Introducing the 2016 Coast-To-Coast Advisors Alliance

This exclusive group, many of whom attended Coast-To-Coast 2015, is comprised of critical thinkers who effectively use today’s technology to grow their business. They'll present on an array of topics and guide conversations in small breakouts.

 
Ashley DuChene is a commercial and family portrait photographer based in San Diego, CA. With a background in psychology she brings a unique expertise to working with children and families to capture engaging images. Ashley’s commercial projects focus on health, fitness, and business branding. Ashley also co-hosts a popular iTunes podcast, PhotoSpark, with candid conversation about photography and business.

Ashley DuChene is a commercial and family portrait photographer based in San Diego, CA. With a background in psychology she brings a unique expertise to working with children and families to capture engaging images. Ashley’s commercial projects focus on health, fitness, and business branding. Ashley also co-hosts a popular iTunes podcast, PhotoSpark, with candid conversation about photography and business.

ASHLEY DUCHENE
Ashley DuChene Photography
San Diego, CA

Bassil Kamas

BASSIL KAMAS
Bassil Kamas Massage
Fair Oaks, CA

Carlos Rodriguez is the President of Mr. Roofing Inc., a group of certified roofing and solar professionals. He is in charge of the vision, strategy, metrics, and happiness of Mr. Roofing's teammates and clients. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and 38 year resident of San Francisco. Carlos has led Mr. Roofing for 18 years and Mr. Roofing, Inc. has established a wonderful reputation in the community as one of the leading businesses in the Bay Area. Mr. Roofing has won local and national awards for their installation excellence, training excellence, and consumer protection.

Carlos Rodriguez is the President of Mr. Roofing Inc., a group of certified roofing and solar professionals. He is in charge of the vision, strategy, metrics, and happiness of Mr. Roofing's teammates and clients. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and 38 year resident of San Francisco. Carlos has led Mr. Roofing for 18 years and Mr. Roofing, Inc. has established a wonderful reputation in the community as one of the leading businesses in the Bay Area. Mr. Roofing has won local and national awards for their installation excellence, training excellence, and consumer protection.

CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Mr. Roofing, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA

Dana Rajotte is the founder of Trū Ride Cycle Studio, the first designated boutique spin studio to the market in Edmonton in 2014. Recently, the Trū Ride brand was acquired by a major fitness company in Edmonton, AB, and the Trū Ride brand will be incorporated in 10 clubs in the near future. Dana has also been working in the wine and spirits industry since 1996, and still works with key accounts in Edmonton. You might say Dana spins for wine!

Dana Rajotte is the founder of Trū Ride Cycle Studio, the first designated boutique spin studio to the market in Edmonton in 2014. Recently, the Trū Ride brand was acquired by a major fitness company in Edmonton, AB, and the Trū Ride brand will be incorporated in 10 clubs in the near future. Dana has also been working in the wine and spirits industry since 1996, and still works with key accounts in Edmonton. You might say Dana spins for wine!

DANA RAJOTTE
Trū Ride Cycle Studio
Edmonton, AB


Deborah Dower is the President and co-founder of Paradise Laundry Inc. a California corporation. When a 25 year sales career at Hewlett-Packard came to an unexpected early retirement, she, together with her husband of thirty years, opened the first Eco-Friendly coin laundromat in Northern California. Paradise Laundry’s success has been featured in industry trade magazines, television and newspapers. Deborah and her husband own and operate five state-of-the-art laundries in the Sacramento area.

Deborah Dower is the President and co-founder of Paradise Laundry Inc. a California corporation. When a 25 year sales career at Hewlett-Packard came to an unexpected early retirement, she, together with her husband of thirty years, opened the first Eco-Friendly coin laundromat in Northern California. Paradise Laundry’s success has been featured in industry trade magazines, television and newspapers. Deborah and her husband own and operate five state-of-the-art laundries in the Sacramento area.

DEBORAH DOWER
Paradise Laundry, Inc.
El Dorado Hills, CA

Before Heidi Lamar became a spa owner, she was a realtor, a spokesperson for companies like Microsoft and HP, and freelance writer. In 2004 she purchased a Scottsdale spa and within 3 years tripled revenues using the business and marketing skills she learned in her former life. Today Spa Lamar is the largest resort-style day spa in Arizona, a state with the most spas per capita in the world. Heidi credits much of her growth to being an early and enthusiastic adopter of digital marketing.

Before Heidi Lamar became a spa owner, she was a realtor, a spokesperson for companies like Microsoft and HP, and freelance writer. In 2004 she purchased a Scottsdale spa and within 3 years tripled revenues using the business and marketing skills she learned in her former life. Today Spa Lamar is the largest resort-style day spa in Arizona, a state with the most spas per capita in the world. Heidi credits much of her growth to being an early and enthusiastic adopter of digital marketing.

HEIDI LAMAR
Spa Lamar
Scottsdale, AZ

Jesse Thompson is responsible for all the sales and marketing initiatives for both Hotel Valley Ho and the all-new Mountain Shadows in the Scottsdale area. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years in the Valley of the Sun. His passion is to open new hotels, watch them take shape, see their personality evolve, and make them successful as a result of relationships, advertising, and strong sales efforts. Jesse has a 13-year old son named Tyler and is engaged to be married to Lana Ybara who he met at Coast-To-Coast 2015!

Jesse Thompson is responsible for all the sales and marketing initiatives for both Hotel Valley Ho and the all-new Mountain Shadows in the Scottsdale area. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years in the Valley of the Sun. His passion is to open new hotels, watch them take shape, see their personality evolve, and make them successful as a result of relationships, advertising, and strong sales efforts. Jesse has a 13-year old son named Tyler and is engaged to be married to Lana Ybara who he met at Coast-To-Coast 2015!

