Mona Ameli is founder & CEO of her Executive Consulting firm Ameli Global Partnerships, advising CEOs on business strategy choices and how to sustainably turn around companies through Culture, Leadership and Business Transformations. Mona brings a unique approach to the organization’s commercial strategy, truly putting people, culture and values at the foundation of growth. In parallel, Mona also heads up the Diversity & Inclusion and Cultural Transformation business for Carpe Diem Partners, a boutique consultancy focused on Talent Management and Acquisition for Boards Members, Chief Executives and Senior-Level Executives; Advising Public, Private and Investor-backed companies on leadership imperatives.
Recognized twice as one of the Most Influential women in the Direct Selling industry (DSN) and one of the most Powerful & Influential Women in California (National Diversity Council), Ameli is multi-cultural, multi-lingual (fluent in 4 languages) and was Chair of the Diversity & Empowerment Council of the Direct Selling Association Board of Directors for 3 consecutive terms. Ameli has been a transformational leader herself as the former Global President of Medifast-Optavia and an accomplished C-Suite and crossfunctional executive with 23 years of progressive experience building multinational Consumer Packaged Goods and Lifestyle brands, reaching every major region in the world with deep operating expertise turning around large businesses, in both public and private environments. She successfully led a recent business turn around through a cultural leadership transformation that delivered exponential growth in revenue & operating income for Medifast.
Ameli holds a Diploma of Economics and a Master of Business & Management from University of Dauphine (Paris-France), as well as a post- Master’s degree in Marketing from University of Paris–Est (Creteil-France). She is also a Certified Diversity & Inclusion Professional (National Diversity Council) and a Certified Cultural Transformation Consultant (Barrett Value Center).
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.
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 Lynda.com 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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With disruption rapidly transforming business and communications, Mark Bain founded upper 90 consulting in 2012 to help teams adapt, grow and deliver greater business value.
Mark works mostly with communications, marketing, government affairs and/or investor relations teams in corporations, professional service firms and universities. Engagements vary, but frequently involve functional assessments, operating model and organizational design work, strategic planning and culture-driven performance programs.
In partnership with respected universities, upper 90 consulting conducts research to gain actionable insights into talent management, professional development and high-performance in communications teams.
Previously, Mark headed global communications at Baker McKenzie, the world’s largest law firm, and Amway, the world’s largest direct selling company. While at Amway, Mark chaired the WFDSA’s Advocacy Committee. For his work to help protect and grow the direct selling industry’s reputation worldwide, he received the WFDSA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
Mark began his career with Burson-Marsteller (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe), serving in the New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices of this leading public relations/public affairs firm.
Michel Bayan is the Co-Founder and CEO of DirecTech Labs. He has been partnering with direct sellers using data to drive more valuable field and customer lifecycles since 2010. Directech Labs product, Distro uses A.I create personalized alerts to corporate and field reps in 85 countries and is proven to extend rep and customer lifespans and lifetime value by as much as 10X. He’s an advisor to various startups in and out of direct selling, as well as to various global direct sellers. Clients have include Advocare, Plexus, PM International, Kyani, Modere and others. A previous startup he founded sold to E-Bay in 2015. Michel is also the host of the The DirecTech 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 speaker and contributor to various publications from the Agency Post to Salesforce, Business Rockstars, Direct Selling News, Social Selling News and many others.
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 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. Stefanie Boyer is a sales and negotiations coach, with a successful track record helping organizations refine their strategy to improve sales performance at both the company and individual level.
Dr. Boyer leads Bryant University’s sales program, which has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for sales education and training. She is also the Director of the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC), a highly regarded competition that links top sales organizations with top sales talent, and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Boyer received the prestigious AMA Sales Educator of the Year Award in August. She has been recognized by the National Conference of Sales Management for her innovative approach to individual sales training, process strategy, and adaptability coaching, and has successfully trained more than 1,200 people in the fields of technology, financial services, energy, sports, medicine, wellness, beauty, construction, food and beverage, engineering, and power plant design. By following her innovative process with a focus on adaptability, Dr. Boyer brings unique and valuable experience to organizations looking to build and maintain their client base.
Joan’s story begins over 30 years ago, on a trip to Hawaii where she first experienced an oyster opening. She said, “It took my breath away. I was so awed by the pure magic of it!!!”
She brought the business idea back to Massachusetts and opened a small seaside store in Martha’s Vineyard. Looking for flexibility to raise a family while running a business, Joan transitioned Vantel Pearls to direct sales, opening the way for thousands of Consultants to join her in the magic of oyster openings, genuine pearls, beautiful jewelry, and meaningful entrepreneurship.
From simple beginnings to a $40 million-plus direct selling company, Vantel Pearls was an early adopter of social media pearl parties. For 3 decades, Vantel Pearls has brought people together to share in the fun of opening real oysters to reveal a genuine pearl (or two!) in each and every oyster. Imagine the thrill of finding a white, cream, pink, blue or even a black pearl for a piece of jewelry you or someone special will treasure for a lifetime.
At the core of Vantel Pearls are eight guiding principles. Joan composed these “Treasured Gems” in the early years of Vantel Pearls to ensure that Vantel Pearls remained true to its values. They have been a key factor in the amazing success of the company. For the Consultants, the Home Office Team, the vendors and organizations that Vantel Pearls chooses to align with…all are guided by these values.
