Maximize the Investments you Have Made in Your Brand Integrity

We know our customers want to spend time together, build your network, enhance your existing relationships and engage in discussions with like-minded individuals facing similar challenges in threats to your brands and maximizing your investments in your domains.

By joining us in Boise, you can do all of this and more.

You will get to attend general sessions that include case studies, best practices and industry commentary, plus you will have breakout sessions that will be packed with useful, useable information that directly relates to challenges you may experience daily.

Come along…

Better understand how your peers are tackling similar challenges

Understand how Analytics and Insights can enhance your program

Spend time with the broader MarkMonitor team in hands on learning

Ensure your investment is making the difference to your bottom line

Speakers

Matt Bamonte
Donuts Inc.
Erno Buky
Verizon
Lauren Dienes-Middlen
WWE, Inc.
Doug Isenberg
GigaLaw
Matt Bamonte
Director of Business Development North America Donuts Inc.

Matt Bamonte is the Director of Business Development (North America) at Donuts, the largest new top-level domain (TLD) operator in the world. With over 240 new TLDs under management, Donuts brings variety and choice to Internet naming for brands, retailers and small businesses around the world. Matt Bamonte has over 21 years’ experience in the domain name space, including 6 years at Donuts. Matt’s prior experience includes sales, marketing, and account management roles at the world’s largest corporate registrar, Corporation Service Company (CSC). He gained a broad knowledge and understanding of registrar operations while working closely toward CSC’s ICANN accreditation and implementation processes for the .biz and .info top-level domains.

Matt participates in the largest industry trade shows in the world, including International Trademark Association (INTA), World Hosting Days and Namesummit, where he has hosted and been a panelist for a specific domain name related sessions.

He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a degree in Business and Marketing.

Erno Buky
Attorney - Trademarks & Copyrights Verizon

Erno Buky is an Intellectual Property Consultant at Verizon. For the past ten years, he has worked with the Marketing, IP & Digital Media Law & Policy group on trademark and copyright enforcement issues, both in the United States and abroad. His focus is primarily on domain names and online brand protection, but also includes social media platforms, online marketplaces, and brick-and-mortar retailers. Erno also helps manage Verizon’s domain name portfolio and oversees the Verizon Anti-Piracy Cooperation Program.

Lauren Dienes-Middlen
SVP, Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

As the Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Intellectual Property, Ms. Dienes-Middlen is the Head of the Intellectual Property Group of the Business & Legal Affairs Department of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ("WWE"), a multibillion dollar, international, integrated media and entertainment company, where she has worked for the past 17 years.

At WWE, Ms. Dienes-Middlen is responsible for counseling the business groups regarding the best branding strategy for enhancing and developing strong trademark rights worldwide, including proper selection and use of marks. She is responsible for all trademark availability analyses as well as the prosecution of trademark applications and registrations in the United States and in more than 80 countries, including managing all trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings worldwide.

In addition, Ms. Dienes-Middlen is responsible for negotiating and drafting the company’s worldwide Consumer Products license agreements, settlement and co-existence agreements, product placement contracts, location agreements, photographer agreements, model releases and non-disclosure agreements.

Ms. Dienes-Middlen also manages WWE’s Anti-Piracy Program, overseeing the enforcement of WWE’s rights with respect to online video piracy, counterfeit physical goods, domain name arbitrations, seizures, and litigation worldwide. In addition to assisting with litigation, she has valuable experience in achieving amicable resolutions of trademark disputes through negotiating coexistence arrangements and settlement agreements.

Ms. Dienes-Middlen is responsible for reviewing and approving all of WWE’s licensed product, venue merchandise, advertisements, books, magazines, home video, pay-per-view key art, photographs, and press releases. Lastly, she is responsible for procuring and maintaining the company’s domain name portfolio of approximately 2,000 URLs worldwide.

As a result of her years in private practice as well as her current employment with WWE, Ms. Dienes-Middlen has represented trademark and copyright ownership rights in a wide variety of industries including sports entertainment, digital media, apparel, toys and sporting goods, household goods, cosmetics and fragrances, food and beverage, magazines, home video and theatrical films.

Under her leadership, in 2017 the WWE Intellectual Property team won the 1st place World Trademark Review Industry Award for "2016 North American Team of the Year", surpassing Google, Facebook and Twitter; won 1st place World Trademark Review Industry Award in 2015 for "Sports, Entertainment & Media Team of the Year"; was top-five shortlist nominee in 2015 ad 2016 for "North American Team of the Year"; was top-five shortlist nominee in 2016 and 2017 for "Sports Entertainment & Media Team of the Year". In 2015, she was a top-five shortlist nominee for "In-House Counsel of the Year". In 2017, she was featured in the August/September 2017 issue of The World Trademark Review Magazine and in 2016 she was featured in the October-December 2016 issue of Profile Magazine, both in connection with work she and her team undertake.

Ms. Dienes-Middlen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Vassar College in 1992, and her J.D. from Western New England University School of Law in 1995. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Prior to joining WWE in 2001, she was an associate at Gursky & Ederer, LLP, and before that, at Schweitzer, Cornman, Gross & Bondell, LLP, both IP firms in New York City.