JESSE THOMPSON
Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, AZ

Momtrepreneur Julie Lim founded OC Wine Mart in 2009. She was named as OC Metro’s Top 20 Women to Watch for her work in transforming old liquor stores into upscale gourmet markets and tasting bars.  Her mission is to bring the food and wine culture of Napa Valley to Orange County.  Julie operates two locations with the help of her husband and their mothers. They are the largest self-serve wine bars in Orange County, recently selected as "Market of Distinction" by Boar's Head.

Momtrepreneur Julie Lim founded OC Wine Mart in 2009. She was named as OC Metro’s Top 20 Women to Watch for her work in transforming old liquor stores into upscale gourmet markets and tasting bars.  Her mission is to bring the food and wine culture of Napa Valley to Orange County.  Julie operates two locations with the help of her husband and their mothers. They are the largest self-serve wine bars in Orange County, recently selected as "Market of Distinction" by Boar's Head.

JULIE LIM
OC Wine Mart & Testing Bar
Aliso Viejo, CA


As owner of Flash Frozen Photography, Kathy has served on the Board of Directors for the Woodland Hills Rotary Club and West Valley Warner Center Chamber and taught money and business courses for Professional Photographers of America.  Her career consists of over 35 years experience in the business world as a former Bank Assistant Vice President as well owner of Rappaport Business Management before becoming a professional photographer. She has recently authored a book titled, The Black and White Book of Business for Photographers and Artists.

As owner of Flash Frozen Photography, Kathy has served on the Board of Directors for the Woodland Hills Rotary Club and West Valley Warner Center Chamber and taught money and business courses for Professional Photographers of America.  Her career consists of over 35 years experience in the business world as a former Bank Assistant Vice President as well owner of Rappaport Business Management before becoming a professional photographer. She has recently authored a book titled, The Black and White Book of Business for Photographers and Artists.

KATHY RAPPAPORT
Flash Frozen Photography, Inc.
Woodland Hills, CA

Kent Whipple is Marketing and Development Director for Unexpected Productions Improv in downtown Seattle. He also a dynamic storyteller with insightful humor an engaging presentation & warm style. He has served as a gallery director in Santa Fe and Scottsdale. Due to his education and experience, he sees storytelling opportunities everywhere… including your Yelp Business Page! Last summer, he was featured on a podcast for Wellattended and the Townsquared blog, where he discussed ways to create an engaging and entertaining page on Yelp.

Kent Whipple is Marketing and Development Director for Unexpected Productions Improv in downtown Seattle. He also a dynamic storyteller with insightful humor an engaging presentation & warm style. He has served as a gallery director in Santa Fe and Scottsdale. Due to his education and experience, he sees storytelling opportunities everywhere… including your Yelp Business Page! Last summer, he was featured on a podcast for Wellattended and the Townsquared blog, where he discussed ways to create an engaging and entertaining page on Yelp.

KENT WHIPPLE
Unexpected Productions
Seattle, WA

Lauren Hart is owner of The Root Salon based in Phoenix, Arizona. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Yelp Coast-To-Coast Advisors Alliance through her thirty plus  years of success in the beauty industry. She is known for recognizing the raw talent in new stylists and mentoring them in a personalized way that leads to impressive transformations. With ever-present curiosity and tenacity, Lauren has leveraged every opportunity to increase her salon's business, her recent focus being the salon's online presence, which has resulted in media attention, multiple awards, and exponential growth.

Lauren Hart is owner of The Root Salon based in Phoenix, Arizona. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Yelp Coast-To-Coast Advisors Alliance through her thirty plus  years of success in the beauty industry. She is known for recognizing the raw talent in new stylists and mentoring them in a personalized way that leads to impressive transformations. With ever-present curiosity and tenacity, Lauren has leveraged every opportunity to increase her salon's business, her recent focus being the salon's online presence, which has resulted in media attention, multiple awards, and exponential growth.

LAUREN HART
The Root Salon
Phoenix, AZ

Matt started Jet City Device Repair in his basement in 2007. Today they have 6 stores, 32 employees, and expect to do $4.1 million in sales in 2016. Prior to this, Matt did freelance web development, was a software engineer at Microsoft, lectured on operating systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (after getting a Master's Degree in Computer Science), and spent three years selling robotics equipment (after getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the UW). He has a wonderful wife and two amazing little boys. Matt also enjoys New Glarus beer, which you can only get it in Wisconsin!

Matt started Jet City Device Repair in his basement in 2007. Today they have 6 stores, 32 employees, and expect to do $4.1 million in sales in 2016. Prior to this, Matt did freelance web development, was a software engineer at Microsoft, lectured on operating systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (after getting a Master's Degree in Computer Science), and spent three years selling robotics equipment (after getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the UW). He has a wonderful wife and two amazing little boys. Matt also enjoys New Glarus beer, which you can only get it in Wisconsin!

MATTHEW MCCORMICK
Jet City Device Repair
Chicago, IL


Renee Kreager is the owner of Renee’s Organic Oven, a local and beloved pizzeria serving up good on the Eastside for over ten years. ROO’s has a reputation for a commitment to serving a menu of locally-sourced and organic food of excellent quality in a casual environment. ROO’s features renowned in-house-crafted cocktails, a solid wine list, and craft beers, many from local brewers. Renee’s taste for purity in every ingredient, and her appreciation for a great dining experience have earned Renee’s Organic Oven great support from locals as well as travelers.

