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Rend Al-Mondiry, Senior Counsel, Amin Talati & Upadhye

Rend Al-Mondhiry is Senior Counsel at Amin Talati Upadhye LLP in Washington, DC. She advises clients in the dietary supplement, food, and cosmetic industries on a broad range of FDA and FTC compliance matters, with a focus on helping companies navigate the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape for hemp and CBD products at both the federal and state level. She is committed to helping her clients responsibly develop and market products, drawing on her years of experience advising the nation’s leading dietary supplement and food companies on complex labeling, advertising, and ingredient issues. In her previous role as Associate General Counsel at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Rend advocated on the industry’s behalf numerous times before FDA, FTC, Congress, and state attorneys general. She has assisted companies with FDA import alerts and detentions, International Trade Commission matters, and Proposition 65 compliance, and has substantial experience initiating and defending challenges before the Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division.

Joseph Aquilina, Ethics & Compliance Counsel, Direct Selling Association

Prior to joining  DSA in June 2014, he worked in primarily federal administrative and regulatory law.

With more than ten years in Washington spanning private law firms as well the federal government, he brings a wide array of legal experience to DSA. Originally from Los Angeles, California by way of Cleveland, OH, Joseph resides Washington, D.C. Joseph obtained a Bachelor’s Degree  in History and Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America where he was a member of the Journal of Communications Law.

He  is admitted to Maryland and District of Columbia bars and serves as a member of public service committee for the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia.

Simon T. Bailey, Leadership Imagineer

Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their future.

He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer service experiences. He challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance and become Chief Breakthrough Officers- personally and professionally.

Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey. He is the author of ten books including his most recent release, Be the Spark: Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life. His Building Business Relationships course on on Linkedin has been viewed by more than 864,000 people worldwide. His Goalcast video, released Father’s Day 2018, has over 70 million views.

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Michel Bayan, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DirecTech Labs

Michel Bayan is the Co-Founder and CEO of DirecTech Labs. He has been partnering with direct sellers to turn data into actionable insights since 2010. Technologies he’s developed have driven many millions in revenue and addressed millions of distributors in over 20 countries. He’s an advisor to various startups in and out of direct selling, as well as to various global direct sellers. Clients have included Avon, ItWorks, Omnilife, Organo Gold, Silpada and many more. A previous startup team he founded sold to E-Bay/Stubhub is 2015. Michel is also the host of the The SourceDS Podcast where he talks to direct selling executives and other notable guests about innovation, technology and the future of the channel.  He has been a guest and contributor to various publications from the Agency Post to Salesforce, Business Rockstars, Direct Selling News and many others.

Brian Bennett, Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy, Direct Selling Association

In this role, Brian directs and coordinates the government relations and legal teams in DSA’s federal and state lobbying efforts.  He determines legislative priorities, and has lead operational responsibility for state and federal government affairs activities and overall operation of the Government Relations department.  In this capacity, Brian also coordinates with the communications, ethics, and legal teams in support of DSA’s advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining DSA, Mr. Bennett held a variety of roles working in the federal government and at a national party with primary focus on electing state candidates.   

Mr. Bennett received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America: Columbus School of Law and his B.A. from James Madison University.  He lives in Maryland with his wife, son, and dog.

Charlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer, Maritz Travel

Charlotte Blank is Executive Director of The Maritz Institute, a behavioral science think tank exploring the human psyche in the modern marketplace. A central R&D division of Maritz, LLC, The Maritz Institute enhances the visibility and design of the company’s motivation, event, and customer experience solutions, through expert applications of neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economic theory. Charlotte has led programs in neuromarketing, social media, and global branding during her ten years in the media and automotive industries, in which she worked in Innovation for Turner Broadcasting, and various marketing roles for General Motors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Charlotte’s passion is exploring the truths about human nature and discovering what “makes us tick.”

Dr. Anne Coughlan, Polk Brothers Chair in Retailing, and is a Professor of Marketing, at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Dr. Coughlan joined the faculty in 1985. Dr. Coughlan's main research interests are in the areas of distribution channels, sales force management and compensation, and pricing. Current research projects include optimal management of multi-level marketing distribution channels; sales force diversification and optimal group incentive payments; drivers and management of sales force turnover; measuring compliance, monitoring, and enforcement of MAP policies; and wardrobing and optimal open-box retail sales.  Her work on "Direct Selling Distributors: Why Do They Stay or Leave?" won the best doctoral-student paper award at the 2017 Global Sales Science Institute conference; it is joint research with Prof. Manfred Krafft of University of Muenster and Julian Allendorf, a Ph.D. student at University of Muenster.

