DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 Conference Speakers

DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 Speakers – The Who’s WHO!

Lori Barber, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Always seeking opportunity, Lori Barber, helps clients build great brands by creating engaging online experiences. Commitment and dedication are the driving forces behind her impressive client list, which includes CBS, Daisy Brand, the Dallas Cowboys, On The Border Mexican Cantina, Kimball Art Museum, Microsoft, and more. Regarded by the local media as an industry leader, she has received numerous awards including an EIMA, a WebbyAward, and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Website Development. The Dallas Business Journal credits Lori for running top web design and marketing firms in Dallas.
Tony Cecala, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Tony Cecala is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and digital pioneer who brings successful high-tech strategies to local business niches. At Newsroom Ink, a brand journalism company, he develops advanced online newsrooms for business, government, and non-profit organizations. Tony is a technology consultant to Speakeasy, the social media arm of the Dallas Morning News, managing their blog servers and designing content marketing platforms using WordPress.
Melissa Cowser, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Melissa Cowser is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a double-major in Business and Psychology. She is currently the Director of Social Media for Texas Media Pros, an advertising business located in Rockwall, Texas. As the Director, she is responsible for managing social media accounts for local and national businesses. She has a passion for helping businesses grow and succeed. Melissa resides in Rockwall, TX with her husband, Chad, of 3 years and their two dogs, Sadie and Shadow.
Bernadette Coleman, Dallas Social Media Conference Speaker Bernadette Coleman is the CEO of Advice Interactive Group, an award winning Inc500 digital agency. Since 2001 she has been actively involved in SEO and Internet marketing. Bernadette is passionate about all things digital including content, search, social and local. She guest blogs and actively shares on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn. Her knowledge and experience has made her an industry leader and Advice a leading online marketing and technology firm. In her spare time, Bernadette and her husband, Tom, focus on advocating for brain injury awareness through their nonprofit, TryMunity.
Patrick Dougher, DFW Rocks Social Media Emcee Patrick Dougher, Host of the TV show, ”The Business Spotlight”, interviews business “celebrities” in the N. Texas area. He has over 20 years in professional selling experience, 10 years directing a self improvement seminar called “The Road Adventure”, a year with Zig Ziglar as one of his DFW presenters, 2 years as Director for Dan Kennedy’s DFW Insider Circle Groups and formed/ran several Mastermind groups. His passion is helping others reach their potential. To Patrick, Marketing is really about getting your door swinging and your phone ringing. That is it – Results!
Lissa Duty, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Lissa Duty, author of 20 Tips to Twitter: Learn How to Market Yourself, Brand and Business Online, is a speaker, consultant and social media coach. Her clients not only call her their “Online Social Coach”, but their “Online Solutionist”. She loves a challenge and values using online and offline solutions to remove barriers for her clients’ businesses. She founded her social media consulting practice in 2009 after discovering a passion for leveraging online social media platforms to brand clients and businesses. She uses her energy and marketing talents to assist clients in growing their businesses and networks via social media.
Elysa Ellis, Speaker at DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 Elysa Ellis, self proclaimed “professional geek girl” is a Digital Strategist and serves as the Community Manager for brands. Elysa graduated from University of North Texas with a degree in Communication Design. She has been honored to be on the board of Social Media Club of Dallas for 4 years. Through her blog, GenPink, Elysa has worked with several top brands acting as an influencer in the Gen Y community.
Patty Farmer, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Patty Farmer is a highly sought after Marketing and Business Growth Strategist, International Speaker, Trainer, Radio Host and Author. Patty has created a network of 100,000 + connections while teaching entrepreneurs, speakers and authors how to effectively network, build a large and responsive e-mail list, fill their marketing funnel and create key techniques to grow their businesses using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy. Awarded the 2014 “International Collaborator of the Year” award, the 2013 “Life-Changer of the Year” and known internationally as “The Networking CEO.”
Tim Gillette, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Tim Gillette is the creator of the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success – Using Music, Motorcycles and Mentorship to teach Entrepreneurs to become Leaders in their industry.” He teaches and coaches entrepreneurs to use non-traditional ideas, to grow their business and stand out. His background has been in creating and recreating small to medium businesses for the last 20 years. He hosts a weekly BlogTalk Radio “Rock ‘n’ Roll Success & Motivation Show” and is organizer for 3-day Rock ‘n’ Roll Entrepreneur BootCamp every April and October in Dallas, TX. Tim is also serving as emcee of the Rock Your Social Media Track.