Renee Kreager is the owner of Renee’s Organic Oven, a local and beloved pizzeria serving up good on the Eastside for over ten years. ROO’s has a reputation for a commitment to serving a menu of locally-sourced and organic food of excellent quality in a casual environment. ROO’s features renowned in-house-crafted cocktails, a solid wine list, and craft beers, many from local brewers. Renee’s taste for purity in every ingredient, and her appreciation for a great dining experience have earned Renee’s Organic Oven great support from locals as well as travelers.

RENEE KREAGER
Renee's Organic Oven
Tucson, AZ

Stephanie Shearer is the official "Sparkle Pusher" at her family owned and operated One-Stop, Sparkle Shop for Gifts-on-the-Go boutique, Pandora on the Hill. Celebrating 22 years and now three locations in Colorado, 'Thinking Big and Shopping Small' is Stephanie's personal motto and lifestyle, as she steers her three shops within the company's mission statement of being truly locals who love locals locally. When she is not at one of her shops, Stephanie is usually found napping with a cat on her head - blissfully.

Stephanie Shearer is the official "Sparkle Pusher" at her family owned and operated One-Stop, Sparkle Shop for Gifts-on-the-Go boutique, Pandora on the Hill. Celebrating 22 years and now three locations in Colorado, 'Thinking Big and Shopping Small' is Stephanie's personal motto and lifestyle, as she steers her three shops within the company's mission statement of being truly locals who love locals locally. When she is not at one of her shops, Stephanie is usually found napping with a cat on her head - blissfully.

STEPHANIE SHEARER
Pandora on the Hill
Denver, CO

Steve Basile has lived in Austin since 1993 and has been Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Partner since joining the B. D. Riley’s team in 2003. An 18-year technology industry veteran, he served as Vice-President of Marketing for the Americas at IBM, and held sales, technical, training and channel support positions at Works, EDS and AT&T before focusing on marketing in the hospitality industry.

Steve Basile has lived in Austin since 1993 and has been Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Partner since joining the B. D. Riley’s team in 2003. An 18-year technology industry veteran, he served as Vice-President of Marketing for the Americas at IBM, and held sales, technical, training and channel support positions at Works, EDS and AT&T before focusing on marketing in the hospitality industry.

Steve’s current titles include; International Platform Artist, Perfumer, Soap Maker, Barber, Educator and Proprietor. As the creative force behind such companies as Joe Grooming, duross & langel and Duross & Co., Steve Duross gets to live his dreams every day. Though accomplished in many fields, Steve claims as his most proud achievements; the cultures created with his companies, and the choice the best and brightest on his teams get to invest as partners in his companies.

Steve’s current titles include; International Platform Artist, Perfumer, Soap Maker, Barber, Educator and Proprietor. As the creative force behind such companies as Joe Grooming, duross & langel and Duross & Co., Steve Duross gets to live his dreams every day. Though accomplished in many fields, Steve claims as his most proud achievements; the cultures created with his companies, and the choice the best and brightest on his teams get to invest as partners in his companies.

STEVE DUROSS
Duross & Langel
Philadelphia, PA


Tamara Keefe began making ice cream as a child, after she and her mother bought a hand-crank ice cream machine at a yard sale. Since then, it’s been her passion. After years of working as an executive in Southern California, she relocated to Saint Louis and immediately fell in love with the neighborhoods, the people and the flavors that make the city so special. Soon after moving, she cashed in her retirement and invested everything in Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery® in Lafayette Square – her favorite neighborhood under the arch – where she pursues her passion full time and shares it with the city she love.

Tamara Keefe began making ice cream as a child, after she and her mother bought a hand-crank ice cream machine at a yard sale. Since then, it’s been her passion. After years of working as an executive in Southern California, she relocated to Saint Louis and immediately fell in love with the neighborhoods, the people and the flavors that make the city so special. Soon after moving, she cashed in her retirement and invested everything in Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery® in Lafayette Square – her favorite neighborhood under the arch – where she pursues her passion full time and shares it with the city she love.

TAMARA KEEFE
Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery
St. Louis, MO

Tia Agnew is the CEO and Co-Founder of New Day Craft, a business specializing in craft mead and hard cider. Since 2006 she has grown her company from a tiny operation to one on the verge of nation-wide distribution.  In her spare time – ahem – her hands and feet are often in the dirt, gardening and hiking, or extended, making new friends far and wide. She believes that business is as much about creating community as making money.

Tia Agnew is the CEO and Co-Founder of New Day Craft, a business specializing in craft mead and hard cider. Since 2006 she has grown her company from a tiny operation to one on the verge of nation-wide distribution.  In her spare time – ahem – her hands and feet are often in the dirt, gardening and hiking, or extended, making new friends far and wide. She believes that business is as much about creating community as making money.

TIA AGNEW
New Day Craft
Indianapolis, IN

Small business owner, collector, advisor and enthusiast, Valerie Girard currently oversees projects as a restaurateur, a realtor, and a vacation property owner/manager. She advises entrepreneurs running established businesses and new ones, including a Mexican social club in Montreal, a merchants association, and of course as a member of Yelp's Coast-To-Coast Advisors Alliance. Currently Valerie is working on new business development in Mexico, and Montreal. 

VALERIE GIRARD
Les Deux Gamins
Montreal, QC

Wade Lombard, along with his two business partners, started Square Cow Moovers in early 2008.  Their lack of experience in the moving industry was overshadowed by their passion for providing first class service and commitment to hard work.  Learning as they went the Square Cow team set out to change they way consumers viewed the moving industry.  After 8 years Square Cow has grown from 3 family members and 2 trucks to 43 trucks, 185 staff members with 8 branches across central Texas as well as the newest branch in Denver, Colorado.

