ADVISORY BOARD

TECH, MEDIA & TELECOM
Vineet Arora
Founder and Managing Director
OakHill Digital
Vineet Arora
Founder and Managing Director
OakHill Digital

TESTIMONIAL

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

Pierre Bouvard
Chief Insights Officer
Cumulus Media | Westwood One
Pierre Bouvard
Chief Insights Officer
Cumulus Media | Westwood One
Jason Catalini
V.P. Real Estate and General Counsel
TowerCo
Jason Catalini
V.P. Real Estate and General Counsel
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.
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Rachel Clayton
Sr. Director, Data Innovation
CoxReps
Rachel Clayton
Sr. Director, Data Innovation
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
Account Manager
FreeWheel
Philip Duddy
Account Manager
FreeWheel

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."

John Getze
CMO
KIXEYE
John Getze
CMO
KIXEYE

BIO

A marketing executive with 15 years experience building brands and generating revenue, John is part of the founding team at KIXEYE, a developer and publisher of mobile video games. He helped pioneer email marketing in the late 90's in response to an overzealous sales manager and frequently writes and speaks on digital marketing trends and best practices.

Previously, he was Director of CRM for Monster Worldwide, where he developed and managed a multi-site communication plan to grow membership and increase revenue for Monster’s education properties. Prior to Monster, he was Senior Manager of Member Marketing for Affinity Labs, a company focused on building a global network of world-class, online communities. Founded in 2006 and initially backed by the Mayfield Fund and Trinity Ventures, it was acquired in 2008 by Monster Worldwide.

Prior to Affinity Labs, he was part of the internet team at The Sharper Image where he led email marketing. Before Sharper Image, he held positions at Improvenet.com, Branders.com, and Transamerica.

John has a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.

Specialties: User Acquisition, CRM, and Product Marketing

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides terrific insight into industry trends and best practices by facilitating discussion amongst an incredibly knowledgeable and diverse network.
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Brian Goemmer
President
Allnet Insights & Analytics
Brian Goemmer
President
Allnet Insights & Analytics

BIO

Brian Goemmer has been in the wireless telecommunications sector for over 17 years and is the President of AllNet Insights & Analytics (Jan 2011-Present), an independent wireless spectrum research and consulting firm. AllNet Insights & Analytics has a specific focus on spectrum, wireless technology, 4G/5G engineering and design, 4G/5G network construction, WiFi off-loading, regulatory compliance, and the applications that drive 4G/5G usage and adoption. Mr. Goemmer was previously Director of Regulatory, Affiliates and Special Events at Clearwire.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy provides me with expert opinions and counterpoints that complement my wireless spectrum and technology focus areas. Their conferences enable me to understand and articulate a more broad and complete picture of the wireless industry. Each conference provides a venue where I can compare my strategy thinking with a variety of industry experts from many different functional companies.
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Michael Janiak
Executive Creative Director, Co-Founder
Pattern
Michael Janiak
Executive Creative Director, Co-Founder
Pattern

BIO

I'm Executive Creative Director and co-founder of Pattern, a digital design & eCommerce agency for experience-driven brands. We help our clients and their customers find their place at the intersection of culture, commerce and community.

TESTIMONIAL

"Contributing to thoughtful, engaging conversations around highly specialized topics makes me a better designer, leader and thinker. BWG provides this in spades.
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Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc. & Yield House Industries, Inc.
Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc. & Yield House Industries, 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.
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Benjamin Kinney
Brand & Media Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Benjamin Kinney
Brand & Media Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Tricia Lynch
Former GM, VOD/Digital
Verizon - Former
Tricia Lynch
Former GM, VOD/Digital
Verizon - Former
Adam Rowe
VP of Local-National Spot Sales
ION Media Networks
Adam Rowe
VP of Local-National Spot Sales
ION Media Networks

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. Adam is currently the VP of Local/National Spot Sales for ION Media, responsible for growing revenue for their expanding roster of local stations.

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
Vice President Business Development and Corporate Strategy
Videa / Cox Media Group
Brett Adamczyk
Vice President Business Development and Corporate Strategy
Videa / Cox Media Group

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."

Nii Addy
Head of Marketing
Philo
Nii Addy
Head of Marketing
Philo

BIO

Nii Mantse Addy is head of marketing for Philo. In this role he sets strategy around brand, customer acquisition, retention and marketing partnerships for the subscription service. Nii helped steward Philo to exponential growth since the end of 2017 as part of the launch team.

As Philo increases focus on insights and innovation, marketing supports the business to drive personalized experiences, community-oriented features, and marketing channels that speak directly to specific cohorts of users.

Before Philo, Nii built his career at Comcast, leading marketing for an advertising supported streaming video initiative, and with Deloitte Digital as a marketing strategy consultant.

Nii earned an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a degree in economics from Swarthmore College.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG is a critical part of how I stay on the pulse of latest developments in media business and marketing. The conference calls are refreshingly rare opportunities to hear candidly from executives across a range of industries about how they're driving the growth of their businesses. The caliber of thought is always high, and there is never a time that I don't leave with valuable insights about the context of the market at the time. I only hope that I've been able to do the same for other participants. "

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 & Advisors
Jeremy Alicandri
Director
Maryann Keller & Advisors

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.
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Cody Allard
Head of Digital
Monstercat
Cody Allard
Head of Digital
Monstercat
Mark Anderson
CEO
AC Group, Inc.
Mark Anderson
CEO
AC Group, Inc.
Adam Armbruster
Senior Partner / National Expert
ESA & Company / Ward’s Auto Dealer Business
Adam Armbruster
Senior Partner / National Expert
ESA & Company / Ward’s Auto Dealer Business

BIO

Adam Armbruster - National Expert at Wards Auto, a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data, and analysis. Senior Partner with Eckstein,Summers,Armbruster & Company, media consulting firm.

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
Senior Director - Global Distribution
Four Seasons
Arvind Bala
Senior Director - Global Distribution
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.
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Inderpreet Banga
Vice President, Channel & Distribution Strategy
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Inderpreet Banga
Vice President, Channel & Distribution Strategy
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

BIO

Inderpreet Banga is the Vice President of Channel & Distribution Strategy at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Inder oversee's and support's all Wyndham Hotels & Resorts channels to facilitate and optimize structure including but not limited to rates, inventory, cross-channel parity, segment, promotions, sell strategy and retailing. In addition, oversee global distribution strategy specifically with responsibility for third parties; OTA and wholesale.

Inder has been a key speaker for Distribution sessions for 200+ attendees at the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts global conferences in Las Vegas. He is a principal board member of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association and an active member of AHLA’s Consumer Innovation Forum. Most recently, Inder was a finalist for HSMAI NY Chapter’s “Hospitality Professional of the Year” for 2017.

Inder holds an M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management and Marketing from the Rutgers Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG calls are great to gain industry insights from a variety of perspectives whether big brands, owner/operators or vendor/suppliers. The consistent calls not only shed light on current trends but also serve to validate with others in a public forum various strategies that are successful or not successful.

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Greg Barnard
Sr. Manager, Content Acquisitions
Roku Inc.
Greg Barnard
Sr. Manager, Content Acquisitions
Roku Inc.

BIO

Greg is a Senior Manager of Content Acquisitions for Roku.

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 Roku from Ion , where he was the Director of Content Acquisitions.

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.

Jim Barsch
EVP
NextPax B.V.
Jim Barsch
EVP
NextPax B.V.

TESTIMONIAL

"I love participating on the various calls and find great value in the overviews of what various industry players are experiencing. It helps keep a pulse on what is going on in the industry, trends and some thoughts on the future.

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Chris Bateman
Enterprise Account Executive
Google
Chris Bateman
Enterprise Account Executive
Google
Vivek Bedi
Head of Digital Products
Northwestern Mutual
Vivek Bedi
Head of Digital Products
Northwestern Mutual

BIO

As vice president of digital product, Vivek Bedi drives Northwestern Mutual’s digital transformation through the design, development and delivery of world-class digital products and features that enhance the client and advisor experience. This includes all digital aspects of Northwestern Mutual’s client experience, mobile, client website and client services.

Bedi joined the company in 2015 from Sterling Solutions, a provider of background-screening services, where he served as senior vice president of digital product and platform, focused on the company’s digital, mobile, web and B2B applications.

Prior to his role at Sterling, Bedi spent 13 years as senior vice president of digital consumer communications products at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, Bedi founded a mobile startup that was acquired in 2006 by a leading international exchange company.

A graduate of Rutgers College of Engineering, Bedi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He is an avid soccer, basketball and football fan, loves traveling and exploring new places, and enjoys working out and running.

Bedi lives in Livingston, NJ, with his wife, Lina, and their two children, Amaya and Jayden.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG helps me gain perspective from other leaders in the industry. It is an amazing platform to create a much needed community where leaders can share, learn, and discuss knowledgeable and actionable insights across a wide variety of executives. The learnings from BWG’s community have been applied regularly in my leadership experiences day in and day out.
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Michael Bentley
Senior Security Engineer
Stage 2 Security
Michael Bentley
Senior Security Engineer
Stage 2 Security

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.

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Steven Berkovich
Managing Director
Deloitte Digital
Steven Berkovich
Managing Director
Deloitte Digital
Mitch Berman
Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management
Mitch Berman
Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
Mike Biafore
Real Estate Agent
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Mike Biafore
Real Estate Agent
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

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."

Jason Bitensky
Advisory Board
Influential
Jason Bitensky
Advisory Board
Influential
Travis Boatman
CEO, Co-founder
Carbonated Inc.
Travis Boatman
CEO, Co-founder
Carbonated Inc.

BIO

Travis is founder and CEO of Carbonated, an LA based live-ops mobile games studio. A 25-year veteran of the game industry (18 years in mobile), Travis has also served as SVP Mobile at both Zynga and Electronic Arts, where he led global studios and game strategy. Travis is also an angel investor and advisor for companies like Mattel, Evollve, Renzu, Little Labs, Bunch, USC School of Engineering, and featured in four Apple keynotes.

TESTIMONIAL

"After meeting Bill, and experiencing the professionalism by which he runs BWG; combined with the wealth of experts and information the team has amassed, it was an honor to be part of this group.
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Bill Bodei
Senior Account Executive
Kaminario
Bill Bodei
Senior Account Executive
Kaminario

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
CEO
Newport Media Advisors
David Boxenbaum
CEO
Newport Media Advisors

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
Ecommerce Consultant and Analyst
Sarah Bradshaw Young
Ecommerce Consultant and Analyst

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."

Joanne Burns
Principal
RISE mc
Joanne Burns
Principal
RISE mc

BIO

Principal of RISE mc, media consultancy providing expertise in research, marketing, programming, advertising, social media, web and app development across linear and digital network, cable and local television, along with streaming, OTT, VOD and mobile.
Prior to starting RISE mc, Joanne was EVP of Data Insights, Brand Strategy and Digital Media at 20th Television, Fox for 15 years, setting the strategic course for linear and digital platforms, establishing systems for data insights, product innovation and business implementation for cross-channel content distribution, ad sales and marketing. While at Fox Joanne presented an in-depth industry overview of the broadcast, cable and local business before the DOJ, along with a positioning report presented to the DGA for easement of residual fees.
Joanne began her career in NY at Group W, inaugurating the program research department, servicing the rep and owned station group. Disney lured her to LA to head research for Buena Vista syndication, which also supported Sr Corporate Management. Among the corporate projects Joanne actively took part in was the FCC filing for the “Repeal of Fin Syn”.
Nielsen Media Research drew Joanne away from the entertainment side to run their syndication business where she restructured the division to better meet the changing client environment, along with growing revenue and building new products and services for the company.

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

Joanne describes herself as transformative, end-to-end executive, providing data insights, business innovation, revenue growth and operational efficiencies, stewarding projects through implementation. As a multi-dimensional thought leader, she’s regularly called up as an industry event speaker and advisory board member.



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."

Paul Callan
Head of Americas Channel Partnerships
GO1
Paul Callan
Head of Americas Channel Partnerships
GO1

BIO

With more than 20 years industry experience running the gamut from engineering to IT to Business Development, Paul has been in mobile gaming and ad-tech since joining Zynga in 2011. He brings a strategic mindset to business partnerships, understanding the different perspective of big developers, indies and collaborative ad-tech partners, and always seeks the win-win result for each partnership.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG roundtables have been an awesome experience for me over the last several years. They have become an amazing vehicle allowing me to tap into the rich, collective knowledge of well placed industry veterans. It's an honor to be among this group and part of the Advisory Board.
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V. Noah Campbell
Founder & Managing Member
Radio Spectrum Group, LLC
V. Noah Campbell
Founder & Managing Member
Radio Spectrum Group, LLC

BIO

V. Noah Campbell is the Managing Member of RSG, which he founded in 2011. Prior to launching RSG Mr. Campbell specialized in strategic spectrum acquisitions, divestitures and the creation of private telecom asset investment vehicles in the wireless space. During this time he participated in the roll-up of over 500M MHz-POPs of 2.5GHz frequency in the United States, personally negotiating and completing dozens of transactions. Since founding RSG, Mr. Campbell has participated in several FCC auctions, including 901, 97 and 1000, either as a manager or general partner, in addition to his participation in auction 86. A thought-leader in wireless technology and infrastructure, Mr. Campbell has 14 years of experience in the valuation of wireless assets, including wireless and broadcast spectrum, sites (macro and DAS/small-cell), fiber and data center/COs. Mr. Campbell holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a valuable setting to discuss market trends with a hand-picked group of experts in a non-public forum. I appreciate the candor the platform engenders among participants and the collegiality that comes with participation in BWG events."

Laura Carpenter
Manager, Acquisition Marketing
Casper
Laura Carpenter
Manager, Acquisition Marketing
Casper

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy calls provide insight into how thought leaders in the space are approaching customer acquisition. It helps me get ahead of shifting trends in the digital marketing space and provides valuable and actionable insight into emerging opportunities.
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Paul Chachko
Chief Executive Officer
Throtle Onboarding
Paul Chachko
Chief Executive Officer
Throtle Onboarding

BIO

Throtle CEO Paul Chachko has been a formative member of the marketing community for over 30 years. He is credited with being the first to add demographic, behavioral, lifestyle, and geographic data to commercial email marketing and most recently he spearheaded the creation of an industry leading marketing automation platform that allows for acquisition marketing and customer relationship management. Mr. Chachko holds several patents in the use of data and technology.

TESTIMONIAL

"By participating in the sessions with BWG Strategy, I am able to get an insider’s view on current industry trends by those who are on the ground creating and managing those trends, which is invaluable for planning and strategy.
"

Tal Chalozin
CTO
Innovid
Tal Chalozin
CTO
Innovid

BIO

Tal Chalozin is co-founder and CTO of Innovid, the world’s leading video advertising platform that empowers advertisers to create, deliver, and measure video experiences on any device. Tal leads Innovid’s long termtechnology vision and is responsible for global technology development and implementation, product creation, business development and partnership activities. Tal’s guidance has led Innovid to partner with companies such as Snapchat, Facebook, Roku, Samaung, SKYand Hulu to help advertisers bring interactive video to any consumer device.

Prior to Innovid, Tal co-founded GarageGeeks, a non-profit organization and one of Israel’s largest hacker spaces and innovation hubs with more than 8,000 members. Tal also served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force for over eight years where he led the development of several military products with high algorithmic complexity.

Tal has spoken on stage around the world at events including CES, IAB, NAB, TVOT, Wired Magazine’s NEXTFEST, Le Web’s Digital Innovation Conference, Ars Electronica, as well as numerous events and museums throughout Israel.

Tal presently serves as a board member for the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence, anda technical academy memberfor the National Academy of Television Arts and Scienceswho grants the prestigious EMMY award. He was named a "Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum and as one of the “Best Young European Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek.In 2016, Tal was named 40-Under-40 for work on the future of TV by the leading Multichannel magazine.As asserial entrepreneur, Tal owns several global patents for interactive TV, advertising delivery technology, and advanced measurement tools.

Follow Tal onTwitter @Chalozin.

James Chan
Chief Operating Officer
Yacht Club Games
James Chan
Chief Operating Officer
Yacht Club Games

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me the opportunity to hear from industry veterans and executives, and get a holistic view of the industry in areas that I have less exposure to. This informs and helps me make strategic decisions for the company.
"

Chris Cloney
Client Development
Catalyst, a GroupM and WPP Agency
Chris Cloney
Client Development
Catalyst, a GroupM and WPP Agency

BIO

Chris specializes in driving strategic growth for brands. His experience spans across Search, Paid Social, Ad Platforms, Data Analytics, and Programmatic. In his current role, he focuses on helping brands drive success through optimized SEM, SEO, Social and Amazon campaigns for Catalyst, a GroupM/WPP agency.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an amazing resource that brings together thought leaders from brands, agencies, and technology firms. I always learn something every time I participate.

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Eric Collins
Independent Consultant
Eric Collins
Independent Consultant
David Coltrin
VP, Guest Experience & Marketing Technology
Denny's, Inc.
David Coltrin
VP, Guest Experience & 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."

Bryan Crocker
Chief Operating Officer
Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc.
Bryan Crocker
Chief Operating Officer
Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc.

BIO

Bryan is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Multicom Entertainment Group, a global independent film and television distribution company. Since being founded in 2012, Multicom has acquired over 1,200 films and television series that it distributes throughout the world to broadcasters and digital platforms.


At Multicom, Bryan oversees all day to day operations, which includes library and one-off content acquisitions, sales and distribution, physical and digital content operations, business affairs and corporate finance.


Prior to joining Multicom in 2017, Bryan worked at Netflix from 2008 until 2015 as Director, Content Acquisition and aided in Netflix’s transition from a DVD-by-Mail company into the world’s leading streaming video service. At Netflix, Bryan negotiated content licensing agreements with all major and key independent film studios.

TESTIMONIAL

"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
VP of Accounts
Adaptly
Lisa Cucinotta
VP of Accounts
Adaptly

BIO

Lisa is a Social & Digital Media marketing expert with more than 15 years of experience focused on branding and performance-based paid, earned and owned media and creative strategies across platforms. Prior to joining Adaptly (owned by Accenture), Lisa spent over ten years working in large media agencies. She has focused primarily on Social Media over the last 8 years, but also has experience in other digital channels including Paid Search, Native Advertising and Affiliate Marketing.

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
DAX U.S.
Matt Cutair
CEO
DAX U.S.

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
Senior Vice President, US Wireless Research
Futurewei Technologies
Miguel Dajer
Senior Vice President, US Wireless Research
Futurewei 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
Managing Vice President
Gartner L2
Jennifer Dalipi
Managing Vice President
Gartner L2

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.

Pablo Delgado
CEO
Mirai
Pablo Delgado
CEO
Mirai

BIO

Pablo is the CEO of Mirai, a leading distribution consultancy & technology provider for hotels to compete with OTA by promoting the direct channel with offices in Spain, France, Portugal and the US.

While studying Computer Engineering, Pablo developed one of the first Internet Booking Engines (IBE) back in 1997 and soon started helping hotels jump into the Internet era and understand how online distribution worked. With more than 20 years in the industry, Pablo understands very well the changing dynamics of online distribution that occur every year and is and expert advising hotels to dis-intermediate and improve their GOP. He also masters the new metasearch layer that just arrived and will compete both with major OTA and Google.

Pablo is one the main writers in Mirai's blog https://www.mirai.com/blog, articles that usually get re-printed in popular sites such as www.phocuswire.com, www.tnooz.com, www.hotelmarketing.com or www.skift.com.

Pablo holds an MBA from University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG calls are very insightful as they move you out of the confort zone and day-to-day activities. In the end, the problems you face are not unique, and many others have had them in the past. You can validate your ideas and hypothesis before making the decisions and that's also very helpful. Finally, coming from Europe, these calls also help me understand the many differences in culture and problem-solving approach that exist in the US.
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David Di Lorenzo
President
Kabillion
David Di Lorenzo
President
Kabillion

BIO

Over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry working in several roles including; financial planning, licensing & merchandising, retail marketing, digital distribution and TV network operations.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find BWG Strategy to be a leader in the field of industry led discussions. Their ability to pull together key industry executives is unparalleled and the discussions are a not only highly engaging but mutually beneficial for all participants."

Tim Doherty
Head of Social Agency Sales
Kenshoo
Tim Doherty
Head of Social Agency Sales
Kenshoo
Mark Donatelli
Founder
Hive Strategy Co.
Mark Donatelli
Founder
Hive Strategy Co.

BIO

Advisor and consultant to startups and enterprises participating in the data economy. More than 20 years of experience spanning multiple industries with an emphasis on developing and implementing strategies related to data collection and analysis, customer acquisition, customer relationship management, and product management. Prior to joining Winterberry Group, served Acxiom and WPP in global executive roles focused on data product development and enterprise data strategy.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG enables me to stay engaged and educated with what has become a very complex market landscape, while educating others on my experiences and observations. The networking and industry connections made have proven useful in many scenarios, and I’d say BWG also helps you build your credibility and personal brand amongst the network.
"

Rebekah Dopp
Principal, News & Local Media, Global Partnerships
Google
Rebekah Dopp
Principal, News & Local Media, Global Partnerships
Google

BIO

Rebekah Dopp is Principal, News & Local Media – Global Partnerships at Google. She joined the company in September 2016 as Head of Local TV Partnerships for YouTube TV. Prior to joining Google, Dopp was Senior Vice President, Advanced Services for CBS. She began her media career at HBO where she spent 14 years in leadership positions in technology and distribution, culminating in her role as Vice President, Global Technology Business Management. Dopp has been on the launch teams for HBO GO, CBS All Access, and YouTube TV.

