The intention of the E3 conferences is to put the power of global expansion into every entrepreneur’s hands through simplification and relationships. Topics will include preparing your business to expand into new markets, understanding international trade policy, developing market opportunities, legal and tax implications of international business, growth industries in specific regions, etc.
Listed below are confirmed speakers for the E3 Boston conference. Additional Speakers are being added regularly. Check back for updates.
Leland Vittert is the Emmy-nominated anchor of America’s News Headquarters on Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2010 as a foreign correspondent based in Jerusalem.
In addition to his weekend anchor and reporting duties, Vittert fills in for hosts on Fox and Friends, America’s Newsroom, and Happening Now.
Vittert is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He also studied at the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining FNC, Vittert anchored the weekend news at KDVR-TV (FOX 31) in Denver, Colorado and was a reporter for WFTV-TV (ABC 9) in Orlando, Florida. He also worked at other national news stations, including KATV-TV (ABC 7) in Little Rock, Arkansas; KNWA-TV (NBC 50) in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and WMTV-TV (NBC 15) in Madison, Wisconsin. As a young reporter, Vittert received an Emmy nomination for clearing a police officer wrongly accused of rape.
Emmy and Peabody Award winning creative leader Ross Martin is the CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), a marketing and business innovation firm. He is the former Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Engagement for Viacom, the worldwide media and entertainment company, where he oversaw marketing strategy, consumer intelligence, data science, creative innovation, internal agency, and business development teams. Previously, Martin founded and ran Scratch, Viacom’s creative strategy and consulting division. He is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, and the advisory boards of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights. Recent honors and recognitions include Fast Company's “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s "40 Under 40" top business leaders and AdWeek’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
Dr. Rollan Roberts is an internationally-renowned, best-selling author, CEO, TV personality, and former CEO of the Hoverboard company - the single, hottest, global consumer product of 2015. In addition to being recognized as the “Top 100 Most Influential Floridians” of 2015, he has led several global, high growth companies and has a record of creating some of the fastest growing companies in America. He has a Doctorate degree in Global Business and Entrepreneurship, holds two patents, and is a master at implementing systems and corporate turnarounds.
Michele Pecoraro brings years of tourism, marketing, and leadership experience to the helm of Plymouth 400, Inc., the organization formed to lead the planning and execution of programs and events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the 1620 Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony; events that significantly shaped the building of America. Michele’s knowledge of the tourism industry and her connections with industry leaders and legislators have helped her increase awareness and engagement for Plymouth 400 at the local, national, and international levels.
Michele joined the Plymouth 400, Inc. team in Spring 2014 and immediately began developing and expanding the organization’s National and International outreach efforts, government involvement, fundraising strategy, and overall strategic plans for Signature Events and Programs of 2020. Ms. Pecoraro is also the architect of Massacusetts 400, a concept to sustain the momentum of the Plymouth Colony commemoration for 10 years (2020 to 2030), the 250th of the American Revolution, and the 100th anniversary of the American Women’s sufferages movement, among others.
Ms. Pecoraro came to Plymouth from Cape Cod, where she worked for seven years as the Vice President of Operations, International Markets & Special Projects at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also served as President of the Massachusetts Cultural Coast for ten years, and worked at several non-profit museums and schools.
eremy Vitaro is currently the Vice President of International Development for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.
Jeremy leads the team responsible for store development around the world for both Dunkin' Donuts® and Baskin Robbins®, partnering with high-quality new and existing franchise partners to drive healthy new unit growth.
Dunkin’ Brands’ development team has been a leader both in the United States and internationally in the QSR segment in terms of new store openings year over year, and uses a disciplined approach to enter new markets and successfully expand existing markets.
Jeremy has been with Dunkin’ Brands since 2003, holding positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of asset management, operations, business development and franchising. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Jeremy worked in sales and marketing in Europe with the spirits producer Casoni SpA and with the education franchise, The Benedict Group.
Jeremy holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an M.A. in Economic History from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from University of California at Los Angeles.
Zach Hobbs is a Senior Communication Designer at IDEO Cambridge who brings unfettered creativity, white-hot optimism, and insatiable curiosity to bear on any design problem, large or small. Since joining IDEO, Zach has helped a major American food company bring a new brand to life, a leading welding-equipment company create a more user-friendly interface, and a Midwest energy company encourage its customers to conserve energy, among other challenges.
Before moving “up North” from his native Alabama, Zach was the Art Director of TrueBlue and the Founder and Principal Art Director of Young Monster, a custom screen-printing company. His work at both places was featured in publications ranging from ‘zines to the New Masters of Poster Design and he racked up so many Gold Addys, AIGA, and Print Regional Design Awards, it’s kind of embarrassing. Before that, Zach was earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Auburn University.
