Iowa Bloggers – Boast away!

des-moines.jpgForbes magazine just praised Des Moines as one of the Best Places for Business.

Makes New Jersey sound downright…well, New Jersey-ish! Any room out there in the Midwest??

Bud Light and Sausages

Disclaimer: I don’t care for Bud Light, or any light beer for that matter. I don’t drink any Bud products in fact – I’m a microbrew kinda guy, with a preference for stouts, porters, hearty ales – and lagers with at least a little bit of attitude.

That said, I do admire the creativity that goes into Bud Light advertising. My favorite of the most recent batch is the talking animals clip…

Just. Plain. Funny.

Blogger Socialites: Vellandi, Verdino, Vineberg, Wall

We’re down to our final couple of batches of Blogger Socialite profiles! Those of us cursed with “end-of-the-alphabet” names are used to being last, of course (hey – I’m totally last on this list!) but some would reassure us that we are therefore the best

I dunno – I really would have preferred to be the front of the line in elementary school – but everyone of the people listed below is a top-of-the-line blogger and I know we can’t wait to get together at the upcoming Blogger Social in less than 2 weeks!

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This is a smart guy. Some marketing blogs seem to re-hash familiar themes, but Mario puts out some solid thought-provoking stuff, including this recent post On Design (from which I’ve extracted the Armano-like graphic below).

mv-design-sm.jpgHe is Principal at Vellandi & Associates where he helps design and manage marketing projects for clients in the consumer product goods industry. Mario has expertise in product development, channel strategy, collateral design, and logistics. He holds a BA in International Business, is a certified Global Logistics Specialist, has lived and worked in Germany, and would like to participate with the Peace Corps someday. Mario shares his latest thoughts on the world of business and design at his blog, “Melodies in Marketing.” He enjoys creative writing, riding his bike, and cooking (and is a big fan of Voltaire, Ben Franklin, and Warren Buffett).

Mario has a separate site, Vellandi.net, which can be found…well, at Vellandi.net! He opens the site with a great Drucker quote, and a very effective two-sentence summary of what he is all about as a marketing professional.

Here is a longer autobiographical background on Mario – who, by the way, is quite active on Twitter these days.

gregverdino-150.jpgGreg Verdino

I first met Greg (face-to-face) at a blogger meetup last year in NYC. For a prolific blogger, he’s not necessarily a “look-at-me!” loud guy – I got the impression that he’d rather sit in a quiet corner and talk one-on-one (and, thus, a kindred spirit). Imagine my shock, then, when I saw this recent post about an orgy – fascinating information, Greg, but really…!

If you want to find out what’s going on in marketing and social media, then you simply have to subscribe to Greg’s blog. Case closed. Videos, links, commentary on ads…it’s all here in glorious variety, with an edge of fun.

His (very informative!) About page has a longer description of all things Verdino, including links to his multitude of social media destinations. An extract:

Equal parts marketer and futurist, Greg Verdino is a recognized expert on marketing innovation, emerging media and Web 2.0. He works as Chief Strategy Officer at crayon, a strategic advisory group that helps companies ‘join the conversation’ through the power of community, dialogue and partnership. His unique, sometimes controversial, perspectives on media and marketing are presented at , one of the web’s most influential marketing blogs.

Greg is easy to find in a crowd – he has an unadorned pate and a persistent 5-day goatee. And a brilliant mind.

neil-vineberg_150.jpgNeil Vineberg

Neil’s blog opens with the title: Musings on Life, Spirit, and Technology. And here you’ll find interesting commentary on a wide variety of themes that are popping up in the news. And that’s part of the fun – Neil’s musings are all over the place, just as ours are each day as we motor through life.

Neil has been blogging for a few years, with an astounding 358 blog entries in 2007! He heads up Vineberg Communications, which has a great summary right here. Some background on Neil:

S. Neil Vineberg is a seasoned PR practitioner and strategist, having held management and partner positions with leading communication firms including Middleberg Euro and Golin/Harris. His successes, which span the technology, entertainment and consumer industries, include work for: Sprint, Texas Instruments, Procter & Gamble, Hershey Foods, CVS.com, CBS Marketwatch, Bausch and Lomb, United Airlines, IBM and Sony.

