Our diverse judging panel includes notable experts, analysts, media and practitioners from across the local advertising industry.
Julie BernardChief Marketing Officer, Verve
As chief marketing officer, Julie Bernard leads Verve’s brand strategy, marketing, analytics and creative services. Julie was previously senior vice president of omnichannel customer strategy, data science, loyalty, and marketing technology at Macy’s, and has prior executive experience at Saks Fifth Avenue and XRoads Solutions Group, a boutique retail consultancy.
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Mike BidgoliHead of New Ad Products, Pinterest
Mike is head of new ad products at Pinterest. He was previously CEO & Co-founder of tote, a mobile discovery app for commerce, which was acquired by Pinterest. Prior to founding tote, Mike was VP of Product at LivingSocial where he helped build LivingSocial’s growth and merchant teams as well as its second and third product and engineering offices in San Francisco and Boulder. Mike joined LivingSocial via acquisition of his previous startup. He lives in San Francisco and is currently spending his weekends shopping furniture pieces that he and his wife have saved on to their Pinterest board.
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Heath BradburySr. Manager, Digital Marketing & Innovation, Advance Auto Parts
Dax Brady-SheehanHead of Traditional Media, Google
Dax Brady-Sheehan is the Head of Traditional Media with Google Channel Sales, where he oversees Google's strategic relationships with Traditional Media premier partners specializing in serving the small and medium business market. Prior to joining Google, Dax worked at Gannett and Hearst, where he held various Digital leadership roles. Dax has spent his career working with Newspaper and Broadcast Companies developing best in class Digital Solutions. Dax lives in New York City with his wife and 10 year old English Bulldog and spends his spare time volunteering for Make-A-Wish America.
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Bernadette ColemanCEO, Advice Interactive
Bernadette Coleman, the #QueenOfLocalSEO, is an authority in local search and SEO. She is the CEO of Advice Interactive Group (AIG), an award-winning Inc. 500 company. AIG is the parent company of Advice Local, a local presence management technology solution, and Advice Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency. Bernadette is a contributor around the web to sites like Forbes, Rocks Digital, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine People and LSA Insider.
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Tom EdwardsChief Digital Officer, Agency, Epsilon
As the Chief Digital Officer for Epsilon’s agency business, Tom is guiding Epsilon agency clients as a trusted advisor to meet the business needs of today while integrating innovative new technologies and partners to prepare for the next evolution of digital marketing. Tom leads various functions within the agency including: research, brand planning, data design, digital strategy & experience teams (PM, UX, Tech), social media, media planning and the agency innovation practice. Tom also personally oversees digital strategy and programs for agency clients and he is focused on merging the art + science of Epsilon’s robust agency service offerings.
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Josh GlantzVP, General Manager, SinglePlatform
Josh is the VP, General Manager of SinglePlatform. A subsidiary of Constant Contact and Endurance International, SinglePlatform helps small businesses get discovered everywhere they need to be online by publishing their critical business listings and service content, including menus and photos across hundreds of publishers including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Yelp and TripAdvisor. Previously, Josh SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Mobiquity Networks, the leader in the fast growing iBeacon / proximity marketing category.
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Sam EnglandProduct Manager, Facebook
Michael HayesChief Revenue and Marketing Officer, UberMedia
Michael Hayes is chief revenue and marketing officer at UberMedia, the leading cross screen mobile ad platform that uniquely combines first party social/interest data, location history, intent cues to drive results for advertisers. Under Hayes, UberMedia has secured advertising partnerships with some of the most recognizable brands including Lexus, BMW, Chrysler-Jeep, AT&T, Verizon, Nike, Adidas, Levis, Unilever, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Coca Cola, Red Bull and many more. With years behind the wheel of an ad agency and as many years focused on the mission of the advertiser, Hayes offers a balanced viewpoint that is rare in the industry.
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David KaplanManaging Editor, GeoMarketing.com
David Kaplan is the Managing Editor of GeoMarketing. New York City-based journalist for over 20 years, David Kaplan is managing editor of GeoMarketing.com . A former editor and reporter at AdExchanger, paidContent, Adweek and MediaPost.
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Andrea KayalVP, Marketing, Signpost
As the VP of Marketing, Andrea is responsible for demand generation, brand messaging, creative, marketing automation, marketing communications, PR, and marketing/sales alignment. Prior to joining Signpost, Andrea led marketing teams at TimeLink, Lua and Sailthru. Before transitioning into the tech industry Andrea also worked at Octagon where she managed global marketing initiatives for BMW of North America and MasterCard.
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Louise LachmannCEO and Co-Founder, Mono Solutions
Louise Lachmann is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mono Solutions, which provides a SaaS-based platform for the design, delivery and management of professional, responsive websites and e-commerce. Louise has worked with strategy, communication and digital media since the early days of the Internet. Prior to founding Mono, Louise was the Managing Director of Tribal DDB a world-leading digital agency. She also co-founded web agency Pentamind that was later sold to Ad Pepper Media. Louise holds a master degree in International Law (LL.M.) from Brussels and a diploma from the International Advertising Association (IAA). Louise is also a part of the committee for The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship that awards grants to young and upcoming Danish entrepreneurs.
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Nissim LehyaniDirector of Product Management, GoDaddy
Vinay PandeyDirector, SMB, Twitter
Vinay Pandey leads Global SMB sales and marketing at Twitter. He previously worked in leadership roles in online sales at Google. Vinay has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Indian school of Business, and is @vpandey on Twitter.
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Corey QuinnChief Marketing Officer, Scorpion
Corey is the Chief Marketing Officer at Scorpion. He holds a MBA from the University of Southern California and has over 15 years of digital marketing experience.
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Michelle SmithVice President, Strategy, GateHouse Media
Sherry Thomas-ZonProduct Management, Mobile, Macy's
Sherry Thomas-Zon is a technology marketer and operations executive with experience leading both venture-funded and high-growth technology companies focused on mobile products, digital media, and location-based marketing. Sherry currently serves on the mobile products team at Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com. Prior to Macys, she served as chief revenue officer at Retailigence Corporation and was formally CEO of Krillion, Inc., a leading consumer product data platform. Sherry is a recognized leader in the area of omni-channel marketing and mobile consumer strategy, and regularly speaks at technology conferences on topics ranging from customer adoption, location-based strategy, and cross-channel marketing.
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Thomas WalleCEO & Co-founder, Unacast
Thomas is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unacast and an well renowned industry expert on beacons, proximity technologies and the proximity ecosystem. Unacast is a big data/analytics company and the world’s largest network of beacon and proximity data to connect the physical world to the digital world. Before he founded Unacast, Thomas was a part of the founding team at streaming music service TIDAL (recently acquired by Jay-Z).
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Susannah Wesley-AhlschwedeSenior Vice President, Edelman