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Luke Wroblewski, Product Director, Google
Luke is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and built software used by +1 Billion people worldwide.
Luke is currently a Product Director at Google. Earlier he was the CEO and Co-founder of Polar (acquired by Google in 2014) and the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011).
Prior to founding start-ups, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic.
Luke is the author of three popular Web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world, and a Co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).
Luke also founded LukeW Ideation & Design, a product strategy and design consultancy, and taught graduate interface design courses at the University of Illinois.
Dean Niemiec, Digital Marketing Strategist, FindLaw
With experience as both a front-end developer and digital marketer, Dean manages the online marketing strategies for law firms across the US. He’s interested in the growing landscape of mobile usage and social media and how that will impact the future of digital marketing. Personally, he digs going on long walks with his dog, Rudy, while listening to podcasts like the Nerdist, Bill Burr & Marc Maron.
Michael Montecuollo, Director of User Experience, DOOR3, Business Applications, Inc.
The Director of User Experience & Design at DOOR3, Michael Montecuollo has been with the company since 2007. He is tasked with overseeing all enterprise, web, and mobile user experience work for the company.
Michael manages a staff of talented UX and visual designers in ensuring that DOOR3 builds solutions that are highly usable, easily adoptable, and up to the latest standards and best practices within their solution domain.
Michael has played a critical role in DOOR3's success including work for companies such as Bowne, Elizabeth Arden, Fresh Direct, HP, New Balance, and Teach For America. In addition to his project work, Michael also serves as a consultant to DOOR3's strategic partner, EMC, in their user experience and strategic digital endeavors.
With a background in information technology, programming and development, Michael has a deep understanding on the inner workings of the solutions that his team designs and delivers.
Michael holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Informatics from Rutgers University and is a member of the New York City chapter of the Usability Professionals Association and Interaction Design Association. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, music, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Larissa.
Corey Morris, Director of Digital Strategy, ER Marketing
Follow Corey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/coreydmorris
Corey Morris serves as the Director of Digital Strategy for Kansas City-based integrated marketing agency, ER Marketing. With more than a decade of experience in the digital marketing and web agency world, he leads strategy for digital marketing campaigns and website projects for clients across a wide range of industries and company types. His analytical and competitive abilities make him a natural at leading local and national brands to success in the digital field. His ability to build sustainable ongoing strategies has resulted in numerous brands receiving staggering results and increased ROI. Corey serves as a key thought-leader for technology teams, his agency and his clients. His vision and drive lead his previous agency to a 750%+ increase in digital marketing revenue.
Corey enjoys the fast paced worlds of technology and marketing and previously co-hosted Tech Circuit–Kansas City’s first radio show dedicated to the region’s growing status as a tech hub. Additionally, Corey serves as the Leader for the Kansas City presence in the SEMPO Cities program and has served, and continues to serve, as MC and host of the Kansas City Search Conference. His passion for sharing knowledge and strategies within the industry has featured many national and regional speaking appearances including SMX West in Silicon Valley. The passion to continue learning daily and to share learnings with others in the industry is what fuels his success and growth in the industry.
Steve Plunkett, Sr. Search Scientist
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Steve is an accomplished SEO scientist responsible for diagnosing trends in all aspects of search engine optimization and Internet-user behavior. His areas of expertise include keyword research for psychological relevance, online reputation management, Internet conversion strategy, and digital and analog asset search optimization. He also specializes in organic SEO and user behavior in social networks. He has been involved in the strategy and execution of over 500 websites for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken for the State Bar of Texas, SearchExchange, BlogWorld, PubCon Dallas, PubCon Las Vegas, and both district, national and regional conferences and conventions for the American Advertising Federation. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors for the Dallas Ad League, was President of the East Texas Ad Federation, and was the Internet privacy advisor for the 10th district of the American Advertising and National American Advertising Federations. Steve studies user behavior across multiple devices and need states, his daily focus is on brands in search, (voice, organic, mobile) and social.
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