Authors, Contributors and Guests
Brett H. Pojunis - Editor-in-Chief & Social Media Expert
Recently graduating from sweet whites to dry reds, but always a sucker for scotch, Brett has been in the dot-com space since the beginning. Brett launched his first social network in 2002, back before they were called “online communities”. He was, and still is, completely fascinated by the idea that you can communicate to potentially millions of targeted people for the cost of the time you invest into building out your online network. He has implemented new and social media marketing into all aspects of his business, whether it be consulting with public companies or Las Vegas nightlife in. Brett believes wholeheartedly that the future is niche social networks and mobile technologies and that Twitter is a fad. He really hopes he is right about Twitter!
Bill Pojunis - Guest Contributor
Political Social Media Expert
Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party of Nevada
Having walked around this planet for 60-plus years and visited more than 186 cities, towns and villages in 16 countries, Bill has developed the abilities to appreciate all sorts of people, understand interpersonal relationships and teamwork, and just get along. He has worked as a government account manager for an international publishing company, lived in several foreign countries, served in the U.S. Army Security Agency, is widowed after being married (only once) for 35 years, and has two grown children (see Brett above). Observing politics is his passion, and has lately morphed into reluctant activism and occasional blogging. After the 2008 election, he decided he could no longer sit back as a spectator. Bill helped play a role in Nevada's grassroots movement, specifically in Clark County. New and social media platforms enabled a small group of concerned citizens to attract a large number of supporters and elect everyday people into important political positions. To Bill, the playing field has forever changed; Politics 2.0, if you will.
Mark Bradley - Guest Contributor
Online Video Expert
Player's Network is the leading Las Vegas entertainment and gaming lifestyle content company. Player's Network operates in two segments: original content creation and distribution through media networks. The original content was created over 12 years of providing consumers with quality gaming and Las Vegas lifestyle content. The distribution provides content to consumers across various platforms. Player's Network On-Demand Cable channels are available in over 24 million homes through Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T, Verizon and Dish Network. The Broadband Network includes Hulu, Blinkx, Google, YouTube, Yahoo Video and proprietary Player's Network websites. Other distribution includes DVD Home Video, mobile platforms and worldwide television syndication.
Ronald Russo - Guest Contributor
Public Company & Financial Social Media Expert
Early on, Ronnie learned that magnum reds under $15 are a good buy. He landed on Wall Street in 1993 and has been fighting ever since to apply technological innovation to the public markets. He coined the term "Social Equity" and is an advisor to public companies on social media strategy, meaning he spends most of his days trying to convince public company CEOs why they need to take an interest and get involved with new and social media.
Enzo Villani - Guest Contributor
Investment Banking & Startups
When he's not watching Family Guy or puttering about in the kitchen, Enzo Villani is a founding member of the executive management team of VA Capital Partners, responsible for all global strategic and corporate development. A firm believer in sustainable investing, he has been an entrepreneurial leaders in developing and executing businesses in both world-class international organizations and start-up companies, developing solutions in financial services, investor relations, marketing and Internet technologies.
Jeremy Sanders - Guest Contributor
Jeremy Sanders is CFO & COO of a privately held, multinational healthcare product distribution company. Since 2008, he has been guiding the strategic growth and development of the business into Latin America and filling the supply chain with new brand name products. Mr. Sanders has held a California real estate license and the FINRA Series 7 and Series 66, has conducted private research for the asset management industry, and has served on various non-profit boards and committees. Mr. Sanders holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor International Economics from San Diego State University.
Brian S. Thomas - Guest Contributor
Search Engine Optimization Expert
Brian Thomas got his start doing search engine optimization in the mid nineties after helping start a company with AOL as a partner. He became fascinated with the promise of the Internet at a time when most people were not even online or knew what a search engine was. He has a degree in engineering and is a self taught programmer. In his spare time he races cars and fishes offshore. He has an awesome dog and wins disco dance contests wherever he goes.
Cassidy Martin - Guest Contributor
Cassidy Martin is a college student in California and offers a unique perspective as someone with no formal training in business but who grew up alongside the Internet. She has an assortment of geeky interests, including environmental science and sustainability, sociology, foreign language, philosophy, and poetry. As a young visionary and Honors student, she hopes to use her knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in the world. She believes social media and the changing face of public communication can benefit society and simultaneously create a new playing field for business.