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
Vice President Of Strategic Sales
CyrusOne
Brian Doricko
Vice President Of Strategic Sales
CyrusOne

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."

Sarah Dudzic
Director, Global Social Media
Cigna
Sarah Dudzic
Director, Global Social Media
Cigna

BIO

Sarah brings more than a decade of Communications and Marketing experience in health care, real estate, casino and non-profit industries. With more than a decade of experience in corporate and agency careers, she’s designed and executed communications strategies that advance business goals, strengthen brand reputation and reach customers or targeted audiences where they are online.

At Cigna, Sarah leads the Social Media Center of Excellence, a global function to advance digital expertise and execution. Her team drives social media strategy working with U.S. business segments and digital managers across the globe - to develop smart content libraries, drive digital B2B and B2C sales leads, uncover insights through social listening and stay on the up-and-up of everything social media.

Sarah holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Temple University and a duel B.S. degree in Public Relations and Policy Studies from Syracuse University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a smart group of professionals. The insights gained from events and calls are beneficial to staying on top of social trends. BWG gathers the best and brightest in the industry to share strategies in this ever-evolving industry to advance marketing and advertising social goals. I always appreciate the key learnings delivered in quick and concise ways, then the opportunity to follow up with individuals following meetings.

"

Christine Duque
Senior Manager, AM&C Marketing Transformation & Technology
Deloitte
Christine Duque
Senior Manager, AM&C Marketing Transformation & Technology
Deloitte

BIO

Christine Duque is the Senior Manager of Advertising, Marketing & Commerce at Deloitte Digital since February 2018. Prior, she was Marketing Strategist at Accenture from May 2015 - February 2018. Christine has over 15 years experience in the art and science of marketing strategy: balancing between creative expression and strategic branding while utilizing the science of digital technology and big data to deliver relevant customer experiences at scale and speed, reduce fixed costs and grow market share.

She has a proven track record of delivering award-winning campaigns by maintaining a brand’s synergy with cultural trends to best understand and reach targeted audiences, strategically align product development and marketing plans to generate high level customer engagement, increased market share, and brand loyalty.

She has worked with a diverse client base from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations across industries in both client and agency settings, as well as B2B and B2C audience targets. She has extensive international experience in NA, APAC, EMEA and LATAM markets.
She is a champion team builder with a unique ability to build consensus among all people involved in a project.

Christine graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy connects me to an amazing network of industry experts. BWG events allow me to keep a pulse on current industry innovations and trends"

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
The Walt Disney Company
Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
The Walt Disney Company

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
Barry Enderwick
Principal
ConsultBWE
Barry Enderwick
Principal
ConsultBWE
Angelina Eng
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley
Angelina Eng
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

BIO

Angelina Eng – a seasoned executive with 20+ years of digital media, marketing and operations experience. Angelina currently oversees the media and data solutions team at Morgan Stanley. Angelina has previously worked at Merkle Inc, Dentsu Aegis, Publicis Modem, Integrated Media Solutions, J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam. She can often be found at major industry conferences as speaker or a panel member at events such as for the IAB, AdMonster's, Digiday, AdExchanger, etc.

Angelina has been awarded and recognized to AdMonsters Powerlist 2018, IAB Data Rockstar 2016 and AdMonsters Digital Media Leadership Award 2015.


Carsten Engel
Consultant - 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Carsten Engel
Consultant - 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

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."

Russell Fink
Director of Programming
SNY
Russell Fink
Director of Programming
SNY
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.
"

Lisa Flosznik
Founder & CEO
Type 26
Lisa Flosznik
Founder & CEO
Type 26

BIO

Lisa Flosznik is a seasoned marketing executive and founder and CEO of Type 26. Type 26 is a digital marketing agency who helps small- to mid-sized businesses jump-start marketing efforts, scale operations for growth, and maximize value.

TESTIMONIAL

"In addition to providing my own perspective, I always take away something valuable from my executive colleagues. BWG also provides introductions to expand my network.
"

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."

John Ford
President
John Ford Media, LLC
John Ford
President
John Ford Media, LLC

BIO

John Ford is General Manager, NPACT, a 102-member trade association with offices in Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles. NPACT is the industry’s premier unit for nonfiction producers and boasts members who supply the vast majority of nonfiction content in the US. He also is Head of Programming for Cooper Media TV, which operates two digital multi-cast channels, Justice and Quest Networks, offering crime and justice and nature/science/adventure programming to broadcast homes nationwide.

Ford’s career spans forty years in media, including senior executive positions at Discovery Communications, National Geographic Channel and public television. As Discovery Channel president from 2007-09, Ford was responsible for all programming, marketing, and related functions, He also served as the President and General Manager of Discovery Times Channel and Military Channel, and began the process of converting Discovery Times to Investigation Discovery (I.D.). Prior to returning to Discovery, Ford was the Executive Vice President, Programming at National Geographic Channel, where he led a complete programming and ratings turnaround from 2003-2007 and was named a CableFax programmer of the year.

From 1989-2003 Ford served in senior executive positions at Discovery Networks, US, including President of New Media, president of content for Discovery Networks, and president of Discovery Health Channel and Discoveryhealth.com.

Ford led Discovery’s TLC as its EVP and General Manager until 1999. Under his guidance TLC, acquired by Discovery in 1991, was one of the most dramatic cable growth stories of the 1990’s. Ford began his cable career as a Vice President at Discovery Channel. Prior to that he worked for public television stations in Dallas, Washington, DC and Philadelphia.

Under his tenure Ford’s channels earned numerous primetime and news and documentary EMMYs and two Peabody Awards. CableFax has called him a “legendary” programmer and independent producers have honored him with their CINE Leadership Award. He has garnered thousands of production credits as an executive producer or executive in charge of production.

Ford earned a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.A.,History from Duke University.

John Ford Media, LLC helps its clients in content creation, production and scheduling, distribution and broadcast/cable network management. Its client list has included Scripps Interactive’s Travel Channel, ABC, TNT, AMC Networks’ WEtv, National Geographic Channel, Alucia Productions, independent producers and emerging technology companies.


TESTIMONIAL

"I love working with BMG. It sharpens my analytical and speaking skills and exposes my work to potential clients and business partners."

Drue Freeman
CEO
Association for Corporate Growth - Silicon Valley
Drue Freeman
CEO
Association for Corporate Growth - Silicon Valley

BIO

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."

Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant/ Virtual CISO
Galbraith & Associates Inc.
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant/ Virtual CISO
Galbraith & Associates Inc.
Sahil Gambhir
Senior Director, Media & Solutions
a4 Media
Sahil Gambhir
Senior Director, Media & Solutions
a4 Media
Alfred Garcia
Managing Director, Business Development & Portfolio Management
SC Restaurant Ventures
Alfred Garcia
Managing Director, Business Development & Portfolio Management
SC Restaurant Ventures

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."

Doug Garnett
President
Protonik, LLC
Doug Garnett
President
Protonik, LLC

BIO

Doug Garnett is an unusual expert - specializing in the marketing which increases return from innovation investment. His innovation experience includes high tech and aerospace projects as well as retail consumer goods - with an emphasis on hardware and tools. He was CEO of ad agency Atomic Direct for 20 years where his team created incredibly successful TV advertising which led consumers to buy high volumes of new products - one campaign drove sales of over 2 million units in 2 months. Doug’s clients have included Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Depot, Rubbermaid, DuPont, Chervon, Black & Decker, and more. Doug has extensive experience in all phases of marketing innovation - from research and planning to distribution and advertising. Early in his career Doug worked on space vehicle projects at General Dynamics and marketed supercomputers.

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
Josh Glantz
SVP, General Manager
SinglePlatform
Josh Glantz
SVP, General Manager
SinglePlatform

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."

Vinko Grskovic
VP, Software Development
GTT
Vinko Grskovic
VP, Software Development
GTT

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, Global Account Management and Operations
Flex Living
Cory Halbardier
Director, Global Account Management and Operations
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."

Roger Hale
President/CEO
ADTRAV Travel
Roger Hale
President/CEO
ADTRAV Travel
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."

Michael Hans
Founder & CEO
Forge Group – Programmatic Transformation Consulting
Michael Hans
Founder & CEO
Forge Group – Programmatic Transformation Consulting

BIO

Mike Hans is the Founder and CEO of Forge Group, a programmatic transformation consultancy singularly focused on helping marketers maximize value from their digital investments. Prior to launching Forge Group, he worked in a variety of roles at one of the industry’s founding DSPs. His current work ranges from programmatic education, to in-housing strategy, transparency auditing, and tech stack creation.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a great forum to network and connect with senior executives throughout the industry. The conversations are thought provoking and help keep me sharp for client engagements. As a consultant it’s key to build my personal and company brand and BWG is a great place to do both."

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."

David Hershfield
managing partner
Hershfield Consulting
David Hershfield
managing partner
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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Joel Hoffman
Founder/CEO
Hoffman Group Consulting
Joel Hoffman
Founder/CEO
Hoffman Group Consulting
James Huang
Director Marketing Technology & MDM APAC
Wego.com
James Huang
Director Marketing Technology & MDM APAC
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
Adam Japhet
Senior Director of Corporate Infrastructure
Major League Baseball
Adam Japhet
Senior Director of Corporate Infrastructure
Major League Baseball

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
Senior Director, Product Marketing
InvenSense, Inc.
Lars Johnsson
Senior Director, Product Marketing
InvenSense, Inc.

BIO

Lars Johnsson is currently the Senior Director, Product Marketing at InvenSense. Previously, he was 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. "

Emily Kalen
Senior Manager, Media Strategy
Boxed
Emily Kalen
Senior Manager, Media Strategy
Boxed

BIO

Emily Kalen is Senior Manager of Media Strategy at Boxed. She builds performance-oriented digital strategies designed to acquire quality customers for Boxed. From paid social campaigns to affiliate programs, Emily brings a data-driven approach to deliver a best-in-class first time user experience. She works closely with creative, brand and data teams to ensure cohesiveness in Boxed's media strategy. Emily came to Boxed from the agency world where she crafted media strategies for brands including Capital One, Chipotle, Anheuser-Busch and Ferrari. She has built and executed successful campaigns for all objectives from brand awareness and affinity to down-funnel conversions and loyalty.

Robin Kamen
Founder
Ecommerce and Marketing Consulting
Robin Kamen
Founder
Ecommerce and Marketing Consulting

BIO

Integrated marketing strategies for ecommerce, digital marketing and customer success that improve ROI for brands in retail, consumer products, healthcare and wellness and financial services.

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."

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"

Stephen Knill
Consultant
Former EVP, Music & Entertainment-GMR Marketing
Stephen Knill
Consultant
Former EVP, Music & Entertainment-GMR Marketing

BIO

For almost 3 decades I was instrumental in growing GMR’s practice in branded music content, artist deals, tour sponsorships, music promotions and increasingly in music strategy and audio identity. Coming from the music side, (recording and touring musician/label marketing/ artist management,) I joined GMR in 1989 to manage Miller Genuine Draft’s sponsorship of the “final” Who tour. I then moved on to negotiating and managing numerous deals for major brands including Miller, Kraft, Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, VH1 and Timberland, among others. These programs brought significant revenue to the agency and helped establish it as a leader in marketing brands with music.

I was fortunate to deliver a number of music “firsts” including the first brand sponsorship of Lollapalooza and first ever sponsorship deal for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

In recent years’ I’ve concentrated on music strategy, customized music licensing and developing a “music as therapy” delivery system along with a new podcast business for brands

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has assembled a tremendous forum of experts on every call I’ve participated in. The collective knowledge and varying vantage points of the contributors provide a deep view to the hottest topics in the music and entertainment space."

John Kosner
President
Kosner Media
John Kosner
President
Kosner Media
Arun Kumar
SVP Analytics
Wunderman
Arun Kumar
SVP Analytics
Wunderman

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
King F. Lai
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
Calibre (a WPP Company)
King F. Lai
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
Calibre (a WPP Company)

BIO

King brings with him over 30 years of successful advertising, marketing and management experience. His career spans senior agency management experience in New York and across Asia Pacific working in major global agencies such as BBDO, Backer & Spielvogel, Saatchi & Saatchi, Initiative, MediaCom, Kinetic and currently as President of Calibre in a WPP company called WaveMaker.

King was also on the “client side” as VP Marketing at Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York and as the CEO of NetEase.com, a leading China portal where he took the company public on NASDAQ in the year of 2000.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG attracts an exceptionally high level of category experts to share industry insight and experiences. And, with their expert moderators, the BWG format is highly engaging and informative. Great catalyst for deeper understanding and thinking."

Brian Laing
SVP Corporate Development & Strategic Alliances
Lastline
Brian Laing
SVP Corporate Development & Strategic Alliances
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. "

Harry Lang
VP of Product
Hallmark Labs
Harry Lang
VP of Product
Hallmark Labs

BIO

Product and User Experience leadership on a portfolio of direct-to-consumer digital services at Hallmark Labs, the tech hub of Hallmark Cards - a $4 billion+ company that has helped create a more emotionally connected world for over 100 years. Current products include: Hallmark Movies Now (an OTT/SVOD service from the Hallmark Channel), Hallmark eCards (a digital greetings web and mobile subscription service) and a soon to be released all new print on demand greetings mobile app.

TESTIMONIAL

"With BWG, I am able to gain valuable insights from other technology leaders facing similar challenges in the OTT space. The calls are a great way to share strategies and methodologies to leverage innovative techniques for growth and engagement while keeping abreast of market trends.
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Sara Lantto
Director of Digital Marketing
Travel Leaders Group
Sara Lantto
Director of Digital Marketing
Travel Leaders Group

BIO

Travel Leaders Group, one of the industry’s largest traditional travel agency companies, manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. Travel Leaders Group represents more than 52,000 travel agents worldwide with unmatched expertise in 135,000 destinations.

TESTIMONIAL

"The best part of being part of BWG is coming together with others within Social and Digital to have higher level conversations around the always changing workspace. Listening to others opinions and learning from one another helps create a community of like-minded individuals that can learn from one another. The most value I get out of being part of BWG is being able to think forward regarding changes that are happening or what may be coming which in turn can help shape the future of the organization I work within.

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Vincent Lanzillo
Director of Platform Services
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Global Technology Services
Vincent Lanzillo
Director of Platform Services
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Global Technology Services
Jeff Lazkani
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Icon Media Direct
Jeff Lazkani
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Icon Media Direct

BIO

A seasoned media professional and twelve year veteran at Icon Media Direct, Jeff has managed and lent his expertise to several successful accounts over the years, from Hotwire - which increased its market share significantly within its first year under his management - to various other successful direct to consumer brands including FanDuel, Zulily, Nutrisystem, OxiClean, UFC, and ProFlowers. Jeff leverages years of DRTV experience and an innovative approach to brand response marketing to continue cultivating Client growth and strategic thought leadership in today’s ever changing media environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"Very few organizations keep a finger on the pulse of the media industry the way BWG Strategy does. Bill and team does a tremendous job creating an environment for media professionals to come together and discuss the latest trends and topics in media and technology. Thanks BWG, for continuing to be a valuable resource."

Bas Lemmens
Chief Executive Officer
Meetings.com
Bas Lemmens
Chief Executive Officer
Meetings.com

BIO

With more than 20 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Mr. Bas Lemmens is the Co-founder of Booking.com and has served in various roles within the European hotel business including Ebookers.com, Isango.com, Easytobook.com, Hotelchamp.com, Redigo.ru, handling global business development accounts in addition to product acquisition and revenue management. A graduate from the University of Twente in Holland with a Master in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. Now he is the CEO of Meetings.com.

“Meetings.com provides event planners and corporate buyers with the commercial might and technology-driven tools they need to save time, save money and create better events,” said industry veteran Bas Lemmens, CEO Meetings.com. “Years ago, when we started Booking.com, the goal was easy. We wanted to bring the best hotel rates into the hands of customers. Today, at Meetings.com, we have done the same with the more complex group and event planning market.”

Markus Levy
Director of AI and Machine Learning
NXP Semiconductors
Markus Levy
Director of AI and Machine Learning
NXP Semiconductors
Jeff Licciardi
Senior Vice President
Performics
Jeff Licciardi
Senior Vice President
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."

Larry Louk
Principal and Executive Vice President
Selective Site Consultants, Inc.
Larry Louk
Principal and Executive Vice President
Selective Site Consultants, Inc.
Alex Luch
Enterprise Support Lead
Amazon Web Services
Alex Luch
Enterprise Support Lead
Amazon Web Services
Hayden Lynch
SVP, Sales Operations
Group Nine Media
Hayden Lynch
SVP, Sales Operations
Group Nine Media

BIO

A strategic leader for the world's largest premium digital publisher, Group Nine Media, I've built my career developing innovative solutions to the industry's biggest challenges. I currently oversee the intersection of revenue across all of our brands and distribution channels, a role that leverages my diverse background encompassing creative strategy, content development and production, brand marketing, yield management, ecommerce, audience remarketing, direct-to-consumer advertising, ad sales and deal analysis.

Suresh Madhavan
Head of Business Development and Channel Partnerships
MachineQ, Comcast
Suresh Madhavan
Head of Business Development and Channel Partnerships
MachineQ, 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."

Ken Mallon
SVP Measurement Sciences
Samba TV
Ken Mallon
SVP Measurement Sciences
Samba TV

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 Mandel
Vice President of Revenue
Syncbak, Inc.
Dean Mandel
Vice President of Revenue
Syncbak, Inc.

BIO

Dean Mandel is an ad sales veteran with proven success connecting media buyers, local broadcast station groups and ad tech providers. As Vice President of Revenue at Syncbak, his experience in driving digital revenue growth with linear TV and radio stations, in addition to his pioneering role in the growth of digital ad sales, is key to building the company's OTT ad sales strategy. Prior to joining Syncbak, Dean served as Vice President, General Sales Manager-Digital at CoxReps and was an original member of Katz 360, the digital arm of iHeart's Katz Media group. He has served on the Advertising Research Foundation Audio Committee, the Internet Advertising Bureau Audio and Digital Video Committees and is IAB Digital Media Sales Certified. Dean is based in New York.

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
Managing Director
Digital Prism Advisors, Inc.
Derek Martin
Managing Director
Digital Prism Advisors, Inc.

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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Rick Martira
VP, Marketing at Unified
Unified
Rick Martira
VP, Marketing at Unified
Unified

BIO

With over a decade of experience in digital advertising and marketing, Rick has extensive knowledge in emerging media and creating effective marketing strategies for global brands. Rick joined Unified in 2011, where he currently serves as VP of Marketing, and leads all product marketing, content and marketing strategy for the company. Prior to his time at Unified, Rick worked for some of the top advertising agencies including MediaCom, Omnicom and Digitas, where he deployed successful campaigns and strategies for brands such as Delta, Hasbro, Electronic Arts, Ghirardelli and more.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a great forum for some of the Industry’s best and brightest to share information and keep up with the latest trends. The quality and wide range of participants is always high, and helps lead to great discussions and valuable learnings. "

Bill Mayberry
Partner
Wireless Insiders Network
Bill Mayberry
Partner
Wireless Insiders Network

BIO

Bill Mayberry is a 39 year network veteran of the telecommunications industry. The last 25 years have been in wireless, doing everything from a PCS network start up, to national engineering roles for AT&T Mobility, to senior leadership and consulting roles for wireless services providers. Bill is well versed in all aspects of wireless network planning, engineering, implementation, and operations. Along with his experience, Bill also maintains a broad network of industry contacts to help him complete successful consulting projects.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participation in BWG roundtable sessions allows me to share my perspectives with other key executives but also hear other perspectives from people close to the action. I always come away from BWG sessions with a deeper understanding. I find them to be well worth my time.

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Scott McAllister
SVP, Digital Transformation
Comcast Cable
Scott McAllister
SVP, Digital Transformation
Comcast Cable

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 was previously the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing + Revenue at Time Inc. In this role he was responsible for the paid Digital Marketing that generates consumer revenue for Time Inc. Additionally, he led the design and delivery of experiences and capabilities associated with marketing and analytics across desktop, tablet and mobile platforms. Last, he was 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."

Jim McGregor
Founder & Principal Analyst
TIRIAS Research
Jim McGregor
Founder & Principal Analyst
TIRIAS Research

BIO

Jim is the founder and a principal analyst at TIRIAS Research and a respected technology industry strategist and marketer. Prior to founding TIRIAS Research, Jim was the Chief Technology Strategist for In-Stat responsible for advising government bodies and companies throughout the technology value chain. In addition, Jim has over 30 years in the high-tech industry in various functions impacting product and corporate strategies, such as semiconductor manufacturing, systems engineering, product marketing, marketing communications, brand management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and sales. Jim’s experience comes from working for some of the industry’s leading semiconductor and embedded systems companies, including Intel, Motorola, ON Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, and General Dynamics Space Systems.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG discussions provide an opportunity to interact with experts and executives from across the industry to share insights about issues, companies, and technologies in a very open manner."

