TECH, MEDIA & TELECOM

The pace of technological and digital innovation has never been faster. BWG Technology, Media & Telecom events are an agnostic forum to debate and share perspectives on key companies, products and emerging trends.

3D PRINTING / DESIGN SOFTWARE


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • 3D printing and design software has revolutionized rapid prototyping and broadly expanded the opportunities for professionals to test new ideas
  • Commercial applications migrate from prototypes to production across a range of applications – aerospace, automotive, utilities,
  • Expanding material options – metals, plastics, biomedical, and consumables
  • Innovative technologies from HPs multijet fusion to Carbon3D, improving print speed, resolution and accuracy
  • Dental, custom biomedicine applications are revolutionizing medicine, lowering treatment costs and improving quality of life

BIG DATA / BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Extension of data visualization beyond data analysts to business manager
  • Growth of hadoop and distributed databases for lower cost data warehousing
  • Impact of Spark for faster IO
  • Rapid insights from machine generated data for application delivery, Security and Fraud, IoT, Big Data and Business analytics
  • How are the traditional BI and data warehousing vendors responding to the disruptive challenges of emerging BI/Big Data architectures

CLOUD / DATACENTER


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Demand drivers and Supply / Capacity Utilization
  • As more and more enterprise workloads move to the public cloud and SaaS applications what will this do to traditional data center spend?
  • Enterprise data center consolidation projects – will level of activity increase or decrease in the next 12 – 18 months?
  • Competitive landscape – Who will likely be the winners / losers across the ecosystem and why?
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Computer Security & Networking


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Debate the tradeoffs and outlooks for specific security products and technologies
  • Securing the perimeter-less enterprise
  • Value tradeoffs of investments to protect the full attack surface, including anti-malware, endpoint, identity, DNS, databases and DDoS
  • Network transformation towards software-defined networking and NFV

Enterprise Software & IT Services


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • SaaS applications are rapidly transforming the enterprise software stack
  • Initially reserved for collaboration and CRM, SaaS software is displacing all areas of IT including HCM/payroll, Office365, service desk, supply chain, UC and financials
  • Debate the quality, cost and ease of customization available across vendor solutions

Linear TV & OTT


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Competitive landscape – Who will likely be the winners / losers across the ecosystem and why?
  • Cord cutting trends and views on Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV
  • TV buys have continued to transition to a total video buy – will cable networks / broadcasters be able to maintain their share of budgets?
  • Cross Platform Media Measurement
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Marketing Technology


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Google DoubleClick, Header Bidding, The Trade Desk and Sell-Side Platforms/Exchanges
  • Programmatic advertising and bidding

Media Measurement & Digital Analytics


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • comScore / Rentrak vs. Nielsen – media measurement budget shifts
  • Nielsen Buy Division
  • Cross-Platform opportunity
  • Product release roadmaps
  • M&A environment

Real Estate


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Competitive landscape – Zillow Group, Realtor.com, Facebook and emerging platforms
  • Where are real estate agents getting the greatest return on their digital marketing spend? What is their outlook for marketing budget allocations over the next 6-12 months?
  • How do real estate agents measure the ROI that you get from the various online real estate platforms (is it all focused on lead generation)? How many different platforms do you currently advertise and list properties on?
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Search / Social


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for budget growth / declines across segments and specific publishers
  • Competitive landscape in each segment — Views on where Brands are seeing the best ROI
  • Advertising Agency trends
  • Programmatic evolution and implications for each segment of the media ecosystem
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

SEMICONDUCTOR


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions on ARM, ASML, Qorvo, Xilinx, Avago, Cadence Design, Skyworks, NXP, Cavium, Qualcomm and others
  • Industry metrics and discussion on inventory, pricing, lead times, capacity utilization and end market trends
  • Views on new emerging opportunities such as IoT and connected cars
  • Geographic trends
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Storage


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Storage OEM market share and budget trends
  • NAND Flash & AFA supply / demand trends
  • DRAM supply / demand trends
  • HDD supply / demand trends
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Wireless / Comm


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Major service providers – subscriber growth, 4G to 5G, competition
  • Wireless spectrum auctions
  • Equipment growth
  • Device manufacturer and OS trends
  • China market dynamics
  • Wireless broadband, WISPs
  • Wifi – consumer and commercial markets

“BWG provides technology leaders with an open forum to discuss and gain an understanding of overall industry direction. BWG events are a must attend if you desire to keep up with the next steps for the technology industry.”

Chris Swenson, Director of Systems, ZocDoc

TECH, MEDIA, TELECOM
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Vineet Arora
Managing Director China & CEO
Havas Media Group, Arena
Vineet Arora
Managing Director China & CEO
Havas Media Group, Arena

TESTIMONIAL

"Great insights from accomplished in-market practitioners......helps sense check your own work and provides a solid professional community "

Meg Brossy
VP of Sales
Simulmedia
Meg Brossy
VP of Sales
Simulmedia

BIO

Meg is a global C-level executive with extensive new business development and marketing expertise in both entrepreneurial and established companies in online, ad-tech, marketing tech, and Advanced TV. She has worked extensively with the Fortune 300 CMO's and with the venture and PE firm investor community. She has enjoyed working with companies that are part of the CMO "have to have" arsenal, with data that proves ROI/sales.

Prior to Simulmedia, Meg spent nearly 2 decades at MarketShare/Neustar, BrightlineiTV and 24/7 Real Media.

Meg is respected for her sustained high energy and her drive to push the envelope. She has a consistent track record of strategic growth and has
multi-industry knowledge.

Meg holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and an Executive MBA from Northwestern/Kellogg. She and her husband live in
CT with their two sons.

She is committed to retaining her humor and to the motto, "work hard, play hard"​, particularly on a tennis, paddle or squash court. She is committed to several charities and awards programs centered around junior tennis. Additionally, she also loves adventure travel with her family.

Jason Catalini
V.P. Collocation and Real Estate
TowerCo
Jason Catalini
V.P. Collocation and Real Estate
TowerCo

BIO

Jason oversees all real estate and leasing activity for TowerCo as well as being TowerCo’s General Counsel. He has worked on numerous large and small scale tower acquisitions totaling over 19,000 towers during his long tenured career in the wireless business. Jason has held management positions with Global Signal (acquired by Crown Castle) and SpectraSite (acquired by American Tower) which included large debt securitizations, taking both companies public and growing these companies from small or mid-sized companies to large publicly traded entities. Mr. Catalini has been integrally involved in several large scale carrier network deployments resolving critical issues or removing impediments to the successful installation of new wireless technology to tower sites. Jason has managed every conceivable operational function in the wireless industry including rooftop assets, asset retirement programs, property management, collections, zoning and vendor management. Mr. Catalini earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts and his juris doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG’s platform has provided keen insight from several industry veterans about the movement and future path of the wireless sector. I thoroughly enjoy hearing from my colleagues in our industry and their opinions on the trajectory of wireless and wireless infrastructure. BWG provides a great service to our wireless community by facilitating these informational sessions and helps provide guidance to the investment community.
"

Rachel Clayton
VP of Insights, Analytics, Content & Marketing
CoxReps
Rachel Clayton
VP of Insights, Analytics, Content & Marketing
CoxReps

TESTIMONIAL

"As a contributor to BWG I have access to the thoughts and ideas of industry leaders on the trending topics surrounding the media industry. The perspective and knowledge of the group is invaluable."

Philip Duddy
VP Sales and Business Development
DRMetrix
Philip Duddy
VP Sales and Business Development
DRMetrix

BIO

With 2 decades of sales strategy, research application and Set Top Box development, Philip delivers leading edge research techniques to cable and broadcast networks looking to increase revenue and expand their share of the $80 Billion advertising market. He has held senior research and strategy roles at Fox Cable, Scripps Networks and Tennis Channel as well as being a key hire at Rentrak where he helped spearhead their move into the National broadcast and cable markets with the launch of TV Essentials.

TESTIMONIAL

"The strategy calls are a great way to brain storm and get a collective feel on issues facing our industry. With equal representation from the buy and sell sides, an unrivalled collection of industry vets, the calls serve as a great forum for frank and honest discussion on hot button issues and topics. I look forward to each call."

Jay Friedman
COO
Goodway Group
Jay Friedman
COO
Goodway Group

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a fantastic platform for connecting with other industry leaders on current, relevant topics to get candid insights that help us in our business."

Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc

BIO

Karl is a 'recovering CISO' and Cyber and IT Security veteran with over 20 years in a variety of Technology executive and SME roles ranging from early stage start ups to international Fortune 100 companies across Government, Defense, Utilities, Legal, Financial, Oil and Gas and Healthcare sectors.

With hands on roles and oversight in R&D, Operations, Risk Mgmt, Sales and Consulting, he is able to empathize with customer security pain points, requirements and ROI triggers and build Security Roadmaps, translate risk frameworks, policies and security controls into integrated cyber resilient solutions and operations. Because of his security vendor and next gen R&D experience he is also able to go 'under the hood' on technology solutions and assess and bottom line evaluations in a manner C level decision makers can understand.

Expertise in security analytics, insider threat, and AML, (AntiFraud, Anticounterfeiting, Track and Trace, Chain of Custody).

TESTIMONIAL

"The value I get from BWG is two fold. First it helps me sharpen the saw on my technical and security thought leadership and opinions, elevator pitches as it's in a live web conf 5 min presentation format - practice makes perfect. Second it is with a rotating group of peer and client security experts of varying backgrounds and locations which keeps me informed, challenged and honest on those formulated opinions while building up my trusted network."

Judith Hammerman
Vice President of Global Data Commercialization
Time Inc.
Judith Hammerman
Vice President of Global Data Commercialization
Time Inc.
Michael J Janiak
VP Creative
Fluid
Michael J Janiak
VP Creative
Fluid

BIO

I love thinking up and creating digital things that make people fall in love with brands. I've been doing it for over thirteen years.

TESTIMONIAL

"Contributing to thoughtful, engaging conversations around highly specialized topics makes me a better designer, leader and thinker. BWG provides this in spades.
"

Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc.
Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc.

BIO

Claude founded Renovator’s Supply in 1978 as a small global manufacturer of Plumbing, Hardware, Lighting and Decorative accents for home and commercial building and renovation projects. He handles business and product development, special projects as well as coordination between operations in the US, China and India.

TESTIMONIAL

"This is a helpful community always ready to share ideas and honest feedback about existing and new marketplace issues and opportunities. Bill does a fantastic job of including all participants and quickly ferreting out important take-away points at each conference call. BWG and conference participants have been an important contributor to our corporate marketplace growth. We are greatly honored and thankful to have the opportunity to be part of this group of great business leaders.
"

Adam Rowe
Director of Sales
Spectrum Reach
Adam Rowe
Director of Sales
Spectrum Reach

BIO

Adam has spent the last 25 years as a media professional across a wide variety of properties; including ad agencies, spot television, radio, internet and cable sales. He broke ground at Telerep where he sold spot television across (14) markets. Moving into radio during the industry's renaissance, he spent several years as an Account Executive at Viacom Radio and Chancellor Media. His radio experience led him to MTV where he helped sell for MTV.com, VH1.com, and Sonic Net working with a variety of national clients. Moving to Time Warner Cable during the AOL merger provided multi-platform sales opportunities in online, cable, and magazine sales, while also selling Sportsnet NY (home of the Mets) for its inaugural season. After becoming Time Warner Cable's Digital Sales Manager, Adam moved into a Director of Sales position for NY1/Time Warner Cable News where he's currently responsible for monetizing (17) linear and digital news channels.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG Strategy Group provides me with an excellent platform to share ideas with members of my industry. I inform and become informed of recent trends, and also network within the group. Their brief and intensive conference calls allow me to stay connected with a media industry that changes with the speed of light. It's a very educational and informative use of time."

Brett Adamczyk
VP Business Development, Strategy and M&A
Videa
Brett Adamczyk
VP Business Development, Strategy and M&A
Videa

BIO

Brett joined Videa after spending over nine years in the financial services industry, both as an advisor and an investor. He specialized in distressed investing and the technology, media, and telecommunications industries while at Rothschild, Cerberus Capital Management, and Berylson Capital. Brett was a member of the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies and oversaw investments in the Four Points Media broadcast group and other media-related acquisitions. Brett graduated cum laude from Babson College with a concentration in finance and applied statistics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an invaluable resource for industry executives and its clients. They offer a unique forum for their clients that provides access to top executive commentary and insights on the most relevant topics in their industries while also proving to be a valuable networking tool."

Christian Adams
Sales Director
Soligent
Christian Adams
Sales Director
Soligent

BIO

Christian Adams is currently the president of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association and a Sales Director at Soligent. He was formally the President of Bonterra Solar and the general manager of the alternative energy division at American Electric. He has nearly ten years of experience in the PV industry overseeing megawatts of PV installations. Under his tenure at Bonterra the company became one of the top solar companies in the state. This was during one of the most tumultuous times in the industry. He spearheaded the start of the AE division to a 60 plus employee, over thirty million dollar major contributor to American Electric. He was previously part of the upper management team at The Solar Center in New Jersey. Heading up the expansion of the company, he helped it grow from 5 to 60 employees in less than 3 years. During this process Adams was an active member of different solar installer associations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. After The Solar Center he was hired by the Obama campaign to run one of the campaign field offices in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania. Prior to the Solar Center Mr. Adams had management, sales, and leadership experience in the loan and insurance industries.

He lives in Kaimuki with his wife and two young children. He is also an active volunteer with The Salvation Army, Kaneohe Hospital, and other organizations that focus on the environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has given me access to get insight from other like minded professionals in my industry. It has also been a conduit for allowing me to form business relationships that without BWG would not have been possible."

Phillip Alexeev
Growth Marketing Specialist
Sketchfab
Phillip Alexeev
Growth Marketing Specialist
Sketchfab

BIO

For the past decade, Phillip Alexeev has been consulting startups, established businesses, and enterprise-level corporations on marketing, growth, and everything in between. Having founded 2 agencies: Pro-Motions Marketing Inc. and Evergrow.io, Phillip continues to push the boundaries of customer acquisition, marketing, and growth for: startups, enterprise-level companies, and companies in the medical and recreational cannabis industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in the BWG Strategy calls is a great opportunity to speak with industry peers that span various verticals regarding new strategies, technologies, and methodologies for growth & marketing. The calls are also a great way to stay aware of new trends, upcoming changes, and various other up-to-date industry proprietary industry information."

Jeremy Alicandri
Director
Maryann Keller & Associates, LLC.
Jeremy Alicandri
Director
Maryann Keller & Associates, LLC.

BIO

Jeremy Alicandri previously served as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’(“PwC”) Auto Finance Practice, where he assisted automotive lenders with risk and regulatory related projects. Prior to PwC, Mr. Alicandri was Vice President of Habberstad Auto Group, a Long Island-based premium auto retail group, with over 250 employees and 5 franchises. Prior to Habberstad, Mr. Alicandri ran his own boutique e-commerce consultancy, consulting with automotive OEMs and dealers on digital strategy, knowledge he acquired after founding a dot-com startup in 1998. Mr. Alicandri launched his startup at age 16, and ran it for nearly 8 years, until he sold the company in 2006.

Mr. Alicandri served on two consecutive NADA committee terms. First, was the NADA Regulatory Affairs Committee, which advised NADA's Executive Leadership on the potential dealer impact of federal regulatory issues and proposals. Committee members also met directly with members of Congress to explain the advantages and disadvantages of various regulatory issues for both the consumer and dealer. Second, he served on the NADA Convention Committee, which planned the annual NADA Convention. The Committee selected keynote speakers, voted on convention fees, and provided guidance on future conventions.

Mr. Alicandri has spoken at a number of industry events, including the NADA Convention. He is also sourced by journalists for commentary on the automotive industry, and has appeared in various publications and broadcasts.

Mr. Alicandri was recognized by Automotive News with its “40 under 40” recognition.

TESTIMONIAL

"With BWG Strategy, I learn “grassroots” insights from executives that are spotting industry trends in their markets. This allows me to better gauge the future of the industry before others. Moreover, I appreciate the “no-spin” and candid remarks by the participants.
"

Adam Armbruster
National Expert
WardsAuto
Adam Armbruster
National Expert
WardsAuto

BIO

Adam Armbruster - National Expert at Wards Auto, a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data, and analysis.

Sandy Ashendorf
Principal
UWS STRATEGIES LLC
Sandy Ashendorf
Principal
UWS STRATEGIES LLC

BIO

Sandy Ashendorf is a senior media executive with over 25 years of experience at global media companies focusing on content sales and negotiations, strategic planning and new product launches. She has been on the forefront of driving distribution and revenues and reducing costs for leading brands such as Viacom Media Networks and BBC Worldwide America.

Sandy has a firm understanding of the TV industry and the evolving media landscape. She has a broad range of experience including improving overall deal value, evaluating contract compliance and MFNs, advising on packaging strategies and new platforms and overseeing marketing strategies to increase awareness of program services.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG assembles groups of experienced media professionals who speak candidly about the latest industry topics and trends. It’s always useful to share perspectives and information."

Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation
Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation

BIO

​Geoffrey has over 30 years experience in the high technology sector running both early stage start-ups to billion dollar divisions of corporates. ​ ​He has extensive international experience and has focused in leading edge technologies for the whole of his career. Geoffrey is excited by the constant change that the technology sector brings and the new possibilities being created.​

TESTIMONIAL

"​Ideas develop more rapidly when people come together. BWG excels in bringing exciting groups of people together with real insight catalysing new thoughts and ideas. I enjoy gaining the new perspectives this creates and how it helps me choose my investments."

Arvind Bala
Global Director - Distribution & Channel Management
Four Seasons
Arvind Bala
Global Director - Distribution & Channel Management
Four Seasons

BIO

Arvind is a hospitality marketing professional with extensive experience in Asia, Middle East and North America. With almost 2 decades of diverse management and leadership expertise across all levels of hospitality business from hotel unit level, to cluster & corporate headquarters. He has championed several activities over the years from concept development and execution, to new hotel openings, product positioning, distribution management, Customer Contact Center, new media expertise, and sales force management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings people with diverse expertise together which allows one to ideate in an environment that fosters learning and spot the next big turn of events before it happens. This heads up insight is what makes makes organisations excel and BWG is phenomenal platform for this.
"

Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom
Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom

BIO

Vijay brings over 15 years of Technology and Technology Management experience in the consulting, financial and media industry. He has held various technology related positions at Morgan Stanley, Dow Jones and Bank of America and his current areas of interest are Hybrid WAN’s with software defined overlays, software defined Enterprise LAN’s and Hybrid Cloud strategies.

