Judges 2012The 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 4+ 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.
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 written a much-needed book titled "Become a Franchise Owner", (John Wiley & Sons, Publisher). You can find Joel on the following media outlets: 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 committed to small business growing enough to hire just one more person. She’s accomplishing this mission through DIYMarketers.com, a popular online publication of small business marketing advice. She's the founder of Bizapalooza, a virtual event for small businesses and the co-founder of SmallBizOpinions.com a site where business owner members can get access to data make better decisions. She is the Small Business Book Editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to the American Express Open Forum. She is co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. On Twitter: @DIYMarketers
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. A nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, Rieva has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. She is also the editorial director of Network Solutions’ Grow Smart Business blog, and writes for SCORE, Small Business Trends, SBA.Gov, American Express OPEN Forum, Small Biz Nation on LinkedIn, AT&T, ReadWriteWeb’s startup channel, The Huffington Post Small Business, and her site SmallBizDaily.com. In 2009, she was named to Folio Magazine’s “Folio 40” list, which honors publishing’s top innovators. In 2011 she was named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers.
Michael Crumley , Sr. Manager at PR Newswire, is responsible for developing and managing channel partnerships, alliances and resellers for the PRN SME Program. Michael has a diverse background spanning several industry's including PR/media, technology, and consumer goods. His experience in marketing, business development, technology and sales have allowed him to help grow the PR Newswire SME Program over the last five years. He has a degree from California State University-Sacramento with a BA in Communications.
Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software, founder of bplans.com, and a co-founder of Borland International. He is the author of The Plan-as-you-go Business Plan and Business Plan Pro and is co-author of 3 Weeks to Startup, Sales and Market Forecasting for Entrepreneurs and Hurdle: the Book on Business Planning. Tim has a Stanford MBA degree, plus an MA in Journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, and a BA in Literature magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.
Rod Kurtz is executive editor of HuffPost Small Business. In his role, he oversees all editorial content, including news, features, Board of Directors, and video. He is also the host of Ask Rod. Rod joined AOL in 2010, after nearly seven years as a staff writer and senior editor at Inc. and Inc.com, where he created and oversaw some of the site's most popular franchises, including "30 Under 30: America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs," which received a Folio Eddie Award for Best Online News Coverage. Prior to that, he served as small business editor for BusinessWeek.com. A frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News Channel, and Fox Business Network, Rod is also a guest lecturer in entrepreneurship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr. serves as CEO of the SCORE Association, a position he has held since 1993. He has been responsible for developing SCORE into a one of the most efficient, effective job creation and business formation engines in the nation. Mr. Yancey speaks across the country on the topics of entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, small business trends and volunteer mentoring, appearing on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and PBS. A Texas native, Mr. Yancey received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Texas A&M University.
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.
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