Anthony Armendariz is an independent mobile experience designer who helps early stage startups and corporations craft world class mobile products for all major platforms. Previously, he was a Product Designer at Evernote where he designed the Skitch application across all mobile and desktop devices for millions of users worldwide. Before relocating to Austin from Brooklyn, he was the Co-Founder and Creative Director at 39Argyle, a NYC and Texas based mobile design company. Anthony is a UX and visual designer with 15 years of experience in information architecture, interaction design, and visual design of; mobile applications, software, web sites and beyond. His work has been featured in ID Magazine, Net Magazine, How Magazine, TechCrunch.com, TheNextWeb.com, Gizmodo.com, and “Mobile Design Pattern Gallery” book. He attributes his success to his wife, Natalie, the freelance school of hard knocks, and the partners of NYC-based Behavior Design for taking a chance on him.
Courtney has over 15 years of digital experience ranging from producing and managing web, mobile, e-learning, video, games, and social media projects and campaigns. Courtney managed and developed various interactive initiatives, guided successful website migrations, and oversaw the integration of disparate websites for U.S. and international clients. She has also designed, produced, and developed everything from online communities to custom digital widgets. She has created and managed successful projects and campaigns for Motorola, University Federal Credit Union, Shiner, AMF Bowling, Proctor and Gamble, City of Austin, Nickelodeon, Texas Department of Transportation, Premiere Global, and many more. Courtney has won a national Addy and a Webby for her interactive work and is on the SXSW Interactive advisory board. Courtney also runs a music promotion company and lives in Austin with her husband and two Jack Russell Terriers.
Shannon Delaney, served as content manager for Vivogig, created a social media plan for Vivogig and works to implement the plan on a daily basis. In addition to handling the social media accounts, she is in charge of Vivogig’s music blog, which provides readers with music news, reviews, previews, giveaways, opinions and more. Shannon graduated with a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Texas State University.
Rodney Gibb, Texas Tribune
As Chief Innovation Officer with The Texas Tribune, Rodney Gibbs helps all departments leverage technology and audience engagement tools more efficiently and collaboratively. While he started his career in journalism working for PBS and Time, Inc. Magazines, he spent the last ten years detouring through technology start-ups. Rodney founded two tech companies — one in gaming, the other in mobile, both of which he sold. Rodney serves on the boards of the Austin Film Society, Austin’s NPR affiliate (KUT-FM), and Austin’s PBS station (KLRU). A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin, he is married to textile designer Nancy Mims with whom he has two kids and a rabbit named Butter.
Jan Gunter is the Communications Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas. She manages the RMHC Austin website, the charity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube communities, PR, email and print communications, and the RMHC Austin blog. Jan has particularly enjoyed working to develop the RMHC Austin internship program over the last few years. Jan is a leader in the Ronald McDonald House Charities global organization in social media usage and innovative communication strategies. An ENFJ (for those who know the Myers Briggs Type Indicator), she loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga, reading, traveling and hanging out with fun people – both face to face and online.
Sameera Kapila is a designer and educator from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. She worked with clients such as Couples Resorts, the NBA's Miami Heat, University of Florida, Texas State University Athletics, ECHO Austin, MFA in Communication Design program, and the English department's Front Porch Journal. Sam received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida and her MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University-San Marcos where she was graduate teaching assistant and named Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Fine Arts and Communication. She has received awards for her design work from international exhibitions and competitions such as Good50x70, Posters for Tomorrow, AIGA Blue Ridge, Gold Addys from AdFed Miami and the American Advertising Federation, Creative Summit, Art Directors Club of Houston, and CMYK Magazine issue #49, Top 100 New Creatives. Sam is currently a Typography and Interactive Design lecturer in the School of Art & Design, and made Texas State University the first school in the state to teach Responsive Web Design.
