Peter Himler is founder and principle of Flatiron Communications LLC, a public relations and media consulting firm in New York. He most recently served as chief media officer for Edelman Worldwide, 11 years with Burson-Marsteller as head of the agency’s U.S. corporate and strategic media team and its worldwide spokesperson. Peter was also media director for six years at Cohn & Wolfe, followed by five years at Hill and Knowlton where he led its broadcast and consumer media relations group. He began his career at the New York City entertainment public relations firm Robert Zarem Inc.
Peter is president of the Publicity Club of New York, and is involved with the Center for Communication, mediabistro.com and the Museum of Television and Radio. He also sits on the communications committee for United Way of New York City and on the board of advisors for the Communications and Media Studies Program at Tufts University from which he holds a degree in political science and French.
In 2005, PR News named Peter is PR Professional/Media Relations Executive of the Year. That same year, PR Week awarded the PR program he led to build the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as its Public Sector Campaign of the Year. Peter’s blog, The Flack, was recently awarded a 2006 PR News Platinum Award as the year’s “Best Blog.”
Bert DuMars is vice president of e-business for Newell Rubbermaid, a global marketer of consumer and commercial products. He joined the company in 2007 and is responsible for directing and coordinating eMarketing and eCommerce initiatives for its externally-facing Web sites.
Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Bert was the director of electronic tax administration for the Internal Revenue Service where he grew the eFile program by 30 percent, led the redesign of www.irs.gov and expanded the Web sites visits by 29 percent. Prior to working for the IRS, he led the Web site redesign and content management system implementation for Trend Micro Inc., a content security and anti-virus company.
Bert’s additional career experiences include: services and product marketing at Intel Corporation, strategic marketing at Dell Corporation, network technologies instructor for Learning Tree International, founder and CEO of an eCommerce business and network engineering and data center management at Southern California Edison.
Bert earned a bachelor of arts in history from Pomona College in 1984, where he played four years of NCAA Division III varsity basketball, and a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 1996.
Kami Watson Huyse, APR, principal of My PR Pro, a public relations “virtual agency,” and is one of the leading online authorities in the practice of public relations and new media. Her award-winning blog, Communications Overtones, covers public relations and social media strategy.
Kami is a senior communicator with nearly 15 years of experience in crisis communication, reputation management, focus group research, public relations measurement and media relations. Her ideas and work are featured in several books about social media including The New Rules of Marketing and PR and Now is Gone. She is also a contributor to the PRSA Byline blogs.
As a media relations specialist, she has garnered coverage for her clients in media outlets such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the CBS Early Show and the San Antonio Express News, among others.
Jim Fetig is the Associate Vice President of Institute Communications and Public Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As the head of the central public relations function for Tech, he reports directly to the president, serving as the spokesperson for the Institute and as its chief communications counselor. He is responsible for developing Institute-wide communications strategies, driving implementation of communication initiatives, measuring the impact of those initiatives and collaborating to ensure strategic alignment of all communications activities.
Fetig is a retired military officer who has held leadership positions in government and corporate affairs. In his work for the U.S. Army, Fetig directed media strategy at the Pentagon and served as director of public affairs for the National Security Council at the White House. More recently, he worked as vice president of public relations for Lockheed Martin and as vice president for media relations at Raytheon Company in Waltham, Mass.
Kathi Wallace is Director of Research and Analysis in the Communications and Marketing Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her responsibilities span a variety of market research functions that inform management decision-making on communications and marketing strategy. These include Georgia Tech’s brand studies, monitoring of the university’s media performance and research related to student recruitment. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Kathi worked for 15 years in healthcare physician services and marketing. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a masters in business administration.
Elizabeth Albrycht is a co-founder of the New Communications Forum, a conference series designed to bring journalists, marketing and PR professionals together to learn how to use participatory communications tools.
Elizabeth is a founding advisory board member and member of the research, best practices and education committees for the Society for New Communications Research and a 17-year veteran of high technology public relation practices. She has authored articles on blogging, RSS and other new tools for PRSA’s Tactics magazine, the IABC’s CW Bulletin, the New Communications Blogzine, the Future of Work eNewsletter, and has presented teleseminars and in-person seminars on new communications tools for PRSA and Ragan Communications.
She is a member of the Future of Work, PRSA and the IAOC and blogs about PR and corporate communications at CorporatePR. Elizabeth is a member of the Corante Marketing Hub and was named one of the most influential PR bloggers by Intelliseek in 2005.
Doug Isenberg, attorney and founder of The GigaLaw Firm, is a world-renown authority on Internet law, a domain name arbitrator and an adjunct professor of computer and cyberspace law.
He has been recognized as a “Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star,” is the publisher of the award-winning website GigaLaw.com and author of The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law (published by Random House). Doug is a frequent commentator on technology law, including on-air analysis for CNN and CNN Headline News. He has been quoted on issues relating to Internet law by the mainstream, computing and legal media, including PC Magazine, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, the ABA Journal, Wired News, Business 2.0, Univision, ZDNet, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Village Voice.
Doug has held numerous civic and professional leadership positions; during his tenure (2005-06) as chair of the of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law Section, the group won a “Section of the Year Award” for service to its 900 members. He is the founder of two Internet companies and, before practicing law, was a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.
Dr. Mia Lustria is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information at Florida State University. She earned her BS and MS in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines and her PhD in Communication at the University of Kentucky. Before joining FSU, she taught for 10 years at the College of Development Communication at the University of the Philippines Los Banos and was also an affiliate faculty of the University of the Philippines Open University.
Dr. Lustria is a member of ASIST, ALISE, ICA, NCA, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, among others. Her primary research interests are in the areas of consumer health informatics, including online health information-seeking (such as analyzing and modeling health information seekers’ preferences and information needs), the Internet and health communication (including studying the effects of online health interventions), and interactive health interventions (including investigating determinants, conditions, elements, models, and processes to maximize the effectiveness of interactive health applications).
Dr. Mihaela Vorvoreanu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University. Her research and teaching interest is public relations and new Internet technologies. Dr. Vorvoreanu teaches different public relations courses, as well as communication theory. She has published research articles in Public Relations Review and the Journal of Website Promotion and a book about online public relations: Web Site Public Relations: How Corporations Build and Maintain Relationships Online.
Dr. Vorvoreanu believes in socially responsible, engaged scholarship. In her courses, she emphasizes ethical and strategic application of communication and public relations theory to solve real-life problems. Her philosophy is well captured in the motto: Communication in Action.
Originally from Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Vorvoreanu got both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. Before joining Clemson in January 2007, she was on the faculty at the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio) where she taught public relations courses and advised the university’s PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) chapter.
Lionel Menchaca is the digital media manager and Chief Blogger for Dell’s corporate blog, Direct2Dell. A fan of technology and PC games since middle school, he started as a hardware tech for Dell in 1993. Menchaca soon became Dell’s multimedia “guru” because he was the first to have a sound card and a CD-ROM drive readily available. In the 15 years since then, Menchaca has worked in most of Dell’s product areas.
Menchaca has a degree in archaeology from the University of Texas where he focused on the Maya civilization in Central America. Away from the office, he spends time with his wife Aileen, his two children and two dogs and is one of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest fans.