Great Minds Thinking Differently


It is difficult enough to keep up, let alone stay in the lead in digital marketing. Speakers at ad:tech are selected based on inventive ideas and strategies. Our breakout speakers are never "pay-to-play" so you can expect agnostic, bias-free instruction from top brand, agency and publishing organizations.

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    Samir Arora

    Chairman & CEO | Mode Media

    Samir Arora is a co-founder and the first investor in Mode Media and has served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2006. He was the interim Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006.  He is the Chairman of Information Capital LLC, a vent... more

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    Naama Bloom

    CEO & Founder | Hello Flo

    Bio coming soon. 

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    Patrick Cassidy

    Global Digital Brand Marketing | New Balance

    Patrick Cassidy joined New Balance late last summer, where he leads global digital brand marketing. He is responsible for establishing and directing the brand’s evolving social media and content strategy and for driving innovation in brand storytellin... more

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    Alan Cohen

    Co-Founder | Giant Spoon

    Alan Cohen recently co-founded a new, innovation-driven marketing agency that focuses on idea-centric strategy and lives where content, digital, technology and innovation collide. Giant Spoon fills the gap between large creative agencies and media agencies ... more

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    Seth Combs

    CMO & Co-Founder | SOL REPUBLIC

    From Fortune 500 companies to Bay Area start-ups, Seth Combs has helped brands successfully navigate the online space with precise messaging and dynamic digital marketing strategies.

    After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Seth launch... more

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    Scott Cronin

    VP, Channel Solutions & Marketing | Aerva

    Scott drives company business development, sales and marketing for Aerva’s cloud-based digital engagement software platform. Scott helps clients enable real-time interactivity between social, mobile and digital displays across retail, OOH and enterpri... more

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    Lin Dai

    CMO | Keek

    As Chief Marketing Officer of Keek, Inc. Lin is responsible for the day-to-day marketing operation, overseeing content, media, creative, public relations, promotions and partnerships. He works closely with Global CEO on developing content and revenue opport... more

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    Candice Faktor

    General Manager | Wattpad

    Candice Faktor is a disruptive innovator with a passion for growing consumer Internet businesses. Candice is the General Manager of Toronto-based Wattpad, a new form of entertainment that combines social, mobile, and reading. With 6 billion minutes spent pe... more

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    Don Faul

    Head of Operations | Pinterest

    Don is Head of Operations at Pinterest, where he oversees the community and operational teams focused on putting Pinners first while creating an engaging and valuable environment for brands, through scaled and timely responses and building feedback-driven p... more

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    Chris Field

    Executive Director | Mercy Project

    Bio coming soon. 

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    Ian Fitzpatrick

    Chief Strategy Officer | Almighty

    Fitzpatrick is a founding partner at Almighty, where he heads up a research and strategy practice charged with designing more-relevant experiences, services and systems centered on user needs and behaviors.

    In his ten years at Almighty, Fitzpatrick ... more

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    Toyce Francis

    Webmaster | NY Dept of Planning & Urban Renewal

    Bio coming soon. 

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    Allen Gannett

    Chief Maven & Founder | TrackMaven

    Allen Gannett is the Chief Maven and Founder of TrackMaven, a platform that lets marketers track, and benchmark again... more

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    Mark Goldman

    CEO & Co-founder | ExtendTV

    Mark has over 25 years of experience in the media and technology industries. He began his industry career at MCA/Universal as a business development executive. He subsequently served as President and COO of Sky Latin America Partners where he oversaw the la... more

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    Rob "Spider" Graham

    CEO | Trainingcraft

    Rob ‘Spider’ Graham is a 20 year veteran of the digital media buying, selling and production industries and is currently the CEO of Trainingcraft, LLC, a company providing digi... more

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    Dave Hendricks

    President | Live Intent

    As president of LiveIntent, Dave Hendricks has overall responsibility for revenue, finance, legal, and operations. Prior to joining LiveIntent before its 2009 Series A, Dave was EVP of operations at PulsePoint (then known as Datran Media), where he worked w... more

