Matt DixonMatt Dixon

Chief Product & Research Officer

Matt Dixon is Chief Product & Research Officer of the Austin-based AI and machine learning venture, Tethr. In this capacity, he has responsibility for product strategy, product management and product marketing.

Prior to joining Tethr, Matt was a Senior Partner and Global Head of Sales Force Effectiveness Solutions at Korn Ferry Hay Group and, before that, held numerous global leadership roles in research, product development and management for CEB, now Gartner.

A seasoned business researcher, Matt has been involved in dozens of original quantitative and qualitative research studies on topics ranging from customer experience strategy to customer service and sales effectiveness. His first book, The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation (Penguin, November 2011), was a #1 Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestseller and has sold nearly a million copies worldwide and has been translated into a dozen languages. The Challenger Sale has won acclaim as “the most important advance in selling for many years” (SPIN Selling author Neil Rackham) and “the beginning of a wave that will take over a lot of selling organizations in the next decade.” (Business Insider).

Matt is also a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, having been published more than twenty times in both HBR’s print and online editions. Matt is a sought-after speaker and advisor to management teams around world, having presented his findings at a wide range of industry conferences as well as to hundreds of senior executive teams around the world, including those of many Fortune 500 companies.

Matt holds a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA with honors from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

Mike MichalowiczMike Michalowicz

Author and Entrepreneur

By his 35th birthday, Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multimillion-dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor … and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula”, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Mike is now running his third million-dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics, and is the author of Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic.”


Jennifer AcevedoJennifer Acevedo


Jennifer is the Editor-in-Chief of VMSD magazine and is a 25-year-veteran print journalist who has researched, spoken and written extensively on the strategy, design and marketing of retail and consumer brands. Born in New York City, she has enjoyed time living abroad, in Mexico City and Caracas, Venezuela, and is currently based in Chicago. The opportunity to experience other cultures from a young age contributed to her love of travel, design, art and art history, food and photography. VMSD is celebrating its 120th year covering the visual merchandising and store design space.

Andy BanerjeeAndy Banerjee

Managing Principal of Business Analytics & Forecasting
IHS Markit

Aniruddha (Andy) Banerjee is an applied economist and statistician who specializes in applying advanced analytics to find business solutions. Over much of his career, he has conducted econometric analysis and forecasting to support the strategic, regulatory, and litigation aspects of network industries such as telecommunications, cable, media, and home security companies.

Currently, as Managing Principal of Business Analytics & Forecasting at IHS Markit, Andy is applying recent advances in data science to support a wide array of industries. Business solutions provided pertain to, among others, demand forecasting, consumer behavior and choice, pricing and price elasticity, marketing channel effectiveness, market segmentation, and economic impacts.

Andy is a member of the International Telecommunications Society and serves on its Board of Directors and Publications Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Brad BeridgeBrad Berridge

Director of Sound Operations
Feld Entertainment

Brad Berridge is an American sound artist and designer. His theatrical sound designs and original compositions have been heard in theaters across the United States. His work as the Creative Director for the sound art collective Push The Button has been heard across the U.S. and Eastern Europe. Brad is a member of USA 829 (Theatrical Designers Union), the TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designer's and Composer's Association), and an Associate Artist for WAM Theatre.

Currently, Brad is the Director of Sound Operations for Feld Entertainment, overseeing the sound for all their properties (Disney on Ice, Disney Live, Marvel Universe Live, Sesame Street Live, Trolls: The Experience (opening in New York City November 2018), Jurassic World Live (premiering 2019), and Feld Motorsports).

Barbara BrandtBarbara Brandt

Classroom Technology Services
Emory University

Barbara Brandt leads the Classroom Technologies Team in the Academic and Administrative Information Technology division at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her focus is classroom and collaborative space design and audiovisual technology support. Her team provides campus-wide operational services including: audiovisual support for over 200 classrooms, videoconferencing, video streaming, webcasting and campus cable television distribution. She has served for three years in a leadership role on the AVIXA Technology Manager Council and has presented nationally on topics of classroom design and presentation technologies. Barb has served in higher education for over 15 years and holds a BFA in Communications from Kutztown University.

Malcolm BrownMalcolm Brown

Director of Learning Initiatives

Joining EDUCAUSE in 2009, Malcolm Brown is Director of Learning Initiatives. In that role, he has initiated major EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) undertakings such as its Seeking Evidence of Impact program, the Learning Space Rating System, and the annual Key Issues survey. He oversees the 7 Things You Should Know About publication and the Transforming Higher Ed blog. He also sits on the board of directors of IMS Global. Prior to coming to EDUCAUSE, Malcolm was the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, overseeing a team active in instructional technology, research computing, classroom technology, and pedagogical innovation. During his tenure at Dartmouth, he worked actively with the ELI, contributing chapters to the EDUCAUSE eBooks, helping to plan focus sessions, and serving on the ELI Advisory Board. Prior to Dartmouth, he worked on initiatives in the humanities at Stanford University.

