2021 Speakers

Keynote Speaker Mike Libecki
Nat Geo Explorer/Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year/DELL Ambassador

Mike Libecki, Keynote

Speaker Darren McBurnett
Navy SEAL Veteran, Athlete, Photographer, Ambassador, Author, Speaker

Darren McBurnett, Keynote

Content Director

Valentina Vee

National Digital Roundtable Chairman, Social Driver Co-Founder, LGBT Business Leader

Anthony Shop, Keynote

Photographer, Artist, Writer & Adventurer

Trey Ratcliff

Motion Designer at SternFX

Eran Stern

Speaker Kevin Ames
Photographer

Kevin Ames

Photographer

Serge Ramelli

Sports Photographer

Michèle Grenier

Founder of imaginated.com/Photographer/Author/Digital Marketing Consultant

Nate Torres

Content Creator / Educator / YouTuber

PhotoJoseph

Author/Trainer/Photoshop Guy

Dave Cross

Skip Cohen
Writer/Educator/Consultant

Skip Cohen

Teacher/Photographer

Matt Kloskowski

Microsoft sponsored Photographer and a FUJIFILM X-Photographer

Jeremy Chan

Award-winning Designer and Photoshop Instructor

Corey Baker

Photographer / Marketing Professional

Frederick Van Johnson

Award-winning Photographer/Cinematographer

Drew Geraci

Freelance Photographer, Author and Trainer

Piet Van den Eynde

Certified Instructor (Adobe and Apple) and Certified Private Pilot / Commercial UAV Pilot

Luisa Winters

Director of Client Care and Acquisition with TSMA

Bethany Gayton, TSMA

George Edmondson
Owner of Seed Creative

George Edmondson

Photographer / Artist / Author / Speaker

Karen Hutton

Maxim Jago
Award-Winning Writer / Director / Editor / Author

Maxim Jago

Photographer

Matthew Jordan Smith

Writer / Producer

Doug Daulton

Bestselling Author, Photographer, Filmmaker, and Producer

Marc Silber

Host and Video Creator

Brian Tong

Founder & CEO, PLOTAGRAPH, Inc.

Troy Plota

Chief Growth Officer at Skylum

Evgeny Tchebotarev

Program Manager-Rich Harrington
VSC Program Manager - CEO & Founder OF RHED Pixel, Inc.

Rich Harrington

Partner, Designer & Developer, Codify Design Studio

Chris Converse

Director of Product Marketing, Continuum at Boris FX

Nick Harauz

UAS Instructor, Director of Educational Programming, Sundance Media Group

Douglas Spotted Eagle

Award-Winning Travel Video Journalist / Producer / Shooter / Writer Editor / Host

Juliana Broste

Sports and Portrait Photographer/Author

Vanelli

Director / Producer

Amy DeLouise

Rod Harlan
Creative Strategist / Visual Marketer / Creative Director

Rod Harlan

CEO & Founder of J Greenberg Consulting

Jeff Greenberg

Photographer

Nicole Young

Award-Winning Writer / Director / Editor / Author

Maxim Jago

Partner at Foundry General Counsel

Seth C. Polansky

Writer / Producer

Doug Daulton

PHOTOGRAPHER & DIGITAL MEDIA ARTIST

Dylan Kotecki

Travel Photographer, Writer, Public Speaker, and Educator

Elia Locardi, Keynote

Retoucher and Photoshop Educator

Kristina Sherk

Nicki Sun Headshot
Producer, Host, Director

Nicki Sun

Nat Geo Explorer/Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year/DELL Ambassador

