Our Insightful & Visionary Advisory Board

An Event Shaped by a Community of Your Peers!
Frost & Sullivan extends its appreciation to the following Advisory Board Members for their expertise and valuable support in ensuring the agenda delivers relevant and valuable content.

Advisory Board

Itzik Amiel

Itzik Amiel

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Power Networking Academy, Bestselling Author 'The Attention Switch'

Itzik is the global leading authority on Networking, Personal Branding and Relationship Capital. He has transformed the lives and careers of clients and professionals worldwide, bringing more than 20 years of research and experience to the art and science of business relationship development and Attention Leadership™.

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His signature focus on success through authentic relationships has fueled his own rise to prominence. He was called many times one of the most “connected” individuals cross-countries.

Itzik has published many articles and white papers on networking, personal branding, client expereince and building relationship. His first bestselling book, ‘The Attention Switch™’ [www.attentionswitch.com] is one of the leading networking books globally.

As an internationally sought after, dynamic and inspiring speaker, he has delivered over few hundreds of public and corporate keynote presentations and executive briefings in more than 64 countries. His keynote presentations, trainings and business mentoring combine in interactive ways knowledge, unique how-to’s and unforgettable stories. His presentations and keynote speeches are truly a memorable experience.

Itzik has shared the stage with world’s premier thought-leaders including sir Richard Branson, Les Brown, Steve Woznijk [cofounder of Apple], Darren Hardey, Mark Victor Hansen, Marianna Williamson, Chris Gardner, Robert Kiyosaki, Nick Vujicic, Bob Geldhof, Tom Hopkins.

As founder and CEO of EyeRon Group, a consulting and corporate services company for International Expansion, and as the Founder of THE SWITCH® and the Power Networking Academy™, Itzik provides lawyers, other professionals and corporate market leaders with strategic consulting, keynote presentations and training to help individuals, organizations and firms communicate more successfully, strengthen their relationship, market presence and personal brands and improve their business network to grow Instantly and Fast.

Before founding THE SWITCH® and the Power Networking Academy™, Itzik honed his skills during his international legal and corporate career at prominent firms such as ABN AMRO Bank, Moore Stephens, international law firms and leading trust companies.

Itzik holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) cum laude and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international taxation. He is the founder and first chair of Young IFA, member of many professional associations, an active board member and international ambassador of the CRM

Association and the international ambassador and Global Expansion director of fCn network.

Besides, he is a member of the Global Board of the National Lawyers Bar of India; Itzik is a senior advisory board member for Corpdata (USA) and Globals inc. (India and USA). Itzik is also on the board of editors of the international tax Magazine, Analitica (Russia; CIS) and in the mentoring committee of ‘Big Consulting’ magazine.

Vanecia Carr

Vanecia Carr

Director of Customer & Brand Marketing, Domtar

With more than 14 years of paper and print marketing experience, V is passionate about the excitement, effectiveness and enjoyment that only paper and print can generate. At Domtar Paper, she oversees marketing strategy while also inspiring and educating customers, influencers and the next generation of paper professionals through the Domtar Paper Matters Magazine and blog.

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V is an expert on generational marketing and knows for the industry to thrive that today’s market, companies need to not only appeal to new generations of customers, but attract and retain valuable employees, particularly Millennials and Generation Z. She is committed to understanding the needs of the next generation as well as dispelling popular misconceptions. 

John Cote

John Cote

Director, Strategic Marketing, Digital Solutions, Baker Hughes a GE Company

John Cote is the Global Marketing Leader for Measurement & Controls, a $3 billion division of Baker Hughes, a GE company. He also led Strategic Marketing for GE Oil & Gas from 2014-17. Prior to that, John was Senior Vice President at GE Capital where he managed all aspects of a $900 million international energy portfolio of equity investments in Europe and the Middle East.

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While at GE Capital, he also served as Vice President, Operational Risk, managed GE’s venture capital portfolio, and represented GE on boards in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Before joining GE, John worked for leading energy companies NextEra Energy Resources, Duke Energy, and Enron. He also taught kindergarten in St. Petersburg, Russia, and high school English in Warsaw, Poland. John received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University. His hobbies are wide-ranging: John is a marathon runner, traveler, bibliophile and unexceptional golfer.

Magnus Felke

Magnus Felke

Senior Director Marketing, Pyxis Enterprise Solutions, BD

Magnus Felke leads the $800M global Pyxis Patient Care Solutions business in BD’s Medication Management Solutions business unit. He joined BD in 2016 from the tech sector where he worked at Qualcomm, Kodak and HP.

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Over his 20-year career, he has successfully launched many pioneering products and marketing strategies. His passion is creating value for patients and providers by applying innovative technology solutions to today’s biggest healthcare challenges.

Originally from Germany, Magnus Felke relocated to San Diego in 2000. He has held progressive roles in all aspects of marketing from business strategy to product management, marketing campaigns and commercialization. He holds an MBA from the University of San Diego and an undergraduate degree in business and information sciences from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany.

When he is not working, Magnus Felke enjoys mountaineering, sailing, cycling and photography.

Dee Hull

Dee Hull

Director marketing communications packaging & branding, Southwire Company

Experienced Marketing Director with a demonstrated history of working on cross functional teams in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Project management, Branding Style Guides, Integrated Marketing, Supply chain management, and Lean manufacturing. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from University of West Georgia.

