Mobile Merger, Founder
Geoff Peterson is the Founder of Mobile Merger and is the Managing Principal of General Lead, a provider of strategic staffing services, advanced sourcing solutions, recruitment process outsourcing and mobile recruiting. Geoff is a Recruiting Leader, Sourcing Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. In addition, Geoff is the author of The Sourcer’s Playbook, a visual guide for finding talent on the web, now available on Amazon.com.
Microsoft, Director of U.S. Sales and Strategy, Mobile Advertising
Jeff Plaisted oversees Mobile Advertising Sales Strategy and a team of Mobile Media experts responsible for developing scalable, multi-platform advertising solutions that leverage mobile assets from Microsoft, Verizon Wireless and a host of other mobile web and application partners. A seasoned executive with twenty years of experience in Telecommunications and Digital Media, Mr. Plaisted has held Sales and Management positions with AT&T/Lucent, SBC and technology start-up, InfoBlox. Jeff joined Microsoft’s advertising division in 2003 where he has worked on Vertical and Strategic Client focused teams. He has built a reputation of leading teams that develop and manage integrated, cross-platform initiatives with clients like McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Toyota and Ford Motor. Recently, his team won the prestigious “Advertiser Satisfaction” award from Advertiser Perceptions, Inc. for their outstanding work in the Mobile medium. As a recognized thought leader in the Advertising industry Mr. Plaisted speaks regularly at events such as MMA’s Mobile Marketing Forum, ANA, adtech, Digital Hollywood, OMMA Global, as well as, agency and client workshops across the U.S. Jeff is a graduate of Michigan State University, a member of the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association and holds certificates from University of Chicago/Graham School of Studies and Multi-Media Telecommunications Association in the areas of e-Business and Convergent Technology.
Altimeter Group, Industry Analyst, Mobile
Chris Silva is an Industry Analyst focusing on Mobile at San Mateo, CA based Altimeter group. A 10+ year veteran of the research industry, Chris helps end user organizations understand how to effectively manage mobile strategy in their organization for increased brand impact, worker efficiency and revenue. Chris also works closely with the vendors of hardware and software innovations in the mobile space to help these companies tailor their offerings to the current and future needs of their target markets.
Prior to Altimeter, Chris led the research, events and consulting operations of IANS Research, a boutique research firm focused on disruptive security technology as the Senior Vice President of Research and Service Delivery. Chris previously served as a Senior Analyst covering Enterprise Mobility at Cambridge, MA based Forrester Research where he pioneered research on the implications of ubiquitous mobility during his 5 year career with the firm.
Chris has served at IDC, two start-up boutique research firms and in the management consulting space. He is a frequent speaker at major industry events such as Interop and is frequently quoted in publications such as CNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and has been featured on National Public Radio discussing implications of mobile technology.
Chris lives and works North of Boston where he lives with his wife and two rescue dogs. Chris is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Hewlett-Packard, VP, Channel Marketing, Palm Global Business Unit
Born and raised till the age of 12 in India, Saj and family immigrated to the US in the late 1970s. He spent the next 13 years in Chicago, completing his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Chicago. Saj then spent the next five years in Europe, primarily Spain and the UK, where he completed his MBA studies in General Management, at IESE Business School, one of the top 15 business schools in the world. Saj is fluent in Spanish, Hindi and English. Since his MBA, Saj has worked for almost 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, finance, operations & general management. He has worked for well known organizations such as IBM, Arthur Andersen & Co., Bausch & Lomb, Philips, T-Mobile, and currently serves as Vice-President of Channel Marketing, for the webOS business at Hewlett-Packard. In his spare time, Saj volunteers as a member of the Planning Policy Commission for the City of Issaquah, WA, and serves on the Global Alumni Board for the University of Chicago.