Malcolm has been a member of the EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee and was the editor for the New Horizons column for the EDUCAUSE Review. He has served as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Program. He also has been on the Advisory Board for the Horizon Report since its inception in 2004 and served as Chair of Board of the New Media Consortium. Malcolm holds a pair of BA degrees from UC Santa Cruz; studied in Freiburg, Germany, on Fulbright scholarships; and has a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University. He hosts the ELI webinar series, focus sessions, and presents on the EDUCAUSE Live! webcast.

Dan DaleyDan Daley

Freelance Journalist

Dan Daley is a noted journalist and author covering the nexus of technology, business and entertainment for dozens of technology publications, as well as the London Daily Telegraph, Fast Company, History Channel Magazine and AARP The Magazine. He is also the author of several books, including Nashville’s Unwritten Rules: Inside the Business of Country Music (Overlook Press) and the digital music technology chapter of the tenth edition of Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, the world’s most widely sold textbook for academic music industry programs.

Bill DorseyBill Dorsey

Founder and Chairman
Association of Luxury Suite Directors

Bill is currently the Chairman of the ALSD, an association he founded 28 years ago. The ALSD, which now numbers over 1,200-member facilities and affiliates, is a clearinghouse of information for the $20 billion premium seat industry. The ALSD tracks suite usage, amenities, occupancy rates, lease deals, new and renovated venue design and construction, and almost any other area that may affect the premium seat marketplace. The annual ALSD Conference now includes the Sports Venue Design & Build Forum, to cover the constantly evolving stadium and arena landscape from a design and fan experience perspective. Bill also played a role in beginning the Sports Sales Boot Camp. He has also done extensive research on suite buying habits, with the ALSD team.

During the past 28 years, Bill has been instrumental in starting numerous businesses in the sports marketplace. His background has roots in publishing and sports, having been a sports writer for a major daily as well as an editor and publisher of several national start-up magazines in the trade and consumer markets. Prior to 1990, Bill was the Editor and Publisher of Skybox magazine, a sports business publication that was distributed in luxury suites across the world.

He holds a BA in English from the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated with honors in 1974. He is married with three children and four grandchildren.

Margot DouaihyMargot Douaihy

AV Technology

An early fascination with psychoacoustics and radio's intimacy sparked Margot Douaihy's love for technology. Since 2000, she has covered the AV industry as an editor, storyteller, and analyst. Margot currently serves as the editor-at-large of AV Technology magazine, published by Future Plc, which won the coveted Best Media Brand (Overall Editorial Excellence) in the 2018 Jesse H. Neal Awards. She also won the 2018 Mattera Mentorship Award for outstanding stewardship in B2B publishing.

Pushpa GowdaPushpa Gowda

Executive Vice President and Global Technology Engagement Director

Pushpa Gowda is the Global Technology Engagement Director for JLL. In her current role, Pushpa raises awareness of and promotes new and existing technology through PR, communications, tech showcases and education to accelerate sales processes, win more business and increase productivity for the firm. Pushpa has over 20 years of experience in this industry spanning business lines and geographies with a focus on sales operations, business development, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and CRM systems.

In addition to her Global Technology role, she is the Americas Regional Chapter Chair of the JLL Women's Business Network, overseeing content for over 3,000 women. Originally from Boston, Pushpa has spent time in Barbados and now lives in Miami. She received her MBA from Bentley College and her BA from Tufts University.

She is a member of Women in Technology International and the National Association of Professional Women. She also plays a key role in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Brad GrimesBrad Grimes

Senior Director, Communications

Brad Grimes is Senior Director of Communications for AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, and the former editor of Pro AV magazine. He edited the McGraw-Hill Education books CTS-D, Certified Technology Specialist-Design Exam Guide; CTS, Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide: Second Edition; and Networked AV Systems.

Mat GurdaMat Gurda

Associate Director, Interior Design
FRCH Design Worldwide

As an Associate Director with FRCH, Mat owns the creative ideation within a given project; he’s played a lead role in a wide variety of concept work across many industries. His strong visualization skills are realized through hand sketches and 3D visualization, capturing and taking ideas to paper with speed. Mat works closely with a team of strategists and designers to create ownable and scalable solutions for clients that always focus on the customer experience.

