Hear from the experts in location and innovation.

Over 50 amazing speakers will take the stage during LocationWorld, and we’d love for you to get to know them a bit better. And if you happen to see any one of them in person at LocationWorld, feel free to strike up a conversation.

Keynote Speakers & Panelists

Heroes who exemplify courage, leadership and sacrifice, American astronauts and identical twin brothers, Captains Mark and Scott Kelly have secured their place in history, laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration.

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With careers as remarkable as they are similar, the Kelly brothers served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as experienced aviators and decorated Captains, prior to becoming astronauts and starting their illustrious careers with NASA in 1996.

Now retired after 15 years with NASA, Mark spent more than 50 days in space and commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavour, including its final flight in May 2011, and Space Shuttle Discovery. He is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

As America's first year-round astronaut, Scott’s record-breaking Year In Space spanned from March 2015 to March 2016, during which, he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko captivated the world with live interviews and never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station. Scott continues to garner media exposure like no other pioneer of our time.

The historic mission also included NASA's groundbreaking Twins Study, monitoring Scott from space and Mark on the ground as a control model, in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body. As the Space & Aviation Contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, Mark provided the world with insider perspective of the yearlong experiment.

With candid reflections on the experiences and lessons that shaped their views on teamwork and leadership, on overcoming adversities and dealing with tragedy, to personal strategies for harnessing courage and adapting to change, Mark and Scott deliver twice the insight and inspiration in a one-of-a-kind presentation.

Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr. Award Winning Actor & Performer

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of “Aaron Burr.”

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He is a Grammy Award winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Odom, Jr. originated the role of “Burr” in a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.

Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.

Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of Tick, Tick... Boom! which was his first time working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of “Sam Strickland” in the NBC musical series “Smash,” and his recurring role as “Reverend Curtis Scott” on “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film Red Tails opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and David Oyelowo.

As a recording artist, his self-titled debut album was part-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised $40,971. The album was released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc.

Odom, Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.

Howard Lerman
Howard Lerman Co-founder & CEO, Yext

Howard Lerman founded Yext in 2006 with a single goal: to build an impactful, great company with super talented people. Along the way, Yext has re-invented three industries: pay-per-call advertising, business listings synchronization, and today, location data management. With over 550 amazingly talented employees serving over 800,000 customers, Yext is on its way to realizing Howard’s original vision. Yext is Howard’s fourth software company. Howard is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Confide, a leading off-the-record messaging service.

Howard is a proud graduate of TJHSST and barely graduated from Duke University.

Brian Distelburger
Brian Distelburger Co-Founder & President, Yext

Brian is Co-Founder and President of Yext, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Brian runs Yext’s global revenue division and is responsible for all sales and customer relationships across the company. Prior to founding Yext, Brian started another technology company and tried to start a motorcycle shop. Brian also sits on the Board of Directors of Food Genius and the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, and advises several NYC Tech startups. Brian attended Cornell University and graduated without distinction.

Marc Ferrentino
Marc Ferrentino Chief Strategy Officer, Yext

Marc Ferrentino is Yext's EVP of Product & Strategy and is responsible for partnerships, Yext's global PowerListings publisher networks, corporate development, and any strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Yext, Marc was the Founder and CEO of Nomi Technologies which was acquired in 2014. Marc has worked as a senior executive in R&D, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, and Enterprise Strategy for high growth technology companies throughout his career, including serving as the Chief Technical Officer of SaaS at BMC Software and Chief Technical Architect for Salesforce.com. Marc has been very active in the NY tech startup scene for almost 20 years and currently advises several startups.

Nicholas Carlson
Nicholas Carlson Editor-in-chief, INSIDER

Nicholas is Editor-in-Chief of INSIDER and the author of Marissa Mayer and the Fight To Save Yahoo! Previously, he was Business Insider's chief correspondent. His investigative reporting rewrote the histories of Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon. He is the author of The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography and THE COST OF WINNING: Tim Armstrong, Patch, And The Struggle To Save AOL. Longform.org named "THE COST OF WINNING" the best long-form business story of 2013. Carlson's coverage of Yahoo won Digiday's award for Best Editorial Achievement of the year in 2014.

Jeff Glueck
Jeff Glueck CEO, Foursquare

Jeff became CEO of Foursquare in January 2016, after 18 months as COO of the company. Prior, Jeff was CEO of Skyfire Labs, a Silicon Valley-based mobile technology company acquired by Opera Software. He co-founded site59.com, an online travel company that grew to over $100 million in sales in two years, and was acquired by Travelocity. In the following seven years he served as chief marketing officer at Travelocity, where sales expanded from $3 billion to $11 billion globally, he introduced the “roaming gnome” and launched a fast-growing contextual advertising business. Previously, Jeff was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company and served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration.

Dipanshu Sharma
Dipanshu “D” Sharma Founder & CEO, xAd

Dipanshu “D” Sharma founded xAd in 2009 to lead the industry in mobile location. Today xAd is known as the first global location marketplace, serving 1.5 million advertisers worldwide. As a fearless leader and founder, D is closely involved with every aspect of the organization’s daily operations, from product planning and market strategy, to technology execution and sales development – all while ensuring the team takes the time to enjoy some of his choice wine selections from all over the world.

Wendi Sturgis
Wendi Sturgis Chief Customer Officer, Yext

Wendi has spent the last twenty years working in the tech, media and internet space. She is currently the Chief Customer Officer at Yext. Prior to her role at Yext, she held executive positions at Oracle, Gartner, Right Media and Yahoo!, where she was Vice President of Account Management for North America. Wendi serves on the Dailyworth.com and Student Transportation Inc. boards. She also serves as the Vice Chair of Step Up Women's Network board.

Wendi graduated from Georgia Tech and currently serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. She was named 40 Women To Watch Over 40 in 2013.

Breakout Speakers

David Abelman
David Abelman EVP, Marketing, Rite Aid Corporation

David is Executive Vice President of Marketing at Rite Aid, where his responsibilities include digital, loyalty, print, broadcast, social media, e-commerce and the ongoing development of Rite Aid’s private brands. In this role, David has spearheaded Rite Aid’s digital transformation by integrating e-commerce and a fully integrated marketing mix and creating a seamless customer experience.

David initially joined Rite Aid in April 2014 as Senior Vice President of Brand Development and Innovation. He is responsible for the launch of five exclusive private brands, including the company’s premium consumables brand, Dreamhouse and a line of better-for-you products packaged under the B4Y Brand.

David has a passion for retail along with vast experience at start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining Rite Aid, David was CEO at Self-Health Nation, a health and wellness start-up focused on health enthusiasts. He has held various senior marketing positions at companies such as AC Moore, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. He also led all marketing at Michaels Arts & Crafts as Senior Vice President and was responsible for all retail marketing in North America at Office Depot.

David serves as a member of the advisory board for The Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) and is actively involved in marketing innovation projects with agencies and vendor- partners.

