Michael Burgess was appointed President, HBC Digital in February 2014. Mr. Burgess previously served as President of Saks Direct where he was responsible for ecommerce at Saks Fifth Avenue including saks.com and saksoff5th.com. Prior to joining Saks, Mr. Burgess held various executive positions including Executive Vice President of the Consumer Division at FTD and Vice President of Internet Businesses at Teleflora. He earlier served as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.
Mr. Burgess has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Burgess also has a Master of Business
Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Burgess serves on the Board of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation.
Uri Minkoff, as a 17 year entrepreneur, is a Founder and CEO of REBECCA MINKOFF, a leading independent New York based fashion and accessories brand. Uri founded the company in 2005 with his sister, Rebecca Minkoff, out of her apartment and have built one of the fastest growing brands in fashion. Today, REBECCA MINKOFF has grown into a full lifestyle brand distributing both accessories and apparel under the REBECCA MINKOFF label. Uri has also helped create, lead, curate and provide artistic direction for the Ben Minkoff brand, which debuted for men in 2011. As a serial entrepreneur, Uri’s forward- thinking expertise in marketing and business growth has provided big wins in technology, health care and lifestyle products that are used daily by millions of consumers.
Carlos Becil joined Equinox in May 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President (SVP) of Marketing to spearhead marketing initiatives, consumer engagement programs, brand partnerships and identify growth opportunities. A veteran to luxury businesses, Carlos has extensive experience in the industry, most recently leading brand management for The W, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Le Meridien brands under the Starwood Luxury & Design Brands portfolio. Carlos was responsible for all marketing, public relations, digital and social media and guest experience programs. Prior to his appointment at Starwood, Carlos spent several years at Kraft Food leading a $1 billion portfolio of brands. Carlos received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business as well as an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Keiron McCammon joined Moda Operandi in November of 2013 as the Chief Technology Officer.
Prior to joining Moda Operandi, Keiron was CEO of Bonfaire, a company he founded in 2012 and whose platform will be applied to the operation of Moda Operandi. The revolutionary site was one of the only on-line destinations to offer first access to next season’s designer shoes, handbags and accessories for pre-order.
Elizabeth Pizzinato manages global digital marketing, social media, advertising, promotions, marketing communications, public relations, and reputation management for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Her background combines more than 25 years of experience in operations, corporate communications, public relations and marketing to bring a unique perspective to brand building.
Elizabeth has an in-depth understanding of luxury marketing and the affluent consumer. Her creative approach and passion for storytelling has helped established Four Seasons as the pre-eminent leader in luxury hospitality through the creation of compelling custom content that creates both engagement and affinity with consumers.
Kinjil Mathur has over a decade of experience in e-commerce and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Artspace. Artspace is a New York start-up that's transforming the Art world by bringing it online and opening access to the best artists' works from world renowned galleries, museums and institutes. She oversees the Branding, Marketing and Collector Services teams.
Prior to Artspace, she was the Vice President of Digital Marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue and was responsible for driving revenue online and in stores through all digital marketing channels. She managed a multi-million $ budget portfolio and oversaw Customer Acquisition, Customer Retention, Marketing Analytics, Social Media, Digital Branding and Content Marketing. She also has proven success in leading new business development by spearheading the marketing strategies for Saks’ flash sale business, FashionFix, mobile/tablet, and Saks’ International business.
Buffy Sash is the CMO of alice + olivia where she oversees Marketing and Digital Commerce. With over 20 years of marketing and online experience in the retail industry, at alice + olivia Buffy leads advertising, digital marketing, social media, customer analytics and global brand strategy. She also oversees the alice + olivia website, supervising digital marketing, merchandising, operations, technology, usability and customer service.
Johanna Murphy is the CMO of Ivanka Trump, where she is charged with developing the brand strategy and brand experience, and with bringing the brand to life through traditional and innovative digital marketing techniques. She also owns the development and launch of the online business and the creation of the retail experience.
