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Speaker: Blank, Hank PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Hank Blank

BIO:
Hank runs Blank and Associates. Core competencies include providing advertising, public relations and marketing solutions for companies. New business development, and agency selection for companies needing new advertising, PR and interactive resources. Hank builds his business through the power of networking. He has spoken on networking to a variety of companies and organizations throughout the country and has been featured on CBS Market Watch, OC Metro, Forbes.com and a variety of other publications. Hank has 25 years of advertising and marketing experience forged on a broad range of packaged goods, consumer and franchised accounts throughout North America. Hank was classically trained at big agencies on the East Coast. Hank began his career at DDB Needham in Toronto working on the McDonald’s restaurants account. He later joined J. Walter Thompson where he worked for 10 years in Toronto and Chicago. Hank then ran the Domino’s Pizza business at Ross Roy advertising in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 4 years. In 1992 he moved to California where he was Executive Vice President and Partner with Townsend & O’Leary advertising in Orange County. Hank has developed his expertise on a number of major brands, including Century 21, Kellogg’s, Warner Lambert, S. C. Johnson, Unocal, Sempra Energy, divisions of Revlon and Campbell Soup, Burger King, Subway, Scott Paper, and Labatt’s Breweries. Hank has two children that live with him. Both are available for adoption. Hank’s interests include working out, yoga, and a broad range of cultural interests. Hank has run 6 Marathons but doesn’t really know why. Hank comes from a long line of nomads and was born in Toronto, Canada. His sister was born in Beirut, Lebanon and his brother in Warsaw, Poland. He was nominated to be Volunteer of the Year for OC in 2003.

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Speaker: Albert, Lisa PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Lisa Albert

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Lisa serves as an associate director of communication and manages the day-to-day media relations for the University. She also offers strategic marketing and communication services to colleges and centers at the university including AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Ranch Management, administration and acts as a liaison to the athletic department. Additionally, Lisa communicates updates with the campus community on campus construction, assists in management of social media sites, is in charge of the hometown news program and oversees the News & Events web site. She has been in the industry for ten years and has experience in agency, non-profit and higher education organizations. Lisa earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism, advertising/public relations sequence and a master of science degree in strategic communication from TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism.

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Speaker: Stafford Kendall, APR PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Stafford Kendall, APR

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As a an active player in the Web world since the term was coined in 1992, Stafford Kendall co-founded Covalent Logic, a Web and graphic design firm, in 2005. Her firms serves as a consultant and Web site provider to Louisiana Governor’s Office, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Hilton Hotels and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

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Speaker: Lieber, Dave PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Dave Lieber

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For nearly 30 years, Dave Lieber, humorist, storyteller and award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has used stories to change the world. Nothing motivates people more, Dave believes, than stories about positive change that help people change positively. His stories of wrongdoing and right-doing in newspapers and magazines have led to countless changes in governments, schools and communities. In his newest project, Dave is leader of Watchdog Nation, a consumer rights movement spreading across America. In his speeches, he delights his audiences with stories that bring laughter and tears. Because of his ability to combine real-life experiences with outstanding storytelling skills, Dave is consistently rated by audiences as one of their favorite speakers. He is a member of the National Speakers Association. The winner of the coveted Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for his good deeds in the community, Dave was named Best Columnist in the American Southwest by the Press Club of Dallas. His motivational, inspirational and delightful talks always bring results and smiles to conference planners and audiences.

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Speaker: Aylett, Kristie PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Ms. Kristie Aylett

BIO:
Kristie Aylett is an accredited public relations professional with more than 19 years in the industry. She has a proven record of developing and implementing successful strategies that enhance institutional reputation and visibility. Her accomplishments include award-winning publicity, behavior-changing marketing and awareness campaigns, and mission-focused collateral pieces. She knows how to maximize results with limited resources. For the past five years, Aylett has worked as an independent PR practitioner, counseling clients and working on projects throughout the United States. Prior to becoming a consultant, Aylett directed the public relations efforts for the University of North Texas Health Science Center and served as a public information officer for the City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, Texas. Aylett earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She has taught senior-level public relations courses at TCU and Tulane University. She is active in the public relations profession and the south Mississippi community. Within the PR profession, she serves on the board for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southwest District, Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), and Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). She volunteers for several non-profit organizations and serves on the Mid-South Leadership Institute and South Mississippi Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society. The Fort Worth Business Press named her one of its “40 under 40” business and community leaders in 2002, and SPRF has recognized her contributions to the field by naming her one of its “Senior Practitioners.” In 2009, PRAM gave her its highest individual honor, the Professional Achievement Award.

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