We Got You!
We’re research geeks. We live to understand where the market is going and come up with unique ideas that help people make better decisions to future proof their businesses.
Buzz Words are Banned
We leave that to the spinsters. Instead we focus on clear and straightforward explanations of what complex stuff really means to our users, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.
We have no problem with hard work, but we try to do it a little smarter by paying attention to the details and going all in for our customers. We don’t stop until we get it right!
We’re not playing baseball (though we are fans) so we don’t “pitch,” anything–no sales or marketing pitches to attend our events or use our digital products. Instead we lead with intelligence to create demand–no BS.
A Whole lotta Love
Sound corny? That’s OK. We really care about our people, audience and customers. Stick around for a little while and you’ll see for yourself.
Thinkers, Dreamers & Doers
Chief Executive Officer
John is a strategic thinker and business builder who loves to reimagine what is possible with smart people who are not afraid of the future. He has the ability to visualize voids in the market and then define a people, product, process, and position approach to creating a brand where that void once existed.
Obsessions: Research, Content, Ideas & Packaging
Superpowers: Dyslexia, Memory & Movie Quotes
Quote: “Perfection is a myth, but the path to perfection is divinity” – Raymond John Siefert (my dad)
Chief Finance Officer
Michael is an agile and strategic global leader who focuses on business process improvements and digital transformation. He’s particularly adept at leading transformation and creating strategic roadmaps that drive scalable growth for premier Fortune 500 companies.
Obsessions: Data, Sustainability, Team Building, Realism & Values
Quote: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
Cloud Wars Founder, Acceleration Economy Co-founder, Analyst
Bob analyzes business innovation, cloud technology, leadership, corporate strategy, and the global digital economy. He’s the founder of Cloud Wars, was recruited by and worked for Larry Ellison, and shares his thinking via daily videos, daily articles, newsletters, and podcasts.
Obsessions: Gratitude, Wonder, and living joyfully and fearlessly
Superpowers: Building seawalls and decks on Lake Erie
Quote: “A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
Chief Content Officer
Aaron is a tech, data and content leader who specializes in delivering insights that help people and businesses make crucial decisions. He analyzes market trends and puts complicated technologies into context so people can make actionable plans that solve tough problems.
Obsessions: Learning, Connecting, Analyzing What’s Next
Superpowers: Family, The Beard, Authenticity
Quote: “Stay patient and trust your journey.”
Chief Information Officer
Jose is an experienced development leader with 20+ years building solutions in the online media and events services industry.
Obsessions: Web Technologies, Data, Research
Superpowers: Persistence, Patience, Adaptability
Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Chief Operating Officer
Danielle specializes in operationalizing processes, executing at scale and analyzing performance to drive better business outcomes. She brings 20+ years of expertise developing brand, content and event programs that scale businesses in health & nutrition, telecommunications, healthcare and self-storage.
Obsessions: Organization, Collaboration, Creation
Superpowers: Random trivia, Sarcasm & All things pop-culture
Quote: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chief Customer Officer
Dave is a career-long customer leader who has been at the center of digital transformations in the two of the largest global growth markets – technology and construction. He has an intense focus and POV on the customer experience that leads to long lasting relationships that drive scale, growth and value for all involved. Dave is also a dedicated volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, a proud husband and father of five wonderful children.
Obsessions: Family, most importantly, and the lifelong pursuit of being a better person today than I was yesterday
Superpowers: The ability to explain complex issues simply, and pop culture references
Quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
VP of Marketing
With nearly two decades of experience across industries, including tech, Erica brings a wealth of expertise in acquisition, retention, and engagement marketing. She has a knack for collaboration and building strong relationships throughout an organization, ensuring alignment so that all can focus on the most important thing—the needs of the customer.
Obsessions: Family, Relationships, True Crime Podcasts, Positivity
Superpowers: Humor, Scrappiness, Building Strong Relationships, Hunger for Learning, Listening
Quote: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
Acceleration Economy Analyst
Tony Uphoff is an award-winning technology, data, digital media and marketing services executive specializing in transformative leadership of companies, cultures, people and organizational performance. Tony is a 4x CEO, board advisor and industry thought leader. He was the 2021 recipient of the prestigious McAllister Fellowship for outstanding business leadership, from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Most recently Tony served as President and CEO of Thomasnet.com where he led the turnaround, growth and sale of the company for $300m, in early 2022. He is also an Acceleration Economy co-founder and analyst. Tony and his wife Linda have a daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter and currently reside on Balboa Island, California.
