IMA has gone to extraordinary lengths, to carefully assemble a group of individuals who provide vision and influence for the Internet marketing community around the world. The objectives of the IMA International Executive Committee are to:
We are very pleased and honored to have the following world-class, high-level professionals on the IMA International Executive Committee.
ADAM M. ROSEMAN, CHINA
Founder and Managing Partner, ARC China
Mr. Roseman founded ARC China in 2008 to focus on investments in Chinese domestic consumption-oriented SMEs in second and third tier cities.
Prior to founding ARC China, Mr. Roseman was an investment banker at Barrington Associates and Lehman Brothers, working in M&A, as well as public offerings of debt and equity.
Mr. Roseman is currently a member of both the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Board of Governors Member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as well as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He was recognized in 2007 by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ top entrepreneurs under 30 years of age.
Mr. Roseman is a current board member and former board member of numerous public and private companies. He has appeared on numerous international and Chinese media outlets, including print and television, discussing China and its interaction with the international capital markets.
Mr. Roseman is currently based in Shanghai.
AL FRINK, USA
Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce
Al Frink is the first Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, serving as chief advocate for the U.S. manufacturing sector within the federal government and brings 30 years of private-sector experience to his new position. As a small business executive, Frink built an internationally recognized carpet manufacturing company, Fabrica International, a carpet manufacturer from Orange County, Calif.
As the Assistant Secretary, Frink will advocate, coordinate and implement policies that will help U.S. manufacturers compete globally. Some of the challenges he will focus on include: o Enhancing government’s focus on manufacturing competitiveness;
- Creating the conditions for economic growth and manufacturing investment;
- Promoting open markets and a level playing field;
- Lowering the cost of manufacturing in the United States;
- Investing in innovation; and
- Strengthening education, retraining, and economic diversification.
Frink co-founded Fabrica in 1974 with a $100,000 Small Business Administration loan. Fabrica develops, manufactures and sells high-end luxury carpet and rugs to retailers, interior designers, furniture stores and other markets, and is considered the best in class. The company, which started with five employees, now employs more than 400 individuals and has never experience major layoffs. Within the carpet industry, his company distinguished itself through innovation and quality product. All of Fabrica’s operations – including manufacturing and distribution – are located in the United States. The company was acquired by The Dixie Group in 2000.
He is a champion of export. As his company’s chief advocate and salesperson, Frink opened foreign markets and took responsibility for all international accounts. He understands both the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing and will be a credible voice to others in the sector, particularly small and medium-size businesses.
Frink is also a committed and dedicated volunteer and public servant, particularly on cultural and educational issues within the Hispanic and Native American communities.
Community and Volunteer Work
- Former Member, Exporters’ Textile Advisory Committee, The Department of Commerce
- Former Member, Board of Directors – The Latino Coalition
- Member, Orange County Hispanic 100
- Member, Board of Directors – YMCA Orange County Metro
- Member, Board of Directors – Pacific Symphony Orchestra
- Member, Board of Directors, Lincoln Club – Orange County
- Member, Advisory Board, Carpet and Rug Institute
Awards and Achievements
- In 2004, Frink was inducted into the prestigious Small Business Administration Hall of Fame.
- Silver Trumpet Award, the industry’s most prestigious award from the
- Southern California Floor Covering Association.
- Distinguished Service Award, Native American Preparatory School (NAPS).
ALEXANDER GRAY, CANADA
Founder and CEO, Skylight Global Inc.
Alexander Gray is the founder and CEO of Skylight Global Inc., a world-class real estate investment and online marketing firm.
Alexander’s success has been featured in publications such as The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Toronto Star and The Financial Times. His achievements have also been featured as a success story in Wealth Builder Magazine.
Alexander is a regular guest speaker to the graduating students of Ryerson University’s Entrepreneurship Program in Toronto, Canada. His visits have helped students understand “real world” marketing, as exemplified by his company’s successes for branding and consumer recognition.
For real estate investing, Alexander has concentrated his company’s efforts in the foreclosure markets of Las Vegas, New York City and Florida during the recession. However, Skylight Global Inc. has prominence in global markets, focusing on nation-wide opportunities for its long-term investment strategy.
Alexander is also involved in building online membership sites, mobile apps and offering search engine optimization services for the clients of Skylight Global Marketing and Skylight Global Productions. Using the many facets of Skylight Global to unleash his creativity is a hallmark of Alexander’s personality.
With his new position in IMA’s International Executive Committee, Alexander aims to expand his knowledge of marketing in the digital frontier by connecting with the many professionals who engage IMA’s events. He is excited to promote IMA to Canadian entrepreneurs and expand the activities of IMA to a broader international audience.
ALLAN PAINE, USA
Allan Paine is a 10-year technology veteran and entrepreneur with experience in product design, business development and management. In 2011, he co-founded Tech-Life, Inc., headquartered in north San Diego. The company leverages the founders’ extensive and complementary backgrounds in engineering, logistics, audio/video technology and product development with a focus on the consumer audio and automotive technician markets. Tech-Life currently serves some 2,500 customers through six wholesale distributors in three countries. Paine’s diverse experience also includes the design of smart home solutions and home theaters as well as the industry’s first cell-monitored mobile surveillance system for transportable camera towers for use on construction sites. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Chapman University.
ANDREA WARD, USA
Vice President of Marketing, Oracle Corporation
Andrea Ward is Vice President of Marketing for Oracle’s Eloqua Global Sales Unit. In this role, she is responsible for leading all aspects of marketing including product marketing, social business and communications, demand generation, field marketing, marketing operations and customer advocacy.
Ms. Ward’s previous responsibilities at Oracle include leading marketing integration and communications for Oracle’s M&A practice, head of marketing for the communications industry business unit, and managing Oracle’s customer visit centers globally. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Ward held a number of marketing leadership and financial management positions at high technology and pharmaceutical companies.
She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Follow her on Twitter @awatpa.
ARDA SAYINER, TURKEY
Co-Founder & CEO, Rhino Runner
Mr. Sayiner has been worked for major media organizations both in Europe and the US. After working for BBC World Service in London he represented Turkish media at United Nations Department of Public Information in New York City.
After receiving his MBA in California, Mr. Sayiner founded his own social media and digital marketing agency called Rhino Runner in San Diego and opened it’s branch in Istanbul in 2010. Now he is serving to giant Turkish companies to help with their online PR projects. He is still also writing articles, leading offline PR projects and giving private PR consultancy to international companies both in Europe and the US.
Mr. Sayiner is currently based in Istanbul.
ARDEM ANTAIAN, UAE/DUBAI
Director, Middle East Sales at General Monitors
Ardem is Director, Middle East Sales at General Monitors, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of high tech gas monitoring and flame detection instrumentation.
Prior to his current position, Ardem served as Manager, Product Manager and Regional Sales Manager at the company.
He is currently based in the United Arab Emirates.
ARIEL RAMIREZ, USA
Vice President, Wealth Management Manager & Retail Banking Executive, Wells Fargo
Ariel Ramirez is a vice president, wealth management manager and retail banking executive. His primary role is wealth management where he oversees wealth management portfolios in excess of 300 million. For the past 13 years Ariel has worked in countless senior management roles within Wells Fargo Bank focusing on business development growth and working emerging markets within Orange County, CA.
His years of experience with Wells Fargo Bank gives him an edge on understanding consumer and business needs, changing market conditions, and understanding key banking marketing strategies . Ariel Is passionate about driving creative and technical force behind Wells Fargo’s digital channels and excels in helping the companies clients realize their financial needs by delivering the world’s most innovative financial services and capabilities.
Ariel holds a B.S. from the University of California, Irvine and currently resides in Rancho Santa Margarita.
ATTICUS FIREY, USA
Executive Chief Strategy Officer, Blue River Interactive Group. Inc.
Atticus Firey – Accomplished leader and innovator in brand marketing, sales, operations and global supply chain with proven success in global expansion and direct responsibility in over 80 countries. Uniquely talented to engage new generations of consumers, while providing global strategies and operational work-ethic to enable companies to thrive beyond their own beliefs in this digital-age-world, influenced heavily by popular culture. His fast-paced, intense, and highly energetic hands- on leadership style consistently drives lucrative accomplishments, for he and his team, across multiple sectors from snack foods, apparel, software, technology, automotive, music and entertainment. Fueled by high expectations, sense of urgency, and desire to push boundaries, Atticus achieves unparalleled sales accomplishments, effective turn around & organizational restructuring expertise, increased efficiency and profits, via robust supply chain initiatives, with an impressive track record of exceeding tough financial metrics, while reporting to private equity, venture capital, and sometimes family-owned, shareholders and board members.
Passionate about enhancing the value of the people and brands within his sphere of influence and possesses a deep understanding of social media, lifestyle marketing and Innovative new product development strategies, with proven track record of exploding revenues, yet with a balanced focus on enhancing margins and cash flow. Consistent expertise at effectively managing the Profit & Loss and EBITDA, as well as trade-offs within the P&L, to achieve results consistent with company’s business plan and brand strategy, which has been vital to propel his career, whether starting up a new venture, managing a global enterprise or executing upon an M&A strategy of acquiring or selling brands.
As President (acting CEO), Mr. Firey transformed Meguiar’s from a small, regional brand of car wax products into the market share leader, despite direct attacks from multi-billion dollar competitors. During his tenure, sales exploded from $20M to $280M. Rapid global-brand expansion, combined with exhaustive persuasive discussions, led by Mr. Firey, intrigued 3M, whom subsequently acquired the entire company.
Recruited by tech company, US Modular, Firey led as President/COO and swiftly re-structured the company, positioning it for a successful buy-out by a key strategic. This brief, but intense 2-year assignment provided Firey with tremendous education in the computer memory and storage markets, with a crash course in Hedge Fund financed, reverse merger structures, during the infamous financial meltdown crisis.
Snoop Dogg, Mr. Firey’s current business partner, along with Mister Cartoon, recruited Atticus, as CEO/Co-Founder of Sanctiond, a lifestyle brand initially launched in the automotive market, with subsequent expansion into the mobile phone sector and then the music industry, with a current sector of the business is currently under acquisition discussions with JayZ and his RocNation Entertainment Company.
AYA ZOOK, USA
Principal, Microsoft Ventures
Aya Zook is a Principal at Microsoft Ventures, responsible for managing marketing and PR, and is passionate about building new initiatives designed to source and engage promising early stage startups for the Seed Fund.
Aya joined Microsoft Corp. in 2006, and has worked in various senior marketing roles, first with MSN then Windows Live, Bing, and the Bing Fund.
Before joining Microsoft, Aya worked for an interactive agency as a designer and a project manager. He graduated from the University of Washington where he studied philosophy.
BRIAN BEST, USA
Corporate Vice President of E-Commerce/Marketing, Boyd Gaming
Brian Best is the Corporate Vice President of E-Commerce/Marketing for Boyd Gaming, which owns and operates 22 destination hotel and entertainment properties across the United States. Brian leads the development and integration of online, mobile, and social marketing strategies for the Boyd Gaming portfolio. He and his team are responsible for the integration of offline and online marketing programs; focusing on driving online room and ticket sales, developing omni-channel loyalty communications, and promoting brand awareness. Brian also led the development of B Connected Online, Boyd Gaming’s award-winning loyalty program website; B Connected Mobile, the gaming industry’s first loyalty program app; and B Connected Social, the industry’s first social gamification program that rewards loyal customers for their online and social activity.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound’s School of Business, and has worked in the hospitality and entertainment industry for over 20 years. Prior to his tenure at Boyd Gaming, he managed digital marketing teams and developed award-winning programs for American Casino & Entertainment Properties, Caesars Entertainment, and The Wellbridge Company.
Brian was recently named to Las Vegas’ “40 Under 40”, and was also recognized by the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) as one of the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing”. He is recognized as an industry leader, and is a regular presenter at marketing, technology, and hospitality/entertainment conferences.
BRIAN CALLE, USA
Opinion Editor, Orange County Register
Brian Calle is Opinion Editor at the Orange County Register and editor-in-chief of CalWatchdog.com.
Brian also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute; a Senior Fellow in the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; an Unruh Fellow at the Jesse Unruh Institute at the University of Southern California; a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute; an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton and is an emeritus member of the Board of Governors for the University of Southern California.
Brian’s commentary regularly appears in numerous news outlets including Forbes, Bloomberg News, Fox News, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Markets, the Drudge Report, Human Events, City Journal, the Daily Caller, Fox and Hounds Daily, the Flash Report and many others. He is a frequent guest on various radio programs and frequents television programs on PBS, PJTV and has appeared on C-SPAN.
Prior to his current professional endeavors, Brian served as vice president of the public policy think-tank, the Claremont Institute; Managing Director of Gambit Consulting Group and was Director of Sales and Marketing for Sally Ride Science where he worked under noted Astronaut and CEO Sally Ride. He has also worked as a Congressional Aid in the United States House of Representatives and has taught at California State University, Los Angeles.
Brian holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Communications and Political Science from the University of Southern California and California State University, Los Angeles, respectively. He resides in Orange County, CA.
