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Brand Day: Small Business Marketing Summit 2017

 Export to Your Calendar 6/15/2017
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
15750 N Northsight Blvd
Scottsdale 85260
Contact: Angelia Hill

Online registration is available until: 6/15/2017
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Thursday, June 15th | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Early Bird Specials Available through May 11th!

Marketing trends that will make a difference to your 2017.

Designed to arm working professionals with the tools, tips and strategies necessary to put current marketing ideas into action.

The event will showcase the latest marketing, digital, PR, video and social techniques via a series of breakout sessions,

panels, and keynotes by influential marketers. Co-Sponsored by BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.

You're going to learn a lot!
Brand Day - Small Business Marketing Summit 
fills your professional toolkit with practical solutions designed to supercharge your marketing strategies.  
Held at the BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency, powerful sessions and topics include:


Email makes a comeback, no more eblast's, learn the newest strategy and tools.

Social media marketing capturing huge audiences for highest advertising ROI investments.

Less is more.  How to capture the attention of people on their mobile and in video used by the biggest brands.

Skip the Spin Cycle!  How to get positive PR for your business

Grab your tickets today!  (We're going to sell out)

12:30 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:00   "A Day in the Life of a Small Business Owner" (Keynote Speaker & Panel Discussion)
2:15 - 3:00
   Breakout Session 1
3:15 - 4:00
   Breakout Session 2
4:15 - 5:00
  Closing Keynote
5:00 - 6:30   Happy Hour Networking and tours of BIG YAM  

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.  Contact Angelia Hill at (602) 306-4000 or

Meet the Speakers!


Ron Cates, Marketing Consultant,
One of the world's leading experts on email marketing, social media marketing and more, Ron is an incredibly entertaining and knowledgeable presenter. He is passionate about small business and nonprofits and will provide takeaways that will empower you immediately.



Ryan Smeets, VP, Business Development, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
Ryan Smeets is the Vice President of Business Development at BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.  With more than 13 years of strategic marketing and consulting for a variety of industries, Ryan seeks out partnerships that make the most sense for all parties involved.  Ryan earned his Bachelor's degree from UCLA and his Master's from Georgetown University, but if you ask him his greatest accomplishment (besides being a dad to two great kids) he'll tell you it was winning the "Showcase Showdown" on The Price is Right (during the Bob Barker era).



Martin Jones, Cox Business
Martin Jones is a Sr. Marketing Manager with the corporate Cox Communications team where he leads the social media, content marketing and employee advocacy strategy for Cox Business.  He is also serves as the editor of Cox Business content hub and his contributions have appeared on Forbes, Inc., Yahoo Small Business Advisor, The New York Times and other leading business and marketing websites.  Recent Awards and Recognition Include: Top 100 Social Media Influencers (Buzzsumo) Top 100 Marketing Influencers and Keynote Speakers (Science of Digital Marketing) Top 50 Content Marketers - EContent Magazine, Top 100 Small Business Influencers - Small Business Influencer Awards and Top 50 Content Marketers to follow in 2017 - Outbrain.  Follow him on Twitter @martinjonesaz



Dr. Shohreh Aftahi (Moderator), CEO, FocalPoint Business Performance Coaching 
Dr. Shohreh Aftahi is a business coach, published author, public speaker, and trainer, committed to helping others achieving their goals while finding a renewed balance in life. Her sessions are seminar style and jam-packed with insightful instruction to help YOU transform your business! 


Julie Armstrong, Director of Awesomeness, Power to Be Found
25+ years of Julie's career have been dedicated to community relations, HR, management and thought leadership, biz development, and volunteerism. Currently, Julie shares her creative touch on the brand reputation and digital footprint scene. She builds a unique campaign for each client to focus on their story, their digital stamp, their vision and their passion.  Julie works in close collaboration to ensure each client understands the importance of leaving their legacy.  Most importantly, she coordinates with her clients to identify their network and trends; to explore new business contacts and leads.



Carol Klimas, VP, Communications, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
Carol's extensive experience in the agency world help her lead the team as Vice President of Communications with BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.  With more than 20 years of experience and a professional focus on healthcare, travel and tourism, consumer products and government, there isn't a challenge she can't meet.  While her professional passion is helping clients tell their story through compelling content, effective social media marketing and proactive media relations, her personal passion is her family and her French bulldog named Henri.  Check out his Instagram @OHenrifrenchie. 

Gary Ludolph, Art Director, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
Gary Ludolph is a digital designer at BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.  With more than 15 years of hands-on experience, Gary truly understands his clients.  His skills and knowledge give him the ability to craft a brand identity through building websites, producing vides, blogs and more - making him an invaluable member of the creative team.  When Gary isn't at the office, he's hanging out with his wife and two sons and if you ever need an amazing cake, look no further than him.  He's a master baker too!


Vincent Orleck, Chief Marketing Officer, BRANDish
Vincent is Chief Marketing Officer at BRANDish Social Media Marketing, and President of Social Media Club Phoenix.  He's also an active member of and contributor to the Valley startup community through #yesphx.  He honed his digital and social media marketing skills through his time at the Arizona Republic, Facebook and IO Datacenters.  A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he's made Arizona his home for the last 12 years with his wife and two daughters.

Amanda Smith, Director of Accounts, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
A proven leader with more than 15 years of marketing expertise, Amanda is the Director of Account Services at BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.  She keeps an upbeat personality, commitment to teamwork and drive to see clients succeed, no matter the challenge.  Her experience with spearheading strategic marketing communications programs for a variety of clients makes her a great leader and valuable member of the team.  Her professional career represents a depth of varied experience covering areas of account management, integrated marketing, project management, strategic planning and creative communications across many platforms.  In her spare time, you can catch Amanda reading a book (real, made of paper).  She is also the agency's resident bourbon connoisseur.


Diane Smith, Director of Public Relations, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency
Diane Smith is the Director of Public Relations with BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency, overseeing clients and day-to-day activities in the bustling communications department.  With more than 20 years of combined TV and PR experience, Diane brings a unique perspective to her role.  Her industry knowledge and fresh ideas, combined with an extensive network of media contacts and strong social media skills have helped to find success for clients.  Diane has two cats who make the rules in her house and she loves sports.  Fun Fact: she has held both the Stanley Cup and World Series trophy.



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