April 19, 2018

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Brand Innovators Network coming soon!


Speaker Inquiries

Brandon Gutman


Sponsorship Opportunities

Marc Sternberg




Breakfast & Registration


Welcome & Opening Remarks

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

Co-Chair: Mike Schall, Global Growth and Business Development, Whole Foods Market



Craig Dubitsky, Founder, Hello Products


Challenger Brands Panel

The era of iconic brands monopolizing markets is giving way to a new ecosystem filled with niche players, catering to a new generation of consumers who have nuanced needs, behaviors and values. From CPG to QSR, our industry is experience a major shift, as younger shoppers look to new and emerging brands which reflect their preferences and habits.

Hear from a panel of Challenger Brand Leaders, taking on the status quo, building new brands, telling compelling stories, and experimenting with innovative models that go beyond the traditional retail environment and tap into the new wave of direct-to-consumer and subscription operating models.

Craig Dubitsky, Founder, Hello Products
Lenny Lebovich, Founder, PRE Brands
Michael Movitz, Founder & Managing Partner, The Movitz Group

Moderated By: Nate Welch, Manager of Media Partnerships, Taboola


Keynote – Leveraging Technology for Brand Engagement

Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer, Mastercard


Fireside Chat

Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer, Mastercard

Moderated By: Scott Hendrickson, SVP Sales, News IQ | News Corp


Networking Break



Oskar Serrander, General Manager, USA, ACast


Success Story

Kamal Bhandal, Sr. Director of Consumer Marketing, Invisalign Brand, Align Technology


Fireside Chat

Kamal Bhandal, Sr. Director of Consumer Marketing, Invisalign Brand, Align Technology

Moderated by: Colleen Stachon, Regional Director – MidWest, Acast


Keynote – Growing your customer through a Customer Obsession approach

Chris Roution, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Business Development, T-Mobile


Fireside Chat

Chris Roution, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Business Development, T-Mobile

Moderated By: Josh Kaufman, Vice President of Sales, Digital Trends



John Andrews, CEO, Photofy



Neal Zamore, SVP Digital & eCommerce, Avis Budget Group


Fireside Chat

Neal Zamore, SVP Digital & eCommerce, Avis Budget Group

Moderated By: Marty Berman, VP North America Remarketing, InMobi




Fireside Chat

Aynat Ravin, Director, M:Live – Social Media Command Center, Marriott International

Moderated By: Monica Ho, Chief Marketing Officer, SOCi


Fireside Chat

Michael Hecht, Director, Skymiles Program, Delta Air Lines

Moderated by: Chris Crichton, VP, Client Solutions, Hathway


Fireside Chat

Madhavi Reese, VP, Brand Marketing, Whole Foods Market

Moderated by: Kate Miller Spencer, Midwest Director of Sales, Midwest/Texas Territory, New York Media


Keynote – Just Bare Chicken: The #1 Fresh Chicken at Amazon Fresh and the only Fresh Chicken at Amazon Go…The Why Behind the Brand

Laston Charriez, Chief Marketing Officer, Pilgrim’s


Networking Break


Loyalty.X, Rethinking Customer Loyalty

When customer experience matters more than points.

Kevin Rice, CMO, Hathway


Authenticity & Truth in Brand Storytelling

Truth at the Center: In an era where fact is increasingly relative, never has it been more important for brands to connect with consumers, fans, and even critics, via storytelling that is not only authentic, but speaks to the core truths of the brand, its people, and passions.

Join a panel that includes some of the leading lights in the brand storytelling space for a discussion of truths at the core of their stories.

Adam Brown, Executive Strategist, Salesforce
Francey Grund, Director of Marketing, Chameleon Cold-Brew
Evan Holod, CEO, Michel et Augustin USA
Jay Moye, Global Editor-in-Chief, Coca-Cola Journey, The Coca-Cola Company

Moderated by: Doug Busk, Managing Director – Atlanta & NA Lead Brand Storytelling MSLGROUP


Success Story

S’well launched in 2010 with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles. By 2020, S’well aims to help displace 100 million plastic bottles from entering landfills, waterways and other undesirable locations with the Million Bottle Project — a sustainability program to promote minimizing single-use plastic bottle consumption. The Million Bottle Project helps to demonstrate that we can create big change in the world by making small changes in our everyday lives.

Raquel Lachman, VP of Marketing, S’well


Success Story

Mike Dobbs, President & CEO, Zac Brown Band’s Camp Southern Ground


Corporate Philanthropy & CSR Discussion

Mike Dobbs, President & CEO, Zac Brown Band’s Camp Southern Ground
Mike Walton, Customer Development Director – Grocery, Natural Specialty Channel, Unilever
Thomas “Tab” Barker, Executive Director, Project Schoolhouse
Joy Stoddard, Development & Outreach Director, Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market
Burnett Treat, CEO, CocoJo

Moderated by: Alicia Smith, President, Multiplier Effect Marketing


It’s a Wrap!