Speakers and Biographies

October 23-24, 2018 | Bellagio, Las Vegas


Amit Aggarwal
Senior Director, Digital Solutions
J.D. Power

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Amit is a Senior Director in J.D. Power's Digital Solution Group, with a focus on translating the results of research studies into actionable recommendations for clients. He is passionate (and opinionated) about reducing obstacles in the online customer journey and creating better outcomes for his clients. Amit has also worked as a market research product manager, CRM consultant, and programmer.

Amit has an MBA from UCLA and a BS in Computer Science and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction from Stanford University. He enjoys rock climbing, whiskey, and yelling at the television while watching football.
Gideon Akande
Fitness and Wellness Coach
Creator of the popular RIPTENSITYTM DVD series from Men’s Health, Gideon Akande is a passionate ambassador for fitness and health. He inspires and elevates people of all ages through his high-energy classes, corporate wellness programs, speaking engagements, and charismatic online presence: Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and the Huffington Post each have named Gideon’s Instagram account (@getfitwithgiddy) as one of the best fitness accounts in the country.
National winner of the Men’s Health’s Next Top Trainer competition in 2015, Gideon twice has been featured in the print magazine (13M U.S. readers) and often shines as a fitness expert on menshealth.com (11M monthly visitors). In 2017, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global selected Gideon as one of 20 leading fitness experts nationally; the Chicago Sun-Times published a three-page spotlight on Gideon’s training tips, and GQ.com showcased his expertise in its online fitness series. Gideon also has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, WGN-TV, FOX 32 Chicago, and in Shape magazine, which in 2014 selected him as one of the 50 Hottest Male Trainers in America.
A Chicago native and lifelong athlete, Gideon won consecutive Chicago Golden Gloves boxing titles in 2013 and 2014. He earned his BA in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a four-year running back and kick returner, football team tri-captain, and recipient of the prestigious Presidential Service Award.

∗ GQ.com – Contributor
∗ Men’s Health – Contributor to DVDs, instructional videos, and fitness initiatives
∗ NordicTrack – iFit Elite Trainer
∗ Propel – Ambassador
∗ Vital Proteins – Sponsored Athlete

Education and Honors
∗ National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
∗ 2015 Men’s Health Next Top Trainer Winner
∗ 2013-2014 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion
∗ BA, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)

∗ gideonakande.com
∗ Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube: /gideonakande
∗ Instagram, Twitter: @getfitwithgiddy

Gideon Akande ▪ gideon@gideonakande.com ▪ 773-882-9560
Ameneh Atai
Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President of Business Development, Ameneh Atai leads a global team dedicated to the growth of Advertiser client acquisition. She joined Nielsen in 2015 through the acquisition of eXelate. Atai brings diverse knowledge to the MarTech space as her previous roles were in Director of Solutions Architecture and Director of Artificial Intelligence Solutions; her strengths are in advising and working directly with marketers and advertisers. She is extremely client focused with a strong background in data driven software solutions and extensive experience in the digital advertising ecosystem. Atai has contributed to publications such as Adweek and appeared as a keynote speaker at Ad Exchanger events.
Atai started her career in Systems Engineering and held positions at International Submarine Engineering and Engineering Consulting, designing autonomous submarines and Big Data collection and monitoring infrastructures. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering – Electronics from Simon Fraser University and holds two US patents in systems design, one of which has been with collaboration with University of Waterloo.
Lance Bachmann
Founder, President and CEO
Lance Bachmann is founder, president, and CEO of '1SEO.com IT and Digital Marketing', a full-service global digital marketing firm based in the Philadelphia, PA. area. As a Google Premier Partner, top 2%, a Microsoft Partner, and a Facebook Marketing Partner, Bachmann and his team of over 100 digital marketers provide end-to-end solutions for their clientele with a full suite of services like search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC), social media optimization (SMO), website design, content development and email marketing.

In just 9 short years, Lance Bachmann has become renowned for his expertise and he is regarded as one of the leaders in the digital marketing space because of the results his agency produces for their clients. Bachmann and 1SEO.com cultivate an online presence for their clients to harvest leads, closes, conversions and profits.

In fact, Bachmann and 1SEO.com have accumulated numerous awards and other accolades for their efforts;
  • Inc. 5000 Award, 4 years running- 1SEO.com is recognized as one of the world’s fastest-growing private companies, 2014-2017
  • Philadelphia 100 Award Winner - Hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement in the Philadelphia region
  • Corporate Culture Award from SmartCEO - Award from SmartCEO that celebrates achievements of businesses and executives throughout the region
  • Soaring 76 List - The Philadelphia Business Journal’s initiative to identify fastest-growing companies near Philadelphia
  • AVA Digital Award - Gold Winner- Recognized excellence of creative professionals responsible for concept, planning, design, and production of digital communication
Bachmann has an extensive resume when it comes to speaking experience and has spoken at some of the best events in the digital marketing sphere, including Pubcon, the JD Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable, Affiliate Summit, and Ungagged. Bachmann often speaks to local business owners educating them on the value of optimizing conversions through integrated digital campaigns to help their business’s grow.
Andy Barnet
Vice President, Western Advertising Sales
Andy Barnet is Vice President of Western Advertising Sales at Xandr. In his role, he is responsible for leading data-driven advanced advertising partnerships and cross-screen targeting capabilities across 25M HH subscribers and 147M devices. His experience consists of leading high-performance teams, data driven analytics, cross-screen targeting, interactive advertising and combining data and technology to power ROI marketing strategies.

Prior to joining Xandr, Andy Barnet held positions at AT&T, DIRECTV, Telemundo and NBCUniversal in a number of different capacities focused on reaching unique consumer segments and delivering result-driven media.

Andy Barnet graduated from the University of Arizona with B.A. in Media Arts.
Doug Betts
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Automotive Operations
J.D. Power
Doug Betts is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Automotive Operations at J.D. Power. He is responsible for leading the strategy and operations for J.D. Power’s entire automotive division, which includes the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2017, Mr. Betts was at Apple, Inc., where he helped lead the introduction of Apple’s latest product innovations. Previously, he held senior executive roles in global manufacturing and quality at FCA-Chrysler Automobiles as senior vice president & global head of quality; Nissan Motor Corp, Americas as senior vice president of total customer satisfaction; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana as general manager, quality for Tundra, Sequoia and Sienna.
Mr. Betts received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Greg Bohl
Vice President of Artificial Intelligence
HARMAN Connected Services
Greg Bohl is Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence organization for HARMAN Connected Services. His work with analytics was launched over 20 years ago while at the Sabre Group and has continued through several companies including multiple start-ups. Greg has worked globally with OEMs defining a path of how Machine Learning and artificial intelligence can be used in the connected car. Publications range from numerical studies in clean technology through patents for predictive systems and methods used in the automotive industry. Greg has earned a BS-IS and MBA from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Pierre Bouvard
Chief Insights Officer
Pierre Bouvard is Chief Insights Officer for CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One. He develops media and marketing insights to support the combined companies’ 1300+ media sellers. He works with brands and agencies to craft targeting and measurement solutions.

