Board of Advisors

chris-broganChris Brogan

Chris Brogan is Publisher and CEO of Owner Magazine, a business magazine helping you improve your worth by growing your capabilities and connections. He is a sought-after keynote speaker who has addressed crowds of thousands, been on the Dr Phil show, and once presented to a princess. Chris has consulted with companies you know like Disney, Microsoft, Coke, Titleist, Pepsico, Google, Motorola, and many more. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books and counting, including The Impact Equation, with Julien Smith. He lives in northern Massachusetts, where he frequently plays Minecraft with his kids.

gillin_informal_full_cropped21Paul Gillin

Paul Gillin is a veteran technology journalist and a thought leader in new media. Since 2005, he has advised marketers and business executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach buyers cost-effectively.  He consults with a wide variety of organizations about how to apply  social media to marketing, customer service and internal communications.  He is a popular speaker and trainer who has keynoted dozens of company and association events.

His award-winning 2007 book, The New Influencers, chronicled the changes in markets being driven by the new breed of bloggers and podcasters. It earned more than 100 favorable reviews from outlets that include The Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News and the BBC. He has also publihed, Secrets of Social Media MarketingB2B social media marketing book Social Marketing to the Business Customer and Attack of the Customers

Paul was previously founding editor of online publisher TechTarget and editor-in-chief of the technology weekly Computerworld. He writes a monthly column for BtoB magazine and is an active blogger and media commentator. He has appeared as an expert commentator of CNN, PBS, Fox News, MSNBC and many other local television outlets. He has also been quoted or interviewed for hundreds of news and radio reports in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR and the BBC. Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the board of directors at the Society for New Communications Research.

220px-TED-SpeakerErik Qualman

Erik Qualman is an international author and keynote speaker. He is also the former Head of Marketing at Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO). His book Socialnomics made Amazon’s #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. His 2012 book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

An international keynote speaker (42 countries), he has been featured on numerous media outlets including 60 Minutes, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC News. He has given keynotes for Coach, Sony PlayStation, IBM, Facebook, Starbucks, M&M/Mars, Cartier, National Guard, Montblanc, Chrysler, TEDx, Polo, UGG, Nokia, Google, and more.

Qualman wrote and produced the world’s most watched social media video “Social Media Revolution.” In his past, Qualman was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and in 2011 Erik was honored as the Michigan State University Alum of the Year.

For the past 18 years Qualman has worked in digital and strategic positions for Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo and AT&T. He is the founder and owner of, which PC Magazine ranks as a Top 10 Social Media Blog. He sits on the Boards of Manumatix, Bazaarvoice Inc., and WannaBeeSocial. Qualman holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Texas.