Vijay holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from NJIT, in addition to several industry standard certifications of TOGAF, PMP, and ITIL. He is also part of the Software Defined working group among other working groups at the Open Network Users Group (ONUG).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG insights are invaluable because they bring to forefront the right topics at the right time, and more importantly the right mix of technologists from different industry sectors to discuss technologies and technology trends and how they enable businesses to be more competitive."

Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC
Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC

BIO

KMB Design Group, LLC is a provider of turnkey engineering, construction and project management services. KMB specializes in the design and deployment of complex projects for telecommunication providers across the nation covering terrestrial wireless, satellite, public safety, microwave backhaul and DAS.

Office Locations: New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco

KMB has provided consultation of over 20,000 projects in over 42 States including the design of over 3,000 microwave projects. We provide a comprehensive systems approach to telecommunications with professional engineers on staff providing structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and environmental engineering, combined with professional project and construction management services.
We are licensed in 49 States in the USA and the United Kingdom

Greg Barnard
Director, Content Acquisitions
ION Media Networks
Greg Barnard
Director, Content Acquisitions
ION Media Networks

BIO

Greg is the Director of Content Acquisitions at ION Media Networks, working closely with the EVP of Programming and Head of Research.

Greg is responsible for evolving acquisition and programming strategies, and provides support for both syndication and original content contract negotiations with major studios (e.g. CBS, NBCU, WB). His work is driven by big data analytics, where he utilizes ratings and market benchmarking to value content. His financial and creative analyses support all content acquisition activities as well as the optimization of existing content slates.

Greg joined ION from Showtime, where he managed the analysis and reporting for distribution and advised on business development initiatives including monetization of digital properties, content spend strategies, and affiliate pricing models. Prior to Showtime, Greg worked in finance for Simon & Schuster and as a portfolio manager at CIT Group.

Greg holds an Economics and Business Administration degree from New York University and positions with industry organizations Paley Center, T. Howard Foundation, and NAMIC. He is currently executive producing his first feature film.

Chris Bateman
AWS Enterprise Support
Rackspace
Chris Bateman
AWS Enterprise Support
Rackspace
Stephanie Battista
Preventive Health Strategist, Wearables
Humanity Innovation Labs
Stephanie Battista
Preventive Health Strategist, Wearables
Humanity Innovation Labs

BIO

Stephanie, a self-starter and versatile leader who is able to guide and collaborate with cross functional teams to deliver and measure people-centered design solutions. As our senior strategist she articulates what people value and need as well as assess the business impact and implications of technology, and design. Her role is to develop holistic user experiences as well as implementing strategy for innovative products, services.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit of being an tech advisor is the ability to connect and participate on a variety of levels with other industry professionals in your market sector. Having the ability to participate in round table discussions about relevant topics and gleen insight into other viewpoints is one of the most valuable ways to stay ahead of the curve in a condensed snapshot approach."

Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions (Acquired by Deloitte)
Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions (Acquired by Deloitte)
Michael Bentley
Director of Big Data Services
RTP Technology
Michael Bentley
Director of Big Data Services
RTP Technology

BIO

Michael Camp Bentley has two decades of IT experience related to
infrastructure operations and business analytics. Michael has earned a
reputation of being an IT Swiss Army Knife and Big Data's Worst Nightmare
because he thrives on solving difficult IT problems. In particular Michael
specializes in solving problems that relate to Big Data applications such
as Splunk and Elasticsearch, as well as their underlying infrastructure.

Michael's life goal is to become a well known philanthropist and to help
others adopt a "pay-it-forward" approach to their own lives for the
benefit of all of humanity.

TESTIMONIAL

"I believe BWG Strategy brings some of the best professionals to the table
for important discussions related to their particular industries. I find
the knowledge shared to be intrinsic to my own goals and aspirations, as
well as an important influence to future business decisions I will make.
There's no doubt that my time spent with BWG is invaluable to both me and
my employers. I always look forward to the round table discussions and I
hope to be a contributor for many years to come.

"

Mitch Berman
V.P. Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management
Mitch Berman
V.P. Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management

BIO

Mitch Berman joined Paramount Hospitality Management in October of 2001 as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. His knowledge is deeply rooted in “hands-on” experience, educating, supporting, guiding and directing multiple properties through the evolution of e-commerce, marketing, sales and revenue optimization, over the past three decades. While holding the position of Vice President of Revenue Management for Boykin Management (NYSE – BOY), he was responsible for approximately 30 properties, each affiliated with such major brands as Marriott, Hilton, Radisson, Choice and IHG. As Vice President of Revenue Management for GF Management, a privately held company with about 50 hotels in the US, consisting mostly of Starwood, Hilton, Radisson and Holiday Inn branded properties, Mitch assisted in the conversion process of a portfolio of seven former Harley Hotels into three Sheraton properties, two Radissons, a Clarion, and a Ramada. He also supervised the technology conversion, installation, configuration and training of the PMS-CRS integration for each property. As Director of Revenue Management for Servico Hotels & Resorts (NYSE – SER), Mitch was responsible for more than 150 hotels under 13 flag affiliations in 35 states, Canada and Europe. He orchestrated the pricing, inventory management and electronic distribution for all Servico and IMPAC properties until the merger of the two companies in January 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Berman held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vacation Break Management (NASDAQ – VBUSA) and Corporate Director of Travel Industry National Accounts for Carnival Hotels & Resorts. Mitch is a licensed Community Association Manager in the State of Florida and was General Manager through the pre-opening and opening stages of the 432-suite Floridays Resort in Orlando, FL. He holds both General Manager and Revenue Management certification from the Hilton Hotel Corporation.

TESTIMONIAL

"The biggest benefit/ value from BWG would have to be Bill’s ability to monitor, challenge and lead terrific roundtable discussions about pertinent topics related to my industry with formidable, respected and knowledgeable leaders from various facets and many unique perspectives of both the Hospitality and travel related Industries."

David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
Mike Biafore
Founder
MAB Advisors, LLC
Mike Biafore
Founder
MAB Advisors, LLC

BIO

Mike is an exceptional Product Management & Product Strategy Leader in the Promotions, Payments and Technology industries, and is the Founder of MAB Advisors, LLC. In his 20+ year career with firms such as Gartner, MasterCard, Citi, Quotient Technology (formerly Coupons.com) and RevTrax, he's developed a truly unique approach to analyzing, refining or redefining product strategy, aligning strategic plans to critical and often overlooked client and market needs, then optimizing growth and market penetration with successful new products, go-to-market strategy, positioning and delivery. He's been consistently sought as the "go-to" leader to capture and grow marquee account relationships, and has exhibited a career of distinction driving multi-million-dollar growth in multiple organizations in contemporary, disruptive, highly complex industries and channels. He's regularly called upon by C-Level executives to lead strategy, analysis and thought leadership to create, develop, and implement mission-critical initiatives with global implications.

TESTIMONIAL

"When BWG brings together experts and leaders who truly know an industry, a level of insight and analytics-based thought-leadership gets created that's truly exceptional. BWG Board of Advisors members get to participate with multiple industry Dream Teams, and no matter how much you contribute, you always end up learning as much or more than you brought to the party."

Porter Bibb
Managing Partner
MediaTech Capital Partners
Porter Bibb
Managing Partner
MediaTech Capital Partners

BIO

Porter Bibb is a former journalist and White House correspondent (for Newsweek), the first publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, former Corp. Development Director for The New York Times, and a strategic advisor concentrated on new media, technology,and life sciences.

TESTIMONIAL

"Direct Q&A with informed industry executives provides invaluable insight and direction in critical issues impacting development potential and future profits."

Susan Black
Co-Founder
Black & Wright
Susan Black
Co-Founder
Black & Wright

BIO

Susan Black is an accomplished eCommerce, marketing and digital strategist, and sought-after speaker and conference chairman, with a distinguished career successfully launching businesses and reinvigorating established brands within the travel industry. She has led sales, marketing and business strategy for businesses from $10MM to $10B in revenues. Throughout her career she's been involved in marketing, business development and customer-focused strategy for companies from startups to Fortune 500.

Susan's 60+ clients include major brands in travel distribution, tour operation, airlines, hospitality, vacation rentals/timeshare, travel technology solution providers, GDS, online travelagencies, digital marketing agencies, insurance, travel industry conference producers, publishers,investment banks and private equity firms. Susan has helped her clients improve their financial, technology and operational performance. She specializes in increasing revenue, competitive positioning, entry into the travel vertical/business development, as well as providing financial advisory services including M&A and funding.

Susan is the co-founder of strategy firms, Black & Wright, and Susan Black Associates, LLC, and the highly acclaimed TravelCom Conference and Expo, which she sold to the U.S. Travel Association. She has held recent "C"-suite and EVP positions at American Express Vacations/Travel Impressions (formerly an American Express subsidiary), CheapCaribbean.com (acquired by Apple Leisure Group/Bain) and Liberty Travel/GOGO Worldwide Vacations (now Flight Centre).

In addition to her advisory engagements, she serves as chairperson, keynoter and moderator for all EyeforTravel conferences across the US and internationally since 2007. These global executive conferences attract the most senior travel industry eCommerce, marketing and distribution speakers and attendees. Susan also is a sought-after facilitator of executive thought-leadership confabs, and has worked with a variety of travel, travel-tech and mar-tech corporations.

Bill Bodei
Regional Sales Director
ClearSky Data
Bill Bodei
Regional Sales Director
ClearSky Data

BIO

Mr. Bodei is a sought after speaker and thought leader around the strategic alignment of IT infrastructure and business strategy. He has been a featured speaker at numerous VMUGs, Storage Decisions NYC, the High Performance Computing on Wall Street show, Percona MySQL Live Conference, and the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualization Conference in London. Mr. Bodei’s professional experience has focused on helping a large diversity of Enterprises with their IT infrastructure, cloud and utility computing initiatives. Bill has an MBA in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and has held engineering, leadership and sales roles at IBM, HP and other startups.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a confidential, objective platform to share and collaborate with industry colleagues. In addition to learning from one’s peers, it’s a terrific group to expand one’s professional network with exposure to various industries’ best and brightest. Bill Williams is a true gentlemen, of the highest integrity of and runs a world class organization. It's an honor to be a founding advisory board member for BWG Strategy."

Udayan Bose
Founder & CEO
NetElixir,Inc.
Udayan Bose
Founder & CEO
NetElixir,Inc.

BIO

Udayan Bose founded NetElixir with a vision to provide online marketers worldwide with a paid search campaign optimization solution capable of delivering magical performance. Udayan recognized the potential of paid search as an essential advertising channel in 2004. Having experienced first-hand the complexity involved in running a profitable paid search campaign, he was driven to develop a system that delivers predictable and efficient campaign performance, allowing marketers to fully leverage the power of paid search as a high value sales generator.

Prior to starting NetElixir, Udayan was Director of Business Development for PartyGaming, the world's largest online gaming company. In this role he was responsible for building a new business unit from scratch, PartyBingo that went on to become a major revenue generator for the Company.

Udayan regularly lectures the MBA classes at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Zicklin School of Business, Baruch, NY and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and Time magazines.

Udayan holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy events bring together some of the best minds in the industry and provide a platform for progressive knowledge sharing and exceptional executive networking."

David Boxenbaum
Co-CEO
Heavy Metal
David Boxenbaum
Co-CEO
Heavy Metal

BIO

David has over 20 years experience as media and tech executive. He has successfully lead traditional media companies into the digital age. David loves to operate at the intersection of content and technology and has a passion not only for building businesses, but also building people.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings the best minds in media, tech and finance together in an environment that drives the free flowing of ideas that leads to meaningful insights."

Sarah Bradshaw Young
Digital Marketplace Specialist
Augusta Sportswear Group
Sarah Bradshaw Young
Digital Marketplace Specialist
Augusta Sportswear Group

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit that I receive from BWG is being afforded the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences within my field. Hearing the victories and pitfalls from those in all verticals helps me to become a more well-rounded seller, and the thought that others may benefit from my experience is always a bonus."

Bret Brase
Head of Corporate Strategy
Clypd
Bret Brase
Head of Corporate Strategy
Clypd

BIO

Brett Brase - Head of Corporate Strategy at Clypd

Kara Brass
Director, Social Media
MEC Global
Kara Brass
Director, Social Media
MEC Global

BIO

Kara is a Social Media Manager at MEC Global (a GroupM and WPP company) and currently works across a global portfolio of hospitality brands. She has also experience in the telecommunications and fashion industries on both the marketing and wholesale sides of the business. Kara received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 2010.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to hear different perspectives on industry happenings from leaders in the social media space. The conversations are always insightful, and it is enlightening to hear opinions on others in the industry who work in different functions and verticals than mine. BWG is also a great networking resource, and a great way to meet others in the industry!"

David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP
David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP

BIO

Mr. Bronston, Special Counsel with Phillips Lytle LLP, focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right of way agreements and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits and approvals. Mr. Bronston is currently on the Board of Directors for the New York State Wireless Association. Selected for the Metro New York Super Lawyers list, Mr. Bronston earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

TESTIMONIAL

"Great exposure to experts in telecommunications infrastructure – fiber, wireless and data centers."

Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Joanne Burns
Head of Research and Digital Media
Fox
Joanne Burns
Head of Research and Digital Media
Fox

BIO

As an entertainment industry veteran of Broadcast, Cable, Local and Digital Media, Joanne has lead research and digital departments guiding business strategy for Television Rep firms, Syndication, Network and Nielsen Media.

She began her career at Group W Television Representatives where she inaugurated the program research department, servicing sales and programming for the rep group as well as their owned and operated stations.

At the brink of the first-run syndication business Joanne joined LBS to run the research department where she ushered in computerization for data analysis and support of sales, marketing, publicity, programing and finance.

Disney lured her out West Coast to head research for Buena Vista syndication, which also supported Sr Corporate Management. Some the projects Joanne took part in were the “Repeal of Fin Syn” for the FCC filing and proposal to David Letterman to join Disney.

Nielsen Media Research took Joanne away from the entertainment side to run their syndication business where she restructured the division to better meet changing client needs, along with growing revenue and building new product lines for the company.

CBS brought Joanne back into the entertainment fold to build the research department for their new syndication unit. There Joanne brought the company into the digital generation by developing and marketing their first program websites. She also started up their cross-promotion and advertiser sponsorship unit. When CBS merged with King World Joanne authored the report submitted to the government for approval of the merger, and then presented the report before the DOJ.

Currently Joanne heads up Research and New Media for 20th TV, Fox helping set the strategic course for linear and digital platforms, providing insights, innovation and implementation for program content and promotion. As well, Joanne heads up research and all digital platforms for MyNetworkTV.

Joanne is a charter member of Nielsen’s CRE (Council for Research Excellence) involved in various extensive industry studies and recently joined BGW Strategy on the board of advisers. Media Week had voted Joanne one of the entertainment industry’s "Top 50 Most Indispensable Executives".

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy brings together leaders from all corners of the entertainment industry, for frank, open, insightful and thoughtful roundtable conversations. The value of the organization has been immeasurable. When each discussion concludes I feel it has been an hour well spent."

Brendan Canning
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Silver Chalice Ventures
Brendan Canning
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Silver Chalice Ventures

BIO

Brendan Canning - Senior Vice President, Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a next generation, digital sports media company. Former Senior Director, Affiliate Sales & Marketing at Disney & ESPN Media Networks.

Greg Cannon
VP, Digital Content & Engagement
Madison Square Garden
Greg Cannon
VP, Digital Content & Engagement
Madison Square Garden

BIO

Greg Cannon is a brand engagement leader with two decades of helping companies find and create stronger relationships with their customers. Former agency side creative director with a deep digital focus, offering a series of award-winning experiences driving growth in awareness, database, and revenue for some of the world’s finest brands.

Experience spans several categories, with a focus on entertainment (live and studio), hospitality, retail, and consumer products. Known amongst the digital community as a speaker, instructor, customer advocate, and potty activist (proud dad).

Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts
Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts

BIO

Joe Caserta is a recognized big data consultant, author, educator and president of Caserta Concepts, an award-winning New York-based strategic consulting and technology implementation firm. His company specializes in Transformative Data Strategies, Modern Data Engineering, Advanced Analytics, Strategic consulting, and Technical Architecture and Design & Build solutions, helping clients maximize data value.

Joe is also co-author of the industry best-selling book The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit (Wiley, 2004), a contributor to industry publications, and frequent keynote speaker and expert panelist at industry conferences and events.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is always a great experience to be a part of BWG events. It is an invaluable opportunity for quality discussion with all participants offering perspective and insight making it an invaluable source of networking and knowledge."

Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.
Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.

BIO

Robert Colao is the founder and President of radiusIP, Inc. radiusIP is an Intellectual Property (IP) consulting and licensing services company established to provide innovative guidance and assistance in all aspects of IP including licensing and monetization for an International client base. radiusIP provides a broad set of IP services addressing client’s IP needs including patent licensing, licensing program development, patent sales and acquisitions, IP negotiations, patent portfolio analysis/development, technology licensing. Since its establishment in 2012, radiusIP clients include/have included Fortune 100 companies, universities, individual inventors and investment firms. (http://www.radiusipinc.com)

Bob is currently the Chief Licensing Executive for SIPCO, LLC and IP Co, LLC, and is responsible for the overall licensing efforts and business aspects of the ESSENTIAL WIRELESS MESH™ portfolio/licensing program including negotiations, business development and direction of the licensing team. SIPCO and IPCO are leading developers of innovative wireless mesh technology, providing technology and intellectual property to customers and licensees. An ongoing marketing relationship between SIPCO and IPCO extends to the licensing of the portfolio, which is comprised of patents developed and owned by both parties and which provides critical patent rights for various wireless infrastructure systems and service applications. (http://www.sipcollc.com)

Bob serves as an Advisory Board Member for BWG Strategy LLC. BWG is an invite-only network for senior executives across technology, media and telecom. BWG industry professionals participate in a series of roundtables discussions, which are a valuable resource for market intelligence, business development and personal / professional networking.As “Executive in Residence” (2013-2014) for the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) at Columbia University, Bob provided expertise on IP and licensing matters to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the lab to the market including support for start-up ventures, and currently continues to provide support on an as needed basis. See: http://techventures.columbia.edu/about-ctv/ctv-executives-residence

As Director of Outbound Patent Licensing at Nokia Inc., he led Nokia’s Global Outbound Patent Licensing organization and activities from 2008 to 2012. Upon first joining Nokia as Director of Patent Licensing, Bob also formulated and directed the business development of new opportunities, expanding the licensing and monetization of the Nokia patent portfolio beyond the mobile handset space. Additionally, he drove the IP elements of numerous Nokia M&A activities (e.g. joint ventures and divestitures), which included the divestiture of Nokia’s wireless modem business.