Jamie Adams
Jamie Adams Chief Revenue Officer, Scorpion

Jamie has spent over 10 years providing technology and online marketing services. As Chief Revenue Officer at Scorpion, Jamie’s passion is working closely with franchise clients to create cost-effective, results-driven marketing and advertising campaigns that help franchises expand their reach and attract more business. Throughout the course of his career, Jamie has helped clients generate more than $2 billion in revenue through digital marketing campaigns to his customers.

Luis Baptista-Coelho
Luis Baptista-Coelho VP, International Partnerships, Yext

Luis Baptista-Coelho is VP, International Partnerships at Yext and over the past 2 years has been focused in expanding the company's business across 20+ countries partnering with YP Companies. Prior to Yext, Luis was CEO of NDrive Navigation Systems where he transformed the small company into a global business in 30+ countries.

Luis holds a European MBA (ESCP Europe: Paris-Oxford-Berlin) and Executive Educations at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. He speaks four languages fluently and has lived in eleven different countries in the past twenty four years.

Steve Beatty
Steve Beatty Head of Owned Media, iProspect

Steve Beatty is the Head of Owned Media with iProspect. Steve works with our Fortune 500 and 100 clients. Steve Beatty has been involved in the online marketing space since 2002 serving in a variety of roles including: Project Manager, Paid Search Manager, SEO Strategist, SEO Manager, and Online Marketing Manager. Steve has worked in such industries: mobile, e-commerce, automotive, fashion, real estate, and hospitality. As a member of the iProspect team Steve has worked on a variety of clients such as: T-Mobile, Informatica, Levi Strauss & Co., and Under Armour, to name a few.

David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz Principal, Serial Marketer

David Berkowitz, the principal of consultancy Serial Marketer, keeps brands, agencies, and technology companies at the cutting edge of marketing. Previously, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Publicis Groupe creative agency MRY. Prior to that, he spent seven years leading emerging media at Dentsu agency 360i, co-founding its social media practice and running its Startup Outlook initiative. Through his agency work, he has been a strategist and advisor to brands such as Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Mondelez, and NBC Universal. David has contributed more than 500 columns to outlets such as Ad Age, MediaPost, and VentureBeat, and he has penned his blog since 2005. He has spoken at more than 300 events globally.

Johana Bhuiyan
Johana Bhuiyan Senior Editor, Transportation, Recode

Johana Bhuiyan is a New York-based reporter who covers the future of transportation, the companies that are leading that charge, as well as those that are left behind. She has been writing about the future of transportation since 2014, most recently for BuzzFeed News. Before that, she was a media reporter covering the business of digital media companies at Politico New York.

Johana, a born and bred New Yorker, attended Lehigh University, where she studied journalism as well as global and religion studies. For three semesters, she served on the editorial board of Lehigh’s twice-weekly publication, The Brown and White. Shortly after graduating with a B.A. in journalism in 2013, Johana interned at the World Policy Institute’s flagship publication, The World Policy Journal.

Dave Byrne
Dave Byrne Global Product Solutions Lead, Google

Dave is a Global Product Solutions Lead with Google, evangelizing first-rate user experience on digital platforms and customer-centric marketing strategies. Dave studied Business, Economics and Social Studies in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland before joining the Google Retail Client Services team across the UK and Ireland in 2008, advising on digital advertising performance. In 2013, Dave joined the Customer Solutions and Innovations team where he has been supporting Google Sales Teams and advertisers in over 20 countries across 4 continents, published articles on how to move marketing spend from a cost-centre to a profit-centre focus, and has worked on the communications for new product launches.

Mark Campos
Mark Campos Product Specialist, Waze

Mark Campos works on product strategy at Waze, alongside some of the brightest minds in geolocated data and advertising, and has spoken on data and policy across the country. Formally trained in Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, his personal work explores the intersection of information design, robotics, custom fabrication, and public space.

Jonathan Cherins
Jonathan Cherins EVP, Small Business and Partner, Yext

Jonathan Cherins serves as Yext's EVP of Small Business and Partner, responsible for running both businesses in the U.S. Prior to Yext, Cherins held the roles of CMO, General Manager of Reservation Solutions, and EVP of Americas & Enterprise at TravelClick from 2010-2014.

Cherins has extensive experience in general management, marketing and sales leadership and go-to-market execution in the Information, Media, and SaaS industries. Prior to TravelClick, he held a variety of leadership positions at Dun & Bradstreet and was a founding employee at Juno Online Services, which went public in 1999.

Cherins has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia University.

David Ciancio
David “Rev” Ciancio Marketing Strategist & Brand Ambassador

David Ciancio, or as most people know him, “Rev,” would tell you that he “likes Burgers” but he’s under playing it. Rev took his passion for food and launched a Burger blog that went on to become one of the top 3 Burger blogs in the world. That helped him to transition from a successful career in the music business as the owner of a marketing and branding agency to opening a craft beer & bourbon bar, launching a successful career in hospitality marketing and advertising and a along with a large social media following. At his core, Rev is a brand ambassador with a passion for marketing and the hospitality business.

Most recently, Rev served as the director of marketing and Schweid & Sons, a 4th generation, family-owned & operated gourmet ground beef purveyor. While there he rebranded the company and successfully relaunched the company which helped them to create a retail brand that is now available in more than 6,300 grocery stores. His daily duties included oversight of all digital, content and social marketing as well as acted as an in-house hospitality marketing agency for Schweid & Sons customers.

Collin Colburn
Collin Colburn Researcher Serving B2C Marketing Professionals, Forrester

Collin is a researcher on the B2C Marketing team. His research focuses on current and future trends in search and discovery marketing. He helps Forrester clients understand how consumers find brands and information and what strategies and technologies marketers can leverage to make themselves discoverable. His research topics include strategies for local marketing, innovations and best practices in search marketing, and how advertising affects consumer trust.

Previously, Collin was a senior research associate on Forrester's Marketing Leadership team. In this role, he supported several analysts, contributing to research in digital media, programmatic technologies, email marketing, search marketing, and social marketing. He also assisted with advisory and consulting deliverables as well as fielding surveys and conducting research interviews.

Prior to Forrester, Collin was a data analyst in financial risk management at GE Capital

Court Cunningham
Court Cunningham Former CEO, Yodle

Court Cunningham led Yodle to form $1M in revenue in 2007 to $200M+ in 2016 and a $340M+ exit to Web.com. Yodle was a leader in local online advertising, that connects small businesses to consumers so simply and cost effective way that people cannot imagine any other way.

Court joined Yodle as CEO in 2007 when it had 10 employees and 200 customers. Prior to joining Yodle, Court held the position of COO at Community Connect, a niche social networking company, where he lead consumer marketing, product development and business development efforts. Prior to Community Connect, Court served as SVP & General Manager of the Marketing Automation group at DoubleClick, where he built DARTmail into a $60 million industry leading email marketing solution that was sold to Epsilon in 2005. Court received a BA in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Curtis
John Curtis Senior Manager, SEO, Walgreens

John Curtis is the Sr. Manager of SEO for Walgreens, where he leads a team that develops and implements enterprise SEO strategy across Walgreens' omni-channel interests in the Retail Products, Photo and Pharmacy businesses. John joined Walgreens in 2012 and during his tenure has formed a program focused not only on "traditional" SEO, but on a broader range of activities that impact Walgreens’ digital effort, such as App Store Optimization, internal search strategy and social media collaboration. Prior to joining Walgreens, John developed SEO, reputation, content marketing and social media products and programs for digital agency L2TMedia. John is a new father, old soul and occasional wit.