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    Sahil Jain

    Co-founder & CEO | AdStage

    Sahil Jain is the co-founder and CEO of AdStage. He co-founded his first company, Y Combinator & SV Angel backed Trigger.io at 20. He dropped out of UC Berkeley, where he studied Philosophy and Econ, to join AOL Corp Devt. at 19, dropped out of High Sch... more

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    Matt Kammerait

    VP of Product | DAQRI

    Matt Kammerait is part of the leadership team at DAQRI, a pioneer and leader in augmented and mixed realities. As VP of Product, he leads DAQRI's product team and roadmap within marketing, educational and industr... more

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    Jake Katz

    VP, Audience Insights & Strategy | REVOLT

    Jake Katz is REVOLT's Vice President of Audience Insights & Strategy. He is a key player at the forefront of the millennial conversation, and serves as REVOLT's touchstone to the brand's audience for both internal creatives and external part... more

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    Chris Kerns

    Director of Analytics & Research | Spreadfast

    Chris Kerns has spent more than a decade defining digital strategy and is at the forefront of finding insights from digital data. He currently leads Analytics and Research at Spredfast, a social marketing platform empowering enterprise organizations to conn... more

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    Victor Knapp

    CEO and Partner | MediaMonks

    Victor Knaap is partner, Managing Director (aka Main Monk) of MediaMonks. After sailing round Europe for a living, former skipper Victor dropped his anchor in the choppy waters of Hilversum (just outside of Amsterdam) in 2003. Since then, he has develo... more

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    Matthew Knell

    VP, Social Media and Community Strategy | About.com

    Matthew Knell is a social media and audience development strategist, digital marketer, web technologist, and community evangelist with a long history designing, developing, and marketing a wide array of successful digital products including a more

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    Shreya Kushari

    SVP, Search Marketing & Performance Media | DigitasLBi North America

    In her current capacity she oversees the Search Marketing & Performance Media capability across DigitasLBi North America. In her role, Shreya ensures that DigtasLBi’s offering translates into a client-focused, innovative and integrated strategy. T... more

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    JP Lespianasse

    Senior Director, Social Media | BET

    As the director of social media for BET Networks, JP developes strategy and manages execution of both content and marketing for the BET Networks family of social media pr... more

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    Jeremy Levine

    SVP Digital Sales | Live Nation

    Jeremy Levine is SVP of Digital Sales for Live Nation. In this role, he oversees all of Live Nation’s digital sales efforts across Live Nation and TicketMaster - online, social and mobile.  Levine joined Live Nation in April 2011 as VP, digital s... more

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    Brian Monahan

    Vice President of Marketing | Walmart.com

    As Vice President of Marketing at Walmart.com, Brian Monahan leads overall brand strategy and customer acquisition and retention for shopping experiences that combine online, mobile and stores for Walmart customers. Brian brings more than 20 years of experi... more

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    Dave Morgan

    CEO | Stimulmedia

    Dave is the CEO and founder of Simulmedia.  He previously founded and ran both TACODA, Inc., an online advertising company that pioneered behavioral online marketing and was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $275 million, and Real Media, Inc., one of the wor... more

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    John Nardone

    EVP and General Manager | Rocket Fuel

    John Nardone is EVP and General Manager of Rocket Fuel.  A marketing innovator, award-winner and online advertising pioneer, his insights are sought out by many of the world’s top brands. Previously John served as co-president and Chief Client Of... more

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    Sean O'Neal

    President of Social Advertising | Adaptly

    Sean O’Neal is President of social advertising technology company Adaptly, where he oversees the company’s business development and marketing efforts. For 20 years Sean has been building marketing technology businesses and has held executive pos... more

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    Babs Rangaiah

    Vice President of Global Media Innovation & Ventures | Unilever

    Babs Rangaiah is the Vice President of Global Media Innovation & Ventures for Unilever. In this capacity he is responsible for leading Unilever’s Global New Media vision & strategy and works closely with the Unilever Ventures team to seek out ... more