Ian McHenry
CEO
Beyond Pricing
Ian McHenry
CEO
Beyond Pricing

BIO

Ian McHenry is CEO 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
Senior Director Data Science and Analytics
Publicis Sapient
Robert McHugh
Senior Director Data Science and Analytics
Publicis Sapient

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."

Kelly Merkle
Social Media Manager
American Signature Inc.
Kelly Merkle
Social Media Manager
American Signature Inc.

BIO

Kelly 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
VP Product & Marketing
Lampix
Gordon Meyer
VP Product & Marketing
Lampix

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 led 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."

Nigel Mihell
Managing Director
Varoosh Sports Partnerships
Nigel Mihell
Managing Director
Varoosh Sports Partnerships

BIO

In my role I am responsible for the management and expansion of Varoosh Sports Partnerships
(previously S.M.I.N.T. Sports) portfolio in terms of both right holders and sponsors.

Varoosh is a UK-based sports marketing agency which specialises in motor sport while also enjoying expertise and success in other areas of sport and music.

Our commitment to excellence and the constant drive to redefine what can be achieved for both the rights holder and sponsor is, we believe, what sets us apart in a very competitive marketplace.
We are known for our forward-thinking and “outside the box” approach and our “can do” attitude ensures that the sponsorship programs we put in place will forever change the expectations of all involved.

We create revolutionary activations, customer engagement and B2B programs that will excite, incentivise and, above all, always deliver. Our combined experience of over 30 years guarantees that we always achieve what we set out to do.

We occupy a unique position in the industry owing to our directors having been both competitors in motor sports and sponsors of other sports and having held senior positions with rights holders. This experience on both sides of the negotiations gives us an unparalleled position and understanding of all sides of the process. The end result to our clients is that the whole program can be completed more quickly, more efficiently and without any unwelcome surprises in the future.

TESTIMONIAL

"I feel that the BWG platform allows for industry professionals to share high level industry feedback and intelligence in real time."

Doug Miller
Director
RSM US LLP
Doug Miller
Director
RSM US LLP
Tom Mumford
Director of Sales
Devine Hydraulics, Inc.
Tom Mumford
Director of Sales
Devine Hydraulics, 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."

Rachel Neal
Vice President, Solution Center
Onyx CenterSource
Rachel Neal
Vice President, Solution Center
Onyx CenterSource

BIO

Rachel Neal is the VP of Connectivity at DerbySoft. At DerbySoft she likes to take on those "unconnectable" companies and make them fit. In distribution, content and metasearch, DerbySoft creates those solutions. She began in this industry as a Programmer/Analyst at Pegasus Solutions and moved through IT until Travelweb was spun off and she was asked to start explaining the technology to the customers. That was so much more fun than IT that she stayed in the Sales/Solutions Engineers type positions through Cendant, Orbitz, Pegasus (2nd time around), and now at DerbySoft. Rachel loves the hospitality technology industry and will talk shop anytime you like.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings relevant and engaging topics to me in an organized, timely, meaningful way. By gathering people from all over the industry on a quick call to discuss I have learned new things, gained new contacts and been able to share my experience with others.
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Christian Nicholas
COO
CCNet Managed Services
Christian Nicholas
COO
CCNet Managed Services
Hakan Nizam
CX & Digital Platforms, Regional Lead
Accenture
Hakan Nizam
CX & Digital Platforms, Regional Lead
Accenture

TESTIMONIAL

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

Luke Norris
Founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer
Faction Inc.
Luke Norris
Founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer
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.
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Fernando Oliveira
Go-To-Market Partnerships, Google Cloud
Google
Fernando Oliveira
Go-To-Market Partnerships, Google Cloud
Google

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
CTO
Voxy
Christopher Osborn
CTO
Voxy

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. Previously, Chris worked at adMarketplace as the VP of engineering building the data science, high speed ad serving, QA and infrastructure teams. Chris is currently the CTO at Voxy, a disruptive english language learning platform.

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 - Dallas
Evolution Hospitality
Anna Paccone
eCommerce Director - Dallas
Evolution Hospitality

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."

Rangaprabhu Parthasarathy
Product Manager
Oculus VR
Rangaprabhu Parthasarathy
Product Manager
Oculus VR

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."

Adi Pavlovic
Director of Innovation
Keller Williams Realty International
Adi Pavlovic
Director of Innovation
Keller Williams Realty International

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great resource for keeping a pulse on the market and staying on top of trends on the continuously evolving real estate technology industry."

Royce Perkins
VP of eCommerce
D & K Sales, Inc.
Royce Perkins
VP of eCommerce
D & K Sales, Inc.

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
Chief Data Strategy Officer
The NPD Group
Darren Person
Chief Data Strategy Officer
The NPD 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."

Roberto Piraino
Global Brand Manager
505 Games
Roberto Piraino
Global Brand Manager
505 Games

BIO

Dedicated and passionate multilingual marketing and brand professional with experience in public relations, IP management, campaign execution and team management. I've held a deep love for video games all my life, I believe they can be works of art that not only entertain but enable us to experience emotions and worlds in a way that no other form of media allows.

TESTIMONIAL

"I get tremendous value in participating with the BWG network. Getting to share insights and analysis with some of the top minds of my industry without even having to travel is simply fantastic.

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Jennifer Pirot
President
Pirot Media
Jennifer Pirot
President
Pirot Media

BIO

Jennifer is a TV & Digital Media Expert who specializes in Content Distribution, Partnerships, Business Development & Strategy. A former SVP at NBCUniversal, she has architected of a wide array of industry first content distribution deals for many platforms/models.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides unparalleled access to smart senior level execs across many industries. I leave every call having learned something new or thinking about an opportunity I hadn’t before.

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Chris Pizzurro
VP, Global Sales
Canoe
Chris Pizzurro
VP, Global Sales
Canoe

BIO

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in national media strategy, marketing, and implementation, with a focus on traditional TV and digital media advertising. He is currently Head of Sales & Marketing at Canoe, a company focused on service assurance for video on demand (VOD) dynamic ad insertion (DAI) on video platforms including set-top-box, IP, and mobile across its 36 million household MVPD ecosystem. Prior to Canoe, he was a Principal at Leap Media Group, an advertising consultancy specializing in advanced TV advertising. Before Leap, Pizzurro spent 13 years at Turner Broadcasting advertising sales. He has received an Emmy® Award nomination, a Webby® Award nomination, as well as being a CableFAX Innovation Award recipient, an iTVt Leadership Award beneficiary, and a TVOT All-Star Award winner. He also is a Board Advisor to both the Esports Ad Bureau and VuPulse.
Follow on Twitter @chrispizzurro

TESTIMONIAL

"I like participating with BWG because I not only get to give and receive valuable information with my media industry peers, but also get a broader perspective on other industries as well.”

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

BIO

Jesse Pujji is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ampush. Ampush is a growth marketing accelerator. Ampush partner with high-growth companies and F500 brands to build and execute marketing strategies that grow revenue and acquire customers at scale. Ampush leverage proprietary, purpose-built technology to optimize the entire marketing funnel, from impression to paying customer. Ampush is a preferred partner of Facebook, Google and virtually all major digital ad platforms. Some of Ampush's partners include Supercell, Uber and Esurance.

Jesse has successfully led Ampush from idea to market leader in customer acquisition. The company has bootstrapped and never raised venture capital. In 2015, Red Ventures bought a minority stake in Ampush for $15M. Inside Ampush, Jesse focuses on partners, product, and people.

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. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

Simone Puorto
CEO
Simone Puorto Consulting
Simone Puorto
CEO
Simone Puorto Consulting

BIO

Simone Puorto is a travel tech journalist with over 20 years of experience in the Industry. Lecturer for business schools such as ESSEC, Les Roches, ESG and LUISS, published author, public speaker, panel moderator and author for PhocusWire, HOTELSMag, HotelMarketing.com, HospitalityNet, HotelOnline and many more. Former hotel General Manager, he has worked with hundreds of hotels, web agencies, startups and travel tech providers worldwide.

In 2017 he founded his own travel consulting firm, named after him (Simone Puorto Consulting).
His motto: #LearnWorkCreate

TESTIMONIAL

"Thanks to BWG, I can stay always up-to-date with the industry. Interacting with the other members helps me see things in perspective and stay ahead of the market""

Nate Rackiewicz
Head of Enterprise Analytics
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Nate Rackiewicz
Head of Enterprise Analytics
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

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."

Dave Ragals
SVP, Customer Success
IgnitionOne
Dave Ragals
SVP, Customer Success
IgnitionOne

BIO

Dave Ragals is the senior vice president of customer success for IgnitionOne, where he leads the account management, solutions consulting and professional services teams for the U.S. Dave’s experience in the digital marketing industry has spanned across product, technology and services. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

TESTIMONIAL

"Being involved with BWG allows me to connect with other thought-leaders in my space. It provides a valuable forum for sharing my views and hearing from others in a variety of related industries.
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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."

Richard Rehak
Project Manager for Fiber Networks Engineering
Network Building + Consulting
Richard Rehak
Project Manager for Fiber Networks Engineering
Network Building + Consulting

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has proven to be a phenomenal resource for industry leading professionals to exchange information and expand on the cutting edge knowledgebase and experiences related to the regulations, policies, technology and operational considerations that affect our industry and businesses. The candid, high level discussions with thought leaders, senior executives and key managers provide real time insights as well as opportunities for professional networking. My organizations and I have benefitted greatly from our involvement with BWG and I consider all of my time engaging with the group as well spent.

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Erik Reynolds
Head of Marketing
Mobalytics
Erik Reynolds
Head of Marketing
Mobalytics
Mike Reznick
CEO
Reznick Digital
Mike Reznick
CEO
Reznick Digital

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."

Brittany Richter
SVP, Head of Products & Services
iProspect
Brittany Richter
SVP, Head of Products & Services
iProspect

BIO

Brittany oversees the vision and strategic activation of paid and organic social media across iProspect’s U.S. offices. A passionate digital native, Brittany began her journey as a food blogger, immersing herself in social media and SEO, and then parlayed that experience into a career as an account manager on integrated accounts covering social media, SEO, and paid search. In 2013, she joined iProspect as a Social Account Lead and helped launch the company’s U.S. paid social product offering, serving a variety of verticals including automotive, hospitality, B2B, retail, and CPG. She now leads Social Media across the U.S., the fastest growing offering and team at iProspect for the past three years due to its ability to help clients reach their performance goals and achieve business objectives through advanced targeting and unique customer experiences.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a unique opportunity to come together with other experts in the space to share information, points of view and ways of working to collectively drive the industry forward in a way that is best for all players in the space – consumers, advertisers and agencies."

Marc Robinson
Board of Directors
Private Label Manufacturers Association
Marc Robinson
Board of Directors
Private Label Manufacturers Association

BIO

40 year professional in consumer products industry focused on Food, Drug, Mass and Omni Channel with expertise in customer first focus. Background in M & A with valuation and EBIDTA in leading mergers of companies to build value to ownership.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have extensive experience is Store Brands in all channels. My marketing experience extends to Consumer Insights and emerging markets and trends.
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David Rodnitzky
CEO
3Q Digital
David Rodnitzky
CEO
3Q Digital

BIO

David Rodnitzky is CEO and Founder of 3Q Digital, an growth marketing agency based in San Francisco. 3Q Digital manages more than $1.5 billion of annual media spend for the world's most disruptive companies. Prior to 3Q Digital, David held senior roles at several Internet companies. He has a BA from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of Iowa.

TESTIMONIAL

"I always benefit from networks with high quality members. Learning from experts is a great use of my time.
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Ben Roodman
Senior Director, Partner Development
AppsFlyer
Ben Roodman
Senior Director, 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.
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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
EVP Operations and Partnerships
LodgIQ
Steven Rubin
EVP Operations and Partnerships
LodgIQ

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."

Jim Rutt
CIO
The Dana Foundation
Jim Rutt
CIO
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."

Kamal Sadarangani
Director, Engineering and Operations
T-Mobile
Kamal Sadarangani
Director, Engineering and Operations
T-Mobile

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
Senior Vice President of Wireless
PerfectVision
Doug Salvatori
Senior Vice President of Wireless
PerfectVision

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."

Brad Samuels
CEO
Eagle Dock Media
Brad Samuels
CEO
Eagle Dock Media

BIO

Brad Samuels is a senior level executive with proven track record in building and growing best-in-class media businesses. Recognized for producing outstanding revenue results through innovative business development, content distribution, and branded partnership strategies. Industry leader with demonstrated accomplishments and very strong senior level client relationships across Pay TV, OTT, CTV, SVOD, Digital Out of Home and mobile video. His exceptional skills include building and managing highly productive teams, senior leadership strategy and collaboration, complex deal negotiations and developing high value client relationships and strategic partnerships.

TESTIMONIAL

" As a participant on many BWG conference calls, I've found the experience to be a great opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with some of the most respected and innovative execs in the media business. In addition, BWG's highly curated network of senior industry leaders has proven immensely valuable as a resource to make important new relationships.
"

Javier Saralegui
CEO/Founder
DangerTV LLC
Javier Saralegui
CEO/Founder
DangerTV LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"As an operator you always run the risk of being too close to your business and assuming that your point of view is correct or assume that it is in line with your peers. BWG gives me an opportunity to break out of my own professional bubble/comfort zone and learn what others in my industry are thinking and always seems to result in me challenging myself and asking whether some change, big or small, in my point of view is required. The answer is usually yes."

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
SOLUTIONING, CONSULTANT, 5G / LTE PLANNING, & ANALYST
Nokia + TechFecta
Wade Sarver
SOLUTIONING, CONSULTANT, 5G / LTE PLANNING, & ANALYST
Nokia + TechFecta

BIO

LTE and 5G consultant for private and public systems. Analyst for investors, business development, and entrepreneurs. Author of Technical Deployment books, specializing in LTE, 5G and Smart Cities. Blogger (& podcaster) at www.wade4wireless.com offering 5G and LTE information. Writing blogs, books, reports, analytics, and associated marketing material for technical customers. Business strategies, planning and expectations. My goal not only educate but is to ensure technology rolls out as fast and efficiently as possible using cost effective solutions and business strategies.

30 years of experience, most recently assisting in massive MIMO and 5G, putting together solutions and business strategies. Creating CBRS, LTE, and 5G NR (sub 6GHz and mmwave) reports. Working with partners to provide complete end to end solutions as needed. With 30 years of experience, my list of contacts is extensive. This allows me to help customers find the people and solutions they are missing. Fair and unbiased.

Specialized consulting for 5G, LTE, CBRS, 5G NR-U, LTE-U, and strategy. Offering extensive research and advice.

TESTIMONIAL

"Being a 5G and LTE industry expert, I rely on the BWG roundtables to go beyond wireless technology so that I understand the big picture. The testimonies given by other industry experts working the front lines enable me to gain perspective of how the industry is moving and what to expect next. This knowledge allows me to anticipate upcoming trends and industry spending so that I can make intentional decisions and offer intelligent consulting"

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. "

Dean Schmit
Sr. Manager, Acct Mgt & Metasearch Optimization
Wyndham Worldwide
Dean Schmit
Sr. Manager, Acct Mgt & Metasearch Optimization
Wyndham Worldwide
Michael Schuette
Co-Founder
Data Secure LLC
Michael Schuette
Co-Founder
Data Secure LLC

BIO

Michael is a Neuroscientist who used to work on Alzheimer's disease and who transitioned into memory, storage and computer architecture. Michael has been involved in artificial intelligence and pattern recognition since the mid 1980s. Michael is named as inventor on more than 50 patents on solid state drives, advanced cooling solutions and fast memory designs. In his spare time, Michael plays disc golf and saxophone. If he does not pick up his cell phone, he is probably running with his Great Pyrenees.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an incredible resource through the regular round table discussions, that include the key figures in the industry. Bill has an incredible talent to pick up on the key points and to hi-light their importance for trends and future directions of the industry. I am not aware of any other forum where things are put in perspective that clearly.
"

Ted Schweitzer
President
Direct Booking IQ
Ted Schweitzer
President
Direct Booking IQ

BIO

Prior to founding Direct Booking IQ, Ted most recently served as Senior Vice President, Digital Commerce & Media at La Quinta Holdings, Inc. In this role, he oversaw all product direction including mobile, apps and desktop sites, onward distribution and media. During his time at La Quinta, the company grew from 350 hotels and $20MM in digital revenue to over 900 hotels and $1.5 in digitally booked revenue annually. Before joining La Quinta, he was Director, Channel Distribution at Choice Hotels International. Early in his career, Ted served in multiple management positions of several Holiday Inn branded hotels in Oklahoma City. This is where he began his career in hospitality as a bellman in high school. The travel industry is clearly in his DNA and the evolution of digital marketing keeps it fun!

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided great opportunity to hear and share perspectives on industry topics that shape the evolution of travel and consumer behavior. BWG brings together the right mix of company and industry experts and provides a transparent environment in which to share and ask questions.
"

Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Business Manager
River of Goods
Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Business 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 live in Saint Paul, MN with her husband and daughter

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
Chief Engineer
Telesis
Eric Sharpsten
Chief Engineer
Telesis
Larry Shender
Manager Progammatic
The Knot Worldwide
Larry Shender
Manager Progammatic
The Knot Worldwide

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.

Howard Shimmel
President
Janus Strategy and Insights, LLC
Howard Shimmel
President
Janus Strategy and Insights, LLC

BIO

Howard is a media industry veteran, having worked on the research supplier side at Nielsen and Symmetrical Resources (one time parent of Simmons), and on the media company side at Viacom, America Online and Turner. His expertise ranges from data integration to research methodologies to research to support media company’s content, ad sales, distribution and digital strategies.

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve received immense value from the calls that BWG has arranged about research companies like Nielsen and comScore. I’ve found it value to hear Bill’s perspective, also the perspectives from people within the industry.

"

Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology (a Division of Sanmina).
Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology (a Division of Sanmina).

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."

Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Allerdent
Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Allerdent

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."

Malcolm Smith
Founder and Director
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC
Malcolm Smith
Founder and Director
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
Senior Manager
Accenture
Gib Sorebo
Senior Manager
Accenture

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."

Ed Steenman
President
Steenman Associates
Ed Steenman
President
Steenman Associates
Michael Stolz
Principal Engineer
Pivotal Cloud Cache
Michael Stolz
Principal Engineer
Pivotal Cloud Cache
Ron Stone
President/CEO
Adams Radio Group
Ron Stone
President/CEO
Adams Radio Group

BIO

Company management, leadership and acquisitions are provided by 35 year radio veteran Ron Stone. Stone has solid senior level multiple station and multiple market management experience. Stone has extensive experience in startup and turnarounds.

Stone’s background includes success in sales, operations and finance. He began his career in accounting after receiving his BSBA from East Carolina University in 1984 in public accounting with McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs. Stone served Beasley Broadcasting, United Communications and Adams Communications as CFO before moving into operations in 1992 with Adams Communications in St. Louis where he was responsible for leading the turnaround efforts for KEZK FM and KFNS AM.

After St. Louis, Stone continued to manage startups and turnarounds in Raleigh, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Duluth. Stone also served in senior management positions with unwired networks, Shadow Broadcasting and Traffic.com (now USTN).

Stone attributes his station management success to his keen sense of recruiting and ability to retain excellent teams. “I have been associated with teams of professionals that I would define as each markets strongest leaders. They understood the importance of being local, providing strong community service and giving back. The results have been amazing. Our reward has been achieving top tier status in ratings and revenue.”

Stone has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kim, since 1981. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. They have resided in Minnesota since 1994.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find the conference calls to be a rare form of honesty and transparency on industry. I walk away from every call with new knowledge obtained from front line people that have significant knowledge on current opportunities and challenges and solid forecasts where they believe the industry is heading.

"

Joe Stupp
Senior Social Media Manager
TRELORA Real Estate
Joe Stupp
Senior Social Media Manager
TRELORA Real Estate

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG lets me interact qualitatively with other like-minded professionals in the social media business. It’s a fantastic way to learn new tricks of the trade, hear about what works and what doesn’t, and strategize with a clear glimpse into the future of social media.
"

Jon Szeliga
National Sales Director
Engineering Wireless Services
Jon Szeliga
National Sales Director
Engineering Wireless Services
Joe Talik
Digital Transformation Leader
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Joe Talik
Digital Transformation Leader
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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
Chairman
AdSage
Zhaohui Tang
Chairman
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
Associate Director, Research
Merkle
Andy Taylor
Associate Director, Research
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
SR. BDM Private Equity Strategies
Amazon Web Services
Eric Thelen
SR. BDM Private Equity Strategies
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.
"

David Tossell
Vice President, Head of Office
DataArt
David Tossell
Vice President, Head of Office
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."

