Meet Our Speakers 2013

DFW Rocks Social Media 2013 Speakers – The Who’s WHO in Dallas

JR Atkins. DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerJ.R. Atkins is noted for “taking the mystery out of technology” and speaking in terms that “even a CEO can understand.” He is best known for working with company leaders, sales professionals and marketing managers on how Social Media and Mobile Apps can make a positive impact on their organization. As a consultant, J.R. works with business leaders to understand the shift in selling that is occurring as more consumers and businesses turn to the internet for information before engaging in the sales process.


Lori Barber, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerLori Barber holds the SiteLab record for having the largest and most impressive Social Media networks. She is fiercely committed to helping her clients build great brands by creating engaging online experiences. Her understanding of traditional marketing and background in the Interactive Media industry has formed a solid foundation to create robust solutions for her clients’ demanding online needs. Clients are drawn to her entrepreneurial spirit and immediately recognize that she pours as much energy into their online success as she does her own.


Jeff Brady, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerJeff Brady, host of KTXD’s The Texas Daily, former WFAA news anchor and founder of Brady Media Group, knows the modern media landscape inside-out. He’s seen it evolve from his days as a beat reporter in Arizona to becoming a major market anchor in Dallas. He’s also the author of Brand Echonomics, a new business book that explains how to develop a ‘Brand Echo’ to drive business growth.


Kate Buck, DFW Rocks Social Media Day Speaker

Kate Buck (otherwise known as @katebuckjr on Twitter) is the founder and CEO of KBJOnline, a social media management agency, and the creator of Let’s Get Social, a digital training program in which more than 10,000 social media managers have participated. She has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing as well as consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits both across the United States and internationally.



Lissa Duty founded her social media consulting practice in 2009 after discovering a passion for leveraging online social media platforms to brand clients and small businesses. She uses her energy and marketing talents to assist her clients in growing their businesses and networks via social networking websites. Known as “Your Online Social Coach,” she launched an Online Social Media Coaching Program on January 1st.


Elysa Ellis, DFW Rocks Social Media Day Speaker Elysa Ellis, self proclaimed “professional geek girl” is a Digital Strategist at Buzzshift and serves as the Community Manager for Tuesday Morning, Inc. Elysa graduated from University of North Texas with a degree in Communication Design. She has been honored to be on the board of Social Media Club of Dallas for 4 years. Through her blog, GenPink, Elysa has worked with several top brands acting as an influencer in the Gen Y community.


Patty Farmer, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerPatty Farmer, “The Networking CEO™”, is a multi-award winning and highly sought after marketing professional, public speaker, radio show host and author. She was recipient of the 2011′s International Women’s Day Business Service Award as well as 2010′s “Best Business Connector in Dallas” award. Patty has a network of 75,000+. She has taught thousands of business owners how to effectively network and expand their client base using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy.


Chris Forbes, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerChris Forbes is a frustrated ex-comic, indie film marketer, & co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits.” Lately Chris has focused on representing and marketing independent film productions. He is Production Representative for HEART OF A REBEL, and THE SAVIOR



Renee Groskreutz, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerRenee Groskreutz is co-owner and Chief of Creative at Ralph’s Design & Deli, and Renee is a blogging evangelist. As the Chief of Creative, she supports and strategizes client design needs for social media platforms, blog builds, brand activation and creative strategy. Renee is the co-author of 15 Twitter Tips for Authors & Other Grownups (who don’t know what the h?ll to do), writer for “90-Day Social Media Plan for Small Business,” and understands how authors need help automating their marketing efforts so they can keep writing.


Dave LeonnigDavid Leonnig specializes in digital audio/video storytelling for businesses, museums, artists and musicians. A voice-talent and public radio host for Marfa/West Texas Public Radio, David is a UT-Dallas MFA graduate in Arts and Technology who also narrates and conceives e-books, audio books and videos.



Nico Martini, instructor at UTD, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerNico Martini is a full time guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches Digital Marketing Design and Self Branding Through Social Media. He founded his company, Hypeworthy, in 2008 and has worked with brands such as CBS Radio, Dallas Police Department, 35 Denton Music Festival, Hail Merry, Pearl Cup Coffee, Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie, The Usual and many others. Nico also currently hosts Six Degrees on The Indie-verse, has directed Off-Broadway, toured the US with crazy hippie jugglers (The Flying Karamzov Brothers), a former drummer, and voiced numerous japanime characters, and more.