BOBBY BALDWIN, USA
Chief Executive Officer and President, CityCenter/MGM Resorts International
Mr. Robert H. Baldwin, Bobby serves as Principal Executive Officer and President of CityCenter Holdings, LLC. Mr. Baldwin has been the Chief Design & Construction Officer of MGM Resorts International since August 21, 2007. He has been President of Project CityCenter at MGM Resorts International since March 2005 and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer of Project CC LLC since August 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Mirage Resorts, Incorporated from June 1, 2000 to August 21, 2007. He served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mirage Resorts, Inc. from September 1999 to June 2000. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Bellagio, LLC or its predecessor from June 1996 to March 2005. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mirage Casino-Hotel from August 1987 to April 1997. Mr. Baldwin has been a Director of MGM Resorts International since 2000. He serves as a Director of CityCenter Holdings, LLC. He served as a Director of Tririga, Inc. Mr. Baldwin served as Director of Silver Legacy Capital Corp., a joint venture of Circus & Eldorado Joint Venture from April 2005 to November 2007.
BRYCE C. PATTERSON, USA
Founder and Agronomist, Field 16 Agriculture
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of agriculture, Bryce Patterson has made a solid investment in the future of both rural agriculture and urban farming through his innovative vision and efforts to make this vision a reality. Early in his career he saw the absolute necessity of a marriage between horticulture and technology, and through a true hands-on attitude and a passionate entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Patterson has brought the advancement of agriculture to new levels. His forward-looking goals include continuing to find new, cutting edge products to advance the industry and create positive, long-term effects for farmers and the environment alike.
In 2001 Mr. Patterson launched Heavy 16 Plant Nutrients, the brand of parent company Field 16, LLC. The philosophy for his products is simple: consistent hand-made quality, with efficacy and environmental stewardship taking top priority. Mr. Patterson is able to do this by utilizing a revolutionary approach to hydroponic farming methods incorporating both cutting edge conventional and organic nutrition to achieve resilient, higher yielding crops. Through these methods he is able to decrease dependence on chemical pesticides and vital resources such as water while greatly increasing efficiency of the fertility resources used. All of these factors are what validate the serious interest of investors and farming industry veterans into Mr. Patterson’s work.
In recent years, Mr. Patterson has been appointed to Vice President of EcoBoss, LLC., a fertilizer company that is pioneering a carbon sequestration model using organic poultry manure as its engine. Through a patented biological process, an activated “tea” is produced that can be replicated worldwide near any poultry production center. This highly effective tea can be used on any crop and for any purpose including large restoration projects, with huge monetary savings and environmental incentives. Mr. Patterson is involved in all technical and marketing aspects of the business. Since 2011, production plants have been constructed in Panama, Ghana, Australia, and Nevada.
Prior to founding Field 16, LLC., Mr. Patterson began his career in agriculture as a Commodity Manager for Earthbound Farms in San Juan Bautista, CA. In this role he served as the field and commodity market liaison ($350M annual revenue), while assisting with management and farming operations. Mr. Patterson’s resume includes management roles with Houweling’s Hot House in Oxnard, CA and Merryvale Vineyards in Napa, CA. Through these experiences, Mr. Patterson has established a working knowledge of agriculture’s future as well as the network base to discern the wisest plan of action.
Mr. Patterson earned his Agricultural Systems Management degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he was the winner of the 2002 Michael T. Andrews Award for designing and evaluating aeroponic systems for the production of high-value root crops. He currently resides in Temecula, CA where he perfects his fertilizer technology and researches new innovations in agriculture.
CHRIS SUROWIEC, USA
Head of Business & Application Development for Global Partners, Nokia
For the past 10 years, Chris Surowiec has been solving business problems for everything from fortune 100 companies to two person startups. Following a consulting stint on Wall Street overseeing global technology, financial, and operational risk projects, he joined Nokia to help drive their strategy creation and execution, enabling key executive and board level decisions that led to Nokia’s restructuring and strategic partnership with Microsoft.
Continuing on the front lines of the development of Nokia’s ecosystem, Chris serves as the Head of Business and Application Development for News, Media, and Entertainment Partners. His partnerships range from A?list brands and networks to digital companies, as well as mobile designers and agencies where he does everything from negotiating deals and helping brands create highly intuitive mobile products to delivering multi?million dollar integrated marketing programs across Social/Digital, Broadcast/Print, and Experiential channels.
Chris is a recipient of the Rhode Island School of Design Award for Excellence for a project on wearable technology and biomimicry. He is passionate about innovation, leadership, experience design, and mobile health and holds a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland. He can often be found running with his dog Parker in Brooklyn where he resides, surfing in Malibu or on a flight somewhere in between.
CHRIS TRAPPE, USA
Vice President, Communications and Innovation, United Way
A newspaper reporter by trade, Christoph left the newspaper industry in 2007 to research, write and produce training videos for the U.S. financial services industry. He then started a community news site and currently works as a communications executive in the nonprofit sector.
His career has focused on helping organizations tell their stories in authentic and meaningful ways. He uses and teaches brand and traditional journalism as well as content marketing techniques in the pursuit of great stories.
He’s currently helping United Way of East Central Iowa tell its stories in an authentic way through a multi-channel content delivery strategy that engages all of United Way’s key audiences.
CLATE MASK, USA
Co-founder & CEO, Infusionsoft
Clate Mask has been an entrepreneur since early in his career, Clate thrives on turning small businesses into big businesses. He’s led the company to land three rounds of venture capital totaling $71 million including a recent $54 million Series C led by Goldman Sachs.
Regarded as a leading authority on small business marketing with a career in technology and entrepreneurship that spans more than a decade, Clate has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer for two consecutive years, Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council and most recently a “Most Admired CEO in the Valley” by the Phoenix Business Journal. Co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy, he is a national speaker on entrepreneurship and writes regularly for media like BusinessWeek, VentureBeat and Small Business Trends.
DAMIAN CREAMER, USA
CEO & Founder, FlipSwitch and Primavera Online High School
Damian Creamer is an innovative entrepreneur, thought leader and patent holder in online education, with expertise in the areas of non-profit, education, online education, curriculum, online software development, operations and marketing. His experience encompasses the design, launch and operation of Primavera Online High School, the largest high school in Arizona, as well as development of the FlipSwitch online learning platform that enables schools anywhere to implement and manage a successful online component to their existing classroom-based programs.
Primavera Online High School was founded in 2001, has grown to serve thousands of students from all locations throughout the state of Arizona, and is regarded as a pioneer in online high school education.?It offers high-quality, flexible and personalized education through interactive workbooks, course discussions and blogs, daily interaction with faculty and staff, and multi-media options that relate to students in today’s world making learning more enjoyable. FlipSwitch was created with a vision of offering schools the capability to provide students with the most comprehensive online education possible to address the needs of the teenage learner. Initially designed and proven as the technology and curriculum provider for Primavera Online High School, that 10-year collaboration has resulted in one of the leading online education technology suites in the country.?The platform is also supported by professional consulting and real-world training services for schools. Flipswitch partners with educational entities throughout the United States and is on the forefront of reengineering the American educational landscape.
Creamer was a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning at the annual iNACOL Virtual School Symposium (VSS). The award recognizes an individual whose insight and innovation have significantly increased the credibility and advancement of K-12 online learning.
Creamer serves on the Arizona eLearning Task Force, appointed by the governor to provide recommendations on e-learning to the governor, legislature and state board of education. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Arizona Distance Education Association (ADEA) and Arizona Charter School Association (ACSA). He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition, he has attended the London Business School’s Active Learning program through YPO as well as Harvard University’s three-year Owner/President Management program.
DAVID GAIER, USA
Director, Communications and Spokesman, NRG Energy
David Gaier of Metuchen NJ is Director of Communications and Spokesman for the East Region of NRG Energy Inc., a Fortune 250 company headquartered in Princeton. He is responsible for media relations and corporate communication for the region, NRG’s largest, with 47 generation assets and a capacity of more than 24,000 megawatts, enough electricity to power 20 million households.
Gaier has 26 years’ public relations and marketing communications experience. Previously, he served as Director of Communications for the CIO of KPMG, in Montvale, NJ. Before that, he was a Vice President at a San Francisco-based hi-tech PR firm. In earlier careers, David was Director of Marketing at Arthur Andersen, served as a US Marine, and was a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C and Cairo.
David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University of Ohio, and studied at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Tel Aviv University in Israel. He currently serves as a volunteer and board member of Sammy’s Hope, a North Brunswick NJ-based animal rescue organization. He has been nominated by NJ Governor Chris Christie to serve on the Board of Trustees of the NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
DAVID HEIL, USA
Founder, Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer, David August, Inc.
Meet David. Bestower of confidence and power. He is a man obsessed with sleeve length, fit, drape and lapel style, who can turn any man’s wardrobe in to a magnificent tool for which to conquer life in the limelight, the boardroom, behind the scenes and the paths of life. And he does it with flair.
David has the ability to empower men through the act of creating exquisite, hand tailored, custom wardrobes designed specifically to fit one’s lifestyle. He has been doing just that for over 20 years. David is a visionary, a meticulous artist and a captain of the clothing industry who understands the impact of being impeccably dressed and has the unique and stunning ability to help his clients accomplish this.
DAVID KRAUSS, USA
Senior Director, Governance, Risk and Compliance – Oracle Corporation
David Krauss brings almost two decades of experience from the financial services sector and the enterprise software industry as a top business strategist and expert in helping organizations apply technology to better control and mange risk. He has a broad perspective in working with numerous Fortune 500 companies operating in multiple countries, giving him a unique background in understanding the different regulations, industry standards and other risk management challenges that often put a strain on precious financial and IT resources.
DAVID MCKILLIPS, USA
SVP, Corporate Alliances at Six Flag Theme Parks
David McKillips was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances of Six Flags in September 2010 and is responsible for managing corporate sponsorships, media networks and licensed promotions. Mr. McKillips has 18 years of experience in the entertainment and theme park industry, specializing in promotion, sponsorship and consumer product licensing sales. In his current role, Mr. McKillips oversees the company’s local, national and international sponsorship and media sales teams. Prior to joining Six Flags, from November 1997 to April 2006, Mr. McKillips 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 superheroes, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. He started his career with Busch Entertainment, serving roles within the operations, entertainment, group sales and promotions departments at Sea World in Orlando, Florida and then at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, as Manager of Promotions. Mr. McKillips holds a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia.
DOMINICK SIRIANNI, CIM, USA
Vice President of Operations, Primavera Online High School
Dominick is the Vice President of Operations at Primavera Online High School. Primavera is among the largest high schools in the nation offering innovative online and blended learning programs to thousands of students across Arizona. Dom has spent more than a decade working with organizations that leverage technology to help students gain access to quality educational programs. He currently oversees operations within the Admissions, Guidance, Technology and Student Services departments.
In 2011, Dom founded REP Consulting Group to help small and medium sized businesses use the power of research to educate their target market and profit from the value they bring their clients. To gain competitive advantage in most industries today, you have to out-spend or out-teach your competitors. Dom has applied his experience in education to entrepreneurship and REP’s clients succeed by investing in their audiences by providing valuable content.
Currently residing in Phoenix, Dom is a proud husband and father.
DHRUV MAJUMDAR, INDIA
As the CEO at NetTrackers and KCOMM India, Dhruv has been involved in various aspects of project development, from conception and planning to bug testing and load management.
The company uses a SCRUM-based approach to project development and has a number of developers who use PHP, Perl and Action Script to create engaging web applications and services.
Their core team strength lies with using specific frameworks such as Yii, CodeIgniter, Zend and CakePHP to develop quickly in an MVC-based setup.
Dhruv is based in the Kolkata area of India.
DON SIMPSON, USA
Don Simpson is the Chief Executive Officer for MarketLinc, a private company he co-founded in 1988, that has helped global companies such as Business Objects, Microsoft, and BMC Software unlock the potential of their markets.
Don transformed MarketLinc’s business model in 2004 to pursue his vision of MarketLinc being the #1 brand on the planet for humanizing digital commerce.
MarketLinc’s solution elevates digital commerce by humanizing the shopping experience for digital shoppers, which produces a dramatic increase in revenue and profit per visitor.
MarketLinc’s solution, which is delivered on a pure pay for performance basis, complements the digital marketing infrastructure and programs of companies like Symantec and Kaspersky Labs, resulting in an overall improvement in their digital commerce ROI.
Don is known for creating a high performance global organization and loyal management team, with deep expertise in technology, sales, and digital marketing.
ELIM KAY, USA
Co-Founder and COO, Zaka Inc.
Elim Kay is Co-Founder and COO of Zaka Inc., a consumer/business technology and analytics company. He has been involved with technology startup ventures since 2002. Through a private partnership, he acquired the then-small online community, ClubLexus.com in 2002 and served as a Managing Director until its acquisition by Internet Brands, Inc. in 2007. In addition, he is President of the Kay Family Foundation, Board Director of a private consortium of operating and holding companies, Venture Partner of K5 Ventures and Managing Partner of two private opportunistic investment funds, 3E Capital LLC and Insepin LLC.
Elim serves on the Board of Governors of Chapman University and on the Board of Trustees of the Academy Charter High School. He is a strong proponent of information age innovation, especially in education and healthcare. He enjoys partnering with leaders of all generations on meaningful collaborations that yield positive impacts for the world.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University.
