newport Beach, California. This was a labor of love. Over time, he developed an interest in electric cycling and tried to find quality electric bikes for his bicycle shop. His frustration with existing suppliers led him to contact his friend and future Pedego partner Terry Sherry and make plans for Pedego. In 2008, the two men co-founded Pedego Electric Bikes, where quality, innovation and customer service are among the top core values of the company.
“Pedego fuses the best in bicycle components with evolving electric technologies to create best in class electric bikes,” he explains. “As we look at how trends are evolving, styles and colors are playing an increasingly important role in the electric bike category. We are establishing Pedego as the best brand of electric bikes throughout the world by combining quality, service and style into awesome electric bicycles.”
Pedego is transforming the bicycle industry with bold marketing, best in class technology, smart leadership and innovative products. Their commitment to delighting customers is executed by the best dealers in the U.S. and Canada and evidenced by our market leadership. Pedegos are now available in over 40 countries on 6 continents and has earned the reputation of designing, manufacturing and marketing electric bicycles that consumers want to buy.
Founder & CEO, Baker Street Solutions
Don is an inventor, data junkie, and author of The Right to Succeed™, a marketing approach guaranteed to deliver. With 20 years of client experience at Procter & Gamble in brand, category and general management, and 15 years of marketing consulting as founder and CEO of Baker Street Solutions, Don is Baker Street’s “Discovery” guru. Don’s vision for how consumer behavior is translated into predictive modeling is the basis for his extraordinary career.
At P&G he became the only marketing person in their 180-year history to be appointed a Research Fellow. He has helped build brands in virtually every type of business, from packaged goods to investment services to automotive. He is also widely sought after as an inspirational public speaker in the field of capability training.
“I’m the only Baker Streeter who has invented and sold 10,000 copies of a board game.”
VP / Principal Architect, Design, Salesforce
San Francisco, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
As Design Architect and Senior Director of Product Design at Salesforce, Adam is responsible for tackling cross-cloud product challenges by applying research methods, experience strategy, and design tactics. He is well-traveled with 20+ year experience designing for enterprise applications, government solutions, and consumer experiences.
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 a founding contributor of the Salesforce Lightning Design System to leading product design efforts across Salesforce’s product lines which include Lightning and product acquisitions.
Most recently Adam founded and leads a cross-functional program to envision Salesforce’s product onboarding and learning experiences that leverage Trailhead.com and the Salesforce platform. Establishing one of the first Enterprise User Engagement Platforms.
Prior to joining the Salesforce team, Adam was a User Experience Specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense, a UX Practice Manager at portal/cms company OpenText Corp./Vignette, a Staff 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. He lives in Petaluma, California with his wife Brenda and two sons Parker and Griffin.
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Expeditions and Mountaineering
16 years experience in successfully leading teams by foot, bike and boat in nonstop, 24 , multi-day events across international expanses ranging from 50 to 400 miles in length while ensuring their safety, nutrition and morale.
Successful summits of 5 the worlds “Seven Summits”; Mt. Kilimanjaro 19,340′ – Tanzania, Africa; Mt. Aconcagua 22,831′ – Argentina; Mt. Elbrus 18,506′ – Russia, Carstensz Pyramid 16,024′ – Papua, and Mt. McKinley (Denali) 20,335 ‘ – Alaska, USA.
Founder & CEO, EXOIO | Founder, mophie
Shawn co-founded mophie, the #1 selling battery case manufacturer for mobile devices in North America. As COO and founder, she helped mophie create the first juice pack battery case for the first generation iPhone in North America and built an exclusive partnership with Apple. With time, they created a solid business structure, allowing the company to thrive and withstand rapid growth, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mophie raised millions of dollars in multiple rounds of capital and debt facilities.
Under Shawn’s guidance and strategic vision, the company grew from 3 employees in a barn in Michigan to a multi-million dollar business with 300+ employees in 5 facilities in California, Michigan, China, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. A Michigan native, Shawn values determination and is respected for her relentless work ethic and open-door policy.
Always remaining focused, she never shies away from a problem, rather she sees problems as opportunities for growth and elevating a brand. As a leader, she has established longstanding relationships with national and global retail partnerships and collaborations with top industry icons including Apple, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy, Product Red, Valentino, and Supreme.
Shawn is passionate about developing products. Prior to mophie, she started her career at Stryker Medical, then relocated to Arizona and worked for Software Logistic an Apple 3D party partner to bring the StarMax Computer to Market.
After that, she led product development for several notable audio tech-based companies, including Directed Electronics where she led the development for brands like Orion, ADST and Precision Power. Shawn currently resides in Newport Beach, California with her wife and two daughters. She also has two Cavalier King Charles, named Sunny and Cali.
CEO, Ketel One Vodka
Orange County, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
William Eldien, with more than 40 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, became President of Nolet Spirits U.S.A. in 1996 and acquired the additional appointment of Chief Executive Officer in 2006. As President and CEO, Eldien is responsible for setting the company’s vision and realizing its growth. Working closely with the Nolet family, Eldien continues to lead Nolet Spirits U.S.A. in building Ketel One and NOLET’S Finest Gins. He is also the leader in maintaining close relationships with distributors and on- and off- premise operators, cultivating ideas and launching new best-in-class spirits that consumers are proud to enjoy.
Prior to joining Nolet Spirits U.S.A., Eldien served as senior executive vice president for Young’s Market Company from 1986 to 1995 where he supervised all sales and marketing operations in California and Hawaii. From 1977 to 1986, Eldien held a series of increasing supervisory positions at United Vintners / Heublein, beginning as wine manager for the state of Texas. In 1979 he became regional manager of 12 western states and in 1985 was promoted to western vice president. The company appointed him national sales manager for Heublein Wines in 1986.
“The wine and spirits industry is something I’ve been a part of most of my career,” said Eldien. “Working for a family-owned company with a rich heritage dating back 325 years is a unique experience – the Nolet family’s commitment to create best-in-class spirits is shared by each member of the Nolet Spirits U.S.A. team.”
Eldien received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education in 1971 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and attended the University of Southern California’s Special Business Graduate program. He served as the Chair of Mission Hospital’s Board of Trustees in Mission Viejo, California, and currently serves on the “Drug Use Is Life Abuse” board, a support group of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, and as a civilian responder for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Founder & CEO, The Kanvas Company
As Founder and CEO of The Kanvas Company, Fathollahi bringing over 20 years of executive leadership experience to the cannabis industry, as the Founder and former CEO of global consumer technology solutions platform, Incipio Group. Founded in his Orange County garage in 1999 with just $500, He grew Incipio from a single product line to a diverse portfolio of owned brands and global licenses with over $450 million in annual revenue, 500 employees in eight countries and products in over 60,000 retail locations worldwide. As a forward-thinking leader, his commitment to innovation has resulted in nearly 200 patents and one of the most diverse and innovative product lines in the mobile phone industry.
During his leadership at Incipio, he successfully completed five high-profile acquisitions, including Griffin Technology®, Incase Design Corp.®, Braven Audio® and lifestyle brand TAVIK®, as well as 17 strategic licensing agreements with internationally renowned brands Coach®, TUMI®, Under Armour®, kate spade new york®, Rebecca Minkoff® and Diesel®. Fathollahi’s business acumen was recognized by American Express with a feature on American Express’ Open Forum, “Inside Successful Small Businesses,” and by Bloomberg Businessweek with a segment on BloombergTV. The Orange County Business Journal honored him with an Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award after being selected from a pool of 160 nominees.
