We Dig Different & Welcome All

OUR VALUES

We Got You!

We’re living in the acceleration economy. We all want what we want, when we want it. This is why we focus on the stuff that makes that happen like the Cloud, Low Code/No Code Applications, AI/ML, Automation and examine what all that means through our events, website, newsletters, podcasts and more. And it doesn’t stop there. We add in heart, follow through, hard work and some pretty cool ideas to make it all awesome. Oh, and we’re pretty darn good at it too, if we do say so ourselves :-).
  1. Different Ideas

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Smarter Sweat

    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!

  4. No Pitching

    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.

  5. 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.

Our Team

Thinkers, Dreamers & Doers

John Siefert

Chief Executive Officer

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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)

Bob Evans

Chief Content Officer & Cloud Wars Founder

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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?”

Michael Konstas

Chief Finance Officer

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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

Superpowers: Grit

Quote: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

Jose Copado

Chief Information Officer

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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.”

John Muehling

Chief Data Officer

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Throughout his 25-year career, John has advised some of the world’s most recognized brands – Google, Amazon Business, AbbVie, T. Rowe Price and SAP Concur – architecting RevOps strategies, designing and implementing supporting technologies and educating teams on the value of having data strategies and being data-driven. His unique “practitioner perspective” enables his strongest skill – translating strategy into tactical execution to ensure maximum success across the organizations for which he’s worked with and advised.

Obsessions: Clean data, driving meaningful audience engagement and delivering intuitive strategies that enable success.

Superpowers: Determination, Confidence, Passion for Process

Quote: “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napolean Hill

Will Wise

Chief Revenue Officer

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Will has over two decades of technology media and events sales, business development and strategy leadership experience. He thrives on enabling positive customer/audience relationships and solutions, to inspire and drive the industry forward.

Obsessions: Customer engagement & results, synergy, market trends

Superpowers: Collaboration, always learning, encouragement

Quote: “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” -Albert Camus

Danielle Dunlap

SVP, Operations

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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

Aaron Back

VP, Principal Analyst

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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.”

John Foley

SVP Editorial & Sr. Analyst, Acceleration Economy

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John is an accomplished tech journalist, analyst, and thought leader with expertise in data management, cloud, open systems, and the world of IT. He has also helped drive content and communications strategy at Oracle, IBM, and MongoDB.

Obsessions: Innovation, Scale, Disruption, V02 Max

Superpowers: Teamwork, Turning complexity into insights

Quote: “It’s all about the people.”

Tom Smith

SVP Performance Marketing

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Tom Smith is an agile marketer 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 and Dynamic Communities, 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.

 

Bridget Courneya

Editor, Acceleration Economy

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Bridget is a content creator and community builder. She’s spent her entire professional career empowering community through business intelligence tools, educational content, engaging events & bold altruism.

Obsessions: Coffee, red wine, gardening, DIY projects, Yoga, great conversations, traveling, and warm sunny days preferably at the beach

Superpowers: adaptability, positivity and relatability

Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Noel Grom

Sr. Accountant

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Noel is a non-stereotypical accountant – stereotypical in that she does love numbers and logic and rules and when things tie out, but she’s very extroverted and prefers people to computers.

Obsessions: History, learning, collaborating, values, sports, Disney, traveling, space & history nerd

Superpowers: sarcasm, pixie dust

Quote: “Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” – Charles A Beard

Shera Nelson

People & Culture

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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.”

Tristan Rounkles

Customer Service Manager

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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 Martin

Assistant Editor

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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

Jim Donahue

Customer Service Manager

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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

Jennifer Norton

Event Manager

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Jennifer is a passionate and motivated Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with more than 15 years’ experience in conference, meeting, and event management. She is highly skilled in Event Design with a complete understanding of logistics, on-site production, room block management, contract negotiation, the food and beverage industry and digital platforms. Recognized as a Top Performer Jennifer is a diplomatic communicator providing superior customer care, professionalism and integrity to VIP sponsors and clients.
Obsessions: The beach, the ocean, a lake and any boat…along with a beautiful sunset and a flute filled with bubbly.

Superpowers: Making the best of any situation. Celebrating every life milestone

Quote: “Do or Do not…there is no Try” Yoda

Hannah Thorsen

Event Programming Specialist

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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.”

Ramin Tahsili

Marketing Manager

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Ramin is a meticulous, analytical, and results-driven performance marketing manager. Proven track record of managing marketing campaigns to drive improved audience engagement, brand visibility and conversions. Out-of-the-box thinker committed to adapting brands and advertising strategies for business development.

Obsessions: Music, Sushi, Sunset

Superpowers: Extrovert, Creative, Enthusiastic, Inquisitive

Quote: “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

 

Tom Abreu

Developer

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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

Katherine Robeson

Event Manager

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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 Panicker

Controller

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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.”

Abbey Chun

Sales Director

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Abbey takes pride in creating long-lasting strategic partnerships! She listens and understands the needs of her clients and loves to be an extension of their team.

A native of San Francisco, she brings over 20 years of multi-faceted sales experience in online media, digital and live events. As Abbey would say, “Events are like a party – everyone’s invited!”

Obsessions: Family, travel, gnomes, and getting things done! (My middle name is “Chop-Chop”)

Superpowers: Ability to make a change, serious multi-tasker, and flourisher

Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

Pam Misialek

Community Director

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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