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.
Founder and CEO of Skyword
Tom Gerace is founder and CEO of Skyword, the leading content marketing software and services company. With the combination of technology, services and a freelance community of content creators, Skyword inspires marketers to create deep connections with audiences through original and sustainable storytelling. IBM, MasterCard, New Balance, Overstock.com, and United Way Worldwide are among Skyword’s clients Prior to Skyword, Tom founded Be Free, a publicly traded affiliate marketing platform and services company. Be Free transformed online advertising from pay-per-view to pay-for-performance advertising. At the time of its acquisition by ValueClick, Be Free served more than 300 leading brands including barnesandnoble.com, Citibank, eBay, AOL, Lending Tree, Bertelsmann, Time Warner, IBM, Dell, and Microsoft. Tom also founded Social Media Ad Consortium (SMAC), an industry association dedicated to advancing the development of social marketing. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
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.
CEO Bootcamp Digital
Krista Neher is the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, author of the bestselling Social Media Field Guide, Visual Social Media Marketing and the textbook Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach and an international speaker. Krista is a social media pioneer, having run one of the first successful corporate Twitter accounts – before social media was even a recognized phrase. Krista has deep roots in strategic marketing, having spent over 5 years working at Procter & Gamble on some of the biggest brand launches.
Krista has helped leading organizations with their social media including Procter & Gamble, GE, Macy’s, Google, Euro RSCG, Covidien and the United States Senate. She has also been a featured expert on CNN, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, Mashable and Wired Magazine.
Krista is passionate about social media and created one of the first accredited social media certification programs in the world. She has trained thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of individuals in social media marketing. Krista is an active blogger, Tweeter and participant in social media and new technology, and is an advisor to a number of start-ups in the social media and technology spaces.
Director of Digital Marketing
In 1999, Cox Digital Marketing Director, Chip Beale, sold his first “hotlink” to a client, and the rest is digital history! Chip’s primary charge is to drive the strategy of our digital portfolio and provide the resources necessary for our Media Consultants to help businesses achieve their marketing goals. In his 19 years with CMG Ohio, Chip has had numerous roles guiding businesses and Media Consultants through an ever-evolving media world.
Chip is IAB and Google Ad Words certified, and consistently networks across the country looking for great ideas to repurpose for the benefit of Cox Digital Marketing and its clients. In his spare time, Chip coaches youth sports and loves hanging out with his family playing some sport, somewhere.
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Grace Jones is the marketing communications coordinator at Dayton Children’s Hospital. In her role, Grace focuses on consumer marketing through the web and social media. Grace also handles advertising, direct mail and enewsletter campaigns as well as video projects including patient stories, service line videos and commercials. Grace has won numerous national awards for social media at Dayton Children’s including the 2014 Best Healthcare Blog from Ragan Health Care Communications. Grace has her bachelors and masters in public relations from the University of Dayton where she also teaches as an adjunct faculty in the communication department. She currently serves as the communication chair on the Dayton PRSA board and is actively involved in the Junior League of Dayton.
External Relations Manager, Dayton Metro Library
Chuck Duritsch is so much a supporter of Dayton, he moved here twice. The first time was from his hometown of Cincinnati where he was a Promotion Writer for The Cincinnati Post; the second was from Charlotte NC where he was Broadcast Advertising Director for the 350-store chain of Belk Stores and later Editor of Charlotte Magazine.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in Electronic Media and attending Xavier University’s MBA Program, Chuck took a job with the Dayton Daily News. He returned to Dayton after retail marketing positions in Columbus OH and Charlotte NC to work for Willis Case Harwood Advertising Agency and later as Sales Promotion Director at WDTN-TV2.
His interest in the area’s excellent arts organizations and revitalization of downtown led Chuck to become Marketing Director for the Dayton Opera. He became involved in the historic merger of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in July 2012 — the first of its type in the United States — when the Opera merged with Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
In January 2014, Chuck joined the Dayton Metro Library as External Relations Manager where he is enjoying the challenges of marketing expanded technology and increased patron services as well as 16 new and newly-renovated Branches plus a new Main Library and separate Operation Center in Downtown Dayton.
He has served as a Board Member for Family Service Association, Artemis Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and AIDS Resource Center. He has also served as a committee chair for Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Ribbon of Hope, Ronald McDonald House’s Doors of Compassion and the Downtown YWCA’s Women of Influence events. He received the “Friend of the NCCJ” Award for his work with the National Conference of Community and Justice of Greater Dayton. Currently, he is a member of the Kettering Arts Council.
An entrepreneur for 20 years, Darla dived into the online marketplace in 2011 to help other entrepreneurs and small business owners not simply tell their stories but sing them to their target audiences. Darla has a degree in graphic design and a passion for “different”. She teaches her clients how to identify the difference that make them great, and she challenges them to embrace that uniqueness to create a brand that’s memorable, trustworthy, purpose-driven and, most important, authentic. www.darlakirchner.com
Chris Eifert is a principal at TriComB2B. He has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience in a variety of technical industries. Chris joined TriComB2B in 2002 and held several management positions before purchasing the company with his business partner, John Buscemi, in 2006.
Prior to joining TriComB2B, Chris served in product and marketing management roles for SmartWorks, a strategic business unit of Standard Register. Before that, Chris held a variety of engineering, sales, product development and marketing roles at two industrial manufacturers — Flowserve Corporation and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company. His experience also includes training and business development support in Europe, Asia and South America.
Chris has served as a member of the Client Advisory Council and as a volunteer contributor for Aileron, a non-profit organization designed to help business owners lead and manage their companies to drive growth, innovation and job creation. He actively serves on business and non-profit boards and is an avid youth sports volunteer. Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton.
Director Search Engine Marketing
John Manes has been managing pay-per-click (PPC) programs for over a decade. In 2008, he was invited to join the Better Business Bureau team as a Search Engine Marketing Manager to put his knowledge and skills to work to help BBB Accredited Businesses and Charities maximize their exposure in the digital world. As a result, John created a PPC aggregator program called Search Engine Solution (SES) to help local organizations take advantage of search engine marketing without needing to invest the time, expense and expertise a business would normally need to run a successful online marketing campaign. The program became so successful in the Dayton market that other BBBs across the US and Canada contracted with BBB-Dayton to provide the service. To date, over 50 BBB offices from Vancouver to Miami have joined the program and more than 4000 businesses have used it to promote their products and services online. John’s talents have also led him to be a Certified Google Adwords Professional and invited to be a member of Google’s AdWord Advertiser Council.
Chief Creative Officer
Founded The Next Wave Marketing Innovation in 1990. Purposefully didn’t call it an ad agency, because, well, Peter Drucker once said “Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation” so why not just double down on what matters?
An early adopter of the Macintosh, starting with a 512K fat Mac. Founded the Mac InfoXchange- a local support group for those struggling with screen fonts and printer drivers.
Bleeding edge adoption of digital video, the web, open source content management systems, social media, crm, marketing automation and whatever the next wave is. Began teaching Websitetology back in Nov of 2005, teaching thousands of small businesses how to be a boss on the web on a peons budget.
Political activist, blogger and perennial candidate, now working on a book on how to reform the American political system to solve the fundamental problem- voter literacy. He writes the self titled local Dayton blog www.esrati.com and is one of the top 25 people to follow on Twitter in Dayton according to the Dayton Business Journal.
Kendra is a crazy sports mom who springs out of bed in the morning to conquer the world and annoys others who are not morning people.
She helps her clients get the most out of their business development efforts, extend their marketing initiatives and get real results from their digital efforts.
Kendra is globally recognized on the home page of LinkedIn.com and has been a finalist for the Social Media Innovator of the Year. Since 2005, she has helped hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, leverage digital technologies. Kendra has spent more than 15 years in technology companies as a change agent in sales and recruiting leadership for B2B and customer-focused areas.