Community Manager of the Year:
Meet the Judges
Finalists for Vitrue’s Community Manager of the Year will be judged 50% by fan and follower support via a Vitrue Tabs voting module and Wall App, and 50% by our distinguished panel of judges.
Stephanie Agresta | Weber Shandwick
A pacesetter in digital media for nearly 15 years, Stephanie Agresta is EVP, Managing Director of Social Media for the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where she focuses on social media strategy and partnerships in addition to consulting with key accounts.
In the course of her career, Stephanie has been instrumental to developing digital media initiatives for major brands such as Microsoft, Windows Phone, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard and P&G.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Stephanie served as EVP, Digital Strategy and Social Media for Porter Novelli. Her accomplishments in this role included leading the effort to become Digital Agency of Record for Bel Brands. She also secured AOR relationships with Blog World and New Media Expo, as well as partnerships with Twestival, Internet Week and Social Media Week, for which she serves on the Global Advisory Board.
A popular speaker at industry events, Stephanie has sat on panels at Web2Expo, Blog World, BlogHer, SXSW and Mashable conferences. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Social Media Advertising Consortium (SMAC), where she serves alongside executives from Ford, IBM, Intel, Pepsico and Razorfish.
Stephanie was named to PR Week’s “40 Under 40” for 2010. Her first book, Perspectives on Social Media Marketing, co-authored with B. Bonin Bough of Pepsico, was released in October 2010.
Reggie Bradford | Vitrue
Veteran technology and management executive Reggie Bradford is founder and CEO of Vitrue. Founded in 2006, Bradford, armed with over 20 years of experience across technology, Internet and marketing sectors, has developed Vitrue into the leading provider of social marketing publishing software for global brands and agencies.
Prior to founding Vitrue, Bradford served as President and board member of TANDBERG Television, an organization of more than 400 employees and more than $100 million in revenues. Bradford also served as the President and CEO of N2 Broadband, the leading provider of open-platform, on-demand entertainment solutions. Among his many industry accolades and awards, Bradford was named one of Television Week’s “10 to Watch” for 2005 and one of the top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2010 by Business to Business.
Bradford also has extensive marketing-management experience, serving as Chief Marketing Officer at WebMD from 1998 to 2000. As such, he helped guide company growth from 40 to 4,000 employees and received more than $2 billion in funding.
Bradford received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University. He serves on numerous advisory and non-profit boards including BrightWhistle, Solo Health and The Brandery. Bradford resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Holly and their six children.
Jason Falls | Social Media Examiner
Jason Falls is an author, speaker and CEO, the latter of Social Media Explorer, an education and information products company focused on digital and social media marketing. From online learning to industry research reports to SME’s signature Explore events, Falls spearheads efforts to bridge the gap between professional communicators and business owners and the strategic use of digital marketing and technology.
An award-winning social media strategist and widely read industry pundit, Falls has been noted as a top influencer in the social technology and marketing space by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Advertising Age and others. His first book, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing, co-authored with Erik Deckers, was published in September 2011.
Jeremiah Owyang | Altimeter Group
As a Web Strategist, Jeremiah strives to deliver insight on disruptive technologies and their impact on how companies communicate with their customers.
Since writing his blog since 2006, and Owyang’s blog has been honored as a top analyst blog within the industry by Edelman’s Technobabble.
Jeremiah is currently Partner of Customer Strategy at Altimeter Group, a research based advisory firm.
Previously, Owyang was a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, and have over 10 years experience as a practitioner on both the vendor and brand side. He is frequently quoted in the mainstream press, speak at conferences all over the world, and have served as a regular columnist for Forbes magazine.
Kathy Baughman | ComBlu
Kathy Baughman is president and co-founder of ComBlu, an organization specializing in social engagement and influencer marketing. Kathy’s forte is social engagement and social business strategy. Her passions include bringing a fresh point of view to everything she does and helping organizations take their programs to the next level.
Kathy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences with recent appearances at SXSW, Community2.0 and Social Media Conference, the Department of Defense Social Media Conference, and the WOMMA Summit. Kathy heads the Healthcare Committee for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and co-leads their initiative, along with the Community Roundtable, to develop a Community Manager Certification Program. Kathy is also an adjunct professor for Georgetown University.
Kathy recently authored an eBook, Content Supply Chain, and writes the firm’s annual research report, “State of Online Branded Communities”.