ERIK HUDDLESTON, USA
Erik Huddleston is the CEO of TrendKite. Prior to TrendKite he was VP Product at Sprinklr. Erik is passionate about the transformational potential of social and big data for the world’s largest brands. Erik previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Inovis and drove the vision, development, and evangelism for their cloud integration, analytics, and social supply chain offering. Erik joined Inovis through the acquisition of BetweenMarkets, the leading provider of partner performance management applications, where he served as founder and CTO. While at BetweenMarkets, Erik drove an agile product and development organization and helped dozens of the world’s leading companies solve their Business Community Management challenges.
Prior to founding BetweenMarkets in 2000, Erik architected consumer and retail analytics products at two enterprise software startups: eCustomers, a retail merchandising software provider; and SMART Technologies, an ecommerce and consumer personalization software provider acquired by i2 Technologies.
ERIN LEVZOW, USA
Vice President of Marketing, Wingstop
Erin Levzow is currently the Executive Director of Marketing and eCommerce at Palms Casino Resort. She currently oversees all digital, mobile, social, email, and online initiatives for Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Hotel and Spa. Prior she was with MGM Resorts International as an Internet Marketing Manager. She was responsible for internet planning and implementation for Monte Carlo, Mandalay Bay and New York New York hotel, Beau Rivage, and Gold Strike. Erin has specialized in developing and implementing strategies to grow e-mail acquisition, mobile subscribers, and social media fans/followers. As well as identify new and existing channels to optimize ROI and fuel revenue growth.
Prior to this Erin was with Caesars Entertainment in Internet Marketing/Operations. Erin also has corporate HR training experience,
training all newly promoted/hired managers for the western division of Caesars Entertainment.
Erin moved to Las Vegas after graduating with her degree in Theatre from Illinois State University. She currently hold multiple board positions for startups and technology companies. She is passionate about moving the industry forward.
ERNIE DELGADO, USA
CEO & Co-Founder, Beyond Technology Education
Ernie Delgado, BEYOND Technology Education Co-CEO and Co-Founder, has been in edtech for over 20 years. Ernie began his education career as a computer teacher in the Chino Valley Futurekids Computer Learning Center in Chino, California and went on to manage school computer labs all over the Southwest. He then became the Western Region Sales Director for Futurekids, Inc. As Sales Director, Ernie helped numerous schools and school districts develop meaningful technology plans that went beyond “stuff” and focused on “staff”. In 2002, with partner Rick Harrell, former President of Futurekids, Inc., Ernie and Rick founded BEYOND Technology Education. Their innovative technology planning and implementation method called SWIMGrid (School Wide Integration Model) provides a framework for school leaders to create technology plans that address teachers, students, curriculum and infrastructure.
Ernie has been involved in the development of educational projects or was a featured speaker with ACSI, CUE, CAPSO, Lutheran Schools, Catholic Diocese of Orange, Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles, Catholic Diocese of San Francisco, USC, UCLA, Point Loma University, Singapore Ministry of Education, California DOE, and other state universities and DOE’s. Ernie has traveled all over the country and has worked with numerous Superintendents, Principals, Board Members, Church Pastors and parents to spread the message of the unique benefits of technology in schools. In December, 2012, Ernie spearheaded a group of educators that gathered at the Athenaeum “Library” at CalTech in Pasadena, home to 33 Nobel Prize winners, to hear a presentation by Education Evangelist, Steve Hargadon on “Hacking Your Education”. In 2014, Ernie participated in Startup Weekend Riverside where he took an active role in fine tuning his skills in business development and team building. More recently, Ernie was appointed to the IMA International Executive Council by Chairman and Founder of the Internet Marketing Association, Sinan Kanatsiz.
On a personal note, Ernie has been involved with Pasadena CUE (Computer Using Educators). He was a member of the Parish Council at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills for 3 years where he formed the 20+ Connection Young Adult Ministry and procured the building for the Damien Center Youth Ministry. Ernie served 1 ½ years as the President of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce where he also chaired the Cultural Education Committee. He currently serves on the Titan Advocates Association and volunteers to work with students each year at the “Professor for a Day” Program at CSUF. Ernie is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Business Administration and is a proud father and husband.
FATMA YUCELER, TURKEY
General Manager, Western USA – Turkish Airlines
Ms. Yuceler has been working with Turkish Airlines for over twenty years.
Before relocating to Los Angeles to serve as General Manager, Western USA, Ms. Yuceler was the General Manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
She also served as Chairman of the Country Steering Council (CSC) in the Czech Republic for The Star Alliance, where she was in charge of coordinating the efforts of the 16 airline members of the Alliance in the Czech market for promotion of services and advantages offered to passengers traveling within the network.
Fatma Yuceler arrived in Los Angeles May 2010 to establish the entire sales and airport operations for the Turkish Airlines Los Angeles office an airport operations. On March 3, 2011, Turkish Airlines began service 4 times a week with non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Just one year later, Turkish Airlines expanded to daily service under Ms. Yuceler’s guidance.
Ms. Yuceler began her career with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul and New York, where she served in a number of marketing positions.
Ms. Yuceler graduated from Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. She furthered her studies through continued professional development and education in the fields of marketing, corporate agreements/negotiations and public relations.
FRANK HOLLAND, USA
CVP of Advertising & Online Business, Microsoft
Frank Holland is corporate vice president of Advertising and Online business at Microsoft Corp. Holland is responsible for leading advertising sales to Microsoft, meeting the unique needs of the company’s advertising customers and partners. Holland and the business report directly to Kevin Turner, chief operations officer.
Prior to his current role, Holland served as corporate vice president of Operations at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the strategy and execution of Microsoft’s supply chain solutions and sales readiness for the Commercial and OEM businesses. He led the company’s agreement processing and invoicing, sales operations and business planning groups, and was also responsible for the incentive compensation and training of the global sales force. Since joining Microsoft in 1998, Holland has held a number of leadership roles in IT and Operations, including general manager of OEM Operations where he ran the supply chain, fulfilling products for Microsoft’s largest hardware partners.
Holland has over twenty years’ experience in the customer relationship and supply chain systems integration business. Before joining Microsoft, he consulted in the communications and high tech industry practice at Accenture.
Holland earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington.
FRANK LUNTZ, USA
Founder, Luntz Global
Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under” and he is the “hottest pollster” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit. His focus groups have become so influential that presidential candidate Barack Obama had this to say following the PBS presidential debate, “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”
FREDERICK VALLAEYS, USA
Frederick Vallaeys founded Top Tier to help companies grow through online marketing, a field in which he has over 10 years of experience. He joined Google in 2002 when there were only 400 people at the company and he helped build AdWords into the powerhouse marketing tool that it is today. He has been recognized by the Google executive management group for his involvement with the AdWords API, creating the AdWords Editor, launching Google Instant and his work on Quality Score. He was also part of the team that acquired Urchin (now Google Analytics) and one of the driving forces of the teams that made conversion tracking widely available to search engine marketers.
Before Top Tier, he served as Google’s AdWords Evangelist, helping advertisers learn about which Google products are best to support their marketing goals. He was one of the few Googlers to cover the entire spectrum of online marketing solutions, including search, social, mobile, organic and display in meetings with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and events with some of the most promising up-and-coming SMBs.
Until 2012, he was one of the longest-standing members of the team that developed the Quality Score mechanism and his insights into ads quality have been shared at industry events and been used in the creation of the number one book on Quality Score.
Frederick has spoken at numerous search marketing conferences in the United States and abroad including Search Engine Strategies (SES), Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Ad:Tech, PubCon and the Online Marketing Summit (OMS). He has contributed his search marketing expertise to trade books like “AdWords for Dummies,” McGraw-Hill’s “Advertising and Promotion” text book, Brad Geddes’ “Advanced Google AdWords,” and Craig Danuloff’s “Quality Score in High Resolution.” He has appeared on NPR, ABC News, PBS, Fortune Small Business and many other news outlets to explain how online marketing and AdWords can help companies find more customers. He also has presented about online advertising to MBA programs worldwide, including at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Prior to Google, Frederick was an engineer at Sapient as well as a part-time wedding photographer who found new customers through AdWords. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He was born in Belgium and moved to the Silicon Valley when he was 15.
GARRETT DALLAS, USA
Garrett Dallas works on new ventures for Coinstar/Redbox. He helps grow a portfolio of automated retail businesses spanning food and beverage, beauty, healthcare, entertainment, and consumer electronics. He is also a member of the board of Social Innovation Advocates.
Prior to joining Coinstar, Garrett worked at Taco Bell, where he held various roles in strategic planning, franchise finance, and restaurant development. He helped launch major programs including Cantina Bell and breakfast.
Garrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
GARRETT PENDERGRAFT, USA
Professor of Philosophy and Technology, Pepperdine University
Garrett Pendergraft is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Garrett earned a degree in Computer Science at the University of Southern California and enjoyed a brief career in visual effects before returning to school to study Philosophy. While studying Computer Science, he did internships with Evans & Sutherland, Intel, and the CIA.
Garrett holds master’s degrees from Talbot School of Theology and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. He has taught courses in Logic, Ethics (including Business Ethics), Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Religion; and his research interests focus on free will and moral responsibility. He has served on the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Computers, and is currently a member of the Program Committee for the Pacific Division of the APA.
Garrett is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to transform higher education. He is constantly experimenting with new technologies in the classroom, and he was recently awarded a Pepperdine University Grant for Faculty Innovation in Technology and Learning. He was the lone faculty representative in Pepperdine’s Mobile Technology Strategy Development group, and he is currently working on designing a project for Pepperdine’s Waves of Innovation initiative.
GARY SCHWARTZ, USA
CEO, Impact Mobile
Over the past ten years, Gary has played a leadership role in the mobile industry. Gary is the CEO of Impact Mobile, Inc. and author of “THE IMPULSE ECONOMY” and “FAST SHOPPER, SLOW STORE” published by Simon & Schuster, Atria Imprint.
In 2002, Gary ran the first cross-carrier short code campaign in North America. In 2006, Gary founded and Chaired mobile committee for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) helping to establish a joint task force between the IAB, Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Media Rating Council (MRC) to develop global, auditable mobile measurement standards for which he received an IAB award for industry excellence in 2009.
In 2010, Gary was elected as the Chairman of MEF North America (www.mefmobile.org) with a remit to develop a mobile commerce practice to service brands, retailers and content owners for which he received a MEF award for industry excellence.
Gary presently is the Global Director of the Location Based Marketing Association; the Executive Chairman of 4More Innovation and Special Advisor to The Wireless Registry.
Gary is the recipient of the Macromedia People Choice Award, Retail Touchpoints Customer Engagement Award, as well as the Dodge Foundation award for innovation. Gary is an Asia and Japan Foundation Fellow. In 2013, Gary was recognized by Mobile Marketer publication as the “Mobile Commerce Evangelist of the Year.”
GAURAV OBEROI, INDIA
Founder & CEO, Digital Academy India
An Engineer by education & an Entrepreneur by choice, Gaurav Oberoi is a creative thinker by passion and a Digital Marketer by profession. As Vice President – Business Operations at Pensa Media, Gaurav spearheads the operations, expansion and partnerships. Pensa Media is one of India’s first Google AdWords Premier SME Partners. Gaurav leads the team to formulate and execute Digital Marketing strategies for a wide range of advertisers of all sizes from across the globe.
Gaurav’s Entrepreneurial interests have always been alive to create India’s largest Digital Marketing Education Platform. He launched Digital Academy in August 2012, with a mission to educate Indian Youth for career competitiveness in a Global Economy. Attributing his courage and conviction to his mentors, Gaurav is set to educate, coach and mentor a new league of Internet Marketers in his next endeavour – Digital Academy.
Gaurav is known to be a problem solver, constantly researching business scenarios and consulting companies on Conversion Rate Optimization. He speaks at conferences covering web analytics and optimization, and writes a blog on topics dealing with the intersection of marketing and technology.
Know Gaurav better at http://www.gauravoberoi.in
GEN WILLIAMS, USA
Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Gen Williams is a Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft Dynamics CRM. In this role, she is responsible for creating high-level CRM messaging and developing unified stories across Microsoft Business Solutions.
Previously, Gen held strategy positions at Hearsay Social, a Series-B social startup backed by NEA and Sequoia, and Applied Predictive Technologies, a cloud-based predictive analytics company owned by KKR and Goldman Sachs. Her experience spans from optimizing the way decisions are made in mature businesses to identifying upside, risk, and go-to-market plans in a fast-moving new industries.
Gen holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University where she was also COO of Stanford Consulting and volunteered in Swaziland with TechnoServe, a non-profit focused on creating business solutions for the rural poor. Follow her on twitter @gywilliams.
GLEN T. BECERRA, USA
Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
Mayor Pro Tem Glen Becerra was successful in his re-election bid in November 2010. He served a one-year term as Mayor Pro Tem in 2002, 2006 and again in 2010.
Mayor Pro Tem Becerra works for the Southern California Edison Company, where he has been employed since 1996. In his position as Senior Project Manager for the Regulatory Policy & Affairs Department, he is responsible for supporting the Customer Service Operating Unit. Prior to joining the Edison Company, Mayor Pro Tem Becerra worked for Assemblyman James L. Brulte as a Legislative Aide, where he worked on legislation dealing with California’s Utility Industry and the State Allocation Board, which is responsible for financing the renovation and construction of public schools.