Like Greg Verdino (above), Neil is a NYC-area guy, so it won’t be too big a commute to the Social!

john-wall-sm.jpgJohn Wall

John is the mind behind Ronin Marketeer, a name of uncertain provenance, but the subtitle is catchy: Front line Marketing with a Touch of Sarcasm.

John says this about himself: As a New England-based marketing professional for over 10 years, I have held positions specializing in CRM and sales support systems at both venture funded and privately held businesses (companies including MarketingSherpa and the Digital Consulting Institute). Currently I am the Marketing Manager at AccuRev. I produce The M Show, a weekly podcast on news, talk and entertainment. Since January of 2005, the show has a business and technology slant, and has been profiled by CBS Evening News, The Associated Press, NECN, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and the Yahoo! 2005 Year in Review.

John covers quite a gamut of marketing themes on the blog, including SEO, Podcasting, Geek Stuff, Productivity, and the ever-popular Uncategorized. Of course, he is on LinkedIn. And I look forward to meeting him soon in the Big Apple!

Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees:

Tara Anderson
Todd Andrlik
Mike Arauz
David Armano (these four are profiled here)

Matthew Bailey
Ryan Barrett
Cam Beck
Shashi Bellamkonda (these four are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
David Berkowitz
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these four are profiled here)

Toby Bloomberg
Tim Brunelle
Katie Chatfield
Thomas Clifford (these four are profiled here)

Mack Collier
Saul Colt (these two are profiled here)

Terry Dagrosa
Luc Debaisieux
Gene DeWitt
Matt Dickman
Paul Dunay (these five are profiled here)

Gianandrea Facchini
Jason Falls
Anna Farmery (these three are profiled here)

Mark Goren
Heather Gorringe
Kristin Gorski
Amanda Gravel
Lewis Green (these five are profiled here)

Vahe Habeshian
Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these six are profiled here)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
CK
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera (these five are profiled here)

Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Valeria Maltoni (these five are profiled here)

Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan (these five are profiled here)

Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt (these four are profiled here)

Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt (these three are profiled here)

Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich (these four are profiled here)

Susan Reynolds
Marianne Richmond
Cathleen Rittereiser
Steve Roesler
John Rosen
Roberta Rosenberg (these six are profiled here)

Mike Sansone
Linda Sherman
Nathan Snell
Paul Soldera (these four are profiled here)

Marshall Sponder
Terry Starbucker
Seni Thomas
Tangerine Toad (these four are profiled here)

Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall (these four are profiled above)

Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

Blogger Socialites: Sponder, Starbucker, Thomas, Toad

Once again, blogging comrade-in-arms (and fellow North Jersey resident) CB Whittemore has come through with some introductory profiles for our fellow Blogger Social registrants (if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting CB yet, be sure you find her at the Social – she’s an absolute delight!).

Everyone in this group hails from right outside of NYC.

marshall-sponder-150.jpgMarshall Sponder

Marshall Sponder embodies a Renaissance man. Not only is he a Senior Web Analyst for Monster.com, author of two Web Analytics blogs – http://www.webmetricsguru.com/ and http://theanalyticsguru.com/ – and an art blog (http://www.artnewyorkcity.com covering the New York Art Scene), but he also paints (below is a small sample of one of his works!)

On top of that, Marshall is on the Board of Directors for social media at the Web Analytics Association and his committee is launching WAASOCIAL, a Social Network for the WAA and working on Social Media Standards with the IAB. Now, how can he have the time to attend Blogger Social? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to meet him.

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terry-starbucker-150.jpgTerry Starbucker

Terry Starbucker – a founder of SOBCon and service company executive – embodies the philosophy of “Half-Fullism” – aka realistic optimism. In fact, his blog goes by the name of Ramblings From A Glass Half Full. Don’t you dare be half empty around him! Terry now lives on the East Coast, but he is a native Midwesterner and frequent trips back to the Rockies and and wide-open National Park spaces make for inspired writings and pictures – and, he even writes and records music.