Shannon Truax
Global VP, Brand Social
GoDaddy
Shannon Truax
Global VP, Brand Social
GoDaddy

BIO

Shannon is a creative, strategic leader with over 15 years of experience in building brands, engaging consumers, and inspiring teams. With a proven track record in creating and executing winning marketing programs, she can bring any brand vision to life, while delivering real business results.

As VP of Brand Social at GoDaddy, Shannon focuses on building industry-leading programs that tell beautiful stories, drive meaningful engagement, and excite audiences. Previously, she served as Sr. Director of Social and Influencer Marketing at Group Nine Media, Head of Social in the Hearst network at iCrossing, and Social Media Director on the Land Rover business at Wunderman, following an eight-year tenure at Microsoft, in Redmond, WA.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Washington.

TESTIMONIAL

"Meeting and exchanging ideas with the best in the business."

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
Technology Entrepreneur & Business Development Advocate
GrayMatter Consulting
Daryl Ullman
Technology Entrepreneur & Business Development Advocate
GrayMatter Consulting

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."

Ed Wadbrook
Founder/Principal
UC Advisor Group
Ed Wadbrook
Founder/Principal
UC Advisor Group

TESTIMONIAL

"The spirited and candid discussions and insights from subject matter experts, many competitors of each other, is a tremendous forum that, in my 30 years, I’ve rarely seen as participants as well as BWG's clients derive a tremendous value in content and timeliness of the topics...aided in no small part by the BWG moderators.
"

Rick Welch
VP, Head of Programmatic Advertising
Flipboard
Rick Welch
VP, 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
Chief Operating Officer
McCann New York
Rich Whalen
Chief Operating Officer
McCann New York
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Ads Pro, Founder
B2Linked.com
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Ads Pro, Founder
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
Owner
ELRU Advisory
Eddie Wilders
Owner
ELRU Advisory

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."

David Wish
Retail Consultant
David Wish
Retail Consultant

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."

George Woods-Baker
Chairman & CEO
Intrepidus Worldwide
George Woods-Baker
Chairman & CEO
Intrepidus Worldwide

BIO

A lifelong fan of Formula 1, George advised Universal on an effective distribution plan for the film "Senna" and, as a result, decided to explore a more formal and in-depth involvement in Formula 1. He has since been embedded at races around the world consulting with F1 Mgmt (pre and post Liberty Media's acquisition), the FIA, McLaren F1, Williams F1, Red Bull Racing, Haas F1, Scuderia Ferrari, Mercedes AMG F1, and Lotus (now Renault), as well as many other media organizations and agencies related specifically to Formula 1. As a result he has gained and maintains a current, unique perspective and reputation among the many participants and stakeholders within this rapidly evolving ecosystem. His private, strategic advisory services are often called upon by individuals and organizations, including global brands, hedge funds, wealth managers and media organizations currently involved in or considering an involvement with the business and sport of Formula 1.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to connect with and share insights with my peers and interested parties in an efficient forum. The BWG team is dedicated to delivering value to their subscribers and I’m happy to contribute my expertise as an advisory board member focused on the Formula 1 ecosystem.

"

Seth Young
CIO
PointsBet
Seth Young
CIO
PointsBet
CONSUMER
Shane Corstorphine
SVP Growth
Skyscanner
Shane Corstorphine
SVP Growth
Skyscanner

BIO

Shane has always been fascinated by and mentored digital businesses and, since early 2012, has been fortunate enough to be part of one of the most successful digital businesses in Europe.

Having been CFO for Skyscanner for more than four years Shane recently moved to the US to head growth operations.

He joined when Skyscanner we had only 140 employees and 2 offices and helped grow the business to more than 750 employees and 11 offices. Whilst CFO he led four acquisitions and a joint venture in Japan. He also led fund raising from Sequoia in 2013 and the UKs largest private raise by a tech company in late 2015.

Having obtained a Masters in Engineering from Durham University, Shane then qualified as a CA working in London with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following this he set up and ran a successful online retail business which raised £250k seed equity after achieving our aggressive growth plan.

Prior to joining Skyscanner, Shane was in Banking with five years in Leveraged Finance and two years in COO roles.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way of rapidly connecting with thought leaders in the online travel space. The open discussion in the forums allows us to better understand the landscape from other perspectives and tweak strategy accordingly. It also helps in discovering pain points for partners that we can then work to address through better product."

Lisa Honeycutt
Customer Management Director of Sales, Natural Channel
Frito Lay
Lisa Honeycutt
Customer Management Director of Sales, Natural Channel
Frito Lay

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG manages to pull together qualified, pertinent people together to brainstorm on current issues in the grocery industry on both conventional and natural/specialty. I have taken away key insight from all calls that I have been able to be a participant. "

Kennedy Horton
General Manager
GNC EU
Kennedy Horton
General Manager
GNC EU

BIO

With 10+ years living in South, Southeast, and East Asia, Kennedy has strong cross-cultural experience that he uses to help companies navigate the often murky waters of localizing a brand. A strong professional background in corporate finance and an education in liberal arts gives him the chops to immediately grasp a business's fundamentals while maintaining the ability to see overarching trends and understand what motivates people. As the General Manager of GNC China he is responsible for the GNC's mainland China business, includes ecommerce (both .com and platforms), social commerce, direct retail (stores), TV shopping, and distribution in pharmacies, supermarkets, health & beauty stores, and fitness centers.

Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC
Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC

BIO

Over his 27-year real estate career, Wayne has represented clients across the spectrum of occupier industries and owner product types, including Fidelity Investments, Wakefern Corp., Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, The Hampshire Companies, and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Through these engagements, he gained both a strong foundation in transactional brokerage and project management and the experience necessary for continuing client success at Colliers.

Richard Nichols
Mens Apparel Buyer
Shiekh Shoes and Karmaloop.com
Richard Nichols
Mens Apparel Buyer
Shiekh Shoes and Karmaloop.com

BIO

E-Commerce Buying Professional and Fashion Aficionado. Avid retail and marketplace shopper and self-diagnosed sneaker horder.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me an opportunity to interact with like-minded retail professionals in a non-competitive format. It creates a think-tank like atmosphere where I can absorb candid facts from a less filtered lens. Combining empirical data with hard statistics and sales, the group provides insights on forces and players that define the athletic specialty retail landscape.
"

Paul Nicholson
Director of School Marketing
GoNoodle
Paul Nicholson
Director of School Marketing
GoNoodle

TESTIMONIAL

"I enjoy the opportunity to learn from others in my industry on a regular basis. The quick shots of useful info and ability to use other experts as a resource is incredibly valuable.
"

Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease
Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease

BIO

Alexandra Zubko is Co-Founder of Triptease, a Software-as-a-Service startup that helps hotels drive direct bookings.

Triptease is focused on driving direct bookings on hotel websites and is currently live on over 8,500 hotels worldwide. Acquisition and conversion of the digital guest is the company’s sole focus and shapes the product roadmap. Triptease closed its Series A round of $7m in February 2016 backed by two venture capital firms, Notion Capital and Episode1.

Alexandra founded Triptease after her experience at IHG where she was VP, Head of Global Strategy. While at IHG she was responsible for leading projects in technology, ecommerce and branding. In 2012, she won the IHIF Young Leader Award for the Hotel Industry.

Alexandra earned her BA at Columbia College and her MBA at Stanford University. Alexandra spent the early part of her career at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and NBC Universal/ General Electric. Alexandra lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers
Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers

BIO

Carolyn manages projects and provides business intelligence regarding EDI, SAP ERP, Web-link e-Commerce platform, web portals, retail e-Commerce sites including content management and creating and managing the systems and programs that deliver a solid customer experience in an Omni-channel environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"These conference calls are always insightful and an invigorating way to spend an hour. I enjoy being on these calls to both participate and hear the perspectives from this varied and knowledgeable group of people. "

Justice Andoh
Former Senior Director Product
Adidas Originals
Justice Andoh
Former Senior Director Product
Adidas Originals

BIO

Justice has over 23 years sporting goods industry experience with adidas gained across sales, merchandizing and product creation across Europe and the US, working with some of the biggest retailers within the sporting goods industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG strategy provides me with invaluable insights on what's going on within the sporting goods industry, but also allows for exciting and informative dialogue with leaders and experts from other industries.
"

Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising
Schuylkill Valley Sports
Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising
Schuylkill Valley Sports

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers participants the opportunity to speak to and hear from industry experts regarding today's challenges. The diverse makeup of the group allows the members to understand these issues from varying perspectives. National retail chains, specialty stores, mid-size retailers, manufacturers, brand marketers/managers, etc all participate in the mix to give members a well rounded experience."

Mike Bebel
EVP, Corporate Development and Rights Management
LiveXLive Media Inc.
Mike Bebel
EVP, Corporate Development and Rights Management
LiveXLive Media Inc.

BIO

Michael Bebel was previously the COO of MixRadio -- Focuses on driving new strategies and product direction in the music service and entertainment area. Led Ruckus and completed the merger of Ruckus Networks, Inc. with Total Music. CEO of Mashboxx pioneering a next generation peer-to-peer network. President of Napster launching of the new, legal Napster service in October of 2003. 20 years of related experience.

Geoff Bedine
CEO
AutoDealer iQ
Geoff Bedine
CEO
AutoDealer iQ

BIO

Geoff has nearly 25 years of exceptional success and leadership in the Automotive space.His areas of expertise include: Sales Process Development and Training, Digital Process Implementation, Technology Integration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Mitigation, Inventory Profitability, Used Vehicle Department, Fixed Operations Success, Dealership Strategic Planning, Software Product Design, Industry Coverage and Analysis and Investment Consultation and Analysis.AutoDealer iQ’s clients include Dealers, OEMs andSuppliers. Geoff helps his clients in achieving successful Strategies for a growing and vital Auto Dealership Environment.

Prior to founding AutoDealer iQ, for 7 years, Mr. Bedine served asDirector of Used Vehicle Operations for Group 1 Automotive Inc., (GPI: NYSE), a Fortune 500 auto dealer group. Geoff has extensive experience as a Dealer Principal and General Manager and has been recognized as one of the industry’s top Used Vehicle professionals. Geoff owned and operated new vehicle franchises for 5 years in Houston, TX before selling them to a major dealer group in 2005.

His educational credentials include Johns Hopkins Universityas well as various Leadership Development training programs.

Geoff is a coach, is active as a community volunteer and lives in Winter Park, Florida.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me an opportunity to gain insight into important topics impacting my industry. BWG’s panel of industry experts offer varying and important perspectives for each subject covered. Also, BWG offers a great networking opportunity.
"

Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions
Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions

BIO

Gideon is co-founder and Managing Partner of Partis Solutions, the leading advisory firm providing both consulting and transactional services to the gambling industry with a primary focus on internet gaming. Partis' team of 30+ consultants has worked with more than 50 clients including Caesar's Interactive, Pechanga, Penn National Gaming, High 5 Games, Foxwoods, Landry's, Big Fish, GSN, William Hill, Mr. Green, PokerStars, Draft Kings, Premier Lotto, SAZKA, Net Entertainment and GAN. Prior to Partis Gideon held the position of Executive Vice President, Interactive at International Game Technology (IGT), the world's leading casino game developer and distributor, responsible for all internet businesses globally. Gideon was a member of IGT's senior executive team, reporting to the CEO. Prior to joining the gaming industry Gideon worked as a senior executive at Viacom, where he ran the international strategy team and digital media businesses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG HAS PROVEN TO BE A TRULY VALUABLE PARTNER FOR PARTIS - A GREAT PLATFORM TO LEARN FROM OTHER INDUSTRY OPINION-LEADERS, TO KEEP ABREAST OF INVESTOR SENTIMENT FOR THE GAMING SECTOR, AND TO NETWORK AND MEET WITH INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS. WE HAVE SOURCED MULTIPLE NEW CLIENTS VIA BWG AND LOOK FORWARD TO DEEPENING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BWG IN THE FUTURE."

Brandy Blackwell
Director of New Business- Catering & Delivery
Dunkin' Brands
Brandy Blackwell
Director of New Business- Catering & Delivery
Dunkin' Brands

BIO

Brandy Blackwell served as Director of Off Premise Marketing for McAlister's Deli, an Atlanta based fast-casual restaurant chain with 419 units spanning 28 states, before accepting the position at Dunkin' Brands.

Blackwell’s role oversees strategy of all off premise initiatives - Catering, takeout, third party delivery and all complementary channels and technologies that facilitate meal consumption outside of restaurants. Her role focuses on increasing accessibility, while maintaining the overall guest experience and journey through the purchasing cycle.

Leadership positions include serving as a member of Women’s Food Service Forum and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Marketing Council. Previous positions held include - Event Chair for the Tijuana Flats Just In Queso Foundation, Board Member of The American Diabetes Association of Central Florida and The College Park Mainstreet District. She also served on Habitat for Humanity’s “25 Women Strong Executive Team” to raise money for the 2016 Home Project Build in Seminole County.

Prior to joining McAlister’s in early 2017, Brandy served as the Director of Marketing for Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex restaurants headquartered in Orlando, FL.

Blackwell is an avid cyclist and graduate from the University of Florida. Go Gators!

TESTIMONIAL

"I have been fortunate to be an active participant on BWG calls since 2014. The BWG strategy calls address a wide-range of marketing topics appropriate for marketing professionals from all backgrounds. BWG has provided valuable insights and relevant industry perspectives to support and drive sound business decisions, across multiple marketing channels."

Jeff Borst
Demand Planning Manager
Instrumentation Laboratory, A Werfen Company
Jeff Borst
Demand Planning Manager
Instrumentation Laboratory, A Werfen Company

TESTIMONIAL

"The value and benefit from working with BWG is an opportunity to share business trends among industry leaders that are shaping future success and business direction.
"

Dan Brass
Director of Sales
Plews and Edelmann
Dan Brass
Director of Sales
Plews and Edelmann

BIO

- Dan is a Director of Sales for Plews & Edelmann with responsibilities over the automotive retail market in the North and Central America, e-commerce and mobile tool markets. When not working, Dan is an active Habitat for Humanity volunteer, avid golfer and voracious reader. He lives in Berea, Ohio with his family.

TESTIMONIAL

" I learn a lot from other industry professionals during the events sponsored by BWG. It is always good to hear from people that are in different parts of the business to help increase your understanding of where the business is and where it is heading. I get this knowledge from BWG.

"

Ron Breakstone
Head of eCommerce
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
Ron Breakstone
Head of eCommerce
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
Nat Brogadir
Chief Business Officer
delivery.com
Nat Brogadir
Chief Business Officer
delivery.com
Dana Burns
Senior Commodity Manager
Central Garden and Pet Company.
Dana Burns
Senior Commodity Manager
Central Garden and Pet Company.

BIO

Dana R. Burns, Senior Commodity Manager is employed by Central Garden and Pet Company, an industry leader in garden and pet consumer products. Dana has a ISM Lifetime C.P.M. designation and manages several indirect categories. Previously, Dana had an extensive career with The Coca-Cola Company in global procurement with experience in indirect categories, and fountain and bottle can equipment and parts. Dana completed his tenure leading the metals and plastics categories on the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, the first design-to-build fountain equipment to be commercialized in-house.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have participated in a couple of sessions now and found it valuable comparing experiences with my peers, their preferred suppliers, and their category strategies and what they value. I especially enjoy listening to Tier 2 suppliers and learning about their relationships with our Tier 1 suppliers and how they view different distribution channels."

Christian Calderon
CEO
GameJam
Christian Calderon
CEO
GameJam

BIO

Christian Calderon is a data-minded marketer with a passion for econometrics and video games. His professional specialty lies in predictive modeling for freemium products. He has given lectures at Apple, Google I/O, Princeton, Yahoo and many other events and institutions.

Christian received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Berkeley. He began his career as an Investment Banker, focusing on Internet and Games, where he completed over 30 transactions totaling over $3 billion in value. He then joined KIXEYE to spearhead revenue efforts and is now the CEO of GameJam. GameJam is a place for hosting and participating in game jams online.

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG, I gain unique insight and market intelligence that helps reinforce major strategic decisions I make in the marketplace."

Kim Carter
President of Global Sales and Planning
Silver Jeans Co.
Kim Carter
President of Global Sales and Planning
Silver Jeans Co.

BIO

Kim Carter is a results-driven leader in wholesale, retail, ecommerce and subscription services. Using collaborative leadership and a dedication to the how and why of the process, she guides her team to always look for the fiscal impact an idea has to the top and bottom line in each department. Kim guides companies through the challenges of change while increasing profit. She focuses on strategic brand building for the long-term benefit of all stakeholders. With experience in private and public businesses, Kim has demonstrated a natural adaptability that allows her to easily evaluate opportunities for improvement and strategies for success in people, product, process and profit.

TESTIMONIAL

"Bill Williams is a master at finding a common theme while not creating one. Every event has led to an actionable idea, added support to a strategy or challenged a trend. I make time in my schedule for dialog of this high value."

Brittany Chibe
Founder
Within/Without
Brittany Chibe
Founder
Within/Without

TESTIMONIAL

"Connecting with professionals across the industry to discuss trends in the marketplace and learning from their insights"

Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.
Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.

BIO

Tim Choate is an Internet industry pioneer and innovator. He launched RedAwning.com in 2010 to bring hotel style reservations for vacation rental properties to travelers, while providing a complete marketing and channel management solution for property owners and managers. Prior to RedAwning.com, Choate founded and took public Aptimus, an online direct marketing network, and also founded Online Interactive, the industry pioneer for downloadable software. Choate has a BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's calls offer a unique window into what's happening in the vacation rental industry. I am always impressed by the attendees participating as well as their openness to share keen insights about what is happening behind the scenes.
"

Valery Ciarimboli
Senior Director, eCommerce Operations
Giant Eagle, Inc.
Valery Ciarimboli
Senior Director, eCommerce Operations
Giant Eagle, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"The insight and perspective shared by other professionals in the industry are extremely useful and thought-provoking. Consumers needs are constantly shifting and it is valuable to hear what others are thinking and how that aligns with my companies approach.

"

Jeff Clair
Executive Vice President of Global Sales
Bollman Hat Company
Jeff Clair
Executive Vice President of Global Sales
Bollman Hat Company

BIO

Jeff is an experienced sales, merchandise and strategy senior executive with over 25 years of experience in fashion & home industries both in the wholesale and retail sectors.

Jeff’s current role as Executive Vice President of Global Sales for America’s Oldest Hat Manufacturer, the Bollman Hat Company, has him leading a global sales organization selling some of the finest fashion accessory brands and private label into over 70 countries. His role has him strategically leading the company’s future direction as both a member of the Executive team and the Board of Directors.

A few of Jeff’s key accomplishments has been reorganizing the sales team into a channel versus a brand-focused selling organization, developing relationships with key, global retailers, increasing share of business across multiple brands and focusing the sales team on key deliverable metrics with the goal of increasing profitable revenue.

Prior to this role, Jeff was Principal at ClairVoyant Consulting LLC offering visionary leadership for the next generation of successful apparel, retail and recreational companies. He has held senior sales positions at Russell Newman Brands, Carole Hochman Design Group and Hanesbrands after a number of years on the merchandising side of the retail sector at Bradlees, Mervyn’s and Federated Department Stores.

Jeff works in New York City and resides with his wife in Fairfield, CT.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers a unique opportunity for Senior Executives across a wide breadth of their industry to discuss and share unique insights. I have always left the one hour conference calls a little smarter with new contacts for future dialogue.
"

Eric Cody
VP-Key Accounts and Ecommerce
Thorlo Inc.
Eric Cody
VP-Key Accounts and Ecommerce
Thorlo Inc.

BIO

Recognized leader focused on driving results through collaboration in traditional, digital, retail and wholesale channels. Successfully implemented programs in direct fulfillment pay on scan initiatives, Omni-Channel programs as well as direct Amazon campaign management resulting in sustained growth and brand messaging. Incorporating experience in purchasing, inventory planning, and allocation, with extensive skills in demand management, relational database development, and merging sales / demographic information to create value as well as maximize profitability.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have found incredible value in the insights learned from BWG. Everyone at BWG are professional and the benefits I have received make BWG events well worth my time."

Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.
Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.

BIO

Mike is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He has been in the industry for 36 years. The first 24 were with Quaker Oats/Pepsico. During the last 12 years, Mike has focused on smaller companies and most are in the natural/organic space. Mike has experience across all channels including grocery, natural, club, national drug, mass and c-store.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG sessions and interactions allow me to share my knowledge on certain industry topics, but I also learn a great deal from other colleagues and industry experts about emerging industry and customer trends. The sessions are concise and to the point. The shared thoughts are always enlightening.

"

David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel
David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel

TESTIMONIAL

"I always learn something new on a BWG Strategy call or at an event. There is high value in the moderated exchange of information among practitioners and experts."

Adam Creighton
Owner
Adam Creighton
Owner

BIO

Adam Creighton is owner and studio head of a to-be-announced independent developer making games for upcoming console hardware and business models. Adam is a co-owner of developer Panic Button, and previously was the Studio GM & Director of Development. Prior to Panic Button, Adam was a producer for Disney Interactive Studios, Technical Product Manager for Emergent Game Technologies, and a Worldwide Technical Director for Visa.

