Chris Bechtel >>>
View Chris's Blog: ipressrooom
Chris Bechtel has been a marketing and communications professional for more than 12 years, specializing in helping organizations (from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits) maximize the results of their marketing and public relations programs through the use of technology and strategic communications. He is presently the COO and Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for iPressroom Corporation, an online marketing and public relations software and services provider, specializing in Internet Pressrooms, virtual private press kits, RSS, Podcasts, and more. http://www.ipressroom.com. Chris conducts executive workshops and training, and contributes to the corporate Internet PR News Blog and his personal Internet PR Blog. He is been quoted in and contributed articles to; ExpertPR, the IABC, and PRWeek among others.
John Houghton >>>
View John's Blog: www.johnhoughton.com
John is the CEO and Founder MobileCast Media, Inc. A combination of marketing, creative skills, and technology, John is a pioneer in electronic commerce and has twice successfully built $100 million dollar ecommerce brands, in one case growing product revenue from $4 million to $76 million in one year at Oracle. He has designed electronic commerce applications currently in use by a number of the Fortune 50 and working with such companies as General Motors, Dell, General Electric, Sony, Citigroup, United Parcel Service, Aetna, Boeing, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Reuters, British Telecom, and BAE Systems. John has performed groundbreaking work in XML standards for ecommerce used by SAP AG. XML is the foundation of mobile content distribution and John's proprietary expertise in XML is now used by MobileCast Media to obtain the widest possible syndication and brand exposure unmatched by any other syndication service.
When he is not working, John pursues artistic interests. A former opera singer, he has professional credits in music performance, composition, sound engineering, videography, photography, and graphic design. John is a board member of the San Francisco Opera BRAVO! CLUB, has a commercial CD and performs regularly.
Michael W. Geoghegan >>>
View Michael's Blog: MWGblog
Michael W. Geoghegan is a consultant, author, and entrepreneur who is widely regarded as one of pioneers of podcasting. Michael is co-founder and CEO of GigaVox Media, a company that develops and produces exclusive technology-related audio content, which includes the IT Conversations Network.
Michael also founded Willnick Productions, creator of some of the first corporate podcasts, including the official podcast of the Disneyland Resort. Michael 's other podcasting endeavors include Reel Reviews: Films Worth Watching, Grape Radio, and PrivaCast, an enterprise-level solution for secure RSS currently used by Duke University. . He is also co-author of "Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting."
Michael speaks frequently on podcasting's impact on new media and its corporate applications. He has been featured as a podcasting expert for dozens of media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and Wired Magazine.
Jason McCabe Calacanis>>>
View Jason's Blog: Calacanis.com
Jason McCabe Calacanis was appointed "Entrepreneur In Action" in December 2006 at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firm. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular weblogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005.
Jason was named senior vice president upon joining AOL where he later became general manager for the Netscape brand and engineered the re-launch of Netscape as a social bookmarking news site in July 2006.
Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Jason was the founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published the magazines Silicon Alley Reporter and Digital Coast Reporter. The flagship publication later became Venture Reporter, a venture capital database, and was sold to Dow Jones.
Jason is from Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife and bulldog. He received a B.A. in psychology from Fordham University. Jason is known for his transparency and insights into the internet and media industries. His views can be read daily on his own blog, www.calacanis.com and heard weekly on "CalacanisCast," a new show on The PodTech Network.
Chris Heuer >>>
View Chris's Blog: Chris Heuer's Idea Engine
Chris Heuer is the founder of Social Media Club, a "not for loss" organization that brings together people with an interest in creating and consuming all forms of media in the "Web 2.0" world. Chris also serves as the Executive Director of the not for profit BrainJams, Inc. An Internet pioneer with over 12 years of online communications and Web development experience, Chris consults both startups and large corporations on how to authentically engage with customers and potential customers through Social Media. His holistic vision encompasses strategic, creative and technological capabilities which allow him to identify key insights and emergent patterns before they are widely seen by others. Over the past year he has explored practical applications of social learning theory through what is popularly called "unconferences." He uses his community organizing and group facilitation skills to help companies better understand the markets they serve. http://www.socialmediaclub.com/ , http://www.chrisheuer.com/
John J. Wall >>>
View John's Blog: Ronin Marketeer
John produces The M Show a weekly podcast on news, talk and entertainment. Since January of 2005, the show has a business and technology slant, and has been profiled by CBS Evening News, The Associated Press, NECN, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and the Yahoo! 2005 Year in Review.
As New England-based marketing professional for over 10 years, John has held positions specializing in CRM and sales support systems at both venture funded and privately held businesses (companies including MarketingSherpa and the Digital Consulting Institute). Currently John is the Marketing Manager at AccuRev.
John graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Economics and lives just outside of Boston, MA.
Paul Dyer >>>
View Paul's Blog: Ruminations from Paul Dyer
Paul Dyer is Market Wire's New Media Specialist, an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and other advanced Web technologies. He is a frequent speaker on SEO and Public Relations for Social Media, having recently presented at national conferences and as part of a professional development series for several top 100 PR firms.
Brian Solis >>>
View Brian's Blog: PR 2.0
Brian Solis is Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning PR agency in Silicon Valley. Solis blogs at PR2.0, bub.blicio.us, and regularly contributes PR and tech comments and articles to industry sites and publications. Solis is co-founder of the Social Media Club, is an original member of the Media 2.0 Workgroup, and also is a contributor to the Social Media Collective.
Phil Koester >>>
J. Philip Koester is Marketing Director for the LA Opera Company. As a member of the senior staff, Koester is responsible for establishing overall marketing strategy and annual marketing plans overseeing all advertising, promotion, creative materials, website and customer service aspects of the Box Office and Audience Services Department. Koester has extensive experience in the performing arts, most recently as Assistant Director of Marketing for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to managing an array of activities related to subscription and single ticket revenue, he launched the company's first major venture into internet marketing beginning with the 2003/04 season.
Prior to that he served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Louisville Orchestra and Public Relations Manager for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He began his career in arts administration at the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Koester earned a B.A in History from Bellarmine University and holds an M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago.