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111 Intriguing Chats for 2011


I found myself thinking back over all the great 1-on-1 conversations I had in 2010 and wanting to have more in 2011.

Here are the parameters I established for making my selections for this year.  First, they have to be active on Twitter. I defined this as they had to have tweeted in December.  Second, they had to be following me; in other words, we needed to have already established a connection.  As many of you know, the priority of engaging and connecting is a big one for me- a soapbox- if you will, and I don’t understand those who simply look at social media as a way to promote their agenda, products, and/or services.  Also, anyone I had a 1-on-1 chat with in 2010 would not appear on this list nor would those where I’ve had significant interaction and a fairly good understanding of their work.

Generally, there is something intriguing about the background, role, company, etc. of those who appear on this list.  Look carefully: there are college professors and authors, Emmy-winners and event planners, company founders and storytellers. There are those who are retro gamers, huggers, triplets, or ostrich riders. Others declare their love for shiny objects, bacon, or coffee.   One proclaims that he is a believer in naps, and beware of another who terrifies Twitter with his threats to take your lunch and eat your cookies.  I love some of the Twitter handles; my favorites from this list are @cagedether, @TigerSteve, @roarevents, @FreshLime, @ready2spark, and @emrldcitychick.

My objectives are to learn more about their business and goals.  These conversations will take as little as 15 and no more than 30 minutes.  This is my personal list, but please feel free to reference or use it.  You may decide to develop your own.  It should also be noted that the list reflects my interests: associations, events, travel, tech, government, education, social media, communications, marketing, public relations, and jobs.

While it is a geographically diverse list (throughout US and Canada [8] and one from England), a higher proportion come from the area where I live and work: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC.  Other states with strong representation include California (16), New York (6), Pennsylvania (5), Florida (4), and Texas (4).  Individuals from North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Oregon, and Idaho stand alone as delegates from these states.

Below are 111 profiles for individuals I hope to have similar chats with in 2011. No one on this list knew that they would be named to it.  If you are on this list and wish to schedule a chat with me, please call me at 703.430.6411, email me at jay@chatterbachs.com; or DM me on Twitter (@ChatterBachs).  The list is in alphabetical order by Twitter handle.  The information appears in this format: Twitter handle- name; location; Twitter bio.

