The Social Shake-Up Show Announces its Third Annual Movers & Shakers Award Honorees

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Recipients to be recognized for their social media expertise and thought leadership for brands and clients

The 2019 Movers and Shakers and Rising Stars honorees represent the best of the best in the field of social media. These exceptional professionals are often the public face of brands large and small, helping shape their perception to the digital world.

The Social Shake-Up Show (May 6 – 8), the leading social media marketing conference in the U.S., today announced details about the honorees of its third annual Movers & Shakers award program. This year’s list features a range of high-achieving social media experts noted for their work with both small businesses and big brands.

Honorees are recognized as leaders whose work has made a demonstrable impact for their organization or clients, or who have otherwise demonstrated their expertise as thought leaders in the field of social media. These distinguished recipients were chosen by a panel of judges comprised of social media and digital experts from several industries.

The Social Shake-Up Show received hundreds of applications for this year’s program. The prestigious list of honorees is broken into two groups: The Movers and Shakers and the Rising Stars.

The Rising Stars below exemplify grace and leadership as they have either recently stepped into a new role or recently faced a new social media challenge in the past year and exceeded expectations. The Rising Stars are (in alphabetical order):

Stephanie Abeles, Baycare Health System
Brian Ackermann, Havas PR
Tabitha Aldridge, Douglas Shaw & Associates
Christine Alexis, DB Schenker Americas
Drew Black, Autoalert
Marissa Brugnoli, Axalta Coating Systems
Jismeri Castillo, Northrop Grumman
Samantha Cummons, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
Megan Duffy, Havas PR
Angela Duggen, Teradata
Lyndsey Edwards, Intrust Bank Arena
Amanda Ellis, Newell Brands
Robert Gaudet, Harper Collins
Jason Hall, Verizon
Steve Kearns, LinkedIn
Aubrianna Kress, City of Atlanta 311
Krystal Kusmieruk, Greater Palm Springs CVB
Brian Laird, EvolveMK
Raymond Leung, CISCO
Talia Mejia, Bibby Financial Services
Chelsea Memet, iHeartRadio
Victoria Nielson, Focus Brands
Beth Shaver, Hanger

The Movers and Shakers are blazing new trails in social media and have successfully shaken up the social media strategy of their brand or client through creative and forward-thinking efforts. These exceptional professionals are noted for their efforts in the categories of community building, social innovation, and general leadership. The 2019 Movers and Shakers are (in alphabetical order):

Community Builder

Daylee Baker, Get Schooled
Nicole Brownstein, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Tess Connor, Microsoft
Casey Dillon, Cura Strategies
Lindsey Goldman, Calphalon
Cameron Green, Newell Brands
Matt Hansen, Coleman
Alisa Hughley, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority
Kevaleen Lara, Abilities Expo
Kayla Morgan, Elmer’s
Elizabeth Ntronjira, IBM
Piera Pizzo, Evite
Jamie Siegel, Enjoy Life Goods (subsidiary of Mondelez International)
Michelle Stinson-Ross, Apogee Results
Renola Swoboda, Nelnet
Cara Tompot, The Mesothelioma Center
Michelle Tulande, Florida International University


Melissa Bauman, Urgent Care for Kids
Douglas Bohrer, Apron Food PR
Alok Choudhary, 4C Insights
Adam Durfee, Y Digital Agency
Marc Goldman, Marine Corps Marathon
Curtis Midkiff, Southwest Airlines
Gretchen O’Hara, Microsoft
Adam Ritchie, Adam Ritchie Brand Direction
Jackie Vetrano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Josh Anisfeld, Heidrick & Struggles
Melanie Cohn, Dunkin’ Brands
Carmen Collins, CISCO
Paul Kontonis, WHOSAY/Viacom
Kenneth Madrigal, Verizon
Mario Martinez Jr., Vengreso
Misi McClelland, Ignite Social Media
Ashley Mowrey, Newell Brands
Bryony Wardell, University of South Carolina, College of Hospitality Retail and Sports Management

“The 2019 Movers and Shakers and Rising Stars honorees represent the best of the best in the field of social media. These exceptional professionals are often the public face of brands large and small, helping shape their perception to the digital world,” said Amy Jefferies, The Social Shake-Up Show's director and VP of Marketing. “Honorees are known for being at the forefront of social media innovation, thought leadership and driving change across their organizations. On behalf of the Social Shake-Up Conference, it is our privilege to congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them well moving forward.”

All winners will be honored during the conference at the Social Shake-Up’s Opening Reception on May 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. To celebrate and network with the honorees, register now and take advantage of the Spring Rate, a $700 discount, which ends March 29, 2019.

The Social Shake-Up will also honor the Social Media Award finalists on May 8 during an awards breakfast that will take place during the show. As part of the celebration, “Love & Hip Hop” creator Mona Scott-Young will participate in an exclusive fireside chat detailing how hustle, passion and philanthropy have combined to build a massive audience for her company Monami Entertainment’s programs.

For questions about the Movers and Shakers Awards or the Social Media Awards, contact director of marketing, Laura Snitkovskiy at To become a sponsor of the Social Shake-Up Show, contact sales director, Katie Sullivan at

Show Sponsors & Partners: ARPR, American Marketing Associations – Atlanta, Business Wire, Buztubr, ChooseATL, Dataminr,, Mobile Marketing Research Association, Pillsbury Law, Proofpoint, SOCi, Social Media Club – Atlanta, Social Media Research Association, Verizon

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About The Social Shake-Up Show:
The Social Shake-Up Show is an annual conference presented by PR News in partnership with Social Media Today and dozens of leaders in the marketing, PR and customer experience arena. The 2019 Show will take place May 6-8 in Atlanta and will bring together hundreds of social, digital, marketing, PR and communications professionals focused on leveraging the power of social media to drive business goals. For more information, visit

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