Speakers - Marketing & Tech Speakers 2018
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Marketing Experts


Dave Meyer, BizzyWeb

Dave is a speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and has presented digital marketing topics to thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada. Dave’s presentations include more than 250 webinars on topics like SEO, advertising, content marketing, and sales strategy. Dave was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in Minneapolis, and has been recognized by organizations including the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and many others as a thought leader in marketing and communications.

Dave has a BA in Journalism and an MBA in Venture Management (Entrepreneurship) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Dave’s company, BizzyWeb, helps hundreds of clients Generate Buzz Without Getting Stung!

Melissa Harrison, Allee Creative
Melissa is a seasoned marketing professional with 15+ years experience in marketing strategy and content management, branding and business development. She specializes in the areas of nonprofits and associations, B2B marketing and small business.

Her accolades include being listed as one of the “Top Young Entrepreneurs” by Minnesota Business Magazine, a “Top Content Marketer” by the Content Marketing Institute, and a “Mover & Shaker” by the Star Tribune.

Melissa is a four-time recipient of the Hermes Creative Award and a national speaker on content marketing, business strategy and entrepreneurship. In 2015 she was named one of 100 women to watch in the U.S. as part of The Inspirational Women Project, highlighted in a book of the same title. In 2017, she was selected to be part of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program as well as selected as an inductee into the DeForest Area High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in her industry.

Melissa has served on many boards and committees including Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications, and Neighborhood Connections. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for BARNCO. She lives in St. Michael, MN with her husband and four very active children.


Scott Severson, Brandpoint
Scott Severson, President of Brandpoint, a content marketing and distribution agency, will outline a manual for content marketing success to help you deliver on member needs and build deeper relationships. He’ll break down the practice into six core components, lay out a foundational, systematic approach to content marketing and help you identify any gaps and opportunities within your own companies.
Kate-Madonna Hindes

From Petco to Amex, Miracle-Ear to Fed-Ex, Kate-Madonna has worked with businesses and organizations to transform their marketing copy to elevate awareness and create emotional connections. Published in national magazines, quarterlies, and books, Hindes has established herself as a leader in the marcom world. With over 15 years of published experience from running regional magazines to leading newsrooms, Kate-Madonna pinpoints often underlooked trends and takes b2b, b2c and internet cat videos… very, very, seriously. Notably, Hindes sits on the board for The Mars Generation and is the Director of Marketing at Ewald Consulting.

Tech Experts


Randall Dean, The E-mail Sanity Expert ®

Randy Dean, the “E-mail Sanity Expert” ® is a professional speaker and expert on time & e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 20 years, Randy has been leading training and speaking programs for major corporate, university, association, and government audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, he left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. The author of the recent Amazon bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, he has led programs for thousands of satisfied and inspired students, managers, and professionals on being more productive with their time and life.  His highly informative and entertaining speaking and training programs leave audience members with immediately-usable tools, strategies, and skills on how to better manage their time, technology, and information overload following their program experience.

Gary Braley
Gary Braley has been a techie and a teacher his entire working life. After a short and enjoyable stint as a math teacher, he received his MS in mathematics from Ohio State University just in time to begin working on the earliest aerospace and healthcare information systems for Honeywell. He worked as a programmer on the Apollo guidance system and as a developer and project manager for hospital information systems including the first such system installed at the National Institutes of Health. He then became an independent consultant and participated in over a hundred major projects in the US, Canada and Mexico. 

 

Because technology was new everywhere, Gary assumed the role of educator explaining what it was all about to diverse organizations including the Air Force, NASA, and hundreds of healthcare facilities and associations. In addition to helping first time users implement technology, he spoke at hundreds of conferences across the country and abroad. Gary also published numerous articles in professional magazines and journals.

 

As technology has transformed into a personal experience due primarily to smartphones and other mobile devices, Gary has focused on the exciting new capabilities and also the serious consequences of misuse these developments raise. We can no longer rely on Fred the "IT guy" to make the decisions and solve the problems. A simple mistake by an employee can subject an entire organization to a growing variety of threats. In addition to lecturing on a variety of modern tech related topics, Gary publishes a newsletter and blog. Beyond technology, Gary is active on the boards of the local and Metropolitan Meals on Wheels programs and he participates regularly in career days at several high schools.


Lisa Dunnigan
Lisa Dunnigan is a Principal with Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. CPAs and Advisors where she serves as the CIO and Principal-in-Charge of Olsen Thielen's internal information systems. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, is a Microsoft Certified professional and has over 33 years of experience in the information technology industry. Lisa works with both senior-level executives and staff to apply technology to gain efficiency, ensure the security and protection of business assets and bring systems together to produce meaningful information and advance firm goals.  Lisa is a frequent presenter for both large and small groups on the topics of security, technology and marketing.

 


Tyler Olson
Tyler Olson is an award-winning serial entrepreneur in several technology fields. He not only brings well-rounded exposure from all sectors of technology including Social Media, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, IT, and the world of web 2.0, but his deep passion for helping people learn and interactive speaking style ensure audiences of any level leave his presentations with new insights. He frequently speaks for organizations such as IBM, 3M, Target, and others. If you’re looking for a dynamic, engaging, and takeaway-oriented presentation on topics related to technology, Tyler’s the speaker you’ve been looking for.

 

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Tyler Olson
Tyler Olson is an award-winning serial entrepreneur in several technology fields. He not only brings well-rounded exposure from all sectors of technology including Social Media, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, IT, and the world of web 2.0, but his deep passion for helping people learn and interactive speaking style ensure audiences of any level leave his presentations with new insights. He frequently speaks for organizations such as IBM, 3M, Target, and others. If you’re looking for a dynamic, engaging, and takeaway-oriented presentation on topics related to technology, Tyler’s the speaker you’ve been looking for. 

 

David Carnes, AMO
David is the CEO of AMO - Association Management Online. AMO is a full featured membership management platform that includes registration, dues, member data, surveys, forms, broadcast email, an integrated website, WordPress plug-in and much more. AMO is unique among affordable AMS platforms in that it has a plug-in architecture which enables completely custom modules to be developed inexpensively. Learn more at http://associationsonline.com.

 


Derek Owen, GrowthZone
GrowthZone AMS helps associations grow and retain membership, engage and inform members and prospects, and streamline tedious tasks. The cloud-based system is powerful, easy to use, and designed to manage all the day-to-day operations of your organization. Guaranteed. Derek will provide an informative and entertaining session about GrowthZone’s capabilities, including the Mobile Staff App. www.GrowthZone.com



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