  1. 8of12– August Jackson; Sterling, Virginia; Competitive Intelligence and Strategy Professional, Tech Pundit and Bad Speller at Verizon. The opinions expressed here are my own.
  2. abbycarr– Abby Carr; New York City; Mom of 3, MD at B2B PR firm with finance and professional clients, Brown alum, greenwich villager
  3. adamsconsulting– Diana Adams; Atlanta; Graduate of USC, Entrepreneur for over 10 yrs, Writer for BitRebels.com and InkRebels.com, Voice for the Homeless in Atlanta. I’m really into just being happy.
  4. ahier– Brian Ahier; The Dalles, Oregon; Passionate about healthcare, technology and government 2.0
  5. amberportercox– Amber Porter Cox; Chicago; Notoriously direct. Fun w/ wine. Dig design, innovation, technology. College Educator. Army Veteran. Kindness & community is the key. VP of Digital, GolinHarris
  6. andreamiller20– Andrea Miller; Atlanta; Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist
  7. augieray– Augie Ray; San Francisco; Sr. Analyst of Social Computing & Interactive Marketing @ Forrester, tracking Social Media, Twitter, Influence & Facebook & WOM. Fan of jazz, Disney & FLWright.
  8. benberkowitz– Benjamin Berkowitz; New Haven, Connecticut; SeeClickFix.com
  9. Beverlyspeaks– Beverly Lewis; Florida; Executive Trainer, Speaker, Business Coach, Connoisseur of Life, Eternal Optimist
  10. bkmcae– Ben Martin; Richmond, Virginia; Product mgr for MemberFuse & RealWeb by NFi Studios. Cig city resident. Semi-pro wanderer. Making beautiful tweets since March 2007.
  11. BobbyRettew– Bobby Rettew; Anderson, South Carolina; It’s all about stories…I tell ya! Helping people tell rich stories!
  12. BrandJournalism– R. Michael Brown; West Palm Beach, Florida; Brand journalist, writer, producer. First multimedia producer at IBM. Blogging since 1987. On the Internet since 1983.
  13. BrandtKrueger– Brandt Krueger; Minneapolis; Geek Dad, Husband, and Corporate Technology Director for metroConnections, Inc. (A corporate event and meeting planning company)
  14. BrettRelander– Brett Relander; Dallas, Texas; I work with small to medium sized businesses & corporate brands to develop measurable digital & social media strategies. It’s about results, nothing else.
  15. bsepos– Blain Sepos; Parksville, British Columbia; He’s a good boy, Luvs his Girls, Luvs Bimmers & Island 2, he’s a good boy crazy bout gadgets, Luvs weekends & his Shiba 2. ExecDir/OceansideTourism/PersonalPage
  16. cagedether– Daryl Pereira; San Francisco; Web and Social Media Manager at IBM. Core interests: blogging, business analytics, HTML5, WordPress
  17. cbandler– Carey Bandler; Northern Virginia; DoD IT, family, golf, Terps and Pittsburgh sports. The opinions posted here are mine and not those of my employer.
  18. cdorobek– Christopher Dorobek; Anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Dorobek Insider – also follow @dorobekinsider
  19. CharlieCurve– Charlie Wollborg; Detroit; Chief Troublemaker at Curve. I know a thing or two about marketing. I love shiny objects, bacon & business. I’m on a mission to rekindle the fire in your belly
  20. Chatterbox1000– Laura Tetzlaff; Vancouver; Self proclaimed adventure & curiosity junkie. Marketing Strategist. Event Specialist. Change Leader. Burgeoning blogger. Foodie. Wine lover. Dog mom.
  21. cjtemery– Chris Emery; Washington, DC; Marketing professional, world traveler, ostrich rider. Work @ClearpathSG
  22. cmaer– Pat Rich; Ottawa; Online editor for the Canadian Medical Association
  23. CollegeChat– Theresa Smith; Los Angeles; Conversations about college: preparing for, applying to, college life and post graduation. Moderator of #collegechat & Biz tweet @pathwaypr
  24. creativeblogs– Terri Holley; social media marketing maverick; speaker-trainer-certified coach, game-changer, thinks outside the box – more fun there!
  25. DanaMNelson– Dana Nelson; Evansville, Indiana; Owner: @DanaMNelson where we connect people to build community
  26. DCgov– Patrick Thibodeau; Washington, DC; DC reporter at Computerworld and blogger at DCBlogs.com
  27. dcoriale– David Coriale; President, DelCor Technology Solutions, Inc. Technology Management and Usability expertise.
  28. DebWeinstein– Deborah Weinstein; Toronto; PR Pro, Prez Strategic Objectives, IABC TO PR Agency of the Year ’09, @SO_pr. Frmr journo, culture-vulture, lover of info, travel, fine wine & friends.