If you still don’t fully grasp Terry, then take a look at his “Crash Davis Belief Statement”: “I believe in the incredible potential of the human spirit, the vast underappreciated beauty of the earth, my wife’s smile and the love that radiates from it, long hugs and soft kisses, weddings and butterflies, honesty and courage, incurable optimism, the men and women in the arena, movies that make me laugh and cry at the human condition, the Green Bay Packers, downward dogs, a fine hot grande latte, the warmness of friendship, the spirit of SOBCon, vanilla ice cream, Elton & Bernie, the Grand Tetons, common courtesy, melodies I can’t get out of my head, amazing grace, Mom & Dad & my two sisters, servant leadership, government above hypocrisy, the daily grind, deep cleansing breaths, the power of dreams, the incredible wisdom of my grandmother, E=MC², and God and the Golden Rule.”

senithomas-150.jpgSeni Thomas

Seni Thomas is Founder at Ad-Vocate, a conversation platform for students and youth to initiate a dialogue with marketers – essentially a location where students and young professionals might be exposed to cutting edge advertising and marketing ideas that, in Seni’s opinion, schools just aren’t offering. Pretty impressive. Even more so when you realize how much Seni has done in an extremely short period of time. You don’t believe me? You had better sit down.

Imagine being born in Tokyo, Japan, and then living throughout Southeast Asia before settling down on the island of Maui… where he founded a web development and computer repair company when he was only 14. At age 15, he has a quarter-life crisis – after a summer working 40 hours a week at Boeing R&D on Maui. So, he decides to pursue another passion: marketing. That’s when he opts to go to NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York City. Mind you, not the normal destination if you’ve been hanging loose in the land of Aloha.

Seni has launched alternate reality games, marketed ethnic fashion, even assisted in the launch of Verizon’s FiOS television service. Imagine what the future holds!

ttoad-150.jpgTangerine Toad

The delightfully anonymous, amphibian Tangerine Toad hangs out at The Toad Stool blog – his “frank-but-fair” view of advertising, marketing and Web 2.0. He describes it as “A place for advertising execs, marketers, PR professionals and interweb types to get together and learn from each other.” He definitely has opinions that make you reconsider… advertising, web 2.0, marketing. No wonder he has adopted a nom-de-blog!

In real life, he’s a New York based creative director who’s spent 20 years working at some of the best-known online and offline ad agencies. That means that he can legitimately speak both television and Web 2.0. Often in the same sentence. You will find the Toad in a multitude of virtual places… MarketingProfs, Twitter and now… at The Blogger Social!

Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees:

Tara Anderson
Todd Andrlik
Mike Arauz
David Armano (these four are profiled here)

Matthew Bailey
Ryan Barrett
Cam Beck
Shashi Bellamkonda (these four are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
David Berkowitz
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these four are profiled here)

Toby Bloomberg
Tim Brunelle
Katie Chatfield
Thomas Clifford (these four are profiled here)

Mack Collier
Saul Colt (these two are profiled here)

Terry Dagrosa
Luc Debaisieux
Gene DeWitt
Matt Dickman
Paul Dunay (these five are profiled here)

Gianandrea Facchini
Jason Falls
Anna Farmery (these three are profiled here)

Mark Goren
Heather Gorringe
Kristin Gorski
Amanda Gravel
Lewis Green (these five are profiled here)

Vahe Habeshian
Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these six are profiled here)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
CK
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera (these five are profiled here)

Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Valeria Maltoni (these five are profiled here)

Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan (these five are profiled here)

Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt (these four are profiled here)

Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt (these three are profiled here)

Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich (these four are profiled here)

Susan Reynolds
Marianne Richmond
Cathleen Rittereiser
Steve Roesler
John Rosen
Roberta Rosenberg (these six are profiled here)

Mike Sansone
Linda Sherman
Nathan Snell
Paul Soldera (these four are profiled here)

Marshall Sponder
Terry Starbucker
Seni Thomas
Tangerine Toad (these four are profiled above)

Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall
Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

Blogger Socialites: Sansone, Sherman, Snell, Soldera

A shout-out of thanks to Kristin Gorski, who once again came through with a batch of profiles for our Blogger Social registrants. We’re closing in on the two-week countdown now!

mike-sansone-sm.jpgMike Sansone
Mike Sansone is a “Conversation Conductor” who specializes in helping businesses incorporate blogging into their marketing mix. He is also a community builder online and in the brick-and-mortar world. When Mike worked at America Online, HeyMax, Ignite Sports Media, and Real Fans Sports Network, he successfully grew their online communities. Mike also regularly volunteers in his local community and was even an assistant pastor at a church.

