The largest gathering of social media pros, period!

You’ll rub shoulders with the world’s top social media authorities, book authors and practitioners from major brands when you attend Social Media Marketing World.

Here’s a partial list of presenters who spoke at Social Media Marketing World 2016.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund. Gary also currently hosts The#Ask GaryVeeShow, a way of providing value to his community of devotees by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies.

Mari Smith: Mari is often referred to as the “Queen of Facebook” and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing. She is a Forbes’ top Social Media Power Influencer, author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day. In 2015, Facebook hired Mari to go on tour and teach at the Boost Your Business series of events. Mari serves as Brand Ambassador for several top companies, and travels the world to speak and train at major events.

GuyKawasakiGuy Kawasaki: Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Chris Brogan: Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including his forthcoming book Insider: Strategies and Secrets for Business Growth in the Age of Distractions. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a digital-focused business development and advisory group. He has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more.

Mark Schaefer: Mark is the author of Social Media Explained, The Tao of Twitter, Born to Blog and Return on Influence, which was named “an essential book” of 2012 by the American Library Association. He is a marketing faculty member at Rutgers University and his blog {grow} is among the top marketing blogs in the world. He specializes in social media strategy/training and his clients include both startups and global brands such as IBM, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and the UK government.

Jay Baer: Jay is a renowned business strategist, keynote speaker and the New York Times best-selling author of five books including Hug Your Haters. Jay has advised more than 700 companies since 1994, including Caterpillar, Nike, Allstate, The United Nations and 32 of the FORTUNE 500. He is the founder and president of Convince & Convert, a strategy consulting firm that helps prominent companies gain and keep more customers through the smart intersection of technology, social media, and customer service. His Convince & Convert Media division produces five weekly podcasts and an award-winning digital magazine.

Brian Solis: Brian is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. He studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes these impacts to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. Brian has authored several books including: What’s the Future of Business (WTF)The End of Business as Usual, and Engage!. His latest book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explores the intersection of where business meets design to create engaging and meaningful experiences.

Amy Porterfield: Amy is co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies, a popular podcaster and a social media strategist. Amy has worked with mega-brands like Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Peak Performance Coach Tony Robbins, where she oversaw his content marketing team and managed online marketing campaigns. Entrepreneurs around the country depend on her to show them step-by-step how to increase revenue, drive more online traffic, grow their email list, and strengthen their connection with their target market.

Michael Port: Michael is the NY Times and WSJ bestselling author of 6 books including the perennial bestseller, Book Yourself Solid and his latest hit, Steal the Show. The Wall Street Journal called him a “marketing guru,” The Financial Times called him a “sales guru,” and the Boston Globe called him an uncommonly “honest author.” You’ll see him on CNBC, MSNBC, and PBS.

Michael Hyatt: Michael is the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. After spending over 30 years in the publishing industry, he now writes, speaks and consults full time. His blog has more than 300,000 monthly visitors. Michael has appeared on more than 100 television shows, including several on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN and has been on more than 1000 syndicated and local radio shows.

Joe Pulizzi: Joe is the author of Content Inc and Epic Content Marketing. As a content marketing evangelist, he founded The Content Marketing Institute, which includes the leading magazine for content marketing, Chief Content Officer, as well as the premier content marketing event, Content Marketing World.

Ann Handley: Ann is the author of the book Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the best-selling Content Rules. Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in social media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers. She is chief content officer of MarketingProfs, a columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, a LinkedIn Influencer, a keynote speaker, mom, and writer.

Michael Stelzner: Michael is the founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society, and author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers. He also hosts the Social Media Marketing podcast and the Morning Social Media Marketing TALK show.

Mitch Joel: Mitch is President of Mirum (formerly Twist Image) – a global digital marketing agency with over 2000 employees. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast, is a business and marketing bestseller. His second second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by He is frequently called upon to be a subject matter expert for Fast Company, Marketing Magazine, and Strategy and is a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review, Inc. magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Rory Vaden: Rory is the author of the bestselling book Take the Stairs and is also co-founder of Southwestern Consulting™, an 8-figure global consulting practice. His new book Procrastinate On Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time came out in January of 2015 and was an instant national bestseller. His blog is frequently listed as one of the top 50 leadership blogs in the world and his weekly podcast is regularly in the top 100 of business podcasts.

Bryan Kramer: Bryan is the President and CEO of PureMatter a content, social and digital marketing agency, and one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley. He is the author of the book, Shareology, and is one of the world’s foremost leaders in the art and science of sharing, and uses his knowledge as a global keynote speaker, and strategist who consults Fortune 500 clients such as IBM, Cisco and Pitney Bowes.

Cliff Ravenscraft: Cliff is the founder of and the producer of over 3,000 individual podcast episodes of 30 different shows. After 11 years as a successful insurance agent, Cliff moved into full-time podcasting where he produces, consults, coaches and connects with other podcasters. Cliff is also the founder of Generally Speaking Production Network (, the host of his various podcasts.

Lou Mongello: Lou is the host/producer of, named Best Travel Podcast from 2006 through 2014. Lou provides coaching and consulting to individuals and organizations looking to build their businesses and brands, and is a keynote speaker who shows the power of new and social media, podcasting, community, entrepreneurship, and how to create an exciting future by following one’s dreams and passions.

Darren Rowse: Darren is the coauthor of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income, a practical guide to creating and marketing a profitable blog. He is also the founder of, and which are read by close to 5 million visitors per month. With 3500 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies, Darren’s ProBlogger site has become a pivotal resource site for all things blogging.

Dorie Clark: Dorie is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and is a consultant and speaker for clients such as Google, Morgan Stanley, and the World Bank. You can download her free 42-page Stand Out Workbook.

Joel Comm: Joel is the co-author of Twitter Power 3.0: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time. A pioneer of the world wide web since 1995, Joel’s knack for spotting the next big thing has made him a leader in social media, online video, iPhone apps, software development, Internet marketing, podcasting, content creation, authoring and more. An in-demand speaker, Joel captivates and equips audiences around the world with his unique strategies and entertaining format.

Kim Garst: Kim is author of the new book Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Show Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media, as well as The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest. Kim is a marketing strategist, speaker and the co-founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a social “selling” consultancy agency that works with businesses of all sizes. Forbes has listed her as a Top 10 Social Media Woman Influencer and she has been featured by Fox News, CBS News, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Social Media Examiner.

David H. Lawrence XVII: David is the founder and lead instructor at VO2GoGo where he helps actors create their own voiceover careers with his award winning voice consultancy. He was at the forefront of the podcasting revolution, having delivered daily RealAudio and MP3 “podcasts” via email from early 1994. After 30 years in radio, David moved to television and is now seen on TV series like LOST, CSI, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, ANT Farm, Touch, and as Eric Doyle on NBC’s Heroes.

John Lee Dumas: John is the founder and host of EOFire, an award winning Podcast where he interviews today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. JLD has produced over 1000 episodes and EOFire generates $300,000 a month in revenue. With over 1 million unique monthly listens, EOFire has inspired Fire Nation to face their fears and take the Entrepreneurial leap!