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    Terry Riser

    Partner, COO | Tag Creative

    With a distinctive background as an award-winning theatrical director, choreographer, performer, and film/video writer and producer, Terry Rieser brings a rare mix of discipline and creativity to her position, overseeing production and all operational aspec... more

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    Hamid Saify

    VP, Search Marketing & Auction Media | Deutsch

    Hamid manages all search marketing and paid social media efforts at Deutsch LA. He has over 14 years of experience, specializing in e-commerce, search, and digital acquisition. He is an active member of the digital community, speaking at several conferences... more

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    David Savage

    Chief Client Officer | R2C Group

    David Savage is Chief Client Officer and Managing Partner of R2C Group (www.r2cgroup.com), one of the largest in... more

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    Maria Seguin

    Digital Marketing/Social Media Specialist | Retail Apparel Industry

    Bio coming soon. 

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    Sam Stockdale

    Founder & President | Dread Engine

    Bio coming soon. 

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    Chris Treadway

    Founder & CEO | Polygraph Media

    Chris Treadaway is Founder & CEO of Polygraph Media, a social data mining and analytics company that has worked with major corporations such as Microsoft, McDonald's Corporation, A.H. Belo, Demand Media, Land Rover, and the PGA Tour. Chris also co-a... more

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    Richard Turley

    Senior Vice President of Visual Storytelling and Deputy Editorial Director | MTV

    Richard Turley serves as MTV’s first-ever Senior Vice President of Visual Storytelling and Deputy Editorial Director.  In this role, he oversees visual storytelling for on-air interstitial and cross platform content as part of MTV’s ongoing... more

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    Jouke Vuurmans

    Executive Creative Director | MediaMonks

    Starting as an Art Director when MySpace was still cool, Jouke soon rocketed to Executive Creative Director and is now one of the key Monks within one of the biggest digital production agencies worldwide, MediaMonks. Currently, Jouke heads up MediaMonks New... more

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    Rob Walch

    VP, Podcaster Relations | Libsyn

    Rob Walch is the Vice President of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn.  Prior to joining Libsyn in 2007, he was President and founder of podCast411, Inc. Rob is Co-Author of the book “Tricks of the Podcasting Masters” - Que 2006, an editors pic... more

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    Dawn Wayt

    Director of Marketing, Head of Social Media | American Greetings

    Dawn Wayt is Director of Marketing, Head of Social Media for American Greetings where she currently leads social strategy and a team responsible for social media and content marketing across a family of brands including Ame... more

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    Lauren Weinberg

    VP, Global Research and Insights | Yahoo

    Lauren Weinberg is Vice President of Insights at Yahoo, where she oversees global research in areas such as consumer insights and ad effectiveness and is responsible for bringing insights to the marketplace. She was previously vice president of Digital Insi... more

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    Marty Weintraub

    Founder & Evangelist | aimClear

    Marty is Founder & Evangelist of aimClear®, a future-forward online marketing agency dominant in psychographic audience targeting, customer acquisition, & classic creative values. After piloting aimClear to Inc. 500/5000 status in 2012, 2013 &am... more

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    April Wilson

    President & CEO | Digital Analytics 101

    April Wilson leveraged her love of teaching and analytics to create Digital Analytics 101, where she serves as the President and CEO. Her focus is empowering businesses of all sizes to implement best practices in digital marketing, social strategy, and anal... more

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    Edwin Wong

    Senior Director, B2B Insights | Yahoo

    Edwin Wong is Senior Director, B2B Strategic Research & Insights at Yahoo. In this role he leads research efforts to identify key trends in consumer behavior and help advertisers and marketers capitalize on these trends to effectively connect with their... more

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    Victor Wong

    CEO | PaperG

    Victor Wong is the CEO of PaperG, a creative management platform that users can customize, collaborate on, and learn from their ad creatives. It's technology has been called by Forbes as "literally changing the way the business of marketing is done... more