Blogger Socialites: Habeshian, Handley, Heaton, Hoet, Horne, Howard

Today, we get to hear from a new contributor (Ryan Karpeles) to this series of posts on the Blogger Socialites. Ryan is one of several who have kindly consented to write up profiles with me. Today, the “H” group – I wrote the first one, Ryan wrote the other four. Thanks, Ryan!

habeshianvahe.gifVahe Habeshian

Vahe Habeshian was formerly managing editor of ClickZ (and formerly editor of MarketingVOX), but now is editor of He has been an editor for more than 15 years (he “blames” Ms. Helen Kuenstler, his high school English teacher in Granite City, IL). Before joining the ClickZ team, he was a research analyst and research editor at IDC, an IT market research firm based in Framingham, MA. And what seems like ages ago and in another lifetime, he was the editor of The Armenian Weekly, based in Watertown, MA.

I haven’t been able to discover a whole lot more about Vahe, so he’ll have to fill us all in at the Social!

Ann Handley

If you don’t already know Ann, you’ve most likely been living in a Siberian bunker for the past 5 years, but no worries – we’ll be happy to bring you up to speed πŸ˜‰ By day, Ann is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs β€” which means that she heads up All Things Content on the MarketingProfs Web site and is the Primary Caregiver of its blog, the MarketingProfs Daily Fix, as well as a contributor. She also writes for The Huffington Post.

Ann is an incredibly talented writer with an uncanny knack for discovering and promoting other great writers around her. She recently started her own blog (woohoo!) and has already amassed close to 200 comments in the span of only seven posts (which has to be some sort of record).

Her writing is fresh, intelligent, stimulating and playful – all while fitting a style that is distinctively Ann. If you haven’t had a chance to meet her, you’re in for quite a treat come April 4th in NYC.

Gavin Heaton

Gavin is a world-class marketer who hails from Sydney, Australia. He’s worked in a wide range of roles and professions from accounting and publishing to technology services, knowledge management and marketing. He’s also a co-originator of the Age of Conversation, as well as a contributor.

Gavin’s blog, Servant of Chaos, is an interactive diary capturing his thinking on branding, digital strategy and the art of storytelling. It’s jam-packed with brilliant writing, insightful strategies, captivating stories and a host of other marketing goodness.

Gavin currently works for SAP in Education Business Development. He’s a connector, a thinker, and is constantly producing challenging and thought-provoking content in this space (and he certainly knows how to sport the denim – see pic). He’s also traveling a long, long way to get to Social, but we’ll no doubt make it worth his while πŸ˜‰

Kris Hoet

After 7 years working in cinema, Kris recently joined Microsoft MSN. He’s been the Consumer Marketing Manager for MSN/Windows Live in Belgium for 1 1/2 years and and is now working as Marketing Communications Manager on the European team. You can usually find him in the Microsoft offices in Belgium … that is, when he’s not traveling πŸ˜‰

His blog, ‘Cross the Breeze, focuses mainly on digital marketing, advertising, technology, and customer experiences in this crazy space we call the Internet. You can also find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Delicious and Facebook.

Kris contributes a ton all over the social media-sphere, and is continually providing insight and analysis on everything from digital applications to the value of online communities. If you haven’t already met him, head on over and say hello!

Kevin Horne

Kevin started his own blog in January of this year, and it’s already chock-full of practical ideas, stories and vital lessons about marketing and branding in today’s world.

According to his bio, Kevin is an independent marketing strategist and adjunct faculty member at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business. He has establshed Lairig Marketing (his blog) as a service to help clients carve out their unique path forward.

I have yet to ‘officially’ meet Kevin, but after reading many of his posts (and contributions at MPDailyFix), it’s clear that he’s an excellent writer, with some serious credentials, who brings a lot to the social media table. You can learn even more by visiting him at any of these spots:

Lairig Marketing (Kevin’s blog)

Sean Howard

Sean is currently the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Lift Communications, a brand experience studio. But don’t let that fool you – he’s also a diehard (and audaciously nekkid) evangelist and author for the Age of Conversation.

In his free time, Sean enjoys ultimate frisbee, philosophy, gadgets, cats, and anything resembling ultimate frisbee. (So if you know any ultimate-frisbee playing cats who philosophize about gadgets, you may want to forward their resume his way.)

Sean also happens to be a prolific and engaging writer. His blog, CrapHammer, covers all sorts of juicy subjects including social media, viral marketing, communications, and of course – a little philosophy. He writes in a rich, descriptive style that’s easy to read yet incredibly profound. Come Social time, he’ll be trekking in from Toronto, Canada to meet up with the rest of you amazing bloggers!

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 (these three are profiled here)

Jennifer Berk
Rohit Bhargava
Susan Bird (these three 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)

Ann Handley
Gavin Heaton
Kris Hoet
Kevin Horne
Sean Howard (these five are profiled above)

Joseph Jaffe
Ryan Karpeles
Chris Kieff
Joe Kutchera
Jennifer Laycock
CeCe Lee
Geoff Livingston
Lori Magno
Sean Maher
Valeria Maltoni
Caroline McCarthy
Matthew McDonald
Paul McEnany
Tim McHale
Drew McLellan
Doug Meacham
Virginia Miracle
Scott Monty
Darryl Ohrt
Rita Perea
David Polinchock
Marilyn Pratt
Jane Quigley
Arun Rajagopal
Connie Reece
David Reich
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
Jonathan Trenn
Mario Vellandi
Greg Verdino
Neil Vineberg
John Wall
Debbie Weil
Tamar Weinberg
CB Whittemore
Kaitlyn Wilkins
Steve Woodruff

Plus, a couple of additions who are breaking the alphabetical flow:
Shashi Bellamkonda
David Berkowitz

6 Responses to Blogger Socialites: Habeshian, Handley, Heaton, Hoet, Horne, Howard

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  2. Ann Handley says:

    Can I get these write-ups in some sort of Cliff Notes version, so I can refer to them in April? (Must keep details straight!) Great stuff here, Ryan/Steve!

    p.s. to Sean: My 16-year-old digs Ultimate in a big way, too.

  3. Look, I know Manhattan isn’t the most disc-friendly city around, but I LOVE playing Ultimate Frisbee! Do you think the restaurant will mind if we do a quick pick-up game – it is going to be in a private room after all, so we won’t be trampling the other guests…
    @Ann, there will be an “official” guide with shorter profiles, but I have one volunteer who wants to layout the whole series in a document for distribution before the Social, so stay tuned!

  4. Gavin Heaton says:

    Nice one Ryan and Steve! You forgot to mention that Sean is famous for being nekkid.

  5. annhandley says:

    Who the heck is Vahe Habeshian and why does he get billing over me…?

    ; )

  6. Ann, we had originally had you first, but then, after applying the reverse-polarity non-sequential Blumsholz algorithm (subset 1.2), we discovered that those of Armenian background always precede Anns in the Boston sector. In March.

    Sorry for the mixup.

    You’d still be first in Saskatchewan!

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