The following presenters have confirmed their participation in the 2021 NEIRA Annual Conference. Additional presenters will be added to the program and their bios will be listed below once available. Please check back for updates!
Anna Blount Anna Blount is Longwoods’ first Director of Research Services, where she manages client relationships and provides project oversight. With over fifteen years’ experience in market research, Anna develops, implements, and supports quantitative and qualitative research projects; focusing on visitation, resident sentiment, and ROI/image studies, as well as geolocation data. She is currently a Travel & Tourism Research Association (TTRA) International board member.
Before joining Longwoods, she was the Director of Market Research for MMGY Global, a leading integrated travel and hospitality marketing agency. While there she led the agency’s signature Portrait of American Travelers® syndicated research project for six years. Before that, she worked for seven years in the Market Research department of Publix Super Markets, a Fortune 100 company.
Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) and completed Master’s degrees at the University College London and the University of Westminster (London, UK). Longwoods International website
Rich Brooks Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a digital agency in Portland, Maine, that’s been in business for over 22 years. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media.
He founded The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses on search, social & mobile marketing. He recently co-founded Fast Forward Maine, a podcast and workshop series for growing Maine businesses.
Rich is the author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, a popular and well-received book that helps entrepreneurs and marketers reach more of their ideal customers online.
He has appeared in Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post, FastCompany.com, CNN.com, the Social Media Examiner, and many other news sources for stories on digital marketing.
He is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine. flyte new media website
Adam Robinson Adam Robinson is Co-Founder and CEO of Hireology, where he’s on a mission to help businesses succeed by building exceptional teams and workplace culture. He's a nationally recognized keynote speaker, author of The Best Team Wins: Build Your Business Through Predictive Hiring and a columnist for Inc. magazine.
Adam is a three-time finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019), and named a “Top 25 HR Industry Game Changer” by Workforce magazine. Under his leadership, Hireology was ranked #94 on the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies in 2016 and has been on the Inc. 5000 list each of the last five years. Hireology has twice been recognized nationally as a “Top 50 Best Workplace” by Inc. Magazine and a “Top Company Culture” by Entrepreneur magazine.
Adam graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University. He’s a member of YPO and the Economic Club of Chicago and lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois. Hireology website
Mark Scharenbroich Keynote speaker, Mark Sharon-brock wrote an award-winning book on connecting, entitled: Nice Bike – Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life.
Mark has spent his career working in both education and business discovering how some of the best organizations and industry leaders build a culture that encourages personal and professional growth.
Mark is a native of Minnesota, is an Emmy award-winner, Hall of Fame speaker and award winning filmmaker. He is a Scorpio, enjoys longs walks on the beach, bacon and beekeeping. Nice Bike website
Dr. Bryan K. Williams, D.M Dr. Bryan K. Williams is a keynote speaker, consultant, and author, who is a noted authority on service excellence and leadership effectiveness. His passion is to serve others so they may better serve the world. Over the past several years, Bryan has provided training and consulting expertise to hundreds of organizations in over 20 industries ranging from Healthcare to Governments to Luxury Hotels. He has been fortunate to speak at 205 events in the last three years alone. His work with clients has taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Bryan's passion for world-class service began in his first role as a busboy, then throughout 17 different roles within the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He has been fortunate to keynote or consult with Forbes five star hotels, restaurants, upscale dining, casual dining and fast food chains worldwide.
His keynote speeches and seminars have helped organizations create a memorable service experience for their customers. He is a high-energy, dynamic speaker, who educates and inspires professionals to be consistently exceptional. Bryan is also a bestselling author of four books and hosts two acclaimed leadership conferences annually. He has earned degrees in Business Administration, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Adult Education, and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership.