2017 Conference

Kelly Tucker

Kelly Tucker is on a mission to get communication professionals to tell stories in 140 characters or less. As the content creation manager at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, MI, Kelly is passionate about the future of corporate communications, brand journalism and social media.

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Tracy Imm, ABC, APR

Tracy Imm, ABC, APR is currently a political appointee leading public affairs activity for the Maryland Insurance Administration in Baltimore. Recently named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, she is an active member of both IABC and PRSA. Her corporate communications leadership experience spans 11 industries, including global multinationals, nuclear power,

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Sean Williams

Sean Williams is vice president and practice lead for education and internal communications at True Digital Communications, a full-service communication and marketing agency based in greater Cleveland. Previously, he was owner of Communication AMMO, Inc. from 2009 to 2017. Focusing on research-based, strategic counsel and execution, much of his current work centers on the integrated communication

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Guy Westermeyer

As founder and president of Westcomm, Guy Westermeyer’s proven strategic thinking and planning ability have shaped the communication initiatives of small business startups and established, multinational corporate entities. Now in its 16th year, Westcomm has grown to be a full-service agency with capabilities including PR, marketing, employee communications, video production, social media, and content marketing.

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Rocky Walls

Rocky Walls has a simple belief at the intersection of his personal and professional life: people need connections, and the best ones come from communication that’s real and simple. He frequently speaks and advises on video content strategy, drawing upon his experience overseeing the production of thousands of videos through his company, 12 Stars Media,

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John Tantillo, Ph.D

John Tantillo, Ph.D. is a branding and marketing expert who is currently an independent marketing consultant at the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in New York City. He has written over 90 articles that have been published in major U.S. news organizations and reached over a million readers. He has also appeared on national U.S.

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Yvette Sterbenk

Yvette Sterbenk has more than 20 years of experience in communication management. She was the senior manager of communications at The Corning Museum of Glass from 2004 to 2015. Prior to that, she worked on consumer accounts at various agencies, including BSMG/Weber Shandwick, with clients like Burger King and Tiffany & Co. Since 2015, she

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Gary Spondike

Gary Spondike is the director of business at Pitch Black Media, a Detroit-based digital agency. He is a results-oriented communications professional with 27 years of experience in business development, marketing communications and brand management. As an IABC member for more than 20 years, Gary has served on several committees for both the Detroit Chapter and

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Kip Soteres

Kip Soteres is a change communications expert at Soteres Consulting with 20 years of experience communicating change in various industries. In that time, he has won Gold Quill and Silver Anvil awards for change communications targeting large employee populations. His work has supported change efforts with significantly higher success rates than industry standards by using

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Jim Shaffer

Jim Shaffer, IABC Fellow, is an internationally recognized business adviser, leadership coach, author, speaker and leader of the Jim Shaffer Group, a team of seasoned advisers devoted to improving strategy execution through strong leaders and engaged people. Prior to starting the Jim Shaffer Group, Jim was a principal, vice president and global leader of a

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Oliver Schmidt

Oliver S. Schmidt has more than 25 years of consulting, training and coaching experience in the areas of strategic communications, crisis management and organizational leadership. As the managing partner of C4CS, he advises domestic and international clients on crisis and risk communication, issues and reputation management, and crisis and risk management. He has presented and

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Amelia Reigstad

Amelia Reigstad is a PR practitioner and university faculty member with several years of experience in the corporate and education sectors. She developed Crosspoint Communications, a full-service consulting agency from a grassroots level in 2007 and taught a variety of PR and communications courses in Canada, the U.S., Europe and the U.K. Amelia currently teaches

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Jennifer Miele

Jennifer Miele has spent more than a decade in Pittsburgh Television, first as a reporter for WTAE Channel 4 Action News, then as the spokesperson and Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Excela Health. She is now Jennifer Miele, Vice President, Consumerism and Innovation, Excela Health. She and her teams have amassed dozens of accolades

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Jeff Hutson, ABC

In his role as chief communication officer, Jeff Hutson, ABC is responsible for retirement education, counseling and issue management and communications for the Indiana Public Retirement System. The seven-plan, $30 billion system serves approximately 450,000 members and retirees representing more than 1,100 employers, including public universities, school corporations, municipalities and state agencies. His team includes

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Kristin Hancock

A product of the year that brought you “Purple Rain,” Kristin Hancock spends weekdays at the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba guiding a communications team through exciting regulatory adventures. In addition to her passion for great shoes and hot dogs, she believes strongly in leaning in, giving back and erring on the side of

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Chuck Gose

Chuck Gose is a self-proclaimed Skyline Chili connoisseur and Duran Duran fan with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, corporate communications and internal communications. He is also the founder of ICology, a resource and podcast dedicated to interesting people doing interesting things in the world of internal communications. Chuck serves as vice president of

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Brad Gorman

Brad Gorman is a communications professional with more than ten years of experience working in employee engagement, change management, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and global corporate communications. He currently serves as communication manager for the world’s largest consumer appliance company, Whirlpool Corporation, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  

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Tamara Gillis, Ed.D., ABC, IABC Fellow, FRSA

Tamara Gillis, Ed.D., ABC, IABC Fellow, FRSA is an author, professor and corporate consultant specializing in assessment, employee engagement and change management. She is a Page Legacy Scholar of The Arthur W. Page Center and recipient of the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations. She has led training experiences for Royal Roads

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Chris Gay

Chris Gay is the founder of Bridge Consulting, a group that focuses on communication, transformation and employee engagement strategies that affect business results. She has worked in corporate settings for more than 20 years, has been consulting for the last 15 years and served as the global employee engagement and communication practice leader for Right

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Paul Furiga

Paul Furiga is chief storyteller of WordWrite Communications. He is writing a book on storytelling in business, “Why Your Story Trumps Your Brand,” that builds on WordWrite’s storytelling process, “StoryCrafting.” Previously, he was a vice president at Ketchum Public Relations, working with Firestone, Delta and Rutgers University. He spent two decades in journalism, covering congress and

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