Vantel Pearls thrives on giving back to numerous charitable organizations that help improve our communities and individuals’ lives. Central causes include eradicating domestic violence, breast cancer research, awareness for autism and developmental disabilities.
Joan feels when we focus on positivity and gratitude, we attract miracles. She is an inspiration to women (and few great men!) across the nation. She has helped thousands with personal development and financial independence. Her warm energy fills a room and helps everyone believe in limitless possibilities!
With more than 25 years of direct selling, marketing and consumer products experience, Daniel R. Chard serves as Chief Executive Officer of Medifast, Inc. and as a member of Medifast’s Board of Directors. Chard joined Medifast in October of 2016.
Before joining Medifast, Chard served as President and Chief Operating Officer of PartyLite, an affiliate of a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, which specializes in home fragrance products sold by more than 40,000 independent consultants across 23 countries.
Prior to his position at PartyLite, Chard experienced success in numerous leadership roles during his 17-year tenure at Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (“Nu Skin”), including President of Global Sales & Operations from 2006 to 2015. In this position, Chard was responsible for managing more than $3 billion in revenue across 53 countries as well as overseeing all functions of sales operations for the company including global marketing, market operations, market services, and business technology. From 2004 to 2006, Chard held the position of President of Nu Skin Europe. Additionally, Chard served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management from 2002 to 2004 where he developed strategy for a new global business-technology platform, while overseeing all marketing and product management operations for his division.
Chard has held various marketing leadership roles at Ventro and Broadlane, Pur Recovery Engineering and the Pillsbury Company. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Angela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and today as CEO, oversees the operations and all Team National related entities.
Angela’s background is in sales and marketing. She spent five years in medical sales, before joining the family-owned business in 2000 as a vice president. She worked closely with her father, Dick Loehr, founder of Team National to learn all aspects of Team National’s ever-growing business. In 2002, Angela became Executive Vice President of Team National. She continued learning and growing in her role and responsibilities. In October 2005, Angela was promoted to President. Angela worked closely with the sales field committees, overseeing operations with Dick mentoring her. Two years later, in 2007, Dick stepped back from managing the company; passing the torch to Angela and making her CEO. Dick went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2008, after a 10-year battle with cancer. Angela continues to lead the company with the same dedication, philosophies, and commitment as her father and mentor.
Angela serves on the Direct Selling Education Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She also volunteers her time, serving on many direct selling committees. In 2013, Angela was named one of The Most Influential Women in Direct Selling, a merited award she continues to hold today. She has also been recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County for nine consecutive years; 2010-2018 (the final year this recognition was awarded was 2018.)
Angela lives by servant leadership. She is involved with and supports several charities, both local and national. In April 2017, she and her husband, Phil, along with her mom, MaryLou, founded Team National Hope Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving lives by providing hope to individuals and families.
Angela lives in South Florida with her husband, Phil, and their daughters Sydney and Siena.
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.
Teresa Day Craighead is Publisher of Social Selling News, the trade publication for the direct selling channel, and oversees all aspects of its publication, content development, business and production. Prior to launching SSN, Teresa spent seven years as Editorial Director of Direct Selling News, giving her unique insight into the many challenges facing the channel today.
Teresa entered direct selling nearly 20 years ago, having served as president, vice president and in other executive positions at nationally recognized party-plan companies as well as consulting and writing for a variety of companies. She successfully built a direct selling company from the founder’s kitchen table to $22 million in five years with no outside funding and as held executive roles in training and development at various companies including Home Interiors and BeautiControl. An avid writer and speaker, Teresa is author of management book Toxic Clean Up: How to Stop the Spread of Dysfunctional Management (Morgan James, 2008). Teresa’s corporate and publishing experience instills in her a deep understanding of the direct selling channel and the unique challenges facing it today.
Jane Creed’s direct selling and food & wine experience spans over 20 years. She spent 9 years as a Senior Vice President with The Pampered Chef ltd., and was part of the executive team that helped that company grow from $220 million to almost a billion and be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway. Jane’s wine and food expertise is extensive and includes writing and/or editing over 20 cookbooks, hosting international press events for California winegrowing regions, as well as individual wineries and winemakers. Jane has written a monthly food and wine column for California’s oldest food and agricultural magazine and executed product and brand development strategies for numerous wineries, including a French wine company entering the American market. She has written features for Direct Selling News, Europe and the U.S., and serves the Direct Selling Education Foundation on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the DSA/DSEF and The French American Chamber of Commerce. Jane and her husband, Dudley, have five children and two dogs.
Victoria Crittenden is Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing Division at Babson College (USA). Additionally, she has served as Visiting Global Scholar in the D.B.A. program at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (USA), Visiting Ph.D. Faculty at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden), Visiting Ph.D. Faculty at Luleå University (Sweden), a core faculty member at the WU Executive Academy (Austria) and as visiting faculty at the University of Ulster in Belfast (N. Ireland), The American College of Greece MBA Program in Athens (Greece), and University Robert Schuman, IECS in Strasbourg (France). Prior to her tenure at Babson College, Vicky spent 25 years in the marketing department at Boston College where she served as department chair for nine years and chair of the MBA core faculty for three years.
