2019 Keynote and Speakers
Paul Moya, Closing Keynote
Harvard Millennials Expert Paul Moya is best known for the world-class results his clients receive at Millennial Labs—a full-service consulting firm trusted by globally recognized brands to solve their most complex generational challenges in the workplace, marketplace, and voting booth. Over the last decade, he has impacted leaders from brands ranging from Acura Motors to PayPal and Liberty Mutual to and the United States Department of Defense in audiences as large as 54,000 on 3 continents worldwide.
As a lifelong entrepreneur and former Student Government Association President at Harvard, Paul knows first-hand the pressures of growing and leading operations at large scales while engaging and retaining Millennial and Gen Z employees, consumers, and voters during every step of the way. From private equity investments in the United States to business development in the Middle East and global mergers in South America, Paul’s experiences allow him to bridge the generational gap to provide forward-thinking initiatives, proven strategies, and effective solutions for a diverse group of clients across a broad spectrum of challenges. Nicknamed the 'Harvard Cowboy' by clients and friends, Paul blends Harvard Strategy with Cowboy Practicality to present viable solutions that deliver quantifiable results. His research takes insight from psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and plain old-fashioned ‘cowboy wisdom’ to turn big data and predictive analytics into real-world results and “no fluff solutions”.
Andrew Davis Joins Our Lineup!
Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He's appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC and the BBC. Davis has crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands.
Recognized as one of the industry's "Jaw-Dropping Marketing Speakers," Andrew is a mainstay on global marketing influencer lists. Wherever he goes, Andrew Davis puts his infectious enthusiasm and magnetic speaking style to good use teaching business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.
Some of Andrew's accolades include:
- One of the Top 25 Jaw-dropping Marketing Speakers You Must See -(Along with Gary Vaynerchuck, Seth Godin & Rohit Bhargava)
- Top 20 on Meetings & Conventions Magazine's List of Favorite Speakers-
(Right after President Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper.)
Since Alexa Hampton took the reins of Mark Hampton, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living – and extended its global reach. From New York City to Hangzhou, China, her project portfolio encompasses luxe, beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes, and yachts. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.
An industry force who honors tradition and commits to the future, Hampton sits on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Inspired by architecture, art, fashion, and travel, Suzanne Kasler designs spaces and products that are luminous, distinctive, and timeless. Suzanne’s designs always reference the past but move towards the future with an edited and discerning eye on the present. Mixing the high and the low, traditional and contemporary, the new and the old — creating signature interiors and products that convey a sophisticated simplicity. Her designs inspire everyone to live a more beautiful, stylish, and authentic life.
Suzanne’s work has been published in major design magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda. She has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Her award-winning interiors have been captured in three books with Rizzoli, Inspired Interiors, Timeless Style, and her most recent title, Sophisticated Simplicity.
In addition to designing timeless interiors for her clients, Suzanne has produced signature lines for Ballard Designs, Hickory Chair, La Cornue, Lee Jofa, and Visual Comfort.
Steve Miller - Creating an Uncopyable Advantage
All businesses need to separate themselves from their competition. Organizations have historically relied on three primary components: product, service, and price. Today, products and services have become commoditized, and being “better” isn’t good enough. Being Uncopyable requires a new, fourth, component: attachment. Attachment strategies include Uncopyable branding, experience and innovation.
Meetings & Conventions Magazine calls Steve Miller the Idea Man for his nontraditional, no-spin approach to marketing and branding. He is the author of the new book, UNCOPYABLE: How to Create an Unfair Advantage Over Your Competition. The book is an Amazon Bestseller, was featured at CES (formerly Consumer Electronics Show), and has 100% 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Steve has presented over 1600 speeches and workshops around the world in 127 different industries, including the prestigious TED Conference. Besides his seven books, Steve has written for and featured in over 250 publications, including Fast Company, Business Week, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
With offices in Paris and Los Angeles, Timothy Corrigan’s timeless design philosophy combines European elegance with California comfort. He has been hailed in Architectural Digest as “Today’s Tastemaker” and has been named to most of the design world’s best designer lists, including the AD100, Elle Decor A-List, Robb Report’s Top 40, and the Luxe Gold List. He has received numerous honors including the Institute of Classical Architecture So-Cal Legacy Award, The Design Icon Award, and the Star of Design Award. Timothy is the only American designer honored by the French Heritage Society for his restoration of several national landmarks in France.
