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SummitUp 2017 | March 4 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sinclair Community College | Dayton, Ohio

The seventh edition of SummitUp is a full day marketing communications, public relations, and digital information conference being presented by a team of Dayton organizations: AAF-Dayton, Better Business Bureau, NMD, WIBN, PRSA and ARC Ohio. The conference is dedicated to exploring the integration of creativity, communication, and technology. It takes place on March 8, 2016, and will be held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The event features exceptional speakers, and the opportunity to meet and make friends with some of the brightest, most influential minds in modern business. SummitUp A new media confab in Dayton Ohio

Registration for 2016 Open!

Day of, the price is $299 per person.


General Admission



Erik Dahl

Erik is an independent designer working with both large and small companies on projects ranging from industrial robots, precision farming, dairy genomics, consumer electronics and  emerging technologies. His background in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and design fuel his cultural and systems perspectives on envisioning and designing technology products focused around meaning making. He is a co-founder of the MidwestUX conference and on the Board of Directors for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) where he has been working to foster and empower design communities, with particularly interest in strengthening the virtual density of designers in the Midwest. As an avid ultra runner, Erik now calls the trails of West Michigan home.

His work often explores the principles of transparency, empowerment, and cultural connections between people and technology. He also writes and talks about UX Axioms.

Tom Gerace

Founder and CEO of Skyword

Tom Gerace is a serial entrepreneur and market-innovator. In 2010, Gerace launched Skyword, a content production platform that helps leading brands, including United Way Worldwide and AutoTrader.com, understand their customers’ information needs and create content that connects with and engages them. In addition to serving as Skyword’s CEO, Gerace also serves as the founding committee chair of the Social Media Ad Consortium, an international coalition of communications and social media executives.

Krista Neher

CEO, Boot Camp Digital

Krista Neher is a leading authority, trainer, educator, author and international speaker on Internet marketing and social media, and is currently the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, a leading provider of social media marketing training and consulting solutions. Krista is a social media pioneer; creating one of the first successful corporate Twitter strategies and corporate blogs – long before “social media” was even a recognized term. Krista is also the author of “Social Media Field Guide: Discover the Strategies, Tactics and Tools for Successful Social Media Marketing” and is currently working on the first textbook on social media marketing. In addition, Krista is currently the managing director of the Institute for Social Media at Cincinnati State and has trained thousands of people in social media marketing.

Jen Bonhomme

VP of Strategy at Organic

Jennifer Bonhomme, VP of Strategy at Organic. Through her academic, integrated agency and pure play digital background, Jennifer has developed a talent for identifying insights and transforming businesses by putting users and their context at the center of all experiences. Formerly at JWT and Havas, Jennifer is a Global Digital Planning Director with a crossover skill set in brand planning and connected comms strategy for a digital world. By focusing on true behaviors - digital and otherwise - she is able to craft strategies and guide teams in designing end-to-end interactive experiences for global clients such as Bayer, Nestle and Kimberly Clark.