Jon Loomer: Jon is a Facebook marketing coach, author, speaker and strategist. He became an early user of Facebook for business purposes while working for the National Basketball Association in 2007. Jon launched Jon Loomer Digital in late 2011, and in little more than a year established as well as his Facebook Page as go-to resources for Facebook marketing research, guides and tutorials.

Marcus Sheridan: Marcus became one of the largest swimming pool builders in the US and currently has the most visited swimming pool website in the world. Marcus overcame the collapse of the housing market with the help of incredible innovations through content marketing. This experience led Sheridan to start The Sales Lion, a blog and brand which, along with Sheridan’s passion-filled keynotes, has become synonymous with content marketing excellence.

Pat Flynn: Pat is the founder of the Smart Passive Income Blog, a blog he created to share his success with online businesses after being laid off in 2008. His blog has grown dramatically due in part to an extremely successful YouTube channel with nearly 1 million video views; a successful podcast which was at one point ranked the #3 overall business podcast on iTunes right behind Dave Ramsey and The Wall Street Journal; and a very honest, transparent, no-hype approach to everything he does online.

Madalyn Sklar: Madalyn is a social media power influencer, blogger, podcaster and business coach who is known for her Twitter expertise. Named #3 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston, she blogs about social media and technology and will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Houston Social Media Day. She teaches all things Twitter in her course Twitter Smarter and you can find her every Thursday hosting the popular #TwitterSmarter Twitter chat. It’s THE place to connect, learn + share Twitter tips.

Lewis Howes: Lewis is the author of, The School of Greatness. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach, keynote speaker, and current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. Lewis hosts the podcast, The School of Greatness, which has received millions of downloads since it launched in 2013. He was recognized by President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Lewis is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur and Yahoo Health and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Men’s Health, The Today Show, and other major media outlets.

John Jantsch: John is the founder of Duct Tape Marketing and author of the books Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine. He has been called the “world’s most practical small business expert” for consistently delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies. He is a featured marketing contributor for American Express OPEN Forum and is regularly cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, CNN Money and Fast Company.

Neal Schaffer: Neal is the author of Maximize Your Social and two other books on LinkedIn marketing. He has been recognized as a marketing thought leader by and a top social media power influencer and social sales influencer by Forbes. In addition to social media strategy consulting, speaking globally, and teaching social media marketing at the Rutgers University Business School, Neal is the co-founder of the Social Tools Summit, founder of Social Media Center of Excellence, and the Maximize Social Business business blog.

Andrea Vahl: Andrea is a social media coach, speaker and strategist and is co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She uses her improv comedy skills to blog as an entertaining character named Grandma Mary, a social media edutainer.

Brian Carter: Brian is the author of The Like Economy and the recently released, The Cowbell Principle. His 18 years of business success guide The Carter Group, which creates strategy, advertising, and landing pages to boost profits for businesses of all sizes including NBC, Microsoft and Universal Studios. He has taught over 25,000 students, and three were the first published case studies of Facebook marketing profits. Brian is an international keynote speaker with a background in stand up comedy who has been interviewed by Bloomberg TV, Mashable, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. and Entrepreneur. His new “Social Marketing Profits System” is available at

Robert Rose: Robert is the author of the recently released book, Experiences: The Seventh Era of Marketing. His first book, Managing Content Marketing, spent two weeks as a top ten marketing book on and is generally considered to be the “owners manual” of the Content Marketing process. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Content Marketing Institute and is the co-host of the podcast PNR’s This Old Marketing, the #1 podcast as reviewed by

Chris Ducker: Chris is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of the bestseller, Virtual Freedom. Originally from the UK, Chris has lived in the Philippines for 15-years, where he hosts the annual Tropical Think Tank mastermind event and has founded several businesses, which combined house over 400 full-time employees. He is also a popular business blogger and podcaster at and founder of, an exclusive entrepreneurial community.

Christopher Penn: Christopher is the vice president of Marketing Technology at SHIFT Communications, a public relations firm, as well as the co-founder of PodCamp New Media Community Conference, and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee podcast. He is an adjunct professor of Internet marketing and the lead subject matter expert and professor of Advanced Social Media at the University of San Francisco. He’s also the co-author of Marketing Blue Belt: From Data Zero to Marketing Hero.

Lee Odden: Lee is a consultant, author, and CEO of TopRank Marketing, a digital marketing agency serving companies like Dell, LinkedIn, and McKesson with integrated content and influencer marketing services. As an international marketing speaker, Lee publishes the only content marketing blog ranked #1 three times by Content Marketing Institute. He has contributed to numerous books and publications and has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Forbes for his expertise.

Zach King: Zach is an online filmmaker and personality with over 13 million followers on Instagram and 3.8 million followers on Vine. Zach creates short special effects videos such as Jedi Kittens Strike Back which gained over 20 million views on youtube while he attended Biola Film School. He was named by YouTube as one of the 25 most promising young film-makers in America in 2013 and has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Shaun McBride: Shaun is one of most well-known viral stars of Snapchat. Shaun, who is known as “Shonduras” on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter specializes is turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and often silly, with detailed finger doodles over pictures. He has worked with companies such as Disney, Taco Bell, and Major League Soccer using Snapchat as a form of advertising that people notice.

Jeff Lesser: Jeff is a Product Marketer at Twitter. In this role, he is responsible for leading the marketing of the customer service initiative at Twitter, including research, awareness, product-market fit and partnerships. Prior to his work with Twitter, Jeff held marketing roles at Gnip and Giantnerd.

Shaan Puri: Shaan is the Co-founder & CEO of Blab, one of the fastest growing live streaming platforms. He is a creative business director who has emerged with game changing results in the industry of live video streaming, and helping people build a personal online presence for their audience. Before that, he acted in movies, played online poker, started a sushi restaurant, and a biotech company in Australia.

Bryan Hurren: Bryan leads Messenger partnerships at Facebook. During his time at Facebook he has also led Facebook’s, content licensing, and Video platform partnerships efforts. Bryan has over 15 years working in the messaging space; previously leading strategy for BlackBerry Messenger, and launching BlackBerry’s first consumer email offering.

Amy Schmittauer: Amy is the host of Savvy Sexy Social, a YouTube show helping rising stars embrace their amazing personality and share it with the world. An internationally-acclaimed public speaker, Amy is known for her edutainment style originating from a YouTube portfolio accumulating more than 10 million views.

Brian Fanzo: Brian is a social technology evangelist who focuses on culture and communication, and implementing technology to increase productivity and employee engagement. He is the Chief Digital Storyteller & Change Evangelist at BackLamp LLC helping enterprise technology companies utilize new technology such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing. He hosts two weekly hangouts, #SbizHour and #CloudTalk as well as two weekly podcasts called SMACtalk and iSocialTalks.

Derral Eves: Derral is a YouTube certified video marketing expert with over 15 years experience in the business. Not only is Derral a successful entrepreneur, but he has also consulted some of the biggest YouTube channels in the world, creating unique marketing strategies that work. Derral thrives in live-event settings where he can share his knowledge and passion with creators and entrepreneurs.

Park Howell: Park is a 30-year advertising veteran who coaches business leaders and communicators in professional services firms how to use storytelling to advance their personal and professional missions further, faster. In addition to running his Phoenix-based ad agency, Park&Co, he is the professor of storytelling for the Executive Masters for Sustainability Leadership program at Arizona State University. Park is also host of the popular weekly podcast, Business of Story, and is poised to publish his first book Story Built: How to Craft, Live and Tell Compelling Brand Stories that Sell.

Dan Gingiss: Dan has a career that has consistently focused on delighting customers, and has spanned multiple disciplines including marketing, digital, social media, rewards and loyalty, product development, and direct-to-consumer product sales. A passionate proponent of amazing customer experiences and outstanding customer service (and a frequent tweeter about these topics), Dan is the head of digital marketing at a Fortune 100 healthcare company, and the co-host of the Focus on Customer Service podcast, where he interviews brands who are renowned for outstanding customer service in social media.

Dan Miller: Dan is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays and Wisdom Meets Passion. Over 130,000 people have subscribed to his weekly newsletter, his 48 Days podcast consistently ranks in the top 3 under Careers on iTunes and the 48 business community is viewed as an example around the world for those seeking to find—or create—work they love. Dan has been a guest on CBS’s The Early Show, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Moody MidDay Connection and The Dave Ramsey Show.

Donna Moritz: Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of the Best Business Blog in Australia 2014. She helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more reach, referrals and results in their business. Donna is a contributor to Entrepreneur online, Social Media Examiner, Social Fresh and Amy Porterfield Inc. and has been featured in Forbes, NBC and Yahoo! Her infographics have been published on some of the world’s top websites and her creative approach to marketing earned her a listing in Australia’s Top 100 Cool Company Awards in 2013 by Anthill Online.

Daniel J. Lewis: As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success through The Audacity to Podcast™ (awarded #1 tech podcast of 2012). Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters™) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews™); he offers one-on-one consulting and a premium podcasting community (Podcasters’ Society™); he is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time. Daniel also writes about entrepreneurship and technology.

Natalie Jill: Natalie is the Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and functional fitness trainer behind Natalie Jill Fitness. Natalie has leveraged the power of social media to help hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. She created a globally recognized brand, with nearly two million social media followers and an online business that has generated over 7-figures. Although many see Natalie Jill as a fitness and nutrition expert, she is garnering attention for her ability to help others create, define, and monetize their brand online.

Holly Homer: Holly runs Kids Activities Blog and the mega-popular Quirky Momma FB page with over 2.2 million fans. She writes about blogging and social media strategies at and is the founder of Business 2 Blogger. Her second book, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments launches April 19, 2016. Holly is a work-from-home evangelist who built her company from her living room amid the chaos of raising three boys.

Ian Cleary: Ian is the founder of RazorSocial, one of the world’s leading marketing technology sites focused on social media and content marketing. Ian speaks internationally on social media, writes for some of the leading social media blogs in the world and is often quoted in media such as the New York Times. As an award-winning tech blogger, Ian has also been published on Social Media Examiner,, VentureBeat and Huffington Post.

Christian Karasiewicz: Christian is a social business manager for IBM. He is also the founder of Social Chefs, a training and education site where he shares tips, tools, and tutorials to help you cook up winning social media campaigns for your business. A large part of his success comes from nearly 10 years of experience crafting social media strategies in the B2B and B2C space. He enjoys creating YouTube videos and posting them on his channel, which has amassed 5 million views, and he is a regular contributor to the Social Media Examiner blog.

Rick Mulready: Rick is an industry-leading authority on simplifying social media and Facebook ads for entrepreneurs and small businesses. He’s the host of The Art of Paid Traffic podcast. With 12 years corporate Internet advertising experience, Rick has worked with AOL, Yahoo!, Funny or Die and Vibrant Media where he sold and managed online ad campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world. In addition to creating industry-leading training courses, Rick consults with entrepreneurs and businesses on their Facebook advertising and marketing strategy.

Paul Colligan: Paul helps others leverage technology to expand their reach and revenue, with reduced stress and no drama. He does this with a lifestyle and business designed to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-changing information economy. Paul believes in building systems and products that work for the user-not vice versa. He has also played a key role in the launch of dozens of successful Internet products. Paul’s unique take on the Internet can be seen and heard on web shows, including The Podcast Report. It can be read in his many books, including the Kindle bestsellers, How to Podcast 2016, and YouTube Strategies 2015.

Mark Lack: Mark is the best-selling author of Shorten The Gap, Shortcuts to Success and Happiness. He’s also an integral thought leader and advisor on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations. Mark is known for being the nation’s top coach and speaker for millennials specifically in the areas of personal development, entrepreneurial development and sales training.

Jeff Sieh: Jeff is Creative Director at His Design, Inc. where he works to help clients market themselves in the best way possible using a variety of mediums. He is “Head Beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips where he is the creator and host of The Manly Pinterest Tip Show. With top tips, pop culture, comedy and just plain fun, Jeff teaches Pinterest techniques unlike any other.

Tyler Anderson: Tyler is a social media marketing entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Social Media Social Hour podcast. He is the founder and CEO of Casual Fridays, a social media and content marketing agency headquartered in San Diego. Tyler serves as the Executive Producer of Social Media Day San Diego, one of the top Social Media Day events worldwide. He has worked with hundreds of brands on social media and content marketing initiatives, including top hotels and resorts for Marriott International, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Penske Automotive and One World Observatory at the World Trade Center.

Amy Locurto: Amy owns a popular DIY party and food blog along with a professional graphic design business based in Dallas, Texas where she has worked with both small and Fortune 500 clients for the past 15 years. Known for her fun party ideas, cute food, printable designs and delicious recipes, Amy’s goal is to inspire others to be more creative through her whimsical style on Amy is an official Pinterest Ambassador and content creator for some of the largest brands in the world such as Coca-Cola, Universal Studios, FedEx Office and eBay. She is also co-founder of a popular photography website and community for women.

Jenn Herman: Jenn is a social media strategist and the forefront blogger on Instagram marketing. She has won Social Media Examiner’s TOP 10 Social Media Blog award in both 2014 and 2015. Her blog, Jenn’s Trends, shares topics focused on understanding trends in social media management and provides tips, resources, and training for small to medium sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies. She is the author of The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram and Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy.

Dave Peck: An early champion of the power of Influencer & Social Media Marketing, Dave has been active in online communities for more than a decade. The author of the book Think Before You Engage: 100 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Social Media Marketing Campaign, Dave has helped build online communities and develop social media strategies for Coca Cola, Wells Fargo, The Grammys and many others.

Nathan Chan: Nathan is the publisher and editor of Foundr Magazine, a digital magazine for young entrepreneurs on the App Store and Google Play store. Nathan launched Foundr in March 2013 from his bedroom and within a short time it has become a top 10 ranked ‘Business & Investing Magazine’ on the App Store. As publisher of Foundr, Nathan was a finalist for Publisher of the Year for 2015 in the Digital Magazine awards. He has used Instagram to amass a following of over 400k+ super engaged followers in under 1 year to grow Foundr Magazine.

Rebekah Radice: Rebekah is an award winning writer, digital marketing strategist, founder of Rebekah Radice Media and Chief Marketing Officer at Post Planner. She is the author of How to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition and was recently named a Top 10 Social Media Blog by Social Media Examiner and Buzzsumo named her one of the Top Ten Most Shared Content Marketers of 2014.

Lisa Larson-Kelley: Lisa is a Canva Design and Training Certified Expert and a Prezi Independent Expert, she is a passionate trainer and and sought-after speaker at technology conferences worldwide, with courses published with, Skillshare, and Pluralsight. She provides consulting services along with on-site and online training to companies large and small – from local businesses to enterprise clients such as Google, Facebook, and Adobe. Her passion is empowering people to embrace technology and see its power – and their own.

Peg Fitzpatrick: Peg is the co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. Peg is known for her brand management, social media marketing strategy, and innovating the world of social media marketing. She has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. She was recently chosen by Pinterest as one of their top 15 Pinterest for Business Experts.

Ray Edwards: Ray is a sought-after Marketing Communications Strategist and the author of several books, including the best-selling Writing Riches. He has been a guest writer for top voices in business and leadership, including Michael Hyatt, Tony Robbins, Jeff Goins, Jack Canfield, Joel Comm, Mark Victor Hansen, Stu McLaren, and more. Ray is also the host of the top-rated iTunes business podcast, The Ray Edwards Show. He blogs at

Steve Dotto: Steve spent 15 years as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show. Labeled “Canada’s most respected geek”, Steve has entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology. YouTube is Steve’s new network of choice, where he serves 2 communities, a traditional “How To and Productivity” stream, which follows his TV tradition, and a new focus on learning the keys to growing and ultimately monetizing a YouTube channel.

Sue B. Zimmerman: Sue B. is the founder of the online Instagram course Insta-Results™, the author of Instagram Basics for Your Business, a CreativeLive instructor, a speaker and business coach. She teaches entrepreneurs, business execs, and marketing professionals how to leverage the power of Instagram for real business results. As a serial entrepreneur, Sue B. has started over sixteen businesses, including SueB Do, Boxer Rebellion and Sue B. Zimmerman Enterprise.

Martin Shervington: Martin is an author, speaker and marketing consultant. He coaches individuals and consults businesses on marketing, Google Adwords, Google Reviews, Social and Search (inc Google+), and applies 15 years of psychology training to the field of marketing and communication. Using a blend of psychology and humor, he is a popular speaker and writer on communication, having also written several books on communication and coaching.

Viveka von Rosen: Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert.” CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter. A Forbes top 50 influencer for 4 years, Viveka is also an author for Social Media Examiner and a crowd favorite at our events.

Syed Balkhi: Syed is the founder of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site) and List25, a fairly large entertainment site with over 1.7 Million subscribers and 320 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in Forbes, Washington Post, Fox Business, Inc and countless other well-reputed publications. Syed is also the co-founder of OptinMonster, a popular conversion rate optimization software that helps convert website visitors into subscribers. OptinMonster serves over 1.3 billion forms every month.

Monique Johnson: Monique is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality (MoCrisTv) and video creator who has created videos for the digital, health, and many more industries. She has also ventured into all aspects of media including blogging, social media, etc. Her company, Ehm Ooo Media, produces videos for businesses and brands that tell their unique story. Monique co-founded, and teaches video production and camera presence for the web at

Carlos Gil: Carlos is the global head of social media for BMC Software. Previously, he served as Senior Social Marketing Manager for LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions. His proven track record includes leading consumer-facing digital and social media programs as Social Media Manager for Winn-Dixie, where he developed strategy and led the launch of all Winn-Dixie’s social channels, social listening, and blogger influencer program. In addition, Carlos served as the Head of Digital Marketing for Save-A-Lot food stores.

Aggie Nixon-Kirschner: Aggie is a marketing strategist who has been guiding brands alongside social media’s evolution since 2007. Currently a Senior Manager of Marketing at Marriott International, she leads social strategy for several major West Coast hotels including Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Seasoned by world-class agency experience, Aggie previously led teams at Cramer-Krasselt and AKQA, developing digital strategy for global brands including Target, MGM Grand Resort & Casino, and Zicam.

Tori Tait: Tori is the Director of Content & Community for The Grommet –a discovery site for innovative products. Over the last six years, Tori has lead goal-driven social strategy and creative content campaigns to support The Grommet’s mission of launching new products into the marketplace and helping them succeed. The Grommet’s success on Pinterest has been featured many times, including in an official Pinterest Success Story.

Shaun Ayala: Shaun has been in the Marketing & Advertising Industry for over 10 years working for Best Buy. He currently leads the Marketing Strategy and Creative Team of a Best Buy owned specialized company, working on various creative online and print projects. He also enjoys Snapchat and has established himself as a Snapchat Storytelling Interactive Influencer who loves to create audience engaged content.

Kriti Kapoor: Kriti leads Social Customer Care at HP globally, serving 9 million customers on its Support Forums, responding to 100,000 online conversations in seven languages on 104 social media channels across 95 countries each month. Social Customer Care HP’s fastest growing channel of customer service. With a background in technology consulting and marketing, Kriti understands the importance of customer experience and how it impacts brand loyalty. She has worked in 3 continents America, Europe, and Asia; her experience allows her to understand and adapt to changing customer needs locally and globally.

Shane McLaughlin: Shane is the Senior Manager, Content and Digital Strategy, for Walmart. He is a seasoned corporate communications leader and change agent with 10 years in the FORTUNE 200 and 10 years before that in the publishing industry. He has had the opportunity to influence company objectives, employee cultures and marketing campaigns via high-touch global initiatives and emerging social technologies

Cassie Roma: Cassie is the Senior Social Media Manager at Air New Zealand. She leads their social media strategy – focusing on a world-class content strategy across relevant platforms, delivering superb social service and customer engagement, while driving strong business outcomes. She develops strategies, governance, and content to create a holistic communications strategy in the social media and online space around customer advocacy, brand reputation management, risk mitigation, and business growth.

Whitney Drake: As a manager of social strategy and care at General Motors, Whitney E. Drake oversees strategy and customer interaction across the social space. Her relationship with GM began by implementing Chevrolet’s social media strategy and then went on to manage the social integration of all of the automaker’s brands. Previous to joining General Motors Whitney lead the digital efforts for Weber Shandwick’s Detroit office. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at West Virginia University and earned her communications degree from Michigan State University.

Umang Shah: Umang is the Global Director, Social Media and Digital Marketing for Campbell Soup Company. He leads digital marketing strategy and oversees Campbell’s digital and social media activities and policies, as well as mobile, web, CRM and emerging media activation, Prior to his work at Campbell, Umang was Director, Social Strategy for Walmart. In 2015 Umang was included in “The Adweek 50” and named one of MediaPost’s “2015 Online All Stars,” both honors that recognize the best, brightest, and most influential leaders behind the world’s top brands.