Doug Isenberg
Founder GigaLaw

Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm, is a recognized leader on Internet law; a domain name panelist; and a frequent author and speaker on Internet legal issues. He has also served as an adjunct professor of computer and cyberspace law. The World Trademark Review has said that Doug is "a whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names" (World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015 edition); and the Atlanta Business Chronicle has called him an "international authority on Internet law" (September 22, 2006). He is included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for technology law.

Doug has worked with clients on domain name transactions and disputes since 1996 and today represents some of the world’s largest and best-known brands with respect to their Internet legal matters – including the largest complaint ever filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). He also serves as a domain name panelist for four of the world’s leading dispute providers, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Prior to launching The GigaLaw Firm, Doug practiced law at a large firm (Alston & Bird), at a medium-sized intellectual property firm (Needle & Rosenberg, now a part of Ballard Spahr) and as in-house counsel for a global marketing company that represented the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Before practicing law, Doug was a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. His book, The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law, was published by Random House in 2002.

Dorrie Krueger
Build-A-Bear Workshop
John McNair
Homeland Security Investigations
Samantha Radocchia
Chronicled, Inc.
Inga Smith
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Dorrie Krueger
Chief Strategy Officer Build-A-Bear Workshop

Dorrie Krueger, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Chief Strategy Officer, Joined the company in 2000 when this groundbreaking experiential retail concept was in its initial expansion phase growing from 15 stores in the U.S. at that time to nearly 500 locations globally in 2017.

Ms. Krueger has been instrumental in the company’s evolution including co-chairing the committee that led its IPO in 2004. She also spearheaded the design, development and introduction of the company’s successful "Discovery" store concept in 2014 as well as its entry into the China market in 2016

Currently, Ms. Krueger directly manages the company’s strategic planning process, its international franchise network which spans 15 countries on 5 continents, public relations, consumer loyalty and relationship management and consumer insight and research functions. Prior to joining Build-A-Bear, Ms. Krueger was Vice-President of Information Technology and Inventory Control for Interstate Supply Company, the largest wholesale distributor of flooring products in the Midwest U.S. market.

She began her career at Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. advancing through a variety of positions eventually attaining the title of Vice President with roles that included Corporate Development, Inventory Planning and Allocation and Merchandise Development. Ms. Krueger graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in Economics, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering. She also has participated in graduate programs at Washington University in St. Louis, MO in International Affairs.

John McNair
Section Chief - Outreach and Training Homeland Security Investigations: National IPR Coordination Center

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent John McNair has joined the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center as the Global Outreach and Training Section Chief. This section is tasked with creating and maintaining partnerships with private industry, academia as well as conducting training and capacity building with domestic and foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Prior to his assignment to the IPR Center he served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and oversaw special agents responsible for conducting federal investigations into violations of Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Trade Fraud, Identity and Benefit Fraud as well as Counter-Proliferation Investigations. During his more than twenty years of law enforcement experience John McNair served as a deputy sheriff in South Florida, and then as a special agent with U.S. Customs under the Department of Treasury followed by the newly created Department of Homeland Security in the Miami, Florida and Dallas, Texas offices. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Samantha Radocchia
Blockchain Pioneer & Co-Founder Chronicled, Inc.

Samantha Radocchia, or "Sam Rad" for short, is an entrepreneur, author, engineer, and early blockchain pioneer and advocate who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist. She’s led corporate trainings at Fortune 100 companies, governments, investment firms, and the United Nations, educating leaders on the technologies and cultural shifts that will shape their organizations—and daily lives—in the decades to come. Sam is the author of the upcoming book, Bitcoin Pizza: The No Bullshit Guide to Blockchain, writes as a contributor to Forbes, and was named to their 30 Under 30 List in 2017. A three-time entrepreneur, Sam holds several patents, and is a co-founder of Chronicled, an enterprise blockchain company focused on supply chain. She now consults executives on emerging technologies and trends and delivers keynotes at events worldwide as she works to build her next company. She’s deeply passionate about Future of Work, Future of Production, Future of Cities, and Future of Community/Governance as manifested through blockchain and decentralizing systems, additive manufacturing, vertical farming systems, virtual and augmented reality, and gaming. Sam is a licensed pilot and has accumulated over 700 jumps as a competitive skydiver.

Inga Smith
Business Operations Manager Cisco Systems, Inc.

Inga Smith is a Business Operations Manager at Cisco Systems.  She joined the Cisco Patent team in 2007 and shortly thereafter transitioned to the Trademark team.  Currently, she manages Cisco’s global trademark prosecution portfolio, the domain name portfolio, trademark and domain name enforcement matters, and the copyright filing program.

Inga is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).  She participates on the Unreal Campaign Committee, educating teens about trademarks and counterfeit goods.  Previously she served as Co-Chair of the Resources and Tools Subcommittee on the Trademark Administrators (TMA) Committee.

Inga received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University and Paralegal Certification from The National Center for Paralegal Training.

Melissa Tveit
MoneyGram
Jennifer Hausman-Wilcox
MasterCard
Matthew Winterroth
WWE, Inc.
Anthony Anderson
MarkMonitor
Melissa Tveit
Legal Affairs Manager MoneyGram International, Inc.

