Speakers for the 2013 CMS Expo

Sarah Beckley Senior Content Strategist at Razorfish, Sarah Beckley has spent the last fifteen years championing the customer. She works almost exclusively in the insurance and financial services industries, managing content strategy for public website redesigns.

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Mike Vertal is CEO of Rivet Logic, bringing over 20 years of operational, technical and executive leadership experience to Crafter Software. Mike has led Web CMS implementation projects at clients such as Harvard Business Publishing, Marriott and NFL.com.

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Robert Rose Author, Speaker, Chief Troublemaker at Big Blue Moose, Robert Rose's focus is to help marketers become stellar storytellers. Robert is Strategist & Brand Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute and Senior Contributing Analyst for Digital Clarity Group.

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Margot Bloomstein
Author of Content Strategy at Work, and Principal of Appropriate Inc, a Boston-based brand and content strategy consultancy, Margot Bloomstein helps organizations engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity.

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Lorraine Ball, Creative Director of Roundpeg. Lorraine is typically at the center of the managed chaos that is life in a small business. With more than thirty years as a marketing professional (lie, tell her she doesn’t look that old) Lorraine keeps Roundpeg popping with a never-ending stream of new ideas.

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Lisa Sabin-Wilson is co-owner of WebDevStudios – a WordPress design and development company specializing in customized themes and plugins. Lisa is the author of WordPress For Dummies and is the For Dummies brand franchise author on all things WordPress.

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John Price  Marketing Manager for OpenText, John is a forward-thinking Product Marketing pro, focused on CMS & Digital Media. With over 25 years in CMS (digital media, video, etc), he sees today as the most exhilarating time to work in the CMS and marketing arenas!

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Emma Jane Westby ~ There's nobody more engaging in the CMS Community right now than Emma Jane Westby. Author of Front-End Drupal, developer, blogger, and distinguished Canadian Parliamentary candidate, don't miss Emma Jane!

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Jen Kramer Prolific tech-business Author, Speaker, and Instructor at Harvard University Extension School, Jen Kramer delivers no-frills advice for tech savvy marketers worldwide on best practices for practical, adaptive technology and responsive design.

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Nischal Man Pradhan is the Founder and CEO of Braindigit IT Solution, the company behind open source CMS - SageFrame.

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Paul Caluori is the Global Director, Digital Services at Associated Press. Paul directs hosted and white-label vertical services that help AP’s customers develop new revenue from their websites and mobile platforms.

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Tiffany Farriss President of Palantir.net, Tiffany has over 16 years of Web consulting and development experience working with a wide variety of clients in universities, cultural institutions and corporate organizations.

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Terry Walsh currently leads the Sales Organization & Operations practice for Acorn Growth Partners, a Chicago-based management consultancy focused on helping middle market business enterprises attain market traction and profitable revenue growth.

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Kevin Drew Davis is the Executive Creative Director at Digitas Chicago & San Francisco
In his current role, he oversees two Digitas offices on diverse clients like Sprint, eBay, Taco Bell, KitchenAid, etc.

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Felicia Haynes is a Phase2 Project Manager. Felicia manages project timelines, scope and budget, working with both the development team and the client.

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Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products. Shay specializes in user interface design and development. Shay teaches front end design and development classes at The Starter League and helps co-organize Refresh Chicago and UX Happy Hour.

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Robby Slaughter loves content and enjoys helping people work smarter and more efficiently in building their content management workflow. Robby is a Principal with AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm that provides speakers and experts to companies and organizations.

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Joni Klippert is Director of Customer Development for Standing Cloud, responsible for driving growth of the company’s platform and customer base through close integration with sales, business development, product teams, and external partners.

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Aaron Holbrook is a (kick-ass) WordPress web developer and designer, gamer and father. He builds amazing WordPress themes and applications with his company A7 Web Design and has been working with WordPress since 2005.

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Kelly Tetterton is Chief Operating Officer for Duo Consulting, where she has worked since 1999. As a web developer for many years, Kelly channels her extensive, hands-on experience into guiding clients toward option that will work and away from things that won’t.

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Jake Goldman is the President of 10up, a web agency that creates powerful CMS Sites with WordPress, serving brand name clients like TechCrunch, Consumer Reports, NBC Universal Sports, Trulia, Juicy Couture and Bates College.

