The Speakers

BB_WARM SQ_BIGBrian Basilico –  is a nationally recognized best selling author of It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon! Relationship Marketing In A Social Media World!” and a speaker, trainer, adjunct professor. He brings over 30 years of marketing experience to his award-winning internet marketing company, B2b Interactive Marketing, Inc.

Dorian earl 2Dorian Earl –  My role as a manager in the Business Photos Program is to educate business owners and marketing professionals on the changes in Google Search, update them on how individuals find their products and services in local centric search, and the benefits of a Business Photo Tour for their business.

As the manager of 360 Photo Inc, we are contracted by Google to take photos for the business photos program and support Google’s clients by making sure they are listed properly in Google Maps and Google Plus Local.  360 Photo Inc is the largest Google Trusted Agency in the Business Photos program.  

2d0be43Steven Evans – Mr. Evans is a patent and trial attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and numerous trial courts.  With 25 years of legal experience, he has tried numerous jury trials representing both plaintiffs and defendants in various legal issues and filed hundreds of patent applications.   Mr. Evans focuses his practice on obtaining, defending and enforcing patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.   Mr. Evans received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his law degree from Indiana University.  Prior to becoming a patent lawyer, he was an electrical engineer for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

urlEllen Huxtable – supports bliss in business, with innovative ideas and processes to attract and retain clients. She is a member of the Junior Achievement Western Region Board and the Fermilab Community Board. Ellen is an author and national speaker, and received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. 

Clifton Mason's PictureClifton Mason – As a hands-on professional with a focus on getting results, Clif has spent his career in helping organizations grow revenues and maximize profits. He has 20+ years of experience in corporate-America, working in numerous executive management positions and has also served as a part-time faculty member at a number of higher learning institutions. He is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Gold Level Accredited Solution Provider.

sean-mcginnisSean McGinnis – An actor and lawyer, Sean McGinnis has been working in digital marketing since early 1999. Over the years he has developed expertise in search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, pay per click (PPC) and a variety of other digital disciplines. He has served as the general manager for an online learning business in the legal field, led a team of SEO consultants, and currently leads digital marketing for Sears PartsDirect ( He frequently writes, speaks, and teaches classes on a variety of digital marketing disciplines including SEO, content strategy, social media, and more. In October, Sean joined the faculty of Elmhurst College as an adjunct professor, where he will be teaching a social media class to MBA students.

DeeNewDee Reinhardt – Dee became a social media strategist and is now the principal of her own company Time2Mrkt specializing in digital marketing for solopreneurs and small business.  She helps them plan, create, implement, and monitor their social marketing presence.Since coaching is one of her passions, it is only natural that she shares her knowledge with the community, teaching LinkedIn sessions, as well as, all the social media platforms to business owners and community members.

28c72a6Kurt Scholle – Entrepreneur and founder of Web Asylum, Inc and My company, Web Asylum, Inc, has been building and marketing successful websites for more than 18 years.

Digital Strategist: I blog about successful website strategies at www. I am a social media trainer/coach.

2a5b962Marla Tabaka – Internationally known success coach and Inc. Magazine author, Marla Tabaka works with entrepreneurs to help them realize significant personal and financial success. Her integrative approach to coaching combines mindset management and strategic planning, delivering results that have taken many of her entrepreneurial clients well into the millions.

Marla is a pioneer in the world of blogging. As a key contributor to one of the first very blog networks, Marla amassed an audience large enough to gain the attention of Inc. magazine. She was invited to blog for seven years ago and is now a popular paid author on the site.

In addition to her weekly articles on, Marla’s work has been featured in noteworthy publications such as American Express Open, Inc. magazine, Fox Business News, TIME Business, NAWBO SmartBrief, The Huffington Post, Social Media Mags, and The Business Intelligence Report.

2899836Heidi Thorne – For over 25 years I have been in sales, marketing, advertising and public relations, primarily for B2B business-to-business. I hold a masters and doctorate in business administration and have 5 years of teaching experience at the college level. Drawing from my experience and educational background, I am a marketing coach for small business, a business speaker, blogger and author of several books on marketing topics. My company has also been a distributor for promotional products since 1999.

EvassoloElizabeth Vassolo – She has been a part of social media from the beginning. First as part of Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal digital launch team and now as an agency owner and Social Media consultant and guest speaker. Her advertising, branding and social media firm Vim, Vigor & Vassolo helps small to mid-size businesses overcome their communication challenges and shows them how to make their social media and digital presence work for them. She also works as a digital consultant to other marketing firms and advertising agencies. And is the on-camera social media expert for PBS’s Illinois Business This Week. When she’s not tweeting, blogging or branding, she’s reading, walking her dogs, traveling and giving tram tours at the Morton Arboretum.