She is an author of over 100 published vignettes and cases. Mrs. Crittenden also co-authored Strategic Marketing Management Cases published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin Publishing. She served as founding co-editor of the AMS Review, is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing Education, and serves currently on the editorial review boards of: Business Horizons, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Marketing Education Review, Marketing Management Journal, Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, and Psychology & Marketing. Additionally, she currently serves as Collections Editor for Digital and Social Media Marketing and Advertising with Business Expert Press and is co-editor of Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom published by Emerald Group Publishing in 2015. Vicky has presented her teaching and scholarly research in venues worldwide.
Vicky is Past President of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), where she has served as VP for Development, VP for Membership N. America, and Secretary. She also served as program chair for AMS conferences in the USA, Australia, and Norway. Additionally, Vicky was honored as an AMS Distinguished Fellow in 2008, and she received the Lamb, Hair, McDaniel Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award in AMS in 2005. In addition to serving in various capacities in AMS, she served four years as the chair of the American Marketing Association (AMA) Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group, and she received AMA's Pearson Prentice Hall's Solomon-Marshall-Stuart Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education in 2013. Vicky is a Fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas-Austin and a member of the Academic Advisory Board for CUTCO/Vector Marketing Corporation and the Academic Advisory Council of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. She previously served
Brett is a founding partner with Strategic Choice Partners, and an experienced executive specializing in marketing, communications and digital strategic consulting.
He worked for his first direct sales company while still in college packing shipments in their warehouse. He began at the entry level of the marketing department at AdvoCare, International in 2002, rising to the position of marketing manager before he left in 2007. In 2009, he joined Mannatech as Sr. Director of Global Online Solutions. He was then promoted to Vice President of Global Marketing in 2011. Brett Duncan also served as the Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Direct Selling Education Foundation from 2011 – 2014. He’s passionate about seeing the direct sales industry flourish.
For many years, Brett’s vision was to create a business that helps direct sales companies energize their ideas. In March 2014, he started his own firm built on that very premise, and it quickly evolved into Strategic Choice Partners. It’s a business development firm built specifically to help direct sales companies make their ideas happen, and happen faster. It’s about energizing your ideas with the insights and expertise to construct the right plan, build the right team and execute with excellence.
Brett lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife and son.
As Amway North America’s head of marketing, Cindy Droog, APR, is responsible for the strategy, development and implementation of marketing plans in the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic. Her leadership spans the nutrition, beauty and home care categories for product launches; design and delivery of distributor and customer experiences; managing major sponsorships and reputation; and integrated communications. She joined Amway in 2006 and has since held roles in a variety of areas, including media relations, crisis and issues management, digital marketing and product brand management.
Prior to Amway, Droog served as vice president of client relations for Michigan-based North Star Public Relations; marketing manager for Valspar Corporation; and director of public relations for the Peoria Rivermen Minor League Hockey Club. She has also held roles at American Red Cross, Weber Shandwick, and as a featured columnist for a number of Midwest weekly newspapers.
Droog is current chairwoman of the Communications Committee of the United States Direct Selling Association, and has also served as Social Media Taskforce lead within the Advocacy Committee of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and enjoys volunteering, running, yoga, creative and humor writing, and most of all, numerous outdoor activities with her husband Tom and two sons, AJ and Alec.
Dr. Linda Ferrell is Professor and Chair of the Marketing Department at Auburn University. She served on the faculty at Belmont University, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and University of Tampa. She co-managed two, $1.25 million grant for business ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of New Mexico with her husband, Dr. O.C. Ferrell. She was also jointly responsible for securing over $5 million for the first Bill Daniels Distinguished Professor Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Ferrell earned a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. She holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Illinois State University. Her research interests include marketing ethics, ethics training and effectiveness, the legalization of business ethics as well as corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She has published in Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, AMS Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, as well as others. She has co- authored numerous books including Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases (12th edition), Business and Society (4th edition), Management (3rd), and Introduction to Business (12th edition).
Professionally, Dr. Ferrell served as an account executive in advertising with McDonalds and Pizza Huts advertising agencies in Houston, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. She was recently honored as the Innovative Marketer of the Year for the Marketing Management Association. Dr. Ferrell is on the Board of Directors of Mannatech, Inc. a NASDAQ listed, health and wellness company. She serves on the Board of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy-Center for the Public Trust. She serves on the Executive Committee, Board, and Academic Advisory Committee of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. She is on the Cutco/Vector College Advisory Board. She is immediate Past President of the Academy of Marketing Science and Past President of the Marketing Management Association. Dr. Ferrell also serves as an expert witness in ethics and legal disputes.
Theresa A. Flores has enjoyed a 20-year career in public affairs, legislative advocacy and policy issues management. Currently she is the manager of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc., where she develops and recommends strategies that protect the Company’s interests, and provides guidance to the company in its engagement with legislators, governments and NGOs. She also serves as the liaison for the Company’s Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay regional markets.
She is especially proud to be a part of the Company’s efforts in leveraging its reputation to raise awareness with lawmakers about the importance of crucial funding for domestic violence prevention and intervention services.
Her areas of expertise include federal and state legislative affairs, lobbying, and grassroots advocacy. She has successively lobbied for several grassroots campaigns resulting in the defeat of legislation harmful to the Company. Theresa’s expertise is often sought out and she has shared her insight at conferences for the Public Affairs Council, State Government Affairs Council, The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and The Southwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemist (SWSCC), among others.
Previously she served as director of government affairs for Time Warner Cable and managed local, state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives; she was also responsible for administrating the Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable PAC and the employee grassroots advocacy network.
