Speakers 2018

Jessica Anselmi
Chief of Staff to CMO, Dunkin Brands

Jess Anselmi is Chief of Staff to the Dunkin’ Donuts CMO, where she influences strategy for the U.S. marketing organization as the restaurant chain continues to grow and evolve. She possesses 10 years of marketing and communications experience, most recently leading the innovation-to-market process for Dunkin’ Donuts 8,000 domestic locations. Jess & her team were responsible for identifying category growth opportunities, resulting in new product lines such as Cold Brew Coffee, Frozen Coffee and some of the brand’s most successful LTOs in the past decade. Prior to Dunkin’ Donuts, Jess was a Senior Account Supervisor at Cone Communications – an integrated communications agency under Omnicom – where she led marketing, public relations, CSR and digital & social media campaigns for General Mills, Jiffy Lube, Sun Products and mike’s hard lemonade. She began her career at RFBinder Partners working with Bank of America and early-stage start-ups such as Gazelle & Gogo Inflight Internet. Jess is from Boston but her heart may reside in Spain, which she continues to use as a launching pad for European exploration.

Shani Belisle
Director of Digital Media and Emerging Technology, AT&T

Shani-Belisle_WebShani Belisle has served as the Director of Digital Media and Emerging Technology at AT&T for the last four years. In her role, she works closely with internal teams, along with AT&T’s media AOR, Hearts & Science to drive best in class development and utilization of digital and social platforms, partners, and strategies. She focuses on a wide breath of applications including everything from the elevation of social media measurement to brand safety in digital media environments.

She holds an M.A. degree from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and is currently based at AT&T corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX.

Adam Bergman
Regional Manager West, Samba TV

Adam Bergman has spent the entirety of his career in and around Silicon Valley, with experience ranging from ad-tech, publishing, and consulting. Across a variety of roles, he’s developed go-to-market strategies for new and in-market brands, mentored startups from early funding onward, and built successful sales organizations that consistently lead to outstanding growth in company billings and customer relationships. He is an expert, and has shown revenue returns, in emerging media platforms, 1st party data and measurement, and mixed media strategies. In his current role, Adam leads the Los Angeles office for Samba TV, a TV data and analytics firm.

Seraj Bharwani
Chief Strategy Officer, AcuityAds

Seraj Bharwani is the Chief Strategy Officer at AcuityAds and is responsible for consumer insights on cross-screen, digital & social media. Previously, Seraj led the Strategy & Analytics practice at Digitas for over 14 years. He joined the agency as part of the founding team that led the company through its early growth phase, the IPO and exit via acquisition by Publicis. Seraj is a graduate of MIT Media Lab and an author of several refereed articles on emerging, cross-screen, audience behaviors critical to driving business results.

Dave Bolger
EVP, Director of Integrated Planning, Trilia Media, Hill Holliday

Barton_Kaitlin_Web Dave has a wide range of client experience in highly competitive categories for clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, Cigna, Actvision, Volkswagen, and Major League Baseball. His work has been recognized in the industry for both creativity and effectiveness. Recent recognition includes multiple Media Plan of the Year awards, OMMA awards, and global gold at the MMA Smarties Awards. He’s been named an Ad Club Media All Star for “bringing break-through digital thinking to previously very traditional clients.”

Jason Brenner
RVP Sales, East, Placed

Barton_Kaitlin_Web A mobile media veteran, Jason joined Placed from Verve where he was RVP East Sales. Jason’s firs started working in mobile location space at Boston-based WHERE which was acquired by PayPal. Before joining PayPal in 2012, Jason was national director of digital sales at Entertainment Weekly, a divison of Time, Inc., where he worked to diversify ad revenue outside of endemic verticals. Prior to this, he was director of advertising at The New York Times, where, in 2007, he was instrumental in the sale of the publisher’s first-ever mobile sponsorship to Starwood Hotels.

Jesse Brewer
Head of Demand Sales and Operations, BounceX

Barton_Kaitlin_Web Jesse Brewer is Head of Demand Sales and Operations at BounceX, an innovator in the programmatic advertising space and the fastest growing software company in America. BounceX’s direct software integration with their publisher partners allows them to create impactful, non-intrusive ad inventory in response to user on-site behavior. This unique, exclusive inventory source is now available via DealID for all major DSPs.

At BounceX, Jesse leads all agency, trading desk, and brand direct partnerships. Thanks to his experiences working at companies like Tremor Video and Mindshare, Jesse is fully entrenched in world of programmatic marketing. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing and Advertising. Jesse is a Massachusetts native who has spent the past decade working in the New York ad-tech space.

Ryan Bricklemyer
Director of Product Management for Video, Verve

Barton_Kaitlin_Web Ryan Bricklemyer is Director of Product Management for Video at Verve, where mobile marketing is maximized through the use of Movement Science™. In this role Ryan sets strategy and oversees execution for Verve’s new location-powered video marketing products. He works with clients and publishers to best utilize available marketing technologies, while also promoting the adoption of newer capabilities. A video-product veteran, Ryan had five years of experience in Product Management and Client Education at Videology prior to joining the Verve team. Ryan is a proud Philadelphian who lives in Baltimore with his wife and daughter (and his second child will be arriving any minute now).

Rodney Bullard
‎Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Vice President of Community Affairs, Chick-Fil-A

Rodney Bullard is currently Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation where he leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy, which is focused on fostering youth and furthering education. Before coming to Chick-fil-A, Rodney served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award. Prior to this role, Rodney was selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious public service Fellowship. As a White House Fellow, Rodney was placed at NASA working directly for the NASA Administrator. A decorated veteran, Rodney also served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps eventually working at the Pentagon as a Congressional Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

Caty Burgess
SVP, Marketing & Media Strategies at The CW

Caty Burgess is Senior Vice President, Marketing & Media Strategies at The CW Network. From a past in documentary and reality content creation, she joined the network at its inception in 2006 and has since been a key player in the launch of such brand-defining hits as Gossip Girl, Flash, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale. Marketing campaigns for these shows have won multiple awards including Cannes Lion, OMMA Award, Mediapost Creative Media Award, Project Isaac (Adweek), W3, Shorty, and Bee Awards. Caty is a seven-time nominee and one time winner of Client of the Year at the ThinkLA IDEA awards. A graduate of Brown University, she is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and chairs the Alumni Association Staff Scholarship committee of YMCA Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Connecticut.

Ricky Ray Butler
Global Chief Campaign Officer, Branded Entertainment Network

Ricky Ray Butler serves as Global CCO at the Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), a Bill Gates Company. Ricky manages all brand relationships and campaigns, supporting our capabilities that include traditional and digital integration services to an impressive global roster of clients that include General Motors, Microsoft, Zillow, Pepe Jeans, Hyundai, Disney, Ubisoft and other major global brands we are privileged and proud to be working with.