His previous accolades also include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Orange County Fastest Growing Company, OC’s Hot 25 and CTA Board of Industry Leaders. Fathollahi serves as the Chairman of the Board for Incipio Group and as a member of the EvoNexus Committee, where he is joined by a large group of tech industry executives and entrepreneurs that are dedicated to helping startups in Orange County.
Founder & CEO, Quantcast
Konrad Feldman, CEO, co-founded and launched Quantcast in 2006 along with Paul Sutter to transform the effectiveness of online advertising through the use of science and scalable computing. Prior to co-founding Quantcast, Feldman co-founded Searchspace (now Fortent) the leading provider of terrorist financing detection and anti-money laundering software for the world’s financial services industry. As CEO of Searchspace’s North American business, he established the business in the US and directed its rapid growth to become a market leader. Prior to Searchspace, Feldman was a Research Fellow in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at University College London. Feldman holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University College, London.
Founder & President, Stealth Venture Labs
Brent Freeman is a serial entrepreneur who’s passionate about using business to generate both profit and social impact. While finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Brent started a commodities import / export firm with offices in Dubai and Los Angeles where the sole premise was to make as much money as fast as possible to pay back $250k in student loan debt. He naively thought that chasing the money would bring him the happiness he was seeking — so he chased this dream vigorously. At the aged of 23, he closed a $10M deal and on paper was a millionaire — but the day after closing this large deal, in his heart he felt more empty than he had ever felt before. He realized that day that his entrepreneurial spirit was not rooted in making money for its own sake, but rather in using business to make a positive impact in the world. When the Global Financial Crisis hit, the millions disappeared overnight and Brent had the opportunity to “fail forward”, shut down his first business and dedicate himself to a passion that has lit him up ever since: using for-profit businesses to create real social impact in the world.
In 2009, Brent founded tech startup Roozt.com (pronounced “roo-st”) with a vision of connecting the millennial shopper with socially conscious brands online. Roozt researched each brand’s socially conscious business practices and then marketed the brands to online shoppers. Mashable labeled Roozt the “Etsy for Social Entrepreneurs” and as one of the pioneering advertisers on Facebook, Roozt grew into an industry leading, seven figure revenue platform with a community of over 250k people. For every member who joined, Roozt donated a meal to an Americans in need. One member, one meal. Roozt were recognized by Forbes as a “2011 Name You Need To Know” and was featured on The Today Show, INC.com, Mashable, Huffington Post, PandoDaily, NBC, and ABC. In 2012, at the age of 27, Brent was featured by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Top 20 in Their 20s” for the Greater Los Angeles area. Brent has been a public speaker all over the country on topics like social impact, entrepreneurship and startup life, including a TEDx on social enterprise, and has been a writer at both Entrepreneur and INC on similar topics. Roozt was acquired by National Geographic partnered Novica.com in 2014. After Roozt, Brent joined the venture capital firm Crosscut Ventures as Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture Partner where he helped vet & source consumer internet deals while advising their portfolio companies on digital marketing.
In late 2014, Brent founded Stealth Venture Labs with the vision of creating a turnkey, world class digital marketing agency that could help incubate and accelerate ecommerce brands in a faster and more cost effective manner than they ever could do themselves. One of their more notable projects was YogaClub, a women’s athleisure-wear subscription box that donated a yoga class to children in need with every box sold. This concept was conceived and incubated at Stealth Venture Labs and then spun out into it’s own entity and management team and has since raised over $2M in funding. During his tenure with YogaClub, they were able to provide over 150,000 yoga and meditation classes to children in need. These days Stealth Venture Labs continues to execute in the weeds alongside founders, executives and their teams to help scale brands online and currently manages over $1MM+ per month in media spend across multiple platforms, channels and verticals. Since inception, Stealth has generated over $300MM in recurring revenue for its brand partners, including brands like Factor75, Home Chef, Evite, PooPourri, FabKids, Rhone and many more.
Stealth Venture Labs is a remote-first organization by design, eliminating over 300 hours of commute time per team member each year while letting them reinvest those hours back into themselves and their families by working from home. Stealth attracts some of the best and most experienced digital marketing talent from organizations like Facebook, Uber, Thrive Market, and TechStyle (JustFab + Fabletics) and pays for 100% of health, vision and dental insurance for all team members and their families. With a progressive profit and equity sharing program, Brent has set up Stealth so that everyone shares in the dynamic upside of the company.
In 2018, Brent and his team launched the Stealth Venture Labs 501(c)3 Microfinance Fund that provides $1,000 – $10,000 startup loans to traditionally “unlendable” inner-city teenage entrepreneurs in the US from disadvantaged backgrounds. Based on the Grameen Bank’s “accountability, mutual trust, creativity and participation” underwriting model, these micro loans are aimed at helping low-income teenagers break the cycle of poverty using entrepreneurship as their vehicle. Additionally, Brent is the Chairman of the Board of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (501(c)3) in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an active member of Entrepreneur Organization (EO) San Francisco, the Summit Series Fellows Program, and is an Advisor to social enterprise startups Pledgeling.com and GVNG.org. Every year, Brent mentors a handful entrepreneurs in a one-on-one capacity to help them break through barriers and achieve the life they imagined. Brent lives in San Francisco, travels the world often and due to his love for everything Italian, will fly to Italy any chance he can get.
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Seasoned ecommerce leader who has led great teams and sold $5 Billion online running the 3rd largest Marketplace in the U.S. with over 20 Million products from 7,000 retailers as well as a top fashion Marketplace with over 1,000 brands integrated. During my tenure, Buy.com went from losing almost $100 Million per year to 13 consecutive profitable quarters competing with Amazon on every product.
Indi is a SaaS video platform that helps brands engage their customers directly in their digital properties rather than in social media as social media platforms are seizing control of customer engagement and data. Customers are incentivized to create:
(i) video reviews to be displayed on the brand’s website and apps;
(ii) commissionable shoppable video reviews to be posted by the customer in their own social media to drive online sales for the brand and commissions or store credits for themselves; and
(iii) video submissions for contests to drive brand awareness across all social media.
Because the engagement is initiated directly on their website or in their app (as compared to in social media), brands own all the content, receive email addresses, remarketing rights and robust social media and sales data associated with all content submissions. Amazon just launched similar offerings to (i) and (ii) above for Amazon and Indi is providing it to all other retailers.
Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Montage Hotels & Resorts
Christopher Hamaway is the EVP, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Hamaway is responsible for developing and leading the overall Sales & Marketing strategy for Montage branded hotels. Additionally, he has oversight responsibilities for hotel sales, digital marketing and revenue management for all company brands, including Pendry Hotels.
Mr. Hamaway joined Montage in 2010 after serving as the senior corporate director of global sales for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where he led the team responsible for generating revenue and providing strategic sales direction for over 70 properties around the world, as well as being a founding faculty member of the Ritz-Carlton’s Leadership Institute. Before joining Ritz-Carlton, he was part of the opening team at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and served as general manager of one of the largest travel companies in the U.S.
Mr. Hamaway is on the Board of Directors, Internet Marketing Association.
Mr. Hamaway holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Finance from Florida State University.