Dr. Coughlan is a co-author of the book, A Field Guide to Channel Strategy: Building Routes to Market (with Sandy Jap), and was the lead author of Marketing Channels (a Prentice-Hall textbook) through its seventh edition.  She serves on the Senior Advisory Board of the Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, and is Editor in Chief of the SSRN Marketing Research Network and of its Quantitative Marketing e-Journal and the Marketing Science e-Journal.  She is a Research Fellow of the Direct Selling Educational Foundation and an Institute of Marketing Research Fellow of the University of Muenster, Germany.  She has served as an Associate Editor and editorial board member of the journal Marketing Science, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Marketing and Journal of Retailing.

For her excellence in teaching, Dr. Coughlan was the recipient of the school's Executive Master's Program Teacher of the Year Award for the best elective course in 1996 and again in 2003, as well as receiving the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award in 2000-01. She teaches classes on distribution channel strategies at the MBA and executive MBA levels, and on quantitative models in marketing at the doctoral level.

Coughlan received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. Prior to her appointment at Kellogg, she was a professor at the business school of the University of Rochester; she was a Visiting Professor of Marketing at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France in 1997-98.


Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International

As Senior Vice-President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International, Michael is responsible is for the global sales of 42,000 hotel rooms, 3 Million square feet of meeting space and all sales efforts in both group sales and leisure sales. His volunteer life has led me to active leadership roles with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), where he is currently the Immediate-Past Chairman of the International Board of Directors. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the US Travel Association and on the Meetings Mean Business Coalition.

Joan Hartel Cabral, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Vantal Pearls

Joan Hartel’s story begins in 1987 on a trip to Hawaii where she first saw Oysters containing colorful Pearls being opened before her eyes. She brought the business idea back to Massachusetts and opened a small seaside store on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Looking for the flexibility to raise a family while running a business, Joan started Vantel Pearls Parties. Their success is a dream come true.

David Holl, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Inc.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, David is responsible for the day-to-day decisions involved in Mary Kay Inc. He is a member of the Mary Kay Inc. Board of Directors. David joined Mary Kay Inc. in June 1993, and in 1996, he became Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In 2001, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2006, David assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Mary Kay family, he was a Vice President at Citibank, based in New York. Preceding Citibank, David was a financial analyst for Union Texas Petroleum in Houston.

Under his leadership, Mary Kay has expanded into 14 new markets and successfully diversified its revenue across more than 35 markets worldwide. The Company also has made significant progress on key strategic initiatives, including global rebranding and global standardization of core systems and processes. During David’s tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay’s global revenue has more than doubled, with various markets around the world regularly setting sales and independent sales force records.

Asma Ishaq, Chief Executive Officer, Modere

Asma Ishaq has united experience and vision to establish innovative concepts in health and beauty throughout her impressive career.

She founded an award-winning company with an award-winning product line based on her multi-patented LiquidBioCell® nutraceutical ingredient that has pioneered the collagen and hyaluronic acid dietary supplement and skincare markets. Her company both maintained high standards in business ethics across distribution channels and industries while championing new product technology.

Asma serves the direct-selling channel on the DSA Board of Directors. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and as a Ben F. Love scholar, received a dual M.B.A. in finance and marketing from Rice University.

George Kelemen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Retail Association

George Kelemen joined TRA as President and CEO in November of 2015. He returned to Texas after 11 years in Washington, DC, working in senior leadership positions for several of the largest and most influential associations in America. Most recently, George served as the Senior VP of Government and Political Affairs at Airports Council International — North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial airports in the U.S. and Canada. He served as ACI-NA’s chief lobbyist and led the development strategies to influence congressional and legislative actions affecting airports and the aviation industry, particularly ACI-NA’s work with Congress’ leadership.

Peter Marinello, Executive Director, Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council

Peter C. Marinello is the Director of the Direct Selling Self Regulatory Council (DSSRC) and a Vice President of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. Peter has over twenty-five years of experience in advertising self-regulation starting as a staff attorney at the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., (NAD) in March of 1993, later becoming NAD Associate Director in 1998. In 2004, Peter was asked to direct a new advertising self-regulatory program for the direct response industry called the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP).  Peter has written over 1,500 self-regulatory decisions on various advertising topics and products including earnings claims, online advertising, negative option offers, dietary supplements, nuclear energy and financial services and has spoken on behalf advertising self-regulation at trade conferences and workshop seminars throughout the country. He has also been the author of a number of articles regarding advertising self-regulation in various trade publications. Prior to joining NAD, Peter practiced law for six years at a general litigation firm in New York City. He has appeared in court in each of the five boroughs of New York as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties and is also admitted to New York’s Southern and Eastern District Courts of the United States. Peter received his bachelor’s degree at New York University and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. Peter has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1988.