Previously, Bouvard was SVP of Sales for TiVo Research & Analytics where he led cross-media targeting and measurement engagements for Procter & Gamble, Comcast, Turner Broadcasting, and NBCU. As President of Sales for Arbitron Inc., Bouvard launched Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) and created the out-of-home and custom research divisions.

Bouvard was also EVP at Coleman Insights, a leading radio industry market research and consulting firm. At Coleman, he helped launch the nation's first Hip Hop formats in Los Angeles and New York City and led the programming and marketing strategies of successful major market radio stations.

Bouvard has served on the boards of Adify and TRA Inc. and currently serves on the boards of the IRTS, a leading media charity in New York City, and the Library of American Broadcasting. Bouvard has advised a number venture funded companies. He currently advises Affinity Answers, a social media audience targeting solution, and Vadio, a digital music video application.
Paul Burani
Sales Director, Automotive
Paul Burani joined Foursquare in 2018 as Sales Director on the East coast, overseeing Foursquare’s relationships with brands & agencies while building out its Automotive center of excellence.

Prior to this he spent six years at Google, initially with a specific focus on driving digital progress within the automotive aftersales/parts & service industry. In 2013, he joined the emerging Global Accounts organization to lead Google’s partnership with General Motors, driving joint business planning and gaining global & regional support for key initiatives. Having also worked on partnerships with Fiat Chrysler, Daimler and BMW, Paul then led global automotive strategy for a vertical workforce of 250 sales people, unifying teams via strategic planning, research and business development. Throughout his tenure, Paul was a regular presenter at new hire orientation on topics of corporate strategy, mission and company culture.

Originally an entrepreneur of the agency world, Paul was previously Partner at Web Liquid (now House of Kaizen) in charge of global search strategy & operations. He joined after their acquisition of Clicksharp Marketing, a digital media agency he founded in 2007.

A native of Italy, Paul has also lived in Germany and Denmark. He studied Communications at the University of Michigan, with an MBA in Global Marketing from Suffolk University, and also was part of the Innovation & Business Development Program at Copenhagen Business School. Currently he lives in the New York City area with his wife and two children.
Caen Contee
Founding Team, VP of Marketing, BD, & Intl. Expansion
A seasoned startup executive, Caen is a founding member at Lime where he now leads Marketing, Business Development and International Expansion.

With more than 10 years of operating experience in high-tech, venture-backed companies, he’s raised $20M+ in capital for personal ventures, negotiated deals over $40M dollars, led marketing campaigns greater than $5M, grown mobile products to over 10M users, and currently advises companies generating millions in revenue.

Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston) he earned a 4.0 GPA while at Dartmouth College as well as NSEP-Boren and Freeman-Asia scholarships to study business and language in China. A lover of cultural collision, he developed proficiency in Portuguese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Arabic.

A chef, biker, runner, and eternal optimist he focuses his time on catalyzing social impact companies. He's called San Francisco his home.
Brian Diamond
VP Group Director
Canvas Worldwide
Brian Diamond, VP, Group Director Strategy at Canvas Worldwide, has 20 years of experience as an agency-side marketer working across retail, consumer packaged goods, luxury, automotive, and travel. Brian was recently recognized for digital innovation as part of Facebook’s annual Business Case Study awards and was nominated by his peers for Thinkla’s Agency Person of the Year award. Prior to Canvas he led the Regional Strategy team at Initiative. His favorite punctuation mark is the comma.
Dean Evans
Chief Marketing Officer
Hyundai Motor America

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Dean Evans is the chief marketing officer for Hyundai Motor America. In this role, he is responsible for all marketing activities for the carmaker in the United States. During his tenure at Hyundai, Evans and his talented marketing team have led numerous innovative and award winning programs. Under his direction, Hyundai became the first car company to win the USA TODAY Ad Meter with the spot “First Date” at Super Bowl 50 and produced several firsts with “Operation Better,” an emotional reunion and tribute to the U.S. military that was shot, edited and produced during Super Bowl 51. He has inspired his team to modernize Hyundai’s marketing portfolio through expanded digital marketing efforts, industry-first programs such as Prime Now, Drive Now with leading brand Amazon, and branded content pieces with partners like Buzzfeed. Most recently, Evans has led the effort behind the development of an innovative retail experience, Shopper Assurance, transforming the way customers shop for and buy a new car. Evans has more than 25 years of deep and broad experience in automotive, including leading roles with automakers, digital marketing agencies and dealerships. Prior to joining Hyundai, Evans was the chief marketing officer of Subaru of America from 2011-2014. Evans has also been an entrepreneur-executive in several successful automotive digital marketing start-ups, including serving as CEO of LotLinx Inc., chief marketing officer of Dealer.com, and vice president of marketing of Dealix.com. He began his career as a Pontiac sales consultant in Boulder, Colo. and spent time as a general manager at a metro Chrysler dealership, as well as at Land Rover. Evans has made multiple appearances on the Forbes World’s Most Influential CMO list. In 2018, he was ranked No. 8 and was the highest ranked CMO from a global automaker.
Ali Fawaz
Senior Director, Worldwide Automotive
Ali Fawaz is the Senior Director, Worldwide Automotive for Reputation.com. He carries a passion for making innovative waves in the customer shopping experience. He’s lead work for brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Cadillac to elevate their online reputation. Providing strategic direction that paved the way for the development of scalable & measurable marketing solutions in the automotive digital, and social media landscape. Ali Graduated from the University of Michigan with studies in corporate communication. Today he works with automotive OEM’s to leverage data, directories, and online reviews to catapult the retail dealer’s online presence.
Reinhard Fischer
Vice President, Chief Digital Officer & Strategy
Audi of America
Reinhard Fischer is Vice President, Chief Digital Officer & Strategy, at Audi of America, with responsibility for implementing one digital strategy covering customers, retail partners and Audi of America. AUDI AG has assigned a crucial role to Audi of America for reaching the parent company’s own goal of becoming the undisputed global premium-market leader by 2020, and Fischer is the person most responsible for focusing the company on how to reach that long-term objective. He leads the development of digital platforms and technologies to better serve Audi customers and dealer partners, strategic planning, implementing strategy, setting performance benchmarks for the future, optimizing relationships with Audi dealers, and formalizing and cultivating an internal corporate ethos. Fischer was named Chief Digital Officer in 2017, after a varied auto-industry career. He joined BMW after college as an industrial engineer in Germany and then moved to the company’s U.S. sales subsidiary, where he specialized in supply-chain planning. At one point, Fischer managed a multi-franchise dealership in Columbus, Ohio, that included Audi and BMW. Audi recruited him from there in 2002. Subsequently, Fischer overhauled the company’s Certified pre-owned program, headed the new-car sales department and was chief of dealer network development before his current role. Fischer is German and was born in Saudi Arabia, the son of a transnational executive for Pepsi Bottling.
Anne Frisbie
Senior Vice President of Global Brand & Programmatic
Anne is the Senior Vice President of Global Brand & Programmatic at InMobi. In this role, she oversees InMobi Exchange, advertising sales in North America, and also leads InMobi's global brand strategy.