Karianne Stinson: Karianne is the Social Media Manager for Before joining, she was a senior strategist at Mediabrands Publishing, a digital content creation agency. At Mediabrands Publishing Karianne was involved in creating digital marketing programs to increase awareness, build customer loyalty and drive growth for brands such as Chrysler, Nationwide Insurance and BNY Mellon. Karianne has many years of agency experience with clients including Microsoft, Wells Fargo, HTC, MapQuest, Claritin, Coppertone and Juniper Networks.

Jessica Mack: Jessica currently oversees social media strategy for OtterBox and LifeProof, and has over 15 years experience managing marketing and branding for global Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. Jessica has worked with companies such as General Motors, Raytheon, Westfield, General Dynamics, and DLA Piper in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A. In her spare time, Jessica is an avid world traveler, illustrator and chocolate aficionado.

Jonathan Leake: Jonathan is the Director of Digital Marketing at DirectBuy where he spearheads the digital reinvigoration of the storied brand. For 15 years, he has engaged brands ranging from SMB’s to Fortune 250’s across multiple industry verticals & stakeholders of all levels. A passionate digital strategist, Jonathan creates and retains customers for brands by fusing technology and business process into comprehensive omni-channel digital strategies; achieving maximum return on marketing investment.

Carmyn Howe: Carmyn is a social media strategist at Humana, leading the brand, creative and paid social advertising strategy. With a background in digital marketing in the financial services field, Carmyn has a passion for using big data, relevant consumer passion points and trending technology to reinvent assumedly “boring brands”.

Marty Baker: Marty is an award-winning creative director and former Senior Manager of Digital at The Hershey Company. Marty led the strategy and digital content development for such iconic brands at Reese’s, Hersheys, Kisses, KitKat, Twizzlers, and Lancaster. Previously, Marty spent a decade as contract Creative Director for The Martin Agency on Alltel, Bank One, and FMC and was lead creative on Toyota and Yamaha for Saatchi and Saatchi. Marty has written and produced over 500 TV and digital commercials and videos for a wide range of clients including Toyota, Pioneer Stereo, Alltel, Wells Fargo, Ahold (Stop & Shop/Giant) and Hershey. He is also a professional cartoonist and creator of Area 52 Entertainment.

Susan Beebe: Susan is the lead Digital Strategist for Corporate Affairs at Tyson Foods where she manages Tyson Foods’ corporate website and digital advertising. Previously, she was responsible for building and expanding @TysonFoods online communities across multiple social media platforms. Prior to working at Tyson, Susan served in global social media management @Dell as their first “chief listener” while developing Dell’s now famous “Social Media Listening Command Center.” She co-managed Dell’s corporate blog, Additionally, she launched @Dell on Twitter and Google+. As a UCLA law grad, certified computer systems engineer, and PMP, Susan brings strong intellectual curiosity and technical savvy to the ever changing digital landscape.

Adam Rucker: Adam is the commercial communications specialist for Southwest Airlines. In addition to being a company spokesman, he has served as a social media specialist where he helped find new ways to make the brand relevant, engaging, and FUN in the social media space. Adam is also an Internet personality and professional video marketer who loves to travel the world and visit the Disney Parks. He demonstrates how to use video with personality to impact a bigger, and more active, audience. His adventures are featured on his YouTube channel, Ajruck.

Sandy Carter: Sandy is IBM General Manager, Ecosystem Development and Social Business Evangelist and author. In this role, she is responsible for IBM’s worldwide relationship with independent software vendors (ISVs), which contribute to approximately one-third of IBM’s revenue. She also manages the key partnerships with the development, academic, and venture capital communities which comprise IBM’s industry-leading ecosystem of influencers, and is focused on critical areas of business ecosystems like big data, cloud, mobile, social, and analytics. Sandy has received numerous awards for her leadership in social business and is the author of 3 books, including Get Bold, which has been translated into 9 languages.

Matt Rozen: Matt is director of social media for the Adobe brand and Creative Cloud. His teams develop and execute social strategy, content and engagement to drive awareness of Adobe’s flagship creative offering as well as the overall company. In his spare time Matt manages Candy Gurus, an entertaining and somewhat irreverent reviews site for candy lovers.

Kari Embree: Kari is the social media community manager for Green Flash Brewing Co. She brings a fresh, new approach to the craft brewing market with experience in developing creative campaigns that drive engagement and sales. Kari is an expert at extracting consumer insights from social media which allows for productive polling and testing of the target market in her industry. She is dedicated to contributing to the success of social media by activating brand ambassadors around the globe.

Callan Green: Callan is the director of social media at L’Oreal. Callan’s contributions included optimizing content and editorial voice, managing all client and agency budgets to ensure ROI for clients and agency profitability, and hiring and managing a digital team, while developing relationships with new influencers across travel, beauty, and lifestyle. She has developed social media strategies and communication plans leading to massive audience growth. Callan is passionate about social media, proving her worth in the marketing arena, not only with L’Oreal, but also Sony Electronics and other brands that have made an impact in the social arena.

Maria Saltz: Maria is a senior manager of social media analytics at Adobe. She has more than 15 years of experience in managing digital analytics programs, including social measurement, web analytics, testing, and optimization. She currently leads efforts to scale social measurement across Adobe, establishing measurement framework, driving definition of KPIs, and enabling data-driven decisions across the business. Saltz holds a BBA in Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.

Michael Delgado: Michael is the Senior Manager of Social Media and Public Relations at Experian, North America – and teaches social media strategy courses at the University of California, Irvine extension school. He leads content strategy and community building efforts on Experian social channels and loves using live-streaming social platforms (e.g. Blab, Periscope, G+ Hangouts) to help consumers and businesses.

Ursula Ringham: Ursula is Director, Digital Marketing at SAP where she drives content strategy for Small & Midsize Enterprise (SME) markets. She manages all aspects of the SME social channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and curates and creates engaging SME content. Ursula began her career at Adobe Systems and Apple working in developer relations, helping small and midsize companies bring products to market. In her spare time, Ursula writes thriller novels about the high tech industry.

Laurie Meacham: Laurie currently leads the customer-facing social media team at JetBlue. She co-created the team nearly seven years ago as a result of being a passionate JetBlue brand ambassador. She’s contributed to several podcasts, books and events with stories of wowing and winning customers through genuine social media engagement.

Konnie Brown: Konnie leads Corporate Social Influencer Relations and Event Social Media Communications Strategy at Dell. She designs sustainable, long-term relationship programs with industry experts to create shared value in a world that is built on human to human communication. Konnie collaborates with teams across Dell to develop and execute a Social Media strategy that adds value, informs and engages global audiences.

Amber Armstrong: Amber is the Director, Social, Mobile, and Commerce Amplification & Digital at IBM. Amber joined IBM in 2006, and has served in a variety of capacities including as Marketing Manager and Manager of Demand Generation for the Software and Product Innovation program. Prior to joining IBM she worked in marketing at LIS, Uniteq and First Union.

Amy Barton: Amy is a Social Media Strategist and Software Developer Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation. She leads an international team to optimize developer engagement and communications via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and localized channels. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University, was a Rotary International Scholar to Strasbourg, France, and enjoys being a soccer and basketball mom.