Bob held the position of Director of International Licensing with IBM’s Corporate Intellectual Property Licensing organization. From 2000 to 2008, his responsibilities at IBM included: the licensing of patents; technology and copyrights; IP related M&A (divestiture) activities and negotiations; patent pool participation (DVD-6C); as well as leading and establishing IBM’s patent sales process. Prior to 2000,

Bob held management positions at IBM which included: marketing & business development; strategy & planning; and hardware and software development in the area of high performance computing.

Bob holds a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Union College, as well as an MBA.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG participation provides me an in depth perspective on a broad set of technology driven issues and markets as seen from the view of leading edge companies operating across a variety of market segments. In addition, it allows me the opportunity to directly interact and connect with other companies and professionals in my particular area of business and expertise, namely Intellectual Property related matters. The insights and depth of knowledge obtained on the numerous topics hosted by BWG and the contacts that I have made at the BWG sessions have been invaluable."

Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.
Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.

BIO

Eric Collins is the CTO at PCPC Direct, a position he has held since 2013. The Houston based national technology solution provider specializes in high performance computing, virtualization and high availability, network and application architecture, messaging and collaboration, security, desktop lifecycle solutions, and managed services. They are partnered with HP, Dell, NetApp, EMC, Nvidia, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and many more. In his role he is responsible for overseeing their commercial sales team, managing their strategic technology direction and partnerships as well as their existing vendor and customer relationships. Prior to this role he was an Enterprise Sales Manager at Sirius Computer Solutions (2012-13), and was with IBM for fifteen years in a variety of customer facing technical roles (1998-2013). He can speak on trends within the IT solutions space (HPC, data center services, virtualization, storage solutions, etc) such as market dynamics, pricing, demand, product differentiation, application strategies, competitive landscape and the outlook of the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"One of the key pieces of my role is understanding where our customers are headed in the next year or two. BWG gives me insight from peers in my industry. I learn what they are seeing and this helps me shape our vision. We use this to take action now to meet our customers’ future requirements.
"

David Coltrin
Senior Director, Product Marketing & Marketing Technology
Denny's, Inc.
David Coltrin
Senior Director, Product Marketing & Marketing Technology
Denny's, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating on the BWG conference calls provides my team with unique perspectives and first-hand feedback from operators across the restaurant industry, enabling us to be much smarter as we go to market."

Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson
Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson

BIO

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Joe Constantine leads all Ericsson product alignments, Business Plans and Strategy towards Verizon. Constantine is highly experienced Telecom executive with strong business, technical and interpersonal skills coupled with international working experience and strong customer skills. He has solid understanding of wireless standards, market/technology
trends and the end customer needs. He has over 15 years of experience in the wireless communication industry and has been with Ericsson since 2000. Constantine has held different management positions within Ericsson in Europe, Asia and North America. His last assignment was Vice President and CTO of Ericsson Korea. Constantine has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  Constantine is a strong supporter of Ericsson’s sustainability initiatives, helping to drive the area from a business and customer perspective.

Bryan Crocker
Consultant
Bryan Crocker
Consultant

BIO

BWG's panels provide one of the best ways to connect with other industry executives to share ideas and perspectives you won't get anywhere else. It's an invaluable resource.

Lisa Cucinotta
Director of Social Strategy
Horizon Media
Lisa Cucinotta
Director of Social Strategy
Horizon Media

BIO

Lisa is a social media marketing expert with over 10 years of digital marketing and advertising experience focused on performance-based paid, earned and owned media strategies. Lisa currently leads Social Strategy for commerce & CRM at Horizon Media

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great place to share and compare insights on the digital marketing industry. You get a 360 view spanning clients, agencies, vendors and technologies on the and have an opportunity to engage in healthy discourse. It is also a great networking opportunity – I have made many valuable connections through my participation in round tables, conferences and other BWG events."

Matt Cutair
CEO
AudioHQ
Matt Cutair
CEO
AudioHQ

BIO

MATT CUTAIR, Founder & CEO, AudioHQ: Cutair founded AudioHQ in 2014 and has developed it into a premium and exclusive advertising platform that connects advertisers with digital audio advertising inventory and integration opportunities across a targeted line-up of publisher partners. AudioHQ is the exclusive audio ad sales representative for many successful streaming audio services including TuneIn, Slacker, 8tracks, Jango, MixRadio, Yahoo Sports Radio and Mixcloud. The company also recently branched into audio content production and distribution via a partnership’s with John Tesh’s, TeshMedia Group & talent agency Paradigm. Cutair previously held positions at Pandora, Westwood One and CBS Radio.

TESTIMONIAL

"I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the BWG network. The events are always informative, candid and thought provoking and the networking opportunities are targeted."

Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies
Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies

TESTIMONIAL

"Access to an amazing network of individuals, from decision makers to technologists to innovators. BGW connects you through a relevant set of roundtables to the latest in technology. Its value surpasses many highly priced conferences, and it all comes to you."

Jennifer Dalipi
Senior Director, Digital Marketing and Media
COTY Beauty
Jennifer Dalipi
Senior Director, Digital Marketing and Media
COTY Beauty

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy has become an invaluable resource for the most candid, up to date, relevant and safe environment to discuss what is a very rapidly changing consumer playing field. There is no shortage of highly knowledgeable professionals willing to share their expertise, innovative thoughts and ideas with others. Participation in their events should be a must-do for anyone in business today."

Chris Dane
President
Hickory Global Partners
Chris Dane
President
Hickory Global Partners

BIO

Chris Dane has been in the travel industry for over 40 years and currently is the President of Hickory Global Partners, LLC, a Travel Management Services Company whose members focus on Corporate Travel Management and HICKORY’s programs add value to our member’s efforts. Prior to joining HICKORY, he was recently President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates. The parent company of HRG/ETA is the 3rd largest travel management company in the world. HRG’s core business is providing cutting edge
travel management/corporate services for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. Prior to joining HRG Worldwide, Dane had his own consulting company (Unlimited Travel Solutions. Inc.), which he still maintains. He has consulted for a variety of traditional and new economy travel related entities. These assignments have included consulting for TripAdvisor.com in their start-up phase, interim COO for two dot-com travel related start-ups, strategic planning for companies like Sabre and Travelport (when owned by Cendant), numerous sales, marketing planning and implementation functions for a variety of travel related companies. He has also held key executive positions in the airline, travel agency, tour operator, and consortia sectors of the travel industry.

Prior to joining HRG Worldwide, he was President of Hickory Travel Systems, Inc. Before starting his consulting company, he was one of the founders and held the position of Executive VP Operations with Vacation.com, the largest travel agency consortia in North America. In this role, he was responsible for the roll-up of 1 Canadian and 7 U.S. consortia into a single cohesive unit. Prior to joining vacation.com, he held a Senior VP position and General Manager for Certified Vacations, where he was responsible for the management of Delta Air Lines Vacations, Marriott Villa Vacations and AAA Vacations.

TESTIMONIAL

"What I love most about BWG is that while I am able to share my knowledge and experience with the audience I also get the added benefit of learning about other areas of the travel business of which I am not familiar."

Scott DeFelice
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.
Scott DeFelice
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.

BIO

Scott DeFelice, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MSc from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Prior to founding OPM in 2000, Mr. DeFelice was co-founder and Vice President of Marketing at Oxford Polymers, a compounder of engineered thermoplastics, where he led the firm’s innovation, strategy, and business development activities.

Mr. DeFelice has grown OPM to become a recognized leader in 3D printing and high performance additive manufacturing (HPAM™). A proven entrepreneur in the fields of cutting edge materials and additive manufacturing, DeFelice’s company has developed a range of advanced materials technology focused on a high performance polymer, poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK), and delivers enterprise level, functional end-use products to the biomedical, aerospace and industrial markets as the first company to successfully apply additive manufacturing solutions to PEKK. Under his direction, OPM has become a pioneer in personalized medicine as the only company to receive FDA clearance to manufacture 3D printed patient‐specific polymeric implants. He also started OPM's aerospace and industrial activities, which have been fulfilling critical development contracts for parts in a range of aircraft applications in commercial, defense, and space, with its proprietary OXPEKK® materials technology.

In addition to OPM, Mr. DeFelice sits on the board of directors of The Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction (FOR), a non-profit institution dedicated to supporting the use of additive manufacturing technologies in healthcare. He also serves on the Sustainability Committee of America Makes - the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Mr. DeFelice is married with two children and is active in cycling and golf.

Matt Dell
DDI Architect
First Data Corporation
Matt Dell
DDI Architect
First Data Corporation

BIO

Matthew Dell has been working in the DDI(DNS/DHCP/IPAM) space for the last 11 years, with tenures at some of the top DDI providers he is a recognized leader in the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with valuable networking opportunties and industry insight. The BWG events allow me a previously unprecedented opportunity to speak with like minded individuals about whats going on in the DDI scene."

Rebekah Dopp
Senior Vice President, Advance Services
CBS Corporation
Rebekah Dopp
Senior Vice President, Advance Services
CBS Corporation

BIO

Rebekah Dopp is Senior Vice President, Advanced Services for CBS. She is responsible for directing the evolution of CBS' portfolio of media assets and increasing revenue across all digital and emerging platforms. Her team stewards the execution of all TV Everywhere initiatives across the CBS portfolio and manages the execution of Video On Demand. She is charged with identifying, creating and implementing multi-platform strategies, and assisting in negotiations of complex agreements. She serves as department expert in technology and the rapidly-evolving digital multichannel space. She assumed this role in November 2014.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers industry leaders the opportunity to discuss timely topics with subject matter experts – facilitating strategic debate and peer-to-peer information sharing. Participation has enabled me to hear perspectives my day-to-day wouldn’t generally afford. The moderated format helps focus and hone the conversation and proves to be very effective and efficient. I walk away from every roundtable with new insights and thoughts for approaching the business."

Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology
Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology

BIO

Brian Doricko - SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer at DuPont Fabros Technology.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy runs very close to the holy grail of what an industry consultant and analyst should be….they get to the top of organizations and through deep inquiry find out what matters to the audience, whats new, whats rhetoric, etc. This allows organizations to get information that is immediately useful and applicable to the various challenges and corresponding initiatives at their firms. First time participants become long time participants across a very wide range of topics. This organization also does a great job of facilitating very meaningful networking across shared interests."

Michael Dube
CEO
EP Inc.
Michael Dube
CEO
EP Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BMG events provide significant networking and knowledge exchange opportunities with captains of industry."

Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor
Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor

BIO

Mr Dweik has over 20 years of Semiconductor experience in field of Design, Application, Product & Strategic Marketing. Mr Dweik is a deep technical understanding in the domain of silicon design, IP, manufacturing, systems & applications. He also have a strong business acumen and good breadth of market knowledge in various segments. Prior to Lattice Semiconductor, Mr Dweik held senor roles at Memory Systems (acq. Cisco), ARM, Epson Semiconductor, He started his career at IBM Microelectronics VLSI division after he completed BS EE from Northeastern University (Magna Cum Laude). Mr Dweik also hold an MBA from Regis University with high honors.

TESTIMONIAL

"Industry Perspetive from Top Notch Executives. Great contacts and networking with market influencers"

Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox
Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox

BIO

Responsible for engineering and development of new broadcast technologies at Fox. Previously Sr. Manager of Interconnection Engineering at PBS, Streaming Media Manager at IP over satellite company Cidera, and Webcast Engineer at ISP DIGEX.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG makes key execs from important companies available to help inform me about the technology landscape."

Jason Elizaitis
Consultant, Risk & Technology
CMS Compliance Group
Jason Elizaitis
Consultant, Risk & Technology
CMS Compliance Group
Angelina Eng
VP, Media Platforms & Operations
Merkle, Inc.
Angelina Eng
VP, Media Platforms & Operations
Merkle, Inc.

BIO

Angelina Eng – currently oversees Merkle’s Platform Solutions & Activation team. Eng is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of digital media, marketing and operations experience. Eng has focused her career in defining, building, managing and improving the digital media planning, buying & operations capabilities for organizations, including the development of internal systems to improve communications and workflow across departments; establishment of standard deliverables and protocol; creation of ad trafficking and tracking guidelines and requirements; implementation of rich media strategy; standardization of reporting and analysis systems; and institution of media optimization best practices. Eng provides support, education and consulting services to her clients. Other responsibilities includes showcasing platform capabilities, contract negotiation & execution, collateral creation, and training programs.

Eng has previously worked primarily on the agency side at Dentsu Aegis, Publicis Modem, Integrated Media Solutions, J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam. She is also an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau on the Ad Ops & Technology, and Programmatic Councils.

Carsten Engel
Chief Technology Officer
Xilloc
Carsten Engel
Chief Technology Officer
Xilloc

BIO

After graduating as a biomedical engineer, he worked as a researcher at SIRRIS in Belgium

for five years which has the biggest European 3D Printing machine park. His main work

involved R&D projects in the field of biomedical and aerospace applications where he

optimized systems and designs using metal alloys. He deployed the ISO13485 standard for

4 different technologies for biomedical materials. On several levels and projects, he helped

industrial companies to integrate 3D Printing in the production chain. He also helped clients

to understand how to re-design parts for 3D Printing in function of the technology and the

material and as well integrate elements to ease and automate the post-process. As a result,

several companies integrated state-of-the-art metal printers thanks to his consultancy work

in Europe.

Mr Engel also gave a TED talk on medical applications of 3D Printing and did his MBA

involving a market and viability study of a start-up company in the field of metal 3D printing

for aerospace applications. His current challenge as CTO at Xilloc is to integrate state-of-

the-art 3D Printing industrial systems and post-processing technologies worth several

millions of Euros in the production chain of the company.

TESTIMONIAL

"Directly after my first conference call with BWG as an expert in 3D Printing, I got in touch with executives of different industry sectors abroad. This helped us to grow our business further and help them integrate 3D Printing even more thanks to our knowledge. BWG is a perfect opportunity to meet with high-level experts for your business."

Tom Eslinger
Digital & Mobile Creative Director / Consultant
Tom Eslinger
Tom Eslinger
Digital & Mobile Creative Director / Consultant
Tom Eslinger
Chad Fisher
Founder, CEO
BTown Web
Chad Fisher
Founder, CEO
BTown Web

BIO

Chad Fisher is the founder of BTown Web, an eCommerce agency that provides programming and marketing services. We help our clients grow revenue by providing platform expertise (Shopify, WooCommerce and Salesforce) and marketing services (Dev, Design, Marketing and Analytics). BTown Web is also an official Shopify Expert, Partner and Shopify Plus Expert agency. Chad is passionate about helping eCommerce companies succeed and he created an eCommerce Growth Group to give away growth strategies and provide a private forum for merchants to learn from their peers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG approached me because of Shopify experience and I jumped at the chance to participate in their calls. I enjoy working with others and helping out where I can.
"

Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage
Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage

BIO

Mr. Foley has over 20 year experience leading both private and public company teams to success. Prior to Watchful Software, Mr. Foley was the Chairman and CEO of TimeSight Systems, Inc., a developer of leading-edge storage and video management solutions for the physical security market. He also served as President of Tacit Networks, a leader in Wide Area Network acceleration systems, where he designed the marketing and business development strategies that led to their profitable acquisition by Packeteer (NASDAQ: PKTR). Prior to that, and as CEO of InfiniCon Systems, he built and led the company to a leadership position in high performance computing; the company was acquired by QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC). While at EVP & CTO, INRANGE Technologies, Mr. Foley was Project Manager for the extremely successful year 2000 IPO (NASDAQ: INRG) which reached a $5.5B market cap while revenues rose from $185M to $265M in two years. In addition, Mr. Foley was VP, WW Marketing & Strategy, Amdahl (acquired by Fujitsu).

Mr. Foley has also held senior positions at IBM and Memorex-Telex, and sits on the Board of Directors as Chairman for Critical Links, Inc., Instamour, Inc., ITF-USA, and Delphine Group, while also holding advisory positions with RackWare, Inc., ATS, Inc., BWG Strategy LLC, SolidWitness, and myPlanit.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find that the technology community is a perfect example of a reciprocal energy ecosystem – the more you give, the more you get. I’ve gained valuable insight, introductions, and strategies from engaging in the thought-exchanges that emerge from the BWG panels."

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor
Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor

BIO

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Experienced Global Automotive Semiconductor Executive

Drue Freeman has nearly 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Drue served as Senior Vice President of Global Automotive Sales & Marketing for NXP Semiconductors from 2009 to 2015, during which time NXP gained significant market share in the automotive semiconductor market. He has participated in numerous expert panels and spoken at various worldwide conferences on the Connected Car and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Over the course of his career with NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductors), Drue spent three years in Shanghai, China, establishing a #1 position for NXP in the China automotive market while launching and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the first true Chinese automotive semiconductor company, Datang NXP Semiconductors Co., Ltd.. Prior to moving to China, he served seven years at NXP’s Automotive Business in Germany, including four years heading up NXP’s Automotive Quality operations. Drue has also been based in Tokyo, Japan, with Philips and VLSI Technology and held positions in key account management, applications engineering, and development engineering for various companies in California.

Drue is based in Cupertino, California, where he has been working closely with the emerging Silicon Valley Automotive Electronics and Connected-Car ecosystems.

Drue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.

TESTIMONIAL

"As an independent consultant at the intersection of the semiconductor and automotive industries, I see disruptions taking place in both ecosystems. Things are changing very rapidly. BWG helps me stay connected with leading experts in the field and the roundtables provide an ideal forum for debating the consequences of these industry transformations."