Technical PgM, Google
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Founder & Managing Partner at Learn Capital
Rob Hutter is the Founder & Managing Partner at Learn Capital. He oversees the investing practice of the firm, which spans seed, early stage and emerging growth companies dedicated to the transformation of learning and the improvement of individual and societal capacities at scale. He currently serves on the board or as board observer for a number of Learn Capital companies including Coursera, Photomath, Smashcut, Brilliant, Andela, and several other breakthrough firms. He is also Chairman of the VIPKID Education Research Institute. In addition to his work with edtech companies, he is a participant in two academic neuroscience organizations.
Previously, Rob was a Partner at Revolution Ventures, an early stage venture investment firm and affiliate of Founders Fund. He was additionally co-founder and president of Swarm Networks, a massively scalable storage company purchased by Intel. He was also involved in the founding stages of transportation intelligence leader SmartDrive Systems and the chipmaker Silicon Spice, which was purchased by Broadcom. In addition, he co-founded two companies in online games and also co-founded Edusoft, a K-12 assessment management platform purchased by Houghton-Mifflin in 2003. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Vice President of Brands, SOCi, Inc.
I am the Vice President of Brands at SOCi, Inc. After deciding to transition from Franchises back into the SaaS space, landing at SOCi, Inc seemed to be fate. As a CFE, I’m excited to leverage the life-changing experience I gained working at a Top 20 Franchise to help other brands around the world take control of their social media networks and online reviews. I also relish serving as a specialist to help brands identify ways that SOCi’s platform and services can help them take the next step towards their own social media renaissance. I’m passionate about educating franchisees and simplifying their lives in any way possible, and welcome any opportunity to evangelize the masses about the “bottom line” importance of social media and reviews.
I successfully managed and implemented Digital Marketing initiatives across 1800+ Sport Clips websites, Social Media pages, Reviews sites and more. Tasked with creating the Digital Marketing Department in 2015, I’ve helped Sport Clips become the dominant haircut chain online, especially on Facebook and Instagram, most recently winning the Digiday Award in 2018 for our Social Media approach. I was also awarded the 2019 “Internet Marketer of the Year” from the Internet Marketing Association. Additionally, with my guidance and through a concentrated team effort, our company page and local websites are currently achieving record organic search results and seeing all time high traffic visits.
One key to my success is the desire to connect with all 18,000+ Sport Clips Team Members through Social Media. I actively seek to engage with our valued stylists and franchisees throughout the U.S. and Canada. This connection has enabled me to network with our entire system, allowing my team to spread our marketing messages to the masses quickly and efficiently, and hopefully with a lot of fun along the way. I am also involved in the planning and execution of the Company’s Conventions and Leadership Gatherings (Huddles).
In 2018, I launched the Sport Clips Hall of Fame Podcast. Episodes are added weekly and include a variety of topics and guests. During each episode, I interview guests and explore the world inside, outside and all around Sport Clips Haircuts. With so many wonderful personalities in and around our brand, there are plenty of stories to tell that keep listeners engaged. We currently have over 30,000 downloads through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Sound Cloud and YouTube.
Chairman & Founder, IMA | CEO, KCOMM
Orange County, CA
Cav. Sinan Kanatsiz, CIM
– Chief Executive Officer, KCOMM – www.kcomm.com
– Chairman and Founder, the Internet Marketing Association (IMA) – www.imanetwork.org
– Founder, International Executive Council (IEC) – www.iecnetwork.org
– Founder, Chapman50 – www.chapman50.org
– Founding Board Member, Pretend City Children’s Museum – www.pretendcity.org
– Member of the Board of Governors, Chapman University – www.chapman.edu
– YMCA National Outreach Chairman, Youth, and Government – www.calymca.org
– Member of the Board of Directors, Seneca Youth Foster Care – www.senecafoa.org
– Member of the Board of Directors, Literacy Project – www.literacyprojectfoundation.org
– Cavaliere “Cav” Member of the Royal House of Savoy – www.regalis.com/savoy.htm
– Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient – www.eihonors.org
Sinan Kanatsiz has effectively made his mark as an entrepreneur in the United States. His parents who migrated from Turkey established residency and citizenship in America in the 1960’s where they had and raised Sinan and his Sister Sebnem. In 1998, while studying for a master’s degree at Chapman University, Kanatsiz followed his entrepreneurial spirit and formalized his first company, KCOMM, a Public Relations and Internet marketing agency. The company quickly evolved into a full-service marketing, government affairs and event marketing firm known for its Internet expertise and results-oriented approach. In less than ten years, Kanatsiz grew the firm to several million dollars in revenue, opening business operations and clients in Dallas, New York, Dubai, Istanbul, Montreal, London, Argentina, and Delhi. Currently, KCOMM works with over 100 specialized employees and independent contractors in several countries and has developed campaigns for over 1,000 companies and organizations around the world. These include organizations ranging from innovative start-ups to New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listed companies such as Oracle, Sony, eBay, T-Mobile, HP, Adobe and the University of Phoenix.
KCOMM’s dedication to strategic programs and results-oriented campaigns has earned the firm several PROTOS awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The effectiveness of KCOMM’s strategies has become so widely recognized that the firm’s clients have now extended beyond the realm of technology to include elected officials, municipalities and multi-national organizations.
As a consummate entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kanatsiz takes his community responsibilities seriously. In addition to mentoring high school and college students, he is often asked to speak about entrepreneurship and the Internet. He has held engagements at several universities, including USC, Chapman University, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, and Cal Tech. Additionally, he has been a keynote speaker at the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) National Conference and is often called to speak on a variety of topics including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Email Marketing, Modernizing Government and the future of the Internet.
Kanatsiz’s belief in the power of entrepreneurism and politics led him to be the original founder of a group called Generation NeXt in 2004, a network of young business and community leaders committed to making a difference by empowering others for the betterment of the next generation. Additionally, he founded the Internet Marketing Association (www.imanetwork.org) in 2000, which has a large number of professional members worldwide and its own conference series called “IMPACT”. Past events have included the executives and founders of Google, SalesForce, Tesla Motor, SpaceX, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, St. Regis Hotel, Wahoos, Quest Software, Amazon and YouTube to name a few. Kanatsiz is currently expanding the group globally and involving leaders from Europe, the Middle East, China and India, working to create the largest association dedicated to Internet Marketing in the world.
While the IMA is a large, global organization, Kanatsiz recently created a spinoff in (2017), called the International Executive Council (IEC), which he founded to focus on the top 100 leaders in Southern California (www.iecnetwork.org). The organization has been hosting monthly events around topics including Social Emotional Learning, Cryptocurrency, Leadership and The Creative Process to name a few.
Kanatsiz holds a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Human Resources, all from Chapman University. Kanatsiz was designated Alumnus of the Year by Chapman University in the year 2000. He was also the recipient of the Community College of California Alumnus of the Year Award in 2005. Sinan was named in the Hall of Fame for Santa Ana College in the year 2006. He has also been named as 40 under 40 and a featured Entrepreneur of the Year by OC Metro Magazine. Recognized for his philanthropic involvement, Kanatsiz was appointed a Knighthood and invited to become a member of the Royal House of Savoy by Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy in September 2018. Sinan received the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his work in non-profit organizations, public relations, and internet marketing.
To this day, he credits his accomplishments to his Four Pillars of Success: personal integrity; coaches and mentors; family; and education.
Kanatsiz, his wife, Kai, son Archer, and daughter Arden, reside in San Clemente, California.
Founder & CEO, Ephesoft
Ike Kavas is the founder and CEO, with 20 years of content capture, document management, workflow, productivity tools and systems engineer experience. His focus is to guide, innovate and expand the company’s mission of turning the world’s unstructured content into actionable data.
