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Dave Knox - Rockfish Interactive, CMO and Brandery Co-Founder

Dave is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish Interactive. A veteran of Procter & Gamble, Knox was most recently the Brand Manager, Global Branded Entertainment where he led the strategy for new business models in digital media, venture investments, and original content. Previously, Dave served as P&G’s Corporate Marketing Brand Manager for Digital Business Strategy, responsible for driving digital innovation and capability across P&G’s 300+ brands worldwide. As the author of HardKnoxLife.com, he was named by AdAge as “1 of 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter” and by Media Industry News as a “2010 Social Media Superstar.” Dave is active in the marketing and start-ups communities, serving as a Board Observer / Advisor to several venture-backed companies and on the board of VCU Brandcenter. @daveknox

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J.B. Kropp - Scripps, VP and Brandery Co-Founder

J.B. Kropp is recognized as a leader in interactive marketing and consumer generated media. Prior to joining Twitter in Strategic Partnerships, J.B. was an executive with Vitrue, a social media management company used by some of the top brands today. In addition, J.B. was with ShareThis, the company known for the social-sharing tool that now reaches more than 400 million users across 500,000 sites on the web. During his more than two years at ShareThis, J.B. led the product strategy and distribution efforts helping pave the wave for the company’s notable growth and success. In addition, J.B. was a co-founder of one of the first online video sharing communities, Sharkle.com, which was acquired by Vitrue. J.B. was a founding member of Flycast Network, Web Visible, Cucina.com, SmartyTags.com and an online video sports recruiting company, Go Big Recruiting. A native Cincinnatian, J.B. spends much of his free time helping to promote and assist local start-up businesses. J.B. started Queen City Ventures, which aims at helping entrepreneurs incubate their ideas. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Starfire Council, Starfire U, UGIVE, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation, Xavier University Williams College of Business Advisory Board as well as a member of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association and an Advisory Board member for Dynamic Signal, LifeBlinx and ShareSomeSugar.com. @jbkropp

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Robert W. McDonald - Taft Stettinius & Hollister, VC Attorney

ROBERT W. MCDONALD is an attorney in the Business & Finance Practice Group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Rob’s practice at Taft is focused on corporate, securities, and sports law work. He assists both private and public company clients with a variety of corporate and securities related matters, including mergers and acquisitions and offerings of securities. Rob also assists start-up and emerging companies through business formation, early-stage investments, and other issues that face entrepreneurial businesses. Rob also serves as a Co-founder and Board Member of The Brandery, as the Chair of the Boy Scout’s Professional Leadership Network, as a Board and Executive Team Member of the Dan Beard Council (Boy Scouts of America), as the Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Encore Committee, as a Board Member of Lead PAC, and as Board of Associates Member of the Cincinnati Opera. Rob received his bachelor’s degree in public policy with a minor in political science and markets and management from Duke University. Rob earned his Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law. During his last term of law school, he worked full-time in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. @robertwmcdonald

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Bryan Radtke - Rockfish Interactive, VP of Business Innovation

Bryan Radtke is Vice President, Strategy at Rockfish Interactive. Bryan helps lead strategy and execution with client partners to realize full business potential, while adding a brand-building lens. Prior to joining Rockfish, Bryan served as the Brand Manager of Household Care Scale, leading commercial innovation and CRM projects across multiple Procter & Gamble brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, Swiffer and Tide. He also worked in retail innovation at P&G to lead purchase barrier understanding, loyalty, merchandising strategy and shopper-based design. In addition to delivering long-lasting and business-creating partnerships, Bryan leverages his extensive brand and retail marketing background to bring new capabilities and growth to the company’s idea incubation division, Rockfish Labs. @bryanjradtke

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