The firm's work is regularly featured on television and in prestigious publications such as: Elle Décor, The New York Times, Town & Country, Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal. Clients include royalty, Hollywood celebrities, and corporate leaders.
Prior to forming his design firm in 1998, Timothy Corrigan had a successful career in advertising where he headed up Saatchi & Saatchi’s Bates Worldwide’s international operations.
Michael Boodro, the former editor in chief of ELLE DECOR, is the Chairman, Editorial and Strategic Initiatives at Dering Hall, the digital interior design resource. Boodro is tasked with, as he puts it, making the site a “must-read destination.”
Designer outreach, consumer education and increasing Dering Hall’s editorial and social media reach are a few of the new responsibilities that go along with that task.
Dering Hall caters to the design industry as a destination that designers turn to for ideas, inspiration, and practical solutions, as well as an array of the world’s best furnishings. Boodro’s role is to expand and focus Dering Hall’s editorial and social media presence, to aid designers in their day-to-day efforts, and to help consumers understand and appreciate the value and importance of great design.
Sophie Donelson is an author and design editor. She was most recently Editor in Chief of House Beautiful where she inspired a new generation of design lovers to embrace color and happiness at home. Sophie has held editor positions at Hampton Cottages & Gardens, Elle Decor and Martha Stewart’s Blueprint magazines. As an independent journalist she wrote for the New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Globe & Mail.
During a five-year detour from publishing, Sophie advised digital and retail startups including C. Wonder, Curbed and Business of Home, where she was also the original on-air host of Editor TV.
Sophie’ s national TV appearances include the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and Open House.
A contributor to several volumes on home design, Sophie’s 2017 book Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs quickly became a bestseller. Her next, House Beautiful Dream Homes: Intimate House Tours & Dazzling Spaces, publishes in April.
She lives in New York City with her husband, journalist and urbanist Greg Lindsay, and their two young sons.
Keith Pollock serves as Architectural Digest’s senior executive director of digital, a role that entails expanding the title’s digital footprint. Pollock became Interview’s editor in chief in early 2014. Prior to that, he was co-editor in chief of DuJour and editorial director of Elle.com. As it is for all print-centric media companies, expanding digital is central to the strategy at Condé Nast and its various titles.
Jeffrey Dungan discovered a love for drawing and art at a young age while growing up on his family farm in rural Alabama. Being immersed in the powerful natural countryside would become inspiration for a life designing beautiful architecture and interiors. Dungan’s creative work can be seen in his native south and throughout north and central America. Recognized for his clean and modern approach to traditional vernaculars and classical architecture, he is a fresh voice in the industry.
Jeffrey's work has been featured in numerous books, as well as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL VERANDA, LUXE, Garden and Gun, MILIEU, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and House Beautiful. His book, “The Nature of Home”, was published by Rizzoli International of New York, in September of 2018.
Adam Japko is CEO of Esteem Media and founder of the Design Influencers Conference. Esteem Media is home to leading national and local media brands in the luxury home design, gardening, and fine wine communities; focused on connecting professionals and consumers around their passions and businesses. Design Influencers Conference, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, New England Home, and WineZag leverage events, print media, social media, blogs, and digital marketing… but overall, community connection as the catalyst for their constituents’ commercial success.
The Design Influencers Conference typically attracts more than 400 participants each year. It is the premier conference and experience for design influencers, interior design professionals, and brands who are actively using or interested in learning about social media, content, and digital marketing in the interior design industry.
Before Stacy Kunstel became an interiors stylist with nearly 100 magazine and book covers to her credit, she began as a writer covering luxury travel destinations, architecture and design. She combines both skills in her work as Homes Editor for New England Home Magazine and as a Regional Editor for Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living and others. Her work has appeared in Coastal Living, Country Living, Luxe, Rizzoli Books, the London Observer, Harper’s Bazzar UK and a dozen other publications. In 2010, between photo shoots and writing assignments, she and her partner Michael Partenio launched the lighting and furniture brand Dunes and Duchess, which is sold in luxury boutiques and to the trade.
