Tinu Abayomi Paul

Tinu Abayomi-Paul is a website promotion specialist and author of five books and ebooks for the online entrepreneur.Her last project was a contribution to Rok Hrastnik’s comprehensive guide to RSS, “Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS“. You can find more of her daily tips on RSS, Blogs, Google tools, and more, at her main blog, Free Traffic Tips.

Kristen King

A former Jersey girl, Kristen grew up with two self-employed parents — her father builds custom homes and her mother is a professional beekeeper – so it was only a matter of time before the entrepreneurship gene kicked into high gear. When she decided to launch her freelancing career in 2004, just months after graduating from Mary Washington, Kristen knew it was the right decision.Only 4 years later, after taking a full-time publishing job to support her freelance aspirations and then leaving it after 20 months to pursue freelancing full time.

Kristen has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the freelance writing world, writing an award-winning blog for writers and a leading women’s health blog, serving an international client base, and becoming a sought-after speaker for communications organizations in the Washington, DC, area.

Kristen brings to the table experience in newspapers, mainstream and niche magazines, print and online literary journals, and medical and trade/professional publications, along with a strong work ethic and infectious enthusiasm. In 2007, she completed her Master of Professional Studies degree in publishing at The George Washington University. Her drive and commitment to success extend to her clients’ business, and she’s not happy until they are.

Kristen is a member of the Board of Directors of American Independent Writers and the Editorial Board of the journal Science Editor. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and their three dogs and three cats. She also authors a blog on freelance writing and communications, a pet blog, and a women’s general interest blog.

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a full service marketing communications provider offering copywriting, business communications, blog, book and article writing, and marketing and branding consulting services. She brings with her over 15 years of experience working in the marketing field for some of the largest corporations in the world (including divisions of AT&T, HSBC, Household International and more).Susan is a published author with three books available in book stores and online (Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon through Palgrave Macmillan, Kick-Ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps through Entrepreneur Press, and Google Blogger for Dummies through Wiley). Her fourth book, Building Brand Value the Playboy Way, will hit book stores (through Palgrave Macmillan) in Fall 2009. Susan frequently writes about marketing for various publications. She is a featured columnist on Entrepreneur.com where she writes about marketing communications, and you can find some of her marketing-related articles on websites such as WomenEntrepreneur.com, MSNBC.com, FoxBusiness.com, BusinessWeek.com, WashingtonPost.com, TheStreet.com, SmartMoney.com, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Small Business, and more.

Susan is also an active blogger authoring the KeySplash Creative Conversations blog about branding, marketing and advertising for her company, KeySplash Creative, Inc., as well as one of the leading blogs for women working in the field of business, WomenOnBusiness.com.

She is a contributing author at Corporate-Eye.com where she writes about corporate branding, and she writes about small business marketing for Cox Communications’ Kudzu.com Business Success Center where she authors the Everyday Marketing blog. Additionally, she is the Guide to Web Logs for About.com (a New York Times company).

Becky Carroll

Petra Consulting Group/Customers Rock!is headed up by Becky Carroll, long-time customer advocate and someone who is passionate about social media, marketing, and the customer experience. In 2005, Becky founded Petra Consulting Group, a strategic consultancy helping companies grow through customer conversation leading to stronger customer relationships.Previously, Becky was the Director of Social Media for Brickfish, a social media advertising platform. Brickfish helps create branded User Generated Content for some of the world’s largest brands such as Microsoft, Nike, Estee Lauder, and Intuit.

Becky is also an accomplished international speaker and a frequent contributor to industry conversations. She is a regular personality on the nationally-syndicated radio program The Big Biz Show, a contributing author on the business book Age of Conversation, and also teaches social media at UC San Diego. Prior to founding Petra Consulting Group, she was a senior consultant with industry-leading Peppers and Rogers Group. Becky is a member of PRG’s 1to1 Faculty and does speaking and consulting on their behalf. Previously, Becky worked at Hewlett Packard, both in the UK and in the US, in the areas of customer loyalty, customer service, and marketing. She is also currently a social media correspondent for NBC San Diego.

Anita Campbell

Anita Campbell has been an entrepreneur at heart her entire life. A lawyer by training, she has a wide range of interests, as reflected in her varied background in banking, information technology, human resources, marketing and eCommerce.Today she is the CEO of her own business, Small Business Trends LLC, a media and information company. In that role she closely follows trends in the small business market and trends in technology.

Before starting her entrepreneurial journey she held various executive positions in the corporate world. Most recently she was a senior executive with Bell & Howell Company, including serving as CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell.

