Representing broad marketing expertise, Debbie Samuels is Senior Director, Advanced Analytics Research and Services at SPINS, the leading information and service provider for the natural and specialty products industry. Samuels possesses over 25 years of experience consulting with manufacturers and retailers in the consumer packaged goods industry, helping them drive topline growth through new product innovation and maximizing the return on their marketing investments. Prior to SPINS, Samuels held analytic consulting leadership positions with Infosys and IRI, and market specialist roles with M/A/R/C Research, Management Decision Systems and Nestle.
Jillian Mansolf is a recognized leader in high tech sales and marketing strategies and currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Channels for Xirrus. She has been recognized as one of CRN Magazine’s “Channel Chiefs” for the last five years, as Marketing Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards, as High Tech Brander of the Year by the American Marketing Association and is a member of the Power 100, a list that recognizes the most powerful female executives in the channel. She serves as a board advisor for multiple Silicon Valley start-ups, and also sits on the Customer Advisory Board for Salesforce.com’s marketing automation solution, Pardot. Mansolf has held executive roles with Dell, Snap Appliance, Drobo, Maxtor Corporation and Overland Storage.
Neil is a highly creative researcher and analyst. With a PhD in sociology and over 25 years of marketing, market research and consulting experience, Neil likes to draw from his interests in branded experiences and cultural studies to deeply understand what moves groups of people in meaningful ways. He is currently the Director of Insights & Strategy for 1-800 CONTACTS and Director of Marketing for Lumen Optical – where leads a cross-functional team to deliver insights that drive business, communications, cultural and innovation strategies.