George Matouk, Jr. is the third generation CEO of family-owned John Matouk & Co., based in Fall River, Massachusetts and New York City.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia University Business School, Mr. Matouk assumed the role of CEO of the company in 2002 and has led the company as it established itself as a globally renowned luxury brand and a model for the resurgence of domestic manufacturing in the United States. Since 1998, the Matouk team has grown revenues tenfold, tripled the size of its Massachusetts-based manufacturing workforce and invested substantially in training, technology, renewable energy, manufacturing equipment and infrastructure.
George is the Board Chair at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI and was a long time Board Member of the Fall River Office of Economic Development.
Suzanna Cullen Hamilton is the President of ART SMART Strategies, LLC. Hamilton is a brand, marketing, and public relations strategist for creative entities ranging from interior designers to national museums to events. She has been a byline features writer for shelter and lifestyle publications for over 18 years, and is a regular contributor to publications on both the East and West coasts. Previously, Hamilton owned galleries in New York, Atlanta, Jackson Hole, Aspen, and Los Angeles, and was a dealer on the preeminent site, www.1stdibs.com. Her clients have included AD100 designers, high profile and high net-worth collectors and celebrities, and national museums. Hamilton has lectured on numerous subjects and has interviewed prominent designers, business owners, and influencers across the country. http://artsmartstrategies.com
Clinton Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the world of design and an array of luxury lifestyle topics for two decades. A noted authority on matters of taste and style, Smith previously served as the editor in chief of Veranda for five years, and wrote four books under the magazine's imprint: The Romance of Flowers, Inspired by Color, Entertaining and Escapes. A native Texan, he resides in New York.
Sean Clarke is president of Clarke, New England’s exclusive distributor of high-performance appliance brands including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, ASKO, Best, Scotsman, Dawn Sinks and Waterstone Faucets. He has been with the company since 2000, and held positions as trade sales representative, builder sales representative, and general manager before being named president in 2015, to oversee all product distribution, as well as showroom operations.
In 2017, Sean was named one of the “Top 50 Innovators” in the kitchen and bath industry by Kitchen & Bath Design News. This distinction came on the heels of his being named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in New England. Six years earlier, he was named as one of the “5 Under 40” to watch in New England’s commercial real estate industry, cited for “pioneering the commercial design experience in New England” with collaborations that reached from Boston to Newport and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Liza Hausman is Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz, an innovative residential building and design platform and community. Houzz has transformed the process of home design in the luxury market and beyond by applying mobile, visual and other technologies that are driving design in today's digital age. Liza is a frequent speaker at design events across the country, from High Point Market to the AIA annual convention, and is a member of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. In her role at Houzz, she is focused exclusively on the trade community, from architects, interior designers, and luxury builders to brands and manufacturers. Liza has experience spanning advertising, consulting, marketing and social strategy for Fortune 500 brands and a host of innovative startups, and shares her expertise on topics ranging from brand-building to the economic and structural trends that are changing the home design and construction industries. Liza graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Over her nearly eight years at Houzz she's brought in architects as well as interior and landscape designers to create a special home for herself and her husband, two children and dog Suki in Palo Alto, California.
After graduating in art and communications from Newcomb College of Tulane University and traveling the world, the last place Rebecca Vizard thought she would settle down would be her former tiny Delta town of St. Joseph, Louisiana. "My bottom lip shook for about 4 years until I devised a career that would get me out of town regularly." Now she laments "You have to watch what you wish for" because there is no other place she'd rather be than home. After 23 years of traveling, creating beautiful pillows and interiors, and building a renowned antique textile business, she has come full circle and appreciates the tranquility of Lake Bruin and the talents of the ladies who sew for her. We all feel very lucky to be able to make a living creating beautiful things in a community with few job opportunities, but a place that offers such peace and tranquility and beautiful flora and fauna.
Beth Dempsey, president and founder of Images and Details, Inc., is a driving force in the lifestyle p.r. arena. In 1989, she established Images & Details, Inc. (I&D), with the premise of providing clients with the in-depth type of service typically only found in-house. Her diverse client base includes members of the interiors, retail, design and beauty industries. Creative business strategies with superior results are her expertise.
Over the years, she has built a sterling reputation in marketing to the luxury goods sector. Campaigns have included 150th Anniversary Toledo Museum of Art, Chaumet’s Tiara Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the opening of Ilias Lalounas, the re-launch of Prima Classe, the introduction of Montblanc’s first brand extension – watches.
