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Chris is passionate about working with brands to create unique marketing campaigns that help tie their Web and offline digital objectives together. He has been at the forefront of the social digital world for more than 12 years, including almost a decade-long run as VP of Ad Sales at MTV Digital Networks’ NeoPets. Chris ensured brands and virtual pets alike received the royal online treatment through integrated advertising campaigns that quickly made the company one of the top 10 websites visited on the Internet. In 2009, Chris made the transition to the virtual world of Gaia Interactive, where he ran global sales for the popular online youth hangout. Currently, Chris heads Brand Sales at TrialPay, where he helps brands connect with Facebook’s 300+ million social gamers through premium, in-game brand engagements. As a social gaming and digital media industry veteran, Chris has been interviewed and quoted in numerous online media outlets, such as Reuters, MediaPost, Examiner.com and GDC Online. In addition, he often speaks at many conferences, including SXSW Interactive, OMMA Global, Digital Hollywood and LA/NYC Games Conferences. Chris attended Michigan State (Go Green! Go White!) and earned a BS in Management. In his spare time, he can be found at baseball games with his family and his dog, Francie.
Chris Dessi is a CEO of Silverback Social. He is also an award winning digital thinker, television & radio commentator, author, blogger, and public speaker. Throughout his career in New York and London Chris has worked with Fortune 500 businesses and start-ups alike. His deep marketing acumen combined with his passion for psychology, sociology and cultural studies all reside at the fulcrum of his manifesto that social media is much more of a spiritual awakening rather than a technological one. This revolutionary perspective has propelled his personality into the national media landscape. Dessi is a regular social media expert contributor on Fox Evening News, Good Day New York, and FOX BUSINESS's Varney &Co. He has appeared on Inside Edition, the Steve Adubato show One to One, and has made Radio appearances on the John Gambling show on WOR Radio in NYC, and the Mary Beth Marsden show in Baltimore on WBAL. His first book “Your World is Exploding: How Social Media is Changing Everything and How You Need to Change With It”, shot to #1 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases in it’s first two weeks of publication. In addition to his writing and work in social media, Chris is active on the college lecturing circuit. Coaching students how to leverage social media to benefit their personal brand message and their career. He has guest lectured to students around the country including Marist College, Manhattanville College, Loyola University in Maryland, and at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Social Media Summit. As a result of the work and impact via television and radio in the New York metropolitan area Chris was recently selected by the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 under 40. He has been quoted in Mashable, and has lectured about the power of social media to the United States Marines aboard the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. He is a featured contributor on Social Media Today and The Social Customer.
Ric Dragon is an exhibiting artist, jazz drummer, speaker, writer, and a search marketing strategist. He is the CEO and co-founder of DragonSearch. He is the author of a book on social media marketing process which is to be released in the Summer of 2012 by McGraw Hill. Ric has been featured at SMX East, Conversion Conf, BrandConf, CMS Expo, and BlogWorld, as a speaker on the convergence of process, information architecture, SEO, and Social Media.
Emeric is the co-founder of AgoraPulse (www.agorapulse.com), a European based Facebook Marketing Technology launched in 2011. AgoraPulse is currently being used by more than 4,000 Facebook Pages across 27 countries and is expanding internationally through strategic local partners.
He is one of the European pioneers in the field of Social Media Marketing. The first company he co-founded in 2000 was a technology allowing brands to create their own white label social network, this was 4 years before Ning or Facebook.
He has advised French and international brands such as Virgin Megastores, FIA and Microsoft. He is a member of the Board of the Social Media Club in Paris, France and is a regular speaker at European conferences such as iStrategy, Digital Paris and eMarketing.
Hussein Fazal co-founded AdParlor and is leading the company in building the best team, process, and technology to manage large Facebook advertising campaigns. Hussein received his Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and has held positions in technical and marketing roles at IBM, Microsoft, and Bell Canada.
Arsene is the former Digital and Direct Channel Manager at Jarden Consumer Solutions where he led the strategy and execution for an entire portfolio of direct-to-consumer brands on social media, eCommerce and mobile commerce channels. Now based in San Francisco, Arsene is leveraging his past social marketing experience in the European and US markets as Founder and CEO of Wishadeal, a website that allows like-minded consumers to team up and request a deal or promotion from brands.
Wil Merritt is an advertising innovator with an exceptional record of achievement in sales and marketing. Before Zooppa, Wil made a career in media and technology, serving four years as a SVP for Bill Gates’ private company Corbis and eighteen years in posts around the globe at Time Warner, Inc.
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