Nicholas Fuller
Partner, Director of Marketing
OgilvyOne Worldwide
Nicholas Fuller
Partner, Director of Marketing
OgilvyOne Worldwide
Sahil Gambhir
Director - Platform Strategy & Ad Solutions
Time Warner Cable
Sahil Gambhir
Director - Platform Strategy & Ad Solutions
Time Warner Cable
Alfred Garcia
Vice President, Business Transformation & Technology
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Alfred Garcia
Vice President, Business Transformation & Technology
Pei Wei Asian Diner

BIO

Alfred is a dynamic and pragmatic leader with a strong balance of business knowledge, technical acumen and a proven track record leading teams, departments and organizations through the deployment of major operational and technology initiatives to achieve business driven strategic goals and “bottom-line” results.

Alfred has extensive operations, portfolio, program & project management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) experience; spanning multiple organizations, countries and platforms. Innovative problem solver and effective communicator, adept in delivering consistent & superior customer service.

By successfully leveraging formal process concepts and methodologies from years in the management consulting and technology industry, is a member of the company's executive thought leadership and a key player in the corporation's strategic business programs with focus upon the future growth of the Pei Wei Asian Diner and P.F. Chang's China Bistro brands.

TESTIMONIAL

"The best way to describe the benefit gained from BWG is the old proverb, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. BWG roundtables are both topical, pragmatic and 100% candid. I can always trust in the feedback and thoughts shared amongst my peers to deliver actionable results."

Josh Gardner
CEO, Co-Founder
Kung Fu Data Ltd.
Josh Gardner
CEO, Co-Founder
Kung Fu Data Ltd.

BIO

Josh is Co-Founder and CEO of Kung Fu Data, a certified e-commerce optimization partner specializing in analytics, brand control and performance management inside China's largest e-marketplaces, with 3 locations, +60 FTE's, +15 brands, +100M GMV.

Fluent Mandarin speaker and serial entrepreneur, Josh has personally conducted +350 flagship audits and is a specialist in channel conflict, brand activation, partner selection and performance management. He's President of the Shanghai chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization and a featured speaker at ChinaConnect, AdTech, NZTE, CCBC, ATO, SBR, IRCE and Luxury Society.

Tenaciously objective and data driven, Josh spends his days helping consumer brands navigate tough situations inside Tmall and JD, bringing third-party transparency and accountability to all stakeholders. He currently resides at the Shanghai Racquet Club with his lovely wife Kate, school psychologist at Shanghai American School, and their two kids, 10-yr old Bennett and 7-yr old Elena.

Doug Garnett
Founder & CEO
Atomic Direct
Doug Garnett
Founder & CEO
Atomic Direct

BIO

Doug Garnett is an expert in the ways advertising can dramatically increase return for product innovations - especially at retail. This challenge led him to found ad agency Atomic Direct which focuses on using television to leverage TV for higher returns from these innovative products. Atomic clients include retailers, manufacturers, and even some smaller invention oriented companies. Atomic leverages “TV” in it’s full definition - across all ranges of broadcast, cable, web, and in-store distribution. Prior to shifting to advertising, Doug worked on rocket and space projects at General Dynamics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a superb job of bringing together knowledge leaders who share what they know in ways that are focused and productive. It’s a rare opportunity to get viewpoints on important topics."

Ben Gehring
Head of Global Sales
Drift Innovation
Ben Gehring
Head of Global Sales
Drift Innovation
Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International
Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International

BIO

Samer has more than 20 years experience in information technology. He has worked with both fortune 500 corporations and startups. Samer is motivated by prospect of enabling business growth through pragmatic use of technology. Samer brings expertise in product creation and transitioning products from inception to operations to optimization and profitability. He is currently the CIO for AGT International, a leading IOT analytics technology company.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events are very informative and bring insights from industry veterans together. The events are focused and incisive. BWG events are also a great place to connect with respected professionals."

Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder & CEO
Ahalogy
Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder & CEO
Ahalogy

BIO

Bob Gilbreath is co-founder & CEO of Ahalogy, a leading content and social media marketing optimization technology. He previously an executive at WPP and an award-winning brand marketer at Procter & Gamble. Bob is the author of The Next Evolution of Marketing: Connect with your Customers by Marketing with Meaning (McGraw-Hill, 2009).

TESTIMONIAL

"I find BWG to be the best way for me to get detailed perspective on both the broader economy and specific areas of critical interest to my business. The quantity and quality of intelligence is unmatched, and in every call I come away with a page of insights and ideas.
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Josh Glantz
VP, General Manager
Single Platform
Josh Glantz
VP, General Manager
Single Platform

BIO

Josh Glantz is a sought-after adviser to early and mid-stage digital companies looking to accelerate growth and evolve their business outlook. In the summer of 2014 two companies he advised had transformative events. MDotLabs, a digital analytics company that focused on solutions to combat ad fraud, was acquired by global analytics and measurement leader Comscore. Story to College was accepted into the prestigious Education Technology segment of the New York TechStars accelerator program funded by Kaplan.
Josh is currently the SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Mobiquity Networks, the leader in the fast growing iBeacon / proximity marketing category. Josh's team is responsible for building publisher and advertiser relationships as well as the product roadmap and strategic partnerships.
From 2009 to 2014, Josh Glantz was the VP, General Manager for the digital business at Publishers Clearing House, growing that business unit from $20MM up to over $100MM. Josh lead a team that managed media buying, ad sales, social and mobile gaming development and engagement, product and content development and marketing and all email marketing.
Josh joined PCH from ideeli, a high-end, members-only online shopping community where he served as general manager of advertising and integrated sponsorships. At ideeli, he built a team focused on email and integrated advertising solutions that contributed to the company’s growth by developing new lifestyle-driven e-commerce categories, channels and media partnerships. He also helped the company raise more than $20 million in venture capital. ideeli was acquired by Groupon for $43MM in January, 2014
Before ideeli, Josh spent seven years as senior vice president and managing director at ePrize, the leading supplier of interactive promotions and online loyalty programs, where he developed and ran the company’s New York Office and managed a team of 17 sales and strategy professionals. During Josh’s tenure, ePrize grew from $2MM in revenue to more than $50MM. ePrize was acquired by PE firm Catterton Partners in August 2012 for $100MM and rebranded in March 2014 as HelloWorld.
Earlier in his career, Josh had management roles at pioneering web design agencies USWeb and RareMedium and Israeli venture fund BRM Seed Ventures.
Josh is a graduate of Princeton University and Brooklyn Law School. He was a founder of Swim Across America, a national not-for-profit that has raised more than $50 million for cancer research, treatment and prevention. He was, until the end of 2014, President of the Scarsdale Little League.

TESTIMONIAL

"I take every opportunity to get involved with BWG because the content is always on point, speakers and event participants are very relevant and high-level and because the entire organization exists for the benefit of it's members and clients."

Alex Golshan
Executive Consultant + Former VP of eCommerce and Omnichannel
Alex Golshan Consulting
Alex Golshan
Executive Consultant + Former VP of eCommerce and Omnichannel
Alex Golshan Consulting

BIO

Executive with global eCommerce expertise and focus on brand experience across channels and revenue growth. A passionate customer advocate with extensive experience in eCommerce innovations and dramatic revenue growth. Extensive experience in eCommerce strategies, and operations, Omni-Channel strategies ,Marketing optimizations and global expansion including global marketplace strategies and implementation. Management experience in US and international (teams and P&Ls).

Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom
Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom

BIO

Seasoned Senior Technology and Architecture Executive with extensive, diverse and a proven record of success in envisioning, designing and leading technology-based, business initiatives. Thought leader who leverages emerging and establish technologies to solve complex business process objectives in economic, supportable and scalable fashion. Track record of developing and executing profitable IT strategies and architectures, building high performance teams that achieve enterprise business objectives and establishing governance.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a invaluable resource to keep ahead of trends in the market. BWG connects high caliber individuals who otherwise may have never met across many verticals in an intimate round table setting."

Chris Guimbellot
President & CEO
Hotel Internet Strategies
Chris Guimbellot
President & CEO
Hotel Internet Strategies

BIO

Hotel Internet Strategies was founded in 1996 as a full-service online marketing agency for hotels. Chris Guimbellot, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, has spent his entire career in hospitality. From working in hotels at a young age to becoming Vice President of a hotel franchising company, Chris has a unique understanding of the inner workings of all sides of hotel operation, from small bed and breakfasts to five-star destination resorts. Hotel Internet Strategies works with hotels of all sizes and segments leveraging a personalized relationship strategy to ensure they realize their full online potential.

More information about Hotel Internet Strategies can be found at www.hisinteractive.com. More information can be found on Chris’ LinkedIn page.

TESTIMONIAL

"The insights the BWG panelists provide are unparalleled. The calls are both informative and thought-provoking. It is rare to have to many experts in one place, and without bias."

Jeff Gunderman
President
EYE Corp Media
Jeff Gunderman
President
EYE Corp Media

BIO

Jeff Gunderman is President of EYE Corp Media, an out of home media firm focused on reaching consumers on the path to purchase where they shop, dine, commute and play. A leader in the media space, Jeff has spent time on the client side as head of U.S. marketing for a division of Kodak as well as time in on-line direct response media.

For the past 7-years, Jeff has been focused on out of home and digital place based media. He is very involved with mobile and social and the role mobile, social and location play in the out-of-home media space. He leads the Mobile Integration Committee for the Digital Place-based Advertising Association as well as sits on the Interactive Committee for the Out of Home Advertising Association of America and the Location Committee for the Mobile Marketing Association.

A frequent writer and speaker, Jeff keeps current on both media and technology advancements. He is passionate about the integration of mobile and social and is frequently quoted as an industry expert in articles on the subject. You can follow Jeff’s insights on media (and a few tips on wine) on Twitter @JeffGunderman

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great opportunity to listen to the community’s thoughts on the media industry, learn about the direction of many segments of the industry including new media, and interact with the heads of some of the country’s top media organizations. Bill does a great job of bringing together top thought leaders across the industry and surface key information all in a short one-hour conference call or networking event."

Sean Gupta
VP, Operations & Strategy
BET Networks
Sean Gupta
VP, Operations & Strategy
BET Networks

BIO

Former media investment banker transitioned to Biz Dev/strategy and now Programming/Content strategy

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been the best source for market intelligence on industry trends given the diverse set of execs in the mix."

Cory Halbardier
Director of Sales
Flex Living
Cory Halbardier
Director of Sales
Flex Living

TESTIMONIAL

"As a panelist I enjoy listening to what my colleagues think about the direction of the business as I’m involved in making business direction decisions weekly."

Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners
Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners

BIO

Tim Hammer - Channel Manager at Sandler Partners, Americas fastest growing distributor of connectivity and cloud services. (Master Agent Partner of Level 3 & Zayo Group). Former Account Executive at TW Telecom.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a neutral forum for me to share and glean insight that would otherwise remain segmented. We all have our circles, and sometimes within those circles, thoughts become jaded. By having intelligent conversations at multiple engagement levels, I am able to better serve my clients by providing a more seasoned analysis of the market."

Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation
Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation

BIO

MARTIN HANNIGAN is a proven leader in Internet networking technologies and the architecture of large-scale data centers. With extensive experience in the business, finance, and law of the Internet, Hannigan is a team player who has helped to develop the structure and governance of the Internet. In the late 1980s, he was a member of a small group of early Internet adopters who taught students at MIT about Internet protocols. Today, he is a strategic advisor for interconnection at Microsoft. His career spans start-ups and global corporations, where he has worked to improve the data center ecosystem as well as Internet interconnection. At Akamai Technologies, where Hannigan worked from 2008 to 2016, he led interconnection, data center, and network architecture for the world’s largest, top-scaling, and best-performing global content delivery network that saw repeated, record-breaking levels of Internet traffic.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG roundtables are an invaluable source of professional exploration and confirmation. It's rewarding to engage with like minded professionals on a variety of topics and learn something new each time.
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Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation
Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation

BIO

Jon Harding - Global CIO at Conair Corporation

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit/value I get from BWG is to attend well-targeted events with peers and understand the value and lessons learnt in implementing emerging technologies."

Bill Harvey
Executive Chairman
Bill Harvey Consulting, Inc.
Bill Harvey
Executive Chairman
Bill Harvey Consulting, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"By continuing this process intensely week to week it keeps members up to the minute knowing all sides of an issue far better than if one were to attempt to read everything put out on a subject which has become impossible. Bill Williams drives at a pace that keeps the airwaves crackling with all the smart minds gathered so that you don’t want to doubletask for fear of missing key info."

Andy Hersam
Director of Brand Strategy
Stanza.co
Andy Hersam
Director of Brand Strategy
Stanza.co

BIO

Andrew Hersam is an accomplished media executive with more than 20 years of experience managing digital, TV, network radio, print and event brands.

Andy is Director of Brand Strategy at Stanza, the global leader in the push economy, helping brands connect with fans at scale. Prior to Stanza, Hersam was Global Director of Sales at BBM, the world's first OTT messaging service at scale (>250mm MAU).

David Hershfield
Principal
Hershfield Consulting
David Hershfield
Principal
Hershfield Consulting

BIO

David Hershfield is a global business leader who has worked at top technology companies, including PayPal, Adobe, and Redcats in several executive-level digital product and technology roles. He has led and managed teams ranging in size from 6 to 350. His success in these roles led to improved performance, retention, profit, and reduced costs.

TESTIMONIAL

"At BWG, I get to participate in great discussions around markets, technologies, and products. I also get introduced to other executives, who are great networking contacts interested in the same topics that are relevant to me.
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James Huang
Market Development Manager, Asia
Wego.com
James Huang
Market Development Manager, Asia
Wego.com

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a most resourceful professional network I have participated in. Every round table event is filled with accomplished executives sharing invaluable insight in their sectors. I walked away from every round table event with most update-to-date industry trend and fresh ideas to apply in my work."

Chris Jacob
Director, Product Marketing
Salesforce
Chris Jacob
Director, Product Marketing
Salesforce

BIO

Chris has led the global marketing and business development efforts of various technology companies including Salesforce, Kleverbeast, GameGround, Adobe/Efficient Frontier, Jive eXchange and Gravity Networks over the past 13 years of which 3 have successfully exited. He has spoken at major events like SxSW, Dreamforce and AdWeek and guest lectured at the University of Maryland. He has a deep passion for Immigration education and reform and youth development which led him to publishing a book in 2012 and participating in forums like FWD.us and iMentor. A lover of travel, food and theater, he is always looking for his next destination.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique and valuable forum to educate the business community about the latest trends in technology and market innovations from industry leaders. Bill and the team have shown through their rapid growth since inception that there was clearly a latent market demand for this type of service. Both the impressive roster of thought leaders from the most innovative companies in the world continually coming back to share their insights and opinions as well the sheer number of events that BWG clients are clearly increasingly demanding. I am happy to contribute in a small way to this growth and always look forward to the 1 or 2 important things I learn and take back to my business each time I am engaged at a BWG event."

Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Mani Janardhanan
Technology Consultant
Equinix
Mani Janardhanan
Technology Consultant
Equinix

BIO

Seasoned product management and business development professional focused on technology industry spanning several segments across hardware and software: Infrastructure, Architecture, Operating Systems, Networking, Applications, Cloud and Data Center. Skilled at customer and partner engagement, product road-mapping, design, development and execution from concept to customer satisfaction. Enjoys building and operating businesses, analysis and strategy and possesses strong quantitative skills. Completed Bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunications from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Master's in Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me the opportunity to learn from, connect, interact and share my views with successful leading professionals from various organizations in the technology industry covering a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from semiconductor to applications. Conference calls provides me an ideal platform to gather wide-ranging perspectives and significantly widens my zone of knowledge pertaining to my business, industry, competition and customers."

Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic
Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic

BIO

Adam Japhet is an NYC-based technology leader who has extensive experience launching and operating high volume and visibility digital properties through the creative use of automation, cloud and open source technologies. He has held a variety of roles at Scholastic and is currently overseeing the cultural and technological transformation of the organization’s operations teams to be more engineering-centric and metrics-driven. He has a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

TESTIMONIAL

"As far as the benefit/value that I get from BWG, it’s the unvarnished, high-level and straight from my peers feedback on the vendors and services I rely on to meet my companies needs that is the highest value I can see. There is literally no other source I work with where I can get such valuable information that helps shape my decision making that is not somehow tainted or biased by some vendor or preconceived solution."

Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics
Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics

BIO

Lars Johnsson is responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Business Development at Cavendish-Kinetics, which he joined in January 2014, coming from Broadcom’s Mobile & Wireless group. At Broadcom Lars was Senior Director responsible for the Product Marketing and Management of Broadcom’s LTE modem platform, including design wins, product roadmap, life-cycle and customer program management. Prior to Broadcom Lars was Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Beceem Communications, which he helped grow to 65% market share and >$100M revenue in the WiMAX chipset market in 2010, prior to being acquired by Broadcom.
Lars joined Beceem 5 years after co-founding Flarion Technologies, the OFDM Mobile Broadband pioneer which he helped spin-out of Lucent Bell Labs in 2000. At Flarion, Lars was initially responsible for Business Development and later Product Marketing until the acquisition by Qualcomm in 2005. Lars holds a MBA in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and a MS in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG strategy calls and networking events provide diverse insights into a wide range of RF and semiconductor industry topics, which are essential to successfully navigate this fast changing ecosystem"

Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz
Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz

BIO

Amol Kalburge serves as Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts at TowerJazz – a leading specialty semiconductor foundry – and is instrumental in leading marketing efforts for the RF Business unit. Prior to this position, he served as Director of R&D & Process Engineering, and as Manager of Device Technology at Jazz Semiconductor – a wholly owned subsidiary. Amol has also advised market leaders across the entire semiconductor ecosystem when he was senior manager and a principal member of Semiconductor Practice at PRTM Management Consultants (now PwC). Amol received an MS and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He holds 27 patents and has co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy roundtable discussions/calls provide a great forum for industry experts from diverse fields to come together, share their insights and learn from each other on the latest and the greatest in this rapidly evolving marketplace. "

Robin Kamen
Board Member
Sustain Natural
Robin Kamen
Board Member
Sustain Natural

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a unique and highly effective way for senior executives to gather market intelligence. Bill Williams is masterful at leading roundtables, and he has also built a fabulous networking group."

Paul Kaplan
Director of Content Marketing
Dodge Data & Analytics
Paul Kaplan
Director of Content Marketing
Dodge Data & Analytics

BIO

Paul Kaplan has led digital marketing strategy and execution across industries including Barnes & Noble, American Express, Publicis and Broadridge. He received a BA from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is also an author of travel/culture books published by Pelican and children's books. Website is www.paulkaplanauthor.com

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG, I learn about how other players in the industry view the latest tools and marketing techniques. I also get to network with vendors to see if any are right for projects I am engaged on."

Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Jeff Klee
CEO
AmTrav
Jeff Klee
CEO
AmTrav

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls offer a unique opportunity to hear off-the-record perspectives of industry experts. I find them to be insightful and thought provoking and always get a lot out of them.bwg"

Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.
Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.

BIO

Axel is a proven Founder, CEO, CTO and VP of Engineering with excellent people, time and project management skills for hardware including ASICs and software. He has authored or co-authored over 20 patents (8 issued in the US) and 5 books as well as three articles in top-tier magazines. Aside from writing books he has been retained multiple times to peer review articles and books on HPC. He has been an invited repeat speaker to the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, the Flash Memory Summit and multiple IEEE conferences.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in BWG Strategy's roundtable discussions allows me to voice my opinion of certain companies, get honest and unfiltered feedback from other participants, helps me identify market and technology opportunities for those companies and mine, and opens up a network of other like-minded executives and professionals."

Arun Kumar
Global Head of Analytics
Citi Publicis OneTeam
Arun Kumar
Global Head of Analytics
Citi Publicis OneTeam

BIO

Arun is a digital analytics leader with a specific interest in the digital media space. He has been with Razorfish for close to 5 years, helping clients optimize media decisions and unlock the full potential of their marketing dollars. He has worked on projects involving cross funnel, cross channel data with a focus towards using analytics to drive stellar business results. In his time at Razorfish, Arun has worked with financial services, travel, education and not for profit clients, solving digital analytics problems across search, display, social, mobile and site analytics. Prior to Razorfish, Arun was the head of analytics for Bizequity.com, an online tool for small business valuation, where he worked on creating the core valuation algorithm. Arun holds a MBA in marketing from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great place for industry professionals to get together, in a friendly environment, and exchange ideas about where the space is heading. It is a forum where we discuss, debate and analyze, what we need to be thinking about and working on in this space. We are shaping the look of things to come!"

Edward Laganis
Director of Design Engineering
Smart Design
Edward Laganis
Director of Design Engineering
Smart Design
Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline
Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline

BIO

For more than 20 years, Brian Laing has shared his strategic business vision and technical leadership with a range of start-ups and established companies in various executive level roles. The author of “APT for Dummies,” he was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. Brian previously founded Hive Media where he served as CEO. He co-founded RedSeal Systems, where he conceived the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. He was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software, who released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events have been been a tremendous way for me to both contribute and learn from security practitioners, and channel members. The mutual sharing of experience, insights gives great visibility into the market, and how various companies are dealing with security issues. "

Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling
Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling

BIO

Vince Lanzillo is Director, Global Head of Infrastructure, Systems & Operations at Shearman &

Sterling LLP. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the global engineering, operations

and service delivery organizations for the firm. He and his team define and execute strategic

technology infrastructure and application launch initiatives while ensuring pro-active

management of the firm’s enterprise platforms.

In his prior role as Vice President, NYSE Euronext & subsidiary companies, he played a leading

role in managing the commercial data center and network services businesses advancing NYSE’s

position as a leading exchange. While working at NYSE’s Sector Inc. subsidiary, he led the

Technical Services and Enterprise Solutions organizations overseeing Network Engineering,

Project & Product Management, Telecom Provisioning, Managed Services and Pre-Sales support

teams & programs.

Through his work experience and education, Vincent has developed strong knowledge of both

the legal and financial services verticals. He views industry knowledge, process improvement

planning, effective program coordination and cultivation of strong customer relationships as key

ingredients for growing successful businesses.

Vincent received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a MBA from Pace

University. He has also participated in extensive executive training at the University of

Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.

Jim Lefevere
Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support
Roche Diagnostics
Jim Lefevere
Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support
Roche Diagnostics

BIO

Jim Lefevere - Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support at Roche Diagnostics

Markus Levy
President & CEO
EEMBC
Markus Levy
President & CEO
EEMBC
Jonathan Li
Data Scientist
EverString
Jonathan Li
Data Scientist
EverString

BIO

Jonathan Qiang Li, PhD, Co-founder BorderX Lab Jonathan specializes in China’s eCommerce market. In recent year, he has been a cofounder of BorderX Lab, which opens China’s consumer market by social media marketing, mobile marketing and programmatic display advertising.

Previously, he was behind a number of Alibaba projects that include the Tanx ad exchange, the data management platform, the display and search marketing platforms for the Taobao and Tmall merchants.

Jonathan has 15 years of experiences in data sciences and statistics. He obtained his PhD degree in Statistics from Yale University in 1999.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great professional networking community that helps our business development efforts and provides us with market intelligence."

Jeff Licciardi
Vice President, Executive Director
Performics
Jeff Licciardi
Vice President, Executive Director
Performics

TESTIMONIAL

" Sharing in an expectation free environment. I try to give as much as I learn from each meeting, but it never seem to be able to exceed the value that I take away from the calls."

Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Suresh Madhavan
Director Strategic Development
Comcast
Suresh Madhavan
Director Strategic Development
Comcast

TESTIMONIAL

"I need to be aware of emerging trends across various industry verticals and any ongoing market disruption. BWG events are an integral part of keeping me current on shifts that are occurring in the market place and help me identify opportunities that result as a consequence of these trends."

Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield
Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield

BIO

Leif Maiorini - Senior Managing Director of Global IT Strategy, Planning, and Applications at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Ken Mallon
Chief Product Officer
4INFO
Ken Mallon
Chief Product Officer
4INFO

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve really enjoyed being part of BWG. I’m able to get direct, insightful knowledge from experienced peers and it feels great to contribute"

Dean Mandell
Owner - New York Office
Viamark Advertising
Dean Mandell
Owner - New York Office
Viamark Advertising

BIO

With 30 years experience in Media Sales, Dean has been a pioneer in Digital Video and Audio with a deep understanding of local needs of national advertisers. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has 3 children.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides invaluable networking opportunities with thought leaders in various fields. The knowledge and information exchanged in their gatherings are fresh, insightful and educational."

Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International
Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International

BIO

Derek is Executive Director of CRM and Database Marketing for Laureate, the worlds largest for profit higher education company. He is a recognized speaker on driving customer-centric business results and has held leadership roles in B2B & B2C marketing, sales, and operations for industry leaders such as American Express and MetLife.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is so valuable because it brings together select industry experts to discuss real issues and opportunities in a no-nonsense format. Focused, relevant, and fun, my network and my understanding expands at every single event.
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Yvahn Martin
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
VF Corporation
Yvahn Martin
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
VF Corporation

BIO

Yvahn Martin is a digital marketer and e-commerce entrepreneur with over nine years of experience managing market strategy, sales analysis, email, search, affiliates and social media in both the B2B software and e-commerce realms. An MBA, former dancer and choreographer, Yvahn can also be found building WordPress websites, fundraising for Urban Bush Women dance company and recommending local hangouts for Localeur, when she’s not cooking delicacies from her native New Orleans, riding her folding bike, or throwing MediaThons.

TESTIMONIAL

"The value I get from BWG Strategy is access to high-level perspectives on marketing industry innovations across a wide variety of opportunities... extremely helpful in navigating the fast-moving technology changes in e-commerce!"

Bill Maslyn
Director of Product, National Markets
YP Marketing Solutions
Bill Maslyn
Director of Product, National Markets
YP Marketing Solutions

BIO

Bill Maslyn is the Director of Product for National Markets at YP Marketing Solutions, a leading local marketing solutions provider in the US dedicated to helping local businesses and communities grow. He has been at YP since 2013 and has more than 15 years of product and GM experience focusing on digital ad, consumer web, and mobile products.

At YP, Bill leads the team responsible for all digital ad products that YP sells to national brands and agencies. Since joining YP, he has taken a leadership role in the acquisition of a mobile display technology company, overhauling a complete display ad stack, and launching several mobile and online display products and capabilities including search retargeting, cross-device targeting, native and video ads, and private marketplace.

Before YP, Bill led consumer subscription products at Everyday Health. He was previously at IAC/InterActiveCorp, where he worked on several brands and products associated with their search toolbar. While at IAC, he also launched virtual goods ecommerce and developing integrated marketing campaigns for brands and celebrities such as Nike, Nickelodeon, Fox Searchlight Studios, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, and Paris Hilton.

Bill holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received an MBA in Marketing & New Product Development from Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management & Technology.

Bill is married seventeen years and has two children. Outside of work, Bill reads, plays golf, soccer, and ice hockey, and coaches youth travel soccer.

TESTIMONIAL

"I love participating in the BWG Events. It's always refreshing to hear the various challenges the buyers and sellers in the ad tech space are having and the different perspectives each of them have on the emerging trends. I'm always able to apply something I've learned to my team's product planning and have made some excellent industry connections in the process."

Scott McAllister
SVP of Consumer Digital Marketing + Business Development
Time Inc.
Scott McAllister
SVP of Consumer Digital Marketing + Business Development
Time Inc.

BIO

Scott McAllister is a growth-oriented Digital Marketing executive with nearly 20 years of experience in Marketing, Loyalty Programs, Biz Dev, Six Sigma Ops, and Finance built across Time, Inc., Tourneau, American Express, DELL and GE. He possesses nearly 15 years of Digital experience with a passion for redefining marketing and how customers experience brands through the Digital domain.

Scott is currently the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing + Revenue. In this role, he is responsible for the paid Digital Marketing that generates consumer revenue for Time Inc. Additionally, he leads the design and delivery of experiences and capabilities associated with marketing and analytics across desktop, tablet and mobile platforms. Last, he is responsible for Business Development associated with generating new revenue streams through Time Inc’s Digital content. To date, much of that development has been across the Apple and Android newsstand platforms, with his team driving relationship management and marketing within those platforms.

Prior to Time Inc., Scott spent time as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Digital Experience for Tourneau, the largest, US-based luxury watch retailer. In this role he was charged with redefining the luxury retailer’s Digital experience through paid Digital media, social media, the launch of a new blog – OurMinutes.com, redefining the Company’s e-Commerce experience and building a new CRM platform.

Prior to Tourneau, Scott spent over nine years at American Express with progressive responsibility across a wide variety of areas, including Membership Rewards partnership management, new Customer marketing acquisition, as well Digital Strategy, Analytics, Social Media and Mobile development. These roles blended US and Global responsibility and Scott led teams as large as 50 during this time. Highlights included: building a Social Media marketing new customer acquisition platform for the International consumer business, creating the Company’s first iPad and Android tablet application, leading the release of a global tagging and analytics Omniture infrastructure, creating a cross company / cross channel marketing attribution analytical model, developing a new Paid Search and Digital Advertising approach doubling ROI, and building a strong Merchandise rewards business through new partnerships at advantaged economics.

Prior to his time with American Express, Scott worked for DELL for five years, taking on a variety of Marketing and Business Development roles in both the Consumer and Small Business divisions that included running the $2B Dell Inspiron Consumer Notebook Brand as well as leading Marketing Operations for Dell’s refurbished product business – DellOutlet.com.

Scott holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and has a BS in Finance from Indiana University - Bloomington. Prior to business school, Scott worked for General Electric in Finance and Six Sigma Operations Management where he earned his Black Belt.

TESTIMONIAL

"Great forum to share and learn the latest across a variety of verticals and industries. The call format makes participating very non-impactful to the calendar. Participation has become a monthly ritual for me."

Lauri McGarrigan
President
McGarrigan Media
Lauri McGarrigan
President
McGarrigan Media

BIO

Lauri McGarrigan is a senior media executive with 20 years of experience working for leading brands specializing in the areas of strategic planning and financial compliance, content negotiations, business process re-engineering, business development and new product launches from multi-billion dollar businesses to start-ups. She has been on the forefront of driving revenues and reducing costs resulting in 50+ million in margin improvement for businesses over her career.

Lauri develops successful strategies to improve overall content deal economics, evaluate contract compliance and MFN opportunities, advise on new packaging strategies including alternative content solutions and develop marketing strategies to increase product awareness and usage. She is a trusted advisor to media clients and investment firms on the changing Pay-TV landscape and economics including hosting investor presentations and board presentations that is a valuable resource for clients. Before starting her her own agency, she was Executive Vice President, Schoen Media Group.

Lauri was previously Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations for Disney and
ESPN Media Networks supporting over 70 products and services for both linear and digital networks for 8 Billion in revenue and 125 Million in marketing expense. She began her career with Falcon Cable as Director of Operations and was VP Financial Operations for Affiliate and Ad Sales for Fox Family. Lauri has supported industry-leading deals including the launch of TV Everywhere.

Lauri has worked on both the distribution and programming sides of the business and has a firm understanding of the Pay-TV industry and the changing media landscape combined with a background in finance and operations that allows her to tackle any project with a keen eye towards margin improvement.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG hosts smart and well moderated round table conversations on the pay-tv industry's most relevant topics. I love being part of of these discussion with top industry executives and always leave the call a little wiser listening to different perspectives on hot industry topics."

Ian McHenry
Co-Founder and President
Beyond Pricing
Ian McHenry
Co-Founder and President
Beyond Pricing

BIO

Ian McHenry is Co-Founder and President of Beyond Pricing, a venture-backed revenue management and dynamic pricing software company for the $100B vacation rental and homesharing market. Prior to Beyond Pricing, Ian spent the majority of his career in travel, both as an investment banker for airlines at Raymond James and developing revenue management and loyalty programs for global Fortune 500 airlines and hotels while working at the management consultancy Oliver Wyman. Ian received his A.B. from Princeton University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events bring together a unique breadth of perspectives and expertise that you can't get anywhere else. Beyond my own contributions to the discussion, I walk away with new ideas and insights that I would not otherwise have had. They are often the best one-hour of my week."

Robert McHugh
President
Private Data Solutions
Robert McHugh
President
Private Data Solutions

BIO

Robert earned degrees in several disciplines including Business Management. Robert has spent the last six years in corporate retail filling various roles including Omnichannel operations, Digital Customer Experience, and Global Ecommerce Operations. Robert is often finding ways to push the limits of technology and has a knack for finding easy solutions to challenging problems. Affected by recent high-profile data breaches, Robert’s goal is to return privacy back the digitally connected.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides an incredible network of leading industry professionals. The eCommerce network includes the smartest and brightest of the most relevant brands. BWG’s dinners and calls offer compelling and insightful conversations that truly move business forward."

Hentz Menard
Real Estate Salesperson
Kian Realty NYC
Hentz Menard
Real Estate Salesperson
Kian Realty NYC

BIO

With nearly 20 years in the Hospitality Industry, Hentz happily joins BWG's distinguished group of advisers. He brings with him vast knowledge & experience in management, sales & operations in Hospitality & E-Commerce.

Starting out in guest services, Hentz's career grew into operational leadership at a 1000-room luxury hotel, The Peabody. From there, he assisted in the development of a corporate revenue and distribution division for the luxury boutique hotel chain. Later Hentz chaired the chain’s sales & marketing efforts in select International, Corporate & Leisure business segments. From hotels, Hentz progressed onto assisting Fortune 1000 & Professional Associations plan their meetings and events for 30-30,000 attendees. Thereafter, he spring boarded into E-Commerce world, landing at one of the largest privately-held online travel agencies globally, BookIt.com. There Hentz manages the hotel relationships for the travel site, by consulting hotels on the site's booking analytics, consumer trends & behaviors to incite business conversion.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is where leaders come together to discuss relevant industry topics; serving as a conduit for the latest trends, strategies and best practices. A true cornerstone in today’s business world."

Kelly Merkle
Manager, Social/Influencer Marketing
GNC
Kelly Merkle
Manager, Social/Influencer Marketing
GNC

BIO

Kelly is Manager of Social and Influencer Marketing for the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products, GNC. She worked her way into social strategy with a start in community management and content creation. As the social landscape evolved and needs of the business changed, her role expanded into managing paid campaigns in social. Today, she leads social strategy with collaboration from agency, marketing partners and internal stakeholders. She has a passion for all things nutrition, health, fitness and social media.

Gordon Meyer
Director of Digital Marketing
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Gordon Meyer
Director of Digital Marketing
SiriusXM Satellite Radio

BIO

Gordon Meyer is an industry veteran having been one of the first 30 employees at Razorfish servicing Fortune 100 clients such as Schwab and Ford Motorcars as they formulated their digital strategy in the 90s. He then joined a then scrappy Sirius Satellite Radio in 2005 that dared take on the 800 pound gorilla of terrestrial radio. Since then the company has overtaken and merged with its competitor XM Radio, experienced staggering subscriber growth from 800k subscribers to over 26MM active subscriptions and has disrupted terrestrial radio and transformed the industry. As Director of Digital Marketing, Gordon leads SiriusXM in effective use of digital channels from email to social, desktop to mobile and everything in between to reach a passionate audience with the content they crave that drives conversion. @gordonmeyerjr

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has the uncanny ability to not only assemble top marketers who are at the forefront of the industry but to drive conversation and foster an environment of constructive dialogue on the challenges we all face. BWG events bring both a chance to participate and learn, as well as an opportunity to network with some of the best minds in the business representing the greatest brands in the world."

Curtis Midkiff
Sr. Advisor, Social Business
Southwest Airlines
Curtis Midkiff
Sr. Advisor, Social Business
Southwest Airlines

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great resource for connecting with peers in a substantive way to assist in the strategic elements of my job. It’s great to be able to connect with people across industries to share ideas, thoughts, and emerging innovation platforms."

Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM
Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM

BIO

Doug Miller is a Director in McGladrey’s Management and Technology Consulting practice focused on infrastructure specializing in carve-out and integration delivery. Mr. Miller brings over 18 years of enterprise information technology (IT) experience across corporate IT, consulting & re-seller and publisher channels working with enterprises to accomplish their business and technical goals. He has a deep understanding of how organizations can best benefit from technology.

Doug brings hands-on experience with the challenges of providing IT in international settings. In addition to the United States, Mr. Miller has lived and worked throughout Europe and Central America. He developed a depth of expertise and experience leading large-scale implementations and migrations, carve-outs, mergers and acquisitions, reducing costs, and optimizing IT infrastructure and processes.

Prior to McGladrey, he has held positions including being an Enterprise Architect, Data Center Strategist with Microsoft and a Chief Technology Officer for a government-regulated entity.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating with BWG allows me to participate in meaningful discussions across a wide variety of technical solutions with respected peers across the country. The thought leadership and quality of insights I am able to leverage from each call allows me to provide my clients with better solutions, services, and overall technology experience."

Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit
Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit

BIO

Dr. Ajay Mookerjee - CEO at Offshore Analytics. Former Managing Director, Asia & CEO, Agent-BankCards at Capital One

Christopher Motta
Social Media Director
Macy’s
Christopher Motta
Social Media Director
Macy’s

TESTIMONIAL

"Being part of BWG strategy group allows me to connect and interact with fellow colleagues and exchange ideas and advice."

Michael Movitz
Founder
The Movitz Group LLC
Michael Movitz
Founder
The Movitz Group LLC

BIO

Michael Movitz has more than 25 years natural products industry experience across retail,
manufacturer, broker and market research organizations, including 16 years with SPINS, the
leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the Natural, Organic
and Specialty Products Industry.

Over his long career, Michael has developed a history of thought leadership through the lens of
the natural products industry, and broad and deep expertise in the consumer package goods &
retail industries across categories, outlets, and consumers. Michael has held leadership roles
across professional sales & strategic business development, sales operations, service
management & marketing, and intellectual property asset development.

Leveraging his industry knowledge and network, Michael formed The Movitz Group to create a
source of strategic advocacy - an authentic voice for the relationship between enterprise and
humanity, helping to drive progress of both, as compliments to each other. The Movitz Group
offers professional strategic guidance to CPG, traditional retail, and capital markets through the
lens and framework of the natural products industry; due diligence to capital markets and CPG
considering investments or acquisitions; industry insider expertise to institutional investors; and
development of go-to-market strategies for emerging innovative brands. All of Michael’s work
is infused with thought leadership, facts, and bold recommendations with conviction,
inspiration and a touch of heart & soul.

Michael earned his degree from the University of Southern California School of Business Entrepreneur Program.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG executive discussion groups are an easy way for me to connect with my peers and gain a more complete perspective on issues thanks to the cross section of discussion participants BWG secures. BWG sessions have allowed me to expand my network as well as generate sales for my consulting business. Bill is professional and friendly, and does a great job moderating our discussions"

Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.
Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.

BIO

My career’s focus has been on successfully designing and applying technology solutions and processes. The result has been the successful identification, resolution and transcendence of the goals and challenges both business and technology professionals face. My experience has led me to co-found and lead TriAxis and to primarily concentrate on supporting infrastructures as they relate to the storage, management and protection of digital assets. This includes appropriate and continual access for both on-premise as well as "​in the Cloud" strategies. Rapid growth of SaaS companies is a strong area of interest with which I collaborate with both SaaS technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as VCs and other stakeholders.

TESTIMONIAL

"As a panelist for BWG Strategy since 2013, I have found my relationship valuable to me professionally for three specific reasons: I learn from my industry peers, I’m kept on the forefront of this rapidly changing market, and I’m forced to challenge my own ideas and precepts. As an Advisory Board Member, I am humbled to be associated with such industry luminaries that Bill and Greg bring together and I am pleased that they are so interested in bettering themselves that they listen and respond to input from the Board. I actively recommend BWG Strategy to likely candidates that could benefit from their industry breadth and format."

Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors
Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors

BIO

Jonathan is Founding Partner at Innovia Strategies.1Hisunique blend of large enterprise sales, operating and business strategy and policy experience combined with a deep expertise in modern software architecture and engineering makes him the ideal partner for clients needing to understand and address the complex factors at play in an accelerating global digital transformation.Jonathan is currently engaged as interim CTO and Head of Technology at The New York Times. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President& Chief Technology Officer at Warner Music Group (WMG) where he was responsible for the company’s global technology strategy. In this role he drove the transformation of WMG’s technology capabilities, the implementation of a new cloud computing based software delivery factory and new organizational and process models. This experience provided Jonathan with a unique perspective on the disruption of traditional organization structures, jobs and business models being wrought by a new generation of technologies, digital tools and platforms.Jonathan created the concept of a ‘Composable Enterprise’2, which provides a radical blueprint for enabling highly adaptive and agile business models enabled by modern software architectures and platforms.He believes that ‘Time-to-Value’ should be the key success metric for all enterprise technology organizations and that a comprehensive transformation of enterprise software platforms, processes and organization structures will be required to accomplish this.His agenda-defining presentation3at the 2013 Cloud Foundry summit is widely seen as a road-map for next generation of enterprise IT.Jonathan is a published456research fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and an advisor to the Bacharach Leadership Group7out of Cornell University’s Institute of Labor Relations. He is a regular speaker on cloud computing technology and policy issues and an advisor to several technology investment funds, the World Bank, European Commission,the OECD and The Conference Board. In 2012 was recognized as one of the leading cloud-computing visionaries8and in 2014 Jonathan was elected to The Economist’s ‘Agenda Digital 50’. Previously, Jonathan spent sixteen years in various executive roles with Microsoft including Vice President of the company’s Public Sector Technology Office and Vice President of Global Account Sales where he was responsible for leading Microsoft’s engagement with its top enterprise customers. Prior to joining Microsoft Jonathan held a number of systems architecture and design roles with ARCO International Oil and Gas. He has an extensive background in software engineering, architecture and systems design and a formal education in geology and earth sciences.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers me access to the one of the best networks of experts and senior decisions makers across all the technology domains critical to the strategic transformation of today’s digital enterprise."

Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Hakan Nizam
Director, Global Digital
L’Oréal Group
Hakan Nizam
Director, Global Digital
L’Oréal Group

TESTIMONIAL

"I find it very valuable to debate relevant digital topics with insightful executives."

Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.
Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG group has done an amazing job connecting Faction to the greater infrastructure market at C-level. We gain insights into the macro trends shaping the landscape allowing us to see around the corners of our fast moving market. It continues to be an in-valuable resource for our entire group."

Maikel O'Hanlon
VP, Social Media Strategy & Relationship Marketing
Horizon Media
Maikel O'Hanlon
VP, Social Media Strategy & Relationship Marketing
Horizon Media

TESTIMONIAL

"Unfettered access to market moving thinkers and marketers in the digital space is vital to ensure that I can keep pace equally as a leader of initiatives amidst rapidly shifting winds and opportunities.
"

Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, Global Cloud Sales and Business Development
Canonical
Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, Global Cloud Sales and Business Development
Canonical

BIO

Fernando Oliveira was previously the Senior Director, WW Sales and Partnerships for Ubuntu/Canonical and Advisory Board Member for BWGStrategy since October of 2014. Previously led Cisco Cloud Global Strategy as Director for Cisco. Fernando joined Cisco in 2008 as an Account Manager in Brazil and quickly advanced to the roles of regional manager for Cloud and Managed Services across Latin America and Emerging Markets.Before, Fernando led sales roles for Service Providers in Brazil. Fernando holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from FURB and MBA from Coppead in Brazil and Executive Education in Leadership from Stanford GSB and Strategy from Harvard Business School in U.S

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy brings high caliber top executives from many different specialized industries to collectively collaborate and discuss critical challenges and how we can move into execution practical way. BWG Strategy allows top execs to network and identify potential opportunities to collaborate innovations that benefits many industries."

Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions
Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions

BIO

Ray Ortega joined BBH Solutions in February 2009, and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to being named CTO, Ray was BBH’s Unified Communications Practice Manager, leading the teams responsible for Unified Communications, Networking, Security and other key technologies. He has more than 21 years of experience in the technology industry, with an expertise in Financial, Non-Profit, Life Sciences, Engineering and Manufacturing verticals.

Before joining BBH, Ray was a Technologist and Consultant designing and building Networks, Trading Floors, and Global Unified Communications environments as well as performing Business Case Analytics for large scale technology refresh and relocation projects. He has participated in over 1,100 Client Projects and designed environments for over 400 firms, with high profile projects for many of the Fortune 50 firms.

As CTO, Ray develops the BBH service offerings, and leads a team of Technologists that design, build, and support Voice, Data, and Video Solutions that are premise based or hosted in BBH’s cloud environment.

Ray graduated with Honors from Bernard M. Baruch, Zicklin School of Business.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided me the opportunity to engage in technology discussions with peers on relevant industry topics. The candid discussions allow for direct sharing of experiences with products and services that help confirm technology strategy. I have also developed several key business relationships as a result of introductions made possible by BWG."

Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace
Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace

BIO

Chris has been involved in helping companies scale for the last 20 years; from start up to huge multinationals. Chris started at BBN Planet in the early 90's as one of the first 30 employees, joined the first CDN, Sandpiper, in the late 90's, and then went onto start his own company where he consulted full time with large financial firms such as UBS on emerging and disruptive technology. Chris is now working in adtech at adMarketplace as the VP of engineering building the data science, high speed ad serving, QA and infrastructure teams.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique forum for practitioners and decision makers across industries to honestly discuss issues related to technology. The interaction has been extremely useful in understanding how others in both related and unrelated industries are solving similar problem sets using a variety of products and processes."

Anna Paccone
eCommerce Director, National Sales
Pillar Hotels & Resorts
Anna Paccone
eCommerce Director, National Sales
Pillar Hotels & Resorts

BIO

Anna Paccone is eComemrce Director National Sales / SEO for Pillar Hotels & Resorts, part of the Aimbridge Hospitality, family working with over 180 multi branded hotels in the United States. Before to joining Pillar in 2004, Anna was Regional Director of Revenue Management for IHG owned and managed properties, and prior to that worked in various Sales & Revenue Management positions for Bristol Hotels. Before Bristol Anna worked for Hyatt in various operations positions. Anna is a graduate of theUniversity of Memphis.
Anna currently resides in Dallas with her husband Jim and dog Tillman.

TESTIMONIAL

"Each BWG Strategy call & gathering provides useful and thought provoking information that I can apply to our portfolio. I find the lively exchange of information & opinion helpful when condidering future strategies, even in cases when we don’t all agree – actually those are probably the best meetings. Being able to share under Chatham House Rule allows us to gain perspective & insights freely."

Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America
Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America

BIO

Paul Palonsky leads the compute and storage sales group for SK Hynix America and is responsible for coordinating sales activities on a worldwide basis for SK Hynix’s largest global account customers.

Paul, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, started his career as a design engineer. He migrated into sales first as an Application Engineer with LSI Logic and later as a Sales Engineer with Toshiba. Upon joining SK Hynix, then Hyundai Electronics, in 1994, Paul worked as a sales manager for the IBM account. He was promoted to Director of Strategic Sales in2004 and was responsible for leading the sales teams for SK Hynix’s largest customers. Paul was elevated to VP of Strategic Sales in 2007 and was again promoted to VP of Sales in 2009.

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG events, participants form lasting industry relationships and gain valuable market insights."

Andrew Pancer
COO
Dstillery
Andrew Pancer
COO
Dstillery

BIO

Andrew has led the platform, digital intelligence, technical services and finance arms of Dstillery since 2008. Before coming to Dstillery, Andrew was Vice President of Digital Development at the New York Times, where he oversaw digital development initiatives including digital strategy, M&A activities for digital operations and integrating new acquisitions. After working at the New York Times, Andrew was About.com’s Chief Financial Officer for two years before becoming the COO of the company. From 2005 to 2007, he helped drive significant growth for the company, tripling revenues and profits in excess of $100 million in 2007. Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). He has a BS in Business Administration from Washington University and an MBA from New York University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's discussions are always intelligent and enlightening. The breadth and quality of participants continues to impress me and I am thrilled to be a part of them."

Prabhu Parthasarathy
Sr.Product Manager
Amazon
Prabhu Parthasarathy
Sr.Product Manager
Amazon

TESTIMONIAL

"In the BWG sessions I have participated, I have learnt a great deal about the specific technology space under discussion and how it impacts the ecosystem as a whole. I have also been able to share my experiences in the technology and consumer electronics space and how I see the space evolve. BWG has and continues to help me build a good network of likeminded individuals who are interested in building great products and ensuring an excellent customer experience."

Royce Perkins
Sales Director
J&M Home Fashions
Royce Perkins
Sales Director
J&M Home Fashions

BIO

Royce Perkins is a seasoned e-commerce sales executive assisting vendors and manufacturers in successfully selling their products with all major online marketplaces and brick & mortar .com extensions. Royce is a hands on practitioner with over 20+ online retailers, specializing in onboarding, content creation, SEO, catalog management, marketing & advertising services, terms negotiations, and relationship management.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG offers unique round table conversations where industry leaders can freely express their experiences on a given topic and/or retailer where others can learn and benefit. Calls are time efficient, information rich, and allow you to see perspectives from different vantage points. Bill Williams does a great job at steering the conversations and eliciting the most insightful information from participants. "

Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Tim Peter
President
Tim Peter & Associates​
Tim Peter
President
Tim Peter & Associates​

BIO

Since 1995, Tim Peter has worked with Fortune 500 leaders, SMB’s, and startups alike to deliver innovative, effective e-commerce, digital marketing, and online customer service initiatives. An expert in digital marketing strategy and execution, Tim and his team work to create comprehensive solutions for client needs.

Prior to launching Tim Peter & Associates in early 2011, he worked with the world’s largest hotel franchisor and the world’s premier independent luxury hotel representation firm to help hotels and resorts globally achieve billions of dollars in online revenue. His work with Charles Schwab & Co. won him the company’s “Rookie of the Year” award.

An in-demand speaker, Tim has presented to global audiences in public and private events. He teaches courses in digital marketing strategy and operations for Rutgers Business School Executive Education and New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is also the author of the white papers “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World,” “When More is More: Upselling as a Sales & Marketing Tactic,” and “Engaging Online Travel Shoppers Through Integrated Marketing.”

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings together a great group of thought leaders and industry practitioners alike. The discussions connect me with key industry leaders, help me clarify my thinking on the most pressing topics, and allow me to offer greater value to my clients. Not to be missed. Through BWG events, participants form lasting industry relationships and gain valuable market insights."

Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s
Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s

BIO

Kerri is a skilled multi-channel and brand marketing professional with a focus on customer acquisition via all digital marketing channels. Experienced in search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, social media, reputation management and online brand awareness. Proven track record of putting metrics in place to hit revenue and profit goals. Skilled mentor and mediator who excels at bringing out the best in team members.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way to connect with other industry leaders on a wide variety of topics. The conference calls are kept on time and topic. They have given me insight on what others are doing while helping me stay current in space that is consistently changing."

Stewart Pratt
Founder
Platoon.io
Stewart Pratt
Founder
Platoon.io

BIO

Stewart Pratt, Founder of Platoon.io. An experienced and innovative leader with over 17 years of experience in traditional and interactive marketing, Stewart has worked with a roster of blue chip clients during his career including Unilever, Microsoft, Verizon, Kraft, Comcast and many more. He holds separate bachelors degrees in philosophy, english, economics and psychology from Iowa State University, a master's in economics from the University of Iowa, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management focused on decision sciences. Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Stewart led Strategy and Analysis teams at JWT, Razorfish, and SapientNitro.

Jesse Pujji
CEO & Co-Founder
Ampush
Jesse Pujji
CEO & Co-Founder
Ampush

BIO

Jesse Pujji is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Jesse was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs. In that role, he made $10m to $50m investments in public and private companies in the auto, education, and new media industries. Before Goldman, Jesse worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and Dubai focusing on the internet media, eCommerce and telecom industries. Jesse graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Political Science. Jesse can be found playing tennis, watching the NFL (Rams), traveling, debating policy and politics, and coming up with useless business ideas (e.g., self erasing chalkboards). He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

Simone Puorto
Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager
WIHP
Simone Puorto
Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager
WIHP

BIO

Simone Puorto (7 May 1979) is a digital analyst, author and public speaker.
His main areas of expertise are hotel web marketing, UX design, advertising and new trends, such as predictive technologies, big data, AI and metasearch advertising.
His articles and case histories have been published in digital magazines as Social Media Today, Travel Daily News, Social Media and PR Newswire Blazer.
He has been working in the hospitality since 1999 and he managed two hotels in Rome, Italy.
In 2012 he left the General Manager position to join the web-agency WHIP, as Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager.
In 2014 he co-wrote the book "Digital Marketing turistico" (italian version, published by LSWR) and "Marketing digital turístico” (spanish version, published by Marcombo)-
He gives lectures around the world and he was hosted several times on events like Hospitality Day, BTC, DotComHotel, HotelMarket Seminars, Nofrills and MeetingSuisse.
He's lecturer for LLUIS University (Master in Tourism Management) and IHMA.
He currently lives in Paris and coordinates a team of ten analysts, who provide consulting to over 500 hotels worldwide.

TESTIMONIAL

"Consulting hundreds of hotels worldwide is stimulating, but when you work for the same agency 24/7 there’s always the risk of becoming self-referential.
BWG gives me the chance to confront myself with different point of views and helps me seeing things in prospective, validating (or confuting) my arguments and overall giving me a deeper understanding of the market."

Nate Rackiewicz
SVP, Program Planning Operations & Analysis
Home Box Office, Inc.
Nate Rackiewicz
SVP, Program Planning Operations & Analysis
Home Box Office, Inc.

BIO

Nate Rackiewicz is a media executive at Home Box Office, Inc. where he oversees on-air program planning operations, big data analytics initiatives, and consumer data governance. He received his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business, and his BBA from The University of Notre Dame.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is, quite simply, the smartest and most thoughtful network of media, technology, and telecom executives I’ve encountered. The events and roundtable calls that BWG organizes to play host to some of the most intelligent and insightful conversations about industry trends you can find."

Richard Raddon
co-Founder, co-CEO
ZEFR
Richard Raddon
co-Founder, co-CEO
ZEFR

BIO

Rich is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ZEFR, a company that provides technology solutions for the biggest content owners and brands on YouTube. ZEFR allows brands to discover their most important influencers and target media against them and their audiences. Rich is obsessed with how technology will change traditional media. He works with ZEFR to provide a lens into culture and create tools to help franchise better connections with fans.

Rich began his career as an assistant to the late writer/director/producer John Hughes in Chicago. Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG roundtables and discussions are one of the most valuable information gathering and sharing opportunities in the Industry. The landscape of media and advertising is changing at a rapid pace, and the BWG forum becomes a must as top level Executives in the industry share and debate the most critical issues and opportunities. Every time I participate I learn something new from the BWG discussions."

Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace
Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace

BIO

I am a seasoned Information Security / Cyber Security technology leader possessing a deep background in Network Infrastructure, Network Security, Governance, Identity Management, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments and more.

