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This is the list of confirmed speakers, facilitators and panelists for the AFCP and ICMA “Expanding Horizons” Global Summit more names and information to follow as we receive it so check back often.

Richard Abronson
VP Marketing & Enterprise Sales, Gumiyo, USA

Rich co-founded Gumiyo, and launched the company’s efforts into the Real Estate, media and agency space. Currently, Rich heads Enterprise Sales for Gumiyo, overseeing the efforts concerning company’s large enterprise clients and partners.

Rich brings more than 15 years of experience; focused on digital media, direct response marketing, ecommerce and design. Throughout his career, Rich has often facilitated the introduction of cutting-edge technologies to large agencies and organizations.

Rich co-founded Gumiyo, and launched the company’s efforts into the Real Estate, media and agency space. Currently, Rich heads Enterprise Sales for Gumiyo, overseeing the efforts concerning company’s large enterprise clients and partners.

Rich brings more than 15 years of experience; focused on digital media, direct response marketing, ecommerce and design. Throughout his career, Rich has often facilitated the introduction of cutting-edge technologies to large agencies and organizations.

In his free time, Rich plays in a band and reminisces of the days his hair was long and his nights were even longer.

Gavin Burnett
CEO, Moboom, Australia

Gavin has experienced classified media from almost every angle – from development and commercialization of proprietary technology, licensee of classified products and as a digital publisher with a major media company.

In 1999 he started multi-award winning tech company BigRedSky which provided online recruitment solutions to government and corporate clients. The company was later bought out by Thomson Reuters. For three years he was head of Digital at a major Australian media company where he was responsible for news and classified strategy and implementation.

Gavin has experienced classified media from almost every angle – from development and commercialization of proprietary technology, licensee of classified products and as a digital publisher with a major media company.

In 1999 he started multi-award winning tech company BigRedSky which provided online recruitment solutions to government and corporate clients. The company was later bought out by Thomson Reuters. For three years he was head of Digital at a major Australian media company where he was responsible for news and classified strategy and implementation.

Since early 2009 Gavin has been CEO of Moboom, one of the leaders in mobile web technology. Moboom has clients in more than 40 countries and counts among its clients Fairfax Media, News Digital Media and Aegis in Australia, Clear Channel and Singapore Press Holdings in Singapore, Junk Mail in South Africa. Alma Media in Finland and Kompas Gramedia (Indonesia) are also clients. Moboom has also recently formed a partnership with leading German technology company PPI Media.

Chris Carlton
EVP, Creative Services/Co-Founder, Liquidus, Chicago, USA

With over 16 years experience as an Art and Creative Director, Chris Carlton has crafted award-winning advertising, technology and graphic identities for a long list of clients. Upon the dawn of the World Wide Web, Carlton took to embrace what he refers to as “the ultimate medium for communication” working as Creative Director for Playboy Enterprises, Carlton was charged with bringing their catalog businesses online, as well as communicating the Playboy brand through Playboy.com and other online properties. These catalog sites included CCVideo.com, CCMusic.com and PlayboyStore.com.

With over 16 years experience as an Art and Creative Director, Chris Carlton has crafted award-winning advertising, technology and graphic identities for a long list of clients. Upon the dawn of the World Wide Web, Carlton took to embrace what he refers to as “the ultimate medium for communication” working as Creative Director for Playboy Enterprises, Carlton was charged with bringing their catalog businesses online, as well as communicating the Playboy brand through Playboy.com and other online properties. These catalog sites included CCVideo.com, CCMusic.com and PlayboyStore.com.

After Playboy, Carlton joined forces with Todd Holmes at Drinks.com where the two focused on developing the largest online retailer of wine, spirits and beer on the Web. Later, and before starting Liquidus, Carlton spent time as a Creative Director for Ogilvy & Mather, overseeing the success of the Ameritrade brand online. At Liquidus, Carlton has leveraged his creative and technology skills by overseeing the Liquidus video-product roadmap and has been principally responsible for helping diversify Liquidus products onto multiple screens and into multiple channels. Chris is a graduate of University of Wisconsin and lives in Chicago with his wife Lindsay.

Beverly Crandon
Founder, ad-ition /ad-ition.com, Canada

Beverly Crandon is the founder of ad-ition and an avid content junkie. Aside from spending time with businesses interested in expanding their digital and social presence online, Beverly spends a ghastly amount of time surfing the web for ‘what’s new’.

Beverly is an expert in digital positioning for small to large businesses, through content review and placement and social media and mobile integration. Organizations also benefit from Crandon’s sales and training experience, as businesses try to create social media acumen and guidelines for staff.

Beverly Crandon started her career as a National Contact Centre Director for technology based fortune 500 clients and then moved to the world of traditional and new media sales and online strategy, covering verticals such as automotive, real estate, employment, directory, and general classifieds. Crandon’s technology and online sales leadership roles combined, led her down the advocacy path of applying Social Intelligence (SI) as another layer to the day-to-day business acuity, with the intent of raising the relevancy level of companies, in today’s ever-changing digital and mobile space.

With over 14 years experience in the digital and sales verticals, Beverly has worked with clients such as Google, eBay, Microsoft, Kelley Blue Book, Auto Trader, and Torstar Media Group, eOne Entertainment, Dwayne (DeRo) De Rosario, amongst many others.

Beverly has spoken throughout the world for various organizations such as the ICMA, SNA, and NAA, providing insight on new media strategies for publishers and small businesses, as well as delivering talks on social media integration, social intelligence analytics and overall mobile and digital strategy for organizations such as COTT.

Beverly Crandon can be reached at: beverly.crandon at ad-ition.com

Kirk Davis
EVP, Marketing & Account Service/Co-Founder, Liquidus, Chicago, USA

Kirk Davis is principally responsible for the development and management of the Liquidus client base, including names such as General Motors CUV, Comcast, SuperMedia, Cars.com, ADP and more. He has 27 years of experience in the marketing industry in the areas of online marketing, promotions, sponsorships, direct marketing, events and advertising. He has serviced companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Amoco, AT&T, Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, Jack Daniels, Chrysler, Kraft and more during his agency years.

Kirk Davis is principally responsible for the development and management of the Liquidus client base, including names such as General Motors CUV, Comcast, SuperMedia, Cars.com, ADP and more. He has 27 years of experience in the marketing industry in the areas of online marketing, promotions, sponsorships, direct marketing, events and advertising. He has serviced companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Amoco, AT&T, Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, Jack Daniels, Chrysler, Kraft and more during his agency years.

In the interactive arena, Davis began executing his first Web-development projects as early as 1995 for Bacardi-Martini, USA and has been steeped in interactive marketing ever since. He became a Liquidus Principal in 2002, and the company has been focused on video merchandising for online, mobile and TV since 2004. He holds a Masters in Liberal Arts from University of Chicago and lives happily in the city with his wife Raphaela and twin four-year-old boys.

Martha de la Torre
CEO, El Clasificado, USA

Martha de la Torre is the president and CEO of EC Hispanic Media, a Los Angeles based company with headquarters in Norwalk, California. EC Hispanic Media is a multiplatform media company that has been connecting buyers and sellers in the U.S. Hispanic grassroots community since 1988. El Clasificado, the flagship print product has continued to expand despite industry trends while also adding new custom print, web, mobile and event marketing solutions to meet the demands of the growing U.S. Latino niche market. El Clasificado is an Hispanic Business 500 Company.

Martha de la Torre is the president and CEO of EC Hispanic Media, a Los Angeles based company with headquarters in Norwalk, California. EC Hispanic Media is a multiplatform media company that has been connecting buyers and sellers in the U.S. Hispanic grassroots community since 1988. El Clasificado, the flagship print product has continued to expand despite industry trends while also adding new custom print, web, mobile and event marketing solutions to meet the demands of the growing U.S. Latino niche market. El Clasificado is an Hispanic Business 500 Company.

Martha is on the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Martha spent several years at Arthur Young & Company where she became a Certified Public Accountant and audit manager specializing in banks and media businesses targeting the US Hispanic market. Prior to launching El Clasificado, Martha was the Chief Financial Officer at La Opinion, now known as Impremedia.

Allison Ember
New Products and Media Solutions, Google, USA

Allison Ember has over 6 years of marketing and consulting experience, including Fortune 500s, start ups, and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a Product and Solution Specialist at Google in the Classifieds sector. In this role, she partners with the sales and product teams to shape cross product solutions for the Classifieds vertical. Additionally, she influences the vision and product development for social, mobile, and display advertising products with a direct response focus.

Allison Ember has over 6 years of marketing and consulting experience, including Fortune 500s, start ups, and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a Product and Solution Specialist at Google in the Classifieds sector. In this role, she partners with the sales and product teams to shape cross product solutions for the Classifieds vertical. Additionally, she influences the vision and product development for social, mobile, and display advertising products with a direct response focus.

Nick Finck
User Experience Director, Ubermind, USA

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and Oprah.com. He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the User Experience Director at Übermind, the leading digital agency specializing in mobile and emerging technologies.

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and Oprah.com. He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the User Experience Director at Übermind, the leading digital agency specializing in mobile and emerging technologies.

Prior to working at Übermind he was a founder of Blue Flavor, a user experience consultancy, where they launched one of the very first web applications for the iPhone.

Nick was the publisher of Digital Web Magazine, an online publication for web professionals, for ten years. He is actively involved in the web community, helping as adviser to such events as SXSW Interactive, the Information Architecture Summit, WebVisions, InfoCamp Seattle. Nick has also judged The Webby Awards and the SXSW Web Awards.

He has built a reputation as a community volunteer, promoting growth within the web industry both locally and abroad. You can find Nick giving workshops for leading organizations such as Microsoft, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Seattle Public Library. He has presented at most major conferences including SXSW, CHI, MIX, and more. Nick has also helped create an open source curriculum for web professionals and has lectured for and advised universities on their educational programs.

Evan Fishkin
Head of R&D, Slingshot SEO, USA

Evan Fishkin is an avid gamer, marketing theory junky, Head of R&D at Slingshot SEO, Indianapolis, and thought leader in the world of search marketing, marketing game mechanics, and gaming communities. He speaks internationally on these and mind numbingly esoteric elements of the effects of search algorithms on marketing at conferences such as iStrategy, SMX, PubCon, Wappow!, and International Marketing Conference.

Rob Hage
CEO, Digital Community Holdings, USA

Rob was born and raised amidst the corn fields of Iowa, where he got his start in publishing with the launch of Farm Country Trader magazine in 1989. Born of necessity in the early days of Web 1.0, Rob and his talented team created their own web-based, dealer inventory management system, and vertical websites.

Rob was born and raised amidst the corn fields of Iowa, where he got his start in publishing with the launch of Farm Country Trader magazine in 1989. Born of necessity in the early days of Web 1.0, Rob and his talented team created their own web-based, dealer inventory management system, and vertical websites.

Today, these robust platforms continue to evolve and grow with thousands of dealers and are utilized by hundreds of media titles across the United States. Most recently, Rob and his team have ventured into a horizontal, social-classifieds platform they call frassifieds.com.

Sam Kidger
CEO, Friday Media Group, UK

Sam Kidger is Group Sales Director at Friday Media Group, a digital media company that operates websites across the general classified, niche classified, recruitment and web marketing industries. Sam has been in his present role for 3 years and has previously held the position of sales director for Friday-ad ltd and ran a variety of sales teams within the business. He first joined the company in 2003 as a field sales agent.

Sam Kidger is Group Sales Director at Friday Media Group ()a digital media company that operates websites across the general classified, niche classified, recruitment and web marketing industries. Sam has been in his present role for 3 years and has previously held the position of sales director for Friday-ad ltd and ran a variety of sales teams within the business. He first joined the company in 2003 as a field sales agent.

Gerhard Köhle
CEO, Inform Media Tech SRL, Romania

Born and raised in Austria, Gerhard Koehle is CEO of Russ Media Tech SRL, based in Romania, developing high scaling online job application solutions. Gerhard has been working for Russ Media Group, the former VMH – Inform Media Group, for 7 years. He has over 15 years experience in online technology business, hold degrees in online marketing, knowledge management, software engineering and technology. Gerhards teams work for multiplatform businesses with a vertical classified approach with local and business niches.

Born and raised in Austria, Gerhard Koehle is CEO of Russ Media Tech SRL, based in Romania, developing high scaling online job application solutions. Gerhard has been working for Russ Media Group, the former VMH – Inform Media Group, for 7 years. He has over 15 years experience in online technology business, hold degrees in online marketing, knowledge management, software engineering and technology. Gerhards teams work for multiplatform businesses with a vertical classified approach with local and business niches.

Peter Lamb
President, Lamb Consulting, USA

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Peter Lamb is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, based in Miami, Florida. A former IBM’er in South Africa and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Harte Hanks The Flyer in Miami, Peter translates sophisticated marketing principles and concepts learned at the Harvard Business School, into a hands-on approach to generating new revenue streams for media companies.

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Peter Lamb is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, based in Miami, Florida. A former IBM’er in South Africa and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Harte Hanks The Flyer in Miami, Peter translates sophisticated marketing principles and concepts learned at the Harvard Business School, into a hands-on approach to generating new revenue streams for media companies.

Peter currently consults with the Community Papers of Florida, El Clasificado, the largest Spanish weekly publication in the US, Mascus, USA, the worldwide marketplace for used heavy equipment, and has advised shoppers and community weeklies nationwide with circulation from 20 000 to more than 10 million households.

In the international arena, he is a regular speaker at the International Classified Media Association’s conferences, and consults with among others: Metroland Media, Canada; Inform Media, Hungary and Romania; Media24, South Africa, and IPC Media, UK.

Peter is also on the Board of Advisors of Circulation Verification Council(CVC), and is actively involved in the branding and positioning of free papers, to gain more exposure and credibility with national agencies.

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Michael Lanz
Industry Director, Google, USA

Michael Lanz has almost 15 years of experience in the online marketing and advertising industry. He is currently an Industry Director at Google. In this role, he has led his team to build multi-faceted global partnerships involving brand and direct response advertising, product innovation, website re-design and analytics, media effectiveness research, and learning and development.

Michael Lanz has almost 15 years of experience in the online marketing and advertising industry. He is currently an Industry Director at Google. In this role, he has led his team to build multi-faceted global partnerships involving brand and direct response advertising, product innovation, website re-design and analytics, media effectiveness research, and learning and development.

Prior to Google, he was Vice President and Sector Manager for Nielsen Online leading the national sales teams for the Financial Services, Technology, Retail, and Agency sectors. In this capacity, he consulted with clients in the areas of marketing strategy, media planning, and analysis of online consumer behavior, as well as served as industry spokesperson at AdTech, Search Engine Strategies, and iMedia events.

Previously, Michael led the U.S. Western region account development group for Jupiter Media Metrix. Earlier in his career, he worked in marketing and business development for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and was an Analyst with the ICF Consulting Group in Washington, DC, a leading management, technology, and policy consulting firm. Michael is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he received a B.A. in Policy and Management Studies

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Gillian Muessig
Founding President, SEOmoz, USA

Gillian Muessig is the founding president of SEOmoz, providers of the world’s most popular Inbound Marketing campaign management software and Search Marketing applications. Through SEOmoz.org and OpenSiteExplorer.org, the company serves a community of more nearly 500,000 search marketers around the world. The SEOmoz blog and Whiteboard Friday broadcasts are used to train search marketers around the world.

Gillian Muessig is the founding president of SEOmoz, providers of the world’s most popular Inbound Marketing campaign management software and Search Marketing applications. Through SEOmoz.org and OpenSiteExplorer.org, the company serves a community of more nearly 500,000 search marketers around the world. The SEOmoz blog and Whiteboard Friday broadcasts are used to train search marketers around the world.

