Since their inception, Ships Have Sailed have always struck a balance between exuberant pop and substantial alternative rock. Their 2014 debut EP Someday was essentially a soft launch for the band that picked up traction organically; receiving heavy airplay on College, NPR and Commercial radio in the US and Canada. Later that year the band toured the Northeastern US and, in 2015, performed showcases at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week & NAMM. They also took home accolades from ISC, Unsigned Only and The John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
Christian Karasiewicz is the founder of Social Chefs, the leading training and education site on social media marketing courses. With over ten years of experience in social media marketing, he has developed and created social media strategies for a number of industries to include; tech companies, defense, ecommerce, online marketing, celebrities, athletes, musicians and fashion designers. He is a consultant and public speaker on social media, Internet Marketing and technology.
Brian Fanzo is a millennial keynote technology speaker, live video social strategist, social media geek, and technology evangelist. Brian's true passion is for teaching change and he focuses on doing this with his actions as well as leveraging social and technology, as he hosts two podcasts. Brian was recognized as one of the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by IBM & The Economist Intelligence Unit. Brian is a featured contributor on SocialMediaToday.com, Business2Community, and IBM Smarter Commerce blog.
DJ Waldow is an email marketing consultant, writer, blogger, speaker, founder and co-author of The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing. DJ is the Founder and Chief Experience Maker at 3LTRZ.
As an expert in social media, digital ads and SEO, Scott Gombar found himself always helping business owners become more competitive on the internet. Scott uses the internet & social media to market businesses, entrepreneurs, authors, artists and anyone trying to grow their brand or bottom line. He uses a combination of organic and paid search, social media, email and local search to deliver your message but also firmly believes in the face to face networking that helps build trust and loyalty.
Marisa is an entrepreneur, motivator, fitness enthusiast, and uses social media to motivate. Maris is also a Real Estate Agent, Investor, and Note Buyer currently serving the Minneapolis area.
Robert Rose is an author, speaker, Chief Strategy Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute, and a Senior Contributing Analyst for Digital Clarity Group. Robert was named #6 in the top fifty influencers in Content Marketing. Over the last five years, Robert has worked with more than 500 companies, including 15 of the Fortune 100. He is a regular columnist for EContent Magazine, and a contributor to Chief Content Officer magazine, iMedia Connection and CMSWire. He co-hosts the podcast This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi.
Duane Forrester is the VP of Organic Search Operations at Bruce Clay, Inc. Duane runs the SEO, content and design teams, helping businesses increase their online success. Duane was a Sr. Product Marketing Manager with Bing. In 2012, Duane was responsible for launching Bing’s updated version of Webmaster Tools. Part of my job was to create resources to help publishers and developers improve their websites through search engine optimization, and by using Bing’s tools and applications. Until January of 2011, Duane ran the in-house search optimization program focused on MSN’s US &Americas properties. Duane was also the founding co-chair for the In-House SEM Committee with SEMPO (www.sempo.org), founded the Salary Survey still in use today and was on the Board of Directors with SEMPO for 3 years. Duane’s been into search, digital marketing, PR and SEO since around 1997. He co-authored How To Make Money With Your Blog and authored Turn Clicks into Conversions. Duane has also written for the Bing Webmaster Blog, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, DuctTape Marketing, the New York Times, Forbes, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Marc Snover is the CEO and Co-Founder of Stratifund, an online educational and due diligence ratings service for the equity crowdfunding community. Stratifund came alive in response to demand for an independent, unbiased, centralized source of information about equity crowdfunding deals. Marc has extensive background in business valuation and in conducting due diligence processes, having held positions in investment banking, corporate development and equity research. Marc also has experience in financial securities regulation as a broker/dealer auditor with the NASD (now FINRA).
Daniel Knowlton is a Digital Marketing Specialist and the founder of KPS Digital Marketing. Daniel was recently ranked #12 most influential Digital Marketer on Twitter in the world in 2016 and has a passion for all things Digital.