Mike Libecki, Keynote

Mike Libecki can define his life in two ways: An obsession with exploring and climbing the worlds most remote and untouched corners of the planet to find huge, world class first ascents and exploration…and a being a dedicated father to a daughter that wants to save the world. Libecki has completed more than 85 major expeditions all over the planet with a goal of 100 expeditions. He has done expeditions from Afghanistan to Antarctica, to Greenland to Guyana, to Siberia to Socotra Island, Yemen and everywhere in between. Mike is also a producer, director, videographer, photographer, humanitarian and conservationist. He is also a math and tech nerd at heart, and uses the latest technologies on his expeditions to share the stories. His pride and joy is being a father to his daughter Lilliana. And, Lilliana Libecki at the age of 16, has already been to 28 countries, all 7 continents, and seven major expeditions, including two expeditions to Antarctica, ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa, and a 150-mile trek through the Himalaya of Nepal, 18K foot peaks in Peru, with polar bears in the high Arctic, and remotes jungle of India and Philippines, all that have all focused on humanitarian and conservation work. Mike and his daughter Lilliana founded a nonprofit 501c3 organization (inspired by Lilliana when she was 12) that focuses on conservation and humanitarian work around the world…“In a world where we can be and do anything, be kind and do good!” – Lilliana Libecki “The time is now. Why ration passion? Dream big and climb those dreams.” – Mike Libecki

Navy SEAL Veteran, Athlete, Photographer, Ambassador, Author, Speaker

Darren McBurnett, Keynote

On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, McB has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, Budweiser, Rite-Aid, Walk-Ons, Albany Road Real Estate Partners, Founders Brewing Company, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Fidelity Investments, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer, his professional portfolio including work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie “Act of Valor.” His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. One of his eagle photographs hangs in the White House.

Content Director

Valentina Vee

Valentina Vee is a director, cinematographer, and editor living in Los Angeles, making content for branded campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling stories with positive messages as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences.

Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “GIMME MO,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions. Find her on Twitter @valentinavee and Instagram @valentina.vee

National Digital Roundtable Chairman, Social Driver Co-Founder, LGBT Business Leader

Anthony Shop, Keynote

In an era of digital transformation and disruption, Anthony Shop is a refreshing optimist and proven innovator in the field of digital and social media. As a convener, entrepreneur and educator, Anthony champions a digital mindset to create bottom-up strategies that unleash the energy in people. He has demonstrated that by putting people before technology, organizations can achieve results that seemed unimaginable a few short years ago.

Anthony is Chairman of the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. Through his off-the-record roundtables and public forums in partnership with premier NGOs, educational institutions, and embassies, Anthony has developed an innovative perspective that transcends industries and borders. His views on digital thinking and trends have been featured by the BBC, CBS, Bloomberg, and Al Hurra, and at conferences across the globe.

Prior to founding Social Driver, Anthony served as press secretary for a top U.S. congressional race and as a journalist. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer, and his BA from William Jewell College as a Truman Scholar.

His full profile is here: https://www.leadingauthorities.com/speakers/anthony-shop

Photographer, Artist, Writer & Adventurer

Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a somewhat quixotic mission to help spread consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world, StuckInCustoms.com, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence with over 5 million followers.

Chris Anderson from TED called him a “pioneer” of the genre of High Dynamic Range photography. Ratcliff had the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Museum and, sales of his large-format limited edition prints to fine art collectors worldwide have grown into a multimillion-dollar business. In 2012, he moved to Queenstown, New Zealand, before it became a trendy doomsday contingency plan.

Trey has collectors of his fine art from all around the world. These include everyone from knights to professional football players to celebrities like Edward Norton and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Motion Designer at SternFX

Eran Stern

Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.

Photographer

Kevin Ames

Kevin Ames is among the first generation of ENG photographers in television. His video career started the same day the station he was working for tore out their film processor. He has worked in local news, commercial production, scripting advertisements as well as being the voice of a CBS affiliate. His career moved into still photography. He has had a decades long career in studio photography both with film and as a very early adopter of digital capture. He revisited his love of video with the Canon 5D Mk II. He’s been providing still and video photography to his clients ever since.

Photographer

Serge Ramelli

Serge Ramelli is a French photographer living in the US. He specialized in Cityscape’s photography. His work is in over 85 galleries around the world with the Yellow Korner Network. He also has published 7 coffee table books on Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Venice and Barcelona.

He hosts a Youtube channel on photography with over 620 k subscribers.

He loves to teach all his photography technics.

Sports Photographer

Michèle Grenier

MICHÈLE GRENIER is a sports photographer who specializes in BADASS action portraiture. She’s also a Photofocus author, a Skylum Software ambassador and a photography coach. You can find her at www.michelegrenierphoto.com

Founder of imaginated.com/Photographer/Author/Digital Marketing Consultant

Nate Torres

Nate Torres is the founder of Imaginated.com, a photographer, author at Photofocus, and recognized enterprise digital marketing consultant. After working as a full-time enterprise SEO consultant with top companies such as Allstate, Bill.com, and Web.com, he created Imaginated.com to combine his two passions of photography/art and growth marketing.