Prior to joining BEN, Ricky founded Plaid Social Labs, the leading social media influencer product integration company, which was acquired by BEN in 2015 to expand reach into the digital influencer community. Ricky has been a leader and innovator in the influencer space representing brands and helping them partner with content creators that have relevant audiences.

Ricky Ray has a passion for helping brands increase awareness, establish product credibility and build an active community of brand advocates through the power of product integration. He lives in LA with his wife and daughter.

Peggy Byrd
Senior Vice President, Multicultural Strategy and Sales, iHeart Media

Peggy is Senior Vice President, Multicultural Strategy and Sales at IHeartMedia (IHM). In this role she is responsible for driving revenue and strategic partnerships across IHM’s leading personality brands and media assets targeting African American, Hispanic and LGBTQ audiences. The portfolio includes The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Breakfast Club, Keith Sweat, Big Boy, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Enrique Santos.

Prior to joining IHeart she was SVP, Media of The Advertising Council Her media sales and integrated marketing experience includes roles at leading general market and multicultural media brands including Time Inc/Essence Communications, Conde Nast, Sesame Street and One Solution, a corporate marketing initiative of TV One and Urban One.

A graduate of Brown University, Peggy earned BA in Organizational Behavior and Economics. She also holds an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Kelsey Carroll
Global Brand Social Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kelsey Carroll leads branded social content for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to her current role, she ran marketing for an independent film studio in Austin, TX, and then got her start in the agency world with W2O Group. When she’s not reviewing ad copy and creative, she can be found eating Mexican food and seeking out the perfect karaoke song.

Emily Chard
Vice President of East Coast Sales, Parsec Media

Emily Chard is the Vice President of East Coast Sales at Parsec Media. She is responsible for evangelizing time-based advertising, educating brands and agencies on the merits of advertising based on guaranteed attention. Emily believes all brands have a story to tell and that mobile space is the ideal channel for that expression. Prior to joining Parsec, Emily worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia where she developed custom solutions for her partners, including packaging Martha Stewart’s first sponsored mobile app. Emily started her career at Meredith Corp, where she worked with legacy women’s lifestyle brands, Family Circle, American Baby, and launched the first Spanish language publication, Siempre Mujer. She graduated from Holy Cross and lives in Brooklyn.

Alex Cheeseman
Chief Strategy Officer,Contented

Alex Cheeseman is the Chief Strategy Officer at Contented who specialise in striking short-form social video that can scale. They do this by creatively repurposing existing assets – think of all of your blog posts, white papers, tv advertising – now imagine these as bite-sized social video that can help re-engage with customers. Prior to this, he was the Chief Revenue Officer at Storyful, where he grew the publisher, brand and corporate risk business across the globe. Alex was one of the first salespeople outside of North America for the content discovery platform Outbrain and was also the head of strategy for Newscred where he helped many global brand marketers adopt an always-on content approach to build audiences and drive business growth.

Courtney Colwell
Director of Content Marketing, American Express

As the Director of Global Content Marketing, Courtney leads content strategy, development, and distribution for the B2B side of American Express. This include overseeing all content for, the award-winning publishing and community platform. She has been in her current role at American Express for three years but has overseen OPEN Forum content since 2009, when she was Director of Content Strategy for Federated Media. There, she oversaw content for such clients as American Express and Proctor & Gamble. Before joining Federated Media, Courtney held positions at Inc. and Departures magazines. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneycolwell

Jennifer Dalipi
Senior Director, Global Media Consumer Beauty, Coty

David Dailey
Industry Director, GroundTruth

Originally hailing from a small town in Southern Alabama, David Dailey has made his mark on the advertising industry by working his way through the Chicago, New York, Boston, and Atlanta markets. From print to digital, a publishing powerhouse to successful startup, a focus of David’s has always been closing the loop, focusing on performance at scale. When David isn’t spending his time bridging the gap between offline and online at GroundTruth, he is co-founder of a Women’s liberation group, Allies for All. While he’s a small town guy at heart, David is constantly working to change the mobile industry and creating an equal world and workplace for all.

Morgan Ferrarotti
Marketing Director, Aetna

Shawn Gasparini
Head of Media Investment, North America, RB

Stephanie Geno
VP, Brand Solutions, Innovid

Stephanie is the Vice President of Brand Solutions at Innovid, where she works with top brands to advance video addressability. She is passionate about helping brands excel in today’s data-driven marketplace, designing solutions for some of the most recognizable brands across the globe. Stephanie previously co-founded and served as Partner, Head of Accounts at Transparent, and before that was SVP at Starcom MediaVest Group. She is the co-lead for the upcoming Denver chapter of Women in Wireless, an organization championing women in leadership in the mobile, digital, and tech industries.

Murray Goldstein
Executive Director, Marketing and Sales Operations, Cox Business

150Murray Goldstein serves as the Executive Director, Marketing and Sales Operations, for Cox’s business services division. He has primary responsibility in driving holistic marketing efforts across brand and creative, consumer insights, digital marketing, media buying and placement, content and social as well as sales compensation, policy and operations.

Prior to joining Cox, Mr. Goldstein served in various Director-level brand advertising, acquisition, internet marketing and customer retention roles for GMAC Insurance, a division of General Motors. Previously, he was named a Six Sigma Marketing Black Belt for GE Money, the private-label credit card division of General Electric’s GE Capital financial services division, and responsible for both marketing strategy and new product introduction for business-to-business partnerships with The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal*Mart, Sam’s Club, ExxonMobil and JCPenney in Chicago, IL and Atlanta, GA.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Goldstein resides with his family in Atlanta. He holds an MBA with a dual emphasis in business-to-business marketing and supply chain logistics from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Goldstein has received numerous advertising honors from the Business Marketing Association (BMA), Gold Mark Advertising awards granted by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) as well as the coveted Rainmaker Award for his innovative contributions to advance the cable sector. Lastly, he has served as CTAM’s Vice Chair of the Business Integrated Marketing Communications sub-committee and remains active in Gartner’s Marketing to Small Business Council.

Ryan Griffin
VP, Head of Brand Development, Flipboard

Ryan Griffin is Head of Brand Development at Flipboard, a content and curation platform with over 100 million users. In his role at Flipboard, he oversees the global Brand Planning, Brand Solutions and Account teams — transforming the attention that flows from people’s passions, into experiences that drive real outcomes for brands. A veteran of the Mobile space, Ryan provided strategic sales support in market, ran Brand Solutions groups, and input on product priorities/roadmap for AdColony and Undertone, prior to his time at Flipboard. He also spent more than 13 years on the agency side of the business, building a career client list that includes Mars Wrigley, American Express, Coca-Cola, IBM, Cisco, and Volkswagen.

Born in Charlotte, NC, Ryan majored in Business and Communications at Wake Forest University. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.

