Laura Pence Atencio
Founder, CEO, and Keynote Speaker
As Founder and President of Social Savvy Geek, LLC., Laura Pence Atencio is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business owners to meet and exceed their goals. She is committed to providing the most engaging and effective strategies for online marketing by combining traditional business networking and marketing fundamentals and best practices with current and engaging online marketing methods and tactics. Laura has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing and has consulted with entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits in the US and abroad. She is the author of the popular article, 10 Tips to Build Your Twitter List Now, which has been published both online and in print in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
A lifetime student herself, Laura has achieved certification as a Computer Administrative Specialist at Beta Tech and has studied Art Education, History, Art History, and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is fascinated with learning, sharing and growing, not just in business, but in life. She participates in US Masters Swimming and has ranked in the top 25 in her age group in both the 50 and 100 yard backstroke. She served in the VA Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer. She never meets strangers, only friends not yet made– an attitude that serves her extremely well in the networking world, both online and off. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband and 2 year old daughter.
Director - Senior Savvy Geek
Camille LaCognata is an experienced professional with expertise in project management, systems analysis, on-site customer training, technical customer support, and marketing support. She has created websites and blogs for three online businesses which she currently operates. Camille has served as the newsletter editor for several non-profit organizations. She started and operated a successful retail/manufacturing business and understands the challenges of running a small business. Camille provides a wide variety of services to professionals that enabling them to concentrate on what they do best.
InBound Marketing and Brand Management Lead
Gene Davis earned a degree in Business Administration and received his InBound Marketing Certification through HubSpot. While accumulating over 5 years marketing experience he has worked as a Marketing Communications Team Leader at MasterCard, where he served as the point of contact for all issues related to brand management raised on multiple social media platforms. As a Sr. Quality Assurance Coordinator Gene mastered the art and science of ensuring all marketing strategies are executed and compliant. He consistently worked directly with both internal departments and the Department of Justice to ensure all communications with clients were accurate and timely. He has created a database for the Marketing department for frequently askedquestions, to ensure consistent messaging is provided to all clients. Gene adeptly works with multiple departments simultaneously to ensure projects are completed accurately and on schedule. He is our go-to person for developing marketing programs which motivate action and increase positive consumer responses.
Client Care Coordinator
Kelly Atkinson is an experienced Administrative Assistant/ Virtual Assistant with a strong background in the Finance industry. She has professional experience as a Client Service Coordinator for a highly successful team of financial advisors, in addition to her years as a specialist in general administrative services. In these capacities she handled all aspects of client relations including: setting appointments, keeping advisors calendar, troubleshooting, setting and hosting marketing events, completing or proofreading transactional paperwork , tracking and reporting advisor performance, performing biannual assessments, filing, and many other tasks associated with running a successful practice.
Technical Writer, Grant Writer, Copy Editor, and Voiceover
Clifford Pence holds an AB in Government from the College of William and Mary and an MS in Communications from Temple University, where he held a teaching assistantship before joining the faculty.
Subsequently, he returned to William and Mary, where he taught Broadcasting courses and also administered the College’s closed-circuit and Television Services operations.
Mr. Pence left academia to join the staff of the Center for Excellence, a not-for-profit educational telecommunications start-up in Williamsburg, Virginia, as its first Director of Telecommunications Support Services. His areas of responsibility included both HR functions and day-to-day financial operations (payroll, procurement, disbursements and financial reporting). In addition, he was the primary writer/editor for new grant proposals, several of which were funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education.
Most recently, he has retired from a twenty-five-year career in the Industrial Gases industry and returned to his writing/editing roots.