MAY 15-17, 2018 • LAS VEGAS, USA

2018 Las Vegas Speakers

Sarah Beeskow Blay
Sarah Beeskow Blay

Vice President

ShareASale.com, Inc.

Sarah Beeskow Blay has been the Director of Client Services since 2013, and has been with the company since 2005. Starting out as a program manager, she grew to CS Director. The Client Services team provides strategy and technical assistance to all Publishers and Merchants on ShareASale giving the resources and education necessary to ultimately help them grow. Sarah is a graduate of Michigan State University where she holds a BA and MA in Communication and was a member of the Crain's Business Leadership Academy.  Sarah speaks regularly on the topic of Affiliate Marketing, has served as emcee for Affiliate Summit West 2012 and has contributed to several industry publications.

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Larissa Bortz
Larissa Bortz

Affiliate Marketing Manager

Backcountry.com

Larissa is the Affiliate Marketing Manager at Backcountry.com, a leading outdoor retailer helping customers find the best gear for their next adventure. She also manages the affiliate programs for other sites in Backcountry’s portfolio including Competitive Cyclist and Steep & Cheap. Having previously been a Program Manager at Avantlink, Larissa has extensive experience managing affiliate programs for merchants across a wide array of networks and verticals.

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Sarah Bundy
Sarah Bundy

Founder & CEO

All Inclusive Marketing

Sarah is the Founder and CEO of All Inclusive Marketing (AIM), an award winning, Profit 500 Company, that delivers high performance affiliate and digital marketing management services to retail, travel and subscription brands around the world.

Sarah is ranked as the #55 Top Female Entrepreneur in Canada, a Top 40 Digital Marketing Specialist by the Online Marketing Institute, and is recognized by the NY Times as an expert in performance marketing.

Most recently, Sarah led her team to win best small company of the year (under 50 employees) in the province of British Columbia.

She believes in setting the standard of excellence in everything she does, and lives her DIGG motto every day.

Alison Chew
Alison Chew

Global Director, Partnerships & Publisher Development

Acceleration Partners

Alison Chew is the Director of Partners & Innovation at Acceleration Partners. In this leadership role, she and her team cultivate large, innovative partnership opportunities for AP and their clients. They are also building out a world-class publisher development team to help grow affiliate programs for AP clients, which include adidas, ModCloth, Reebok, Target, Gymboree, Warby Parker and more. Her extensive performance marketing experience and invaluable industry relationships enabled Alison to develop AP Influence™, a unique service offering that connects top brands with top micro-influencers in a scalable, performance-based way.

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Max Ciccotosto
Max Ciccotosto

Head of Global Growth

Mediarails

Max is founder of Mediarails - the leading digital partners growth and engagement platform for advertisers. Previous to founding Max was the Head of Global Growth at Lightinthebox (LITB), where he managed a team that oversaw 200+ marketing channels. Prior to LITB Max was the VP of Product and Growth at
Lockerz,  which acquired Wishpot - a leading social commerce platform where Max was the CEO. Max held senior management positions at Microsoft. Head's an active startup advisor and he is trying to finish his first cooking book.

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Todd Crawford
Todd Crawford

VP Strategic Initiatives

Impact

As a co-founder, Todd Crawford evangelizes the opportunities presented by a multi-channel approach to the performance model. Prior to Impact Radius, he served as vice president of sales and business development for Digital River’s affiliate network, oneNetworkDirect. Todd also contributed to the founding team at Commission Junction in 1998 and led its business and sales development efforts as vice president for more than seven years.

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    Todd Crawford
    Todd Crawford

    Board Member

    Performance Marketing Association

    As a co-founder, Todd Crawford evangelizes the opportunities presented by a multi-channel approach to the performance model. Prior to Impact Radius, he served as vice president of sales and business development for Digital River’s affiliate network, oneNetworkDirect. Todd also contributed to the founding team at Commission Junction in 1998 and led its business and sales development efforts as vice president for more than seven years.

