Speakers

Keynotes

Chris Ferrel

Digital Strategy Director
The Richards Group

Topic: I’ve Got No Screens: Internet’s Screenless Future

Chris will explore how brands can embrace the Internet’s screenless future.

Chris is a digital strategy director at The Richards Group, where he leads the digital marketing efforts for some of America’s best-known brands in retail, CPG, fashion, and technology.

Elizabeth Edwards

Founder & President
11th Octave and Volume Public Relations

Topic: Speak to the 11th Octave to be Heard Through the Noise
Elizabeth Edwards is an integrated communication professional spearheading an industry-wide improvement in communication, marketing, advertising and public relations outcomes. By using new human behavioral information insights in communication strategies, messages and tactics, Edwards has established an award-winning track record with the some of the most measurable, results and growth oriented campaigns ever employed.

Prior to creating the now 17 year-old Volume PR, Edwards mastered communication in all its forms from her tenures with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and The Boeing Company. Today, Edwards has built the world’s first human behavior communication training and support organization where we can all simply learn and apply this game-changing communication to our work and our lives.

Nicole Frantz

SVP, Creative Services
Capitol Music Group

Topic: What freaks you out?

Nicole Frantz began her career at a fine arts journal and came to the music business by the roundabout way of wardrobe styling. Starting at Interscope Records as photo archivist, she became head of the art department before moving to Capitol Records in 2007. Now SVP of Creative Services for Capitol Music Group, Nicole oversees creative for six labels, for such artists as Katy Perry and Beck, as well as apparel and merch for Capitol Goods. She is a mom to two, traveler, music lover, amateur tarot card reader, and enthusiastic over-sharer on social media.

Breakout Sessions

John Kreicbergs

General Manager
Propaganda3

Topic: Apps & Taps: Gamification of Physical Spaces

John Kreicbergs is a 19-year veteran of the Kansas City advertising, marketing and technology scene. Starting at Bernstein-Rein in 1999, he has served stints at Barkley, VML, DEG and Meers Advertising, working with such brands as Burger King, Visit KC, Hostess Cakes, Blue Cross Blue Shield, McDonalds, and many more. His passion for digital innovation brought him to Propaganda3 in 2013 where he currently serves as the general manager for the firm’s app development efforts. As a result of that work, Kid Rocket Studios — a kids-focused entertainment development startup — was launched in 2014 following the success of Propaganda3’s interactive comic book app “Kung Fu Robot.” In 2015, Propaganda3 also launched a new event-based digital engagement platform called AppTapp. In addition, John is the founder of RKO Workshop, which specializes in museum exhibit design and educational interactive experiences, and is the marketing co-chair for Kansas City’s award-winning Boulevardia festival.

Cathy Solarana

Principal | Strategist | Lead Designer
Wheelhouse Creative

Topic: Brand Therapy

Cathy Solarana is the founding principal and lead designer at Wheelhouse Collective. She’s energized by design and loves partnering with innovative and socially responsible organizations. Cathy and her multi-disciplinary teams employ research, strategy, and idea driven solutions to help her clients achieve their business goals. She believes that the creative process and collaboration should be as exciting as the results — powerful brand experiences that make true connections, are memorable and produce strong outcomes.

Along the way, Cathy taught design and concepting at Creighton University and was a senior designer at Bailey Lauerman. She has been active in the local design community since 1999, serving on the AIGA Nebraska chapter board in several positions, including as president, and is currently its Director of Diversity and Inclusion. With more than 25 years of experience in branding, strategy, and design, Solarana’s work has been recognized nationally by The One Show, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, the Print Regional Design Annual, Logo Lounge, and HOW International Design Annual, among others.

Ryan Manchee

VP, Media Innovations & Technology
Centro

Topic: Storytelling with Media: How Great Creative Drives Performance

Ryan leads the Media Innovations + Technology team and oversees the Centro Institute. In his role, he focuses on exploring emerging technologies, identifying multi-screen marketing trends, and providing strategic guidance on how to invest in new digital platforms and technologies.

With over 15 years of digital advertising experience, Ryan is a globally recognized marketing technologist and innovative media strategist. Throughout his career, Ryan has been at the forefront of ad tech serving in a variety of roles as an operations, product, marketing and sales leader. Ryan joined Centro in 2014 and is based in Dallas.

SKAR

SKAR Advertising

Topic: Working with startups to brand products

ON Brand Women’s Leadership Panel

PANEL MODERATOR

Shonna Dorsey

AIM Institute

Angela Roeber

Director of Communications
Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center

Angela Roeber has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience, primarily in the non-profit industry. As the Director of Communications for Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center, Angela plays an integral role in planning, directing and coordinating the marketing and communication efforts for Project Harmony’s programs, services, events and campaigns.