A respected speaker and emerging trends resource, Ms. Campbell’s expertise has been noted or her opinion quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Radio, BusinessTVChannel.com, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, CRM Buyer, and countless trade publications, websites, podcasts and more.

Jay Ehret

A street-wise marketer who cut his small business teeth while selling and creating radio advertising for 17 years. He is now Chief Steward of the company he founded in 2001: The Marketing Spotin Waco, Texas, Jay is a small business marketing consultant, coach, speaker, and blog author; he is a branding architect, a customer experience designer, a conversation starter, and an advertising strategist. He’s also a wine lover, poker player, and Christian missionary.Jay’s speaking stock is quickly rising.

  • Featured speaker at the 2009 National Golf Course Owners Association annual conference in New Orleans.
  • Featured speaker for the University Continuing Education Association Marketing 2.0 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Conversation host at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.
  • Keynote speaker for the upcoming Savannah, Georgia Small Business Chamber annual banquet.
  • Featured workshop host for the Houston Small Business Development Center.

Liz Strauss

Perhaps the most influential non-celebrity blogger on the Internet. People visit her blog to learn, swap strategies, and meet each other. She’s been called a thought provoker, an über connector, an idea machine. No one questions that what she brings is one-of-a-kind authenticity. Strategic, intelligent, and nice is a powerful combination.From her father’s saloon, to her years as a teacher, with her understanding of literacy, brain development and writing, her work as territory sales rep for a menswear corporation, to an outstanding international publishing career, Liz has used every opportunity to find the human attractions and connections.

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Jenn Matthews

While most known for her work in SEO (search engine optimization), Jenn Matthews has been involved in user interface design and Web application development for more than 10 years. Her online marketing experience includes search marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing. She’s currently the president of Wappow!, a company focused on digital technologies and events such as Search and Social and EmMeCon Emerging Media Conference.

Christopher Carfi

Christopher CarfiChristopher Carfi, the co-founder of Cerado Inc., blogs at The Social Customer Manifesto.

James Gaskin

James E. Gaskin writes books (16 so far), articles, and jokes about technology and real life from his home office in the Dallas area. Gaskin has been helping small and medium-sized businesses use technology intelligently since 1986. James covers Small Business Technology for Network World and the Smart Tech for Small Biz blog for IT World.

Jared Goralnick

Jared Goralnick is the founder of Set Consulting, a technology consulting business in D.C. that delivers productivity training, document design, and document automation using Microsoft Office. His team launched AwayFind, a Web application that helps people escape from their email so they can do real work and enjoy their vacations.

Jay Berkowitz

Jay Berkowitz is an author, educator, international keynote speaker, and award-winning thought leader. A senior online marketing professional with more than 25 years of marketing experience, Jay has managed marketing departments for Fortune 500 brands—Coca-Cola, Sprint, and McDonald’s Restaurants—and he’s developed online and offline strategies for AT&T and leading health and fitness website eDiets.com.

Jay is the author of The Ten Golden Rules of Online Marketing Workbook and the founder and CEO of www.TenGoldenRules.com, a strategic online marketing consulting business based in Boca Raton, Florida. He’s the host of the Ten Golden Rules of Internet Marketing Podcast and an Adjunct Professor with the University of San Francisco Internet Marketing Course. He’s been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and The Business Journals and interviewed on FOX Business TV.

Jay is a popular keynote presenter at conferences and events, such as Inc. 500, eBay Live, Affili@ Australia, Ad-Tech, Affiliate Summit, Webmaster World, The Direct Marketing Association, The American Marketing Association, and The CEO Executive Forum. He’s the founder of www.InternetMarketingClub.Org, a Committee Chair for SEMPO (the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization), a Founding Board Member of The South Florida Interactive Marketing Association, a Past President of the South Florida Chapter of The American Marketing Association, a Gold Medal winner at the Association of Women in Communications PR Olympics, and the recipient of a SOFIE Award for Most Effective Use of Emerging Media.

Jason Falls

Jason Falls is one of the leading thinkers in the social media, public relations, and communications industries. He’s led a national advertising agency’s interactive and social media efforts, worked with Fortune 100 brands as a social media strategist, and served as an independent consultant in the social media industry.

Jason has advised major, regional, and niche brands, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, Humana, SHPS, Sun Tan City, Mighty Dog, Optima Batteries, Louisville Slugger, Bionic Gloves, The National Center for Family Literacy, and WeSeed.com. One of the most in-demand speakers in the social media space, he’s spoken internationally and nationally and is known for his engaging style, wit, and brutal honesty, and for adding value to each audience’s experience. Jason is the president and co-founder of the Social Media Club Louisville, and he’s a consultant and professional speaker.