David Schmidt, VP of Sales | ExactSource
The Purple Squirrel
Anyone that has been through the dating process and has gotten married knows how hard it is to find the exact spouse. At ExactSource, we are a dating company. What eHarmony is to dating, ExactSource is to hiring. We help companies find the Purple Squirrel by using online profiles to match an exact position to an exact candidate.
David Schmidt is the VP of Sales for ExactSource. He has more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies in software, technology and telecommunications industries. David brings a wealth of successful experience and knowledge in sales and sales processes.
David also serves as Area Governor for Toastmasters International helping Clubs and individuals grow and develop their communication and leadership skills.
Pamela Adams, Chief Connection Officer | The BizLynks Center
Where Businesses Go To Connect
Entrepreneurs. Freelancers. Consultants. Mobile professionals. Industrialists. Whatever the title, when it comes down to making business happen, numerous small business owners opt to bypass their home office or the expense of brick-and-mortar storefronts for the convenience of public Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops and bookstores. However, public may be too public…from loud background music and the chatty baristas to the librarian’s continuous reminder of the “Quiet, please!” sign.
The nation’s economic rollercoaster has made many rethink business expenditures, especially fancy “virtual” offices – matchbox spaces that too often feature more fees and isolated workspace. Sure, you may have a hi-rise downtown address, but is it worth it if you can’t afford the office space and office supplies?
What’s a successful business owner to do? Coworking spaces provide an opportunity for small business owners to mix work and business collaborations in a professional environment designed with them in mind. Coworking builds a community of focused, business-oriented people who desire increased productivity and networking. The BizLynks Center was born out of the desire to offer small businesses and mobile professionals a “work, learn, play” environment where they can work for themselves but not by themselves.
R. Pamela Adams is a technology strategist, trainer, speaker, author and the owner of BizLynks Consulting Group, LLC, an Atlanta-based technology consulting firm. With a career that spans over 20 years in Information Technology and Internet marketing strategies, explaining the technical to the “technically-challenged” is what she does best. Pam served as the Regional Development Director for Constant Contact from 2007 – 2011, and during that time, presented to over 14,000 seminar and conference attendees. She continues to provide email marketing workshops and boot camps, speaks regularly at conferences and offers email campaign management services and consulting as a Constant Contact Solution Provider & Local Expert.
In keeping with her tagline, Linking Technology to Business Growth, Pamela’s mission is to help businesses increase their productivity and sales through the effective use of technology. As a serial entrepreneur, in June 2011, she opened The BizLynks Center, a world-class meeting, training and social workspace that offers business and personal development workshops, networking and social events and a coworking community where professionals can work without the overhead of leasing and maintaining an office suite. The center also houses The BizLynks Center Studio from which the BizLynks TV shows are streamed live and pre-recorded. Pamela serves as the channel’s Executive Producer.
With a heart for God and a passion for helping others connect with that still small voice within, R. Pamela has also complied some of the most moving messages circulated online in recent year in her inspirational gift book, “God is in Your Inbox.” She serves as the Minister of Business Affairs at DaySpring International Ministries, Inc. and is a 2005 & 2011 Turknett Leadership Character award nominee. Pamela, a native of Hinesville, GA, graduated from Emory University with a Math and Computer Science degree and Psychology minor.
Mike Russell, President | Elite Telecom Services
How to Choose a Telecom Provider for Your Business
Mike will discuss the growth that ETS has experienced over the past 10 years including the struggles that were faced at the 5 year mark. He will also explain how giving to the Community and involvement in various non-profit organizations is an integral part of not only ETS’s success but of its overall character. Business owners have endless choices of options for their phone and internet services but they choose to do business with Mike and ETS because we are their trusted telecom advisor.
John Harne, Executive Creative Director, Definition 6
The Concept of Credibility and Trust Around Brands and Brand Strategy
John Harne, executive creative director of Definition 6, manages and overseesthe unified agency’s creative disciplines and provides strategic direction to helpclients engage target audiences through innovation, visual attraction and informationtransparency.In his role, he’s also responsible for business development and helping Definition 6grow its customer base by building more comprehensive service offerings.Before joining Definition 6, Harne built usability and creative practices for two ofthe largest publicly traded interactive agencies. His client experience includes recentwork for Coca-Cola, HBO, Bliss Flooring, Mitsubishi, Rubbermaid, Facebook andDollywood.
404-784-7950 | John.email@example.com | www.definition6.com
Erick Pennington | Pennington Business Development
Erick has more than a decade of experience in B2B sales and business development inthe professional sports arena and marketing services industry.
His career began in corporate sales with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays,where he secured the largest corporate package in team history. He then moved on tothe NBA’s Houston Rockets, where he was among the organization’s top salespeopleand moved to Atlanta nine years ago to launch and manage a team of 20 salespeople forthe NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
Later, as Project Director for Ashton Brand Group, an international brand consulting firm,he became the highest-grossing business development person in the agency’s historyand secured engagements with brands such as DuPont, Russell Corporation and NorthAmerican Honda. From there he would move on to The Jones Group, a full-servicemarketing agency, where he would spend five of the next six years directing the agency’sbusiness development initiatives.
During his first year at Jones, he scheduled 50 new business meetings in 52 weeks,acquired nine new clients and contributed to a 50% growth in revenue. The newacquisitions included brands such as Cingular Wireless, Coca-Cola Enterprises, VeriFoneand Whole Foods. The beginning of his final year at the agency was highlighted by theacquisition of a $600,000 client that began with a cold call.
Areas of discipline include brand strategy and development, marketing communications,corporate communications, digital media, social media, sponsorship marketing andsports marketing. He’s sold into both the B2C and B2B space and along a wide range ofverticals.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 678.659.9256 | www.erickpennington.com
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The environment in a Starbucks, the behavior of the flight attendant on a Southwest flight, the industrial design of an Apple product: These are examples of Authentic Branding. Today’s most successful corporations have discovered that real brand power comes from within. 800 Degrees Co-Founder, Mark Speece, discusses why more and more companies are building brands from the inside-out – uncovering that original inspiring idea that became a company or product – and what this means for marketers, sales people and advertisers.
Mark and his guests will seek to uncover the forces driving this transformation and how enlightened marketers are evolving to respond to and lead these changes.