Prior to InMobi, Anne managed revenue for Yahoo! as Vice President of Category and Sales Intelligence, providing strategic insights and digital media solutions to leading brands and agencies. A digital-media industry veteran of over 20 years, Anne’s experience also includes founding an e-commerce company and directing publisher development at what is now most famously known as Elon Musk's first start-up, Zip2.

Anne currently sits on the Digital Video Board at the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence and has been featured on Business Insider’s list of Most Powerful Women in Advertising.

Anne holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, is an avid wine collector and a proud mother of three children.
Damian Garbaccio
Executive Vice President
Damian Garbaccio stands at the forefront of sales and marketing by providing value and progressive martech solutions to some of the largest brands in advertising today. As a calculated risk taker with deep industry knowledge, he leads Nielsen’s sales, strategy and client services for all brand-direct teams in the U.S. and Canada. He also oversees business development efforts, which include: Nielsen Marketing Cloud, Advanced TV (Set Top Box, OTT) and all in-flight measurement initiatives (Automotive, CPG, and Retail), as well as Nielsen's traditional data sales and analytics business.

With over 17 years of experience in advanced marketing tech, digital media, and online advertising, Garbaccio has always been driven by his core values of integrity, innovation, and growth. He was previously the Global Chief Revenue Officer of eXelate where he grew revenues exponentially across core DMP, analytics and attribution businesses while cementing partnerships with its largest clients including Google, Nielsen and MasterCard, as well as leading agencies and channel partners. Garbaccio successfully positioned eXelate for rapid growth and its eventual acquisition by Nielsen in March of 2015.

Prior to eXelate, Garbaccio led business development (behavioral solutions) and built the data targeting business at AOL’s Advertising.com. Garbaccio received a BA from Vanderbilt University, and Master's Degrees from Fordham (MBA) and Boston University (MS – Management Information Systems).
Brad Girson
Director of Advertising Partnerships
The Atlantic
Brad Girson is Director of Advertising Partnerships at The Atlantic, where he leads the publisher's work with automotive partners. Before moving into his current role, he worked as a senior creative strategist at The Atlantic's award winning in-house content studio, Atlantic Re:think. Girson was previously on the agency side of the business, shaping digital media strategy for technology and consulting brands. He is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans.
John Gray
Global Automotive Strategy Lead
John leads industry strategy for Automotive at Pinterest. John joined Pinterest from GTB, where he held leadership positions across Media and Technology teams. At GTB John led advancements in addressable TV, programmatic media, and pioneered Ford’s early use of social media platforms. Previously, he was VP of Interactive Media at Enlighten, and a partner and an associate communications director at JWT in Detroit. John is currently pinning ideas for a home movie theater, unique storage spaces and stylish footwear. John continues to be an industry thought leader through national speaking engagements at events like JD Power AMR, Oracle Drive Summit, and Advertising Week, as well as remaining active locally speaking at 313 Digital and the University of Michigan events.
Seth Greenfield
Co-founder and CEO
Seth Greenfield is a co-founder and CEO of imperson, imperson develops, hosts and manages enterprise chatbots for sales and marketing. imperson offers proprietary conversational AI technology, state-of-the-art bot development solutions and a full-service studio already trusted by leading brands including Disney, Microsoft, Amazon, National Geographic, Universal, Moet Hennessy, Jack in the Box, Hyundai, CBS, Warner Music and more.

Seth has led the development of numerous conversational chatbots, enabling brands to leverage one-on-one conversations at scale to grow their business and strengthen customer engagement and loyalty. He grew up in New York City and worked on Wall Street during the computer revolution, where he regularly scoured reports for new inventions and trends. After decades of success with his own business, Seth left the financial industry to lead imperson and continue his passion for discovery.
Dave Habiger
President and CEO
J.D. Power
Dave Habiger is President and CEO of J.D. Power, the global leader in consumer data & analytics. The company serves a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, utilities and hospitality and travel. Mr. Habiger is a seasoned technology sector visionary who has led several initial public offerings and served as CEO of multiple public companies listed on both the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2018, Mr. Habiger was a Founder and Partner of Silicon Media Partners. Previously, Mr. Habiger served as CEO of Textura (NYSE: TXTR), CEO of NDS Group, and President and CEO of Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), each of which saw significant growth and success under his leadership. Mr. Habiger served as Chairman of a governmental Electric Vehicle Commission to design infrastructure for charging stations and he is a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, as well as, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also a director of several public boards and is a member of the board of trustees at Rush University Medical Center. Mr. Habiger was also named as an Entrepreneur of the Year award by EY (formerly Ernst & Young). Mr. Habiger received an MBA from The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Norbert College.
Paul Imhoff
Director, Marketing Communications
Hyundai Motor America
Paul Imhoff joined Hyundai Motor America in March 2016 as director of Marketing Communications. Imhoff is responsible for brand strategy, national and regional advertising, experiential marketing, auto shows, branded content, social media and multicultural marketing.

Since joining Hyundai, Imhoff has led and contributed to numerous successful campaigns, including Hyundai’s well-regarded Super Bowl commercials, “Operation Better” in 2017 and “Hope Detector” in 2018. He’s also overseen Hyundai’s NFL partnership and experiential activations at some of the league’s biggest events, such as the NFL Draft and Kickoff.

He’s helped launch innovative branded content initiatives, such as the football-themed “Rolling with the Rookies” and “Homecoming” with the Players’ Tribune, and Kamp Kona and Young Entrepreneurs with Buzzfeed. He’s also led the development of new social media influencer campaigns for Hyundai’s youth-oriented and family-focused vehicle. In 2018, Imhoff launched Hyundai’s successful return to motorsports in the Pirelli World Challenge TCR series.

Imhoff brings a wealth of marketing and media experience to the team, most recently consulting with companies focused on automotive sales training, ride and drive events, as well as YouTube attribution and SEM.

Earlier in his career, Imhoff served as the director of Global Marketing Communications for Fisker Automotive (Now Karma Automotive), where he coordinated the international launch of the Fisker Karma, in addition to holding prominent marketing and advertising roles at various companies, including ESPN. He also worked at Saatchi & Saatchi on the Toyota business where he launched the first-ever Tundra among other vehicles.

