Tony Alexander - The Brandery, General Manager

Tony Alexander is the General Manager of The Brandery. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and long-time mentor for The Brandery’s startups, as well as serves on the Board of Directors. Tony is the co-founder of Traveler’s Joy and SimpleRegistry, two of the leading gift registry sites on the web. More recently, he helped start SmartyTags, a 2D barcode analytics platform. He likes to structure his businesses to allow him (and his partners) to work from anywhere. Though based in Cincinnati, during the past few years he has spent extended time working from New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Florence, London, Nairobi, and Tbilisi. Tony has a business degree from Miami University and spent 4 years at Accenture managing ERP implementations for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

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Bryon Colby - Cornerstone Brands, SVP Digital Commerce

Bryon has been in the retail and online industry since 1995 when his team built some of the first web-based transactional storefronts for publishers including Business Week and USA Today. He’s currently the SVP of Digital Commerce at Cornerstone Brands (Nasdaq: HSNI) where he leads digital strategy, mobile innovation, and technology operations across seven brands including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Chasing Fireflies, Travelsmith, Improvements, and Grandin Road. Cornerstone’s 2012 digital penetration rate was 65% with over $650 million of sales generated from their desktop, mobile, tablet, and social channels. Previous roles include VP of Ecommerce at global fashion company Marc Ecko Enterprises; Managing Director at eCommerce platform developer Fry Inc. (serving clients such as Ann Taylor, Godiva Chocolate, Canon USA, Kraft, Yves Rocher, Nautica, Circuit-City, La-Z-Boy, and Waterford/Wedgwood); President of digital marketing agency Activelead Consulting; and the US Founder & VP at Scan Mobile (mobile commerce start-up). Bryon is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, serves on the Dreamit Ventures eCommerce Advisory Board, participates as a member of the Shop.org Content Committee, and is a former founding Board Member of the largest charter school in New York City.

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Yael Cosset - Kroger, Chief Digital Officer

At dunnhumby, Yael Cosset provides strategic leadership on all aspects of technology, infrastructure and product offerings throughout the organization. As Global Chief Information Officer, Cosset provides leadership focused on building innovative, world class products and solutions including an expanded portfolio in the digital personalization area. Cosset also serves as Chief Executive Officer of KSS Retail, a dunnhumby company and a global enterprise software provider of price modeling and optimisation solutions for retailers worldwide. He also serves on the Board of Directors for KSS Retail. Prior to joining dunnhumby, Cosset served as Vice President of Operations, West Region of MicroStrategy, a global leader in business intelligence technology, where he managed one of the largest and fastest growing segments of the business, including complex data analytics and business intelligence implementations with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to his work with MicroStrategy, Cosset served as an executive business consultant in which he provided insight and direction on market expansion, product launches and growth strategies for global companies including Schneider Electric and Gregori International.

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Taylor Davidson - Foresight, Founder

Taylor Davidson is a photographer, entrepreneur, and writer. He helps entrepreneurs build innovative ideas into remarkable companies, working with consumer and enterprise businesses in digital media, imagery, mobile, data, communications, and financial services.

He is currently an Investor-in-Residence at Venture for America, a nonprofit program that places recent college grads with startups in emerging cities, helping build businesses, create jobs, and make an impact.

He has invested and advised a number of early-stage startups throughout his career as a venture capitalist, consultant, advisor, and mentor. Taylor was formerly the Director of kbs+ Ventures, the early-stage venture investment arm of the advertising agency kbs. In addition, he co-created and ran an internal educational program called kbs+ Ventures Fellows, which teaches kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book Creative Entrepreneurship to share this educational goal with anyone in the world.

0ver 12,000 entrepreneurs have downloaded one of his template financial models for startups, and thousands have taken one of his classes about financial modeling for entrepreneurs.

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Marina Dedes Gallagher - Vine Street Ventures, Director

Marina is a Director at Vine St. Ventures, an early-stage fund based in Cincinnati. Prior to Vine St., Marina was a Vice President at Lightbank, a $200 million Chicago-based VC started by the founders of Groupon. She is also the founder of MomSights, a market research startup that connects brands to a national network of moms & dads for fast, high-quality, & mobile research. Marina is actively involved in the local tech ecosystem and is the founder of Cincy Women in Tech, a group dedicated to building the next generation of female business & technology leaders in Cincinnati.

