Presenters

Let’s meet the lineup of presenters and performers scheduled to be at SOBCon09!

Chris Brogan

Chris is President of New Marketing Labs, a new media marketing agency, as well as the home of the New Marketing Summit conferences and New Marketing Bootcamp educational events. He works with large and mid-sized companies to improve online business communications like marketing and PR through the use of social software, community platforms, and other emerging web and mobile technologies. Chris is a ten year veteran of using social media and both web and mobile technologies to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at chrisbrogan.com, a blog in the top 10 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati.
Chris Brogan and Julien Smith return to SOBCon this year with a preview of their first book, Trust Agents. What makes people succeed online, and why do they fail? Julien and Chris show six ways people develop influence on the web, showing you how you can do the same for your business.

Dave Bullock

David Bullock is best known for introducing the advanced testing and tracking and innovation method known as Taguchi-TRIZ to the internet marketing space. His students using these methods have increased conversion rates as much as a documented 600%. He built a successful online/offline business after a $100,000,000 international sales career in the industrial automation and manufacturing industry. His practice has been featured in both Direct Marketing News and Black Enterprise Magazine.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark, Copyblogger, is an Internet marketing strategist, content developer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney. In addition to building four successful offline businesses using online marketing techniques, he has sold scores of products and services online via joint venture and affiliate arrangements.

Saul Colt

Saul’s title at Internet pioneer FreshBooks is “Head of Magic”. Called a Marketing Genius by many, Saul Colt is a modest man who just happens to be the Smartest Man in the World and quite possibly your guilty pleasure! Saul is an accomplished marketing professional, with more than a decade of diverse high-level experience and a respected publisher, having led his company SSS Comics to infamy, super-hero style. A successful serial startup-preneur, Saul’s personal blog is Saul Colt: Smartest Man in the World! He is also a popular speaker, his most recent talk is titled: “How to make love to your customers”.

Chris Cree

Chris is a former Naval Officer with over 10 years experience post Navy in the business world. Much of his career has been in operations and most of that has been in the maritime industry. He knows how to get things done, and make things happen. As an operations guy, Chris understands how important it is for your business to get the most from its resources and spend money as efficiently as possible. As your business blogging consultant Chris sees his job to be helping you successfully integrate blogging into your overall business strategy. Blogging is his “thing” and he’s passionate about it because he understand show tremendously beneficial it can be to your businesses profitability.

Jason Falls

Jason is Vice-President, Director of Interactive and On-Line Communications at Doe-Anderson in Louisville, Ky. He is also the author of SocialMediaExplorer.com, an Advertising Age Power 150 blog. Falls is a frequent speaker at conferences nationally and internationally and has developed innovative social media programs and worked with notable brands such as Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, The National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville Slugger and Humana.

Lauren Freedman

In 1994, Lauren Freedman leveraged her 15 year retail and catalog career and passion for merchandising to found the e-tailing group, inc. The firm’s mission was, and continues to be, providing strategic and e-commerce solutions to online merchants as well as businesses targeting that market. An extensive client list has included Fortune 500s and start-ups. From involvement with the initial launch of sites like Toys “R” Us, The Vitamin Shoppe and Kodak to specific initiatives for clients including Scholastic, J.Jill, Orbitz, USA Today, CTW and MSN, her role becomes Strategist, Merchant, Facilitator, Educator and Spokesperson. As a veteran and visionary within both the Retailing and the Internet industries, Freedman is a frequent resource to the trade and business press and her speaking engagements have spanned the globe. Freedman most recently completed her first book, It’s Just Shopping, which provides a comprehensive; behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of multi_channel selling. The book served as the basis for her foray into teaching at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where she was nominated for Most Valuable Teacher award in 2003.

Chris Garrett

Chris Garrett is a professional blogger, Internet Marketing Consultant, writer, coach, and web geek. You know him from such sites as ASPToday, ASPAlliance , Threadwatch, Performancing, ProBlogger, Copyblogger, and The Blog Herald. Since 1994, Chris has helped thousands of individuals, non-profits, small businesses and blue chips make the most of the web. In 2005 Chris founded a company to help businesses achieve more with Online Media called OMIQ.