His previous role was Chief Technology Officer at Ephesoft and he holds patents on supervised machine learning for document classification and extraction. He achieved the CDIA+ certification and has been involved with hundreds of projects using products from EMC-Captiva, Kofax, Readsoft, TIS, OpenText, Microsoft and Xerox.
He is a serial entrepreneur with three ventures and successful exits. He has not only the technical background by implementing several multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 100 companies but also has solid sales/business experience as he has achieved repeated financial and operational goals in his career.
Ike earned his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and studied Computer Architecture at Anatolia University.
Transformational CMO | CEO, Emerge Insights
Lauren Kelly is a pioneering business executive with proven success launching new, innovative platforms and repositioning established businesses for sustainable growth. A digital marketing expert whose experience spans consumer and B2B, Ms. Kelly possesses leadership agility to help companies across industries achieve bold business goals. Deep general management capability enables her to lead cross-functional executive teams. Ms. Kelly is an experienced transformation leader who inspires organizations to thrive in an uncertain business landscape.
Most recently, Ms. Kelly was Chief Marketing Officer at Irvine Company, where she repositioned the company’s 50 million square foot workplace portfolio to meet evolving Millennial workforce needs via industry-leading digital marketing, new product and experience innovation and an end-to-end rebrand. Irvine Company is a privately held, multi-billion dollar enterprise and California’s largest private landowner and developer.
Ms. Kelly is the Marketing and Brand Committee Chair for the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a CEO-driven organization committed to accelerating sustainable and inclusive economic development for the region. She also serves on the Internet Marketing Association board and is amember of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent organization for C-level Black executives.
Previously, Ms. Kelly led commercial strategy for two Fortune 50 companies: Dell Technologies representing nearly $60 billion in revenue across all lines of business and PepsiCo Americas Foods, a $22B division of PepsiCo. In both roles, she led a global team focused on driving holistic long-term strategies and identifying big bets for future growth. Prior to her CMO and corporate strategyresponsibilities, Ms. Kelly spent nine years with PepsiCo, with progressively increasing Marketing and P&L ownership including two $1 billion+ portfolios.
Ms. Kelly began her career as a marketing strategy and insights consultant for Monitor Group (now Monitor-Deloitte). In her role advising senior leaders across diverse industries, she developed a unique expertise in positioning new vaccines and pharmaceutical offerings to complex stakeholder networks. Ms. Kelly guided a cross-functional team to develop the launch strategies for two blockbuster $1 billion vaccines, Gardasil and Zostavax.
Ms. Kelly holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University (1998) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2004). She resides in Long Beach, California with her husband and three daughters and gains valuable perspectives from concurrently leading a large enterprise and raising a young family.
Founder & CEO, Channel Bakers
Joshua Kreitzer is the founder and CEO of Channel Bakers. With over 15 years experience in the Consumer Electronics and Outdoor Sports Industries, working for such brands as GoPro and Corsair, as well as Internet Retailer, Buy.com, and CE Distributor, Ingram Micro, Josh has developed and executed Merchandising, Marketing, and Paid Media strategies within each position he’s held that drove incremental revenue while consistently providing outstanding Return on Investment. His channel experience enables him to develop clear-cut go-to-market and channel strategies with a step by step, turn-key gameplan that will increase sales, brand awareness, and profitability while minimizing channel conflict.
Head of Product, Quibi
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Passionate about creating magical experiences through technology and intuitive, delightful user interfaces. Experiences that are also built on architecture designed for long-term scalability, and unequivocally contribute to the financial and business growth of a company.
Orange County, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
In 1982, Tilly Levine co-founded Tillys, a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry, selling clothing, shoes, and accessories. Tilly Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, serving as Vice President of Vendor Relations since its inception.
As a key driver of the company’s philanthropic efforts, Tilly has been committed to helping disadvantaged children and teens for many years through the Tilly’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting organizations such as Boys and Girls Town, Boys & Girls Club, Casa Youth Shelter, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005, Tilly’s founded two Tilly’s Baby Homes in Trabuco Canyon as a result of her efforts. This program uses an innovative approach to maintain family unity for newborns and infants who are removed from their home.
Recognizing a need for life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion and create lasting changes in the lives of young people, Tilly founded Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) in 2012. TLC programs are currently empowering teens in high schools, as well as through organizations such as CHOC Hospital, Samueli Academy at Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Think Together, and more. It is Tilly’s dream to see all teens across the nation benefit from the life skills gained through TLC.
In her free time, Tilly enjoys life to the fullest. Her passions include golfing, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her family.
VP of Marketing Technology, Del Taco Restaurants Inc.
Erin Levzow is Vice President of Marketing Technology for Del Taco Restaurants. Prior to her current role Erin was the CMO for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Levzow has served as vice president of customer relationship marketing (CRM), loyalty and marketing for Hathway in Austin, Texas, a customer service experience company specializing in helping billion-dollar brands develop mobile-first strategies. Levzow’s extensive marketing and digital experience also includes serving as senior director of digital, social, CRM and e-commerce for Wingstop Restaurants in Dallas, Texas, and serving as vice president of marketing and technology for Freebirds World Burrito, where she oversaw the marketing initiatives for nearly 100 restaurant chains. Levzow began her career at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas and went on to work for MGM Resorts International and Palms Casino Resort & Palms Place Hotel and Spa.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and holds a Master’s Marketing Strategy Certificate from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Nanxi Liu, named Forbes 30 Under 30, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Enplug. Enplug is a leading digital display software company used to power screens in hotels, banks, stadiums, universities, retail stores, elevators, and corporate offices. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in Brazil, Australia, Japan, Poland, and the UK.
While an undergrad at UC Berkeley, Nanxi co-founded Nanoly Bioscience, a venture-backed biotech company that develops polymers to eliminate refrigeration for vaccines and other therapeutics. The company received the Top Research Award at the World Biomaterials Congress and Nanxi serves on the Board. Nanxi serves on the Board of Advisors for Covington Capital ($2 billion AUM) and is a Partner at XFactor Ventures, which invests in women-founded companies. Passionate about community service, Nanxi serves on the Board of Directors for the National Foster Youth Institute, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and Tiger Scholarship Foundation.
As a producer of the Amazon TV series, The Bay, Nanxi received an Emmy Award. A Colorado native, Nanxi is a concert pianist and double majored in business administration and political economy at UC Berkeley.
Sr. Director of Engineering, GE Digital
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Peter is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. As an advisor to larger global corporation and government entities for last the 20 years, he has gained tremendous insight into trends in technology which have proven exceptionally valuable to the industry. Working with companies such as Disney, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Technicolor and the OpenStack Foundation has resulted in designs and innovation which meet strict security and compliance needs but maintains the flexibility to drive today’s agile innovation in public and private clouds.
CEO, Bohemia Health
Henry Loubet is CEO of Bohemia Health which was formed in February 2017. In this role he partners with later and early stage healthcare organizations including health plans, employee benefits firms, health systems, managed care, physician groups, behavioral health/substance abuse sites, health IT and private equity firms to focus on overall strategy, innovation, business development, mergers/acquisitions and relationship building. Current clients include: EHealth & Medicare.com, Stanford University CERC, Omada Health, Burnham Benefits, Pinnacle Brokers Insurance Solutions, Alecto Health System, MCOL, EmpirRx, Brainguard, Antelope Valley Cancer Center and Delta TPA.