Brandon Gutman
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

As Co-Founder of the Brand Innovators, Brandon is responsible for developing premium content which means tapping marketers from the world’s most successful brands to share how they’re utilizing emerging technology and new media vehicles to build their brands and drive meaningful ROI. A prolific, highly respected writer, Brandon is an expert blogger at Forbes where his weekly contributions are featured on Forbes’ CMO Network, Leadership and Technology sections. Prior to launching Brand Innovators, Brandon held marketing and business development positions in the executive search sector where he forged relationships with some of the most influential brand marketers, technology developers and venture capitalists in our industry. Follow Brandon on Twitter.

Daniel Hallac
Chief Product Officer, New York Media LLC

Daniel Hallac is the Chief Product Officer at New York Media LLC, a company known for publishing beloved and influential brands, including New York magazine, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018; Daily Intelligencer; Vulture; the Cut; Grub Street; Select All; and the Strategist. The company brings these brands to life in print, digital, video, and through its experiential division, whose signature events include Vulture Festival and New York Taste.

In this role, Daniel is responsible for overseeing the Product Design, Product Management, Technology, and Analytics, ensuring strong, collaborative ties across these critical functions. Daniel enjoys developing strategies, teams, and culture that lead to compelling customer-centric digital products.

Prior to his current role, Daniel held various roles at Bloomberg, most recently serving as the Global Head of Product for the web platform, video products, and editorial tools. He led the product team in the re-launch and re-platforming of Bloomberg’s award winning digital media properties, including and; their Opinion, Politics, Markets, Pursuits, & Technology verticals; and their international expansion into Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Japan.

Daniel brings a wealth of digital experience, having led both large multinational teams and smaller start-ups in the creation, execution, and successful launch across multiple industries including Media, FinTech, and social networks.

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Politics from Brandeis University and has lived in the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He currently lives in New York, NY with his wife and two kids.

Tom Hammer
VP Strategic Accounts & Global Agency Development, MobileFuse

Tom Hammer has distinguished himself as a key leader and executive with over 15 years of experience in media and advertising. At MobileFuse, Tom is responsible for all key strategic accounts with brand and agency partners globally.

Prior to joining MobileFuse in June 2017, Tom was Executive Director, Global Agency Development at Time Inc. He previously held key management positions with some of the best known mobile and media companies including Rhythm NewMedia (acquired by blinkx in December 2013), AOL and Weblogs (acquired by AOL in November 2005).

Tom spent more than seven years at Rhythm NewMedia as part of the leadership team developing the successful mobile video platform, first as Senior Director of Sales, then SVP of Sales & Strategy, prior to their successful acquisition by blinkx (now known as RhythmOne). Prior to Rhythm, Tom spent three years at AOL as Category Sales Director, Technology + Telco, and was also the director of the successful Weblogs Network, which included the leading Technology blog Engadget.

Throughout his career, Tom has established himself as a creative sales and marketing professional working with Fortune 500 companies to deliver on their media strategies across the evolving media landscape.

Tom has a BA in History from Fordham University.

Robyn Hannah
Senior Director, Global Communication, Dynamic Signal

Robyn Hannah is the Senior Director of Global Communication at Dynamic Signal where she leads all Public Relations and Communication initiatives for the company. In addition to her role at Dynamic Signal, Robyn Hannah sits on the Silicon Valley IABC Board of Directors as Vice President of Communication and Technology, and was recently named to Business Insider’s Top 51 People in Tech PR.

When she’s not leveraging Dynamic Signal’s award-winning platform for impactful internal communication, Robyn is committed to elevating communication as a critical business function and giving her communication peers a voice and a community through her external communication efforts in highlighting the urgent need to better engage today’s modern workforce.

A Silicon Valley native with an obsession for building brands, Robyn is passionate about people, storytelling, Corporate Communication, and the Oxford Comma. She’s also quite serious about 80’s rock, the San Francisco Giants, impractical shoes, and wine.

Tom Hartman
VP Sales, Innovid

Tom Hartman is driven by dual passions for marketing and mentorship. He has held senior roles with leading media and marketing technology companies. At Innovid, the world’s leading video marketing platform, Hartman leads client efforts for new and existing customers for the eastern region. In this role, he is responsible for strategic consultation with major agency and marketer partners about how to advance and accelerate their video efforts and increase their return on that investment.

Previous to joining Innovid, Tom served as SVP/Sales for Networked Insights, a SaaS marketing analytics company. Before Networked Insights, he worked at Condé Nast, serving ultimately as SVP Corporate Sales. In this role, he ran the sales team responsible for $1 billion in revenue.

Tom’s background in advertising and sales includes tenures as SVP/Worldwide Advertising of the Walt Disney’s and as Regional VP/Strategic Sales at DoubleClick.

Tom holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School. He also studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Randall Hall
Lead Manager, Digital Strategy, AT&T

Randall Hall has over 9 years of experience developing digital strategies for, one of the highest trafficked sites in the world with over 3 billion visitors each year. During this time, he has lead site-wide strategies to drive sales of U-verse TV & Internet, DirecTV and Wireless. His approach over the course of his career has been to challenge the status quo and drive significant change through simplification, personalization and focusing on a world-class customer experience. He is also an active member of the Marketing Advisory Board at Texas Christian University, providing real-world insight and direction on curriculum development as well as guest lecturing over the last seven years. He has worked with Protect TX Fragile Kids since its inception two years ago, a non-profit group that advocates for the health, safety and welfare of Texas’ weakest and most vulnerable children. In the past, he served as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas. He holds a BBS from TCU and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Nathan Hanks
CEO & Founder, Music Audience Exchange (MAX)

Nathan Hanks is CEO & Founder of Music Audience Exchange (MAX), the music promotion company built for brands. Previously Nathan was cofounder and President of ReachLocal, an online marketing technology company serving local businesses. In nine years, he grew the firm to 24,000 clients across 15 countries, generating over half a billion dollars in annual revenue. Nathan is an investor supporting a wide range of companies including SmartThings (acquired by Samsung), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), and Centinal (Payment Encryption). He has a B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an M.B.A. from Centenary College.

Izzy Hedges
EVP, Vizeum Global Los Angeles

Izzy Hedges is a true internationalist; anyone who correctly guesses this New York born, Hong Kong raised, New Zealander’s accent deserves a prize. Having worked across multiple industries in multiple countries and in multiple media facets, Izzy has spent the last 10 years of her career specialising in the Filmed Entertainment category and has enjoyed learning with clients such as Disney, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Izzy runs Vizeum’s West Coast operation for Global Clients, primarily working on 20th Century Fox’s International Theatrical and Home Entertainment businesses.

Scott Hendrickson
SVP Sales, News Corp | News IQ

At News Corp, Scott serves as the SVP of Sales and is currently spearheading the go-to-market strategy for News IQ, which is the first solution that leverages all of News Corp’s first party data, social listening technologies and premium inventory as one unified marketing solution that is both scalable and guaranteed to be brand safe.