Known as SEOmom throughout the industry, Gillian is a thought leader with her finger on the pulse of the future of the industry. She has provided keynotes and sessions for conferences in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

Gillian’s radio program, CEO Coach has a global listenership of several thousand entrepreneurs and marketers and airs Mondays at 10AM PST on WebmasterRadio.fm, covering entrepreneurial issues from funding and finance to staffing, marketing, pricing models, and brand development. She serves on the Board of Advisors for companies and organizations in four continents.

Tiia Näsänen
Business Manager, Sanoma Digital, Finland

Tiia Näsänen is a Business Manager at Sanoma Digital Finland’s ecoupon business Offerium and working with her team on building a rapidly growing online coupon & daily deal business to Finland. Tiia has been with Sanoma Digital for four years specializing in classifieds, ecommerce and b to c marketing with strong focus on social content and media. Sanoma Digital is part of the Sanoma Group, which is leading publisher in Nordic, Dutch and Belgium market based on revenue.

Tiia Näsänen is a Business Manager at Sanoma Digital Finland’s ecoupon business Offerium and working with her team on building a rapidly growing online coupon & daily deal business to Finland. Tiia has been with Sanoma Digital for four years specializing in classifieds, ecommerce and b to c marketing with strong focus on social content and media. Sanoma Digital is part of the Sanoma Group, which is leading publisher in Nordic, Dutch and Belgium market based on revenue.

Tiia has 11 years of experience in working with consumer marketing, sales and advertising for leading travel, retail and online businesses.

Tiia is a member of ICMA Future Leaders Network Subcommittee.

Scott Owens
Director of Business Development, Dominion Insights, USA

Scott has spent the past 15 years defining strategies and delivering products for internet startups focused on analytics, communications, and ecommerce. He currently leads Dominion Insights, a new analytics offering for classifieds advertisers in the specialty vehicle markets.
Scott has spent the past 15 years defining strategies and delivering products for internet startups focused on analytics, communications, and ecommerce. He currently leads Dominion Insights, a new analytics offering for classifieds advertisers in the specialty vehicle markets.

Rob Paterson
Group Managing Director, Friday-Ad Ltd, UK

Rob Paterson has over 20 years publishing experience all of it gained with Friday-Ad. After deciding that university was too much like hard work he joined Friday-Ad in the pre-press department and has gone on to undertake pretty much every role in the business from delivery driver to sales person to systems management.

Rob Paterson has over 20 years publishing experience all of it gained with Friday-Ad. After deciding that university was too much like hard work he joined Friday-Ad in the pre-press department and has gone on to undertake pretty much every role in the business from delivery driver to sales person to systems management.

For the past 17 years he has been Group Managing Director helping to grow the business to the point today where it publishes over 30 editions and a million copies every week.

Shane Pierce
Senior Director/Leadership Development, Dominion Enterprises, USA

Shane Pierce joined Dominion Enterprises in 1993 spending time a variety of roles, Product Manager in Phoenix then Orlando, Circulation Manager for all company paid-cover and free-cover publications in Northern California. He returned to the St Louis area as a General Sales Manager in August 1996. Shane joined the training team in 1998.

Shane Pierce joined Dominion Enterprises in 1993 spending time a variety of roles, Product Manager in Phoenix then Orlando, Circulation Manager for all company paid-cover and free-cover publications in Northern California. He returned to the St Louis area as a General Sales Manager in August 1996. Shane joined the training team in 1998.

In this role, Shane is responsible for a team that facilitates sales and management training across a broad range of DE businesses such as YachtWorld.com and GetAuto.com plus those that provide specialized services to the automotive/recreational industries such as Dominion Dealer Solutions and Ziios. He is also responsible for Management Development Programs Company-wide. Prior to DE Shane was a National Sales Manager in Australia and New Zealand.