I have provided security management and technical leadership as well as performed hundreds of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, host security reviews, and web application assessments and security infrastructure reviews for corporate and governmental agencies in the U.S. and abroad. I have also written articles and technical papers on security and presented to audiences worldwide on computer and network security. In addition I have provided technical and management consulting on information security incident investigations and forensic analysis.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefits I get from BWG are insights into enterprise security decisions. I come from an enterprise security background and served as a trusted advisors to CIOs and CISOs, and the discussions provide me with important information regarding enterprise opinions on security as well as networking opportunities. In addition, the exposure allows me to open the eyes of enterprises to the possibilities of cloud deployment, and to note the similarities/differences of how both cloud and enterprise manage risk."

Mike Reznick
EVP, Ad Revenue
Triton Digital
Mike Reznick
EVP, Ad Revenue
Triton Digital

BIO

As EVP, Advertising Revenue, Mike Reznick oversees publisher ad revenue creation across Triton Digital’s direct and programmatic channels, including the Triton Ad Network and a2x, Triton’s private audio ad exchange. Prior to joining Triton, Reznick was the EVP of Sales & Ad Operations at Metro Traffic, a division of Westwood One, where he oversaw the company’s Traffic Ad Revenue division. Prior to joining Metro Traffic, he was the Executive Director of Sales for Soundbreak.com, one of the digital audio industry’s earliest live streaming publishers. Reznick’s career began in the Los Angeles radio market with Disney and CBS Radio. Reznick graduated from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a tremendous job gathering the thought-leaders in our industry and moderating a candid discussion. It’s been my pleasure to participate in the roundtable discussions, but it’s even more rewarding to hear the perspective of people I respect in our industry. I learn something new every time and it helps me evolve my thinking."

Oscar Rodriguez
Solution Architect, Google Cloud Center of Excellence
Accenture
Oscar Rodriguez
Solution Architect, Google Cloud Center of Excellence
Accenture

BIO

Oscar Rodriguez is a Cloud and Digital Marketing Evangelist with more than twenty five years of experience delivering technology strategies/solutions for a multitude of enterprise-wide initiatives across Life Sciences, Healthcare, Insurance, Banking, High Technology, Telecom, and Consumer Goods industries. Oscar has extensive experience driving business architecture decisions and next-generation of emerging technology solutions. He is a frequent speaker discussing the impact of Digital Marketing, Cloud, Analytics and Big Data on business at several executive forum events in New York City.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is one the best executive forums that brings together Industry Leaders continually to share their opinions about the most sophisticated leading-edge trends in Social Media, Digital Marketing, Cloud, Big Data, eCommerce, etc."

Steve Ronson
President/COO
Helion Smartphone Production Systems LLC
Steve Ronson
President/COO
Helion Smartphone Production Systems LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an organization that creates outstanding opportunities to discuss current industry trends and gain insight from colleagues on their informed view of the next 2-3 year forecast for the industries one participates in. Bill Williams makes the sessions fast paced, informative, and always rewarding. I have had the opportunity to meet outstanding colleagues through the network that have added to my own business pursuits in a meaningful way."

Ben Roodman
Head of Partner Development
AppsFlyer
Ben Roodman
Head of Partner Development
AppsFlyer

BIO

Ben Roodman leads integrated business development partnerships across mobile, digital advertising, and data platforms. He is an advocate for getting to the truth of what converts in mobile. Well versed in mobile advertising platforms with a notable aptitude and passion for analytics, he's currently putting deals together as head of US partnerships at AppsFlyer. Ben has previously held Business Development positions at AOL Advertising and helped establish several funded location-based consumer startups.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers the opportunity to discuss strategy within industry insiders in the ever dynamic mobile and digital advertising ecosystems.
"

Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

BIO

Mark Rosen - As Director of Engineering at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mark is responsible for Blades Servers, Enclosure/Infrastructure as well as the Mechanical/Signal Integrity organization in support of HPE's BladeSystem portfolio. Prior to HPE Mark was Vice President of Engineering at Extreme Networks. In that role, he was responsible for Hardware Development of Extreme's portfolio of Fixed and Chassis based Switches. In addition, his responsibilities included Extreme's EOS operating system and overall software quality (SQA) across all products.

Mark has a diverse and strong engineering and business operations background, with over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles. Prior to Extreme, Mark held leadership roles at RGB Networks and Cisco Systems in the Global Government Solution Group and Mobile Wireless Group, as well as at Broadband Technology/Pliant Systems.

Steven Rubin
VP Revenue Managment
Denihan Hospitality Group.
Steven Rubin
VP Revenue Managment
Denihan Hospitality Group.

BIO

Steven Rubin Founded TRI Hospitality, Inc. TRI specializes in driving revenue and raising efficiencies in hospitality and travel through innovation. On behalf of hotels and other travel companies, TRI identifies new opportunities, improves risk tolerance, drives brand awareness, and anticipates consumer behavior to maximize revenue. Steven has global experience leading revenue, sales, marketing, digital, and operations teams. He is on advisory boards of multiple technology companies, working to build the next generation of travel experiences. Steven is the co-chair for the HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association) Metasearch working group and was a primary author of HEDNA's publication "Heavy Meta: How to optimize your presence on metasearch". Steven is an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Pricing and Revenue Management at New York University Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides access to industry leaders and facilitates virtual think tank roundtables on key industry topics."

Paul Russo
Founder & Chairman
GEO Semiconductor Inc.
Paul Russo
Founder & Chairman
GEO Semiconductor Inc.

BIO

Dr. Russo currently serves as a Founder & Chairman of San Jose based GEO Semiconductor (www.geosemi.com). He served as CEO through 2014. GEO was founded in 2008 to acquire certain assets of Silicon Optix. He is the Chairman & CEO of Peekaboo (www.peekaboo.com), a stealth-mode re-broadcasting company and Chairman of Dynamount, a robotic microphone mount company(www.dynamount.com). He also serves as a Board Director of Teslonix (www.teslonix.com) an early stage next generation RFID company, SnapDNA, a unique early stage DNA platform company initially focused on food safety, and Woo Sports, an early stage company focused on the gameification of extreme sports like kite boarding and wake boarding, where active boarders from around the world can compete via advanced cloud-based apps.

Prior to founding GEO, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip the world leader in video scaler semiconductor devices for flat panel displays through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998 where it’s market cap reached several billion dollars. Genesis was acquired by ST Micro in 2007.

Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE's Microelectronics Center in RTP, Senior Manager in GE's Industrial Electronics Group in Charlottesville, and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton. At RCA, Dr. Russo’s activities include the development of the world’s first programmable video game system, the first CMOS microprocessor, the first auto ignition microprocessor controller, and, one year prior to the advent of the IBM PC, his group had developed a prototype home computer very similar to the successful IBM product – but RCA management rejected entering this new market!

Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. His PhD thesis was on the computer analysis of electronic circuits, which gave birth to the commonly used Spice modeling software in wide use to this day. He holds eight U.S. patents, has published extensively in his earlier years, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips - acquired by Xilinx, Atmos - acquired by MoSys, where he also served on the board of MoSys). He is an active angel investor having done in excess of 50 investments during past decades.

Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation
Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation

BIO

Technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in the automation of multi-million dollar enterprises. Strong record of success in creating robust IT architectures and infrastructures with an emphasis on cloud-based architectures. Proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while managing costs and risks.

TESTIMONIAL

"I receive tremendous value from my involvement with BWG. They’ve truly raised the bar for roundtable events with their world-class industry experts who provide breadth and depth to every event."

Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC
Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC

BIO

Joe is the Director of Acquisitions at Tower Ventures where he oversees all of the company’s acquisition activity. Additionally, Joe develops towers in New England in partnership with Tower Ventures. Prior to joining Tower Ventures Joe was the Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at CTI Towers.

Previously, Joe was at American Tower, where he held various management positions within the organization including Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Director of Corporate Development and Senior Attorney. As Director of Mergers and Acquisitions he was responsible for American Tower’s mergers and acquisitions efforts in the US.

During his tenure at American Tower, he was involved in the acquisition of thousands of towers and other wireless assets, such as the rooftop of the 100 story John Hancock Center in Chicago. Joe also oversaw all legal functions related to American Tower’s build-to-suit program, and as Director of Corporate Development, Joe focused on several specific corporate development opportunities including acquisitions, the disposition of underperforming assets and the consolidation of the company’s real estate assets. Prior to his tower industry career, Joe was an attorney in private practice in Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

Kamal Sadarangani
Partner & EVP
ARQ LLC
Kamal Sadarangani
Partner & EVP
ARQ LLC

BIO

Seasoned telecom executive with over 18 years of experience in various leadership roles in the wireless industry. Responsible for global strategy and business operations for ARQ LLC, a leading turnkey systems integrator for DAS and small cell systems. Formerly with T-Mobile as general manager of engineering & operations. MSEE from the University of

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG’s moderated phone calls have been a great medium to get to know current perspectives from intelligent business executives in a time efficient manner. I am very impressed by the people in BWG’s network and look forward to networking with key executives across different industries."

Doug Salvatori
Sr. Director Wireless Distribution
Perfect 10
Doug Salvatori
Sr. Director Wireless Distribution
Perfect 10

BIO

Doug brings 11 + years of wireless industry experience. He began his career in wireless distribution with Chicago Based Distributor in 2005, where he focused on sales and customer service. During his tenure there, he held management positions in Sales, followed by Product Line and Vendor Management.

Doug joined Perfect 10 in 2014 to start the Wireless Division with a focus on manufacturing and distribution of PerfectVision Manufacturing products, along with 70 other Manufacturers products, addressing the growing needs of the wireless space in Macro, DAS & Small Cell deployments

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in the BWG Strategy Calls and events has been extremely beneficial. They provide insight and perspective from all angles of the telecom space, from the real estate side through the contractor side constructing the sites, and everything in between. BWG has also been a great resource for networking and meeting new people and companies in the industry, adding value to all of our businesses."

Julie Sandler
Vice President - Retail Sales
Paradigm Trends
Julie Sandler
Vice President - Retail Sales
Paradigm Trends

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with the invaluable opportunity to connect with peers and even competitors across industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing retail today.
"

Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG
Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG

BIO

I am a mathematician-turned-computer-scientist, an experienced IT professional with a wealth of
capabilities and knowledge acquired specifically in information systems, data management, data (big, fast, and small) analysis and data science in international roles.

I am driven in by my ambition to become an established data scientist, through gaining new experience
in the data analytics field and improving my skills in areas such as handling big data and new
technologies and have a real love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Effectively combining technical expertise with commercial acumen, I particularly enjoy researching,
exploring, and understanding specific areas of the financial industry, often preparing presentations,
papers, and books of certain areas such as algorithmic development for mathematical and statistical problems,
and optimization in numerical computing.

I enjoy a collaborative approach to tasks, working with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds to
align on a common goal or theme, through healthy debate. The type of role that motivates me is one that
will enable me to provide substantial benefit and innovation to an organization, while also providing
scope for personal and professional growth.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is essential to leverage your social as well your professional network. Extremely important to participate in independent review boards for making more informed decisions when evaluating technology products and vendors."

Wade Sarver
Consultant
Nokia & Wade4Wireless.com
Wade Sarver
Consultant
Nokia & Wade4Wireless.com

BIO

Consultant, author, consultant, analyst, blogger, and podcaster that advises and speaks on wireless deployment. Specifically Macro, LTE small cell and DAS deployments. Helping you define strategies and tactics for wireless deployments.

Using over 30 years of working throughout the industry to provide solutions for Nokia at a Solutions Manager and creating content for www.wade4wireless.com as well as consulting with various companies to provide deployment efficiencies.

Wade’s background includes many parts of the wireless industry. Having worked in paging, VSAT, public safety, cellular, microwave, and wireless internet to name a few. Wireless transport was
the common connection along with the deployment and business efficiencies to boost each company and system to be better than before. With a degree from Electronics Institute then taking certifications for almost everything out there has really boosted the knowledge curve quickly, but the work experience and work ethic is what made the difference.

The goal is to help teams deploy properly and with as few mistakes as possible. Having an in depth wireless background with rounded experience and a view of end to end deployment is what sets Wade apart.

Blog posts and podcasts for people to share the experiences of wireless deployment. This would include the issues of the industry from tower safety, site work, and installations to 5G planning and LTE
rollouts. The industry is changing to we have to change with it. The industry has so many different moving parts in the field, from RF design to tower climbing to site engineering to project management to optimization. Deployment planning matters and having support matters. Providing support is what matters.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls help give me insight to the industry from the front lines, the companies that are actually doing to work, supplying the parts, and planning for the next year are providing invaluable feedback about the true state of the industry."

Avi Savar
CEO & Managing Partner
Dreamit
Avi Savar
CEO & Managing Partner
Dreamit

BIO

Avi Savar - CEO & Managing Partner at Dreamit Ventures

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an incredible resource and network of cross-industry executives. Their content and events provide incredible value and I am thrilled to be part of their advisory board."

Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc
Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc

BIO

Since 2004, Scott has been the Chief Information Officer for Jersey Mike’s a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide. A seasoned 20-year IT professional, Scott served as President of System Services, a national IT service provider and software development company. He was also President of Zynite Technologies, a web development company, and worked at DAQ Electronics as a software development manager.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG’s roundtable discussions provide me with an opportunity participate in discussions about industry products and trends in short periods of time without having to travel to conferences. The discussions are well moderated allowing a tremendous amount of information to be discussed in a short period of time. These roundtables are a unique opportunity for me to share my expertise as well as gain insight from some of the top industry professionals in an open environment."

Ken Schmidt
President / Partner
Steel in the Air, Inc. / Steel Tree Partners, LLC
Ken Schmidt
President / Partner
Steel in the Air, Inc. / Steel Tree Partners, LLC

BIO

Ken Schmidt is the president of Steel in the Air, Inc., a cell tower lease consulting firm that provides guidance and services on cellular asset valuation, lease negotiations and cell tower lease buyouts. Steel in the Air has over 3,500 clients across the United States.

Ken started Steel in the Air a decade ago. It was the first landowner-centric cell tower lease consultancy firm in the United States. Ken is well-respected in the industry for his ethical, no-nonsense approach to cellular lease negotiations and cellular asset valuation. He has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Bloomberg, and has appeared as a guest speaker at wireless industry trade events and conferences. Since 2004, SITA has been a trusted resource for private and public landowners, municipalities, investors, attorneys and educators.

Ken is also a partner in SteelTree Partners, a tower sale-side advisory firm that has assisted its clients in selling in excess of $1.5 billion dollars of towers over the last decade.

Ken's education includes a Bachelor of Science at Truman State University in Political Science- Pre-Law and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida. He has managed the development of broadcast towers nationwide and developed and built cell towers. Ken has managed multiple 100+ site builds for wireless carriers like Nextel and T-Mobile.

Specialties: cell tower lease negotiations, cell site lease fair market evaluations, cell site lease buyouts, cell tower due diligence, cell phone tower lease expirations, cell site lease renegotiations, tower valuations

TESTIMONIAL

"From an expert standpoint, I have found participation in BWG calls to be very helpful in terms of forcing me to clearly form and enunciate my thoughts and information about the wireless industry. It also provides visibility to what other experts in my field are thinking and/or coming across in their day to day efforts. Lastly, the opportunity to listen in on other experts in other fields discussing tangentially related industries is invaluable. "

Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Manager
River of Goods
Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Manager
River of Goods

BIO

Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson is the Ecommerce Manager for River of Goods, a privately owned lighting and furniture supplier. She started the ecommerce department in 2013 and it’s since become the fastest growing business division in the company. Tiffany attributes her success to the diverse, past experiences she has had working in Sales, Marketing, Multi-Media, Project Management and Operations. Tiffany holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN in Business Administration and Psychology. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband.

TESTIMONIAL

"I always gain immense knowledge when I attend a BWG event. I believe it’s extremely important to stay well-informed on the ever changing world of Ecommerce and BWG offers a wide variety of topics and insights. I also appreciate connecting with other industry professionals and hearing their feedback and experiences."

Eric Sharpsten
CTO Enterprise Infrastructure
Ventech Solutions
Eric Sharpsten
CTO Enterprise Infrastructure
Ventech Solutions

BIO

Eric Sharpsten was previously the CTO for Health and Life Sciences – Federal Health at Lockheed Martin where he supported customers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS (Office of the Secretary), Veterans Administration, and other commercial health services through Lockheed Martin’s QTC subsidiary. Eric began his career as a systems engineer at GE Aerospace working on real-time Sonar, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and maritime Weapons systems. He quickly moved to working with large scale networks and enterprise strategic planning for Lockheed Martin’s Enterprise Information Systems supporting the lager Lockheed Martin corporate infrastructure. Eric’s role and responsibilities were expanded when he moved to a product management role developing and supporting several key capabilities to support Lockheed Martin core businesses including Aeronautics, Space, Missiles and Fire Controls, and well as Mission Systems. Eric served as an adjunct professor for the LeMoyne College from 2000-2007 where he is a founding and active Information Systems academic advisory board. Eric received his MBA from LeMoyne College and his BA in Computer Information Sciences from Potsdam College (SUNY).

Larry Shender
VP of Programmatic Demand Partnership
AdsWizz
Larry Shender
VP of Programmatic Demand Partnership
AdsWizz

BIO

With 12 years of experience in online advertising. Larry has worked with some of the leading brands within the CPG and CE categories at both the agency and brand level.

Colleen Sherry
Former Senior Manager, Digital Media & Marketing
Hasbro Inc.
Colleen Sherry
Former Senior Manager, Digital Media & Marketing
Hasbro Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a fantastic resource that brings together some of the best digital and social media leaders in the industry to discuss hot topics, new opportunities and shared issues. The panels and roundtables are great touch points as we all move forward in this exciting space."

Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation
Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation

BIO

Mr. Hamid Shokrgozar joined Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM) as President of Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina in June 2009. Viking Technology develops and delivers innovative high-technology DRAM, Flash, and Solid State Drive (SSD) products that optimize the value and performance of our customers’ applications. Founded in 1989, Viking Technology has been providing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with industry leading designs, engineering, product support and customer service for over two decades.

As an inventive and energetic leader, Hamid Shokrgozar is a senior-level executive with over 25 years technical and general management experience with publicly traded companies in the technology and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shokrgozar served as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board of White Electronic Designs Corporation (NASDAQ: WEDC). WEDC together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and manufactures defense electronic components and systems for inclusion in high technology products for the defense and aerospace markets. The company’s defense electronic solutions include advanced semiconductor and multi-chip packaged components, circuit card assemblies, and electromechanical assemblies, as well as a proprietary process for applying anti-tamper protection to mission critical semiconductor components. Its products include system in package, microprocessor modules, memory modules, mechanical components, and anti-tamper technology. WEDC was acquired by Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC).