Verizon Wireless, Director, Advanced Wireless Communications Technologies
Harry Martin is the Director of Advanced Technologies for Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State Region. In this role, Harry leads a team responsible for overseeing the company’s rollout of the latest, cutting-edge wireless data devices and advanced services in one of the nation’s most competitive wireless markets. He is also responsible for working closely with the company’s regional CEO and its sales directors heading up the company’s distribution channels to ensure an exceptional customer experience for consumers and business customers. Additionally, Harry’s team plays a key role in the educating and training of more than 1,600 employees that serve the region to ensure they are well-positioned to serve as experts and “evangelists” for the company’s products and services. Harry has more than three decades of industry experience, spanning landline telecomm and wireless. He has served in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, customer service, and data solutions sales during his career with Bell Atlantic Mobile, Verizon Wireless’ legacy company, leading up to his current position with Verizon Wireless. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in analyzing needs and providing strategic wireless communications solutions. His customers have included some of the nation’s leading enterprises, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Harry’s leadership has also been key to Verizon Wireless’ deployment and integration of mobile wireless data technology to some of the nation’s largest public safety entities such as the Philadelphia Police Department, New Jersey and Delaware State Police. Over his career, he has delivered 100s of presentations to industry trade associations, Chambers of Commerce, and technology-focused organizations on topics related to driving return on investment through adoption of wireless communications solutions. Harry is a sought-after subject matter expert for news media outlets and has been widely quoted in print articles, television and radio interviews providing insights on emerging trends and the latest and greatest in wireless communications technology. Active the community, Harry commits his time and resources to the Horsham Township Chamber of Commerce, PERF (Police Executive Research Forum). Born and raised in the City of Philadelphia, Harry is a former PAL kid and is passionate about giving back to the organization. He spearheads his team’s involvement in several company initiatives held annually to support PAL youngsters.
Adobe, WW Evangelist
Mark is the Platform Evangelist for Mobile and Devices at Adobe, working to create a vibrant ecosystem around Flash and AIR for smartphones, tablets and televisions. He has spent ten years working in the mobile industry, including six years at Adobe working with the worlds leading OEMs, and enabling Flash to ship on over a Billion devices. Prior to this, Mark has worked with Mobile Innovation, Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic holding engineering and consulting roles.
Hipcricket, Chief Marketing Officer
Named a top CMO on Twitter, Jeff Hasen (@jeffhasen) builds, strengthens and protects brands. Companies benefiting from his talents have landed on Wired’s list of most innovative entities on Earth and been named pioneers and the early leader in the burgeoning mobile marketing category. One of the most frequently quoted voices in mobile and social media, Jeff co-created the certification program for the Mobile Marketing Association. He is one of two individuals certified by the MMA to train on definitions, techniques and benefits. Jeff is a member of the Consumer Best Practices committee. At Hipcricket, he conceived and led the execution of an accelerated rebranding effort in advance of the mobile marketing software and services company being named the early leader in the mobile marketing space in the U.S. Hipcricket also won consecutive annual pioneer awards from CTIA — The Wireless Association. For InfoSpace, he drove a repositioning of the 10-year old company from 1-percent share player in online search to the pioneer in mobile media and to No. 20 on the prestigious Wired 40 list of most innovative companies on Earth. Earlier in his career, for Nestlé, he directed product launches and reinvigorations; for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, his work as project director for the “look and feel” program raised community awareness and involvement and introduced the Games’ theme, logo and mascots; for Symantec, he helped consumers and businesses through debilitating computer virus outbreaks. Through his “Moments of Trust” lessons, he teaches marketers to interact with consumers who are armed with a mobile device and a voice that can instantly change or reinforce public opinion.
PayPal, Product Manager, Mobile
Kent Griffin is a Sr. Product Manager for PayPal Mobile and manages the product portfolio for the mobile SDKs. He has been with PayPal for over six years and focused on innovating in mobile payments for 5 of them. Prior to PayPal, Kent helped develop search solutions for other financial service providers and holds a couple of degrees from Stanford University.
Nokia, Head of MeeGo Operations
As the Head of MeeGo Operations at Nokia’s silicon valley offices, Samir is constantly looking for ways to make the MeeGo open source platform more attractive for collaborators and developers. He has worked on finding new ways to monetize technologies in different environments and building profitable ecosystems around middleware platforms in large and small companies. Samir has held multiple roles in architecture, engineering management, business development and strategic partnerships in the software and telecom industries. He also has extensive experience in areas of network management and Internet architectures. Samir holds a BS and MS in Computer Science.