Wade Lombard, along with his two business partners, started Square Cow Moovers in early 2008.  Their lack of experience in the moving industry was overshadowed by their passion for providing first class service and commitment to hard work.  Learning as they went the Square Cow team set out to change they way consumers viewed the moving industry.  After 8 years Square Cow has grown from 3 family members and 2 trucks to 43 trucks, 185 staff members with 8 branches across central Texas as well as the newest branch in Denver, Colorado.

WADE LOMBARD
Square Cow Moovers
Austin, TX

 

 

Yelp Staff

These leaders at Yelp will arm attendees with best practices to help them continue to grow. They'll present on topics that are top of mind for business professionals and gain valuable insight as to how to improve Yelp's business owner offerings.

 
Bill is Group Product Manager for Yelp Ads, responsible for the products that Yelp's local and national businesses use to drive more customers and enhance their profile. He's been at Yelp since 2010 and is not just an employee, but a major Yelp user: He's written over 800 reviews and is a 9-year Yelp Elite. Bill's a Bay Area native who grew up in San Jose and currently lives in Berkeley, but has spent ten years between Providence, New York City, Washington DC, and Boston.

Bill is Group Product Manager for Yelp Ads, responsible for the products that Yelp's local and national businesses use to drive more customers and enhance their profile. He's been at Yelp since 2010 and is not just an employee, but a major Yelp user: He's written over 800 reviews and is a 9-year Yelp Elite. Bill's a Bay Area native who grew up in San Jose and currently lives in Berkeley, but has spent ten years between Providence, New York City, Washington DC, and Boston.

BILL HEIL
Yelp
Group Product Manager
 

Having spent his entire life in the Bay Area, Chris received his B.A. in Business Administration (Management) from San Francisco State University in August 2016. He came aboard the Yelp Business Outreach team as an intern only 3 days after graduating! Despite only being part of the team for a few months, he has been actively Yelping since early 2011. Chris’ primary role is to assist members of the Business Outreach team in working with local businesses across the United States and Canada in addition to organizing all items C2C related. When he’s not in the office, Chris does freelance digital photography work on the side.

Having spent his entire life in the Bay Area, Chris received his B.A. in Business Administration (Management) from San Francisco State University in August 2016. He came aboard the Yelp Business Outreach team as an intern only 3 days after graduating! Despite only being part of the team for a few months, he has been actively Yelping since early 2011. Chris’ primary role is to assist members of the Business Outreach team in working with local businesses across the United States and Canada in addition to organizing all items C2C related. When he’s not in the office, Chris does freelance digital photography work on the side.

CHRIS CHEUNG
Yelp
Business Outreach Intern

Corey hails from Skokie, Illinois, received his BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, and worked as a voice over artist and theatre administrator in Chicago before moving on a whim to the southwest. It was there that he joined Yelp in 2010 as the Old Pueblo’s first Community Manager. Since then he's created and cultivated two robust communities of consumers looking to connect with great local businesses, in Tucson to start, and most recently in Madison, WI. In his current role as Manager of Local Business Outreach, Corey travels North America to speak with small and medium-sized businesses about their challenges and concerns, and shares wisdom from effective entrepreneurs who've taught us what makes great businesses tick. He works closely with Yelp’s Community team and Creative team of designers and writers to come up with effective ways to educate and inspire communities of business professional coast-to-coast. Expertly grilled octopus, cold brew coffee and beautiful slide decks are a few of the things that get him going.  

Corey hails from Skokie, Illinois, received his BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, and worked as a voice over artist and theatre administrator in Chicago before moving on a whim to the southwest. It was there that he joined Yelp in 2010 as the Old Pueblo’s first Community Manager. Since then he's created and cultivated two robust communities of consumers looking to connect with great local businesses, in Tucson to start, and most recently in Madison, WI. In his current role as Manager of Local Business Outreach, Corey travels North America to speak with small and medium-sized businesses about their challenges and concerns, and shares wisdom from effective entrepreneurs who've taught us what makes great businesses tick. He works closely with Yelp’s Community team and Creative team of designers and writers to come up with effective ways to educate and inspire communities of business professional coast-to-coast. Expertly grilled octopus, cold brew coffee and beautiful slide decks are a few of the things that get him going.  

COREY DANE
Yelp
Manager of Local Business Outreach

Darnell Holloway is Yelp's Director of Business Outreach. He joined Yelp in 2009 as one of 12 Account Managers at Yelp HQ in San Francisco, and after relocating to Scottsdale in 2010 as part of the team that started Yelp's Arizona operation, he was was promoted to begin working more closely on building up Yelp's Business Outreach efforts. As the Director of Business Outreach, he oversees a North American team dedicated to educating small business owners about best practices for using Yelp. He comes from a family of small business owners and is passionate about working with the local business community. He is a California native, and UC Davis alumnus.

Darnell Holloway is Yelp's Director of Business Outreach. He joined Yelp in 2009 as one of 12 Account Managers at Yelp HQ in San Francisco, and after relocating to Scottsdale in 2010 as part of the team that started Yelp's Arizona operation, he was was promoted to begin working more closely on building up Yelp's Business Outreach efforts. As the Director of Business Outreach, he oversees a North American team dedicated to educating small business owners about best practices for using Yelp. He comes from a family of small business owners and is passionate about working with the local business community. He is a California native, and UC Davis alumnus.