Some of her publicity initiatives in the retail sector have included Michael C. Fina, AKDO, Artistic Tile, Victoria’s Secret, Dress Barn, Casual Corner, Starbucks, Shanghai Tang, Troy, Property, Putnam & Mason, Intérieurs, and Warehouse of London. Though each program was tailored to the individual client, all were created to maximize exposure, build awareness and increase clientele.
Nick May is the host of widely acclaimed interior design podcast— The Chaise Lounge, dedicated to the business of interior design. Nick launched the podcast over four years ago to market his residential painting company to interior designers. Each week he interviews top designers from across the country to find out HOW they got into interior design, WHY they started their own firm, and WHAT has made them SO successful. Before launching The Chaise Lounge, Nick started Walls by Design, a painting business in Denver, CO which he has grown to be one of the largest residential painting companies in Denver. Nick believes in systems, team building, and marketing (but not necessarily in that order). He is passionate about helping others grow their businesses by sharing his successes and failures in the often misunderstood dark arts of marketing and social media. Nick is now the Creative Director of iMay Media, a publisher of digital content and podcasts mainly dedicated to the home services industry.
As Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design, Stephanie Horowitz orchestrates projects that range from net-zero energy workspaces to Passive House certified homes. She believes that great design should enhance the value of each place, be long-lasting, and make optimal utility of both space and energy. Recently awarded Boston Home Magazine's Best Sustainable Architect, her work has garnered a design award from the Boston Society of Architects as well as Citation for Sustainable Design. Her designs have appeared in notable publications such as Architectural Record, Design New England, New England Home and The New York Times. In addition to her role at ZED, Stephanie served on the Massachusetts Design Selection Board as the AIA of Massachusetts' representative and is a founding board member and President of Passive House Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Stephanie is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Mark Doughty is the President of Thoughtforms, an innovative and market-leading builder in the Boston area founded in 1972. As the second-generation leader of Thoughtforms, Mark has focused on connecting craftspeople, clients, and the design community to create singular homes in a predictable – and sustainable – way. His own home generates nearly 70% more energy than it uses.
Prior to joining Thoughtforms, Mark developed a broad understanding of organizations, culture and business as a principal with a global strategy consultancy. Mark’s pre-Thoughtforms construction experience spans diverse roles and settings: stone masonry in the Boston suburbs, home renovation on the coast of Maine, and airport construction in Colorado.
Mark received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He continues to work with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and has presented research and insights on net-positive homes at ABX and Greenbuild.
Prior to co-establishing Gauthier~Stacy Inc., Jim Gauthier worked with prominent Boston-based design firms for over ten years. Jim also enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to lecture and mentor students studying in local design programs. Jim received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Jim maintains an active membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) since 1995 and was a Board member from 1998 to 2000.
Susan Stacy has collaborated with many prominent Boston-based residential and commercial design firms, as well as working in the Los Angeles area of California. Her work prior to Gauthier~ Stacy took her through a vast array of projects highlighted by John’s Island Club’s (FL) principal clubhouse, a West Indies resort in Nevis and an underground air defense facility in Saudi Arabia.
Kathy Bush-Dutton has been prospering in the media industry for more than 35 years. In her last nine years, as the publisher of New England Home, she has accomplished a notable amount, including co-founding the Luxury Home Design Summit and launching three New England Home bonus issues (rise: Stylish City Living, next: Forward-thinking Design and next Connecticut: Forward-thinking Design) all just in 2019. In addition to launching digital offerings for New England Home, such as sponsored content and various social media products, she has also created an ongoing partnership with the Boston Design Center to publish its biannual publication titled ID Boston. Kathy has had great success in boosting the exposure of New England Home titles on a national level, including developing partnerships with High Point Market Authority and the Design Leadership Network. In 2016 Kathy was named one of the top women in media by Folio magazine.
Kyle Hoepner is the former editor-in-chief of New England Home, a luxury design brand with offerings both in print and online. Kyle has had a distinctly hands-on relationship with magazines for more than thirty years. He joined the launch team for New England Home in 2005, a welcome chance to reconnect with long-held interests in architecture and interiors. Since then, he has helped guide the publication’s evolution into one of the most widely respected regional shelter titles in the U.S.
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