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Maile Ohye

Developer Programs Tech Lead, Google

Joining Google in 2005, Maile works closely with Google’s Search and Webmaster Tools teams as a Developer Programs Tech Lead. Her goal is to support and advocate on behalf of all site owners. A few of Maile’s projects include rel=”canonical” (co-author of the IETF RFC), and rel=”next” and rel=”prev” for paginated content. Maile often speaks publicly about SEO, including keynotes at SES Chicago and SMX Munich. She also co-authored Building Web Apps for Google TV (O’Reilly).

Prior to Google, Maile was a systems integrator specializing in content management systems for organizations including AT&T and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She earned a B.A. in Cognitive Science with a Computer Science emphasis from the University of California at Berkeley.

John Brown

Head of Publisher Policy Communications, Google

As Head of Publisher Policy Communications at Google, John collaborates with leadership and functional heads across the company to articulate policy direction and strategy to publishers. He also serves as Google’s subject matter expert for the overall industry, providing publishers with feedback and guidance on important issues. John has history as an advertiser, publisher, builder of ad networks, and has managed data for over 90 Ad Networks. In each of these roles, he developed solutions which grew relationships, protected advertisers and assisted publishers in developing solutions for smart, scalable growth.

Kevin Henrikson

Partner Director of Engineering, Microsoft

Kevin Henrikson leads engineering for Microsoft Outlook iOS/Android. Previously, he co-founded Acompli and ran engineering prior to an acquisition by Microsoft in 2014 for $200M. Before Acompli, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Redpoint Ventures, a venture capital firm for early stage technology companies.

William Sears

Group Product Manager, SEO/SEM/ASO, Linkedin

William optimizes and accelerates growth efforts for LinkedIn using multiple digital marketing channels including organic search, paid search, paid social media marketing, and app store optimization. Prior to that he was at Disney for over six years, where he led Digital Marketing teams for a broad portfolio of Disney Interactive properties including websites and games.

Melissa Palazzo

President, AntFarm

Melissa Palazzo is the President of Ant Farm who, along with a talented team, works continually on award winning campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media. Under Melissa’s leadership Ant Farm has earned numerous accolades and awards in advertising and promotion, a few of those include, a Cannes Lion Award, multiple Emmy Awards, Effies, Telly Awards, Game Marketing Awards, several Broadcast Design Association Gold Awards, and multiple Clio Awards.

During Melissa’s residence, Ant Farm was named “Agency of The Year” by the GMAs in 2011, 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Melissa is a creative, high-energy, entrepreneurial business and marketing professional with nearly 20 years' experience in leading creative, strategy, agency operations and talent for some of the most prestigious brands. Prior to her role as President of Ant Farm Melissa has held leadership positions at Ketchum Public Relations, USA Networks, Miramax Films and Sony Pictures. Melissa is a strong believer in a motivational management style with an emphasis on staff growth and development and has a history of building and retaining award winning teams who love what they do. Proven success in establishing strong industry and client relationships as well as business development, creative ideation and an expertise in heart centered leadership. Melissa is on the Executive Board of A Place Called Home, a wonderful organization which focuses on creating opportunities for children and teens in South Central Los Angeles. When not trying to take over the world she enjoys doing improv and baking gluten free cookies with her tech savvy husband and their adventurous toddler daughter.

Anne Ahola Ward

O'Reilly Media Author & CEO, Circle Click

Anne Ahola Ward is an SEO, Futurist, and CEO of CircleClick Media, founded in 2009. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on the web in various functions, having mastered almost every role in web development: DBA, webmaster, developer, graphic designer, and video editor. She was a developer for 10 years, and through her love of analytics, Anne transitioned into the field of SEO as the field was forming. Anne now specializes in SEO, analytics and social media. She is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled SEO for Developers, due to be published July 2016.

Anne was named as one of Entrepreneur magazine's 27 Top Masters of Marketing and PR that everyone can learn from. In 2015, she was invited to be a part of the elite IBM Futurist program, as a Commerce Influencer. Anne has previously been a speaker at IBM Insight, PR Summit, Developer Week, and the Search Engine Journal Summit.

Jeff Preston

Senior Manager, SEO, Disney Interactive

Jeff Preston is the SEO Manager at Disney Interactive. He leads the search optimization of Disney's entertainment sites including TV, movies, music, games, and videos. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Jeff worked at PEK Interactive Japan, managing search marketing campaigns for clients in the Asia/Pacific region.

Larry Kim

Founder, WordStream

Larry Kim is the founder of WordStream , a leading search marketing software and services provider based in Boston, managing approximately over a half-Billion in annual ad spend across over thousands of customers. He regularly shares his advice and insight with over a million visitors a month at his WordStream Blog and is a columnist and top contributor for leading industry publications including Inc. Magazine, Search Engine Journal and Social Media Today.
Larry has spoken at numerous industry events including INBOUND, SMX, Pubcon, ClickZ/SES, SearchLove, PPC Hero Conference, SEMPDX, MNSearch, SAScon, Marketing Festival etc.. He was recently named "Most Influential PPC Expert" for 2013 and 2014 by PPC Hero Blog and marketing agency 3Q Digital and won ClickZ's Digital Marketing Hall of Fame and Small Business Influencer awards in 2013.

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Loren Baker

Loren Baker is the creator of Search Engine Journal, and co-founder of consultancy firm, Foundation Digital. Loren has been involved in the internet marketing field since 1998 with a background in paid search and search engine optimization. In 2003, he began blogging his research and thoughts on the industry, which blossomed into the current Search Engine Journal. He currently resides in the Los Angeles area.