Scott brings 17+ years of experience building industry leading marketing solutions that equally benefit both the brand marketer and consumer. Prior to joining News Corp, he has built businesses within both venture-backed start-ups and some of the largest e-commerce and digital media organizations, including PayPal, eBay, Drizly, WHERE and Time Warner. Scott is a Penn State graduate, an active speaker at various industry events and a firm believer in the words of Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!”

Jarrett Horne
VP, Sales and Marketing, Photofy

Jarrett Horne is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Photofy, a powerful social content creation tool for creating and managing branded content. Jarrett has over 10 years of experience developing and implementing sales, marketing and product strategies for startups and enterprise companies. He is passionate about delivering quantifiable ROIs for brands and companies of all sizes and industries. His past experience, includes early involvement in ShareFile, which was acquired by Citrix, along with sports marketing and publishing services.

Jarrett lives in Raleigh, NC where he is the proud godfather of two nephews.

Bob Huseby
VP Sales, Imgur

Bob Huseby is VP Sales at, a place where ‘we the people’ create and post what we find entertaining. It’s visual, short-form, makes you feel good, and is powered by real people. There are no editors, no cable programmers, no social influencers, and no trick tactics here. Just real people from all over the world sharing content, with the community in control of the distribution power. They raise the best stuff to the top with their votes. We call it community-powered entertainment.

Prior to Imgur, Bob was the SVP International at Fandom by Wikia, Inc. where he opened sales offices in Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, London and Munich. From 2009 to 2015, Bob was the SVP Global Sales at Wikia, having first launched the sales organization in San Francisco.

Earlier in his career, Bob served as SVP Publisher at IDG Entertainment (GamePro magazine and GamePro Online), VP Sales at AOL GameDAILY (formerly Gigex) and held executive and sales management positions at LookSmart, Dialpad Communications (VoIP) and CNET Networks.

Matt Jackson
Account Director, Sales, Pixability

Matt Jackson has been with Pixability since the start-up’s early days and has been at the forefront of its +1000% growth in the past 5 years. Since joining, Pixability has expanded its video advertising offering to cover planning, buying and reporting capabilities for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify and Snapchat. Matt works with Fortune 100 brands on their paid & organic video advertising strategies on these key social platforms.

Abhishek Jadon
Head of Digital Strategy at PepsiCo North America Nutrition, PepsiCo

Abhi Jadon comes with 12 years of interactive marketing experience in developing digital marketing programs in global (US, Europe & Asia) and multi- functional environments. He has experience of executing campaigns, conceptualizing digital strategy and leveraging technological trends at leading CPG companies as Pepsi, Kraft Foods & Cadbury. As part of Gatorade digital, Abhi leads media and data strategy to drive digital transformation, in his current role on creative side he has led several content initiatives that focus on authentic storytelling and on data side he is responsible for implementation of marketing technologies to drive media optimization and content personalization at scale.

Trett Johnson
Head of Business Development,

Ben Jones
Creative Director, Unskippable Experiments, Google

Ben is a Creative Director who runs the Unskippable team at Google. His team looks at top performing ads globally to identify breakthrough opportunities in creative effectiveness, and they partner with brands and their agencies lead experiments in content to understand their value. They’ve led over 90 experiments with global brands like L’Oreal, Mercedes, HBO and Unilever.

He came from Hill Holliday, where he worked on Dunkin Donuts, Johnson and Johnson and Major League Baseball. Prior to that, he was at Digitas, where he ran global loyalty for IHG, led campaigns for Holiday Inn, Samsung, and SAP, among many others, including providing the voice of the Aflac Duck in social media.
His past life includes being the Dean of Admissions at Bennington College, building a network of early stage venture funds, and publishing The Rope Eater, a novel, with Doubleday.

Lou Jordano
Chief Marketing Officer, Crimson Hexagon

Lou Jordano is a seasoned Marketing executive with a successful track record of building and leading high impact teams within global enterprises and high growth startups. He is currently CMO at Crimson Hexagon and was previously CMO at Attivio and Ektron.

Josh Karpf
Director, Social Marketing, Draftkings

Josh Karpf joined DraftKings in December 2016 as Director of Social Marketing. In this position, Karpf leads DraftKings’ social engagement strategy while activating the company’s millions of online fans. Josh is instrumental in leading DraftKings’ digital and social integration with cross functional teams as well as growing the company’s social footprint. Prior to DraftKings, Josh was the Global Director of Social Marketing at Spotify where he built digital and social campaigns designed to connect fans with artists they loved. Under his leadership, the company launched several successful artist initiatives – including the launch of the Beatles on Spotify in late 2015. Before Spotify, Josh lead PepsiCo’s digital and social strategy which included: the launch of Gatorade Mission Control, the industry’s first “always on” digital and social command center; PepsiCo10, a tech incubator that connected the company with cutting edge digital and mobile start-ups, among more. Prior to PepsiCo, Karpf worked on GE’s digital team, developing the company’s first digital and social campaigns and programs. Karpf attended Boston University where he received his degree in Mass Communications. He also sits on the boards of The Shorty Awards and Social Media Week and resides with his wife and children in the Boston area.

Tracy Keim
VP Consumer Marketing, 23&Me


Scott Kegley
Executive Director, Digital Media & Innovation, Minnesota Vikings Football

Scott Kegley is his third season with the Minnesota Vikings. As the Executive Director, Digital Media & Innovation, Scott oversees all aspects of digital media, social media, mobile strategy and online content. Under Scott’s leadership, the team has created several innovative campaigns such as The V.I.G. (Vikings Instagram Group) Vinekings, Viking Quest, Vikings CARaoke and Vinekings, which won a 2017 Shorty Award. With a unique approach to digital storytelling, the Vikings consistently rank in the top quartile in content consumption amongst NFL teams. Prior to joining the Vikings, Scott spent nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Paul Kontonis

ted-rubin.jpgPaul Kontonis is the Chief Marketing Officer at WHOSAY, and is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, communications and editorial strategy and initiatives. Kontonis is a 20-year digital media veteran with an industry leading expertise in the business, marketing, programming, cross-platform video distribution and monetization of digital content.

Amanda Kozlowski
SVP Digital Marketing, Lionsgate

Kozlowski oversees digital marketing efforts for the home entertainment division as well as retail marketing and promotions for the domestic digital and on-demand business. Additionally she is an integral part of the team leading a new Lionsgate initiative focusing on features with a primarily digital platform.

Michael Lawder
SVP Customer Care, Samsung Electronics America


James Lerner
‎Senior Manager Product Marketing – ‎Walmart Global eCommerce, Walmart

Bachir_Zero_Web James Lerner is a digital marketing professional with 8 years of agency and client side experience. Specializing in managing and executing all aspects of paid/organic search marketing campaigns, performance display campaigns, CRM marketing, content matketing, comparison shopping engine marketing, mobile app marketing, and email marketing. Also, James has experience with UX and customer acquisition funnel strategy at various roles.