Adam Kahn

Adam Kahn

Senior Director, Marketing Operations & Demand, Frost & Sullivan

Adam Kahn serves as Senior Director, Marketing Operations and Demand at Frost Sullivan. He is a passionate event & digital marketing professional who has worked in the events industry since 1994 in both higher education and for-profit event organizers, including: ZD Events/Key3Media, iMark Communications, IIR, Diversified Communications and Rising Media. Adam has successfully launched and managed events throughout the United States, Canada and India during the course of his 20+ year career.

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Personally, Adam enjoys spending time with his family. He loves coaching his daughter’s basketball team and attending as many of his son’s high school football and basketball games as possible. He loves sports and is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles and Boston Celtics fan. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and has been in Boston since attending graduate school at Northeastern University in 1995. If he’s not attending one of his kids sporting events, you can bet he’s trying to carve out time on the golf course.
Rachel McClary

Rachel McClary

Chief Marketing Officer, Arcserve

Rachel McClary, PhD is an accomplished senior leader known for creating order out of chaos. Throughout her executive career, she has held leadership positions at solution-driven technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, CSC, Diebold Nixdorf, and, currently, at Arcserve, where she serves as Chief Marketing Officer.

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Over the course of her career, she led marketing strategy shifts that materially increased revenue and lead generation; facilitated budget quality improvements; developed executive and external communications strategies; championed numerous product launches; and built high-performing teams. In addition, Rachel has directed multiple acquisitions and integrations from due diligence to P&L management.

Rachel holds a BA in International Affairs and German from the University of New Hampshire, an MBA from Colorado State University, and a PhD with a specialization in Decision Science and Marketing from Capella University.

An accomplished thought leader in her field, Rachel has written publications on consumer buying criteria for industry journals and participates in numerous panels and speaking engagements.

Matthew Royse

Matthew Royse

Regional Marketing Director, Freudenberg IT LP

Matthew Royse is the director of marketing communications for Forsythe Technology, an enterprise IT company. He has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, working in many different industries, including financial services, technology, media and entertainment.

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At Forsythe Technology, Matthew oversees Forsythe’s digital marketing efforts, including all content marketing and social media initiatives internally and externally, across multiple platforms and formats to drive sales, engagement, retention, leads and positive behavior with clients, partners, analysts and employees. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Forsythe FOCUS magazine. Prior to Forsythe Technology, he served as a publicist at the National Geographic Channel in Washington, D.C.

Matthew currently teaches digital marketing and social media classes for students in Duke’s Event Development Certification program. He has spoken about digital marketing, social media and content marketing at many industry and regional events, including the Internet Summit in Raleigh, Ragan Communications conferences in Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Orlando, the Frost and Sullivan Digital Marketing conference in Asheville, and The Research Triangle Park (RTP) 180° speaking series. He has also counseled the communications team at the Vatican in Rome, Italy on social media during their monthly team meeting. He is also a contributor to PRDaily.com, Ragan.com, Content Marketing Institute, Business2Community, and Spin Sucks.

He earned his MBA in marketing strategy and planning, and integrated marketing communications from DePaul University in Chicago. Matthew obtained his bachelor of arts in speech communications from Penn State University.

Betsy Rohtbart

Betsy Rohtbart

Vice President, Digital Marketing, Vonage

What inspires you?
Disruption -> Attention grabbing = good.

Betsy leads Digital Marketing for Vonage, focusing on B2B globally. Her cross-functional team is responsible for web design and development, content strategy and publishing, demand generation and media channel management.

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Betsy joined Vonage in January of 2018 following digital marketing roles at Pitney Bowes, SAP and the Omnicom family of agencies. Her career spans nearly 15 years leading teams and spearheading projects ranging from end-to-end website development to integrated digital program design and management to post-merger brand and marcom integration.

Earning her BA in English from Northwestern University and starting her career at Forbes shortly thereafter, Betsy gravitated to leading strategic initiatives to drive growth and deliver business value. Adding an MBA from Columbia University, Betsy pursued roles on the agency and client-sides to give her critical insight and experience across all marketing vantage points.

In her spare time Betsy enjoys chasing her sons (ages 9 and 7), tinkering with home automation with her husband Dan, a software engineer, and at 5:30am, you can find her on her Peloton.

Jamie Short

Jamie Short

Vice President, Marketing, Americas, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Jessica Willis

Jessica Willis

Director Global Product Marketing – Data, Pitney Bowes

What inspires you?
Laughter, Personal Failure, Bravery, humanity at its best, my family, and anyone who pursues their passions.

Jess Willis is a mom of three under four, a wife, and a Bon Jovi fan who does marketing. (in that order). She’s been leading marketing teams and tactics for over 15 years and is currently responsible for the global marketing strategy for Pitney Bowes Data. Prior to that she served as the director of marketing for Maponics where, in addition to learning all sorts of interesting things about data, she worked with some of the most intelligent, humble and lovely people a gal could ask for.

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She has held senior leadership positions in marketing across software and data, automotive, insurance & finance, and health and fitness, including past positions at Wegmann Automotive, John Hancock and World Gym. While she has realized many personal and professional successes in that time, her former 10-year-old self is most impressed with the fact that she has reached the point in her career where she is on a first name basis with a sticker vendor and a cartoonist. She also likes that she gets to wear one of those super cool wireless mics when she gives presentations for large groups.

Jess holds a BA from Emerson College and has served on several boards of Directors including the American Marketing Association: Nashville, where she served for three years across event planning and social media, as well as the Nashville Chapter of Women in Financial Services, where she served as President.

She currently resides in Vermont with her husband and three children where she spends most months wishing the snow would melt, but sincerely enjoys the 23 days of nice weather that New England offers up each year.

Jess likes to write, likes to laugh, likes to motivate and encourage others, and enjoys doing good, solid work.

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