February 15, 2018

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Brand Innovators Network coming soon!


Speaker Inquiries

Brandon Gutman


Sponsorship Opportunities

Marc Sternberg




Breakfast & Registration



Brandon Gutman, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
David Teicher, Editor and Chief Content Officer

Host: Ted Rubin, Social Media Strategist, Acting CMO, Brand Innovators, author of Return on Relationship

Event Chairperson: Abby Lee, Vice President Marketing and Media Strategies, RE/MAX



Adam Contos, Chief Executive Officer, RE/MAX


Fireside Chat

Adam Contos, Chief Executive Officer, RE/MAX

Moderated by: Christian Ward, EVP, Partnerships, Yext


Success Story

Heidi Cooley, Vice President Global Marketing, Crocs


Fireside Chat

Heidi Cooley, Vice President Global Marketing, Crocs

Q&A conducted by: Richard Jones, CEO, Wayin


Fireside Chat – Content Efficiencies Across Regions, Channels and Partners

Megan Brown, Sr. Manager Content Marketing, Western Union
Amber Hellem, Director, Digital & Social, Western Union
Courtney Zell, Global Account Director, Western Union

Moderated by:Alex Cheeseman, Chief Strategy Officer, Contented



Alex Cheeseman, Chief Strategy Officer, Contented


Networking Break


People, Partnerships, and Production: Three Routes To Creating Compelling Content

Creating content and creating good content that people actually want are two very different matters, and seasoned brand marketers know that the secret to success is in finding the right strategy dictated by broader objectives, market opportunity, and most importantly, customer needs.

Indeed, depending on those variables, three major approaches have emerged through which brand marketers can identify and develop compelling content. Whether it’s through partnerships with existing creative organizations, working with individual people – celebrities and customers alike – or by taking on the challenge head on and producing content in-house, the key is to create something that doesn’t feel like advertising, but is informative, entertaining, or otherwise relevant to people’s lives and interests.

Moderated by: Jessica Fenerlis, Marketing Manager, Yext

Ryan Amirault, Social Media Director, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Josh Kern, Chief Marketing Officer, Cerca Trova Restaurant Concepts
Ernie Mattin, Vice President of Commercial & Wholesale, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
Arlie Sisson, VP-Emerging Products, Conde Nast


Fireside Chat

Susan Lintonsmith, President & CEO, Quiznos

Moderated by: Meaghan Haire, Senior Brand Partner, Foursquare


Keynote — Content Marketing Industry Snapshot: Competitive Landscape Spend Trends

Casey Wuestefeld, VP, Campaign Operations at Nativo




Fireside Chat – Beyond the Marijuana Leaf: Branding a Cannabis Company is Serious Business

Matt Ayers, VP, Humanization, A Vital Few/Understated Studios
Nat Carruthers, VP, Product Design, A Vital Few/Understated Studios
Lillian Marsh, VP, Brand Strategy, A Vital Few/Understated Studios
Josh Richman, SVP Corporate & Business Development, Franklin Bioscience

Moderated by: Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators


What’s Next in Digital: Social, Mobile and Emerging Media

Looking out at 2018, this discussion will explore how the marketing and media industries will evolve as digital media and emerging technologies continue to drive every aspect of brand marketing and the marketing funnel in general. At once, social media is changing how brand build 1:1 relationships with their consumers; mobile is becoming the platform of choice for consuming media, entertainment, and for commerce; brands are publishing more original content than ever; and digital video continues to challenge television.

Lean in and learn how today’s foremost brand marketers are using new technologies and embracing new platforms like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Snapchat, Facebook Live Video, and new digital and data tools to reach consumers.

Moderated by: Corey Fischer, Director of Sales, Sprinklr

Laston Charriez, Head of Marketing, Pilgrim’s
Dan Gray, Digital Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
James Schwartz, Marketing Director, RE/MAX


Networking Break


Success Story

Alfredo Rodriguez Diaz-Marta, Vice President Marketing, Dish Network
Juan Machado, Senior Brand Manager, DishLATINO Media


Fireside Chat

Alfredo Rodriguez Diaz-Marta, Vice President Marketing, Dish Network
Juan Machado, Senior Brand Manager, DishLATINO Media

Moderated by: Jeremy Straight, SVP Strategic Partnerships, SpotX



John Andrews, CEO, Photofy


Fireside Chat – Evolve Your Brand Through Social Media Testing

Nikoletta Vecsei Harrold, Director of Communities Strategy and Social Media, Transamerica
Fearghal O’Reilly, Social Media Manager, Transamerica

Moderated by: Mark Winz, Senior Account Manager, Sprinklr


It’s a Wrap!