PRESENTING THOUGHT LEADERS

Our comprehensive roster of presenting senior-level executive leaders means you benefit from a rich, diverse mix of perspectives and knowledge.

Shon Christy

President

Shon Christy boasts almost 20 years of marketing experience and is the Founder and President of Shon Christy Social Media. In 2010 he opened Christy Creative, Ohio’s first niche social media marketing firm, and has founded and sold two firms since. In his nearly decade of social media experience he has worked with hundreds of organizations internationally and trained thousands.  His work has been featured in Inside Business, Smart Business, the Akron Beacon Journal, Spirit of Philanthropy and The Young Professional Roadmap, as well as in the book Under the Rustbelt – Revealing Innovation in Northeast Ohio.
 
Shon has been bestowed with a Cascade Capital Growth Award, the Greater Akron Small Business Councils Excellence in Business – Emerging Business Award, the Distinguished Sales and Marketing Executive Award from SMEI, and the Summit County Pinnacle Awards – Andrea R. Teodosio Rising Star Award. In 2012, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network recognized Shon with the 30 For the Future Award for his community service and business leadership. Additionally, Shon has been honored with the 2015 Young Philanthropist Award by the United Way of Summit County, the 2016 Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Impact Award and the 2017 JOG Community Leader of the Year Award.

Anthony Milia

Owner

Anthony is the owner of Milia Marketing, a Digital Marketing Agency located in Northeast, Ohio delivering results to small businesses and non-profit organizations through compelling Web Design, Social Media Marketing, and Digital Marketing consulting. Anthony sheds light on sales and marketing challenges by creating solutions that drive qualified traffic and leads to clients’ businesses.

Lisa Davala Dalpiaz

Director of Marketing

Lisa Dalpiaz, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development for the Akron-Canton Airport, manages and directs all marcom and air service programs including: air service development, branding, advertising, media relations, social media and internal/external communications. Other primary responsibilities include governmental and community affairs.

She has been recognized as one of “Ten for Tomorrow” in AkronLife Magazine and honored as a yStark! Twenty under Forty recipients. Lisa also serves on the board of directors and as chair of the communications committees for Grace House Akron, Ohio Aviation Association and North Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Bree Kelley

Social Media Content Strategist

Bree Kelley is a Social Media Strategist for all of the food and beverage brand’s at Nestlé USA. She specializes in developing social media strategies and content plans that incorporate the latest digital trends, drive business impact, and connect with consumers in an always on world. She got her start in the social media industry by driving daily consumer engagement through social listening as a community manager for brands like Nestlé, Marriott, and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Nick Borelli

President

Nick Borelli’s consultancy, Borelli Strategies, focuses on marketing solutions for events and event companies. He is an international speaker and has been member and volunteer with numerous event industry associations. He is also the marketing chair of the event industry non-profit, The SEARCH Foundation. Nick has been named a Changemaker by MeetingsNet, awarded
International Volunteer of the Year by International Live Events Association, and has won numerous marketing awards. He has served as an advisor and ambassador for associations, conferences, technology companies and numerous event suppliers. Nick is obsessed with telling stories that change behaviors.

Mario Micale

President

Born and raised in the Akron Ohio area, Joseph “Mario” Micale is the Founder and President of the video solutions company Narrative Digital Media LLC. His goal is to use his talent as a creator to help businesses and people through the medium of video. Since starting the business in 2017, Narrative has produced several successful and impactful video assets for everything from politicians to non-profits to international companies. Mario is passionate and knowledgeable about media and business, and works every day to help individuals and businesses reach new heights by saving them time, boosting sales, and telling their story.

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Meghan Meeker

Social Media Specialist

Meghan Meeker is the current Social Media Specialist at The University of Akron, where her particular focus is on content creation that inspires and engages. With a background in direct marketing, social media and digital advertising, Meghan managed the social media accounts of several brands in the Sherwin Williams family, bringing them into new social spaces and launching them into new markets. Her expertise in social media and online marketing also lent itself to an advisory and strategic role serving local companies who were trying to expand their reach in online markets while working for The Better Business Bureau.

In her free time, Meghan is an accomplished photographer – seeing a direct correlation between digital marketing and compelling imagery that connects an audience to a brand/company.

Meghan is a Northeast Ohio native who comes from a long line of gritty, witty, engaged, and civically-minded entrepreneurs.