2016 Speakers

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David Antley

Revana Digital, Vice President, Sales Development

David Antley has over 20 years’ experience in digital marketing innovation, starting his career as a founding member of the Houston Chronicle (Chron.com) launch team in 1995. Later he joined Mark Cuban’s pre-IPO team for Broadcast.com which was sold to Yahoo where he assumed the role of Strategic Agency Relations and Business Development Executive. After the dot com crash of 2001, David saw the trend’s in online marketing moving toward more accountability and transparency driving him to join Overture Services, the pioneers of pay-per-click search, which was acquired by Yahoo. David now resides in the greater Salt Lake City area where he has overseen the rapid growth of Progrexion, (Lexington Law and CreditRepair.com) as well as Alliance Health Networks.  Currently, he is working for Revana and Revana Digital to develop and promote AQ360, a disruptive technology bridging the gap between digital marketing and sales acquisition, driving efficiency and growth for clients. He has a beautiful wife of 20 years and five beautiful daughters that take after their mother, of course.

David Antley will present Why Your Digital Marketing Needs a DR Power Boost on September 14, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Ellen Berge

Venable LLP, Partner

Ellen Berge is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP. She counsels businesses on legal matters related to the advertising, marketing, and transaction processing of products and services sold through retail and direct-to-consumer marketing channels, including radio, television, direct mail, telemarketing, Internet, affiliate marketing, social media, and mobile devices.? Ellen routinely conducts end-to-end compliance assessment for companies, providing detailed reviews and recommendations relating to a company’s affiliate marketing and lead generation activities through sales, offer terms and conditions, privacy policies, order fulfillment, customer service, and complaint response management. She has drafted numerous internal and external company policies and procedures on matters relating to the use of telemarketing, email, social media, pricing claims, product claims, affiliate marketing, and other marketing strategies. Ellen also drafts, negotiates, and manages contractual relationships between marketers and vendors for marketing, fulfillment, customer care, public relations, applications development, communications and information technology services, and other business arrangements.

Ellen Berge will present Getting the Money: What Every Merchant Should Know About Its Payment Processing Account on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Roman Bills

Internet Marketing, Inc., Director of Paid Media

Roman Bills is the director of Paid Media at Internet Marketing Inc. (IMI). His vast knowledge of web analytics and strategic paid media tactics has allowed him to be successful at executing hundreds of mid-size and Fortune 500 enterprise accounts. Roman has a proven track record for maintaining profitable business relationships with customers, analyzing data, and implementing unique paid media strategies. He believes that successful paid strategies come from highly efficient teams who understand the client’s business goals and are able to measure the effects of change. With a deep understanding of web analytics and data analysis our clients’ success can be measured and proven. 

Roman Bills will present Success Stories: Who’s Moving the Needle in Today’s Omnichannel World? on September 13, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM; Cross-Channel Attribution: Avoiding the Risks to Reap the Rewards on September 13, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM.

Jeni Bond

Bond Multimedia, Host

“The Queen of Clean,” Jeni Bond has represented brands like Bissell and Rubbermaid as a guest host on HSN for more than 7 years. She has hosted more than 50 long form infomercials for companies like Bissell, Genius, Dr. Ho, Ronco, Thane, Greenwise, and Miracle Bamboo Pillow, and frequently appears as a lifestyle expert on syndicated television programs including “Daytime.”

Jeni Bond will present Inventors' Two-Minute Pitch on September 14, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Paula Brillson Phillips

Digital Law Group, Managing Partner

Paula Brillson Phillips is a business attorney and entrepreneur with experience in international business, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, and direct-to-consumer industries. For more than 20 years, she has successfully navigated hundreds of small businesses through the legal hurdles they face in starting and running their companie—from corporate set up to board governance and capital raises to contract drafting, human resource matters and intellectual property protection. Paula is the Managing Partner of Digital Law Group, LLP and also acts as a Mentor to the Thiel Foundation's 20 Under 20 Fellowship, is an Adjunct Professor for Franklin University's MBA program.

Paula Brillson Phillips will present Protecting & Policing Your Brand: How to Combat Online Counterfeiters on September 15, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.

Tina Cabranes

ResultsCandy, Inc., President

Tina Cabranes is a veteran in the integrated marketing communications business, with more than 20 years of direct marketing leadership and innovation experience across dozens of big name brands. She has a diverse background, driving innovative data-driven customer focused and technology-centric acquisition, conversion and retention marketing solutions. Over her career, Tina has grown client business through disciplined test and learn insights, competitive intel and significant customer curiosity with brands including Toyota, AIG, Guthy-Renker, Viking River Cruises and MetLife.

Tina Cabranes will present Customer Profiling + Competitive Intelligence for a Winning Strategy on September 15, 10:15 AM-11:15 AM.

Bryon Colby

Cornerstone Brands, Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce

Bryon Colby is the Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce for Cornerstone Brands, a division of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). Cornerstone’s portfolio consists of seven leading home and apparel lifestyle brands that include Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Grandin Road, Chasing Fireflies, Improvements and Travelsmith. Bryon is responsible for driving the strategic vision and overseeing operations for each brand’s digital channels. As consumers continue to seek an elevated experience across all devices and touchpoints, Bryon and his team identify opportunities to build consumer engagement and drive conversion by capitalizing on the latest innovations in digital and mobile commerce. Bryon has over 20 years of digital marketing, commerce platform, and technology experience within the retail industry. Prior to joining Cornerstone in 2011, he was the VP of Ecommerce at Marc Ecko Enterprises and the Managing Director at Fry Inc., where his client portfolio included Ann Taylor, Godiva Chocolate, Canon USA, Kraft, Nautica, and Waterford, amongst others. Bryon earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a member of the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation.

