Alle Fister – Principal of Bollare Communications

[quote style=”boxed”]Taking big ideas down to action-able tasks that feel manageable and approachable for myself or our team members is key![/quote] Alle Fister is the Principal of Bollare Communications, a bi-coastal beauty, fashion and lifestyle public relations and communications firm. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a dual-degree in Communications and Marketing, Fister began her […]

David Saunders – President and Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main

[quote style=”boxed”]This sounds silly coming from a new media guy, but I constantly recommend that young professionals read a newspaper. [/quote] Dave Saunders is President and Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main, an integrated communications agency that provides creative marketing solutions for emerging companies. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Dave is a nationally recognized expert in branding & […]

Dan Merritts – CEO of F#

[quote style=”boxed”]I have a ton of bad ideas. Each idea should be assessed before jumping in and executing. Ideas are cheap. Execution is expensive. Always better to kill bad ideas quickly.[/quote] Nearly 15 years of innovative, industry-shaping experience leading product management, marketing, sales and operations for diverse, venture-backed startups. Dan helped pioneer contextual advertising at […]

Jasmine Kaloudis – Director at Synergy By Jasmine

[quote]I start my day by doing affirmations and incantations. It’s easy to throw yourself a pity party every day, so I refuse to indulge in this.[/quote] Jasmine Kaloudis has a background in movement, bodywork and spiritual inquiry that lends itself to fostering an atmosphere of dynamic play, nurturing and growth. She has lived all over […]

Tara Agacayak – Co-Founder and COO of

[quote style=”boxed”]Ideas come to life when they’re ready. I find they hit me when I’m washing dishes or vacuuming or meditating. They might come to mind right as I’m waking up in the morning or just as I go to sleep at night.[/quote] Tara Agacayak likes to call herself a problem-solver, which she says is […]

Alex Hillman – Co-Founder of Indy Hall

[quote style=”boxed”]My personal credo, which is literally tattooed on my right forearm, is “JFDI” : Just f***ing do it.[/quote] Alex Hillman starts things: businesses, conversations, parties—and, once in a while, a revolution. Hillman is best known for starting Philadelphia’s Indy Hall coworking community in 2006, years before coworking became a darling of the mainstream press […]

Brandon Chicotsky – Founder of

[quote style=”boxed”]Inundate your mind with information. Read everything.[/quote] In an article for, Brandon Chicotsky wrote about his American generation raised with the Internet as “digital natives.” At age 27, Chicotsky has immersed himself in the online space and managed cash-positive startups. One such startup included a training center that contracted gaming professionals and statisticians […]

John Meyer – Co-founder of 9 Clouds

[quote style=”boxed”]Ask for help. I think having the title of “entrepreneur” makes us believe we’re all alone and need to do it by ourselves.[/quote] John T. Meyer is the CEO and Co-Founder of, a visual marketing firm that specializes in infographics, interactive graphics and UI/UX design. His mission is to make the world an […]

Raphael Caldas – Creator of Aherk!

[quote style=”boxed”]I would focus on following my passion. It’s a stupid mistake to think that you need to give up what you love in order to make ends meet.[/quote] Raphael Caldas is a Brazilian entrepreneur, a lawyer by profession (and by accident), and an amateur musician. He loves being a father and wants to make […]

Steven Dziedzic – Founder and CEO of Hoppit

[quote style=”boxed”]My philosophy has three pillars: 1) know the market, 2) know your consumers, and 3) trust your lens.[/quote] Steven Dziedzic is an innovator and adviser in consumer Internet searching. Currently, he is the founding CEO (and “head foodie”) of Hoppit, an angel-backed search engine and social network that enables consumers to find and share […]

Jeffrey Vocell – Co-Founder of Trendslide

[quote style=”boxed”]We have a bias toward action, with the caveat to always be testing.[/quote] Jeffrey Vocell is an analytics geek, early tech adopter, and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder of a startup named Trendslide, a mobile dashboard app that provides actionable business insights to executives. After experiencing firsthand how difficult it was to get real-time analytics […]

Alex Becker – Co-founder and Partner of Highly Relevant

Highly Relevant co-founder and partner Alex Becker is a leading search engine optimization and digital marketing expert. Alex has over seven years’ experience in online reputation management, social media marketing, and conversion rate optimization and works closely with each client to assess their goals. With his extensive expertise, Alex is a sought-after speaker who has […]