Here’s a list of presenters who are speaking at the DGA 2019 Winter Conference.

Melanie Deziel is a brand storytelling speaker who travels the world teaching marketers and publishers how to tell better brand stories. She is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute and teaches Content Marketing for Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the former director of creative strategy for Time Inc. and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the sponsored content pieces that won the 2014 and 2015 Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award, including the acclaimed “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix.

Read more about Melanie's DGA presentation, "Everyone Loves A Good Story: The Five Characteristics of Effective Content"

Read more about Melanie's DGA workshop, "StoryFuel: Generating Endless Content Ideas"


Dennis Yu, Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company which partners with schools to train young adults, is back to offer DGA conference attendees a full-day workshop on digital marketing. Dennis led an educational session at the 2018 Summer Conference in Savannah about implementing successful Facebook campaigns. Due to the positive comments received from that session, we invited him back to do a full-day workshop.

Come ready to learn from the digital guru and be prepared to leave with lots of techniques you’ll want to test and implement into your marketing plans right away.

Dennis’ program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like The Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone. He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning five continents, including keynotes at L2E, PubCon, Conversion Conference, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit.

Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and co-authored “Facebook Nation” – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities. He’s a regular contributor to Adweek’s SocialTimes column and is published in Social Media Examiner, Social Media Club, Tweak Your Biz, B2C, SocialFresh, and Heyo.

Dennis has held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines and studied Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University and London School of Economics. He ran collegiate cross-country at SMU and has competed in over 20 marathons including a 70-mile ultramarathon. Besides being a Facebook data and ad geek, you can find him eating chicken wings or playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city near you. You can contact him at [email protected] or on one of his social accounts.

Read more about Dennis' DGA workshop introduction, "Digital Marketing, Learn  to do what it really takes to drive sales"

Read more about Dennis' DGA full-day workshops


Phillip D’Orazio, founder of Palmetto Digital Marketing Group (PDMG), describes his firm as a “boutique” Amazon Management firm, offering clients (Amazon sellers) a fully turnkey, A to Z management solution. His session will explain what is involved to sell through Amazon successfully – touching on account set up and optimization, why you may want to outsource management of your Amazon business, FBA set up and management, inventory management, un-gating optimization, and marketing and creative services.

Palmetto Digital Marketing Group (PDMG) was founded in 2015. Prior to starting PDMG, Phillip spent 15+ years in numerous ecommerce management positions at various multi-channel/online retail brands, including:

  • Overstock.com ($1.7 Billion in Annual Gross Revenues)
  • Aramark Corporation (14 Billion in Annual Gross Revenues)
  • Potpourri Group ($500+ Million in Annual Gross Revenues)
  • Specialty Commerce Corporation ($80+ Million in Annual Gross Revenues)

Read about Phillip's DGA presentation, "What it Takes to Win with Amazon"


Owen Video (Owen Hemsath): As a pioneer in video marketing, Owen speaks at major video marketing conferences and is well respected as a live stream host and marketing educator. Owen teaches on YouTube, Facebook, and ITune and in his private courses at BizTube Academy.

His extensive credentials kudos include:

  • Small Business of the Year, California in 2015
  • Created and pioneered The Video Sales Funnel
  • Made over 1000 videos for the web
  • Host of 3 Live Video shows in the Social Media Marketing Industry
  • Over 40k subs on YouTube
  • Over 2.2 million minutes of watch time
  • Thymoma Cancer Survivor
  • Doubled revenue during chemo

Read more about Owen's DGA presentation, "Facebook Live"


Mike Snyder is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 20 years assisting brands in increasing their footprint. For the past decade, he has built a proven portfolio of experience creating and implementing digital strategies for national and multi-national brands in the Lawn & Garden, Healthcare, and Travel/Hospitality Industries. Over 6 years ago, he started Snyder Online Marketing, a boutique marketing agency, to give SMBs the one-on-one attention they deserve. As a Google & Bing partner company, Snyder Online Marketing has assisted brands to meet their eCommerce and lead generation goals.

Read more about MIke's DGA presentation, "What Has Google Changed Recently - And How Does it Affect Search"


Monica Tiffany (Merrigan & Co. Creative Director/Principal) specializes in developing effective communications strategy for companies and organizations. She has written for See’s Candies, the Henry Ford Museum, Agriculture Council of America, National Agri-Marketing Association, and the American Red Cross, to name a few. Monica served as VP of Marketing and Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Mid-America Chapter. She currently serves as Marketing Consultant on the CASA of Jackson County board and is a member of the Reach Out and Read KC Community Council. A Mizzou graduate, Monica also serves on the MU English Leaders Development Board helping to promote the university’s English Department and connect recent graduates with career opportunities. She joined the Mid America Planned Giving Council board in 2018. As a professional creative director and copywriter, she speaks to both local and national audiences about copywriting, messaging and creative strategy. Prior to joining M&C, Monica spent five years in nursery association management.

Merritt Engel (Merrigan & Co. President/Principal) is a direct marketing strategist, copywriter and trainer. She specializes in providing measurable results for clients through a range of marketing channels, print and digital. She regularly consults and writes for both for-profit and nonprofit national organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Kansas Physicians Group and Hospital. Merritt serves on the faculty at Rockhurst University, where she developed and teaches the Marketing and Technology Trends course. She is past president of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. KCDMA named Merritt “Direct Marketer of the Year” in 2012. She was recently honored as a member of the 2016 40 Under Forty class by Ingram's Magazine. Merritt currently serves as the President of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Education Foundation, as well as serving as Marketing Chair for the Communications Studies Alumni Board at the KU Edwards Campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Rockhurst University and a Masters in the same discipline from the University of Kansas.

Read more about Monica and Merritt's DGA presentation, "Content Basics Bootcamp"


Maggie and Bill Powell founded their digital marketing agency, Goodness Factory, in 2018. Maggie started her career in the nonprofit sector and, after having their daughter, transitioned to freelance work and using her expertise in digital marketing to help nonprofits and small businesses build an online presence. She will be leading the presentation about what sets effective landing pages apart from mediocre ones.

Read more about Maggie's DGA presentation, "Landing Pages Best Practices"

Read more about Bill's DGA presentation, "Are Chatbots in your Marketing Future?"


Ken Lane, Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Read more about Ken's DGA presentation, "Update on Nexus Sales Tax issues"