Theresa began her career in Washington, DC first as an IT analyst than as a public affairs manager for Fannie Mae. She later moved to the company’s Dallas regional office where she worked with stakeholders interested in strengthening housing and community development policy.
Theresa is a member of the Hispanic 100, the State Government Affairs Council, The Dallas Women’s Foundation and Leadership Dallas. She is active in education reform; focusing on public school education in Dallas and holds leadership positions in EducateDallas and the Dallas Education Foundation. In 2012 she was selected to serve in the inaugural class of the Leadership DISD (Dallas Independent School District) program.
In 2009, Theresa was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader award recipient and featured in the April/May "Women's Issue" of Latino Leaders magazine. In 2010 she was voted as Dallas “Thought Leader” by Latino Leaders magazine. Theresa is proud to have returned to the Girl Scouts as a volunteer, alumna and board member of The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Most recently Theresa was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as a Commissioner of the Dallas Housing Authority.
A San Antonio native and first generation American and college graduate, Theresa, received her B.A. from Cornell University. She is the North Texas chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, where she works to recruit top undergraduate applicants. She is a life-time member of the Cornell University Council and serves on The President’s Council of Cornell Women.
She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and currently resides in Dallas with her canine companions, Buster and Stella.
Caroline Glackin, PhD, an Entrepreneurship faculty member at the University of North Carolina - Fayetteville State University, is a "pracademic" who has successfully worked as a microenterprise and small business owner and manager, as an executive director of a community development financial institution, and as an academic in areas of community development finance, entrepreneurship, and management. She has been assisting entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams for over 25 years.
Glackin earned a doctorate from the University of Delaware, where her research emphasis was on microfinance. She received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. Her professional career began with the DuPont Company, American Bell, Bell Atlantic, and American Management Systems. She has consulted for businesses and not-for-profit agencies in turnaround and high-growth scenarios. After exiting a family business, she became the executive director of a community development financial institution serving businesses and not-for-profits.
Dr. Glackin has succeeded in leading change in the practical fields of her research, and has received numerous honors and awards. These include the first Gloeckner Business Plan Award at the Wharton School, the Minority Business Advocate of the Year for Delaware from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the She Knows Where She's Going Award, from Girls Inc. Dr. Glackin co-chaired the Delaware Governor's Task Force for Financial Independence and has participated in the Cornell University Emerging Markets Think Tank Series.
As the chief executive officer of USANA, Kevin leads worldwide field development and sales and works with the Board of Directors and Management Team to develop short-term and long-term goals for the future of the company. He has worked closely with Dr. Myron Wentz—founder of USANA—for more than 23 years, and makes it his main job to maintain Dr. Wentz’ overall vision and direction for USANA.
Gordon Hester is an entrepreneur and business strategist. For 25 years, Gordon was the CEO for Roberti Enterprises. Although Roberti Enterprises was a conglomerate of various companies, it was best known for building one of the largest global distributorships in the history of the Direct Selling Industry with sales in excess of $8 billion and a sales organization exceeding 100,000 distributors in over 25 countries. During this period, he coached and trained thousands of entrepreneurs in North America, 15 European Member countries, Israel and Australia. Today, Gordon does consulting for various direct selling companies although his primary focus is the Juice Plus Company. He is also a member of the DSA Research Committee and speaks for the DSEF.
After retiring in April 2016, Gordon started his own global business consulting practice. The focus of his consulting practice was B2B, primarily with startups and mid-sized global companies. The scope of his consulting is very broad but always focused on problem solving, both in operations and sales. In addition, Gordon works with young entrepreneurs in all areas of their business from ideation, through customer discovery and validation to building scalable businesses. Much of that work is on business strategies and the development of systems and process necessary to advance momentum in their businesses.
In 2018, Gordon launched a global technology business called Shapetech Solutions, LLC. Shapetech Solutions is a boutique tech design and full-stack development firm with offices in both Sarasota, Florida and Nis, Serbia. Shapetech has an international team of business consultants, developers, and designers who are able to use both the global nature of the business and the wide range of experience and backgrounds to create affordable solutions for all clients. Shapetech is in the business of providing transformative solutions, and view technology as a tool that is used to shape the future of any company. The Shapetech Team has over 40+ years of business experience and over 100+ years of tech experience.
For the last four years, Gordon has been on the Advisory Council for the Entrepreneur Program at Wake Forest University. He works closely with the director of this program, Dan Cohen. Dan joined Wake Forest in 2015 after he founded and directed eLab–Cornell’s entrepreneurship accelerator program, which is hailed by Forbes Magazine as a major driver of Cornell’s ascent to a #4 national ranking in entrepreneurship. Gordon works as a mentor for young entrepreneurs in this program. In addition, he recently took a role to help expand the mentorship in this program.
Gordon lives in Sarasota Florida with his wife Jackie. Their son Connor is a senior at Wake Forest University where he is studying Business Enterprise Management. Their daughter Callie is a sophomore at Florida Southern and pursing a degree in Elementary Education.
David Holl 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. Subsequently, David was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. David is responsible for the leadership of the Company with the world headquarters in Dallas and operations in almost 40 international markets. Mary Kay develops, tests, manufactures and packages the majority of its own products at state-of-the art plants in Dallas and in China.