His goal is to inspire all the artists and creators out there who aren’t getting the recognition they deserve due to a lack of marketing and business knowledge — and vice versa for business professionals who want to get in-touch with their creative side.

Content Creator / Educator / YouTuber

PhotoJoseph

Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a content creator, educator & YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video.

Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online onLinkedInLearning.com…and every week, LIVE at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph for PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment! You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere…Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph’s projects at Joseph.info.

Author/Trainer/Photoshop Guy

Dave Cross

For over 30 years Dave Cross has been helping creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, WPPI, ShutterFest, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has taught online courses for Kelby One, Creative Live and Photoshop Cafe. He offers online training at learningphotoshop.cc.

Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 was named a MAX Master Instructor.

Writer/Educator/Consultant

Skip Cohen

Skip Cohen is President/Founder of SkipCohenUniversity, an online resource center for aspiring and working professional photographers. His marketing consulting firm specializing in projects dedicated to education, primarily in photography. He also serves as CMO for Platypod. He’s been actively involved in the photographic industry his entire career and previously served as President of Rangefinder/WPPI and earlier, President of Hasselblad USA. Prior to Hasselblad he was with Polaroid for 17 ½ years.

He’s a writer, educator and consultant. He’s written for Shutter Magazine, Resource Magazine and Digital Industry Reporter, and co-hosts three podcasts: “Mind Your Own Business,” and “Beyond Technique” through Photofocus.com and “Tamron Recipes.” He’s a speaker and workshop instructor at several key conventions every year and has business and marketing modules with both Creative Live and Lynda.com. He has co-authored six books on photography with Don Blair, Bambi Cantrell, Joe Buissink and Scott Bourne.

Teacher/Photographer

Matt Kloskowski

Matt is a guy that hates bios written in the third person. He…no wait … I… love teaching and photography 🙂 In that order. I feel that enjoying photography, and photo editing can get WAY too complicated. So my personal mission (and favorite thing to do), is to create education that simplifies the process of taking great photos, and how to edit them to get the results you’ve always wanted. I’m also very honored to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery, included in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and author or co-author of over 20 books on photo-editing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography.

Microsoft sponsored Photographer and a FUJIFILM X-Photographer

Jeremy Chan

Jeremy Chan is a Microsoft sponsored Photographer and a FUJIFILM X-Photographer; Jeremy’s passion about fine art and creative has helped him refine a unique vision which embraces the timeless artistry. By mixing fine art and graphic design in his image making, he helps his clients create one of a kind timeless images which express their love story and wedding story for generations to come.

Jeremy also known for his signature fine art cinematic photo style. His believe of “digital photography” has enhance original photography to a whole new level allow him to create images which is surreal and out of this world.

Award-winning Designer and Photoshop Instructor

Corey Baker

Corey is an award-winning designer and Photoshop instructor has been using Photoshop since version 2.0. He attended the Ringling College of Art & Design where he earned a BFA in Illustration. Best known as one of the Photoshop guys on the popular podcast Photoshop TV and a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine where he writes the popular Down & Dirty Tricks column. He was also the author of the best-selling books The Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers Vol 1&2 and How to Create Badass Effects in Photoshop. In 2015, Corey was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the education of Photoshop and founded his training site MasterFXTraining.com in 2016. For the past few years Corey has been working for ION Television creating on-air motion graphics for a variety of special events and promo spots.

Photographer / Marketing Professional

Frederick Van Johnson

Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry. A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is the Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital. He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.

Award-winning Photographer/Cinematographer

Drew Geraci

Andrew ‘Drew’ Geraci is a passionate and award-winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 17 years. As a budding photographer, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service, he hung up his uniform and signed on as a Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual storyteller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns – District 7 Media.


Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high-impact HDR motion time-lapse productions as well as directing for feature films and commercials. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now-iconic House of Cards opening credits. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier, Steven Speilberg, and more.