Peter Curzon
Peter Curzon Director, Business Development, Yelp

Peter joined Yelp in 2011 to lead product partnerships focused on revenue, content, mobile, and new markets. Recently, Peter has focused on advertising channels and commerce-enablement. He was previously a technology investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners. Peter holds a B.S. in finance and a B.A. in history from the University of Kansas.

Christian de Gennaro
Christian de Gennaro Enterprise Sales Director, Verve

Christian De Gennaro is on the Enterprise Sales team at Verve Mobile, responsible for building out the platform business that serves the SMB/local market. Most recently Christian was VP of Channel Partnerships at Thinknear by Telenav, a leading location based mobile ad network. Here, he worked with a wide variety of media companies and digital platforms to help them target audiences at scale using location data.

Before joining Thinknear, he was VP of Mobile at Digital First Media, the second largest US newspaper company; he was responsible for national and local mobile revenue generation across 200+ digital properties, as well as the company's proprietary audience targeting network, AdTaxi. Prior to joining Digital First Media, Christian reported directly to the CEO and senior leadership team at American Media, Inc. There he was charged with improving the digital profile and competence of the leading celebrity and active lifestyle publishing company. He has also held leadership positions at Penske Media Corporation and AT&T AdWorks. In addition, he is a founding team member of GPShopper, a leading mobile application developer focused on retail.

Tyler Donahue
Tyler Donahue Director, Ecosystem Partnerships, Yext

Tyler runs Yext's global publisher network. He and his team manage over 120 partnerships across more than 15 countries and are responsible for maintaining all relationships as well as growing partnerships in Yext's current markets and abroad. Prior to Yext, Tyler earned a dual degree in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University.

Josephine Durbin
Josephine Durbin Director, Digital Marketing Operations, HCA

Josephine joined HCA, the world’s largest healthcare provider, 5 years ago to establish the company’s social media and digital marketing programs. Josephine worked across the company’s various business units and silos to develop Best Practices and enterprise offerings for the company’s 3,000 employed providers, 160 hospitals, and 1,000 physician practices and urgent care centers. Today, Josephine oversees all aspects of digital marketing operations for HCA. This includes listing management, reputation management, SEO and content optimization, SEM, email marketing and social media. Before joining HCA, Josephine worked at a Nashville based experiential marketing agency where she served Fortune 500 clients, including General Motors, Barclays Bank and AirTran Airways.

Charles Dyer
Charles Dyer Global Director of Business Development, HERE

Charles is the Global Director of Business Development at HERE, the mapping technology used in 80% of all U.S. and European cars. Charles manages HERE’s strategic relationship with Microsoft and leads new business and partnership development, along with various other responsibilities including developing solutions with leading partners in autonomous driving, Internet of Things and Enterprise businesses.

Prior to joining HERE, Charles spent time with both large companies and startups from Microsoft to Pingup. While at Microsoft in the Bing Mobile, Local and Commerce team, Charles negotiated one of Yext’s first distribution agreements with Bing Maps.

Daphne Earp
Daphne Earp VP Market Development DACH, Yext

Daphne Earp is the Vice President of Market Development, DACH Region at Yext. Daphne joined in 2010 and until recently served as VP, Ecosystem Partnerships. In this role she worked to develop the relationships with local search publishers like Apple, Facebook and Yelp who sync with the Yext Location Cloud. Daphne is also on the Rising Leaders Committee for New York Cares and Princeton's Entrepreneurship Council Alumni Board. Daphne graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Craig Ellis
Craig Ellis EVP, Global Head of Operations, Reprise Media

Craig focuses on identifying best-in-class and unexpected solutions for clients, be it through paid, owned, earned or amplified media. Throughout his 20-year career, Craig has worked on some of the world’s most iconic global brands across automotive, technology, travel and more. In 2013, he received the coveted IAB “Organic Search” Award.

Gerard Florendo
Gerard Florendo Senior Manager, eCommerce Marketing, GUESS?, Inc.

With 12+ years of success and expertise in e-commerce, focused on the fashion retail industry, Gerard Florendo has successfully developed systematic multi-channel digital marketing campaigns through deep understanding of analytics. His initiatives and foresight into the ever evolving digital world have proven invaluable in building these partnerships, both internal and external. And even with the changing landscape of customer shopping behavior, his ability to identify trends has been the main key in providing double-digit growth in both traffic and conversions across channels in North America.

Barry Gee
Barry Gee Marketing Advisor, FedEx

Barry is a marketing advisor and thought leader at FedEx, with 16 years of experience connecting corporate, SMB and retail customers with innovative, digital marketing solutions. He started his search career in 2008, bringing expertise in ecommerce product development, brand, small business marketing and advertising to the search practice. Barry has grown local search at FedEx into a sustainable marketing channel by integrating content, search and social withinlocal.fedex.com and 3rd party apps.

Prior to FedEx, Barry worked as a marketing consultant in France for AVS Azur and in operations for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. He earned an International MBA from the University of Memphis and holds a private pilot certificate with instrument rating.

Walter Geer
Walter Geer VP & Creative Director, Verve

As vice president and creative director at Verve, Walter Geer is responsible for creating compelling mobile advertising experiences that re-invent and revitalize the way brands and advertisers connect with consumers through transformative mobile technology.

A veteran of the digital advertising space, Walter holds a total of six U.S Patents for digital ad formats, and has developed ad products and implemented creative strategies for a variety of publishers and leading technology and media companies including Google, Viacom and MySpace.

Throughout his sixteen-year career, Walter has architected market-first usability labs, applying biometric research to the development of creative executions and minimizing risk by understanding how consumer emotions and demographics impact brand engagement.

Prior to Verve, Walter was vice president of product strategy at PointRoll where he was responsible for the company’s innovation, design strategy and mobile and display product teams. Walter joined PointRoll from Onswipe where he was vice president of ad products and technology.

Alex Golshan
Alex Golshan Executive Consultant, AG Consulting

Alex is a passionate customer advocate with extensive experience in eCommerce innovations and dramatic revenue growth. He has extensive experience in eCommerce strategy, innovation and operations, Omni-Channel strategies and implementation, and global expansion. Alex is currently an executive consultant with fashion brands and innovative eCommerce product companies. Clients include American Apparel, Big Star Denim and others. He was formerly, VP of Omni-Channel and Global eCommerce at BCBG, where he expanded eCommerce presence globally and delivered innovations that extended customer engagement and provided a seamless brand presence across channels. Previous to that, Alex led Omnichannel and eCommerce strategy team at Guitar center where he architected services that more than doubled on-line revenue during his tenure. Prior to that, Alex held positions as GM/VP of Multi-Channel Products at Escalate Retail, VP of Product Management & Development at Evant (now Manhattan Associates), and other management positions at Blue Martini Software, Ernst & Young Center for Technology Enablement and Price Waterhouse. He has been a speaker at NRF, shop.org, eTail, and various other global industry conferences.