David is a member of the Mary Kay Inc. Board of Directors. He also is a past Board Chair of the Direct Selling Association as well as a member of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) Board and the World Federation of Direct Selling Association CEO Council. David serves or has served on numerous civic boards, including The Nature Conservancy, the Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Dallas Citizens Council.
He is a graduate of Clemson University. David earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina, where he was designated the outstanding MBA candidate, and in 2008 received USC’s Moore School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Jessica Honegger is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing others to step outside their comfort zones and live lives of purpose. Honegger is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a fast-growing social impact fashion brand dedicated to designing and selling an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans in vulnerable communities. By harnessing a passionate community of social entrepreneurs called Ambassadors who sell Noonday’s accessories at Trunk Shows in their communities, Noonday has been able to create dignified jobs for over 4,400 Artisans. Noonday Collection was featured in Inc. magazine’s 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America at number 45. Jessica won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for central Texas in 2017. Jessica’s first book Imperfect Courage launched on August 14th, and is available for sale wherever books are sold.
Sandy Jap is the author of Partnering with the Frenemy, a book on the dark side of business relationships and A Field Guide to Channel Strategy, a how-to book on going to market strategy. She is the Sarah Beth Brown endowed Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and has published widely across the top academic journals in marketing and management science. In 2010 she co-launched the Marketing Analytics Center, and is a former faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School. She is an expert on business-to-business management, channels of distribution, and go-to-market strategies. She is currently a co-editor at Marketing Letters. In 2016, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association (AMA) Interorganizational Special Interest Group (IOSIG) for her long-term contributions and service to the academy and profession as well as her sustained record of research excellence and was named a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at the Pennsylvania State University and the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF).
Calvin has twenty-five years of experience in direct selling—with fifteen of them at 4Life. As Vice President of Corporate Communications, he develops and executes messaging and executive strategy to key constituencies in the areas of public relations, press and media, corporate social responsibility, industry partnerships, government affairs, and internal communications. He sits on the Direct Selling Education Foundation Board of Directors and serves as a long-standing member of the DSA Communications Committee.
Jeff has a passion for helping brands make intelligent marketing decisions based on research and analytics. With over 20 years of experience in consumer insights for clients and suppliers, Dr. Kaufman joined Isagenix in 2013 as the company’s first insights professional. At Isagenix, marketing, sales, and product strategy benefit from insights that Jeff provides via the surveys conducted with Isagenix customers and analyses of consumer and business trends.
Previously, Dr. Kaufman worked for Avery Office Products Printable Media Division, ConAgra Foods, and Kraft Foods, and was awarded the prestigious Ogilvy award in Advertising Research in 2005. Dr. Kaufman earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.
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.
Scott Kramer is considered a pioneer in developing and producing integrated/multi-platform strategies for entertainment, media, and consumer brands. His credits run the gamet of television, film, digital, publishing and large-scale live event.Kramer currently serves as Chief Brain at Multibrain, an award winning software company focused on building Social Software, simplified, for the Direct Selling industry. Kramer is also a popular keynote speaker on Social Media and travels the US speaking to a variety of businesses.
Prior to the launch of Multibrain, Kramer was the Senior Vice President of Integrated Media for IMG Worldwide. As Head of Global Brand Partnerships, he directed sales, marketing and development staff in the US and UK, overseeing revenues across entertainment, digital and sports media.
Prior to his tenure at IMG, Kramer served as President & CEO for Intersection Entertainment in LA. His accomplishments there included leading strategic development and execution for Warner Bros., American Idol, Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment, and creating revenue-generating brand extensions for a multitude of entertainment properties.
Kramer was also responsible for creating and producing Force of Nature, one of the largest Tsunami Benefit Concerts in the world, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which raised over $8M for Tsunami victims.
As an Agent/Consultant for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, CA, Kramer was tasked with developing integrated brand extensions and multi-million dollar sponsorship programs across multiple divisions of CAA.
Previously, Kramer served as the President for BUZZ, Inc. in LA, supervising all sales and marketing, brand development, editorial, creative and financial activities for the company's monthly lifestyle magazine. He successfully built the brand to be one of the fastest growing regional publications in the country.
Kramer has received numerous awards, including the AAAA Advertising Excellence Award and most recently the Creative City Award for Communications.
Kramer graduated from Purdue University with his BA in Communications. He has also completed coursework from UCLA in Emerging Technologies in Communication and Advanced Advertising Studies from the AAAA Institute.
Doug Lane is the founder of a boutique fundamental equity research firm focusing on companies that employ a direct to consumer business model. His proprietary financial modeling coupled with decades of experience and contacts in the space help provide alpha to interested investors. Over the years Doug has published equity research on dozens of branded consumer product companies across the market capitalization spectrum for both bulge bracket and boutique investment banks.
9 equity analyst awards during his 15 years as a publishing lead analyst at investment banks, including Starmine's #2 stock picker in 2011 for Household Durables & #1 earnings estimator in 2010 for Personal Products, and The Wall Street Journal's #1 stock picker in 2004 & 2006 for Household Products.
Financial TV appearances including CNBC and Bloomberg
Quotes in financial publications such as Wall St Journal, Investors Business Daily and Barron's, and newswires such as Reuters and the Associated Press
Chartered Financial Analyst since 1992 and member of the CFA Society Boston
FINRA Series 7, 63, 86 & 87
Born with innate creativity, Mindy Lin’s past creative businesses have all helped set the stage for Damsel’s success and Mindy’s role as Chief Marketing Officer.
