Speakers


Our speakers are people who work with and understand small businesses who bring valuable insight to the sessions and many of them live in your city. 

   
 
Frank Coker, CEO, Corelytics “The Professor”

Frank Coker is the CEO of Corelytics. As a current Finance Professor at the UW iSchool, Frank believes in leading through education and is even writing a book on the subject called, "Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of your Business". Frank serves on several boards and under Frank’s leadership, Corelytics has been recognized a Top 25 Emerging Vendor and Intuit’s Grand Prize App of the Year by Intuit.

Frank is speaking in all cities on the tour and also out promoting his new book in 2014. 

   

 

Eli Davidson, The Today Show "Reinvention Expert" Speaker & Executive Coach

Recognized as one of "America's Top Coaches" Davidson's case studies demonstrate that her revolutionary trademaked Tunaround Techniques dramaticly increases productivity on the Huffington Post. Davidson is a thought leader and nationa expert in the field of personal and professional reinvention: She is The Today Show, "Reinvention Expert." Her executive coaching tips are regularly featured on national television and magazines. Recent appearances on Dr. Phil's 'Decision House' and Making It! Her book, Funky to Fabulous was a 2007 National Best Books Award Winning Finalist. Motivational Self Help.

   

 

Stuart McDonald, CMO, FreshBooks

Stuart recently joined FreshBooks, entrepreneur and marketer has a long history of making great companies greater. His history includes founding Expedia Canada (arguably Canada’s most successful online business) and working as the CMO of Expedia.com in Seattle, Washington. He has also worked with numerous other organizations as a consultant, advisor, investor and mentor in addition to co-founding the Mesh Conference, now in its 6th year.

   

 

Dr. Monikah Ogando, Founder & CEO, Ogando Associates, LLC

As founder and CEO of Ogando Associates, LLC, a company which was named to the *Inc 500*, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing private companies, Dr. Monikah has created a dynamic business coaching firm, devoted to empowering entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow their businesses. While Monikah is best known for her expertise in marketing, business building and leadership, her clients and students share that her biggest impact comes from her philosophy of "build your business to support your extraordinary life" - ensuring your business revolves around your own personal values, lifestyles and legacy.

   

 

Chris Widener, The Widener Group

Chris Widener, is an internationally recognized speaker, author and radio host--with 12 books on leadership opens the show.  He'll discuss how and why it is now easier to get information to make decisions, satisfy customers, grow sales and be more productive than in any other time in small business history!

   

 

Ali Brown, CEO, Ali International, LLC

Ali Brown  is the voice for women's entrepreneurial success. After launching her first business from her tiny NYC studio apartment in 1999, she has grown it into what is today an enterprise that ranked in 2009's Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the nation. Ali was named one of 2010's Enterprising Women of the Year and was named one of Forbes’ Women to Watch. She was also named one of Ernst & Young's Winning Women for 2010 and a winner of the StepUp Women’s Network’s Commitment to Philanthropy award. Ali has been featured as an expert in the New York Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and on TV including CNN Headline News, Fox Business Network, and ABC News Now. Ali was featured in the season finale of ABC’s Secret Millionaire. Her company, Ali International, provides business and success advice and resources to nearly 50,000 members around the world via www.AliBrown.com.

   

 

Baochi Nguyen

Baochi Nguyen heads up the social strategy at RingCentral, the #1 cloud-based phone system for businesses. At RingCentral, Baochi oversees social media, community management, content strategy, and social CRM. Previous to RingCentral, Baochi led the social strategy at Boingo Wireless, where her work earned recognition from Mashable, Entrepreneur Magazine, and various book publications. As a communicator and technophile, Baochi aims to convey technology’s uses and benefits in ways that are easily accessible and understood by everyday consumers and business users. Baochi holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Stanford University, CA.

Robert J Chandler, CEO Cloud9 Real Time

Mr. Chandler has received the Top 40 Under 40 Award by CPA Practice Advisor Magazine for three years and as the author of Together in The Cloud and CEO of Cloud9 Real Time, Robert has dedicated his career to helping businesses understand how to implement sensible internet-based (cloud) solutions so they can work more efficiently and profitably to enhance their success. Come to Mr. Chandler’s book signings during the Main Street Meet Up to meet Robert and get a signed copy of Together in The Cloud.