Vikas Gupta
Vikas Gupta Director of Marketing, Factual

Vikas joined Factual in 2011 and runs Factual’s marketing department. He is an active participant in trade organizations, including co-chairing the MMA’s Location Committee and co-chairing the IAB Mobile Center’s Location Data Working Group.

Prior to Factual, Vikas was at LoopNet Inc. for 3 years where he did marketing strategy and analytics for both LoopNet’s core commercial real estate business and their business for sale subsidiary BizBuySell. Prior to LoopNet he was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in financial services, airlines, and chemicals in a variety of capacities including strategy, operations, and post-merger management.

Vikas earned his BA (Business-Economics) and MBA from UCLA.

Nate Hanks

Nathan Hanks is CEO of Music Audience Exchange (MAX), a technology company redefining brand-artist marketing partnerships by helping both to engage targeted audiences across all the places they engage with music. MAX works with many of the world's leading consumer brands such as Ford, MillerCoors, and McDonald's. Previously Nathan was cofounder and President of ReachLocal, an online marketing technology company serving local businesses. In nine years, he grew the firm to 24,000 clients across 15 countries, generating over half a billion dollars in annual revenue. Nathan is an angel investor supporting a wide range of companies including SmartThings (acquired by Samsung) and Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). He has a BA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an MBA from Centenary College.

Golda Hartman
Golda H. Hartman, MD VP of Business Strategy, Health & Wellness, Music Audience Exchange

For nearly a decade, Golda H. Hartman, MD has combined her clinical experience as a pediatrician with her background in marketing to navigate online healthcare strategies. Dr. Hartman paved the way for service-line driven search engine marketing (SEM) in healthcare.

Currently, Dr. Hartman serves as Vice President of Business Strategy at Music Audience Exchange (MAX), responsible for the Health and Wellness categories. MAX is a content marketing platform serving top consumer brands. Prior to her work at MAX, Dr. Hartman built the Healthcare Division at ReachLocal, a global marketing services company and Google AdWords premier SMB partner. She was accountable for connecting ReachLocal’s healthcare partners with the diverse array of patients seeking quality health care online.

Dr. Hartman completed residency in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During her final year of training, she served as a Chief Resident. She is actively licensed and board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prior to her residency training, she earned her M.D. from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center and a B.S. in Biology at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Gordon Henry
Gordon Henry CMO, Dex Media

Gordon Henry is an entrepreneurial executive who has led the digital transformation of multiple large media companies. As CMO at Dex Media, a $1B+ marketing services firm with over 400,000 SMB customers, he has overhauled the company’s product development and customer acquisition and retention strategy. As GM at Deluxe Corp. ($1.5B), he built a $150M+ web services portfolio, including leading the acquisition of OrangeSoda and VerticalResponse. As CMO at Yellowbook, he grew the company’s online business from $10M to $300M and built the company’s brand into a household name, helping to drive overall revenue from $500 million to $2 billion. Gordon received his B.A. from Yale and his MBA from Wharton. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Debbie and their three sons.

Ellie Hirschhorn
Ellie Hirschhorn Chief Digital & Consumer Officer, Vitals

Ellie Hirschhorn has 18 years of experience driving digital initiatives that transform businesses and serve consumers. As Vitals’ Chief Digital & Consumer Officer, Ellie is charged with maximizing the consumer experience and optimizing Vitals’ consumer-facing digital properties, including Vitals.com, to empower consumers to shop for health care providers with confidence and guide them through their patient journey.

Prior to Vitals, Ellie was Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President at Simon & Schuster where she was responsible for the company’s global digital initiatives, including websites, mobile, CRM, ecommerce platforms, content syndication and operations. Hirschhorn was also EVP, Digital at CBS College Sports and served as Chief Operating Officer at MediaNet, a digital subscription music venture, and General Manager of MTV.com. Ellie received a BA in History from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stephen Ingulli
Stephen Ingulli Vice President, Digital Strategy, Morgan Stanley

As Vice President of Digital Strategy, Stephen Ingulli has worked to transform digital marketing and the way in which Morgan Stanley engages clients and promotes its advisor community. He has more than a decade of experience in digital marketing, online advertising and product strategy in the Fintech space.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Stephen worked at Prudential Financial in their digital marketing organization where he developed lead generation strategies and drove marketing as well as advertising best practices across the organization.

Erin Jaeger
Erin Jaeger Director of Product Marketing, Yext

Erin Jaeger leads the product marketing team at Yext. She is passionate about technologies that make life more fun, efficient, and fulfilling for businesses and consumers alike. Prior to Yext, Jaeger worked in product marketing for IBM, where she supported unifying five acquired brands into what is now the IBM Marketing Cloud.

Jaeger is a proud alumna of Dartmouth College, an avid supporter of caffeine consumption and women in tech, and a certified yoga instructor.

Nick Jameson

Nick is a manager in Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy practice within Deloitte Consulting LLP, focused on strategic capability building and corporate and business unit strategy. He is passionate about helping global companies activate and engage ecosystems to navigate uncertainties to address risk, drive competitive advantage, and set and execute strategies for growth. Nick has more than eight years of experience advising clients in such industries as consumer and industrial products, telecommunications, transportation, national security, and manufacturing.

Erik Jensen
Erik Jensen Senior Director, Brand Engagement, Denny’s

Erik is responsible for the strategic development and execution of all National and International brand elements that support overall business objectives and national calendar activities while driving integration and innovation along the way. He is proud to lead a talented and dedicated team in all advertising, menu & merchandising, digital, mobile, social, PR, diversity and media planning efforts. The work of the Denny’s team and agency partners has resulted in recent Effie, Cannes Lion and Addy awards.

A creative problem solver and strategic thinker, Erik has 20 years of experience in the marketing communications field. He has held leadership roles at notable advertising agencies such as DDB and FCB directing initiatives for clients such as Capital One®, Yum! Brands®, Hampton® by Hilton, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Emily Keller
Emily Keller Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, Google

Emily is a self-taught web developer, and a member of the Google Maps deployment team in New York City. She studied chemical engineering, but ditched her lab coat and goggles in favor of a Google T-Shirt and cap. It was a great decision! She enjoys video games, pizza, baths, and her dog Aurora Dobby Keller a.k.a. Rory.

Jonathan Kennell
Jonathan Kennell VP of Product, Yext

Jonathan Kennell is Vice President of Product Management at Yext, the world leader in location data management, where he oversees all new and existing product development. Prior to Yext, Jonathan was Director of Product at HireVue.

