Cereal endorser, positivity advocate, Snapchat luminary turned YouTube personality, Shonduras promotes that every day can be the Best Day Ever! Known for his energetic, fun-loving, and family-over-everything personality, Shaun proves that anything is possible if you put your heart and mind into what you love.
Chris Denson's award-winning career has spanned marketing, media, technology integration and product innovation. With an early background steeped in stand up comedy, screenwriting, and production, Chris conceived Innovation Crush in 2013, launching the series in 2014. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, holds a degree in packaging engineering; spending his first years after college as an engineer for Daimler-Chrysler.
As an industry taste-maker, he recently served as Director of Omnicom Media Group's Ignition Factory, the key group responsible for emerging innovations across media, technology, and culture for Fortune 50 clients including Warner Bros, Wells Fargo, The CW, Hilton, and Asics to name a few. Prior to his work in innovation, Chris worked in front of– and behind the camera for Playboy Television, Paramount, BET, and more.
Known as a creative problem solver and idea maker, Chris has worked from Africa to Italy, holding posts alongside several organizations as the Head of Marketing for American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab, Founder of Genius Effect Media Group, Director of Innovation at The Regan Group, Director of Marketing for the New York Film Academy, to name a few. He has also been a featured speaker and curator at numerous events around the world from SXSW, Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and C2.
SinfullyRiddling, or Meg, is a full-time variety broadcaster on Twitch. She plays a wide variety of games during her streams and prides herself on building a community and interaction-focused environment that promotes kindness and positivity.
Cory Allison is the Founder & CEO of Rezli, Inc. which is developing a comprehensive social networking and career building platform that empowers creatives and technologists to turn their passion into a career by building their digital portfolio and resume, connecting with others with similar interests, and exploring educational and career opportunities in the industries they love. Rezli stemmed from Cory’s stint in leading an esports tournament start-up, Iron Gaming, where she realized the inability of young, passionate gamers to find a satisfying career path. Cory is also a general partner of the JumpFund, an angel investment fund focused on female led start-ups. An entrepreneur at heart, she started Cory Allison Consulting, a management consulting services company catering to a variety of businesses. Prior to starting her own businesses, Cory worked at various organizations in technology related areas. She earned a BS from Washington & Lee University and an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from Georgia State University’s Robinson School of Business.
David Huntzinger is a WME IMG agent who spearheads talent representation for esports clients, working with some of the largest professional gaming teams, broadcasters, and influencers in the space. In his role, he sits at the intersection of esports and traditional entertainment by developing the brand equity and content strategy of clients, as well as packaging content for distribution across all forms of media.
By leveraging his background in music booking and management, Huntzinger utilizes a comprehensive understanding of traditional forms of entertainment and events to develop the future of esports. As a lifelong gamer, he grew up experiencing the successes and pitfalls of the esports industry’s early development and seeks to marry that knowledge with his professional experience.
Huntzinger graduated with a BBA in Brand Engagement and Promotions from Baylor University and currently resides in Los Angeles. In his free time, he likes to watch baseball to try to relive his college glory days as well as climb the League of Legends and Counter-Strike competitive ladders.
Katie Espeseth :
In 1935, the City of Chattanooga established EPB as a nonprofit agency to provide electric power to the greater area of Chattanooga, TN. Today, EPB serves more than 169,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, portions of surrounding Tennessee counties and areas of North Georgia.
Using a 100% fiber optic network as its backbone, EPB has completed a “Smart Grid,”
a next-generation electric system that includes communication capabilities designed to reduce the impact of power outages, improve response time and allow customers greater control of their electric power usage.
Today, the fiber optic network constructed for the purpose of powering the most automated smart grid in the country, is also serving to expand EPB’s communications service offerings to include residential customers throughout the service area. Currently offering Internet speed up to one gigabit-per-second, the communications services offered by EPB Fiber Optics also include IPTV services and phone. This capability has attracted worldwide attention and has become a platform for innovation among established businesses and start-up ventures.
EPB’s Vice President of New Products, Katie Espeseth, joined EPB in November of 2004, bringing her with over 30 years of marketing and telecommunications experience with a national telecommunications carrier. Katie guides EPB’s efforts to enhance existing products and develop new products that take advantage of the network’s strength.
Alan works in business development for Battlefy, an online esports tournament platform. He started his career in finance, working in accounting, trading and in investment banking. Since joining Battlefy in 2016, he has focused on business development and expanding the company's corporate vision. He helps brands navigate the emergent space of esports and educates companies on how to best target the young gaming audience. He's an avid FPS player and enjoys chicken dinners.
Miriam Aguirre is the Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer for companies including HubAnalytics, Krush Inc., Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. An avid gaming enthusiast, she has been featured in CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to the technology and gaming industries. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she can be found leading the Skillz engineering team and working to advance diversity in the eSports industry.
Sheldon Grizzle has co-founded several companies and social ventures including Very, Blank Slate
Ventures, CO.LAB, CO.STARTERS, GIGTANK and Chattanooga Football Club. Sheldon is passionate about creating communities that apply entrepreneurial principles to all aspects of business and civic life. He has written for the Wall Street Journal as a “Startup Guru” and his work has been featured in media outlets including CBS News, New York Times, Washington Post, PBS News Hour, CNBC, Forbes, FastCompany, TechCrunch, Inc, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports. Sheldon currently serves on the boards of Chattanooga FC, CO.LAB, The Enterprise Center, Tennessee Aquarium, and Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. One of Sheldon’s entrepreneurial and motivational mantras is: “If at first you don’t fail, you’re not trying hard enough.”
Jennifer Erdman // ForOver 15+ years of Fortune 100 branded content experience for working for brands Verizon Wireless, AT&T and MTV Networks with a primary focus on youth marketing primarily College, Millennial and Generation Z. She is an experienced integrated marketer who has experience with social, digital, network and event experience. She has created the youth brand integration strategy during her time at AT&T for properties like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Olympics, Vans Warped Tour and NCAA Final Four.
Jason Colvin currently leads the Gaming & Esports division at RedPeg Marketing, an independent brand experience agency focused on creating memorable experiences for fans on behalf of game publishers and brands through insight, strategy and immersive activations. Jason has had the pleasure of launching game title experiences for Ubisoft's Assassin’s Creed, Square Enix's Final Fantasy, Deus Ex, Hitman, and Just Cause; and Warner Bros. Lego to name a few, along with guiding non-endemic brands such as GEICO, into the complex gaming and esports space. Prior to leading Gaming & Esports at the agency, Jason led RedPeg’s Sponsorship & Partnerships team, developing and negotiating rights for its client portfolio across sports, entertainment, and live event properties. He can be found playing Overwatch as a Soldier 76 main and is looking forward to the Call of Duty WWII and Dragon Ball FighterZ releases.
"Mike Lee is the Head of Partnerships of Press X, an esports agency working with some of the world’s leading brands and esports personalities.
Prior to joining Press X, Lee was responsible for driving agency growth and sponsorship opportunities for the numerous social and digital channels for their sports teams, venues and music festivals at AEG. He also worked with Insomniac, a Live Nation company, building out a digital marketing department which included the live streams of Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, social content strategy, media buying team and leading sponsorships working with top brands such as Anheuser Busch, Smirnoff, 7-Up, Red Bull, Go-Pro and Toyota. Prior to AEG and Insomniac, Mike worked at OMD, leading media buying strategy for brands such as Call of Duty, Levi Strauss & Co and CBS Sports. "