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Kimberly Bordonaro
Kimberly Bordonaro is a branding consultant that turns tenacious entrepreneurs into profitable brands. She went from closing down her first business after enduring a battle with a chronic disease to re-launching with her popular, industry-acclaimed blog that centers on her love of lyrics and pop culture. For daily tips on creating a brand that rocks, follow her on twitter @brandspiration.
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Randy Bowden
An executive who after spending 26 years in the corporate world in various marketing roles within one of the largest utilities in the nation, grew tired of the grind and sought a new challenge. Randy entered the non-profit market taking the position of Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for a national organization, overseeing all brand and touch elements; print, web, TV and national convention. In 2010 Randy and his wife, Shalah, also a professional marketer formed bowden2bowden llc, a marketing and brand consultancy firm. Their extensive knowledge of marketing, branding, PR, advertising, promotions, relational & social networking can connect the client to targeted solutions. Clients receive exceptional creative executions and solid branding strategies giving them a real competitive advantage. Randy writes weekly for their bowden2bowden blog.
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Rachael Butts
Rachael Butts is the CEO and lead designer for Rachaelbutts.com. She is a self-made WordPress gal who loves running her own shop, making clients happy, and coffee.
Robert M. Caruso
Robert M. Caruso is a long time social media professional and founder of Bundlepost, the first social content management system. His company develops social media technologies that increase social media agencies and marketers efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. Robert also consults brands internationally on their social media marketing and writes weekly for his company blog.
Paul Cooley
Paul Cooley is a consultant, speaker, preacher & soon to be author. He is all about breaking the mold to traditional business, branding & life. Paul helps corporate, small business, entertainment & personal brands define and express their core message and image through Social Media and other online platforms. Paul founded a Social Brand Agency called iBoost and also shares his "street smarts" training on Rule Your Realm blog. It's time to #RuleYourRealm!
Rich Cottle
Rich Cottle is a Husband, Father, Director of Sales & Marketing for Bundle Post, Passionate about Social Media, Proponent of Guerrilla Marketing, Avid Outdoorsman and Ham Radio Operator.
Anya Downing
Anya Downing graduated from St. Thomas University with a degree in communications and design. With more than 25 years with advertising agencies and a Fortune 500 company, she held positions as Art Director, Advertising Coordinator, Product Manager and Internet Management Leader. Anya was the founder of a multi-media company and is currently the principal of Engage Inc. - a branding and digital marketing company in MA. Brand development is her career passion but if there happens to be a science convention in town you might find her immersed among the masses. If your product or service needs branding, messaging and strategy, connect with her.
Phil Gerbyshak
Phil Gerbyshak works with people who want to leverage social media into real life connections. He is the author of many books, most recently The Naked Truth of Social Media (available for free until 12/2/2012 at http://socialmedianakedtruth.com). Phil has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily and many other publications online and offline.
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Megan Harris
Megan Harris is a copywriter and proofreader at Imagery Marketing Group in St. Louis, Missouri. When she's not writing, she researches her family tree in her spare time, hangs with her husband and their dog, Cooper, and is earning her Masters in Public Administration at University of Illinois-Springfield.
Mallie Hart
After a long career as a graphic artist, web designer and ghost writer, Mallie found her true calling when personal social media embarked on the path leading to social business. While she still gets busy with graphics, most of her creative energy is now directed to unique social media content creation, curation and cultivation. Her dual love of graphic design and social media requires her to research, write about and promote a wide variety of topics while staying true to brand integrity. A research junkie - she majored in medieval history, Mallie enjoys the opportunity to find an interesting angle on just about any type of business or industry niche. When she’s not busy with The Media Barista, Mallie has been known to devour books (several per week), careen over rocks and roots on her bicycle and seek out the newest, edgiest music; all while drinking a lot of coffee.
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Jeff Howell
Jeff Howell is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Newton International, a specialized staffing, business consulting, and managed solutions company based in Flint, Michigan. Jeff's education and career started in the printing industry but has, over time, moved into specializing in marketing consulting. Jeff is a leader in inbound and outbound marketing, developing customized solutions for measurable growth.
