Chief Executive Officer, WeddingWire
Timothy founded WeddingWire after planning his wedding. As a groom, he experienced first hand how difficult it was to execute on the wedding plans. As a technologist, he couldn't find an online resource that would help him plan more efficiently. Together with his co founders, Jeff, Lee, and Sonny, they threw 4 desks into his empty living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland and WeddingWire was born. They set out to utilize their collective experience in technology to build a technology company that would revolutionize the wedding and event industry.
Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.
Chief Marketing Officer, WeddingWire
Sonny leads WeddingWire's B2C/B2B marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and community development. Today, WeddingWire is the leading marketplace connecting consumers with event merchants, with an audience of over 40 million visitors each month across its network. In addition, Sonny is a widely acclaimed speaker, giving over 50 presentations across the globe each year on technology, marketing and strategy. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million.
Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny is a founding member of NextGen Angels and an active member of the CMO Club, where he was awarded as a CMO Rising Star.
Certified Speaking Professional® & WeddingWire Education Expert
With more than 20 years in wedding related sales, sales management and marketing, Alan is considered to be the Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events. Alan is the author of the books If Your Website Was An Employee, Would You Fire It?, Your Attitude for Success, and Shut Up and Sell More Weddings & Events, which are also available in Spanish. Alan speaks to thousands of local business professionals every year through webinars and live presentations, domestically and internationally. He is an in-demand professional speaker and one of only 800 Certified Speaking Professionals® worldwide.
Speaker, DJ, Host at Life of the Party
Rob Ferre is an international speaker, wedding entertainer, and emcee from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He founded his entertainment company Life of the Party in 2007 after spending 3 years in the family entertainment capital of the world, Orlando Florida. Where he worked for Disney, Universal Studios and Nickelodeon as a game show host and DJ. He has been speaking to and entertaining audiences for over 15 years. He was the MC for both WeddingWire World 2017 in DC and LA and has spoken at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas and Planners Xtraodinaire in Lake Como Italy. Rob is a proud member of the National Speakers Association and the American DJ Association.
Photographer & WeddingWire Education Expert
Vanessa Joy has been an influential photographer in the community for years. Starting her photographic journey in 1998, she has since earned 5 college degrees, received a PPA Photographic Craftsman degree, been named a WeddingWire Education Expert, sponsored by Canon, Profoto and Animoto to name a few. Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform in the event industry such as CreativeLIVE, The Wedding School, Clickin' Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest, Imaging USA, Wedding MBA, WeddingWire World, MobileBeat, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe.
Recognized for her talent and more so her business sense, her clients love working with her and industry peers love to learn from her generous, informative and open-book style of teaching. Find her at www.BreatheYourPassion.com and www.VanessaJoy.com.
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist & WeddingWire Education Expert
Wedding innovator, Kathryn Hamm, is an Education Expert and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for WeddingWire. She is also co-author of the book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography. A natural educator, Kathryn writes, speaks and consults with wedding professionals about same-sex wedding trends, best practices when serving today’s couples, and how to think ‘outside the box’ when considering the modern market. Kathryn has a Masters in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University.
Director of Content + Creative Services, WeddingWire
Jeffra Trumpower is the Director of Creative Services at WeddingWire. Jeffra joined the WeddingWire team back in 2009, bringing an expertise in digital content and social strategy. She now runs the Editorial, Video Production, and Design teams, driving success through content marketing efforts. After almost a decade in the wedding industry and reviewing thousands of real weddings over the years, Jeffra is a go-to for the latest in wedding trends.
Business Coach and Speaker, Elevate by Bethel & WeddingWire Education Expert
Bethel Nathan is a successful business owner and award-winning officiant, and she knows how to build and run a successful wedding industry business, having married almost 900 couples over the past 9 years and building up over 300 5-star reviews. Combining her background in both large Wall Street investment banks and small business, Bethel also enjoys helping other wedding industry businesses grow and prosper as a business coach and industry speaker.
OFD Consulting & WeddingWire Education Expert
WeddingWire Education Expert and OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. She is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and SpecialEvents.com.Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Brides, Bridal Guide, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Brit & Co and Refinery 29, among others. Meghan is the national Vice-President for the Wedding International Professionals Association and the 2017 chair of the NACE conference education committee. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations. Most recently, Special Events honored her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry.