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Keynote Speakers

Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Author, Inspiring Speaker and Expert on Managing Creatives

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words and Herding Tigers) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

His book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013. His book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. Bestselling author Tom Rath called it “…one of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read.” Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need (2018) has been called an “urgently needed manual for managers doing important work” by Seth Godin.

Neal Mabee

Neal Mabee

Head of Creative Integration, Powerhouse Factories

Often referred to as a cross between Magnum P.I. and Wilford Brimley, Neal Mabee is the consummate innovation catalyst. In his 15 years of experience, Neal Mabee has developed a unique understanding of the intersection of product, brand, marketing and media. Initially trained as an industrial designer Neal quickly found himself immersed in the world of global brand development by way of Coca-Cola’s Global Shopper Marketing team and McDonalds Global Restaurant Design team. These foundational experiences established an understanding of the relationships diverse consumers develop with brands through both tangible and intangible interactions.

With that foundation, Neal helped to build Powerhouse Factories, a boutique brand strategy agency specializing in lifestyle-centered consumer targeting and innovation fast-tracking methods. In 2012 Powerhouse was acquired by Empower Media marketing, which presented the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of the influence media can have on brand effectiveness and the consumer experience. This non-linear path has equipped Neal with a unique perspective necessary to understand and explore challenges that live at the intersections of the traditionally disconnected capabilities.

Zuri Stanback

Zuri Stanback

Cox Media Group’s Director of Programmatic

Zuri Stanback is a digital strategy professional who’s spent 23 years in various technology and marketing roles. His experience includes launching online products for SunTrust Bank and IBM Global Services, managing digital platforms at Cox Enterprises, and consulting on marketing automation and e-commerce solutions for Siteworx, an agency based in Reston, VA.

He’s currently Director of Programmatic at Cox Media Group focused on executing data-driven digital display, video, and interactive advertising solutions. He’s also a painter and writer, pursuits that led him to co-found Artistic Executive, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations embrace creativity as a major linchpin for success.

Solomon Cormier

Solomon Cormier

Cox Media Group’s Senior Manager of Video Solutions

With over 20 combined years in media, Solomon Cormier has worked in Radio, TV, and Digital. Prior to his work at Cox Media Group (CMG), he spent 16 years at Turner developing sales creative and driving Fortune 500 marketing campaign strategies. Solomon is currently CMG’s Senior Product Manager of Video. In this role he oversees the Cox Connected Video product solution and is responsible for on-boarding new video ad products for CMG. In his free time, he can usually be found DJing from his 7,000 plus record collection or dabbling in artist management.

2018 Presenters

Chris Eifert

Chris Eifert

Principal, TriComB2B

Chris Eifert is a principal at TriComB2B, a business-to-business marketing agency focused on technical industries. He has 25+ years of sales, marketing and management experience in industrial and technology industries. Chris joined TriComB2B in 2002 and purchased the company in 2006. Over the last 11 years, he and his business partner have built TriComB2B into a wellrecognized B2B agency, with many prominent, national brands as clients.

Prior to joining TriComB2B, Chris worked in engineering, product development, sales, marketing and product management roles at manufacturing and technology companies. His marketing and technical backgrounds give Chris the unique ability to view the efficacy of marketing programs from the perspectives of both marketing practitioner and engineer. Attendees who like a realworld, “here’s how it really works” discussion will embrace Chris’ pragmatic thinking and ability to communicate in simple, relatable terms.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton. He serves as an advisory board member for small businesses, a school district development leader, and an avid youth sports volunteer.

Ryan Hawk

Ryan Hawk

Leadership Advisor, Brixey & Meyer, Host of The Learning Leader Show

Ryan Hawk runs the Leadership Advisory team at Brixey & Meyer. Ryan has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of leadership and performance excellence most of his life. First as a collegiate and professional quarterback, and now in the business world. He shares what he’s learned from his own experience as well as from interviewing more than 250 of the most thoughtful leaders in the world on his hit podcast, The Learning Leader Show.

Ryan is a sought-after public speaker, an accomplished writer, and a trusted advisor to leaders all over the world. Forbes called The Learning Leader Show “the most dynamic leadership podcast around.” Inc Magazine named it “one of the 5 podcasts to help you lead smarter.”

Robby Schoenhoft

Robby Schoenhoft

Director at Marxent

Robby is a Virtual & Augmented Reality technologist who serves as a Director for Marxent. With 4 years experience managing VR & AR projects, his background spans from leading operational teams & designing solutions to working with client’s executive teams to drive a return on their technology investment. In his 10 years of experience, Robby has worked with top brands such as Starbucks, Walmart, Kellogg, Walgreens, Kroger, Microsoft, Office Depot and Deloitte in his work with 3 technology startups. Robby also played Quarterback at The Ohio State University from 2005-2008.

