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

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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

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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.”

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

Triniti Burton

VP, Marketing

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Triniti is a brand and demand creator who specializes in helping companies drive meaningful impact at scale. She balances creative and analytical expertise to deliver exceptional customer experiences that accelerate business growth.

Obsessions: Adding Value, Inspiring Change, Alliteration

Superpowers: Omniscopic World View, Intuition, Poetry

Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Aaron Back

Sr. Analyst, Acceleration Economy

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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.”

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

Nancy Anello

National Sponsorship Director

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Nancy is a trust and relationship builder with a long history of helping businesses get closer to their customers. She has been a critical part of the fabric of Dynamic Communities for nearly 15 years.

Obsessions: Entertaining, Cooking Italian Cuisine, Pilates

Superpowers: Tenacity, Breaking the Rules, Big Voice in a Little Body

Quote: “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do” ~ Mother Teresa

Genevieve Dwyer

Controller

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Genevieve is an accomplished Controller & Financial Management professional with extensive background working with startup businesses to reconcile records and transform accounting processes. She’s spent the last 2 decades guiding financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures.

Superpowers: Sarcasm, witty sense of humor, abnormally good social skills for an accountant

Obsessions: animals, beach, scuba, organization, food, fitness

Quote: “It’s not that deep Boo”

Abbey Fetzer

Sr. Director of Customer Success

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Abbey is a seasoned operations, marketing and project management pro. She uses planning, communication and data as the nucleus to success.

Obsessions: Seasons of Minnesota, Living by the Lake, Lifelong Learning

Superpowers: Adventure, Self-Reflection

Quote: “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~ Maya Angelou

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.”

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

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

Lexie Doyle

Event Manager

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Lexie is an events and ops professional, with experience in meetings and conferences of all sizes. She thrives in the chaos that events can bring, with her first-in, last-out, can-do attitude. With ten years of event experience under her belt, she’s excited to bring her expertise to DCI.

Obsessions: The Green Bay Packers, her dogs, and Lagavulin

Superpowers: The Moonwalk, knowing the difference between “their,” “they’re” and “there,” and being relatively charismatic

Quote: “R-E-L-A-X” – Aaron Rodgers

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”

 

Jackson Burke

Marketing Manager

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Jackson is a storytelling savant and brand builder. His marketing tenure focuses on collateral and content creation that elicits market engagement and accelerated audience acquisition. Though skilled at growing digital footprints, Jackson also enjoys fostering physical connections while managing events or partaking in professional conferences.

Obsessions: Marketing SEO Automation, Content Development, Grammar, & Veep (yes, the show)

Superpowers: Fervor, Empathy, & rapier wit

Quote: “I don’t have a favorite decade… I like to remember the whole of my professional life as one wonderful party.” – Debbie Reynolds