JumpTap, VP, Marketing
As VP of Marketing at Jumptap, Matt Duffy is responsible for crafting and executing on the company’s marketing and brand strategy. He has more than ten years of marketing and sales experience in the advertising and communications industries. Prior to Jumptap, Mr. Duffy served as VP of Marketing at Schwartz Communications, the largest PR agency in New England. He has also previously worked at media and research company IDG, where he was Group VP of Marketing and oversaw marketing strategy for all of the major IDG ad properties. Mr. Duffy received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and his MBA with a focus in marketing from Babson College.
Neustar, Vice President of Mobile Registry and Registry Services
Ms. Strahan is responsible for leading Neustar’s mobile and domain name registry services businesses. Her areas of concentration are Common Short Codes (CSCs); global top level domains (gTLDs) and country code top level domains (ccTLDs) including .biz, .us, .co and .travel; and the management of new mobile registries including 2D barcodes, and identity management. Ms. Strahan has more than 20 years of experience in both B2B and B2C markets in the telecommunications, media, technology and Internet sectors. She has played key executive roles in launching IPOs, scaling high-growth businesses, and leading marketing and business transformations at organizations including TechnoServe, AOL, CareerBuilder, and MCI. Ms. Strahan is a MMA (Mobile Marketing Association board member for both the North American and Global boards. She has been involved with the development of the MMA Consumer Best Practices, and is considered a leading authority on mobile marketing. Diane also was listed in Mobile Marketer’s 2010 Mobile Women to Watch. Her marketing and PR campaigns have won a number of awards including the IABC Silver Inkwell Awards; the Grand Prize, Best of Show, Obie Outdoor Advertising Award; the PRSA Silver Anvil, Marketing Consumer Services Technology.
Raizlabs, Founder and CEO
Gregory Raiz is the founder of Raizlabs and has worked on over 20 iPhone projects. Our applications have made numerous top 10 lists in multiple categories including Finance, Travel, Fitness, Music, Social Networking, Utilities and Games. We’ve had success internatially with the number 1 free app in Japan as well as #1 Utility in Spain and Italy. We’ve developed applications for clients and have had those applications achieve top honors including Time magazine’s top 10 apps of 2009. Our products have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch, Lifehacker, Xconomy, CNet and many others. Greg was a former program manager on the design of Windows XP. Greg helped publish the book Windows User Experience for Microsoft press in 1999. In 2001 Greg moved back to Boston to focus on his company, Raizlabs. The company’s goal is to enable people to express their creativity and imagination through innovative software and products. Simple and powerful user experiences define a great products. Raizlabs focuses on building these experiences.
Simon Property Group, Vice President of Digital Strategy
Patrick Flanagan is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at Simon Property Group (SPG), where he heads the Digital Marketing Group, responsible for all B2C and B2B digital touch points across the mall portfolio of properties. Patrick is passionate about how the intersection of the physical and digital worlds can create opportunity for online to drive in-store traffic and purchases. Prior to SPG, Patrick lead the global product management and marketing teams at Pointroll|ShopLocal where he helped national retailers take their traditional, in-store advertising and move it into interactive, targetable and reportable digital mediums. He also spent a number of years within the retail practice at Accenture where he specialized in supply chain transformation and large scale system implementation. Patrick is a graduate of Purdue University’s Krannert School Of Management. He resides in Indianapolis with his lovely wife Leah and their two children and loves rhubarb pie.
SNL Kagan, Analyst, Mobile
With a decade of experience in media and technology market research, John Fletcher has covered a number of media sectors for SNL Kagan and has been focused full time on mobile entertainment since 2007. John started analyzing mobile entertainment in 2001 and has authored several databooks on the subject including the groundbreaking Economics of Mobile Programming. Mr. Fletcher frequently speaks at industry conferences and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Financial Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Investor’s Business Daily and others.
Mobile Marketing Profits, President
Kim Dushinski is the CEO of the International Mobile Marketing Business Network (www.immbn.com) and President of Mobile Marketing Profits , a mobile marketing training firm based in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Mobile Marketing Campaigns and a contributing author of Success Secrets of Social Media Marketing Superstars. Kim was named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2010 by MobileMarketer.com. A strong advocate for smart, effective mobile marketing she leads workshops and speaks about how to profit with mobile. Some of her audiences include the Colorado Small Business Development Center, the American Marketing Association, the Houston chapter of the American Advertising Federation, a select group of Colorado State Senators, The System Seminar and the Social Media Success Summit.