DARNELL HOLLOWAY
Yelp
Director of Local Business Outreach


Don Bourassa is the Manager of Social Media and Marketing Operations for Yelp. He's based in the Portland/Vancouver metroplex and commutes to sunny San Francisco to work with his tiny but mighty teams on an array of challenges, from getting products built for Yelp's Community Managers to creating campaigns for Yelp's social channels. He's been with Yelp since 2008 and was formerly the Portland Community Manager. Don's also a recovering attorney who has two cats, loves to travel, and fancies great cocktails.

Don Bourassa is the Manager of Social Media and Marketing Operations for Yelp. He's based in the Portland/Vancouver metroplex and commutes to sunny San Francisco to work with his tiny but mighty teams on an array of challenges, from getting products built for Yelp's Community Managers to creating campaigns for Yelp's social channels. He's been with Yelp since 2008 and was formerly the Portland Community Manager. Don's also a recovering attorney who has two cats, loves to travel, and fancies great cocktails.

DON BOURASSA
Yelp
Manager of Social Media & Marketing Operations

Emily Washcovick is a Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp. She joined Yelp in 2014 as a local Account Executive. She now hosts informational sessions with local business owners across North America to educate them on best practices for navigating the world of online reviews. She works with local business owners interested in utilizing Yelp to help grow their business. She also hosts a series of webinars on subjects relevant to business owners and regularly contributes content to Yelp's "Blog for Business Owners." Emily also acts as a liaison between the small business community and the different divisions within Yelp.

Emily Washcovick is a Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp. She joined Yelp in 2014 as a local Account Executive. She now hosts informational sessions with local business owners across North America to educate them on best practices for navigating the world of online reviews. She works with local business owners interested in utilizing Yelp to help grow their business. She also hosts a series of webinars on subjects relevant to business owners and regularly contributes content to Yelp's "Blog for Business Owners." Emily also acts as a liaison between the small business community and the different divisions within Yelp.

EMILY WASHCOVICK
Yelp
Manager of Local Business Outreach

Gabi joined Yelp in 2007 as the company’s first Community Manager in Arizona.  From there she worked closely with the expanding Community Management program over the years, and now heads up Yelp's Community efforts throughout North America.  Gabi is always on the hunt for new businesses in the Valley and beyond, especially ethnic restaurants, yoga studios, and kid-friendly places.  Gabi is originally from Michigan and will always be a Detroit Tigers Fan.  She holds a B.A. in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and resides in Phoenix with her husband, 2 children, and puppy.

Gabi joined Yelp in 2007 as the company’s first Community Manager in Arizona.  From there she worked closely with the expanding Community Management program over the years, and now heads up Yelp's Community efforts throughout North America.  Gabi is always on the hunt for new businesses in the Valley and beyond, especially ethnic restaurants, yoga studios, and kid-friendly places.  Gabi is originally from Michigan and will always be a Detroit Tigers Fan.  She holds a B.A. in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and resides in Phoenix with her husband, 2 children, and puppy.

GABI MESSINGER
Yelp
Head of North American Community Management
 

Genna Gold  is Yelp’s Manager of Business Outreach for the east coast of North America. She works with local business owners interested in utilizing Yelp to help grow their business. She also hosts a series of webinars on subjects relevant to business owners and regularly contributes content to Yelp's "Blog for Business Owners." Genna also acts as a liaison between the small business community and the different divisions within Yelp. Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, Genna worked for TripAdvisor with business owners across the world to help them get the most out of their online presence. She was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio, Vancouver, Spain, Boston and now New York City. She grew up in the hospitality industry and loves meeting and helping small business owners everywhere.

Genna Gold  is Yelp’s Manager of Business Outreach for the east coast of North America. She works with local business owners interested in utilizing Yelp to help grow their business. She also hosts a series of webinars on subjects relevant to business owners and regularly contributes content to Yelp's "Blog for Business Owners." Genna also acts as a liaison between the small business community and the different divisions within Yelp. Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, Genna worked for TripAdvisor with business owners across the world to help them get the most out of their online presence. She was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio, Vancouver, Spain, Boston and now New York City. She grew up in the hospitality industry and loves meeting and helping small business owners everywhere.

GENNA GOLD
Yelp
Manager of Local Business Outreach


Hannah has been a member of the Yelp Public Relations team since 2013. She perfected her public relations skills working at boutique agencies in New York City and San Francisco focusing on consumer technology, entertainment and beauty brands. At Yelp, she focuses on local and national consumer media relations. A Midwesterner at heart, Hannah grew up in Indiana and holds a B.A. in Communication from DePauw University.

Hannah has been a member of the Yelp Public Relations team since 2013. She perfected her public relations skills working at boutique agencies in New York City and San Francisco focusing on consumer technology, entertainment and beauty brands. At Yelp, she focuses on local and national consumer media relations. A Midwesterner at heart, Hannah grew up in Indiana and holds a B.A. in Communication from DePauw University.

HANNAH CHEESMAN
Yelp
Manager of Public Relations

Jed joined Yelp in 2007 to lead the company’s sales team. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2016, after serving as Yelp’s Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Revenue. He oversees the company’s business operations including sales, marketing and administration. Prior to Yelp, Jed spent seven years in senior sales roles for Yahoo! HotJobs, most recently as Director of Corporate Sales for the Western Region. He began his career in the Venture Services Group of investment bank Robertson Stephens. Jed holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado.

Jed joined Yelp in 2007 to lead the company’s sales team. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2016, after serving as Yelp’s Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Revenue. He oversees the company’s business operations including sales, marketing and administration. Prior to Yelp, Jed spent seven years in senior sales roles for Yahoo! HotJobs, most recently as Director of Corporate Sales for the Western Region. He began his career in the Venture Services Group of investment bank Robertson Stephens. Jed holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado.

