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Amber Hergen has more than 12 years of experience in marketing and public relations. She has spearheaded numerous campaigns, product launches, and brand activations, which includes launches at E3, CES, and NYTF. With a passion for gaming and youth culture, Amber believes that a brand is only as successful as its audience engagement. She is excited to work with World College Poker to take collegiate poker to the next level.
SHARON BAILEY BECKETT
Sharon Bailey Beckett is founding partner, Managing Director of Beckett Advisors, the North American research group focused on building customer resilience in sales organizations. She is an advisor to Private Equity fund managers, CEOs, and corporate senior managers representing a broad spectrum of industries and technologies-from early-stage companies to Fortune 500.
The Beckett Advisor teams under her leadership have helped organizations like Nickelodeon, The Smithsonian, Phillips Magnavox, and consumer packaged good manufacturers, refine their strategies, and experience organic growth in specific areas. Working with clients like BNSF Railroad, Beckett teams uncover ways to enhance operational efficiencies to boost performance.
She is the author of numerous articles for trade publications focused on industry trends and business expansion tactics and was co-author of Beckett Advisors’ suite of analytical protocols and market research tools. CEO’s and PE managers alike have credited these tools with significantly impacting their corporation’s bottom line.
Bailey Beckett served on the advisory board of Los Angeles-based manufacturer, Riedon, is a member of the Pasadena Angels, one of the most respected angel investment groups in the United States, where she has served on the Board of Directors, is a member of the advisory board for the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has worked as an advisory board member for California’s largest business incubator-the Los Angeles Business Technology Center in Altadena, California.
In 2006, Sharon received a lifetime achievement award from President George H.W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for her commitment to volunteerism.
Gayle Turner, Co-Founder and President, The Storytellers Channel, Inc believes we live into the stories we tell ourselves. Narrative has played a key role in his leadership of Richmond Theatre Company, Blue Flamingo Theatre, Sparks Advertising and Marketing, Sanders Consulting Group, and Beckett Advisors. He has lectured on marketing, communication, and innovation at the Business and Communication schools at Florida State, Longwood, and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. He has consulted with numerous start-ups throughout his business career, most recently serving on the faculty of RVA Works.