Mindy is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Jimmy, and together they have two fantastic kiddos. Mindy is known around the office for her love of alliteration and losing her car keys and cell phone (often in a trash can).
When she’s not thinking up new Damsel amazingness she enjoys shoe shopping, glamping with her family, and supporting her Dutch Bros. addiction.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from DSA's President & Chief Executive Officer as he unveils the top-line findings from DSA's 2019 Growth & Outlook Survey reporting on data from 2018 and provides a vision forward.
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.
Greg W. Marshall is the Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Associate Dean for Academics and the Academic Director for the Executive DBA Program. For three years he served as Vice President for Strategic Marketing for Rollins. In 2012 Dr. Marshall received Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship, which each year recognizes one faculty member at Rollins College whose outstanding scholarly achievement or creative accomplishment has helped to bring national prominence to the College. He was previously on the faculty at TCU, Oklahoma State University, and the University of South Florida where he served as doctoral program coordinator for the marketing department.
Dr. Marshall’s managerial industry experience includes 13 years with companies such as Warner Lambert, Mennen, and Target Corporation. He also has considerable experience as a consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations. Dr. Marshall has been heavily involved in teaching in MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as at the doctoral level. His primary teaching focus at all these levels is on strategy-related courses (such as Strategic Marketing, Introduction to Strategy, and Sales and Relationship Management). In 2002 he received the Outstanding Marketing Teachers’ Award from the Academy of Marketing Science based on his work over the years in MBA education. While at OSU, he received the Chandler-Frates Teaching Award, in which the MBA students recognize the top professor in their program. And in 2005 he received the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award in the Crummer School at Rollins College.
He is Editor of the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice and from 2002-05 was Editor of the Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. Dr. Marshall serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Business Research, among others. He is co-author of several textbooks that are widely used around the world: Marketing Management1st ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2010), Essentials of Marketing Management 1st ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2012), Sales Force Management 11th ed. (Routledge, 2013), Contemporary Selling 4th ed. (Routledge, 2013), and Marketing: Real People, Real Choices 7th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2012). He has published nearly 50 refereed journal articles, with topics centered on sales force selection, performance, and evaluation; decision making by marketing managers; and intraorganizational relationships.
Dr. Marshall is Past President of the American Marketing Association Academic Division and also was a founder and served for five years on its Strategic Planning Group. He is a Distinguished Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Academy of Marketing Science, and also is a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Marketing Advances.
Selling and Sales Management
BSBA, University of Tulsa
MBA, University of Tulsa
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and six-time bestselling author.
With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.
In addition to featuring regularly as a commentator on TV and radio, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.
Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.
Younique is Jordan's first experience in direct selling, where he leads international expansion. In his time at Younique he has led some of the most successful international expansion initiatives in industry history and has innovated on using data in market selection.
He serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's District Export Committee. Previous to Younique, Jordan worked for two Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical and medical device space. In his spare time he plays city league basketball, travels, and manages a small portfolio of rental/Airbnb properties.
Josh Miller is a passionate and informed advocate for his generation—Generation Z – and at 17 years old, he is already on his way to becoming a renowned thought leader. Among his many achievements, Josh is XYZ University’s Director of Gen Z Studies, co-author of XYZ University’s research papers Ready or Not – Here Comes Z and Teaching Gen Z: Everything we wish schools knew about our generation and education, and he’s the host of The Gen Z Podcast.
Josh launched his first business at the age of 13. That same year, he started speaking on national stages with the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. That opportunity led him to becoming a co-anchor on Minnesota Vikings Huddle TV on Fox Sports North and he has since spoken in front of and been mentored by several notable international business leaders.
He’s the recipient of many awards including Teenage CEO to Watch, Minnesotan to Meet, and his school district’s Investment in Youth Award. In addition to his role at XYZ University, Josh is a junior in high school where he is the captain of his varsity tennis team, and he is also a board member for the InSports Foundation.
Ryan Napierski currently serves as Nu Skin’s president. Prior to his current appointment, he served as president of global sales and operations, president of Nu Skin’s North Asia region and president of Nu Skin Japan.
Napierski has also served as vice president of business development and chief operating officer for the North Asia region. He has fulfilled multiple positions for Nu Skin since joining the company in 1995, including vice president of global business development, general manager for the United Kingdom, vice president of European business development and key account manager for United States executives.
Napierski has a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University and a master’s degree in international business from Goethe Universitat in Germany.
Ms. Alissa Neufeld is the Chief Compliance Officer for Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc., a natural health and wellness company in more than 40 countries. Ms. Neufeld manages enterprise risk and global regulatory compliance and provides legal counsel to the company related to corporate governance, corporate finance, intellectual property, employment, business development, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions matters. Ms. Neufeld also advises the company on matters related to product research and development, product and business opportunity claims, quality assurance and control, operations and supply chain, marketing and sales promotions, and distributor agreements. Prior to joining Nature’s Sunshine, Ms. Neufeld served as Associate General Counsel to 1-800 Contacts, Inc., an online contact lens retailer. Prior to her internal legal counsel positions, Ms. Neufeld worked as a Business and Finance Associate for Ballard Spahr LLP, where she focused her practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and capital market transactions. Prior to her time with Ballard Spahr, Ms. Neufeld clerked for the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Neufeld received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she received a full academic scholarship, and a B.A. in International Affairs with an international economics concentration and a Minor in Spanish from The George Washington University, where she received a Presidential Merit Scholarship.
