Hawkefest is a full day anti-conference featuring the ecommerce industry’s best and brightest speakers and attendees.
Hawkefest brings together carefully selected ecommerce entrepreneurs and executives to enjoy a full day of peer collaboration and programming featuring industry thought leaders. Guests also enjoy immersive entertainment activations, gourmet cuisine, and top-shelf bar at the iconic Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills.
CEO and Board Member/True Religion
Chelsea A. Grayson the CEO and a board member of True Religion. She is also a member of the board of directors of Vireo Health (CSE: VREO), a leading multi-state cannabis company, where she chairs the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is a former member of the board of directors of Delta Dental, where she was a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Prior to taking on the CEO role with True Religion, she chaired theAudit Committee for the True Religion board of directors. Previously, she was the CEO and a board member of American Apparel (NYSE MKT: APP). Before that, Ms. Grayson was the General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of American Apparel. Prior to joining American Apparel, she was a partner in the M&A and corporate governance practice groups of JonesDay and Loeb & Loeb.
Dustin Robertson is the CMO at Drip, a first-of-its-kind ecommerce CRM (ECRM) that makes the power of customer data and automation available to anyone selling online, not just the top 10 ecommerce giants. As a SaaS platform bent on revolutionizing ecommerce marketing, Dustin’s hooked on making a statement when it comes to pioneering this new category of ECRM. Specialty brands need a way to get closer to their customers and stand out in the face of competition, and Drip is their solution.
In his life before Drip, Dustin spent over a decade fanning the flames of massive growth at Backcountry before moving his skill and know-how to Armada Skis and Vegas.com. His marketing muscle is making its mark at Drip, and it’s recently been awarded spots in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Products and Top 50 Best Products for Marketers of 2019 by G2 Crowd.
Founder and CEO/Brandable
Mr. Oliver Bogner is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Brandable, Inc. Oliver has led Brandable from a concept to a 80+ person operation with significant revenue at A+ retailers. He has created exclusive programs with the two largest retailers in America: Target and Walmart. One of his brands, Craft City, launched exclusively at Target outperformed its forecast by 6x, and is now the fastest growing kids crafting brand in America, expanding to over 20 SKUs.
He spent the last 8 years creating and executive producing hit television series like TLC’s My Five Wives, Lifetime’s Kim Of Queens, and worked as a creative executive at companies behind hit series like MTV’s Catfish, Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, and CBS’s Undercover Boss. In November 2015, he sold his television production business to Discovery Communications / All3Media.
Oliver has made a name for himself — he has been profiled by the Los Angeles Times, Forbes Magazine, Variety, USA Today, Elite Daily, OC Register and has been listed twice in Forbes Magazine on the “30 Under 30 List”
Seth Grabel was born and raised in Los Angeles, then moved to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Grabel hit the entertainment scene as a star personality and has touched the hearts of millions. As a finalist on NBC-TV’S “Americas Got Talent” he was crowned “The Showman” by Peirce Morgan and received a standing ovation by judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osborn. Grabel amazed the judges by getting shot from a cannon, and produced the Famed Delorian equipped with Mini-Judges which quickly became an international hit. Grabel has been featured in a number of national television shows including EXTRAS Talk soup, NBC, ABC, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Animal Planet’s TANKED and Penn & Teller’s “FOOL US”. As a reality TV star, Grabel continues to bring excitement, wonder and enjoyment to the screen. Combining his acquired marketing and branding experience from his father, along with a top education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Grabel’s love for magic exploded into a serious and lucrative profession. With a fierce determination and dedication he began perfecting his skills in front of a mirror, in a small studio apartment. Soon after, his mesmerizing talents were in high demand.
Dale Thorhammer is a world renowned billionaire transformation artist to the stars (celebrities) and a success coach to the personal developmentally challenged. His work combining self-development work with consciousness teachings has transformed billions of lives around the planet through his patented seminars and methods of “self-consciouness”. He is currently authoring many #1 New York Times best selling books. Dale currently lives out of many homes across the globe all of which have luxurious views of oceans, rainforests, or canyons.
Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL sniper, Entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and Avid Pilot. He’s the founder of Hurricane Group, a Men’s lifestyle company with digital publishing and ecommerce brands that reach over 50 Million monthly. He is also a co-founder at GSD Logistics, a third party fulfillment (3PL) company focused on global ecommerce fulfillment. Brandon is a member of the New York YPO (Young Presidents Organization) chapter, and was proud to serve as an appointed board member on the Veterans Advisory committee to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Gareb Shamus, CEO of ACE Universe is building the largest community of Superhero fans around the world. Gareb is a world-renowned authority on Superheroes and started and produced the largest Comic Con tour for over twenty years. He started and published many of the leading award-winning magazines, including Wizard and ToyFare, about Superheroes across movies, TV, toys, games, animation and comic books, selling over 100 million copies in 75 countries, in dozens of languages.
Gareb is credited with leading the charge to help make the Geeks and Nerds into the “Cool” people.
Gareb Shamus is a professional contemporary artist, whose paintings are currently on display in galleries in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York City. His paintings are noted for breaking the ‘3rd wall’ with their three-dimensional textures and use of a proprietary painting technique designed to provoke conversation by reaching out to the viewer.
Ken Brook is the Founder and CEO of MetaX, a blockchain technology company driving development and adoption of open platforms for digital advertising. A serial entrepreneur, Brook has built technology companies from the ground up since 2010. Prior to MetaX, Brook founded several adtech companies that led to his interest in developing blockchain-based solutions for the advertising industry. In addition to being very active in the advertising and blockchain communities, Brook advises several blockchain startups. Brook earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business and Communications from Arizona State University.
Courtney Aura Freeman is the CEO of White Buffalo, a forty year old rolling paper company. With a new CBD Massage Primer and more products on the way, White Buffalo is quickly expanding marketshare in the cannabis, hemp, and accessory markets with eCommerce site WhiteBuffaloSpirit.org.
Courtney’s background covers 20 years of award-winning sales, marketing, and product development spanning the financial, tech, entertainment and cannabis industries.
After graduating from Columbia University, she began her career working with one of the world’s largest financial institutions on Wall Street and later supported multi-million dollar projects in studio film. Today, Ms. Freeman is focused on merging her commercial ventures with fundraising for philanthropic organizations, raising awareness for environmental concerns, conducting educational speaking engagements, and building community in the cannabis space.
Managing Director/Puji Capital
Isabel joined Puji Capital as Managing Director of US and is responsible for deal sourcing and partnership management. Puji Capital works with top families in Asia and US to invest in, acquire, or create joint venture with top US companies in consumer, media, and entertainment sectors.
Prior to Puji Capital, she served as Head of Corporate Development for China and Director of Global Digital Business Development in Mattel. During her tenure in Mattel, She led cross-border teams to create multiple joint ventures and strategic partnerships with global top players in digital technology, entertainment, retail, and E-commerce sectors. Isabel created partnerships with Tencent, JD, Alibaba, Fosun, NetEase, and Babytree, which are top players in their respective fields. Before Mattel, Isabel led M&A and Joint Venture executions and management in Cummins.
Besides investment and Joint Venture, Isabel also has substantial experience in brand building, digital marketing, and E-commerce in China.
Isabel has a MBA from Kellogg Business School and dual degree in Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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