Matt See: Matt is the Director of Social Media & Games at HSN where he is responsible for driving digital marketing efforts, with a focus on building engagement through Social Media, Community and Gaming. He has over 12 years of experience with proven skills in social media strategy, strategic planning and market execution with specialized skills in building engaging communities through innovative campaigns. This includes specialty social activations for brand and celebrity powerhouses like Disney, DreamWorks, Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Samsung, Melissa McCarthy, Wendy Williams, HGTV and HP.

Lauren Harper: Lauren runs global social strategy for Oracle Marketing Cloud. Before coming on board at Oracle, Lauren ran social marketing at Eloqua. Lauren is an experienced digital marketing professional with a proven track record in successfully managing paid, earned and owned social media with a special focus on SaaS technology markets. Her unique company experience has translated into the ability to build, foster, and grow communities of modern marketers

Artie Beavis: Artie is an action-taker and a student of the great Walt Disney. As a small boy, Artie already knew he would be a great businessman and entrepreneur, taking steps to build companies at a young age. Now, he sits at the helm of Atmel Corporation as the global head of social media and content marketing. Under his guidance, the brand has been the recipient of several awards and has established itself as one of the largest social influencers in the Internet of Things and Maker Movement space.

Martin Jones: Martin is a marketing manager with the corporate Cox Communications social media team, where he leads the social and content marketing strategy for Cox Business. He is also the editor of and is a featured contributor on several business and marketing websites. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of social media and content marketing and was recently named one of the top 50 content marketers on Twitter by eContent magazine.

James Moat: James holds the role of Director, Global Digital Communications at Avery Dennison, a global leader in label and packaging materials and solutions. He’s a seasoned digital marketing strategy professional with two decades of experience bridging gaps between internal business partners, third parties and technology stakeholders. His career has been primarily focused on digital consumer experiences that drive sales, increase market share, create brand awareness and amplify customer loyalty. His current priority is to develop a total retail mindset.

Alexandra Rynne: Alexandra is an Associate Content Marketing Manager at LinkedIn. She serves as the voice of the LinkedIn Marketing Solutions brand across all channels, guiding content marketing strategy as well as managing paid, owned and earned distribution and amplification. Prior to her position at LinkedIn, Alexandra held positions at Andrew Freeman & Co and Fishbowl Marketing.

Jason Miller: Jason is the author of Welcome to the Funnel: Proven Tactics to Turn Your Social Media and Content Marketing up to 11. Jason also leads global content and social initiatives for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions helping marketers understand how to use LinkedIn to achieve their marketing goals and deliver real ROI. Previously he was the senior manager of social media strategy at Marketo and spent ten years at Sony developing and executing marketing campaigns around the biggest names in music.

Andrew Cutler: Andrew is the Executive and Internal Communications Manager for BMW. In this role he leads development of executive communication strategy and actions including executive messaging, speech writing, speaking forums and crisis management. He also spearheads a social media governance council of 15 cross-functional members, creating social media guidelines and policies, corporate training and establishing enterprise-wide monitoring and analytics platform.

Joel Price: Joel is manager of new media for the San Diego Chargers, where he drives the strategy and execution of social innovation. He is responsible for creating social initiatives that align with the Chargers brand objectives. His dedication to maintaining the delicate balance of being a marketer and a fan is what has helped grow the team’s social footprint in the millions across the organization’s social channels.

Louis Gray: Louis leads the Google Analytics advocacy team. Previously worked on Google’s Developer Relations team and on Google+/Blogger/Reader. He is also the author of, a technology blog focused on early adopters, startups, innovation, social media and the Silicon Valley. site has been referenced by a wide variety of sites big and small. Prior to working with Google, Louis was the managing director of his own company, Paladin Advisors Group, an independent strategic advisory firm for startups.

Jenn Beening: Jenn is the Social Media Planner for San Diego Zoo Global, a non-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She has helped to establish the growing non-profit as a world leader and trend setter in the field. San Diego Zoo Global is a leading international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide and inspiring passion for nature.

Mikey Kilun: Mikey develops and oversees social media marketing strategy for 40+ U.S. clubs and theaters under the House of Blues Entertainment Division for Live Nation. In this role, he drives audience growth, engagement, organic and advertising revenue via social channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram. He has shaped organic and paid strategy for HOBE venue portfolio, including dozens of highly successful national tours with global artists — executing campaigns which have delivered significant ROI impact on ticket sales.

Azure Collier: Azure is a content manager on Constant Contact’s content team, where she develops social media content for Pinterest and Instagram, creates and presents webinar and seminar content, writes blog posts, and helps small businesses and nonprofits market smarter and achieve success. Prior to Constant Contact, Azure was a social media community manager in higher education, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the Midwest.

Justin Levy: Justin heads up global social media at Citrix, where he is an advisor on all social media activities across the company. Justin works on a wide range of projects, developing social media strategies and helping to scale social media across the company. Prior to joining Citrix, Justin was an Executive Director at New Marketing Labs, a social media and digital communications agency where he worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 brands to small-to-medium sized businesses including: SAS, Sony, and PepsiCo.

Juntae DeLane: Juntae is the Digital Brand Manager for the University of Southern California, where he creates vision and strategy for the Admission and Financial Aid department’s digital and online platforms. His passions for digital marketing, trends, and creativity serve to further his quest to help businesses grow their platform. Juntae has experience working within a management or consultant capacity for brands such as Coca-Cola, Sony, Verizon, NBCUniversal, and Paramount Pictures.

Vincenzo Landino: Vincenzo is an entrepreneur, speaker and host of the Brand Boost Podcast. He is the the founder and Creative Director of Fifty 2 Creative, a digital ad agency specializing in brand amplification and digital storytelling. With experience as a brand correspondent, Vincenzo’s portfolio includes a 1 billion impression campaign launch for Applebee’s as well as work for Mazda, Kia Motors, Paul Mitchell Schools, Barilla Pasta, DC United, Tinder, and Zoomph.

Tim Schmoyer: Tim posted his first YouTube video on March 2, 2006. Since then he’s created almost 3,000 videos, amassed millions of views, hundreds of thousands of subscribers, worked with some of the country’s top brands, and became officially certified by YouTube in “Audience Growth.” In 2013 he started Video Creators to train other creators to master the YouTube platform and use it as a place to spread messages that change lives.

Jacob Sapochnick: Jacob is an immigration lawyer in San Diego, CA. He is also the co founder of Co-mmunity, San Diego’s coolest co working space. His firm uses YouTube and social media almost exclusively for its marketing, and his Facebook page is one of the largest in the world for any law firm. Jacob blogs on immigration law at Visa Lawyer Blog and on Twitter. He also consults other lawyers on legal marketing and blogs at

Levi Bethune: Levi is the live action director at Epipheo (Epiphany + Video), and co-host of the Creative Combat podcast. He has helped tell stories and make videos for Intel, Google, US Bank, Facebook, Disney Parks, Yelp, eBay, Adobe, as well as scores of start-ups and non-profits like Help-Portrait, JIJ, Mashable, and uCella.

