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TUNE UP: Keynote

The Right Blend of Knowledge and Entertainment


Will Pearson


Mental Floss

Will Pearson is the president and co-founder of Mental Floss, the media company dedicated to delivering the perfect blend of knowledge and entertainment for lifelong learners everywhere. Since launching mental_floss magazine from a dorm room at Duke University in 2001, Will and fellow co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur have grown the brand to reach more than 25 million people each month through mentalfloss.com, the Mental Floss YouTube channel and all of the Mental Floss social channels.

Inc magazine named Will one of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.” He is a regular guest on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda and has made over 100 other national television appearances.




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MAINTAIN: Interactive Training Session

Game On: Protecting Your Brand


Blair Bloomston


Vice President

game on Nation, LLC

As a founding member of game on, Blair has spent the last ten years helping the world’s most recognizable athletes, teams, and corporations, including NASCAR, US Olympic Committee, Ernst & Young, Honda, TIBCO, and ESPNW, to name a few. She is a co-creator of the MILE™ curriculum, an expert on game-based training, and oversees all business operations for game on.

Blair will deliver an interactive session on enhancing verbal communication skills to build commitment and buy-in from stakeholders and protect your brand.


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PREPARE: Interactive Crisis Session

Steering the Boat in Permanent White Water


Danny Markstein



Danny Markstein co-founded Markstein in 2003. Today, Markstein is among the fastest-growing and most sought-after communications agencies in the Southeast, focused on developing and implementing results-driven strategies for clients nationwide. Danny serves as strategic counsel and confidante to executives operating across myriad industry verticals. His clients benefit from his expertise in the areas of crisis communications, corporate strategy, internal and external corporate communications, executive positioning and organizational dynamics. Danny is valued as a partner who promotes, protects and advocates for the agency’s clients and team members proactively and with conviction. Danny is a graduate of The George Washington University (M.B.A., entrepreneurship) and Trinity College (B.A., American Studies).



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PREPARE: Interactive Crisis Session

Steering the Boat in Permanent White Water


Christy Evans



Christy Evans utilizes her background in business strategy and leadership development to direct activities at Markstein. Leveraging her insatiable desire to master new skills, she works to discern how all activities work cohesively in a communications strategy and how, in turn, she can use them to provide an exemplary level of service. Not one to settle for the status quo, Christy propels others to invest in thoughtful, innovative and profitable next-steps to best serve business goals. She has experience managing communications activities for public, private and non-profit organizations across a variety of industry verticals. Christy is a graduate of The University of Alabama (M.B.A. and B.S., marketing).


About Markstein

Markstein is a strategic communications agency performing across Public Relations, Marketing, Digital Influence, Creative and Crisis with strategy driving all aspects of its work. More than just a partner, its talented communications team serves as proud brand advocates committed to unmatched levels of service founded on professionalism, responsiveness, proactive thinking and dedication to achieving results.



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Emcee of PRCA Awards Luncheon


Martie Duncan


Chief Party Thrower and Food Network Star Finalist

Martie Knows Parties

Martie Duncan is the chief party thrower at MartieKnowsParties.com and was a finalist on Season 8 of Food Network Star. Martie was named the franchise's "Fan Favorite" when she was brought back for the tenth anniversary edition of the show. A passionate cook, writer, party/wedding expert and Alabama girl, Martie wants to help people go back to a time when entertaining was fun.




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