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  • Alan Taylor
    Alan TaylorAlan Taylor, CEO, Entertainment Radio NetworkAlan is an award-winning radio and TV host, a 30-year broadcast professional and one of the most popular automobile aficionadoes in the business. As a founder of Benchmark Entertainment in 1995, Alan pioneered the business of creating radio shows as an extension of the magazines they represented. Benchmark orchestrated innovative partnerships with leading publishers to replicate their content on-air, bringing their brands alive to a much larger audiences. Today, Alan partners with five of the nation’s largest publishing houses, including Source Interlink Media, Bonnier, and Crain Communications. He is, on behalf of the Entertainment Radio Network, the host of two of the most popular weekend talk shows in radio today:  Motor Trend Radio and Popular Science Radio.
    • Avi Savar
      Avi SavarFounder & CCO, Big FuelAvi Savar is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Big Fuel, a pure play social media agency designed for the needs of large brands. In 2004, Avi launched Big Fuel. What started as a 1-man "branded content studio" has today grown into the largest social media agency in the world with more than 180 employees and clients that include General Motors, Microsoft, Gore-Tex, Clorox, Children's Place, Budwieser, Philips and T-Mobile. In 2011 Avi led Big Fuel to a successful acquisition by French media giant Publicis making it the dominant social media agency worldwide.
    • Brad Harrison
      Brad HarrisonManaging Partner, BHVBradley C. Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Although his initial career was an Army Officer, Harrison has myriad experiences in roles related to launching new ventures. While attending MIT, Harrison worked as a partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Harrison worked at the earliest stages with many interesting companies to include Endeca Technologies. Additionally, Harrison served for three semesters as the teaching assistant for the entrepreneurial venture course, New Enterprises, taught by Howard Anderson and Todd Dagres. Harrison worked for AOL in Business Affairs and Development in Dulles, as well as Media Strategy in New York. During his tenure with AOL, Harrison co-authored 3 patents related to search, geo-tagging, and personalization with his boss, Edmund Fish. After AOL, he helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network.
    • Garth Holsinger
      Garth HolsingerVice President of Brand Partnerships, LivefyreGarth Holsinger is VP, Brand Partnerships, for Livefyre. Previously Holsinger served as VP, Sales and Partnerships for Klout, and created the company’s first “influencer marketing” campaigns with Virgin America, Nike, Pepsi and other major brands. During his five years before Klout, Holsinger ran his own agency, Working Man, providing strategy to major brands as they integrated new media, technology and partnerships with startups. He also is a partner in Internet Media Labs and founder of the global event series Founders Weekend."
    • Gregg Greenberg
      Gregg GreenbergSenior Director, eChannels Marketing at SAPGregg currently oversees the global demand generation team for SAP’s eCommerce channels.  SAP sells 2,000+ SKUs online in over 35 countries across the entire SAP product portfolio including analytics, mobile, cloud and services. Prior to this position, Gregg founded and oversaw the SAP Global Digital Events team, which drives the strategy, technology and execution of live, online events & in-person event mobile experiences.   The team received a 2011 Ex Award - Best Live+Digital Program (B-to-B) for SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s largest event. Before joining SAP in 2007, Gregg held various eCommerce and Marketing positions including VP eCommece at LiquidXS (acquired by Liquidity Services, Inc.) a b2b and b2c wholesaler of consumer product closeouts, CEO and Founder of (acquired by Beliefnet, Inc.) a portal to get involved with non-profits and was a founding member of Tribal DDB a digitally centric global advertising agency. Gregg lives in Park City, Utah with his family and has recently launched an iPhone app that helps people with food allergies in foreign language countries, which can be purchased at
    • Harvey Brofman
      Harvey BrofmanPresident,++Integraged Tactics & Nine 4-Bit SlicesA seasoned professional and serial entrepreneur in the healthcare space for over 25 years. An early pioneer leading the development and adoption of new technology for systems and solutions in multiple segments within the healthcare space including the medical, pharmacy, pharmaceutical, CRM and payor components of the industry. Known among peers as a leader and innovator. Played a driving role in the evolution of systems, telecommunications and standards out of manual and disparate systems. My current day job split between Angel Investing and Consulting to the pharmaceutical and pharmacy services industry to help with strategy and tactical optimization of their marketing and adherence programs. I am interested in companies that are early stage in tech, healthcare, healthcare IT, mobile, analytics, and web based solutions. When I say solutions, I don’t mean “me too,” I look for the gems that stand out and have something different to offer. I do 4-8 investments per year, typically investing $25K - $100K per deal at pre-money valuations from $1-5 million with companies that have some form of product built and some level of market validation. I a member of the New York Angels and board member of the Long Island Angel Network. I serve as a mentor and/or advisor to a number of early stage ventures.
