MiniTrends 2014 Speakers
Morning Keynote Speaker: David Pearce Snyder, Consulting Futurist; The Snyder Family Enterprise, Contributing Editor, The Futurist – A world-renowned Futurist, David has built an impressive track record with a wide range of clientele and a multi-million item data base of trends and projections over more then 30 years of forecasting.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Brett Hurt, Founder & Vice Chairman of the Board, Bazaarvoice; Owner, Hurt Family Investments – Brett founded Bazaarvoice and served as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company’s growth to 2,000 clients worldwide and through to its successful IPO. Brett invests in early-stage companies with Hurt Family Investments.
Jani Byrne, Ph.D. Director of Marketing, Cloud at IBM - Jani is a visionary who marries deep technological innovations and insights with a profound understanding of human and market psychology.
Keynote & Conference Chair: Dr. John H. Vanston, Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc. - John’s MiniTrends concept, designed to increase creativity, innovation, and success, is summarized in his award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.
Featured Speaker: Joyce Gioia, President/CEO, The Herman Group; CEO, Employer of Choice, Inc. and Road Warrior of the Year, USA TODAY: Joyce has helped thousands of clients envision and create their preferred futures. She is the author of five business books and the popular weekly e-mail newsletter The Herman Trend Alert.
Conference Director: Carrie Vanston, VP, Communications, Technology Futures, Inc.- Carrie has many years of experience in public relations, marketing, and sales at TFI and in the entertainment industry. She is co-author of MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends
Raj Asava, CEO, Asava Consulting, Inc. - Raj is a thought leader and strategy practitioner who guides clients in the public and private sectors in their organization’s strategy. Born and raised in India with over 30 years of work experience in the United States, Raj has worked at many leading organizations.
Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Well Beynod Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, ManeGain; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC – Jeffrey has launched an in-home healthcare service that empowers healthcare service professionals while better connecting in-home healthcare needs. As Profit Prophet, Jeffrey helps other companies thrive.
Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group - Steve’s passion is accelerating innovation and R&D by identifying emerging, adjacent and disruptive technologies for companies ranging from Fortune 500s to small startups.
Dr. Lawrence Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc. - Larry is an expert on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people. Since 1985, he has authored ongoing reports commissioned by the TTFG, presently comprised of AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, and Windstream, and directs TFI’s popular TFI Asset Valuation Conference, now in its 9th year.
2014 MiniTrends Planning Board:
Dr. John H. Vanston
Conference Chair, MiniTrends 2013; Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc.
Carrie Vanston Conference Director, MiniTrends 2013;
Media and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
Digital Strategist, Speaker, and Author
CEO, Asava Consulting, Inc.
Jeffrey Fry Principal, Well Beyond Care; Chief Executive,
Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, ManeGain
Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group
Filmmaker, Table Rock Productions, Inc.
2014 Social Media:
Liz Pedraza Social Media Management – Strategy + Content Creation
+ Reporting, Wedka Solutions
2014 Advisory Board:
Leadership & Sales Consultant and Coach, Solara Performance
Alejandro Buritica Systems Engineer and Customer Solutions
Developer – LION, National Instruments
Dr. Jani Byrne
Director, Marketing – Global Mid-Market, MSP, Enterprise, IBM
Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator,
City of Austin Small Business Development Program
Terry Newman Assistant Dean for Financial Affairs at UT Austin,
Jackson School of Geosciences
Chief Operating Officer, AGBeat.com
Tanisha C. Walter
Vice President, Wealth Management Banking, Bank of America, N.A.
LCSW/ Counselor; Founder, Catalyst for Fun