Loubet’s extensive background is rooted in managed care and public companies. He was the former Western Region CEO of United Healthcare (1996-2000) where he was responsible for 1.6 million members across 10 western states from California to Colorado. This was Commercial and Medicare Advantage. He had full P&L responsibility and M&A. Loubet served as President of Health Net (1989-1996) where he led health plan growth to more than 750,000 members and $1 billion in revenue. This included Commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid with full P&L responsibilities. He also helped lead M&A. Loubet was General Manager and President of Maxicare Health Plans (1986-89), increased growth by 300%. He created and ran Valley Health Plan in Santa Clara County, a Commercial and Medi-Cal Health Plan.
Loubet was the Chief Strategy Officer for Keenan (2003-2016), Keenan is one of the nation’s top 20 largest Consultants/Brokers/TPAs. In this role he was responsible for overall company strategy, business development and innovation. Loubet developed a PBM coalition with Express Scripts that now covers more than 500,000 members across 30 states, led the Keenan TPA and developed the Covered California exchange program. Loubet also served as Executive Advisor to Paladin Healthcare in 2016 where he applied his expertise to develop a managed care platform, including health insurance/physician strategy for a safety net hospital company.
In addition, Loubet was also Director of Patient Business Services at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, affiliated with Stanford University Healthcare. Loubet had a number of management roles in Finance and Ambulatory Care, before starting Valley Health Plan. Loubet was the Vice Chairman of Ohio-based Drug Emporium and DrugEmporium.com, a publicly traded pharmacy and internet company acquired by Rite Aid. Loubet led the sale of DrugEmporium.com, as well as play a key role in the sale of Drug Emporium.
Given his extensive experience across the healthcare industry, Loubet has served on the Board of Directors for notable firms and organizations. His affiliations included:
- Gem Care Health Plan Board of Directors (2007-16) – Sold to Blue Shield of California
- DrugEmporium Board of Directors (2000-05) – Public company now owned by Walgreens
- GemCare Medical Group Board of Directors (2004-Current) – Sold to Dignity Health
- Medvantage Board of Directors (2009-14) – Health IT company (HCSC, Florida Blue)
- University of Pittsburgh Board of Visitors (2017-Current)
- Integrated Health Care Association (IHA) (1996–16) – Founding Board of Directors member of top California and U.S. trade associations of top 40 health executives.
- California Association of Health Plans Board of Directors (1996-00)
- Payers & Providers (2010–Current) – Editorial Board Member of health care publication
- Managed-Care Online (MCOL) (200 –Current) – Founding Board of Directors
- Kaiser Health Plan Broker Advisory Council (2012–16)
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association National Consortium (2011–16)
- Anthem Blue Cross Executive Leadership Broker Advisory Council (2010–16)
- LeggUP (2001 -Current) – Board of Advisors
Loubet holds a Bachelor’s from Rider University, a Masters from University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters from University of San Francisco. He is fluent Spanish speaking and is involved in numerous philanthropic activities including his own golf foundation for youth called ACE Kid’s Golf. Loubet was recently elected to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Assistant Dean -Marketing, Enrollment, and Strategy Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
My passion is leading entertainment & other brand-driven businesses across digital and traditional platforms, through disruption to measurable success. My specialty is bringing strategic thinking and process discipline to creative environments, bridging cultures and tapping both the “right and left brain” of organizations to create breakthrough results.
- Grew a world-class retail business to $1B in retail sales/ $45M in licensing revenue, across 12 product categories and 10 countries, opening 3 offices abroad and managing 43 people
- Invented new business models by analyzing data and thinking creatively about the inherent value of brands.
- Transformed entire business models for complex organizations; rebuilt marketing processes and creative development around digital platforms
Founder & CEO, Acoustic Meta Materials Inc.
Abhi Mathur has created his own proven track record of success in cutting-edge technology and innovative ventures aside from hailing from a family background in stealth technology. With an MBA from UCLA Anderson and early startup and corporate success, Mathur has quietly gone about achieving something no one had managed to do in over 50 years: successfully revolutionizing today’s next generation of audio hardware.
Mathur’s passion for empowering others through technology, finance, community building, transportation and acoustics has led him to found Acoustic Meta Materials (AMM), the only company in the world that specializes in creating high-tech hardware utilizing meta materials and nano materials for use in consumer electronics. Abhi’s vision for AMM was to create technological innovation for everyone, a high-quality product that required zero battery power, weighed next to nothing and is cost-effective. AMM speaker technology can bring the quality and volume of a room full of bluetooth speakers into devices like mobile phones, tablets, smart speakers and A/R V/R devices.
As founder and CEO, Mathur has a unique gift in being able to imagine, innovate and bring to life what others have not. Building AMM by leveraging and innovating stealth cloaking technologies that were originally created for the military Mathur is bringing high-quality audio to everyone. Today, those next generation technologies including augmented and virtual reality, are weaved into our everyday devices including phones, tablets and computers as Mathur now sets his sights on their next innovation.
Founder & CEO of The Ambassadors Company - Teen Insights and Consulting
My dad, an incredible VC, started taking me to pitch meeting when I was 10 years old. Instead of having me sit on the side, he would engage me and ask for my opinion on every product he was looking at. At 15, I interned at SoundHound Inc. in marketing. Again, I was expecting to be getting coffee, but I ended my internship doing a social media strategy presentation to upper level management focused on how to better reach teens. This is when it really hit me: even the smartest product managers and marketers had no real understanding of what teens today are doing. I then worked for a small social media company my junior year in High School, running an in-house teen insight group. While running this program, I learned how to collect feedback in the most authentic and realistic manner. All of a sudden, multiple companies were approaching me asking them to run the same research program for them. I founded AmbassCo after noticing the stark gap between business executives and teens.
CEO, Chuck E. Cheese / CEC Entertainment Inc
McKillips has more than 25 years of experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries. Most recently, he was President of the International Development Company for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, responsible for the operational management of all properties outside the United States. In addition, McKillips served as Six Flags Senior Vice President, In-Park Services, leading the food & beverage, retail, games and procurement functions across all U.S. Six Flags parks. Prior to joining Six Flags, he served as Vice President of Advertising & Custom Publishing Sales for DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and home to some of the world’s most iconic brands. McKillips has also held multiple leadership roles within Sea World Entertainment and Sesame Place. McKillips holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia and received post-graduate certificates in Marketing and Finance from New York University.
Megibow has been at the forefront of e-commerce since the early 1990’s and brings nearly 30 years of experience in technology and business. Since October 2018, Joe has served as CEO of Purple, a digitally-native vertical brand with a mission to help people feel and live better through innovative comfort solutions. Joe has also served as a board member of Red Lion Hotels Corporation since April 2017. Most recently, Joe was an advisor for Advent International, the global Private Equity firm, focused on digital best practices for their consumer businesses. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where he oversaw the transformation and growth of American Eagle’s $550+ million direct-to-consumer business. Prior to that, Joe held several senior roles with Expedia, Inc., including VP and GM of Expedia.com, where he had P&L responsibility for the US business. During this time, he launched Expedia’s mobile business and was named Chairman of Mobiata, an Expedia, Inc. company. In 2000, Joe was an original employee of TeaLeaf Technology, now an IBM company. He has also held roles at Ernst & Young Management Consulting, and EDS in their Advanced Technology Group. Joe earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Global Media SEM Team Lead, Microsoft
Christi is the Global Media SEM Team Lead at Microsoft and is on the Board of Directors for the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO), the Paid Search Association and the University of Idaho School of Business. For over a decade Christi has led in-house Digital Marketing teams at Microsoft, Expedia, Harry & David, and agency teams at Pointmarc and Point It. She has spent her career helping businesses solve their marketing challenges and goals through analyzing data to develop actionable insights and strategies. Christi has been recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the top 25 Most Influential PPC Experts for the past 5 consecutive years. Additionally, Christi is a recognized keynote speaker across the globe at events such as AdWeek, Mumbrella, DMEXCO, SMX, and the Digital Summit Series. She also writes for Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal and has been published on HuffingtonPost, Venture Beat, Forbes, AdAge and MarketingProfs. When she isn’t writing or speaking she’s typically running around with her children Roy and Adelinde, and her husband Jason.
