Wednesday, November 28 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Atlantis Casino Resort Hotel
Great minds not only think alike, but they also love to share their knowledge with others. On Nov. 28, NCET is bringing together some of the top minds in marketing for a panel discussion on the current state of digital marketing while looking to the future.
Our panelists include:
- Jennifer Cunningham, Executive Vice President, RenoTahoe
- Todd Felts, Assistant Professor, UNR School of Journalism
- Jarrod Lopiccolo, CEO & Co-Founder, Noble Studios
- Abbi Whitaker, President & Co-Founder, The Abbi Agency
- Tray Abney, Partner, The Abney Tauchen Group (moderator)
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Wednesday, November 28 – Register Now
Networking: 11:00 am – Noon
Lunch and Program: Noon – 1:30 pm
• Prices: $40 – NCET members / $50 – non-members
Tables for 8 – includes premium location at front of room, table signage and recognition from the podium during the luncheon.
• $320 – NCET members / $400 – non-member
All NCET luncheon events must be paid for in advance. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled automatically.
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The Fine Print:
- Advance reservations required. RSVP by midnight on Tuesday, November 27. (Walk-in registration is not available.)
- No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia Street
Reno NV 89502 (Map)
For more information about NCET or any of its events, please call (775) 453-0130 or info@NCET.org
Tray Abney is a partner in Abney Tauchen Group, a government and community affairs consulting firm. He served as the Director of Government Relations for The Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce for over ten years. He is still responsible for ensuring that the largest broad-based business organization in Northern Nevada has a voice at all levels of government, including city, county, state, and federal. Tray has experienced six Nevada State Legislative Sessions (so far) and has been a key voice on business and taxation/government spending and efficiency issues in Carson City. He has successfully helped steer critical bills to signature (and veto) and maintains great relationships with elected officials from throughout Nevada and on both sides of the political aisle.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Tray served as Legislative Director for Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons and spent four years working for Gibbons, including as a senior staff member in his Washington, DC congressional office. During the 2007 Nevada Legislative Session, Tray was responsible for ensuring that the Governor’s agenda was approved by the Legislature and served as the Governor’s lobbyist in the legislative building.
Tray graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and Public Administration. Tray received his Master of Arts Degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2005.
Tray currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Reno Civil Service Commission and the Truckee River Flood Control Project Needs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates-Nevada and Bristlecone Family Resources.
Tray currently resides with his wife, Dawn, and their son, Noah, in Reno. His daughter, Katelyn, is attending the University of Arkansas.
Jennifer Cunningham is the Executive Vice President of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority. Ms. Cunningham works closely with the CEO, executive staff, the Board of Directors and community stakeholders to develop and execute strategies relating to all aspects of the RSCVA, including sales, marketing, special events, and legislative initiatives. With more than 30 years of experience, she has long been an integral part of the northern Nevada gaming community.
A Reno native and active member in the community, Ms. Cunningham serves on the EDAWN Board and the Regional Air Service Corporation Board. She is a former board member of the Education Alliance of Washoe County, the Educational Foundation and the Marketing Committee of the Reno Arts and Cultural Commission.
Ms. Cunningham is a recipient of the American Marketing Association’s ACE Awards “Marketer of the Year” distinction and was selected as “Travel and Tourism Advocate of the Year” by NACE and was recently awarded the Thomas C. Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Advertising Federation’s Reno chapter.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Managerial Sciences and Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Todd Felts began as an assistant professor of strategic communications in 2008 after 20 years working in strategic communications at organizations along the East coast, including serving as speechwriter and press secretary for Gov. Jim Hunt of North Carolina.
At Nevada, Felts received the Honors Program Distinguished Faculty Award and the Semenza Christian Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also spent three years serving as the director of the graduate program in interactive journalism. Through grants through the U.S. Department of State, he has been involved in several international visitor programs to Nevada, including serving as the academic director for the Algerian Youth Leadership Program since 2009. In 2010, he was the co-recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant to create a community engagement campaign to increase the number of students who major in science.
Originally from North Carolina, Felts served as press secretary and speechwriter for Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina, and director of community relations for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. He spent eight years working in Washington, D.C. including working for the Pew Charitable Trusts and as director of the litigation communications practice at Levick Strategic Communications, where he consulted with leading Fortune 50 companies in marketing during crisis. Felts was the national director of business development for Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s largest law firms and the director of media relations of RMR & Associates. Felts launched his career as the public information officer for the North Carolina Zoological Park, and produced and hosted an “At the Zoo” television segment for FOX affiliates around the United States.
Felts earned a doctorate in education management from Drexel University, a master of arts in international communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism and political science from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Felts is a fellow in the Scripps-Howard Leadership Academy, and earned a graduate certificate in education entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned the APR credential from the Public Relations Society of America.
Usability expert Jarrod Lopiccolo has grown Noble Studios from a single laptop into one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in America for five years running.
He translates brand, strategy, design and technology into the ultimate user experience for a client roster of global brands.
A mentor, father, husband and visionary, Jarrod has design hard coded in his DNA. He comes from a long line of architects, contractors and engineers and has kept a sketchbook at his side for as long as he can remember.
In the past, Jarrod has held leadership roles with several non-profit and public-private initiatives in Nevada. He previously served as co-Executive Director of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Inc. Magazine’s Business Owners Council and was an advisory board member for NCET (Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology). He also served on the board of the Reno-Tahoe American Marketing Association.
An avid public speaker, Jarrod’s list of speaking engagements include the eTourism Summit in San Francisco, multiple NCET events and Bristol Social Media Week in the United Kingdom.
Jarrod earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Abbi is the heart, soul and creative engine that drives The Abbi Agency. A veteran of international media campaigns for some of the nation’s largest tourism and business-to-business companies, Abbi innately understands what drives media coverage and has put those skills to work for almost two decades. She has secured feature coverage in the world’s most prestigious publications and television programming—The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune Small Business and MSNBC—and has the established relationships with influential reporters and writers to show for it.
Abbi draws on her many passions, filling her free time with travel and experiences that inspire and enrich her. She’s a champion of her “Nevada Hot Springs” group and spends her weekends traversing Nevada’s landscape to discover new rejuvenating spots alongside Northern Nevada thinkers, makers, and doers. Among her many passion projects, she has worked with many of Reno’s entrepreneurs to inspire the city’s renaissance.