Freelance Photographer, Author and Trainer

Piet Van den Eynde

Piet (pronounced as ‘Pete’) Van den Eynde is a Belgian freelance photographer, author and trainer, specializing in travel portraiture. He likes to work with flash to create striking environmental portraits in remote locations, whether it’s the Mongolian Altai mountains or the Omo river valley in Southern Ethiopia. Piet is also an Adobe Lightroom Certified Expert and a Fujifilm Ambassador. When he’s not traveling, he’s writing books and creating tutorials about photography, lighting and image editing. In his spare time, he likes to reverse engineer the lighting setups of popular tv-shows or play soccer with – and get beaten by – his seven year old son Noah.

Certified Instructor (Adobe and Apple) and Certified Private Pilot / Commercial UAV Pilot

Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters is an Adobe Premiere Master Instructor, an Adobe Certified Instructor, and an Apple Certified Trainer. She is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator, and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial, and private clients. An accomplished nonlinear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and master classes for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Captivate, and Encore DVD.


A Private Pilot and a UAS Pilot, Luisa has led sessions and workshops in almost every U.S. state and in several countries across the world. She has been a featured speaker at NAB and other national and international conferences every year since 2005.

Director of Client Care and Acquisition with TSMA

Bethany Gayton, TSMA

Bethany’s background spans over a decade of experience in the entertainment and social media fields. From helping build a small social media firm, Actor Influencer, to hundreds of clients, to quickly joining the leadership team at TSMA when Actor Influencer was acquired, Bethany has supported thousands of profiles in creating powerful and leverage-able social media presences.

An expert in audience growth tactics, Bethany now sits as Director of Client Care and Acquisition with TSMA, a leading national social media management firm. Her personal YouTube channel has received fast success, with growth of tens of thousands of subscribers each month.

Owner of Seed Creative

George Edmondson

George Edmondson owns a video production company based in Tuscaloosa Alabama and has been working with MotionVFX to create high-quality tutorials showcasing a wide array of plug-ins and templates.

George since starting built his entire company exclusively on Final Cut Pro and Motion and has many years of real-life experience with both applications.

Photographer / Artist / Author / Speaker

Karen Hutton

Karen Hutton is an International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker, Author, Educator, Voice. As a Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer and she has presented at events throughout the U.S. about photography and inspiration; her articles have been translated into multiple languages. Her signature “The Artist’s Voice” photography retreats in Europe and the U.S. have been enthusiastically attended by participants seeking to embed their utterly unique visual voice into the pixels of their images.


Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas and a genuinely positive outlook, Karen inspires people to not only discover their artistic voice in photography – but in life.


Adoring fans + customers call her “Pure JOY, LIGHT & absolute FUN!”, “An inspirational gem” and “Incredibly artistic. Captivatingly genius. World-class!”

Award-Winning Writer / Director / Editor / Author

Maxim Jago

Maxim is an award-winning Film Director, Consultant Futurist, best-selling Author, and the Founder and Director of The Creativity Conference, held in Iceland.  He has consulted as a Futurist for a number of organisations, and is writing a series of new books exploring futurism for IEEE-USA. As an Adobe Master Trainer, Avid Certified Instructor, EDIUS Master Trainer, and the author of multiple books and over 2,000 tutorials, he is well-known as an International Trainer and Public Speaker.

In addition to consulting for Adobe on the development of learning content, Maxim is the author of the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and has spoken at many colleges and universities on the development of creative skills.  He is well-known as an international media technology trainer, and is the author of multiple books and training series on the subject. As a filmmaker, he has directed over thirty short films, the feature-length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, Maxim mentors newcomers to the film industry and may drink too much coffee.

Photographer

Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer based in Tokyo, Japan and working between Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. He has photographed some of the worlds most famous celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tyra Banks and more. His advertising clients include Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Showtime and HBO. 


In his spare time, Matthew focuses on personal projects, photo exhibits and book projects. To date, Smith has published three books, Sepia Dreams, Lost & Found, and Future American President.

Writer / Producer

Doug Daulton

Doug is a writer/producer based in Spokane with over twenty years of experience working with a wide variety of storytelling platforms, including feature films, podcasts, and multi-camera live streams. His portfolio includes projects for Google, YouTube and Salesforce. His work as a storyteller has taken Doug around the world, covering subjects at the highest levels of industry, entertainment and government.