In addition to making games and transmedia properties, Adam is a professional voice and on-camera actor, appearing in such television shows as the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights”, and independent films like "The Encouragement Clown" and multi-award-winning independent film "Bunny & Clydo."

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides efficient, topical insight into multiple parts of the game industry, emerging technology, and related sectors. As a relationship business man, I'm grateful for access to so many high-caliber professionals who generously share their opinions, experience, and expertise."

Lennert De Jong
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels
Lennert De Jong
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels

BIO

Lennert De Jong - Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM Hotels. Former Director of Sales at SynXis by Sabre Holdings.

Jared Dey
Global Director of eCommerce
Danone
Jared Dey
Global Director of eCommerce
Danone

BIO

Jared has years of experience leading some of the largest CPG companies eCommerce businesses (Abbott, Newell Brands, Danone). From domestic to international, Amazon to Walmart, eCommerce development and strategy has been Jared’s focus while constantly delivering to the bottom line.

TESTIMONIAL

"Networking is easier than ever thanks to companies like LinkedIn, but connecting with the RIGHT people is ever more challenging. Filtering through the industries and companies to find the most relevant subject matter expert is an arduous task. BWG makes that easy, connecting the best people with relevant subjects to help lead industries forward.
"

Bruce Dunfee
Sr Director of Sales - Specialty and Trend
Reebok
Bruce Dunfee
Sr Director of Sales - Specialty and Trend
Reebok

BIO

Bruce has spent his career in the athletic footwear and apparel industry across the past nearly twenty years.

He has held management and senior management roles on the sales side at both adidas and Puma overseeing teams in multiple channels of distribution, most recently with a heavy concentration on the Athletic Specialty / Mall channel. His high level of executive experience and involvement in brand and sales strategy development and activation have led to commercial success and significant growth for the teams he has managed.

TESTIMONIAL

"I view the environment that the BWG calls foster as a fantastic way to information share, educate yourself and utilize as a platform to network. The education happens by being exposed to other high level executives from across our business space from both a retailer and vendor perspective who offer views and opinions that contribute a higher level of engagement & understanding to whatever the topic may be that day. They also create a platform for you and your skill set to be displayed to an audience that would otherwise never know you. It's an hour of time that can certainly add a valuable element to professional development and networking that is at the same time convenient for everyone's hectic schedules. "

Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon
Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon

BIO

Pete Eckes
President/CEO
Global Perishable Strategies
Pete Eckes
President/CEO
Global Perishable Strategies

BIO

Pete is a long-time food industry executive who has successfully led the startup, turnaround, and fast-track growth of perishable food brands through retail, food service, restaurant, industrial food ingredient, and international channels. With a deep knowledge of meat, poultry, and seafood merchandising, he consistently delivers strong profitability gains, new revenue streams, and pioneering efforts in product strategy, development, and innovation. His background includes strong contributions in reorganizing, streamlining, and strengthening existing operations. Pete is an effective cross-functional team leader who understands current market trends impacting both the producer and consumer-side economics of the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls create a unique pathway to share information, and to educate yourself on relative, ever changing, industry topics. They have provided valuable insights and relevant industry perspectives to support and drive sound business decisions, across multiple marketing channels. In addition the calls are a great platform to network with other executives. "

Tom Eckrich
Principal Consultant
Tom Eckrich Retail Advisory
Tom Eckrich
Principal Consultant
Tom Eckrich Retail Advisory

BIO

Tom is a retail executive focused on merchandising and redefining assortments to meet the needs of
millennial customers. Most recently as VP/DMM, Tom managed significant annual receipts driving the
merchandise direction and maximizing opportunities across trend, lifestyle, brand and classification.
Tom has extensive experience building relationships and managing change. He is an inspirational leader
with a strong history of success building world class teams focused on sales growth, brand acquisition,
profit improvement and fashion leadership

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a group of professionals coming together to learn. Real world and go to market strategies you
can use in your business today. BWG has also been an invaluable resource to grow my professional
network. "

Jeff Erle
COO
Blast
Jeff Erle
COO
Blast

BIO

Mr. Jeff Erle is a veteran C-levelExecutive with over 20+ years’ experience in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Real Estate, Healthcare, Retail, and most recently Entertainment Software. He has held senior level positions (including President and/or CEO of five companies) with start-ups, as well as small privately held and large public enterprises including ADP, Western Digital, and Litton Industries.

He is focused on developing and improving enterprise value through brand, human capital, intellectual property and financial stability. Mr. Erle has extensive experience in product development and studio management, distribution, public-company operations, stakeholder communications, team-empowerment, leadership and business intelligence, and he has the vision and passion to face any challenges head on.

His goal in both his professional and personal life is to inspire those he has touched on his life’s journey, be it family, coworkers, teammates or friends, to value the importance of putting others’ needs ahead of one’s own self-interest. Mr. Erle believes in the value of listening intently and empowering those around him.

TESTIMONIAL

""BWG Strategy is a terrific way to connect with industry peers and gain valuable insights into the ever-changing gaming space."

Anne Evanoff
Western Regional Sales Manager
Euro-USA Trading Co. Inc
Anne Evanoff
Western Regional Sales Manager
Euro-USA Trading Co. Inc
Frank Evans
Founder, Restaurant Executive and Consultant
FE Restaurant Consulting
Frank Evans
Founder, Restaurant Executive and Consultant
FE Restaurant Consulting

BIO

I am an accomplished restaurant executive and consultant with experience in operational, executive and as an owner in Fast Casual and Casual Dining concepts. These include several years at brands like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, Café Chili Peppers (Owner), Buffet’s Inc, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp and Sizzler International with sustained company leading success. I am a Consultant and Advisor primarily to clients in the Investment and Research communities with some time spent with brands directly.

I am very proud of all the people that I have teamed with who made me look good through their great work and results. My biggest pride is seeing the team develop, grow and promote.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG has been a great venue for me to hear all sides of successes and issues affecting the industry I've been involved with and consult on. The virtual discussions have provided me the opportunity to learn from industry peers along with share my expertise to BWG clients. BWG has been an invaluable partner for expanding my industry knowledge on key and current trends affecting the Restaurant Industry. "

Wendy Ewers
Vice President Off Premise
Potbelly Sandwich Works
Wendy Ewers
Vice President Off Premise
Potbelly Sandwich Works

BIO

Ewers created and launched the Catering Business Model for On The Border in 1993 and worked with multiple brands during her time with Brinker International supporting up to 8 brands with consulting and at one point directed a newly created branch coined Brinker Catering offering 6 brands in a centralized fashion. She has continued to work and head up On The Border, a Dallas based company who owns and operates approximately 150 Locations. She initiated the centralized model and now supports all corporate locations as well as 2 franchise partners. In addition, to overseeing the Off Premise business channel for OTB she oversees Guest Relations and most recently took over Local Activation under Marketing. She has a proven track record of increasing sales and profits year over year. Currently on her 5th year of consecutive growth. The Off Premise channel has continued to fuel growth for the brand under the platform she created and is garnering north of $40M in annual sales.

Tom Ewing
Director- Retail Channel Businesses
T. Marzetti Company
Tom Ewing
Director- Retail Channel Businesses
T. Marzetti Company

BIO

Tom Ewing is currently Director Retail Channel Businesses T Marzetti, a $1.1 Billion subsidiary of Columbus based Lancaster Colony Corporation.
His career began with the Procter & Gamble Company and continued through assignments at Frito-Lay, Borden Inc. and ED Smith & Sons prior to joining T. Marzetti in 1995.

Tom has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Private Label Manufacturer’s Association and was Chairman of the Board in 1995 & 1996. He was inducted into the Private Label Hall of Fame in March 2016.
Tom and his wife Karen reside in Columbus OH.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique forum to gather the perceptions of the same issues we face from other points of view. There are nuggets to be learned from every call because the participants are knowledgeable and committed to the concept of sharing to learn

"

Paris Fealy
Vice President of Sales
Classic Brands LLC
Paris Fealy
Vice President of Sales
Classic Brands LLC

BIO

Paris Fealy is a veteran in the mattress and furniture industry. Prior to leading the sales team for Classic Brands, Paris was Vice President of Sales at Ergomotion, the largest adjustable base manufacturer in the world. He worked at Sealy Mattress, Serta Mattress, and for Ashley Furniture. Paris has a Master’s Degree in Leadership. He currently lives with his wife in Florida, and is the proud father of six wonderful children.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG is at the cutting edge of our industry. The members that take part in the industry calls read like a list of the who’s who of movers and shakers. Participation is an honor and the insights that are shared have made me much more effective at my position as an executive with the world’s largest adjustable base manufacturing company. BWG is a one of a kind organization that I feel privileged to be associated with."

Rita M. Finley
Senior Category Management Consultant
Big Chalk Analytics
Rita M. Finley
Senior Category Management Consultant
Big Chalk Analytics

BIO

Rita Finley is currently a Category Management Consultant for Cargill Protein Group and Data and Content subcommittee lead on the POI Ecommerce Business Leadership Council. Rita’s career spans over 25 years in a variety of marketing and sales analytic lead roles at Corelle Brands, ConAgra Brands, Gillette, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nielsen and IRI.

Rita specializes in understanding what makes consumers tick and applying that successfully in the marketplace. At ConAgra brands she introduced Eckrich Lunchmakers one of their most successful new product introductions and was part of the team that grew Healthy Choice into a $1 billion dollar mega brand. She went on to work with Gillette and Mead Johnson Nutritionals in the Category Management/market measurement capacity involved with the Gillette Mach 3 and Enfamil Lipil introductions, respectively. Most recently she was awarded recognition by the Path to Purchase Institute in the “Who’s Who in Shopper Insights” for 4 years in a row (2012-2015) and received a “Women of Excellence Award” from Ensemble IQ in 2016 and earned certification in Integrated Marketing Communication from the De Paul Kellstadt Marketing Center in 2018.

Rita has excellent perspective from both the CPG and Housewares manufacturer and research supplier side with insights on retail customers, ecommerce, consumers and shoppers. Rita also has extensive work negotiating contracts with vendors to bring the best value and has experience leading the integration and alignment of multiple data platforms.

Rita earned a BS from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA with distinction from DePaul University. Rita lives in Deer Park IL with her husband and sons.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a way for me to connect with like-minded professionals who speak candidly about the latest industry topics and trends. It is useful to share unbiased perspectives and provides access to the thoughts and idea of industry leaders.
"

Mike Fischer
Angel Investor, Advisor, Board Member
CloudGate Studio
Mike Fischer
Angel Investor, Advisor, Board Member
CloudGate Studio

BIO

Mike Fischer has over twenty years of experience in interactive entertainment, having held executive positions at Amazon, Microsoft and some of the largest video game companies in the world (see list below). Mike has also led business teams in the US, Asia and Europe and is fluent in Japanese. His areas of expertise include retail, online and mobile games, eSports, Virtual Reality, digital marketing and online communities.

VP (Digital Video): Amazon
General Manager: Microsoft
CEO: Square Enix
Head of Publishing, Epic Games

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to share information, thoughts and opinions with a group of my peers at a level that's usually only possible when we meet at industry events. Participating with BWG has also helped me build my professional network and gives me a great opportunity to reality check" my facts with other informed leaders in my field.
"

Greg Forquer
Managing Partner
PetsPhD
Greg Forquer
Managing Partner
PetsPhD

BIO

Managing Partner of PetsPhD, a pet industry consulting business
Greg is a Pet Industry expert. most recently serving as SVP of Merchandising at Petsense. Prior to Petsense, Greg worked at the corporate offices for Petco and PetSmart and has been in the industry for more than 25 years.

Greg has expertise in Operations and Merchandising for the pet industry. Has worked at start up and well-established pet retailers and has extensive knowledge of the industry and what makes it tick.

He is up to date on all pet product categories- food, treats, non-foods and services. Having been in all phases of pet procurement he has extensive knowledge of industry manufacturers and distribution. Greg also has been very involved in marketing and advertising within the industry, from a retailer’s point of view.

Greg understands and has seen first-hand the changes in the industry and the impact of e-commerce and shifts to other classes of trade for brands within the industry. He is still bullish on the industry as it is relatively recession proof and that it appeals to customers on a different level than that of other industries. Greg previously worked in the Grocery industry and has insights and perspectives that he can compare to pet. He is currently Managing Partner at a consulting firm PetsPhd.

TESTIMONIAL

"The value that I derive from BWG are connections to industry leaders and executives. An added benefit is exposure for my business and client building.
As an “expert” in my field of the retail pet sector, I an well connected within the industry but gain immeasurable broadening of my credibility through BWG."

Don Fox
CEO
Firehouse of America, LLC
Don Fox
CEO
Firehouse of America, LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's resources often provide a solid view of the industry. They tap into a unique mixture of talent, often delving into specialty areas of knowledge not as easily accessible through other networking channels.
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Matt Gentilucci
Key Account Manager
Billabong
Matt Gentilucci
Key Account Manager
Billabong

BIO

Matt is a strategic business leader delivering value through innovative revenue strategies. He has over 12 years of experience in business management and wholesale, in digital, national account, action sports specialty and international sales channels. While holding sales management roles at iconic action sports brands, Oakley and Billabong. Matt has led wholesale teams to develop and implement successful sales and marketing initiatives. Which have and continue to deliver profitable revenue growth with Amazon/ecommerce, department stores and sporting goods retailers.

Matt holds an Executive MBA degree in Strategic Leadership from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As well as a bachelor’s of science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. Matt currently resides in San Diego, CA with his family.

TESTIMONIAL

"Being a part of the BWG Strategy network has proven to be highly valuable to my organization and personal perspective on the retail industry. BWG provides a unique opportunity to all participants, which elevates the thought leadership throughout our areas of focus and expertise. The conversations that BWG fosters provokes positive action in an industry of rapid change and adjustment.
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Carol Goodhue
Founder
C3 Market Insight Advisory Group
Carol Goodhue
Founder
C3 Market Insight Advisory Group

BIO

The benefit you get from BWG is the ability to learn up to date insight on top market driven companies and trends from multiple perspectives; customers, competitors, and suppliers. The interactive format enables dialogue and an exchange of ideas on issues impacting participant’s businesses that can become the catalyst for new opportunities, innovative strategic thinking and the building of important new professional networks.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit you get from BWG is the ability to learn up to date insight on top market driven companies and trends from multiple perspectives; customers, competitors, and suppliers. The interactive format enables dialogue and an exchange of ideas on issues impacting participant’s businesses that can become the catalyst for new opportunities, innovative strategic thinking and the building of important new professional networks."

Jeff Gorham
Business Partner
Foster & Gorham & Associates
Jeff Gorham
Business Partner
Foster & Gorham & Associates

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has infinite experience in our industry and this comes from data and listening to the folks who are the boots on the ground
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Eric Greenberg
E-Commerce Division Manager
Howard Miller Family of Companies (Howard Miller, Hekman, Ridgeway)
Eric Greenberg
E-Commerce Division Manager
Howard Miller Family of Companies (Howard Miller, Hekman, Ridgeway)

BIO

Howard Miller is the world's largest floor clock company founded in 1926 and is still privately owned by the same family. Eric started his tenure as a local territory sales rep for Howard Miller, then was responsible for the southwest USA before moving to his current role managing the global e-commerce strategy for Howard Miller, Hekman and Ridgeway. He lives in Arizona with his wife and two children.

TESTIMONIAL

"Validating industry trends against our internal metrics, being able to interact with cohorts in the industry and being exposed to different ways to tackle similar challenges is a worthwhile value proposition for me.
"

Ed Gribbin
CEO
Gribbin Strategic LLC
Ed Gribbin
CEO
Gribbin Strategic LLC

BIO

Ed Gribbin is the founder and CEO of Gribbin Strategic LLC, a boutique consultancy focused on the apparel/fashion sector and offering services in the areas of growth strategy, business development, branding and marketing, product development and supply chain innovation, executive coaching and change management. Ed is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the apparel industry and serves on numerous global boards dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the International Apparel Federation, the Americas Apparel Producers Network and the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas.

For the past seven years, Ed served as President of Alvanon, Inc., a leading innovation, technology and consulting firm serving major brands and retailers. Ed built and led Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion industry clients develop and implement strategies and solutions in disciplines ranging from marketing and merchandising to product development and supply chain. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President and COO of technology start-up Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner and built a data-driven consulting practice based on optimizing apparel fit and sizing strategy. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the United States.

Ed is a regular opinion contributor to leading industry publications, including Apparel Magazine, Sourcing Journal, just-style.com, The Robin Report, and Fashion United. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the Melbourne Age, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show Australia, National Public Radio, BBC One and BBC Radio 4.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Joseph’s University, was a four-time member of the US National Rowing team and a World Championship medalist; he lives in Merion Station, PA with his wife Georgianne when he is not on a plane, train or boat.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an amazing forum for exchanging industry insights with passionate, knowledgable senior executives. While I love to contribute my unique perspectives to BWG discussions, it’s what I learn from other executives and the BWG team that makes participation so valuable.
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Miles Hall
Senior Advisor
Hall-N-Hall Consulting
Miles Hall
Senior Advisor
Hall-N-Hall Consulting
Danny Hammett
Chairman
HKA Studios LTD
Danny Hammett
Chairman
HKA Studios LTD

BIO

Mr. Hammett is a veteran C-level Executive with over 20+ years experience in Consumer Products and Entertainment Software. He has held Executive Officer positions with start-ups such as Head Games to public companies such as Activision (Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Spiderman, Toy Story), and brands such Marvel, Disney, EA and Universal Games.

He is focused on improving operating income to streamlining efficiencies in staff & organization and have led teams of up to 1000 people. He has extensive experience in mobile game development and studio management, fundraising, public-company operations, analyst communications, team building, leadership and creative drive no matter the challenge.

Mr. Hammett is skilled in game studio design, production, development and management, social media, F2P, online e-commerce, mobile apps and retail product development, sales, marketing and strategic planning and execution.

His goals in both his professional and personal life are to positively influence, guide and lead others to their full potential. Mr. Hammett believes that the future is what one makes it, but one must go and make his/her future. He is proud of what he has accomplished in his career, but even more excited about what's coming next!

TESTIMONIAL

"By participating in BWG’s Roundtables, I’m able to connect with other global business leaders to share best practices, innovations and strategic insights."

Mo Haq
President/CEO
Culture Based Management
Mo Haq
President/CEO
Culture Based Management
Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair
Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair

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."

Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners
Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners

BIO

Currently, founding Partner of Gideon Partners, a firm that advises investors, CEO’s and executives. Bruce is also President of A Future With Hope, a non-profit organization that helps those recovering from natural and economic disasters.

Prior to Founding Gideon Partners, Bruce was a CFO for Footlocker, Cushman and Wakefield and Yankee Candle.

Bruce has strong consumer goods and retail operational knowledge, as well as, he has developed a number of C level executives during his career.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has captured a unique way to connect information and executives. BWG effectiveness is in the quality of interchanges between well prepared speakers and those desiring industry insights. Each person from BWG maintains a high standard of excellence and I believe it is the premier expert advisory service. "

Mark Heiner
Sales Team Leader - Walmart, Club, Dollar
Genomma Lab
Mark Heiner
Sales Team Leader - Walmart, Club, Dollar
Genomma Lab

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings market leading insights to the table. I'm impressed by BWG's clear strategic vision and their ability to get industry and thought leading, strategic contributors in the same room. The BWG adds value to every changing discussion of how to win in Retail."

Chris Heller
CEO
mellohome
Chris Heller
CEO
mellohome

BIO

Formerly the CEO of Keller Williams, Chris Heller earned his real estate license when he was 20 years old and went on to build one of the most successful real estate teams in the United States. From his selection as Rookie of the Year in 1989 to being the top-producing agent in San Diego County and the #1 Keller Williams associate in all of North America, Heller has earned the respect of colleagues and clients for the results he delivers. Under Heller’s leadership, the Chris Heller Real Estate Team has sold more than 100 homes a year for almost three decades.

Named President of KW Worldwide in 2010, Heller launched the company’s first regions outside of North America, leading Keller Williams to record productivity and profitability markers. His vision and leadership helped grow the Company into the most dominant worldwide real estate franchise in history.

Heller joined mellohome as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. Known to be a charismatic, visionary leader, with an extraordinary ability to build innovative, high performing teams, Heller oversees cross-functional groups tasked with creating simpler and smarter home buying, financing and improvement experiences for the American consumer. Under Heller’s leadership, mellohome has flourished, quickly {doubling} its forecasted growth and driving significant change within the experiential and product landscape for the homeownership industry at large.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG events are not only a great way for me to stay up on our industry, there are often insights derived from the calls that I can use in my business.

"

Matthew Henry
National Sales Manager- Retail
Intermatic, Inc.
Matthew Henry
National Sales Manager- Retail
Intermatic, Inc.

BIO

Matt Henry is a highly accomplished Sales Executive with 29 years of experience in international, national and regional sales program management. He has worked in a variety of industries, and has developed award winning programs at some of the largest retailers in the US. He lives in suburban Chicago.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has allowed me to see past the vendor-customer curtain to the vendor-end-user/consumer reality. It has given me a focused understanding of how our products and services are filtered to the market via our customer base. In addition, the insight on overall marketplace health has been invaluable to my company."

Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN
Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN

BIO

Sales executive at ITO EN (North America) INC, the world’s leading premium green tea purveyor. Passionate food & beverage industry leader with twelve years of experience managing brands in the natural/specialty segment.

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve found great value from BWG through having the chance to hear industry colleagues share their honest thoughts on relevant and timely topics. I enjoy BWG calls as an opportunity to confirm or challenge my thinking, while staying current on the pulse of the f&b industry ecosystem. The efficient format is conducive to busy schedules and I’ve gained valuable networking contacts from connecting with fellow participants."

Anthony Hogan
Senior Director, Commercial Solutions & Services
Perrigo
Anthony Hogan
Senior Director, Commercial Solutions & Services
Perrigo

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has opened up opportunities to engage with industry leaders and professionals around topics directly related to and impacting my business. The insights gained from these engagements have allowed me to identify and understand opportunities and obstacles much more easily as I navigate the ever changing business and technology landscapes."

Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels
Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels

BIO

Jay Hubbs is the Senior Vice President of eCommerce for Remington Hotels, an independent manager of over 90 hotels across North America. Before joining Remington in 2013, Jay led North American sales for ReviewPro, and prior to that led hotel supplier relations for Hotwire.com, as part of the Expedia Partner Services Group. Before Hotwire, he worked on both the distribution and revenue management teams for Starwood Hotels. Jay is a graduate of both the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience at the property, regional and corporate level in roles spanning digital marketing, eCommerce, revenue management and distribution.

Jay lives in Dallas with his wonderful wife Laura and their twin boys Brewster and Hunter.

TESTIMONIAL

"I enjoy hearing the viewpoints of BWG Advisors to help inform the strategies we put in place. In some cases I agree with others, and in some cases I disagree, but in both scenarios I gain insight on the perspectives of others on the challenges facing our industry."

Karen Hughes
VP of Sales
Merchandise Management Co. (MMC)
Karen Hughes
VP of Sales
Merchandise Management Co. (MMC)

BIO

A Merchant with over 30 years of experience in a broad spectrum of retail leadership roles within brick & mortar in both mass and specialty, and the manufacturers that sell to them. Expertise in multiple categories including apparel for men, women, and kids, accessories, housewares, kitchen electrics and more, as both the retail buyer and then in sales and product development roles for manufacturers. All experiences led to significant opportunities in areas of forecasting, assortment planning, store design, business ownership, developing new business channels, negotiations, partnerships and a complete passion for all things RETAIL.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls are always enlightening and the excellent contributors encourage all of us to consider retail in new ways. I am grateful to be a participant. "

Gerry Jacobs
Senior Manager of Field Marketing
Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants
Gerry Jacobs
Senior Manager of Field Marketing
Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants

TESTIMONIAL

"The virtual roundtable discussions have provided me the opportunity to both learn from fellow industry colleagues as well as get feedback and assistance with some of my current initiatives. It is a terrific forum and network for testing your knowledge of issues and the moderators are greatly skilled at presenting relevant questions and topics to spur discussion. BWG has been an invaluable partner for both measuring and expanding my industry knowledge base.
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Dave Juron
National eCommerce Development / New England Regional Sales
Dietz & Watson, Inc.
Dave Juron
National eCommerce Development / New England Regional Sales
Dietz & Watson, Inc.

BIO

Dave’s industry experience of +30 years of CPG background experience across a wide range of food industries provides a wide range of skillsets offering excellent cross functional knowledge yet always looking to share with and learn from industry peers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides the opportunity for a great mix of industry professional to share their insights on both their business and current market conditions tied to a wide range of forums. The learnings and industry connections gained are un-measurable versus any other platforms."

Gary Kazmer
GM of Global eCommerce
Crayola LLC
Gary Kazmer
GM of Global eCommerce
Crayola LLC

BIO

Currently I am spearheading global business development growth in online marketplaces like Amazon 3P, FBA, FBM, B2B, eBay and Walmart.com along with our branded online store at Crayola.com. I manage the P&L for all DTC for Crayola and for Amazon we are in the top 0.6% of all Amazon marketplace sellers driving growth for Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon), FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant or Merchant Fulfilled Network MFN), Seller Fulfilled Prime or B2B. We also have double and triple digit growth for four years on eBay and Crayola.com.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG affords me the opportunity to connect directly with leaders in the online space from a manufacturer, seller and tech provider mindset. Frequent meetings help crystallize my thoughts and direction from discussions with peers in the industry and help keep me aware of market trends.

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Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Sara Killeen
President
Longitudes Group, LLC
Sara Killeen
President
Longitudes Group, LLC

BIO

Sara Killeen is part Sports Geographer and part Sports Economist. By tracking sports participation in individual activities like golf, tennis, fitness, snowsports and outdoor pursuits, Longitudes Group is able to build consumer spending models to monetize the specialty sports markets. Retailers, sporting goods manufacturers, sports media, travel providers and many other sports industry stakeholders can benefit from Sara's expertise in identifying the trends and consumer insights driving leisure-time spending in a time-starved world.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG facilitates web-based roundtables with retail and sports industry contributors. The one hour sessions are efficient and invaluable in sharing the high-level trends and finicky spending habits of today's consumers. Having access to a variety of roles from BWG participants helps me keep abreast of both the obvious and subtle market shifts happening every quarter."

Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC
Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC

BIO

Larry Kuperman is an expert in the computer games industry. Currently serving as the Director of Business Development for Night Dive Studios, a rapidly growing games development company, and as a founding member of The Powell Group, a consulting company serving the games industry, Larry has his finger on the pulse of industry trends.
In 1993, Larry became the first student to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy College MBA program with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was recognized as the MBA Scholar of the Year and was inducted into the National Business Honor Society.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG keeps me informed as to industry trends and provides me with insights that I just can't find anywhere else. Bringing together select groups of industry experts, BWG is not only a great informational source, but has helped me expand my network of professional contacts."

Samer Kuraishi
President | Founder
The ONE Street Company
Samer Kuraishi
President | Founder
The ONE Street Company

BIO

In only the past 7 years Samer Kuraishi and his team have been able to amass over 1.1 Billion in sales volume and over 3,400+ units sold in a cut throat real estate game. Samer is a true visionary in the real estate world. A trend-setter with more than 20 years of experience, Samer has reshaped the practice of both real estate and real estate consulting.

At the helm of an exclusive boutique firm with a stellar cast of more than 40 agents, Samer is one of the DMV's most prominent real estate influencers. His team has sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of real estate and The Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked his team number one in the Washington, DC area for units and volume sold.

Samer turns the traditional real estate sales model on its head by infusing it with new technologies, working with people of integrity and character, and harnessing the power of social media and online marketing. Not only does Samer and his team do it better than anyone else, real estate sales have never been more fun.

Beyond his novel and creative business approach, Samer has created a special culture and philosophy among his agents—a culture that focuses solely on the client's best interests. As a leader in the field, Samer continues to consult national and international hedge funds and financial institutions by providing them with insight on real estate trends and forecasts.

Judi Langley
Co-Founder
Ingenus
Judi Langley
Co-Founder
Ingenus

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides important forums to exchange ideas and insights to diagnose the shifts in the marketplace and anticipate their impacts. The dialogue and questions trigger additional issues worthy of research to benefit my clients as a consultant.
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Arseny Lebedev
Head of Studio
Alchemical
Arseny Lebedev
Head of Studio
Alchemical

BIO

Previously Arseny was Director, Media and Entertainment at EPAM. He was responsible for creating inspirational and engaging experiences for our partners. Arseny cofounded Signus Labs, a startup that grew into a multi-disciplined game studio that engaged with millions of players.

Arseny joined EPAM in 2015, after its acquisition of Signus Labs, which allows him to utilize his traditional gaming software development skills in the digital engagement space for multiple clients. In addition, Arseny is a sponsor at Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program for aspiring game developers.

Arseny received his BSa from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to connect to relevant industry experts, efficiently discuss pressing issues, and unlock new opportunities!"

Denise Leksell
Retail Consultant
Denise Leksell
Retail Consultant

BIO

Denise has a track history in retail of leading margin and comp growth across department store, mass and specialty store sectors. Her strength is identifying trends, and transferring that into successful product opportunities in women’s apparel.
Most recently she was VP merchandising-Ascena Brands-Maurices. Denise held VP roles across all apparel categories -Tops, Dresses, Denim and Active in both Misses and Plus sizes.
Key accomplishments include the sales improvement by 50% while margin growth exceeded industry standards. Denise also helped to create the plus apparel segment, and the active category for both misses and plus segments within Maurices. In addition, Denise helped to develop the design office in NYC as well as the internal product development team at the corporate office.

Prior to Maurices, Denise held merchant, management and product development roles with Kohls, and Sax Inc. –Herbergers.
Denise earned her BS in Fashion Merchandising/Business from University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Through her broad leadership experience across all apparel sectors, Denise has learned to understand who the customer is and that allows her to develop the product that meets and exceeds her expectations.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides an arena for a broad range of leader and experts in their fields, to exchange insights. As a consultant, challenging dialogue, thoughts and questions provide ideas for new ways of thinking, new projects to research and additional ways to help my clients."

Ricky Li
Director Of Licensing King Features
Hearst
Ricky Li
Director Of Licensing King Features
Hearst

BIO

Previously Richard was the VP for Global Licensing International New Business Development for Aeropostale. He signed over 40 international franchising or licensing deals totaling over US $500,000,000 at retail in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has done business in over 40 countries and lived on 3 continents. He has held executive level positions for Skechers, Gap Inc, and LVMH.

He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell Univeristy and an MBA for ESSEC. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG helps me gain specific industry knowledge and advice by networking with industry specific experts. BWG provides valuable insights into my field that are unparalleled."

Johan Lofstrom
Co-founder & CEO
Cloud Games
Johan Lofstrom
Co-founder & CEO
Cloud Games

BIO

Johan Lofstrom is the former VP EMEA for Chartboost. He was responsible to lead and to develop Chartboost’s business in Europe, rest of EMEA and India. Johan runs his own gaming company, Cloud Games, as co-founder and CEO. Cloud Games is a mobile advertising company specialising in playable ads. Before starting Cloud Games, he worked as Director of Strategy & Monetisation at Spil Games, an online and mobile gaming company serving 130 million MAUs. Before joining Spil Games, Johan co-founded Bidrivals, a global online auction company with sales in 27 countries. He also worked as Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in New York and Treasury Analyst for SCA Treasury in Sweden. Johan received an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management where he among other things won the MIT $100k entrepreneurship competition. He also holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Financial Mathematics from Linkoping Institute of Technology in Sweden and has studied at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy's focused Q&A sessions are an excellent way to stay up to date with the industry with personal insights from key decision makers impossible to find anywhere else"

Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions
Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions

BIO

Daniel Lohman, CPSA is a Strategic Advisor in the Organic and CPG Industry. He is certified at the highest level of category management proficiency: Certified Professional Strategic Advisor.
Daniel is a trusted and respected member of the natural community. With more than 30 years of experience, he serves as an advisor to Circle Up, Naturally Boulder, The Innovation Center of the Rockies, is a next mentor, Brick Meets Click Black Belt, BWG Strategy Advisory Board Member, BevNet Expert, and a speaker and trainer for Natural Products EXPO, World Alliance For Retail Excellence And Standards, and ECRM. He is also an internationally published author whose articles appear in Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, The Natural Food Merchandiser, New Hope 360, next, The Natural Product Insider, Progressive Grocer Independent, World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards, ECRM, Western Grocer, and LOHAS. He wrote a chapter in Bob Burke’s Natural Products Field Manual and has published the Strategic Solutions And Guide To Grow Your Natural Business.  His “What You Need To Know” articles are available at: WWW.CMS4CPG.COM.

While at Kimberly-Clark, Unilever and SPINS, Daniel was responsible for mentoring, growing sales, and teaching category management theory and principles. He is uniquely qualified and has worked with and supported hundreds of natural and conventional manufacturers, retailers and brokers. His extensive knowledge and expertise reaches beyond traditional category management and has earned him recognition throughout the industry as an expert and thought leader.

Daniel assists companies in expanding their retail distribution and improving their merchandising. His company, Category Management Solutions (CMS4CPG), provides innovative ideas, actionable insights and strategic solutions for companies interested in gaining a significant competitive advantage.

Daniel can be reached at [email protected] Click here to connect with Daniel on LinkedIn.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit I get from BWG is an opportunity to gain insights into trends in the CPG industry"

Steve McAloon
RVP - Operations & Brand Innovation
Moe's Southwest Grill
Steve McAloon
RVP - Operations & Brand Innovation
Moe's Southwest Grill
Alan Messer
Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
Innovation Shift
Alan Messer
Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
Innovation Shift

BIO

Dr. Alan Messer has been a worldwide leader in advanced software and intelligent services for connected consumers for 20+ years. Currently he is working on a stealth startup, but previously Alan was Vice President of Software and Innovation and CTO of Global Connected Consumer eXperience at General Motors where he led GM’s work on products, platforms and future technologies for the Connected Car and Services. Before General Motors, Alan was Vice President of Advanced Software Technology at Samsung Electronics covering Internet of Things, Intelligence, Privacy, Mobile Social/Media, Content Delivery, and Cloud Services. Alan has also worked at a variety of other consumer electronics companies including HP, Sony Electronics and startups. Alan has also served with several industry organizations in advisor and board roles as well as working with analysts/media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a fantastic opportunity to participate in topical industry discussions with peers throughout the industry. These meetings provide not only provide information for executives to stay abreast of the market, but also to debate different viewpoints in those markets as well as broad networking opportunities. It is always an interesting discussion."

Lee Milstein
Head of AR/VR Partnerships, Utility
Google
Lee Milstein
Head of AR/VR Partnerships, Utility
Google

BIO

Various consulting engagements across a variety of matters, including business plan and sales strategy development, deal-making and compilation of target lists, research and guidance on new lines of business, and product roadmap review.

Currently engaged by Sure, Inc.

Previous engagements include Broadway Video, Grokker Inc., and MediaMath, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great venue for me to network with peers as well as to hear all sides of issues affecting industries and companies I've been involved with. Beyond a standard panel discussion, it's good to hear which questions are top of mind."

Chris Monk
CEO and Founder
Your Fare Inc.
Chris Monk
CEO and Founder
Your Fare Inc.

BIO

ince graduating from University in 2008 Chris has worked for Fortune 500 companies, early stage startups and has been Angel investing since 2014. Chris started his career with Titan Brands which owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs across the US. Chris GM for Airia Nightclub, the first casino nightclub in Arizona for the Gila River Indian Reservations in 2010. Since then Chris has opened 5 restaurants including brands like Hussongs Cantina, Slice of Vegas and Standard and Pour. With Chris’s restaurant experience he started working for restaurant technology companies such as MOGL, Dinova, Living Social and ChowNow. His most recent endeavor includes Your Fare where he is the CEO and Founder. Your Fare is an online ordering management software that allows restaurants to streamline companies like UberEats, DoorDash and GrubHub.

Phil Morris
Senior Consultant
Simpactful
Phil Morris
Senior Consultant
Simpactful

BIO

Phil Morris is a Senior Consultant at Simpactful specializing in the consumer products goods sector. Phil's focus areas are in trade fund program development and implementation, creating agile and flexible pricing and promotional programs to address the changing retail environment, identifying creative solutions for marketplace issues and problems, and helping manufacturers reduce gray market diverting. Prior to Simpactful, Phil worked 33 years at Procter & Gamble in various senior sales leadership roles gaining a deep level of North America and international market experience. In his most recent position, he had responsibility for the U.S. multi-billion dollar trade fund program where he worked with Group Presidents, Regional Business Unit VPs and customer teams to leverage the agility and flexibility of his programs to drive profitable sales. Phil also was the North America Home Care Sales Manager with responsibility for a $2+ billion in sales. He delivered three consecutive years of record sales and profit growth while delivering $585 million in sales growth during his tenure.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG enables me to stay in touch with industry trends and gain insight from executives of leading companies on how they are addressing the ever-changing marketplace. The breadth of industry representation, organizational expertise and size of companies creates a great learning community to gain insight on just about any issue or opportunity. "

Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc
Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG connects industry leaders and allows them to share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives for relevant topics. As a contributor I gain access to invaluable knowledge and insights."

Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Mike Palm
VP Sales & Marketing
CRP Industries
Mike Palm
VP Sales & Marketing
CRP Industries

BIO

Michael Palm is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at CRP Automotive, headquartered in Cranbury, NJ. CRP Automotive is a part of CRP Industries Inc., a leader in the manufacture, marketing, and supply of automotive parts and industrial products.

Mike began his career with CRP in 1986 working in product development and marketing. Those early years were foundational in learning all facets of the business and automotive market. Mike left the company in 1995 to join Berlitz International, a global leader in language instruction and cultural training, in a variety of marketing roles, lastly as Director of Worldwide Marketing. In 2005, the call of the automotive aftermarket was too strong and Mike returned to CRP as VP of Marketing.

Since his return 13 years ago, Mike has managed Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Product Development in both the CRP Automotive and Industrial sectors. Today, Mike is directly responsible for the planning and execution of CRP’s sales & marketing strategy, leading the CRP sales organization, corporate brand positioning and promotion of the company while being a member of the executive management team. And after 30 years in both B2B and B2C sales and marketing environments, Mike has significant experience with the development and execution of integrated sales and marketing programs.

Mike is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) degree and was the recipient of Shippensburg University’s 2003 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He currently serves on the university’s John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board. Mike has been a featured speaker at colleges and marketing conferences on various marketing and leadership topics.


TESTIMONIAL

"I have found BWG research calls/roundtables to be an excellent forum for the exchange of trends and insights which you simply do not get from trade publications or market research reports. The line of questions from Bill Williams demonstrates a skillful manner in getting to the heart of a particular point so that everyone can benefit from this perspective. He has a true knack for “peeling the layers of the onion” back. I have walked away from each BWG research discussion with valuable insights that help me make better, more informed decisions."

Milton Pappas
Former CMO
Hudson's Bay Company - Former
Milton Pappas
Former CMO
Hudson's Bay Company - Former

BIO

Recognized as an innovator and thought leader in the digital industry, Milton Pappas is an accomplished senior digital and marketing executive with a track record of driving growth in the highly competitive retail space. He has extensive experience in the retail and marketing and e-commerce industries with skills that span customer-based strategies and digital transformation.

Milton has had a long and successful career spanning a diverse portfolio of industries, including publishing and retail. He was formerly Chief Marketing Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company where he oversaw the strategic direction and performance of all marketing efforts for the Company’s North American retail banners and led the Marketing Center of Excellence (COE).
He joined HBC as the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing in September 2016.

Before joining HBC, Milton was the Chief Digital Officer of New York & Company, where he was responsible for e-commerce and the overall digital strategy for the company. Prior to that, he was President of Ecommerce at Nine West Group where he was accountable for driving the ecommerce businesses for Nine West, Jones New York, and Easy Spirit. Before Nine West Group, he was Vice President, e-commerce at Toys ‘R’ Us US, where he provided leadership for all web-based businesses. Milton also held various leadership positions at Redcats USA (now Full Beauty Brands), including Executive Vice President of business development and Executive Vice President of marketing and e-commerce where he led the company’s transformation from a catalog media model to a digital/ecommerce centric organization.

Milton is a board member of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation, and a member of the NRF CMO Council. He has been recognized by Hot Topics as one of the 100 most innovative Chief Digital Officers globally. He was also recognized by the Chief Digital Officer Club as one of the Top 50 Chief Digital Officer influencers.

Milton holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University and Bachelor of Science degree from Bentley University.


Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market
Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG has been a great resource and I have found the strategy roundtable conference calls to be engaging, insightful and good learning experiences. Not to mention, BWG provides a great forum for networking."

Trevor Potter
President
PBL Strategy
Trevor Potter
President
PBL Strategy
Sean Prouty
Vice President Operations
Richloom Fabrics Group
Sean Prouty
Vice President Operations
Richloom Fabrics Group
Richard Purcell
CEO
Corporate Privacy Group
Richard Purcell
CEO
Corporate Privacy Group
Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.

BIO

Casey Rae is the Author, William S. Burroughs & The Cult of Rock 'n'​ Roll At the University of Texas Press. Casey is also the Director of Music Licensing at Sirius XM Radio Inc. Prior, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a tremendous resource for knowledge-sharing and direct engagement with business leaders and experts across a range of fields. The level of practical aptitude and big picture vision represented at BWG events is simply unparalleled."

Chris Rebsamen
President
Jupiter Sales & Marketing
Chris Rebsamen
President
Jupiter Sales & Marketing

BIO

-Chris Rebsamen is a highly accomplished Sales leader with 25 years of deep experience in CPG and Consumer Goods Products. Founded Jupiter Sales and Marketing in 2010. Jupiter Sales and Marketing is a turnkey sales and marketing organization for CPG and consumer product companies, startup to established firms with revenues of up to $100MM per year. Jupiter Sales and Marketing delivers solutions encompassing: Sales | Marketing | eCommerce | Fulfilment | Operations | Social Media | Sourcing | Product Development | Marketing Analysis | Finacial I Competitive Analysis | Retail Packaging .