The first in his family to graduate from a university, Mayor Pro Tem Becerra attended Moorpark Community College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in History in 1993. After graduation, he was accepted into the Executive Fellowship Program, a public policy program sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Upon completing the Fellowship program, Mayor Pro Tem Becerra joined the Wilson Administration as Deputy Director for the Office of External Affairs, which oversees the Governor’s local field offices and is the liaison for law enforcement, crime victims, and other constituent groups.
Mayor Pro Tem Becerra’s community involvement includes having served on the Board of Directors for the Simi Valley Boys and Girls Club, where he held the position of Vice President for Fund Development. He is a member of the Simi Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors, served on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1996 to 1998 and in 2009 was elected to the Board of Regents for California Lutheran University.
Mayor Pro Tem Becerra has served as President of the League of California Cities Channel Counties Division and is currently on the Board of Directors for the statewide organization. He represents the cities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and recently served as President for that organization for 2012-13. In April 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Mayor Pro Tem Becerra to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a body that selects, recognizes and honors top achieving high school seniors from across the country, a position he held until April of 2010.
Mayor Pro Tem Becerra currently serves on the City’s Affordable Housing Subcommittee, Armed Forces Banner Committee, Sustainable Simi Valley Committee, is a Trustee of the Simi Valley Library Board of Trustees, and serves as a City Council liaison to the Neighborhood Councils and Youth Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Becerra and his wife Sally have two children, Elizabeth and Nicholas. The Becerra family has called Simi Valley home for over 80 years.
GUY YALIF, USA
Head of Global Product Marketing, Twitter
Guy Yalif (@gyalif) leads global product marketing for Twitter. Guy’s organization is responsible for advertising product strategy and messaging. Before Twitter, Guy led advertising product marketing at Yahoo!. While at Yahoo!, Guy spent seven years serving advertisers large and small in search, display, online presence, and finally across all of Yahoo!’s ad products. Before Yahoo!, Guy led product management and product marketing at Tradeweave, an online marketplace in retail. Guy also spent time at Microsoft and the Boston Consulting Group. Guy graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
HENRY LOUBET, USA
Chief Strategy Officer for Keenan
Henry R. Loubet is Chief Strategy Officer for Keenan. Mr. Loubet came to Keenan in the spring of 2003. Named in 1997 as one of California’s Top 100 Healthcare Executives, Mr. Loubet has considerable accomplishments in executive level managed healthcare, hospital administration, and e-healthcare.
Mr. Loubet has extensive managed healthcare experience, with UnitedHealthcare where he served as CEO of their Western Region. Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Mr. Loubet was President of Foundation Health of California. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of Health Net. In six years, he led the healthplan to grow to 500,000 members. Mr. Loubet also served as Vice Chairman/Chief Operating Officer of the early adopter to the online pharmacy industry, DrugEmporium.com from 2000-2003.
Mr. Loubet serves on a number of the nation’s premier healthcare organizations in Board of Director and Advisory Board capacities, as well as non-profit boards. Mr. Loubet holds master’s degrees from University of Pittsburgh and University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’’s degree from Rider University, New Jersey.
IAN WRIGHT, USA
Vice President, Global Product Management, Experian Marketing Services
Ian Wright is a product management executive with more than 15 years of experience in driving and deploying successful data products and services within the data-driven marketing industry. Wright has cultivated his career success by constantly finding ways to leverage assets in new markets, increase executional efficiency and improve team performance.
At Experian Marketing Services, Wright leads the product strategy, marketing and innovation road map for the company’s addressable advertising, identity linkage and consumer intelligence products and services. Wright and his team played a key role in the launch and integration of products within the Experian Marketing Suite and have since introduced critical products that advance Experian’s position as the global leader in identity resolution and linkage.
Prior to joining Experian, Wright helped to propel IXI Services from an $8 million company to a $40 million company, leading to its acquisition by Equifax. He also served as Vice President of Data Product Management at Nielsen Claritas, where his responsibilities included overseeing the strategy and development for all consumer data products ranging from demographic and geodemographic to profile segmentation applications.
Wright holds a Master of Science in information systems (computer science) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and a Bachelor of Arts in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
IVAN CHOI, USA
Chairman, Asian Real Estate Association of America
Ivan Choi served as president from January 1010 to December 2011 of REOMAC® on January 1, 2010. REOMAC®, has served the foreclosure industry for 25 years. Members include mortgage servicing executives, asset managers, foreclosure attorneys, real estate brokers, and real estate closing service providers.
Mr. Choi is a 15-year veteran in mortgage banking, with a background in ?nance, technology, originations and servicing. He currently works at Matt Martin Real Estate Management. Prior to Matt Martin, Mr. Choi worked with Primary Residential Mortgage and Prospect Mortgage and prior to Prospect he was an executive with Bank of America, where he established and managed programs related to mortgage originations and foreclosure disposition. Active in the real estate community at-large, Mr. Choi is recognized as a mortgage default expert and industry speaker. He serves as a board member for the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), as well as a member with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Mr. Choi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Pepperdine University. He resides in Riverside County with his wife, Melanie, and daughter, Isabella.
JAMES BERMINGHAM, USA
Chief Operating Officer, Montage Hotels & Resorts
James Bermingham is Chief Operating Officer of Montage Hotels & Resorts and Managing Director of Montage Laguna Beach. In his roles, Mr. Bermingham oversees Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, and Montage Residences Corporation. In addition, he supervises the management company in sales, human resources, culture development and training, and supports the development team.
The veteran hotelier has been the Managing Director at Montage Laguna Beach from its opening in 2003, and has played an integral role in guiding the team that has helped Montage achieve significant industry and public acclaim.
Driven by a philosophy which mandates excellence, a “good neighbor” policy and great attention to detail, Mr. Bermingham attributes Montage’s resounding success to the exceptionally talented, committed and gracious staff. “This commitment is pervasive throughout the company,” he says. “Everyone who works here has a shared vision and enthusiasm for their job, which ultimately creates an unparalleled experience for our guests and residents.”
Mr. Bermingham began his 25-year hospitality career as a manager trainee at the Clarence Hotel in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, where he spent many years honing his talents.Realizing that he was ready to embark on a lifetime career in the hotel industry, he moved to London, England, where he began a career with ITT Sheraton and the Luxury Collection, which spanned ten years. He worked as General Manager of ITT Sheraton’s Five Diamond St. Regis in Houston, Texas. During his tenure with ITT Sheraton and the Luxury Collection, Mr. Bermingham accrued many accolades for his accomplishments, including “The Divisional President Award” for outstanding achievement and the “Top Sales Team Award” for the North American division.
In 1998, he joined Mirage Resorts as opening Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. The following year, he moved his family to Washington, D.C. taking a position as General Manager of the acclaimed Latham Hotel, where he was also responsible for its sister property, the boutique Georgetown Inn. Here Mr. Bermingham earned the MeriStar Hotels & Resorts “General Manager Excellence Award – Best Food and Beverage.”
Mr. Bermingham takes an active role in serving the surrounding community where he lives in Orange County, California. A hallmark of his community involvement is “Hearts of Montage,” a comprehensive outreach program which supports non-profit programs throughout Orange County. Demonstrating his commitment, Mr. Bermingham has served on numerous Orange County non-profit and hospitality industry boards and committees, among them the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Ocean Institute, the Anaheim and Orange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Orange County Tourism Council.
JAMES BOWEN, USA
Product Manager, Hitachi Solutions America
With over 10 Year’s experience in software, James executes software presentations, solution architect, and generating strong business relationships to impact company growth and profitability at Hitachi Solutions. Sales and technical expertise in implementation and integration to a variety of CRM platforms and ISV applications. Ability to develop scalable, measurable, and repeatable sales processes from the ground up, including CRM Systems and Marketing Automation infrastructure.
At Hitachi Solutions, James provide sales support and acts as Marketing Automation subject matter expert for sales and consulting teams. Hitachi Solutions helps clients maximize their customer relationships using solutions based exclusively on Microsoft technology. As the Worldwide Microsoft CRM Partner of Year, we are consultants and solution integrators serving enterprise organizations worldwide.
DR. JAMES L. DOTI, USA
President, Chapman University
Dr. James, L. Doti, PhD has been president of Chapman University since 1991. In that time Chapman has added new buildings (including the award-winning Fish Interfaith Center), world-class faculty and earned a reputation as one of California’s preeminent private universities.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Chicago. His articles have appeared in academic journals as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-author of two econometrics texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.
A champion of the liberal arts and sciences, President Doti is the founder of the Chapman University A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics and is an avid reader and cinephile. He is also a children’s book author, mountain climber, marathon runner and passionate Panther.
JAMES MAIOCCO, USA
Director of Global Partners for Bing and Microsoft
As Director of Global Partners for Microsoft Business Solutions, James Maiocco is responsible for engaging and negotiating strategic, global partnerships for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP. He works closely with product marketing and research and development to identify and pursue partners with valuable intellectual property to complement core sales, marketing, customer service, and social capabilities embodied in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as Vice resident of Corporate Development and Acting General Counsel of Gomez, Inc. (acquired by Compuware, Inc. in 2009), where he executed strategies to expand its solution suite to improve design, deployment, and monitoring of digital marketing experiences. He worked closely with the CTO and CMO to manage the Gomez Executive Strategy Board of digital marketing executives from the largest banking, consumer products, hospitality, retail, technology and travel firms. Earlier in his career Maiocco was CEO of Klir Technologies, a SaaS IT management company (acquired by Gomez in 2007), and worked as a business attorney counseling companies on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. He has spoken at numerous events pertaining to the transformational impacts of online business, including those sponsored by Dow Jones, Network World, Pacific Crest Securities, SiiA, and SaaSCon.
JASON MCDOWALL, BAHAMAS
CEO & President of BahamasLocal.com
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Jason McDowall has had quite a journey in life. A photographer and artist by trade carrying an LBIPP and LMPA (Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association), Mr. McDowall chose to leave the photography industry in the early 90’s to help a friend open a new pawn broking store in the heart of Glasgow. He became the General Manager of what turned out to be Scotland’s largest pawn broker. In 1997, with worldwide internet usage on the rise he decided to take up Web and SEO development and it was in the internet that he found his true calling. Mr. McDowall along with a handful of others developed and built a white-label system which allowed affiliates to have their own customized online stores. During the late 1990s the program was in use by more than 300 websites and was processing over 3 million dollars per year in transactions.
In 2002, Mr. McDowall moved to the Bahamas and immediately saw a lack in the tech industry there. Although internet was widely available and used, local businesses had not taken advantage of the interactive means of reaching consumers, and thus BahamasLocal.com was born. In 2006, during the time BahamasLocal.com was developed there were less than 100 Bahamian businesses that had company websites. Between 2006 and 2009, BahamasLocal.com was developed, built, and all the data regarding local businesses was added. In 2009, there had been 3 major changes made to the site, 3 members of staff, and an official launch in April of that same year. In December 2009, BahamasLocal.com was presented with The Visionary Award from The 2009 Visionary Business Leaders Conference held in Nassau, Bahamas.
Since then, BahamasLocal.com has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in The Bahamas. Mr. McDowall has worked tirelessly to solidify the company’s position as the top online information resource in and for the Bahamian market and the only Bahamian search engine. At present BahamasLocal.com is the sole online partner of companies such as Galleria Cinemas- the only Bahamian Cinema company, Cable Bahamas- the primary cable provider in The Bahamas, BTC- the Bahamas’ Telecommunications Company, Atlantis, Paradise Island- the flagship resort of Kerzner International, Bahamas Speed Week Revival- an international racing event held in The Bahamas, and Heineken (Bahamas) who sponsor the BahamasLocal.com Events Section. In addition, BahamasLocal.com receives on average 200 news articles daily from 4 major local news organizations, the site boasts the largest real estate MLS (Multiple Listing Service) in The Bahamas, and has one of the largest available classifieds section which is 100% free to use.
Understanding the need to be active and constantly innovating, in 2011 Mr. McDowall started arranging partnerships with all the Rotary Clubs in The Bahamas, The Bahamas Humane Society, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and others to use the Events Section on BahamasLocal.com as a centralized event calendar for The Bahamas. He also developed a comprehensive Job Section with The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce which is due to launch in 2013. In late summer 2012, upon return from a trip to Google Headquarters in San Jose, California and the Internet Marketing Association Conference in Las Vegas, Mr. McDowall was asked to contribute a weekly tech article to one of the leading Bahamian Newspapers, and shortly thereafter was approached by a number of media houses interested in BahamasLocal.com hosting weekly tech segments on air (radio) starting in 2013.
As successful as BahamasLocal.com is, Mr. McDowall has an even greater vision for how he, through BahamasLocal.com, can further enhance the Bahamian internet experience. Having developed a multi-use shopping cart system the next hurdle is e-commerce, which is presently not readily available through banks in The Bahamas. With BahamasLocalTV (in the works) and the upcoming launch of the Bahamas Music Awards, owned by BahamasLocal.com and geared at assisting and recognizing local artists, 2013 is sure to be a fast paced year with even greater developments for the site.