    • Jay Weintraub
      Jay WeintraubFounder & CEO, LeadsCon and Daily Deal SummitJay Weintraub is the Founder and CEO of the LeadsCon and Daily Deal Summit conference series, which he recently sold to media and events holding company Access Intelligence. Prior, Jay was part of the founding management team of Los Angeles-based, a domain name advertising network that grew to more than $200mm/year with no outside funding. Jay also spent two and a half years at, helping create the company's first product monetizing undersold inventory. Jay loves almost all things customer acquisition, is a chronic over-helper, and an advisor to startups, growth companies, and any who will listen. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
    • John Evans
      John EvansCEO & Founder, DecisionCFOJohn has 25+ years experience in senior finance and management positions with Fortune 500 and start‐up companies in the IT, Media and Financial Services sectors. John is the CEO and Founder of DecisionCFO, a provider of on‐demand financial management solutions for private equity and venture backed companies. At DecisionCFO and as a senior finance executive, he has arranged more than $100 million in private/public financings and strategic transactions. John is a former CFO of SMART System Technologies, a NYC venture‐backed technology company specializing in contactless payment and loyalty solutions. He is a former CFO/SVP of Corporate Development/M&A for MonsterDaata, a publicly traded real estate information technology company. In 1993, John founded Asia Media, a management consultancy that supported Asian and U.S. new and traditional media companies with their global expansion needs including acquisitions, business planning and financial modeling, direct investments, joint ventures, licensing and royalty agreements, and strategic alliances. His clients included NBCUniversal ‐ Asia, the Travel Channel and China Online, among others. John began his career at The Bank of New York Mellon where he completed more than $1 billion in global public and private equity financings for more than 50 non‐U.S.
    • John McConnell
      John McConnellPresident, McConnell Media LLCMcConnell Media is a traditional and new media consultancy based in New York.  John McConnell also is a partner in the Entertainment Radio Network and a partner in ACM Talent, a representation company for radio and television performers. He is the former SVP in charge of Programming for the ABC Radio Networks and managed programming for ABC Music Radio, ABC News Radio, ABC Talk Radio and the ESPN Radio Network, all of which is heard on 4400 ABC radio affiliates and web sites. He has received numerous broadcast and journalism awards and has been recognized four times by the industry publication Radio and Records as its "News/Talk Executive of the Year." John also is on the Executive Board and Development Chair for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
    • Kamesh Nagarajan
      Kamesh NagarajanSenior VP & Senior Portfolio Manager, The Prandara Group at Morgan StanleyKamesh Nagarajan is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at The Prandara Group at Morgan Stanley with over 15 years of experience. As the lead partner on the team, Kamesh focuses on helping corporate executives with concentrated stock planning, and in advising physicians and entrepreneurs on comprehensive wealth management issues. They have worked extensively with Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) on their personal and business planning needs and with entrepreneurs in TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). Kamesh is also among the select Financial Advisors designated International Client Advisors in the International Wealth Management Americas unit (IWM) which is within the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management unit and which allows him and his team to focus on satisfying the needs of Ultra High Net Worth and High Net Worth Non Resident Clients, Multi-Family Offices, Family Offices and Middle Market Institutions.
    • Kelly Hoey
      Kelly HoeyFounder, Women Innovate MobileListed in Forbes as one of five women changing the world of VC/Entrepreneurship, Kelly Hoey is a connection-maker and networking strategist. She has helped clients (ranging from Fortune 500 to fashion to private equity to AmLaw 200) with community engagement online and IRL. Hoey was the first president of global business networking group 85 Broads and worked directly with CEO/Founder Janet Hanson on network-building strategies and membership growth and expansion. Prior to her entrepreneurial leap, Hoey was immersed in the legal world, first as an attorney then in law firm management. She sits on the advisory boards of Lion'esque Style and The Levo League. Hoey is a member of the inaugural Pipeline Fellowship class of angel investors.