Intuit, Director, Strategic Mobile Initiatives
Omar Green is director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit, where he is responsible for the company’s overall mobile strategy and for driving its execution across Intuit’s business units. Omar has been at the center of several recent mobile application launches at Intuit, including GoPayment (mobile credit card acceptance) in conjunction with Sprint/Nextel. Prior to his service at Intuit, he was director of personalization technologies at SavaJe Technologies, where he created one of the first user context-sensitive mobile operating systems. A graduate of MIT with a combined degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, Omar spends his spare time directing short films and music videos for his production company, AuteurLabs, and working on his context-awareness startup, AppleSeed Networks, where he is co-founder and CEO.
Netbiscuits, Managing Director, North America
Craig is responsible for the generation of new business for Netbiscuits in North America. His mission is to ensure that the company continues to grow from strength to strength in all sectors of the fast-paced mobile market across the region. He is an ardent proponent of the Netbiscuits philosophy, having implemented the Platform on numerous occasions as a customer. Craig has worked for over a decade in the digital music and entertainment business in the United States. Prior to joining Netbiscuits, he served as Vice President of Business Development for the Universal Music Group (UMG) where he developed UMG’s mobile strategy and direct to consumer initiatives for popular artists. Craig holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is also a licensed attorney and CPA in the State of New York.
AT&T, Associate Director of Staffing, Talent Attraction
Carrie Corbin, MBA, SPHR, also known as @thealphafemme, is an Associate Director for AT&T, with primary responsibility managing the staffing strategy for Talent Attraction. With almost 15 years in HR and over half of those in leadership roles, Carrie has firmly established herself as a solid business partner with a proven ability to leverage HR & Staffing Strategy with business results. While leading the employment brand initiatives and recruitment marketing and media strategy for AT&T, Carrie has also been instrumental in launching the enterprise wide integration of social and mobile recruiting and subsequently breaking some of the traditional boundaries of HR. Carrie also occasionally teaches at both the adjunct faculty and professional development levels in the fields of Business Management and Human Resources and has been asked to speak at many of the national industry conferences, such as ERE, NACE, COSD and DirectEmployers, in addition to SHRM. Carrie holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management, an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources, and she received her Senior Professional in Human Resource designation in 2007. In addition to her speaking credits, she has been quoted in publications such as The New York Post and Workforce Today. Check out AT&T’s multi-award winning career portal that is a direct product of Carrie’s team at http://att.jobs. You can also connect with Carrie directly via LinkedIn
Alcatel-Lucent (Founder, ProgrammableWeb.com)
John Musser is the founder of ProgrammableWeb.com, the leading online resource for open APIs, mashups, and the web as platform (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent in 2010). During his 20-year career in software development he has shipped six award-winning software products in three industries working with companies including Electronic Arts, Credit Suisse, MTV and Bell Labs. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Washington, and has written for a variety of technology publications on software development, most recently as author of “Web 2.0: Principles and Best Practices” published by O’Reilly Media.