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    Jeannine Crooks
    Jeannine Crooks

    Client Services Manager

    Awin

    As the Client Services Manager with Awin US, Jeannine works closely with many of their largest programs such as Etsy, HP, Missguided and Gymshark. She is a frequent speaker at numerous events including Affiliate Management Days, TBEX and Affiliate Summit. Jeannine works with all types of publishers, especially bloggers, helping each to maximize their affiliate marketing earnings. Jeannine, her photographer husband Brad, and their two Siberian Huskies, Dusty and Harley, live south of Denver. They love sports, especially hockey, and travel as often as they can. Fun fact: Jeannine was the big winner on an episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”

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    Juntae DeLane
    Juntae DeLane

    Founder

    Digital Branding Institute

    Juntae is the founder of the Digital Branding Institute, a global hub for digital branding resources, education, and training. He is the Sr. Digital Brand Manager for the University of Southern California, where leads a team responsible for developing, managing, and measuring digital marketing initiatives. He also is the principal consultant and strategist for DIGITAL DELANE, a digital branding consultancy that helps organizations build a strong digital brand.Juntae has worked with many brands across various industries such as Coca-Cola, Sony, Verizon, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures and many others. He is noted as the Top Social Media Influencer in several publications and has spoken around the country advancing the practice of digital branding. Juntae has delivered talks for events and organizations including Social Media Week, Content Marketing World, Social Fresh, Hootsuite, Brand+Aid, and Digital Hollywood to name a few.Juntae not only writes the premier digital branding blog, you can also hear him on his podcast “The Digital Branding Lab.”. If you can’t catch him on stage or online (@JuntaeDeLane), you probably find him at the gym, doing his 1,000th push-up. #notreally
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    Nikesh Desai
    Nikesh Desai

    CEO

    InvestingChannel

    Nikesh Desai is founder and CEO of InvestingChannel, an exclusive publisher group and scalable financial marketing platform reaching more than 25M readers each month. Through its portfolio of 200+ financial publishers, InvestingChannel connects brands like OppenheimerFunds, BlackRock and Vanguard, with the right people in the financial ecosystem: investors, traders and financial professionals. Prior, Nikesh co-founded the consultancy Giant Step Strategies, served as VP of Business Development at TheStreet.com, and helped drive PeoplePC's startup and acquisition by EarthLink. He began his career as an investment banker at Robertson Stephens, involved in public offerings and M&A.

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    Melissa Fitzsimmons
    Melissa Fitzsimmons

    Business Development Executive,

    Chargebacks911

    With almost a decade of business experience in the e-commerce world, Melissa is most passionate about helping merchants thrive and survive in an ever-changing online landscape. Melissa has managed one of the largest books of business within the affiliate marketing and e-commerce industry and has now taken the knowledge and applied it to a mission that she fully stands behind – helping merchants recover revenue and fight chargebacks.

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    Alexandra Forsch
    Alexandra Forsch

    Vice President

    Awin US

    Alexandra Forsch is the Vice President for Awin US. She is a seasoned online marketing professional with more than 15 years of interactive experience and a proven record of consistently outperforming corporate goals through strategic planning, key account acquisition and management, innovation, staff development and project executions. Alex has a strong background in performance marketing, media planning and buying, online marketing solutions, operational development, strategic and financial planning, team building and client relations.

    Jeff Gable
    Jeff Gable

    VP, Client Services

    Rakuten Marketing

    Jeff Gable he has been with Rakuten Marketing for over 10 years in various roles including lead generation, paid search and affiliate marketing. He currently oversees the account services team working with advertisers who utilize our self-serve platform, as well as with affiliate marketing agencies. Prior to joining Rakuten Marketing, Jeff worked for a lead generation publisher driving business for moving, real estate and insurance companies.

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    Elise Gill
    Elise Gill

    Senior Business Analyst

    Capital One

    Elise Gill manages the core partnerships for Capital One US Card and Small Business Cards affiliate marketing, which includes optimizing the existing affiliate program and bringing on new partners.

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    Heather Ann Havenwood
    Heather Ann Havenwood

    CEO

    Sexy Boss Inc

    Heather Ann Havenwood, is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on digital marketing, sales coaching, and online publishing business strategies.  Heather Ann has been named Top 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneur's for 2017 by Huffington Post.  She is also called Chief Sexy Boss (from her Amazon BEST SELLER book Sexy Boss: How Female Entrepreneurship is Changing the Rule Book and  Beating the Big Boys and others call her an 'Icon Creator' or a 'Wizard Behind the Curtain'.   In 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list or a product.

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    Choots Humphries
    Choots Humphries

    Co-President

    LinkConnector

    Co-Founder and Co-President of LinkConnector, Choots Humphries, has driven the performance marketing industry forward for two decades. He is uniquely suited to thrive in a digital world, bringing a superior record of leadership, entrepreneurship & performance marketing experience to LinkConnector. Choots has served as both advocate & architect in the development of LinkConnector’s custom tracking technologies to fulfill the needs of thousands of worldwide brands. Choots is a thought leader in our industry and beyond. He speaks at various conferences, chairs a council for the Performance Marketing Association and serves as a business leadership advisor for students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

    Chad Jaquays
    Chad Jaquays

    SVP, Publisher Group

    Rakuten Marketing

    Chad Jaquays leads the Global Publisher Group at Rakuten Marketing and has been in the Internet industry for 22 years. In 2001 he co-founded Traffic Strategies with Mark and Bill McClure where he helped build one of the first platforms to arbitrage affiliate programs using paid search; he later sold this business to LinkShare in 2007. Chad embraces change, is continuously learning, and places a high value on culture and people. For the past four years, Chad has led the Search business at Rakuten Marketing; he recently joined the Publisher Group because he sees a tremendous opportunity for growth and innovation in the industry.

