2018 Speakers

Eric Bennion has one foot planted firmly in the present and one squarely in the past. Always a storyteller he discovered the real power of voice while studying history in college. He grew that interest into passion by exploring storytelling areas like radio broadcasting, marketing, and social media. He gets fired up by the connections that stories make – from person to person, company to customer, and ideas to new audiences. Eric has been blogging for 13 years and has recently begun producing and co-hosting the But Daddy Why podcast.

Dr. Eric Rasmussen is an assistant professor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He is the author of “Media Maze: Unconventional Wisdom for Guiding Children Through Media,” and of ChildrenAndMediaMan.com. His research on both children’s responses to media exposure, and what parents can do to alter the media’s influence on children’s attitudes and behaviors, has been published in the top international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of communication and child development. He is widely recognized as a leading expert about media parenting. He received a doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University. He lives in Lubbock with his wife and children.

Laura Fuentes is the CEO of Fuentes Media, which includes MOMables.com, LauraFuentes.com, and LauraFuentes.co. She nerds out on Content and Email Acquisition Strategies, two areas she helps other entrepreneurs master for their online businesses.

She’s the Author of 4 cookbooks, Executive Producer of video, makes television appearances, has competed (and won!) on Food Network, and often partners with brands in digital campaigns in both English and Spanish.

With her background in Global Economics, her MBA in business Development and her strategic approach to the creation of online content and its promotion have yielded great success for her company and consulting projects.

Eric Schneller is the CFO & COO of Fuentes Media, a Strategic Content and Email Campaign Agency.

After 15 years of working in Healthcare Management, he left a C-level job and joined his wife’s company to help grow her online businesses.

After a decade of long commutes, he can finally enjoy more time with their three homeschooled kids and have the flexibility to travel and live the lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of.

Fun fact: Eric met Laura Fuentes while getting their MBAs and he is the Southern Gentleman that kept her down South -or so she says.

Julia Beck, Founder of Forty Weeks and the It’s Working Project is a passionate storyteller, engaged connector and curious innovator who remains deeply committed to improving outcomes for all families.

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology as an enabling and supporting tool in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University.

Brandon Billinger is a husband and father of 2 who creates content for The Rookie Dad. Brandon has been blogging as The Rookie Dad for 7 years, since the birth of his first child. For the last 10 years, Brandon has held various positions in the video industry in Kansas City from news photographer, multimedia specialist, promotions and live TV producer, to video production manager.

Spencer Tapia is a blogger and social media personality, He is a dad and husband raising a child with special needs. When not helping to provide medical care to his daughter Spencer enjoys reading and writing. Spencer’s work can be found through multiple online platforms and mentions in special segment news story’s. Spencer is currently recording a podcast series for Lighthouse media.

Beau Coffron is a dad who was inspired to create special lunches every Monday for his kids, while they are in school. Many of these lunches are fashioned after characters such as Despicable Me Minions, Disney Princesses, and Star Wars Characters. From this project his blog, Lunchbox Dad, was born. The blog went viral and expanded to national appearances on T.V. shows such as Good Morning America and The Steve Harvey Show. Beau has been prominently featured in People Magazine and on websites such as Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Bored Panda, Yahoo, E! Online, and Babble. In his day job, Beau is the Social Media Director for one of the largest churches in the country. Beau and his family call Edmond, Oklahoma home.

Juan Alanis is a public relations and digital strategist, speaker, and content creator, dedicated to creating compelling narratives that drive measurable results. As co-owner of Big Oak Tree Media, a full-service integrated communications firm, he and his team provide strategic counsel and guidance to customers of various industries and size. Juan is also the founder of the award winning U.S. Hispanic lifestyle blog, Juan of Words. He is a regular speaker at national conferences and events on topics such as digital content creation, social media, public relations, and brand advocacy. Juan’s roster of clients to date include premier blue chip brands such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Walmart, among various others.

Jeff “fuzzy” Wenzel is a digital and social media expert, who has created and maintained a social media presence for over 450 client projects on multiple social media platforms. He is a co-founder of Woodshed Agency, a S.E. Michigan based digital media company that has established themselves as crowd-funding pioneers with over 300 successful campaigns to their credit. Jeff also seeks out and maintains collaborative relationships for his digital properties between companies, sponsors, and clients. Credits include Volkswagen, Moncur, Detroit Design Center, Motor City New Years Eve, Camp Casey and North Star Media.

Mike Nunez is an 18-year internet marketing veteran, with 4 years at Google on the Google Shopping & DoubleClick Search teams, who went on to co-found The Performance Company (.com), a performance-based digital marketing agency with subsidiaries that include AffiliateManager.com, a premier affiliate management company with offices in Orlando & Chicago. AffiliateManager.com has won Affiliate Summit Pinnacle awards for Affiliate Manager of the Year in 2013 & Affiliate Agency of the Year in 2016, as well as the Avantlink Best Agency of 2016 & 2017. Our success is powered by our proprietary technology, AffiliateRecruitment.com – with over 8.4 million affiliate pages indexed, & BounceLinks.com, a content monetization tool for bloggers.

Marketing is a spectator sport and Jim Joseph is one of the industry’s most engaging, enthralling, and entertaining commentators. As the Global CEO of brand communications agency Citizen Relations, Jim constantly puts his thirty years of experience to the test with consumer marketing clients from virtually every industry. Jim is also an award-winning author of “The Experience Effect” book and blog series and an adjunct instructor at New York University. Entrepreneur of the Year, Agency of the Year, Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year, Most Creative Agency, Best Place to Work, Social Media Icon, Hall of Fame – these are the accolades that Jim Joseph has amassed through his long career in marketing. But none are more important than the daily

Austin Dowd is a stay-at-home dad to two boys and president of the National At-Home Dad Network. As a lifelong resident of Raleigh, North Carolina Austin founded the Triangle Stay At Home Dads in 2011 and joined the NAHDN the same year.

As a leader within the NAHDN he helped plan both Raleigh HomeDadCons in 2015 and 2016 before moving into officer positions on the Board of Directors.

Previously he has written for the Carolina Parent blog, though now most of his media work is done as a freelance photographer for various companies and publications in NC.