Obsessions: Family, Fitness, Business, Guitars and Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Superpowers: Aspiring to be a good colleague, friend and leader
Editor in Chief
Tom Smith is an agile content and marketing professional who has worked for diverse brands and teams over the course of a career that began in journalism and evolved to include web analytics, SEO, performance marketing, demand gen, email marketing, digital marketing and A/B testing. Prior to joining Acceleration Economy, he spent more than seven years at Oracle helping to drive new initiatives for Oracle’s corporate website.
Obsessions: Data-driven marketing; summertime recreational activities on land and water
Superpowers: Evolving in response to changing business conditions, with no regrets about the way things used to be
Quote: “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” Henry J. Kaiser.
People & Culture
Shera is a human resources and business support professional who is a precision executor and relationship builder. She leads all things people and culture, striving to keep us all connected.
Obsessions: Facilitating Connections, Organizing Chaos, Individualization & Thoughtful Decisiveness
Superpowers: Midwest Winter Survivor, Master Multitasker, Country Music Genie
Quote: “If Plan A didn’t work, don’t worry, the alphabet has 25 more letters.”
Customer Service Manager
Tristan is a critical thinker who has a passion for people and relationship building. He has extensive experience in customer advocacy with a gift for turning around experiences with his positive attitude. He loves to learn and has dabbled in accounting, marketing, and sales to help curb his learning appetite.
Obsessions: Learning, communication, and efficiency
Superpowers: Detail oriented, resilience, and kindness
Quote: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” – Batman
Sara is a passionate digital storyteller. She combines her backgrounds in technical communication and global sustainability to create content that educates and engages others.
Obsessions: cows, traveling, Dunkin’ iced coffee, wildlife, photography/digital media
Superpowers: organization, creativity, and enthusiasm
Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Customer Service Manager
Jim is a passionate, energetic, upbeat customer service manager who loves working with people. His background in teaching and desire to build relationships drive him to bring out the best in himself and others.
Obsessions: Communication, teamwork, and the Philadelphia Eagles
Superpowers: Positivity, enthusiasm, and shredding a dance floor
Quote: “Be curious, not judgmental” – Walt Whitman
Katherine is certified in exposition management and meeting planning. She loves working with a team to collaborate on how to make events successful and innovative. She is passionate about customer service, both internally and externally, to ensure value to all stakeholders.
Obsessions: Christmas, Family, Georgia Football and Organization
Superpowers: Empathy, Planning, and Laughing
Quote: Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. -Albus Dumbledore
Vinita is a Finance professional with expertise in transforming accounting processes in startup businesses and enforcing internal controls, policies and procedures. She has a proven ability to identify business opportunities and use financial expertise to achieve process efficiencies. She has experience in partnering and influencing cross-functional and remote teams.
Obsessions: Sustainability, Work-life balance, being organized
Superpowers: Empathy, Persistence and Ruthless Prioritization
Quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Event Programming Manager
Hannah has experience in a multitude of jobs and is truly a jack of all trades. She specifically enjoys working with and for people in the event and hospitality industry. She is continuously striving to grow and learn in her professional and personal life.
Obsessions: Music, traveling near and far, long walks
Superpowers: navigating, making the best sandwiches on the block, (usually) getting along with everyone
Quote: “Always forward, never back.”
Tom is an accomplished developer with 15+ years creating intuitive and engaging websites in the events and services industry.
Grasping a deep understanding of a project’s goals while delivering a seamless user experience for visitors.
Obsessions: Emerging technologies, Design, Simplicity, Consistency
Superpowers: Adaptability, Loyalty, Finding Adventure, Making great BBQ
Quote: “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.” Elon Musk
Pam specializes in our community. She has a passion for the user group community and is dedicated to making it shine. She brings 25+ years of experience with the Dynamics community and a tenacious need for asking why.
Obsessions: Checklists and checking them off, Thinking Big and Working Smart
Superpowers: Making others shine, Leading others to greatness, and Being super curious.