    Tara McCommons
    Tara McCommons

    VP Sales and Marketing

    LinkConnector Corporation

    Tara McCommons is VP of Sales & Marketing at LinkConnector, a performance marketing network providing superior service and technologies for over a decade. Tara leads a high performance team that plays a pivotal role in developing new merchant and affiliate opportunities, while also taking a hands-on approach to effectively optimize LC relationships. Tara possesses over 20 years of business development experience spanning both corporate & start-up environments. Tara began her career in affiliate marketing with LinkConnector (in 2004) and has been an AM Days Speaker, moderated a Top-10 Affiliate Summit panel and is a Board of Directors member with the Performance Marketing Association.

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    Judi Moore
    Judi Moore

    Director of Client Services

    Snow Consulting

    Judi Moore is the Director of Client Services for Snow Consulting. Snow Consulting has been launching and growing affiliate programs since 1999. Judi has managed sales and operations for mortgage companies, radio stations and engineering firms and has been in the performance marketing industry for 15 years. She loves to combine creativity and sales expertise with streamlined efficiencies to grow business.

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    Cori Pivar
    Cori Pivar

    Associate Director of Affiliate Marketing

    Rise Interactive

    Cori Pivar is the Associate Director of Affiliate Marketing at Rise Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency located in Chicago. Cori is responsible for leading client strategy and building strong relationships with network partners and top publishers and her experience spans across eCommerce, lead generation, mobile, healthcare, and education industries. Within her six years at Rise, she has held various roles including email, programmatic, and paid social marketing. Cori continues to be an affiliate thought leader both internally, among leading brands, and within the industry.

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    Geno Prussakov
    Geno Prussakov

    Conference Chair

    AM Days

    AM Days is organized and chaired by Geno Prussakov, an award-winning affiliate marketing expert, who over the years has contributed to the online marketing success of such top brands as Forbes, Nokia, Hallmark, Warner Music, Skype, Forex Club, and hundreds of small businesses.

    Prussakov has authored two affiliate marketing bestsellers: A Practical Guide to Affiliate Marketing (2007) and Affiliate Program Management: An Hour a Day (2011) which have trained thousands of Internet marketing professionals. For influencing “change within the industry” Prussakov was recently named one of Performance Marketing’s Most Vocal Advocates, making the 2011 list of LinkShare’s Golden Link Awards Finalists. He is a regular contributor to several publications including Website Magazine, FeedFront, Visibility Magazine, Search Engine Marketing Journal, Revenue Performance, Search Marketing Standard, and multiple industry blogs, including his own affiliate marketing blog (named Best Affiliate Blog in 2010 & 2011). He also regularly speaks at key industry trade shows, including Affiliate Summit, a4uexpo, eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit, PubCon, Internet Marketing Conference, and others.

    Stephanie Robbins
    Stephanie Robbins

    President

    Robbins Interactive

    Stephanie Robbins connects brands to niche online influencers to incrementally grow revenue. She brings over 20 years of online marketing experience to the table, including leading the interactive division for a nationally acclaimed digital agency. Stephanie is known for representing a select few brands that she can authentically promote, treating each brand like it is her own. She has spent the past 8 years developing relationships with over a thousand influencers and is passionate about helping them create a flexible lifestyle through influencer marketing. A known subject matter expert, Stephanie has been interviewed on NBC Business Talk Radio and published in Feedfront Magazine.

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    Kana Roberts
    Kana Roberts

    Affiliate Marketing Manager

    Microsoft

    Kana Roberts, Affiliate Marketing Manager, Microsoft Store Affiliate Program for Microsoft.com. Kana is a passionate performance marketer who started her affiliate career in 2008 and currently leads the strategy and management of the largest revenue affiliate program for Microsoft.com. Kana has a growth and mentorship mindset which empowers affiliate partners and those around her to achieve more. Her expertise is in building affiliate analytics tools to gain greater transparency, find unique incremental opportunities to drive growth and successfully scale her learnings globally. She is the lead for affiliate analytics within Microsoft mentoring several affiliate field managers and is an affiliate analytics advisor in the affiliate community. Kana’s wealth of knowledge and data driven approach provides advanced insights to arm those around her to push beyond status quo.