Susan Hamilton, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Susan Hamilton works with local businesses nationwide to uncover hidden talents and develop progressive systems for success using a proven 3-step process. Devoted to helping people leap over brick walls that hold them back, Susan offers individual and group coaching on four levels of entrepreneurship so you can make more money faster and easier than ever before. Interested applicants should contact Susan@LeapingWalls.com for more information. You can find Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, and LinkedIn. If you’re sick of brick walls, it’s time to LEAP! LeapingWalls.com
Amy Howell, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Formerly from Texas and Alabama, Amy Howell, co-author of Women in High Gear, has worked in the marketing and public relations field since graduating from Rhodes College. As founder of Memphis based Howell Marketing Strategies, LLC, she serves clients in a variety of industries such as real estate, banking, aviation, manufacturing, service firms and more. Amy is a veteran marketing professional having earned numerous awards, most recently garnering a national award for SEO use. She is actively involved in digital and social media helping clients with policy, process, strategy and execution.
Stephanie Inge, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Stephanie Inge is Dallas’ leading Certified eBay and Amazon authority, author of the Meetup Organizer Step-by-Step Success Guide and co-author of The Home Run Guide: Take the Experts with You. As the first-ever eBay college instructor in 2002, she still serves today as an adjunct professor for Collin and Dallas County Community College Districts teaching eBay and Amazon. She uses her online expertise as an Ecommerce and Social Media Consultant. She is founder and organizer of the original seller’s group, The Dallas eBaybes & eMales and DFW Social Media Marketing Group (1,420+ members strong).
David Kirkpatrick, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas David Kirkpatrick is a professional writer and currently Manager of Editorial Content for MarketingSherpa, a MECLABS brand. He has written hundreds of marketing case studies, how-to articles and blog posts for MarketingSherpa and MarketingExperiments covering marketers representing campaigns from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors. His freelance background includes published fiction, journalism, corporate content and full-length nonfiction. David is also very active in the startup ecosystem as a mentor and advisor.
Jeff Klein, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Jeff Klein has received rave reviews speaking to trade associations, sales orgs, national conventions, & business groups. As a sought after Public Speaker since 2004, Jeff has enjoyed giving over 500 talks reaching tens of thousands of professionals across North America. He has an extensive background in creative services, sales, training, & management in both the profit & non-profit arenas. In 2006, he founded the Speaker Co-op, a Cooperative Business Community of Professionals who Speak. He spends his time training speakers & businesspeople to grow their businesses using the words they say.
Jerome Knyszewski, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Jerome Knyszewski, HeavyShift Reputation LLC, was born and raised in Paris, France. He started his career in marketing before Al Gore invented the Internet. In 2010 he started teaching Internet marketing strategies, and sold over 25.000 copies of his various trainings. Quickly nicknamed “Jerome 007″ by his peers, something to do with his straight-shooting style, dapper sense of fashion or maybe 007 was easier than Knyszewski. More that 4,670 independent marketing consultants and agencies have learned from Jerome the fine art of building, protecting, managing and marketing online reputation.
Shelly Kramer, Dallas Social Media Conference Speaker Shelly Kramer is the Founder and CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing. A 20+ year marketing veteran, she’s a brand strategist focused on delivering integrated marketing solutions and leveraging the web and inbound marketing to drive leads and sales. She’s an expert at content strategy and execution and tying social media to business initiatives. Recognitions include: Forbes Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter, World’s Top Tweeters, Writer of one of the Top 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs according to Forbes.
Steve Kuntz, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Steve Kuntz has been in the Information Technology Industry for over 22 years and has worked for several Texas based companies including Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in their Health Care Industry and currently Neiman Marcus in their retail application support groups. He is Organizer of the Dallas Interactive Marketing & Internet SEO/SEM Meetup Group and board member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association (DFWSEM). Steve received his degree in Computer Information Systems from Mayville State University and currently resides in Coppell, TX.
