We look forward
to seeing you July 14!


Brandon Gutman

Brand Innovators LLC


Marc Sternberg

Brand Innovators LLC


Speakers San Francisco 7-16-15

Julian Aldridge
VP, Brand Evangelism & Activation, Charles Schwab

julian-aldridge.jpgJulian Aldridge joined Schwab in 2012, to drive the Challenger Brand Identity project and help the company rediscover and activate its rich Challenger heritage for a new generation of investors. Over his 30 years in the advertising and marketing industry he’s worked across virtually every category imaginable, and with iconic brands like Nike, DHL, Miller, Adidas, Coke and Disney, to name but a few. His driving passions throughout his career have been re-invention and re-imagination – of brands, of himself and of marketing its self. A passion that has seen him pioneer the concept of Experience Planning in the first dotcom boom, Influencer Marketing before Facebook, and most recently Challenger thinking and activation within major corporations. He’s also an avid traveler, athlete, softball player, father, husband and crossfitter.

Damian Borichevsky
Vice President, Client Services OneSpot

damian-borichevsky.jpgPrior to joining OneSpot, Damian Borichevsky spent the previous eight years as a services executive in the marketing technology industry with Sailthru and PulsePoint. During this time, Damian worked directly with world-class clients including Dell, Sony, NBC Universal, Zynga, Kabam, RetailMeNot, Acumen Brands, Turner, The Huffington Post, Sports Illustrated, and Salem Communications to help them build and execute cross-channel, digital marketing campaigns. Before entering the marketing technology field, Damian spent several years working in a management role in Professional Services with Dell. Prior to Dell, he worked in the Consulting Group at Computer Sciences Corporation and held senior technical positions at several small Internet start-ups where his responsibilities ranged from development and service team management to strategic client success and growth initiatives. Damian is a frequent speaker at some of the top digital marketing events and has presented at the DMA annual conference, Media Post’s Email Insider Summit, Email Evolution and Casual Connect. Damian has a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware.

Annalisa Camarillo
Head of Editorial & Planning, Netapp

annalisa-camarillo.jpgAnnalisa Camarillo is the Head of Sponsored Media and Content Publishing at NetApp, where she provides companies with business and technology insight that helps them achieve an advantage. With a relentless customer focus, Annalisa’s team has improved brand health, earned the highest engagement through content marketing, and B2B marketing awards. Annalisa is recognized for her ability to start up new operations on a global level and help the business decide when it’s time to evolve. She has a proven ability to increase brand equity and enable sales with social media, content marketing, corporate journalism, go-to-market programs and lead generation strategy.

Michael Fenech
Global Social Strategy Lead, Western Union

michael-fenech.jpgMichael Fenech leads Global Social Strategy for Western Union, a global F500 company. He works to evangelize social engagement and ignite all departments to leverage social media in all communications at Western Union. Michael partners with marketers and agencies across the globe to facilitate content and engagement strategies, align programs to business goals, provide analysis, oversee development, production, presentation, evaluation, measurement and governance of country-level and diaspora community social programs.

Marissa Gomes
Senior Brand Manager, Innovation, Big Heart Pet Brands

marissa-gomes.jpgMarissa Gomes is the senior brand manager of innovation at Big Heart Pet Brands. In this role, Marissa is responsible for guiding the brand’s innovation pipeline focused specifically on snack brands, which includes America’s #1 pet snacks brand: Milk-Bone. Prior to Big Heart Pet Brands, Marissa was at Fisher-Price where she ran the infant business within the Fisher-Price portfolio, and was responsible for core branded items as well as the Laugh and Learn sub-brand. Marissa has extensive experience in digital and multi-cultural marketing, social media and new product commercialization. She received her BA in Economics from UCLA and her MBA in Marketing and International Business from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Brandon Gutman
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

brandon-gutman.jpgAs Co-Founder of the Brand Innovators, 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 more effectively engage consumers and drive meaningful ROI. A prolific, highly respected writer, Brandon is an expert blogger whose work has been featured in Fast Company and on Forbes’ CMO Network. 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

Julie Hayes
Senior Brand Communications Manager, Autodesk

julie.hayes.jpgJulie Hayes leads employee and brand advocacy for Autodesk, a maker of 3D design software and consumer applications. Taking an inside-out approach, Julie has trained employees and agencies on the Autodesk story worldwide, and led communications for the company’s recent rebrand. As Autodesk begins a new paradigm in customer engagement, and recognizing the best advocates are sitting in the cube right next to you, Julie has launched Autodesk’s online employee advocacy program, activating 10% of the employee base in its first year, while expanding to its 2500 Channel Partners.

Tiffany Hsu
Associate Community Manager, Salesforce

tiffany-hsu.jpg Bio for Tiffany Hsu coming soon!


Natalie Klinkhammer
Vice President Sales, West Coast, About.com

Natalie Klinkhammer(1)Natalie Klinkhammer is Vice President of Sales, West Coast for About.com, assuming the role in February of 2014. Prior to About.com, Natalie developed cutting edge content programs with leading Women’s Lifetsyle brands in the very early content marketing and social media days.

