Blaze Arizanov: StayUncle CMO, Bestselling Author & Keynote Speaker

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My Native Admission Statement: I propel brands and revenues into new, uncharted territories, without being marked as the enemy of the state. I co-founded hotel booking website for couples, StayUncle, in 2015. I developed the content and marketed StayUncle, taking it from a landing page with no revenue to a multi-million dollar company. It was named as one of the 10 startups to watch by Forbes India in 2018. Aside from StayUncle, I am also a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and angel investor with a keen eye for identifying strong stories and trends and converting them into engaging brand campaigns. I have great intuition and find I am often right about the few big things that matter in marketing and am always reinventing myself whether it be through re-educating my mindset or assessing new techniques I could employ to achieve maximum campaign traction.

How did you get into the marketing industry?

I had been ‘marketing’ since my early childhood. In a country with little to no opportunities, marketing became a crucial survival skill for me, and was a craft I learned myself. You had to fight off a large number of candidates for a single chance at success. Recognizing influencer marketing as the next big thing, I developed a blog at the age of 16, which I managed to sell one year later to a local job search portal in Macedonia. It was a career interview tips blog, which I sold for $1700 - a big paycheck for a 17 year old student. Through this, I discovered my passion and talent for content and branding, which allowed me to work with prospects as unlikely as VC funds in India, Miss India 2017, and some politicians.

Lauren M. Scott: The Produce Marketing Association Chief Marketing Officer

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My Native Admission Statement: I am Lauren M Scott and I like to say the ‘M’ stands for mom, marketer, manager and muser. I am passionate about ideas and inspiring people to help them grow professionally and personally. There is magic in the moment when you can see a connection happen - the “a-ha” lightbulb go on, the wheels start to turn, and the tumblers fall into place. I get to see that often in my work now at PMA, where connecting people, ideas and insights is a core part of our mission and vision to grow a healthier world. I love what i do: I have the opportunity to spend time with our members - growers, floral breeders, grocers, restauranteurs, truckers, business service providers – you name it. It is incredible to see their passion and to hear the personal stories that drive them to dedicate their lives to feed and delight us. They are committed to helping grow a healthier world, just like PMA is, and it’s my belief that we’re just getting started.

My Most Challenging Moment?

When a manager made me believe I hit the ceiling in my career. I almost accepted my lot in life (ala C-3PO wandering the desert in Star Wars), then after 15 minutes I picked my head up, blocked that nonsense from my mind, and kept going. Those in leadership need to be very aware how their words can land on their teams, and that moment has always been top of mind when challenges pop up.


Anil Pereira: Felix & Paul Studios Chairman & Serial Entrepreneur

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My Native AdMission Statement: I am a 25 year marketing veteran with deep experience across both startups and large companies with a focus on launching new products, developing highly trusted global brands and building scalable revenue machines. I previously served as a Vice President at American Express (DRTV, New Products); EVP & GM at VeriSign (Corporate Marketing, Enterprise Services, IPO Lead); SVP at Classmates.com (New Products, International, IPO Lead); and also founded two companies of my own—SecondSpace (Acquired by NASDAQ:CSGP) and Verious (TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Finalist). I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Felix & Paul Studios (Immersive Entertainment = VR/AR/MR) and “Virtual CMO” to a number of B2C, B2B, and B2B2C startups from seed to late stage across a range of industries. I look for founders, teams and companies that are tackling large, untapped markets, who have a strong sense of business ethics and shared values and situations where I can add “10X value” by being a part of their extended teams. I am proud of the fact that many of these relationships continue for years and several of them have spanned multiple companies by the same founders.

Career advice to those in your industry?

The biggest piece of career advice I give to others is to stick with something for more than just a couple of years. I spent 7 and 6 years, respectively, at my first 2 professional jobs after business school and that allowed me to gain depth and expertise and move up the ladder within the same company.

Vin Clancy: Growth Hacker, Entrepreneur, & Speaker

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My name is Vin Clancy. I was on welfare four years ago, living off government assistance. I launched two websites that received over 20 million visitors, two rounds of funding, and got into the TechStars accelerator. After starting a six-figure copywriting and growth hacking agency, I

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Meliss Jakubovic: Facebook Ad Expert, Marketing Strategist, Owner, Meliss Marketing & Founder, The Social Marketing Academy

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Meliss Jakubovic is a Facebook Ad Expert and Marketing Strategist. She is the owner of Meliss Marketing in Atlanta, GA and the founder of the Social Marketing Academy. She helps businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide put their product or service in front of the right client or customer

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