Now working as an independent business consultant, this Blog Coach has created a “blogger’s blog” out of ConverStations. Mike’s conversational, informative writing is a great resource. His detailed, useful posts on everything from social media mainstays like “blog literacy” and “blog strategy” to those about online business basics will enlighten.

By the way, does anyone want to register the domain http://www.supercalifragilisticexpealidocius.com for Mike? If so, it just might make his day. See why by clicking here.

linda-sherman-150.jpgLinda Sherman
After reading Linda Sherman’s “About” page, you’ll feel like you’ve been immersed in the culture of Japan’s business world. Linda is the former CEO of both Barilla Japan and ClubMed, and is past president of Sara Lee Japan. On her blog It’s Different For Girls, Linda writes that her “claim to fame in Japan” is her launch of Zima there through a viral campaign which had huge, unprecedented impact in the marketplace. Having lived and worked extensively in Japan, she speaks and reads Japanese and has also managed to take on the French, Italian and Spanish languages, as well.

Linda currently runs the Courage Group with her husband, award-winning graphic designer Ray Gordon, where they specialize in bringing cutting-edge design and innovative marketing to their clients. They are currently agents for Singelringen, an online community dedicated to living the single lifestyle with pride. Linda also heads up Marketing for the Commercial Marine Biology Institute and Abalone Farming International.

nathan-snell-150.jpgNathan Snell
Who is Nathan Snell? For those of you attending Blogger Social ‘08 in New York City, you will find out first hand. In the meantime, I have gleaned a bit about him while reading his blog The Technopian: Your Guide for Cyberculture and Social Media:

° Nathan loves business, marketing, technology and creativity. In fact, he may be completely obsessed with them.
° He is an enterprising young fellow: “enterprising”, in that he is social networking site designer and developer AND a social media marketer; “young”, in that he is just in his senior year at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington; and “enterprising” again, in that he’s majoring in “business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and business development”.
° He is also nap-liking, self-proclaimed extrovert who thinks that “Outback’s Bloomin’ Onions are delicious.”

Nathan’s energy and interests are extensive. He is already making waves in social media development circles. To read more about “The Snell”, do visit his “About” page.

paul-soldera-150.jpgPaul Soldera
Paul Soldera’s blog Insight By Design covers everything he is currently passionate about in his work. He writes about data, information, measurement, design and “the occasional start-up”. Originally from New Zealand, Paul now resides in New York and has been in the U.S. for about five years.

Most recently, Soldera was an Account Director at Hall and Partners, a company which focuses on brand and communications research. For the last eight months, he has been working on getting a software company off the ground with a good friend. As this dynamic startup duo invests their time in their fledgling enterprise, Paul continues to freelance.

Thanks to an interesting note on his blog’s sidebar, I’ve now discovered the comedy show “Flight of the Conchords”. He is NOT in that band, by the way. At least, that’s what Paul claims. If he takes out a guitar and starts serenading us at Blogger Social, however, it might start a whole new conversation on what he’s really doing in New York. ;-)

Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees:

Tara Anderson
Todd Andrlik
Mike Arauz
David Armano (these four are profiled here)

Matthew Bailey
Ryan Barrett
Cam Beck
Shashi Bellamkonda (these four are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
David Berkowitz
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these four are profiled here)

Toby Bloomberg
Tim Brunelle
Katie Chatfield
Thomas Clifford (these four are profiled here)

Mack Collier
Saul Colt (these two are profiled here)

Terry Dagrosa
Luc Debaisieux
Gene DeWitt
Matt Dickman
Paul Dunay (these five are profiled here)

Gianandrea Facchini
Jason Falls
Anna Farmery (these three are profiled here)

Mark Goren
Heather Gorringe
Kristin Gorski
Amanda Gravel
Lewis Green (these five are profiled here)

Vahe Habeshian
Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these six are profiled here)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
CK
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera (these five are profiled here)

Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Valeria Maltoni (these five are profiled here)

Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan (these five are profiled here)

Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt (these four are profiled here)

Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt (these three are profiled here)

Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich (these four are profiled here)