Victor Lee
SVP Digital, Hasbro

Victor is responsible for digital marketing for all Hasbro brands such as Transformers, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Nerf, Playskool and others. In his role he drives all digital strategies and activations within the web, mobile, social and digital media. Prior to Hasbro, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Digitas. In addition to CRM, digital strategy and promotions, he worked on key partnerships with NASCAR, NFL, Bravo, The Apprentice, NCAA, Sports Illustrated, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, Transformers The Movie, and Glee to name a few. Prior to Digitas, he was VP, Creative and Strategy, for Alloy Media and Marketing and Senior Publicist at Viacom parent, National Amusements. Victor is a Boston native and a graduate of Boston College.

Ryan Linders
VP Digital, CRM, eCommerce, Whole Foods


Stephanie Losee
Head of Content, Visa

Stephanie Losee is the head of content at Visa Communications. Her previous two roles were head of brand content at POLITICO, where she launched the publication’s custom content studio, and Managing Editor of Dell, where she directed Dell’s editorial content strategy. Marketing Insider Group named her a Best Marketing Speaker of 2016 and The Holmes Report named her one of the Top 25 Innovators of 2015. She is a former writer at Fortune and editor at PC Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @slosee.

Lincoln Lopez
VP, Marketing & Social Media, T-Mobile

Lincoln  is a proven strategic, innovative and collaborative leader with more than 20 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries. Prior to T-Mobile, Lincoln served as the GM of Social Media & VP of Integrating Marketing for Univision Communications leading both the social media strategy and daily operations for 60M+ followers for the sports, entertainment and news divisions and an integrated marketing team building partner solutions across all TV, digital and social properties. Previous to Univision, Lopez served as the VP of Social and Digital Media for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). He was responsible for social media operations, emerging technology initiatives, digital marketing & advertising, and strategic analytics in support of the networks’ programming. Prior to that he was the VP of Digital Marketing & Social Media at MTV Networks. In that role, he was responsible for social media operations, multi-platform creative, interactive campaigns, digital media planning, and partnerships across various networks. He also previously served as VP & Executive Producer of digital production and content programming for MTV Networks.  Earlier in his career he held a variety of product management and marketing roles at Photoworks, Rhapsody and Adobe. He holds an MA in Digital Media and a BS in Business from SJSU and an Associate’s degree in Film & Television Production from De Anza College in Cupertino, CA.

Pete Macey
VP, Video Solutions Central, Innovid

Chris Marino
Director, Global Social Strategy, American Express

Chris Marino is the Director of Global Social Media Strategy for American Express OPEN, a division dedicated to serving businesses. His team is focused on developing thumb stopping social first creative fueled by audience insights to drive brand reappraisal and consideration. Chris is a data driven marketer with a passion for quantifying the impact that brands are having through digital experiences. In his six years at American Express, he has worked in a variety of cross-functional capacities including Finance, Marketing and Strategy. Chris graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S in Management and Marketing. He’ll be pursuing an Executive MBA at the Cornell Johnson School of Management in July.

Travis Montaque
Founder and CEO, Emogi

Travis Montaque is the Founder and CEO of Emogi, a content platform that helps people discover the perfect sticker or GIF in messaging apps. Every day, millions of people use Emogi to have richer conversations with content that improves their self-expression in chat. In 2016, Travis was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his work setting the standard for new strategies and tools for brand engagement. He is a regular speaker with recent appearances at Cannes Lions, CES, Advertising Week, Harvard Business School, among others. Recent profiles of Travis and his company Emogi have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New Yorker. Travis is an inaugural member of the University of Miami Marketing Advisory Board.

Ed Montes
President, Solutions & Chief Revenue Officer, dataxu

Ed leads dataxu’s Solutions team and sales activities on a global basis. A respected international leader, Ed has a deep understanding of how advertisers can apply technology to become data driven and transform their business. More than a decade in the digital advertising ecosystem has given him considerable experience with combining technology, services, partners, and people to deliver optimal solutions to marketing challenges. Prior to joining dataxu, Ed was co-founder and CEO at Digilant. He also held leadership positions at Havas Media – spearheading several expansion efforts and doubling the agency’s digital billings and capabilities during his tenure – as well as Yahoo and TechTarget. Ed is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Brendon Mulvihill
SVP, Head of Licensing, Jukin Media

Brendon Mulvihill is SVP and Head of Licensing at Jukin Media, overseeing the global content licensing business. Prior to joining Jukin, Brendon started the content licensing business at GoPro and led the Los Angeles office of Wazee Digital (formerly T3Media) where he licensed content on behalf of Sony Pictures, Paramount, and the NCAA among other media and sports content libraries. Brendon has also held sales and business development positions at Octagon and Idealab. Brendon has a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Tim Murray
Data & Enterprise Solutions: Partnerships, Twitter

ted-rubin.jpgTim Murray focuses on driving business value for brands with the Twitter’s Official Partner solutions. He understands the vital impact technology has on our lives and businesses, and specifically, how Twitter Data will truly impact the way organizations measure and analyze data for their benefit. A passion for media and solving complex business challenges, Tim helps drive sales strategy for new market growth and early exploration and discovery for new products.

Having worked across key global markets in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, Tim brings a global perspective with respect for regional nuance. His career spans the largest and recognizable financial institutions in the world, building teams & scalable partnerships within early stage growth start-ups in addition to working at Salesforce and now Twitter.

Victoria Nielsen
Senior Social Media Manager, Focus Brands

Victoria is a senior social media manager for FOCUS Brands, a leading developer of global multi-channel food service brands, working specifically on Cinnabon and Moe’s Southwest Grill. She is responsible for the overall strategy, growth and evolution of the brand’s social channels, working cross-functionally to develop a strong brand voice and build global relevancy with social-lead integrations, influencer activations and engagement-driven initiatives. Before FOCUS Brands, Victoria was the online editor and social media lead at Hoffman Media in Birmingham. Victoria has a bachelor of science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked for Food Network, Refinery29 and More Magazine, among others.

Gavin O’Hara
Global Social Media Publisher, Lenovo

Gavin spent the last 8 years as Publisher, Brand Newsroom architect and now WW Social Creative Lead for the global tech company that makes everything from ThinkPad laptops and Moto phones to VR headsets and smart devices. He pioneered Lenovo’s editorial identity across all social channels, stressing the importance of community, fan/employee voices and putting people before products. As Lenovo’s chief storyteller, he continues to scour the Earth in search of the inspiring and the unexpected.
Prior to his social media life, Gavin served as a writer, journalist and musician. He cites Hemingway (concise), Kerouac (lyrical) and the Victoria’s Secret catalog (informal) as his major influences. He learned his chops at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Journalism.

