2017 Marketing Judging Committee
Allen Jernigan, CEO
My Marketing Department, Inc., Seminole, Florida
In 2007, Allen Jernigan opened the flat-fee marketing company My Marketing Department, Inc. to assist business owners who do not have the time or employees to implement their own marketing plans. In 2009, Allen opened MMDprinting, MMDtradeshow and, in 2011, MMDpromo, to complement the parent company’s clients.
After leaving college, Allen spent 8 years with professional sports teams as the Assistant General Manager of Marketing & Sales for the Mobile BayBears, Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the Director of Promotions & Special Events for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Later, Allen became the Regional Director of Marketing for SunTrust Bank-Tampa Bay, overseeing 110 bank branches and 5 lines of business. He then moved to HomeDiscovery Real Estate Services and headed their marketing and sales for Florida. Allen is a past Chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee, a former Board Member of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council, and currently serves with the St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club. He is a member of USA Today’s Small Business Team, the Tampa Bay Media Advisory Panel, and of USA Triathlon and USA Masters Swimming, and an IRONMAN Finisher (Austria 2016).
Allen graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Communications with minors in Public Relations and English. He is married to his college sweetheart, Pepir, and they live and train for triathlon races together in and around the Tampa Bay, Florida area.
In a break from working and training, Allen told us: “As a judge for the Stevie Awards for many years, I am continually amazed by the innovative and creative ways businesses market their companies. Most people do not see or understand how much is involved in putting together a marketing campaign, live event, online promotion or an entire marketing team. The Stevie Awards bring the details and those behind the scenes out in front for all of us see, celebrate, and congratulate.”
Christopher Bero, VP of Global Marketing
Flexjet, Murphy, Texas
Kathleen Bouldin, Senior Digital Marketing Consultant
Enable Consulting LLC, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Mary DiMaggio, Senior Vice President
BioCentric Inc., Collingswood, New Jersey
Mary DiMaggio has more than 25 years of experience in a complete range of strategic multi-media health communication services for government programs, consumer awareness and health education, social marketing, partnership development and brand management. Ms. DiMaggio is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for BioCentric Inc. a medical communications company.
Joe Escobedo, Director of Marketing
Happy Marketing, Singapore
With over 10 years' experience in Asia, Joe has created and led successful digital marketing and PR campaigns for everyone from startups to Fortune 500 firms. He is currently the Director of Marketing at both Happy Marketer and FutureMarketer. He is also a Forbes and Huffington Post contributor.
Deanna Harms, Executive Vice President
Greteman Group, Wichita, Kansas
Deanna Harms has helped build Greteman Group’s brand as an aviation-specialty marketing agency based in Wichita, Kan. – the Air Capital. Leading aircraft manufacturers, flight support, aftermarket services, fractional ownership, insurance, in-flight Wi-Fi, and regional airlines entrust their brands to the agency. Harms offers clients sound counsel, strategically executed.
Debby Hill, Creative Director, Founder
iQbranding, St. Petersburg, Florida
Debby Hill is the Creative Director/Owner of iQbranding, focused on creating value for their clients by designing a comprehensive brand identity. She has thirty years experience as a Graphic Designer and Creative Director, primarily in the Advertising Agency environment. Debby’s expertise covers a wide variety of industries from startups to large corporations. She is passionate about painting a picture that represents her clients and connects to their marketplace. Perhaps the most important factor is her ability to understand her clients business, and the expertise to create a brand image that communicates effectively.
Chris Hook, Senior Director, Global Marketing & Public Relations
Radeon Technologies Group at AMD, Austin, Texas
Craig Kavicky, Vice President
Lextant, Columbus, Ohio
Craig is the Vice President of Client Services for Lextant where he oversees accounts, business development, marketing/PR and project management. His aim is help clients innovate with confidence when it comes to their brands, products or services by understanding the drivers of consumer behavior.
Patrick King, Founder/CEO
Imagine, Inc., Manassas, Virginia
As founder of digital marketing firm Imagine, Patrick and his team have developed strategy and creative for dozens of brands, including Jim Beam, Rubbermaid, Nestle, Rolls Royce and the American Red Cross. He and his wife live in Gainesville, Virginia.
Karmen Luznik, Managing Partner
Render Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Experienced in strategic brand building and management, Karmen built her expertise around advanced services and new technologies with focus on telecommunications, before moving to ad-tech space leading Celtra Inc’s global marcomm efforts. Passionate about CX, design & innovation she took over a digital CX agency Renderspace as Managing Partner where she is focused on creating new business opportunities based on emerging trends and new user behaviour patterns.