Bryon Colby will present Why Brands Are Putting Mobile in the Driver’s Seat on September 13, 9:45 AM-10:45 AM.

Ed Deutscher

HSN, SVP of Digital Commerce

Ed Deutscher joined HSN in 2004 and serves as SVP of Digital Commerce. In his role, Ed is responsible for the end-to-end customer experience and will be focused on the integration of product and content and maximizing all digital platforms which include our desktop, mobile, and connected home experiences.  Through his leadership, Ed ensures the successful delivery of the HSN Digital portfolio and has driven new emerging opportunities in transactional innovation such as mobile.   Before joining HSN in 2004, he was a Technology Consulting Manager at Accenture where he managed and delivered web-based solutions and integration architectures for utility companies.  Before leaving Accenture, he served as the North American Utilities Integration Strategy Lead.   He has a degree in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida.

Ed Deutscher will present Why Brands Are Putting Mobile in the Driver’s Seat on September 13, 9:45 AM-10:45 AM.

James Diorio

Dial800 LLC, CEO

James Diorio is a seasoned executive with a track record of creating and managing successful businesses, projects, and teams over his 20+ years in advertising, marketing, operations and software development. Under James’ stewardship, Dial800 has been named to the Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame, which recognizes companies that have the rare distinction of being named to the list of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies for more than five consecutive years (2010-2015). This success is a result of leveraging his rich technical and management background with his entrepreneurial passion and focus on building cultures and teams that grow and flourish. After seven years of consistent growth, James led the acquisition of competitor Custom Toll Free, now operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dial800, and nurtured the growth of two Dial800 subsidiaries including the groundbreaking and market-disruptive Reconnect Research. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.S. in Computer Science.

James Diorio will present Direct Response 101: Leveraging Offline & Online Marketing to Achieve Greater ROI on September 13, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

Trish Dowling

Allstar Products Group, VP, Merchandising

Trish Dowling is Vice President of Merchandising at Allstar Products, producer of the Snuggie and Magic Mesh. Trish joined Allstar in 2012 from Dr. Leonard’s Catalogue where she was responsible for expanding the catalogues reach into several new categories . At Allstar she has been responsible for the successful rollout of such multi-million dollar products as the Perfect Tortilla, Forever Comfy, Knot Out and many others. Trish holds a BA from Dowling College and is a 20 year veteran of the Retail and Catalogue industry.  She has spent her career sourcing and buying for such industry leaders as Carol Wright Gifts and Publisher’s Clearing House.

Trish Dowling will present Inventors' Two-Minute Pitch on September 14, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Charlie Fusco

Synergixx LLC, CEO

Charlie Fusco is an award-winning marketing strategist who is a master at changing tragedy into triumph and turning ideas into profit.   She has been credited with creating marketing campaigns responsible for more than $1 billion in global sales. Her laser focus is sought out by other CEOs and CMOs launch their own initiatives. She is a sought-after speaker and business coach in the direct to consumer marketing industry and female entrepreneurship. In addition to her newest book Brains, Boobs, & Balls: Life Lessons Any Female Entrepreneur Can Follow, she also co-authored The Billion Dollar Box for direct marketers, a children’s book on bullying called The Bully Monster, in addition to a health and nutrition book for E!’s Dr. 90210 TV personality, plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Rey called Body by Rey.   Fusco’s Recent Awards Include: 2016 Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2016 Southern NJ Business People 40 Under 40, 2015 South Jersey Biz Executives of the Year, 2016 Gloucester County Living’s Women of Gloucester County, and 2016 Smart CEO Brava Award.  

Charlie Fusco will present Why Your Digital Marketing Needs a DR Power Boost on September 14, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Marc Gill

Marc Gill, Pitchman

Marc Gill is an infomercial Pitchman and Live Shopping Guest Host. Marc has appeared on television in dozens of countries and is recognizable virtually anywhere a TV can be found. Known for his friendly 'Everyman Style', booming voice and infectious smile, Marc has represented some of the largest category brand names spanning from Cleaning and Home to DIY to Kitchen items and of course, out on the grill. Brands include De'Longhi, Cuisinart, Waring Pro, Charbroil and Bunn with sales in the hundreds of millions. Marc can be seen as a regular on air guest on HSN in the US and TSC in Canada. Marc has filmed in excess of 150 infomercials with an industry leading success rate.

Marc Gill will present Inventors' Two-Minute Pitch on September 14, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Allison Givens

Williams Worldwide Television, Product Acquisition Manager

After graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, Allison Givens joined Williams Worldwide Television. For the past five years, she has been responsible for all product acquisition and marketing efforts. She plans, implements and oversees the international product distribution campaigns for top DRTV products in over 80 countries worldwide. Allison is an active member of ERA’s Membership Committee and Exhibitor Advisory Committee in addition to serving as the co-chair of the TV Council.

