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Club50 Sep2019 JohnCrowell

John Crowell

Crowell was raised an Iowa farmer.  He joined Harley-Davidson Motor Company when it was still a subsidiary of AMF, Inc.  Over the next 25 years, he was engaged in all aspects of the development of the distribution chain.  These included district/regional management, financial services, dealer standards and performance management, dealer services, new business start-up and global distribution strategy.

John left Harley-Davidson as Director of Dealer Development North America to purchase and operate the Reno Harley-Davidson dealership.  This family affair allowed him to function in the distribution chain from both points of view.  After selling the dealership, he continues to consult with a best practice group of about 15 Harley-Davidson dealers across the United States.

In addition to continued consulting, John has two real estate companies in Phoenix and still owns farming operations in Iowa.

Other interests:  golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, motorcycling and extensive adventure travel.

Education:  B.S. in Business Administration – University of Wyoming

                  MBA JL Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University

Club50 Sep2019 GeoffRamsey

Geoff Ramsey
Chief Content Officer, Co-Founder
eMarketer

Ramsey is on the cutting edge of consumer trends and marketing best practices in a digital, multichannel world and he knows how to command an audience. Through his dynamic, high-energy keynotes at industry events worldwide, Ramsey consistently wows audiences by weaving together an objective view of market numbers with a powerful narrative, explaining the critical implications for marketers (and he even has a sense of humor).
As chief content officer and co-founder of eMarketer, Ramsey has rich insights and a big-picture perspective of how consumers spend their time and money, and how marketers are striving to reach them. In his role at eMarketer, he helps develop innovative ways to display and personalize eMarketer's industry-standard marketing research.


In various speaking roles as solo presenter, expert moderator and host, Ramsey has appeared at hundreds of industry conferences, including iMedia Brand and Agency Summits, Rutberg Summits in London and Los Angeles, The Economist's Innovation Forum, Business Insider's IGNITION Conference, Association of National Advertisers (ANA) conferences, the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) conferences, the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC's) Global Summit, !AB MIXX, WELT Economic Forum in Berlin and The Conference Board events. Ramsey has also been invited to deliver custom presentations for Fortune 100 corporations including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, The Coca-Cola Co., The Home Depot, The Clorox Co., Allstate, FedEx, American Express and Visa. He is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek and Advertising Age.


Ramsey is a recipient of the 2011 ad:tech Industry Achievement Award, which honors individuals in the digital marketing space who have demonstrated consistent outstanding service, generated breakthrough ideas and fostered industry growth. His book, "Digital Impact: The Two Secrets to Online Marketing Success" (Wiley, 2011), co-authored with Vipin Mayar, has earned critical praise from industry leaders.

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Christopher Jones
AVP, Sales Channel, National Business
AT&T Business Solutions

Chris is responsible for driving growth and transformation in the East Region of the AT&T Alliance Channel. Key objectives include driving increased sales and productivity through indirect channels, including value added resellers, distributors, agents and solution providers.

Prior to this, Chris led the National Presidential Convention Sales Team which provided support to both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the 45th Presidential Inauguration.  Previously, Chris led the Southeast Region Small Business Solutions sales force. In this role he was responsible for strategy development, operational management and sales execution for a ~350 person organization serving the small and mid-sized business market in the Southeast United States.

Before joining the Southeast Region sales team, he led the AT&T Alternate Channels and Business Integrated Solutions Field Marketing organization. He had responsibility for marketing activities supporting a variety of sales channels including direct, indirect, retail and telesales channels to position AT&T's full suite of products and services to small and medium sized business customers across the country.  Chris also led the mobility practice within AT&T's Alternate Channels. Chris was responsible for acquisition sales and customer life cycle management of wireless products and services thru various

Alternate Channels of distribution including Solution Providers, retail centric Indirect Channels and Telesales Channels representing approximately 20% of the Small Business Mobility business plan.  

Chris graduated with honors from Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He is married and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three sons.

 Craig Schlagbaum

Craig Schlagbaum
VP Indirect Channels
Comcast Business

Craig Schlagbaum is the Vice President of Indirect Channels for Comcast Business.  In this role, Craig manages Comcast’s indirect channel partner team and the overall indirect channel programs for Comcast Business.  The program has achieved great success and was named as a top indirect channel program for the industry in both Channel Partners' Magazine as well as Computer Reseller News (CRN) from 2011 to 2015.  Prior to Comcast, Craig managed the indirect channel team for Level 3 Communications and NTT and he was a key architect of the Qwest Business Partner Program. 

Craig has spent over 25 years in various indirect channel roles in sales, marketing, and business development with NTT/Verio, Qwest Communications, IBM Corporation, and Sony Corporation.  Craig was recently named in ’14 one of Top 10 Channel Sales Leaders in CRN and was also named as a Circle of Excellence Winner in Channel Partners Magazine in 15, as well as a top 10 Channel Chiefs for 7 years from 2008 to 2015. Craig holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Craig currently resides in Denver Colorado.