Originally from upstate New York, Mat has a background that includes both architectural and industrial design. He spent time with a variety of firms, working within exhibit, retail and restaurant design studios. His client experience includes Samsung, The Home Depot, Starbucks, CVS Health, and Echo Park Automotive.

Additionally, Mat is an adjunct college professor, having taught within the design programs at The Ohio State University, the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA).

Pablo HendersonPablo Henderson

Senior Global Director of Brand Marketing
W Hotels

Pablo Henderson is the Senior Global Director of Brand Marketing for W Hotels. With more than 15 years in global marketing, branding and innovation, Pablo was the 2013 recipient of the Innovation in Technology Award from the Georgia Hospitality and Lodging Association for work developing the first hotel branded citywide Wi-Fi network and touchscreen portal.

Michael JudehMichael Judeh

Regional Director of Technology

Michael Judeh, CTS, is the Regional Director of Technology at Convene, the nation's fastest growing network of full-service meeting, event, and flexible work spaces. Michael is a coach-centric, empowering leader of a team of technology experts at Convene, with a demonstrated history of managing technology in the entertainment and events industry.

Beth KormanikBeth Kormanik


Beth Kormanik is Executive Editor of BizBash. She joined BizBash in 2012 as a Senior Editor and has led such projects as the Top 100 Events in the United States as well as coverage of events including the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Art Basel Miami Beach, and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Along with BizBash CEO David Adler, she is co-host of the podcast GatherGeeks. Beth has written for The New York Times and was a staff reporter at the Florida Times-Union and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers, where she covered politics, education, and local news. She also served as Managing Editor of the hospitality trade publication Hotel Interactive. Beth is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and resides in Brooklyn.

Bryan LewisBryan Lewis

Assistant Dean for Technology & Operations
University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce

Bryan Lewis, Ed.D., currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Technology & Operations at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. A CISSP and CCSP, he serves as an IT area lecturer on network, data, and cloud security in the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate curriculums. His primary consulting interests focus on distance learning design, large-scale visualization, information security, and collaborative space design projects. Bryan has extensive experience in the design and implementation of core business, collaborative, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining the McIntire School, Bryan served as a Company Officer and Principal for an audiovisual and telecommunications design, engineering, and manufacturing company.

His experience includes large-scale infrastructure and system design, deployments, and migrations, including secure distance-based learning and collaborative space design. Past projects include project management of all audiovisual, security, and telecommunications technology in several long-term multimillion dollar projects at universities across the United States and Canada as a primary implementer of the Dell-connected classroom.

Phillip LongPhillip Long

Senior Scholar
Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship
Georgetown University

Phil is a Senior Scholar at the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Phil worked previously as the Chief Innovation Officer for Project 20201 and as the Associate Vice Provost at the University of Texas, Austin. His current work focuses on distributed ledgers in the context of documenting competencies and higher ed credentialing, learning analytics, emerging technologies, learning engineering and the design of physical learning spaces.

He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and the founder of RHz Consulting, LLC, where his pursues his passion projects associated with technologies that foster learner agency and augment the human intellect.

He is a lapsed biologist now learning-scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, and the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.

Andy MerkinAndy Merkin

Moment Factory

Andy Merkin is the Managing Producer and Director of the LA office for Moment Factory. His production credits include projection mapping shows for Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, interactive music videos, and virtual reality projects for Google and ComicCon.

He is a frequent speaker on transmedia production strategy including UCLA, USC, Harvard Business School, and Art Center and festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Reeperbahn, and Sundance. His award-winning projects include Cannes Lions, SXSW Interactive Awards and the 2006 Time Person of the Year. Andy is an active member of the New Media Council of the Producer's Guild of America.

Andy holds an MS from MIT in transmedia production management, an MBA from HEC-Paris in creativity management, and an AB with Honors from Rollins College in anthropology/ international business. A true believer that interesting storytellers have led interesting lives, Andy’s previous work experience includes heading Special Projects for Guillermo del Toro’s production studio Mirada, development and production for Sony Pictures Television, training entrepreneurs in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, performing improv, and teaching zoo keeping skills for Busch Gardens.

Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson

Vernacular LLC
Program Director for InfoComm Center Stage

Kirsten Nelson has written about audio, video and experience design in all its permutations for almost 20 years. As a writer and content developer for AVIXA™, Kirsten connects stories, people and technology through a variety of media. She also directs program content for InfoComm Center Stage.

Kirsten was the editor of SCN magazine for 17 years and has written for numerous industry publications, including the InfoComm Daily. In addition to technology and culture, she also writes about motorcycles, which provides a professional outlet for her obsession with MotoGP racing.

