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Importance in Digital Marketing and The Role of Growth

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Chris Thomas
Eli Mason, Managing Partner
Maria Meadows
Model B, President and Partner

Over fifteen years digital media experience with proven track record of exceeding revenue expectations, hiring and growing large-scale marketing and sales organizations, and further developing major markets in collaborative and results-oriented manner. Skilled in identifying and focusing business investment on high-ROI digital initiatives, developing and growing talent and shaping strategy to achieve objectives in rapidly-changing market.

Matt Self
Conklin Media, Chief Revenue Officer

Matt Self is Conklin Media’s chief revenue officer and one of three partners in the marketing agency. This Lancaster, Pennsylvania, resident was born in Michigan (Go Blue!) and lived in several states before setting down roots in Lancaster, where he married a county native.

Matt started his career in teaching and athletic administration and transitioned into business and marketing, specifically, in 2005, joining forces with Dave Conklin, Conklin Media founder and chief executive officer, at GetMyHomesValue.com. Matt helped grow this website and then served as vice president of a digital marketing agency that saw 200 percent revenue growth and 300 percent employee growth. To help facilitate this growth, he and two other founders launched a recruiting company that specialized in digital marketing, creative and IT positions.

Matt’s people-first approach, combined with a belief in digital marketing and technology as a means to grow business, has been a driving force throughout his career. He has enjoyed the privilege of working with and helping grow hundreds of clients, ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500. Matt makes it a priority to stay on top of emerging marketing trends. “Marketing approaches and tactics are changing so frequently that I have to be passionate to keep up!,” he says. “Our clients expect strong, positive ROIs, and to meet these expectations, we must be on the bleeding edge of technology.”

Jubee Leroy Vilceus
Yellow Tail!, Managing Partner
Seema Alexander
Disruptive.CEO, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

With over two decades of experience as a business strategist and chief marketing officer, Seema Alexander partners with purpose-driven entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups to accelerate their growth by optimizing their business model, product offering(s), brand positioning, marketing, digital presence, sales strategies and strategic partnerships—resulting in increased revenues, profits, higher customer satisfaction, and impact.

As a former corporate executive for 13+ years, Seema was responsible for developing a brand and marketing strategy for a billion-dollar business and supported the award-winning rebranding initiative that took Prudential into the 21st Century, was named one of the top 20 rising stars in financial services marketing, and had the opportunity to ring the closing bell on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Through her own growth advisory firm, Disruptive.CEO, she has worked with growing over 200+ purpose-driven small businesses and personal brands in industries from IT, finance, smart cities, sustainable infrastructure, fashion, mobile integration, retail, real estate, health & wellness, nutrition, personalized medicine to insurance alternatives and much more.

To ensure she balances her experience both on the client-side and the business side, she had previously take residence in executive marketing and strategy roles at MEDICI and Lexden Capital and is a strategic advisor for select startups and the DC Startup Week.

Seema speaks on expert/CEO branding, the importance of digital automation, and growth and scaling strategy at entrepreneurship-focused conferences and podcasts throughout the country.

Seema is also the co-founder of the CRE Connect Summit—the DMV's Premier Commercial Real Estate Conference (for a Cause) focused on building a more sustainable, resilient, and smarter DMV through innovation, financial ingenuity, collaboration, and education.

One of her long-term goals is to lead the repositioning of DC/MD/VA region as one of the top innovation/entrepreneurial hubs in the country.