Mike Wehrs is the CEO, President, and member of the board of directors for Scanbuy, the global leader in mobile barcode solutions. As CEO of Scanbuy, Mr. Wehrs is responsible for accelerating the expansion, market adoption, business strategy and product development of mobile barcode solutions worldwide. Before joining Scanbuy, Wehrs was the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). In this role, he was responsible for leading the global association in its charter to build a sustainable ecosystem for the mobile marketing industry, clearing obstacles to market development, establishing standards and best practices for sustainable growth, and evangelizing the mobile channel for use by brands and third-party content providers, with a focus on delivering benefits to MMA members and ensuring consumer privacy and brand integrity. He directed all activities and communications with the MMA’s 700+ members, representing more than 40 countries worldwide, including aggregators, agencies, brands, carriers, developers, and more. Prior to the MMA, Wehrs served as Vice President of Industry Affairs and Evangelism for Nuance Communications, Inc., where he was responsible for the overall mobile business strategy, product strategy, industry and public policy, including being a key member of the mergers and acquisitions team. Wehrs came to Nuance through the acquisition of Tegic Communications, an AOL company, a transaction that he helped broker along with two other senior managers at the company. At Tegic, Wehrs was Vice President, Product Management & Global Marketing, serving as the product management visionary on all of Tegic’s wireless platform and embedded products, leading the global marketing group in its high-impact endeavors, and acting as a standards and public policy representative within numerous industry forums. Wehrs joined Tegic from Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for driving industry adoption and business development opportunities in support of many of Microsoft’s products. Prior to his most recent role in the Windows group, he held senior roles working on technology and standards, and directing market research and product planning for Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices division. Between roles at Microsoft, Wehrs was one of the original team members that formed Ignition Partners, where he served in interim executive roles in several of the firms’ portfolio companies and participated in securing additional funding. Previously, Wehrs was Director of New Technology at Samsung Electronics America and Executive Vice President for Orcatron Communications, Ltd. He has also held director positions at Sony Electronics, Inc. and Conner Peripherals, Inc. Wehrs has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including OMA, CTIA, .mobi, Bluetooth SIG, HomeRF, and several startup companies. Wehrs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University.
Impact Mobile, CEO
Gary Schwartz founded Impact Mobile in 2002 having worked in the IT and telecommunications industry for over 20 years. Over the past eight years, Gary has played a leadership role in the mobile industry, running the first cross-carrier short code campaign in North America, and founding the CWTA Mobile Content Committee to establish policies and increase awareness to promote standards and adoption. Gary is the founder and co-chair of the Mobile Marketing Committee for the US Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and is a director on the board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF). Presently, Gary is working actively with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) to drive a joint task force on retail with a vision to build a “Mobile Store of the Future”. Gary is an honors graduate from Columbia University and the Stanford University Center in Tokyo. He is the recipient of the Macromedia People Choice Award as well as the Dodge Foundation award for innovation. Impact Mobile has been an industry leader in North America promoting mobile as a media channel. Impact Mobile provides carriers, global agencies and brands managed and self-service marketing platforms for any aspect of their mobile marketing needs. In addition to connecting through national carriers to all mobile subscribers, Impact Mobile activates traditional and digital media and helps drive consumers to high-ROI destinations such as retail point of sale, live event gate, lead generation engine, etc.
PlayPhone, SVP & General Manager of PlayPhone Social
As SVP & General Manager of PlayPhone Social, Anders Evju heads up the mobile social gaming initiatives at PlayPhone. Anders has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry and has been involved in the creation of mobile entertainment services since its inception in the mid 1990’s.
Anders joined the PlayPhone team after 10 years on the management teams of I-play and Oberon Media. Anders was responsible for co-founding and leading I-play US in 2000, where he as SVP and General Manager was an integral part of the success leading to the sale to Oberon Media in 2007. Following the acquisition, Anders later took over the responsibility as SVP of Oberon Media where he managed the global operations of the leading casual games company.
Prior to starting up the US division of I-play, Anders was with MobileSpring as co-founder and Vice President of Business Development. He has U.S. wireless carrier background from Omnipoint Communications, where he was responsible for strategic planning of Wireless Internet Solutions. Anders gained extensive European telecom experience during his three years in Norway at NetCom GSM, where he was as a Director of Business Development and responsible for the initial planning, development and commercial launch of Mother, one of the world’s first mobile portals, as well as the development of content based text messaging products. Major launches included the first commercial launch of SMS-chat over text-TV, downloadable ringtones/icons, and calendar/e-mail wireless integration. Anders was educated at West Virginia University, and has attended the MBA program at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.
Mobile Moxie, Founder & CEO
Cindy Krum is the CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie, LLC, based in Denver, CO. She brings fresh and creative ideas to her clients, speaking at national and international trade events about mobile web marketing, social network marketing and international SEO. Cindy is the author of Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are, published by Que Publishing, and hosts a weekly radio show about mobile marketing called Mobile Presence. She writes for industry publications, and has been published in Website Magazine, Advertising & Marketing Review, Search Engine Land, ODG Intelligence, and quoted by many respected publications including PC World, Internet Retailer, TechWorld, Direct Magazine and Search Marketing Standard.