Jonathan has extensive enterprise software experience in the local marketing, scheduling, and recruiting industries. Prior to HireVue, he built and sold a successful scheduling company, Reschedge, and worked as a software engineer at Google (where he built the Local Business Center, the original predecessor to today's Google My Business).

Jonathan has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Justin Knight
Justin Knight Location Service Specialist, Google

Justin holds a Master's degree in Geographic Information Systems from Binghamton University with an undergrad in Environmental Science. For the last 12 years he's been working with Large Enterprises and the Government to help them adopt location based data, services and technologies across a very broad spectrum of use cases. He loves spending time with his family and still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up.

Alex Konrad
Alex Konrad Staff Writer, Forbes

Alex Konrad is a staff writer covering venture capital, enterprise and NY startups. He is editor of the Midas List of the world’s leading venture capitalist and the 30 Under 30 for VC. In 2016 he launched a new list, the Cloud 100, which ranks the top private cloud companies. He is the former homepage editor at Forbes and has written for publishers including Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fortune Magazine, where he was a reporter from 2010 to 2012. Before that, he interned at WNYC radio and was a manager of a test prep company. Konrad graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in medieval history and archaeology. He spends much of his time on Twitter at @alexrkonrad, where you’ll catch the one-time rugby player talking about a wide array of sports.

Bob Kraut
Bob Kraut Former SVP, Global CMO, Papa John’s International

As SVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Papa John’s International Bob was responsible for marketing the Papa John’s brand in 38 countries over 4,700 locations. In 2014, Bob led a “brand renaissance” launching a new campaign, reforming the new product development and calendar planning process, the e-commerce business to over 50% of sales, introduced customer segmentation and analytics to the customer loyalty program, introduced objective-based budget planning and identified new business opportunities all resulting in record 2014 sales and 23 month consecutive months of growth.

As SVP, Brand Marketing & Advertising at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Bob was responsible for Arby’s comeback Prior to that, Bob served YUM! Brands at Pizza Hut as Vice President, Marketing Communications and held a series of increasingly responsible marketing and advertising positions at General Motors including Director, GM Brand Marketing & Advertising Operations.

Bob currently serves as Board Advisor to Tiff’s Treats, an Austin Texas cult-brand –nation’s #1 cookie delivery chain and he recently joined the Board of Advisors for YEXT, an award-winning global location data management leader.

In 2014, Bob received the CMO Club’s Award for Customer Experience. He attended the Advanced Management Training Program at Harvard Business School.

Douglas Kwong
Douglas Kwong Head of Digital, Cicis: Beyond Pizza

Douglas Kwong is the Digital Director at Cicis Pizza, where he has refreshed and launched various online customer platforms as part of the company’s revitalization initiative. He systematically grows the digital footprint at Cicis through the recently launched responsive website, email, SMS/MMS, social media, My Cicis mobile app, and digital media platforms. Prior to joining Cicis, Douglas devised and executed online initiatives to grow exposure and e-commerce revenue at global hospitality organizations Hilton Worldwide and Choice Hotels International. He is also President and Co-Founder of the Diabetic Shoes HuB, an online retailer of orthopedic footwear and accessories.

Daniel Lemin
Daniel Lemin Head of Consulting, Convince & Convert

Daniel Lemin leads consulting work for corporate and agency clients at Convince & Convert. He is the author of Manipurated, and is a frequently quoted authority on the reputation industry by major U.S. and international media. Daniel has an almost superhuman immunity to jet lag and is known to take midday swims to hit his personal reset button. An early Google hire (rumors are he was No. 400), Daniel was one of the first pioneers to recognize the influence of online ratings and reviews on businesses. Daniel delivers consulting and strategy about digital marketing, public relations, and reputation management for prominent Fortune 500 companies, including Nestlé USA, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels, Sony, Suzuki Motors, Munchkin, and Best Buy. Perhaps of equal importance, he is a recognized authority on finding the best and most interesting item on a menu within minutes, and can bring a slice of pizza back from the soggy brink of disaster.

Rebecca Lieb

Rebecca Lieb is a strategic advisor, research analyst, keynote speaker, author, and columnist. Her areas of concentration are digital marketing and media, with a concentration in content strategy, content marketing and converged media.

Rebecca works with many of the world's leading brands on digital marketing innovation. Her clients range from start-up to non-profits to Fortune 100 brands and regulated industries, including Facebook, Home Depot, Nestlé, Anthem, Adobe, Honeywell, DuPont, Fidelity, Gannett, IBM, Save the Children, Pinterest, Cisco, ad and PR agencies, and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Earlier, Rebecca was Altimeter Group's digital advertising and media analyst, where she published what remains the largest extant body of research on content marketing, content strategy, and content's role in paid, owned and earned media.

Carrie Liken
Carrie Liken Head of Industry, Healthcare, Yext

Carrie Liken recently joined Yext from Google, where she had spent the last 8.5 years. She holds a degree in public policy and political science from Duke University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on health policy. She has focused on healthcare over the last fifteen years, and most recently joined Yext from Google, where she spent time working with healthcare organizations to drive patient and customer acquisition. In addition to her work in the United States, she also focused on growing the Google healthcare team in Hyderabad, India and in expanding healthcare, CPG and retail businesses in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Erin Levzow
Erin Levzow VP of Marketing, Freebirds World Burrito

Erin Levzow, Vice President of Marketing at Freebirds World Burrito, has a proven history and extensive background in strategizing consumer experience and online branding. Known as a dynamic and multi-talented marketing leader, Levzow was named as a 2015 Mobile Marketer “Top 25 Women to Watch in Mobile” award winner.

Prior to joining the Freebirds Tribe, Levzow served as Director of Digital Marketing for Wingstop in Dallas, TX. Before relocating to Texas, Levzow resided in Las Vegas, NV and advanced her way to become the Executive Director of Marketing and eCommerce at the Palms Casino Resort.

Erin Levzow fell in love with the concept of creating a brands story and message for guests to value. Levzow’s knowledge and involvement in the digital marketing realm, plays an instrumental role in facilitating Freebirds’ mission of engaging with each guest to ensure the perfect dining experience.

Julie Lyle
Julie Lyle CEO & CMO, DemandJump

Julie Lyle is the Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for DemandJump, a growth stage A.I. and marketing technology company serving Fortune 1000 retail, CPG, B2C and B2B brands. She joined DemandJump in June 2016, bringing a 25+-year track record of success as an entrepreneur, executive and Board member for some of the world’s most respected brands.

Prior to joining DemandJump, Julie served as Global Chief Marketing Officer for Walmart, Prudential plc, hhgregg and Voyager. She was also Chief Merchant and Chief Marketing officer for Pamida (Sun Capital Partners) and served as the Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Director for Raytheon.

Julie is also an experienced entrepreneur. In 1985, she founded Ripley Marketing Group, which she led for 11 years and grew into a multi-million dollar business and consumer marketing and communications firm.

