Brand Innovators LLC
Brand Innovators LLC
TJ Ansley is Director of Digital Media for the Portland Trail Blazers, having joined the organization in July 2013. TJ has has six years of Digital Media management experience in large organizations, including three years as Digital Content Editor for the Ohio-based Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer). He received his BS in Communications Technology from Eastern Michigan University. @tjansley
Diane Aylsworth leads the Marketing and Creative team for Stumptown Coffee Roasters. From whole bean coffee to cold brew to merchandise, she leads an internal team of creatives that keep the Stumptown brand strong while intentionally breaking the rules that are often considered ‘givens’ in brand management and marketing. She is responsible for brand growth and innovation across numerous sales channels and works closely with the communications and content marketing team. Prior to joining Stumptown, Diane led B2B National Account and Distributor Marketing for Sugar Foods Corporation, and began her brand management career at Nestle working on brands such as Nesquik and Lean Cuisine.
Kyle Cassidy is Director of Editorial Content and Copywriting at The Clymb, Oregon’s second fastest-growing business and the fastest-growing retailer in Outdoor Industry history. An award-winning journalist and publishing industry refugee, he was the second hire on the The Clymb’s marketing team and the founder of the company’s content marketing empire. He also edits The Clymb’s blog, which features award-winning work by the world’s leading writers and photographers—including Oregon’s poet laureate. A champion for the marriage of content and commerce, Kyle has published over 2,000 stories at The Clymb, driving hundreds of thousands of monthly views as well as content shares from high-profile influencers such as Travel Oregon, The North Face, Outside magazine, and more. Read his blog posts at theclymb.com/stories, follow him on Instagram @muttsandglory or Twitter @Kyle_Cassidy.
Leslie Constans manages brand strategy for Cambia Health Solutions. She is responsible for brand and content strategy and communications, including positioning, messaging and integrated brand communications (digital/social, PR, events, internal, etc.) for Cambia and its family of companies, ensuring the brand experience is consistent across all communication touch points. Prior to joining Cambia in 2013, Leslie served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, was Public Relations Manager for Knowledge Universe and Manager of Global Relations for Columbia Sportswear. Earlier in her career she held marketing positions at IBM and SAP. @lconstans
Michelle Crames is Vice President of New Markets at Bottlenose, Inc. She also serves as Entrepreneur In Residence for Science, Inc, in addition to investing with several large Private Equity funds. Michelle also Founded and ran as CEO SkuLoop, a software-as-a-service company which was sold to Revionics. A serial entrepreneur, Michelle also founded mobile service GIIV, the first U.S. company to enable gifts to be sent instantly via mobile device and redeemed in-store or online, partnering with retailers including Amazon, Whole Foods, Macys, Sephora, Lowes, Krispy Kreme, Toyota, and Fandango. She has worked to launch and acquire mobile and digital media companies in the U.S. and Asia. Previously, Michelle served as CEO of Lean Forward Media LLC, an interactive media and entertainment company and has also worked at Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Studios, and McKinsey & Company. @michellecrames
An experienced New Media Marketer and Personal Branding advocate, Jacob Curtis consults both companies and individuals in developing and maintaining their digital identity online. As Marketing Manager for custom design firm CON2R, Jacob is charged with expanding the company’s digital footprint through social. Throughout his career he has worked with major B2B and B2C Fortune 500 companies, and in his free time produces the well-known “#SocialMediaMinute” tutorial series, published on his popular YouTube channel. Jacob received his BS in New Media Communications from Oregon State University, where he studied the intersecting roles of technology and commmunication and how that sweet spot has “altered moods, and sold things, throughout history.”@JacobkCurtis
Sarah joined Simple to help talk to customers in a way no bank has ever before. A full stack content marketer on a growing team, Sarah focuses on bringing traditionally monotonous banking topics to life by promoting Simple customers and emphasizing the human aspect of money. She spends free time furthering her dream of becoming Kanye West’s biographer. Tweet her @eadiest whenever.
