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Randy Stocklin - One Click Ventures, CEO and Co-Founder

Randy is CEO and Co-Founder of One Click. Founded in 2005, One Click is on a mission to be the world’s most people-focused eyewear company through its family of brands: Readers.com, Sunglass Warehouse, and felix + iris. Prior to co-founding One Click, Randy held a variety of technology roles with Angie’s List, Aprimo, and Digital Insight (VIFI). In addition to his current work at One Click, Randy enjoys supporting other entrepreneurs as an investor and advisor. Randy received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Franklin College.

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Stephen Surman - Molson Coors, Head of Global Digital & Ecommerce Strategy

Stephen has spent 15 years leading the digital marketing programs for some of the world’s largest consumer goods brands. Currently, Stephen heads digital marketing strategy for Mead Johnson & Company, the global leader in Infant & Toddler nutrition. Previously, Stephen served as Vice President of Digital Strategy for Anheuser-Busch, where he was responsible for setting direction and developing marketing plans to support the company’s U.S. portfolio, including Budweiser and Bud Light. Stephen began his career at Procter & Gamble, leading digital marketing for the company’s Baby & Toddler Care and Feminine Care divisions, with responsibility for brands like Pampers, Tampax, and others. Stephen is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received a bachelors degree in engineering. He also holds a masters degree in computer science from Northern Kentucky University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. @stephensurman
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Adam Symson - E.W. Scripps, Chief Digital Officer

Adam Symson is The E.W. Scripps Company’s chief digital officer, responsible for developing the products and services for digital-platform consumers and advertisers in more than 26 Scripps newspaper and television markets (as well as for consumers of a myriad of other digital services that are not market specific). He previously was responsible for the operation, content and revenue for the TV division’s interactive businesses, including community news and information websites, micro-sites and mobile businesses in nine local TV markets across the country. Before that assignment, he spent a year as the director of content and marketing for the Scripps interactive media division (which was spun off into Scripps Networks Interactive in 2008). Symson joined Scripps corporate in 2002 as the director of investigations and special projects for the television stations group. Shortly thereafter, he was named director of news strategy and operations, with responsibilities for the station’s 9 NBC and ABC affiliated stations. Symson first joined The E.W. Scripps Company as the executive producer of investigations and special projects for KNXV TV, the Scripps-owned television station in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to his work in Phoenix, Symson worked as an investigative journalist for CBS stations, WBBM TV in Chicago, and KCBS TV in Los Angeles, and served tours of duty in newsrooms across Los Angeles, including KNBC TV, KCAL TV and KGIL AM 1260. Mr. Symson has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives with his wife Sherri, and daughters Logan and Hannah, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Justin Thompson - CinRx Pharma, Senior Director of Business Development

Justin Thompson is the Senior Director Business Development at CinRx Pharma, an early stage biotech venture. Prior to CinRx Pharma he spent 8 years at CincyTech, a seed stage investment fund. At CincyTech he focused on new company investment, portfolio company management, and internal operations. He received his Master’s in Finance from the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and Marketing, from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Hunter Thurman - Thriveplan, President

Hunter is the Founder and President of Thriveplan: showing brands how to innovate and grow where strategy meets Behavioral Science. Throughout his career, he has helped global brands reframe to create inspired new products and meaning for their consumers everywhere – one of Hunter’s creations is guaranteed to be in your home right now. Beyond his clients at Thriveplan, Hunter works with a variety of venture-backed and bootstrap startups. www.thriveplan.com  

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Suzanne Tosolini - Jim Stengel LLC, Brand Strategy Consultant

Suzanne Tosolini has 22+ years experience as a Brand Strategist – 18 years at P&G and 4 years as a consultant. For 18 years she led big global brands for P&G in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and North America. Now she works as a Brand Strategy Consultant with clients across the apparel, food, publishing, finance, automotive, sports, beauty, fashion and CPG industries.Suzanne made her mark at P&G as a thought leader in all things related to Brand Strategy and Communication. As Director of Integrated Communications and Corporate Marketing she developed and deployed many of P&G’s best practices including those for Digital Marketing. As a consultant Suzanne enjoys working with Brands and Companies to identify their unique and purposeful positioning in the marketplace. She primarily does this work with large Fortune 500 companies but has also played a significant role as advisor and active member of some start-ups.Suzanne holds a Masters degree in Business and Social Studies from The University of Dublin, Trinity College in Ireland.

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Jonathon Triest - Ludlow Ventures, Managing Partner

Jonathon Triest is currently the Managing Partner for Ludlow Ventures. In 2011, Jonathon was awarded the Crain’s Detroit Business award for 20 in their 20’s. That same year, he co-founded Funded by Night, a vehicle to help internet startups launch and get discovered. Previously, Triest served as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. In 2005 he launched the Atlanta-based Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Triest is a mentor at The Brandery and a board member of The Trico Foundation, and Venture for America. previously creative director for New Yorks Discovery Productions. In 2005 he launched Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. Jonathon sits on the Board of the Trico Foundation, and the Board of Investors for Venture for America. He is currently Managing Partner of Ludlow Ventures.

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Taylor Valentine - Horizon Media, Chief Invention Officer

As the industry’s first Chief Invention Officer, Taylor drives invention into every corner of Horizon Media, nurturing a forward thinking mindset and igniting revolutionary value creation throughout the agency. Taylor makes it possible for invention to live on past the ideation phase, empowering great ideas to become realities – for both our clients and employees.

Taylor leads the award-winning INVENT@Horizon team, a group whose purpose is to pioneer new products, launch new offerings, formulate better ways to solve problems, inspire and recruit top talent, and scour the marketplace for emerging opportunities. Taylor ensures that all invention initiatives deliver quantifiable value for Horizon Media, its employees, and its clients in the forms of revenue, operational efficiency and/or marketplace differentiation.

Prior to his role as Chief Invention Officer, Valentine was SVP of Social Media Strategy, having conceived, built and led Horizon Media’s social media practice since 2008. Prior to digital marketing, Taylor worked in the management consulting industry. There, he partnered with client teams to increase process efficiencies and improve workforce effectiveness all while ensuring the quality of their final product. Clients included Bayer, Solutia, Akzo Nobel, Hercules, Novell, United Water and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Boston born and bred, but now living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Taylor has developed a passion for Prospect Park and half-marathons – where he cheers for his wife and discovers new playgrounds with his gregarious and energetic young daughter.

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Mike Venerable - CincyTech, President

Mike Venerable is the Managing Director of Digital Investments at CincyTech. He evaluates investment opportunities, advises startup companies and helps them prepare to receive venture capital. Venerable has more than 20 years of experience as a software industry entrepreneur and executive. He was co-founder and CEO of Talus, a leading data warehouse consultancy, from 1993-1998. Talus was then acquired by Sagent Technology, where he led the company’s services organization through the company’s successful IPO in 1999. Prior to joining CincyTech he was a managing director of Scius Capital, a NY-based boutique investment bank focused on early-stage capitalization and liquidity strategies for intellectual-property owners in biosciences, information technology and industrial technology. At Scius he assisted in raising capital for companies in the life sciences, software and advanced manufacturing markets.

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Deb Vicchiarelli - Spark Starter Studios, Founder & President

Deb Vicchiarelli is a proven innovator, marketer and business driver. She is the Founder and currently serves as President of Spark Starter Studios, an innovation and marketing firm. She is also on the Board of Directors at PowerNet, Inc. Over a 30 year career Deb led marketing and sales teams at Procter and Gamble, Heinz, Sara Lee, Cincinnati Bell and Corporex. During this time she learned how to drive brands and manage through disruptive change. Deb renovated Hawaiian Punch’s Punchy, innovated the tuna pouch for Starkist, licensed with Emeril Lagasse to launch a premium sausage under his name, and launched Zoomtown, Any Distance, and Complete Connections for Cincinnati Bell.

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