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    Melissa Salas
    Melissa Salas

    Global Brand Development & Marketing Director

    Indi.com

    Melissa D. Salas is the Global Brand Development & Marketing Director for Indi.com, a pioneer in the Influencer, Video & Affiliate Marketing industry. Indi’s video technology platform empowers Artists, Celebrities, Influencers, Brands, Retailers and Charities to drive deep social marketing engagement & content commerce with consumers, creating micro-influencers. With over 17 years marketing experience, Melissa specializes in Digital Strategies, Public Relations, Affiliate, Influencer, Video and Social Media Marketing.  Melissa has been nominated for numerous awards including “Publishers Choice” in 2015 and 2016 as well “Lifetime Achievement” in 2015. She is also a professional public speaker and Master of Ceremonies. Melissa was previously the Senior Director of Marketing for Swiss Watch International brands such as WorldofWatches.com and Smartbargains.com, the on-air personality and co-host for the Buy.com G4TV show BuyTV as well as Buy.com’s Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

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    Dafra Sanou
    Dafra Sanou

    Head of Global Affiliate Marketing

    Uber

    Dafra Sanou leads affiliate marketing for Global Core Products at Uber Technologies, where she ensures the alignment of the Rider and Driver programs across the world. Previously, she held positions at PayPal and Intuit; she led the affiliate program for Quickbooks for several years.

    She is based in San Francisco.

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    Greg Shepard
    Greg Shepard

    Chief Technology Officer

    Pepperjam

    Greg Shepard is a seasoned veteran in building and running sustainable growth businesses. Greg’s former company, AffiliateTraction, was acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in January of 2016, at which point he assumed the role of Chief Strategy Officer. The company then rebranded as Pepperjam in April 2016 in a transaction that earned several prestigious tech M&A awards.

    After charting the company’s trajectory for future products and service offerings, Greg transitioned into his current role of Chief Technology Officer in 2017 to execute on the vision and strategy.

    Prior to AffiliateTraction, Greg was involved with and/or co-founded a number of online retail merchants, publishers, SAAS affiliate tracking softwares, and directories, all of which were acquired. He has served on numerous advisory boards, is a regular contributor to industry publications, most recently Adweek, and a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.

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    Dan Sweeney
    Dan Sweeney

    Group Vice President, Corporate Development

    CJ Affiliate

    Dan joined CJ in 2003 and he has shaped and guided CJ’s strategic development across many departments, including its Business, Advertiser and Publisher Development teams. In his current role,  Dan leads the team that facilitates and expands the global distribution partnerships and affiliations that are responsible for the reach and growth across the CJ Affiliate platform. Dan graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and now lives in Santa Barbara, California where he was part of the non-profit that successfully built Santa Barbara’s only ice skating and hockey venue, Ice in Paradise.

    Wade Tonkin
    Wade Tonkin

    Affiliate Manager

    Fanatics, Inc.

    Wade has been active in the affiliate industry in a variety of roles including in-house affiliate manager, outsourced affiliate manager, sales and business development since 1999. He joined Fanatics.com in 2010 and currently oversees a team that manages the affiliate programs for top licensed sports and authentic sports collectibles brands including Fanatics.com, FansEdge.com, NFLShop.com, NBAStore.com, and Shop.MLB.com.

    Wade is a 5-time Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award Nominee and 2-time Winner (Exceptional Merchant in 2014 and 2016) and received honors for Best Affiliate Program and Best Manager on ABestWeb and was honored by AvantLink as Affiliate Manager of the Year in 2015.

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      Chris Tradgett
      Chris Tradgett

      Director

      Publisher Discovery

      Chris Tradgett has been 14+ years in the affiliate industry, initially as one of the early team at Buy.at affiliate network, then client side - and the last 4 years growing the Publisher Discovery platform. Currently providing affiliate network intelligence to leading affiliate networks, OPMs, agencies and merchants globally to power affiliate recruitment strategies.

      Chad Waite
      Chad Waite

      Marketing Manager

      AvantLink

      Chad Waite is the marketing manager for the AvantLink affiliate network and a lifelong learner of all things online marketing, including SEO, content generation, and affiliate marketing. He can be found on Twitter at @ChadW8, likely asking for advice on how to write better bios.
      Fili Wiese
      Fili Wiese

      SEO Expert

      SearchBrothers

      Fili Wiese is a renowned technical SEO expert, ex-Google engineer and was a senior technical lead in the Google Search Quality team. At SearchBrothers.com he offers SEO consulting services with SEO audits, SEO workshops and successfully recovers websites from Google penalties.

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