    • Kris Jones
      Kris JonesFounder & Managing Partner, KBJ CapitalKris Jones is an internet pioneer, best-selling author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur. As founder and former President and CEO of Pepperjam, a full-service internet marketing company and affiliate network, Kris led the company to three consecutive Inc. Magazine fastest-growing company recognitions, as well as numerous awards as one of the top internet marketing companies in the world. Kris sold Pepperjam in 2009 to GSI Commerce (NASDAQ - GSIC) and it was shortly thereafter acquired by eBay (NASDAQ - EBAY). Kris is currently the founder and managing partner of the sought after early stage technology angel fund KBJ Capital and is the Founder / CEO of, which powers local digital commerce for traditional media companies across the United States.
    • Lou Kerner
      Lou KernerFounder, The Social Internet FundLou Kerner is the Founder of The Social Internet Fund, which invests in the primary and secondary shares of the rapidly growing social and mobile companies he's been meeting with and writing about for the last two years as Wall Street's first Social Media Analyst. Lou also writes at SecondShares, his blog, that provides news, commentary and Wall Street style research on Social Media companies. It was on SecondShares, in March 2010, that Lou published his original report on Facebook. The report, which predicted that the value of Facebook (then $18 billion) would rise to $100 billion, vaulted Lou in to the spotlight, and led to his return to Wall Street. Lou spent the rest of 2010-2011 as the Founder and Managing Director of the Private Shares Group at Wedbush Securities, where he started the first Wall Street trading desk for private shares. Lou not only wrote about Social Media, but also was the first Wall Street analyst to live it, growing to about 15,000 Twitter followers, and posting his research and expert conference calls on where pieces often generated over 20,000 views. Lou is regularly quoted in Social Media stories in the WSJ, NY Times and dozens of other business publications. Lou also is a recurring guest on CNBC and other business-related TV programs.
    • Mike Edelhart
      Mike EdelhartCEO, The Tomorrow ProjectMike Edelhart is an experienced media and Internet start-up executive. Currently, he is CEO of The Tomorrow Project LLC, producers of The Pivot Conference and Social Week in NY, as well as an early stage investor and strategic advisor to companies leading the market in Social Business. Most recently, Edelhart was Managing Director and founder of First30 Services, a launch accelerator for early stage companies. Previously, Edelhart has held CEO and executive management positions at a range of media organizations, including Live Deal Inc, DeepDyve, and Olive Software, as well as Inman News, Zinio Systems, and Third Age Media. As vice president at SoftBank, Edelhart directed content for the Seybold, Interop and Comdex conferences and launched new businesses in online education, conferences and consulting. Prior to SoftBank, Edelhart spent 13 years at Ziff Davis in a variety of executive and editorial positions. He has also worked as an Internet strategies consultant to Bloomberg, Reuters, AARP and other major media and Internet companies. Edelhart is on the Board of Directors of Social Media Advertisizing Consortium and is an advisor to Internet Media Labs, Mass Relevance, Citia, Aggregate Knowledge and SmaSh Technology. The author of more than two dozen books, Edelhart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
    • Mike McGraw
      Mike McGrawFounding Partner, Big FuelMike McGraw has been at the forefront of emerging media for most of his career and has developed an impressive list of credentials that span across broadcast programming, digital content development,  branded entertainment and social media marketing. Mike recently left Big Fuel, a pure play social media agency based in New York, as a founding partner, after selling the company to the Publicis Group.  He is now launching a new incubator group focused on the "content to commerce" model he helped pioneer at Big Fuel. While at Big Fuel, Mike oversaw content distribution and operations. In this role Mike used his experience with broadcast, online and mobile platforms to develop marketing programs for clients that included Samsung, Gatorade, GM, T-Mobile, Phillips, Colgate/Palmolive, Stetson, Johnston and Johnston, Yahoo, AOL, Fox, SBS and Fisher Price. Before joining Big Fuel, Mike founded Link Media Management, a digital content strategy firm in Los Angeles, that produced HD content for the pay TV sector. Before Link, Mike worked in Sydney heading up broadband content development for Telstra's Broadband Service. In this role, Mike oversaw launches of several on-line services, including Australia’s first large-scale music download site, two national sports channels and the largest online games portal in the Pacific Rim.