Melissa protects MoneyGram’s global brands by managing its trademark and domain portfolios worldwide. In addition, she reviews MoneyGram’s marketing materials for legal compliance in the Americas. Prior to joining MoneyGram, Melissa worked at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. assisting attorneys in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate law. Melissa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology – Law/Criminology and has a post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate from Hamline University.

Jennifer Hausman-Wilcox
Systems Analyst II MasterCard

Jenn Hausman-Wilcox is the Domain Management Lead within Business Operations at Mastercard. She has been with Mastercard since April of 2017 managing over 6600+ domains in Masterard’s portfolio plus several hundred thousand sub domains and vanities. She also collaborates with Mastercard’s Cyber Security team on brand protection issues. Jenn started her career while in school to become a forensic dentist and working full time at AT&T. A fellow student taught her how to hack a TiVo Console and has been hooked on tearing things apart ever since. Jenn would go on to manage over 1000+ websites for companies like KPLR TV, a Tribune station, Enterprise Holdings, and Boeing. She is an award winning digital designer who has obtainednumerous awards working with InBev and Monster Energy. Jenn holds a BA in Business/Marketing and a Masters in Communications with an emphasis on Digital and Multi Media. She lives in Dardenne Prairie, MO with her husband Andrew, her 13 year old son Ethan and their four dogs.

Matthew Winterroth
Vice President, Intellectual Property World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

As in-house counsel and Vice President of Intellectual Property, Matthew C. Winterroth leads enforcement of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s ("WWE’s") extensive intellectual property portfolio by way of implementation and administration of an integrated and aggressive anti-counterfeiting program and online anti-piracy program.

At WWE, Mr. Winterroth counsels internal business groups regarding the best branding strategy for developing, enhancing and protecting strong intellectual property rights worldwide, and aggregates/harmonizes collected data to assist in overall corporate strategy.

As a result of his years in private practice, as well as his current employment with WWE, Mr. Winterroth has represented various IP ownership rights in numerous industries, including live and televised sports entertainment, digital media, apparel, toys and sporting goods, national defense, hospitality and gaming, medical devices, home video, and theatrical films.

Mr. Winterroth received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Hamilton College in 1999, and his Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire (fka Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2006. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Anthony Anderson
Domain Client Services Supervisor MarkMonitor

Anthony Anderson is a Domain Client Services Supervisor at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate Analytics®, where he supervises a team of Client Service Managers. He’s been with MarkMonitor for 5 years working as a Client Services Manager, Client Partnership Manager and Client Services Supervisor. Prior to MarkMonitor, Anthony has several years’ experience working in Customer Service. He holds a high level of domain knowledge including; domain strategy, project management, portfolio management as well as training and development. His primary responsibility is coaching and developing focused on facilitating client needs and driving high levels of customer satisfaction.

Erin Baker
MarkMonitor
Rikard Bandebo
MarkMonitor
Olga Bougri
MarkMonitor
Akino Chikada
MarkMonitor
Erin Baker
Director of Domain Sales MarkMonitor

Erin Baker has been working with corporate clients on domain name matters since Al Gore invented the internet (20 years, give or take).  If internet years equal dog years, she is the Methuselah of the corporate domain space.  Over this embarrassingly long career in domains, Erin has served in various capacities (including marketing, client services, legal, and sales) for various corporate registrars (including VeriSign and MarkMonitor) with an unwavering interest in best serving clients’ unique needs in an ever-evolving online landscape.  Erin holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Ball State University and loves using Midwestern axioms to make costal-types laugh.  Erin believes if you’ve lived a good life, when you die, you go to Indiana.

Rikard Bandebo
SVP, Product and Strategy MarkMonitor

Rikard Bandebo is the Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy at MarkMonitor. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, he was the Chief Product Officer at Bersin by Deloitte, where he created and led the product and advisory teams and launched BersinOne, BersinWorks, BersinEdge and the Employee Experience Dashboard. He has an extensive background building data and analytics products having led the analytics and advisory product groups at First Data Corporation and was the Senior Director and the Global Manager for the Investor Relations Roundtable and JM Lafferty Associates at CEB, now Gartner. At First Data, he also served as the Chief Economist and was a regular guest on Bloomberg TV. His career began with building analytics applications for portfolio managers at ABB Investment Management.

He obtained both his postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh in Finance and Computer Science, magna cum laude.

Olga Bougri
Domain Client Services Supervisor MarkMonitor

Olga Bougri is a Domain Client Services Supervisor at MarkMonitor, where she supervises a team of seven Client Service Managers. In November, Olga will celebrate her 12-year anniversary with MarkMonitor. With an in-depth knowledge of the Domain industry and its best practices, Olga’s primary responsibilities include providing strategic recommendations to our clients, finding solutions to their problems and coaching and mentoring other Client Services Managers on how to deliver the best service possible to ensure customer satisfaction with MarkMonitor products or services

Akino Chikada
Senior Director, Portfolio Marketing MarkMonitor

Akino started her career in public relations and marketing in London and has worked in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has led and served roles in global marketing strategies, product marketing, events management, public relations, corporate communications and regional marketing. Akino holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University College of London, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and has trilingual fluency in English, Italian and Japanese.

