The Who’s Who and When’s When

We’re not ready to release our 2017 speakers just yet, but when we do you’ll be the first to know if you signed up to receive SWIVEL EMAIL UPDATES–sign up at the bottom of the page–and get exclusive discounts to attend.

Until then, check out some of the famous speakers that have spoken at the Swivel Conference —

2016 Keynotes

Author & Social Media Guru

Ric Dragon

Author & Social Media Guru - Protoji Consulting

Until recently, Ric was the CEO of Dragonsearch, a columnist for Social Media Today and MarketingLand. Ric authored Social Marketology, published by McGraw Hill, as well as a professor of marketing at NYU. Last year he returned to a full-time focus on painting and music, and resides in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Kindra Hall

Professional Speaker & Consultant - Telzall LLC

Kindra is an award-winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller.

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Mel Carson

Founder & Chief Strategist - Delightful Communications

Mel is founder of Seattle-based consultancy – Delightful Communications – which helps businesses and individuals understand and successfully apply strategies that focus on Content Marketing, Social Media, Digital PR and Personal Branding.

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Aaron Draplin

Quality Control - Draplin Design Co.

Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories.

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Dave Gray

Founder - XPLANE

Dave Gray is the founder of XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy, and co-founder of Boardthing, a collaboration platform for distributed teams.

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Scott Hanselman

Engineer - Scott Hanselman

Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon.

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2016 Workshop Leaders

David Mihm

Local Search Consultant -

Back for another Swivel Conference, David is one of the world’s leading practitioners of Local Search Engine Marketing. He has created and promoted search-friendly websites for clients of all sizes since the early 2000s. David co-founded, which he sold to Moz in November 2012 and frequently writes about local search for

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Mike Blumenthal


Mike has lived, eaten and breathed local marketing most of his life. First as a principal in a family run business and subsequently as a web developer, trainer and local search consultant. He is currently a partner at GetFiveStars, a feedback product for local businesses, where he is actively involved in developing new ways for local businesses to be and do better.

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Nina Narelle

Consultant - XPLANE

Nina Narelle brings over 15 years of experience in organizational design and systems thinking to inform her work leading organizational transformation.

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2016 Session Leaders

Cal Mcallister

CEO - Wexley School for Girls

… he is a verey good prson. He is a nice, and cinde friend. He likes bar-ba-qie. He is a funny man, and is 42 years old. He is a asom prson, he is hansome, and a verey good dresser. He has 2 tatoos. He likes playing soccer. He takes shorter time in the bathroom than his wife. He has a verey smart brain. He is a little strange sometimes! He is a verey good worker. He stays up really late.

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Alan Bleiweiss

Forensic SEO Consultant - Alan Bleiweiss Consulting

21 years internet marketing experience; 16 years SEO; 4+ years specializing in forensic site audits. Combined, these allow Alan Bleiweiss to be able to understand what it takes for web sites to compete in today’s digital landscape.

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Max Prin

Technical SEO Manager - Merkle

Max Prin is a Technical SEO Manager at Merkle. As part of the SEO technical team, Max ensures the accuracy, feasability and scalability of the agency’s technical recommendations. He supports Merkle’s SEO department by developing SEO best practices, tools and processes through research and testing. Max is also in charge of developing and publishing

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Senior Manager Customer Experience and Optimization

Kristy Bolsinger

Senior Manager Customer Experience and Optimization - F5 Networks

Kristy leads the customer experience and website optimization efforts at There she works with her teams to drive meaningful experiences for users while ensuring content is discoverable and optimized for search.

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Laura Lippay

Head of Technical Optimization and Organic Search - Netflix

With an eye for the big picture and a history in increasing online visibility for some of the largest brands on the internet, Laura has focused on content strategy and technical optimization, straddling the divide between marketing, engineering and product teams for Fortune 500 & 1000, enterprise and agencies for 15 years.

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David Rodnitzky

CEO - 3Q Digital

David Rodnitzky is founder and CEO of 3Q Digital, a position he has held since the Company’s inception in 2008. Prior to 3Q Digital, he held senior marketing roles at several Internet companies, including (2000-2001), FindLaw (2001-2004), Adteractive (2004-2006), and Mercantila (2007-2008). David currently serves on advisory boards for several companies, including Marin Software and Optimine Software.

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Stephani Kyle

Founder - The Skylark Agency

“Skyle”, Stephani Kyle, is an expert in digital media with more than a decade of experience as a marketing & business consultan

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