Co-founder, Head of IT Operations, Slickdeals
Las Vegas, NV
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
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
Executive VP and Chief Information and Digital Officer, Sysco
Tom leads our Sysco Technologies organization. Before joining Sysco, Tom served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, at Ingram Micro, a global leader in technology distribution, supply chain services and cloud solutions.
With more than 20 years of technology leadership experience, Tom’s background includes leading enterprise information technology strategy, services, operations, risk and cybersecurity for large global enterprises, including transformation and digital commerce strategy focused on the use of data, advanced analytics and emerging technologies to enhance the customer and associate experience.
Prior to Ingram Micro, Tom held similar information technology leadership positions with AECOM, Levi Strauss & Co., MGM Resorts (formally MGM MIRAGE) and General Electric-owned NBC Universal’s global entertainment business unit. He began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. Tom served as a Captain and Financial Management Officer.
Director, Product, Realtor.com
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Before joining Realtor.com, Jeff spent ten years at Disney, performing SEO on its entertainment sites, including Disney.com, ESPN.com, and StarWars.com.
Previously, Jeff led an interactive agency in Japan, where he was responsible for guiding the firm’s Asia-Pacific business growth.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego.
Jeff lives with his wife and three daughters in Los Angeles.
VP, Sales, TransPerfect
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Experienced leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of building and leading extremely productive globally distributed sales, marketing, and operations organizations. Focused vision on helping companies deliver superior customer experience management by enabling organizations to engage and find customers, convert customers to advocates, and increase revenue.
Principal & Co-Foudner, CPR Interactive
Principal and Co-founder, CPR Interactive. San Francisco-based Digital Design Agency that builds web properties, product simulators and demos, eBooks, videos, ROI & assessment tools and bespoke UI/UX systems. Our offerings engage users through the full spectrum of the buyer’s journey.
Co-Founder & CEO, Steady
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…” – The Man in the Arena
After growing up with a single mother who worked nonstop to make ends meet and seeing the massive/growing income challenges in the U.S., I am happy to be leading a passionate team on building Steady.
Steady helps its Members to supplement their incomes and receive ongoing digital advice on how to reach their income potential and improve their overall financial health, guiding over $500 million of incremental and attributable earnings for its Members in 2019 and has recently facilitated the distribution of millions of dollars of emergency cash grants to low income Americans most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am proud to be a recognized advocate and thought leader for part-time, contract, hourly and gig workers, having appeared to discuss the many challenges facing these tens millions of hard working Americans on MSNBC, CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, Cheddar and published in the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Barron’s, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Newsweek, Glassdoor amongst others. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a return guest speaker on Financial Inclusion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as a return speaker at SXSW, Financial Health Network (CFSI) Emerge, Money20/20, Collision, Quarantine Summit, LendIt and many other tech and financial services conferences.
I am proud of my years of ups and downs / battle scars as a young entrepreneur, learning as I went. I am passionate about facilitating income enhancement, and spent years focused on economic development in developing markets.
I spent 9 years building and investing in businesses in China, the most challenging years of my life, including 6 years working to help stimulate economic and jobs growth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of China with a focus on investing heavily in renewable energy to lower China’s out of control carbon footprint.
I spent the first 6 years of my career in investment banking, working on M&A and corp. finance transactions, primarily at Lehman Brothers and Barrington Associates (acquired by Wells Fargo).
I am thankful to have served on the Board of various non-profit/charitable organizations including the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Los Angeles and U.S. Doctors for Africa.
President & CEO, U.S.-Saudi Business Council
Hall Delano Roosevelt
Hall Delano Roosevelt was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the grandson of President Franklin Delano and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. He is also the direct descendant of President Theodore Roosevelt. He attended the International School in Geneva Switzerland; Brentwood Military Academy, California; Pacific Palisades High School; and Woodbury University, Los Angeles, California. Del’s father was James Roosevelt, FDR’s first-born son. Del lived on the East Coast when James served as a Congressman for 6 terms from California’s 26th District, then in Europe when his father was the United Nations Ambassador to Geneva.
Prior to joining the Business Council, Del served as the Director of New Business Development for the Reza Investment Group based in Saudi Arabia. The Reza Investment Company is wholly owned by the Alireza family, one of the oldest and respected trading families in Saudi Arabia. Reza Investment has successfully developed market-leading positions in trading, manufacturing and service industries throughout Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC). Del is a joint founder of Friends of Saudi Arabia, a cultural awareness program.
Del’s previous involvement also includes:
– Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (only board of advisors)
– Chairman, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce
– First Vice President, Bahrain American Chamber of Commerce
– Board Member, American Business Association, Easter Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Del’s current involvement includes:
– Executive Board Member, American Mission Hospital, Bahrain
– Board Member, FDR Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation
– Advisory Board Member, Internet Marketing Association
He also served as the head of Roosevelt Consulting Inc., an international consulting company focusing on assisting organizations and private investors in structuring cross- border transactions, technology transfers, and direct investments globally with focus on the Middle East.
Del was Chairman and Member of the Long Beach Community Development Advisory Committee, which allocates the $10 million plus of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants for city economic improvement projects. He also chaired the Solid Waste Management Commission, where he helped to start the City’s curbside city-wide recycling program. Elected as the City’s Fourth District Councilmember, Del’s interest in environmental issues prompted him to recommend that the City Council establish a Sustainable Development Board – a recommendation that has been implemented by the Environmental Task Force. As a member of the City Council, Del authored the City’s redistricting plan in 1996. He was appointed as Chair of the Federal Legislation and Environmental Affairs Committee which made him responsible to develop the City’s legislative agenda and required him to spend a great deal of time advocating in Washington D.C. and Sacramento, California. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and on the Joint Powers Authority with the City of Signal Hill, and participated in the City’s Collaborative Conversations Program with the Long Beach Unified School District. Based on experience gained in his work at Southern California Edison, working in Energy Conservation and Load Management as a Major Account Executive for ten years, Del took a leading position for the City Council when the City considered becoming its own electrical municipality and severing ties with Southern California Edison as a result of an opportunity for the city to renegotiate its franchise fees contract
Del worked for the Boeing Sea Launch Program as Director of Governmental Relations, which took him on extensive trips to the South Pacific.
Executive Coach & Former VP of Global Web Operations
Orange County, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Kamin is an international business & executive coach who guides business owners and executives in growing their businesses in rapid time. When successful leaders are feeling stuck or their business plateaus, she identifies and transforms limiting beliefs and behaviors to accelerate individual and business growth. Using her innovative merchandising mind, she provides results-oriented strategies and promotions to increase revenue and profitability. Kamin not only supports clients in achieving their goals but also provides life coaching to ensure each person improves their overall quality of life and work-life balance.
Kamin is the U.S. Navy’s first female African-American helicopter pilot. Kamin has a background in information technology, web development and online merchandising. She also served as a Vice President of Global Website Operations at a billion-dollar company. As a keynote speaker, Kamin is sought after by corporations, universities, and professional associations to inspire participants in achieving their visionary goals and being effective leaders.
In addition to being an award-winning author of the Amazon bestsellers “Increase Your Abundance Starting Today” and “The Wealth Transformation Journal,” Kamin sits on the Board of EduCare Foundation, Los Angeles’ largest after-school program provider. She is also a founding member of the International Executive Council and the Women’s Leadership Group of the Internet Marketing Association.
CEO, Entrepreneur Media
Ryan Shea is CEO of Entrepreneur Media Inc., the parent company of Entrepreneur.com and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has a demonstrated history of successful operating and growing an international media business. Strong business development professional skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Strategy, Advertising Sales, Integrated Marketing, and Advertising.
CMO, Tangram Interiors
Los Angeles, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Paul Randall Smith is the Chief Marketing Officer of Tangram, an interior and workplace solutions company focusing on furniture, flooring and technology in Southern California. Paul obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration at George Fox University and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Oregon.
After graduation, Paul launched his career in Portland, where he began his specialization in user experience and marketing within shared spaces. His partnerships with predominant Portland hospitality leaders led to the opportunity to develop locations in Los Angeles, CA. Soon afterward, Paul was recruited by Tangram to develop and implement a progressive marketing department and strategic direction.
Paul believes in creating and curating experiences for customers, clients and cultures. This is accomplished by focusing on the use of technology, high altitude and micro perspective strategic thinking and innovative management practices. Tangram is Southern California preeminent interior solutions provider with clients such as Hulu, City National Bank, Live Nation, Kaiser Permanente, USC and UCLA.
Senior Manager, Amazon
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Jay has more than 15 years of experience in marketing including advertising, media, brand development, interactive marketing and search engine optimization. Over the years, he 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 Seattle. Prior to his role at Amazon, he was a partner at 451 Marketing, a national award-winning firm specializing in PR, digital media, search marketing and social media. Early in his career, Jay helped create and launch some of the most dynamic and innovative web ad campaigns seen in the last decade, having the pleasure to work with personalities such as Tiger Woods, Lebron James and Eli Manning. With a unique blend of passion, enthusiasm and creativity, he enjoys working with a wide variety of companies from startups to Fortune 500 and all aspects of helping companies grow. Jay has stayed true to his desire to provide outstanding results for his clients. His goals are to continue to be the person that people know will deliver on his word and be a pleasure to work with. As he puts it, he wants his clients to be “raving fans.”
CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Lindsey Ueberroth is Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and a member of its Board of Directors. Since joining the company in 2004, Lindsey has helped solidify the position of Preferred Hotels & Resorts as an iconic global hospitality brand, a preferred partner for independent hotels, and a trusted resource for travelers seeking an authentic, independent luxury hotel experience.
In March 2015, Lindsey spearheaded the rebranding of Preferred Hotel Group to Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which represented the onset of a new consumer-facing strategy for the company. The new brand architecture redefined the way the hotel experience is rated, not by tiers or stars, but by experiences, to create stronger clarity for the company’s world-class portfolio of independent properties among travelers, hoteliers, and travel partners. Highlighting the success of that strategic move, in that same year, Lindsey led the company to achieve a major milestone in its history by generating more than $1 billion ($1.011B) in reservations revenue on behalf of its member hotels worldwide, a 15% increase over the previous year.
During her tenure as president, from June 2010 to February 2014, Lindsey’s leadership of Preferred Hotel Group helped the company’s global portfolio of member hotels successfully emerge from the worldwide economic downturn by doubling total year-end reservations revenue and generating a 25% increase in Average Daily Rate. Under her direction, the company also launched the innovative points-based I Prefer hotel rewards program; executed the introduction of three distinct brands that represented hotels and resorts in the design, boutique, and serviced residences niche categories; marked first-time presence in more than 25 new countries; and formed strategic partnerships with small hotel brands that expanded the company’s reach into key global markets.
Her strength and success as the leader of Preferred Hotels & Resorts earned her recognition in 2017 by Hotel Management as one of the 30 most influential women in hospitality. She also received back-to-back accolades in 2015, first by HOTELS magazine as one of the top 10 most noteworthy hoteliers in the world and then by Lodging Magazine as one of the 20 most influential females in the lodging industry.
Before joining Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Lindsey was an account executive at Ambassadors International, Inc., a global meetings and incentives company. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Lindsey serves on the Board of Directors for Historic Hotels of America, the Global Hotel Network, and Wine 2 Water. She is also an active member of the U.S. Travel Association and the Young Presidents’ Organization. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Lindsey has traveled to more than 100 countries.
President, ViewSonic Corporation
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
With a passion for strategy, people and innovation, I have had the honor and opportunity to work with exceptional companies, professionals and technologies.
It has been a pleasure engaging, learning and managing in many business disciplines including executive management, customer and channel building, brand management, operations, public relations and product marketing. I am also proud to be recognized as an industry expert on technology channels of distribution from reseller networks to retail.
Hard work, vision and execution have formed the foundation for achieving success throughout my career. I truly enjoy the challenges and achievements associated with executive leadership, particularly in people development, driving change, process improvement and growth.
- Continue to drive ViewSonic success globally through effective planning and leadership
- Drive an agile and visionary mindset through a culture that is employee, partner and customer centric
- Continue to mature as an executive leader in both the company and community to foster thoughtful, successful, energetic and positive work/life balance
Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer, DailyPay Inc.
Jeanniey Walden is an award-winning, entrepreneurial Chief Marketing Officer who uses innovation to transform the way companies work to accelerate growth and brand impact.
Currently, she is the CMO of DailyPay, helping to transform the way employees get paid. Jeanniey has led global Marketing and Growth for Fortune 1000 companies, including Mercer, Ogilvy, Barnes & Noble and JCPenney, as well as industry-transforming start-ups, including Zinio, RebelMouse and Ringblingz.
A recognized “Woman in Business” and an entrepreneur, she has authored multiple books and launched five companies, including the Email Experience Council. She is a highly sought-after public speaker and frequently shares her keen business insight on nationally-syndicated and major market television and radio shows. Most recently, Jeanniey was named Transformational CMO of the Year by the CMO Club, a “Top 25 Women Leaders in Financial Technology” from The Financial Technology Report, a “Woman of the Year” in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and one of the 10 prominent women role models in FinTech from around the world from Global FinTech. Her new show, Stepping Up, featuring a meaningful conversation with the country’s top female leaders in business, is set to launch in 2021.
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Vincent Walden, CFE, CPA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Vincent Walden is an Atlanta-based Partner within EY’s Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services practice specializing in forensic technology. His areas of focus include eDiscovery, forensic data analytics, information governance and cyber breach response services. Providing leading technology perspectives on both proactive compliance programs and reactive investigations, Vincent is part of a global leadership team of skilled forensic technology and data mining professionals and is the Southeast Regional Forensic Technology leader. Vincent has over twenty years of experience handling the information management, forensic analysis and electronic discovery needs for large-scale, complex litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud and compliance programs across a variety of industries.