  29. dHolowack– Dan Holowack; Toronto; Currently developing @TwitSprout – Twitter Analytics for tracking growth, now in beta. I create intelligent analytics for social media, eCommerce and industry.
  30. DiscoveryHouse– Katy Pent; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Publicist 4 Discovery House bks & music. Authors—eg,Oswald Chambers, Joe Stowell, Ray Stedman. Artists—eg,Shannon Wexelberg. My hobbies: reading,fencing,acting
  31. dnewman– David Newman; Philadelphia; CEO of firm helping professional speakers become MORE successful. We teach it. We coach it. Or we do it FOR you. Dog lover. Retro Gamer (Go Atari!)
  32. drdigipol– Alan Rosenblatt; Washington, DC; Digital political strategist, organizer, & professor. Blog @ HuffPo & techPresident. Sr social media strategist at @CAPAction/@AmProg. #iar #p2
  33. dslunceford– Steve Lunceford; DC; Communications strategist working for @DeloitteGov. Creator of GovTwit.com & ProFootballTweeting.com; tweets don’t represent employer.
  34. dustinhaisler– Dustin Haisler; Elgin, Texas; Director of Government Innovation for Spigit, Municipal Judge, Innovator, Dad, Husband, Christ-follower
  35. dwicksspu– David Wicks; Seattle; Assistant Professor, Director of Instructional Technology at Seattle Pacific University
  36. edatpost– Ed; Washington, DC; Federal Eye blogger for The Washington Post
  37. emrldcitychick– Dorothy Amatucci; Washington, DC; wife, social media evangelist, Georgetown CCT student, avid reader, cat lover, all-around nice gal
  38. ericschwartzman– Eric Schwartzman; Los Angeles; Strategic Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Social Media Communications and Reputation Management Pro.
  39. exilauren– Lauren Modeen; Washington, DC; Manager of Online Strategy for GovLoop | Online Community Builder | Boston College ’03 grad | Love Gov 2.0, Bikram Yoga, Running, Nutrition
  40. forrestkoba– Forrest W. Kobayashi; Alexandria, Virginia; Strategist at @JESS3. I am passionate about emerging tech, startups, music, foursquare, sporting events and breaking news stories. Caffeine-fueled
  41. FreshLime– Monica Kurtz; Evergreen, Colorado; Internet marketer for the resort and recreation industry, mother, cyclist, snowboarder, yogini, music lovaah, hammock-seeker. @bike3bypass and @rtpinteractive
  42. geoffliving– Geoff Livingston; Washington, DC; Co-founded Zoetica (http://zoeticamedia.com). Socially concerned. Amateur photographer. Author, Welcome to the Fifth Estate & Now Is Gone. Social media plumber.
  43. gloriabell– Gloria Bell; Philadelphia; People Connector, Social Media Enthusiast, Life Lover, Friend, Hugger, Organizer, Thoughts/Musings at http://asseenthroughmyeyes.wordpress.com/
  44. hackmer– Michael Hackmer; Ashburn, Virginia; marketing, social media, politics, pr and host of Social Web Radio
  45. hankwasiak– Hank Wasiak; New York/Los Angeles; Author.TV Host.Teacher. Partner-The Concept Farm. Asset Based Thinker. Marketing. Branding. Reiki Master. AHA Volunteer. Sharing decades of wisdom & experience.
  46. hannahhager– Hannah Hager; Loudoun County, Virginia; I’m the business reporter for LoudounTimes.com and the editor of bizloudoun.com.
  47. hilarymarsh– Hilary Marsh; Chicago; I oversee REALTOR.org, follow real estate & social media folks; try to spend time in my “first life”
  48. IBMFedCyber– Chris Ensey; Baltimore, Maryland; Principal Security Strategist for IBM Federal. Want to learn, share, collaborate! These are my tweets & do not represent my employers opinion.
  49. innovativelrng– Michael and Vicki; Santa Barbara, California; A team of dedicated individuals providing Autism Education for professionals, families, educators, and the community along with the latest Autism news
  50. jamiemorgancda– Jamie Lynn Morgan; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Wine/Beer/Food loving Wife & Mother of three living in Coeur d’Alene Idaho who loves starting conversations about local businesses.
  51. JasonmKey– Jason Key; Seattle; New media thinker, go getter & all around super friendly nice person. Community mgmt, marketing, blogging, startup culture & crazy ideas in abundance