Previously, she was VP of eCommerce at Kate Spade & Company, where she was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy, in addition to the sales growth, marketing, merchandising, creative, fulfillment, customer service, customer experience and global expansion of the online and mobile businesses of kate spade new york, Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the online division of the National Retail Federation, and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing by Brand Innovators in 2013.
David Olsen has been in the ecommerce space for over 14 years when he started his own ecommerce cosmeceutical business in 2000. Since then, he sold his business to DermStore.com and helped them build the largest pure play beauty destination in the US and ultimately sell to Target. In March 2012 NET-A-PORTER.COM brought David Olsen into the business to build their Beauty business strategy from the ground up and execute the plan. Since the launch, the beauty business has grown to over 100 brands, and continues to outperform all forecasts.
Olsen has a BA from UC Berkeley and a JD/MBA from the University of Miami.
Wendy S. Purvey, a 28-year industry veteran, is responsible for creating and implementing all marketing, interactive digital, advertising and public relations initiatives for the Sotheby's International Realty® network, developing systems that are true to the brand's vision, unique positioning and savvy and refined personality.
Purvey has earned a reputation for delivering marketing strategies that have helped drive new business growth. Throughout her career she has been involved in multiple mergers and acquisitions and is experienced at bringing together multiple firms into new and existing brand identities. She joined the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in November 2004 as senior vice president, marketing, and was promoted to chief marketing officer in April 2010.
Sarah is the founder and CEO of M.M. LaFleur. Before founding M.M. LaFleur, Sarah managed the luxury goods portfolio of Starwood Capital in New York and Paris. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Bain & Co. and TechnoServe where she advised consumer packaged goods and financial services companies as well as agribusinesses. Sarah grew up in Tokyo and Paris, and has worked internationally in South Africa, Zambia, and Mexico. She is a graduate of Harvard College.
Milton Pedraza is the CEO of the Luxury Institute. Over the past 10 years, Milton has established the Luxury Institute as an independent and objective luxury research company and a trusted boutique consulting firm. Known globally as the foremost resource for affluent consumer insights and customer experience best practices, the Luxury Institute has served hundreds of luxury goods and services brands across numerous categories.
Milton advises and serves on the Boards of top-tier luxury and premium brands, start-ups, and private investment firms. He is sought after worldwide for his candid and forward-thinking views on
luxury and is the most quoted industry expert in leading media outlets and publications.
Milton is an authority on CRM, Analytics and Big Data. Prior to founding the Luxury Institute, his successful career at Fortune 100 companies included executive roles at Altria, Pepsico, Colgate,
Citigroup and Wyndham Worldwide.
Chris joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group from Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok in 1999. Being part of the global corporate marketing structure, he was involved in several reservations and revenue management related projects. In 2001, he started to focus primarily on internet distribution with the implementation of a private label booking engine. Since then, his role has expanded to completely oversee the Mandarin Oriental website presence including their languages sites, the mobile strategy as well as all of its online & search marketing efforts for the luxury hotel operator. In 2007, Chris moved to New York City to manage his teams in the US and Hong Kong as well as the vendor partnerships from the USA corporate office. His most significant recent accomplishment is a complete re-launch of Mandarin Oriental’s digital presence in late 2012 with a fully re-designed website, offered in 7 languages, a sophisticated mobile presence and a new booking platform all supported but state of the art back end technology. Under Chris’ responsibility, Mandarin Oriental launched a completely new digital presence across desktop, tablet and mobile in 9 languages in late 2012 which has won the Group several prestigious awards and resulted in an online growth of over 20%.
As Waterford’s global marketing driver and champion for the new look of luxury, Regan Iglesia has successfully transitioned the Waterford brand from heritage keepsake to sophisticated, contemporary lifestyle brand essential to the “Live the Crystal Life” ethos.
Regan began his career at Virginia-based department store Miller & Rhode’s, where he held management and buying positions for 7 years prior to joining Waterford Wedgwood.
