The Meeting 2017 Conference Speakers

Stay tuned as this year's roster continues to grow

We're so excited to introduce this year's lineup of awesome and accomplished speakers. Each one brings their own unique insight to the world of social media the digital space, and impactful leadership. Keep checking for more info, and get your tickets now!

GEOFFREY COLON

Communications Designer, Microsoft


Geoffrey Colon works at the intersection of marketing, tech, and popular culture. Data punk, DJ, podcaster, and author, Geoffrey is a senior marketing communications designer at Microsoft, where he markets search advertising products for Bing. He has written for The Futurist, Advertising Age, and Fast Company, and been quoted in Forbes, Billboard Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on Marketplace on NPR, NASDAQ Live, WABC-AM and Cheddar TV.

ANDY MCKEON

Global Customer Marketing Lead, Facebook


Andy McKeon combines years of traditional brand building experience with cutting edge tech experience in Silicon Valley. At Facebook, Andy advises Fortune 500 companies and their ad agencies across a range of business verticals on effective use of the platform and with internal product teams on optimizing and monetizing new products such as live video, 360 video, Canvas, and Messenger. A compelling and passionate public speaker, Andy presents regularly at advertising industry and Silicon Valley events.




MATT RENNER

Vice President for Production, National Geographic


Emmy Award-winning producer Matt Renner’s globe spanning body of work includes stories told from the Bering Sea to the surface of Mars, from our earliest ancestors to our descendants in the far future. As Vice President for Production at National Geographic Partners, Matt has overseen the development of a wide array of groundbreaking scripted and documentary content, including Brain Games, The Great Human Race, Year Million, and most recently, LA 92, a history of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

JOHN LEE

Senior Brand Strategist, Twitter


John Lee leads a team of Twitter creative, strategic and technology experts dedicated to building never-been-done marketing #bigideas for brands.

Over the past 10 years, John's led marketing strategy + innovation for over 50 Fortune 1000 brands, and his work has been recognized with a number of global marketing and advertising awards. Follow him on Twitter at @john_lee



Michael O’Conor

Senior Vice President of Business Development, US Olympic Committee


As the leader of the US Olympic Committee's Business Development team, O’Conor is responsible for both annual and long term marketing efforts of the USOC's athletes, events, and digital assets.

Chris Brinlee, Jr.

Storyteller


A former advertising art director, Brinlee is an accomplished storyteller who seeks to inspire would be adventurers through his relatable and humorous celebrations of suffering for such publications asOutside, the Red Bulletin, Huckberry and more.

Marti Walsh

National Account Sales Director, The Coca Cola Company


In 17 years with the beverage giant, Walsh has amassed a remarkable portfolio of accomplishments, including sports marketing, national partnerships with Powdr Corp, AMC Theatres, among others, as well as development and management of the “My Coke Rewards” customer loyalty program.

Norb Garrett

Executive Vice President, TEN Sports & Entertainment Group


The Enthusiast Network’s Sports & Entertainment Group includes TEN’s action/adventure sports business featuring 20+ media brands such as Surfer, Snowboarder, TransWorld Skateboarding and TransWorld Motocross as well as Baseball America and SLAM and TEN’s Home Tech Group. Since joining the company in 2010, Norb has led the transformation of the group to create the world’s largest action/outdoor company through expansion into multi-platform, multi-media channels and strategic acquisitions. In 2010, Norb led the acquisition and integration of the Grind Networks/GrindTV.com digital media group, Baseball America in 2011 and the 2013 acquisition/integration of TransWorld Media from Bonnier.

AARON CHASE

Professional Mountain Biker
@AaronChase



Professional mountain biker Aaron Chase has spent a remarkable two decades at the forefront of his sport. A successful competitive career led naturally into memorable video parts in such iconic bike films as the “New World Disorder” series, while more recently he’s built his audience through self produced content with partners such as Red Bull, Pivot Cycles, and GoPro.

TOM ZUCCARENO

Film Producer & Photographer
@tzphoto

Tomas was raised on a small family farm in New Hampshire and grew up with a deep respect for the land. He has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Prescott College where he was awarded for his powerful story telling style. He has travelled the world working for organizations like The National Geographic Society, Conde Naste and Forbes. He has been a part of the Marketing team at Aspen Snowmass for 23 years and a Staff Photographer for ESPN Images for 17. A desire to tell the story of the community that has been his family for more than two decades inspired him to make HOW WE GROW.

Jeff Bartel

Founder, Principal & Creative Director at Nemo Design



Jeff Bartel is the Founder, Principal, and Creative Director at Nemo Design, a Portland based brand design agency. Jeff Bartel brings brands to life with a hardcore passion for authenticity he learned in snowboarding. He’s been in the creative industry since age 19, guiding brand strategy and visual direction for the likes of Nike, Morrow/K2 Sports and Smith Optics. Jeff also collects … everything, maintaining a special place in his wookiee-sized heart for all things Star Wars.