Dale Beaumont is one of Australia's most successful young entrepreneurs. Dale built three million-dollar businesses before the age of thirty, today Dale's the founder and CEO of "Business Blueprint", Australia’s fastest growing business education company. Dale is also the author and publisher of 16 best-selling books, which have collectively sold over a quarter of a million copies. Incredibly, 11 of those 16 books were published in a single year, a feat that earned him the title “Australia Most Prolific Author”. Dale has been interviewed on Sunrise, Today Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, Ten News, ABC Radio, Radio 2UE as well as being featured in over 100 newspapers and magazines, including Wealth Creator, My Business Magazine, AFR Boss and Virgin’s In-flight magazine. In 2001, Dale co-founded Tomorrows Youth International, which runs self-development programs for 13 to 21-year-olds across six countries.
Chirag Kulkarni is cofounder and CEO of Insightfully and the founder of Taco Agency. Chirag is also a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and Venture Beat. Insightfully is a predictive analytics and cross-platform search company. The Taco Agency helps VC backed startups to Fortune 500s make more money on the web using content marketing, PR, Social, and SEO. He was previously CEO of C&M Group, an entrepreneurial strategy consulting firm, and cofounder of STR, a B2C and B2B racquet-stringing company, which he sold in 2013.
Nathan Latka is the founder of The Top Entrepreneur podcast and Heyo which was acquired in 2016. While studying architecture at Virginia Tech, Nathan pre-sold $73,000 worth of product before figuring out how to build what eventually became Heyo. Nathan did six figures in his first year in business and grew revenues to over $5 million.
Dan Gregory is a speaker, author, educator, and social commentator. Dan works to understand our behavior and belief systems – our drives, our motives, the things that make us buy and the things that make us buy in. Dan’s company, The Impossible Institute™, helps organizations understand what motivates the staff, customers and communities so that they can make what’s not… possible! Dan’s mission is to elevate and transform our understanding of Human Motivation and help those he works with to become key people of influence.
Nick Jaworski is values-driven professional who believes community, responsibility, and mindfulness are the cornerstones of any organization, for profit or non. Nick has helped build start-ups around the world, both big and small. At Circle Social, Nick works to build that bridge between the real and digital world. Circle Social helps organizations committed to a values-based model of sustainable practice that puts people first.
Ryan Joneson is an advocate for online marketing media, and all things digital. Ryan the co-founder and currently acts as Marketing Director at Nettra Marketing. He acted as board member for the Fresno chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) between 2010-2014. His first project, Rewebbed.com, was an online solution for small business website design.
Rand Fishkin is the Co-Founder of the web's most popular SEO software provider, Moz.com, since May 2013. Rand co-authored The Art of SEO with O'Reilly Media and was named on the 40 Under 40 List and 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. Rand has been featured in major publications such as The Seattle Times, Newsweek and PC World and has keynoted conferences on search around the world.
Dina Juve and Melissa Oberti partnered three years ago to form Fitness- Social Studio and FitnessSocial online services. Dina is 42 years old, a mother of four, and is proud to state she lost 80 pounds 20 years ago and has successfully kept it off. She has encountered many obstacles in her life including psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and autoimmune disease. 13 years ago, Dina had the opportunity to change careers, embracing her true passion of studying health and fitness. Kettlebells is only one of the training tools she specializes in. It is a unique certification that has proven to provide fast results to her clients.
Lindsey Boggs is a social selling expert. In early 2016, Lindsey opened up her own consulting business to teach sales organizations social selling practices through Interactive Webinars and Onsite Sales Workshops. On the LinkedIn platform, Boggs has a 99% Social Selling Index (SSI), and has trained three teams to generate more leads, convert more prospects into sales, using her system of connecting through the Sales Navigator system. LinkedIn's head of marketing Justin Shriber calls Lindsey, “a legend in the realm of social selling.” Lindsey has consulted and presented to companies including Oracle, SAP, Netsuite, InterContinental Hotels Group, SparkPost, American Airlines, SkillSurvey, HotSchedules, etailinsights, Brocade, and many more.
As founding partner and creative director of KDG Advertising, Justin Jones has a never ending interest in design and advertising, which cleanly delivers a clear message with an extra creative push to make the work stand out. Pouring creativity into each project while keeping the message purposeful and clear, Justin knows how to take a project from concept to final delivery and is intensely committed to creating a dialogue between designers, vendors and clients so that all can incorporate the tenets of sustainability into their processes and methods. Justin sits on numerous boards including Ad2DC, an affiliate of The Ad Club of Washington D.C. & American Advertising Federation, Stevenson University Alumni Relations Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Epsilon Nu Sigma Chapter, Inc and The Columbia Business Exchange.