Melissa Miller is the Director of Annual Giving at Concordia University Texas. She manages all financial support from alumni, faculty, staff, friends, students and parents of the University through the Annual Fund in an effort to raise unrestrictive funds for operations, scholarships, and other areas of greatest need within the university. Previously she led development and fundraising efforts at the Colorado River Foundation where she coordinated large-scale community events and implementing all agency communication strategies. She holds additional experience in nonprofit development working with American YouthWorks and the American Cancer Society, as well a background working in publishing, media and advertising. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2004 from Southwestern University and is currently working toward earning a masters in Mass Communication Texas State. She participates as a member of the Leadership Council of the River Society and Austin Young Chamber of Commerce.
AJ grew up in California but has lived in Texas since 2002. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Denver Post and Laredo Morning Times. He is also an avid photographer and videographer.
Ian is a graduate of Round Rock High School and attended St. Edward’s University in Austin to study international business and communication. On any given night of the week, Ian can be found in downtown Austin on 6th Street and the Red River live music district.
As Director of Marketing Services at St. Edward’s University, Kerri leads the marketing service team creating integrated marketing campaigns to recruit future, and serve current Hilltoppers. The team fosters the university’s image locally, nationally and globally. Before joining St. Edward’s, Kerri practiced marketing and PR as VP of Communications at Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and as Community Relations Director for KEYE-TV. She also worked at Dell, SicolaMartin and the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and was a freelancer for several local newspapers — back when newspapers were just papers. Currently, she is studying organizational change, team motivation and ethical analysis as part of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics program at St. Edward’s University. Kerri is a 2004 Leadership Austin graduate and past Leadership Austin board member, and a founding board member and past president of Young Woman’s Alliance (YWA.) She serves on the YWA Advisory Council and on the board of A Legacy of Giving and is a member of the Association for Women in Communication and Greenlights 501 Council. Kerri was named a 2009 “Profiles in Power Central Texas Woman of Influence” by the Austin Business Journal, and was the 2006 “Austin Under 40″ winner. She is an alumna of the Frank McBee Jr. Fellowship Program in Civic Entrepreneurship and a regular guest speaker and mentor at Texas State, where she received her BA in Journalism.
Daniel Senyard, Vivogig
Daniel Senyard, CEO of Vivogig, is the team's visionary and meeting man. Daniel uses his years of marketing, project management, journalism and web marketing experience to build and foster communities, grow relationships and raise funds. The first show Daniel went to was UB40.
Josh Shepherd is the Interactive Manager for Mosak Advertising and Insights by day. But, he's maintained The Backline Show website, interviewing Austin musicians for several years. He was also a host and producer at the Austin music channel METV. Josh is a 2001 graduate of The University of Texas and received a Master's degree in the new media sequence at Texas State in 2011.
Evan Smith, Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine's president and editor-in-chief. He served as editor for more than eight years — only the third person to hold that title. On his watch, Texas Monthly was nominated for 16 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For eight years, he hosted the Lone Star Emmy Award-winning weekly interview program Texas Monthly Talks, which aired on PBS stations statewide. He currently hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, he has a bachelor's degree in public policy from Hamilton College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Joseph B. Treaster is a specialist on the environment, the evolution of journalism in America in the age of the internet, social media and world affairs. He holds an endowed chair at the University of Miami in cross-cultural communication, writes a weekly column called Water and the World for Huffington Post.com, True/Slant.com, and others and is a contributor to The New York Times and the Miami Herald. He is the editor of 1H2O.org, the University of Miami’s Internet magazine on the worldwide water crisis. As the editor of the university’s internet magazine, 1H2O.org, Treaster works to raise awareness of the deteriorating state of the world’s water and to advance cross-cultural understanding. He lectures around the world, most recently in India, Sri Lanka, Argentina, and Kenya. Treaster, a former reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, is also the coordinator of The New York Times’ hurricane blog, Eye of the Storm. He continues to contribute to the newspaper as well as developing other cross-cultural projects as the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication. He is the author of Hurricane Force: In the Path of America’s Deadliest Storms, Paul Volcker: The Making of A Financial Legend, and, with a co-author, Inside Report on the Hostage Crisis: No Hiding Place. He has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, Rolling Stone and other magazines and has received more than a dozen journalistic awards, including three from the Overseas Press Club of America for work in Africa and Latin America. Treaster has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has taught at Baruch College as well as in China, South Korea, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and United Arab Emirates for Georgia State University.