In recognition of her achievements, Julie was named “Top 25 Women to Watch,” and “Top 20 Omnichannel Retail Executive.” She has received one Silver Anvil, 2 Bronze Quills, the prestigious Gold Standard and many other awards for her contributions to marketing, ecommerce and government relations worldwide. She is often quoted in Forbes, WSJ, FastCompany,FT and other international business publications. Having lived and worked in dozens of countries throughout APAC, EMEA and The Americas, Julie has put to good use her degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Brazil.

Chris Malone
Chris Malone Agency Partnerships & Sales Strategy, Mindstream Interactive

Chris is widely recognized as an influencer and innovator within the local digital space, and leads the development of Mindstream Interactive’s local marketing capabilities. During his time with the organization, he has designed and executed multi-channel local marketing strategies for many of the World’s most prominent brands; effecively leveraging the equity of a brand to influence local consumer behavior throughout the buying journey. Chris has been a featured speaker at the BIA Kelsey and Local Search Association events; and, his latest SMB marketing strategy was the featured case study for local digital marketing best practices at the exclusive Google International Franchise Association conference. He is a passionate markerting leader focused on delivering measurable results for national advertisers – and, local marketing strategy is at his core.

Temy Mancusi-Ungaro
Temy Mancusi-Ungaro SVP of Operations, Yext

Mr. Mancusi-Ungaro serves as Yext's SVP of Operations, overseeing the fulfillment of Yext's products to all customers. At Yext, he helps over 800,000 businesses around the world get on the map via integrations with Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo and more than 100 other sites around the world. Mr. Mancusi-Ungaro came to Yext from CityGrid, where he served as Senior Director and helped build the CityGrid distribution platform, led all major integrations, and increased the network from two partners to over 250.

Prior to CityGrid, Mr. Mancusi-Ungaro served as an Associate Director of Financial Planning for IAC/InterActiveCorp and previously worked as an investment banker for Citigroup and Sonenshine Partners. He holds a degree in Economics from Yale University.

Tim Mason

Tim is currently CEO at Eagle Eye Solutions Ltd. He has over 30 years’ experience within the grocery and retail industries, with a strong background in strategic marketing and customer loyalty. Tim’s last role was as Chairman of Bonmarché Holdings plc from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that he was Deputy CEO at Tesco from January 2010 to December 2012. He held a number of other roles within the Tesco Group between 1982 and 2012 including CMO for Tesco and CEO of Fresh & Easy LLC. He is also currently Chairman of Digital Natives Content Limited, a Director of Its Fresh Ltd and on the advisory board of Yext.

Glenn May
Glenn May Senior Search Manager, T-Mobile

As Senior Search Manager, Glenn May leads T-Mobile’s Natural Search team on delivering the industry’s most forward thinking search and integrated marketing solutions. Glenn brings to T-Mobile more than 19 years of specialized experience in SEO, Paid Search, Onsite Search, Social Media, Online Marketing, E-Commerce, and Analytics. Glenn has built a reputation for creating award-winning programs and developing proven online strategies, including the launch of the onsite search, paid search, and SEO programs at T-Mobile.

Recognized as an industry leader, Glenn is a regular speaker at events such as, SMX, Titans of Search, and Inflection Point in addition to various webinars. Glenn has also served as Committee Chairman for SEMPO.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Glenn was web producer at Microsoft where he worked for 6 years on over 50 web properties, which included working on the team that launched WindowsMedia.com.

Throughout it all, Glenn has owned and operated his own successful online publishing business, and is also an Executive Board Member for Tackle The Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children that are victims of natural disasters.

David McClusky
David McClusky Solutions Architect, Google Maps, Google

David is a solutions architect for the Google Maps team and advises Google's top partners and customers on the adoption of new technologies for mobile, web and the cloud. David works to craft scalable solutions for a wide range of complex geospatial applications such as -- location intelligence & analytics, indoor mapping & navigation, telematics, big data and imagery. Before joining Google, David spent 10 years in the aerospace industry developing advanced remote sensing systems for the U.S. government.

Sable Mi
Sable Mi VP, Research & Analytics, NinthDecimal

As VP of Research and Analytics at NinthDecimal, Sable is responsible for helping clients connect with their real-world audience, identify marketable moments that drive engagement and create actionable insights. By incorporating location data with other online and offline data across devices, Sable and her team provide a more holistic view of today’s mobile-first audience, which informs clients’ planning, activation, measurement and optimization decisions. She also serves as an advocate for third party measurement and cross-platform ad effectiveness, and represents NinthDecimal at various organizations which establish and reinforce industry standards.

Prior to joining NinthDecimal, Sable led BrightRoll’s agency research team, where she was responsible for new research product development and testing, custom research for strategic accounts, and cross-platform measurement to demonstrate the effectiveness of digital video advertising. As a seasoned industry veteran, Sable has a deep background in advertising that spans both full service agencies and leading ad tech companies. She is a recipient of the 2013 IAB Service Excellence Award for Optimizing Ad Effectiveness, and currently serves on the Advertising Research Foundation board of curators and Media Rating Council board of directors.

Sable has an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. in Mass Communication from Towson University.

Natalie Monbiot
Natalie Monbiot SVP, Managing Partner, Strategic Innovation, Universal McCann

As SVP Managing Partner, Strategic Innovation, Natalie is responsible for moving innovation up-stream in the planning process and across agency disciplines to deliver the best overall product to UM clients. This includes developing new cultural and audience insight products, and new ways for brands to penetrate white spaces to capture consumer attention.

Previously, Natalie was SVP, Managing Partner, Digital for UM, and before that, Director of Strategy at the IPG Media Lab, an innovations think tank where she was in expert in evaluating startups and partnering to deliver one-of-a-kind tech-driven opportunities for brands.

Natalie is an innovation thought leader and in-demand speaker on new media topics, which today include machine learning and conversational marketing. In 2014 she was honored as an Internationalist Innovator, and in March 2015 she was honored as Industry Leader in the Cynopsis Women in Digital Award.

Gene Munster
Gene Munster Managing Director & Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray

Gene Munster is a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1995. Munster’s Internet focus includes the US, Europe, China & Latin America. His coverage includes Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, Baidu, and MercadoLibre. In addition, Munster has covered the Digital Media space since 1995, including Apple. He has authored several key industry reports on technology and is quoted frequently in key financial and technical news journals. Munster holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management and new venture strategies from the University of St. Thomas.

Raj Nijjer
Raj Nijjer VP, Community, Yext; Publisher, Geomarketing.com

As Vice President of Community, Raj Nijjer oversees community development at Yext, a global Digital Location Management (DLM) leader based in New York. Raj is also the publisher of GeoMarketing.com, a leading daily source for location marketing news for marketing professionals. Prior to joining Yext, Raj managed GoDaddy’s online presence and commerce division, growing it into a $100m+ business. While at GoDaddy for nine years, Raj held multiple leadership roles launching new and innovative products resulting in over twenty patents filed and four issued. A startup fan and digital media zealot, Raj is an angel investor and advisor to multiple startups.