Mr. Shokrgozar has served as Chairman and Board Member of the American Electronics Association, Arizona Council; member of the Board of Directors of Interface Data Systems (IDS); and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he was featured as one of three guest speakers at the NACD Arizona Chapter on Enterprise Risk Management. Mr. Shokrgozar graduated from California State University – Fullerton with a BS and BSEE in Engineering. He has received additional professional advancement through the National Management Association (NMA) in Data Communication Systems and multiple business management courses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers great insight to understand markets, technologies, customers and competitors.
The executives roundtables provide real-time market intelligence as well as helping executives adjust and validate our own ideas."

Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet
Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet

BIO

Business to Business SaaS software and service sales expert from Mid-Sized businesses to enterprise sales. Human Capital Management specialist with 10 years of over quota attainment with leadership and mentorship experience.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to get insight about the Human Capital Management field that is not readily available through the public domain. I am able to connect with other industry professionals and share information to be more consultative with my prospective clients. BWG is a great resource for my professional career."

Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Vander Group
Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Vander Group

BIO

Derek J. Sine is the managing director at Vander Group. Vander Group is an end-to-end eCommerce solutions provider, combining digital strategy, data-driven design, development, optimization, logistics, and customer support.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides unparalleled insights into what is truly going on in a number of markets. Our group continues to leverage BWG’s intellectual capital and I'm pleased to be a member of the board of an organization composed of the top global domain experts."

Swan Sit
Vice President of Global Digital
Elizabeth Arden
Swan Sit
Vice President of Global Digital
Elizabeth Arden

BIO

Swan Sit is the Vice President of Global Digital for Elizabeth Arden. She is responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation across the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio and the company’s designer, celebrity and heritage fragrances. She is developing the company’s first digital platform across its global markets and was voted one of Luxury Daily’s Women to Watch in 2014.

As the former Executive Director of Online Strategy and Planning for the Estee Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites from 125 to 450, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was also a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes – launching a factory in China during SARS – and ran the grassroots Trend Marketing Team. Out of college, she capitalized on the Internet boom at Trilogy Software, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy.

Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Travel is one of her passions (over 60 countries) with favorites ranging from Mt. Everest, Antarctica and Kenya to Mongolia, Bhutan and Myanmar. She sits on the boards of Women in Retail and BWG Strategy, as well as the Impact Network and Foundation Rwanda philanthropies. She can often be found smashing a volleyball or chasing restaurant openings around NYC.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's incredible network not only provides the breadth of information necessary to cover an array of industries and functions, but the quality of that network lends enough depth for the expertise to be useful and actionable."

Mickey Slevin
VP, Business Development and Operations
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution LLC
Mickey Slevin
VP, Business Development and Operations
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution LLC
Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC
Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to gain insights from executives coming from fields and geographies different from my own that I would not normally have access to. These insights allow me continuously to update and plan the strategy for my business"

Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos
Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos

BIO

Gib Sorebo is a Chief Cyber Security Technologist for Leidos where he assists government and private sector organizations in complying with legal and regulatory requirements and addressing cybersecurity risks. He has been working in the information technology industry for more than twenty-three years in both the public and private sector. He is oversees and coordinates cybersecurity activities within the energy and other commercial sectors for Leidos. He recently co-authored a book on Smart Grid Security. He is a frequent speaker at national cybersecurity conferences on issues such as data breach response, e-discovery, critical infrastructure protection, compliance, BYOD, and many other topics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a tremendous resource for networking and learning more about the various markets and companies they cover on the calls. The calls are always lively and a joy to be part of. They have been an immense help for me."

Peter Strid
VP Sales / Strategic Partnerships
PeopleLinx, Inc.
Peter Strid
VP Sales / Strategic Partnerships
PeopleLinx, Inc.

BIO

A 20 year sales veteran Peter leads PeopleLinx, an award winning VC-backed social selling start up as the VP of Sales and Strategic Partnerships. Peter is widely known as an expert in social selling and sales technology. Peter works with industry sales and marketing leaders to implement Social Selling Strategies.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a platform for me to learn from the smartest thought leaders in my industry. It has opened many doors for me to build relationships with those key leaders. I always learn new trends and ideas that help to keep me at the top of my game and ultimately drive a better experience for my clients as a result."

Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc
Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc

BIO

Chris Swenson - Director of Systems at ZocDoc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides technology leaders with an open forum to discuss and gain an understanding of overall industry direction. BWG events are a must attend if you desire to keep up with the next steps for the technology industry."

Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS
Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS

BIO

Joe is a well known industry leader specializing in resolving complex business problems, delivering critical initiatives in business transformation, creating successful methodologies & governance models while providing solid leadership and having functional expertise in both business & technology disciplines in multiple industry verticals. He is driven to ensure companies operate with the most optimal business and technology models based on industry best practices saving millions of dollars for companies.

Zhaohui Tang
Founder & CEO
AdSage
Zhaohui Tang
Founder & CEO
AdSage

BIO

ZhaoHui Tang is the Chairman of adSage, a leading online advertising technology company in China. Prior to adSage, he worked a dozen years at Microsoft headquarter, leading a number of core product development. He was a principal group program manager at Microsoft adCenter, where he manages a number of projects related to paid search and content ads, in the area of relevance and revenue. He spent 6 years as a lead program manager in Business Intelligence group of SQL Server, leading the data mining product. He got his Ph.D. in France in 1996 and holds over 20 patents in data mining and search technology.

Andy Taylor
Research Associate Director
Merkle
Andy Taylor
Research Associate Director
Merkle

TESTIMONIAL

"I like working with BWG because they attract great representatives from the industry who provide a broad understanding of how different trends are playing out.
"

Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services
Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a hugely valuable source of industry knowledge, industry trends, networking and exposure for my company to end-users and partners.
"

Varghese Thomas
Founder
LaDiVa Ventures LLC
Varghese Thomas
Founder
LaDiVa Ventures LLC

BIO

Varghese Thomas is a visionary technology executive with extensive global leadership experience in rapidly effectuating transformative change within managed services and SaaS based organizations.

Varghese currently has his own firm called LaDiVa Ventures LLC. With the next generation of digital technology solutions transformations, he ventured to capture his entrepreneurial side and how he could influence start-ups and mid-size companies with his enterprise experience. He consults with executives, boards and investors with guidance on business development, sales (direct and partners) and marketing to accelerate growth through various stages of the company. Focus areas include cloud and managed infrastructure services, SaaS, fintech, CRM, mobile, social and media companies.

Prior to venturing out on his own, Varghese was the Senior Vice President at NYSE Euronext responsible for its commercial financial cloud, hosting, network and managed services business, which provided secure solutions for the global financial services community. Varghese was also the Global Head of Financial Services at CenturyLink (formerly SAVVIS) where he led the global managed IT and cloud infrastructure strategy, business development and marketing for the business unit across capital markets, banking and insurance which accounted for about a third of the company’s revenue with double digit growth during his tenure. Varghese held several leadership roles at Thomson Reuters and Bridge Information Systems supporting financial applications and technology. He also worked at Smith Barney’s market data and trading services team.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy and its industry executives illuminate specific sector and company insight not typically captured in other mediums."

Herschel Thompson
Head of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing
J.W. Hulme Co.
Herschel Thompson
Head of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing
J.W. Hulme Co.
David Tossell
VP – Travel & Hospitality
DataArt
David Tossell
VP – Travel & Hospitality
DataArt

BIO

David Tossell, CTC, started in the mailroom of his family’s travel agency 20+ years ago and made his way across the industry working for companies such as Sabre, Travelocity and Virtuoso as well as leadership roles in multiple travel startups. David joined DataArt in 2014 as Vice President, Travel & Hospitality and has penned articles for Tnooz, Hotel Business Review and CIO Review and been quoted as a travel industry expert in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

David is a serial entrepreneur, with experience ranging from global product marketing & development, to marketing promotions, business operations, SEO/SEM, and email marketing. Over the course of his career, he led many start-up businesses, including the Sabre Rewards travel agent loyalty program, and APInet, the travel distribution industry’s first extranet. Most recently, David oversaw the creation of TimeshareAdvisor – a review website for timeshare owners. At Travelocity, David oversaw the account team for the affiliate / private label distribution business with over 1,900 partners including Yahoo, AOL, American Express and AAA. During his time as CEO of CruiseLabs, he lead the company to a “runner-up” spot in the Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit and went on to establish a global network of over 70 cruise research and booking web sites. Prior to joining DataArt, David served as Vice President of Marketing for WMPH Vacations / iCruise.com.

TESTIMONIAL

"Bill Williams and team delivers straight talk from industry voices who know what they are talking about. The events are free of the restrained, watered down conversation that has become typical of too many panel discussions. BWG’s discussions are refreshing in both their candor and intelligence."

Dhiraj Trivedi
Chief Executive Officer
Immense Hospitality LLP
Dhiraj Trivedi
Chief Executive Officer
Immense Hospitality LLP

BIO

Dhiraj has close to two decades of experience in the hospitality industry across leading hotel brands and five star luxury properties in India and abroad, where he has held leadership roles at corporate headquarters and was actively involved with Revenue Management, Global Distribution, Customer Relationship Management (CRM two way connected with PMS) and CRS functions.

He is also a recognized Revenue Management Specialist in the industry and has been a key speaker at various international hospitality conferences. A recipient of CMO Asia Singapore award 2015, EDGE award 2014, Dhiraj was most recently working as President RMS at the Reznext Global Solutions. At Immense Hospitality, Dhiraj will lead the global expansion services function delivering and consult technology partners, helping them optimize their revenue potential.

Dhiraj commenced his hotel career two decades ago with Taj Group of Hotels where he was part of the implementing revenue management practices. His journey under Revenue Management continued with Hyatt, Louvre Hotels, ITC Hotels, Royal Orchid Hotels, Lebua Hotels and The Park Hotels.
Dhiraj is a DMS and specializes in ecommerce & entrepreneurship, Executive MBA in Customer Relationship Management, eCornell and executive course from IIM Bangalore.

He was part of round table conference at National University of Singapore (NSU) conducted by Cornell University in partnership with Ideas.

TESTIMONIAL

"I think BWG core values are a great way to find others who are just as passionate and share the same vision/mission as the founders of the company. Creating unique core values together that are special to the company."

Cliff Trotta
Director of Sales, Distribution and Commercial Planning
Iberia
Cliff Trotta
Director of Sales, Distribution and Commercial Planning
Iberia

BIO

Cliff Trotta has 15 years of experience in the Aviation industry and has handled Distribution, Revenue Management and Alliances functions for the Americas, for Asia Pacific and for Europe, Middle East and Africa at various global and innovative airlines.

TESTIMONIAL

"I think the great benefit that BWG provides is access to likeminded Professionals that can act as a sounding board for current trends in the ever-changing travel industry landscape."

Curt Tuttle
CEO
FIMO USA
Curt Tuttle
CEO
FIMO USA

TESTIMONIAL

"Up to date wireless market information; from technical to financial. Direct Contact with people who are working to shape the market."

Thomas Tyrer
President & Managing Partner
Circle Change Media
Thomas Tyrer
President & Managing Partner
Circle Change Media

BIO

Thomas Tyrer has spent 25 years aggressively defying industry convention and helping several of the world’s most recognized entertainment, sports and media brands to create multi-billion-dollar content ventures or stopping others from capitalizing on similar opportunities at their expense. His LA-based brand management and strategic communications agency Circle Change Media has developed and executed comprehensive corporate brand management campaigns to ensure many of the world’s most innovative creators like 21st Century Fox, National Geographic Society, the Big Ten Conference, LA Dodgers, Outside Magazine and The Simpsons, among others, receive maximum media value or, conversely, save top cable, satellite, IPTV, OTT, mobile and other providers like AT&T, DIRECTV, Cox Communications, NCTC, Wide Open West, etc. several billions in program licensing fees without sacrificing undue customer churn, compromised brand equity or diminished civic good will. Among other accomplishments, he has helped to establish – and also stall out – major professional team and conference-specific networks; swayed billions in asset value and fees between the Big Four networks, major station groups and local broadcast affiliates; and affected thousands of local broadcast retransmission consent negotiations en route to helping create a soon-to-exceed $10 billion marketplace.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG proactively seeks out and assembles the people who actually know what’s going on in the trenches and enables them to speak candidly to help identify opportunities and vulnerabilities well before others. Whether participating within or listening in on BWG's many diverse events, I find the information I glean, the fascinating people I meet and the immediate return on my time invaluable.” — Thomas Tyrer, President & Managing Partner, Circle Change Media"

Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.
Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.

BIO

Daryl has more than 20 years of goal-oriented management, sales and negotiation

experience. In his role as Chief Consulting Officer at Emerset, he acts as a primary advisor

to C-level executives of large corporations to help them successfully negotiate optimal

licensing agreements.

Prior to founding Emerset almost a decade ago, Daryl worked at Microsoft® in the roles of

Licensing Manager for the Enterprise & Partner Group and Group Manager for Mid-Market

Organizations. This and other experience has formed the foundation of Emerset’s

proprietary Clear Licensing Methodology (CLM) for conducting software licensing

negotiations.



Daryl holds a BBA for Business Administration and Management from the University of

West London and an MSc in Management and Information Systems from the Polytechnic

Institute of New York University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is an extremely valuable resource for Triton. BWG’s roundtable discussions provide access to a wide variety of industry experts and analysts in a fast-paced, informative format. We recommend BWG to anyone looking for industry discussion and insight found nowhere else."

Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC
Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC

BIO

Joe Viviano - Sr. Manager, Specialist System Engineers at EMC

TESTIMONIAL

"The team at BWG Strategy has created a unique venue that brings together industry professionals to share insights on technology trends and companies. Over the years I have found it to be an invaluable aspect of my professional career in Enterprise IT through the knowledge acquired at their industry events, professional relationships born, and insights shared with leaders in the field. It has had a profound impact on how I approach my profession each day."

Rick Welch
Head of Programmatic Advertising
Flipboard
Rick Welch
Head of Programmatic Advertising
Flipboard

BIO

Rick has 10 years of experience in digital media spanning the adtech, publisher & agency sides of the business. Primary areas of expertise include data and programmatic.

TESTIMONIAL

"In my experience, BWG brings together some of the most qualified and influential individuals in our industry. The events and discussions are thought provoking -- they provide valuable insights that can be leveraged in my own business strategy."

Rich Whalen
EVP, Director or Operations
McCann
Rich Whalen
EVP, Director or Operations
McCann
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Advertising Consultant/Evangelist
B2Linked.com
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Advertising Consultant/Evangelist
B2Linked.com

BIO

AJ manages and consults for the world's most sophisticated LinkedIn advertising accounts. A long-time online marketer, he fell in love with the B2B targeting/audience data 4+ years ago, and founded B2Linked to help companies take full advantage of the power.

TESTIMONIAL

"I love that I get to network with the most knowledgeable peers in the industry with BWG. Each call, I get to learn from others' experience and share my findings in a group that is highly interested."

Eddie Wilders
SVP, Director of Research
Lockard & Wechsler
Eddie Wilders
SVP, Director of Research
Lockard & Wechsler

BIO

Currently, I head the research department in all facets of client analysis, as well as provide the agency with industry trends and analysis. Using Nielsen, my team and I are responsible to provide clients with post buy impression and ratings data and reach/frequency analysis. For new business proposals, I am responsible to provide syndicated research to determine demographic profile and using competitive data to position potential clients to gain share of voice within the market. I also use Nielsen data to provide potential and current clients with a media landscape in order to sell their products in the most efficient programming that is available. I also have experience in general advertising buying and negotiating, radio and print buying and negotiating, and use comScore on a daily basis. I have extensive knowledge of the direct response world, the CPG world and brand strategy.

TESTIMONIAL

"The major benefit from BWG is having access to the vast knowledge from everyone within the industry. Hearing points of view and opinions on various topics broadens my knowledge and helps me better understand the industry I live in."

Diana Wilkin
COO
Semantic Research Inc
Diana Wilkin
COO
Semantic Research Inc

BIO

Diana Wilkin has over 20 years of experience in broadcast media. Her background includes senior level corporate positions at News Corp and CBS Network, most recently as President of affiliate relations at CBS. She’s been VP of six network affiliated television stations. Currently, she is the founder of a broadcast advisory firm that specializes in advising broadcast clients in operations, network and retransmission consent negotiations. Additionally, she works closely with selected start up and early stage companies in the media industry, advising both on operations and financing opportunities. Her business includes consulting for investment banks, VC’s, debt and equity firms in the broadcast, OTT and media space. Ms. Wilkin is an executive board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, a Thought Leader for Sprockit and acting CRO for Aerobo aerial services.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an outstanding opportunity to connect with leaders in the media industry and discuss on a small group level the challenges and change facing the entire business. From my perspective, I can hear from executives their view of the future and hone in on what’s coming rather than what’s been. I look forward to lending my expertise and learning from executives I wouldn’t otherwise meet."

David Wish
Head of Digital
David Yurman Enterprises
David Wish
Head of Digital
David Yurman Enterprises

TESTIMONIAL

"We are all time challenged – but I can say that there’s arguably no better use of my time than attending a BWG event. It’s a great opportunity to connect with leaders within the digital and financial communities and gain perspective on key issues facing the industry."

Steve Yates
CEO
All Industry Consulting
Steve Yates
CEO
All Industry Consulting

BIO

All Industry Consulting was founded by Steve Yates, AIC’s President & CEO who developed well-rounded expertise working for multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 retailers such as Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods and eBay Enterprise. With 23 years’ experience in retail management and 16 years’ experience in eCommerce, Steve Yates provides companies with strategic advice and innovative solutions that are based on real-life experience working for industry leading retailers. AIC helps companies grow faster, smarter and more profitably by providing advice, mentoring and coaching to today’s busy executives. We empower businesses with sound advice, strategic guidance and innovative technologies so that you stand apart from the ever-increasing competitive landscape.

“Over the years I have found BWG to be an invaluable aspect of my professional career in Enterprise IT through the knowledge acquired at their industry events, professional relationships born, and insights shared with leaders in the field.”

Joe Viviano, Director of Specialist Presales, EMC