  52. JeniseFryatt– Jenise Fryatt; La Quinta, California; Co-Owner/Mktg Drtr Icon Presentations AV for events, #Engage365 Community Mgr, social media enthusiast, improv & yoga devotee trying to stay in the present
  53. jeremyawilliams– Jeremy A. Williams; Indianapolis; I help people in the tourism industry with social media. I also tweet as @VisitIndiana for work and you can find more Social Media tips at @SocMediarology.
  54. jeremycluchey– Jeremy; Washington, DC; Displaced Mainer, #gov20 enthusiast, Red Sox & Redskins fan. New media for @USGAO. Views expressed here are my own or those of whomever I RT.
  55. jeremy_harvey; Jeremy Harvey; Metro DC; Destination marketer for Visit Loudoun : Phillies fan : Emmy winner : Triplet : Opinions here are mine
  56. JessicaRMurray– Jessica Murray; Chicago; West Coast Born/East Coast Educated/World Traveler/Sarcastic/Single/Doberman Owner/@SocialMediaClub Community Manager/Photo Credit @paulsaini
  57. jhdesai– Jatin Desai; Hartford, Connecticut; Innovation and Strategy expert, speaker, author, mentor, and entreprenuer to large international companies.
  58. jmeserve– Jason Meserve; Amherst, New Hampshire; Content guy at Constant Contact. Photographer, Husband, Boston sports fan.
  59. John_Merrow– John Merrow; New York; Education Correspondent for PBS @NewsHour & President of Learning Matters @lmtv. New blog posts every Tuesday at http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv.
  60. jspepper– Jeremy Pepper; Los Angeles; Taking your lunch. Eating your cookies. PR Generalist. Been doing this stuff for 15+ years. More? Here: http://about.me/jspepper
  61. jtrucano– Jenny Trucano; Washington, DC; Adventure seeker and culture junkie. Lover of coffee, Scandinavia, the outdoors, and my awesome job helping nonprofits succeed with social media @smallact.
  62. julieminevich– Julie Minevich; Washington, DC; Online Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD by day. DC explorer by night. A Boston sports enthusiast always.
  63. jwindsor– Jeff Windsor; Denton, Texas; Product manager at Schoolwires, geek, husband, father, educator, learner, musician – not necessarily in that order
  64. KareAnderson– Kare Anderson; Sausalito, California; collaboration speaker/consultant, Emmy-winner, MovingFromMetoWe, HowWePartner & SayitBetter blogger
  65. KarenRussell– Karen Russell; Athens, Georgia; PR prof at the University of Georgia. Editor of the Journal of Public Relations Research. Wife and mom. UW Badger. Love my students.
  66. karirippetoe– Kari Rippetoe; Charlottesville, Virginia; Social Media & Community Outreach Mgr – Tuvel Communications (@TuvelComms & tuvel.com) | New Media/Online Marketing Lover | Foodie & Coffee Geek | Rock Chick
  67. kickofftopic– Karmen Reed; Silicon Valley, California; Social Media Marketing Solutions and Online Visibility Strategies. Forbes Top 20 Women To Follow On Twitter. Mom-Wife-Friend. Inspired by kindness.
  68. kwooleyy– Kitty Wooley; Washington, DC; I build collaborative capacity at the intersection of hierarchy and network.
  69. KyleeCoffman– Kylee Coffman; Washington, DC; Senior Marketing Manager at RILA (also on @RILAtweets). Lover of retail, technology, entrepreneurship, vintage, travel, music, & coffee. http://www.kyleecoffman.com
  70. LindyKyzer– Lindy Kyzer; Arlington, Virginia; social media maven-future mom-public affairs pro-professional communicator-beach lover-happy wife
  71. LivitLuvit– Rachael; Washington, DC; Admin @SMCDC, @20SB, @DCBlogs. Hates leggings as pants and bad tippers. Unabashedly adores karaoke and French fries of all shapes and sizes. Tweets are my own.
  72. MaryJo_VanHorn– Mary Jo Van Horn; Entrepreneur, BuHorn Solutions, web-based media buying software, Organize-Analyze-Communicate media buys, students learning through media buying simulations
  73. MaryJoWagner– MaryJo Wagner; Colorado; Transforming ADHD and ADHD-like behavior so your kids can succeed in school. Parenting strategies, Brain Games™ and diagnosis tips.
  74. MichaelVallez– Michael Vallez; Dade City, Florida; Founder crazymikesapps.com, iPhone/iPad App Junkie, indie video/podcast blogger, retired cop, police blogger on all things mobile, master’s degree in sarcasm.
  75. mihaela_v– Mihaela (Dr. V); West Lafayette, Indiana; Tech prof, Comm Ph.D. I study impacts of new comm tech on culture, society & organizations. I tweet on my own, not representing my employer (Purdue U).