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Steven Hughes

Steven Hughes

Social Media advocate with 20+ years in Sales and Marketing. Steve writes about social media, marketing, and business at GeeklessTech. Steve is a current contributor to ChamberofCommerce.com and Rant Finance. He also writes for another site of his Giants Review covering NFL Football. When away from the computer Steve enjoys running and spending time with his two daughters.
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Keri Jaehnig
Keri Jaehnig is the Founder and CMO at Idea Girl Media, an international Social Media Marketing Agency. Keri helps business brands, non-profits and political candidates achieve social media success and positive online reputation. Most often with: Real Estate, Interior Design, Restaurants, Travel Services, Entertainment, and Government Agencies. Keri's insight has been featured at Social Media Today, Search Engine People, and she has been quoted by Business Insider. Non-fat lattes, travel & quick wit make her smile, and Keri is always enthused to meet new people!
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Derrick Jones
Derrick Jones is a former Marine, serial entrepreneur of three tech start-ups and author of "Presidents, Pilots & Entrepreneurs - Lessons from the Trenches for the Everyday Entrepreneur." In his book, he chronicles what he calls the good, the bad and the ugly of entrepreneurship with key lessons for beginning entrepreneurs. He is a regular speaker at schools and trade organization on the subjects of entrepreneurship, leadership and technology. He mentors aspiring entrepreneurs on his own time and through his volunteer work with SCORE. He also shares his experiences on his blog www.PresidentsPilotsEntrepreneurs.com.
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Martin Jones
Martin Jones is Social Media Marketing Manager with the corporate Cox Communications social media team where he assists in leading strategy, campaign ideation and marketing execution across each of the company’s social media platforms. Today, over 500k fans engage with Cox Communications content, campaigns and Customer Care on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, You Tube and Google+. His career has been characterized by his ability to work with groups, individuals and businesses to uncover, optimize and implement digital marketing strategies and tactics that propel them past their competition. Thoughts expressed here are his own.
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Jennifer Kane
Jennifer Kane is a marketing/communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience working with B2B and B2C companies. She has nearly two decades of public speaking, education and training experience and speaks nationally on topics related to social media, content marketing and digital communications. She is Principal of Kane Consulting, a 10-year-old firm that helps companies use social media and other digital technologies to improve their marketing, communications, sales and customer service. Jennifer runs a popular business book club in Minneapolis and manages the "Spinal Fusions Suck" social community on Facebook. In her spare time, she thinks a lot about the zombie apocalypse and the awkwardness of writing about oneself in third person.
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Carrie Keenan
Carrie Keenan is the Social Media Community Manager for Thill Logistics, Inc. out of Neenah, WI (@ThillLogistics). As a professional whose primary responsibility is working in digital media and audience building, Carrie has a lot of insight and information to share about how to professionally represent your organization online. Carrie is also actively involved in the Wisconsin Irish community as the chair of social media for Oshkosh Irish Fest, a member of the Shamrock Club of the Fox Cities and enjoys assisting these Irish business owners and groups (@OSKIrishFest @McGuinness_Pub) with social media.
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Rich McElaney

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Gerry Michaels
Gerry Michaels (Gettysburg Gerry) is Principal at Studmuffin Media, Radio host The Social Studmuffin on Blogtalkradio, Featured Author for Steamfeed.com, Social Media Columnist for the Gettysburg Times, Social Media strategist and community builder and explorer. I am no different than you, no better/worse. I'm an astronaut exploring this social media space. Fully engulfed in the world that is Social Media, I awake every day anxiously anticipating what the days new technology will bring. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Pinterest. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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James Oliver, Jr.
Soon-to-be dad of twins. Entrepreneur & ESTP. Cheeky. Business plan consultant (bespokesolutionsllc.com). Golf nut and 12 handicap.
Susie Parker
With more than 20 years experience in restaurant, retail, education and health care industries Susie Erjavec Parker launched SPARKER Strategy Group to bring businesses up-to-speed on how to integrate social media. SPARKER Strategy Group specializes in the intersection of traditional and digital/social marketing and PR. As a specialty marketer to women and families, Parker also serves as a business coach to mompreneurs and women business owners. Susie is the founder of WIN: Women | Influence | Networking—a budding networking group that promotes and connects female entrepreneurs and their businesses with referrals and recommendations. She is a Starbucks addict and often experiences “ghost vibrations” in her back right pocket--even as she is talking on her iPhone.