    • Nihal Mehta
      Nihal MehtaCEO and Co-Founder, LocalResponse Inc.Nihal Mehta has more than 12 years' experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding five startups to date and is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Mehta has been named one of the "25 People Every New Founder Should Meet in New York Tech"; a top "25 Up-And-Coming Startup CEOs in New York" in 2012 by Business Insider; a 2012 AlwaysOn "Power Player NYC"; a top 10 NYC "Game Changer" in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report; one of 20 RCR Wireless News "Mobile Movers and Shakers" in 2008; a BusinessWeek "M-Commerce Baron" in 2006; and one of AdAge's "Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s" in 2005. Mehta is currently CEO and co-founder of LocalResponse Inc.. which helps marketers respond to real-time consumer intent. Before LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, a leading real-time city guide), Mehta founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom in 2005. Nihal also is a Founding General Partner at the world’s first venture fund focused on mobile startups, ENIAC ventures; a Founding Partner of the India Internet Group, which incubates and invests in Indian startups; and an active angel investor, including investments/advisories in Admob (sold to Google), Greystripe (sold to Valueclick), and Movoxx (sold to Adenyo).
    • Peter Smyth
      Peter SmythChairman & CEO, Greater MediaPeter H. Smyth provides innovative leadership capabilities to one of the nation's leading broadcasting companies. Smyth's leadership has been recognized by industry leaders such as Radio Ink Magazine, a leading broadcast industry publication, which in 2011 and 2005 selected Smyth as "America's Best Broadcaster" and for the past decade has recognized him each year as one of the "40 Most Powerful People in Radio." In 2007, the publication named Smyth "Radio Executive of the Year," an award that honors top executives who exemplify the values vital to the growth and success of radio. Smyth has previously served as the chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s Board of Directors. He has also served as past president of the New England Media Association and as a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and the HD Digital Alliance Oversight Committee.
    • Phil Fresen
      Phil FresenFounding Partner, Garros Group LLCPhil Fresen is founding partner of Garros Group LLC, an investment banking boutique with a core franchise in technology-enabled marketing services. As a banker, Phil has covered the internet advertising/digital media industry since its inception and co-founded the Internet Services Group at Furman Selz in the mid-1990s. Phil's clients are high-growth emerging companies in fast-growing sectors, such as social media, online video, mobile and data/data analytics. His investment banking experience encompasses M&A advisory engagements, public and private financings and strategic advisory services. Phil earned his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University.
    • Ronald C. Pruett Jr.
      Ronald C. Pruett Jr.Managing Director, The Boston AssociatesRonald C. Pruett Jr. has extensive experience in the creation, acquisition and management of successful public and private direct to consumer and direct to business companies in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently managing director at The Boston Associates, advising equity and enterprise. Most recently, he was CMO of Acquia, the company leading the commercialization of Drupal, the open source social publishing system. Ronald has nearly 25 years of experience and loves the thrill of creating something new while leveraging the best of different approaches, distribution channels and cultures.