Vincent Ng: Vincent is the president of MCNG Marketing and the author of Pinterest to Profits with Pintalysis which offers a step by step guideline on how to best utilize Pinterest for small business owners. His podcast, Pictures to Profits, focuses on how to use Pinterest and visual social media in marketing to increase sales, drive more targeted traffic, and increase brand awareness and engagement.

Calli Cholodenko: Calli is the founder of Something Social, a boutique social media firm specializing in lifestyle brands. With an emphasis on branding, creative strategies, photography and business development, Calli quickly realized social media was the perfect outlet to put her passion, talent, and innate abilities to work. Since its inception in early 2014, Something Social has grown to work with top lifestyle brands on both a local and national level, along with industry leaders and community influencers.

Lauren Gaggioli: Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Higher Scores Test Prep. Her SAT & ACT prep courses are personalized, online programs that help students learn the score-specific strategies they need to achieve their higher scores. She has a passion for online entrepreneurship and loves speaking about the technical aspects of her business. She is the host of The College Checklist podcast where she interviews college counselors and other college admission professionals, bringing timely, relevant information to today’s college bound families.

Stephanie Sammons: Stephanie is author of, LinkedIn Influence. She is also the founder of Influence & beyond™ which helps small business and professional services entrepreneurs grow their digital influence, impact, and income. Stephanie has been named a Top 30 Marketing Thought Leader and Top 25 Social Media Expert by LinkedIn, and she’s been featured in the The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, New York TimesForbes, and Investment News.

Ian Lurie: Ian is the CEO & founder of Portent Inc., a road-map for all things digital marketing. He is the author of One Trick Ponies Get Shot, a strategy for services businesses. Ian has over 40,000 hours of experience in Internet marketing: Analytics, digital Strategy, SEO and many more. He has recorded training for and been featured in Forbes and TechCrunch. He’s happiest when he is showing people how they can improve their lives by being better communicators.

Dennis Yu: Dennis is CEO of, a company that offers clients top-notch analytics on all major social networks. Dennis specializes in Facebook marketing and advertising and has made his mark helping companies maximize online leads and revenue. He has helped brands grow and measure their social presence, and preaches the importance of social analytics and data’s role in getting the most from campaigns.

Bernie Borges: Bernie is a veteran B2B marketer, with a career spanning tech ventures in New York, Silicon Valley and Florida. Borges is the Executive Producer of the Social Business Engine and CEO of Find and Convert. Bernie is the author of Marketing 2.0, one of the earliest books written on social media strategy. He is a frequent speaker at marketing conferences, and a former AMA Face to Face Workshop Faculty member. Borges is an IBM Futurist, Dell Social Influencer, and has been recognized numerous times by industry peers, including Likeable Local’s 150 Marketers To Follow, and Online Marketing Institute’s Top 15 Digital Marketing Educators, and is a regular contributor to Social Media Today and Social Media Strategies Summit.

Melonie Dodaro: Melonie is the author of The LinkedIn Code. She is also the founder of Top Dog Social Media, an agency that helps businesses, sales teams and professionals use LinkedIn and social selling to boost their visibility, attract new customers and increase their revenue. Dubbed by the media as Canada’s #1 LinkedIn expert she is highly sought after internationally as a LinkedIn and social selling speaker and trainer.

Pauline Stockhausen: Pauline is a Social Media Strategist and an expert in online communities. She hosts a popular online show, The Stockhausen Show, and podcast, How to Win at Life. Pauline is a blogger, columnist and brand ambassador with her own online community of 32,000 members. She educates entrepreneurs, and corporations, on how to use social media, and build communities and email lists.

Heidi Cohen: Heidi is the Chief Content Officer of Actionable Marketing Guide, where she provides marketing insights on social media, content marketing and mobile. She built her marketing career at well-known brands for major international corporations including Citibank, Bertelsmann and The Economist. Her consultancy, Riverside Marketing Strategies, combines creativity and analytics to aid established firms like The New York Times and startups.

Tim Washer: Tim is the Creative Director for Cisco, where he produced a 2013 Webby Honoree film selection entitled The Network Effect. He studied improv under Amy Poehler, comedy writing with Tom Purcell (executive producer, The Colbert Report), and has appeared on SNL, Conan O’Brien, Onion Sports Network, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Tim has performed at corporate events for IBM, Cisco, Deloitte, CDC, Google and The White House. His award-winning corporate work has been featured in The New York Times, WSJ, Ad Age, ADWEEK, and Fast Company. He holds an MBA from McCombs at UT Austin, where he majored in PowerPoint.

Daniel Lemin: Daniel is the author of Manipurated, a book about the online reputation business, as well as a senior strategist with Jay Baer’s Convince & Convert consulting group. He’s been seen in the New York Times, USA Today and on Fox News, CBS Radio and many other news outlets. He was an early Google hire and has been in the digital marketing space for more than 15 years.

Kathy Klotz-Guest: Kathy is a business story strategist and speaker. Founder of Keeping it Human, it’s her mission to help organizations turn jargon-monoxide into compelling stories. A podcaster and comic improviser, she is the author of an upcoming book on humanizing business storytelling by blending elements of improvisation (2016). Her work has been featured on Convince and Convert, Business of Story, Marketing Profs,, and CustomerThink.

Ron Ploof: Ron helps enterprises use story structure to make their messages interesting, memorable, and persuasive. His StoryHow™ Method consists of three simple components: roles, events, and influences. He’s the author of The StoryHow™ PitchDeck: a deck of playing cards that prompts users through the process of converting their ideas, messages, and presentations into memorable stories. @ronploof writes at

Ian Anderson Gray: Ian is founder of Seriously Social; a blog focused on social media tools. He’s a speaker, trainer, teacher, web developer and consultant. He has a passion for turning the techno-babble of social media marketing into plain English. Ian is co-founder of Select Performers – a family run web agency. As well as being a geek, husband and dad to two kids, Ian is also a professional singer and lives near Manchester in the UK.

Fiona Birch: Fiona is the founder of Tonic Global, a digital agency with a reputation for high-risk, real-time response, social media campaigns. She led the ground-breaking McDonald’s Canada Your Questions and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s FIFA World Cup SoccerNation and PanAm Games campaigns. Fiona helps others up their social media game with TonicU. She is a sought after speaker and author of the upcoming book Stop Selling. Help Them Buy.

Jessica Howell: Jessica is a small business consultant and entrepreneur on digital strategy. She is the CEO of SocialStudioShop, her headquarters for sharing marketing tips about social media. She unintentionally fell in love with photography and has lived in the creative world since. She is a contributor on many other sites and has been a guest on popular shows and podcasts, sharing her expertise in the marketing world.

Jessika Phillips: Jessika is on a mission to return relationships to the forefront of business marketing. Jessika founded NOW Marketing Group in 2010 and built the company by offering free social media training workshops online and within her community. Starting with a laptop and a vision, Jessika has grown her agency to become a Gold Hubspot partner who works with over 100 clients internationally. As a relationship marketing evangelist, Jessika founded The Relationship Marketing System, an online membership site, that provides videos, articles, and worksheets to help businesses learn the art of growing repeat referral business. Jessika teaches comprehensive relationship marketing and hosts weekly blab-casts #MagnetMarketers and Relationships ROI which focuses on becoming a magnet vs. a bullhorn while growing relationships and ROI in business.