Mark Ramsey is General Manager, Digital Retail Operations at Audi of America. He is responsible for Audi U.S. digital activities including the AudiUSA.com brand website and myAudi online owner’s portal; Audi dealer website platform including Dealer Advertising Group websites; Audi digital leads program; and the Audi Progressive Retail Experience program which provides dealers with digital sales and service tools to enhance the customer experience and improve dealership operational efficiencies.
Prior to this position, Ramsey held the title of General Manager, Retail Marketing & Launch Strategy at Audi of America with responsibility for cross-functional launch execution from 2008-2012, accomplishing successful major launch introductions for the Audi Q5, A8, A7, A6 and complete TDI and Audi S-model lineups. Ramsey was also previously responsible for Audi retail marketing activities consisting of Audi Dealer Advertising Group media and advertising, regional marketing strategy and execution, and in-dealership point of sale marketing.
Ryan Bonifacino oversees digital marketing, online advertising, social media and e-commerce as the Vice President of Digital Strategy at Rhode Island-based lifestyle brand Alex and Ani, previously having served as Director and Strategic Advisor to the company beginning in 2010. With over 1,100 employees and 2013 revenues of $230 million, Alex and Ani is currently the fastest growing mid-sized retailer in the US, operating a multi-channel business model that includes over 40 inline retail stores, thousands of global retail partners and multiple ecommerce and digital properties. Prior to Alex and Ani, Ryan was a Principal at Hedgeforce, a hedge fund marketing firm that represented over $8 billion in alternative investment managers. Ryan lives in New York City and is an active investor and advisor in early and growth stage technology ventures and alternative investment funds through Mount Cuba Capital. He also is a member of the Executive Advisory Board at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
Kristina Buckley is Vice President of Communications at the renowned French Jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels. She has 13 years of experience overseeing Communications and Marketing for the Americas (North America, Carribean, Latin America and Canada) subsidiaries of several preeminent European Luxury firms.
Since joining Van Cleef & Arpels in 2008, Kristina has spearheaded a fully integrated communications strategy ensuring qualitative, distinctive and consistent transmission of the Maison’s identity, values and creations across all communication channels. Kristina ensures that digital is treated as a dynamic thread which is woven into all areas she oversees: advertising, special events, COOP marketing, PR, celebrity relations, strategic institutional partnerships, exhibitions, direct mail and eCRM. Examples of her approach include ensuring that print, display and search campaigns are synergistic and contextually distinctive; driving social media conversations throughout the year and heightened during key initiatives (key events, product launches, special exhibitions); penetrating the blogger community in a relevant and authentic way; as well as bringing a digital extension to brick-and-mortar environments through interactive visual displays.
Mark Simmons is the Vice President of Marketing at Design Within Reach, the leading modern design brand in North America. For the last two years, he has led the re-launch of the DWR brand, building loyal DWR fans and nurturing their life-long love affair with modern design. In his prior stint at DWR, he led the eCommerce group from startup through IPO.
Prior to DWR, Simmons helped launch the bicycle start-up, PUBLIC Bikes, and video game start-up, Simraceway. As any early evangelist of social media, Simmons led the marketing team at Six Apart (now SAY Media), a leading blogging services business.
Matthew Woolsey is the Executive Vice President of Digital for Barneys New York. He oversees eCommerce, marketing, merchandising, technology, design, content creation customer service and operations for Barneys.com, BarneysWarehouse.com, The Window, Barneys’ mobile applications and in-store digital extensions.
Michelle Cutter has a passion for empowering journeys. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Digital Commerce at TUMI (www.tumi.com
, @tumitravel, TUMI), the American travel lifestyle brand designed for the global citizen. In her Digital Commerce role, she manages the global eCommerce business and recently oversaw the redesign, re-platforming, and launch of the new tumi.com into 23 countries. She is also responsible for all Marketing strategy and executions of TUMI globally. Formerly, she has worked in various eCommerce, Marketing, Business Develolpment and Merchandising roles at such brands as Coach, kate spade, Movado, Reebok and Saks Fifth Avenue. Michelle lives in Hopewell, NJ with her husband and two children.
