Alex develops social media initiatives and networks from business planning to launch. He is currently developing a worldwide community for physicians, VoxMed.com. He is the co-founder of Scanbuzz, an online service for healthcare brand monitoring. A Professor at the University of Miami, School of Communications, Alex teaches a course on social media. Based in Miami, Florida, he organizes The Startup Forum, Social Media Club, BarCamp, and Mobile Monday meetups and conferences for South Florida new media professionals, and is a founding member of RefreshMiami. Alex obtained an MBA from Insead in Fontainebleau, France, and speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Finnish.
Previously, Alex directed business development efforts at online media and mobile content companies and co-founded a leading European e-mail marketing provider. Prior to that, he advised blue-chip companies on strategy and organization, while at a major consultancy.
You may also find me at Twitter (@alexdc), where I am participating most actively. Connect with me on Linkedin, Flickr, Facebook, Del.icio.us, FriendFeed, Skitch, Digg, YouTube, Last.fm, Upcoming, Technorati, MyBlogLog, RefreshMiami, Tumblr, Dopplr, Jaiku, Slideshare, Skype: adecarvalho, or Netvibes.
Agustina Prigoshin was born in Argentina and raised in Miami. She studied print journalism at Florida International University and worked in the field for two years at Onboard Media and the Miami SunPost before changing her career to public relations. While changing writing styles took a little bit of practice, building relationships with journalists came with ease. A networker at heart, with a passion for the media industry and the desire to tell people’s stories convinced Agustina that public relations is where she’s supposed to be.
Her first role as a publicist was working in a firm that caters to the special events industry. She learned how fun her job can be while also learning to expect the unexpected and always be ready to think on your toes and jump into action when events don’t go as planned.
Being a fast learner and with a hunger for greater challenges, she switched to a bigger firm that specialized in luxury lifestyle products.
Again, she craved greater opportunities and took a chance on starting her own PR firm called Koa PR. For almost three years, she has been running her own company and has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Hollywood directors and actors to local companies and even a few startups.
Her professional life became more exciting with the wide acceptance of Social Media. She became the Co-Founder of Social Media Club South Florida, educating the local community on the different ways Social Media enhances their industries.
Agustina has several side projects that she works on; one is called the Orange Events Calendar, where she highlights local business and charity-related events. Another project is called Meet South Florida, where she interviews the fascinating people that make up the South Florida community.
David Suarez, MBA is the managing director, strategy/branding for (add)ventures, a multidisciplinary brand communications firm. With more than 20 years of management and media experience, Suarez plays an integral role in the ongoing expansion of (add)ventures’ Miami office and South Florida operations.
Before joining (add)ventures, Suarez was founder and owner of Interactive Training Solutions, LLC, a cutting-edge business communications company that specialized in research-based corporate training, team building and executive coaching services. Suarez’s leadership earned him distinction as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs in South Florida, named by The South Florida Business Leader magazine in 2010. Previously, Suarez played an integral role at Miami-Dade College, evolving and expanding the school’s academic offering as a faculty member at the School of Business and founding director of the Media Services Department.
Suarez is a graduate of New York University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He also holds an MBA from Florida International University, where he concentrated in marketing, and is a graduate of Leadership Miami. He currently serves as a board member for the FIU School of Business – Alumni Circle and the Social Media Club of South Florida. He also is an active member on marketing committees for the Academy for Hospitality and Tourism, and City Year Miami.
Denise R. Jacobs is a web industry veteran with over 13 years of experience, ranging from software localization project management, enterprise website implementation, and web design/development technical training. Currently, she is finally doing what she likes best: being an Author, Speaker, Web Designer, and Consultant.
Denise wrote The CSS Detective Guide & and is a contributing author to Interact with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design. In addition to writing about the web, Denise presents at various conferences worldwide, develops curricula for the Web Standards Project Education Task Force (WaSP InterAct ), and is a member of the Social Media Club South Florida organizing committee. Denise was nominated for .Net Magazine’s 2010 Best of the Web “Standards Champion” award.
Denise helps individuals and businesses transform their web presence by increasing their knowledge of current web technologies through training and consulting on web design, front-end solutions, strategies, and best practices.
Jay Berkowitz is an author, an educator, an International keynote speaker and an award-winning thought leader. A senior online marketing professional with over twenty five years of marketing experience. Mr. Berkowitz has managed marketing departments for Fortune 500 brands: Coca-Cola, Sprint and McDonald’s Restaurants, and he has developed online and offline strategies for AT&T and leading health and fitness website eDiets.com.
Mr. Berkowitz is the author of The Ten Golden Rules of Online Marketing Workbook, the Founder and CEO of www.TenGoldenRules.com , a strategic online marketing consulting business based in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the host of the Ten Golden Rules of Internet Marketing Podcast, an Adjunct Professor with the University of San Francisco Internet Marketing Course and he has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, The Business Journals and was interviewed on FOX Business TV.
Mr. Berkowitz is a popular keynote presenter at conferences and events such as Inc 500, eBay Live, Affili@ Australia, Ad-Tech, Affiliate Summit, Webmaster World, The Direct Marketing Association, The American Marketing Association and The CEO Executive Forum. He is the Founder of www.InternetMarketingClub.Org, a Committee Chair for SEMPO – the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization, a Founding Board Member of The South Florida Interactive Marketing Association, a Past President of the South Florida Chapter of The American Marketing Association, the Gold Medal winner at the Association of Women in Communications PR Olympics and the recipient of a SOFIE Award for Most Effective use of Emerging Media.
Social Media/New Media Consultant Matthew Chamberlin is a digital communications professional with over 15 years of international experience in the music, TV and online spaces. In 2003, he founded Clearcast Digital Media, a social media consultancy and new media production company to help his corporate clients more effectively tell their stories and participate in the online conversation.
He is the host of a podcast and author of a widely read blog that helps readers understand how trends in new media directly relate back to their lives and how these trends are shaping the future of communications, PR, marketing, advertising and entertainment.
Chamberlin writes about and speaks to many different parent and education groups about how to take the long view of social networking.
Born and raised in New York City, he has lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madrid and Argentina. He has been based in Miami since 1996.
Find out more at http://blog.clearcastdigitalmedia.com/
Michelle Catin is the digital and social media manager at rbb Public Relations. Hip to the fast-changing ins and outs of new technology, Michelle is the tactical leader on all of rbb’s new media campaigns. She designs communications programs that are in line with best practices while incorporating the latest applications and trends in online communication.
Prior to joining rbb, she worked in marketing ecommerce and web design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida International University.
Michelle is an avid concert-goer, mmorpg enthusiast and indie-music lover.
Neil Bardach Product Specialist, NewsHQ & InvestorHQ Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway Company Neil is the product specialist for Business Wire’s NewsHQ and InvestorHQ online newsroom and online investor center solutions.
A 15-year veteran at the industry leader in press release distribution, Neil previously served as an account executive, client services representative and newsroom editor with the company, where he takes a hands-on approach with his clients to help them deliver their news to the right audiences for maximum impact.
He serves on the steering committee of the Social Media Club of South Florida, and has previously served on the boards of directors of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute and the Gold Coast PR Council in Palm Beach County. Neil is a 1996 graduate of Bucknell University with a BA in international relations and French. In 2008 he received his MBA from the University of Florida where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society. He has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1999.
Patrick Barbanes is known as “The Branding Professor.” Through online tutorials and live classes, he teaches businesses and individuals how to develop, grow, and support their brands through strategic use of online social networking sites and focused blogging. His online services extend from blog set-up and installation at PersonalBrandSites.com to his recently-launched training, ReallySimpleBootcamp.com.
He currently co-hosts a weekly internet radio show about social media at http://socialchats.net, has a dashingly-brief appearance in the 2011 CNBC-TV documentary, “The Facebook Obsession”, has been a featured speaker at social media and technology conferences, and has delivered training to groups such as the Society for Technical Communication and the United Way of Miami-Dade.
His mission is to use his technology and training skills to help others in need. In 2010, he helped organize CrisisCamp Miami, a gathering of technology specialists to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, and he has been featured on NBC-TV’s South Florida Today show for his pro-bono work teaching unemployed individuals how to use personal branding and social media to improve their job prospects. He is also launching SocialMediartists.com, a program to bring social media training to the arts community.
Patrick lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife, Cybil, and daughter, Madeleine.
Toby Srebnik is the Director of Social Media for O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations. In that role, he oversees digital media efforts for various agency brands with brands while also deepening the firm’s social media branding strategy.
Prior to joining O’Connell & Goldberg, Srebnik served as Manager of Social Media for Tilson Communications in Boca Raton, where he launched successful social media campaigns for such brands as Dunkin’ Donuts and Truly Nolen of America. In addition, he has presented at numerous universities and businesses about the influence of social media.
Srebnik received his communications degree from Florida State University and resides in Coral Springs. He has worked in Public Relations for 10 years.
Ulises’ professional career began at the age of 16 as he negotiated his way into the position of Assistant Marketing Coordinator of The Rouse Company’s Bayside Marketplace property. He left Rouse shortly after graduating from high school in order to pursue a startup opportunity in the finance industry, where he spent 7 years aiding in the planning, growing and development of The Downs Group – a local branch of Northwestern Mutual Financial Services (NMIS).
During his time in Finance, Ulises studied Finance, Marketing and Management at Florida International University (FIU) and launched his first web based startup – Kolegio, a college social network.
After a successful run in finance Ulises left the industry to focus on developing web technologies that help shape peoples lives. Currently, he is Founder and Managing Partner of CloudShopper, a social commerce website.