Cindy also served as the co-chair of the SEMPO Emerging Technologies Mobile Web Task Force, and is an active member of the search community. She is passionate about bringing creative online marketing solutions to clients, and working with clients to develop high level, integrated mobile marketing strategies.
Hootsuite, Director of Mobile
Jeff Stautz is Director of Mobile for HootSuite.com, the professional social media dashboard. Responsible for HootSuite’s mobile strategy and products, Jeff has overseen the creation of social media apps across four different platforms with over a million downloads combined. Over the past eight years, Jeff has managed development of interactive properties for several Fortune 500 companies, and has been working in the mobile and social spheres since 2008. He’s also a published fiction writer, a freelance editor, an amateur homebrewer, and a father.
Symon Communications, SVP of Global Marketing and Business Development
Steve Gurley is the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Symon Communications. Steve is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, business development and new market development at Symon. He also has operational oversight of Symon’s Creative Content and Subscription Content businesses. Steve is broadly recognized as an industry expert and thought-leader in convergence of mobile and visual communications technologies. He is a widely published author of numerous papers, articles and blogs on mobility and is a sought-after speaker on the subject. Prior to joining Symon, Steve spent eight years as the President of Pyrim Technologies, Inc., a provider of business and new market development services focused on helping client companies take advantage of emerging mobile trends and technologies. Previous to Pyrim, Steve was with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which is now a part of HP, where he held executive positions in business development, new market development and sales with a focus on growing EDS’ business within the wireless and mobile industries throughout the US and Europe. Mr. Gurley is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and resides in Plano, TX with his wife and two children.
Movitas, Vice President, Client Strategy
Chuck Sacco is Vice President of Client Strategy at Movitas and is President of Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic. Chuck is a technology entrepreneur, with a number of company and product launches under his belt. His most recent initiative was the sale of PhindMe Mobile, a mobile technology company which he co-founded and led as CEO, to Movitas. Movitas is a mobile technology company focused on the travel, tourism and hospitality markets. PhindMe was Chuck’s second startup, previously launching an enterprise technology consulting business. He grew the consulting and client development operations of that self-funded startup before the business was sold to what is now Infor. Chuck’s career includes a track-record of launching products and growing businesses in the fields of enterprise software, business process management, and mobile technologies. With a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University in Information Sciences, an MBA in technology management from Drexel University and a Beta Gamma Sigma honoree, Chuck has authored articles and speeches on mobile marketing and business process management. Chuck is an adjunct faculty as Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, is Chairman and President of Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic, and sits on the Mobile Marketing Association’s Commerce and Academic Outreach committees.
Weather Central, Vice President, Business Development
Doug Bremicker is the Vice President of Business Development for Weather Central. Doug is a veteran in the locations, applications and content space globally. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Global Sales for Jentro Technologies based in Munich Germany. At Jentro, Bremicker was responsible for global sales efforts in off-board navigation and content for wireless carriers, connected devices, LBS and telematics. His background also includes 20 years experience with Motorola in wireless solutions, software and applications to both carriers and enterprise clients globally. Bremicker holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School.
CMT, Senior Vice President of Music Strategy
Jay Frank is Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT. Frank oversees music strategy as it relates to all of the network’s on-air and digital music initiatives across all properties, including CMT, CMT.com, CMT Mobile, games, touring and other businesses. He works closely with music labels and artists to create multi-platform promotions that leverage all of the CMT brands to enhance artist reach and drive awareness for the channel. Under Frank’s leadership, music video ratings have reached an all-time high for the channel, with an incredible 43 percent growth in 2009 with stunt programming and exclusive premieres as part of an aggressive multi-platform promotional strategy. Last year, he led the network’s biggest video premiere event ever featuring nine superstars as part of “Big New Music Weekend.” The videos premiered exclusively across CMT, CMT.com and CMT Mobile, resulting in double-digit increases for channel ratings and unique visits on CMT.com, while streams to CMT.com grew 45 percent during the stunt weekend. Frank came to CMT from Yahoo! Music where he was Vice President of Music Programming and Label Relations, responsible for all the company’s music programming, working closely with record labels and managers to oversee artist promotions. While at Yahoo! Music, Frank was instrumental in growing its audience exponentially to a monthly audience of approximately 25 million people. Prior to joining Yahoo! Music, Frank was senior music director at The Box Music Network, managing all daily music activity on the music video network and coordinating programming efforts that resulted in the network’s first Emmy award. He has also acted as marketing and A&R for Ignition Records, managed a live music venue, programmed broadcast radio stations and created two local music video shows. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and sits on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music and Leadership Music. He is also a Member of NARAS, the CRS Marketing Committee, Leadership Music and Leadership Music Digital Summit. His first book, “FutureHit.DNA,” was published last year. A respected worldwide leader in the music and digital communities, Frank has spoken at such conferences as MIDEM, South By Southwest, Canadian Music Week, ASCAP Expo, MusExpo, Digital Music Forum, CMJ, SF Music Tech Summit and Mobile Entertainment Summit, among others. Frank resides in Nashville with his wife and daughter.