Alf Rehn
Professor of management, speaker, writer, and popular culture geek, Finland

The venerable British newspaper Times, writing about business gurus, called him a “star of the future”. The Thinkers 50, the listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers, included him on their Guru Radar for the fourth consecutive year in 2011. In Scandinavia, he is known as an academic enfant terrible. His name is Alf Rehn, he has a chair of management and organization, a professorship of innovation and entrepreneurship, and an odd outlook on life. In addition to this he is active as a columnist, an author, and a sought-after speaker. As a thought-leader and a trickster he has challenged and amused people in a plethora of fields and in a number of countries.

The venerable British newspaper Times, writing about business gurus, called him a “star of the future”. The Thinkers 50, the listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers, included him on their Guru Radar for the fourth consecutive year in 2011. In Scandinavia, he is known as an academic enfant terrible. His name is Alf Rehn, he has a chair of management and organization, a professorship of innovation and entrepreneurship, and an odd outlook on life. In addition to this he is active as a columnist, an author, and a sought-after speaker. As a thought-leader and a trickster he has challenged and amused people in a plethora of fields and in a number of countries.Overall, professor Alf Rehn is one of the most interesting new voices in business thought today. A well-regarded academic, he combines rigorous analysis with a creative and often surprising outlook on life, bringing in things like popular culture and philosophical theory into his analyses of modern business and contemporary economy.Alf’s approach to management and business is highly creative and often turns taken-for-granted notions on their head. Rather than presenting the same buzzword everyone else does, he challenges our thinking by arguing for things like taking frivolity seriously, that innovation has become boring, that brands are uninteresting and that real business wisdom can be found in comic books. At times provocative and always engaging, he represents a fresh new way of thinking about business.

Currently, Alf holds a chair of management and organization at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, a professorship of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and is recognized as one of Europe’s top young management scholars. He received a chair of management at the age of 31, and is still one of the youngest full professors in Scandinavia.

His research focuses on novel ways to understand management, organization and economy, and has been published in leading academic journals such as Creativity and Innovation Management, Group and Organization Management, Management and Organizational History and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Alf has contributed to works such as the Routledge Companion to Creativity and the Sage International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. He is on the editorial board of several top management journals and edits a book series at a prominent Scandinavian publisher.

Jef Rice
COO, Moboom, USA

At Moboom, his responsibilities include all day-to-day operations of the company’s technical groups. He brings his depth of experience, technical skills and management capabilities to Moboom where he oversees the development of the new platform, client engagements and network operations. He works closely with Moboom’s Chief Executive Officer to tie strategy to operational excellence as well as broader leadership to institutionalize a strategy discipline throughout the company.

At Moboom, his responsibilities include all day-to-day operations of the company’s technical groups. He brings his depth of experience, technical skills and management capabilities to Moboom where he oversees the development of the new platform, client engagements and network operations. He works closely with Moboom’s Chief Executive Officer to tie strategy to operational excellence as well as broader leadership to institutionalize a strategy discipline throughout the company.

Mr. Rice came to Moboom from Gumiyo where he was Vice President, Operations. He was responsible for Product Management, Engineering, NOC, Account Management and Technical Partnership groups. He presided over the growth of the company from its infancy to cash-flow/break-even. During his tenure, the network grew to include nearly 30K sites doing 100Mil page views a month including LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Kim Kardashian.com, Celebuzz.com and several of the largest Automotive dealer sites in the country.

During Mr. Rice’s career, he has won numerous design and development awards including the prestigious IBM Lotus Beacon Award for Best in Show product. Mr. Rice studied Classical Music Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Fred Speckeen
CEO, Edisonian Partners Limited, Victoria BC, Canada

Fred is co-founder and CEO of Edisonian Partners Limited. Edisonian focuses on technology and internet innovation, working closely with innovators to grow and transform their companies through the development of new technology-enabled products and services. Clients include leading companies in the hotel and retail industry.