Kiyo Taga is the Director of Media and Digital Communications at Cartier North America and oversees media and digital marketing strategies, on and offline advertising, digital content creation, social media and experiential marketing. Prior to Cartier, Kiyo was at Createthe Group, a digital agency and owner of Morpheus Media, credited with pioneering the category of luxury digital for the world’s most successful fashion, beauty and retail brands. She worked on several luxury brands including David Yurman, Oscar de la Renta, Movado and Celine. Her extensive retail marketing and advertising background includes her senior position at Coach, in which she managed digital communications and creative services for Coach.com, Japan and China sites. Twitter: @kiyonam
Han Wen is Vice President of Digital and eCommerce Americas at Groupe Clarins, where she oversees the growth and development of the Clarins brand in all digital channels, including eCommerce, social, mobile, and media. Prior to joining Clarins, Han was in charge of various marketing and digital positions at LVMH and L’Oreal Luxe, including KENZO, Kiehl’s and Ralph Lauren Fragrances. Han holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Brown University.
Debbie Johnsen is the Director, Interactive Marketing for The Leading Hotels of the World. She began her career in marketing and e-commerce over twenty years ago, and has worked on both the client and agency side. Her background includes both traditional marketing and digital roles with Bertelsmann, Omnicom and Rail Europe Group. Industry experience spans Travel & Hospitality, Retail E-Commerce, Entertainment and Global Brands.
Debbie is currently Adjunct Faculty at N.Y.U., where she teaches Web Analytics and Digital Marketing as part of the school’s MS in Integrated Marketing program.
Director of Web and E-commerce at EILEEN FISHER, Lauren Croke has been leading digital efforts for EILEEN FISHER for the past decade. A strategic visionary, Lauren has led a wide range of teams and departments, notably developing and launching EILEEN FISHER into the digital era through the company’s first entry into Ecommerce and later on through the Social Media Program and Cross-Channel Customer Experience Strategy. As head of Web and E-commerce, she places emphasis on the company’s core values of simplicity, collaboration, connection and great design placing the customer at the center and focuses on ensuring the website remains at the forefront of online strategy, innovation, usability and branding.
Heather Kaminetsky joined NET-A-PORTER.COM in October of 2013 as Vice President of Marketing for the Americas. In her role, Kaminetsky oversees all sales, marketing and communication functions in the Americas – delivering the NET-A-PORTER mission to be the global fashion destination for content and commerce and ensures that NET-A-PORTER constantly exceeds the expectations of its global customer base.
Prior to NET-A-PORTER Kaminetsky worked as the Senior Vice President of Business Management at Borderfree and prior to that served as the Vice President of Marketing at Barneys New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Elizabeth Kosich is CORE’s Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy where she serves as the company’s brand guardian. Responsible for creating, implementing and integrating all marketing messaging and strategies, Elizabeth ensures CORE’s brand alignment across all media platforms. She also drives digital marketing and web strategies, where she advances CORE’s mission to engage and disrupt online. A holistic role, her marketing responsibilities extend to branding CORE agents and individualizing market positioning for their listings.
A creator of intuitive and authentic brand experiences, Elizabeth brings a disciplined approach to marketing that seeks clarity and connection. Prior to CORE she worked in-house at Riley Weiss, a strategic brand consulting and design agency. Leading the firm’s New York City office, Elizabeth directed and managed the agency’s deliverables and served as the account lead for brands such as CitiBank, Ernst & Young, American Express, Alliance Bernstein and Heritage Auctions.