Patrice Hall

Patrice Hall

Product and Account Manager, Marxent

Patrice is a design-driven product leader who creates provocative and empowering virtual reality and augmented reality experiences at Marxent, an industry-pioneering product visualization company. In her 15 years of design and brand experience, Patrice has shaped memorable products, games, and experiences for web, mobile, retail, and immersive mixed reality. Her work has been featured by AdWeek, Gizmodo, Mashable, and MTV.com. She has spoken about user experience, the future of technology, and mobile design at New Media Dayton, the I70-75 Economic Summit, SummitUp, and the international South by SouthWest Interactive conference. She is currently working toward a Master of Science in Software Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

John Fimiani

John Fimiani

Brand & Strategy Director, Upward Brand Interactions

John Fimiani is a co-founding Partner and principal strategist at Upward Brand Interactions. With over 30 years of marketing experience, he has a proven track record in building successful businesses, brands and products in a diverse range of industries such as B2B, healthcare and consumer packaged goods.

A seasoned researcher, brand strategist and consultant, Fimiani has provided his expertise to global brands including HP, Dell, IBM, Starbucks, Harley Davidson, McDonalds and GE Medical. Additionally, he focuses on digital strategy and customer experience across a range of industries.

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Consumer Brand Manager, Dayton Children's

Grace Jones is the consumer brand manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital. In her role, she focuses on promoting the Dayton Children’s brand to consumers through the web and social media as well as traditional advertising and videos. Grace is passionate about telling the Dayton Children’s story and loves being able to use social and digital media to do so.

Grace has spoken both locally and nationally on the topic of marketing in health care, specifically the use of web and social media. Grace was recognized in 2016 as a PRNews Rising Star under 30 and most recently was named in the 2017 Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Grace is on the board for PRSA and is actively involved in the Junior League of Dayton.

Beth Whelley

Beth Whelley

Senior Vice President, Dayton Managing Director, Fahlgren Mortine

Beth has a 25-year background in corporate communications, public relations and marketing communications, and is an expert in strategic planning, crisis communications, media coaching and community affairs. Beth directs and manages integrated teams for B2B accounts and serves as a crisis and issues management consultant. Her strategic mindset, deliberate use of language and wealth of experience also make her one of the firm’s top media trainers.

Beth is active in the Dayton community, serving on the Board of Trustees for Sinclair Community College and the Miami Conservancy District Board of Trustees and has had previous leadership roles with the Dayton Art Institute, Leadership Dayton, Equitas Health and Westminster Presbyterian Church. She is a Dayton YWCA 2011 Women of Influence, a 2013 Dayton Daily News Ten Top Woman, a 2017 PR News Top Woman in PR and has been honored by the Dayton Business Journal in its 40Under40 Program.

Heather Sheppard

Heather Sheppard

Account Supervisor, Fahlgren Mortine

Heather has developed, implemented and measured campaigns for global brands including Krazy Glue, Donatos, the Wyoming Office of Tourism and TravelNevada. Her work has won more than a dozen industry awards, earned 20 million media impressions. Heather is considered a leader in social marketing and influencer engagement, with expertise in social media law, brand social tone and social analytics. She has also secured meetings and placements with outlets including USA Today, NBC News and Forbes. In 2016, Heather was named Central Ohio PRSA’s Rising Star and PRWeek’s Young Professional of the Year, the highest local and national honors for a young PR professional.

Brian Glass

Brian Glass

Digital Specialist, Cox Digital Marketing

Brian Glass knows what it takes to create great content. He started as a journalist with Cox Media Group in 1999, and now uses that experience to guide his clients in creating digital content in his role with Cox Digital Marketing. Brian’s passion is helping set up, optimize and deliver high-quality marketing campaigns that drive results for businesses around the world. Brian’s previous experience ranges from print/digital journalist, to native content expert, to digital content manager.

Brian is a member of the National Photographic Society, is a three time winner of the Best Headline Writer Award, and was named Best Page Designer by the Ohio Associated Press. When he’s not creating killer digital campaigns or coaching Little League Baseball, Brian can be found at concerts snapping pictures for his own photography company or managing a reggae-rock band.

Bill Fanelli

Bill Fanelli

Chief Security Officer, Council of Better Business Bureaus

Bill develops the cybersecurity policies that are followed by the Better Business Bureaus and disseminated to over 380,000 Accredited Businesses within their networks. Prior to his tenure at the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Bill was a Program Manager at the Cyber Security Division for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was in charge of the team responsible for successfully implementing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-53 Common Controls to all NOAA Line Offices and over 40,000 NOAA personnel across the country.

Previous to his role at NOAA Bill had also been the Chief Information Officer for a major non-profit, Principal Architect for a global retail manufacturer’s security management roll out, and is often invited to be an industry keynote speaker. Bill holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).