Marissa O'Leary
Marissa O’Leary VP Agency Development, Yext

Marissa O’Leary joined Yext in January 2016 as Vice President of Agency Development. Marissa is responsible for collaborating with Yext’s strategic ad agency partners to jointly deliver world class location technology & experiences for enterprise brands.

Marissa spent the majority of her career at Google driving digital strategy & comprehensive media programs with top Retail & Financial services brands to achieve their direct response, engagement, & branding goals. More recently, Marissa served as the Director of Strategic Sales at Vee24 to help the UK start-up launch the US market.

Marissa is a Boston native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with a BA in Economics.

Richard Ortiz
Richard Ortiz Senior Associate, Business Analytics, BAYADA Home Health Care

After several years in the marketing industry, Richard's current digital marketing residence is BAYADA Home Health Care. He manages and monitors the geo-location data and digital presence of BAYADA Home Health Care's 300+ offices. When not asking Google to reinstate an office listing, he can be found creating analytics reporting for stakeholder consumption, creating multivariate and user experience testing, and competitive gap analyses. His favorite color is blue and he likes long walks on the beach.

Tony Pace
Tony Pace Founder, Cerebral Graffiti; Chairman, ANA; Former CMO, Subway

Tony is a marketing leader who has driven change and built businesses and brands across the marketing and communications spectrum. Subway became #2 in market share and #1 in locations under his leadership. Tony created the digital and social blueprint which helped Subway reach #40 Brand Z's annual ranking of most valuable brands.

At Young & Rubicam and McCann-Erickson, Tony led those agencies' multi-disciplinary efforts for major brands such as KFC, Coca-Cola, Capital One and Exxon. He also co-founded Momentum, the global experiential marketing firm, and served as General Manager of McCann's southwest offices.

Tony is currently the Chairman of the Association of National Advertisers and has a consulting practice, Cerebral Graffiti.

Kaushal Pandia
Kaushal Pandia Head of Digital - Wealth Management, Bank of the West

Kaushal Pandia is a fin-tech leader with over 15 years of experience in digital product strategy and management roles. In his current role as Head of Digital for Wealth Management at Bank of the West, Kaushal is responsible for driving the digital vision and strategy to deepen engagement and grow wallet share for the business and the brand. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Kaushal also held key product leadership roles at Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.

Adit Parasuram VP of Business Development, Binary Fountain

As Vice President of Business Development, Adit is responsible for establishing strategic channel partners, evaluating growth opportunities and international market development.

Prior to Binary Fountain, Adit was Sr. Director of Project Development at Vubiquity, the largest global provider of multi-platform video services, where he was responsible for deploying strategic projects, fostering relationships and was instrumental in their expansion into the international marketplace.

Prior to Vubiquity, Adit served in various sales and operational positions at British Telecom, including the Global Telecom Markets division and Broadcast Services Unit. Previously, Adit joined Intelsat, the leading provider of satellite services worldwide, where he was responsible for sales operations in the Media & Entertainment division.

Jeffrey K. Rohrs
Jeffrey K. Rohrs Chief Marketing Officer, Yext

Jeff serves as CMO for Yext, the company that puts business on the map with the award-winning Yext Location Cloud. Jeff previously served as Vice President of Marketing Insights for Salesforce and ExactTarget, and his first book, AUDIENCE: Marketing in the Age of Subscribers, Fans and Followers (Wiley 2014), has been lauded by marketers and executives alike as a must-read for those interested in the rise of proprietary audience development as a core marketing responsibility. A Clevelander now living in the heart of Manhattan, he continues to marvel that his Cleveland Cavaliers won an NBA Championship.

Michael Ruiz
Michael E. Ruiz Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, MedStar Health

Michael Ruiz is vice president and chief digital officer for MedStar Health, where he is responsible for the oversight and execution of MedStar’s digital strategy to become a premier digital healthcare presence. Michael thoughtfully integrates business strategy with digital technology—including mobile, web, social, cloud, and analytics—with a focus on the user experience. Recently named on Hot Topics’ list of “100 Digital Change Agents Future-proofing their Brands”, Michael has diverse experience spanning multiple industries and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Prior to MedStar, Michael served as a principal consultant for Impact Makers, and was also a founding member of Deloitte Digital—the first Big-4 global digital practice.

Bryan Rutcofsky
Bryan Rutcofsky VP of Sales, Small Business & Partner, Yext

Bryan Rutcofsky joined Yext as Vice President of Sales in 2007. As Yext's original seller he spent the first few years building and scaling the SMB sales operation. In 2012 Bryan transitioned to run sales for the newly founded Partner team. Bryan joined Yext from FDN Communications, a Florida based telecom company, where he was a top sales performer and served as a Corporate Sales Trainer and Manager during his tenure. His expertise in sales, training and mentoring sellers has been an integral part of Yext's success.

Itai Sadan
Itai Sadan Co-Founder & CEO, Duda

Itai Sadan founded Duda in 2008 to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. Since then, in addition to offering their mobile-only solution, the company has evolved to also offer an all-in- one responsive website builder for agencies and small businesses alike. Prior to founding Duda, Itai was a director at SAP where he managed the SAP Discovery System program and was in charge of relationships with IBM, HP and Fujitsu. At age 21, he also founded InterSight, a start-up for data storage. Itai has a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel.

Kim Sharan
Kim Sharan Founder & CEO, Kim M. Sharan, LLC

As a C-suite executive and general manager with full P&L responsibility, Kim Sharan has over 35 years of diverse leadership experience with several premiere multi-billion dollar global financial services organizations, including Ameriprise Financial, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Citicorp and Citibank. Kim has established and led multiple new startups in the U.S., Japan and India, as well as rapid growth, turnaround and traditional businesses. Kim is recognized as an inspiring leader with exceptional strategic and financial discipline, team-building skills, digital media and communications savvy, and a unique ability to embrace change and consistently achieve positive transformation in complex, demanding organizations. Forbes named Kim one of the world’s most influential CMOs in 2013.

Kim retired in May 2014 from Ameriprise Financial where she was the President of Financial Planning and Wealth Strategies and Chief Marketing Officer. Since retiring, Kim formed a strategic advisory company, Kim M. Sharan, LLC, and is advising businesses on creating a unique and lasting brand by delivering extraordinary client experiences. In addition, Kim serves on the TIAA Board of Trustees, is an advisor to Yext, a technology company putting companies on the map, and Own the Room, a company developing world-class communicators. Kim also serves on the national Board of Girls Inc., a non-profit organization operating in North America serving over 140,000 girls, and inspiring them to be “strong, smart and bold” by building academic and life skills.

Kim is a member of two invitation-only women’s organizations: Women’s Forum New York, comprised of prominent women achievers, and The Committee of 200, a group of high level corporate operating executives and women entrepreneurs focused on advancing women’s leadership in business.

Kim holds a BA in Economics from Drew University and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She and her husband reside in Bonita Springs, Florida.