Gary Leland, Rock Your Social Media Expert at DFW Rocks Social Media Conference 2014 Gary Leland built his first online store back in 1996, and by 2005 one of his websites was listed in Time Magazine’s list of “50 Coolest Websites”. He now has over 25 websites and most of them sell a product of some kind or another. Gary is the National Director of Social Media for the 3.7 million member strong United States Specialty Sports Association. Having moved into the world of media with Fastpitch TV Network, which consist of videos, podcasts, apps, blogs, books, and even a monthly magazine he offers more fastpitch softball information than anyone else on the planet.
Dean Lindsay, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Dean Lindsay, Author of Cracking the Networking CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships and The Progress Challenge, is a highly sought after speaker and business consultant. He has presented Keynotes and Seminars in Spain, Turkey, Sweden, Canada, Venezuela, the island of Aruba and all over the US. Some of his clients include: New York Life, AFLAC, American Express, Nestle, John Hancock, Ericsson, and Pacific Life and Annuity. Visit DeanLindsay.com to learn more about Dean and his work.
Rani Monson, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Rani Monson is the founder of RainMaking Marketing and the co-founder of WP Attendant. She is a marketing technologist focused on using technology to grow profit, both by cutting costs and increasing revenue. It doesn’t matter if your business is B2B, B2C or nonprofit – Rani will help you improve the bottom line. She’s a certified yoga teacher who doesn’t teach. She worked for the Boy Scouts but never went camping.
Robin Moss, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Robin Moss founded ribit, a full-service digital marketing agency, in 1994. ribit provides clients with marketing and social media strategy, custom WordPress web sites, eCommerce sites, SEO, content creation, graphic design, and branding. Robin’s commitment to quality allows her clients to grow their businesses to the next level. She works with startups from logo design, brochures and web sites to strategy. With existing businesses, she updates their existing “look” and develops marketing campaigns that drive their target markets to leap into action to buy their product or service.
John Nosal, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas John Nosal is the founder of NosalCentral. His company provides internet marketing solutions for small to medium-sized companies. This includes Website Design/Maintenance, Internet Branding, Social Media Marketing, E-mail Marketing and Blogging. His SEO philosophy is to increase value organically through the use of keywords and Social Media to communicate or share information about a company’s product or service.
Ana Lucia, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Ana Lucia Novak, Dubbed as a “Social Media Architect”, is co-author of Success in High Heels and Making Your Connections Count, speaker and trainer specializing in social media strategy and effective implementation of online and social media marketing strategies. She feels fortunate to work alongside affluent leaders, (the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley: Oracle®, SAP®, Palm®, Adobe®,Excite@Home®, Electronic Arts®) and many hot startups affording her an invaluable experience in marketing, sales, business development, human resources and operations.
Mason Pelt, Speaker at DFW Rocks Social Media Dallas Conference Mason Pelt is the Director of Marketing for Music Audience Exchange. A technology platform offering brands and agencies a cross channel marketing campaign leveraging music. He is responsible for the creation and optimization of client facing marketing across radio, social media, display networks and streaming services. Mason may have a young face, but has a lifetime’s worth of knowledge when it comes to online marketing, especially relating to advertising on Facebook, Google, YouTube and more.
Sandra Dee Robinson, Dallas Social Media Conference Speaker 2014 Visual media is crucial to businesses, and Sandra Dee Robinson is a coach, consultant and speaker for companies, authors, celebrities and experts. She helps them develop unfailing confidence in their personal presence and presentation skills. She has appeared in major roles on Another World, Sunset Beach, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and guest starred on many prime time shows and films, like CSI Miami, Criminal Minds and Two and a Half Men. Currently Sandra is on the Emmy-nominated new media drama, The Bay, the new Reality Series, Paranormal Tech and is creating new TV content.
Jessica Rector, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas As a single mom herself, Jessica Rector understands how you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or stressed. She founded The Single Mom Movement™ to serve single moms to stop saying “I can’t” but instead say, “Look at ALL I can do, AND I’m a single mom.” With targeted, strategic private coaching, programs, events, and school, single moms learn to use her proven strategies to create a life of confidence, worthiness, and success. Clients praise Jessica for helping them experience massive results after just one session. She strives for every single mom to Breathe Happiness. Be Fulfilled. Live Empowered!