Fred is co-founder and CEO of Edisonian Partners Limited. Edisonian focuses on technology and internet innovation, working closely with innovators to grow and transform their companies through the development of new technology-enabled products and services. Clients include leading companies in the hotel and retail industry.Prior to Edisonian, Fred served as President and CEO of Terapeak – a data mining company that has become the leading source of price and demand information for web-based businesses. He has two decades of VP and C-level experience gained internationally across the data analytics, software, hardware and semiconductor fields, and in hands-on roles spanning product management, sales, marketing, and technology licensing.Fred is passionate about creating innovative products and services in partnership with innovators and talented teams. He holds a BA in Music (St FXU) and an MBA in International Business (Ivey/Copenhagen Business School) and serves as an Executive in Residence at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria.

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Domonkos Tikk PhD
CEO and CSO, Gravity – Rock Solid Recommendations, Hungary

Domonkos, a Humboldt Scholar, received his PhD in computer science in 2000. Since then, he has worked on machine learning techniques and control problems as a researcher and project leader. Domonkos won several international contests on recommendation systems, text and data mining. He fouded Gravity R&D with his fellow researchers in 2007 and became the first business manager of the company. After spending one and a half years in Berlin as a Humboldt scholar he returned to the company to lead the data mining team and became CEO of the company in 2012.

Maria Thomas
Former CEO, Etsy and Former SVP & GM, NPR Digital Media, USA

As an executive leader of digital businesses, Maria has led several media and commerce companies from their earliest stages through high growth phases to profitability.  Maria is known for hiring and mentoring talented people, building brand-based experiences that consumers love and developing business models that create lasting value.

As an executive leader of digital businesses, Maria has led several media and commerce companies from their earliest stages through high growth phases to profitability. Maria is known for hiring and mentoring talented people, building brand-based experiences that consumers love and developing business models that create lasting value.Maria began managing Internet-based businesses in 1999 at Amazon.com and went on to lead for nearly seven years NPR’s highly successful digital efforts in both news and music.From 2008 to early 2010, Maria was CEO at Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items. There, she led the young company through a critical period of retrenching, rebuilding and operational growth.  In a little less than two years under her leadership, Etsy’s top line sales grew seven-fold to nearly $200 million, and the company reached profitability.

Since early 2010, Maria’s been helping entrepreneurs and legacy businesses crystallize ideas and build the foundations for strong, profitable businesses.  Her consulting clients include Living Social, National Geographic, About.com, American Express, Knight Foundation, Edutopia, Relay Rides and others. From April-September 2011, Maria was interim CEO of a newly formed joint venture between American Express and France’s vente-privee.

Prior to the commercialization of the Internet, Maria spent seven years as an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

Maria is a board member at MyEnergy and MIT’s Open Courseware Initiative. She also advises start-ups, including Flat World Knowledge, PopVox, Samasource, Better Lesson, Abe’s Market and Source4Style.

Maria holds a M.B.A. degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in accounting from Boston University.

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Bernie Veon
Vice President of Industrial Brands, Dominion Enterprises, USA

Bernie Veon is Vice President at Dominion Web Solutions – a division of Dominion Enterprises, where he leads a handful of Internet portal and web services businesses that serve the commercial truck, construction machinery and agricultural equipment industries. Over the last two years he has successfully led the transition of a publishing organization to one leveraged exclusively in digital media and web-based technologies, including launching two new international start-up businesses. A student of innovation and disruptive technology, Bernie’s areas of expertise and interest include online marketplaces and commercialization of web-based technologies.
Bernie Veon is Vice President at Dominion Web Solutions – a division of Dominion Enterprises, where he leads a handful of Internet portal and web services businesses that serve the commercial truck, construction machinery and agricultural equipment industries. Over the last two years he has successfully led the transition of a publishing organization to one leveraged exclusively in digital media and web-based technologies, including launching two new international start-up businesses. A student of innovation and disruptive technology, Bernie’s areas of expertise and interest include online marketplaces and commercialization of web-based technologies.Bernie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami, where he was recognized as his class’s top graduate. Most recently, Bernie attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation.Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing and information services company serving the automotive, recreational, and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virgnia, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England, and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions and more than 60 market-leading websites.