   
 
Kelly Flint, Constant Contact

Kelly is Constant Contact’s Senior Regional Development Director and Local Market Development Director for Los Angeles and Orange County. Kelly has presented to thousands of small businesses, associations, and nonprofits to help them develop and implement effective online marketing strategies.

Kelly will be speaking in Los Angeles

   

 

Saul Colt, Head of Magic, FreshBooks

Recently named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators He's been called Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers, even Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company”. In a previous life Saul was the person who launched Zipcar into the Canadian marketplace, helped growFreshBooks.com from 250,000 customers to 4.5 million and even knows what it is like to work for a large corporation from his time in a leadership role at Rogers Communications. Saul loves all people, especially women and is tired of people asking him to remove his shirt. 

   

 

Corissa St. Laurent,Constant Contact

Corissa is the New England Regional Development Director for Constant Contact. Her mission is to serve and help others through engagement marketing education. She gives workshops and seminars on email and social media marketing, helping people plan, develop and execute their online marketing strategies, and understand best practices and techniques that will bring them success.

Corissa is speaking in Boston and Philadelphia.

   

 

Rick, Founding & Managing Partner, 36ixty

Rick founded 36ixty (pronounced "three-sixty") to help entreprenuers and business leaders to dramatically improve performance, profitability, and legacy by allowing them to focus on their core competencies. Rick is one of the brightest young minds in the world of business strategy. He brings a unique approach to an often complex and confounding aspect of business.

   
 
Shelly Robbins, Intuit Accounting Professionals Trainer Writer

Shelly is partnered with Intuit, teaching accounting professionals and developing communities of users who are working to increase their understanding of QuickBooks software. Shelly has written and conducted dozens of QuickBooks seminars including QuickBooks for Small Business Owners and is currently conducting face-to-face meetup groups.

   

 

Thomas Marks, Director of Marketing for Small Business, Concur

Concur®, a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. As a self-described “technology geek” he has leveraged his passion for more than 20 years to help small businesses grow and prosper by using technology to streamline processes and operate more efficiently. Thomas is speaking in all cities on the tour.

   

 

Janet Powers, Founder, Diva Toolbox

Janet started Diva Toolbox following a successful corporate career at Fidelity Investments, where she served as Vice President of Program Management. The Diva Toolbox.com™, founded in 2008, is the premier destination for women in business to learn, grow and succeed. Its tagline (“Within you lies the ability to do anything. Find it!”) illustrates its mission is to empower, educate, and entertain women.

   

 

Rick Armstrong, CPA, Founder Count On Us

Founded in 2011, Count On Us is the next generation of business consulting organizations dedicated to helping Small and Mid Market Businesses (SMB) with their inevitable migration to cloud based accounting and business intelligence applications.  We are uniquely positioned to participate in this opportunity with our three key initiatives:  Moving to the Cloud; Cloud Application Optimization; and Virtual Accounting and Consulting Services for the Cloud based client. 

   

 

Beth Goldstein, CEO, Marketing Edge Consulting Group

Beth is the author of Lucky By Design and The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit and brings insight around getting your business to grow.  Known for her ability to connect with audiences, Beth is a much sought-after speaker based outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She empowers entrepreneurs to successfully grow their companies by helping them understand what influences customer purchase decisions, and helping them create targeted initiatives that drive revenue and growth.

Randy Chepenik, AT&T

Randy is currently the Region Sales Vice President for AT&T Small Business in Greater Los Angeles area, and is responsible for the distribution of wireless, IP, and cloud services to customers outside of the Fortune 5000. Randy has over 14 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, including marketing, sales, and operations experience with voice, data, and mobile communications.  His work at AT&T and Cingular has made him a recognized leader in management and integration of multiple distribution channels.

 

Anissa Freeman Starnes, Constant Contact, Inc. 

A knowledgeable marketing expert, Anissa is Constant Contact’s local small business expert in the Carolinas and has helped thousands of small businesses, associations, and nonprofits develop and implement effective email marketing and online survey strategies. A popular speaker and educator, Anissa gives small businesses and nonprofits the tools, techniques, and strategies they need to grow and expand their business and to maximize the power of relationship marketing.