Chad Parizman
Head of Social Media & Digital Communication, Pfizer

As the Head of Social Media and Digital Communications I provide leadership on digital trends and strategies for the Communications and Corporate Affairs team at Pfizer, as well as social media guidance to the company’s top senior executives. Prior to my current role, I served as Director, Convergent Media at Scripps Networks Interactive where I focused on the intersection of television and social media working with the digital, ad sales, marketing and on-air teams. Utilizing innovations I’ve made throughout my career in information technology and online analytics, I trained Scripps employees on disruptive innovation principles, and researched new interactive opportunities for the company in both the Food and Lifestyle categories. I began at Scripps in 2005 as Director of Online Analytics after leaving Healthology, Inc. as the IT Director.

Jon Potter
Chief Marketing Officer, Boston Beer


Shannon Pruitt
President, NA, The Story Lab

As the new and first-ever Chief Content Officer of Carat, a media agency within the Dentsu Aegis Network, and most recently as the former President of The Story Lab US, , Shannon helps the agency and their clients to architect and activate personalized storytelling messages at scale that allow them to plan, create, co-create and distribute content designed to earn attention and deepen relationships with desired audiences across their bought, owned and earned ecosystems. With a deep understanding of messaging strategy, Shannon is focused on helping clients transform the way they connect to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and business results.. She is a pioneer in building the first content arm of a global media conglomerate, 6 years ago, and leading The Story Lab with a strategic vision anchored in the belief that audiences needs, motivations and behaviors drive a truly integrated content and media approach.

Through her extensive background in content strategy development, combined with expertise in the sports, entertainment, and publisher worlds, Shannon constantly seeks new ways to guide clients through the complex landscape of content, media, and tech opportunities to create sustainable planning and implementation to optimize effectiveness and return.

Shannon is actively sought after for her thought leadership: she’s been fortunate enough to sit on the advisory board of Brand Storytelling, as well as judge industry awards shows ranging from The Effies to The Mashies; has spoken on panels for Adweek, nextMedia, Producedby and Videonomics; penned pieces for publications such as Adweek, Digital Storytelling, and Little Black Book and was named to The Internationalist magazine’s 2015 Agency Innovators.

Previously, Shannon had her own consulting company where she worked with clients across all areas of monetization, sales packaging, and strategy related to content, intellectual property development, and licensing. Clients included J & J/Ensemble, Aegis Media/The Story Lab, FremantleMedia, , and Disney Digital. With her extensive experience in television, digital media, social media and live events, she has led Marketing, Sales and Business Development teams at entertainment powerhouses such as Warner Bros, 19 Entertainment, Mark Burnett Productions and FremantleMedia.

Prior to transitioning into entertainment, Shannon worked at MasterCard International and Octagon Marketing.

Shannon holds an MBA and a BA in Japanese from the University of Oregon. She is also a proud mom of 3 children. She serves as an active special needs parent, dedicating her time to awareness, education and advocacy for her daughter Emma who has Angelman Syndrome, as well expansion of her 8 year old son’s initiative to find a cure for his twin-sister via his “Quinn’s Cocoa for the Cure,” 5 millions cups for Emma and Angelman Syndrome,. She also currently sits on the Los Angeles Board of the March of Dimes as well as the Board of the National Angelman Syndrome Foundation.

Sylvian Perrier
President & CEO, Mercatus

ted-rubin.jpgA dynamic, articulate retail industry thought leader and highly accomplished President & Chief Executive Officer of Mercatus Technologies Inc. who is driving the success of many large retailers using pragmatic easy-to-use technology. Highly charismatic and influential with over ten years of executive-level experience in retail technology, pushing the boundaries in specialty areas such as mobile devices, web technology, in-store solutions, and Software as a Service (SaaS) architectures. Sylvain is listed as the lead inventor on more than 75 granted intellectual property patents in over 15 different legal jurisdictions for more than 10 distinct inventions.

John Piccone
President and Chief Revenue Officer, Simulmedia

John Piccone is the President & Chief Revenue Officer at Simulmedia, a New York City-based television advertising company.He has been at the forefront in introducing new digital advertising technologies to media owners, agencies and advertisers through media representation, search engine marketing, ad serving, analytics and video management services in Europe and the United States since 1995. John was Chief Growth Officer at Innovid, an online video marketing platform. John has also served as SVP of Business Development and Sales at HealthiNation, a producer and distributor of multi-platform video solutions for the health industry. Prior to joining HealthiNation, was VP, Sales at Blackarrow, a pioneering advanced TV ad targeting company. For ten years prior, John was a founding member of 24/7 Real Media, where he served in a range of roles, including business development, sales management and product management. Before Real Media, John was a founding member of Publicitas Advertising Services, an early digital one-order-one-bill ad placement service for national print advertisers. John holds a B.A. from Allegheny College.

Mike Proulx
Chief Digital Officer, Hill Holliday

Mike’s fascination with the mashup of media + technology has not only prompted a best-selling book, “Social TV,” it’s also made @McProulx among the most influential voices in the industry as featured in the press including The New York Times, Fast Company, NPR, Forbes, and BuzzFeed.

At Hill Holliday & Trilia, Mike drives digital innovation and integration across the agency and its client and new business portfolios. Mike leads the agency’s Innovation & Technology department made up of over 60 digital natives in editorial strategy, digital strategy, creative technology, experience design, and digital production—who push the boundaries of what’s possible in purpose-built digital communications and customer experience (CX) solutions. He is a trusted client thought partner who helps solve business problems that enhance the customer journey through a marketing innovation lens.

Additionally, Mike produces and hosts the agency’s semi-annual mediaFWD (formerly TVnext) thought leadership showcase as well as contributes to industry media including AdAge, Fast Company, and Forbes. He holds an MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and a BS in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of New Hampshire. He was recognized as an AdClub Media All Star in 2012 and as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2014.

Mike’s client experience includes: Planet Fitness, Tempur-Pedic, Party City, LG, Dunkin’ Donuts, VH1, Chili’s, CVS/pharmacy, Bank of America, Cadillac, MLB, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

Patrick Reynolds
CMO, SessionM

Patrick leads Marketing efforts for SessionM. Prior to that, he ran marketing and strategy for two successful startups in the streaming audio industry. He also has client-side experience as CMO of a publicly traded retailer as well as multiple leadership positions with leading international advertising agencies. Patrick has contributed articles on mobility to Forbes, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat among others, and spoken at CES, NAB, and SxSW. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.

