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Judges 2011The Small Business Influencer initiative has assembled an expert panel of Judges with deep and wide knowledge of the small business market. The Judges' votes will be weighted 60%, along with the community votes at 40%, to choose the final 100 Small Business Influencers. Judges include:
Anita Campbell is Publisher of Small Business Trends, reaching 2+ million small business owners and stakeholders annually, and BizSugar, a social media site for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Anita is on the Induction Committee of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. She was an expert source for the Intuit Future of Small Business Report, and was a long-time board member of NEOSA, the technology network of COSE.org, and the University of Akron's Center for Information Technology and eBusiness. Formerly Senior Vice President and then CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell Company, Anita is a frequent speaker who contributes writings across the Web. She is the author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011). On Twitter: @SmallBizTrends.
Ramon Ray is a journalist, technology evangelist, publisher of SmallBizTechnology.com and author of "Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses" (Amacom). He produces the Annual Small Business Summit, Taste of Technology Series, 12 Hours Of Tech and other events in New York City and across the United States. Ramon has written over 8,000 articles and posts – all focused on technology for growing businesses. Ramon is not "just" a technology writer, but, as a former small business technology consultant, he has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers and supporting the technology that small businesses use on a daily basis. On Twitter: @RamonRay.
Barry Moltz gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. Barry Moltz has decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures as well as consulting with other entrepreneurs. He is the author of three books, including "You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business," which is in its 5th reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai. Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. He is a frequent keynote speaker. On Twitter: @BarryMoltz.
Brent Leary is a CRM industry analyst, advisor, author and speaker. He is co-founder of CRM Essentials LLC, an Atlanta based CRM advisory firm covering tools and strategies for improving business relationships. Recognized by InsideCRM as one of the 25 most influential industry leaders, Leary also is a past recipient of CRM Magazine's Most Influential Leader Award. He serves on the national board of the CRM Association, and on the advisory boards of the University of Toronto's CRM Center of Excellence, and TheSocialCustomer.com. Leary writes a regular online column for Inc. Magazine, and blogs at BrentLeary.com. On Twitter: @BrentLeary.
Edith Yeung is an entrepreneur, speaker, TV host & community organizer. She is the Founder of SFentrepreneur, a 3700+ members strong entrepreneur organization based out of San Francisco and BizTechDay, the most insightful voice of news, events & research for the SMB internet market. Prior, she worked with companies including AT&T Wireless, Oracle, Siebel, Autodesk, Cisco, Telstra, and Hungary Telecom. Edith and her work have been featured by numerous media outlets including, Read Write Web, Small Business Trends, World Journal News, Fora TV, NPR, Comcast and CBS 5. On Twitter: @EdithYeung
Joel Libava, The Franchise King®, is a brutally honest, mostly non-politically correct entrepreneur, who's hyper-focused on teaching would-be franchise owners how to not lose their money. Joel's authoritative articles on franchising can be found on several popular small business-related websites like Small Business Trends, Open Forum by American Express, and SBA.gov. He’s also writing a much-needed book on becoming a franchise owner, (John Wiley & Sons, Publisher) due out the fall of 2011. Media outlets like Fox Business News, Entrepreneur Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, and Inc.com call on Joel for his no-spin insights into the world of franchising and small business. On Twitter: @FranchiseKing
Ivana Taylor is the CEO of DIYMarketers.com – a membership community of scrappy savvy marketers and an online marketing publication that provides marketing advice and short cuts for CEOs with no marketing department. Prior to that, she was the Worldwide Director of Marketing for a divested division of Monsanto. She is an expert and the Small Business Book Editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to the American Express Open Forum. Her boutique strategic consulting firm, Third Force, specializes in helping companies find their best customers and be the one they choose –- regardless of price. She is co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. On Twitter: @DIYMarketers
John Warrillow is the author of Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, released by Portfolio/Penguin on April 28, 2011. He has started and exited four companies. Most recently he transformed Warrillow & Co. from a boutique consultancy into a recurring revenue model subscription business, which was acquired by The Corporate Executive Board. In 2008 he was recognized by BtoB Magazine’s "Who's Who" list as one of America's most influential business-to-business marketers. On Twitter: @JohnWarrillow
Jim Blasingame is president and founder of Small Business Network, Inc., a media company dedicated to serving small business. He is the creator and award-winning host of The Small Business Advocate® Show, the world's only weekday radio talk show dedicated to small business, nationally syndicated since 1997. Jim is a syndicated columnist and the author of two books, "Small Business Is Like a Bunch of Bananas" and "Three Minutes to Success." Jim also authors the Ask Jim® column for Entrepreneur’s Startup magazine. The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Jim as the 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year. He is a member of the SBA’s National Advisory Council. On Twitter: @JimBlasingame
Rick Calvert is the CEO and Co-founder of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. He has been involved in the trade show industry since 1996 serving as sales manager and director of sales for three of Tradeshow Week’s top 200 events. After have experienced success with his own political blog and realizing no tradeshow existed for blogging and new media, he launched BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas in November of 2007 and attracted 1,600 attendees to the inaugural event. BlogWorld & New Media Expo today attracts nearly 4,000 attendees and its blog and website attracts more than 200,000 readers, listeners and viewers. On Twitter: @BlogWorld