Chris Ryland

Chris Ryland founded Em Software in 1990, and has been president since then, doing the original development (much less these days, mostly marketing, product management, sales, and some support). His main job is supportingEm’s three crackerjack development and application engineers. The Em folk have been working from home forever (before it was cool ;-). Before Em, he ran the kernel development group at Multiflow, a Yale spinoff mini-supercomputer startup, and, before that, was a founding member of couple of Silicon Valley startups.

Troy Chollar

Troy Chollar is co-founder of TLC Creative Services, Inc., a leading presentation design studio in the industry for 21 years. TLC Creative is a go to resource for live event production that pushes the boundaries of PowerPoint’s design and presentation capabilities. Presentation work includes full feature templates, executive presentations, dynamic design and motion graphics for Barbie, Hot Wheels, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Medtronic and many more.


Roger Black

Roger Black is known for his sense of typography, which he’s applied in the design of has worked with magazines like Rolling Stone, newspapers like The Washington Post and web sites like the first He was a founder of one of the early desktop type design studios, Font Bureau (1989), and is now chairman of Type Network, an agency and distributor for type designers.

Many publications designed decades ago, such as the Los Angeles Times, continue to use his typography. He was an early adopter of desktop publishing, and then of web sites, for his clients.

Roger has advocated using distinct type for each title. Many original fonts and revivals of classic faces have been produced by him and his teams over the years. Some of the interesting case studies were gathered in a digital brochure at Type Network’s site, “The Roger Black Collection.”

Clients have included Reader’s DigestEsquireScientific American, Premiere, Fast Company, Foreign Affairs, Hong Kong Tatler (and the other Tatler magazines in Asia) Panorama (Italy). Semana (Colombia) and The Nation (Thailand). Newspaper work includes the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Toronto Star, Tages Anzeiger (Zurich), Kompas (Jakarta) and the Straits Times (Singapore).

In 1968 he was editor of The Maroon, the student newspaper at the University of Chicago. After serving as chief art director of New York, The New York Times, and Newsweek, he started his own design firm in 1987. He’s been recognized with top awards from the Society of News Design and the Society of Publication Designers.

Roger lives in St. Pete Beach, Florida, and in the Texas Big Bend. Now 72 and working fulltime for Type Network, he’s active in building communities of people who love type. He organized the first big conferences for the Type Directors Club (TDC), Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), and started TYPE magazine, an online publication that has produced four print editions, and is planning No. 5 for later this year.

Ari Weinstein

 Ari has been helping businesses grow for over 30 years. Branding he has designed can be seen around the world and on his website — one of the first online digital portfolios.

Ari is a published, award-winning illustrator and designer, experienced as both an independent and in-house graphic artist. During his long career, he was instrumental in transforming entire product lines from paper to the worldwide web for his Fortune 1000 employer by developing cutting-edge publishing solutions and tools. Now working independently for growing small and medium businesses, Ari combines brand development and business coaching expertise to help clients find new markets and customers with outstanding visuals and clear brand messaging. A contributor to the Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book series, Ari uses Illustrator daily, and writes about it for CreativePro.

Ari has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Queens College/CUNY, an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction from New York University, and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching Practice from the Association for Coaching. He lives and works from his homes in New York’s Hudson Valley and Downeast Maine, and happily travels to meet in person with clients wherever they are located.

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Sean Springer

Inexhaustible curiosity and an analytical, data-driven mindset landed Sean in his dream engineering job at 3M. Seriously, he was hooked ever since seeing 3M Visiting Wizards play with fire liquid nitrogen in 3rd grade. Sean is the lead application engineer for 3M Visual Attention Software and product engineer for Scotch brand consumer crafting products. He is incredibly excited to work with emerging AI and MR technologies and see how they will impact the creative field. Outside of work, he enjoys weightlifting, hiking, running a D&D campaign, and most importantly, hanging out with his 9-month old puppy.

Katlyn Echeverri

Katlyn (she/her) is a native of chilly Minnesota, an aspiring gardener and a State Park junkie. She’s also a principal brand designer at one of the world’s most innovative companies. Over her career she’s practiced a range of design disciplines including surface, graphic, brand and systems design. She is passionate about collecting new skills and leveraging storytelling and design thinking to accelerate innovation and build brand love. Right now, that means diving deep into how artificial intelligence and vision science can empower her creative process. Through this exploration and learning, Katlyn has found that breakthrough design starts with strong relationships and collaboration. She is committed to fostering inclusive partnerships and fully investing in every challenge she takes on.

Jeannine Armbruster

Jeannine Armbruster is an award-winning designer, director, and teacher. Currently, she steers the creative ship as Agency Director at Puffingston Presentations, an award-winning presentation design agency in Austin, TX.

Since 2008, she has served on both agency and in-house design teams, and from 2014-2018 she ran her independent design practice, Fourth Story, where she specialized in designing websites and brands for startups.

An educator at heart, Jeannine has taught art and design since 2010 and has built programs for schools in NYC, Brooklyn, and Austin, including Columbia University’s Say Yes to Education and the Mary McDowell Friends School. Most recently, she had the privilege of designing and overseeing the full Visual Arts program at The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Jeannine volunteers as the Director of Design and Technology for International Student Learning, a nonprofit that unites students globally and provides education and support to students in underserved countries.

At any given time, you might find her bookbinding, woodworking, or teaching high school students how to create prosthetic zombie limbs. Ask her about it sometime.

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Luke Goetting

Luke Goetting is an award-winning presentation specialist and founder of Puffingston Presentations – a presentation agency based in Austin, Texas.

Goetting specializes in crafting dynamic, interactive presentation experiences for tech companies and has developed keynotes for CES keynotes, SXSW Accelerator winners, TEDx speakers and executives at Dell, IBM, Siemens, Western Union and SAP Concur.

Prior to Puffingston Presentations, Goetting was Sales Manager at RSI Video Technologies where he developed real-world presentation techniques his team incorporates today with speakers and companies around the world.

Goetting is a winner of the Best Business Prezi award and a certified Prezi Expert.

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Andrew Kavanagh

“I am a Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Tutor, Photo Editor, and Digital Artist, living in Los Angeles, CA. I went to art college in Boston, MA and was a Fine Art major. I then started working for art galleries and artists in NYC, then in the early 90s after taking some computer graphics courses at School of Visual Arts I fell in love with Photoshop, I then built up my portfolio and registered with creative temp agencies – which then got me in the door for various Advertising agencies doing photo compositing, retouching, and image production work. I then moved to San Francisco for the last year of the dot com boom and lived there for 4 years before moving to Los Angeles where I balance my time freelancing and running my groups on Facebook and my club on Clubhouse.”

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Luke Chaffey

Luke Chaffey is an experienced coder who leads the web and cloud-based software development. Luke’s proven track record of flawless software development includes enterprise App development as well as creation of his own ratified cryptocurrency.

Luke’s knowledge also extends into Digital Marketing. Up until 2019, as the resident Digital Expert for Kochie’s Business Builders, a business-based website and TV show, Luke has written more than 300 articles, and been involved in many talks.

Previously, Luke’s talents were honed at KBB Digital, where he was a partner.

Luke is resourceful, entrepreneurial, and brings operational stability to the team.

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