Elizabeth McCormick, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerFilmed for ABC News “20/20,” seen on MSNBC and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth McCormick has empowered audiences all over America with her action-packed speaking. As an Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, she has flew over 700 hours in missions. Elizabeth is a founding member of the John Maxwell Team of speakers, coaches and trainers, as well as an award-winning sales consultant. No. 1 best-selling author for Succeeding in Spite of Everything.  She is currently writing her 4th book, and has more in development.


Rani Monson, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerRani Monson, a seasoned interactive strategist and marketing technologist, helps clients create profitable opportunities. She works with companies on product development and marketing, including content strategy and execution. Her experience includes B2B, B2C, public firms and non-profits. She’s a certified yoga teacher who doesn’t teach. She worked for the Boy Scouts but never went camping.


Debbie Mrazek, DFW Rocks Social Media Day Speaker

Business people and salespersons across the United States call Debbie Mrazek a sales coach and author of Field Guide to Sales. Her clients call her a godsend. Debbie is a doer and dynamo who delivers a sales prescription that really works. With “Mrazek Energy” (believed to be from another world since it is a constant flow of happiness and enthusiasm), Debbie teaches the tools, techniques, and talents every individual possesses, and shows how to transform those into s-a-l-e-s.


John Nosal, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerJohn Nosal is the founder of NosalCentral. His company provides internet marketing solutions for small to medium-sized companies. This includes Website Design/Maintenance, Internet Branding, Social Media Marketing, E-mail Marketing and Blogging. His SEO philosophy is to increase value organically through the use of keywords and Social Media to communicate or share information about a company’s product or service.


Eddie Reeves, DFW Rocks Social Media Day Speaker

Eddie Reeves, Strategic Communications Strategist and Consultant, provides no-nonsense, impactful advice, strategy planning, coaching, counsel and tactical execution to C-suite leaders of organizations and entities who are serious about making a difference and making progress. With more than two and a half decades of experience as an advisor to Fortune 1000 CEOs, he is a corporate strategic communicator, an integrated marketing strategist, an award-winning journalist and a seasoned public policy professional.


Cynthia Sanchez, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerCynthia Sanchez writes and podcasts about all things Pinterest at She explores ways to utilize Pinterest for marketing, increasing brand awareness, and traffic generation. She reveals tips and techniques to leverage the power of Pinterest. Cynthia enjoys traveling with her family, learning photography, and blogging.



Johnny Tan, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerJohnny Tan honors his 9 moms and mothers everywhere through his bestselling and multi-award winning book, From My Mama’s Kitchen. The bookʼs success lead him to establish a powerful consulting and speaking platform. Johnny teaches clients strategies on how to use the power of unconditional love as potent leadership. He motivates people to create opportunities to leave a legacy of love. As a featured host, Johnny’s FMMK Talk Radio ranks in the top .1% of Blog Talk Radioʼs most popular shows.


AJ Wood, DFW Rocks Social Media Day SpeakerA.J. Wood is a Solutions Consultant for Adobe where he engages enterprise customers on the benefits of Adobe software. As the President of Media Cats he was ranked the #1 Adobe Instructor WORLDWIDE more than once. He is best known for his educational YouTube series, “I Create Content.” Call him a creative generalist or digital artisan, A.J. talked so much about Adobe products, they had no choice but to hire him and put his big mouth to use.



DFW Rocks LIVE Support on June 29 & June 30

Andi Reis, DFW Rocks Social Media Day LIVE BloggerAndi Reis has spent the last 13 illustrious years working in the marketing and advertising fields as part of client solutions, editing, copywriting, creative compliance, brand activation, content strategy, and social media marketing for corporations, writers and artists. Obsessively working the world to help bring people to the mecca of social media as part of successful digital marketing, she creates for clients the platform of understanding which basically says: Social media is more about the social than the media. In her spare time, she is Content Barista at Ralph’s Design & Deli and Chief of Awesome at Fun City Social Media.


Aida Rojas, DFW Rocks Social Media Day LIVE TweeterAida Rojas is a Hispanic Internet Marketing Specialist in the DFW area with a passion for growing brands using digital marketing strategies.  With an entrepreneurial approach, her mission is to flatten the world by helping local businesses compete at the same level as national known brands.  She leverages the power of the internet, social media, WordPress, SEO, and content marketing to strategize the right plan of action for her clients. Aida specializes in designing beautiful, responsive WordPress websites on the Genesis Framework that are search and social media optimized.