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Q Division, Managing Partner
As managing partner of Q Division, Manolo brings to bear his international experience inspiring innovation teams, launching first to market products, identifying and capitalizing on emerging technology trends, developing new digital capabilities, curating tech start-up partnerships for leading agencies, retailers and brands. Manolo is a requested speaker and a subject matter expert in Emerging Tech. To remain on-trend between speaking engagements, Manolo co-hosts an iTunes top 20 podcast, Mo + Jo’s Epic Tech Talks, about demystifying relevant marketing technology.
Anne Marie Stephen
Street Fight, President
Anne Marie has extensive experience developing and implementing high-impact technology strategy with an expertise in transformation and innovation. She previously held senior leadership roles with leading-edge solutions and analytics companies and as Founder of kwolia, innovation advisory. She has worked with clients including: Hershey’s, Ahold Delhaize, Ralph Lauren, Brookfield Properties, Panasonic and Samsung. She is an advisory board member for the Millennium Alliance, and is a mentor at XRC Labs, Plug and Play Brand and Retail Center, REVTECH Accelerator and 1871. As a recognized thought leader, she is a sought-after speaker and has appeared at SXSW, Cinemacon, NRF Big Show, Shoptalk and many other leading conferences. As president of Street Fight, she is responsible for the creative vision, budgets and strategic leadership of the company.
PRN, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy & Consumer Experience
Jonathan leads the content, creative, and user experience teams at PRN, architecting scaled digital experiences that engage shoppers and influence behavior. He’s an authority on emerging technologies in contextual data-driven personalized storytelling. Prior to joining PRN, Jonathan was Co-Founder at Spine Films, where he created original programming for Discovery Networks and National Geographic. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University, and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute.
STRATACACHE, Director of Business Development
Cory Kiesel is the Director of Business Development at STRATACACHE and is a resident restaurant subject matter expert. At STRATACACHE he assists clients with identifying project scope, implementation and expanding future capabilities. Prior to STRATACACHE, Cory gained expertise as a multi-site operator and supervisor in both QSR and fast casual brands. His day-in-the-life restaurant insights combined with the STRATACACHE family expertise allows him to tailor scalable solutions with restaurant employees and franchisees in mind. Cory works with numerous brands and franchisee associations across the US, providing them with best practice skills and knowledge to scale hardware and monetize their digital investment.
Walkbase, VP Product & Data
Björn Sjölund is a co-founder of Walkbase and an avid developer. As Vice President of product and data, he drives the product and feature development around the analytics and marketing platform at Walkbase. He describes himself as a product guy with a passion for all things mobile, web and data related.
Bill has owned CENTERTEC, an LBVR Technology Center for over two years. CENTERTEC has become a preeminent Center for providing XR technologies coupled with education, to the public. Before becoming an expert in XR strategies for various companies, Bill worked for over 25 years in the Casino and Banking industries. He helped his customers implement new technologies, which increased their revenue and improved their customer service. Bill now uses his experience and expertise to teach companies how to be successful with their implemation of new XR technolgies; specifically, how to attract customers, retain customers, and increase revenue and decrease expenses, all while providing a superior customer experience with exceptional content, hardware and software. Bill also owns his own Capital Company, which invests in XR technology.
The Store/WPP, CEO
Gwen’s career has been dedicated to helping businesses heighten brand connections as consumers move closer to purchase. With over 15 years leading WPP’s retail practice, The Store , she works across all retail formats around the world. Gwen is a regular speaker at International events including NRF, CES and Retail Leaders Forum. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Brand Strategy and is a contributing author for HBR, The Robin Report and Ad Week.
STRATACACHE, Director – Data Science, Analytics and Insights
Joe is a thought leader in the analytics and data science areas with a focus, drive and career passion for innovation with data. As the Director of Data Science, Analytics and Insights for STRATACACHE, he is utilizing intelligent analytics and data science to drive smarter digital signage, sensors, digital merchandising, mobile enablement, and rich media customer retail experiences. He is focused on the data-centric future of the physical retail shopping experience by enabling opportunities for data enrichment that include artificial intelligence, synthetic sensors, machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality and many other technologies that are shaping our collective future.
Bravo Media, Chief Engagement Officer
As Chief Engagement Officer at Bravo, David Title oversees concept development for experiential marketing and events, production management and creative services for a full-range of video content and nurturing long-term relationships with strategic partners.
Geometry Global, Business Growth and Marketing Executive – Digital Marketing and eCommerce Leader
Accomplished growth marketing leader with proven experience online and offline. Highly successful within startups and large, established Fortune 500 companies. Spearheaded development of marketing teams from the ground up and manage multi-million dollar budgets. Successfully scaled marketing departments and developed effective monetization strategies across multiple businesses. I am Passionate about creating alliances with agencies, vendor partnerships and growing relationships with clients. Recruit and manage high performing marketing teams. Develop B2B and B2C marketing strategies. Proven leader with experience in customer acquisition and retention. Drive customer conversions and new user growth.
Jimmy Abraham bridges technology and media for business and brand evolution. An IT geek since 1995, technology and innovation are second nature to Jimmy. Additionally, he has become an expert in the sales and operations of digital media activations and installations. Jimmy has directed the deployment of thousands of digital interactive activations across events, trade shows and retail environments throughout the world.
Consumers in Motion, CEO
Over the course of his visionary career, Dan Hodges has had a role in shaping each new and emerging technology and bringing it to market to impact consumer relations in the realms of cable television programming, digital advertising, video on demand, interactive television, mobile advertising, IOT, AI and the experience economy.
In 2014, Hodges founded Consumers in Motion (CIM), after his astounding success using mobile technology to support and educate the US State Department to reach civilians when the infrastructure went down in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. As word of Dan’s success with the State Department at Mobile World Congress spread, he began to be flooded with offers from Fortune 100 companies to do the same for them. CIM has since worked with thousands of executives to improve their companies’ digital performance.
Scala EMEA, Scala Sales Manager
Matthias has 13 years of experience in Digital Signage. He is responsible for the German speaking market at Scala EMEA. Matthias started at Scala in March 2017.