John Sheldon
John Sheldon Senior Vice President, Innovation Management, Mastercard

John Sheldon is SVP/group head of Innovation Management for MasterCard Labs. In this role, he is responsible for the programs and processes that help generate unique, innovative ideas, both internally and in collaboration with our key external partners. His team supports the innovation process from ideation through prototyping and business case development, both developing new concepts and determining which opportunities make the most sense for MasterCard to pursue/incubate. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Sheldon held various positions at eBay Enterprise, including head of growth programs and head of strategy. At eBay, he led a team of e-commerce and digital marketing experts working closely with important retailers. Previously, Mr. Sheldon held a number of consulting, marketing and strategy positions at Ogilvy, BBH, Oracle and Price Waterhouse at increasing levels of responsibility. He was a founding partner at Customer Portfolios, a database marketing company in Boston, leading their strategy and analytic efforts. Mr. Sheldon graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics.

Andrew Shotland
Andrew Shotland Founder & CEO, Local SEO Guide

Andrew is the Founder & CEO of localseoguide.com a leading search consultancy with a specialty in SEO for multi-location businesses, enterprise-level search marketing and corporate training. He is a regular contributor to searchengineland.com, author of the definitive Google News Ranking Factors survey and applemapsmarketing.com, a blog focused on helping businesses navigate Apple Maps and SIRI. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the Internet. He was a founding member of NBC’s Internet group and a former GM of NBC.com. He helped start Insider Pages, a pioneering local-social search engine, which was acquired by CitySearch in 2006.

Samir Singh
Samir Singh Implementation Engineer, Yext

Samir is the Partner Engineering lead at Yext. His team is responsible for all third-party integrations (i.e. publishers, resellers, enterprises) with Yext. After working in Finance, Samir sought an opportunity that would better exercise his technical strengths. In 2014, Samir joined Yext and never looked back. Samir has a BS and MS from Carnegie Mellon where he studied Computer Engineering and Cyber Security.

Greg Sterling
Greg Sterling VP of Strategy, LSA

Greg Sterling is VP of Strategy & Insights for the Local Search Association (LSA). He is also a contributing editor at leading tech blogs Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. Sterling has been conducting research and writing about location-based media and marketing since 1999. Previously Sterling was as a senior analyst for Opus Research and The Kelsey Group (now BIA/Kelsey). He was also founding editor at Allbusiness.com and a producer for TechTV. Sterling has a law degree and was a practicing attorney for roughly 10 years.

Chad Stoller
Chad Stoller EVP, Global Innovation Director, IPG Mediabrands

Chad Stoller serves as Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Director, IPG Mediabrands. In this role, he is responsible for prospecting and integrating both new and emerging technologies to deliver best-in-class solutions and products across the network and to clients. Chad also identifies new layers of revenue generation for IPG Mediabrands, clients and partners.

Prior to his appointment in May 2016, Chad served as Managing Partner of the IPG Media Lab. There, he led the Lab’s evolution from a Los Angeles-based research center to a global innovation hub that leverages emerging technologies, platforms and capabilities to deliver new media solutions for clients.

Before joining IPG Mediabrands in 2010, Chad held senior roles at BBDO, Organic and the Arnell Group.

Purna Virji
Purna Virji Senior Manager of PPC Training, Microsoft

Named by PPC Hero as the #1 most influential PPC Expert in the world, Purna specializes in SEM, SEO and Voice Search. With over a decade in search, she regularly speaks at conferences across the globe such asMozCon and SMX Advanced and is a columnist for Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch.

An award-winning former journalist, Purna was the CEO of Purview Marketing prior to joining the Bing Ads team. In her spare time, she’s an avid traveler, aspiring top chef and amateur knitter.

Colleen Walsh
Colleen Walsh Manager, Digital Communications, Steward Health Care

Colleen Walsh is a digital marketing consultant for health care organizations looking to adopt proven contemporary marketing technologies and strategies to better communicate with patients online, drive appointments and close the gap on ROI.

Before launching her consulting company, Walsh was the Director of Digital Communications and Social Media at Steward Health Care, the second largest health care system in Massachusetts. In this role, she provided system-wide online and social media strategy for Steward’s 10 hospitals and physician network. She also spearheaded an overhaul of all digital initiatives, which included overseeing a $350K mobile friendly, intuitive website redesign that provides health care consumers with personalized online experiences.

Walsh received a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Houston and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network and Digital Rochester.

Liz Walton
Liz Walton Director of Marketing, Yext

Liz Walton is the Director of Marketing at Yext, where she leads brand marketing and communications globally. During her tenure with the company, she has led the company to such awards as Inc 5000 in 2015 and 2016, Forbes Most Promising Companies 2015 and 2016, Fortune Best Places to Work 2014 and 2015, and Crains Fast 50 in 2014 and 2015.

Prior to Yext she was at New York City based Stamped, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2012.

Christian Ward
Christian Ward EVP, Partnerships, Yext

Christian leads the strategic partnerships team at Yext. With a background in creating and leading information and data companies, his focus is to help other businesses leverage the power of the Yext platform in their own strategies. Prior to joining Yext, Christian was the Chief Data Officer at Infogroup as well as the Global Head of Content Innovation at Thomson Reuters. Christian holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida.

Connie Weaver
Connie K. Weaver Executive Vice President & CMO, TIAA

Connie Weaver is EVP and CMO at TIAA, a Fortune-100 global company that provides full-service financial services and specializes in the needs of those who work in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

As CMO, Connie has led a transformation of TIAA-CREF’s marketing strategy and brand to place simplicity, clarity, and engagement at the center of the customer experience. In 2016, these efforts culminated in the re-introduction of the company as simply TIAA, a completely reimagined web site, and the most comprehensive marketing campaign in the company’s history. Connie continues to ensure that TIAA’s brand serves as a differentiator to engage customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Prior to TIAA, she held senior leadership positions at McGraw-Hill, Microsoft, MCI, AT&T, BearingPoint (where she was named one of BtoB Magazine’s Top 10 Marketers) and The Hartford Financial Services.

Wendy Weinstein Karp
Wendy Weinstein Karp CMO, W2K Consulting

Wendy Weinstein Karp is a marketing professional with a focus on food and beverage and the on-premise restaurant sector. She is the founder of W2K Consulting which enables small business and enterprise to outsource the CMO function and receive high level marketing on an ongoing, part-time basis. Earlier, she spent 10 years with the San Pellegrino Group as their Director of Global Marketing based in Milan, and the US Director of Marketing in NY. Prior to that she was on the marketing team for Pernod Ricard in New York and France, marketing the Orangina soft drink.

She is an owner of Plates Restaurant in Larchmont and founded the Larchmont Farmer’s Market. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wendy speaks French, Italian and Spanish.

David Wen
David Wen Senior Software Engineer, Yext

David is an engineering lead at Yext. His team has helped build out the infrastructure for the Location Cloud API over the past several months. He joined Yext in 2011, intrigued by the New York startup scene and the enthusiastic energy from the company. David has a BS and MEng from MIT, where he studied Computer Science and Mathematics.