Small Business and Entrepreneur Event

October 20, 2011

Linda Abraham
Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President Global Development
comScore Inc.

Linda Boland Abraham is an entrepreneur who has played a variety of leadership roles at comScore since its inception in 1999. Responsibilities during her tenure include client service, business development, product management, marketing and sales. In addition, she was a member of the management team that took comScore public in June 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR). Currently, Abraham is the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Global Development, where she leads efforts around comScore's ongoing expansion, including partnerships and acquisitions. She is a seasoned industry executive with expertise in marketing research, marketing planning, strategy development and advertising effectiveness modeling, in both the online and offline worlds. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, a member of the Social Media Counsel of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the Washington Economic Club.

Prior to joining comScore, Abraham was instrumental in the launch of Paragren Technologies Inc., which specialized in delivering large-scale customer relationship marketing (CRM) systems for strategic and target marketing. Paragren's customer base included large consumer marketing companies in the telecommunications, financial services, travel and retail industries. Paragren is now part of Siebel Systems.

Previously, Abraham held various management positions throughout eight years at Information Resources Inc., a major international marketing research firm. As senior vice president at IRI, she consulted with major consumer marketing firms including Kellogg, Procter & Gamble, The Clorox Company, M&M Mars and Ralston Purina in the analysis and development of marketing and sales strategies. During her tenure at IRI, Abraham was instrumental in developing advanced promotion analyses for which the firm received several industry awards. Abraham began her career at Procter & Gamble as a member of the Crest brand management team.

Abraham holds a B.S. in quantitative business analysis from Penn State University.

Dan Beyers
Founding Editor
Capital Business

Dan Beyers is the founding editor of Capital Business, the Post's weekly local business newspaper. Prior to that, he was senior topic editor on The Washington Post's universal desk, overseeing coverage of business, health, science and environment issues both in the paper and online. A member of the Post staff for more than 20 years, he began his career at the paper as a Metro reporter covering government and schools in suburban Maryland before taking over as the state's politics and government editor. In 2000, he was named technology editor on the Business staff. He later served as the section's day editor, and then ran the paper's local business coverage.

A lifelong resident of greater Washington, Beyers served as city editor for a chain of daily newspapers in Northern Virginia before his arrival at The Post. He also was a reporter for the defense trade journal Defense News.

In addition to Capital Business, he is currently overseeing efforts to launch a new small business Web channel on washingtonpost.com to be called "On Small Business."

Alan J. Dabbiere

Alan Dabbiere is the chairman of AirWatch, a leader in enterprise-wide mobile device and WLAN management solutions, having joined the company in 2006.

In 1990, Dabbiere founded Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH), the world's leading supply-chain execution software company, and he served as president and CEO from 1990 through the end of 1999. Following the company's successful initial public offering in 1998, Dabbiere was Manhattan Associates' chairman of the board of directors through 2003. Today, Manhattan Associates is a global company with more than 1,200 customers, 2,000 employees and more than $337 million in revenue.

In 2001 and 2002, FORTUNE magazine included Manhattan Associates in their annual list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. with the rank of 23 and 71 respectively. In 2005, Cape Horn Strategies honored Manhattan Associates as one of only three public software companies - Microsoft and Kronos were the other two companies cited - with 15 years of consecutive profitability and growth.

Dabbiere currently serves on the executive leadership committee for the Washington, D.C., chapter of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), on the Foundation Board for Inova Health Systems and on the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech's College of Computing.

Dabbiere received both his bachelor's degree in chemistry and his MBA from Indiana University.

Pete Snyder
Founder & CEO
New Media Strategies

Pete Snyder is the founder and CEO of New Media Strategies, industry pioneer and market leader in online intelligence and social media marketing, and president of Emerging Markets Group for Meredith Integrated Marketing, Meredith Corporation's full-service direct and digital marketing agency. Drawing on his background as a nationally-known pollster and a media consultant, Snyder founded New Media Strategies in 1999, creating what CBS News called, "the world's first social media marketing agency."

Over the past 12 years, Snyder has guided New Media Strategies as CEO, building a blue-chip client base that features some of the world's leading brands and corporations including ABC, Chrysler, Burger King Corporation, Coca Cola, CBS, Chanel, Disney, Dodge, Ford Motor Company, Jeep, HBO, McDonald's, The NFL Players Association, Northwest Airlines, Paramount Pictures, PepsiCo, RCA Records, Red Bull, Reebok, Revlon, Sci-Fi Channel, Sony and USA Network, among many others. He has also built a winning corporate culture, and both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal have taken notice, naming New Media Strategies as one of the area's "Best Places to Work." Snyder was honored by Fortune Small Business for his innovative management style when they named him "Best Boss." Additionally, Snyder has been named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine twice and was featured on "The Power List" in 2011 by the Capitol File. In 2011, Advertising Age named Meredith Integrated Marketing and New Media Strategies to its Agency A-List "10 To Watch."

Snyder regularly appears as a commentator on the Fox News Channel and has served as a marketing and political expert on CNBC, "The News with Brian Williams," "The CBS Evening News," Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Hannity," and "Fox and Friends."

A graduate of The College of William & Mary, Snyder serves on the marketing board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the board of trustees of Cushing Academy. In 2011, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Snyder to serve on the William & Mary Board of Visitors.

Peter Stevenson
Chief Executive Officer

Peter Stevenson is the CEO of Latisys, formerly Managed Data Holdings, a company he co-founded in 2007 with sector-focused private equity investors that are actively engaged in the consolidation of co-location and managed services businesses. Stevenson also serves as a member of the board of directors at Search Force, a growing search engine optimization SaaS company and plays an active role with investors and management in guiding the operational and strategic development of the company.

Stevenson has more than 24 years of experience in the communications and IT services industry. His visionary, yet pragmatic business approach has led to positive growth throughout his career where he encourages an environment of collaboration while setting a high standard for performance within the organization. Prior to founding Latisys, Stevenson was chief executive officer of Globix Corporation, an American Stock Exchange listed company and served as a member of the board of directors of the company. After joining Globix in April 2002, Stevenson led the transformation of a broken and troubled organization that had just emerged from Chapter 11 into a profitable leading global provider of managed services, co-location, IP infrastructure and fiber network services. The company completed the sale of its managed services, co-location and IP infrastructure assets in 2006 and its fiber network assets in 2007.

Prior to joining Globix, Stevenson was a senior consultant to Communications Technology Advisors LLC, a restructuring and telecom advisory boutique firm focused on distressed telecommunications companies, where he provided strategic planning, restructuring and overall business counsel to investors and management. From 2003 through 2004, Stevenson was a member of the board of directors for Focal Communications, a $350 million national CLEC that was sold to Broadwing in 2004. He was also a member of the Compensation Committee of the board. Prior to this, Stevenson was a co-founder of Net Uno, one of the largest cable television, CLEC and Internet service providers in Venezuela that he and his partners built both organically and through acquisition. During his tenure with Net Uno, he resided in Venezuela for two years. After returning to the U.S. at the end of 2000, he continued to serve as a strategic advisor to the board of directors through the end of 2001.

Prior to this, Stevenson was a partner and vice president for Wave International, an international telecom investment and management firm focused on developing companies in international markets. Earlier in his career, he spent approximately 13 years at Bell Atlantic Corporation in various sales and marketing roles with his last assignment a managing director in the corporate development group at Bell Atlantic.

Stevenson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.