Speaking Engagements

Tom was recently recognized by Advertising Age as a 2017 Marketing Technology Trailblazer. For the past 17 years, Tom has focused on the intersection of emerging technology and its impact on consumer behavior and how to bring “Innovation to Reality”™.

Tom regularly provides thought leadership and commentary on business and advertising publications in addition to speaking regularly (domestic & international) as a futurist on topics such as data design, artificial intelligence and the evolution of consumer experience through intelligent systems.  


Microsoft Envision Conference & Modern Workplace (Webcast) – Orlando, Florida (September 25-27th, 2017) Panel: Chief Digital Officer: Does Every Organization Need One? Filming: Episode of Modern Workplace for Season 4

iMedia Agency Summit –
New Orleans, LA (October 3rd, 2017) Panel: Agencies of the Future

CES 2018 –
Las Vegas, Nevada (January 2018) Panel: IOT Innovation Discussion

SXSW 2018* – Austin, Texas (March 2018) Solo Session – AI is Good For You and Here to Stay (*In Review)

Financial Brand Forum – Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2018) Keynote:  Artificial Intelligence


Mobile World Congress Americas –San Francisco, California (September 13th, 2017) Keynote: Innovation to Reality the exponential acceleration of experience or E^3.

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Executive Connection Technology SIG – Dallas, Texas (September 7th, 2017) Panel: The Edge of IT… where IT meets digital & marketing.

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Symposium 2017 – Dana Point, California (2017) Speaker & Host: Discussed the Acceleration of Intelligent Systems through Artificial Intelligence and the future of marketing through data and decisioning.

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C-Suite Network Advisors Conference – Dallas, Texas (2017): Discussing Decision Making, Selling to and Best Practices of the C-Suite.


Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Spain (2017) | Modern Marketing Summit: Discussing the Future of Mobile and where Aston Martin should place bets on the Future.


C-Suite Network Conference – San Francisco, CA (2016): Discussing Connection, Cognition & Immersion  (CLICK IMAGE FOR RECORDED VIDEO)


PepsiCo Digital Summit – San Francisco, CA (2016): Harnessing The Power of Data


Success North Dallas – Dallas, TX (2016):  Digital Disruption – The New Normal

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Digital Banking – New Orleans, LA (2016): How to Leverage Social Messaging & Conversational User Experiences


iieX North America – Atlanta, GA (2016): Machine Learning & Data Driven Creative

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Modern Marketing Summit Upfront @ Internet Week – New York, NY (2016): Transformation of Storytelling & the role of Data

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iMedia Agency Summit – Lost Pines, TX (2016): The New World of Content Marketing

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Brand Activation Summit – New York, NY (2016): Approach to Digital Disruption

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Brand Innovators Future of Consumer Experience – Dallas, TX (2016): Customer Experiences in 2020


Epsilon Growth Forum – Scottsdale, AZ (2016): Digital disruption and CMO Challenges

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Social Media Week – Chicago, IL (2015): Delivered a keynote discussing the Evolution of Connection

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iMedia Breakthrough Summit – Austin, TX (2015): Topic was Innovation

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Digital Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA (2015): Topic was Social Media

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Ad Age Data Conference – New York, NY (2015): Topic was Data & Creativity

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Mobile Media Summit @ Adweek – New York, NY (2015): Discussed Location as a Context Filter

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Mediapost IOT Shopping Summit – Chicago, IL (2015):  Discussed IOT & Retail

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Brand Innovators – Dallas, TX (2015) – Content Marketing

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iMedia Agency Summit – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (2015): Discussed the evolving role of Agencies

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Media Post IOT – Chicago, IL (2015) – Beacons

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Previous Speaking Engagements also included: AdTech London, Microsoft MGX, Digital Dallas Summit (2012), Social TV Summit (2013), and more ranging in topics from:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Intelligent Systems
  • Connection, Cognition & Immersive the Future of Marketing
  • Agency Topics (Future Models, Mergers, Collaboration, Innovation)
  • Data Driven Creative (Machine Learning & AI)
  • Data Design
  • Proxy Web & Intelligence Revolution
  • Disruption Is the New Normal
  • Conversational Experiences
  • Digital Marketing
  • Omnichannel
  • Data & Programmatic Creative
  • Immersive Experiences (Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality)
  • Beacons
  • Internet of Things
  • Converged Media Strategy
  • Social Media (Owned, Earned, & Paid)
  • User Generated Content Best Practices
  • Content Amplification & Discovery Best Practices
  • Branded Communities
  • Innovation & Future State
  • Emerging Technology
  • Mobile & the impact of second screen viewing
  • Technology Trends

If you are interested in having me speak at your next event please contact me.

I also serve as a judge for industry award shows, recently the 2014 and 2015 REGGIE awards as well as the Local Search Association (2017).

Sample Content from previous engagements

iMedia Keynote Panel. Key Topic discussion from 15:09-19:00

Excerpt from MediaPost Internet of Things panel (2015)

Excerpt from iMedia 2014 Agency Marketer of the Year Nominee Interview

Excerpts from 2014 UGC Webinar

SXSW 2014 Content Cloud

Way2Saturday & Social TV

Brand Question… Are brands asking for Social TV & second screen solutions?

Q&A session response tied to Facebook Targeting

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