Jimmy Lepore Hagan is a proponent of the digital vanguard and a fanboy of 21st century branding. When he's not hanging out in Brooklyn with fellow Ohio ex-pats, he's the Social Media Guy at Nanette Lepore. At Oberlin College, Jimmy studied Art History and English — prepping himself for a career critiquing the art world. When he realized no one was paying for that kind of labor, he took a job with his family's fashion company. He now runs everything digital at Nanette. He also art directs the Nanette Lepore photo campaigns, oversees public relations in Japan and China, and leads business development in the Middle East.
Rachel is the Director of Social Media at Birchbox, the discovery retail company changing the way women and men shop for beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Through its multi-channel platform, the Birchbox experience features personalized sampling, informative editorial content and a handpicked online store. Prior to joining Birchbox, Rachel was instrumental in launching Movements.org, an organization focused on providing social media resources for human rights activists. Rachel received her Masters in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the American University of Paris and her B.A. from Michigan State University. Twitter: @racheljosilver
Andrea Marron manages the e-commerce and retail businesses at Nicole Miller. She has a history of bringing technology innovations to the fashion industry. BusinessWeek called her one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 in 2008 for her web-based fashion start-up. Marron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College.
Over the course of her ten years in the beauty industry, Heather Park has transitioned from traditional beauty publicist to digital media specialist. Beginning at Mario Badescu and Revlon Inc, Heather went on to shape the social and digital strategy for MAC Cosmetics in 2007.
In 2010, Park joined Momentum Worldwide as a senior Social Media Strategist, working on such accounts as Sony Pictures, American Express, Verizon and Hyundai. Heather re-entered the beauty world in 2011 as the Director of Digital Media for NARS Cosmetics, overseeing the brand’s global initiatives across social media marketing, digital advertising and digital PR.
In just over one year Heather has brought NARS to a level of recognition as an industry leader in the digital space. From strengthening the brand’s presence among existing digital platforms to launching new channels such as Pinterest and Instagram, Heather has also spearheaded NARS’ global digital expansion extending across 10 international markets this year.
New York-based French transplant Alice Ritter designs a contemporary collection that perfectly blends elements of French chic with New York’s laid-back approach to style. Feminine and delicate details share the stage with sharply tailored and more masculine lines to conjure up the image of an elegant, stylish and free-spirited woman.
When Alice moved to New York from Paris over a decade ago, fashion was only a passion for the former music publicist. She got her first order while making one-of-a-kind hand-made pieces, which gave her the motivation to push the adventure further. Few years of hard work and determination garnered Alice Ritter the recognition she needed form the industry: supportive press, sponsored fashion shows, loyal customers and more recently (February 2010) a place on the CFDA Fashion Incubator Program.
Matthew Rubinger launched the Luxury Accessories category for Heritage Auctions in 2010. He is the foremost specialist in the luxury goods secondary market. Rubinger was recognized by Forbes for his accomplishments as 30 Under 30.
He has lectured extensively on the topic and been featured in major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and CNN for his authentication and valuation expertise. Rubinger graduated from Vanderbilt University and lives in New York City.
Kate Greer is the Director of Global Integrated Marketing for alice + olivia where she is responsible for developing the brand’s global social media strategy and overseeing the company’s new media program. In addition, Kate is responsible for vetting new social technology and developing strategic partnerships.
Previously, Kate has worked as a new media consultant for technology startups, Fortune 500 companies and influential individuals, including artists, athlete, authors and media personalities. Prior to starting her consulting business, Kate was part of the founding team of the sports social network, QFive, and had previously spent three years leading marketing for a New York-based asset management firm.
Qianna Smith joined Saks Fifth Avenue (Saks) as Director of Social Media in May. With over 10 years of digital experience in custom content creation and community building, Smith brings her editorial ingenuity to the social platforms at Saks and to SaksPOV blog. Throughout her edit career, Smith has helped readers stay attuned to the breaking developments of the ever-changing fashion zeitgeist, producing content that stays in sync with what's new and hot in fashion.