JED NACHMAN
Yelp
Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy founded Yelp in 2004 with Russel Simmons, a former colleague at PayPal. Jeremy continues to drive the vision and product experience for the company, personally overseeing product development among other aspects of the business. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy completed his first year of Harvard Business School, but dropped out after founding the company. Before attending business school Jeremy was VP of engineering at PayPal. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

Jeremy founded Yelp in 2004 with Russel Simmons, a former colleague at PayPal. Jeremy continues to drive the vision and product experience for the company, personally overseeing product development among other aspects of the business. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy completed his first year of Harvard Business School, but dropped out after founding the company. Before attending business school Jeremy was VP of engineering at PayPal. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

JEREMY STOPPELMAN
Yelp
Chief Executive Officer
 

John is a Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp. Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, John worked for Macy’s as a Buyer of Cookware and Bakeware. He grew up in Boston and has lived in Hong Kong, New York and now San Francisco. He has degrees in Finance, Marketing, and Art History. Coming from a family of small business owners is what motivates him to continue to work with and help small businesses.

John is a Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp. Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, John worked for Macy’s as a Buyer of Cookware and Bakeware. He grew up in Boston and has lived in Hong Kong, New York and now San Francisco. He has degrees in Finance, Marketing, and Art History. Coming from a family of small business owners is what motivates him to continue to work with and help small businesses.

JOHN CARROLL
Yelp
Manager of Local Business Outreach


Beginning his career in San Francisco as an early Yelp employee in December of 2007, John has been with Yelp through most of its national and global expansion. After spending time in Phoenix to help start the Arizona sales office, John moved back to San Francisco to transition into overseeing Yelp's West coast local sales. He received his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Beginning his career in San Francisco as an early Yelp employee in December of 2007, John has been with Yelp through most of its national and global expansion. After spending time in Phoenix to help start the Arizona sales office, John moved back to San Francisco to transition into overseeing Yelp's West coast local sales. He received his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University.

JOHN GARNIN
Yelp
Vice President of Local Sales

Kate joined Yelp in 2008, starting as one of Yelp's early Account Executives. She scaled Yelp's Scottsdale and San Francisco Sales offices. In 2015, she joined the Yelp Eat24 Sales team with a focus on partnering with great local restaurants. Kate holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

Kate joined Yelp in 2008, starting as one of Yelp's early Account Executives. She scaled Yelp's Scottsdale and San Francisco Sales offices. In 2015, she joined the Yelp Eat24 Sales team with a focus on partnering with great local restaurants. Kate holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

KATE RUSSELL
Yelp Eat24
Associate Director of Sales

Katie Burbank is the Senior Community Director for Yelp in Los Angeles. When she's not sharing her local discoveries with the community, she educates the public on how to effectively use Yelp as a local resource, helps business owners manage their online reputation using the free tools available through biz.yelp.com, and expands Yelp's presence as a go-to site for everything under the sun. In addition to providing support to users online, Katie also compiles the Local Yelp, partners with local events/organizations, and manages the @YelpLA social media feeds. She also gives stellar hugs.

Katie Burbank is the Senior Community Director for Yelp in Los Angeles. When she's not sharing her local discoveries with the community, she educates the public on how to effectively use Yelp as a local resource, helps business owners manage their online reputation using the free tools available through biz.yelp.com, and expands Yelp's presence as a go-to site for everything under the sun. In addition to providing support to users online, Katie also compiles the Local Yelp, partners with local events/organizations, and manages the @YelpLA social media feeds. She also gives stellar hugs.

KATIE BURBANK
Yelp
Senior Community Director

Katrina has been a member of Yelp's Communications team since 2012. As Senior PR Specialist, she works with Yelp's local community managers, diversity team, and product/eng teams to tell stories around community, culture, and innovation at Yelp. Outside of her role at Yelp, you can find Katrina taking a hip hop class, singing karaoke, or planning her next travel adventure. She holds a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida.

Katrina has been a member of Yelp's Communications team since 2012. As Senior PR Specialist, she works with Yelp's local community managers, diversity team, and product/eng teams to tell stories around community, culture, and innovation at Yelp. Outside of her role at Yelp, you can find Katrina taking a hip hop class, singing karaoke, or planning her next travel adventure. She holds a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida.

KATRINA HAFFORD
Yelp
Senior Public Relations Specialist

 


Kayleigh Winslow is PR Specialist for Yelp, hailing from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She joined the company in 2013 as a PR Coordinator in New York City before moving south nearly four years later. Kayleigh works hand-in-hand with Yelp's local, data and business outreach teams to tell the stories of the incredible community members and business owners who have made Yelp what it is today. Outside of her role with Yelp, Kayleigh is passionate about people, chasing her entrepreneurial dreams, and the ocean. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).

Kayleigh Winslow is PR Specialist for Yelp, hailing from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She joined the company in 2013 as a PR Coordinator in New York City before moving south nearly four years later. Kayleigh works hand-in-hand with Yelp's local, data and business outreach teams to tell the stories of the incredible community members and business owners who have made Yelp what it is today. Outside of her role with Yelp, Kayleigh is passionate about people, chasing her entrepreneurial dreams, and the ocean. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).

KAYLEIGH WINSLOW
Yelp
Public Relations Specialist

Kayti joined Yelp in 2007, starting as one of Yelp’s early Account Executives. From East Coast Sales to European Monetization, Kayti has run a variety of business units and offices for Yelp all around the globe. In 2016, she became VP of Customer Success, running Yelp’s recurring revenue in the Account Management department. Prior to Yelp, Kayti obtained her M.Litt in Ancient European Art, and holds a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara.