Nancy DeMond
MarkMonitor
Leah Dolan
MarkMonitor
Amy Dozier
MarkMonitor
Drew Eldred
MarkMonitor
Nancy DeMond
Portfolio Marketing Manager, Domain MarkMonitor

A recent addition to the domain team, Nancy brings a wealth of marketing experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Portfolio Marketing Manager role. Nancy began her Sales and Marketing career within the hospitality market working for both major brands and boutique properties throughout the West Coast. For the last 6 years, Nancy was a co-founder of a company providing eco-friendly products for pets and drove product go-to-market strategy and product messaging. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with emphasis on Marketing from Washington State University.

Leah Dolan
Senior Domain CSM MarkMonitor

Leah Dolan is a Senior Client Services Manager at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate Analytics®. Leah graduated from Boise State University in Exercise Science and then went on to work at Acosta (CPG) and Balihoo (advertising agency) before starting with MarkMonitor in February of 2011 as a Domain CSM. She spent 2.5 years in the Boise office before transferring to our EMEA team working remote in Barcelona for over 4 years! Having had the opportunity to work on both the U.S. and EMEA teams helped shape her career. She is also an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and an avid CrossFit competitor. She was recruited back to Boise by Bodybuilding.com as a Senior Strategic Partner Manager and was ecstatic to be bridge her athletic passion with her professional experience. Her time at Bodybuilding.com was short lived (just under 1 year) because she always felt a desire to return to MarkMonitor. She’s been with MarkMonitor now just shy of 7 years. She enjoys spending time with her 100 lb Greater Swiss Mountain puppy, hanging out with family & friends, working out, snowboarding, wake-surfing and hiking.

Amy Dozier
Senior Brand CSM MarkMonitor

Amy Dozier is Senior Customer Success Manager with MarkMonitor supporting several large corporate brands. Amy has been successfully managing clients for over 15 years providing exceptional customer service while continually striving to exceed customers’ expectations. She manages clients worldwide to successfully protect their brands and reputations online, including news & media, financial services, consumer products, and transportation companies. Amy has been providing support and analysis across various brand protection modules at MarkMonitor for almost 6 years.

Drew Eldred
Brand CSM MarkMonitor

Drew Eldred is a Customer Success Manager with MarkMonitor, specializing in large strategic accounts. His experience surrounds protection strategy in apparel, consumer goods, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also is among our most proficient team members on all things related to Amazon, from enforcement methodologies and compliance to e-commerce benefits, and the synergistic relationship between the two.

In his time away from MarkMonitor, you can find Drew either in the gym or working on his project car. Drew has an undergraduate degree from Boise State in General Business and is currently working on his MBA through Washington State University.

Stefanie Ellis
MarkMonitor
Jody Erickson
MarkMonitor
Audra Ford
MarkMonitor
Troy Fuhriman
MarkMonitor
Stefanie Ellis
AntiFraud Product & Marketing Manager MarkMonitor

Stefanie Ellis is the MarkMonitor Product & Marketing Manager for both AntiFaud and Dark Web & Cyber Intelligence Services. Stefanie has over 11 years of experience in anti-fraud, brand protection and vendor relations, she has worked with a wide range of industries from financial to retail, manufacturing to social media. Stefanie has managed a team of Client Service Managers and Analysts supporting both the AntiFraud and Brand Protection Services in her tenure with MarkMonitor, and she has a deep knowledge of phishing fraud, grey area brand fraud/brand abuse, and the MarkMonitor customer user experience.

Jody Erickson
Senior Brand CSM MarkMonitor

Jody Erickson is a Senior Customer Success Manager with over 10 years of experience in Brand Protection at MarkMonitor. Her knowledge and expertise in IP Infringement spans across many business verticals, including software, apparel, luxury goods, electronics, and retail. She has partnered with numerous clients in creating and implementing successful online brand protection strategies. Prior to MarkMonitor, her career involved managing the Materials Departments for two different manufacturing companies, as well as positions in customer service and data analysis.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Production and Operations Management (a.k.a. Supply Chain Management) from Boise State University.

Audra Ford
Sr. Client Services Manager MarkMonitor

With over 9 years servicing and managing corporate domain accounts, Audra is a domain guru and thrives in an environment where she can educate clients on enhancing their domain strategy to help them best meet their business needs. Audra is passionate about customer service and enjoys building true partner relationships with all clients through exceptional communication and knowledge sharing.

Troy Fuhriman
Director, Global Brand Services MarkMonitor

Troy loves catching bad guys! Troy is Director for Markmonitor’s global Brand Protection services team where he manages teams in the US, UK, China and Japan. With over 14 years in the Domain Management, and Brand Protection industry, he has collaborated directly with many Fortune 500 companies in defining and executing digital asset strategies. Troy holds a bachelors in Operations Management, and in Spanish from Boise State University, and an MBA from Northwest Nazarene.

