Last Year's Speakers
The 2018 conference is finished, but here's some information about the event's speaker lineup. We'll post details about the 2019 event soon. Stand by!
CEO, Marketing Speaker, Author & MarTech Expert
Douglas Karr has worked in the marketing and technology space now for over two decades, preceded by a decade in the newspaper, direct marketing, and direct mail industries. He’s respected throughout the world as a passionate and relentless marketer who has helped hundreds of companies advance their digital marketing strategies.
Douglas is proud of the following accomplishments:
- Single Father of two amazing children (now adults). Bill is a data scientist with a PhD in Mathematics. Katherine is a PR and Event Management consultant.
- United States Navy Veteran who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He’s also the founder of Veterans Media, a 501c3 serving Veterans.
- Founder of MarTech Zone, a publication and podcast reaching over 1 million visitors and listeners each year.
- Keynote and Public Speaker who speaks on technology innovation, B2B and B2C buying behavior, and digital marketing.
- Podcast Co-host of Dell Luminaries, a leading podcast interviewing the greatest minds in technology.
- Published Author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies, the original Content Marketing guide for businesses.
- Integration Expert and developer, across any platform or language.
Douglas’ approach to working with clients is quite unique. He limits the number of clients he works with at any one time and reserves time for each. Each client pays a monthly fee (not a retainer). Not only does Douglas drive the strategy, he also helps companies overcome internal resource limitations by bringing the appropriate experts in to move them forward.
Whether you’re in need of a CMO for Hire, a trusted digital marketing Advisor, or need a full team to implement your strategy, reach out and Douglas can either help you or refer you to the appropriate resources.
Social Media Speaker and Consultant
Andrea Vahl is a Social Media Speaker and Consultant who is passionate about helping businesses understand and leverage the power of social media to actually grow their business. Andrea is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and was the Community Manager for Social Media Examiner, for over 2 years.
She the co-founder of Social Media Manager School, a course that’s helped over 1400 people learn social media and start a business. Andrea Vahl’s proven ability to make social media marketing easy to understand and implement has directly impacted the bottom line of thousands of companies through her training and one-on-one consulting. Learn more about Andrea’s books, resources, and get her Quick Start Guide to Social Media for Business on her website, www.AndreaVahl.com.
- Top Rank Blog: 25 Women Who Rock Social Media in 2012
- Simply Zesty: 100 People You Should Subscribe to on Facebook
- Social Media Today: 10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!
- Entrepreneur.com: 50 Favorite Online Marketing Influencers of 2014
- Likeable Local.com: 150 Great Marketers to Follow in 2015
- Inc Magazine: 21 Best Blogs That Will Help You Grow Your Business
- Boom Social with Kim Garst: Top 30 Women in Social Media
If you are confused about how you can build and grow your business online, hire me. I’ve worked with a wide variety of businesses all over the world: local businesses, restaurants, speakers, coaches, non-profits, HVAC contractors, franchise owners, and more. I love helping companies develop their strategies.
Sales & Marketing Technology Speaker & Trainer
Phil Gerbyshak is a sales & marketing technology speaker & Trainer. Phil works with small businesses and sales professionals to get more leads, set more qualified appointments, earn quality referrals and close more business, using LinkedIn, video, content marketing, and the telephone.
Phil Gerbyshak is a former vice president of information technology at a full service financial services company, where he and his team were responsible for supporting over 100 applications used by advisors, investment bankers, research analysts and support staff. Phil also worked as a director of social strategy for a compliance software vendor focused on the financial services vertical, where he coached, consulted with and trained customers and prospects how to integrate social media and social selling into their daily sales practices.
Currently Phil does programs, trains, and coaches people how to build their business by maximizing their use of technology and social media in their day to day jobs. He’s written 5 books, more than 2500 articles, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Daily Globe and Mail, Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. and many other publications. Phil lives in Tampa, Florida where he spends his free time reading business books, listening to podcasts, and playing pinball. Phil has been on the cover of Speaker Magazine, has been a featured interview on Voices of Experience, and is frequently contributing articles to Speaker Magazine.
Founder, Align Content Studio and SiouxFalls.Business
Jodi Schwan is the founder of Align Content Studio, which provides content marketing strategy, production and distribution to clients in a wide range of industries. She also develops and oversees Align's original content brands including SiouxFalls.business and provides business news and analysis to KSFY-TV and KELO-AM. Jodi is a former editor, broadcaster and columnist who also served as chief of staff for the city of Sioux Falls from 2006 until 2010. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
Creative Professional & Coach
Sarah Rhea Werner has spent the last decade of her career at the intersection of creativity and technology, and has found her true calling in using these concepts to help and mentor others. Sarah is a professional writer, editor, and ghostwriter, a contributor to Forbes, and the founder of the Write Now podcast, which helps aspiring writers to find work/life balance while pursuing their creative passion. She is also the writer, editor, and executive producer of the hit audio drama Girl In Space. You can usually find her at a local Sioux Falls coffee shop, drinking all of the coffee.
Director of Education at ActiveCampaign
As Director of Education at ActiveCampaign, Chris Davis oversees the strategic creation of educational content with the goal of helping business owners tap the power of marketing automation. Chris is passionate about business growth. With over 12 years of experience in automation, he brings a meticulous and unique approach to building out marketing and sales systems for businesses and organizations to leverage for rapid growth.
Our goal is to provide you with tactical information to help you start thinking more strategically about automating your business
Adrian Del Grosso
Software Infrastructure Engineer at Omnitech Inc
Adrian Del Grosso is a computer engineer who graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From leading a NASA grant project in school to to his work today in embedded firmware and IT infrastructure, Adrian has a history of solving modern challenges in many industries. When he's not working, Adrian enjoys tabletop games, traveling, and computer projects of his own. He currently works at Omnitech Inc in Sioux Falls, SD as a Software Infrastructure Engineer.