    • Tama L. Smith
      Tama L. SmithCEO, Saventure Inc.As the CEO of Saventure Inc, a global business development & venture advisory firm, Tama has the pleasure of working with emerging-to-large size companies on high growth initiatives that significantly and positively impact the consumer experience.  Prior to Saventure, Tama served as the CEO of The Tyra Banks Company Inc., a globally-branded entertainment and consumer lifestyle company based in New York City.  With 20 years of management consulting expertise at the helm of Tama Smith & Associates Inc. and Hong Kong-based InnoGrowth Group Ltd., she has worked with many leading brands, corporations and privately funded venture groups across the globe.  Tama’s industry and deal experience encompasses a wide range of consumer-related sectors including lifestyle products, media and technology sectors.  She currently serves on several venture boards in New York City and is a former chairman emeritus of Wharton’s Global Executive Alumni Board.  Tama earned a B.S degree in accounting and finance from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Ted Rubin
      Ted RubinCMO, Collective BiasTed Rubin is a leading social marketing strategist and in March 2009 started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship™ — a concept he believes is the cornerstone for building an engaged multi-million member database, many of whom are vocal advocates for the brand, like the one he built for e.l.f. Cosmetics ( as the Chief Marketing Officer between 2008 and 2010, and for OpenSky where Ted was the Chief Social Marketing Officer. His book, Return on Relationship™, was released in February 2013. On May 1, 2011, Ted announced leaving OpenSky and accepting the position of Chief Social Marketing Officer at Collective Bias (whose Advisory Board he joined in January 2011), a company he had worked with closely since it was founded. Ted also is on the Advisory Boards of Blue Calypso, Bluum, Chinoki, OpenSky, SheSpeaks, Zuberance, and Crowdsourcing Week. Ted has a deep online background, beginning in 1997 working with best-selling author, entrepreneur and agent of change Seth Godin at Yoyodyne, which was acquired in Q4 1998 by Yahoo! Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter and has one of the deepest networks of any marketer in the social arena. ROR is the basis of his philosophy ... It's All About Relationships! Ted's personal philosophy: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass ... it's about learning to dance in the rain."
    • Tonia Ries
      Tonia RiesCEO & Founder, Modern MediaTonia Ries has a passion for all things media, and more than 25 years of experience in the media and tech industries. Ries founded Modern Media in 2002 with the mission to help media companies and marketers innovate in a changing market. Today, Modern Media works with clients such as The Wall Street Journal, UBM TechWeb and BizBash  to develop brand strategies, promotional campaigns and new product extensions. Ries and the Modern Media team also produce The Realtime Report and The Realtime Conferences (formerly TWTRCON), the first conference and web site focused entirely on the business use of the social, mobile and realtime web. At a series of five events in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco, Ries hosted media innovators such as Martha Stewart, MC Hammer and Craig Newmark as well as social media executives from brands such as Ford, Intuit, Dell, SAP, JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest Airlines and business technology leaders. Ries regularly blogs about bottom-line case studies and social media statistics for The Realtime Report, speaks at industry events and has been quoted on the business impact of social media by news outlets such as The New York Times and NPR. Before founding Modern Media, Ries was Vice President, Marketing at Ziff Davis Media, overseeing research, marketing and promotional activities for six of the company’s brands. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, she was Vice President, Marketing and Sales at CMP Media, where she developed and led integrated sales and marketing programs for the company’s Business Technology Group. From 1994 to 1999, Ries was Associate Publisher, Marketing for InformationWeek , where she developed and managed marketing and sales strategies, and created multi-million dollar events, online and newsletter brand extensions. Ries grew up in Germany and Belgium. She lives in Montauk, N.Y., with her husband and their yellow lab.
    • Veronika Sonsev
      Veronika SonsevCEO & Founder, inSparq.comVeronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of, a social commerce technology company. She is also a Cofounder of Women in Wireless and the Women In Mobile (WIM) Accelerator. In her 12-year career as an entrepreneur and executive at AOL and Jumptap, Sonsev has built new business lines, developed strategic partnerships and launched international markets. Sonsev earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She recently was honored by Fast Company as one of 60 members to The League of Extraordinary Women. Sonsev was also named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics.  
    • Yao-Hui Huang
      Yao-Hui HuangCEO & Founder, The HatcheryYao-Hui Huang is a highly entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups in many industries with a focus on technology, helping them to grow their organizations in a market-smart and cost-effective way. She founded The Hatchery, a venture collaboration organization with international reach bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors through resources, advisory, funding and building communities. She has had multiple successes as an entrepreneur and supports other companies in advisory and C-level management roles. Yao was named by Forbes as one of eleven women at the center of New York's digital scene, and by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York's Tech Scene. She also traveled with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Indonesia in 2011, as a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Program Delegation. Yao is a sought-after speaker in the areas of building internet companies, technology, social media, and entrepreneurship. Yao and her efforts have been featured in Fortune, Inc Magazine, The Miami Herald, Reuters, Daily News, Red Herring, Crains, and American Venture. She has a particular passion for helping entrepreneurs, women, and social causes with projects in place to build global communities, push more women into executive positions, and fund causes in a scalable recurring way in large scale with a new platform called Win4Causes.
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