Phil Mershon: Phil is the director of events for Social Media Examiner, where he oversees two signature events: Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. Previously, Phil was a training consultant with Koch Industries and spent over 20 years working churches and non-profits in leadership roles. Phil is also a jazz saxophonist and songwriter.

Track Leaders

Laura Rubinstein: Laura is co-founder of Social Buzz Club, a content amplification network. As an award-winning social media and marketing strategist, she has optimized marketing plans for over 1000 small businesses and is the author of the bestselling book Social Media Myths BUSTED: The Small Business Guide to Online Revenue.

Bernie Borges: Bernie is the founder and CEO of Find and Convert, an inbound marketing agency, based in Florida. He is the author of Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyer through Social Media Marketing. He also blogs his digital marketing insights and best practices on Find and Convert’s OptimizeThis blog. Bernie is also the host of the Social Business Engine digital TV show and podcast.

Dan Gingiss: Dan’s career has consistently focused on delighting customers, and has spanned multiple disciplines including marketing, digital, social media, rewards and loyalty, product development, and direct-to-consumer product sales. A passionate proponent of amazing customer experiences and outstanding customer service (and a frequent tweeter about these topics), Dan is the co-host of the Focus on Customer Service podcast, where he interviews brands who are renowned for outstanding customer service in social media.

Wes Schaeffer: Wes is The Sales Whisperer®, a ruthlessly pragmatic entrepreneur, sales trainer, copywriter, and speaker who believes marketing is just selling in print. He is the author of It Takes More Than a Big Smile, a Good Idea & a Twitter Account To Build a Business That Lasts and The Definitive Guide To Infusionsoft. You can pick his brain as long as you’re providing a fine cigar and a smooth scotch, or by listening to The Sales Podcast, which he has deftly hosted since 2013.

Vincenzo Landino: Vincenzo is the CMO of Fifty 2 Creative, a digital marketing agency specializing in brand amplification and digital storytelling. With experience as a live stream correspondent, Vincenzo’s portfolio includes a 1 billion impression campaign launch for Applebee’s as well as work for Barilla Pasta, DC United, Tinder, Edelman Digital, SocialFresh, BroadSuite and Zoomph.

Tyler Anderson: Tyler is a social media marketing entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Social Media Social Hour podcast. He is the founder and CEO of Casual Fridays, a social media and content marketing agency headquartered in San Diego. Tyler serves as the Executive Producer of Social Media Day San Diego, one of the top Social Media Day events worldwide. He has worked with hundreds of brands on social media and content marketing initiatives, including top hotels and resorts for Marriott International, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Penske Automotive and One World Observatory at the World Trade Center.

Mark Mason: Mark is the mastermind behind the blog, and the Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast. He has been teaching others about Internet marketing and creating passive income online since 2007 and podcasting about Internet marketing and online business since 2009. Mark is a busy husband and father, and an electrical engineer by day but enjoys helping others learn when he has the time—late at night.

Jeremy Vest: Jeremy is founder of the video marketing company and is one of the top YouTube for business experts and is YouTube Certified. He often writes and speaks on YouTube for business, video marketing, video SEO and video conversion science. He has over 300 million views to his credit for clients and has worked with many top brands. Jeremy has taught thousands of people and has a deep passion for all things related to online marketing.

Alisa Meredith: Alisa is a content marketing strategist who has (more than once!) been accused of a Pinterest obsession. Architect of several high-performing content strategies and a blogger for HubSpot, Tailwind, and, she’s also co-owner of a HubSpot partner agency and content and social media consultant for other agencies and small businesses. A big believer in the power of visual marketing, she’s on a mission to drag, err… coax businesses into making the most of it!

Dustin W. Stout: Dustin is the Chief Marketing Officer for Weal Media, a digital marketing firm where he is oversees marketing initiatives, branding, and corporate messaging. He is the co-founder of Warfare Plugins, a WordPress plugin company where he leads marketing efforts. His blog, dustntv was named one of the best social media blogs of 2014 by Social Media Examiner.

Rich Brooks: Rich is president of flyte new media, a web design and Internet marketing company. He’s the founder of The Marketing Agents—a blog, podcast and YouTube channel—which provides free advice to small business owners and marketers. He is also an expert blogger at and a regular contributor to Social Media Examiner.

Saba Sedighi: Saba is a results driven Marketing Strategist and Content Creator. By utilizing her excellent communication skills, she takes on an innovative approach towards social selling to connect brands with their audience. She consults with companies to help establish their social presence and grow an audience through creative cross promotion strategies across video centric platforms. In addition to her consulting work, she is the co-host of 3 live podcasts including Social545, CreativNation and TechBits.

Ryan Hanley: Ryan is the vice president of marketing at and managing editor of Agency Nation. As a keynote speaker, podcaster and author of the Amazon bestseller, Content Warfare, Ryan helps brands harness content marketing to grow their audience and their business. Connect with Ryan and learn more about his work at

Jeff Korhan: Jeff is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business and founder of Landscape Digital Institute. He is a regular contributor to leading business publications and a social media columnist for Speaker Magazine. As the founder of Landscape Digital Institute, Jeff helps green industry companies use social media to create exceptional customer experiences that drive business growth.

Mark Traphagen: Mark is Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting. Mark formulates and implements the promotion of the Stone Temple brand online, including content and social media campaigns, and assists Stone Temple’s senior consultants with their client needs in those areas. He has a special reputation as an expert on personal brands in the corporate setting. A former teacher, Mark has worked directly in Internet marketing since 2005, but has been involved in social media and online community formation since the mid 1990s.

Networking Ambassadors

Mike “Ambassador” Bruny: After nearly a decade working for Intel, Mike spends most of his time at Brand Inside a Brand, speaking and helping corporations and their employees build personal brands for business results. Part of his methodology revolves around building relationships online that can be solidified by in-person meetings at conferences. He calls this process, “Hashtags to Handshakes.™” He is the architect behind our conference networking ambassador program and is easily spotted by his bow tie.

Jillian Vorce: Jillian is a consummate networker who helps business professionals harness the power of relationship networking. By focusing on building genuine and strategic relationships over the past decade, she has built a vast and diverse global network of friends and business associates. Seeing the world through the “lens of connectivity and relationships,” she is a sought-after keynote speaker and consults with organizations and individuals who want to strengthen their relationships with key stakeholders to increase their effectiveness.

Natalie Cutler-Welsh: Natalie is the ‘Go to Girl’ for connecting and coaching women entrepreneurs who want more fun, flow and impact in their life and business. She describes herself as a ‘Can-iwi’ Canadian-New Zealander and is an impact entrepreneur, social media & networking coach, author, podcaster and mother of 3. She helps women entrepreneurs to have more fun, flow and impact through business coaching, social media, networking as well as high level mastermind groups and online communities. “My favourite thing in the world is introducing two people who just NEED to know each other!”


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