  76. MikeKforVA– Mike Kondratick; Ashburn, Virginia; husband, dad, candidate for VA House of Delegates, open gov advocate, organizer for social good @JDRFAdvocacy, Yankee fan; tweets are my own
  77. MikeLizun– Mike Lizun; Philadelphia; Philly-area Media Relations/Digital PR Exec. Hunting trends, sharing news, curating, linking, earning media. Husband, Dad, Weimaraner owner. Geek. Frmr Journ.
  78. mitchjoel– Mitch Joel; Montreal; President of Twist Image. Blogger and Podcaster of Six Pixels of Separation. Speaker. Author. Journalist. Media Hacker.
  79. MKCallConsultMelissa Kovacevic; Charleston, South Carolina; Contact Center/Frontline Training & Operational Consulting; Social Media Advocate; Let’s talk about how I can help your business grow & retain customers.
  80. mmalkoff– Mark Malkoff; New York; I’m a comedian & filmmaker in NY. I lived & slept in IKEA for a week. I visited & made purchases at all 171 Starbucks stores in Manhattan in less than 24 hours.
  81. msbruschetta– Margot MacKay; Philadelphia; PR pro & Villanova alumna. Also passionate about cooking, writing, social media. Unabashedly chatty. @weddingbee’s Mrs. Bruschetta. Tweets are my own thoughts.
  82. mwalkercom– Molly A. Walker; Oakland, California; Writer, editor, communicator, walker. Enthusiastic IABCer. Tweets about business, education … and more.
  83. nattyluxNatalia Luckyanova; Washington, DC; iPhone dev, musician, baker, co-founder of @imangi. Our apps: Max Adventure, Harbor Master, geoSpark, Hippo High Dive, Little Red Sled, Imangi, Word Squares.
  84. NBCareers– Shell Mendelson; New Braunfels, Texas; I help teens and young adults make the best possible career and college major decisions. Feel confident. Free 30 min. consultation
  85. NYT_JenPreston– Jennifer Preston; New York; Social-Media Editor of The New York Times, Mother-of-Twins, Adjunct for Columbia University New Media and Author.
  86. QinPR– Quentin Hunstad; Washington, DC; Public relations strategist @raytheoncompany. Follow – aerospace, defense, marketing, public policy and old media. Opinions solely mine, not my employer’s.
  87. OlkinComm– Jacqui Olkin; Washington, DC; Olkin Communications Consulting: Usability, information architecture, taxonomy, content management consulting, site governance. Also, baseball.
  88. patstrader– Pat Strader; West Virginia; Founder Matterhorn Marketing. Search, social, development – I love what I do.
  89. paulpluschkell– Paul Pluschkell; California; Co-Founder & CEO of Spigit – the global leader in goal driven collaboration, innovation and idea management software
  90. planetplanitbiz– Paul Cook; London, England; The Events Connector.The man behind PlanetPlanit.biz the Event Planners Oracle. Tips, news and opinion for planning great events worldwide.
  91. planetrussell– Michael J. Russell; State College, Pennsylvania; For hire: Web Apps + social media tech since 1995. AFCEA, InfraGard. Dad. Autodidact. Catholic. Cluetrain rider. #Gov20 Rainmaker. Analyst/Scribe. WELL alumnus.
  92. rachel_signalmg– Rachel Eisenhower; Fairfax, Virginia; Assistant editor for @signalmag at AFCEA International
  93. ready2spark– Lara McCullough; Canada; Chief Brand Storyteller @ READY2SPARK. Consulting small businesses through creativity, curiosity & strategy. Founder of #eventprofs. International speaker.
  94. roarevents– Caryl Lyons; Owner of Event Marketing Agency specializing in corporate & social events, entrepreneur, world traveler, fitness fanatic, wife & mother of one amazing boy!
  95. rshomaker– Rob Shomaker; Knoxville, Tennessee; CIO for CUPA-HR, Corvette nut, part-time geek, beer/bourbon advocate, and firm believer in naps.
  96. rshonerd– Rene Shonerd; Alexandria, Virginia; Accidential Consultant, IT Association Professional, working Mom
  97. sarahebourne– Sarah Bourne; Boston, Massachusetts; Mass.Gov Technology Strategist, Assistive Tech. Director for mass.gov/itd Views expressed/implied are my own. See my Twitter lists for interests
  98. Shalyn_Marsh– Shalyn Marsh; Topeka, Kansas; Communications & Marketing Manager at Visit Topeka Inc, voracious reader, music lover, excited by all things design, tech, food and travel.
  99. shellyalcorn– Shelly Alcorn; Sacramento; Association Ecologist. Change agent, speaker and author of the Association Subculture blog. Geeky Gen X edupunk 🙂