Kay SargentKay Sargent

Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace

Kay Sargent, ASID, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, MCR.w, WELL AP, is a senior principal and director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice. Based in Washington, D.C., she leads diverse project teams that solve clients’ business and organizational challenges related to real estate business process, strategic planning, workplace strategy and change management.

With more than 30 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments.

In 2017, CoreNet Global named Kay to serve a three-year term on its board of directors. Kay is on the board of trustees for the ASID Foundation, on the leadership team of IFMA’s WE Workplace Evolutionaries, and on the advisory boards of Work Design Magazine, PaletteApp and the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design.

She has served on the international boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP, IFI and NCIDQ, and is an active member of ASID, IIDA, CoreNet Global and IFMA. Kay has authored numerous articles and white papers on design-related topics including well-being; next-gen workforce; go- bility; technology’s impact on the workplace; space fusion and the rise of the human factor. She has spoken about workplace design at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events. CoreNet has honored her with the Luminary Award two times for being a top-rated speaker, and she was the top-rated presenter at Tradeline, Inc.’s Space Strategies 2015 conference.

Sean WargoSean Wargo

Senior Director, Market Intelligence

Sean leads AVIXA’s initiative to become an authoritative provider of insights and research for the pro-AV industry. In this role, he manages, directs, and serves as a public face for AVIXA’s research efforts while exploring new areas of study. With over 20 years of experience in the technology research sector, Sean has made a career of maximizing research in a variety of roles, including leading a primary research business, centralizing a business intelligence practice, building an industry analysis department, performing advanced statistical analysis, and speaking and writing about research findings.

Sean previously served as VP of Research for BDS Marketing, Inc., President of his own research consultancy, and Director of Industry Analysis at the Consumer Technology Association. He received the Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year and for Marketing Service Department of the Year in 2014, thanks to his work to improve client reporting at BDS through the integration of Tableau dashboarding. He earned his MBA from George Mason University and his BA in Sociology from the University of Vermont.

Emily WebsterEmily Webster

Senior Designer
AV Technologist, ESI Design

Emily Webster is an award-winning Designer and Senior Audiovisual Technologist at ESI Design. In her role at ESI, she oversees large media architecture and institutional projects for single and multi-purpose spaces. On all projects, she specializes in integrating audio and video technologies seamlessly into architecture, always seeking to answer the question, “What is the best technology for the given experience?”

Emily is extremely hands-on. She explores applications for weaving technology into the built environment through experimentation in ESI’s lab-like setting but is equally as comfortable in strategy sessions as she is with commercial-grade hardware or with a table saw.

Her notable clients and projects at ESI include the Studio Xfinity experience store for Comcast, The PNC Beacon for PNC Bank, eBay Main Street, the Statue of Liberty Museum, and many properties for Beacon Capital Partners.

Outside of ESI, as a Technologist, Producer and Artist, Emily creates immersive, media-rich environments for theater, film, dance and permanent installations, focusing on the artistic use of technology at an architectural scale. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado and a Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Before coming to ESI, she worked for WET Design, David LaChapelle, the Independent Film Channel, and artist Jim Campbell.

Justin WoodJustin Wood

Sports Practice Director
Dimensional Innovation

With nearly 20 years’ experience in communicating and developing meaningful projects with clients, Justin Wood brings an unparalleled range of experience to Dimensional Innovations as the Sports Practice Director.

Justin feeds his passion for developing matchless, engaging experiences for clients by focusing on dynamic environments primarily in the sports and entertainment industries. For the last five years, Justin has led the charge on building DI’s sports portfolio through developing sponsorship activations, halls of fame and branding experiences.

His projects leadership helps sports brands improve the fan experience by connecting their story to the interactive and physical environments. With over 10 years of experience at DI, Justin’s resume also boasts seven years of running his own design-build consulting company and three years’ experience in education.

Justin is an active member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, the Association of Luxury Suite Directors, the American Association of Museums and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. He has presented at ALSD, SEGD’s Dynamic Environments series, and his work has appeared in the Sports Business Journal.

David LabuskesDavid Labuskes


David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, has been the Executive Director and CEO of AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association and the trade organization representing the commercial AV industry, since January 2013. Since joining AVIXA, David has worked to promote industry professionalism, expand global programs and raise awareness of AVIXA offerings. He serves on the Board of Directors of Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show company, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd., a joint venture company in Singapore operating AVIXA’s Asian trade shows.

Prior to joining AVIXA, David served as Vice President of RTKL, now a division of ARCADIS, a leading architectural and engineering firm. He is the founder of the company's Technology Design Practice, overseeing the delivery of audiovisual, voice, data, wireless, environmental media, electronic security and acoustics services. David earned a BA in International Politics from Penn State University and earned an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland.

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