   

 

Chris Fuller, Vice President Small Business Banking/Southeast

Chris has 16 years of experience in finance of which the last 8 have been with Bank of America. Mr. Fuller is a graduate of NCA&T and former owner of Fuller & Associates Insurance Agency. He brings a unique approach to working with small businesses with his background as a buisness owner. Chris also has his Series 6 and 63, Property and Casualty, Life and Health certifications. 

Melanie Paul, Cisco Systems

Melanie is a Small Business Account Manager for Cisco, working with companies mostly under 100 employees to help them find the best Cisco solution for their businesses. A five-year Cisco veteran, she has focused on multiple segments of the business, from marketing IT to helping small-medium sized customers best utilize Cisco services through the Technical Assistance Centers, as well as Advanced Implementation Services. Melanie has her degree in Business Marketing and enjoys teaching indoor cycling in her free time.

   

 

Mark Sunter CPA, Sunter CPA Accounting & Tax Services

Sunter CPA provides a single source for your accounting needs. Business solutions that include online accounting/bookkeeping, outsourced accounting, QuickBooks support, CFO services, tax preparation, and Business consulting. We offer traditional accounting services as well as provide support to our clients with an advanced technology platform. We offer all of our services electronically. Our staff can provide the information and analysis that will help you make informed business decisions and increase the profitability of your company

Jessica Migliorini, Aqueduct Technologies

Jessica is a Business Development Manager at Aqueduct Technologies. In this role, she works to match the right solutions from Aqueduct and their partners to support her clients’ business and technology goals.

In addition, Jessica also serves as a Marketing Manager, working to ensure Aqueduct’s client are kept abreast of industry trends, best practices, and other key information.

Travis Hargett, Eastridge

Travis is the President of Eastridge and holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from The Citadel and NC A&T, and co-founded Eastridge Technology in March of 1998.  Eastridge is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Portals and Collaboration and a current Microsoft Cloud Accelerate / Cloud Champion member.  Eastridge has 20+ employees based in North Carolina helping SMB, Midmarket, and Enterprise customers with custom development, SharePoint, Office 365, and IT Managed Services.

   

 

Linda Varone, RN, MA, The Smarter Home Office

Linda and The Smarter Home Office was awarded Best of Boston© by BOSTON magazine, is a home and office design consultant, author and professional speaker with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and studies in Interior Design at Boston Architectural College. She has consulted in homes and offices, nationwide, for over 20 years. Linda has given presentations for BuildBoston, FORTUNE 500 Cultural Forum, IKEA, Yankee Dental Conference and Cisco Systems.  She has appeared on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle and in the Sunday Boston Globe. Her book, The Smarter Home Office: 8 simple steps to increase your income, inspiration and comfort, is ranked #1 on Amazon for home office design.

   

 

Kevin Price, The Price of Business

Mr. Price is host of The Price of Business, the longest running business show in Houston, Texas, is a nationally syndicated columnist, and is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of US Daily Review.  Kevin will be discussing how to profoundly get the attention of those whom you want to do business with in this, the most challenging economy in modern US history. Price is engaging and very informative, you will walk away with the tools you need to grow your business.

   

 

Shelley Roth, Springboard Works

Shelley Roth, is partnered with Constant Contact to deliver valuable insight around social media marketing and will lead a lunch workshop on best practices in social media marketing.

   

 

 

Lief Koepsel, Cisco Systems

Lief Koepsel is a 20-year veteran of the small to medium business (SMB) segment. Since joining Cisco six years ago, he has been focused on emerging market trends—such as the ‘Consumerization of IT’—and helping businesses identify solutions and services to move beyond technology challenges to new levels in the market. Prior to joining Cisco, Koepsel led channel marketing efforts for several startups and managed distribution channels for three large manufacturers. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and enjoys being a geek at home and in the wild.

Lief will be speaking in all cities on the tour together with several Cisco partners. 

Julie Gilmer, Intuit Accounting Professionals Trainer Writer

Julie regularly teaches classes around QuickBooks for business owners and accountants. Julie teaches at Small Business Development Centers and has previously taught at the university level.

