2019 Conference

Deb Hileman

A business leader and globally certified strategic communication management professional (SCMP™) with more than 30 years’ experience in public and private companies and non-profit organizations, Deborah Hileman, SCMP has led high-performing communications teams in health care, manufacturing, insurance and financial services and higher education, among others. Known as a voice of calm in the midst […]

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Eric Longs

Eric Longs is managing partner of Comet Interactive where he executive produces multi-media projects for Fortune 100 companies. His client range from mobility and transportation to fine and performing arts. He has more than 20 years of production experience, working collaboratively with clients to deliver outstanding results. Eric worked as a producer for Young &

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Robert Herta

Robert Herta, president of Herta LLC, is an award-winning strategic adviser to Fortune 500 companies, startups and non-profits. Previously, he was director of corporate/digital communications and global brand management in the defense/commercial truck industry. Most notably, Robert held several global communications positions during a 15-year career at General Motors – supporting senior executives, business units,

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Guy Westermeyer

As President of Westcomm, Guy Westermeyer’s strategic approach and planning abilities have shaped the communication initiatives of small businesses and established multi-national corporations. Since founding Westcomm in 2001, the company has worked with a variety of clients, including BorgWarner, Community Health Network, Delta Faucet, Purdue University, Remy International, and USIC among others. Known for his

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Julie Rogier

Julie Rogier has significant marketing, communications, and PR expertise achieved from decades of serving business-to-business companies and non-profit organizations. Julie delivers proven, results-oriented programs through hands-on tactical implementation. The IABC presentation draws upon Julie’s tenure as Director of Marketing for a professional services firm. Julie holds a BS (English; Michigan State University) and MBA with

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Peggy Fenwick

Peggy Fenwick brings extensive technology and marketing experience to the development and implementation of integrated marketing communications and public relations strategies for a variety of emerging and established companies in the business-to-business market. Founded in 2005, Markit Strategies and PR has been awarded the prestigious IABC Renaissance Award twelve times for its work supporting client

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Lindsay Wilson

We’re a team of artists who help organizations communicate visually. Co-founders Dusty, Lindsay, and Ryan combined their diverse backgrounds to create Ink Factory in 2011. Since then, Ink Factory has helped a vast array of organizations (from Fortune 100 companies to non-profits) bring their ideas to life with the help of visual notetaking. The methods

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Dusty Folwarczny

We’re a team of artists who help organizations communicate visually. Co-founders Dusty, Lindsay, and Ryan combined their diverse backgrounds to create Ink Factory in 2011. Since then, Ink Factory has helped a vast array of organizations (from Fortune 100 companies to non-profits) bring their ideas to life with the help of visual notetaking. The methods

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Curt McAllister

Curt McAllister is a former award-winning journalist and has been involved in the public relations field for 25 years. During that time, he earned nearly 90 awards in the public relations arena, most for work in the automotive sector. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Ferris State University. In

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David Evanson

David R. Evanson is a writer and consultant with more than 25 years’ experience.  During his career he has focused on business and finance and has written for the media as well as for corporations. Mr. Evanson has written and or published more than 3,000 articles and published more than six books.

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Tony DeFazio

Tony is one of the industry’s premier communications and public relations advisors. He has developed highly successful PR programs for an array of private and public companies across multiple industries. He is a widely respected agency executive and entrepreneur, successfully growing and exciting two agencies.  Tony excels at crafting narratives, cultivating talent, building long-term relationships,

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James Irwin

James Irwin ABC leads a marketing communications team based in the US and India for Deloitte Global. He provides strategic counsel and execution leadership for internal and external campaigns across six industries and twenty-one business sectors, and supports collaborative projects with international NGOs such as the World Economic Forum. He previously held communication management roles

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Michelle Utykanski

An aspiring leader in the healthcare industry, with extensive clinical knowledge, and an understanding of the complexities of social impacts on healthcare disparities and access. 2016 University of Michigan graduate, with a Bachelor of Clinical Health Science. 2018 Grand Valley State University graduate, with a Master of Health Administration. Previous internships include: (Trinity Health) Mercy

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Jennifer Fry

A lifelong Michigan resident, Jennifer Fry holds a B.A. in Journalism from Oakland University and an M.S. in Technical and Professional Communication from Lawrence Technological University. In past lives, she worked for a nonprofit arts organization, where she still volunteers, and a Big Three automotive company. Now employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

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Tracy Imm

Tracy Imm is a communications expert and leadership coach based in Maryland. Her international podcast, Brave Girls with Tracy Imm, showcases the stories of accomplished women and the lessons they are here to share with the world. Tracy has been doing the corporate dance for decades and has more degrees and certificates than you’ll ever

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Cyrus Mavalwala

Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC is a communication strategist, trainer and speaker who has helped organizations achieve their business objectives for more than 20 years. After leading teams at global agencies, he founded Advantis Communications, a digital PR and content development agency that delivers measurable value by integrating traditional, video and social strategies. He also co-founded Act

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Camille Downing

Camille Downing is on the faculty of the School of Communication at Point Park University and is president of Downing Communications, an independent consultancy that specializes in non‑profit public relations and marketing communications. As a communication professional with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of strategic communications planning and implementation, Camille brings

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