Speakers

The always entertaining Mike Veeck will be our keynote speaker. But wait…there’s more! There’s also an expert panel discussion on the challenges of doing business in the current ecommerce environment. Gloves off…game on.

Speakers

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Keynote
Mike Veeck
St. Paul Saints
Founder, Fun Is Good - Employee Engagement Consultants

Mike Veeck is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur, college professor, marketing, promotions and advertising expert as well as an owner of several successful minor-league baseball clubs and the business consulting firm, Fun Is Good. His name is synonymous with fun and creativity and he continues to blaze new trails each year.

He believes anything is possible and that passion drives performance!   This is the premise of his acclaimed books; Fun Is Good and his newest irreverent book; Another Boring, Derivative, Piece of Crap Business Book.  Through stories of his successes and failures, Mike demonstrates that every good idea starts with innovative, creative and many times totally outrageous suggestions. Who else would train a pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, hire mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for people at a game?  He has been recognized and praised by reputable business critics for exceptional employee engagement by bringing, joy, innovation and inclusion to the workplace. 

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Panelist
Marc Kermisch
Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.
Chief Information Officer, Vice President – The Garage

Marc Kermisch is Chief Information Officer and Vice President – The Garage for the Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.  As CIO, Marc is responsible for all aspects of technology from the retail experience through to manufacturing. The Garage, is Red Wing Shoe’s Innovation Center, focused on developing products, manufacturing capabilities, consumer experiences and business models of the future. Marc views his role as an enabler, ensuring that Red Wing Shoes is able to maximize its market position and scale to meet customer demands. He works hard to bring together all aspects of the organization from marketing, manufacturing, finance, product design and retail operations to develop the solutions and innovations our company requires.

Prior to joining Red Wing Shoe Company in 2014, Marc has built his experience over 20 years building technology products and services across Retail, Public Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and High-tech Startups. He has held roles from Support and IT Operations to Application Development and Program Management.

 

 

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Panelist
Robert Gilbreath
ShipStation
VP of Marketing & Partnerships

Robert Gilbreath is Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships at Austin-based eCommerce shipping software provider ShipStation. Prior to ShipStation, Gilbreath was an executive at Internet Retailer Top 500 website Calendars.com. He cut his teeth online via selling items on eBay as well as building websites for various sizes of organizations and businesses. When not making things happen online, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 3 children.

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Panelist
Ben Davis
Cambria
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

Ben joined Cambria as its EVP and Chief Digital Officer in June 2015 and later became its EVP and CIO. Ben oversees all technology deliverables for Cambria and other properties. His career includes service as an Operations Executive for multiple “born in the cloud” based businesses and has delivered data and content systems to customers on six continents. Ben owned many facets of technology delivery to customers as part of his Operations experiences. Ben began his career working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He holds a BS, Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.

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Spotlight Speaker
Tink Taylor
Dotmailer
President & Founder

Tink is Founder & President of dotmailer & dotdigital Group PLC (founded in 1999). He has 20 years’ experience in the field of digital communications and has introduced digital marketing to companies large and small. Tink has been pivotal in the development of digital marketing since its outset in both the UK and the US. In 2014 Taylor was elected as Advisory Committee Member of the Board of the US Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council (EEC). He constantly strives to help individual organizations, and the industry as a whole, to develop and progress, acting as a serial tech advisor and investor outside of dotmailer. Tink first launched dotmailer in the US at the back end of 2012 and later took dotmailer to APAC in 2015.

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Spotlight Speaker
Jill Rose
PayPal
Senior Director and General Manager of Mid Market, North America

With more than a decade experience in payments and e-commerce, Jill Rose brings extensive knowledge of the industry and the issues that merchants face. At PayPal she has lead many aspects of our merchants business – including the global launch of PayPal Here and Large Enterprise Sales Operations. She is now is responsible for our Mid Market Business Segment.  Her business unit is one of the largest contributors to the overall company performance.

Prior to PayPal, Jill came to Bill Me Later in 2006. At Bill Me Later Jill lead sales operations, product marketing and sales strategy. Bill Me Later was created as an alternative payment model that would analyze risk more accurately than existing credit card providers, while offering lower fees for merchants and greater convenience for consumers. Jill joined PayPal in 2008 after PayPal acquired Bill Me Later in a deal worth nearly $1 billion. Prior to 2005, Jill spent 5 years at MBNA in various functions including risk and collections.  

Jill earned her Bachelor of Science at Elon University with a degree in marketing and minor in economics. Jill earned her MBA from John Carroll University in 2005. Jill is a passionate animal lover and traveler. Her and her family live in Phoenix, MD.  

 

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Hosted by
Darin Lynch
Irish Titan
Founder and CEO

Darin Lynch is the Founder and CEO of Irish Titan, a digital agency focused on ecommerce, complex websites and digital strategy. Darin offers over 20 years of leadership, sales and marketing, web and technology experience ranging from Fortune 100 financial firms to national retailers to start-up and early stage companies.

Darin has trademarked “Business First. Online Second.”, as it’s one of the key principles that defines Irish Titan’s “Why”.  That serves as the foundation for the team of 30 Titans, their hundreds of clients, and the range of services provided by Irish Titan since 2004.

Darin is a regular speaker at national and local events and has been honored as a 40 Under 40 winner by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, one of the Real Power 50 by Minnesota Business, is a member of the Federal Reserve Board Small Business Council, serves on the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship board, and is a mentor for the MN Cup. Darin has also bought Clint Eastwood a beer and is a former presidential candidate. Honestly. But both of those stories are better shared in person.

Irish Titan has been designated a Best Places to Work by both Minnesota Business and the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal every year since 2014, has been designated a Top 25 Web Development and Design Firm by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal since 2014, was a 2014 finalist for the Minnesota Business Ethics, was awarded 2016 digital agency of the year by Minneapolis Happenings.