Imhoff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Advertising from Arizona State University.
Gregory Johns
EVP, Chief Digital Officer
Canvas Worldwide
Greg Johns is the EVP, Chief Digital Officer at Canvas Worldwide in Los Angeles. His background spans multiple disciplines and markets, with expertise in digital analytics, digital technology platforms, digital operations as well as global digital strategy and investment. Greg also oversaw Canvas’ two main clients, Hyundai and Kia while at Initiative. He previously led the digital group at PHD in Los Angeles, overseeing a diverse group of clients including Mitsubishi, Overture Films and California Lottery. With PHD New York, Greg oversaw all digital operations and platforms for North America before moving to Omnicom Media sibling agency Annalect. There he served as Director of Media Technology, providing his digital strategy and investment expertise in the building of a wide array of technology solutions across OMG’s stable of Fortune 500 clients. Greg then returned to the automotive sector as Global Digital Lead on General Motors with Carat Detroit, overseeing both global digital strategy as well as Chevrolet US digital strategy and investment. Greg is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at USC.
Joel Johnson
Service Director
Audi Plano
Joel Johnson started in the automobile industry back in 1992 as an accessory installer for a manufacturer. In 1995, the port he was working at merged with another port and required him to make a decision to move or stay where he was and start working at a car dealership. He started as a Pre-Delivery technician, moved to used car technician, and then moved to main line technician within 2 years. He decided as a mainline technician that he really wanted to work with people and decided to take a job selling aftermarket accessories to dealers. He did that for about 2 years and got recruited by a dealer in 1999 to start their Pre-owned Certification program. At that same location, he moved from the Pre-owned certification program to internal advisor to service advisor. In 2001, he moved to a different dealer where he started his service management career as a Service Drive Manager. He has been in the Automotive service industry for a short time of 25 years.
Val Jones
VP, Group Director
Reprise Digital
Val Jones is the VP, Group Director leading the mobile practice nationally for Reprise out of Detroit. She started her career in DR, very focused on driving measureable outcomes for her clients, which became the foundation for the results-oriented mindset she’s brought with her ever since. In the years since then she has invested her time in media planning, investment, and mobile roles spanning many client verticals, including automotive, technology, retail and more. She has been helping FCA to drive outcomes for their business for over 7 years through launching new nameplates with unified media plans, leading the shopper digital upfront, negotiating best-in-class global partnerships and building meaningful connections with consumers through thoughtful mobile strategies. Val is passionate about technology and innovation, being a life-long learner, and the pursuit of ever-better measurement.
Moderator: Jim Justinich
Director of Power Information Network (PIN) Retail
J.D. Power
Jim Justinich is a Director on the Power Information Network® (PIN) team at J.D. Power. He is responsible for developing partnerships with automotive software providers who meet the criteria for joining the PIN Trusted Provider program. The PIN Trusted Provider program allows qualified partners the ability to integrate and visualize PIN data on platforms where automotive retailers are making business decisions.

Prior to joining J.D. Power, Jim has worked in roles at Cox Automotive, Reynolds and Reynolds, and multiple automotive software startups.
Dave Katz
Managing Director, Media Practice
As managing director of Domo’s media practice, Dave Katz oversees the development of solutions that help advertisers improve the efficiency and effectiveness of marketing, sales and operations. He joined Domo from Univision's programmatic & data team where he served as vice president and general manager. There, Dave created a platform to help advertisers achieve success by finding their optimal audiences. In previous roles at Time Inc. and Hearst, Dave developed data-driven advertising capabilities for national and local clients. He evangelized the effectiveness of scaled audience marketing. Prior to working on the publisher side, Katz sharpened his data and advanced analytics skills on the buy side at MediaVest and Cadreon working for clients such as P+G, Verizon and J&J. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Applied Mathematics, Dave developed algorithms to optimize publisher inventory yield as one of the first employees at Admeld, a company acquired by Google in 2011.
Chris King
VP, Client Marketing Services
J.D. Power
Thomas King
Senior Vice President, Data & Analytics, J.D. Power
J.D. Power
Thomas King is the Senior Vice President of the Data & Analytics division at J.D. Power. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company’s growing D&A segment, including oversight of revenue and profitability; business development initiatives; marketing; budget management; new product development and execution; and other general operational plans. Most recently, King served as Vice President, PIN OEM Operations, Digital Marketing Analytics, and Auto Finance. In this role, he led the company’s newly combined PIN, Digital Marketing Analytics and Auto Finance practices. Previously, he was the Senior Director of PIN Consulting & Analytics and was responsible for the ideation, creation and delivery of all PIN client-facing services including analytical reports and consulting services. Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2005, Mr. King was in Global Market and Industry Analysis at General Motors. There, he analyzed the U.S. automotive industry, focusing on sales, pricing and incentive dynamics. Mr. King received a master’s degree in economics, management and materials science from the University of Oxford in England.
Patrick Leber
Senior Digital Manager
Patrick Leber is a Senior Digital Manager at IWA in Huntington Beach, CA, working primarily on chat-focused projects as a member of the Hyundaiusa.com (H.com) team. His background spans 10+ years in account management and account strategy across a variety of marketing categories including Automotive, CPG, and Technology. His alma matter is the University of Arizona and he currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.
Russell Lemmer
Russell Lemmer, President and General Manager at Dealerware, is a storied business builder known for developing mobility concepts into high-value businesses.

In his role, Lemmer is currently growing the Dealerware SaaS business by helping those in the automotive space (dealerships, dealer groups and big auto manufacturers) use technology to better manage growing fleets, from loaner cars to subscription units. Using Dealerware, customers become more profitable: they reduce costs, create efficiencies, and elevate their customers’ experiences.

How? We transform many of retail automotive’s old-fashioned business practices from analogue to digital; from disparate to connected; from manual to automated; and from tedious to elegant.

Dealerware is managing tens-of-thousands of vehicles for hundreds of dealerships; working with 9 of the top 10 public auto groups and more than sixteen OEM brands.

This year alone we’ve helped our customers save millions of dollars. Millions matter.

Prior to leading the Dealerware business, Russ co-founded Silvercar in 2011, and was the driving force behind the framework to elevate Silvercar as an industry disrupter. He held roles at the company including Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Strategy and Growth.

Prior to Silvercar, Lemmer served as an Associate and Venture Capital Investor in Austin Ventures and Consultant at Bain & Company where he mastered the art of identifying viable, disruptive business ideas and strategic problem solving.