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Emmanuel Garcin is Vice President at Jahia. Emmanuel brings one and a half decade of international general management experience to his role, having worked in the US, Europe and Asia.

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Jeff Eaton brings nearly two decades of web development experience to his role as Senior Architect at Lullabot. He's designed and implemented large-scale web platforms for clients including Sony/BMG Music, Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, Harvard University, World Wrestling Entertainment, Verizon Wireless, and more.

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Jan Lofgren is currently an independent sales consultant. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Global Business Development at Eved, the market leader in Event Commerce.

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Michael Reynolds is President/CEO of SpinWeb – a digital agency located in Indianapolis, IN. Michael regularly blogs, publishes educational industry content, and speaks at conferences around the country covering topics like social media strategies, inbound marketing, and technology.

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Elie Auvray is CEO and co-founder of Jahia Solutions Group. Elie is a natural-born software entrepreneur who believes that great value comes from mixing opposites.

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Thad Martin has led Acquia's business development efforts in the Central US, working to ensure clients are successful with Drupal.

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Fredric Mitchell is the Web Development Manager, or head nerd wrangler, at Orbit Media Studios in Chicago. In his non-working hours, Fredric enjoys spending time with his wife, Kimberly, son, Gregory, daughter, Kathleen, and dog, Drupy.

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Kieran Lal is the Technical Director of Enterprise Sales at Boston-based Acquia. In this role, he provides technical leadership to the Acquia sales team and works closely with Acquia's customers.

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John W. Cary is the Director of Digital Products for The Nation Magazine in New York City. The magazine provides critical and independent reporting and opinion on news, politics, and culture.

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Tony White is Founder of Ars Logica an analyst firm focused on helping companies evaluate their WCM requirements and assisting with software selection. Tony also assists WCM vendors in market analysis and planning their product roadmaps.

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Harlan Wallach, Media Technology Architect, is Head of the Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) Academic and Research Technologies (A&RT) Advanced Media Production Studio (AMPS).

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Paul Orwig’s path to OSM President began nearly 20 years ago after earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

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David Skarjune is a publisher and consultant at Word & Image, providing publishing and content solutions for authors, artists, and organizations. He has worked with content and publishing systems in a variety of roles including writer, photographer, journalist, editor, designer, developer, system architect, and trainer.

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Dave Schneider has worked with online content creation for 4 years and is currently the primary editor of Siteimprove's US website.

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Steven Pignataro is the founder of ‘corePHP’. Steven has worked professionally in the field since 2001. In that time, he has worked on thousands of development projects of all kinds, from enterprise e-commerce sites to small ‘mom and pop’ websites, and still maintains most of them.

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Avery Cohen helps marketers use interactive media to gain actionable insights into customer needs to rethink their brand experience, optimize sites and troubleshoot drops in traffic or conversion rates on web sites.

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David Aponovich is Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, where he researches and writes on web content management and digital experience (DX) technologies, strategies and trends. He is co-author of the forth coming report, “The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management for Digital Experience, Q1 2013,” which analyzes 10 WCM platforms.

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Scott Liewehr Founder of Digital Clarity Group and Host of the webcast CMS Connected, Scott is an analyst, consultant, speaker, writer and digital strategist. His writing and opinions can be found in publications and trade journals throughout the industry.

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Robert Jacobi is President of Arc Technology Group, one of the foremost experts in CMSs & web development, specializing in Joomla solutions for business. Robert works with Fortune 50 Companies, mid market businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Bob Canaway, VP of Marketing at Ektron, is focused on combining the power of Ektron WCM and digital marketing optimization with modern marketing automation and analytics tools to maximize business results.

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Justin Kerr A master moderator, always curious interviewer, open source technologist with deep-down creative & business roots, Justin is refreshingly opinionated; a veteran web producer, designer, writer and developer.

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Jonathan Shroyer and co-founder Steven Pignataro have positioned their firm - 'corePHP' - as one of the most innovative web studios you'll ever find. Jonathan may look like a boy scout, but he's one "bad ass" designer.

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George DeMet Since 1994, George has managed and overseen the development of a full range of custom interactive Web sites and Internet-enabled software for corporate, educational, cultural, and non-profit clients.

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Michael Uzquiano is the CEO and founder of Cloud CMS. Michael has been involved in the enterprise content management industry for over 15 years, holding key positions at many influential CMS companies including Trilogy, Epicentric, Vignette and Alfresco.

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David Hobbs helps organizations get control over their website transformations, from strategy through implementation oversight. David is author of Website Migration Handbook v2.

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Dr. Daniel Mittleman is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University where he teaches coursework in content management system, web design, and collaboration technologies for virtual teams.

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Matthew Lechleider - ever helpful, Matthew is the lead organizer of the highly successful Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group. He is an active member in the ACM, IEEE, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for Computing Disciplines.

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Lisa Waters - At Verndale and its subsidiary Current Digital, Lisa develops and manages Technology and Agency Partner relationships. Lisa has over 15 years of experience of Direct Sales and Channel Partner Management experience in software, IT, Professional Services. Lisa was most recently with content management system provider Sitecore and worked with Ektron earlier in her career.

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Nick Martinelli is the Web Development Manager at Sourcebooks, Inc. an independent book publisher based in Naperville, IL and brings to the table over 10 years of development experience.

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Rafael Corral is a Software Engineer with the Backup Team at Barracuda Networks. Rafael has developed many website applications over the years and specializes in website application security and dynamic applications.

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Josh Caldwell is a Senior Developer at Phase2. Josh specializes in pairing a beautiful, intuitive interface with a solid, well-designed backend product.

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John Eckman is the Managing Director of the Boston office of ISITE Design. He's also a frequent speaker on CMS issues and a lead contributor to the CMSMyth blog.

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Sarah Mansberger serves as the Director of Development and Communications for The Cara Program, where she oversees fundraising and marketing communications for The Cara Program, its social enterprises and Quad Communities Center for Working Families.

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Tom Wentworth is Acquia's Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for global marketing strategy and execution.

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Joel Hughes, SVP eMedia & IT for Scranton Gillette Communications, Inc., brings over a decade of varied and seasoned experience in B2B publishing technology to Scranton Gillette, having worked in all areas of tech from desktop support to web development over the years.

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Kevin de Leon is a Manager for Acquity Group, a leading global Brand eCommerce® and digital marketing company based in Chicago. He serves on global enterprise content management (ECM) projects. AG's major business-to-business clients include Adobe Systems, Inc., Grainger, Airgas, MSA – The Safety Company and Veolia Environmental Services.

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Robert Nowak is President and founder of Aluent Group. Aluent Group provides highly effective digital strategies utilizing the Joomla and Drupal content management systems.

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Steve Heye is the Manager of Technology at The Cara Program in Chicago, where he oversees technology strategy and IT operations. Steve has an extensive background in technology and IT management.

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Jake Trussell is Creative Director for World Business Chicago (WBC) a public/private economic development organization chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a Board of Directors comprising some of Chicago's top executives. Jake's responsibilities include creative strategy and design of digital and print media.

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Liz Strauss is CEO and Founder of Chicago's highly successful SOBCon Business Conference. Huffington Post named Liz to their Top 10 Influencers Alive List. Liz Strauss is a high energy master teacher, an

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Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report, a news and blogging site he founded in 2006 focused primarily on content management systems. Bryan has spent the last twelve years motivated by his passion for information systems and information technologies.

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Ryan Thrash is Co-founder and President of MODX CMS. An outspoken and active proponent of HTML5, CSS3 and mobile tech, Ryan's role as technologist, architect and strategist bode well for a growing MODX community.

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Michael Assad is the co-founder and CEO of Agility Inc. – makers of fine content management software. A casualty of the dotcom bubble burst in 2001, he’s never really held a real job. Turning to freelance work, he led the growth of Agility to become the fastest growing web development company in Canada for multiple years running, and then on to become a leading CMS provider.

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Dennis Kmetz is the Director of Interactive Media at Taylor Bruce Design Partnership, where he specializes in front-end Joomla! website development.

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Mike O’Leary is the founder and CEO of Ambir Technology, a leading provider of scanning and electronic signature solutions. With more than 25 years of experience in the digital imaging field, Mike has learned that bridging the gap between sales and marketing can be rewarding, yet challenging work.

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John & Linda Coonen co-host the CMS Expo. With over 25 years in marketing, research and strategic planning for start-ups, political campaigns and non profits, John & Linda launched the CMS Expo in 2008. Their formula: invite the best in the CMS Community to showcase what they can do to empower others.

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