Prior to Saks, Smith held roles that included Senior Editor of the Nordstrom blogs, leading the content platform and voice for Q+A UK; creating the social media strategy for cycle 1 of ‘Asia’s Next Top Model’ TV show; developing the national online platform for Jones magazine; writing as Fashion Contributor for AOL networks; and working as the Fashion & Beauty Editor at Essence.com.
In the fashion industry, Smith has become a recognized authority by providing expert style and trend commentary for media outlets such as WWD, Fox Business News, FashionTV and The Guardian UK. Her fresh voice and perspective on fashion and beauty has allowed her work to be featured on MSN Living, Tyrashow.com, Health.com, Shape.com, ExtraTV.com, Huffingtonpost.com and Yahoo.Shine.com.
Smith holds a master’s degree in fashion journalism from the London College of Fashion.
Twitter handle: @qianna_smith
Corporate handle: @saks
Avery Booker is a Partner at the Los Angeles, New York, and Paris-based consultancy China Luxury Advisors, which develops global strategies for luxury brands and retailers to tap the global Chinese consumer. With a decade of experience working in the Greater China market, specializing in luxury branding, new media, and trend forecasting, Avery Booker has closely watched and chronicled the emergence of the global Chinese luxury consumer on the world stage.
Thomaï Serdari, Ph.D. is a strategist in luxury marketing and branding. She has consulted clients in launching, growing, and successfully managing luxury brands. She is an expert on luxury and actively studies, values, and reports on companies or funds that operate and invest within the luxury goods market.
Thomaï has been teaching at New York University since 1999. She has developed a variety of courses at NYU, among which: “Cultures of Excess: Product and Fashion Design through Modernity” and “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art.” She also developed the core courses for the Luxury Marketing specialization at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, MBA level: “The Core of Luxury: Processes, Products, and Strategies through History” and “Luxury Branding: Brand Thinking and Experience.”
Accomplished marketing executive (American Express and L’Oreal) and consultant, Professor Jean Marc Rejaud is a Full Time Marketing Professor in the Advertising and Marketing Communications Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (in New York City) where he teaches and researches new trends-best practices in Marketing, Integrated Marketing Communications, (Global) Digital Marketing, Sales Promotion, Database Marketing, Strategic Marketing Planning & (Digital) Marketing Analytics.
Professor Jean Marc Rejaud is the President and Founder of Focus Marketing, a consulting boutique which helps to (re)focus key marketing, digital marketing and marketing communications strategies through information-driven marketing planning, with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small-medium size businesses in the US and Asia.
Scott has experience in various aspects of ecommerce, digital strategy, marketing, and analytics from both the brand side and agency perspective. Scott began his digital career in Seattle as a VP of Online Product Development for Chase. From there he moved to the Global Digital Agency Possible. While at Possible, he led digital strategy and ecommerce for Faconnable, Entertainment Weekly, Motorola, and REI. After five years with the agency, he moved back to the brand side leading ecommerce and digital initiatives for Diesel USA, Kiehls, AmEx, and Morgans Hotel Group. He is currently the CMO for Charity Buzz.
Marc Viale joined The RealReal as VP of Marketing in August 2012. In his role, Viale leads all customer acquisition and retention marketing efforts for the authenticated luxury consignment site. In just three years, the company has experienced sky rocket growth with 3 million members and is tracking to over $100m in sales in 2014.
Viale is a dotcom veteran and has been a key player in several high growth startups. In 1999, he implemented ofoto.com's customer acquisition & retention programs which lead to acquisition by Kodak in 2001. In 2005, Viale led direct marketing and loyalty efforts for bebe stores. More recently, from 2009-2012, Viale directed marketing efforts for Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life.
Jingming Li is responsible for driving the international expansion of Alipay, China's leading payment platform. As such, he mobilizes resources from across the various Alibaba business units to support U.S. and European retailers selling to China. The Alipay-enabled China growth strategy he spearheads provides the world’s online retailers with comprehensive and streamlined payment, logistics and marketing solutions that unlock the enormous potential of the China marketplace.