Russ is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.B.A. in Business Honors and Finance. He resides in Austin, Texas.
Luis Malave
Senior Digital Producer
As a Sr. Digital Producer at IWA in Huntington Beach, CA, Luis has a deep passion and love for the digital technology space, with over 20+ years of digital production experience, starting in New York and continuing through his present career at IWA. With a hunger for being in the trenches of production and a long history of producing projects for large brands, his ultimate goal is to always to not just think outside the box, but to create an entirely new one. His alma matter is F.I.T. in New York and he currently lives in Irvine, CA.
Melissa Matthews
SVP of Content - Jaguar Land Rover
Currently leading Content initiatives for Jaguar Land Rover at dentsu X, Melissa has a diverse background in media, strategic partnerships, strategy, content and experiential across a variety of clients ranging from Toyota, AT&T, Sony Pictures and McDonald’s. Melissa specializes in creating integrated marketing platforms, partner programs and experiences that ultimately connect brands with consumers on a deeper level. She is intrigued by the ability to leverage data-driven insights to inform and navigate content creation, innovations and partnerships.

Prior to dentsu X, Melissa was the SVP of Marketing and Innovation at The Story Lab focusing on the expansion of the Dentsu Aegis Content offering, brand storytelling and custom content experiences. Melissa led new, engaging ways to connect with consumers through entertainment and partnerships. She did everything from development of Content and Measurement Strategies, imagining and executing immersive experiences to working with partners on branded integrations.

Melissa began her career at Saatchi Los Angeles on the Toyota business, leading Communication and Channel Planning, Branded Integrations, and Motor Sports.
Anne McGraw
Senior Manager, Social Media Marketing
Nissan North America
Anne McGraw leads social media strategic planning, governance, creative development, and channel operations for Nissan’s Marketing Communications team. She joined the organization in 2011 working on the Nissan LEAF launch program, and the following year designed and launched Nissan's social media customer care department and command center. With a deep background in customer experience, digital transformation, and B2C advertising and marketing, she brings a unique blend of skills to her roles and is passionate about driving change and innovation. As her boss likes to tell her, “It’s good to have dreamers on the team."

Anne graduated with a business degree from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where she met her husband, Ryan. They live in Nashville, Tennessee with their two daughters, two cats, and 4 african dwarf frogs that were sent home from a 3rd grade classroom before we found out they live for 10-15 years.
Kelly McNearney
Senior Automotive Retail Strategist
Kelly McNearney is Google’s Senior Automotive Retail Strategist based in Venice, CA. She has spent 5 years with Google coaching automotive retailers on reaching in-market shoppers with the right message at the right time. She has conducted keynote addresses at Digital Dealer, DMSC, ALR, the Google Automotive Retail Summit, AIADA, JD Power and numerous OEM-specific conferences. Prior to joining Google, Kelly spent 9 years at ESPN in Customer Marketing and Sales. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in Journalism and Spanish. She is a thinkLA Person of the Year award winner and is the SoCal regional lead on GoogleServe, Google’s annual volunteerism initiative. She lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and is always looking for tips on interesting travel destinations.
Jeff Miller
Global Head of Creative Strategy
Jeff Miller is the Global Head of Creative Strategy at Snapchat.

Jeff is a proven marketing leader with platform, client and agency experience. He was recognized recently as one of AdWeek’s 2018 Young Influentials across Media, Marketing and Tech.

His team at Snapchat works across 15 global markets. They partner with clients to build best-in-class mobile campaigns that drive business and cultural impact. His team has won 19 Cannes Lions for Creative Excellence in partnership with creative agencies.

Before Snapchat, Jeff spent six years as a client at PepsiCo leading Digital Strategy for Gatorade and managing the iconic Tropicana brand.

He began his career at Ogilvy crafting award-winning campaigns for American Express. He then earned his MBA at Emory University with concentrations in Marketing and Corporate Finance.

Jeff spends his downtime singing Disney karaoke – sometimes even with his kids.
Michael Monroe
VP, Marketing
The Atlantic
Michael Monroe is the vice president of marketing for The Atlantic. He is also head of the publisher’s in-house studio, Atlantic Re:think. In that capacity, he oversees all content strategy and content development. Under his leadership, Re:think has been named “Content Team of the Year” and “Best In-House Studio” by the Digiday Content Marketing Awards, earned the top honor of “Best Content Studio” at both the Digiday Publishing Awards and Digiday Publishing Awards Europe, and was named “Studio of the Year” at the 2017 Native Advertising Awards. Prior to joining The Atlantic in 2016, Monroe held marketing and content leadership roles at Forbes at Conde Nast. He was invited to join Min’s Marketing Hall of Fame in 2016, and he is a graduate of Boston University.
Dan Moore
As President of VistaDash, Dan Moore draws on extensive experience in marketing and leadership that gives him a unique perspective on automotive and brand marketing. Being a big idea thinker and strategist with boots-on-the-ground experience at the dealership has given him an excellent reputation in the auto industry.