Kayti joined Yelp in 2007, starting as one of Yelp’s early Account Executives. From East Coast Sales to European Monetization, Kayti has run a variety of business units and offices for Yelp all around the globe. In 2016, she became VP of Customer Success, running Yelp’s recurring revenue in the Account Management department. Prior to Yelp, Kayti obtained her M.Litt in Ancient European Art, and holds a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara.

KAYTI SULLIVAN
Yelp
Vice President of European Sales

Kieran hails from Australia and joined Yelp in 2016 as a Product Manager for Local Business Products. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne before heading to Europe for several years. While there he completed his MBA in the Netherlands, spent time in France learning French and worked for Amazon in the tiny country of Luxembourg.

Kieran hails from Australia and joined Yelp in 2016 as a Product Manager for Local Business Products. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne before heading to Europe for several years. While there he completed his MBA in the Netherlands, spent time in France learning French and worked for Amazon in the tiny country of Luxembourg.

KIERAN STANLEY
Yelp
Product Manager

Maya, a born-and-raised San Franciscan, has been with Yelp since before the first-ever Coast To Coast event, so a little over a year. She is a copywriter on the Creative Team and has been working on business branding for most of 2016. She also edits Local Yelps, concepts advertising, and assists with both community and internal event marketing. She often says she is paid to pun. Maya received her B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Santa Cruz and works for various local film festivals in her free time. Ask her about local events and culture — she loves it!

Maya, a born-and-raised San Franciscan, has been with Yelp since before the first-ever Coast To Coast event, so a little over a year. She is a copywriter on the Creative Team and has been working on business branding for most of 2016. She also edits Local Yelps, concepts advertising, and assists with both community and internal event marketing. She often says she is paid to pun. Maya received her B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Santa Cruz and works for various local film festivals in her free time. Ask her about local events and culture — she loves it!

MAYA LEKACH
Yelp
Junior Editor


Michelle Cassidy is the Community Director for Yelp Philadelphia. She has been with Yelp for nearly six years. Prior to Yelp, Michelle held marketing and special events positions in the accounting, legal and healthcare industries. She graduated with a BS in Marketing from Rowan University. In addition to planning events and running local marketing efforts for Yelp, Michelle also enjoys music, traveling, and cheering on Philly's sports teams.

Michelle Cassidy is the Community Director for Yelp Philadelphia. She has been with Yelp for nearly six years. Prior to Yelp, Michelle held marketing and special events positions in the accounting, legal and healthcare industries. She graduated with a BS in Marketing from Rowan University. In addition to planning events and running local marketing efforts for Yelp, Michelle also enjoys music, traveling, and cheering on Philly's sports teams.

MICHELLE CASSIDY
Yelp
Senior Community Director

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NATARAJAN SUBBIAH
Yelp
Group Product Manager

Nicole Macias is on the Business Marketing Team, which is focused on educating local business owners on Yelp's free and paid tools. She hails from San Diego, but after college and graduate school in the Bay Area, she pretends she's a Nor Cal native. She married her high school sweetheart in 2007 and they plan to adopt a child in the next couple years. Until then, she enjoys wine tasting her way through Napa, trying new bars & restaurants and reviewing them on Yelp, and treating her dog like a child. 

Nicole Macias is on the Business Marketing Team, which is focused on educating local business owners on Yelp's free and paid tools. She hails from San Diego, but after college and graduate school in the Bay Area, she pretends she's a Nor Cal native. She married her high school sweetheart in 2007 and they plan to adopt a child in the next couple years. Until then, she enjoys wine tasting her way through Napa, trying new bars & restaurants and reviewing them on Yelp, and treating her dog like a child. 

NICOLE MACIAS
Yelp
Manager of Business Marketing Communications

 

Rachel Carlson has been the Pittsburgh Yelp Senior Community Director for over five exciting years. Her passion for sharing business owners stories has made this job a complete joy. Originally a broadcasting major, Rachel enjoys flexing her skills on regular bi-monthly segments on CBS affiliate KDKA, weekly segments on 100.7 STAR and a weekly podcast for NPR. While work often mixes with pleasure, she always enjoys a great Negroni with friends, taking in a musical at one of the many fantastic theaters in town or spending quality time with her husband and their two cats at home.

Rachel Carlson has been the Pittsburgh Yelp Senior Community Director for over five exciting years. Her passion for sharing business owners stories has made this job a complete joy. Originally a broadcasting major, Rachel enjoys flexing her skills on regular bi-monthly segments on CBS affiliate KDKA, weekly segments on 100.7 STAR and a weekly podcast for NPR. While work often mixes with pleasure, she always enjoys a great Negroni with friends, taking in a musical at one of the many fantastic theaters in town or spending quality time with her husband and their two cats at home.

RACHEL CARLSON
Yelp
Senior Community Director


Rachel connects people with great local businesses at Yelp as part of the Public Relations team since 2012. She has a background in hospitality and tourism communications and loves the fast pace and cultural relevance of storytelling in the technology sector. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Rachel connects people with great local businesses at Yelp as part of the Public Relations team since 2012. She has a background in hospitality and tourism communications and loves the fast pace and cultural relevance of storytelling in the technology sector. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

RACHEL WALKER YOUNGBLADE
Yelp
Senior Public Relations Manager

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RYAN DREBIN
Yelp
Product Manager

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SATISH MUMMAREDDY
Yelp
Product Manager

Tiffany N started as the first Community Manager for Yelp in Denver, CO in early 2008 before becoming part of the management team. Since then she's managed CMs all over North America from Honolulu, HI to Austin, TX; Vancouver, BC to Madison, WI. Currently she oversees the Community Ambassador Program in North America - a program that allows Yelp to grow our communities in our smaller, but still supremely yelpy cities such as Savannah, GA or Anchorage, AK. Tiffany holds a B.S. In Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder and resides in Denver with her husband, 2 sons, 3 cats, and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Likes include: dresses, live music, bike riding, whiskey, reading, and exploring new places.

