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Meet the Panelists
Pat Petitti – Co-founder and Co-CEO, HourlyNerd
Pat Petitti is co-founder and co-CEO of HourlyNerd, a marketplace that connects businesses to the most talented business consultants for short-term freelance project work. The company was started at Harvard Business School, and its investors include Greylock Partners, Highland Capital, and Mark Cuban.
The business serves companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 50, including GE, Coca Cola, and Akamai. Prior to starting HourlyNerd, Pat worked as a Sr. Consultant at Vantage Partners, a negotiation and conflict management consulting firm in Boston. At Vantage Pat worked primarily in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. He also spent time in Kabul, Afghanistan, leading negotiations between the International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan government and business officials. Prior to his time at Vantage, Pat worked as a professional mascot for the Washington Nationals. Pat holds a BS in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul Chaney – Principal, Chaney Marketing Group
Paul is principal of Chaney Marketing Group, a boutique integrated online marketing consultancy that works with B2B companies in a variety of industries. Paul’s 18 years of experience, coupled with his passion to help businesses learn how to use the Internet to market more effectively, has gained him a reputation as a knowledgeable, trustworthy resource.
He is the author of four books on the topics of business blogging, social media and social commerce, and is a long-time blogger and freelance writer who contributes to a number of online publications. His portfolio includes Practical eCommerce, where he is a contributing editor on the topics of social media and social commerce. He has also written for Digital Innovation Today, MarketingProfs and was a blogger for Weblogs, Inc. Recently, he became a columnist for ClickZ.
He holds the distinction of leading the very first business blogging seminar ever to be held in Asia. He also introduced the concept of using social media for marketing to business owners in Ukraine at the behest of the US Department of Commerce.
Paul sits on the board of advisors for the Women’s Wisdom Network, the Social Media Marketing Institute and SmartBrief on Social Media.
Katie Lance – CEO and Owner, Katie Lance Consulting
I am the CEO and Owner of Katie Lance Consulting. With more than fifteen years of marketing and branding experience, I specialize in helping companies develop and implement their social media strategy and content development plan. I am a nationally known keynote speaker at conferences, teaching the latest tools and strategies in social media, mobile and technology trends. I am a frequent blogger and contributor to The Huffington Post and Women 2.0 and I’m passionate about all things tech, wine and empowering women in leadership. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and 2 beautiful boys.
Matthew Tolin – Founding Member, WireLawyer
Matthew is a founding member of wireLawyer. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Matthew joined the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb. After leaving Cleary, he became General Counsel of NYC Media Group.
Thaddeus Wong – Founder, @properties
Thaddeus Wong is the co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 25 largest brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume.
Wong, a Loyola graduate (BBA ’96), began his career in real-estate sales in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the most successful agents in Chicago. During the early years of his career, he earned four consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of REALTORS® as the top-producing agent among the organization’s 10,000+ members.Wong, a Loyola graduate (BBA ’96), began his career in real-estate sales in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the most successful agents in Chicago. During the early years of his career, he earned four consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of REALTORS® as the top-producing agent among the organization’s 10,000+ members.
Wong’s accomplishments have been widely recognized by the real estate industry and the broader business community. Honors include: the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest; Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000” list; inclusion on Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Fast Fifty,” “40 Under 40,” and “Largest Privately Held Companies” lists; Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders”; induction in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; the Impact Aware from the Lincoln Park Builders Club; and the Damen Award from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Wong resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, also a successful REALTOR®, and their four children.
Erica Nicole – Founder and CEO, YFS Magazine
Erica Nicole is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, acclaimed entrepreneurship expert, dynamic conference speaker, syndicated columnist, philanthropist and Christian thought leader.
As a renowned serial entrepreneur, Erica leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries.
As the Founder and CEO of YFS Magazine, Erica Nicole is helping world-class global brands break through the clutter, build small business thought leadership and leverage influencer engagement.
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