ASI Show Fort Worth Education Speakers
  Brett Bowden, Printed Threads

Brett Bowden is the founder of Printed Threads. He opened the company in in 2010, after being reacquainted with his love of screen printing. He sold his first printing company in 2004, and then spent many years traveling the U.S as a musician. In 2009 he earned a Bachelor's degree in music, but decided that it was necessary to choose a different career path…thus, his return to screen printing. Printed Threads has grown from being housed in a garage into a four-automatic operation, and in 2015 Inc. magazine featured the company at #826 on their 5,000 fastest growing companies list. You can find Brett teaching classes for Ryonet or writing the occasional article for The Ink Kitchen.     

  Jay Busselle, Equipment Zone

Jay Busselle is the marketing director for Equipment Zone. He began his screen printing and graphics career reportedly sometime in the 80's in Mr. Perry's graphics class at East High School. Jay started printing “unofficial replica” T-shirts of his favorite surfing, skiing and skateboarding companies, as well as a few bands which will remain nameless. He landed his first industry job while in college as a cut-and-paste artist for a Yellow Pages publishing company. It didn't take long before he was working for a screen printer, and soon thereafter for his family-owned promotional advertising agency. It's been over 25 years and he’s still in the industry, is a highly regarded speaker and trainer, and is still pretending to grow up.

  Diane Ciotta, Training Classics

Diane Ciotta is the founder of sales-refinement company Training Classics. After two decades in sales and sales management, Diane followed her entrepreneurial instincts and established her company to present integrity-based techniques to sales professionals around the U.S. She is an in-demand speaker, and her philosophies for success have been published in over 60 U.S. magazines and online, as well as in the book Pushing To The Front, which she co-authored with renowned motivational speaker Brian Tracy.

  Matthew Cohn, ASI

Vice chairman of the ASI Family of Companies (composed of The ASI Show!®, ASI Computer Systems®, and ASI®), Matthew Cohn, MASI, has launched businesses in publishing, e-commerce, trade shows and medical information. He has also served as President, Education Chair and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and is on the board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Young President's Organization (YPO). The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized him in their "40 Under 40" awards, and he was named among the "Top 100 People to Watch" by Business Philadelphia magazine, as well as one of the "100 Most Influential People" in the trade show industry by Tradeshow Week. He has been a featured speaker at national conferences such as American Society of Association Executives, Direct Marketing Association, Internet World, Annual Catalog Conference, Seybold Seminars, International Association of Exposition Managers and SISO.

  Michael D'Ottaviano, ASI

Michael D'Ottaviano, MASI, is an executive director of corporate accounts at ASI. He specializes in strategic solutions, helping ASI distributors members realize opportunity and grow their businesses by utilizing creative website design combined with innovative marketing campaigns. He also works with distributors to develop social media campaigns to increase web presence and grow their customer base. Michael is passionate about technology and implementing integrated solutions to help distributors streamline their business processes and grow their businesses.

  Conrad Franey, Elements of Success Consulting Group

Conrad Franey is the managing director of Elements of Success Consulting Group, which he launched in 2018. He has 35 years of proven success as a straight-commission salesperson, sales manager, chief marketing officer and business owner. In 1994 he became the vice president of sales – and the sixth employee – of promotional products distributor GatewayCDI; at its peak, the company had 100 employees and revenue of $35 million. Conrad is also an author, and he provides advice and counsel via real-world examples that help people succeed.

  Danny Friedman, DANNY, Inc.

Danny Friedman is the president of sales training company DANNY, Inc. A multimillion-dollar sales professional with over 28 years of experience, he has achieved success in the promotional products, office equipment, commercial real estate and sporting goods industries. He delivers a winning, energizing message to his audiences, and he’s a frequent speaker at national association trade shows and corporate functions both in the U.S. and abroad.

  Matt Jokinen, Stahls’

Matt Jokinen is an educator and field service technician with a customer-first attitude and expert knowledge of “all things heat printing.” In addition to providing industry-related education, he handles technical service request calls and product installation, and trains customers in using their Stahls’ equipment.

  Bobby Lehew, commonsku

Bobby Lehew is the chief content officer at commonsku, a cloud-based CRM, order management, and social collaboration platform designed for the promotional products industry by promotional product experts. A 25-year industry veteran, he was formerly the CEO at Robyn, a branded products fulfillment company that specialized in private-label, e-commerce company stores. A PPAI Gold Pyramid Award winner, a PPAI Silver Technology recipient, an Addy Award recipient, and recognized (in his work with Robyn) three years in a row by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S., Bobby is a national speaker on topics related to B2B marketing, company stores, productivity, and storyselling.