Jason McDowall has lived in the Bahamas for more than ten years with his lovely wife and two children. As CEO and President, he operates BahamasLocal.com from an office in the heart of Nassau, New Providence along with a dedicated 8 member team.
JEANNIEY MULLEN, USA
Chief Marketing Officer, Zinio
Jeanniey Mullen is Global Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Zinio, the world’s most popular digital newsstand and publishing media marketplace. Mullen is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape and grow brands into well known dominant and successful entities. An early player in the digital space, Mullen is renowned as a pioneer in email, digital marketing, digital publishing and brand building. Her knack at being first in new markets gives her an edge. Today, she brings this extensive experience to bear at Zinio, defining and implementing strategies to create explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands and consumers. These initiatives have commanded monumental growth in her five year tenure.
Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, and a frequent keynote speaker.
A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. In 2011 she founded the VIVmagnificent Woman Program, now owned by VIVMag.
Jeanniey is recognized as a Top CMO and author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Women’s Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.
JEFF D. DAVIS, USA
President & CEO, Orabrush, Inc.
Orabrush’s chief executive brings 23 successful years of experience in sales, marketing and general management at Procter & Gamble both in the U.S.A and abroad. Jeff’s P&G experience spans several different product sectors including consumer-packaged goods, pharmaceuticals and beauty businesses in five countries in North America and Europe (USA, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia).
Jeff’s experiences span from opening developing markets in Eastern Europe in the early nineties to building P&G’s global business in the Pharmaceutical industry in Germany, Canada and in the United States. In his final assignment, Jeff led the integration of the Germany based Wella hair care company into P&G, creating a new, global Salon Professional hair company in the Beauty sector.
Jeff brings this deep expertise to the start-up world at Orabrush Inc. (orabrush.com; orapup.com), a new media powered online brand builder. Orabrush’s “Reverse Marketing Model” leverages social media marketing platforms such as YouTube and Facebook to commercialize innovative products. Touted as a disruptive new model for creating awareness and purchase both on and offline for consumer products, the model has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Mashable, TechCrunch, ABC’s Nightline and BloombergTV.
In addition to his active business leadership, Jeff is working to influence positive change in education and business. At the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, he serves as adjunct professor bringing real-world experiences and insights into the classroom and is a published academic author. As an advisor at Ernst & Young, he assists the company’s business advisory practice with top worldwide CPG clients.
Jeff serves as a board member at Munich, Germany-based AMSilk (amsilk.com), a leader in high performance materials including the industrial production of spider silk; Dermaflage (dermaflage.com), providing a cosmetic option to recessed scars and skin defects; and the Hale Centre Theatre (halecentretheatre.org), delivering world-class live theatre. He is also a member of the P&G Alumni Network Speaker’s Bureau (pgalumnispeakers.com).
Jeff earned a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in German from the University of Utah. He is married, has 4 children and resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
JEFF HOFFMAN, USA
Senior Vice President, Chubb Insurance
Jeff is senior vice president of Marketing Planning and Performance, within Commercial Strategic Marketing. In this role, Jeff works to optimize Chubb’s commercial marketing and sales activity both internally and externally. He leads a team that is responsible for marketing and sales analytics (including market intelligence and predictive modeling), qualitative and quantitative market research, commercial digital market-facing solutions and field marketing effectiveness. Jeff also chairs a Virtual Office of Analytics, leading cross-functional analytics projects within the commercial business units, and coordinates all global strategic marketing initiatives with Chubb international zones.
Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and has completed several Executive Education programs, including the Wharton School of Business Leadership Journey and Insurance Executive Development Programs, Harvard Business School’s Business to Business Marketing Strategy Program, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Finance for Executives Program. Jeff is a contributing author to “Managing Data Mining” advice from experts, a published collection of leading business applications in the data mining and multivariate modeling spectrum provided by experts in the field at leading US corporations.
JEFF LAMPE, USA
Director of Marketing, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions
Over 15 years of IT Channel marketing expertise, specializing in demand identification and market growth initiatives. Currently Director of Marketing for Sun Microsystems division of Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 200 IT company. Key responsibilities include developing and implementing North American marketing and communications strategy, and developing customized growth plans for top channel partners.
JOE GREEN, USA
Founder– Founder, Causes.com and Fwd.us
In 2007, Green co-founded Causes (a for-profit business) along with Sean Parker, famous for co-founding Plaxo and for his early involvement with Facebook and Napster. The Causes platform enables users to create grassroots groups that take action on a social issue or support a specific non-profit organization. These groups, individually called a “cause,” are building blocks for most activity on the site. To fundraise, a cause must identify a registered nonprofit in the United States or Canada. Joe Green co-founded a company called NationBuilder that enabled politicians to create their own campaign websites with minimal technical knowledge, and he became President of the company in March 2012. In February 2013, Green stepped down from his role as President of the company.
In April 2013, a lobbying group called FWD.us was launched with Joe Green as the president. The group, with staff in both Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. and with most of its contributors from the Silicon Valley area, aims to lobby the United States government for its vision of immigration reform, improvements to education, and enabling breakthrough technologies with benefits widely distributed to the public. Prior to the launch of the group, a prospectus prepared by Green for prospective donors was leaked to Politico. Green admitted to some factal inaccuracies, outdated information, and misleading statements in the prospectus when questioned about it. In September 2014, Re/code reported that Joe Green was leaving FWD.us, and his departure appeared to have been forced. A blog post on the FWD.us website confirmed the leadership change.
Green is an investor in and adviser to Asana, a company that enables workplace collaboration through a web interface. In February 2013, Green joined Andreessen Horowitz as an entrepreneur-in-residence.
JOHN WATTON, ENGLAND
Director of Digital Marketing EMEA, Adobe Systems Europe
John leads the marketing for Adobe Marketing Cloud in Europe, responsible for the marketing strategy and execution of Adobe’s key focus growth market, digital marketing.
He has over 20 years in enterprise technology, SaaS and eCommerce marketing, including regional roles at Oracle, SAP, Ariba and Microsoft, and global roles at Expedia Affiliate Network, Cramer and ShipServ. John has a track record of innovating marketing teams – shifting from traditional/offline outbound marketing to online/conversational inbound marketing – and increasing efficiencies in acquisition and lead conversion. He was an early adopter of marketing automation technology and part of the Beta programme for marketo.
A regular speaker and blogger, John was voted one of TopRank’s Top UK Online Marketing Influencers as well as B2B Marketing Magazine’s Marketer of the Year. He is a Member of the IDM B2B Marketing Council and advisor to several technology start-ups.
JORDAN FIKSENBAUM, USA
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Cirque du Soleil
Jordan Fiksenbaum has been working professionally in the live entertainment industry for more than 23 years. He has been involved in numerous senior management roles specializing in:
- Sales and Marketing
- Business and Strategic Planning
- General Management
- Event Programming
- Ticketing and Operations
Within the theatre industry, he has worked on a number of award-winning productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Les Misérables, Spamalot and many more.
Currently serving as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations North American Resident Shows Division for Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum is responsible for the day-to-day marketing, sales and PR activities for ten shows, as well as one show currently in production. He is responsible for generating 6.5 million tickets for $650 million in revenue this past year. Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum was Vice President of Theatrical Presentations for Kimmel Center Inc. in Philadelphia, where he developed the Center’s inaugural theatrical season and had executive oversight and day-to-day management over all theatrical operations for the 50 productions that the Center presented during his tenure.
Mr. Fiksenbaum has also worked as a business consultant with a diverse group of companies including Feld Entertainment, Dupont, the Kodak Theatre, Theatre Dreams, and the Olympics in Sydney and Salt Lake City.
JULIE HOFFMANN, USA
Executive Director Digital and Consumer Experience, MGM Resorts International
In her role for MGM Resorts International, Julie leads the Digital Guest Experience Strategy ensuring new digital touch points enhance traditional ones to exceed guests’ expectations. In partnership with the Chief of Digital, she leverages both internal teams and external partners deploying new digital customer experiences and integrating with existing programs and technology. A key area of focus involves the development of technological tools to better service customers via the development of a digital marketing platform.
Julie joined MGM Resorts International in 2010 as the Director of Interactive Marketing for CityCenter. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Marketing where she worked with property executives and operational departments to provide strategic marketing solutions. These initiatives spanned both organic/paid media and on-property technology while integrating with traditional marketing efforts. Julie re-launched MGM Resorts’ first mobile-friendly full website ARIALasVegas.com seeking to accommodate consumer shifts to mobile devices.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, Julie held the leadership position of Corporate Director of Internet Marketing for Caesars Entertainment responsible for the digital strategy for over a decade. During her tenure, she implemented a digital marketing platform that serviced 40 resorts nationwide with revenue streams of $150M+. Julie has over 19 years leadership in leisure travel and beverage sales industries, developing marketing initiatives via strategic planning with a core focus on the customer experience. She brings a deep and comprehensive skill set as well as overall expertise in the digital space.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University where she excelled in strategic planning. She is a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Institute program for MGM Resorts International.
JUSTIN CHOI, JAPAN
Founder, Cie Studios / CEO, PostRelease
Justin Choi fouKarina Sant’Ana – Australianded Cie Studios in 1998 while he was still in college, and has grown the business into a specialized digital agency with offices on both U.S. coasts and more than 50 employees. He has generated two venture-backed spin-offs:Cie Games, a social gaming company; and PostRelease, an innovative ad platform and new ad unit designed to influence discussions on online forums.
Cie Studios is a digital agency that specializes in custom web and mobile application development and social platforms for businesses. Cie’s expert team serves as a special project strike force – creating leading-edge interactive solutions to help companies create new business opportunities or solve a host of communications or management challenges.
The company has created a wide variety of leading-edge solutions for companies including Pioneer Electronics, Chrysler, Toyota/Scion, Nitto Tire, Dreamworks and more. Under Choi’s leadership, Cie Studios is developing custom business applications for multiple platforms including the web, Andriod, iPhone, and other mobile devices such as the iPad. One current solution is a social channel management tool that lets companies with dealer networks manage online training, efficiently disseminate information, coordinate rewards programs and foster multi-way communication.
Choi has two patents pending – one for PostRelease and one for Server Side Rendering technology, a breakthrough new high-speed Web-based, photo-realistic render engine.
JUSTIN A. KLEIN, USA
Executive Vice President, KPP Financial
Drawing from his mentorship at the hands of our Founder, his grandfather, Jerry Klein, Justin drives the firm’s asset allocation strategy, creates strategic market forecasts and analyzes individual investments. Justin joined KPP Financial in 2002 researching and analyzing securities and mutual funds. For the past five years he has co-hosted the daily radio program, InvestTalk. Justin is also a regular contributor to KPP’s weekly financial newsletter. He graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a Minor in Economics. In 2008, he became a KPP Financial partner.
KARINA SANT’ANA, AUSTRALIA
Head of Web Analytics, News Corp Australia
News Corp Australia is the No.1 destination for news, lifestyle, sport and business in Australia. It plays a key role in the lives of consumers and provides a valuable channel for advertising partners to engage these consumers. In her current role, Karina heads up the digital analytics team, where she is responsible for all digital data management solutions with the aim of optimising products, marketing efforts, conversion and performance of over a hundred websites, mobile sites and applications.
Prior to joining News Corp, Karina worked for Telstra, which is the largest telecommunications company in Australia, where she provided direction for data architecture, measurement and optimisation, as well as helping the businesses drive insights to improve their products in the online and mobile space and drive new standards for Smart TV and set-top boxes.
During her career Karina has also worked for Fairfax, which is another top publisher in Australia. Her primary responsibilities were to drive the overall company analytics strategy, evangelise the importance of data across the company and to implement best practices as well as give optimisation support for new technologies and platforms. During her time at Fairfax, Karina rebuilt and managed their customer database, web services and subscription services systems, which are central to the business.
Karina has worked on some award winning iPhone and iPad Applications including Domain; one of the major players in Australia’s real estate space, as well as RSVP; Australia’s largest and premier dating site. Karina continues to pioneer mobile analytics in Australia and is now working on driving data efficiencies and visualisation across a large media corporation.
Karina is a regular speaker at a number of analytics, search marketing and technology conferences, including; Adobe Symposiums, SMX, eMetrics and Ad Tech in both Australia and internationally.
Karina is thrilled with the appointment as IMA’s international executive committee representative in Australia, and hopes to assist with providing a voice and setting up new industry standards in the region.
KATE SZAFRAN, USA
Office of Nevada Governor,October, Inc.
Kate’s extensive work with contributors, elected officials, and various political organizations has helped her achieve a diverse background in fundraising. Kate Szafran has widespread experience in Nevada and nationally, most recently serving as Finance Director for both Governor Brian Sandoval and US Senator Dean Heller.
Prior to joining October, Inc., Kate worked as the Majority Makers and Senatorial Trust Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She also served in a fundraising capacity at the Republican Governors Association under the Chairmanships of Governors Mitt Romney and Kenny Guinn and also at the Republican National Committee during President George W. Bush’s successful reelection.
Kate attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor of Arts degree where she graduated with honors. She moved to Washington D.C. where she attended The George Washington University and received her Master’s in Political Management.
KEITH LASKA, USA
CEO and Co-Founder, EUXmedia
Formerly CEO of a $70 million software division of SDL, a global customer experience management business with deep roots in globalization, Keith is now bringing that global business expertise to corporate and entertainment clients at EUXmedia, an award-winning Hollywood-based provider of high quality social and video production and marketing solutions.