Allison Givens will present Why Your Digital Marketing Needs a DR Power Boost on September 14, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Mikael Greenlief

Giant Spoon, Director of Strategy

Mikael Greenlief heads the Communication Strategy discipline at Giant Spoon, leading the practice across key agency accounts ranging from Old Navy, to Amazon Studios to LEGO. In this role, he helps architect how brands can connect with consumers through the integration of creative and media while capitalizing on the tension between culture and key human truths. Prior to Giant Spoon, Mikael was at GSD&M in Austin helping lead comms planning & strategy across clients like RadioShack, Campbell's and L.L.Bean. Here he helped these national brands understand the need to seamlessly blend high impact brand building messaging with traffic driving direct response efforts. Prior to GSD&M, he was at Red Door Interactive, running the digital media business for Cricket Wireless, helping build custom attribution modeling tools to drive online sales. Mikael also spent time on the consulting side at J.D. Power & Associates, working on digital consumer insights and strategy for brands like Unilever, Citibank, Logitech, and HBO.

Mikael Greenlief will present Keynote Presentation: Connected Storytelling - Leveraging Digital and Data to Move Beyond Powering Ads on September 14, 12:00PM-1:00PM.

Benjamin Grossman

Pinpoint Intelligence, Co-Founder & CEO

Benjamin Grossman is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pinpoint Intelligence. Benjamin sets the company’s strategy and oversees product and business development efforts. Under Ben’s leadership, Pinpoint has grown 150 percent in the past 12 months, while protecting its merchant customers from millions of dollars in fraudulent transactions. A former eCommerce marketer, Ben is now an active member of the Electronic Transactions Association where he sits on the Political Action Committee and as well as the Risk and Fraud Council. He is the Co-Chair of the Big Data Government Relations Subcommittee and the Chargeback Working Group. He is also a member of the Merchant Acquirers Committee, and the Electronic Retailing Association. Ben is using his online marketing background to bridge the gap between Processors, ISO's and their Merchants.  

Benjamin Grossman will present Getting the Money: What Every Merchant Should Know About Its Payment Processing Account on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Caitlin Haire

Cannella Media, LLC, VP of Business Development

Caitlin Haire is currently vice president, business development, for Cannella Media, a leading DRTV media company. In her role, she is responsible for spearheading Cannella’s new business initiatives, leading sales and marketing efforts and creating additional ROI opportunities for Cannella’s client base. Prior to joining Cannella, she was marketing manager at Williams Worldwide Television where she was responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing international direct response campaigns. Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University. She is a long serving member of ERA’s Membership Committee and Co-Chair of ERA’s TV Council.

Caitlin Haire will present Direct Response 101: Leveraging Offline & Online Marketing to Achieve Greater ROI on September 13, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

Kevin Heindl

Experian, Director, Partner and Advertiser Solutions

Playing a key role in development and sales initiatives surrounding the OmniActivation service within Experian Marketing Services, Kevin Heindl works to cultivate key alliances with strategic partners while generating sales opportunities for advertisers across all of Experian’s business units. Always listening instead of waiting to talk, Kevin demonstrates an energetic, consultative approach in uncovering and delivering online and offline multi-channel advertising solutions.

Kevin Heindl will present Data-infused TV Buying 101: Definitions & Results on September 14, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Lindsay Hendricks

Positec USA, Senior Media Manager

Lindsay Hendricks is the media expert for WORX and Rockwell brands of tools, owned by Positec USA, a power tools and lawn equipment company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2012, Hendricks joined Positec USA, where she has been integral in evolution of Positec’s media strategy. Hendricks has spearheaded Positec’s omni-channel media approach which now encompasses LF, SF, radio, digital and emerging media. Prior to her work at Positec, Hendricks spent 15 years on the agency side of the business with Direct Response Media (now Mercury Media) and Koeppel Direct. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntersville, North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys boating with her family on Lake Norman and, as an avid foodie, Lindsay's passion for great food and wine provides the perfect escape to explore and sample new offerings with friends and family.

Lindsay Hendricks will present Success Stories: Who’s Moving the Needle in Today’s Omnichannel World? on September 13, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Laura Hobson

Curalate, Digital Media Specialist

Laura Hobson is the Digital Media Specialist at Curalate, the leading visual commerce platform used by over eight hundred of the world's most loved brands. The Curalate Visual Commerce Platform connects visual content to commerce throughout the customer journey to drive awareness, engagement, and conversions. Laura is a passionate marketer with over a decade of experience in the digital advertising space working with top brands such as Nike, Microsoft, and Zillow. She has experience on both the agency side and client side of several large scale marketing campaigns, including Nike's 2010 World Cup campaign and Microsoft's Windows 8 launch respectively. A believer in the importance of pursuing personal passions and growth, Laura is also a certified yoga instructor.

Laura Hobson will present Facebook & Instagram Ads: Revolutionize Your Strategy to Drive ROI on September 14, 10:45AM-11:45AM.

Akos Jankura

Torstar Media Group Television, Director/Senior Manager

Akos Jankura is one of the world's top TV inventors-presenters with Direct Response sales approaching $1- Billion dollars internationally and winner of the 2013 & 2015 Electronic Retailing Association Moxie Award for Best Guest on Television Shopping Worldwide! From HSN to QVC - UK Akos is everywhere! Akos' inventions and opinions have been featured internationally including “The Wall St. Journal” and “The Martha Stewart Show.” Akos was also the winner of the 2011 Best Live Shopping On Air Guest at the Electronic Retailing Association event and was a recent judge at the Palm Beach Film Festival. He is sought out as a keynote speaker and is currently writing two books; one on invention and another compiling tips for selecting superior products.