Glenda Watson Hyatt

Glenda discovered blogging four years ago. In doing so, this insightful and humorous woman, who doctors labeled as “non-verbal” because of her cerebralpalsy, found a way to communicate with the world. She found her voice. Known as the Left Thumb Blogger, her warm and welcoming blog increases awareness and understanding for improving accessibility for people with disabilities. After working for ten years with three levels of government, transit authorities and non-profit organizations to increase the accessibility of their websites for people with disabilities, Glenda is now combining her web accessibility expertise with her passion for blogging and her first-hand experience living with a disability to work with bloggers to create an accessible blogosphere.Using text-to-speech software with PowerPoint to accommodate her significant speech impairment, Glenda delivers powerful presentations wherever she presents.

Geoff Livingston

Geoff has worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. region for 15 years. Dubbed a “local blogging guru” by the Washington Post, Geoff’s award-winning book on new media “Now is Gone” was released in 2007. The book has been cited by the Wall Street Journal as a valuable resource for social media. Some of his experiences include Bartleby Books, United Way, Save Darfur, the Consumer Electronics Association, Ford Motor Company, the Washington Nationals, Network Solutions, Sully Erna (Godsmack lead singer), Verizon Wireless and many others

KD Paine

KD Paine has been called Queen Of Measurement, but prefers Sashet, the Goddess. KD is the CEO and founder of KDPaine & Partners LLC and author of, Measuring Public Relationships, the data-driven communicators guide to measuring success. She also writes the first blog and the first newsletters dedicated entirely to measurement and accountability. In the last two decades, she and her firm have listened to millions of conversations, analyzed thousands of articles, and asked hundreds of question in order to help her clients better understand their relationships with their constituencies. People talk, we listen.. KD blogs at kdpaine.blogs.com.

Wendy Piersall

A year ago, Wendy was eMom the blogger at eMomsatHome and the author of Inspired Business Growth at Entrepreneur.com. Today, she’s CEO and Founder of eMomsatHome.com, The Internet Home Business Magazine for Moms and Dads, which will soon include some 15 blogs.

Melissa Pierce

Melissa Pierce is passionate about learning how technology has changed the way we think of ourselves both as a society and as individuals. She’s interested in understanding why it has enabled us to live more spontaneous less planned lives, and is bootstrapping the documentary film Life In Perpetual Beta to explore these issues. In May of 2008, she accidentally became a documentary film producer after using her family’s handy camera to record a conversation she had with author Dan Pink. Hell bent on doing exactly what she loves for the rest of her life, Melissa is determined to unmask the link between creativity and authenticity, and share her findings with the world. When she isn’t filming you can find her speaking at conferences, crashing private parties, making art out of duct tape, and discovering the wonders of Chicago with her three precocious children.

Kali Evans-Raoul

Founder and president of The Image Studios, Kelly epitomizes everything she believes in. Her passion for self-actualization is evident in her own life and in the lives of those whom she touches, whether they are her employees, clients, friends, or the young men and women she mentors. Kali has the rare combination of both technical knowledge and marketing savvy. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked in research & development, marketing and consumer education for a range of companies, including Soft Sheen (L’Oreal), Kraft Foods, and the boutique haircare and beauty company Dudley Products.Kali remains close to the industry as an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), and volunteers monthly with Look Good Feel Better (LGFB). She also participates in several community mentoring programs and keeps a hands-on feel for the business by periodically supporting The Image Studios’ hair styling team. Kali serves as president and leader of the Studios’ team of image experts.

Rajesh Setty

Rajesh’s mission in life is to bring good ideas to life. With love! Rajesh is involved in a few companies in some combination as a founder, operating executive, board member and/or an investor. Apart from that, he has written a few books and is working on a number of them. His first book was published at the age of thirteen. While he is not building companies or writing, he enjoys speaking at conferences and company events. You can read his latest thoughts on his blog Life Beyond Code or on Twitter at UpbeatNow. If you are really curious to know the events that shaped his thinking, you can read his story so far here. Rajesh lives in the Silicon Valley with his wife Kavitha and son Sumukh.

Julien Smith

Julien Smith has been involved in web communities since 1995, from local BBSes to early flashmob communities. He was an among the first adopters of podcasting, and he now actively works with startups to help build a trusted audience on the web. Julien’s podcast, In Over Your Head, was one of the first in Canada and has played extensively on Sirius Satellite Radio. He blogs at inoveryourhead.net. Chris Brogan and Julien Smith return to SOBCon this year with a preview of their first book, Trust Agents. What makes people succeed online, and why do they fail? Julien and Chris show six ways people develop influence on the web, showing you how you can do the same for your business.”