An experienced international business executive and entrepreneur, Laska started his career as an Instructor of French and Italian at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, widely regarded as the number one private secondary school in North America.
From there Keith joined the startup scene in New York City and quickly moved on to join SDL to become the first business development manager for their translation software product line. Over the next decade, Keith worked to bring that business from startup to one of SDL’s largest software divisions, with over $70 million in annual revenues and 500 global employees. During that time, Keith relocated from New York to London, where he lived and worked in Europe and Asia for seven years, continuing to build up SDL’s global operations.
Recently, Keith saw the transformational change that was starting to shape new paradigms in the content marketing space, and had a vision that high quality video and analytics would be the primary mechanism to deliver brand value creation over the next 5-10 years. Based on this principle, EUXmedia was founded to create highly compelling visual effects-infused videos with distribution and engagement services that differentiate a company’s brand and capture the hearts and minds of global consumers.
Keith received a double Bachelor’s Degree in French and Political Science from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He speaks fluent French and Italian, loves to travel, and is constantly studying and learning new languages.
KEVIN MALONEY, USA
Co-Founder, President & CEO, QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI)
Mr. Maloney is a serial entrepreneur and finance industry executive who has spent the last eleven years as co-founder, President and CEO of QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI). He is responsible for QSI’s vision, strategy, business development and operational execution for its new portable power division and MetAir battery products line. Since the Company’s inception, he has raised more than $23 million in private and government funding and secured brand name global partners and customers including Energizer, Nissan, Ford, OM Group (NYSE:OMG), NASA, Arkema, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He led an IP strategy resulting in 16 high value patents and patents pending. Mr. Maloney has developed and taken multiple revenue-producing products to market.
Previously, Mr. Maloney served as principal and compliance officer at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), an institutional investment advisory firm with over $2 trillion in assets under management, where he also held NASD Series 7, 26, 63, and 65 securities licenses.
With a lifelong passion for health and fitness, Mr. Maloney co-founded 8Blend® immediately after college. 8Blend® created “Ready-to-Blend” all natural fruit smoothies, which grew into a leading pre-packaged solution for convenient, healthy, freshly blended beverages. 8-Blend sold more than 10 million units nationally before being acquired.
He is a frequent speaker at various universities and industry conferences and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Young President’s Organization (YPO) and Generation Next. Mr. Maloney has been awarded several U.S. patents and earned his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
KORAY ARIKAN, TURKEY
Country Manager, JP Morgan (Swiss) S.A.
Prior to his current position,Mr. Arikan was in charge of developing the Turkish market and the region for Wealth Management services by utilizing the full services of the bank. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is still part of investment bank teams on a project/client basis. Previously he served as Head of Investment Bank involved in M&A transactions, project finance of infrastructures (including energy, water and transportation projects) and syndications.
He has served as a non-executive Board Member of ETI Biscuit Group, Eskisehir since 2003. The group is the second largest cookie, cake and chocolate producer and distributor in Turkey with 85% market share in cakes and total sales of USD $400 million.
From 1989-1991, Mr. Arikan was Head of Department, Prime Ministry of Turkey, Privatization Administration, based in Ankara, Turkey, where he was in charge of State Economic Enterprises including iron and steel, petrochemical, refinery and airline. During his tenure, the first generation of cross-border privatizations were realized through strategic sales. He also served as an Executive Board Director in the largest private sector energy company, a gas company and a major textile conglomerate, and represented golden shares of the government in the cement sector after the sale of the companies to major multinationals.
From 1987-1989 he served as Project Director for the Fund for Private Assistance in International Development in Washington D.C., a fund for private investments in developing countries with programs ranging from privatizations to debt swaps.
He began his career as a Design Engineer and Project Manager at MEAD, PC in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Arikan graduated from Harvard Business School (AMP), Virginia C. University (MBA) and Bosphorus University in Istanbul (BS Mech. Engineering). He is the President of the Bosphorus University-BUMED Alumni Organization, which has 10,000+ members, a Founding Board Member of the Private Sector Volunteers Council, a Board Member and Treasurer for the Turkish U.S. Business Council, and President of the Istanbul Chapter of the U.S. Propeller Club.
Mr. Arikan was born in Ankara, Turkey. He is married and has two daughters.
KYNDELL PAINE, USA
Director of Public Affairs, Disneyland Resort
From her first day of 1L orientation in 2007, people who met student Kyndell Paine (’10) knew that she was a woman with a clear vision for success and the tools to excel in whatever field she chose. An active student who attended “every mixer, seminar and networking function at Chapman,” Kyndell earned a well-deserved reputation as a savvy networker and an engaging ambassador for the law school. “I wasn’t the type of student to hole up in my apartment and study every minute of the day, she admitted — I took advantage of every opportunity to get out there.” Her persistent but professional style of networking paid off in early 2011, when she landed her self described dream position as Manager, Government Relations at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, just a few miles from the Chapman campus.
Kyndell traces her success in landing this plum position to her participation in an innovative legislative advocacy course at Chapman, part of the school’s Institute of Public Law program. It was here that Kyndell met her mentor and friend, adjunct professor Carrie Nocella, a Chapman University alumna and current Director of Government Relations and Minority Business Development at the Disneyland Resort. “The class was amazing,” noted Kyndell. “We had a slew of guest speakers – heavy hitters from the community such as State Senator Lou Correa, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.” Kyndell later used those very contacts in her various positions in government relations and public policy.
Prior to getting the Disney position, Kyndell was on a fast track in government relations and public policy. As part of the course work in the legislative advocacy class, she was encouraged to take a related internship. Kyndell was hired as a policy advisor for Orange County Supervisor, John Moorlach, a one-semester internship that she parlayed into a two-year full time position. Kyndell also worked as a student assistant in the Government Relations office at Chapman University, working in the office of Sheryl Bourgeois, Vice President for University Advancement.
Kyndell acknowledges that she has an aggressive style of networking, but points out that “I never bombarded Carrie with my resume, even though I really wanted to get my foot in the door at Disney.” Instead Kyndell built a friendship with Carrie and proved that she could do the job. Her persistence, coupled with her experience, led to the current position.
Even though she is not in the courtroom, every day Kyndell uses her legal education and training. “People don’t realize how much law is incorporated into this (government relations) job,” she explained. Examples include staying abreast of contract negotiations, ensuring compliance with laws, analyzing and tracking legislative issues. “In this position, I found a job with the perfect mix of creative troubleshooting and interaction with the law,” she beamed as she settled in for a long career at the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
LAWRENCE R. ARMSTRONG, USA
CEO, Ware Malcomb Architecture
Mr. Armstrong is CEO of Ware Malcomb, a leading national design firm, providing planning, architectural, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients throughout the world. Established in 1972, the firm has 11 offices throughout the United States and in Toronto, Ontario Canada and in Panama City, Panama.
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.
Mr. Armstrong joined Ware Malcomb in 1984 and shortly thereafter was responsible for running the firm’s Los Angeles office. In 1988, Mr. Armstrong became a Principal of the firm, and then became CEO in 1992. Mr. Armstrong is a licensed architect in over 40 states, as well as in Ontario, Canada. 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 Italy. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED accredited professional.
In 2010, Mr. Armstrong was a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and Chapman University, Argyros School of Business. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, Real Estate Business Online, 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, Kent State University Foundation; Founding Member, United Way’s Real Estate Community Builders; and Member, Hoag Center Visiting Committee, Hoag Center for Real Estate & Finance, Argyros School of Business, Chapman University and the Ernst & Young EOY Alumni Advisory Council. He is an active member and sponsor of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) and SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors).
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; Chancellors Club at University of California Irvine; and CHOC Corporate Partners.
LJ TARMAN, USA
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, NuVision Federal Credit Union
As Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for NuVision Federal Credit Union, LJ Tarman oversees marketing, advertising, social media, e-marketing, strategic analysis, government relations, brand management, and public relations for the $1.3B credit union. She has helped the organization almost double its assets during the last five years through several strategic mergers. The most recent merger, which was completed in September 2013, extensively used social media as a vehicle for reaching 80,000 members and staff during critical merger votes and systems conversions.
During the last few years, Ms. Tarman has been instrumental in shifting NuVision towards increasing use of e-marketing, including social media and data analytics. By doing this, she was able to significantly decrease marketing budget while improving results and tracking.
Prior to joining NuVision, Ms. Tarman has 15 years’ experience in the financial industry, preceded by entrepreneurial ventures in marketing, system design and workflow simplification consulting.
LUCY DUNN, USA
CEO, Orange County Business Council
Lucetta “Lucy” Dunn is president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. In her first year at OCBC, she hosted a visit from President George W. Bush and helped lead a major successful campaign by the business community to Renew Measure M, funding the next 30 years of transportation improvements for Orange County.
Before joining the Business Council, Lucy was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Senate in 2004 to serve as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Lucy received the California State Legislature “Woman of the Year 1997” for her civic involvement, influence and participation in public policy task forces. In 2001, she served as the first woman president in the 80-year history of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and was slated to be president of the state-wide California Building Industry Association when Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to his team. In 2005, she received CBIA’s “D. Gregg Brown Award” for her work advocating housing and homeownership.
The Orange County Business Journal honored her with its 2006 “Women in Business” award, which recognized five out of 150 nominees for distinguished careers in business. In 2007, California State University, Fullerton, awarded her its prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award.
Lucy is also an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a director of a number of non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities of Orange County, Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.
She is the mother of two sons and resides in Coto de Caza.
MANNY MEDRANO, USA
Manny Medrano is a freshman at Harvard College, and the graduating student body president of Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. In addition to organizing on-campus events with the Harvard Institute of Politics, Manny is a nationally ranked member of the Harvard Debate Council, travelling the country to compete in policy debate tournaments. Manny also focuses on debate outreach, recruiting future team members and coaching local programs.
Manny balances mastering his third language with serving as a tutor to prepare Harvard employees for U.S. Citizenship testing. He is also a member of the Harvard Club Running team.
Manny has interned with a number of non-profit organizations, including California Rural Legal Assistance, Public Counsel and the First Tee of Pasadena. He studies Applied Mathematics, specializing in Economics.
MARY JO DUTRA, USA
President and CEO, SAFE BIDCO
For more than 30 years, SAFE-BIDCO has been helping California’s small businesses – and the communities they call home – begin, grow, and prosper.
SAFE BIDCO is a non-traditional financing source for small businesses statewide, offering multiple loan programs (SBA, state guarantee, geographically-specific programs, etc.) that are specifically tailored for each individual business.
Created by the legislature in 1981, SAFE-BIDCO is a non-deposit lender offering programs to enhance economic development, foster job creation, community growth, and industrial diversification.
MELANIE MITCHELL, USA
Corporate Training Manager, Oregon State University
With nearly a decade of experience in higher education, specializing in business development and corporate marketing, Melanie thrives on leading and developing partnerships within the business community, exploring new markets, and building relationships with faculty, high-level business, government, and community leaders. As a skilled negotiator and project manager, Melanie enjoys managing and motivating a diverse staff, while working together in local, national and international markets to surpass goals.
At Oregon State University, Melanie develops and delivers self-paced custom e-learning and custom employee training for businesses of every size with her team of writers, programmers, instructional designers, videographers, graphic designers, project managers, enrollment specialists and marketing professionals. Oregon State’s employee training solutions addresses the most pressing challenges facing organizations. Whether the company’s goal is to build a leadership program or prepare new managers for future roles, Melanie works closely with the company to bring the appropriate mix of courses or instructional services to help further the education of their employees.
Prior to joining Oregon State University, Melanie was the director of management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of University of California, Irvine. Melanie developed and managed a large portfolio of diverse certificate programs in areas of Internet Marketing, Social Media, Marketing, Project Management and Agile Project Management. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in educational foundations from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree in special education from Chapman University.
MIKE BROWN, USA
Co-Founder & CEO, ModBargains.com
Before Mike Brown graduated from Chapman University in 2006 with a degree in business administration, he co-founded ModBargains.com at 19 years old when he became passionate about cars and noticed there was a need for easier access to automotive enhancements and aftermarket products. After encountering a great deal of problems locating car parts to modify his BMW 3 series, Mike realized an opportunity to capitalize on a growing market. While a student at Chapman, Brown co-founded and operated ModBargains.com, a retailer of aftermarket car parts including wheels, exterior accessories, performance parts, and interior accessories.
Shortly after its inception, ModBargains.com had earned over one million dollars in revenue and was shipping over 4,000 parts to 49 countries. Brown’s entrepreneurial endeavor won him first place in the 2006 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Starting a business in college was risky for Brown. Growing his company while maintaining a high GPA, took discipline, time-management skills, and passion. Refusing to compromise his individual or professional ethics, Brown has made ModBargains.com a place to find high-quality products and excellent customer service.
Brown’s purpose statement is to use his leadership strengths to create love, happiness, and prosperity. As a mentor at the Chapman University Entrepreneurship Village, he advises aspiring entrepreneurs to do what they are passionate about rather than what will earn the most money. “Ultimately, you are going to be pouring your entire life into your business, so you better enjoy what you are doing.” Matching passion for the business along with solving a problem in the marketplace, leading to revenues, is Brown’s focus & what he advises start-up entrepreneurs to focus on.
