Meet Our Speakers

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Sara Anderson

Sara Anderson is the founder & operator of Sara's Sweets, a local bakery specializing in cupcakes, cookies & custom cakes. As a business owner, pastor's wife, and mom of 3, she aims to serve her team & the community in a way that brings glory to God. https://sarassweetslima.com/

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Bryce Kenny

Growing up, Bryce’s passion was in Top Fuel dragracing, traveling the country with his grandfather competing in a race car capable of 300mph in just 4 seconds! Those miles traveled in the rig with his grandfather, Doc Sipple, would prove to be the mentorship that would equip Bryce with the passion and skill sets to fulfill his purpose – to use the platform of motorsports to change people’s lives. Bryce believes that while there are no secret formulas to life, there are gears that we must learn to shift in and out of at the right time. These gears are our foundational beliefs that guide the actions we take towards living the life we’ve always dreamed of. Gears like being driven by purpose, failing faster, and becoming built for others all require a decision in the midst of life’s toughest challenges to make that shift in order to get unstuck, find momentum, and start thriving again.

Life requires us to shift gears constantly, and Bryce is passionate about helping others find that next gear they never knew they had.

Bryce is now a Professional Monster Jam driver as the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior, setting a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a monster truck in 2021 and being the first driver in the sport’s history to hit 100mph. Getting his start in 2016, Kenny recorded his first Freestyle win in his first year. Kenny earned the 2019 Save of the Year and 2021 Outreach Award. The driver of the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior has also played a role in Monster Jam TV coverage. His ability to represent brands and strategic partners like Great Clips, build family-friendly fan bases, and attain coveted awards in the sport makes Bryce a bright star in Monster Jam! www.BryceKenny.com

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AJ Wilcox

AJ Wilcox is a LinkedIn Ads pro who founded B2Linked.com, THE LinkedIn Ads agency, in 2014. He's managed over $150M in spend on the platform, they're official LinkedIn partners, he's host of the LinkedIn Ads Show podcast, and has managed 5 of the world’s top 10 LinkedIn Ads accounts. He's a ginger & triathlete. He lives in Utah with his beautiful wife and 5 adorable kids, and his company car is a wicked-fast gokart.

Nisha Kashyap

Nisha Kashyap

Nisha Kashyap is a seasoned Creative Director with over 12 years of experience in the digital media industry.

Nisha leads a team of talented creatives to develop innovative social media campaigns for a wide range of clients.

Her expertise lies in conceptualizing and executing innovative ideas that seamlessly integrate with clients' branding strategies, resulting in increased engagement and brand awareness.

At Sociallyin, Nisha has a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence, ensuring that every project is delivered on time and to the highest standards.

Her passion for storytelling and her ability to connect with audiences through visual content have helped her build a reputation as a thought leader in the industry.

Alongside her team, she has strategized and created for clients including Samsung, Nikon, Carnival Cruise Line, Marriott Vacation Club, Dick's Sporting Goods, Angi (Angi’s list), Takara Saké, and more.

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Roger Wakefield

Roger Wakefield is a Texas Master Plumber and inspiring entrepreneur with over 40 years of plumbing expertise and every state endorsement. He’s on a mission to showcase the trades as a lucrative and rewarding career. As a successful YouTube content creator, speaker, and trainer, Roger not only shares valuable insights for aspiring plumbers and other tradespeople, but also empowers entrepreneurs to venture into social media marketing to grow their businesses. As the most viewed plumber on YouTube, Roger is passionate about the trades, firmly believing that tradespeople—the ones that built America—are the original thought leaders worthy of deeper recognition. He strives to create awareness and provide access to proven techniques, mindset skills, and action items to help individuals get into any of the trades, advance in their careers to make the most money, learn what they need to know to start their own businesses, and how to start networking and using social media—all of which can be life-changing. What sets Roger apart is not just his expertise and insights, but his deep sense of responsibility and duty to uplift the trades and show appreciation to all blue-collar workers who protect the health and safety of this great nation.

https://www.rogerwakefield.com/

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Katie Brinkley

Katie Brinkley, author of 'The Social Shift,' is redefining social media marketing with a 'less is more' philosophy. With 19 years of experience, she innovates with a unique 4-post strategy, fostering growth with minimal posting. Her platform-agnostic approach and journalism skills empower brands like AT&T and DirecTV to achieve their goals efficiently. Katie excels in storytelling, guiding clients from solopreneurs to corporates in capturing their ideal audience and driving tangible results. https://www.katiebrinkley.com/socialsales

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Owen Video

Owen Hemsath a.k.a Owen Video is an award-winning YouTube Growth Strategist and High-Performance Coach for the Nations Top Companies & Business Influencers. Owen has been called a Pioneer on YouTube and is considered the leading expert on YouTube for business and revenue generation.