Statton Hammock
MarkMonitor
Stu Homan
MarkMonitor
Samira Horvath
MarkMonitor
Brett Kent
MarkMonitor
Statton Hammock
V.P. Global Policy & Industry Development MarkMonitor

For more than 15 years, Statton has provided companies with strategic business advice and guidance on Internet policy, domain name strategy, compliance, and brand protection. As former general counsel and officer of several public, private, and non-profit corporations in the Internet industry including Network Solutions, Enom, Rightside, NameJet, and Name.com, Statton has led teams that have developed tactics, policies, procedures, and industry best practices to tackle several forms of abusive online behavior including consumer fraud, dissemination of counterfeit goods, illegal pharmacies, and trademark infringement.

Statton’s knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for the domain name industry has made him a sought after consultant by members of the United States Congress and a popular featured speaker at NamesCon, ICANN, INTA, and other domain name, cybersecurity, and counterfeit industry conferences.

Statton holds a BA in Government from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law.

Stu Homan
Director, Domain Management MarkMonitor

Stu Homan, Director of Domain Management at MarkMonitor, is responsible for managing the global Client Services and Operational elements of the MarkMonitor Domain business. Stu is passionate about corporate domain portfolio strategy and fostering innovation at the organizational level. Stu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

Samira Horvath
Domain Client Services Supervisor MarkMonitor

Samira Horvath is a Domain Client Services Supervisor at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate Analytics®, where he manages a team of Client Service Managers. He’s been with MarkMonitor for 9 years working as a Client Services Manager and Client Services Supervisor. Prior to MarkMonitor, Samira had been working as an Account Manager for Acosta Sales and Marketing where he was responsible or Client Satisfaction, Client Retention along with conducting business with Albertsons. His primary responsibility at MarkMonitor is to train and develop his team so they are able to exceed client expectations.

Brett Kent
Supervisor, AntiFraud Client Success Managers MarkMonitor

Brett Kent is a Supervisor of AntiFraud Client Success Managers and brings over 6 years experience in the Brand Protection, AntiPhishing, and Dark/Deep Web arenas.

Combining MarkMonitor data and industry experience, Brett has become one of MarkMonitor’s experts in the AntiFraud and Dark Web business.

Brett graduated from Boise State and Northwest Nazarene Universities with a degree’s in General Business Management (BBA), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

He is an Iraq War Veteran and served 9 years in the Idaho Air National Guard as an A-10 mechanic. He has experience in leadership as a non-commissioned officer, and working in a production environment, specializing in fighter aircraft ejections systems, and fuel systems.

In Brett’s time outside MarkMonitor he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, being of service to others in various capacities, and running his businesses in rental properties and as a REALTOR®.

Brian King
MarkMonitor
Noam Livnat
MarkMonitor
Justin Mack
MarkMonitor
Chris Melka
MarkMonitor
Brian King
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs MarkMonitor

Brian J. King is Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate Analytics®, where he is a vocal advocate for internet policy that protects the intellectual property rights and promotes the interests of MarkMonitor and its customers. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Brian spent nearly a decade with other corporate domain name registrars and brand protection companies, most recently as Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Vendors, TLDs, and Compliance. He is currently serving a term on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Data Protection Committee, having previously served on INTA’s Internet Committee, and is active with ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency.

Noam Livnat
Senior Director, Product Management MarkMonitor

Noam leads the product teams for Brand Protection and AntiFraud at MarkMonitor. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, he was the Co-Founder and VP Products of WatchDox (acquired by Blackberry), a leading vendor in the Enterprise File Sync & Sharing space, where he played a critical role in setting the company¹s vision and strategy and in building its products. Prior to that, Noam managed a line of products for Cyota, an Anti-Fraud vendor that was acquired by RSA. Noam has extensive experience building B2B products protecting enterprises against various types of online threats. Noam holds a B.Sc. (Magna Cum Laude) and an MBA (Summa Cum Laude) from Tel-Aviv University.

Justin Mack
Senior Product Manager, Domain MarkMonitor

A native Idahoan who still enjoys water and snow skiing, Justin began his career at MarkMonitor 15 years ago in Engineering support, worked as a Senior Software Engineer and continues today as Senior Domain Product Manager. Justin is an active participant in the ICANN Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Working Group which defined policies on this important change in the domain name system. In his personal time, Justin likes old-man sports like bowling and golf, enjoys local wine & microbrews, and has more photos of his culinary creations than his children. He is happy to encourage others to join him in these interests! Justin holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho.

Chris Melka
Program Manager MarkMonitor

Chris has more than 12 years’ experience working in the corporate domain space, having held positions in client services and domain acquisitions prior to moving to strategic services to advise clients on appropriate scope and composition of domain portfolios. Chris co-authored MarkMonitor’s Domain Management Handbook and has developed policy guidelines for several Fortune 100 clients, merging the workflow of business-specific organizational structures with domain industry best practices. For the past several years, Chris has been developing and refining MarkMonitor's extension scoring / ranking algorithm, a data-driven solution designed to simplify the job of portfolio managers and other IP stake holders. Chris holds a BPhil in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Nancy Merritt
MarkMonitor
Chris Niemi
MarkMonitor
Kevin Pearl
MarkMonitor
Oleg Polishchuk
MarkMonitor
Nancy Merritt
Senior Manager, Global Relationships MarkMonitor

Nancy Merritt is a Manager of Global Relationships for MarkMonitor, one of the largest Global Brand Protection service providers in the online IP Space. With a background in client engagement and online IP enforcement and compliance, she is responsible for cultivating relationships and strategic partners for MarkMonitor’s Brand business. She manages a variety of cross-functional projects and proactive outreach efforts with a focus on creating collaborative and mutually-beneficial relationships with ISPs, Marketplaces, Law Enforcement, Data Providers, and Social Media platforms. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. She is also a member of the IACC Regional Internet Committee focusing on both the Social Media and B2B/B2C Task Forces.