Sharon Bell is responsible for all marketing, demand generation, and PR for the Americas and EMEA. Since joining CDNetworks in 2012, Sharon and her team have contributed to the 50%+ growth in new business and 30% growth in year-over-year revenue in these regions. Prior to joining CDNetworks, Sharon led marketing teams at technology start-ups and giants including CA Technologies. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Franklin University, Columbus, OH.
Deb Berman is VP of Client Success at Curalate, the leading marketing platform for the visual web. In her role, Debworks closely with digital marketers to help them leverage imagery to increase brand affinity and revenue. Curalate enables brands to measure, monitor, and grow their presence on visual social media sites including Pinterest and Instagram. Curalate is currently in use by over $00 brands including Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Gap, and Better Homes & Gardens. Curalate is backed by top-tier venture capitalists including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and First Round Capital. Prior to Curalate, Deb worked for technology start ups including Justmeans, which was sold to 3BL Media, and Buddy Media where she served as the first Vice President of Account Management. Deb attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Boston University's Graduate School of Management and Colgate University.
Mr. Brinas developed his passion for software in the French countryside where he grew up.
With a Master’s degree in software engineering, Mr. Brinas became a developer in the financial industry at Standard & Poor's in London. Currently he works as a VP at BNP Paribas in New York.
During the past 8 years, he has led Web development teams of various sizes for multiple business lines and functions, evangelizing architecture and development of good practices.
In 2008, Mr. Brinas co-founded and assumed the role of CTO at muendo.com, a social network for professional classical musicians. Two years later, he launched his business architecture firm through which he helps entrepreneurs in the creative industries (fashion, design, music) execute their ideas by merging technology and business processes. He is a repeat guest lecturer in “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art” at New York University.
Mr. Brinas is the founder of Castle Ventures Inc, a start-up in stealth mode aiming at making an impact on people’s travel and leisure activities.
James Dean is the Senior Vice President and Head of the Luxury and Financial Practice at WealthEngine. He joined WealthEngine in 2009, and while driving the growth of WealthEngine’s financial services practice, Dean launched the luxury practice in and has achieved great success growing it into an important industry for the firm. James’ responsibilities include developing new partnerships and alliances, managing key accounts and leading the sales team. He has built WealthEngine’s digital marketing practice to compliment the SaaS based marketing and analytical solutions the company offers. As a member of WealthEngine’s leadership team, he is very involved in setting strategy of the organization as well as setting direction of product development. James is often quoted in financial and luxury periodicals and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, Travel Weekly, Financial Planning Magazine and Luxury Daily. He speaks at conferences and events throughout the year about effectively identifying and selling to Affluent and HNW individuals using big data and analytics to develop marketing strategies. Dean’s sales career spans nearly 20 years. Prior to his work at WealthEngine, he led the sales efforts at BroadReach Partners, a financial and technology lead generation firm where he deployed a proprietary lead generation strategy instrumental in the growth of the organization. Previously, he specialized in SaaS based analytical and research solutions for several financial software and technology firms. As the Vice President of Sales at Institutional Shareholder Services, he developed a new market for its corporate governance rating business. He spent several years at I/B/E/S, later purchased by Thomson Financial, where he sold solutions focused on helping buy side investment management firms increase returns. James launched his career at JP Morgan in their financial training program. Dean earned his BS from Northeastern University and Master’s degree in International Business from Pepperdine University. He lives in Colorado with his wife, three children and dog Mojo. In his free time he runs marathons, tough mudders, enjoys skiing, tennis and golf.
Matt is responsible for overseeing digital marketing strategies and strengthening brand awareness at Elastic Path. Matt has over 20 years experience in helping grow revenue, market share and valuation for leading software companies such as Crystal Decisions, Apparent Networks and Meridex. At Elastic Path, Matt works with analysts and market leaders including Google, Pearson, Symantec, Time Inc. and Virgin Media to influence and discuss industry strategies and best practices in creating outstanding customer experiences that drive engagement and conversion.