Ms. Olsen provides legal counsel and advice to CRN’s staff and members in the areas of legislation, regulatory compliance and advocacy, and international policy development. In addition, she works with CRN’s science department to prepare challenges to dietary supplement advertising through CRN’s Advertising Review Program with the National Advertising Division (NAD). Prior to joining CRN, Ms. Olsen held the position of special counsel for Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. and was senior counsel for Walgreens.
Brian is an experienced executive in the Direct Selling and Technology industries. He has spent his career launching new multimillion dollar brands, specializing in the direct selling space. Over the years, he has founded and led five different companies, and has been involved with countless more as a Venture Mentor at Arizona State University.
Milind Pant joined Amway in January 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He leads the overall management of Amway and is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and growth strategies. Mr. Pant reports directly to and holds a seat on Amway’s Board of Directors. He is the first non-family member to run the business since its founding in 1959.
Most recently, Pant was President of Pizza Hut International with Yum! Brands. In this role, he led the international division across 109 countries with more than 9,000 Pizza Hut stores. He was also previously President – Yum! China, served as Managing Director, Yum! Thailand and Chief Marketing Officer – Yum! Indian Subcontinent.
Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Pant spent 14 years with Unilever in a variety of executive roles, including Vice President – Foods for Africa, Middle East, Turkey.
He holds a Masters of International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a Masters of Management Studies from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, India.
John Parker is Chief Sales Officer for Amway and is responsible for the company’s global sales operations. He has spent nearly 25 years working with Amway Business Owners around the world.
He joined Amway in 1993 as a Distributor Relations Sales Manager and later became Director of Sales for North America. He was later named Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Amway North America and, in 2003, he became Chief Marketing Officer for Amway globally. In 2007, he was named President of Amway Japan, leading all operations for one of Amway’s largest markets. He returned to Ada as Vice President and Chief Sales Officer in 2012.
Parker is the current Chairman of the U.S. Direct Selling Association and serves on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also is a member of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) Board of Directors and Executive Committee and served four terms as Chairman of DSEF. He is a past member of the leadership advisory board for the College of Business at Ferris State University. Parker earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the varsity golf team.
Logan Perez is the Creative Lead for the Nu Skin Americas region. He Graduated from Utah State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with and Emphasis in Graphic Design. He has been with Nu Skin for 6 years, 2 years as a senior Graphic Designer and 4 as the creative lead. Logan loves to stay up on the leading design trends, outdoor activities, geek culture and having fun with his family.
Vince Perfetti is the newly appointed Chief Transformation Officer at Nu Skin Enterprises.
Vince’s core strengths lie in merging technology and business strategy to create an enhanced environment built upon a foundation of teamwork and innovation. He is a believer of lifelong learning and continually draws from his education which includes a Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University and an Electrical Engineering degree with a Pre-med minor from Manhattan Engineering. His experience across multiple industries includes work at the non-for-profit New York Public Library, financial stalwart Citicorp, investment firm Wells Fargo, GE Digital software and advisory services, and Amazon Web Services.
He served as the VP of Product Strategy and Customer Engagement at GE Digital, where he transformed internal business engagement for all Tier 1 vertical units to a customer focused, business centric alignment that helps GE define the future of industrial IoT landscape.
Most recently, Vince has been working as a Principal Consultant in Amazon Web Services Advisory team, helping to maximize cloud adoption and transformation at Nu Skin Enterprises. As the newly appointed CTO at Nu Skin, he will continue to help take Nu Skin to the next level to achieve the vision of becoming the world’s leading business opportunity platform.
Brian Posalski is a marketing professional, experienced in driving branded programs across multiple digital channels for acquisition, conversion, and retention. A passionate leader with a positive management style, he spearheads cross-functional team projects from concept to execution. Brian started his marketing career in the dot-com world of San Francisco. As he watched the dot-com bubble begin to burst, he noted that only companies with strong brands had the power to survive. This realization inspired him to start to a career in advertising. Brian's career flourished at TBWA\Chiat\Day - LA, where he helped win new business and build campaigns for CPG brands like Ball Park Franks, Hillshire Farms, and the flagship Sarah Lee brand. With a desire to leave the agency world and jump client-side to drive more of the business strategy, Brian went back to school for an MBA. Upon graduation, he dove head-first into digital marketing & e-commerce for a struggling Direct TV company, whose website sales were far below their potential. From there, he consulted for startups and brands, driving e-commerce strategies that increased traffic, stick-rates, average order value, and conversion rates, by delivering value from the top of the funnel down. Since 2015, Brian has delved into the world of Direct Selling and discovered the passion that lies in a field of distributors. He has since applied traditional and digital marketing strategies to the Direct Selling space, increasing LTV, while teaching field distributors how to do the same for their prospects and customers.
Sergio Rodriguez leads program development for Cenveo Digital Direct powered by Katana, the digital production division of Cenveo. With beginnings rooted in IT and over 23 years experience in printing, he has spent his career working with a wide variety of clients producing work worldwide and growing his passion for connecting the print and digital worlds. When not testing out the newest gadgets at home, you can find him traveling the world searching for the next big thing in technology.
