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Dallas Executive Luncheon

January 17, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

AMA DFW’s 2018 Kickoff Luncheon:
Opportunities & Challenges in Marketing for 2018 and Beyond


Attend our 2018 kickoff luncheon to find out what some of DFW’s marketing leaders consider to be the biggest challenges and opportunities facing marketers and their organizations over the coming year and beyond.

• What marketing activities will make the biggest impact on business in 2018?
• What marketing activities will decline or disappear?
• How will organizations be leveraging big data, AI and machine learning in marketing?
• Is the growing demand for voice assistants and wearables an opportunity or a challenge for marketers and how will they address it?
• How will companies address the Customer Experience (CX) gap and take their CX programs to the next level?
• How are companies managing media fragmentation and loss of trust in traditional media?




James Meredith

SVP, Marketing & Communications for Cinemark

James Meredith is the SVP of Marketing and Communications for Cinemark, one of the world’s leading companies with locations in 41 US states and a $4B Fortune 1000 Company. James has 20+ years of global business experience in the retail and entertainment/leisure industries.. He has a proven track record of creating and executing strategies, initiatives and programs that drive revenue, profit and growth. James is a graduate of Baylor and SMU.



Chris Kobus

GVP and CMO for Sally Beauty

Chris is the head of Marketing and eCommerce for Sally Beauty which has over 2900 stores and is the world’s largest distributor of professional beauty supplies. He leads a team of 60+ marketing professionals responsible for brand planning, traditional and digital marketing strategy, creative, loyalty, CRM programs, social media, campaign projection, advanced customer analytics, digital UI/UX, content strategy and eCommerce operations.
Chris is a results-oriented marketing leader with a breadth of experience—from strategic planning through implementation—in marketing strategy, omni-channel integration, and communication that has proven to drive sales, build stronger brands, increase awareness, maximize the customer’s buying experience, and improve company and departmental efficiencies.



Bill Tierney

Managing Director, Marketing for Southwest Airlines

Bill is an expert at organizing business and human chaos into long-term winning strategies. He sees big business challenges as opportunities to improve how people work together which fosters more innovative thinking and drives better results.

Bill has served in diverse roles at Southwest Airlines, including customer service, revenue management & pricing, planning and portfolio management, sales, communications, distribution, and marketing strategy. He most recently served as Sr. Director, Marketing Brand/Media Communications with responsibility for all media and advertising. Prior to that role, he was Sr. Director & Chief of Staff to the Chief Marketing Officer, which included responsibility for the marketing annual plan, all resource allocation, media, organizational design, and talent management. Previously, he was Director of Market Planning and Performance, where he was responsible for monthly traffic and revenue objectives.

A master in utilizing the strengths and talents of others, Bill recognizes that it is often human nature that makes business challenges complex, and the right combination of vision and people dynamics can make solutions simple. He brings a unique combination of capabilities and believes that, “to acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” It is through study of facts and data, observation of emerging trends, and listening to others that he formulates winning strategies for marketing plans and campaigns, organizational health, distribution strategies, and advancing the right business capabilities.

As Managing Director, Bill oversees the Southwest Marketing Strategy, Customer Intelligence, and “go to market” plan. His current passion and focus is on advancing personalization capabilities for Southwest Airlines.

Prior to Southwest Airlines, Bill spent time in publishing, serving in various marketing and sales roles.



Nicki Purcell

CDO for Dallas Morning News

Nicki Purcell is serving as Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Consumer Sales. In her role, she leads the digital transformation for The Dallas Morning News to meet the challenges of a mobile-first world, delivering against the consumer product experience, growth in audience market share, including print and digital subscription sales.
Purcell is also responsible for leading the strategy to gain new forms of revenue across the digital landscape, including but not limited to affiliates programs, sponsorship of digital products, eCommerce platforms and member based recurring revenue. Based on years of experience in business management, Purcell develops 3rd party content partnerships and stewards investment decisions to compete with new forms of competition.
Prior to joining The Dallas Morning News in 2013, Purcell reported directly to the President of Nokia, Inc., leading the customer care organization and reverse logistics operations for North America. In this role, she drove programs that improved Nokia’s market position through cost, quality and customer satisfaction.
As part of the North American Leadership Team and an officer in the company, she provided direction to the strategy, including product ranging and distribution channels. Other leadership roles at Nokia included serving as Online Sales Director in which her team grew online revenue 121% year-over-year and Marketing Director when the company transitioned ecosystem brands.
Prior to Nokia, Purcell worked at marketing agencies as well as on the telecom network side. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed graduate certificates from Columbia University, Harvard Business School and Southern Methodist University. She serves as a board member for Digital Content Next and Matter. She is married with 3 sons and lives in Dallas, Texas.



Discussion Moderated by:


Steve R Lee, APR

Professor of Practice, Southern Methodist University
Steve boasts a varied (and checkered) background in strategic business planning, marketing, communications and technology over the last 30 years. Steve is a Professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU), teaching digital communication and social media to both undergraduates and communication professionals and is an integral faculty member of the Digital Marketing Certificate www.smu.edu/digitalmarketing.

Steve is also Chairman and Chief Pathfinder of QuickSilver Interactive Group (QSIGroup.com), a 19-year-old interactive and web development firm based in Dallas, Texas. The company does everything from typical web development, SEO, content marketing, email and social media management to news and social media monitoring and analytics. QSI advises its clients on how best to utilize social and other digital media.



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January 17, 2018
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

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