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The Business Block at AGBeat – designed for associations, business owners, and entrepreneurs

I’m proud to present to you the newest additions to the Business Block here at AGBeat. We’ve tailored this category for the entrepreneur, the business owner, and association leadership to provide insight, and inspire in an often chaotic universe of blather. The redundant speak we’ve all heard echoed on and offline has grown so tiresome that even I need ear plugs. With this group of professionals, there is no ego, and their expertise is not a personal proclamation, it’s simply fact- you wanted more of the best, and here are a few to wet your whistle.

The Business Block at AGBeat is especially designed to be industry agnostic, although you’ll find many commonalities across industries that we know you’ll find valuable. Ask them questions in comments, and visit their blogs.

Danny Brown

Danny Brown is co-founder and CEO at Bonsai Interactive Marketing, offering integrated, social media, digital and mobile marketing solutions and applications. His blog is recognized as one of the top marketing blogs in the world; featured in the AdAge Power 150 list as well as Canada’s Top 50 Marketing Blogs; is one of HubSpot’s Hot 100 Marketing Blogs, and won the Hive Award for Best Social Media Blog at the 2010 South by South West festival.

Lucretia Pruitt

AGBeat columnist on digital marketing trends. Pruitt’s computer obsession started back in ’79 – a long time geek and early adopter, she’s an ex-programmer & CIS professor, and a Social Media Devotee. Previously known on many social networks as an early-adopter by the handle of “GeekMommy” – Lucretia was on the Forbes 50 Power Moms list as a Tech Mom, she was one of the original Walmart Elevenmoms & has been dedicating herself to the field of Social Media full-time for several years now. She works with small businesses and F100 clients alike.

Maddie Grant

Maddie Grant, CAE is the co-author of Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web and Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. As the chief social media strategist for SocialFish, Maddie draws from more than ten years of experience in marketing, communications, and international business operations to help associations large and small build capacity for using social media to achieve business results.

Mark Story

Mark Story is the Director of New Media for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. He has worked in the social media space for more than 15 years for global public relations firms, most recently, Fleishman-Hillard. Mark has also served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland where he created courses in the use of social media to help shape public opinion. He also has his own consulting firm, the Intersection of Online and Offline, LLC. Mark is a avid blogger, guest columnist, sometimes podcaster, public speaker and dedicated insomniac.

Rebecca Denison

Rebecca is a passionate UNC graduate, and a biochemist-turned-communications professional, she spends her days as a senior social media analyst at Digitas in Chicago, specialized social media monitoring and measurement best practices. She is continually excited to explore additional facets of digital measurement like traditional Web analytics, search metrics and integrated data models.

Shelly Kramer

Shelly Kramer is the Founder and Chief Imagination Officer of V3 Integrated Marketing, is a 20+ year marketing veteran and is a digital strategist and well known brand builder. Kramer has served on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners, has been named one of the Top 10 Twitter Influencers, one of Forbes’ Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter, and one of the Top 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs according to Forbes.

Tinu Abayomi-Paul

Tinu Abayomi-Paul is the CEO of Leveraged Promotion and a member of Network Solutions Social web Advisory Board. Her website promotion company specializes in reputation management, and engineering demand generation system for businesses, integrating search, expertise marketing and social media.


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Welcome to AGBeat on business.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. Tinu Abayomi-Paul

    October 12, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I'm delighted to be in such wonderful company. 🙂

  2. Lucretia Pruitt

    October 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

    There isn't a list I've been prouder to be on than this one. So excited about where we are headed!

  3. Ken Brand

    October 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    You guys never rest. We all win. Thanks.

  4. Rebecca Denison

    October 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    So excited to be on this list! Can't wait to read what everyone else has to share. 🙂

  5. Paula Henry

    October 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

    So happy to see you grow – you guys are awesome!

  6. Danny Brown

    October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Oh my – the lunatics have taken over the asylum… 🙂

    So honoured to be part of this group, and thanks for allowing me to be. 🙂

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