  100. sidneyeve– Sidneyeve Matrix; Queen’s University, Canada; Media professor interested in eMarketing, social & mobile tech & edTech. Sharing trend & market research on this stream. My personal stream is @sidneyevematrix
  101. SimpleCEO– Michael Werner; Florida; All things Education, SimpleK12.com, social media, publishing, software, writing, want to change the world and make elearning FUN!
  102. SpinPlanners– Shawna Suckow; St. Paul, Minnesota; I believe senior-level mtg & event planners need a better way to connect with each other, so I created SPIN – The free Senior Planners Industry Network.
  103. SullyBridgetB– Bridget B. Sullivan; Charlotte, North Carolina; Event Producer, Radio Host, In-studio TV Producer, Camera Operator and co-founder of Ignite Charlotte.
  104. svcathy– Catherine Leahy; Silicon Valley; Tech Public Relations | Helping small biz, midsize, startup, enterprise, BtoB, nonprofit
  105. TedWeismann– Ted Weismann; Boston; 17 year tech PR vet re-energized by social media. Husband. Father. Do my best to excel at all three.
  106. TigerSteve– Steve Terry; Memphis; Steve is the Director of Technology Utilization at The University of Memphis
  107. TopspinRob– Rob Shively; Balboa Peninsula, California; Fun lover of life. Legacy builder. Adult Stem cells cured blindness. Also available 4 PD, MS, Crohns in Europe. Find Rob.Shively on FB, LinkedIn & Blogspot
  108. tracykemp– Tracy Kemp; Kansas City; Product Director for AllofE. Love to talk about technology, web sites, design, edu, social media…
  109. TRLeVeque– Tom LeVeque; Arcadia, California; Exploring Social Media, 25+ years of Law Enforcement, Love My Family & Friends!
  110. VisitFingerLake– Meg Colombo; Finger Lakes, New York; So much to see, taste and experience in the Finger Lakes ~ I’ll share my experiences with you.
  111. WeBlogBetter– Kiesha; South Carolina; Blogging tips & tricks. I’m a writer who loves to blog and inspire others. You can also follow me @krenee76
Author.TV Host.Teacher. Partner-The Concept Farm. Asset Based Thinker. Marketing. Branding. Reiki Master. AHA Volunteer. Sharing decades of wisdom & experience.
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  1. January 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    1-on-1 chats with Jay are great! I would suggest to the entire list here to do it – if for no other reason than reaching out to someone and learning more about people in our world.

  2. January 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Jay – Thanks for including me with such prestigious company. Great idea and an interesting twist on the (typical) group Twitter chat. I’ll be in touch!

  3. January 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Wow – really impressive list and very helpful for helping folks engage with others! Also, I am quite honored to be included!

  4. January 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Jay!! I am truly honored. And what an EXCELLENT #FF list. I will be following these people and I’m looking forward to having a chat with you. I hope you have a webcam so we can skype. 🙂

  5. Prudential Carruthers Realtors
    January 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I like it! Made some interesting connections!

  6. Descartes
    January 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Great comments on the transcript from today, really hit the nail on its head!

    http://govwin.com/michael-hackmer_blog/gov-20-social-media-chat/97113#comment-3899

    Look forward to the next productive chat!

  7. February 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Jay, Thanks for including me on your list. I feel honored to be in such great company.

  8. April 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Super psyched to be included here and would love to connect with you and some of these bacon eating, ostrich riding folks you mention (where have y’all been all my life?!). And reconnect with some of the amazing folks I recognize on your list. Are you attending Delcor’s first book club HH meeting next week? Would love to meet you in person.

  1. March 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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