Akos Jankura will present Inventors' Two-Minute Pitch on September 14, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Katherine Kalevich

Mercury Media, Vice President of Media

Kate Kalevich is vice president of Media in the Mercury Media Philadelphia office and has been with the company since July 2012. Shortly after joining the team, she became client lead for one of the biggest alternative length clients in the industry and has become well-versed in the field ever since - pitching it to other Mercury clients who equally benefitted from the new opportunity which drives strong ROI. Kate’s experience as a media buyer for many years for both national and local TV (spot, long form, etc.) and radio (terrestrial, podcasting, streaming) lends itself to being well-versed in the traditional media environment when guiding clients through their advertising planning and execution. Kate started her career as a Sales Assistant with Fox Station Sales in New York before moving to the agency side with Young and Rubicam/Wunderman. Kate was later a Media Supervisor at ID Media in New York City working on such accounts as Nationwide, Nautilus, and MetLife Bank before becoming an Account Supervisor at radio auction site Bid4Spots. Kate holds a BA in Communications from Loyola University in Maryland.

Katherine Kalevich will present Game of Fives: How to Win on TV and Digital in 5 Minutes on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Maria Kennedy

Discovery Communications, SVP, Ad Sales, Direct Response and Paid Programming

Maria Kennedy leads one of the biggest direct response teams in the industry at Discovery Communications. She is a long-time member of the Response Advisory Board and has served on the Board of Directors for the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) and the Electronic Media Marketing Association (EMMA). In 2015, she was inducted to the Direct Response Hall of Fame. Under her leadership, the DR division of Discovery has grown to 13 U.S. Networks. She was also an integral player in launching the paid-programming division on three of those networks. Kennedy, who began her career as a sales assistant in 1990, was the first to offer five-minute avails — that she calls “mini-mercials” — which started airing on the Discovery Networks 15 years ago. Among her career highlights to date, she lists: the rebrands and launches of BBC, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery, OWN, Velocity, AHC, Destination America, Discovery Family and — most recently — Discovery Life; bringing the U.S. Hispanic long- and short-form DR and paid programming back in-house; and leading Discovery to be one of the first to sell VOD successfully. Under her leadership, the team is now selling digital, as well.

Maria Kennedy will present Game of Fives: How to Win on TV and Digital in 5 Minutes on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Alexis King

National Merchants Association, Director of Partner Relations

Alexis King is the director of Partner Relations at National Merchants Association, serving as the main liaison between the company and its independent agent partners. She is instrumental in building relationships with the agent partners and implementing programs that will help them achieve their goals of helping businesses reduce credit card processing fees. Alexis serves as chair of the Membership Engagement Committee for the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), working to obtain new members and increase retention and participation within the payments industry. She also serves as the secretary of the Southern California chapter of the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net), and is dedicated to amplifying the voice of women in the bankcard and payments industry. Alexis is an ETA Certified Payments Professional (ETA CPP™), an accreditation that distinguishes her as an expert in the payments field. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and trade shows, including the Northeast Acquirers Association (NEAA) and W.net.

Alexis King will present Getting the Money: What Every Merchant Should Know About Its Payment Processing Account on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Jeffrey Knowles

Venable LLP, Partner

Jeff Knowles founded and served for 13 years as general counsel to the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA). He is a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Electronic Retailing Association and past Chair of the association's Government Affairs Committee. Jeff represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Postal Service, state attorneys general, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and self-regulatory bodies such as the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulatory Program and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. He is nationally recognized as the leading attorney in the direct response television industry. Jeff focuses on law enforcement, federal and state regulatory matters, litigation and dispute resolution, unfair competition and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyrights. He also handles media relations and crisis management.

Jeffrey Knowles will present D2R – It’s Hot and It’s Not What You Think on September 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM.

William Knowlton

Invictus Law, PC, Partner

Bill Knowlton is a Partner in the Utah office of Invictus Law, working as corporate counsel to multi-national advertising and real estate businesses. Bill devotes the majority of his practice to federal and state regulatory compliance, corporate governance, government relations, employment law (representing management), commercial real estate law, intellectual property, and all aspects of dispute resolution—from initial demand to jury/bench disposition. He is Chair of the Firm’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee, and a Member of the Firm’s Hiring Committee. Also, Bill is an active member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Electronic Retailing Association, and a fervent advocate of third-party administered self-regulation. After spending two years in Ethiopia and Uganda as a missionary, Bill graduated from Arizona State University with an MBA/JD in 2008. Bill and his wife Kristy have been married 13 years, and are the proud parents of 4 energetic children (all under the age of 8).

William Knowlton will present D2R – It’s Hot and It’s Not What You Think on September 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Peter Koeppel

Koeppel Direct, Inc., President

Peter Koeppel is founder and president of Koeppel Direct, an influential direct response media firm focused on direct response television (DRTV), online, print and radio media buying, marketing and campaign management. With a Wharton MBA and three decades’ experience in marketing and advertising, Peter is a widely recognized leader who has helped hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs from all industries develop and implement successful direct marketing campaigns. Peter, who shares regularly on his popular blog, is a sought-out expert on all things media, and has been interviewed and covered in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Electronic Retailer (Editorial Advisory Committee member), Response (member Advisory Board), MacNewsWorld, TechNewsWorld, eCommerce Times, Microsoft Small Business and Wharton Business Radio.

