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Director of Marketing & Partnerships - Craft CMS

Leah Stephenson

Leah Stephenson is the Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Craft CMS where she works to grow the Craft community by helping agencies and businesses effectively utilize Craft to reach their goals. Prior to Craft Leah spent 10+…

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Vice President of Marketing - Visit Saint Paul

Adam Johnson

For more than a decade, Adam has brightened the spotlight on Minnesota’s capital city through social media strategy, digital marketing, and capitalizing on events (like the Super Bowl, Ryder Cup, and St. Patrick’s Day) to drive…

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Vice President of Strategy - Tempest

Jake Buganski

With more than 15 years of experience in destination management and tourism marketing, Jake leads strategic initiatives and contributes to the creative process at Tempest. Formerly the New Jersey State Tourism Director Jake is a…

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Director of Business Development - Tempest

Derek Mogar

As Director of Business Development with Tempest, I am able to spread my passion for travel, technology and digital marketing by bringing in new business to a first-class, collaborative and creative culture. At Tempest, we strive…

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Director of Web Operations - Tempest

Adam Hooper

With a decade of experience in the digital Travel Tourism industry, Adam is an expert resource for website best practices and the most practical ways to maximize efficiency between your CRM and CMS…

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Director of Digital Strategy - Tempest

Britt Brouse

Britt brings more than twelve years of experience in journalism and online marketing to her position as Digital Strategy Director with Tempest Interactive.  She has expertise leveraging content marketing, SEO, social media…

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Chief Client Officer - Tempest

Mark Lynch

As Tempest's Chief Business Development Officer, Mark has more than 20 years of experience working in destination marketing and events both on the meetings/event side and the DMO side. His background experience and constant…

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President & Chief Creative Officer - Tempest

Gregory Shapiro

Gregg is the President and Chief Creative Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for driving the creative strategy and directing the creative team on the project from concept to completion, including UI and UX strategy and…

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CEO - Tempest

Alex Heimann

Alex is the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer for Tempest and is responsible for leading innovation, strategy, and execution for Tempest. Alex is a true leader in the digital marketing landscape. He has created award-winning strategy…

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Chief Technology Officer - Tempest

James Spibey

James is the Chief Technology Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for leading the development team in implementing the back-end content management system for the website. James is a technology leader with many years of…

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Tourism Academy Alumni

Dafan Zhang, JD MPA

Managing Principal Attorney - Zhang Law PC Dafan is an attorney with a passion for law, technology, business, and policy. Prior to founding his own law firm, he practiced at one of the most prestigious law firms in the world,…

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