Quote: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”― Albert Einstein
Data Operations Manager
Carrie comes to us from the Health & Wellness sector. Her passion for helping others coupled with her desire to learn new things led her to Dynamic Communities. Carrie looks forward to learning and excelling in her role as Data Operations Manager and is excited for the opportunity to make a difference in the quality, accuracy, and legitimacy of the data we rely on every day.
Obsessions: Learning, Organization, Community Engagement, Research, Inspiring Others
Superpowers: Empathy, Loyalty & Grit
Quote: “Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” — Og Mandino
Community Manager & Analyst
Pablo is a Business Data Scientist with experience in Business Intelligence and Machine Learning within multiple business fields gained within global environments. He is also a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Author of books related to Artificial Intelligence. Areas of expertise include Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Digital Marketing, Supply Chain, Operations, Risk Management and Internal Controls / Internal Audit.
Obsessions: Self-learning, Data, Storytelling
Superpowers: Passion for Data, Data Analytics
Quote: “Let the dataset change your mindset” – Hans Rosling
Carrie-Ann is an operationally driven program manager with 12 years of experience leading thriving business units. As a tactical problem-solver, she delivers technical and non-technical programs for media, marketing, and technical industries. She is a results-focused super project manager who gets it done.
Obsessions: Organization, Baking, Good Food, Good Friends.
Superpowers: Project management, Attacker of Critical Path Milestones, Creator of Win-Win Solutions, Championer of Multi-Faceted Requirements and Cross-Organizational Needs.
Quote: “You are fearless.” – Mom and Dad
Ryan is a husband and father of 5 (ages 22, 17, 7, 6, and 3!) who is guided by faith and determination to always improve and be a better man. Originally from Albuquerque, NM he moved to Chandler, Arizona in 2012 to finish college in his 30’s. He has 20 years of management in marketing and sales in various industries.
Obsessions: competitive athlete to the core, having played baseball all over the world, loves to golf, and be in the outdoors camping, fishing, and hunting.
My Superpower: Being a DAD and building relationships.
Favorite Quotes: “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen”-Michael Jordan
Community Marketing Manager
Stephanie is a collaborative, adaptable and driven marketing professional that excels in harnessing the power of pivoting and persistence. Her exceptional work ethic and integrity is accompanied with 15 years of experience specializing in strategic relationships, event management, content marketing strategy, and multi-faceted project management. She is a dynamic networker and relationship builder with a strong ability to establish effective and successful partnerships.
Obsessions: Building Relationships, Innovative Ideas, Finding Silver Linings, Going on Adventures
Superpowers: Creative Mastermind, Endless Encourager, Killer Theme Parties, Quick-Witted
Quote: Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey
Rebecca is passionate about supporting meaningful partnerships and conversations. Her background is in event management, administrative support, entrepreneurship, and the performing arts, which drives her to focus on the behind-the-scenes details.
Obsessions: The details, checklists, music, coffee, hiking, and beach days
Superpowers: Empathy, planning, organization, and creative problem solving
Quote: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” – Rumi
Greg is an experienced sales manager, entrepreneur, and student. His core values include honesty, integrity, and determination. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management, and a master’s degree in Applied Leadership and Management from the prestigious Thunderbird school of Global Management. He takes a very consultative approach to working with clients, with a mission to understand their problems and provide solutions that align to their strategic goals. Greg is married with four children and hails from sunny San Diego, CA.
Obsessions: Family, Technology, Digital Transformation, Traveling, Entrepreneurship, Learning, and Food
Superpowers: Motivating myself and others, Honesty, Critical Thinking, Innovating, Positivity, and Determination
Quote: “To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” Tsun Tzu, The Art of War
Senior Online Editor
Maya is a writer and editor. She uses her passion and curiosity to create delightful, informative, and engaging content that has a clear, strong flow.
Obsessions: Reading, the Marie Kondo method, flowers
Superpowers: Punctuality, acceptance, honesty
Quote: “Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.” –Nadia Boulanger
Cam is a passionate and versatile content writer/editor with years of experience editing novels, ghostwriting, and producing content in various niches. She is an Ithaca College graduate that majored in Journalism and minored in Gender Studies and is passionate about the intersection between technology and business advancement.
Obsessions: true crime documentaries, raising chickens and ducks, 90s rock and family
Superpowers: punctuality, deadlines, organization, master of making to-do lists