Peter Koeppel will present Trend Spotting: Benchmarking the Present and Predicting the Future of Marketing on September 15, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM.

Arline Kramer

Remarkable Products International Inc., President

With over 25 years in the industry, Arline Kramer specializes in Live Shopping Channels and Global Distribution of direct response products. Her company, Remarkable Products International, is responsible for more than $1 billion in global sales, led by world famous products such as Woofwasher 360, Magic Bullet, and InStyler. Woof Washer 360 (a new innovation for washing and massaging your dog), set social media records with its 65 million Facebook views in over 200 countries in just a few short weeks. Arline is dubbed the "Product Queen" because of her consistent record for achieving sales and her esteemed industry reputation.  She proves time and time again she knows what it takes to launch an item and build a successful brand.  Her keen eye for new patented innovations, exclusive on-air talent pool, and her uncanny ability to visualize the future potential of a product and its branding capabilities are a winning formula for mega successful product campaigns.

Arline Kramer will present Protecting & Policing Your Brand: How to Combat Online Counterfeiters on September 15, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.

Fern Lee

THOR Associates, CEO & Founder

Fern Lee has over 30 years as an experienced, award-winning marketing professional with a proven track record of increasing awareness, revenue, consumer usage and asset values for multiple globally recognized Insurance, Educational, Lifestyle, Fitness, Beauty and Houseware brands. Fern is a member of Response’s Advisory Board (DRMA), and several other prestigious boards, along with being a past Electronic Retail Association Board Member, elected to serve on the Executive Board. As CEO of THOR Associates, Fern has been successful applying Traditional and Digital Channels to Direct and Branded Response Marketers. This has allowed Fern to identify profitable customer segments and cultivate waysto favorably position client's products and services Direct to Consumer. As a result, Fern has ultimately created break-through marketing campaigns, as well as deliver branded Retail initiatives on the shelves of Costco, Walmart, Walgreen’s, Rite-Aid, Target, CVS, Sam’s, and many more. As EVP at Gaiam and Good Times Entertainment, Fern’s leadership influenced the success of: Billy Blanks, The Firm, GT Xpress, Richard Simmons, Leslie Sansone, Turbo Cooker, GT Xpress, and many more beauty, fitness and household verticals.

Fern Lee will present Direct Response 101: Leveraging Offline & Online Marketing to Achieve Greater ROI on September 13, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

Collette Liantonio

Concepts TV Productions, President

A native of Brooklyn New York, Collette Liantonio earned her BA in English from Fordham University and her MA in Directing from New York University. Collette also attended Harvard University’s Owner/President Management Program. She is a licensed speech and dramatic arts coach, experienced in all aspects of public speaking and directing. After launching Concepts TV in 1983, many of her direct response commercials and infomercials became advertising legends, such as Ambervision Sunglasses, Topsy Tail, The Abdominizer, Bedazzler, Pajama Jeans, Contour Pillow and The George Foreman Grill. Concepts TV is the recipient of over 150 awards. Her infomercials have featured Montel Williams, Joe Namath, Jim Cramer, Wayne Gretsky, Arnold Palmer, George Foreman, Fabio, and dozens of other celebrities. Recognized as “One of the 25 Most Influential People in DRTV”, she was ranked one of the Top 150 Leading Women Entrepreneurs by New Jersey Monthly. In 2013, her company was ranked as one of the nation’s 500 leading entrepreneurial companies by DiversityBusiness.com. Collette was honored by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as one of their Women of Achievement in 2014.  She serves on the Advisory Board for Electronic Retailing Magazine and has served twice on the Electronic Retailing Association’s Board of Directors. She also co-founded the Broadcast Council of the Direct Marketing Association and was elected into the 2014 Direct Response Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame. Collette has been honored with the Electronic Retailing Association Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. She is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women-Owned Business Enterprise for New York City (WBE).

Collette Liantonio will present How to Use Online Video to Master User Engagement on September 14, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM.

Peter Marinello

Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program, Director

Peter C. Marinello is the director of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council’s (ASRC) Electronic Retailing Self Regulation Program (ERSP) and a vice president of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. (CBBB). Before joining ASRC in July 2004, Peter had been the associate director at the National Advertising Division of the CBBB (“NAD”) since 2000 and a Senior Staff Attorney with NAD since March of 1993. Peter has written over 1,000 self-regulatory decisions on various advertising topics and products involving traditional and direct response advertising. In the course of his work, Peter has addressed issues pertaining to new media, telemarketing, dietary supplements and nuclear energy, among others. Peter is a graduate of St. Johns University School of Law and has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1988.

Peter Marinello will present D2R – It’s Hot and It’s Not What You Think on September 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Adam McDonald

Humboldt Merchant Services, President

Adam McDonald is the President of Humboldt Merchant Services, a boutique payments company specializing in credit card processing for eCommerce businesses throughout North America. Adam is a seasoned payments executive with over 15 years of experience driving sales growth in the payments industry. Adam is a licensed attorney and holds a BA from Indiana University and a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Adam is a member of the Electronic Retailing Association and currently serves as the co-chair for the ERA’s Payments Committee.