Bokeh, his first feature film, was selected for IFP’s Independent Film Lab, acquired by Screen Media Films, screened at the 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. It is now available on all major VOD platforms. Currently, Doug is developing several projects including a transmedia documentary about the adventures and sacrifices of a once top-secret cadre of American fighter pilots.

Website:https://dougdaulton.com/

Bestselling Author, Photographer, Filmmaker, and Producer

Marc Silber

Marc Silber is a 3-time bestselling author, photographer, filmmaker, and producer of the very popular YouTube series Advancing Your

Photography, where he has interviewed scores of some of the biggest names in photography.

He started out learning darkroom skills and the basics of photography at the legendary Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA, in the ’60s, and moved on to hone his skills to professional standards at the famed San Francisco Art Institute. Marc moved into teaching photography in workshops all over the country, he became renowned as an engaging and helpful speaker and coach, as his greatest joy comes from helping others.

Host and Video Creator

Brian Tong

Brian Tong is a host and video creator that brings his energy and unique style to showcase the latest and greatest in the tech and geek culture world on his YouTube Channel and podcast, covering the space for over 15 years.

He’s an independent media creator, and has recently been a host during ‘Inside the NBA on TNT’ broadcasts during the NBA Playoffs, a Game Show host for Facebook’s ‘Outside Your Bubble’ interactive game show and a co-host for DC Universe.

Founder & CEO, PLOTAGRAPH, Inc.

Troy Plota

My family immigrated to the U.S. from Europe. My grandparents had risked their lives to create new opportunities for us. When I was 13, I picked up my first camera and started shooting. By the time I turned 21, I had opened the doors to my own studio. Being a Tech entrepreneur turned out to be much different in nature than running a Photography Studio.

Plunging into the App business, I realized that my 30 years of experience as a professional Photographer was giving me the vital edge over my competition. It enabled me to excel to the forefront of technology! Today, Facebook lists Plotaverse as top 5 photo apps, and MarketWatch lists Plotagraph Pro for desktop as top 2018 animation “Product Innovation and Introduction”.

Chief Growth Officer at Skylum

Evgeny Tchebotarev

Evgeny is a Chief Growth Officer at Skylum. Prior to that he founded 500px, a photo sharing marketplace, which raised $25M USD from a16z, ffVC, & was acquired.

VSC Program Manager - CEO & Founder OF RHED Pixel, Inc.

Rich Harrington

A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003. Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.


Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.

Partner, Designer & Developer, Codify Design Studio

Chris Converse

Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic, animation, and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R•I•T), and has continued to study the landscape of design and its crossroads with various technologies. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 275 industry-related events, conferences and webinars, including NAB, Adobe MAX, Post Production World, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week and PHOTOPLUS. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/events

Director of Product Marketing, Continuum at Boris FX

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz, is the Director of Product Marketing, Continuum at Boris FX. He has over fifteen years of experience as an Adobe, Avid, and FCP certified trainer.

Harauz is regarded within the post-production community for his deep knowledge of host applications mixed with a relatability that keeps students engaged. He is a regular guest speaker at Adobe MAX, has written a book on Apple Motion 5, and is currently writing his second book entitled “Finding Creativity in Uncertain Times,” which will feature a corresponding LinkedIn Learning course. 

In addition to his training expertise, Harauz has worked as an editor and motion graphics artist for domestic and international clients, including Proctor and Gamble, Virgin Mobile, and Blackberry. He has also directed and filmed noted celebrities including Lady Gaga and Richard Branson and co-edited the feature documentary My Father and the Man in Black, the untold story of Johnny Cash.

UAS Instructor, Director of Educational Programming, Sundance Media Group

Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas was a co-founder of Sundance Media Group (SMG) in 1996, a training and consulting organization with over 28 years of experience.  Douglas is a world-traveled speaker/instructor and a giant in the video and audio industries, having received many awards. Douglas is the author of several books and DVDs and continues to serve as an adviser and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters, however Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS (drone) industry. 