Natalie has more than 25 years experience in media, working with top publishers like CNet, Yahoo! and Federated Media to develop, distribute and socially amplify branded content for their brands.

Natalie received a B.A. in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco with her three young children.

Amanda Mahan
Creative Director, Digital/Content/Social, The Clorox Company

amanda-mahan.jpgAmanda Mahan brings a blend of digital content strategy and creative thinking to The Clorox Company where she works on key brands including Clorox Liquid Bleach, Hidden Valley Ranch, Kingsford, Glad, Fresh Step, Brita and Burt’s Bees. At Clorox, she defined the methodology for content strategies, developed a break-thru voice workshop and spearheaded creative work such as the Appy award winning myStain mobile app, featured in People Magazine. She also wrote and created the People’s Choice Award winning Green Mommy blog for Greenworks. Amanda won the Clorox Entrepreneur Award for out-of-the-box thinking/ new ideas/ risk taking. @RimmaKats

Armen Najarian
WW SaaS Category Marketing, IBM

armen-najarian.jpgArmen Najarian’s team is pioneering new digital content marketing strategies to reach, engage, and progress IBM Cloud customers throughout their buying journey. Previously, he led the worldwide go-to-market strategy for the IBM Cloud portfolio of SaaS offerings. Armen joined IBM in 2012 through the acquisition of DemandTec, where as VP of Corporate Marketing he orchestrated an integrated, global demand generation engine. Earlier in his career, Armen held product, brand, and digital marketing roles with ConAgra Foods, Avery Dennison, and Gateway. He lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with his wife and four young children and shares his views at @armennajarian

Pamela Naumes
Senior Director, Brand Engagement, Bolthouse Farms

pamela-naumes.jpgPamela Naumes joined Bolthouse Farms nearly two years ago & during her tenure she has made a step-function change in the brand’s presence in digital channels. Pam lives and breathes the brand’s mission of “Inspiring the Fresh Revolution” and has brought that mission to life with new programs, such as the www.FoodPornIndex.com, which received accolades from the press, academia and key industry influencers. In addition to digital brand communications, Pam leads public relations and strategic brand partnerships, and works closely with the consumer-facing arm of the Consumer Response team. Pam has more than 15 years of brand and digital communications marketing experience on the agency and brand side with global retail, hospitality, and CPG brands including Pinkberry, The Cheesecake Factory and Hilton Worldwide (Doubletree & Hilton brand). @pamelaanastasia

Pavey Purewal
Chief Marketing Officer, Dynamic Signal

Pavey Purewal is a transformational marketing professional with 18 years of enterprise software experience in Cloud, SOA, middleware and BI. Pavey was the former VP Global Marketing at VMware and was responsible for marketing the Infrastructure-as-a-service offering. Prior to VMware, Pavey held senior marketing positions at Oracle and BEA. Pavey has led GTM strategy, thought leadership programs, and driven new business, leading companies to position as #1 in their market. @PaveyPurewal

Ted Rubin
Acting CMO, Brand Innovators, Social Marketing Strategist, Brand Evangelist and Author

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, is being released January 2015. Connect with Ted… http://TedRubin.com or @TedRubin

Whitney Smith
Director of Social Media, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

whitney-smith.jpgWhitney Smith is Director of Social Media at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. She oversees social strategy for the Kimpton brand, which includes 130-plus individual hotels and restaurants in 30 U.S. cities. During her time there, she has launched Kimpton’s presence on Pinterest and Instagram, overseen the comprehensive social strategy behind the launch of Kimpton Karma Rewards and the brand’s blog, Life is Suite, and continues to drum up engaging campaigns such as #AdoreThySelfie encouraging guests to post selfies on property for a chance to win monthly prizes. She also oversees Kimpton’s Social Media Listening Desk, a dedicated team that works to bridge the gap between social media and operations.

Marc Sternberg
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

marc-sternberg.jpgMarc 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. @MarcSternberg1

David Teicher
Editor and Chief Content Officer, Brand Innovators

david-teicher.jpgDavid Teicher is Chief Content Officer at Brand Innovators, managinging content for the 30-plus live summit programs and dozens of special events Brand Innovators produces annually, and contributing thought-leadership to Brand-Innovators.com and related content. David joined Brand Innovators in June from Ad Age, where he worked since 2010, most recently as Social Media and Event Content Manager. He also contributed columns and articles to AdAge.com, with a special emphasis on emerging media, technology and start-ups. In 2012 he helped launch Brand H@cker, which he continued to manage. @aerocles

Amity Valentin
Group Marketing Manager, Quickbooks Desktop, Intuit

amity-valentin.jpgAmity Valentin is a Group Marketing Manager for Quickbooks Desktop at Intuit. She has demonstrated achievements in leading new-to-the-world innovation, managing multi-million dollar projects and cross-functional teams, developing marketing and customer support strategies for billion dollar brands, and effectively identifying and leveraging consumer insights. Prior to joining Intuit, Amity held positions at The Coca-Cola Company and General Mills.