Bernard Hodes Group, Director, Digital Innovation and Mobile
Kane Cochran is the Director, Digital Innovation & Mobile for Bernard Hodes Group. Kane leads the Hodes Digital Innovation Team, which focuses on incremental, emergent, and often revolutionary approaches to employer branding and talent communications solutions. Going beyond best practices, tools, technologies and applications, Kane and the team are tasked with defining and testing the drivers of user engagement and effectiveness in an ever-changing digital environment, bringing to life the promise of a truly interactive web through research, development, and prototyping ideas that reshape talent solutions as we know it. Along with a team of Digital solutions consultants, web designers, programmers, and project managers, Kane conceptualizes, develops and implements award-winning career web sites, mobile sites and native apps, Facebook applications, and strategies, including online employer reputation management, next generation social media optimization, and social computing for Fortune 500 clients T-Mobile, Bank of America, Citi, FedEx, MetLife, and WellPoint. Kane is constantly exploring new business-driven opportunities to leverage emerging technologies, such as Augmented Reality, to help clients attract and retain the best talent. Since joining Bernard Hodes Group, Kane has helped bring to market the Hodes Suite of Social Recruiting Solutions including Job Search and Share, a full-branded job search application for Facebook Pages, AroundHere, a locations map mashup with jobs and hyper-local information, and Social JobMatcher, the industry’s first career site social plug-in for job recommendations and referrals. Prior to joining Bernard Hodes Group, Kane was responsible for developing innovative strategies and solutions for Cox Newspapers’ websites and mobile product offerings. Utilizing his experience with interactive gaming, he created Nail the Interview, an NAA Digital Edge award winning advergame that was designed to engage and educate job seekers about the interviewing process. Peter Weddle called Nail the Interview one of the “7 Employment Wonders of the Web” and it continues to attract and engage new audiences on all Cox Newspapers’ websites as well as other websites across the country. Kane has bachelors of science degree in finance from Wright State University. With over 10 years of experience in interactive marketing, Kane has a passion for developing rich interactive applications and marketing strategies designed to extend brand awareness online, cultivate new audiences, and create meaningful connections between online consumers and companies.
Digby, Director of Product Marketing
Doug Wick leads Product Marketing for Digby, a top provider of mobile engagement and commerce solutions for global retailers and retailbrands. He has over 12 years of experience in technology marketing and business development at innovative startup and high growth companies. He has spent the last 5 years working with global brands to develop strategic platforms centered on innovation in digital loyalty/CRM, social media, and mobile. Doug holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from The University of Oklahoma and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Doug also frequently holds a breakfast taco, a margarita, or a guitar in his current hometown of Austin, TX.
Patton Boggs, Partner
Monica Desai is a partner at Patton Boggs, a top tier national and international law firm. She joined Patton Boggs after spending 11 years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she served in senior positions including Deputy Bureau Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Chief of the Media Bureau and Chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. She uses her FCC experience to provide advice and counseling to companies related to wireless technology, media and consumer-oriented regulatory matters. She has wide-ranging experience helping clients navigate the regulatory process, and working with clients to advocate before Congress on a broad range of spectrum and media issues. She has extensive experience with wireless infrastructure issues, program access and program carriage issues, and review of transactions before the FCC. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. She holds a degree in Finance from the George Washington University, where she was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Desai served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow of the United States District Court, District of Maryland, and as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law.