Originally from the Sacramento area, Dan previously served as Sr. Director of Marketing for VinSolutions, before that as CEO at Smart Web Concepts, and he has also served in a variety of management positions within automotive dealerships.
Michelle Moore
Head of Advanced Solutions & Digital Banking
Bank of America
Michelle Moore is responsible for developing and executing Bank of America’s mobile and online strategy, operations and transformation. She is also responsible for the financial center channel distribution and growth strategy, the ATM distribution network and advanced client solutions. Moore’s team consists of approximately 3,500 employees across the country. Moore is focused on providing customers a full range of financial products and services, delivered with unmatched convenience and an exceptional client experience across all channels including mobile, online, call centers, interactive voice systems and new advance financial centers. Bank of America is a leader in Mobile and Online Banking serving more than 36 million digital clients including 25 million active Mobile Banking app users. Since 2003, Moore has held a number of leadership positions at Bank of America, including National Client Experience executive, Chief Operating Officer for Global Commercial Banking, finance executive for Commercial Banking, finance executive for Real Estate Services, and Checking Products executive. Moore serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Leadership Advantage Program, co-executive sponsor of the bank’s Disability Network, and also serves on the board of Hope Haven, Inc. Moore was named 2017 Digital Bank of the Year by American Banker and was included as 2017 Innovators to Watch: 44 Executives Shaping the Future of Banking by Bank Innovation. Moore also served as a Bank of America Global Ambassador to Vital Voices. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She resides in Charlotte with her husband and two sons.
Peyman Nilforoush
Peyman is the CEO and Co-Founder of inPowered which is the programmatic content amplification platform of choice for the world’s largest brands such as Mazda, Jaguar Land Rover, LG, L’Oreal, Disney and many more. inPowered has been named the best content amplification platform by Digiday and one of the top tech marketing companies to watch by VentureBeat.
Peyman along with his brother Pirouz previously founded NetShelter in 1999, which became the world’s largest technology property on the web before being acquired by Ziff Davis in 2013.The company’s fast growth earned numerous distinctions in the Inc 500|1000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Profit 100 and the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100.
A visionary tech and media entrepreneur Peyman has been a featured TV guest on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, BNN and quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and was named to the 2010 Who’s Who in Business Publishing by BtoBOnline’s Media Business Magazine. He was also a recipient of Profit 100’s Young Entrepreneur Award for being the youngest CEO on the Profit 100 list of fastest growing companies in 2009. Peyman is also a Charter Member of C100, which supports and mentors Canadian entrepreneurs.
Brenda Novo
Director of Channels & Connections
The Bravo Group, Mazda Latino
Brenda is a highly respected leader with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of results and accomplishments. As a bilingual digital marketing professional with experience in planning, executing, and analyzing multi-platform campaigns, she transforms brand stories into actionable, channel specific strategies that are grounded in integrated KPIs and client business goals. She employs strategic approaches client objectives, focusing on innovation and sophistication of digital strategies. Brenda’s specialties include technical, conceptual and content development for digital media campaigns.
Christi Olson
Head of Evangelism for Bing
Christi is the Head of Evangelism for Bing at Microsoft and is on the Board of Directors for the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) and the University of Idaho School of Business. For over a decade Christi has led Digital Marketing teams at Microsoft, Expedia, Harry & David, Pointmarc and Point It. She is passionate about search marketing and has spent her career helping businesses solve their marketing challenges and goals through studying and analyzing data to develop actionable insights and strategies. Christi has been recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the top 25 Most Influential PPC Experts in 2018, 2017 and 2016 and 2015. Her love for digital has driven her to speak at hundreds of conferences including AdWeek, the American Marketing Association, Digital Dealer, Digital Marketing Conference Series, SMX, PubCon, HeroConf and Search Insider Summit. She is a contributing author about all things marketing, search and Conversational AI on sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Mumbrella, Search Engine Land, and Search Engine Journal. She is the proud Wife and the Mom of an active 2 year old boy.
Wendy Olson Killion
Global Vice President, Business Development
Expedia Group Media Solutions
Wendy Olson Killion is a global vice president at Expedia Group Media Solutions where she oversees business development and marketing partner relations, leading teams around the world in the creation and implementation of innovative digital media campaigns across the portfolio of Expedia Group travel brands. She previously directed global product development and marketing for the entire suite of advertising products, including display, email, social and mobile solutions.