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me with the opportunity to network and connect other Senior Executives in the Consumer Products Industry. Discuss alternate concepts/ideas to issues regarding the industry or particular retailers. "

Marshall Reece
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
Associated Milk Producers Inc.
Marshall Reece
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
Associated Milk Producers Inc.

BIO

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) is a dairy farmer owned cooperative in the upper Midwest. AMPI will handle over 6 billion pounds of milk and will turn it into cheese, butter and an assorted powder products resulting in 2 billion dollars in annual sales.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find the industry and customer insights through the BWG Roundtable discussions very helpful. They provide insights by people who are actively engaged in the industry.
"

Josh Roberts
Founder
RSG Sales, LLC
Josh Roberts
Founder
RSG Sales, LLC

BIO

Josh Roberts is an accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 25 years of
success in consumer goods product sales. Leveraging extensive experience in sales leadership
and strategic account management for multi-billion-dollar brands. Josh is a valuable asset for any company that is seeking expert assistance with restructuring their Sales Function, Hiring Sales Representatives, Sales Team Management and Training, Channel Development and Go-To- Market strategies. Josh’s broad areas of expertise include senior sales leadership, sales, go-to- market strategy on a channel basis, team building and development, new customer acquisition, alignment, and collaboration.

Throughout his executive career, Josh has held leadership positions at Russell Stover Candies,
Maybelline Garnier, Ameriwood, and Jaipur Rugs. In 2007, Josh founded RSG Sales, LLC.
where he currently serves as President. In the last 10 years, he has taken RSG from 0 to $13M.
Previously, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Jaipur Rugs, Josh grew the company
from $8M to $30M in just four years. During his time as Vice President of Sales, Mass Channel
at Ameriwood Industries, Josh grew business by 30% in two years. From 1999 to 2005, Josh
served in a number of leadership roles with Maybelline including Vice President of the $1.2B
National Accounts division. Josh began his career as an entry-level sales representative for
Russell Stover Candies, eventually working his way up to National Sales Manager.

Marc Robinson
Board of Directors
Private Label Manufacturers Association
Marc Robinson
Board of Directors
Private Label Manufacturers Association

BIO

40 year professional in consumer products industry focused on Food, Drug, Mass and Omni Channel with expertise in customer first focus. Background in M & A with valuation and EBIDTA in leading mergers of companies to build value to ownership.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have extensive experience is Store Brands in all channels. My marketing experience extends to Consumer Insights and emerging markets and trends.
"

Michael Rosen
Sr. Director of Purchasing and R & D
Villa Restaurant Group
Michael Rosen
Sr. Director of Purchasing and R & D
Villa Restaurant Group

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me an opportunity to connect with multiple counterparts in my industry, and hear how they are able to navigate through some of the new challenges that are upon us. "

Dave Ruggles
President
Bamboo Partners, LLC
Dave Ruggles
President
Bamboo Partners, LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"Former Columnist at WardsAuto.com and President at RHJ Automotive Enterprises."

Steven Sashen
CEO
Xero Shoes
Steven Sashen
CEO
Xero Shoes

BIO

Steven Sashen is the co-founder (with his wife, Lena Phoenix) and CEO of Xero Shoes, creating "a MOVEMENT movement" which has helped hundreds of thousands of people Live Life Feet First with happy, healthy, strong feet in addictively comfortable footwear. Steven has been an Internet marketer since 1992, is a former professional stand up comic, award-winning screenwriter, and a competitive sprinter -- one of the fastest men over 55 in the country. Steven and Lena also appeared on Shark Tank, where they turned down a $400,000 offer from Kevin O'Leary.

TESTIMONIAL

"The two biggest benefits I get from BWG are: 1) Hearing the latest trends, opportunities, and problems facing companies like ours, and companies like the ones we aspire to become, and; 2) Discovering partners -- operational and financial, e.g. -- that can help take our business to the next level.
"

Travis Sawyers
Director of Sales
Legrand, North America
Travis Sawyers
Director of Sales
Legrand, North America

BIO

Travis has over 17 years of retail and sales experience with a strong background in merchandising, sales, store operations, data analysis and program development, predominantly within the home improvement channel .

TESTIMONIAL

"Many business leaders tend to view their operatives from a single lens. Hearing the perspectives from a multitude of leaders not only strengthens my understanding of my own business, it also curates new ideas and concepts I can utilize to drive success. "

Puja Seth
Creative Director/Founder
District Sol
Puja Seth
Creative Director/Founder
District Sol

BIO

Puja is a retail exec specializing in brand development and e-comm merchandising with over 12 years experience. She spearheaded the development of YogaOutlet.com as the first multi-branded yoga retail shop in the US. Her focus on strategic partnerships and trend forecasting have helped her create turnkey solutions within the retail industry. Her work has been featured in InStyle, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Popsugar & Shape.

TESTIMONIAL

"Having access to industry leaders and unbiased, expert-led discussions is tremendously advantageous in understanding the evolution of businesses. BWG moderators are well-versed and dialed-in with their content making it time well spent. "

Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA
Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA

BIO

Internationally seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive technologies that change people’s experience in entertainment/media. Current interests include VR, AR, IoT, and everything mobile.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG puts together great roundtables that are carefully planned and very well organized on a variety of topics around the high-tech and media industry. It's a great way to gain insights and up-to-date information, while at the same time network with experts and industry leaders."

Julien Simon
Director, Licensing
Spotify
Julien Simon
Director, Licensing
Spotify

BIO

After working in various roles in the music industry for years, Julien went on to develop digital strategy and sales development at BMG Music in 2004 and then at Sony Music for 4 years, with partners including iTunes, Amazon and Orange.

In 2008 Julien took the opportunity to join Deezer, an innovative and dynamic music start up, as VP Music Rights and Label Relations. After negotiations with rights holders and business partners, Deezer launched in 182 countries in 2011, offering a ad based and direct subscription services and developing partnerships with mobile carriers in almost 45 countries.

Julien moved two years ago from Deezer HQ in Paris to NYC, where Deezer launched in September 2014 with Sonos and Bose partnerships, followed by the acquisition of Stitcher company and then the replacement of Muve application with Deezer through the Cricket/AT&T network. Julien is running content strategy, covering licensing department and works closely on the business strategy here in the US.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great benefit in term of business relationship and also keep me up to date in term of technology/entertainement environment.
"

Paul Sklar
Independent DTC Consultant
Paul Sklar
Independent DTC Consultant
David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk
David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk
Dan Stack
Vice President of National Accounts & Strategic Partnerships
Ashley Furniture Industries
Dan Stack
Vice President of National Accounts & Strategic Partnerships
Ashley Furniture Industries

TESTIMONIAL

"Networking with industry leaders! The partnerships available to members of this organization are without a doubt invaluable.

"

Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts
Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts

BIO

Ron Stevenson joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts in 2013. In his current role as Director of Ecommerce, he is directly responsible for setting the digital marketing strategy for over 40 full-service hotels. Prior to joining Davidson, Ron worked for IHG as Senior Manager of Americas Channel Marketing. While there, he led a regional team of marketing managers covering the U.S., Canada and Mexico with task force assignments across Latin America. Responsible for channel performance for seven IHG brands throughout the Americas, the team created and delivered regionally specific training and support, supervising product implementation and participation of 3,000 hotels in channel and relationship marketing programs.

A strong understanding of developing B2C Ecommerce solutions, global distribution systems, and new product development helps me to successfully navigate
organizational matrixes to achieve results.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participation is valuable and allows me to see if the rest of the industry is experiencing the same success or pain points. You can’t find the intelligence participation provides as you understand what your piers are seeing as they use different products
and experience trends across the United States. It is also beneficial see what other operators are experiencing in similar regions.
"

Dean Taraboi
Sr. National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.
Dean Taraboi
Sr. National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.

BIO

Established Sales Executive with 15+ years of management experience in gaming and interactive entertainment sectors for Fortune 500 companies Microsoft, Walt Disney and major video game publishers, Activision Blizzard, Midway and Capcom.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has afforded me convenient access to fellow executives to share industry news & ideas via conference calls that are very well run and highly professional. I’ve established ongoing correspondence with several new contacts and learned invaluable industry insights through BWG’s Q&A conference calls."

Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants
Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants

TESTIMONIAL

"It is incredibly helpful to have a venue of feedback on existing and future strategy decisions and BWG gives us this on multiple fronts."

Dan Thigpen
Western Regional Sales Director
Corsicana Mattress Company
Dan Thigpen
Western Regional Sales Director
Corsicana Mattress Company

BIO

I'm a marketing and sales professional with 10+ years of experience. Throughout my career I've been responsible for organizations most vital assets-The Customers and The Revenue the company generates. I have a proven track record of building sales teams, implementing successful sales techniques, growing distribution and sales throughout the U.S. I bring my organization, leadership, creativity and strong work ethic so I can achieve, both, personal and corporate goals.

I live in Orange California with my Wife Carly and 2 daughters Harper and Hadley.

TESTIMONIAL

"Where else can you get a remarkable group of mattress/furniture industry executives together in one spot and get a true pulse of the hottest topics that’s happening inside our industry? It’s a remarkable place to network as well as BWG goes above and beyond to help you both personally and professionally."

Seth Tishler
Vice President of Operations
HANRO USA
Seth Tishler
Vice President of Operations
HANRO USA

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great resource for us! The insight and knowledge we learn from our peers at other brands is invaluable. Thank you BWG for pulling together these great round tables."

Andrea Weier
Director Of Marketing Operations
Groupe SEB
Andrea Weier
Director Of Marketing Operations
Groupe SEB

BIO

Andrea is a Senior Marketing Executive with 15 years’ experience in Amazon Operations, Product Management, Category Development and Market Forecasting. My background is in branded consumer and professional products for all retail channels. She works in a fast-paced market with intense competitors. She has excellent financial, organization, presentation, communication, project management and employee management skills in a cross functional team environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG and the eCom advisory have helped me and my team in three critical areas. First…being the connections with experts in the industry, second the conference calls to gain knowledge from others and lastly to network with colleagues from different industries/companies.

"

Marc Werner
CEO-Founder
Nature’s Sleep
Marc Werner
CEO-Founder
Nature’s Sleep
David Wilmot
Founder & CEO
Strive Solutions, Inc.
David Wilmot
Founder & CEO
Strive Solutions, Inc.

BIO

With over 15 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience, David has an extensive background with start-ups, fundraising, retail, global franchising, leadership, operations, marketing, and real estate. He has founded & successfully exited three start-ups, raised over $150 million, and led teams across the country for Starbucks and Pressed Juicery, building infrastructure and setting strategy for rapid repeatable expansion. David is currently the founder & CEO at Strive, a health & wellness cannabis digital ordering platform that focuses on demystifying the cannabis buying experience. Through technology, Strive's goal is to normalize and bring cannabis to people in need across the globe.

TESTIMONIAL

"I truly value the ability to learn, share and connect with high level, forward thinking leaders across the nation."

Berry Witek
Former Senior Director
Reebok * Adidas
Berry Witek
Former Senior Director
Reebok * Adidas

BIO

Berry Witek is a brand strategist and product to consumer leader. Originally from North Carolina, he joined adidas in 1998 as 1 of 4 globally selected participants to learn traditional shoe manufacturing in the heart of Germany. Thus began a twenty year adventure living on 4 continents and working in over 30 countries developing the relationships between consumers and brands via relevant product and engaging marketing. A highly successful business leader, Berry held roles as adidas Originals Business Director for Asia Pacific, Head of Style for Area Pacific, and recently Global Head of Product Creation for Reebok Classics. Berry’s horizontal skill set allows him to see transparency through a full 360 degree approach to deliver a red thread across brand strategy, product, marketing, and distribution to build brand love with consumers.

Taewon Yun
General Manager, Global Publishing
Super Evil Megacorp
Taewon Yun
General Manager, Global Publishing
Super Evil Megacorp

BIO

Taewon Yun is General Manager for Global Publishing at Super Evil Megacorp, the developers of the world’s leading mobile esport, Vainglory. Taewon is responsible for the expansion and operations of Vainglory throughout the world. Originally launched with a 3v3 format in 2015, winning several game-of-the-year awards, Vainglory has in a short time grown to become the largest international mobile esport, played and watched by millions every month and supported by sponsors including Coca-Cola, Razer, NVIDIA, Amazon and global esports franchises TSM, Cloud9, Fnatic, Rox, DetonatioN Gaming, G2 Esports, SK Gaming and many more. Taewon is a passionate gamer with over 20 years of experience in game and platform development, strategic planning and execution, business development and team building. Previously, Taewon was Managing Director at Wargaming Asia Pacific where he built up the company's presence across the region and directed all aspects of growth for its flagship title, World of Tanks. He has also held positions at Blizzard Entertainment, Red 5 Studios and Electronic Arts.

TESTIMONIAL

"Access to insight of other peers of industry insiders in time sensitive, strategic topics.
"

Tim Zawislack
Director of eCommerce
Jimmy Jazz
Tim Zawislack
Director of eCommerce
Jimmy Jazz

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings together the “smartest people in the room” who understand ecommerce past, present, and future, across all verticals.
"

Pete Zeiner
SVP, eCommerce & Digital
Lumber Liquidators
Pete Zeiner
SVP, eCommerce & Digital
Lumber Liquidators
FINANCIALS
Russell Hamilton
Group Lead, Business Planning, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Visa Inc.
Russell Hamilton
Group Lead, Business Planning, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Visa Inc.

BIO

Russell has over a dozen years of experience in financial services, launching new card products and forging new partnerships for Visa and American Express before moving to the new enterprise-wide Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. He ran Visa’s small business credit cards division and helped lead Visa’s first launch of a card tied to a mobile money account, with Orange in Botswana. Previously Russell was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has an MBA from Stanford University and an MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley.

TESTIMONIAL

"I always learn something from the knowledgeable and articulate participants in BWG’s conference calls. The topics are very relevant to current industry trends.
"

Jingming Li
Advisor
TangoTrade
Jingming Li
Advisor
TangoTrade

TESTIMONIAL

"The reach of network"

Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo
Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo

BIO

Marcelo joined the TransferTo team as Executive Vice President and oversees the sales group and strategic account planning in the Americas region. Marcelo brings over a decade of experience in the telecom industry to TransferTo, which includes a 12-year tenure with IDT. Marcelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from ESMA in Spain. Marcelo resides in Hollywood, Florida with his wife and two children.

Alasdair Rambaud
Head of Strategic Alliances
EverCompliant
Alasdair Rambaud
Head of Strategic Alliances
EverCompliant

BIO

Alasdair has spent almost 20 years in the Payments industry in various roles ranging from General Management and Sales Leadership to Finance & Technologies. In these various roles, he has proven himself for his commitments to the customers and his ability to be a visionary. He has received numerous Leadership Awards throughout his career.

Alasdair was previously Senior Vice President for Merchant Services at CardinalCommerce, where he managed the global merchant business. In this role, Alasdair was instrumental in Cardinal’s expansion of their sales organization. Since his appointment, CardinalCommerce has been able to make significant progress in expanding Consumer Authentication in both the US and Internationally through increased market presence driven by a robust sales and marketing strategy.

Alasdair joined CardinalCommerce from Accertify, where he led the North American Sales Team. Prior to Accertify, Alasdair worked for American Express for 15 years in Sales, Finance and Strategy.
Mr. Rambaud holds a degree in Business Economics from the “Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardennes” in Reims France.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way for Senior leaders in the industry to discuss trends and learn about the various areas of their industry that they may not know. BWG is also a great network to expand business relationships beyond the normal day to day and be able to discuss issues in a protected environment.
"

Alex Schoonkind
Head of Customer Success & Growth Europe
FORM3
Alex Schoonkind
Head of Customer Success & Growth Europe
FORM3

BIO

Payment professional with extensive experience managing a global tier 1 merchant portfolio. Interested in everything Payments related, from acquiring to banking! Senior roles as Globalcollect, Ingenico, Dimebox, Verifone and Form3

TESTIMONIAL

"I get a lot of interesting insights from the calls I attend through BWG as well as future business relations
"

Darcus Shannon
Managing Director
Dash Consulting
Darcus Shannon
Managing Director
Dash Consulting

BIO

Darcus Shannon is the Managing Director for Dash Consulting, a consulting firm specialising in the FinTech space, globally. Darcus is an expert in payments, e-commerce, and more broadly technology as a business enabler. Darcus uses his almost 20 years experience to help companies; grow revenues, build/codify strategies, expand globally, and to embed change in their organization. Continued globalization, regulation and technology change combine to make a complex ecosystem, it can be easy to underestimate the work required to build and maintain a high quality payment processing environment - bringing simplicity to this is at the core of the work Darcus and Dash provide.

Bram Vreugdenhil
Partner
PaymentGenes
Bram Vreugdenhil
Partner
PaymentGenes

BIO

Bram Vreugdenhil is a Partner PaymentGenes, a global consulting and recruitment company specialising in the FinTech space, globally. PaymentGenes uses her global niche network and extensive industry knowledge to help companies; grow revenues, build/codify strategies, expand globally, and to embed change in their organization. Continued globalization, regulation and technology change combine to make a complex ecosystem, it can be easy to underestimate the work required to build and maintain a high quality payment processing environment - bringing simplicity to this is at the core of the work PaymentGenes provides.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great platform to share expertise and have in depth conversations about relevant industry topics. A good way to identify potential partnerships or collaborations. "

Imran Ali
Managing Principal
Answer Digital
Imran Ali
Managing Principal
Answer Digital

BIO

Imran is an Executive with 15+ years experience in Payments. He has worked in Senior positions at HSBC, Citibank, VocaLink, and Bank of America. He was the Product Lead on UK Faster Payments and VocaLink's launch of their Sepa platform. His experience ranges from domestic and international payments to mobile/online and card, as well as understanding the market dynamics between banks, processors, and fintechs.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a forum unlike any other I have encountered in my 15+ years of work. They bring together very knowledgeable and experienced senior executives who each contribute to interesting and informative discussions. The aim is always to share and learn."

David Alvarez
Co-Founder, CEO
ObiCoach
David Alvarez
Co-Founder, CEO
ObiCoach
Jeff Archer
CIO
Smart Financial Enterprises
Jeff Archer
CIO
Smart Financial Enterprises

BIO

Jeff has a varied technical background from hardware / software development, messaging/middleware, photo imaging/digitizing/uploading to point of sales systems. Previously he was the VP of Information Technology at Tijuana Flats Restaurants LLC, and prior to that he was the Sr. Manager of Business Technology - POS at Walt Disney World.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is great for sharing industry knowledge on a wide array of industries. With the combined knowledge of the Advisory Board and guests they are able to share real world experiences which allows you to apply the knowledge to your organization."

Scott Blum
Principal
Blum Consulting Group
Scott Blum
Principal
Blum Consulting Group

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides access to industry experts that provide current, unbiased views on issues facing leading companies. In addition, BWG connects senior executives to develop business relationships. "

Denis Bouchard
Head of Payments
Wendy's
Denis Bouchard
Head of Payments
Wendy's

BIO

Denis Bouchard is the Head of Payments at The Wendy’s Company. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic management of Wendy’s consumer payment acceptance of debit and credit cards, management of the payment networks and processors, and the innovation of Wendy’s payment capabilities for both corporate and franchisees

Greg Cohen
Principal & Advisor
GCCA
Greg Cohen
Principal & Advisor
GCCA
Daryl Cornell
CEO
Triton Systems
Daryl Cornell
CEO
Triton Systems
Jeff Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Cardplatforms
Jeff Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Cardplatforms

BIO

Jeff began his career by co-founding Paymentplus, Inc., a payment gateway software company targeting large card-not-present retailers, which later sold to Retail Decisions, one of the largest fraud prevention companies in the world. After the acquisition, Jeff became an executive vice president at Retail Decisions responsible for sales, marketing and public relations for all of North America.

Wanting to get back to his entrepreneurial roots, Jeff left Retail Decisions and founded
Payventures, which specializes in acquiring, credit card processing, alternative payment
processing and foreign exchange solutions for merchants worldwide, and processes over $3.5 billion annually across 39 countries.

As Payventures flourished, Jeff co-founded two other successful companies in the financial services space; Cardplatforms, where Jeff serves as CEO, issues pre-paid reloadable debit cards in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and Payteller, which brings cost-effective financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population of the world.

As an innovator and evangelist in financial services, Jeff is a sought-after expert and speaker on topics including payments, fraud and entrepreneurship. He has been quoted in numerous publications including; The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Business Journal and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and ABC News. Jeff also speaks at countless financial services tradeshows globally, where he advocates and educates on everything from strategy and trends to best practices.

TESTIMONIAL

"The caliber of people involved with BWG is remarkable. It really is a who’s who of the financial services industry. The thought-provoking dialogue we consistently engage in makes me smarter and the quality of relationships I am building are invaluable."

Fred Gore
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.
Fred Gore
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.

BIO

Mr. Gore is an accomplished executive in all facets of electronic payments including processing, brand & portfolio management as well as product strategy development.