Adam McDonald will present Getting the Money: What Every Merchant Should Know About Its Payment Processing Account on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Susan McKenna

Hairclub & Bosley, Vice President of Marketing

Susan A. McKenna, Vice President of Marketing for HairClub and Bosley, has had a career spanning over 20 years focused on driving profitable growth for brands by re-engineering customer acquisition and retention by combining traditional media with dynamic digital marketing. Susan’s depth of knowledge and real-world marketing successes have earned her a reputation as a dynamic speaker on marketing  topics ranging from “what is brand response?” to “go digital or go home.” Over the past two decades, she has owned or sat on the board of directors for corporations, digital marketing agencies, and non-profit organizations helping the homeless and LGBT youth. Susan is currently finishing her Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Communications from Adams State University in Colorado.

Susan McKenna will present Game of Fives: How to Win on TV and Digital in 5 Minutes on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Brian Norris

DISH Network, Director, Media Sales

Brian Norris, director of DISH Media Sales, oversees all national short-form ad inventory, including general market and direct response. Norris leads the team leveraging DISH Media Sales’ ONPOINT Solutions, including addressable and interactive advertising, digital inventory on Sling TV and DISH Anywhere, and inventory on Latino and international offerings.  He joined DISH in 2008 to assist in the establishment of DISH Media Sales’ flagship office in New York. Norris began his advertising sales career at Lifetime Television and later became an account executive with Viacom Networks. He currently volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NYC as a Big Brother. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of GuiDANCE Autism, which uses dance, respite techniques, and rhythmic music to enable children to connect to their surrounding world. Norris earned his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and holds an M.B.A. from Brown University and IE Business School in Spain. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and now resides in New Jersey with his wife Ericka and their daughter.

Brian Norris will present Data-infused TV Buying 101: Definitions & Results on September 14, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Andrea Pass

Marketing Maven, Vice President, Media Relations

Andrea Pass is the Vice President of Media Relations for Marketing Maven. Andrea is responsible for for national, regional and local media relations outreach for clients in such categories as consumer products, lifestyle, B2B, non-profits and more for the full-service public relations and integrated marketing firm. Prior to joining Marketing Maven, Pass served as Vice President of a number of New York market public relations firms where she developed and implemented B2C and B2B campaigns for clients in the areas of “As Seen on TV,” parenting, education, authors, food, kitchenware, health, fashion and non-profit.  With major coverage for clients in such media outlets as NBC “Today,” ABC “20/20,” MSNBC “Your Business,” ABC “Good Morning America,” “Wendy Williams Show,” “Steve Harvey,” “Ellen,” Hallmark “Home & Family, FNC “FOX & Friends,” New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and more, she focuses on increasing client awareness and sales using a public relations model.

Andrea Pass will present Inventors' Two-Minute Pitch on September 14, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Scott Paternoster

Chief Media, LLC, President & CEO

Scott J. Paternoster, President and CEO of Chief Media began his career as an Account Executive for MMT Sales, Inc., a national broadcast advertising sales rep firm. After covering the New York and Boston markets for four years, Scott was promoted to the regional sales manager’s position of MMT’s Fox Affiliate team in New York. Under his direction, this team of 25 sales and support people became the company's top billing sales team. This early experience in broadcast media sales gave Scott the foresight to found the CLIQNOW! Sales Group in March of 1995, one of the first interactive sales firms specializing in online network sales. 24/7 Media acquired CLIQNOW! in June of 1998 and continued its operation under Scott’s management until early 1999 when CLIQNOW!'s valuable Web site portfolio was folded into the 24/7 Network. In June of 2001, he founded Chief Media, LLC. Chief Media, is a Direct Response media buying and technology agency specializing in all forms of short form TV, Radio, Print and Digital media buying and optimization. The company has one of the largest online media buying departments in the DR agency business and, with its proprietary Continuum technology, is squarely positioned as a leader in the space of cross media and cross platform campaigns that generate the most efficient and effective ROI for its client base.

Scott Paternoster will present Data-infused TV Buying 101: Definitions & Results on September 14, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Albert Piechotta

Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Chief Marketing Officer

Albert Piechotta has been a category innovator, entrepreneur and executive, marketing consumer health products for the past 20 years. The introduction of the homeopathic cold remedy Cold-EEZE disrupted the cough/cold category and led to overwhelming consumer demand. This resulted in a top selling cough cold brand (over $500 MM) in FDM during his tenure and an American Marketing Association Edison Award for Best Marketer of the Year. His experience building corporate equity by building talked about consumer health brands have made him a sought after leader in the supplement industry. Currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Prevention Pharmaceuticals, he is highly engaged in working with agency partners to build the omax3 brand into a household name through Long Form and Short Form TV, Radio, Endorsement Radio and Digital Marketing efforts.

Albert Piechotta will present Why Your Digital Marketing Needs a DR Power Boost on September 14, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Jennifer Powell

Dial800 LLC, Director of Marketing

Jennifer Powell has overseen Dial800’s marketing team during a period of significant growth whereby the company has been named to the Inc. 5000 of the fastest growing U.S.-based privately held companies consecutively for six years. Prior to joining Dial800 in 2009, she helped grow businesses ranging from real estate development, high end retail as well as special effects in the film industry. Jennifer holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory, and lives in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.

Jennifer Powell will present The LIVE Marketing Channel: Optimizing the Connection Between Voice and Digital on September 14, 10:45 AM-11:45 AM.