Before joining Expedia Group, Wendy led product management of the emerging channels and brands at Cars.com, including their mobile offerings. Wendy also previously spent five years at J.D. Power and Associates where she managed a suite of publications aimed at defining automotive marketing online for OEMs and automotive dealers, and co-founded the Automotive Marketing Roundtable conference. Wendy is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and lives in Seattle with her family.
Mark A. Ortiz
Head of Digital Marketing
Mark Ortiz is a veteran of creating and managing marketing campaigns that build real engagement and relationships for organizations and individuals. Mark has over 24 years of automotive marketing experience with multiple brands working within various capacities throughout his career. Mark grew up in Huntington Beach, California and attended California State University Long Beach and is currently working on his MBA. He is a Results-producing integrated marketing leader who has lead complex digital executions throughout his career, in addition Mark has choreographed successful marketing strategies across all channels that align with core business objectives. He currently lives in downtown Huntington Beach (in the same town he grew up in—how weird is that?) where he surfs 2-3 times a week with his youngest son Quinn.
Mike Perugi
Automotive Industry Strategist and Principal Consultant
Mike is a Detroit native, and spent the majority of his 24 year career working for Chrysler in the Automotive Industry. He has the distinction of having been an Acxiom client while at Chrysler and HealthPlus prior to joining them in January 2016. Instrumental in the first automotive (1995), owner services (2006), and healthcare (2014) industry changing branded websites; affinity programs, emerging technology brands/services including the launch of Uconnect Connected Vehicle Systems and Chrysler invested Sirius Satellite Radio (2003), product/lifecycle extensions, profitable manufacturer and service vendor partnerships. Auto websites won more than four GLIMA Best Website awards and six interactive International Automotive Advertising Awards from 1996-2000. A University of Detroit graduate with a BS in Marketing Management and MBA in Finance/ Economics started in consumer products at BIC, then the former Chrysler Corporation Mopar Service and Parts Division. He created service contracts, the first automotive affinity credit card with the Avco/Chrysler VISA in 1985, service marketing programs and after a 10-year absence, wholesale parts strategies. Mike also led Dodge Division marketing vehicle launch teams on the ’94 Neon,’96 Dakota, ’98 Dakota R/T, ’97 Durango and ’99 Dakota Quad Cab- first mid-size four-door pickup. Also created processes for media value added programs and CRM as the Consumer Communications Manager. As Chrysler Division Marketing and Planning for Concorde, LHS and 300M, he led the Concorde redesign launch and creation of the 300M Special from a Pebble Beach Concours concept. From 2003 to 2006, he led the marketing launch team, and was Brand Manager of the “most awarded vehicle ever,” the successful Chrysler 300. Over the course of his 25 year+ career, Mike was an industry and corporate spokesperson on television nationally for CNN, through Autoline This Week, in local market interviews at major metropolitan newspapers and has presented in front of the National Association of Newspaper Publishers, National Hockey League Commissioners Forum, Foresee Summit, American Marketing Association, National Auto Dealers Association(NADA), Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA), J.D. Power Automotive Summit with articles and quotations appearing in Automotive News, Wards Auto, AutoWeek, MotorTrend, Luxury Coach and Transportation, among others and as the singular spokesperson interviewed for specialty publications around the Chrysler 300 published by Petersen.
Chad Pollitt
VP Marketing
Chad Pollitt, a decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and former US Army Commander, is the Co-founder of Relevance, the world's first and only website dedicated to content promotion, news and insights, and is the current VP of Marketing for inPowered. He’s also an Adjunct Professor of Internet Marketing at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and an Adjunct Instructor of Content Marketing at the Rutgers University Business School. Chad is a member of the Advisory Board for blockchain technology companies Swachhcoin and AdHive. A member of a Forbes Top 100 list, Chad authored “The Native Advertising Manifesto,” “The Content Promotion Manifesto” and “51 Things Your Mother Taught You About Inbound Marketing.” He is a regular contributor to industry media outlets, including the Huffington Post, Guardian and Social Media Today. He has been creating profitable online campaigns for over 16 years for some of the World's most recognizable brands. This was achieved all while delivering tens of millions of dollars of tracked return. In addition, he's driven over 100,000 leads and 24,000 marketing qualified leads in less than 10 years. Named a top five content marketing thought leader and top 20 CMO influencer, he continues to innovate by leading the emerging industry of online content promotion and distribution, and blockchain in advertising.
Elizabeth Primm
Director, Automotive Industry
Elizabeth Primm is the Automotive Industry Director at Twitter, managing the automotive business for the company nationally. She is responsible for the team that works with Fortune250 OEMs and associated agencies on advertising strategy, content best practices, and additional areas of focus (i.e. PR and customer service). She is also a social media marketing instructor at UCLA Extension. Before Twitter, Elizabeth spent 6 years at Google and YouTube in sales & digital strategy. Elizabeth received her MBA from UCLA Anderson and her B.A. from UCLA. She lives in Mar Vista with her husband, Matthew, her daughter, Harper and her pit bull rescue, Amelia.
Peter Quinones
Digital Marketer
Peter started in the Automotive biz in 2005 integrating navigation systems and Bluetooth systems into vehicles before manufacturers adopted these technologies. He graduated college from Florida International University with a triple major in Management, Finance and International Busines. Peter is focused on bridging the gap between Digital Marketing and the DMS. In the process of trying to find solutions, Peter decided to build a strategy to encourage text messaging at the store level in order to leverage this communication channel for true sales attribution. Peter is considered a forward thinking user expert in the fields of Big Data and Data on-boarding via CRM and the texting platform. He is a popular speaker at many industry events.
Michael Riley
Head of Industry - Automotive Vertical, Detroit
Michael Riley is the Head of Industry – Automotive Vertical at Nativo in Detroit. Michael has spent time working in telecom, helping digital start ups launch in the Detroit market and helping lead auto sales/strategy. At Nativo Michael helps by leading Nativo’s largest vertical(automotive), where they sit between both Advertisers and Publishers. In this role Michael has helped in advancing the strategy of how brands look at automotive content distribution and leveraging content to drive both branding and sales.
Bernardo Rodriguez
Chief Digital Officer
J.D. Power
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Bernardo Rodriguez is the Chief Digital Officer at J.D. Power, responsible for advancing J.D. Power’s digital transformation by leading new product development, branding, marketing and mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he will be responsible for the design and content of J.D. Power’s digital interface with clients and consumers. Mr. Rodriguez joined J.D. Power in 2017 from Huge, the global full-service digital agency, where he served as Managing Director of Strategy, partnering with Fortune 100 companies on the design and execution of product and brand strategies, enterprise transformation and innovation. Previously, he served as a Managing Director at Accenture, the global management consulting and professional service company, where he led the firm’s North American Digital Strategy Practice for telecommunications, media and technology. Earlier, Mr. Rodriguez served as Chief Digital Officer at Kaplan Test Prep, a top provider of educational and career services, where he was responsible for digital transformation in technology, data science, user experience, online learning, Kaplan publishing and innovation. Mr. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Venezuela and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Colorado. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jared Rowe
President and CEO
Jared Rowe is the President and CEO of AutoWeb. Jared brings more than two decades of key management experience across the automotive and marketing industries, holding senior positions at FordDirect, Cox Automotive, and Cerberus-backed YP Holdings. As president of YP Holdings, Jared was instrumental in the improvement of YellowPages.com’s business operations and its eventual sale to Dex Media in 2017. While at Cox Automotive, he served as president of the Media Solutions Group, where he was responsible for leading the Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Dealer.com and Haystack businesses. Jared holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, as well as a dual Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and Automotive Marketing from Northwood University.
Ben Sarmiento
VP Sales, Auto
Ben Sarmiento is VP Sales, Auto at Eyeview Digital where he oversees the automotive business for the West Coast. He works closely with all Asian Imports and their respective agencies, strategizing and developing personalized video programs across Tier 1 and Tier 2. Before Eyeview, Ben worked at other start-ups including Jumpstart Automotive Media pre and post-acquisition, and at various publications selling P4CB. Yoga Journal and Smithsonian Magazine being his favorites. Prior to sales, Ben started his career working on the other side of the desk in media planning and buying at several LA agencies including RPA and Mindshare. Ben is actively involved with thinkLA, an organization serving Southern California’s advertising and marketing community. He serves as Co-President for thinkLA’s Council, Co-Chair for the annual IDEA Awards Gala, and committee member for the annual Automotive Breakfast event. Ben also won thinkLA’s Sales Person of the Year Award in 2013. Ben grew up in Napa Valley wine country. Exploring new restaurants and enjoying Napa cabs are his passion, but has aspirations to one day produce vino in Happy Canyon. Being a UCLA Alum, Ben is an avid Bruin. He lives in Del Rey (aka Marina del Rey adjacent) with his wife, Justina, son, Myles, and labradoodle, Berkley.
Will Sayre
J.D. Power
Lance Schafer
General Manager, Product and Technology
Lance Schafer joined the team in April of 2015 and serves as the General Manager of Product and Technology for LotLinx. He helps lead and direct the Product and Technology team in the creation of valuable products for the Automotive Digital Marketing industry. Combining his Digital Marketing and software development expertise, Lance helped introduce machine learning to LotLinx’s massive ad network and co-developed a technology patent.   Lance, who is based out of our Canada office, came to LotLinx following a 20-year career managing investment opportunities in the technology and digital media spaces. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Lance has been CEO and Co-Founder of many business ventures, including co-founding LemonFree.com – a comprehensive online automotive shopping and research marketplace. LemonFree,com went on to be acquired by LotLinx in 2015, thus bringing Lance to our team. He has a Business Degree from the University of Manitoba.
John Schurger
National Manager, Retail Marketing
Kia Motors America
Jon Schurger is the National Manager, Retail Marketing, at Kia Motors America, where he oversees strategy and execution of all Tier 2 and Tier 3 marketing and communications activities. Jon joined Kia Motors America in June 2017.
Jon brings 20 years of automotive experience to Kia. He began his automotive career in high school working on the retail side of the business at his family’s Chrysler dealership. While in college Jon interned for a Honda of America Manufacturing partner. Jon came to Kia from Toyota Motors North America, where he worked for 13 years in various Marketing and Sales roles.
Jon earned his M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management and his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Indiana University. Jon currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Lusanna, daughter, Gabriella, and son, James.
Wendell Scott
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Disney Global Advertising Sales
Wendell Scott is senior vice president, sales and marketing, ESPN. In this role he oversees multimedia sales teams in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, and leads the company’s multicultural sales efforts along with managing sales for ESPN’s syndication and event properties.

Previously, Scott served as vice president, multimedia sales, where he oversaw the New York-based sales team and developed new and incremental business by selling multimedia programs across all ESPN-branded entities.

Scott joined ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales as an account executive in May of 2000. In 2003, he was named vice president, ESPN Emerging Networks, overseeing a sales team representing the ESPN Classic and ESPNEWS networks, as well as the ESPN Original Entertainment properties before being promoted to vice president, multimedia sales in 2005.