Cheri Plett
"I have a genuine love for learning and a passion for helping others learn and grow. Using the online environment to connect like-minded people is a field that I continue to explore. I guess that is one of the reasons that I love designing websites for organizations, helping business owners and creating E-learning environments." Cheri holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology as well as a Bachelors in General Business and is the owner and lead project manager for ArtSci Designs, a company that specializes in WordPress website design, E-commerce services, and online learning environments. She does corporate leadership training and serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching computer classes. In addition, she has done consulting work for the National Science Foundation and was a contributing author for a book on learning strategies in an information society. Recently she spent 3+ years co-founding a membership-based, integrated health webinar company. She currently works for a 12 branch Credit Union as their E-Marketing Specialist. “Learn something new every day! Then share it with someone else. After years of doing teaching and training, I’ve come to appreciate the value in just being one step ahead and then turning to help someone else learn what you know.”
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Michel Pinard
French Canadian, hockey player & fan, technology enthusiast with a focus on social & entrepreneurship.
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Albert Qian
Albert Qian is a social media professional working, living and playing in Silicon Valley. He got his start in social media by working for Santa Clara University and jumping into Facebook pages in May 2009. Ever since, he has been engrossed in social media, marketing, program management and consulting for small businesses, Fortune 500 companies and individuals looking to learn more social media. On his free time, he enjoys hiking, bowling, eating out at new places and traveling. You can learn more about him on his blog.
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Anne Reuss
Bringing new definitions to communications on social media, Anne Reuss is a social media business development consultant and community manager for 360Connext, a customer experience consulting firm. She's got a penchant for tech, startups, adrenaline, slurpees and Illini football. Find her on mutiple tweets on @AnneReuss. She is originator of the ongoing 'Signs of Startups' challenge, a collaborative project positioning startups to ramp up brand inclusion by creative communication.
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Kim Reynolds
Kimberly Reynolds is a social media and mobile marketing consultant that transforms ordinary websites into powerful marketing machines.  A serial entrepreneur since she was 12, selling books door-to-door, she now trains small business owners on how to leverage social media and the mobile web to attain financial freedom.  If you are interested in how to use social media to outshine your competition, visit her website for a free social media analysis and social media training. Also, visit her on Google.
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Anna Rydne
Anna Rydne is an internal communications specialist, a mother and a small business owner. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, she writes the blog Communicate [your] Skills where she covers topics on how to improve your communication skills in all areas related to yourself, your community and your professional life. She's determined to uncover the secrets of how successful people and companies communicate. Anna has a special interest in social media and personal branding and she believes the road to success is trying. She tweets about all things comms, social media and marketing @CoSkills. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology.
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David Schwartz
David is a Brand Strategist, Architect and Mentor focused on building relevant brands, while creating valuable consumer relationships to promote engagement. By utilizing the popularity of digital and mobile media, along with the social web he helps companies understand the power of controlling their content. David started his career working for MTV in New York, he then proceeded to Atlanta to work with the likes of Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A and the Home Depot. From his time working with companies of all sizes he has learned that a strong brand is the key to long term success by turning customers into brand advocates. Now living in Nashville with his wife and two children, David works with companies of all sizes teaching and consulting on best practices for building a brand in the digital age.
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Sean Smith
Sean is a retired member of the Canadian Army, with over 20 years in the IT industry, ranging from IT HelpDesk to Social Media consultant. He is a certified Hootsuite Professional and is a recognized Social Media community builder on Vancouver Island and is a regular contributor to the annual Social Media Camp held in Victoria. He sits on several boards in his home town of Campbell River, British Columbia, as communications and promotions director and he is the Managing Partner with That Social Media Guy consulting.
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Kittie Walker
Kittie Walker is the Managing Partner at Indigo Girl a design and communication agency based in London, UK. With over 20 years business experience in multiple industries, she brings a wealth of skills to the projects that she participates in. She has in-depth knowledge of the retail, leisure, banking, hospitality, healthcare and IT sectors. She has an MBA together with a teaching certificate and a passion for lifelong learning.