Brian is a co-founder and CEO of Nebo, a human-centered digital marketing firm founded in 2004. Under his leadership, Nebo has enjoyed nine straight years of growth, has never laid a single employee off and has won over 100 digital awards in 2012/2013.
Brian is known for being a fierce advocate for the end user, a vocal and avid supporter of animal welfare, and writing and speaking about weighty and controversial subjects. He is an Appalachian State University alumnus and has 15 years of experience in the digital marketing industry. In the beginning stages of his career (or about a millennium in internet time), he even helped organizations optimize for archaic and dinosaur-like platforms such as Alta Vista and Lycos.
An energetic and passionate speaker, Brian has presented at SES, SEMPO, AMA, the INC 5000 Speaker Series and many other industry events. He has also been published in publications such as Ad Age, iMedia, Mobile Marketer and Social Media Today.
Betsy Pickren is Co-Founder and Executive Coach of Exceleration Partners, a boutique leadership development and executive coaching organization.
Jen has over 20 years of experience in operations, program design, curriculum and training plan development, product development, marketing and launch. She has worked in a variety of industries including education, health & human services, advertising, and consumer products in the U.S. and abroad and has worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to her work in Executive Education at Coles College, Jen is a freelance business development and marketing consultant for entrepreneurs and start-ups and is actively involved with several promising new ventures. Jen has spent a good part of her career working in higher education. Prior to coming to the Kennesaw State University, Jen served for 8 years as the Associate Director at the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School in New York City. Jen holds an MBA with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Kennesaw State University and a BFA in Theater Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, Jen now lives in Roswell, Georgia with husband and two children.
Sean’s career spans 30 years of innovation, leadership, and providing extraordinary value to businesses, employees, and his local community. In early 2006, Sean co-founded ShopVisible, an award winning SaaS commerce platform. In his role as CEO of ShopVisible, Sean provides the strategic leadership and vision that has propelled the growth and success of both ShopVisible and ShopVisible’s clients. Prior to ShopVisible, Sean held several leadership positions in companies such as Earthlink, BellSouth and iXL.
As the author of Evolving Commerce and as a recognized industry thought leader, Sean has been published in publications such as Forbes, 1to1 Magazine, Internet Retailer and CMO.com. He is also a frequent presenter at events such as IRCE, Shop.org and Online Digital Summit. He takes pride in the recognition that the ShopVisible commerce platform has received through awards such as the SIIA CODiE award for Best Electronic Commerce Solution and takes even greater pride in the recognition of ShopVisible as an organization through awards such as Atlanta’s Best Places to Work. Sean’s entrepreneurial spirit was recently recognized with a top 10 placement as one of Atlanta’s Top Entrepreneurs.
Sean earned his M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.