A 20-year veteran of the media and advertising business, Scott began his career as an assistant media buyer at Corinthian Media; a media planner at Slater, Hanft, Martin; and a media planner on Visa credit card business for BBDO, where his lifelong interest in sports directly paralleled Visa’s foray into sports media. His contributions helped lead Visa as one of the premier sports marketers in recent history positioning them among many sports leagues including the NFL, NASCAR, and the Olympic Games.

Scott graduated from Northeastern University in 1989.
Kimberly Smith
West Coast Director
Kimberly Smith is the West Coast Director at Foursquare, the leading location intelligence company. She oversees the Brand Partnership team, and works directly with a number of the Ad Age 100 and Fortune 500 brands and their agencies on media strategy, activation and measurement with the use of real world foot traffic intelligence. Previously, was the General Manager of Mobile at Flashtalking and Head of North America Sales & Strategy for Appsnack, an Exponential division.
Sheila Soldivillo Gilbert
Client Partnerships Lead, Automotive
Since joining Facebook in 2013, Sheila has worked closely with automotive marketers and agencies to build partnerships and innovative go-to-market strategies that drive business results. In fueling her passion for championing women, Sheila heads up Facebook’s “Women in Automotive” initiative, where she helps build meaningful & enriching connections among women within the industry. Prior to Facebook, Sheila worked at RPA and Saatchi & Saatchi, managing the national advertising business for major import automotive brands, including American Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Sheila is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and resides in Redondo Beach where she and her husband are proud new parents of their son, Payton.
Eric Taub
Contributing Writer, Automotive
New York Times
For more than 20 years, Eric Taub has been a contributing writer on automotive and other technology topics for The New York Times and other major publications. During its life, he was also the automotive reviewer for The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s pioneering online tablet newspaper.

Eric wrote the best-selling business book, Taurus: the Making of the Car That Saved Ford. It told the insider story of how Ford came back from the brink of bankruptcy thanks to the development of one of the industry’s most-influential vehicles.

Eric is also the author of two other books written for popular audiences: Gaffers, Grips, and Best Boys describes the Hollywood movie production process, while Does This Plug into That? simplifies the confusing world of consumer electronics. He is also the contributor to two New York Times books.
Antonio Tomarchio
Founder and CEO
Antonio Tomarchio is the founder and CEO of Cuebiq, a location intelligence company allowing businesses to gain actionable insights about consumers’ offline behaviors and trends. Antonio is an impressive entrepreneur who founded his first company, Ecom, at 19 years old. He went on to found PreCYdent and then AdRight. As co-founder and CEO of AdRight, Antonio led the company to a successful acquisition by Dada in 2009. He then became Dada’s Head of Product and R&D, overseeing global strategy and product development. This experience directly prepared him to found Beintoo, a mobile user acquisition and retention company. In his 6 years as Beintoo’s CEO, Antonio oversaw the rapid expansion of the company’s mobile marketing and location intelligence operations, which ultimately led to the creation of Cuebiq in February of 2016, which is now a leading location intelligence company with the largest, most accurate location database in the world, reaching 2 in 5 anonymous smartphone users worldwide. With 5 offices across United States, Italy, and China, Antonio is focused on growing Cuebiq’s footprint and helping its clients drive their business and marketing strategies with an outstanding suite of products providing actionable location insights, geo-behavioral targeting, cross-channel attribution, and real-time campaign optimization. Antonio holds an M.S. in Mathematical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan and a double degree in Engineering Science from the Ecole Centrale de Paris. Since his college years, he published several studies on performance-based advertising algorithms and network theory. Antonio was also named Top 40 Under 40 by DMN.
Michael Tuminello
VP Solutions and Partnerships
Michael Tuminello is VP of Solutions and Partnerships at Innovid, working with clients, partners, and industry trade groups to help pioneer a new generation of video and TV marketing. He previously managed the development of rich media creative formats and authoring tools at Mediamind (now Sizmek) and Unicast, where he also managed the development of the ad server. Earlier experiences include design and development of an specialized IM client for Wimba (now part of education giant Blackboard), several years of hands-on experience as a multimedia designer and programmer, a few years playing in a band in NYC, and a stint teaching English in Japan.
Alexi Venneri
Co-founder and CEO
Digital Air Strike
Alexi Venneri co-founded Digital Air Strike, the award-winning social media technology, digital engagement, and A.I. powered intelligent messaging company that works with thousands of dealerships, seven of the top eight OEMs and 27 of the top 30 dealer groups. Prior positions include President of Auto Media/Blue Flame 6 (part of The Van Tuyl Automotive Group), VP of Marketing, PR & Investor Relations at DealerTrack (TRAK), CMO at Who’s Calling and Director of Marketing for the Major League Baseball team the Seattle Mariners. Alexi is an accomplished public speaker and author of the best-selling book Balls! Six Rules for Winning the Business Game. Alexi has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Calgary and she is an accredited trainer at the University of Washington as well as The Pacific Institute. She supports numerous charitable organizations and works closely with ARME and the Beagle Freedom Project, nonprofit organizations that rescue and rehabilitate animals.
Chris Vessey
Director of Partnership Development for Bing
Chris brings to the table 15 years of digital media experience with most of it focused exclusively on Automotive. He has worked extensively across the Tier III marketplace and has a keen focus on search display, along with building insights and analytics that help fuel performance media. Currently, within Microsoft, Chris continues his passion for Auto, serving as the Director of Automotive Partnerships.
Shane Wiley
Chief Privacy Officer
With almost 30 years of experience in software engineering, product management, and policy related responsibilities; Shane is a recognized leader in developing sound policy solutions to cutting edge technology challenges. As the Chief Privacy Officer, Shane advances Cuebiq’s commitment to their “gold standard” of privacy, including applying GDPR-like framework for user information and consent across all app partnerships. Shane also spearheads Cuebiq’s privacy technology project, leveraging blockchain to create an open data marketplace to bring economic value not just to data companies and their clients, but to end users as well.

Prior to joining Cuebiq, Shane was Vice President of Privacy at Oath and also led the Privacy and Data Governance team at Yahoo supporting over 1.4 billion users across hundreds of products, services and platforms in over 80 markets in 40+languages operating across PC, mobile devices and cutting-edge consumer electronics. Mr. Wiley received his undergraduate education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – B.S. Aerospace Engineering and is a Certified International Privacy Professional.
Edwin Wong
SVP, Research and Insights
Edwin Wong is Senior Vice President, Research and Insights at BuzzFeed. He leads research efforts to identify key trends in consumer behavior and help advertisers capitalize on these trends to effectively connect with their core audiences. Most recently head of Insights at Pinterest, Edwin has been studying digital consumer behavior for nearly 15 years. Prior to Pinterest, Edwin held numerous insight roles at Yahoo for over a decade. Edwin has been published in the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Magazine, Journal of Social Psychology, and Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA). He received his BA from Pomona College.
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