RIM, Vice President of BlackBerry Global Alliances and Developer Relations
Tyler Lessard is the Vice President of BlackBerry Global Alliances and Developer Relations at RIM. Since joining RIM in 2001, he has helped to build a community of thousands wireless solution providers delivering custom applications and services for BlackBerry to large enterprises, government agencies, industry professionals, small businesses and consumers. Tyler is currently focused on initiatives to expand the scope and impact of the BlackBerry Developer Program and to bring new innovative solutions to market with third party Independent Software Vendors, Systems Integrators and Solution Providers.
Mozilla, Principal Product Manager Mobile
Dr. Thomas Arend is Principal Product Manager for mobile where he oversees the development and strategic direction of the Firefox mobile Web browser. Thomas joined Mozilla in November 2010 from Google, where he led important initiatives for five years, driving Google’s localization into more than 40 languages and launching “Google Translator Toolkit,” a community-based translation tool that supports almost 400 languages and dialects. He also changed the face of the Google homepage for hundreds of millions of users with background image personalization. Previously, Thomas was at the IBM Research Center in Berlin and Heidelberg and at SAP, where he developed SAP’s mobile technology, and acted as a strategic consultant to the CEO and the executive team. At SAP, Thomas launched the world’s first business application for a tablet PC device in 2001. Thomas holds a masters degree in mathematics and computer science from the Berlin Technical Institute. He earned his PhD in the field of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction in 2003.
Michael Notaro is a contract sourcer currently employed by Accenture working in New York. Michael has seven years of experience in the recruitment and sourcing space; specializing in the use and advancement of new technologies. He is skilled in the technical aspects of internet research and has even developed his own sourcing tools. As someone who has worked every function within the recruiting process he has a unique perspective of how sourcing fits into the big picture. He has been working in a virtual environment for the better part of his career and spends a lot of his time figuring out how to simplify his daily work, most often through the use of mobile technologies. Michael currently uses a Jail Broken iPhone4 as his primary form of communication and loves it dearly.
Loopt, Chief Administrative Officer
Brian Knapp is the Chief Administrative Officer for Loopt. Brian is responsible for business development, as well as legal affairs, data privacy matters, regulatory and policy efforts, and financial matters. He was previously an associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with a focus on intellectual property technology transactions. Prior to earning his law degree, Brian held senior positions in business development and marketing with companies such as Barnes & Noble.com, Dun & Bradstreet, and AllBusiness.com. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Mobile Marketing Association, Managing Director, North America
Michael Becker is the North America Managing Director for the Mobile Marketing Association and is a leader in the mobile marketing industry, assuming the roles of industry entrepreneur, volunteer and academic. Mr. Becker founded and most recently held the position of VP Mobile Strategies at an industry-leading mobile marketing solutions provider, iLoop Mobile, which earned the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Innovation of the Year Award in 2007. Prior to assuming the role of Manager Director of North America, Mr. Becker served on the MMA Global Board of Directors (2008, Director at Large; 2009, Global Board Vice Chair) and served on the MMA North American Board of Directors (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009). He founded and co-chaired both the award-winning MMA Academic Outreach Committee and the MMA International Journal of Mobile Marketing. He is also a member of the dotMobi Mobile Advisory Group Steering Committee and member of the Direct Marketing Association’s Annual Programming Advisory and Mobile councils. In addition to his industry and volunteer roles, Mr. Becker is a contributing author to Mobile Internet for Dummies and Reinventing Direct Marketing, co-author of Web Marketing All-in-One For Dummies, which includes a mini-book on mobile marketing. He is currently working on Mobile Marketing for Dummies. In addition, he has authored over 60 articles on mobile marketing and is an accomplished public speaker on the topic. In his spare time, Mr. Becker is pursuing his doctorate on the topic of mobile-enhanced customer managed interactions and vendor relationship management at Golden Gate University. Mr. Becker was awarded the MMA Individual Achievement Award in 2007 and the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation Rising Stars Award in 2009 for contributions to the mobile and direct marketing industries.