Susan Reynolds
Marianne Richmond
Cathleen Rittereiser
Steve Roesler
John Rosen
Roberta Rosenberg (these six are profiled here)

Mike Sansone
Linda Sherman
Nathan Snell
Paul Soldera (these four are profiled above)

Marshall Sponder
Terry Starbucker
Seni Thomas
Tangerine Toad
Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall
Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

Blogger Socialites: Reynolds, Richmond, Rittereiser, Roesler, Rosen, Rosenberg

When 80 Marketing bloggers get together in NYC for the first Blogger Social , you know it’s going to be a lively time. Because the attendees are one lively bunch! This group of BS’08 profiles was prepared with the assistance of Mario Vellandi, his second batch- thanks, Mario!

s-reynolds-150.jpgSusan Reynolds
You know you’re in for a treat when you land at Susan’s blog, entitled Case-Notes from the Artsy Asylum (Dominant magpie gene driven consultant Susan Reynolds tackles Relationship Media).

And there is simply no better way to write her up than to drop in her self-desription:

A woman who is interested in everything, I grew up on the banks of the Niagara River less than a mile from Canada, then spent a decade in the Philadelphia PA area before coming to Washington DC.

My bio page says “After work with various media outlets and directing art for a manufacturer, Susan shifted her focus to painting and independent projects while raising a family.” What that really means is that I worked in public relations, design and marketing in the government and corporate world; and taught studio art while juggling children and corporate wifedom. It was a lot like tap dancing while twirling flaming batons.

The children can now cook, use power tools and use the right fork. Though somehow I remained out of psychiatric hospitals I do not claim to have managed this unmedicated.

Using the blogosphere, twitter and other social media I work with others to help them achieve the same sort of buzz about their projects and services that was generated for such things as my participation in an Traveling Flat Artists – a takeoff on the Flat Stanley books and artistamps from my imaginary Empire of Ephemeria. (from Susan’s About page, which includes the best lineup of Relationship Media links that you’ll ever see!)

Have you seen mysterious appearances of frozen peas all over the blogosphere? Yep – that’s in honor of Susan – the backstory is here. Can’t wait to meet this high-impact gal!

marianne-richmond-150.jpgMarianne Richmond
Marianne is a branding strategist at Resonance Partnership, a consultancy she founded specializing in word of mouth marketing, and is based in St. Louis. They provide market analyses, concept development, program strategy, implementation, and measurement. Establishing and measuring metrics and ROI through quantitative/qualitative analysis is one of the greatest skills her clients value her for. Marianne has a BA in Psychology, MBA in Marketing, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Her professional history spans from consumer packaged goods marketing, to the exciting world of participatory media. A full profile of her background can be found at the about page on her blog.

She is passionate about green marketing, design, and sustainability, and writes about these subjects on her blog and as a co-author at Mary Hunt’s Smart Solutions for Sustainable Businesses. Marianne has two teenage sons, a sense of humor; enjoys reading, tennis, and listening to NPR; and lastly cherishes her mom as a hero in her life.

cathleenrittereiser-sm.jpgCathleen Rittereiser
Cathleen is VP of Business Development at Alternative Asset Managers in NY, marketing alternative investments to institutional investors; these include start-up and emerging hedge funds, and the firm’s own private equity fund. She has an undergraduate degree in Business and English, and an MBA from NY University. Cathleen is a co-author of the book: “Foundation and Endowment Investing: Philosophies and Strategies of Top Investors and Institutions“. While her knowledge in finance is impressive, she’s also well versed in digital marketing and creating brand development strategies online.

Additionally, she enjoys performing stand-up comedy in the evenings and writing about humor and other topics on her blog, including productivity, popular culture, procrastination, food & cooking, and technology. Last, but definitely not least, Cathleen is a co-founder of the Frozen Pea Fund.

steveroesler-150.jpgSteve Roesler
Steve is a communications specialist from greater Philadelphia, providing clients with training and development with an emphasis on improving systems, relationships, and large-scale change. At All Things Workplace, he passionately writes about how people can become extraordinary, among other topics in organizational behavior, communication, and leadership. Steve holds a Masters in Public Relations & Communications, and began his professional career with a 2-year assignment with Saudi Arabian Airlines. Here he developed and trained up-and-coming managers in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Following his return to America, Steve established his own firm (The Roesler Group) in 1977, and has since worked with a variety of large clients in the United States and abroad.