Douglas has a long history in Aviation, with 3500 hours of flight time, over 6,000 skydives, and having completed numerous aerial cinematography projects.  Douglas has written several curricula for skydiving training that is in use across the globe. Douglas applies his intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs to drone operations.    Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS.

Award-Winning Travel Video Journalist / Producer / Shooter / Writer Editor / Host

Juliana Broste

Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an 11x Heartland Emmy award winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host.  Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear!  She calls Denver, Colorado her home and her launchpad, where she springs off to adventures near and far.  Maybe you’ve seen Jules on CNN Airport Network waiting for a flight.  She’s also been spotted on networks like PBS, Local Now, Matador Network, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and beyond.  Jules recently got back from a round the world storytelling adventure as Bumble’s Global Connector Bee.  Travel brands and tourism boards are big fans of Jules – her enthusiasm and joie de vivre make her vlogs a delight to watch.  Jules is also a global Manfrotto Ambassador, always up to date on the latest camera tools and trends.  She shares creative and technical tips on her website, The Video Hustle.  Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  She is also a Travel Massive Colorado chapter leader.  In her spare time, you’ll find Jules snowboarding in Vail where she is a certified instructor.  Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on Facebook, Instagram and on her travel vlog on YouTube.  Happy travels!

Website:www.julianabroste.com

Sports and Portrait Photographer/Author

Vanelli

Vanelli is an educator, author, and a working sports and portrait photographer based on the east coast of Florida. His specialized photography programs have been taught on LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, in workshops, lectures and in the Brevard County School District. 

Currently, he is part of Skylum Software’s Education Development team,  teaching workshops, and writing for Photofocus.

You can find out more about Vanelli at www.VanelliandFriends.com, or social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Currently, he is the Director of Education at Skylum Software, teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for the Vanelli and Friends series.

Director / Producer

Amy DeLouise

Director/Producer Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading companies on storytelling. With more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards including Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, and CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry. Amy launched the innovative pop-up event #GalsNGear focused on building community and diversity in the film and digital media communities. Amy is a Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning author with several popular titles and a half million views. Amy’s title The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press/Routledge) is being used in dozens of film and communications programs worldwide. Her new Focal Press book with co-author Cheryl Ottenritter is Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Both books are available at the NAB bookstore. Amy has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com.

Creative Strategist / Visual Marketer / Creative Director

Rod Harlan

Rod Harlan is an Industry Veteran with 30 years experience as a video editor, animator, author, educator, producer, marketing & media consultant and Adobe addict! 

Mr Harlan runs Ready On Demand Inc that helps companies and individuals increase their revenue in the creative market industry. His videos for clients like Adobe, HART, RYOBI, and RIDGID Tools get millions of views on websites like HomeDepot.com and Walmart.com. 

He is an in-demand speaker & trainer at some of the most influential industry conferences including Adobe MAX, NAB Show, POST|Production World, WPPI and Photoshop World among others. He shares content to over 100,000 followers and can be contacted via LinkedIN & Twitter @RodHarlan.

CEO & Founder of J Greenberg Consulting

Jeff Greenberg

Jeff I. Greenberg has over two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, Avid and Black Magic Designs, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He’s the Owner of J Greenberg Consulting and for a decade was the Principal Instructor for Future Media Concepts. Consistently voted as one of the top seminar speakers/interviewers, audience’s feedback includes depth of subjects covered, approachability and student-centered teaching that helps keep them up to date on industry standards.

Jeff teaches seminars at events such as NAB, IBC, CES and Inter BEE. He’s the chair for the Editors Retreat, an annually held exclusive getaway for editors. Jeff is a published author of several books on the subject of editing and post-production. He recently finished a book on Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Adobe Press.) Jeff writes for various blogs and creates training materials for Lynda.com.

Photographer

Nicole Young

Nicole Young is a full-time photographer and author who thrives on inspiring and encouraging photographers to improve their craft and grow as artists. She teaches photography and post-processing through her blog, articles, videos, interviews, and training materials. Nicole also has an online store, where she creates post-processing tools, such as preset, actions, and textures, along with several books and eBooks.

Award-Winning Writer / Director / Editor / Author

Maxim Jago

Maxim is an award-winning Film Director, Consultant Futurist, best-selling Author, and the Founder and Director of The Creativity Conference, held in Iceland.  He has consulted as a Futurist for a number of organisations, and is writing a series of new books exploring futurism for IEEE-USA. As an Adobe Master Trainer, Avid Certified Instructor, EDIUS Master Trainer, and the author of multiple books and over 2,000 tutorials, he is well-known as an International Trainer and Public Speaker.

In addition to consulting for Adobe on the development of learning content, Maxim is the author of the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and has spoken at many colleges and universities on the development of creative skills.  He is well-known as an international media technology trainer, and is the author of multiple books and training series on the subject. As a filmmaker, he has directed over thirty short films, the feature-length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, Maxim mentors newcomers to the film industry and may drink too much coffee.

Partner at Foundry General Counsel

Seth C. Polansky

Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property, and start-up specialist, founded the professional firm Seth Polansky LLC in 2005. Through both this firm and his corporate experience, he has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice. In addition to working with private corporations, government and state agencies, he has counselled small businesses and artists in securing copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection, and aided them in navigating contracts. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Procurement Law at the University of Maryland University College.


In his spare time, Seth is a programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films. For more information on Seth, visit sethpolanskylaw.com.

Writer / Producer

Doug Daulton

Doug is a writer/producer based in Spokane with over twenty years of experience working with a wide variety of storytelling platforms, including feature films, podcasts, and multi-camera live streams. His portfolio includes projects for Google, YouTube and Salesforce. His work as a storyteller has taken Doug around the world, covering subjects at the highest levels of industry, entertainment and government.

Bokeh, his first feature film, was selected for IFP’s Independent Film Lab, acquired by Screen Media Films, screened at the 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. It is now available on all major VOD platforms. Currently, Doug is developing several projects including a transmedia documentary about the adventures and sacrifices of a once top-secret cadre of American fighter pilots.

Website:https://dougdaulton.com/

PHOTOGRAPHER & DIGITAL MEDIA ARTIST

Dylan Kotecki

Hi there! I’m Dylan Kotecki. I grew up in Montana and moved over to Oregon when I graduated college. I love getting outside to take photos and run around with my two dogs!

Website:https://www.on1.com/

Travel Photographer, Writer, Public Speaker, and Educator

Elia Locardi, Keynote

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional photographer, public speaker and experienced educator who has developed a highly recognized style of photography that has been widely circulated in major publications including National Geographic, Elle, and Travel + Leisure and is frequently displayed in fine art galleries and venues all over the world.

His passion for photography and education has led him to work in over 70 countries while collaborating with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism initiatives worldwide. With over 20 years of experience in photography, production, and education, Elia has given more than 200 keynotes and lectures at venues including Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, InterBee, Visual Storytellers Conference, Adobe Max, B&H Optic, Fujifilm Festival, Gulf Photo Plus, HIPA Dubai, National Geographic Aveiro, and Xposure International Photograph Festival, in addition to working with clients and companies including Instagram, Google, Fujifilm, Nikon, Adobe, Skylum, Wacom, CNet, and DJI Global.

He is also the founder of www.light.art, a publishing platform for photography NFTs.

Retoucher and Photoshop Educator

Kristina Sherk

For the past 13 years, Kristina Sherk has been a retoucher and Photoshop educator based out of Washington, D.C. She loves “translating Photoshop” for photographers and subsequently, has spoken at CreativeLive, Photoshop World, KelbyOne, Adobe, Canon, LinkedIn Learning, ImagingUSA and WPPI. She’s also a contributing author for educational publications like Shutter Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine and Lightroom Magazine.

Producer, Host, Director

Nicki Sun

Nicki Sun is an on-camera personality/influencer, and freelance producer, director, cinematographer, content strategist, editor, and educator passionate about amplifying marginalized voices both in front and behind the camera. She is the creator and host of “Now You Know,” a talk show spotlighting key celebrities and leaders within the API community and TechNicki Speaking, a tech channel dedicated to empowering content creators, which also livestreams every Tuesday at 7pm PST on Amazon LIVE. She was selected by Samsung and Popsugar to film her directorial debut “Love in the Time of COVID” entirely on her phone in 2020, and was privileged to host “NAB Show LIVE with Nicki Sun” in 2021.