He has consulted for major brands like North Face, Oracle, and Excelon. Owen has helped his clients achieve millions of views and generate millions of dollars in sales and brand sponsorship. Owen has been invited to speak all over the globe and has been featured in major media like ABC, NBC, KUSI and Social Media Examiner.

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Jeff Howell

Jeff Howell has transitioned his marketing experience and predisposition to authenticity into a successful ecommerce career. His career mission these days is to evangelize the necessity of having a well executed ecommerce solution integrated into existing marketing strategies while equipping his clients with the knowledge to be successful. Being active on TikTok, Jeff shares his life, nerdy thoughts and encourages others to just be themselves. https://www.jeffhowell.me/

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Jessika Phillips

Known as the Queen of Relationship Marketing, Jessika is on a mission to redefine corporate America and create something she wanted to be part of. Jessika founded NOW Marketing Group in 2010 with only a laptop and a vision to give people with heart an upper hand. NOW Marketing Group was recognized as Inc. Best places to work 2022, is a Forbes-recognized Agency Partner, Partnered with Facebook, Google and is a certified inbound partner with Hubspot.

NOW Marketing Group works with more than 100 clients across the United States and beyond, choosing to serve – not sell. Jessika lives by a personal mission of helping inspire people to love more, give more and be more through authentic relating and proving doing what’s right, not what’s easy, can turn a vision into a profitable agency that produces results.

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Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a digital agency in Portland, Maine, that’s been in business for nearly 25 years. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship,digital marketing, and social media.

He founded The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses onsearch, social & mobile marketing.

Rich is the author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, a popular and well-received book that helps entrepreneurs and marketers reach more of their ideal customers online.

He appears regularly as the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBCaffiliates in Maine. He has also appeared inInc.Magazine, HuffingtonPost,FastCompany.com,CNN.com, theSocial Media Examiner,and many other news sources for stories on digital marketing.

www.takeflyte.com

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Izabela Bos

Step into the world of cutting-edge digital marketing and branding. With over seven years of experience across multiple industries, Izabela Bos is a dynamic speaker who seamlessly merges creativity with data-driven strategies. Izabela has a Bachelor’s in International Marketing from Florida International University and a Master's in Applied Business Analytics from the University of Miami.

Currently, as the Social Media Manager at the University of Miami Health System, she orchestrates captivating narratives that resonate across 30+ social media pages, propelling engagement by a staggering 140.7%. With crafting compelling content and navigating crisis management, she has set new benchmarks in digital branding. She has received accolades such as the 4th Annual Healthcare Digital Marketing Silver Award and has presented at multiple conferences exploring the dynamic landscape of digital branding, consumer engagement, business analytics, and strategic planning. With her passion for social media, prepare to be empowered to revolutionize your marketing approach in the digital age.

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Tyrone Russell

Tyrone is a filmmaker and video content strategist. He lived and worked for a TV production company in New Zealand, and worked on projects as varied as a WWI documentary, Maori Language children’s programs, and a true crime docudrama. After relocating back to Columbus to care for his aging parents he started his own content and marketing company. He has a calling to create content of substance that celebrates, uplifts, and ultimately makes things better - so he has focused on working with nonprofits. [email protected]

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Andy Pondillo

My career beginnings are in broadcast journalism where I learned to master the art of “telling a story.” I graduated from Sam Houston State in 2011 (Eat ‘Em Up Kats) with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. It led me to becoming a radio host in the Top 40 music genre, which led me to use social media as an extension onto my radio presence. After moving to marketing I brought my journalistic approach to marketing agencies and in-house teams. I have led the charge in successful campaigns across a wide variation of industries such as radio, healthcare, personal branding, restaurant, fitness, retail, b2b, museum, higher education among many others.

Fast forwarding to current times, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2020. I made the move to grow my career as a Social Media Supervisor. Since this time, I’ve specialized in marketing across EDU, EdTech and B2B verticals. With this step, I entered a new phase of my career which heavily leaned on full-funnel techniques through paid LinkedIn marketing. Whether it is a large or small budget, I’ve taken pride in my storytelling approach to ensure each company is meeting the user where they want in their journey. Playing the long game if you will.