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Joe DiNunzio - Fido Management, President

Joe has more than two decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, and a start-up founding CEO. He has a substantial focus on education, both as a teacher and as a board member, in the for-profit and non-profit worlds.As President of Fido Management, Joe leads a consulting partnership that works with senior executives to identify and exploit emerging opportunities at the intersection of media, entertainment, marketing and technology. Fido works with Fortune 500 and early-stage companies on key initiatives to drive growth through creation and evaluation of new products and experiences, and the development of strategic, business, operational, and marketing plans. In this role, Joe serves on the board of a number of early stage companies, including Go Go Kiddo (education-centric mobile Apps), Harebrained Schemes (narrative-driven games), and Kvantum (media mix optimization).Joe’s prior entrepreneurial experience includes Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of 42 Entertainment, the leading creator of experiences that seamlessly integrate online, mobile, and physical world narrative content with user communities; and founding CEO of Z.com, a venture- backed digital media studio and network. Joe’s prior corporate work includes serving as SVP of New Product Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the global development of theme park concepts and digital media initiatives, and built the company’s first digital theme park, DisneyQuest; as a Principal at management consultancy Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he sold and led client engagements in marketing, operations, and organization; and in brand management at Procter & Gamble.Joe has an AB (Psychology) from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford. He is a Lecturer in Management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the IMPACT Consulting program for the second year MBA students. He is a Director at the business accelerator Davis Roots, and a Mentor at The Brandery. Joe serves as a board member at the educational foundation Ryman Arts, and is a member of the Procter & Gamble Digital Advisory Board, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, Dr. Liz Stelow (DVM), have six-year-old twins and a menagerie of animals.

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Michael Docherty - NextBig, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Michael Docherty brings unique perspectives to growth and innovation, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the author of the recent book Collective Disruption: How Corporations and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses (Polarity Press 2015). The book provides established companies with a practical playbook for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses as entrepreneurial ventures.

Docherty is the founder and managing director of Next Big, a unique company that creates and
Docherty is also CEO of Venture2, a growth and innovation consulting firm that helps leading companies transform their innovation capabilities, build innovation
ecosystems and accelerate the commercialization of breakthrough new products, services and business models.

Docherty holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a frequent speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community. Twitter: @medocherty

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Garrett D'Ottavio - Tyson Foods, Brand Manager

Garrett attended Miami University as a marketing major and then began his career at L’Oreal USA in NYC, working in brand management on the L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, and Maybelline businesses. In 2012 Garrett continued to Unilever’s Slimfast and Dove Men + Care brands while earning his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Currently Garrett is the Brand Manager of Tyson Foods’ retail flagship frozen poultry business. During his career, Garrett has focused on both the brand development and the brand building of beauty, personal care, and food products.

Garrett lives in Chicago with his wife and plays soccer as often as possible!

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Kevin Dugan - Apex Supply Chain Technologies, Senior Global Communications Executive

For the bulk of his 18-year career in marketing communications, Kevin Dugan has used the Internet to advance his clients and his industry. Kevin has been blogging since 2002 and has nearly 16,000 Twitter followers. His blogs Strategic Public Relations and The Bad Pitch Blog are award-winning and ranked by Advertising Age magazine’s Power 150 — a ranking of the world’s top marketing blogs. As Senior Global Communications Executive for Apex Supply Chain Technologies, he is responsible for all communications efforts, including public relations, content marketing and social media. Prior to Apex, he was Director of Content Marketing for Empower MediaMarketing. Kevin is the founder of Cincinnati Social Media, with over 1,200 current members. @prblog

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Angelique Faul - Kulesa Faul, Inc., Principal

Angelique Faul is principal of Kulesa Faul, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based public relations agency that provides social media, public relations and digital marketing services to enterprise and consumer technology companies. Angelique works closely with her clients to build and implement successful, strategic PR and social media programs. With over 18 years experience serving high-technology companies such as Dell KACE, Act-On, Meraki, Influitive, Neo Technology and Asurion Mobile Applications, Angelique has extensive knowledge around horizontal and vertical markets, including Wi-Fi, cloud/SaaS, marketing and mobile technologies.

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