Apu Gupta is the CEO & Co-founder of Curalate, the leading marketing platform for the visual web. Curalate enables brands to measure, monitor, and grow their presence on visual social media sites including Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr. Curalate is currently in use by over 400 brands including Neiman Marcus, Time Inc, Michael Kors, Gap, and Martha Stewart. Prior to Curalate, Apu worked in retail and technology. Apu built the second largest drugstore chain in India as the COO & CMO of MedPlus Health Services, served on the interim management team of Peracon, a provider of software for the commercial real estate industry, and was in sales and marketing roles at WebEx Communications from their Series A financing through their IPO. Apu has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
With more than a decade of marketing experience at companies ranging from early-stage startups to publicly traded enterprises, Matt Johnston leads marketing, community management and organizational strategy efforts at Applause. As Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, he leads the company's large-scale initiatives around expansion and partnership formation. He also oversees awareness of the Applause brand and management of the company's global community of professional software testers. Prior to joining Applause, Matt served as VP of Marketing at crowdsourcing pioneer, OnForce. Before that, he was the Director of Marketing at Mimeo.com and worked at Herman Miller as a commercialization strategist. Matt earned a B.A. in Marketing from Calvin College, as well as an MBA in Marketing & Technology from New York University's Stern School of Business. Matt is a frequent speaker at top technology and mobile conferences, including STARWEST, CTIA, Mobile App World, FutureM and Enterprise 2.0.
Christopher Parr, CEO and Editor of Pursuitist, is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. He launched Pursuitist.com as a curated list of the good things in life, with guest contributors from Forbes, Mashable, TechCrunch, Glamour, Saveur and more sharing their favorite luxuries. Online at parrinteractive.com and pursuitist.com
Kerri Pollard has over a decade of experience in affiliate marketing. As president of CJ Affiliate by Conversant, Kerri's primary responsibility is to oversee the operations of CJ's U.S. and Europe offices. Kerri has a proven track record of building partnerships between advertisers and publishers and helping them grow revenue and increase profits through innovative technology and strategic analytical insights. Kerri's thought leadership in the affiliate marketing space has earned CJ the recognition of the #1 affiliate marketing provider by Internet Retailer for the second year in a row. Prior to CJ, Kerri operated in a sales capacity at consulting firm Keane, Inc., and at i-Cube (now Avenue A/Razorfish). She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School at Ohio University.
A social media visionary and internet marketing futurist, Sharad is frequently quoted by the media on topics related to the impact of social media on e-commerce, and has been a speaker and panelist at several leading techconferences including Ad:Tech, SMX, OMMA, and Internet Week.
Sharad spent the first ten years as a product manager at leading Silicon Valley tech companies, most recently at Yahoo, where he launched SEM and advertising products that generated over $100M in incremental revenue. Having made his mark, he left Yahoo for the startup world in 2010, founding Piqora in early 2012.
Jason Antony, Director of Ecommerce for Viceroy Hotel Group, has over a decade of online experience in both retail and hospitality verticals. Jason is responsible for managing all digital marketing, the development of new websites, content management systems, and CRM communication strategies for Viceroy Hotel Group. Currently, Jason manages the global online efforts of the portfolio in Abu Dhabi, Anguilla, Beverly Hills, Maldives, Miami, New York, Palm Springs, Riviera Maya, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Snowmass, St. Lucia and Zihuatanejo with forthcoming properties in Dubai, Istanbul and Bodrum, Turkey. And during his free time Jason is actively involved with HSMAI Los Angeles as the Social Media Chair Board Member.
Among his significant previous positions, Jason served as the Ecommerce Manager for FIJI Water’s direct-to-consumer business and e-commerce marketing, including the comprehensive management of their website, email, and online strategy.
Prior to joining FIJI Water, he managed the San Diego Zoo’s e-philanthropy programs, spent two years leading field marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in San Diego, and spent six years at SeaWorld developing websites, online marketing, email communications, and retail sites