Michael Ehrlich is the Director of Public Relations for adidas America, where he leads PR strategy across all sport and style categories. In his four years at adidas and additional three years at adidas’ PR agency of record, Michael has developed and executed PR programs to support products launches, marketing campaigns, sponsorships, events, professional and college partners and corporate initiatives. Highlights include the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, NBA All-Star Games, Major League Soccer and working with athletes such as DeMarco Murray, Robert Griffin III, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Derrick Rose and Damian Lillard, among others. @adidasusprguy
As head of brand initiatives at Outbrain, Kodi Foster is responsible for leading strategic account development, collaborating with Fortune 500 brand partners on their content marketing initiatives. Kodi began at Outbrain by establishing the brand’s paid recommendations business, helping to grow Outbrain into the largest content discovery platform in the world. He also spends his time evangelizing about trends in the digital advertising space, and has spoken at event including Brand Innovators, The Ataway Exchange Conference, Open Co., and The Advertising Club Media:Now Conference. Prior to joining Outbrain Kodi was VP of Business Development at Sahara Media Holdings, a publicly traded investment company specializing in the digital media industry. He is a graduate of Cornell University. @kodifoster
As Co-Founder of the Brand Innovators Summit, Brandon Gutman 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. @BrandonGutman
George Huff is the Co-Founder and CEO of Opal Labs, creator of the world’s best collaborative planning software for brand marketing teams. As CEO, George leads a world class team of product and customer experience pioneers at Opal, allowing today’s leading brand marketers the space to think creatively and develop engaging narrative. Opal’s customers include some of world’s biggest brands including Target, Nestlé, Burberry & NASA. Prior to Opal, George lead a boutique agency specializing in digital brand strategies. @georgehuff, @workwithopal
Eric King is a creative social strategist and community manager with 6 years of experience building online communities through social media and content creation. He’s spent the past 3.5 years as the social manager and “voice” for KEEN Footwear, an outdoor footwear and lifestyle brand headquartered in Portland, OR. Before joining the outdoor market, he spent time working in the fields of web marketing and sports journalism. When not interacting online, look for Eric on his bike, exploring the hills of Portland, or in a local brewpub catching the latest Blazers or Timbers game. @ericking
Jonathan Kisphpaugh spearheads enterprise sales for Livefyre, an SaaS platform that helps companies engage customers more meaningfully through a combination of real-time conversation, social curation, content and advertising. His goal is to evolutionize how global businesses engage customers through real-time content marketing, specifically via Livefyre’s platform, on which more than 1000 brands can easily curate relevant real-time content across all social channels back into their owned web properties, mobile apps, advertisements and television broadcasts to increase viewer engagement, materially boost website traffic and drive revenue. Prior to Livefyre, Jon was in Enterprise Sales at Cloudwords, Inc., and was Director of Business Development at TransPerfect Translations. @KishPow
As Marketing Manager for Plywerk, Amandine Le Roux is responsible for introducing Plywerk’s brand and products to potential new customers, while aligning marketing efforts with unified campaigns that extend across all channels and conform to the company’s core values and branding. Amandine’s experience in sales, marketing and account management spans e-commerce, social media, creative digital design and copywriting. Prior to joining Plywerk, she was a Sales and Account Manager for 555lab, Marketing Director for Muze Events and Bright Records, companies she founded. @dina_leroux
Huntley McNabb joined CarePayment in 2012 to oversee marketing. He brings over 20 years of experience in technology and financial services marketing. Before joining CarePayment, Huntley was vice president of marketing for MedSynergies, Inc., a provider of revenue cycle and hospital-physician alignment services, and was director of marketing for hotel technology provider Pegasus Solutions, Inc. He also held leadership positions in sales, account management and marketing for TRX, Inc., and Sabre. Huntley received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and received his undergraduate degree in English from Rice University. @CarePayment