In 2022, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime, joining forces to work at LinkedIn. I’m a Sr. Content Solutions Consultant, where I consult businesses across the nation on creative and content best practices, executive leadership, ABM strategy, and anything that has to do with mastering the feed. Sometimes it’s a color scheme, a CTA, or a brand message that is the domino to marketing success. I specialize in finding that piece of the puzzle and relating it to modern trends for optimal efficiency. From old school social media day-to-day strategy to new and innovative paid social media implementation, I’m a digital professional who has had a hand in it all.

andypondillo.com

Chad Illa - Petersen

Chad Illa-Petersen

I'm Chad Illa-Petersen, but you can call me The Story Catcher. I weave the forgotten and unspoken into compelling tales that capture hearts and inspire action. With a keen eye for the extraordinary in the ordinary, I guide speakers and businesses through a treasure hunt of their own experiences, to share with the world. From tale spotting to tale telling, I turn your 'just another day' into 'let me tell you about this one time.' Join me on the mic, and let’s spin some story gold that makes your audience lean in and listen up!

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George Whitcher

George has been professionally developing websites and software for companies worldwide since 2006. With that many years of experience, he has become known for his proficiency, attention to detail, and his smile! He gives every project he works on his all and is learning the latest technologies and furthering his education to be the best developer he can be. He is a Web Developer, Web Designer, Graphic Artist, Mobile Application Developer, Windows Application Developer, IT Administrator (Linux & Windows), Database Administrator, 3D Designer, Indie Game Developer, and more.

No matter how big or small your project is George is ready to see any aspect of it through! When George isn’t working or furthering his education he is spending time with his family. He also has many hobbies like snowboarding, playing music, cooking, and football. Go, Patriots!

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Jena Stearns

Jena is a self-taught entrepreneur and small business owner known for her grit and determination. In 2021, she secured victory in the Fostoria Chamber of Commerce business contest, showcasing her dedication and business acumen. With a passion for learning and a resilient entrepreneurial spirit, Jena continues to thrive in the dynamic world of small business ownership. https://beyondlasercreations.com/

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Terry Weaver

Terry Weaver is an Ideapreneur who is passionate about seeing creative entrepreneurs live life alive. As a speaker and author he has helped thousands of individuals harness their dreams and make them a reality by giving them clarity, around who, why, and how they serve to allow them the freedom to build the impact and income they desire.

With a background in the music business, Terry has led creatives through their professional journey from the Grammys to six-figure launches. Terry’s mission is to help leaders take what they are doing to the next level and see his clients thrive in the purpose they were put on this earth to do.

As a highly sought-after speaker, Terry has shared the stage with Disney legends, athletes, leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and award-winning actors and musicians. He has collaborated with brands such as the United States Postal Service, Leadercast, Connect, Warner Brothers, World Vision, and The Blue Man Group along with helping his clients do the same with companies like Costco, Walmart, UCLA, Amazon and The Walt Disney Company.

He hosts the premiere event for creatives, entrepreneurs, and leaders called “The Thing” in Orlando, Florida and his book and podcast “Making Elephants Fly” has quickly become the go-to resource for anyone trying to move big ideas forward.

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Marc Bowker

Marc Bowker is a husband, father of 3, and small business owner. He's been married to his wife, Angie, for nearly 28 years. And they've raised three boys. He founded Alter Ego Comics, an award-winning comic book shop and staple of downtown Lima, Ohio, in 2003. Marc is also a Leadership and Performance Coach, guiding others to show up as the best version of themselves in their energy, their work, and their love.

Mike Gingerich

Mike is an adventurer by nature who has run marathons in places like Iraq and completed Ironman triathlons. Outside of fitness training, Mike has an extensive background in digital and content marketing, business leadership, and runs 2 organizations: Mike Gingerich Global is the content marketing business, and iGive Global is the international non-profit focused on investing in at-risk women, children, and people groups through micro-finance loans and 3P business consulting. www.MikeGingerich.com

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John Heaphy

John Heaphy, Founder and President of Good Food Restaurants, started his culinary journey selling homemade meatball subs at county fairs. However, his aspirations went beyond culinary pursuits, as he nurtured a fundamental ambition to elevate and enhance the quality of life within his community. John launched Good Food Restaurants in 1996 with the acquisition of Happy Daz Restaurants and later purchased another established brand, Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill. Today, they have expanded to nineteen establishments across four brands, employing over 900 people and maintaining a commitment to quality, community, and family values. His latest venture, Spring & Main, spearheads downtown revitalization efforts with a vision that promises to sow deep roots in the community's renewal. This initiative is meant to be a cornerstone project set to herald a new era of growth and prosperity in the heart of the city.

John Heaphy's visionary approach to business development and profound connection to the area fuels his desire to create more opportunities for its citizens. John believes in the potential of his community and hopes to inspire fellow dreamers to plant their roots and pursue their aspirations in their own communities. Through his dedication to both business expansion and community empowerment, John Heaphy exemplifies the spirit of embracing growth while staying rooted in one's origins, all the while unafraid to take risks and allowing his visionary outlook to chart his course.