Aida Rojas, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Aida Rojas is a Hispanic WordPress / Social Media Entrepreneur who flattens the world by empowering individuals and small businesses to magnify their digital footprint online. Social media is near and dear to her heart and if she had to pick a favorite social network it would have to be Twitter. She will be sharing some insider tips on how to maximize it, get more shares and business leads. Aida loves to attend conferences and learn from others so she can maintain her digital edge. Aida is also serving as guest tweeter on the @DFWRocksSMDay Twitter ID.
Debbie Saviano, DFW Rocks Social Media Speaker - Dallas Social Meidia Conference 2014 Debbie Saviano spends her time Helping Professionals “Take Action and Create an On Line Presence” by developing • nurturing & maintaining Relationships! With a background In Education and a degree in English, History and Psychology, Debbie implements a practical approach to Social Media. Professionals utilize Debbie for her distinct skill set in Designing Social Media Platforms, which showcase and highlight their Skills and Expertise. Speaking and Training enables Debbie to remain close to those interested in continuing to learn and embrace Technology as well as innovative methods to build Relationships
Neal Schaffer, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Neal Schaffer is a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer two years in a row and creator of the leading social media for business blog Maximize Social Business, Neal is a global social media speaker and also teaches at the Rutgers University Mini Social Media MBA Program. As an author, Neal is best known for his definitive book on social media strategy ,“Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success”, and has also published two other award-winning and critically acclaimed social media books on LinkedIn.
Brian Sullivan, Presenter at DFW Rocks Social Media Day 2014 in Dallas Brian Sullivan is the Usability Principal at Sabre Human Factors Center. He is highly regarded and actively involved in the design and usability community–Founder of Big Design Conference, Chair of World Usability Day, and President of DFW-UPA. Brian’s clients have included AT&T, Mandarin Oriental, Burger King, American Airlines, SkyChefs, United Airlines, and Carter Blood Center. He is an international speaker, who has spoken at SxSW, Big Design, UXPA, IA Summit, and User Friendly China. Brian is writing a book on UX sketching for Focal Press. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, son, and cat (who runs the house).
Terry Sullivan, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Terry Sullivan is the founder of buzzpro.com, a leading provider of digital media and marketing solutions. He is a 20-year marketing veteran with a real passion for helping entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals learn how to create a powerful brand to get more customers, sell more products, and establish themselves as industry thought leaders. To date, Terry has taught more than 6,200 professionals how to develop a strong, professional online brand that delivers results that sets them apart from the competition.
Eric Tung, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas Eric T. Tung is a social media manager and trainer at BMC Software, within Global Communications, responsible for all event and product launch social strategy and execution. Eric was recognized as having the most influential social media network in the world, and is ranked among the top 5% of social media consultants. Prior to BMC, Eric worked with companies including Apple, Dell, and Newell Rubbermaid. As an early adopter of social, Eric is a speaker and regular guest blogger for Salesforce, The Business Journals, Social Media Explorer and others.
A.J. Wood, Speaker DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 A.J. Wood is a Solutions Consultant for Adobe where he engages enterprise customers on the benefits of Adobe software. As the President of Media Cats he was ranked the #1 Adobe Instructor WORLDWIDE more than once. He is best known for his educational YouTube series, “I Create Content.” Call him a creative generalist or digital artisan, A.J. talked so much about Adobe products, they had no choice but to hire him and put his big mouth to use.
Joe Youngblood, DFW Rocks Social Media Speaker, Dallas Social Media Conference Joe Youngblood, SEO Strategist began his work in online marketing at 14 years old. As a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington, he augments his digital marketing experience with a traditional marketing degree. His websites have been mentioned in Wired magazine, on CNN, NBC, CBS, and other news outlets representing industries such as real estate, online radio, video hosting, and eCommerce. His work involves anticipating search engine changes and developing holistic strategies to capitalize on them, while creating valuable content that brings in positive signals from other websites and social media.
Mark Zamora, Speaker for DFW Rocks Social Media Conference in Dallas, Texas For over 6 years, Mark Zamora has been working in media production, including graphic design – such as logo / brand development for start-ups and more, studio photography for the USBC, animation, social media management, film and live show production. He is an Arts and Technology student at UTD with a focus on Video Game Development and continuously add more to his media production arsenal, learning new tricks every day to provide people with the best content possible. He enjoys creating content as one of his hobbies, along with watching movies, cooking, and playing video games.

