The Speakers

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan

President, Human Business Works
Chris Brogan consults and speaks professionally with Fortune 100 companies like PepsiCo, General Motors, Microsoft, on the future of business communications and social software technologies. He is a New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents, and a featured monthly columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine. Chris’s blog is in the Top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150. He has over 11 years experience in online community, social media, and related technologies.

Chris Brogan is president of Human Business Works, an online education and community company for entrepreneurs. His first project there, 501 Mission Place, helps nonprofits and charities learn how to grow their capabilities. Chris is also Entrepreneur in Residence at CrossTech Ventures, where he’s working to develop New Marketing Labs and The Pulse Network, among other projects.

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Peggy Noe Stevens

Peggy Noe Stevens

Author, global speaker, media spokesperson and prominent brand strategist, Peggy Noe Stevens brings a gracious approach to the topic of image and development. Peggy’s career began in the hospitality and meeting planning industry where she learned the importance of customer service and detailing experiences. She parlayed those skills to the field of experiential marketing where she went on to develop the destinations for global brands such as Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve and Jim Beam. Peggy is the first female master bourbon taster and recently founded Bourbon Women, the first all-women organization to celebrate the native spirit. Now Peggy works with organizations all over the world to assist in developing their brand through their people.

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JK McKnight

Captain JK McKnight

National Partnerships and Global Visionary, AC Entertainment
Most widely known for his creation of the annual Forecastle Festival, JK McKnight is an accomplished songwriter, musician, and environmental activist. JK has grown The Forecastle Festival from a small community event into one of the largest gatherings of musicians, artists, and activists in the Midwest. The latest event attracted nearly 30,000 attendees from throughout the country. Nine-years of grassroots brand building have garnered a loyal regional following, national partners, community partners, and the opportunity for future expansion.

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Mike Mays

Mike Mays

Owner, Heine Brothers Coffee
After a brief stint practicing law, Mike escaped to the coffee business. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and 4 children in Crescent Hill, one of Louisville’s beautiful, historic neighborhoods. He loves the coffee shop business because it has given him the opportunity to meet and interact with people of all ages and all walks of life. Additionally, through their green coffee buying cooperative, he has been able to visit with and connect to coffee farmers all over the world. It means a lot to Mike to be part of a business that is having an impact on our local community as well as our planet.

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Jason Clark

Jason Clark

President, VIA Studio
As President of VIA Studio Jason’s motto, if he had a motto would be “We build more than brands, we build relationships.” (See, it’s kind of a long motto.) Relationships with clients, with co-workers, and with the community. Although he has a talent for web development, design and marketing, which makes him one of Louisville’s most sought after branding experts, his true passion is people and the services his company can provide. He subscribes and lives the adage, “it takes a village.”

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