On weekends, Zach can be spotted combing through vintage stores for anything to do with punk rock, UFOs, the year 1987, and any general, pre-Internet ephemera. He is very, very tall.
Kountable, Inc. is a mobile and web marketplace for funding Trade Financing SMEs in Developing Countries. As Vice President, Maika's general senior management activities include using jer experience working in developing countries, on Wall Street, and in microfinance to help Kountable expand. Operations, Legal/Compliance, Finance, Management, Strategy...you name it!
Robert Glazer, founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, is an award winning customer acquisition specialist with an exceptional track record in increasing revenue and profits for fast-growing consumer businesses. In demand by top brands and investment firms, he has extensive experience in the consumer, e-commerce, retail, online marketing, and ad-tech industries. He is a contributing author with over 100 published articles on performance marketing, strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship including monthly columns for SteamFeed and Entrepreneur.com. He is also a sought-after speaker having presented to large global audiences at over 20 conferences including adTech, Internet Retailer, DMA and Shop.org.
Robert is a demonstrated thought leader in the performance marketing industry and in the areas of company growth, leadership, culture and distributed teams. He was a Boston Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, a SmartCEO Boston Future 50 award winner and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in New England. He also serves as an advisory board member to several private companies
Robert also highly values giving back. He has participated in the Rodman Ride for Kids for over twelve years, raising almost $100,000 and founded the Fifth Nightcharitable event with his family. He is the past president of the Boston Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and currently serves as its regional area director and champions several leadership development programs. He formerly served on the board of the Performance Marketing Association and the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.
Mr. Jim Paul is Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, office in Boston. Mr. Paul currently uses his educational background and more than 20 years of work experience in international trade to assist U.S. exporters in penetrating markets overseas.
Prior to this position, Mr. Paul most recently served as an International Trade Manager for the World Trade Center Association in Los Angeles, California. Before assuming those duties, Mr. Paul performed international freight forwarding and customs brokerage for Fritz Companies. Previously, Mr. Paul coordinated the global marketing, sales and logistics for an export/import firm. During his graduate studies, Mr. Paul completed an internship with the Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Paul graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley. He later received a Master of Business Administration in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Paul also earned an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Dr. Martin S. Roth is Dean and Professor of Management & Marketing at the Barney School of Business, University of Hartford. His areas of expertise include global corporate and marketing strategy, branding, and customer value. Since becoming Dean in 2013, he has led increases in enrollments, student placement and satisfaction, faculty recruiting and research support, alumni engagement, corporate partnering, fundraising, new curriculum design, and the development and launch of online degree programs.
He was previously Chair of the Sonoco International Business Department at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, top ranked globally in international business research, undergraduate and graduate programs. At the Moore School he also served as Executive Director of the flagship International MBA Program, and as the School’s Chief Innovation & Assessment Officer. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Alfred G. Smith, Jr. Award as the Moore School of Business outstanding teacher, the Outstanding EIMBA Elective Professor Award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of South Carolina Alpha Chapter of the Mortar Board. He has also taught at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Katz Graduate School of Business (University of Pittsburgh), the Arthur D. Little School of Management (Boston), and at universities in Austria, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portugal, Thailand, and Tunisia. He has led executive education programs on global strategy, innovation, scenario planning, marketing strategy, customer service, market research, and program evaluation, including custom programs for companies such as Blue Cross & Blue Shield, BMW, CSX, Fiberweb, Metso, Nissan, Verizon, and Xerox.
Marty’s research has been published in the leading marketing and management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of World Business, Marketing Management, Journal of Health Care Marketing, American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and Journal of Professional Pricing. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal as well as in many other national and local media. Marty’s CountryManager international marketing simulation game is used in over 140 schools worldwide. He has spoken on a variety of marketing and global management topics at industry and academic meetings throughout the Americas and Europe. Dr. Roth has consulted for companies ranging from multinationals to new ventures, including Bank of America, Colonial Life, Holopack International, Kimmel & Associates, Pitney Bowes, and Spirax Sarco. Prior to his academic career he held a number of marketing research and retail management positions. He earned his doctorate and MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
During twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, Brett became a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict. As Director of Global Engagement at the White House, he created some of the government’s most innovative international programs for reaching new audiences around the world. While at the White House, he was responsible for public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship programs. Brett coordinated the United States’ response to Russian propaganda, developing the first interagency communications taskforce to push back against misinformation. Brett also unified public and private entrepreneurship programs for the first time under one banner, as part of the President’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative.
While in the diplomatic service, Brett worked in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina, Zambia, and Eritrea. In his current role as President of the Global Situation Room®, he runs a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, international public policy, and crisis management. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs. Brett graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in International Relations and Political Science. He holds a Masters in Global History from the London School of Economics. Brett speaks fluent Spanish and French.