DFW Rocks Social Media Track Emcees

J.R. Atkins, DFW Rocks Social Media Track Emcee J.R. Atkins, author of Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0, and most recently, Roadmap to Success, is noted for “taking the mystery out of technology” and speaking in terms that “even a CEO can understand.” He is best known for working with company leaders, sales professionals and marketing managers on how Social Media and Mobile Apps can make a positive impact on their organization. As a consultant, J.R. works with business leaders to understand the shift in selling that is occurring as more consumers and businesses turn to the internet for information before engaging in the sales process.
Clint Fuqua, Emcee at DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 - Dallas Conference Clint Fuqua is creator of an online health and wellness radio show, book series, and series of seminars “Personal Health Care Reform”. His goal is to help everyone improve their health & fitness, and maintain their well being with the freedom to live life on their own terms. He grew up in Lubbock and as a child had a great interest in science and the arts. In his eighth grade year, Clint became the most injured athlete leading to many hours, days, weeks, and months in the training room. This bad luck was the start of a life dedicated to helping others become not only healthier, but the healthiest they could be.
Byron Ingraham, DFW Rocks Social Media 2014 Emcee Byron Ingraham is a business & marketing strategist, public speaker, and a successful entrepreneur devoted to experiencing life to the fullest. Byron developed his leadership and strategy skills while serving in the United States Air Force creating strategies designed to generate revenue for Air Force. He furthered developed these skills while serving hundreds of clients as a Financial Advisor. Byron focuses on creating customized business strategies for entrepreneurs to build their brands while also creating balance in their lives.
J Schuh, DFW Rocks Social Media Emcee J. Schuh is an educator, author, creative consultant and public speaker. He has developed award-winning animations, cartoons, designs and illustrations for Fortune 500 companies.

Tim Gillette is also guest emceeing at #DFWRocks2014! A double threat – Speaking and Emcee of the Rock Your Social Media Track.

DFW Rocks Social Media Guest Bloggers

Laura Darkstar, Guest Blogger DFW Rocks Social Media Laura Darkstar is a Professional Virtual Assistant, Blogger, Entrepreneur and Aspiring Novelist who lives in Dallas (Not a native Texan, but she got here and that’s what counts!) She is a workaholic and a lover of Social Media. A devoted technophile, Laura is continuously seeking new ways to increase social media engagement for herself and for the clients she works with. When not working or blogging, Laura attempts (with limited success) to help her Mom ease into the digital age. By 2020, Mom (who was finally convinced to transition from dialup AOL) might actually log into “The Facebook”.
Natalie Gould, DFW Rocks Social Media Guest Blogger Natalie Gould is a grammar geek, travel enthusiast and foodie-in-training. She found her way to social media marketing via traditional journalism. As the social content specialist at Advice Interactive Group she spends her days finding cutting edge tools to help her clients rise above their competition. When she’s not nerding out over a new metrics tool, you can find her cheering on her alma mater the Northwestern Wildcats, testing how much butter she can fit into one recipe, and desperately trying to grow her Twitter following (she’s not bad at Twitter, she’s just too busy growing yours.)
Edgar Griggs Edgar Griggs loves to learn. You’ll find him at local events researching, writing and blogging. If there is something you want to know and you don’t know who to ask – Edgar is your go-to-guy!

DFW Rocks Social Media Guest Tweeters

Ruth Guten, DFW Rocks Social Media  Guest Tweeter Ruthie Guten is a certified health coach, civil engineer, WordPress geek, and avid advocate for the wellbeing of our planet. She has a strong track record in visioning, planning, design and just getting the job done in an efficient, cost-effective, common sense, and joyful manner. She is passionate about Public Speaking, Public Works and Infrastructure, Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching, Creating Healthy Communities, Soul Healing Work using Essential Oils (Spiritual PhytoEssencing™). All that, plus Web Design and Social Media.
Melanie Neal, Guest Tweeter - DFW Rocks Social Media Conference, Dallas 2014 Melanie Neal is Founder and Marketing Strategist at Zella Ruby Media. Her MBA in Marketing from The University of Dallas has provided her with the knowledge and skills to help businesses and start-ups by providing them strategic consulting and marketing services. Prior to starting her own business, Melanie spent over ten years managing successful marketing programs for B2Bs, B2Cs & Non-profits. She has worked with numerous brands to develop engaging interactive marketing campaigns including: Mountain Dew, ePrize, Xbox, NBA, Sony, Activision, Nintendo, NFL, Def Jam, Lucas Arts, and NBA Europe.

Aida Rojas is also guest tweeting this year! She is a double threat at #DFWRocks2014 – Speaking and Tweeting.

Speakers / Topics are subject to change.