Ashley Mayhew, Communications & Media Lead
TD Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
After graduating with a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto, Ashley's professional experience has spanned small tech-start up (B2B) to one of the largest banks in North America. With this diverse range of experience, Ashley has become a leader in Employer Brand space - a hybrid between HR and Marketing. As a Communications and Media Lead in Employee Experience at TD Bank Group, she consults leadership in building employee experience strategy, while fostering an engaging culture through effective communications. Specializing in online branding, marketing and social media strategy, Ashley is passionate about developing company brands through ambassadorship and employee storytelling.
Josh Moody, Director of R&D
97th Floor, Lehi, Utah
Josh Moody is an award winning digital marketer and Director of R&D at 97th Floor. He has created digital marketing campaigns for clients such as Salesforce, Pluralsight and Progenex with his work being featured on sites such as The Huffington Post, DailyMail and VentureBeat.
Nick Padley, Director of Training
CD2 Learning, Overland Park, Kansas
Nick is the Director of Training at CD2 Learning, where he has the opportunity to help companies transform their training and development departments using online learning.
Danielle Pak, Marketing Manager
Siteworx, Reston, Virginia
Heidi Pink, Graphic Artist
Pink Gallery, Largo, Florida
Heidi Pink is an accomplished freelance graphic designer. Her clientele consists of a kaleidoscope of businesses and organizations, both large and small. Heidi enjoys helping entrepreneurs in achieving specific aspirations and is extremely passionate in every endeavor.
Tom Pitts, Content Marketing Manager
Tether Tools, Phoenix, Arizona
Tom Pitts is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy and creation, copywriting, social media, and corporate communications for multi-million dollar companies across diverse industries.
Jessica Puder, Integrated Marketing Strategist
Roper St. Francis, Charleston, South Carolina
Susan Saurage-Altenloh, Chief Insights Officer
Saurage Research, Inc., Houston, Texas
Susan Saurage-Altenloh specializes in designing research strategies and producing results that meet clients' information needs – completely and exactly. Her 20+ years of experience include facilitating more than 15,000 qualitative sessions, completing thousands of quantitative studies, and securing a reputation for producing reliable, timely, applicable results. Her firm, which stays on the early adoption curve of new techniques and methodologies, has won several national and regional awards for its creative and unique research approaches to secure critical, usable information for marketing and strategic planning purposes.
Zora Senat, President
Exact Data, Chicago, Illinois
Bill Shelton, Senior Vice President of Marketing
USHEALTH Advisors, LLC, Grapevine, Texas
Bill is a 26-year veteran of the health insurance industry.
Alexis Taylor, Marketing Writer
Roth Staffing Companies, Orange, California
With a Master’s in Applied Psychology from USC, Alexis is passionate about bringing the human element to business. Her career has included market research and strategy; she currently serves as Marketing Writer and in-house organizational psychology specialist for Roth Staffing Companies.
Scott Thomas, CEO
Exegan Media & Entertainment, Las Vegas, Nevada
Scott Thomas is the founder and CEO of Las Vegas based Exegan Media & Entertainment. The company specializes in the acquisition and management of record label catalogs, and recently announced the launch of Nashville based Silverado Records.
Jennifer Watkiss, Head of Marketing Communications
Adestra Ltd., Oxford , Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Jennifer has been marketing to, for, and with B2B technology companies more than a decade. As Head of Marketing Communications at Adestra, she brings her deep knowledge of and passion for technology solutions to the realm of digital marketing. When she’s not busy nerding-out… actually, nevermind. That hasn’t happened yet.
Ed Weisberg, Managing Partner: Marketing & Business Development
Commerce Expertise, Sudbury, Massachusetts
Ed brings over 30 years of experience opening marketing and sales channels for innovative products. As Managing Partner of CommerceExpertise, he serves as part-time CMO and board advisor for companies in healthcare, sustainability, and SaaS technology. Ed has a M.S in Management from MIT Sloan, and a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gregory Wright, Director, Content Marketing
Association of National Advertisers, Los Angeles, California
Greg is a skilled marketing technologist with more than 12 years of experience in marketing, communications, and advertising. He has an MBA in Marketing and a BA in Political Science and Geography. Greg currently serves as the Director of Content Marketing at the Association of National Advertisers.