  Rick Mancini, ASI

Rick Mancini, MASI, is a director of marketing services at ASI. He manages a team whose sole purpose is helping distributors get more customers, and he understands the importance of delivering on a product or service. Through services like catalogs, direct mail, local SEO, social media management and custom websites, Rick’s team of 12 account executives works closely with ASI distributor members in planning and executing efficient print and digital marketing campaigns that yield real results. Before joining ASI, Rick worked for UPS, where he helped small- and medium-size businesses increase their shipping efficiencies.

  Craig Mertens, Digital Art Solutions

Craig Mertens is the cofounder, president and CEO of Digital Art Solutions, which provides products and services to companies in the promotional products, apparel decoration, sign making and awards industries. His approach to building a profitable business is based on a concept called ASSET: (A)rtwork + (S)oftware + (S)upport + (E)quipment + (T)raining = Success. With 30 years of industry experience, Craig has been teaching electronic art production and marketing for 23 years, and he invented the process of creating rhinestone heat transfers and rhinestone decals with a vinyl cutter. He is also the creator and lead instructor of the Digital Art Solutions free weekly online education program.

  Cindy Mielke, GC Incentives

Cindy Mielke, CPIM, is the vice president of marketing and sales operations for GC Incentives, and has spent more than 20 years working with clients and partners on their incentive and recognition program rewards. Prior to joining GC in 2015, she led integrated sales and marketing teams to success in large national companies such as Staples and Omaha Steaks. A strong advocate for the incentive industry, Cindy is President Emeritus of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and past president of the Incentive Gift Card Council. She currently serves on the board of the Incentive and Engagement Solutions Providers council, where she has also served as president.

  Joan Miracle, ASI

Joan Miracle, BASI, is an executive director of corporate accounts at ASI. She’s been providing business counseling to entrepreneurs for over 23 years, with seven years in the ad specialty industry. Her background includes successfully running a $46M operation, including the startup of numerous businesses from real estate development and acquisition to open profitable operations. Her main focus and passion has been in sales and sales training, assisting new business owners with startup marketing, and helping established businesses grow through strategic marketing plans that emphasize online marketing and improving operational efficiency.

  Ryan Moor, Ryonet

Ryan Moor is the founder and CEO of Ryonet, a business he started in 2004 after printing shirts in his garage for his punk rock band. Since that time, Ryonet has grown to 120 team members who have been a part of helping more than 125,000 screen-printing companies, from garage startups to award-winning ROQ automatic shops.

  Steve Oswald, ASI

Steve Oswald, BASI, is ASI’s executive art director, and has been creating in Adobe Illustrator for over 20 years. During his 28 years with ASI, Steve has helped to direct and shape the advertising for many of ASI’s first-class brands. He has extensive experience creating vector artwork for decorating promotional products, including screen-printing, embroidery and direct-to-garment printing.

  Cliff Quicksell, Jr., Cliff Quicksell & Associates & iPROMOTEu

Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MASI, is the president and CEO of Cliff Quicksell & Associates and serves as the exclusive sales and marketing consultant and acting director of marketing for iPROMOTEu, Inc. During his 35+ years in the industry, his passion for education and training has been exemplified by his having served five terms as the education chairperson for the regional trade association CPPA of Maryland, and he currently serves on the board and is the chair for the Awards Committee. The author of thousands of articles and recipient of numerous awards, Cliff speaks, trains and consults internationally to associations and national business groups on more effective ways to market themselves and their products and services, as well as how to motivate their personnel.

  Steven Sewell, Steven Sewell Enterprises

Steve Sewell is a speaker, counselor, author and entrepreneur. He has over 30 years of experience in counseling and training in business and community development, hospice and corporate chaplaincy, and bereavement. His heartfelt, engaging approach allows him to encourage leadership and strengthen teams and individuals during times of change, adversity and loss.

  Carolyn Strauss, Carolyn Strauss Consulting

Carolyn Strauss is a sales and persuasion expert who spent 18 years on-camera on the Home Shopping Network; she personally sold over $160 Million of her clothing line The Carolyn Strauss Collection. During that time she developed her "Dollars Per Minute™" sales and relationship-management strategy to train salespeople and executive teams across all industries. She has studied and worked with some of the world’s foremost experts on gender communication, and has appeared on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, Food Network, and Lifetime Television Network. She is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild, the author of five books, and believes that a good day includes chocolate.

  Charlie Taublieb, Taublieb Consulting

Charlie Taublieb is the president of Taublieb Consulting, which specializes in technical screen-printing consulting for textile printers. He’s been in the screen-printing industry since 1976 and has worked with shops in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. He’s a technical writer for screen-printing trade publications in many countries, and since 1980 he has conducted workshops and seminars at countless shows and with distributors of screen-printing products around the globe.