Chris Niemi
Manager of the Domain Services MarkMonitor

Chris is the Manager of the Domain Services team at MarkMonitor. With 15+ years of experience, he is an expert in TLD operations and has been involved with leading a team that provides support to our clients on a number of services such as Domain Recovery (including anonymous acquisitions and domain disputes), Domain Sales, .Brand TLD Support, Domain Strategy, and Test Purchases, among others.

Kevin Pearl
Senior Renewals Specialist MarkMonitor

Kevin Pearl is a Senior Renewal Specialist and has 17 years of domain experience with MarkMonitor. Prior to working at MarkMonitor, Kevin worked in banking, so his knowledge of the industry is quite extensive. Kevin is instrumental in ensuring MarkMonitor is equipped to facilitate our day-to-day domain transactions. Some of his primary responsibilities are to ensure domain names are renewed, vendor accounts are current, and that funds are available for domain related requests. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University.

Oleg Polishchuk
Product Director, Innovation & Analytics MarkMonitor

Oleg Polishchuk is a director on the MarkMonitor product team focusing on innovation and analytics work streams. Prior to Clarivate, Oleg worked at CEB, Inc., a best practice research firm, where he led cross-functional product teams working on new product development and research projects to deliver actionable insights from statistical analysis in various corporate functional areas. He received his MBA from the George Washington University in 2003 and his MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Julee Russell
MarkMonitor
Isaiah Sarault
MarkMonitor
Greg Savage
MarkMonitor
Brittany Shaw
MarkMonitor
Julee Russell
Domain Operations Supervisor MarkMonitor

Julee Russell has been with MarkMonitor for 15 years. She started out as TLD Specialist managing many different TLDs. Moving on to training new TLD Specialist and still managing TLDs. She recently moved in to the role of TLD Specialist Supervisor. Outside of work, Julee enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. They love to go camping and spending time at the Oregon Coast.

Isaiah Sarault
Program Manager, Client Success MarkMonitor

Isaiah has over 16 years of experience in client service and management, working for large and small organizations in the technology and healthcare industries. In his role as Program Manager, Customer Success at MarkMonitor, Isaiah works closely with stakeholders throughout the global organization to implement customer success best practices and service enablement programs to ensure MarkMonitor clients meet their brand protection goals and are consistently delighted by their experience. Isaiah holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Montana and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Greg Savage
Supervisor, Domain Strategy MarkMonitor

A MarkMonitor veteran of 15 yrs, Greg has accumulated a breadth of experience in domain name management. He is currently a senior member and supervisor of the Domain Strategy team. Responsibilities include facilitating portfolio optimization reports, domain optimization and other strategic account services. Prior to his current role he was a Sr. Client Services Manager and Supervisor, responsible for managing some of MarkMonitor’s largest, most complex and strategic Fortune 1000 accounts. Greg is CompTIA A+ Certified and has over 8 years experience with Network+, Microsoft, Novell, CISCO and Lotus Notes Administration.

Brittany Shaw
Pre Sale Solution Specialist MarkMonitor

Brittany has 8 years of experience spanning activities throughout the IP lifecycle from registration, licensing, and protection. She has partnered with global corporations in the pharmaceutical, collegiate, and fashion and luxury space to help create comprehensive brand protection strategies. Her current emphasis is helping brand owners take their strategy to the next level through specialized programs.

Megan Smith
MarkMonitor
Chris Swenor
MarkMonitor
Jeffrey R. Thompson
MarkMonitor
Ben Wellman
MarkMonitor
Megan Smith
Senior Brand CSM MarkMonitor

Megan Smith is a Senior Customer Success Manager with 6 years of experience at MarkMonitor. She partners primarily with customers in the pharmaceutical industry, but has experience with a variety of brand protection business problems. Megan graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Chris Swenor
Domain Services Manager MarkMonitor

Chris is a Domain Services Manager with over 5 years of experience at MarkMonitor who provides a variety of ancillary services such as executing Domain Sales and Domain Acquisitions as well as analyzing Domain Appraisals. Chris supports our Client Services Organization and assists our clients with assessing the value of their domain assets which assists with maximizing the overall value of their domain portfolios.

Jeffrey R. Thompson
Senior Brand CSM MarkMonitor

Jeffrey R. Thompson has spent the last four years at MarkMonitor communicating, protecting, and innovating for clients across many different business verticals. With a background in client engagement and strategic solutions, Jeff has been instrumental in helping to define success for online brand protection programs.

Prior to working for MarkMonitor, Jeff worked in client engagement, support, and leadership roles. This includes service in the United States Army National Guard where he became a Veteran in Iraq during 2004 to 2005.

