Michiana's Mashable Social Media Day celebration is tomorrow evening. We're excited about this opportunity for marketers and social media enthusiasts in Michiana to network. Unfortunately, the available space is limited, so please send in your RSVP to ensure your entry. If you haven't signed up yet, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can register online at:
To give you a stronger sense of who is going to be there and the atmosphere surrounding the event, I'm posting a short biography of our main speaker, Don Schindler, as well as our six panelists.
Don is currently the director of AgencyND, internal marketing and communications department for the University of Notre Dame.
Previously, Don worked for MediaSauce as a Senior Digital Strategist, helping out clients such as Indiana Tourism, RCA, Roche, Achieve, and many more. He began his career in Los Angeles working for a dot com (before the bust) and then heading to Indianapolis where he was a Product Marketing Manager at RCA.
While disdaining the term, "social media expert," Don loves to share his marketing successes and failures. He says, "I'm not a guru or a player but I've made a lot of mistakes that you could learn from and I'd like to share them with you."
Social Media Discussion Panel Members
Steve is a recognized authority on front-end web development and interface design. He is an entrepreneur, founding Ordered List, and co-founding Sidebar Creative, both of which are outlets for his professional work. And as an author, public speaker, and University of Notre Dame professor, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.
Kem is the Communications Director at Granger Community Church. She leads creative, technology and digital media teams to champion clarity and flow across departments and campuses. Her marketplace career spanned 15 years and involved roles in the advertising, business consulting, technology and global financial services fields before joining the staff team at Granger Community Church in 2002. She is a blogger, speaker, author and—of course—twitters.”
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Elizabeth Cecconi is the Director of Marketing and Development for South Bend Regional Airport and is known as one of the Social Media leaders in the aviation industry. Elizabeth has given numerous seminars and presentations on Social Media and has advised several national airports on how to leverage Social Media for the industry. Before moving to South Bend in March of 2010, Elizabeth's team was able to accomplish many firsts at the Akron-Canton Airport. CAK was the first airport to start blogging in 2005 and the first to use the blog as part of a media strategy and the first airport in the U.S. to use Facebook in 2007. The airport was also one of the first airports in the U.S. to use Twitter and YouTube and is one of a handful of U.S. airports to use Flickr.
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Tim is a Designer who punches the clock at Agency ND, an internal marketing and communications group at the University of Notre Dame. Tim is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame who spends his time working with university clients to enhance the visual presence and user experience of online initiatives. He passionately believes in simplification, standards compliance and that websites with weak content are the real cause of warts, boils and conjunctivitis. In his spare minutes, he may or may not masquerade as the snarky but lovable voice of the @gamedayND twitter account, and his off-hours are consumed chasing after his one year old son (@acornoak).
Edward has been a Police Officer for the South Bend Police Department since 2003, where his primary duties are street patrol (3rd detail); web manager (single designer and content writer since 2003); and social media manager (Social Media and blog writing since 2006 for website). A web designer since 1999, Edward is also the president of Blue Line Web Media where he works on website design and content development.
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Dave has been in some shape or form been in Real Estate since 1994 from construction management, to sales and then to mortgages. He saw his business grow through the use of Social Media and blogging. His first blog the Mad Mortgage Machine and subsequent podcast lead him to many speaking engagements across the Midwest in the past year and he looks forward to continuing to do so. Since the mortgage bust, Dave runs several growing blogs revolving around speaking, marketing and social networking with a blend of what he calls "infotainment". He relies on fresh often pointed content and video often from a moving car. He has expertise in Affiliate Marketing, SEO & blog content and Performance Based Marketing. Dave lives in Michigan City with his wife, Mary and their daughter Abby.