He was once a drill instructor in the Army, is a musician and singer, and has been involved in broadcasting for over 30 years. While Steve has attended various institutes for the study of human behavior, he believes that none of them equals a single day’s education watching people at an airport check-in line.

john-rosen-sm.jpgJohn Rosen
John Rosen is an Executive Director of Marketing Consulting Associates, a strategic marketing consulting firm based in Westport, CT, that advises Fortune 500 companies on developing growth strategies. He is a co-author along with AnnaMaria Turano, of: StopWatch Marketing, Take Charge of the Time When Your Customer Decides to Buy. In the book and at their blog, they argue that consumers have a figurative ticking stopwatch with them when they shop. Consequently, the job of the marketer “is to understand that ticking and to either slow it down so that they can get their message across or stop the ticking and close the sale right then and there. It is this line of thinking that John brings to clients, from mom-and-pop stores to consumer product giants, in helping them analyze, evaluate, and appropriately respond to the time sensitivity of their customers.

John has 25+ years of sales and marketing management experience, and has two teenage sons who are shocked that he really knows how to blog.

robert-rosenberg-sm.jpgRoberta Rosenberg
Roberta is President and CEO at MGP Direct, Inc., where she provides clients with direct response marketing, search engine optimization, and copywriting services.  She has 20+ years experience primarily with print and web B2B customers.  She passionately writes about these subjects at The Copywriting Maven, where she indulges readers with tips, techniques, and resources (in addition to some ‘wry, cranky commentary’). Additional information about her professional background can be found on her About page.

Roberta also owns and operates an online gift shop, AdoptShoppe.com, which sells a variety of unique items. It started as a hobby while awaiting the adoption of her 2nd child from Korea.  She even started a specialty site, devoted to helping parents understand the process of adopting Korean children.

Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees:

Tara Anderson
Todd Andrlik
Mike Arauz
David Armano (these four are profiled here)

Matthew Bailey
Ryan Barrett
Cam Beck
Shashi Bellamkonda (these four are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
David Berkowitz
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these four are profiled here)

Toby Bloomberg
Tim Brunelle
Katie Chatfield
Thomas Clifford (these four are profiled here)

Mack Collier
Saul Colt (these two are profiled here)

Terry Dagrosa
Luc Debaisieux
Gene DeWitt
Matt Dickman
Paul Dunay (these five are profiled here)

Gianandrea Facchini
Jason Falls
Anna Farmery (these three are profiled here)

Mark Goren
Heather Gorringe
Kristin Gorski
Amanda Gravel
Lewis Green (these five are profiled here)

Vahe Habeshian
Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these six are profiled here)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
CK
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera (these five are profiled here)

Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Valeria Maltoni (these five are profiled here)

Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan (these five are profiled here)

Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt (these four are profiled here)

Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt (these three are profiled here)

Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich (these four are profiled here)

Susan Reynolds
Marianne Richmond
Cathleen Rittereiser
Steve Roesler
John Rosen
Roberta Rosenberg (these six are profiled above)

Mike Sansone
Linda Sherman
Nathan Snell
Paul Soldera
Marshall Sponder
Terry Starbucker
Seni Thomas
Tangerine Toad
Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall
Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

Blogger Socialites: Quigley, Rajagopal, Reece, Reich

The Blogger Social is less than three weeks away! This batch of BS’08 profiles comes courtesy of blogging comrade Mario Vellandi, whom I’m looking forward to finally meeting after so many e-mails and blog comment exchanges. Thanks, Mario!

jane-quigley-150.jpgJane Quigley
Jane is a Senior Director at Zeta Interactive in New York, who’s been active in this trade for the past 12 years. Here is how she describes herself at her blog Virtually Social: I’ve worked in the Interactive space for 12 years, overseeing integrated campaigns leveraging web development, search, viral marketing and social media. I’m a member of most social networks, but really use Twitter, Seesmic, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Originally from New Jersey, as a child she played the guitar, flute, piccolo, piano, and cello. She’s also lived in London for 4 years in the late 80s/early 90s, and loves the city. Jane is active all over the social media scene with a few blogs, loves productivity topics, GTD (‘Getting Things Done’), 37Signals’ software and writes about these subjects among others at Settings Contexts and enjoys meeting and connecting with others.

arun_sign-150.jpgArun Rajagopal
Arun lives in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman where he is a Copywriter at Wunderman Oman. At his blog, one can learn about his love for travel (India and Southeast Asia), advertisements, digital marketing, and other subjects he’s excited about. He’s big into the styling and experience of riding Indian trains.