Ben Wellman
Brand Program Manager MarkMonitor

Ben Wellman is a Brand Program Manager with MarkMonitor leading the charge against counterfeit goods. Combining MarkMonitor data and industry experience, Ben has developed innovative business intelligence evaluating the counterfeit problem.

Ben holds an M.B.A from Northwest Nazarene University, and is a graduate of the Maguire New Venture Development Program at the University of Arizona.

Chris Veator
MarkMonitor
Chris Veator
President MarkMonitor

Chris Veator is a seasoned executive with over 20 years' experience building profitable businesses and outstanding teams. He has a track record of success both as an entrepreneur and in a corporate setting. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Chris was President of Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, where he oversaw the rapid growth of their real estate and construction information business. Before that, he was Executive Vice President and Global Head of Intellectual Property Services at Thomson Reuters. Chris has also held senior executive roles at CPA Global, OpenText and was the founder and CEO of Artesia Technologies – a Digital Asset Management software company. Chris holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Agenda

Pre-Event: Monday, Sept. 23
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Auto Roundtable

Day 1: Tuesday, Sept. 24
8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome and Overview

Stu Homan & Troy Fuhriman of MarkMonitor

9:25am

A Word from Our President

Chris Veator of MarkMonitor

9:40am

An Update from the Intellectual Property Rights Center

John McNair from Homeland Security Investigations: National IPR Center
Moderated by Nancy Merritt of MarkMonitor

10:25am

Break

10:50am

WWE Case Study in How to Wrestle Infringers to the Mat

Lauren Dienes-Middlen & Matthew Winterroth of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

11:35am

Domain Recovery Trends and Updates

Doug Isenberg of GigaLaw

12:05pm

Analytics and Insights: Getting Smarter with our Brand and Content Protection Efforts

Rikard Bandebo & Oleg Polishchuck of MarkMonitor

12:35pm

Lunch - Hosted by Client Service Managers

2:05pm
Domain Breakout

Create Your own Playbook: Registration Advisor Portal Demo

Olga Bougri of MarkMonitor

An in depth demo of our Registration Advisor Tool located in the portal under the registration/transfer tab.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

7 Key Elements of a Successful Brand Protection Program

Nancy Merritt & Brittany Shaw of MarkMonitor

With MarkMonitor’s 20 years of experience, we’ve witnessed a lot!  During this session, we’ll share the stories behind the selection of these key elements.

AntiPiracy Breakout

Opportunities to Mitigate Piracy Outside Tradition Programs

Charlie Abrahams of MarkMonitor

2:50pm
Domain Breakout

Scouting Report: Domain Product Ecosystem

Erin Baker, Nancy DeMond, Chris Niemi & Justin Mack of MarkMonitor

An overview of MarkMonitor Products and how they all fit.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

Discover Business Problems & Design Your Program

Akino Chikada, Noam Livnat & Megan Smith of MarkMonitor, Melissa Tveit of MoneyGram

Join us for a panel discussion on leveraging technology to discover global IP risk to your company and how to take that information to design an effective brand protection program.

AntiPiracy Breakout

Combating Piracy Using Business Intelligence

Erika Vergara of MarkMonitor

3:35pm

Break

4:00pm
Domain Breakout

Block, Tackle, Defend: Domain Blocking Portfolio Strategy

Brian King & Leah Dolan of MarkMonitor, Matt Bamonte of Donuts

A look into the ever changing domain blocking landscape.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

Effective Enforcement Strategies

Dorrie Krueger of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Drew Eldred, Troy Fuhriman & Amy Dozier of MarkMonitor

Put your plan into action and hear case studies from industry peers and MarkMonitor team members of enforcement strategies that work, ones that don’t, and tactics to use when nothing seems to be working.

AntiPiracy Breakout

New Paths for Piracy

Brad Arendt of MarkMonitor

5:15pm

Break for Hotel & Refresh

7:00pm

Networking Dinner Reception at Basecamp

9:30pm

Goodnight

Day 2: Wednesday, Sept. 25
8:30am

Breakfast

9:00am
Domain Breakout

Play by Play: Help Pages Portal Demo

Anthony Anderson of MarkMonitor

An in depth demo of our newly created Help Pages, which can easily answer client questions regarding portal functionality.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

Effective Enforcement Strategies - Fraud

Jennifer Hausman-Wilcox of MasterCard, Troy Fuhriman, Stefanie Ellis & Brett Kent of MarkMonitor

Come hear industry experts speak about enforcement strategies to combat commonly seen issues across the Fraud industry.

9:45am
Domain Breakout

Meet your Starting Lineup: The MarkMonitor Domain Department

Audra Ford, Kevin Pearl, Julee Russell & Chris Swenor of MarkMonitor
Moderated by Samira Horvath of MarkMonitor

A look at the different people and processes that go into your daily MarkMonitor domain management.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

Measuring Your Brand Protection Efforts

Rikard Bandebo & Ben Wellman of MarkMonitor

Join us for a discussion around the difficulty of quantifying brand protection efforts, best practices for measuring success, and strategies to communicate the value of brand protection programs up the chain.