Scott Reid

Oak Lawn Marketing, COO

Scott Reid is Chief Operating Officer of Oak Lawn Marketing, Japan`s leading Omnichannel brand marketer. Reid is a 20-year industry veteran who has successfully marketed brands by effectively blending global influences with core Japanese values of quality and service under Oak Lawn Marketing`s consumer brand Shop Japan. Reid currently serves as a member of ERA`s Board of Directors.

Scott Reid will present Success Stories: Who’s Moving the Needle in Today’s Omnichannel World? on September 13, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Sean Reyes

Office of the Attorney General Utah State Capitol Complex, Attorney General, State of Utah

In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean D. Reyes was specially appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert as the twenty-first Attorney General for the State of Utah. Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Within a year, he reorganized and re-energized the office internally and recaptured the trust of the State with striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators and white collar criminals. After winning election in 2014 by one of the largest margins nationwide, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars. He currently leads law enforcement training to empower other countries in combating sexual and labor trafficking, child pornography, counterfeiting and cybercrimes and holds leadership positions in national bi-partisan organizations of his fellow Attorneys General.

Sean Reyes will present D2R – It’s Hot and It’s Not What You Think on September 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Diego Rivero

B2C Response, Co-Founder and CEO

Diego Rivero is the Co-Founder and CEO of B2C Response, a full service e-commerce solutions agency focused on online marketplace like Amazon.com. With over seven years of experience selling online and having managed several consumer brands, Diego has experience in product sales optimization, amazon marketing campaigns and brand protection from MAP violations and illegal knockoffs.

Diego Rivero will present Protecting & Policing Your Brand: How to Combat Online Counterfeiters on September 15, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.

Marc Roth

Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Partner

Marc Roth works with businesses of all sizes and in all industries to comply with state and federal laws and rules governing privacy, social media, sweepstakes, telemarketing and advertising. He also counsels clients on transactional matters, and guides them through federal and state government investigations. Previously chief compliance counsel for a Time Warner company and an FTC staff attorney, Marc draws upon decades of consumer advertising and marketing law experience when counseling clients. He frequently speaks and writes about privacy and telemarketing issues. In the marketing arena, Marc counsels clients on how to develop and manage telemarketing programs that comply with the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and applicable state laws. He also advises companies on how to develop and manage free trial, negative option and continuity marketing programs in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and credit card processing rules. Furthermore, Marc counsels clients preparing to conduct marketing campaigns through online social networks. He also advises companies on the rules for social network platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and on applicable industry-governing guidelines.

Marc Roth will present D2R – It’s Hot and It’s Not What You Think on September 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Ava Seavey

Avalanche Creative Services, President

Ava Seavey founded Avalanche Creative Services, Inc. in 2001 as an escapee from years in Madison Avenue advertising. Avalanche began as a more traditional DRTV production company, but created a digital division in 2011 and began experimenting with digital video, pre-roll web ads, banner ads, Facebook advertising and more since that time. Avalanche has been an avid proponent of alternate length media since 2008, when they produced their first five-minute infomercial. Avalanche has created and produced successful campaigns in a variety of media for diverse marketers including Vonage, NordicTrack, The Firm, Iceland Health, Hair Club, Focus Factor, Hartz Mountain, Ringling Brothers, Franklin Mint, to name a few.

Ava Seavey will present Game of Fives: How to Win on TV and Digital in 5 Minutes on September 14, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Robin Shapiro

Get STiKi, Inc., Founder & CEO

A serial entrepreneur and Harvard-educated lawyer, Robin Shapiro left a big-firm law practice to pursue and pioneer the great idea of buying lottery prizes, annuities, and jackpot awards—paying winners millions in upfront cash in exchange for awards paid out over decades. Using personal savings to hire a handful of co-workers laid-off in a corporate downsizing, he built his business as a start-up, directing every aspect of the growing enterprise, including product design, pricing, staff development, lobbying, and marketing. By 2012, his company had purchased nearly $1.5 billion in consumer receivables, issued hundreds of millions in bonds, and was spending more than a million dollars per month on direct-response marketing. In 2014, after selling a controlling stake, Robin turned his focus to his next great idea – making it easy for consumers to respond to ads by "text” even when the time isn’t right for a phone call. An easy-recall “mnemonic” short-code (“TODAY” or “RADIO”) is used in the call-to-action, meaning more leads for the same media dollars. Stiki is TCPA-compliant because the texting is always consumer-initiated and consumer-controlled.

Robin Shapiro will present Why Brands Are Putting Mobile in the Driver’s Seat on September 13, 9:45 AM-10:45 AM.

James Shears

The Trade Desk, GM, Advanced TV

James Shears is the General Manager of Advanced TV for The Trade Desk. In his role, James leads the company’s partnership efforts around the TV space. He works to champion this nascent industry and to educate buyers on the benefit of programmatic TV. Immediately prior to joining The Trade Desk, James was the General Manager of Addressable and Programmatic for DISH Media Sales. Addressable advertising allows advertisers to combine the targeting precision of digital with the reach of television. To scale the addressable product, James also launched the TV industry’s first impression-by-impression supply side platform. Before DISH, James spent 10 years in pricing and strategy roles at networks including Scripps and TV Guide Network, where he developed a fundamental foundation in operations, strategy and finance. He earned his degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he grew up.

James Shears will present Data-infused TV Buying 101: Definitions & Results on September 14, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Greg Shepard

Pepperjam, CSO

Greg Shepard founded the global affiliate marketing agency, AffiliateTraction, in 1999, which was acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in January of 2016, and named Pepperjam the following April. Greg now serves as Pepperjam’s Chief Strategy Officer, charting the company’s trajectory for future product and service offerings. Greg also founded the brand compliance agency AdAssured, and has been a prominent speaker, author, and contributor at international industry events and media publications for over a decade. 

Greg Shepard will present 10 Innovative Ways Brands Are Leveraging Affiliate Marketing on September 13, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Stephanie Siewert

Marketing Maven, Social Media Manager

As the social media manager for Marketing Maven, Stephanie Siewert is responsible for creating and optimizing social media campaigns to drive conversions and increase consumer engagement. With a deep understanding of ever-changing social media trends, she monitors and analyzes conversations and key metrics online to test and scale campaign initiatives. Stephanie leads monthly ERA webinar series to educate members on social media marketing strategies. Her talents have contributed to the agency being named finalist for back to back 2014 and 2015 PRism awards for New Product Launch. The 2015 award was for the social media strategy of viral Facebook video sensation, Woof Washer 360, which resulted in product sellout in less than 24 hours.

Stephanie Siewert will present How to Use Online Video to Master User Engagement on September 14, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM.

Ki Song

Monkey Sports, Inc., Director of eCommerce Development

Ki Song is the Director of eCommerce Development at MonkeySports, Inc. For over fifteen years, he’s been focused on increasing business efficiencies and performance through proven development, IT and marketing practices yielding higher net profit in the eCommerce sector. Recently, he led MonkeySports.com’s technology replatforming and redesign to Magento. As Director of eCommerce Development, Ki now spends his working hours building the company brand and driving omnicommerce sales.

Ki Song will present 10 Innovative Ways Brands Are Leveraging Affiliate Marketing on September 13, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Vicky Sroloff

Innovative Brands Corporation, EVP, Marketing

Vicky Sroloff has worked in Direct Response for over 30 years. She has been with her current company, IBC since 2001. Vicky was hired by IBC as the Media Director and that position expanded into managing all aspects of their Direct Response, media, telemarketing, customer service, processing and fulfillment. IBC really took off in 2001 with the launching of the Revostyler. Their first product that was a hairstyling tool which then expanded into the branding of the Instyler in 2008. Instyler now has several products under their banner that is still distributed via direct response, retail and International distribution. IBC also continues to market Scalp Med, a topical hair growth product. Instyler has a very full calendar for the next several years for releases of new products under the Tre Milano, LLC banner, many of which will launch via direct response.

Vicky Sroloff will present Protecting & Policing Your Brand: How to Combat Online Counterfeiters on September 15, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.

Adrienne Vigilante

TouchPoint Integrated Communications, Digital Media Director

Adrienne Vigilante joined TouchPoint after spending 15 years at Digitas/Modem Media as Vice President/Director and part of the Key Managers team. At Digitas, Adrienne led the digital strategy, planning and buying for Delta Air Lines across programmatic, mobile, social and video and was part of the Integrated Strategy team which was responsible for the development of media content programs leveraging offline partnerships, distribution and content activation.  Adrienne’s integrated media negotiations drove significant incremental value in the form of content production and content licensing to expand in-flight entertainment offering by 25%. In her career she’s worked with Clients in CPG, entertainment, pharma, and travel categories.  Through these Clients she’s developed an expertise in leading integrated planning, partnering with traditional buying teams to deliver fully integrated brand strategies. As Digital Media Director at TouchPoint, Adrienne helps lead and grow the Digital Media capability, partnering closely with the integrated teams to deliver innovation and efficiency for clients.  She’s spearheaded several process transformations, new hire training and on boarded the analytics database.  She’s currently working with TouchPoint’s clients to drive digital innovation and results through emerging media tactics, creative strategy and advanced reporting and analysis.

Adrienne Vigilante will present Direct Response 101: Leveraging Offline & Online Marketing to Achieve Greater ROI on September 13, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

Joshua Winograd

FuturesMedia, CEO

Josh Winograd has over 15 years experience in the advertising technology industry bringing management, vision and execution to FuturesMedia. Prior to the founding of FuturesMedia, Josh co-founded the online video advertising technology firm AdoTube where he was in charge of revenue and business operations from inception through its successful exit to Exponential Interactive in 2011. Post-exit, Josh spearheaded AdoTube's rapid growth both domestically and abroad and joined the executive management team at Exponential. Previously, Josh worked on the cutting edge of the display and search engine marketing revolutions helping to lead Innovation Interactive (at that point the holding company to 360i, SearchIgnite, Netmining among other properties) sales efforts. Josh is a graduate of Union College.

Joshua Winograd will present Data-infused TV Buying 101: Definitions & Results on September 14, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Lori Zeller

THOR Associates, Managing Partner

Lori Zeller is an experienced marketing professional with a proven track record of intersecting consumer touchpoints with marketing operational efficiencies. Able to drive revenue, Lori looks at data as the key to understanding the consumer journey. Her strengths excel at innovation and strategy. As Managing Partner for THOR Associates, Lori offers marketing redesign initiatives for increased revenue by streamlining and working within Omni-Channel integration rather than silo paralysis. She is a senior executive with a passion for project management and product development.

Lori Zeller will present Why Your Digital Marketing Needs a DR Power Boost on September 14, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.