Rob Sloan, Cisco

Rob is a leader in business-to-business marketing with 15 years of experience in information technology and semiconductors. Has a contagious enthusiasm for translating the benefits of technology into business and professional results. Rob has successfully led teams in both marketing and business development, interacting closely with customers, sales, and partners. He holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in International Business and Finance in addition to a B.S. in Engineering Physics, both from Santa Clara University

   
 
Dana Pathia, Constant Contact

Dana is Constant Contact's small businesses marketing expert in the Pacific Northwest region. With a passion for building great customer relationships, Dana applies more than 20 years experience in marketing, branding, public relations, community relations, and donor development. She is dedicated to helping small businesses, nonprofits, and member organizations convert casual customers, donors, and members into raving fans through online marketing. Dana is a member of several community and business development boards in the Pacific Northwest and has been sought after as a speaker for her businesses expertise and motivational style.

Dana is speaking in Seattle.

   

 

Steven Czumaj, Triad Rewards

Mr. Czumaj is a networking powerhouse in the Triad of Northcarolina and the organizer of Greensboro Friday at Five and operator of 336events.com helping small business owners connect and grow their businesses. Steven operates, Triad Rewards which helps businesses use local advertising, SMS marketing, mobile web sites and text messages to build their audience.

   
 
Adriana Neagu, Co-founder, Formotus
Adriana currently serves as its CEO and President of Engineering. Adriana is the creator of the Formotus platform, a technology combining the convenience of cloud services and the power of mobile computing. She is a recognized expert with several patents in data applications and XML technologies.
   

 

Derrick Spruiell, CEO of Mindset Marketing, Get Noticed Guru

Mr. Spuriell, helps small business owners get noticed on social metia as the Get Noticed Guru. Derrick provides marketing and social media insight through his Mindset Marketing Daily posts to help businesses maintain visibility to critical trends in social media.

 
 
 
Robbin Block, Author, Radio personality, Speaker, BlockBeta Marketing

Robbin combines the best of traditional and new media to help small businesses find practical and creative ways to approach marketing. Robbin has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. She's been a SCORE counselor on marketing and the Internet to thousands of small businesses and startups since 2003. She’s the author of “Social Persuasion", a book that explains social media's role in small business strategy, and her radio show Minding Your Business airs live every week on 1300AM KKOL in Seattle and on kkol.com.

Robin will be speaking in Seattle/Bellevue

Stephen Riddick, Computer Service Partners

Stephen is a technology sales consultant for Computer Service Partners (CSP). He has extensive experience managing transformational accounts. Prior to CSP, Stephen worked at Cisco. 

Stephen earned a BS in Economics from Wake Forest University. In December, he will graduate with a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  With his unique combination of business acumen and technical expertise, Stephen believes that technology is most powerful when leveraged as a business enabler to help achieve corporate goals.

Computer Service Partners is a leading technology partner in the Central NC area.  It offers a complete end-to-end solution that includes a full managed services portfolio as well as advanced UC specialization.

Dolly Myrick, Cisco

Dolly has been with Cisco as an account manager for more than four years. With a focus on the small and medium business market, Dolly loves working with Cisco partners and customers. She has an extensive background in Cisco technologies and has multiple certifications. Prior to working with Cisco in North Carolina, she worked with Cisco in Seattle, Washington, covering the five Northwest states.

Robert Keyslinger, Managing Partner, Omnipotech

Mr. Keyslinger is a Managing General Partner at OMNIPOTECH in Houston. OMNIPOTECH is devoted to providing companies with all things IT and managed services for productive employees.

Lynn Douthett, SBA District Director, North Carolina

Lynn is responsible for a staff of 15 employees with worksites in Asheville, Raleigh and Wilmington. The SBA delivers agency programs and services including financial assistance, management counseling and government contracting and business development throughout the state of North Carolina.

Timothy Black, Merchant & Black

Tim's passion is helping small businesses grow their online presence and sales, using what he has learned about web site building on Word Press, SEO, PPC, Social Media, Local Marketing, Mobile Marketing and online/offline marketing to get web sites of his clients seen and ranked using SEO, PPC and Social Media as well as offline strategies.

