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Judges for the 2010 Personal Brand Awards

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Dan Schawbel Head Judge - Dan Schawbel

Dan, recognized as a “personal branding guru” by The New York Times, is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, and the leading authority on personal branding. He is the author of the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success, which was the #1 career book of 2009 by The New York Post, is the #1 Amazon bestseller in Japan, and also being translated into French. Dan is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog® and the publisher of Personal Branding Magazine® and the Student Branding Blog, head judge for the Personal Brand Awards®, director of Personal Branding TV®, and holds live Personal Branding Events. He is a syndicated columnist for Metro US (New York, Boston & Philadelphia), reaching over 1.2 million readers bi-weekly, and is BusinessWeek’s youngest columnist.

      Nance Rosen

Nance is the author of Speak Up! & Succeed, and an expert on business communication who teaches at UCLA Extension, and speaks all around the world to audiences on social media and career trends. Nance is a former marketing executive at The Coca-Cola Company and currently is CEO of NanceSpeaks and executive publisher at PegasusMediaWorld. She has appeared on CNBC and regularly contributes to media outlets including the New York Times, ABC, CBS radio, Investors Business Daily, MediaPost and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pete Kistler

Pete is a leading Online Reputation Management expert for Generation Y, a top 5 finalist for Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2009, one of the Top 30 Definitive Personal Branding Experts on Twitter, a widely read career development blogger, and a Judge for the 2009 Personal Brand Awards. Pete manages strategic vision for, the first online reputation management platform for job applicants, named one of the Top 100 Most Innovative College Startups in the U.S. He has won a number of top honors for his writing, presentations and business plans. Pete is a member of the Brazen Careerist blogger network, a featured presenter on SlideShare and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Kyle Lacy

Kyle has developed a sharp eye for how businesses can use social media and new media marketing to better grow their businesses — and how they can retool for the new age of customer communication. As an entrepreneur who quickly built his own social media marketing and design firm, he also empathetically helps other business owners with understanding the value of combining social media with traditional marketing. Kyle writes a regular blog at and is a regular contributor to Smaller Indiana. His blog has been featured on Wall Street Journal’s website and Read Write Web’s daily blog journal. Recently, Kyle was voted as one of the top 150 social media blogs in the world (on two websites), and produces regular keynote speeches across the Midwest. He also just finished writing Twitter Marketing for Dummies by Wiley Publishing.

Jacob Share

Jacob is the founder and SVP of Share Select Media, a company focused on empowering quality bloggers and blogs such as Group Writing Projects, The Original Home of Group Writing Projects. His JobMob blog has attracted over a million page views last year alone. He grew up between Canada, France and Israel where he had his first Internet experience in 1994 and was hooked. Since then he’s enjoyed playing a part in growing the Web as a manager-developer and project manager at and other e-commerce companies before starting up his own venture.


  Chad Levitt

Chad is the author of the New Sales Economy blog that focuses on how sales 2.0, social media, and inbound marketing can be used as a sales strategy for the Web 2.0 world. Chad is the featured Sales 2.0 blogger at, the number one website for sales pros the professional athletes of the business world, and a contributing author for, the top ranked site on Google for Sales 2.0. Chad has been named one of the top twenty sales industry social media users by InsideView, an industry leading sales 2.0 company. Chad began his selling career with EMC in their award winning sales development program where he won Sales Associate of the Year in 2009. Chad is now an Account Executive with HubSpot, the leader in inbound marketing software that is changing the way the world does marketing. Chad attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree and Nova Southeastern University for his MBA with a concentration in finance.

    Emily Bennington

Emily is the author of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of career success and is particularly passionate about volunteerism as a means of leadership development and advancing the skills of young women in the workplace. Emily also teaches a graduate-level course on social media, hosts a popular career blog at, and is a member of the CAREEREALISM team of experts.



Heather Huhman

Heather, founder & president of the exclusive online community connecting the best internship and entry-level job candidates with the best employers, Come Recommended, is as an experienced hiring manager who knows and understands the needs of today’s employers and internship and entry-level job seekers. Her expertise in this area led to her selection as’s entry-level careers columnist in mid-2008. The daily, national column educates high school students through recent college graduates about how to find, land and succeed at internships and entry-level jobs. Additionally, Heather is a career expert for the CAREEREALISM Twitter Advice Project, the job search expert for Campus Calm, a contributor to both One Day, One Job and One Day, One Internship, and author of the e-book “Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty.”

    Roger Parker

Roger is a “32 Million Dollar Author,” book coach, and online writing resource. His 38 books have sold 1.9 million copies in 35 languages around the world. The NY Times called his Looking Good in Print “…the one to buy when you’re buying only one!” Roger has interviewed hundreds of successfully branded authors and shares what he’s learned at Published & Profitable and in his daily writing tips blog.  He has presented hundreds of keynote speeches, seminars and workshops, with clients such as Apple Computer, Kyocera, University of Washington, and Yamaha Audio.

  David Trahan

David is an Associate Account Executive at Mr. Youth in New York City.  Previously, he has held part-time and internship positions with many prestigious organizations including The Advertising Council, Goldman Sachs and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He recently graduated with Latin Honors in 2009 with a degree in marketing and a concentration in advertising and promotion from the Pforzheimer Honors College and Lubin School of Business at Pace University. At Pace he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. David received several scholarships, honors and awards from Pace University including an Academic Excellence Award, the 2009 Co-op & Career Services Experiential Award, the 2009 Lubin School of Business Advertising Award and an Honors College Research Grant.  Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter, and on his website.
      Maria Elena Duron

Maria Elena is CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks -a word of mouth firm. Skilled at making networks “work” and harnessing the power online and offline buzz, she facilitates communities for companies and professionals along with word-of-mouth coaching and seminars.  She is author of Mouth To Mouth Marketing, the ebook Social Capital I.R.A. and a contributing author of Launchpad.  Duron is a published expert on branding and marketing in Entrepreneur Magazine. She is featured weekly as the marketing coach on CBS television and is the co-founder of #brandchat -a weekly chat on Twitter all about branding. 

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