10:30am

Break

10:55am
Domain Breakout

Set your Game Plan: Domain Strategy and Methodology

Greg Savage & Chris Melka of MarkMonitor

A look at domain strategy best practices, and aligning your portfolio with business objectives.

Brand Protection & AntiFraud Breakout

Evolution of Brand Protection Programs

Amy Dozier, Jody Erickson & Jeff Thompson of MarkMonitor
Moderated by Isaiah Sarault of MarkMonitor

Tips and tricks to evolve tactics and strategies based upon performance and new market conditions.

12:10pm

Awards Luncheon

2:10pm

Welcome Back to the General Session

2:15pm

Takedown Operations: Working with Law Enforcement Around the World

Statton Hammock of MarkMonitor

2:45pm

Domain Management Strategies – Your Foundation for Effective Brand Protection

Erno Buky of Verizon, Inga Smith of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Moderated by Erin Baker of MarkMonitor

3:30pm

Break

3:55pm

Closing Keynote: Fighting a $500 Billion Industry: Blockchain to Counter Counterfeits and Illicit Trade

Samantha Radocchia of Chronicled, Inc.

4:55pm

MarkMonitor Closing Notes

5:05pm - 7:15pm

Closing Cocktail Reception with Photos on the Iconic Blue BSU Field

Day 3 (Optional): Thursday, Sept. 26
8:30am - 12:30pm

Transfers to the MarkMonitor Meridian Office

Coffee, snacks, tour

Pre-booked Appointments with Client Service Managers

Register

The MarkMonitor Brand Protection Awards

We are excited to announce our first ever MarkMonitor Brand Protection Awards finalists, recognizing clients who have shown excellence in their Brand Protection, Domain Management or AntiPiracy programs, and industry leaders and partners for their contribution to the market.

The awards will be presented at the MarkMonitor Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The Brand Protection Trailblazer Award

This is awarded to a brand owner who has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional online brand protection and uses the MarkMonitor solution in an innovative way to solve a challenge to their brand.

Finalists:
Johnson & Johnson - Susan Liu
Nissan - Andy Forsythe
Swarovski AG - Leo Longauer
The LEGO Group - Michael Hecht

The Brand Protection Evangelist Award

This is awarded to the brand owner who proactively educates the market and their customers to ensure they are not fooled by counterfeiters.

Fast Retailing (Uniqlo) - Koyohiro Nakamura
Kingston Technology Corporation - Cindi Kipers
Toyota Motor Sales - Teena Bohi

The Domain Best Practices Award

This is awarded to the customer with has a strong overall domain strategy; a brand owner who has optimized their portfolio to ensure domains point to live content and also works hard to ensure registrations, acquisitions and general domain housekeeping is in order.

Capital One - Robert Mays Gap - Sara Nichols
Amazon - Carolyn Mitchell
InterContinental Hotel Group - Nichole Eubanks
Verizon Media - Andres Lorca

The Domain Trailblazer Award

This is awarded to the brand owner who is consistently monitoring and optimizing their domain portfolio to ensure they are maximizing their domain name portfolio performance.

Curtiss-Wright - Dave Harrison & Ken Brussel
Mastercard - Jennifer Hausman-Wilcox
Microsoft - Domains Team (Cole Quinn, Renee Angel, Karl Swenson, Brendan Dore, Troy Maas, Jake Hewitt)

The Piracy Trailblazer Award

The is awarded to a brand owner who has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional anti-piracy and built a broad and comprehensive program.

Finalists:
HBO - Jake Snyder
WWE - Matthew Winterroth and Lauren Dienes-Middlen

The MarkMonitor Advocate Award

This is awarded to an individual who is always happy tell their story and act as a reference for our team.

Capital Markets Elite Group - Mark Anthony-Hughes
HSBC - Kevin Audritt
The LEGO Group - Michael Hecht
WWE - Matthew Winterroth and Lauren Dienes-Middlen

The Innovation Award

This is awarded to a brand owner who is using a MarkMonitor solution in an innovative way to solve a challenge to their brand.

Finalists:
Toray - Yoshiharu Kobori
WWE - Matthew Winterroth and Lauren Dienes-Middlen

The Collaboration Award

This is awarded to and individual or team who are a strong partner with us and consistently engage with our teams to help drive a successful program.

Google LLC - Jessica Hilberman
iRobot - Paul Reardon
L Brands - Chris Hagstrom
Snap-On Inc - Alicia Dylewski

The Industry Evangelist Award

This is awarded to an individual or organization that consistently and proactively participates in building awareness in the industry of brand protection challenges and how to tackle them.

Finalists:
Nissan - Andy Forsythe
Mulberry - Kate Anthony-Wilkinson

The Industry Participation Award

This is awarded to an individual who is consistently active in industry groups as an advocate, such as ICANN, INTA, IACC, Marques, ACG etc.

Finalists:
Johnson & Johnson - Kevin Weaver
Warner Media - Bradley Silver

Where

Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State University
1910 W University Dr
Boise, ID 83725

Hotel Room Blocks

Hotel 43
981 W Grove St
Boise, ID 83702
Book Room

Inn at 500
500 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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