Nine years later, Brown’s La Habra business has grown from him working on orders on his laptop between classes at Chapman to 26 employees and a 13,000-square-foot building with offices, a warehouse and an installation shop. The company really began to grow after it started keeping car products in stock and performing installations on vehicles with the parts it sold. ModBargains has processed over 100,000 orders to more than 160 countries.
Mike is involved with many organizations including: SEMA Young Executive Network, SEMA Professional Restylers Organization, Chapman University Chapman50, Chapman University eVillage, and has been featured in the Orange County Register, OC Metro 40 under 40, Young Money magazine, Yahoo Finance, and other publications.
For more information on ModBargains, please visit http://www.modbargains.com.
MIKE MORAN, UK
Founder & Managing Director, Mojofuel
Mike Moran is widely recognized as one of the UK’s most experienced Digital Producers. After gaining an honors degree in English and Media, he joined Granada Television where he honed his craft before founding the award-winning Mojofuel in 2000.
Mojofuel rapidly grew and quickly carved a reputation as one of the leading digital production agencies in the United Kingdom, working across a wide range of business sectors.
Working from Manchester, London and Los Angeles, Mojofuel has broadened its services into digital marketing communications. The business boasts an enviable client list including the UK’s largest train operating company Northern Rail, Serco, Eurosport, GrupoModelo (Corona Extra), Tsingtao, Electronic Arts, Hilton Group, Shell, GSK and Nintendo, together with Mike’s role as a digital consultant for global agencies such as Weber Shandwick and BurstonMarsteller.
As the business has grown, so too has a strong tie with Microsoft. As an accredited supplier, Mojofuel produced the first live-streamed interview with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair from No.10 Downing Street; filmed and live-streamed a concert by The Killers from Brixton Academy as well as filming and producing a range of video content for MSN Video, Microsoft internal, XBox and Windows Live.
More recently, Mike has produced music videos for two of the world’s largest dance music stars, Deadmau5 and Tiesto. He has also become a recognized expert in the production of demonstrative video evidence where he has developed a product called VisualAid for major UK legal firms including Pannone and Irwin Mitchell.
NICOLE MCMACKIN, USA
Managing Partner, Irvine Technology Corporation
Nicole McMackin is the Managing Partner of Irvine Technology Corporation. She has been with ITC over seven years and initially served in the role as Vice President of Sales. Nicole has an established career in sales and management with a strong emphasis of account management within fortune 300 organizations. Nicole began her career in staff augmentation services with a locally based Orange County company, Abbott Resource Group, where she was quickly recognized as one of the top performers company wide for both her strong leadership skills as well as her unprecedented sales figures. Later, Nicole then transitioned to Advecta IT whereby she sold and managed multiple premier accounts as well as led a large team of account managers and recruiters. Nicole grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
NICK NEWSOM, USA
Nick Newsom, Founder & CEO at Ytel
Nick was in the sixth grade when his interest in technology and communications sparked. He discovered computer bulletin board software (messaging software available prior to general Internet use) and found a way to reprogram the software to allow multiple callers to connect to the server simultaneously instead of one at a time. This experience introduced Nick to open source software and “store and forward” communications. A year later, he obtained an amateur radio license and began exploring ham radio, a hobby he still entertains today.
In high school, Nick was hired as the only student employee in the IT department. He replaced a failing Windows-based email system with a Linux email server that never crashed. Nick completed his high school career in three years with a full diploma, awards at the state academic decathlon, and a scholarship from Microsoft as a Certified Professional and Trainer. Nick’s work at Microsoft led to a job at Perot Systems (later acquired by Dell), where his main areas of focus were UNIX, Windows, and gaining a working knowledge of global payment systems.
Throughout the years, Nick has worked with various companies in telephone programming, network administration, automated underwriting systems, lead capture and distribution systems, and telephone call handing in several industries including mortgage banking, media groups, and marketing solutions. Nick has led several companies, including F9 Group Inc. and Global Technologies Group, LLC, and has served on the executive team for Genisys International.
Nick started Ytel in 2012 with the goal to build, customize, and host a suite of software applications that help businesses of all sizes communicate effectively with their customers. With a unique management style, he believes in investing in his employees and promoting a culture of success and structure. Through Nick’s vision, Ytel cultivates employee success through an open workspace, where creative minds collaborate on innovative ideas and groundbreaking products. Since its launch, Ytel has gained massive momentum and become a leader in the contact center industry, with revolutionary products including X5 Cloud Contact Center®, SimpleDial™, and message360°.
Nick believes in introducing technology to children early on and volunteers his time, experience and guidance to participate in a “Bring Your Own Device” program at his children’s school. Nick also works with community outreach programs to promote a clean ocean and environmental awareness.
PATRICK BOULARD, FRANCE
Patrick Boulard is the founder of Axcelysis, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy, operational optimization and continuous improvement services.
Mr Boulard has a passion for improving business performance through innovative and culturally relevant solutions that make people more productive, processes more efficient, and companies more profitable. Internet marketing and social media best practices are some of the key areas Mr Boulard concentrates on to help businesses increase top and bottom line performance simultaneously.
Before founding Axcelysis in 2009, Mr Boulard was recruited to be the first leader of the Global Information Technology function at Quiksilver, a world leading surf and lifestyle brand. Prior to Quiksilver, Mr Boulard had spent nearly 20 years in global operations, marketing and technology management, holding a variety of senior management and executive positions in the maritime transportation, specialty retail, wholesale apparel and sports & lifestyle industries. Most notably, Mr Boulard spent 9 years at Toys R Us, where he directed worldwide teams of operations and technology professionals who made Toys R Us countries more profitable through enhanced global processes and technology solutions, including global ERP. Later, as CIO for Urban Brands (now “The New Ashley Stewart”), a women’s apparel retailer, Mr Boulard led a business transformation initiative that improved core strategic capabilities such as merchandise selection, supply chain management, branding and customer management (CRM, web assets, e-commerce fulfillment and social media).
Mr Boulard was born, raised and educated in France where he obtained degrees in Business Management and Marketing from French Universities. He then attended Chapman University in Orange, CA, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Marketing, and a Masters in Business Administration.
Mr Boulard is currently based in Irvine, CA.
PAUL JUEDES, USA
Senior Director of Enterprise Digital Marketing, CoreLogic
Paul Juedes is the senior director of enterprise digital marketing for CoreLogic. He is responsible for defining and executing the global digital marketing strategy for the company and leading the digital marketing team.
In his current role, Paul oversees the corporate website, enterprise marketing automation solutions, marketing data warehouse, search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, social media strategy and marketing analytics reporting. He also previously served as director of marketing for the Business and Information Segment of CoreLogic and led the team responsible for both online and offline marketing operations, which included managing corporate and business website strategies, media planning, all aspects of online and traditional advertising, , and tradeshow messaging.
Paul has 20 years of marketing experience with 16 years of Digital Marketing experience spanning multiple industries, including Financial, Automotive, Biotech and Entertainment. Prior to joining CoreLogic, Paul lead the eBusiness team at Hyundai Motors America where he oversaw the US website hyundaiUSA.com, enterprise internet application development, enterprise eLearning platform, Corporate Intranet, and Internet sales programs . Before that, he served for seven years as director of information architecture for marchFIRST, a premier internet consulting company, managing 32 employees in developing internet strategies for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including Toyota, Mazda, NBC, the Hard Rock Café and Universal Pictures.
Paul earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University, San Bernardino. He also holds a Managing the Information Resources certificate from the John E. Anderson School of Management at UCLA and is certified in process modeling from RummlerBrache.
PETE ELLIOT, USA
Director of Marketing, IBM / Key Information Systems
Pete Elliot is Director of Marketing at Key Information Systems, an L.A. area computer systems integrator and IBM Business Partner. He manages the company’s marketing campaigns, events, corporate image, and web presence. Pete has been with Key Info since its inception more than a decade ago. During his career, Pete has worked with top management at IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun, and Intel. He currently serves on IBM’s Business Partner Marketing Advisory Board. Prior to joining Key Info, Pete spent 20 years as a successful marketing executive building and managing channel sales and heading up marketing programs with companies including Chase Manhattan Bank, Duracell and Kraft.
Pete has been intrigued with writing throughout his career. He has written for television, magazines and trade publications in a variety of styles and on topics covering business, technology, drama, sports, and comedy. He did his undergraduate work at Syracuse University with additional studies at the Newhouse School of Communications and Cornell University.
Pete is active in golf and tennis and has volunteered extensively in local community activities.
RAY BAIRD, USA
Founding Partner, BrandingBusiness
Ray Baird is a founding partner of BrandingBusiness and a sought-after authority on B2B branding. He was previously President of RiechesBaird, one of the nation’s most respected B2B brand strategy firms.
A seasoned brand strategist, Ray has helped hundreds of companies define, differentiate, and convey their market positions through multi-point research and creative strategies over his 25 year-career. He was instrumental in helping American Airlines Cargo become the most preferred brand within the air cargo space. Working with the leadership team at Hitachi Consulting, he helped create and launch a new global brand that enabled higher differentiation and growth. He also led strategic engagements for organizations such as California Bank & Trust, Forum for Corporate Directors and ACG.
Ray excels at leading executive teams through the complexities of the branding process and eliciting the critical nuances and insights that shape breakthrough ideas.
REY PASINLI, USA
Executive Director, Total Apps
Rey Pasinli is one of the country’s leading experts in evolving social commerce trends and technologies, having collaborated with over 20,000 internet merchants in his seventeen years of internet experience. He has been a key speaker at prominent internet marketing and payment processing summits throughout the United States and consistently stays on the cutting edge of emerging web-based technologies. Rey holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Fullerton and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
RIA MARIE CARLSON, USA
Chief Marketing Officer at University of California, Irvine
As the University of California, Irvine’s Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Communications, Ria Carlson is responsible for advancing UC Irvine’s mission and reputation through a worldwide, integrated communications approach.
Carlson leads UC Irvine’s Office of Strategic Communications, which provides information and content to all of the university’s constituents, both internal and external. The office manages a variety of university functions, including: brand development and management; media relations; marketing and advertising services; publications and digital properties; visual and internal communication; and a speakers’ bureau and spokesperson development.
During the last year, the strategic communications team introduced several initiatives to improve the university’s presence. It transformed the online constituent newsletter into a colorful, coffee table-ready magazine. A redesign of the university’s website was introduced to improve engagement with an increasingly mobile audience. Relationships with international reporters were forged to help carry the university’s news in prominent media outlets throughout the world. A branding initiative, supported by comprehensive market research, was launched to support cohesive and powerful messaging. Looking ahead, the team will play a leading role in the university’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2015.
Carlson joined the university in March 2012 after serving more than 25 years as a chief communications, strategy and marketing officer at large, publicly traded corporations. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of Communications, Strategy and Global Branding at Ingram Micro Inc., which is number 81 on the Fortune 500 ranking of the largest U.S. companies and Orange County’s largest company in terms of revenues. She also held executive roles at FHP International Corporation and Sierra Health Services, both of which currently operate as United Healthcare. Her personal commitment to advancing education runs deep, as she has served on the Boards of Directors of several education-related nonprofit organizations for decades.
RICHARD GALLAGHER, USA
CEO, Xytech Systems
In addition to his executive duties, Richard leads the Product Development Group at Xytech, focusing on the continued expansion of the MediaPulse suite of applications.
Richard has been designing and maintaining computer software programs for over 30 years. In 1984 Richard founded Medical Digital Technologies. Under this banner he designed and coded the MED–OCCUR software system, which was sold to over 600 orthopedists, anesthesiologists, ophthalmologists, surgery centers, and medical clinics. He then designed a Job Management System for post production facilities and started Xymox Systems, Inc. In 1998, with the acquisition of Gentech, the company changed its name to Xytech Systems and Richard was named Chief Executive Officer. In 2004 Richard assumed the role of President as well.
ROB ADAMS, USA
Vice President, Microsemi
Mr. Robert C. Adams has been Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Development of Microsemi Corp. since June 2007. Mr. Adams has served as a Principal of Canaccord Genuity Inc. He joined Adams Harkness’s Emerging Growth Semiconductors franchise in 2003, focusing his research on analog and mixed signal semiconductors and digital media IC companies. Mr. Adams served as Vice President of Investor Relations of Microsemi Corp. since June 2007. Prior to joining Adams Harkness, he served with Kaufman Brothers as its Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst covering semiconductor and electronics companies. Mr. Adams served as an Associate Analyst of Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. Previously, he served as a Senior Equity Analyst and an Executive Director, covering semiconductors with CIBC World Markets Inc., Research Division. He also served as Equity Analyst of Montgomery & Co., LLC, Research Division and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Research Division. Mr. Adams has been recognized as a leading sell-side analyst by publications such as Institutional Investor (Honorable Mention 2000, 2001; Home Run Hitter 2001) and The Wall Street Journal (All Star Analyst 2002). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. Mr. Adams earned a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis in 1991.