Within her first year at Project Harmony – followers doubled and the volume of likes and shares experienced through Project Harmony’s social media platforms were the highest ever since the program started in 2013.

Angela launched the Project Be Someone Campaign in April 2017 with national recognition – July 21 is now recognized as National Be Someone Day.

She has established strong media relations – securing $623,581 in earned media for 2017 with a publicity value of $1,870,743.

Angela was invited to present at the National Children’s Alliance 2018 Leadership Conference in Washington, DC this past June where she shared what it takes to build a strong communication foundation, the right partners needed and the creative process for cultivating and engaging all audiences.

Randa Zalman

President & CEO
Insurance Marketing Institute, Canary & Coal

Randa’s enthusiasm for marketing and advertising as a career and lifestyle keeps her at the leading edge in strategic digital communications. Having worked as an account director at major agencies in Nebraska and in Chicago, Randa has developed expertise in managing projects incorporating a wide variety of disciplines including branding, media, print, interactive, digital, public relations and project management.

Randa is a recognized thought leader on the power and appropriate use of new media including social media and digital placement. She has been a featured speaker at seminars and conferences across the globe. Her expertise in social media in regulated industries lead her to be selected to serve on the committee that drafted model compliance guidelines for the insurance industry.

In addition to her role on the PRSA Nebraska Board of Directors, she has served on the American Advertising Federation Omaha board and on the board of Insurance Advertising Compliance Association. She is a past president and board member of the Mid-America Direct Marketing Association and currently adjunct professor of Marketing Strategy and MBA programs at Bellevue University. She has a BA from University of Nebraska Lincoln in Communication Studies and Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Nebraska Omaha. She is the recent recepient of the 2018 American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year.

Renee Black

planitomaha inc.

Tammy Williams

First National Bank of Omaha

Mary Ann O’Brien

OBI Creative

ON Brand Creative Panel

PANEL MODERATOR

Angel Carl

President
Angel Carl Marketing

Once upon a time, Angel started her career at Bozell where she worked on consumer and b2b accounts. After 14 years and a few additional adventures along the way, she became the VP of Marketing for Right at Home, an international franchise organization, and then a marketing specialist for The Maids International. In 2013 she started Angel Carl Marketing where she acts as an outsourced marketing department, guiding clients through strategic planning and brand development, and then assisting them in, “gittin’ ‘er done.” She has lived happily ever after ever since.

Jen Landis

Vice President & Creative Director
KidGlov

With over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Jen brings a full palette of creative thinking to her work at KidGlov. As VP/Creative Director she plays a key role in creating campaigns for local, regional and national brands.

Jen is current president for both Lincoln American Advertising Federation and Camp Summergold. Being artsy is a constant for Jen. When not at KidGlov, you may find her inspiring others through her own company, Pincurl Girls and selling her fine art from her studio at the Burkholder Project.

David Moore

Creative Director
Bozell

To quote one of his favorite bands The Old 97s, “He’s been doing this longer than you’ve been alive.”

David Moore knows his way around the creative side of branding. He led the brand refresh for Liquid Wrench DIY lubricants, delivering a 106% sales increase. The new paint brand he created for the Glidden Companies was the most successful product launch in company history. From VISE-GRIP Tools to Boise Paper to local favorites Sue Bee Honey and First National Bank, David has built his career on the creative power of branding. (And he even named the tallest, faster roller coaster in the world*, Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster.)

Beginning his ad saga at Bozell & Jacobs, he stayed with the firm to see it evolve through multiple management and name changes, then left for a decade to run an agency in Cleveland. Now, he’s back in Omaha, and back at Bozell. (These days, just plain Bozell.)

*Well, it was at the time. But times change.

John Henry Müller

Design Director
Hudl

John Henry Müller is a Design Director at Hudl, a sports technology software used by teams around the world (including Premier League, NBA, NHL, NFL, NCAA, and 98% of all high school football teams). At Hudl, he focuses on visual design spanning both product and brand design, with a team of over 30 designers. John Henry led the visual direction of Uniform, Hudl’s design system.

Before Hudl, John Henry was the design cofounder of a startup called Pack. Before that, he founded a design/dev consultancy called What Cheer, with clients including Squidoo, Hayneedle, Union Pacific Railroad, US Department of Energy and Saddle Creek Records. John Henry lives in Benson, Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, daughter, dog and two cats. He sits on the board of Big Omaha and Maha Music Festival. He was gluten-free before (and after) it was cool.

Steve Gordon

RDQLUS CREATIVE

Dave Webster

Webster

ON Brand branding and design by Webster