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Gini Dietrich
Spin Sucks

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm, and creator of the PESO model. She is the lead blogger at the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, is co-author of Marketing In the Round, and is co-host of Inside PR, a weekly podcast about communications and social media.

Brad Farris
Anchor Advisors

As Principal Advisor at Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris guides business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. As a speaker and author, Brad is passionate about business and helping business owners find better ways to do things, make more money and enjoy life more.

Kami Watson Huyse
Zoetica Media

Kami Watson Huyse APR, CEO and Founder of Zoetica Media, is a national leader on the topic of public relations and social media strategy. A 20-year-veteran of public relations, she speaks at social media events and conferences all over the country and her work in social media has earned her two Society for New Communications Research Social Media awards and IABC’s Gold Quill of Excellence Award.

Ken Jacobs
Jacobs Consulting & Executive Coaching

Ken Jacobs, PCC, CPC, an experienced consultant and certified coach, is the principal of Jacobs Consulting & Executive Coaching. For 10 years, his firm has helped agencies grow and manage business, improve client service and relationships, and enhance staff performance. It does so via consulting and training.

Lee McKnight

Lee McKnight Jr. is the Vice President of Sales at RSW/US. Lee earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and JD from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating law school, he worked for an internet healthcare start-up in Nashville until the bubble burst in 2000.

Drew McLellan
Agency Management Institute

Drew McLellan has worked in advertising for 30+ years and started his own agency, McLellan Marketing Group in 1995 after a five-year stint at Y&R. He also owns and runs Agency Management Institute (AMI), which offers agency management training, consulting and facilitates agency owner peer networks for small to mid-sized agencies (advertising, digital, marketing, media, and PR). He is the host of Build A Better Agency podcast and author of Sell With Authority.

Marcel Petitpas

Marcel Petitpas is the co-founder and CEO of Parakeeto and the COO of Gold Front, an award-winning creative company in San Francisco. Host of The Agency Profit podcast, he helps creative agencies run more profitably.

Patrick Rogan

Patrick Rogan, SHRM-CP is the Founder and Managing Director of IgnitionHR. He has been helping senior executives in both large and small organizations meet their strategic talent needs for the past 25+ years. He specializes in developing programs that help his clients attract, align, manage, and retain top talent.

Karl Sakas
Sakas & Company

As a management consultant and executive coach, Karl Sakas has advised hundreds of agency owners worldwide. His clients call him their “agency therapist.” As a fourth-generation business owner, Karl combines 20+ years of consulting with his experience as the #2 person at two digital marketing agencies. He’s written several books about managing agencies, including Made to Lead: A Pocket Guide to Managing Marketing & Creative Teams.

Jody Sutter
The Sutter Company

Speaker, blogger, and owner of The Sutter Company, Jody Sutter ran business development teams at large agencies like R/GA, OMD and Havas, and spent over a decade in sales for a range of creative services firms, from branding design to digital advertising. She now provides the growth strategies and tools for agency owners to win new business.

Karen Swim APR
Solo PR Pro

Karen Swim is many things but clients agree that she is genuine, hard working and cares deeply about their personal and professional success. Works with clients in a variety of industries including technology, healthcare and nonprofits. President of Solo PR Pro and co-host of That Solo Life podcast.

Sharon Toerek
Legal + Creative

Sharon Toerek is an intellectual property and marketing law attorney, with a national Firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.  She devotes her legal practice at Toerek Law to helping creative professionals protect, enforce and monetize their creative assets. With a particular concentration of clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries, she publishes advice at Legal + Creative, and hosts The Innovative Agency podcast.

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