ROB FRIEDMAN, USA
Co-founder and Chairman Auction.com, CEO Football.com
Robert Friedman has been intimately involved in the real estate industry for over 20 years. Truly the visionary of this dynamic company, his exceptional business instinct and experience has shown a path to success amidst some of the nation’s most difficult economic times. Auction.com sold over $7.4 billion of commercial and residential real estate in 2013, and has sold over $25 billion since being founded in 2007. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, and surveying the business landscape for growth opportunities. Rob is a licensed Auctioneer and the author of the book “The Auction Revolution.” Born and raised in Orange County, California, he has two children and contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including being on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, with both his time and money.
Green is an investor in and adviser to Asana, a company that enables workplace collaboration through a web interface. In February 2013, Green joined Andreessen Horowitz as an entrepreneur-in-residence.
ROBYN LURIE, USA
Director, New Media & Digital Entertainment, NBC/Universal Pictures
Robyn Lurie is Director, New Media & Digital Entertainment at Universal Pictures. Robyn focuses on worldwide digital financial performance for the film studio, operational analytics and management of special projects including windowing strategy and tests of new digital products.
Robyn joined NBCUniversal in 2007 as part of a general management rotational program, where she worked on special projects across film, cable, network and digital divisions in both New York and Los Angeles. She has also held roles in Financial Reporting at Twentieth Century Fox. Robyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
ROD PACHECO, USA
Senior Attorney, Theodora Oringher
Todd Theodora specializes in trying complex business cases before juries, judges and arbitrators. As lead counsel, he has conducted over 50 jury trials to verdict. He has been practicing law for more than 26 years, and resides in the firm’s Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Todd’s main practice areas include business and tort litigation, and strategic business advice.
Todd practices in every area of business and commercial litigation such as antitrust, unfair competition, securities, employment practices, eminent domain, water rights, intellectual property, unfair business practices, construction, tax, partnership dissolution, and shareholder disputes. He also practices in tort litigation areas such as product liability, environmental liability, defamation and “business” torts. He is particularly well-versed in handling complex litigation and class actions.
Todd represents private and public companies of all sizes, including many of the nation’s and world’s largest organizations. His clients conduct business in a broad array of sectors such as real estate, health care, technology, sports, news and information, entertainment, banking, lending, construction, financial services, professional services, manufacturing, retail and distribution. He also represents numerous large governmental entities and agencies.
Todd has been lead counsel in many high profile matters, and is also well versed in defending “bet the company” cases. He has been featured on network television, and portrayed in national news magazines including Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, and Life in connection with his handling of litigation and legal issues of national consequence. He has extensive experience working with in-house and outside public relations firms, including firms specializing in crisis communications.
Todd served as lead trial counsel for the Angels baseball team in the suit brought by the City of Anaheim against the Club concerning the team’s use of the name “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.” The City also sought more than $300 million in damages against the team. He obtained a defense jury verdict for the Club.
Todd has represented numerous other clients in high profile, high stakes trials including the Orange County Register newspaper and Freedom Communications, POM Wonderful, Union Pacific Railroad, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Goodyear/Dunlop Tires and the County of Los Angeles to name a few.
Todd was also one of the attorneys who represented Monica Lewinsky in the President Bill Clinton matter.
Todd was recruited by Stanford Law School to teach in the field of Advanced Trial Advocacy. The Stanford Law students have chosen Todd to be lead advisor to Stanford’s elite, traveling mock trial team.
Todd retains and supervises lawyers throughout the country on behalf of his clients for whom he serves as National Counsel or Regional Counsel.
Todd worked closely with the former Arnold Schwarzenegger administration, and was a part of the team that brought about workers’ compensation reform in California in 2004.
Todd regularly advises elected officials on issues affecting businesses, education and public policy.
RUTH BRAJEVICH, USA
Chief Marketing Officer, Ware Malcomb
Ruth Brajevich is Chief Marketing Officer for Ware Malcomb, an award winning, international design firm, offering planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate, corporate and public clients. Ruth is an excellent strategist, gifted communicator and inspiring leader. She is extremely passionate about the brand and culture of the firm. She is part of Ware Malcomb’s Executive Team and provides direction, coaching and support to all of the company’s leaders throughout the firm’s 15 offices. Ruth has played a key role in the company’s transformation from a regional to an international design firm. She developed a company-wide leadership training program, an innovative strategic planning process and mentoring program.
Joining Ware Malcomb in 1998, she implemented a new approach to marketing and business development for the company. In 2004, Ruth was promoted to Principal and has helped the firm expand through geographic reach, product diversification and expansion of services. In 2005, Ruth launched wm graphics, a studio that offers innovative graphic design services to clients including branding, website design, digital marketing and environmental graphics. Under her leadership, the marketing and graphics studios have received 9 national marketing awards since 2006.
In 2007, Ruth was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Her strategic vision of redefining every aspect of Ware Malcomb’s marketing methods has been instrumental in increasing the firm’s brand recognition. In 2009, Ruth launched Ware Malcomb’s social media program, including research, strategy, training and engagement. Ware Malcomb is active on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and You Tube. Ruth has been listed in Twitter’s Top CMO list since 2009, currently at #24 and in CEO.com lists of top CMOs on Twitter in 2014 (#25). She has assisted clients with the development of social media strategy and launched Ware Malcomb’s blog, wm canvas.
In 2013, Ruth launched a company-wide program, called wm health+fitness to engage the company in health and fitness, while promoting philanthropy and local community involvement.
Ruth’s continual focus on people, innovation and strategy has contributed to the firm’s continual evolution and growth.
DR. SANDEEP KRISHNAMURTHY, USA
Dean, University of Washington Bothell School of Business
Dr. Sandeep Krishnamurthy is the first Dean of the UW Bothell School of Business. He holds the faculty rank of Professor. He received his Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in economics from the University of Arizona in 1996 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (equivalent to an MBA) from XLRI in India. He attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Bombay where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988.
As Dean, he led the effort to obtain independent accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and signed on to the Principles of Responsible Management (PRME) initiative. The school has grown in stature each year and now offers a Masters of Accounting in addition to the nationally-reputed MBA program. Several new initiatives are underway in the areas of marketing analytics, supply chain management and economics.
Dr. Krishnamurthy is deeply involved with the business community. He serves on the International Executive Council of the Interactive Marketing Association. He has been instrumental in developing multiple leadership programs at the school including the Nintex Leadership Breakfast Series and the Business and Organizational Leadership Development (BOLD) program. The school has developed deep industry partnerships through custom executive education programs, internships, and, business consulting projects. The school conducts an Annual Accounting Ethics Conference and a Women’s Leadership camp. The school’s advisory board consists of local CEOs and prominent international business leaders.
Dr. Krishnamurthy studies the innovation economy. His scholarly work covers topics as varied as open source software, online privacy, anti-brand web sites, technology business models, interactivity, and, permission marketing. His research has appeared in various academic journals such as Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Marketing Letters, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Technovation and Research Policy. He is the author of multiple books on E-Commerce and Interactive Marketing. He is frequently quoted in the new media including NPR, CNN and the Seattle Times.
SARAHI ESPINOZA SALAMANCA, USA
Founder and CEO, www.Sarahi.tv
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the founder and CEO of www.Sarahi.tv, a website created to help low income and undocumented students find scholarships and organizations who can help them in their journey to college. She’s been received the Mujeres Destacadas Award for her Community Leadership by El Mensajero 2014.
She is a full time student at Cañada College.Started a DREAMers club whom she is the President of. Planing to major in Mass Communications with emphasis in Journalism. Minoring in Political Science. She work for The Girls Scouts of Northern California as a Community Organizer and Outreach Program Instructor, teaching Environmental Science and Technology Programs.
SCOTT KELLNER, USA
Vice President of Marketing, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing
Scott runs marketing at George P. Johnson, the world’s largest experience marketing agency with 39 offices spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
A lifelong marketer, Scott has built and sold companies, completed turnarounds, and provided marketing communications and branding expertise to both agency and corporate entities. His background includes work in the entertainment, software and marketing services spaces.
Scott is a graduate of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, where he’s also served as a business communications mentor and on the Board of Fellows.
Scott is based in San Jose, CA. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottKellner.
SCOTT ROTH, USA
Vice President, Field & Partner Marketing, ExactTarget, Inc.
As the Vice President, Field & Partner Marketing, Scott is responsible for leading ExactTarget’s in-region marketing strategy including brand awareness, events, sales support, and demand generation in all regions of the world.
Scott has over twelve years of digital marketing experience including over five years with ExactTarget, a leading global provider of cross-channel digital marketing software-as-a-service solutions that empower organizations of all sizes to communicate with their customers through email, mobile, social media, Web and marketing automation. In previous roles with ExactTarget Scott has lead the organization’s Partner Marketing and Product Marketing functions.
Prior to ExactTarget, Scott spent seven years with Webtrends, a global leader in web analytics and online marketing optimization software and services, where he held positions in Alliances, Partner Marketing, Product Marketing, and Product Management. Scott holds an MBA with an emphasis in Management of Innovation and Technology from Portland State University and a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Millikin University in Decatur, IL.
SHANT SAHAKIAN, USA
Founder and President, Sedna Solutions
Shant Sahakian is the Founder and President of Sedna Solutions, a full service marketing and design firm based in Los Angeles. Sedna Solutions serves businesses, non-profit organizations, and government institutions with integrated marketing solutions, including Internet Marketing, Web Design, Branding, Advertising, and Public Relations. Since 1999, the firm has helped produce effective programs and powerful results for hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Shant’s passion for his work at Sedna Solutions is matched by his passion for community service and giving back. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Arturo Sandoval Institute, Glendale Young Professionals, Glendale Youth Alliance, Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation, and GAR.
Shant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge and Certificate in Marketing from University of California, Los Angeles.
TILLY LEVINE, ISRAEL
Tilly Levine co-founded the Tilly’s concept in 1982 and formed our company in 1984. She has served as a Vice President and Director since our inception. Ms. Levine currently serves as our Vice President of Vendor Relations and has served in that capacity since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Levine was responsible for the buying of guys’ and boys’ apparel. Ms. Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry.
TYLER HOLIDAY, USA
Marketing Director, Ytel
Tyler is fueled by the power of imagination and has a passion for connecting businesses to their customers and prospects through authentic marketing. Some advice he gives to other marketers is keep things simple, and always follow the golden rule… Measure what you market. With an interest in Communications from a young age, Tyler double majored in PR & Advertising at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He spent his undergraduate career immersed in the School of Communication, developing a wide range of skills including creating and maintaining media relationships, building business strategy plans, marketing tactics and strategies.
As a marketer with more than 8 years of experience, Tyler has worked with the Internet Marketing Association, KCOMM, and his most recent adventure, Ytel. Having done business with companies like Google, Adobe, Base CRM, other industry leading companies and thought leaders like Elon Musk, he’s developed his own unique way of building and managing a marketing dream team. He believes the greatest accomplishments come from team collaboration and he values each team member, their ideas and helps them grow as individuals, both professionally and personally. Early mornings in the office and late nights at home is when the real work gets done, and his greatest ideas come to life on the water, enjoying the sun on a boat, working out or on the road.
YURI VANETIK, RUSSIA
Principal, Vanetik International, LLC
Yuri Vanetik is a private investor, philanthropist, and political coalition builder.
He is the principal of Vanetik International, LLC. Presently, he advises several financial firms and invests in private equity transactions, both domestically and overseas. In the past, he served as an executive within the financial sector, advising boards and principals of public and private companies on capital formation, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Vanetik serves on corporate boards, boards of non-profits, and political organizations.
Mr. Vanetik began his legal career, practicing corporate law with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, in Pittsburgh, PA. Subsequently, he served as founding partner of Iger, Koehler & Vanetik, LLP, a law firm specializing in corporate governance, counseling boards of publicly traded companies and representing independent directors, and committees on which they serve. Generally, his legal practice had centered on corporate combinations, and finance.
Mr. Vanetik began his entrepreneurial career in the technology space, and subsequently moved into project finance. In the finance industry, Mr. Vanetik and financial institutions he advises make investments in the global private equity market.
A passionate community volunteer, Mr. Vanetik serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross (Orange County). He was appointed to the Homeland Security Council for Region I, and serves there on the Board of Governors. Mr. Vanetik is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California, and National Trustee for the Kennedy Center National Symphony in Washington, DC. Recently, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Vanetik to serve on the California Criminal Justice Council.
In the last presidential elections, he served as State of California Co-Chair and All American Vice Chair for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, and subsequently was on Senator (R-AZ) John McCain’s Kitchen Cabinet. Mr. Vanetik has held Finance leadership roles within the Republican National Committee, Republican Governors Association, and National Republican Cogressional Committee. He is currently West Coast Chair (Inner Circle) with the RGA and California Co-Chair with the NRCC.
Mr. Vanetik received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Honors, (Phi Beta Kappa) and is an executive graduate of the Anderson Business School at UCLA (Management). Completing further graduate research at Oxford University (Exeter College), where he was a researcher in political philosophy, Mr. Vanetik earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings. At Hastings, he was the President of the International Law Society, and the recipient of the coveted American Jurisprudence Award. Mr. Vanetik is also graduate of the Wharton-Spencer Stuart Directors Institute on Corporate Governance and Stanford Law School’s Directors College.
Mr. Vanetik loves wine, horological instruments, fountain pens, art, politics, martial arts, and tennis.