Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie
Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie is the Managing Partner of Inside-Out Thinking (IOT), a consulting partnership that focuses on leadership, business execution, and customer care. He most recently completed a successful 23-year tenure as a cable television executive, and for the past 6 years has also published a popular blog on business & leadership, “TerryStarbucker.com”. Now living in Portland, OR, Terry is a co-founder of SOBCon, a biannual small business/ entrepreneurial conference held in Chicago and Portland OR, an investor in the Oregon Angel Fund, and a member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
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John McPhee, Social Media Judge
McPhee, originally from the Midwest, decided to venture West in 2003 to kick start his career in Internet Marketing. After a two year stint at BMC, McPhee moved into the agency world at Anvil Media in 2005. McPhee has also presented at various SEMpdx and PSU events, and volunteered to work with the PSU multimedia class on a project for Portland Center Stage, as well as donated his time to the SMART reading program for the past four years. Looking for the next step in his career, McPhee joined Formic Media (Anvil’s sister company) as Director of Client Services in 2010, and has since been promoted to Vice President.
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Troy O’Bryan, B2B Judge
Whether it’s helping clients grow revenue by finding and engaging interested buyers, supporting his network to realize untapped potential, or helping Portland’s at-risk youth to eclipse expectations, Troy O’Bryan thrives on lofty goals. As President of Response Capture, Troy helps clients execute campaigns that deliver more qualified leads, cultivate meaningful relationships, and grow revenue. In the office, Troy encourages and supports his partners and employees to define and surpass their goals, believing that every person is capable of achieving more than they credit themselves for.
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Kristi Koebke, B2C Judge
Kristi is the savvy leader of AHA!’s 30-plus member creative services team. She brings keen empathy and judgment to inspiring, mentoring and managing writers, editors and designers, and moving the needle for clients. She’s a champion of excellence and inserts her sensibility and wry sense of humor at once, in every engagement. She is adept at content strategy, communications planning and brand voice development and application.
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Pinky Gonzales, Single Medium Judge
Pinky Gonzales lead a decade of innovation in Nashville, TN as a partner of echomusic, a company of 80 that designed and managed websites for a generation of artists, including Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Keith Urban, Korn, Bon Jovi, and many others, along with Fortune 500 companies like GM, Hershey’s and Kingsford Charcoal. After selling the business to Ticketmaster in 2007, he began teaching at Belmont University, where he was named the Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2010. Now the Founder of Portland-based Upriver Solutions and Mentor in Residence at the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), Gonzales continues his legacy as a marketing strategist, entrepreneur and educator.
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Brian Unflat, Website Judge
Brian has 20 years’ experience in interactive design and branding. He is currently the Creative Director for The New Group and has held positions with Wieden & Kennedy, Publicis & Hal Riney, Lucas Learning Ltd., and IPC Interactive. He earned a communications design degree from Syracuse University and has been a digital media instructor at UC Berkeley. His project experience is broad and varied, having completed projects for Starbucks, Nike, Coca-Cola, Saturn, Samsung, ConocoPhillips, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardwear, Intel, Trane and WebMD to name a few. Brian’s expertise encompasses branding and advertising communications design for interactive, instructional, responsive, and touch screen environments.
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Danny Decker, Website Judge
Danny Decker is a Portland native, graphic designer, partner & founder of Harlo Interactive. WIth over 15 years experience in advertising, design and digital media, Danny’s passion is making web awesomer through fine design. He appreciates typography, clean lines, photography, all things old school, and the pursuit of greatness.
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Jeff Gardner, Single Medium Judge
Brand strategist and marketing consultant, Jeff Gardner is the Vice President of Marketing Strategy for Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Holdings Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Jeff manages the company’s brand strategy and marketing communications efforts, in addition to the organization’s sales and client engagement strategy. Prior to Umpqua Bank, Jeff served as the Director of Brand Management and Marketing Communications at Regence BlueCross BlueShield, where he developed and launched the organizations’ holding company and subsidiary brands, including Cambia Health Solutions, Regence BCBS, Life Map, and Sprig Heath.
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Ivo Lukas, PR Judge
Ivo Lukas is the Founder/CEO for 24Notion. 24Notion is the global creative marketing/digital PR & lifestyle agency with special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding the art of non- traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to connect your brand strategy with the right consumer. Ivo has over 16 years of experience in building and maintaining an all integrated brand, marketing, digital and technology power for Fortune 500/1000 companies.
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Tom Byrnes, Non-Profit Judge
Tom Byrnes has been developing integrated branding strategies for B2B, B2C, and Non-Profits over 25 years. With a focus on creative solutions that drive measureable change across the enterprise, he has served as a CMO in the technology, payments, and ecommerce industries. He is currently president of Spark Brand Marketing, a strategy consultancy based in Portland, Oregon.
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Julie Ginn, B2C Judge
Julie has more than 17 years experience in creating immersive and integrated on- and off-line marketing campaigns for companies of all sizes. Since joining Axium in 2009, she can be found buzzing around the marketing department working on brand building, user experience design and demand generation plans. Before joining Axium, Julie implemented communications strategies for world-class companies, including Microsoft, Pacific Life and SAP.
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Gary Grossman, PR Judge
Gary currently leads portions of the AMD account and is also a leader within the Portland, Oregon office for Edelman. Previously, Gary led integrated marketing on behalf several groups at Intel while with CMD agency. Before then, he led worldwide strategic communications for Tektronix and public relations agency teams at Waggener Edstrom for Microsoft Windows (Enterprise), SAP, and Siebel Systems.
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Ryan Buchanan, B2B Judge
Ryan Buchanan, CEO and founder of eROI, started the company in November 2002. He has nine years of email marketing and digital experience and works with clients on a variety of digital campaigns – email marketing, social media, mobile and web micro-sites. He has led the growth of eROI from a couple employees at its inception to a full team of e-marketing experts, creatives, technical, account, and sales teams and has driven significant growth to earn eROI a spot as an Inc. 500 company.
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