Jennifer Brogee

Jennifer is the founder and CEO of The Meeting Place on Market, a coffee shop and bakery that delivers coffee and gourmet gift boxes nationwide, and The Coworking Center, a coworking and small business services center in downtown Lima. She has been an entrepreneur since 1997 when she founded a software development company, and was a coder for twenty years. Jennifer also teaches business and leadership at the University of Northwestern Ohio, and just published a book about her entrepreneurship journey.

In her free time, she drinks coffee, hangs out with her family, reads books, organizes things, and travels as much as possible. https://www.jenniferbrogee.com/

Victoria Gonzalez

Victoria Gonzalez

​​Victoria Gonzalez currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Administration Assistant for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. In her role, she utilizes social media to keep in contact with the citizens of Allen County, Ohio. Since growing the Allen County Sheriff’s Office social media presence, it has become a quick and effective way to spread awareness, alert the community, and recognize employees.

Victoria began her career in marketing more than 10 years ago as a radio account executive. That experience naturally branched out into social media; managing and creating content for local businesses and events. She has a passion for helping small businesses maximize their presence on social media and beyond!

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Mark Suter

Always a student, sometimes a teacher”, Mark is a high school computer science, game design, and entrepreneurship teacher that believes students learn real-world skills when put in real-world situations. Expectations of students are high, and they are encouraged to fail by being granted autonomy and psychological safety to take risks.

Mark is the director of a student-run business called Grit9 (grit9.com) that provides web design, drone videography, and VR job training simulations for area businesses. Donations received provide opportunities for students to earn industry certifications, drone pilot licenses, and support passion projects.

Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson

Community building and growth for brands is critical for success across the social media and digital landscape. As human beings we crave connection, which is why community is the foundation for business growth and exponential success! In this panel you will learn the top strategies for any brands from experienced digital creators; including unique engagement techniques, best platform utilization, proven success tactics, a winning framework outline, consistent engagement and content tips and more! Get ready to take your business to the next level!

Tony Christensen

Tony Christensen

Tony Christensen, “Tony Does Ads” is a leading expert in the field of Facebook and Google advertising. As the Managing Partner of Brick Social, a leading advertising agency, he manages millions in advertising spend per month for businesses around the globe.

What really sets Tony apart is his knack for breaking down complex ideas into something we can all get excited about. He’s a unicorn of a man with a rare blend of data analysis and creative genius.

Tony's passion for data-driven decision-making and his ability to develop cutting-edge strategies to help businesses stand out have made him a valuable asset for those looking to rapidly expand their digital footprint. https://www.bricksocial.co.uk/

Jamie

Jamie Samples

Jamie Samples is the owner and founder of Yellow Barn Media, a boutique marketing agency serving the equine industry. With over 15 years of experience, she serves this community through small business coaching and done-for-you services. She travels and speaks at equine industry events and enjoys networking.

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April Spencer

I am a self-taught home baker that specializes in unique weddings, corporate events, and edible branding. My business started by complete accident 10 years ago when I wanted to make a special cake for my daughter's 1st birthday and decided to learn.

I love creating one-of-a-kind wedding cakes for my bridal couples and helping local companies stand out with edible branding and corporate packages. I love showing couples and companies how to wow the people that they care about! Add in collaborating on photoshoots with photographers, venues and vendors near and far and I'm happy as can be.

When I'm not making things with sugar, I'm raising 3 incredible daughters with my husband on our little mini farm.
https://www.spencerssugarshop.com/

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Ryan Koral

Ryan Koral: Video Consultant, Documentary Filmmaker, and Content Creator. Ryan Koral expertly blends his documentary filmmaking and video marketing expertise, crafting strategic video content that connects and resonates deeply. He collaborates with iconic brands like Disney, Jeep, and the University of Michigan to elevate their marketing strategies into emotionally engaging experiences that prompt action. His work reflects the power of storytelling and the influence of compelling content in today's digital world.

When he’s not shaping the future of video marketing, Ryan treasures his life with his wife, Andrea, their three children, and their dog, Koda, celebrating over 20 years together. They have intentionally chosen to grow through their vibrant community of friends and family, fostering relationships that inspire and enrich their lives, for which they are eternally grateful.

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Judi Fox

Judi Fox is a LinkedIn Top Voice for Marketing Strategy. Plus she is listed as a Top 10 LinkedIn Coach in Yahoo Finance. Judi is featured in Inc Magazine, CEO Magazine, Social Media Week Lima, Vidsummit, Social Media Marketing World, Social Media Examiner, Video Marketing World, People of Video, and on several Top 100 Marketing Podcasts.

With over 18 years experience in business development and sales, Judi Fox developed the LinkedIn Business Accelerator Method. Clients are implementing this LinkedIn method to achieve more business and over 1 million content views in 90 days.

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