Tiffany N started as the first Community Manager for Yelp in Denver, CO in early 2008 before becoming part of the management team. Since then she's managed CMs all over North America from Honolulu, HI to Austin, TX; Vancouver, BC to Madison, WI. Currently she oversees the Community Ambassador Program in North America - a program that allows Yelp to grow our communities in our smaller, but still supremely yelpy cities such as Savannah, GA or Anchorage, AK. Tiffany holds a B.S. In Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder and resides in Denver with her husband, 2 sons, 3 cats, and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Likes include: dresses, live music, bike riding, whiskey, reading, and exploring new places.

TIFFANY NIESLANIK
Yelp
Senior Regional Lead


Vishwas Prabhakara is the General Manager of Yelp Reservations, the fastest-growing restaurant management and reservations service. Vishwas loves to build products that positively impact people in real life.  For example, he currently obsesses over how we can better connect millions of diners with the thousands of restaurants. Previously, he was CEO of BeRecruited, helping millions of high school student-athletes pursue their passions while saving over half-a-billion dollars in tuition. He's also held senior level positions at ESPN, Digg and was the Founder/CEO of Fanvibe. Vishwas loves exploring new culinary experiences with his wife and two small children in San Francisco and around the world

Vishwas Prabhakara is the General Manager of Yelp Reservations, the fastest-growing restaurant management and reservations service. Vishwas loves to build products that positively impact people in real life.  For example, he currently obsesses over how we can better connect millions of diners with the thousands of restaurants. Previously, he was CEO of BeRecruited, helping millions of high school student-athletes pursue their passions while saving over half-a-billion dollars in tuition. He's also held senior level positions at ESPN, Digg and was the Founder/CEO of Fanvibe. Vishwas loves exploring new culinary experiences with his wife and two small children in San Francisco and around the world

VISHWAS PRABHAKARA
Yelp Reservations
General Manager

 
 

 

Building a Brand Panel

 
 
Chase Ottney is a key founding member of Ike's Love & Sandwiches. With a focus on values, culture, and leadership Chase has grown the Ike's brand from a tiny, local outpost to a burgeoning leader in the quick service industry one human interaction at a time. Ike's opened in 2007 and now has over 30 locations in two states.  

Chase Ottney is a key founding member of Ike's Love & Sandwiches. With a focus on values, culture, and leadership Chase has grown the Ike's brand from a tiny, local outpost to a burgeoning leader in the quick service industry one human interaction at a time. Ike's opened in 2007 and now has over 30 locations in two states.

 

CHASE OTTNEY
Ike's Love & Sandwiches
Chief Sandwich Officer

 
Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of San Francisco-based hint Inc., which produces the leading flavored water with no sweeteners and nothing artificial. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Other honors include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women award; the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year; OPENforum’s Women to Watch; and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Kara was vice president of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL, where she grew its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active speaker and writer, and a member of YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization.

Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of San Francisco-based hint Inc., which produces the leading flavored water with no sweeteners and nothing artificial. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Other honors include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women award; the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year; OPENforum’s Women to Watch; and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Kara was vice president of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL, where she grew its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active speaker and writer, and a member of YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization.

KARA GOLDIN
Hint Water
Chief Executive Officer

 
 

 

The Deets About Yelp Elites Panel

 
World traveler who left LA 2 year ago after getting held up at gunpoint the day his girlfriend dumped him. (True story.) Currently an indie filmmaker, crowd funding consultant, brand strategist, and The Moth StorySLAM winner who has a deep and long love for the bones of this city.    

World traveler who left LA 2 year ago after getting held up at gunpoint the day his girlfriend dumped him. (True story.) Currently an indie filmmaker, crowd funding consultant, brand strategist, and The Moth StorySLAM winner who has a deep and long love for the bones of this city.

 

 

DAVID R
Yelp Elite

 
A global explorer who adores discovering cultures by eating their local street food and cuisine, learning the local language, and hanging out in the farmers' markets. He has conducted marketing audits and was a secret shopper once (don't judge)... but considers himself a foodie, not food critic, above all.   

A global explorer who adores discovering cultures by eating their local street food and cuisine, learning the local language, and hanging out in the farmers' markets. He has conducted marketing audits and was a secret shopper once (don't judge)... but considers himself a foodie, not food critic, above all. 

 

LU-SHIEN T
Yelp Elite

 
A food lover who found her way up to the Bay Area to work in tech (read:Square). Currently in love with SFMOMA, but miiiiiiiight trade it in if she could for the LA sunshine.      

A food lover who found her way up to the Bay Area to work in tech (read:Square). Currently in love with SFMOMA, but miiiiiiiight trade it in if she could for the LA sunshine.

 

 

 

NITAR L
Yelp Elite

 
 

 
 

"Coast-To-Coast is an intense, but fun, 48 hours in workshops, learning best practices, and gaining insights into Yelp. The most rewarding component is meeting 100 passionate people who have so many amazing ideas. Yelp is a fantastic tool to nurture growth."

KENT WHIPPLE
Unexpected Productions – Seattle, WA
Coast-To-Coast 2015 Attendee &
Member of Coast-To-Coast 2016 Advisors Alliance