Chris Murphy has been with adidas for nearly 10 years, starting in the eCommerce group as a consultant, moving into Digital Marketing where he led that team for 3 years, then as the Director of Brand Communications and Digital Marketing, and now as the Managing Editor of the Portland-based Newsroom. He has held both global and regional management positions while at adidas. Chris began his career in Marketing in 1998 with a small .com start-up in Hood River, OR. In 2001, he began consulting online retailers and agencies on website development and online selling tools. Chris is a strategic marketer with a passion for sports and all things digital. @C3MurphO
Kevin Patterson is Consumer Campaign Manager for Intel Americas and US Consumer Media Manager (interim). He is responsible for managing both Intel-direct consumer media campaigns in the USA and large joint marketing activities with leading retailers. Kevin’s campaigns have won industry awards and recognition, including an ARF Ogilvy Award and Adweek “Top Back to School” and “Top Holiday Ads” 2014. Prior to Intel, Kevin worked on the ad/marketing agency side for clients that included GE, Ford, Nissan/Infiniti, Lexus, and The World Bank. He has designed marketing programs adopted globally and in use by leading companies over a decade later. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children and has an MA from Oakland University. @Kevinepatterson
Passionate about digital marketing, Emily Priebe started her career as a copywriter for an e-commerce company and later moved into a more comprehensive digital marketing role at the same company. She later took over as the Marketing and Content Manager for a local digital marketing agency where she was in charge of developing the agency’s content initiatives and directing marketing strategies. Emily is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication at the University of Oregon, focusing her research on content marketing strategies. @EmilyPriebe
Bryan Rhoads runs global social marketing at Intel. He is an OG content specialist and strategizes Intel’s global approach to earned and paid social media and native advertising. In addition, Bryan manages Intel’s award-winning partnership w/ VICE Media that resulted in The Creators Project. In 2014 Bryan was named “Content Marketer of the Year” by the Content Marketing Institute. In addition to Intel, Bryan has also worked at Davinci Software and Hollywood Entertainment. He was educated at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, embarking on a career that focuses on the evolution of Media + Brand + Technology. @bryanrhoads
Judith Rich is a seasoned marketer with more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing, B2B and consumer strategy as well as content marketing. She’s worked for brands such as Discovery Communications, HBO, Forbes and most recently, Getty Images. In her recent role as Head of Content Marketing at Getty Images, Judith has strengthened the Getty Images brand by illuminating the stories and trends found in visuals communications. Currently, Judith lives in Portland and serves as a marketing consultant to small and enterprise companies
Marc Sternberg is co-founder of Brand Innovators, a leading producer of conferences for the advertising and emerging technology industries. From 2007-2011 he was president and COO of AlwaysOn, annually producing more than 20 successful conferences in the digital media, clean technology and cloud computing sectors. From 1989-2007 Marc was the vice president of advertising sales for The Hollywood Reporter. Marc 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.
Luis Vargas is currently the VP, Business Development & Experiences at The Clymb, based in Portland, Oregon. The Clymb is a 4.5 million+ member strong, e-commerce and content business selling gear, apparel and global adventure travel experiences. Luis has spent his career in the travel and tourism industry having held leadership roles at iconic brands such as REI, The Walt Disney Company and Backroads. He is a graduate of The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, a Certified Sommelier, and sits on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Travel International, the Adventure Cycling Association and is a frequent advisor to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. @iamluisvargas
Brady Walen is the brand manager for Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland’s largest brewery and brewers of Oregon’s favorite craft beer. As a craft beer enthusiast with a passion for building brands, Brady has been developing marketing, brand and communications strategies for the last 10 years and has been actively involved in the local beer community since moving to Portland from Chicago in 2009. @bradywalen
Steven White is a former engineer and coder turned digital strategist and advertising executive devoted to bringing simple, effective solutions to brands in the digital ecosystem. As Group Director for R/GA he leads the company’s global direct-to-consumer Nike business, including Nike.com, NIKEiD and Digital Retail. Based in Portland, Steve manages teams locally and in NYC across digital commerce implementations, commerce platform optimization, APP development and next-gen Seamless Retail. @steveewhite