Kevin M. Rice
CMO, Hathway

As a co-founder and current CMO at Hathway, Kevin helps leading brands create digital strategies that improve customer experience. Throughout his career Kevin has led content, commerce and loyalty initiatives for brands like L’Oreal, Clorox, RedBull and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Ted Rubin
Social Media Strategist, Acting CMO, Brand Innovators

ted-rubin.jpgTed Rubin is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist, and Acting CMO of Brand Innovators. In March 2009 he started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship, hashtag #RonR. Ted left his position as Chief Social Marketing Officer of Collective Bias on August 31, 2013. He remains the 5th largest shareholder. In the words of Collective Bias Co-Founder John Andrews… “Ted, you were the vision, heartbeat and soul of Collective Bias, thank you for building a great company. From innovations like cbSocially to the amazing relationships you built with the blogger community, clients and employees, you drove the epic growth. You will be missed!” Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to Social Media Marketing Magazine; one of the most interesting CMOs on Twitter according to Say Media, #13 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, and number #2 on the Leadtail list of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers. ROR, #RonR, is the basis of his philosophy…It’s All About Relationships! His book, Return on Relationship was released January 29, 2013. His latest book, How To Look People in the Eye Digitally, was released in January. Connect with Ted… or @TedRubin

Caroline Schulweis
Brand Partner, Foursquare

Caroline Schulweis is the southeast lead for brand partnerships at Foursquare, a leading location intelligence company that invented the “check-in,” and now powers location in over 125,000+ other applications, including Twitter, Uber, & Garmin. Caroline works with brands and agencies to leverage first-party, mobile location data to create innovative marketing programs that achieve specific business objectives and reach consumers across a variety of digital platforms. Her clients include Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Disney. Prior to Foursquare, Caroline managed search advertising campaigns and interactive project management at Omnicom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a concentration in digital marketing at Bocconi University in Milan.

Zach Stafford
Editor-in-Chief, INTO

Adam_Meshekow_WebZach Stafford is the Editor-in-Chief of INTO, a new award-nominated LGBTQ digital magazine that’s quickly become one of the most read queer outlets in the world. Previously he served as the editor-at-large of OUT Magazine and was an award-winning journalist at The Guardian where he covered justice, violence and social issues in both his column and long-form features.

Zach regularly provides commentary on radio, podcasts and has appeared on the BBC, CNN and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He the co-editor of the bestselling book Boys, An Anthology and the executive producer/host of the recent documentary BOYSTOWN.

Eric Stahl
SVP, Product Marketing, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Adam_Meshekow_WebEric Stahl is senior vice president of product marketing for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, the #1 marketing solution, making it possible for marketers to plan, personalize and optimize 1:1 consumer journeys across multiple channels, and at scale.

Eric has been at Salesforce for nearly 10 years where he has held several other roles including Senior Director of Product Marketing at, where he was responsible for evangelizing the benefits of cloud computing to Saleforce’s community, as well as the enterprise cloud computing platform.

Prior to joining Salesforce in 2008, Eric worked in a variety of product, marketing and finance roles at Informix Software and BEA Systems with a focus on enterprise software products such as databases, developer tools and application servers. Altogether, he has more than 15 years experience in the Internet and enterprise technology industry.

Chris Stefanyk
Head of Brand Partnerships, Wattpad

Adam_Meshekow_WebAs Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, Chris Stefanyk leads the strategy and execution of Wattpad’s Brand Solutions business. He and his team work closely with brands and agencies to harness the power of storytelling and build deep engagement with Wattpad’s Millennial and Gen Z consumers. Prior to Wattpad Chris has held roles at Torstar Digital, Zalora and Accenture. Chris is a proud graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Shane Steele
Global Head of Brand Marketing, Dropbox

Adam_Meshekow_Web Shane Steele is the Global Head of Brand Marketing for Dropbox. Prior to this, Ms. Steele served as Vice President of Marketing at Chime, a mobile bank account that helps people automate their savings and lead healthier financial lives. Ms. Steele joined Chime after two years running her own consulting business focused on consumer marketing and growth strategies for startups including Airbnb, Chime, and other early stage companies. Prior to her time as a consultant, Ms. Steele was the global sales marketing Director at Twitter where she built the marketing function for company’s advertising business. Ms. Steele was previously VP Marketing at Yahoo, VP Marketing at Tremor Video, and Director of Digital Marketing & Emerging Media at Coca-Cola. Ms. Steele began her career as a consultant at Accenture and as Sr. Manager and Creative Lead at Sapient. She graduated from Cornell University where she received a B.S. in psychology. During her time at Cornell she was a member of the Division 1 Volleyball and Track & Field teams, and she worked as a research assistant in the social psychology department, contributing to several published articles on the study of cognitive biases.

Sabrina Stoffregen
Global Sales and Marketing Communications Manager, Intel

Sabrina Stoffregen is an accomplished executive communications and organization development leader backed by 20+ years of experience in brand marketing, employee engagement, organization development and strategic communications at Intel. Her work in this field has afforded her the privilege to share her insights with many Fortune 500 companies on how actively engaged and empowered employees are one of the key drivers of business growth. Sabrina is a pioneer in employee brand advocacy, highly successful at engaging, inspiring, and igniting employees as brand advocates, subsequently gaining competitive advantage and positively impacting the bottom line. Sabrina was inducted into the Brand Innovators: 40 Under 40 WEST Most Innovative Brand Marketers class of 2013.

Marc Sternberg
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

Marc Sternberg is a co-founder of Brand Innovators, a leading producer of conferences for the advertising and emerging technology industries. Prior to that, Marc was president and COO of AlwaysOn from 2007-2011. At that Silicon Valley-based firm he produced over 20 successful conferences in the digital media, clean technology and cloud computing sectors. Earlier in his career Marc was the vice president of advertising sales for The Hollywood Reporter, a position he held from 1989-2007. He has served on the boards of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles and the Anti-Defamation League/LA. @MarcSternberg1

Dana Strokovsky
Global Director, Social Media Excellence, McDonald’s

dana-strokovsky.jpg @D_Stro

As the Global Director of Social Media at McDonald’s Dana is focused on elevating social marketing and influencing social branding worldwide, by sharing best-in-class practices, case studies, learnings and creating consistency through all digital touch points. Building and nurturing relationships with local social and digital leads is a key component, and ensuring that McDonald’s social marketing is top notch through a uniform framework that ladders up to the brand purpose. Prior to McDonald’s Dana helped launch a Social Center for North America at Coca-Cola, was the SME for the Rio 2016 Olympics, strategic social lead for Coca-Cola racing and other projects with the sports marketing team, understanding and utilizing available assets to help enhance company partnership capabilities.

Kimberly Stokes
Head of Digital, The Boston Beer Company

Kim Stokes is Head of Digital at The Boston Beer Company where she oversees digital and social media strategy and execution across the brand portfolio including Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea and Truly Spiked Sparking Water. Kim has over 20 years of experience in public relations, advertising, direct marketing, and strategic consulting across a diverse range of industries including consumer packaged goods, technology and healthcare in both B2C and B2B. Kim has extensive experience in strategically applying digital and social media solutions to complex business challenges, from brand building to organizational design and data science. Prior to joining Boston Beer Company, Kim was Managing Director of Digital Engagement at Marina Maher Communications, an integrated communications agency under Omnicom, where her clients included P&G, J&J and Merck. Kim is from New York City, but also spent 7 years living in China. She is fluent in Chinese, is an outdoor sports lover, and has two little boys.

Jill Thomas
VP Marketing, Cinnabon


Alicia Tillman
Chief Marketing Officer, SAP

Alicia, Chief Marketing Officer at SAP, is responsible for creating and accelerating the companies brand across the globe. Alicia previously served as the CMO for SAP Ariba, an SAP company, where she led the development of the marketing strategy across the globe. Prior to joining SAP, Alicia spent 11 years at American Express and was the head of Marketing and Business Services and previously head of Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Media Relations for the Global Business Travel division.

Michele Tobin
VP, Brand Partnerships and Advertising, INTO

As a veteran advertising and sales expert in the technology, media and mobile industries, Michele Tobin has more than 20 years of leadership experience with national brands and highly successful startup companies.

Michele joined Grindr as vice president of brand partnerships and advertising in 2016, bringing with her a high level of expertise in negotiating and managing global partnerships for both established and next-generation technology companies to the world’s largest and first gay social network. As head of Grindr’s global advertising monetization, sponsorship and partnership efforts, Michele utilizes her wealth of knowledge in diversity to work with large brands and Fortune 500 companies to educate advertisers on authentically communicating with LGBTQ consumers.

In the summer of 2017, Michele helped launch the social network’s first-ever digital news outlet, INTO, which is written for and by the millennial LGBTQ community. In its first three months, INTO recorded more than 24 million global unique visits, to become one of the most-read LGBTQ publishers in the world, and has recently been nominated for a GLAAD Award for outstanding digital journalism.

Prior to joining Grindr, Michele served as senior vice president of global brand partnerships at Rovio Entertainment, a global entertainment company that develops, publishes and distributes the Angry Birds family of games and products. Before joining Rovio, Michele led Millennial Media’s worldwide Entertainment sales efforts.

Michele was named to Mobile Marketer’s Mobile Women to Watch List in 2013 and to Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising List 2013 and 2014.

Ly Tran
Associate Partner/Chief Media Officer, Proof Advertising

Ly has spent her 20+ year ad career dedicating herself to all things digital. She started at BBDO in LA, working in Interactive before the advertising industry knew what Interactive was. She built a digital department from the ground up for McCann Erickson in the southwest region. After a dot com stint leading marcom programs client-side, she returned to agency life. For the past 9 years, Ly has worked at Proof Advertising in Austin, TX, where she is an Associate Partner/Chief Media Officer at Advertising Age’s Small Agency of the Year in 2012, 2014 & 2016. In 2013, she was one of Advertising Age’s 24 Women to Watch. She majored in Advertising and minored in Art History at Emerson College in Boston.

Steve Wadsworth
CEO, Tapjoy

Steve Wadsworth is the CEO of Tapjoy, where he has served on the Board since 2011. He has been an influential senior executive and leader in the Internet and interactive digital media industry since 1995. Steve is a frequent spokesperson on Internet and digital media issues and guest speaker at Internet industry forums. Steve also served on the board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) for a decade where he served in the roles of chairman and chairman emeritus. Prior to Tapjoy he was president of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), where he was a pioneer for the company’s digital media and technology business including more than 11 years as Disney’s chief Internet and digital media executive.

Eric Weaver
VP Customer Experience Practice, Xerox

Eric is a digital marketing veteran who has spent 27 years creating digital advertising, content and engagement efforts for household brands. Weaver got his start in what we now call community and content management in 1990, and has since served as CEO, strategist, creative director, and client lead for major ad agencies and consultancies. He has counseled over 80 blue-chip clients through two societal transformations — the commercial Web and the social media revolution — and has built and led creative, production and strategy teams in London, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit and Cincinnati.

As VP of Communication & Marketing Solutions for Xerox, Weaver oversees the company’s US marketing services practice, providing its clients with creative services, content marketing, marketing automation software, and customer experience design. Before to his role at Xerox, Weaver counseled both large corporate clients and governmental agencies in the areas of competitive advantage, customer experience, and digital transformation.

Matt White
Sales Director, Amplify Sales, Outbrain

Matt White is a Sales Director at Outbrain, the world’s largest Content Discovery Platform online. Previously Matt was employed across a number of roles within Disney ABC Television Group, most recently Associate Director at ABC News. Matt has a wide range of Sales and Marketing experience across the Digital and Broadcast advertising industry and has worked with both client and agency teams across the country. Current clients at Outbrain include: Dell, Microsoft, IBM, Capital One, Chase, Bank of America, Pfizer and more. Matt has an M.B.A in Digital Marketing & Media from Fordham University.

Ethelbert Williams
Head of eCommerce, Boston Beer Company

Ethelbert_Williams_webEthelbert Williams leads e-commerce for The Boston Beer Company’s portfolio including Sam Adams and Angry Orchard brands. He has more than 17 years of global commercial leadership experience having championed marketing and sales strategies across direct-to-consumer ecommerce, pure play marketplaces and multi-channel retailers. Ethelbert previously drove go-to-market and channel expansion for the personal and facial cleansing categories at Kimberly-Clark Corporation and InstaNatural. In addition, he has held leadership roles at Procter & Gamble and Unilever. Ethelbert is also an investor and advisor to exceptional entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he serves as an Adjunct Lecturer leading collaborative learning for digital marketing, media and innovation curriculum.

Avi Zimak
CRO & Publisher, NY Magazine

Avi Zimak joined New York Media as Chief Revenue Officer & Publisher in 2017, overseeing sales and partnerships across the company’s suite of brands, which includes New York Magazine, Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, Select All, and the Strategist. He directs an integrated sales and marketing team of 50+ staffers, selling digital brands with an audience of more than 30 million monthly unique visitors as well as the award-winning biweekly print magazine.

Zimak joined New York Media from Outbrain, where he was most recently vice president, general manager, the Americas, responsible for sales and account management teams across North and South America. He realized tremendous growth in regional annual revenue in his two and half years in the position. He joined Outbrain as head of sales, North America in September 2012, and was previously the advertising director of Hearst’s “App Lab,” directing all aspects of app-related advertising and marketing for Hearst’s 20+ domestic magazine brands. Before that he held a management role at Hearst’s Town & Country and advertising sales roles at Condé Nast’s Gourmet and Details magazines. He has spoken at 4A’s Transformation and Digiday Content Marketing Summit, among other industry events, and has been a guest lecturer for students from Harvard University, Syracuse University, NYU, and others.

Bachir Zeroual
Sr. Marketing Director, Samsung Electronics America