Aquiles La Grave
Founder + CEO, Brandzooka
Aquiles La Grave is the Founder and Product leader at Brandzooka. La Grave develops and scales web services that disrupt and delight. He builds teams and creates the space for people to deliver extraordinary results and develop Market Product Fit.
La Grave writes for publications such as AdAge and DowJones and speaks regularly on subjects ranging from Entrepreneurship and Ad Tech, to Agile and Product development practices for organizations such as Stanford GSB and IDEO.
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.
Vice President, Principal, Graphica
Cindy boasts more than 30 years experience in business-to-business, consumer, and retail, industrial and non-profit markets. She is a talented creative lead and team planner focused on refreshing existing brands for specialty and/or mass channels. Cindy’s client work includes, Premier Health, Procter & Gamble, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Toys “R” Us, Nestle Purina, Walgreens, OfficeMax, Target and Motorola. She is passionate about creating visual experiences that give a brand personality and attitude.
Consumer Brand Manager, Dayton Children's Hospital
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. She 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 the Dayton Area Chapter of PRSA and is actively involved in the Junior League of Dayton.
Creative Director, Partner, Graphica
With more than 30 years experience in the industry, Drew specializes in brand design and development of a wide variety of marketing communications for business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. Notable client work includes Procter & Gamble, Airstream Travel Trailers, Crown Lift Trucks, Walgreens, Schneider Electric and Lexis-Nexis. With Crown, Drew works in both North American and European markets to develop marketing tools that enable the sales force to present key attributes that make the difference to consumers.
Project Manager, Marxent
Patrice is a design-driven leader who creates provocative and empowering virtual reality and augmented reality experiences at Marxent, an industry-pioneering product visualization company. During her 15 years of user experience and brand-building, Patrice has shaped award-winning products, games, and experiences for web, mobile, retail, and immersive mixed reality. Her work – with an array of startups and Fortune 500 companies – has been featured by AdWeek, Gizmodo, Mashable, MTV.com, HOW Magazine, and Facebook Studio. She has spoken about user experience, future technology, and interactive design at New Media Dayton, the I70-75 Economic Conference, SummitUp, and the international South by SouthWest Interactive. She is currently working toward a Master of Science in Software Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Charles S. Gulas
Professor of Marketing, Wright State University
Charles S. Gulas is a Professor of Marketing at Wright State University. He is a former owner of a comedy club. One of his major areas of research is humor in advertising. His scholarship on the topic includes the book Humor in Advertising: A Comprehensive Analysis (Charles S. Gulas and Marc G. Weinberger), chapters on humor in other books, and more than a dozen other academic papers and presentations. He has worked as a consultant for U.S. and European ad agencies on the topic of humor in advertising.
Brian & Kelly Mercer
Boom Crate Studios
Brian and Kelly Mercer are the founders and co-owners of Boom Crate Studios, a video and motion design studio in Dayton, OH. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, they’ve worked on everything from healthcare, global robots, technology, aviation, education, and non-profits. Their work has been honored with multiple Emmy® awards and dozens of Addy’s. Focusing on a strong marketing platform for the work they create, Brian and Kelly are passionate about working with clients and brands who have a unique voice, and helping share their stories. Boom Crate Studios is honored to work with great clients, such as: Dayton Children’s Hospital, PSA Airlines, Yaskawa Motoman, School of Advertising Art, Synchrony Financial, Wright State University, National Aviation Heritage Area and many others.
Digital Sales Manager, WRGT & WKEF
Joseph Coyle’s career in the digital marketing space began in 2002 with Google. During his time with Google, he worked closely with Adwords reseller groups talking through the now ZMOT (micro-moments) concept of marketing and also spent some time in Tokyo developing the updated Adwords platforms in Asia. He was fortunate to be able to transition to working with The Berry Company, where he spent seven years helping develop a print Yellow Pages Company into a multi-platform marketing company by working closely with vendors and senior leadership to select, develop and support their digital programs. In 2014, he was excited to begin a new career with Sinclair Broadcasting Group, where he’s currently positioned with WRGT & WKEF in Dayton as their digital sales manager. Joseph is happy to be speaking with local business owners in the community where he lives and it’s been his goal throughout his professional career to get back home where he can help the businesses in his neighborhood navigate the ever changing digital landscape.
President & Chief Executive Officer, The Greentree Group
Mr. Travis G. Greenwood is the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Greentree Group. Founded in 1993, Greentree is a leader in comprehensive management and technical solutions for public and private clients. Mr. Greenwood has 36 years of hands-on experience within the information technology industry. As Greentree’s President & CEO, he provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of the firm’s values, philosophies, mission strategies as well as its annual goals and objectives. He also plans and develops strategies designed to improve Greentree’s image and relations with its clients, employees and the public.
Founder and President, Secure Cyber Defense LLC
Shawn is the founder and President of Secure Cyber Defense LLC located in Miamisburg Ohio. He’s a 20 year IT veteran and served in law enforcement as a police officer in the late 90’s. Shawn is a subject matter expert when it comes to FBI criminal justice compliance and speaks across the country on the topic of cyber security. He’s done work with the US Secret Service and the US AirForce teaching on the topic of cyber security. Recently, Shawn started his own cyber security consulting company and is focused on solving cyber challenges in the small to mid-market.
Vice President/Digital Media Director, The Ohlmann Group
As the Vice President of Digital Media, Mike employs his passionate curiosity to the world of digital media marketing. Having worked with hundreds of businesses consulting in the area online marketing, he is able to draw on a breadth of experiences across countless industries. Applying a unique blend of creative problem solving with tactical solutions makes for marketing with purpose, and that is where Mike feels right at home. Mike works with businesses in every area of digital media, including Search Engine Marketing (SEM), display, online video, online radio, mobile, email marketing. He also works with clients on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social media, marketing strategy, as well as reporting & analysis.
Director, Native Ad Studio - Cox Media Group
Eileen Varnson is a 30-year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry. She began her career in the medical industry, managing physical therapy clinics in Florida. From there she transitioned into medical marketing and sales which ultimately lead to the agency world where she worked with several large hospitals, and pharma clients. Over the course of her agency career she has managed over 100 campaigns for some of the nation’s top brands in restaurant, retail, financial services and CPG. Recently she ran the client service department for WebMD in Atlanta until establishing the Native Studio for CMG.