Manuel R. Gonzalez, District Director

Mr. Gonzalez is the District Director for the 32 county Houston District of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and is responsible for directing the activities of the Houston District Office, including supervision of a minority small business portfolio comprised of over 100 firms in the 8(a) program, administration of the University of Houston Small Business Development Center and 15 sub-centers, and coordination of two chapters of SCORE, “Counselors to America's Small Business”, who provides entrepreneurs with free, confidential business counseling.

   

 

 

 

Corey Hansen, The Hot100Business Association

Corey’s worked with 1,000+ businesses.  A growing number made it to the Inc 500/5000, SBA Small Business of the Year, and many other awards.  His most successful client-to-date, Popcap Games, recently sold for $1.3 billion.  He is co-author of; “Best Practices of High Performance Entrepreneurs.”

Corey will be speaking in Seattle.

   

 

Nancy Porzo, SBA

Director, Seattle Small Business Administration

Nancy will be opening the Main Street Meetup in Seattle. 

   
 
Todd Ostrander, Principal, One Accord Partners

Todd Ostrander is a professional with over 25 years of F1000, mid-market and emerging market startup experience. Mr. Ostrander is a visionary with the ability to simplify complex problems and turn them into significant market opportunities. Throughout his career, he has been at the forefront of groundbreaking changes that create new markets and opportunities. While he has a broad range of skills from finance to procurement, strategic marketing and product strategy, his core functional expertise is in exploiting existing markets as well as identifying and creating new market opportunities with specific focus on go-to-market, intellectual property, and capitalization strategies. Todd will be speaking in Seattle/Bellevue.

   
 
Jim Cecil, Co-founder of Nurture Marketing™

Jim coached countless CEOs, audiences and Microsoft Partners on leveraging customer cultivation to build a stronger, more effective business.

Jim will be speaking on a panel in Seattle/Bellevue

   

 

Jeff Aden, President, Co-Founder, 2nd Watch

2nd Watch provides expert cloud solutions and has been designated by Microsoft as a SMB Cloud Champions Club member. Jeff is responsible for 2nd Watch's new business development strategies, marketing and the company’s day-to-day operations. As President, Jeff works to ensure the growth of the business, builds client connections and oversees the on boarding of new clients. He also ensures the effective delivery of 2nd Watch services throughout the lifetime of the client, sustaining an outstanding customer experience.

Jeff will be speaking in Seattle/Bellevue

   
 
Jamison West, Founder/CEO, Arterian

Jamison founded Arterian in 1995 envisions a future where every small business will an an IT partner become a vital part of its core operations team keeping them free from disaster and flourishing. As a Cisco partner Arterian is an intregal part of keeping hundreds of businesses productive and connected.

Jamison will be speaking in Seattle/Bellevue

   

 

Jonathan Bello, One8Solutions

Jonathan is partnered with Intuit to deliver valuable insight around managing your money. As an accountant himself, Jonathan is a regular speaker for Intuit and also partners with CIOs and CFOs of higher education institutions to develop online tutorial programs.

   

 

Donald Saracen, President, SARACEN Sales & Communication

Don, speaks, trains and consults with small to mid-sized businesses with a focus on increasing sales, business development and customer service functions. He has a unique business perspective having grown-up in a family-owned business, he majored in communications and has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions with regional, national and a multinational corporation.

Bruce Andersen, BTA Consulting

Bruce is a CPA with an accounting, tax and technology consulting practice in Los Angeles.  He has been named to Top 100 CPAs in the United States by CPA Magazine for three years.  Bruce was named to the List of Top Fifty Practitioners before the IRS, by CPA Magazine.

BTA Consulting and Training, the Technology Division of Bruce Andersen CPA, has been named to the Technology Pacesetters (a Top 100 List) by Source Media for six years. BTA Consulting was also named to the “Killer VAR” list of Accounting Technology in 2002.  Bruce is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, and is and has been a contract writer for Intuit for several years.  Bruce is a faculty member at University of Phoenix School of Business for nine years.

Victor Parker, District Director

Victor Parker is a a California native and long-time member of the Los Angeles community, was appointed the District Director of the SBA’s Los Angeles District Office in October, 2011. The Los Angeles District Office serves Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. As District Director, he is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to aspiring and existing small business owners.