Mark W. Schaefer, the author of The Tao of Twitter, Return On Influence, Born to Blog, Social Media Explained, and The Content Code, is a globally-recognized educator, speaker, business consultant, and author. His well-known blog (www.businessesGROW.com), is one of the most acclaimed marketing blogs of the world. Mark has worked in global sales, PR, and marketing positions for nearly 30 years and now provides consulting services as Executive Director of U.S.-based Schaefer Marketing Solutions. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organizational development and holds seven patents. Mark enjoys teaching social media marketing courses and is a faculty member of the graduate studies program at Rutgers University and has lectured at many universities including Oxford and Princeton. He is a popular public speaker and has appeared in the WSJ, New York Times, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, CBS News, and many other global media outlets.
Shannon Peng is the Senior Integrated Manager at Ingram. Shannon has a diverse background in sales, marketing, and strategic planning. Shannon writes about ‘juggling life as a careerist, mom of twin boys, wife, and digital gladiator.
“”Every day can be a championship day”... I go after this always – in all ways.” – Shannon Peng
Kenny Nguyen is the CEO/Founder of Big Fish Presentations, a company whose mantra is "turning presentations into experiences." Kenny and his entrepreneurial/presentations tips been featured on popular media outlets such as TEDx, Hubspot Inbound, General Assembly, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo, Business Insider, Mashable, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. Outside Big Fish Presentations, he is the curator of 99u Local Baton Rouge and hosts an online food cooking channel called You've got Meal.
Keenan is A Sales Guy Inc.’s CEO and President. He’s been selling something to someone for his entire life. With over 20 years of sales experience, Keenan has been influencing, learning from and shaping the world of sales. Keenan was named one of the ‘Top 30 Social Sellers in the World’. Top Sales World Magazine named Keenan one of the ‘50 Most Influential Sales and Marketing People’. He has been cited in the Harvard Business Journal and was recently cited in the Huffington Post for his social selling expertise.
Teddy Burriss is a world renowned Social Networking Strategist. His purpose in life is to teach others the lifestyle and skills of networking for mutual benefit as well as how to build relationships in real life, through the deliberate use of social media. Teddy writes daily on his blogs "Social Networking for Business", "Are you listening to me?" and "Notes from NCWiseman”.
Alfred Poor has earned an international reputation as an expert in technology. He has reached millions of people worldwide through his writing and his public speaking. He has built his career on his ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences on a wide range of topics, and to make complex concepts accessible to them in ways that they can put to practical use.
Aron started his first company Foundation Games, in 2010 at the age of 19. At its peak, Foundation employed 27 people in 3 locations globally. The company launched 7 mobile games including Lumi, which was Apple Game of the Week and Editor's Choice.
After running Foundation for 4 years, Aron left to pursuit a position as an entrepreneur in residence at Codex Venture Partners. While at Codex, he developed and raised funding for Postly, a social app aimed at changing the way people share online. Now Aron splits his time between Postly and advising promising startups and entrepreneurs.
Christian Karasiewicz is a consultant and public speaker on social media, Internet Marketing and technology. He can often be found glued to his Apple iPhone or offering his time to individuals and business owners to help them develop, create, and put into action, a successful marketing campaign.
Cory Levy is the Co-Founder and COO of After School, the largest teen social network. After School is an app that allows teens to share news, secrets, and compliments without worry of being judged for who they are or how they feel. In high school, Cory did externships at: TechStars, Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund, and DFJ Mercury.
Cory is also the Creator of the Internapalooza, which brings together thousands of the smartest college students in Silicon Valley with experienced entrepreneurs. Previous speakers and attendees include: Ashton Kutcher, Travis Kalanick (founder of Uber), Kevin Hartz (founder of Eventbrite), and Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal).
Mark Fidelman is a recognized expert in creating sales and marketing machines leveraging his experience with freemium and open source business models. He has worked in the software and technology space for over 20 years with organizations such as A.T. Kearney, EDS, CT Space, and Autodesk. Mark authors the ‘Socialized and Mobilized’ column on Forbes.
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and former Fortune 100 c-suite executive. Dubbed "a born leader" by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey has successfully leveraged multiple media appearances on programs like Fox Business News, MSNBC's Your Business and NBC's Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump. From small business to international corporations, he has put his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, bestselling author, celebrity editor to one of the largest-circulation business publications and one of the most compelling figures in global business.
Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, delivers inspirational keynotes at conferences and authored three books. Stutz contributes to the PersonalBrandingBlog.com plus U.S. News and World Report. GenConnect.com appointed Stutz as a leading expert, and Open View Labs designated her as one of the worldwide 25 Top Sales Influencers. Stutz consults and trains worldwide.
Donald Kelly is the host of The Sales Evangelist podcast and an award-winning speaker. With his years of software sales experience and the expert guests he brings on his show, Donald offers struggling inexperienced sellers and entrepreneurs the tools to bring their income and careers to a top producer’s status.
His podcast also recently receive national recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and The South Florida Business Journal as an emerging entrepreneurial podcast. Donald travels the country evangelizing the message of effective selling, offers workshops, and mentors clients.
Phil is the director of events for Social Media Examiner, the world's top social media magazine. Phil oversees all aspects of Social Media Examiner’s, two signature events: Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. Phil also works on special projects, research, manage our community management team and am a member of the executive leadership team.
Eric is the creator behind Social Hangout. This Google hangout has a passionate following and the #SocialHangout hashtag trends on twitter nationally each week. Featuring high profile guests, Eric has made a name for himself as a no holds bar host who is often imitated but never duplicated. He has secured major brand sponsors and continues to pave the way bringing the sometimes confusing social media world to the masses without pretense. There is no editing, no re-takes and #NoFilter. #SocialHangout is your favorite morning radio show with #NoFilter live on Google Hangouts.
Ted 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 Leadtaillist of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers.
Timothy Hughes is a UK Commercial Industries Business Development Director at Oracle UK as well as a social selling evangelist, avid tweeter and blogger. Tim led a social selling initiative that was rolled out across 600 European Sales professionals at Oracle.
Helping the small business and entrepreneur community is John’s passion. For over 30 years, John has followed that passion as a former small business lender, founder and chairman of a public tech company and as a serial entrepreneur. John, one of the leading social media contributors on the topic of entrepreneurship, is known nationally as a catalyst for bringing about positive change and inspiring fellow entrepreneurs. His popular NBC News Talk Radio Show – BizBuzz Florida - was a game changer, hailed as “a mentoring program on steroids.” John is working on the launch of a new entrepreneur TV talk show – BizBuzz America. In September, 2014, Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology named John to the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champions in North America. John continues to follow his passion by coaching & mentoring entrepreneurs, appearing on TV, radio & podcast shows, speaking engagements for a variety of organizations, writing articles on the entrepreneur topic and working on a new book, “Hack Your Business.”
Theresa Potratz helpsbusiness owners tell their stories and better communicate with the world around them. Theresa started out in marketing, after landing a job with Red Bull. While Red Bull was great at helping her implement an established marketing campaign, it was in working for a private, family owned jewelry store in Portland, Oregon, that she found her calling. The jewelry store provided an opportunity to start with a blank canvas and build up a brand online.