His background in payments is quite extensive and includes executive positions with a number of leading companies encompassing roles across a broad variety of disciplines. Previously Mr. Gore was an executive at ACI Worldwide where he was accountable for the overall profitability of the EBPP business and at First Data he was the Division Manager directly responsible for the P&L and full product life-cycle for eCommerce globally.

He was also with The Kessler Financial Institutions Group and a partner at Dove Consulting (Hitachi Consulting) creating solutions that addressed the various needs of payment companies as they relate to economics, product /channel strategies and partnership development.

For 15 years Mr. Gore was Group Head & SVP, North America Acceptance, at MasterCard Worldwide where he directed the strategy for MasterCard's involvement with every aspect of acceptance including; establishing and managing the executive level relationships with top volume merchants and category leaders, developing acceptance strategies for each merchant category, working with large issuing organizations to facilitate reward and loyalty campaigns and provided consultative services to all of MasterCard's Global Regions in support of the development of their local acceptance strategies. Additionally he was responsible for the co-branding practice for the company worldwide which included new sales and partnership management.

TESTIMONIAL

"The clients that leverage BWG’s intellectual capital play an integral role in the evolution of electronics payments for merchants and consumers and being part of the BWG team provides an opportunity to play an active role in this transformation"

Fred Gumbel
Executive Advisor
Private Consulting
Fred Gumbel
Executive Advisor
Private Consulting

BIO

A thirty year veteran of the Payment System Industry performing successfully in several C-Level Roles over the past couple of decades in Network, Brand, Technology and Processing companies.

Mr. Gumbel is best known for his guidance and leadership in many early stage businesses at Citicorp, First Bank System (Now US Bank), EDS and VISA.
He has held the Top Executive Management Position in a Top 10 Domestic Card Issuer Business, a Top 5 Domestic Bankcard Acquirer Business, 2 of the 3 Largest Acquiring Processor Businesses, Largest Domestic Bank Card Branded Commercial Card Businesses and Largest Mobile POS Manufacturer in the World.

Mr. Gumbel’s knowledge covers all aspects of Business Development and Processing for Private Label Credit Cards, General Purpose (VISA, MasterCard, Diner’s Club) Credit and Debit Cards, Debit and Credit Card Acquiring and Issuing. Mr. Gumbel’s Knowledge has also been shared as he has acted as an advisor to some of the most successful Banks, Credit Card Processors, Airlines, ISO’s and POS Equipment Manufacturers in the World. His knowledge of the Legal and Regulatory Communities include Chapter 11/Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as both a member of the Creditors Committee and advisor of the Petitioner and work as the senior card industry member of a Receiver’s Team in the Card Acquiring Industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"A platform to exchange ideas, knowledge, methods and history for the benefit of those participating."

Don Hartley
Director of Product Management
BankMobile Technologies
Don Hartley
Director of Product Management
BankMobile Technologies

BIO

Don Hartley is a payment industry veteran with over sixteen years of experience in innovative product development. In that time he has brought thirty-two different payment products to market. Don graduated from the University of Georgia and began his career at Go Software, a payment software company subsequently purchased by VeriFone. Don left Go Software to start his own ISO and a payment software company. After selling both companies, Don held executive level positions at Cynergy Data, Merchant Focus, PayPal, MCX, MoneyGram, AnywhereCommerce, JPMorgan Chase and Verizon Labs. Don’s areas of expertise include product management, strategy, application development, program management, P&L, marketing, sales, system architecture, product design, and personnel management. Don is married and the father of five overly energetic children.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have found that BWG is an valuable tool to take the pulse of the payments marketplace. The insights and connections I have gained from participation in the discussions have helped me better understand and anticipate future industry movements."

Adrain Hausser
CEO
PayX Group
Adrain Hausser
CEO
PayX Group
Evan Hunter
Managing Director
C2Invest
Evan Hunter
Managing Director
C2Invest
Christopher Justice
President, Global Gaming Solutions
Global Payments, Inc.
Christopher Justice
President, Global Gaming Solutions
Global Payments, Inc.

BIO

Christopher Justice is a dynamic executive leader with over 20 years of experience delivering results for high growth payments companies. Chris’ track record demonstrates his ability to hire and develop sales champions to drive revenue performance, cultivate operational excellence to satisfy customer expectations and control costs. He’s a dedicated customer advocate continually evaluating market, product, process, positioning, and delivery to provide a world-class customer experience.

His broad-based experience and collaborative approach has proven effective in driving results. As CEO of CenPOS, Chris was responsible for leading the company’s strategy and execution in the delivery of its merchant-centric, enterprise payments platform. Prior to CenPOS, Chris was President of Ingenico, the global leader in payment devices with revenues exceeding $1.4 billion, Chris was responsible for driving the development of Ingenico’s strategy with leading financial institutions and multi-national retailers while pioneering new service offerings to transition the company from a hardware manufacturer to a well-rounded payment solutions company. Prior to Ingenico, Chris was President and CEO of Merchant Link, an electronic payments gateway and services organization serving 120,000 merchants and processing over 2 billion payment transactions annually. As Senior Vice President of First Data, Chris led a $650 million portfolio of National Accounts including Wal-mart, Dillards, Family Dollar, McDonalds, BP, Safeway, and others for various banking relationships including CitiBank and SunTrust, delivering electronic payment services to national and medium sized businesses. Before joining First Data, he servedas VP of National Accounts for Concord EFS, one of the country’s top electronic payments processors and a First Data Acquisition.

Chris is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce chairing the organization’s payment processing committee, is a founding member of the PCI committee of the Retail Solution Provider’s Association (RSPA), and advisory board member for AnywhereCommerce.com. Chris is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

TESTIMONIAL

"I gain tremendous perspective listening to the view points of other executives that have helped me make better business decisions."

Rina Kacker
Senior Director FP&A
SugarCRM
Rina Kacker
Senior Director FP&A
SugarCRM
Ben Kessler
CEO
Crypto KABN
Ben Kessler
CEO
Crypto KABN

BIO

Mr. Ben Kessler is Managing Director, Payment Solutions for the Banc of California. He leads Banc of California’s payments-related activities, including debit, prepaid, merchant processing and credit. Mr. Kessler brings over 20 years of financial service experience to Banc of California.

Mr. Kessler joins Banc of California from Earthport, where he served as Vice President, Global Account Management. Previously, he was Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at MasterCard. Mr. Kessler also held senior roles at CIBC and American Express.

Mr. Kessler is an avid runner and enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University, and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Jon Klaff
Senior Director, Head of Digital Marketing
PayPal
Jon Klaff
Senior Director, Head of Digital Marketing
PayPal
Ira Krell
Founder / Chief Consultant
Tightlines Payment Resources, LLC
Ira Krell
Founder / Chief Consultant
Tightlines Payment Resources, LLC
Daniel Lizio - Katzen
Head of Strategy & Partnerships
Weaveworks
Daniel Lizio - Katzen
Head of Strategy & Partnerships
Weaveworks

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great forum to gain insights from senior industry insiders who are willing to share there opinions more openly than otherwise might happen in a more public conversation."

Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos
Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos

BIO

Jeff is the founder of vPromos, a marketing/payment company. vPromos makes loyalty and promotions a seamless experience, by allowing customers to use their existing credit/debit card already in their wallet, for tracking and redeeming rewards - in real time - at the POS. He is a thought leader in the burgeoning marketing/payment space, with patents specifically covering card linking.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG puts together experienced and knowledgeable payment sector panels, that are in effect the pulse of the sector, and tell me what these companies issues are today. BWG facilitates introductions to these panel members as well. BWG brings Linkedin to life. "

Sean O'Toole
Managing Director
Forge
Sean O'Toole
Managing Director
Forge

BIO

Executive with over 20 years experience in financial services with companies like Amex, Western Union and Progressive. Entrepreneur in emerging payments and advisor to early stage companies.

TESTIMONIAL

"To get candid, knowledge, though-provoking, executive-level insights, nothing beats a BWG forum. With only executive level participants, there is a unique collegiate feel to the calls/meetings where the participants get into the depth of the topic and talk about what they really think. I walk away with a greater understanding of the issues and new relationships."

Peter Ohser
CRO, Americas & Europe
MoneyGram International
Peter Ohser
CRO, Americas & Europe
MoneyGram International

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a power platform that helps me easily connect to a group of really smart peers. The ability to tap into their unique experiences and insider perspectives on the companies and critical issues facing my industry is an invaluable tool that helps me navigate my own business in today’s fast-changing world. BWG’s content goes deeper and is more insightful than what is available at 95% of the industry conferences."

Ali Raza
Head of Market Development - US Region
FSS
Ali Raza
Head of Market Development - US Region
FSS

BIO

Ali Raza brings deep business and subject-matter expertise in the card and payments industry. As a consultant and senior advisor to executive management, he has led over 100 strategy-to execution engagements across 20 countries for leading banks, payments companies, payments networks, merchants, fintech companies, and investment firms. He has successfully collaborated with senior teams and clients in the US and internationally to develop and implement strategic plans, build and grow businesses, and expand market share and profitability.

Prior to Blue Leviathan, Ali held senior consulting leadership roles at UL Transaction Security, PwC, and Speer and Associates, Inc.

As an industry thought-leader Ali provides research, analysis, and insights into macro payments trends and key drivers. He is an advisor to several early-stage fintech companies, Co-chair of the Fund / Innovation Workgroup for FinTech Atlanta, and previously served on the Federal Reserve's Faster Payments Task Force.

Ali received a BA in Economics from Reed College.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG roundtable discussions bring together a seasoned network of experts and practitioners and provide unique value through candid and insightful dialogue related to the state of the payments industry, trends and developments, and future direction of incumbent and emerging players.

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Ali Razi
CEO
Banc Certified Merchant Services
Ali Razi
CEO
Banc Certified Merchant Services

BIO

Ali Razi is the Founder and CEO of Banc Certified Merchant Services (“BCMS”), based in Columbus, Ohio.BCMS is committed to providing innovative products and services that allow its clients to compete and win in the marketplace, and offers them both in-house solutions and the fruits of partnerships with leaders in their fields.

BCMS has been nominated and selected for numerous industry awards since its creation.
Mr. Razi is deeply involved with the daily management of the BCMS sales team and has a firm grasp on the business and the competitive forces—including developing and potentially disruptive technologies—that are shaping the merchant processing industry.

In addition Mr. Razi serves on the following boards:
Elavon’s advisory Board- Emeritus Chairman
CardX - Chairman of the Board
Flexxbuy – Chairman of the Board

Finally, Mr. Razi believes that his passion for helping other business-owners more fully realize their visions for their companies is the very passion that motivates him every day at BCMS

TESTIMONIAL

"Sharing my knowledge and learning from top executives in the business world"

Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software
Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software

BIO

Hans Reisgies is a Founder and SVP of Customer Solutions at Sequent. Hans is a widely known evangelist and established thought leader for mobile payments. He is a trusted advisor to banks, merchants, carriers, and other players in the mobile commerce value chain. Hans is a mentor for emerging FinTech companies at Alchemist Accelerator. Previous to Sequent, Hans led mobile business development at ViVOtech from 2005-2010 and has been active in the NFC Forum and Global Platform standards bodies. An electrical engineer by training, Hans was previously the business development and sales manager for IXI Mobile and Texas Instruments. Hans’ specialization in mobile payments has yielded sixteen patents filed and granted. Follow him @NFCGuy

Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC
Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC

BIO

Dean has spent 25 years in the Payments and Financial Services industry in multiple roles ranging from CFO and Country / Business Unit General Management to Global Strategy and Transformation, Global Business Services and Risk Management. He has worked and/or lived in over 25 countries on 5 continents and led teams and served clients in 34 countries. In these various roles, he has benefited from working with exceptional leaders and has achieved success through his emphasis on placing the customer first, innovation of products, services and processes, financial and process excellence and a profound dedication to and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Dean is currently President of Argus Solutions LLC, the consulting firm he founded in 2012. Argus Solutions provides advice, consultation and executes plans for global, large and mid sized companies and global consulting firms across strategic and financial planning, change management, business transformation and rapid expense reduction, shared servicing and global business services, marketing optimization, banking compliance, risk management and new product development.

Prior to Argus Solutions, Dean held multiple senior positions at American Express, including Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, Head of Global Business Transformation and Reengineering, CFO of Global Commercial Payments, CFO of Global Technologies and President of Amex - Brazil. He holds a degree in Business Finance from the University of Illinois, speaks multiple languages, has 3 children and currently resides in New Jersey.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an excellent vehicle for bringing together industry executives and experts to share knowledge and keen insights and to stay ahead of the curve and the competition. I appreciate the perspectives I gain through BWG, as well as the relationships and network that I have been able to foster through my engagement in the network. BWG has a win/win business model which ensures that I am dealing with, sharing with and learning from top industry leaders and experts.
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Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart
Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart

BIO

Jimmy Rodriguez is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of 3dcart, a leading global ecommerce platform for over eighteen years. As an ecommerce expert, digital marketing professional and specialist in online payment solutions, Jimmy has helped pioneer and shape evolving ecommerce trends. Today, Jimmy continues to develop ecommerce strategies oriented toward implementing new technologies, optimizing conversions and improving customer experiences, allowing internet retailers to grow and improve their internet businesses' performance.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is an invaluable networking platform for discussing and developing industry-trends, key issues and best practices. Their insightful network, comprised of innovative industry experts and thought leaders, has presented me with a rare opportunity to develop relationships and explore topics pertinent to the present and future of the payment industry."

Rob Rosenblatt
Head of Lending
Kabbage, Inc
Rob Rosenblatt
Head of Lending
Kabbage, Inc

BIO


TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's Advisory Board and the events at which I have met Advisors are incredibly valuable. These are some of the most influential executives in the payment innovation world, and it's great to meet them on monthly calls as well as via 1:1's that always follow. Our perspectives don't always align -- but it's safe to say that each of us gets as much as he/she gives!"

Ryan Schneider
Vice President, Product Strategy and Innovation
Payroc
Ryan Schneider
Vice President, Product Strategy and Innovation
Payroc

BIO

Ryan joined Integrity Payment Systems in 2014 and currently serves as Integrity’s VP of Product Strategy and Innovation. In this role, he leads both strategic partner development and new technology design initiatives that advance Integrity’s portfolio of merchant services. Prior to joining Integrity, Ryan managed aerospace technology development at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Ryan earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG connects the thought leaders across my industry. The insights I take away from our round table discussions give me the clearest indication of where I need to position my company for the future."

Colin Sims
COO
Forter
Colin Sims
COO
Forter

BIO

Colin joined Delivery.com in 2009, ​and assumed the role of​ Chief Operating Officer in 2011, managing finance, strategy, and operations for the company. After nearly a decade on Wall Street, Colin decided to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, initially acting as an advisor EATS.com, and subsequently assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to EATS, Colin was a Director in the Alternative Investments division of Credit Suisse, a founding member of the Structured Investments group at Bank of America, and an investment banker to public & private utilities at Lehman Brothers. Before pursuing his career in finance, Colin ​conducted theoretical research at​ NASA’s​ Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

TESTIMONIAL

"​What I like about BWG's events is that they really do feel like collaborative sharing amongst peers; always fresh, and always topical.​"

Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners
Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners

BIO

As a former SVP Global Marketing Solutions for Discover Financial Services and SVP Advanced Payments at MasterCard International, Beth is an innovator, a change agent and a “B2B2C” marketer. Over her career, Beth has led the introduction of new technologies around the world, developed new commerce platforms and helped reshape brands and marketing programs across the payments ecosystem.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a unique network of industry experts and thought leaders. I have met smart, creative people and am always impressed with the caliber of the conversations that take place."

Jim Tomaney
Chief Operating Officer
RenovITe Technologies Inc
Jim Tomaney
Chief Operating Officer
RenovITe Technologies Inc

BIO

Jim Tomaney has 30 years of experience building, delivering, marketing and selling enterprise payments solutions and associated services for the transaction processing industry across the world. He has worked in a variety of senior roles delivering solutions for organisations including Barclays, ING, CIBC, Bank Of America, ABN AMRO & Vocalink.

Following a career with ACI Worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf, Level Four Software and Barclays Bank, Jim is now a consultant with clients including technology providers, banks, sourcing companies and transaction processors

Ron Totaro
GM, ePayments
Deluxe Corporation
Ron Totaro
GM, ePayments
Deluxe Corporation
Jon Tribble
General Manager
Promotional Designs, Inc.
Jon Tribble
General Manager
Promotional Designs, Inc.

BIO

Jon has been in the Retail industry for 35 years in a variety of positions from sales floor to single and multi-store management before jumping into the IT area in 1994 and then to executive management in 2019. Jon has managed numerous system selection, design, and implementations ranging from POS, Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, Reporting, Analytic, Credit, CRM, and HRM systems in small and large companies. With a degree in Finance and Accounting, Jon has frequently been one of the key people called upon to bridge the gaps between operations and IT sides of the business with a focus of meeting core needs and keeping budgets in line.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great sounding board for relevant topics with peers in various industries. The value is that the calls have a variety of participants who look at a particular topics from different points of view which really allows me to gain insights that I might not get otherwise."

Charles Vojtas
Sr Director - Omni Foundation
JCPenney
Charles Vojtas
Sr Director - Omni Foundation
JCPenney

TESTIMONIAL

"Getting real world insight to "on the ground" technology challenges and opportunities is an incredible resource. There are many moments of sharing without fear, many moments of clarity that come with hearing the stories of other businesses either succeeding or failing. BWG is this resource for me."

INDUSTRIALS / ENERGY
Mike Bailis
Chief Sales Officer
SUNation Solar Systems
Mike Bailis
Chief Sales Officer
SUNation Solar Systems
Jim Brennan
Chief Growth Officer
SUNation Solar
Jim Brennan
Chief Growth Officer
SUNation Solar

BIO

Mr. Brennan is a military veteran, experienced entrepreneur and investment banker with a strong record of results-driven business execution and deal making, which includes twenty-five years of experience in strategy, corporate / business development, sales and marketing management, international business while deploying software, services and devices. Jim has successfully led three turn-around projects; founded several companies; led the acquisition or sale of numerous companies; managed the team at a Fortune 500 company which successfully delivered more than 300 technology projects, led the deployment of 200 teammates in the US Air Force; launched several mobile computing products; has been quoted in many trade publications; currently sits on the board of multiple firms and has been awarded a US Patent. To date, Jim has negotiated hundreds of deals domestically and has worked on projects in Japan, Singapore, India, England, Germany, Austria, France and Poland.

Jim is currently immersed in the renewable energy market with the launch of multiple new companies. Mr. Brennan has earned a Masters of Business Administration (Finance) degree from New York University and a Bachelors of Science (Electrical Engineering) degree at Cornell University. Last, but far from least, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and four very active sons.

TESTIMONIAL

"UNPARALLELED PERSPECTIVE FROM LIKE-MINDED INDUSTRY EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE NATION."

John Chaimanis
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure
John Chaimanis
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure

BIO

Mr. Chaimanis is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI), a private investment firm that owns and operates distributed scale clean-energy, water and other sustainable infrastructure projects. In 2005, Mr. Chaimanis began working in clean energy finance, which represents the nexus of his business interests with his passion for making a positive impact. Mr. Chaimanis regularly advises clean energy startups, and consults with investors looking to understand the clean energy investment landscape. He has been featured in the 2014 Journal of Environmental Investing “Most Influential Investors” edition, interviewed by Institutional Investing in Infrastructure I3 Magazine, recorded on the Solar Maverick podcast, and is the author of an energy investment business case. Mr. Chaimanis speaks frequently on the topic of clean energy finance and is an adjunct faculty member at Babson College.

TESTIMONIAL

"Rarely do executives speak so freely about current trends and market reactions, as on BWG calls. The events are run efficiently, and the moderation drives into secondary and tertiary reasoning behind the participants perspectives. I always learn something."

Barry Cinnamon
CEO
Cinnamon Energy Systems
Barry Cinnamon
CEO
Cinnamon Energy Systems

BIO

Spice Solar provides integrated racking technology to solar panel manufacturers and rooftop installers. With Spice systems, installers save over $0.30/watt by eliminating racking and reducing labor. Cinnamon Solar is a local Silicon Valley residential contractor with a heritage of over 10,000 rooftop solar installations. Barry founded Westinghouse Solar/Akeena Solar (the first national scale residential installer), is a C-46 solar contractor, is active with SEIA and CALSEIA, and is the host of the weekly Energy Show on KLIV radio and Renewable Energy World.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a convenient teleconferencing forum in which experienced solar executives can learn from each other. The calls are efficient, extremely well organized, and cover timely topics. The insights and networking contacts from these calls have been extremely valuable."

David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
Mikey Heinz
CEO
Bright Planet Solar
Mikey Heinz
CEO
Bright Planet Solar
Frank Kneller
CEO
GB Auto Service Inc.
Frank Kneller
CEO
GB Auto Service Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great opportunity to share personal views on industry trends and also to hear firsthand from other senior executives. The BWG team is first rate, very easy to work with and responsive. The sessions are run well plus Bill is very considerate of the value of everyone’s time."