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!

Mario Vellandimvellandi-new-150.jpg

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,, which can be found…well, at! 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,, 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
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

About Steve Woodruff
Steve Woodruff is a blogger, a Connection Agent, and a consultant in the pharma/healthcare industry. He specializes in helping people and companies make mutually beneficial connections.

3 Responses to Blogger Socialites: Vellandi, Verdino, Vineberg, Wall

  1. Greg Verdino says:

    Well, um, Steve – regrettably, it’s wasn’t THAT KIND of orgy. And my goatee is just persistent 3-day growth. 🙂

    Great job with all of these profiles – what a fantastic way to get to know the bloggers I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet. Looking forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks.


  2. CK says:

    Seriously, we’ve got to do something with these…flash cards? OK, we don’t have that type of print budget but, it’s just with all this data–that is so completely thoughtful and fun–there are just opps we haven’t even thought of yet. That, btw, don’t necessarily need to be done by Social.

    It would be wild to have these laid-out somehow…or even ask people their birthdays (just month and day) and then when one pops-up, you’ll have a post already done.

    And I just love that you are at the very end of the list. Because that’s just how it should be!

  3. Mario Vellandi says:

    Thanks for the kind words; I truly stand on the shoulders of giants and other smart marketers. It’s like we’re all on a big road carrying torches at night, helping illuminate what’s ahead and what’s to be seen to the side of the road.

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