Terry Starbucker

Terry is a native Midwesterner now living on the East Coast, spreading “realistic optimism” through a philosophy he calls “Half-Fullism“. He’s been in the business world for over 25 years in various leadership positions, most recently as a senior operations executive for a service business based in the Rocky Mountain west. Terry is a constantly learning student of leadership and personal development, and shares his ideas, experiences and knowledge through his blog, Ramblings from A Glass Half Full and through his contributions to joyfuljubilantlearning.com.

Liz Strauss

Liz Strauss is perhaps the most influential relational blogger on the Internet. Her blog Liz Strauss at Successful Blog is both a destination and an event for a fiercely loyal community of readers. Liz is known as a relationship geek, a person who answers every comment, and someone who never sleeps. If you ask her about it, she’ll tell you she lives inside your computer. Some folks have started to believe that. She believes blogging is about the people and, as part of her B.A.D. Blogger program, Liz calls a blogger a day to find out more about the folks who blog. Liz Strauss has worked in print, software, and online publishing with small companies and corporate giants such as Pearson, Reed Elsevier, and Wolters Kluwer. She conceived and drove the reader-centered strategy that turned around a sharply declining company, taking it from $9M to sell for $35M in 3 years. Her presentations are known for being fun, insightful, and packed with quality content. Successful-Blog.com Thinking, writing, business ideas. You’re only a stranger once.

Char Polanosky

The SOBCon 09 website was designed by Char a web marketing and design strategist with more than 12 years active experience. Check out more of her fantastic design work at Keystrokes Design & Marketing

Karen Putz

Karen is deaf mom of three deaf and hard of hearing children. Her husband is deaf too. She was a full-time Mom until a couple of years ago when she took up a part-time job providing early intervention services to families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Karen sits on the board member of Hands & Voices and runs the Illinois chapter. About a year ago, Karen decided to pursue her first love: writing. She began freelancing for a writing company. Karen is also a writer for Disaboom, Parenting Squad , Chicago Moms Blog and a couple of other places. She also works for CSDVRS, a company that provides videophones and relay services. Karen runs a blog about Jobs, Careers and Callings for deaf and hard of hearing people. That blog was born when she realized she wanted her kids to know about deaf and hard of hearing people in the work place– something she didn’t have while growing up. Her latest project is Home on the Waterfront, a website that features living near water–be it a lake, river or ocean.

Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle is a public speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Another is as a transient traveling the world as part of the duo team of VanFossen Productions, professional nature photographers and writers presenting workshops and programs on travel, writing, and nature photography. Called a blog evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes about everything WordPress, blogging, and social media, covering more than you may want to know about how all this blogging business and social stuff works. Lorelle is also the author of the popular Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, a book covering the basic to intermediate tips you need to know before and during your blogging experience, the first book of its kind. She shares her many years of online journaling, web writing and publishing, and blogging experiences as one of the first website owners and publishers on the web. Her first site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, is dedicated to providing educational and experiential information on travel, nature photography, travel photography, and life on the road. Lorelle also covers genealogy on Lorelle’s Family History Blog, focused on genealogy and her family’s ancestors. Lorelle is also a regular columnist for the Blog Herald, Blogger and Podcaster Magazine, Darren Rowse’s Problogger, and a member of the 9Rules Network.

Denise Wakeman

Denise is an online marketing strategist who’s specialties include, business blogs, electronic newsletters (ezines), automated marketing systems, social media marketing, and ecommerce solutions. With nearly two decades of business and online marketing experience, she help authors, speakers, service professionals, and small business owners set up and optimize great blogs as well as strategically use social media tools to gain visibility, build credibility and manage their online reputation so they can attract more clients and more opportunities. Denise has been using the Internet as a marketing tool since 1996; she write regularly on four blogs and has co-authored many blogging programs including “Build a Better Blog,” “Better Business Blogging” and “The Blog to Book Project.” Denise frequently speaks at conferences and workshops about business blogging and how to create massive online visibility as well as gain expert status through social marketing.

Zena Weist

Zena is a digital practitioner and social media strategist with over 15 years of online marketing expertise including executive leadership in digital start-ups, account management with interactive agencies and client-side roles in online brand engagement, project management, and web implementation with Sprint, Hallmark and, currently, EMBARQ.  She is an iWorkingmom who’s passionate about her four fun-loving kids, one adorable husband, customer advocacy, autism awareness, craft beers, red wine, all things chocolate and running.  Zena co-founded the Kansas City Chapter of the Social Media Club. She is a Direct Marketing Association ECHO award recipient.  Her University of Kansas undergraduate degree is in Journalism – Advertising. She holds an MBA in Direct Marketing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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