As a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, he has been featured in many publications including FRAUD Magazine, Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, and The Economist. Most notably, he is part of COSO’s Anti-Fraud Task Force where he recently co-author COSO’s “Fraud Risk Management Guide” released in September 2016.
VP Enterprise Marketing, Adobe
Palo Alto, CA
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Andrea Ward is a marketing veteran with over 20 years in growing and leading high performing global marketing teams. Andrea joined Magento from Oracle, where she served most recently as Global Vice President of Marketing for Oracle Marketing Cloud. In this role, Andrea was responsible for the global launch, messaging, and demand strategy for Oracle Marketing Cloud, and was instrumental in driving the category creation and leadership for Oracle in the marketing technology space. Prior to joining Oracle, Andrea held a number of marketing leadership and financial management positions at high-technology and pharmaceutical companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Senior Field Marketing Manager & Small Business Expert, Yelp Inc.
As Yelp’s Senior Field Marketing Manager and Small Business Expert, Emily is responsible for building a thriving network of local business owners, operators and marketers through education and networking events (now, exclusively virtual). She hosts events and webinars to provide business owners with resources that help them succeed and grow in the world of online reviews. Emily’s expertise lies in customer engagement, reputation management and all things digital marketing. Her knowledge encompasses countless industries and through thought leadership and speaking engagements, she’s able to share insights that business owners of all kinds can leverage for the future of their business.
Prior to joining Yelp back in 2014, Emily oversaw guest experience and large scale event execution at Marriott. She comes from a family of business owners and has a longstanding history of helping business owners learn about the world of online reviews and consumer engagement. In her spare time Emily works as a mental health advocate and frequently authors pieces and presents about work life balance, relationships and the importance of mental health for all.
Area Franchise Developer, The UPS Store Inc.
Gary Williams Jr.
Gary Williams Jr. is the Area Franchise Developer for The UPS Store Inc., currently managing over 320+ locations throughout Southern California. In 2016, Gary was voted to position as Chairman of the Marketing Advisory Council for The UPS Store Inc, which manages the national marketing budget for the brand. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The UPS Store® concept was introduced in 1980 as Mail Boxes Etc.® – a convenient alternative to the post office. Throughout its evolution, it has continued to define and lead the business services category it created.
In 2001, UPS® acquired Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. In 2003, the two companies introduced The UPS Store® brand. . In 2012, Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. became The UPS Store, Inc. The centers remain locally owned and operated, and continue to offer a variety of packing, shipping, freight, postal, printing and business services, with convenient locations and world-class service. 2020 – Ranked #1 in Entrepreneur® magazine’s annual “Franchise 500,” in the postal and business services category for the 30th consecutive year.
Director of Athletic Performance, Under Armour
Member, Board of Directors, IMA
Paul Winsper is an English fitness expert and the Director of Athletic Performance for Under Armour. Winsper is a graduate of Northumbria University in Newcastle. He started his career as Fitness Coach with Durham County Cricket Club. In 1996 Winsper was hired as Fitness Coach for Newcastle United. He spent ten seasons with them and worked with some of the game’s biggest stars including England internationals Michael Owen and Alan Shearer. In November 2006 Winsper resigned from his position at Newcastle United after becoming disillusioned when he was virtually ignored by the previous management regime at St James’ Park. After leaving Newcastle United, Winsper set up his own consultancy company and quickly had large customers including Nike, English Cricket Board, British Columbia Soccer Association, Toronto FC and Complete Football. On 11 January 2008, Toronto FC announced that Winsper had been hired as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He quit Toronto FC on 11 December 2009 to pursue an opportunity with Nike.
Managing Partner, Xperiential Group
Mr. Hoover is an investor and entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in M&A, intellectual property, media, brand activations and live events. He is a managing partner with the XPERIENTIAL GROUP , an advisory firm with practice areas in mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, and brand & event advisory. He is also an advisor to Founder Factory, a London based venture capital firm. A strategic and passionate leader, Mr. Hoover has been involved in numerous start-ups, capital raises, acquisitions, and divestitures. During his careers he has worked across numerous sectors including music, experiential, sports, festivals, esports, blockchain, healthcare and tech. He has advised global brands including MGM Resorts, Informa, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, Vivendi, and Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Mr. Hoover was the co-founder and CEO of XLIVE, a B2B media and event platform transforming the way live events, brands and large-scale consumer events share expertise, learn and revolutionize experience. In 2018 XLIVE was acquired by Informa, the world’s largest knowledge and events business with over 11,000 employees. Prior to that role he was the co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, one of the nation’s leading organizations committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry which was sold to the Vendome Group in 2013. His investment portfolio included over 35 live events and media properties across tech, blockchain, healthcare, live events, esports, brand activations and festivals.
Prior to starting his professional career, Mr. Hoover served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Hoover graduated cum laude from New York University, holds a MBA from The Florida State University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s executive program for Venture Capital and Private Equity in addition to the Harvard School of Public Health’s certificate program in Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care.
Mr. Hoover speaks at industry events including VenuesNow, CEMA, SXSW, Pollstar, TSE 100, Society for Independent Show Organizers, National Sports Forum and XLIVE. He is a board member of Irreverent Warriors, a non-profit dedicated to preventing veteran suicide, and is an advisory board member to Feathr, FAMEOS and VET Tv. Mr. Hoover is an avid surfer, diver, skier, and schedules as many mountaineering trips as possible when he’s not adventuring around southern California with his fiancé and yellow lab Tucker.
CEO, IMA | Principal, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants
Sean Conrad is an accomplished Senior Executive with 20 years of success in the commercial insurance brokerage industry. Leveraging extensive experience in driving new business and top-line revenue, brand differentiation, and developing strong networks and partnerships, he is a valuable asset for organizations and companies experiencing challenges with growth and profitability. His broad areas of expertise include business development, employee benefits, commercial property/casualty, executive risk, cyber insurance, marketing, collaboration, tactical planning, leadership, and advising.
Throughout his executive career, Sean has held leadership positions with some of the most respected brands in the insurance sector, organizations that include Wells Fargo Insurance, Willis Towers Watson, and Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Company.
Over the last decade, he has helped build a differentiated brand, coached seasoned sales consultants to higher levels of performance, and placed over $250 million dollars worth of commercial insurance premium into the marketplace. He has been recognized as a perennial top performer, earning both Winner’s Circle and Golden Spoke awards for exceptional performance and leadership.
Sean is also a Founding Member of The International Executive Council (IEC).
The International Executive Council (IEC) offers its members exclusive global networking and educational benefits that can greatly further professional and personal growth in those who share a passion for technological innovations, and who desire to leverage those relationships, knowledge, and innovations to leave a lasting legacy for our world.
Lead Technologist & Design, IMA
JULIUS “JP” VERGARA
JP helps businesses build connections through digital media with his expertise in web design and content writing. An enthusiast for all forms of interactive design, JP is self-taught in web design and front-end development. He specializes in WordPress CMS to help build custom websites for his clients, providing design and administrative support throughout all steps of the design process. He has worked with financial advisors, nonprofits, retailers, agencies and membership organizations on building their online presence with original written content.
Nepal Arslan is an award-winning writer and director. Born in Brooklyn, NY, but raised around the world. Nepals love for the art of storytelling formed through personal experiences and a fascination with the world around him. At the age of seventeen he gave a TED talk, his films have been screened in Times Square, and over the years has accumulated over fifty awards for his films. Nepal is currently attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Film and TV Production on a full scholarship.