Alex creates opportunities for companies, brands, and individuals to connect. He is currently named as the Knight Innovator in Residence, serving at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at FIU (Florida International University).
Previously, he served as the Regional Director for Constant Contact in South Florida. Alex taught at the University of Miami’s School of Communications and co-authored “Securing the Clicks: Network Security in the Age of Social Media,” published by McGraw-Hill. Based in Miami, Florida, Alex founded Social Media Club, BarCamp, Ignite, Social Media Day, and Mobile Monday events for South Florida new media professionals; he is also a founding member of RefreshMiami.
He serves on the Advisory Board of FIU’s School of Journalism, the New Leaders Council, and Life is Art. An Insead MBA, Alex speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Finnish. Connect with Alex on Twitter (@alexdc) and on his website: Alex DeCarvalho
Blanca is a Digital Marketing Specialist focusing on Social Media, Content Marketing and SEO. Blanca has also been blogging for six years and is also the founder of an award winning bilingual blog MiCaminar.com where she shares doses of inspiration, leadership and motivation. She blogs about Social Media and Digital Marketing and was recently one of the Community Managers for Microsoft Research division, FUSE Labs.
She has developed relationships with many bloggers in real life by participating at blogger conferences and is considered a top influential Latina in the Hispanic market. Besides being passionate about connecting through Social Media, she embraced her geek side and was named by Latina Magazine as one of the top 25 Women Who Shine In Technology.
She is also very involved in the local grassroots Social Media community in South Florida and has been invited to speak at various conferences. Connect with Blanca on Twitter @blancastella & @micaminar and on her website: BlancaStella.com
Karl Nybergh, Meeting Consultant: with close to 36 years in the Meeting, Events,Conferenecs, and Conventions in and related to Hospitality Industry, Karl has a very long trail of bread crumbs…. It easy just to say, Educator, Lecturer, Author, Mentor, Writer, Do’er….
Karl is a founding member of the Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME) and past chairman of its Education Committee. He also served as a long standing member of the Bahamas Tourism Board and a Past Vice President of Education for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE). He has been one of the principal instructors for Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification training and has served as a member of the international question-writing conclave for the CMP exam.
He has been involved in the service industry for over 35 years. With a strong commitment to continuing education in support of his industry.
Karl frequently lectures and is an often-requested guest speaker both locally and nationally. Karl has long-term relationships with Florida International College and Miami-Dade Community College, Florida Atlantic, Univserity of Miami, and University of Georgia.
In between all that he does for the Meeting & Events Industry he finds time to plan events for the likes of Department of Defense, IBM, Pfizer, Areva, as well as consult for many up and coming in the industry. Follow him on Twitter @Nybergh
Founder & Director of SocialMedia305:
John Peter Mahoney, is a highly competitive marketer and leverages the twitter platform for results in expanding the connections and collaborations needed for Public Relations.
I am a professionally trained sales expert with a decade of experience in financial markets and capital raising. I have taken my training, experience and skills in the capital markets and applied them with social psychology and content flow for the past five years in reading social media streams productively and creating new relationships.
I also speak publically on the true value of social platforms, the power of communication and connections that are solidified via social media.
Follow Johnny on Twitter @socialmedia305
Deb Griffith has traveled the country promoting everything from alcohol and tobacco to flowers and soda. A born marketer who has survived the transition from old-school marketing to the new digital media world, she was delighted to discover she had been a secret tech-nerd all along.
As a 20-year marketing veteran, she has worked in the retail banking, technology, wireless telephone, floral, consumer product and personal care industries as well as agency-side, for brands including Pepsi-Cola, Apple Computer, AT&T and RJ Reynolds. An admitted “StartUp Junkie” Deb has been a participant and organizer of multiple StartUp Weekend Events. She is passionate about social media, tennis, consignment shopping, Auburn football and tacos. Follow Deb on Twitter: @socialdeborah and Linked In.
Regina Castañeda is an independent digital media specialist with 5 years of experience using social media to highlight the best in events, tech and innovation from Miami.
Follow Regina on Twitter at @ohreg