Andy Rouhafzai is a Regional Sales Manager for Event Solutions at Cvent. Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximize the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Matt is the Director of Digital Communications at Nu Skin and currently oversees the SEO, Web Communications, and Social Media Strategy teams in Provo, UT. Together, they develop and implement global digital communications strategies for the company and support its markets. During his tenure, Matt was the Global Social Media Sr. Manager, where he originated Nu Skin’s corporate social media strategy implementing social media initiatives in Marketing, Sales, Compliance, PR, CSR, and Data Analytics. Matt is a champion for cross communication and breaking down silos to better companies holistically.
In addition to his role at Nu Skin, Matt created the Heart Home Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping families and children who have CHD create an ICU environment similar to home life. Prior to working at Nu Skin, Matt worked for several startup and non-profit companies throughout his career.
Matt has an MBA from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Born and raised in `Aiea, Hawaii, Matt misses warm sandy beaches, and being around his extended `Ohana.
Joe Skiados has over a decade of technology experience mostly related to events. He is currently a Director of Sales for Onsite Solutions at Cvent, helping customers with an array of technology affecting the attendee journey. Before joining Cvent, he was a senior sales executive at TRC among other technology sales roles. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts from Radford University.
Prior to joining DSSRC, Howard was a commercial counselor and litigator at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin and Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP handling complex matters across a broad array of subject matters including false advertising disputes, intellectual property and bankruptcy matters. Howard has substantial ﬁrst and second chair trial experience as well as experience reviewing, analyzing and drafting contracts, license agreements and settlement agreements for a wide variety of commercial clients.
Howard’s notable achievements for varied clients include successfully arguing an appeal to the Second Circuit for a Fortune 200 client, winning two breach of contract trials in New York state court, winning a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial in California state court, obtaining dismissal of all claims against his client in a “bet the company” advertising and trademark dispute, favorably resolving as co-counsel seven litigations arising from real estate investments in excess of $1 billion, and successfully arguing an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit . Howard also has signiﬁcant experience as an advertising attorney handling advertising disputes before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council and with consumer perception surveys in both NAD and Lanham Act matters. He has also written and spoken extensively about advertising self-regulation.
Howard received his bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. Howard has been a member of the New York State Bar since 2000.
Daring to defy the 9-second attention span, Mark purposefully leads the Marketing and Creative Teams at Scentsy. These are the brand-builders and storytellers, the people-watchers, posters, taggers and tweeters. His teams also work tirelessly to help Scentsy Consultants become the best marketers they can be.
Mark boasts more than 25 years of passion and experience in marketing strategy, communications, promotions and programs, customer segmentation, public relations, digital and social marketing, and building world-class brands.
When he’s not working with his team to crack the Millennial code, Mark likes hanging out with his family — usually surfing somewhere on a lake or riding horses in the mountains — cycling and playing guitar in those rare quiet moments.
In his role at Sunwest, Kerry will work directly with the firm’s current Government Affairs team to broaden the scope of services provided to assist clients in navigating the intimidating world of government relations – a growing need recognized by leaders around the world.
Kerry Tassopoulos served as Vice President, Public Affairs at Mary Kay Inc., a Dallas, Texas based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics and personal care products. During his career at Mary Kay, he was involved in every aspect of the company’s public affairs and government relations efforts at the state, federal and international levels. In addition, he was the company’s Regulatory Attorney, providing legal counsel on a wide variety of matters affecting manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales around the world. From 1996-2001 he was Director, Government Affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of long distance and telecommunications products. He was also the first General Counsel of Jani-King International, a Dallas based franchisor for commercial cleaning businesses, from 1987-1989.
He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1985.
Dana is the Director of Global Brand Strategy for Saladmaster and previously the Director of Marketing for the Americas Division. She is responsible for developing globally integrated marketing strategies that help generate leads and increase sales and brand awareness targeted at both the Saladmaster Dealers and the end consumer. She leads the company efforts in branding campaigns, CSR efforts, digital marketing, social media, and marketing and employee communications. Prior to joining Saladmaster in May of 2016, she worked for Mary Kay, Inc. for over 10 years in various Senior Management roles in integrated brand marketing, digital innovation, ecommerce, social media and employee communications. Dana holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science in Marketing from the University of North Texas and is a certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
John Webb, Senior Legal Counsel for Policy, Advocacy and Compliance for the Direct Selling Association, works on a variety of legal issues, business ethics, and state and federal legislative and regulatory matters. Prior to joining DSA, he served on the leadership team of a successful congressional campaign and then served as a professional staffer for a congressman in Washington, DC as an advisor, identifying and coordinating legislative initiatives and managing committee activities. John also served as Director of Washington Operations for a defense contractor where he headed up their DC Office, as well as Associate General Counsel and Director of Government Relations for a trade association representing the commercial laboratory testing industry.
John is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Business Management. After college, he served on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division and then spent more than 10 years in the reserves, including as a member of the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne). John holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Regent University School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.
Tyler Whitehead is the president of the Nu Skin Americas & Pacific Region, including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.
Immediately prior to his appointment, Tyler served as vice president of Sales and Operations for the Americas Region. He also formerly served as a vice president and as general counsel for both Pharmanex and Nu Skin.
Whitehead joined Nu Skin Enterprises in 2004 as general counsel of Pharmanex. Prior to joining Nu Skin, he was an attorney in private practice specializing in corporate, finance and securities law. Whitehead earned his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law.