Stephen Fox

Cofounder and Managing Partner, DRINK WATER


A seasoned marketing professional as comfortable on a skateboard as in the boardroom, Stephen Fox is the Founder and Managing Director of Traverse Agency, a Portland based marketing shop helping clients including Anki Robotics, Nike, Alaska Seaplanes, and Pine State Biscuits to engage new customers and communities. He’s also a cofounder and managing partner of Drink Water, an initiative to affect change in Action Sports and a friendly reminder to drink water. Through their merchandise, content, and event marketing they support the efforts of water.org in bringing clean drinking water to the nearly 1 billion people who currently lack access.

WENDY HU

Photographer, Creative Director & Story Teller

@nomadicfare


Wendy is a photographer, creative director, and storyteller. Passionate about culture, the arts, natural wonders, and local communities, most of her adventures center around off-the-beaten-path experiences in mesmerizing locations. For your daily dose of wanderlust and whimsy, be sure to follow Wendy on Instagram @nomadicfare.

COOPER COX

Founder at Disruptive Media Labs



Cooper Cox is a leading authority on digital marketing and branded social interaction. His strategic insights and extensive knowledge of best practices and cutting-edge digital media technologies have made Disruptive Media Lab a vital partner for media savvy companies such as Hermes, Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret, Clorox, Guess, VOSS, Glad and Corcoran Real Estate, among others.

Before founding DML, Cooper served as Vice President of Radar Entertainment, Director of Social Media for LaForce + Stevens and Director of Shows and Events at Outside Magazine. He has directed digital marketing and social media for brands such as 3M, Microsoft, Nike, Hugo Boss, Mini, Prada and Pepsi.

Amy Gavin

Senior National Sales Executive, The Coca Cola Company


With a decade of agency experience preceding her 12 years with Coca Cola, Amy Gavin has expertise in all aspects of marketing and promotion of a variety of fast moving consumer goods. As part of her leadership of the National Mountain Channel strategy team for The Coca Cola Company, she’s handled contract negotiation and senior call points for a variety of mountain resort partners and major league sports teams, including a hands-on operational role on the ground at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Allegra Stanek

Senior Marketing Manager, The Mountain Channel at the Coca Cola Company

A tenacious marketer dedicated to creatively and sustainably creating brand value and doing good in the world, Allegra leads the inaugural Mountain Channel team at Coca Cola, developing portfolio wide strategies and marketing tools for ski and mountain resorts across the nation.

MATT DOYLE


A new resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Doyle leads growth and product development in North America for FATMAP. Soon to be launching globally, FATMAP provides adventurers with ultra high resolution 3D maps for mountainous environments along with state of the art terrain tools to understand anything from aspect to avalanche risk in real time. Combined with vetted content from mountain professionals around the world, FATMAP is the premiere platform for adventure anywhere on earth.

Bradford Schmidt

GoPro Media Department


Bradford Schmidt is a founding member of GoPro's media department. Bradford first met GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman on a surfing trip in 2002, while riding on a wooden chicken ferry in Sumatra. The two bonded through their love of surfing, travel, and photography.

Over the next seven years, Brad helped Nick develop what would become the GoPro by testing prototype mounts and cameras, and by filming marketing footage for trade shows. In 2009, Bradford moved to Half Moon Bay, California, to create GoPro’s media department and start a YouTube channel that would rise to become one of the most powerful content-driven brands online.



Alyssa Roenigk

Senior Writer for ESPN


An author, broadcast journalist and senior writer for ESPN, Alyssa has covered the past six Olympics, multiple Super Bowls and more than 20 X Games in her 13 years with the company. Her feature writing and investigative work has appeared in cover stories for ESPN The Magazine, on espn.com and espnW, and on SportsCenter, X Games broadcasts, Good Morning America and Outside The Lines. For the past five years, she has worked as a TV reporter for X Games broadcasts and hosted several action sports shows on ESPN and ABC.

Alyssa frequently serves as a guest speaker on panels and as a host for conferences and live events like the Nike Women¹s Marathon in San Francisco. Despite a career that has taken her around the world, from Pipeline to Mount Everest, she still laments her failed stint as a circus clown, at age 5, for the Flying Wilendas.


Lynsey Dyer

Professional Skier, Filmmaker, Activist and Entrepreneur

As a professional skier, Lynsey’s career has spanned over a decade. Starring in films from the likes of Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Sherpa’s Cinema and more, Lynsey has skied on 6 continents, won every big mountain competition she’s entered, been awarded Female Skier of the Year by Powder Magazine and cemented her place as one of the best big mountain skiers in the world.

Lynsey is the cofounder of the non-profit SheJumps.org, dedicated to increasing the participation of women and girls in in outdoor activities. As an entrepreneur and filmmaker, Lynsey is the cofounder of Unicorn Picnic, which seeks to foster positive role models in the media and offer an alternative to music videos, reality TV and fashion magazines in inspiring young girls to pursue their own path less traveled.

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