A fine accomplishment was getting some ink for The Age of Conversation in Oman and his contributions to part one of this book (series!). Arun likes photography, and considers himself an Amateur Lensman . He additionally likes films (he’s a buff), backpacking, blogging and being a part of this social marketing movement, and one more thing folks; Arun is an aspiring bus driver. Great to have him among us!

connie-reece-150.jpgConnie Reece
Connie is a conversational marketing professional in Austin, Texas with a specialty in the research & implementation of emerging media. She blogs at Every Dot Connects, a consortium of social media practitioners, where they teach companies how to speak with authentic voices, and participate in a dialogue with customers and constituents. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Social Media Club International and leads the Austin chapter.

In college, she played the piano part-time for a dinner theater. Connie has a BA in French and loves the language and wishes she had more opportunities to practice. She’s worked in publishing for 10 years as ghostwriter, co-author and editor with one of the top ten trade publishing houses.

One of her favorite projects of late has been the Frozen Pea Fund, a fundraising effort inspired by the story of Susan Reynolds, for breast cancer research and programs through the American Cancer Society. It had started its successful promotion campaign through Twitter, after which it gained greater response through articles around the web. They recently established the fund under a non-profit organization.

david-reich-150.jpgDavid Reich
David is a Public Relations expert who writes at My 2 Cents about his line of work, the publishing industry, media relations, musings and life. He loves Jazz, and had hosted a twice-weekly show in college showcasing various jazz musicians over the school’s FM station. David has a BS degree in Industrial Management, and an MBA in Public Relations. He lives outside New York with his wife and a black Labrador named Loki. They have two children: Michael, a filmmaker in Los Angeles; and Jennifer, a midwife in Maine and mother to David’s grandson Jack.

One of his passions is understanding the changing nature of media outlets and their role in the new millennium, while cheerleading for newspapers and the issues facing their industry including readership volume, licensing, strategic maneuvering, acquisitions, and divestitures. He says: “After 30 plus years in this business, I still look forward to going to work. Rarely are two days the same and the challenges are varied and stimulating.”

Before founding his own business, Reich Communications, Inc. in 1990, David worked in senior roles at Manning, Selvage & Lee and The Rowland Company and had the “who’s who of business” as clients. A full professional profile can be found at his about page on his blog. He now describes his work in handling a range of clients that take him from B2B to consumer publicity, from the high-priced art world to advocacy for issues like safety and securing health resources for survivors of mass violence globally.

Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees:

Tara Anderson
Todd Andrlik
Mike Arauz
David Armano (these four are profiled here)

Matthew Bailey
Ryan Barrett
Cam Beck
Shashi Bellamkonda (these four are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
David Berkowitz
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these four are profiled here)

Toby Bloomberg
Tim Brunelle
Katie Chatfield
Thomas Clifford (these four are profiled here)

Mack Collier
Saul Colt (these two are profiled here)

Terry Dagrosa
Luc Debaisieux
Gene DeWitt
Matt Dickman
Paul Dunay (these five are profiled here)

Gianandrea Facchini
Jason Falls
Anna Farmery (these three are profiled here)

Mark Goren
Heather Gorringe
Kristin Gorski
Amanda Gravel
Lewis Green (these five are profiled here)

Vahe Habeshian
Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these six are profiled here)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
CK
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera (these five are profiled here)

Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Valeria Maltoni (these five are profiled here)

Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan (these five are profiled here)

Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt (these four are profiled here)

Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt (these three are profiled here)

Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich (these four are profiled above)

Susan Reynolds
Marianne Richmond
Cathleen Rittereiser
Steve Roesler
John Rosen
Roberta Rosenberg
Mike Sansone
Linda Sherman
Nathan Snell
Paul Soldera
Marshall Sponder
Terry Starbucker
Seni Thomas
Tangerine Toad
Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall
Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

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