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The Battle was waged in Chicago September 27th!
click above to see photos and comments from the Chicago Roadshow

4:00 - 4:30pm   Meet and Greet
4:30 - 6:30pm   Content/Showcase
6:30 - 8:30pm   Cocktails/Networking
8:30pm   Conference Closes

dennis Ryan
Chief Creative Officer
Element 79 Partners

  Element 79 Partners was founded on unprecedented mutual client/agency-loyalty with a generous helping of individual entrepreneurial spirit. Dennis Ryan embodies the latter, bringing a wealth of imagination and creative firepower to the existing relationships with Founding Clients PepsiCo and the Quaker Oats Company. He views his role as fostering the agency brand's growth by servicing those charter accounts in a manner that creates a blueprint for future client partners across a number of categories.

Dennis has enjoyed a steady climb up the creative ladder at such agencies as Needham, Harper and Steers and J. Walter Thompson Chicago. He honed his craft working with some of the best known brands in the world including Budweiser, Rold Gold, Frito Lay, Discover Card, Miller Brewing, Kraft, Nestle, Nabisco and Blockbuster. His enormous enthusiasm for his work is contagious and he has a knack for enhancing ideas with his sharp eye and experienced ear.

Dennis graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 with, he notes, "not one but two highly unsaleable majors in Art and English." He was thrilled to discover that advertising offered an alternative to "manning phone lines during local PBS telethons."

A disarming sense of humor combined with an unmatched dedication to client business objectives has long been the cornerstone of his career. He was, in fact, Needham's youngest Group Creative Director in its history and joined JWT Chicago in 1997 as its Executive Creative Director. He later assumed responsibilities as the North American Regional Creative Director, charged further with overseeing the agency's Worldwide Creative Council.

In his four years at Thompson, he led the successful pitch for Kraft's sprawling Brand Equity campaign, besting their other six roster agencies. The agency's pro bono work for the Partnership For A Drug-Free America stands as that organization's strongest recent work and, importantly, he reorganized the department using today's technology with innovations like the JWT Digital Pre-Pro, which uses the internet to store and share production information.

He has been married to Maureen since graduating from college, and with two daughters Zoe and Grace, maintains off-the-job interests in travel, dogs and "good water pressure."

Executive Editor
Advertising Age

  Jonah Bloom is the executive editor of Advertising Age, the world's leading marketing and media publication. In that role he oversees the day-to-day editorial operations of the weekly publication, which reaches more than 300,000 readers, as well as helping to manage and Madison + Vine.
Jonah joined Advertising Age in September 2002 from PRWeek magazine, a national weekly based in New York reporting on corporate communication, branding and public affairs.

He helped to launch PRWeek in 1998 as news editor and went on to becomeeditor-in-chief.

He also has considerable experience reporting on the media industry in Europe having founded and been the editor of Campaign Media Business, a national weekly covering planning, buying and selling of media in the UK.

Jonah's other roles have included being magazines editor on journalist's weekly Press Gazette, being a news reporter on VNU's Accountancy Age and being a reporter on weekly print and packaging journal PrintWeek. Last year Jonah edited the Harper Collins' book Top Companies in Marketing & Media. His stories have been published in several national dailies in the UK including The Financial Times and The Guardian.

President & Founder
jaffe, L.L.C.

  One of the most sought-after consultants, speakers and thought leaders on interactive marketing and media, Joseph Jaffe is President and founder of jaffe, L.L.C. - a "New Marketing" consulting practice that works with both the buy and sell sides, offering a suite of strategic and creative services, agency relations consulting and training.

Prior to consulting, Joseph was Director of Interactive Media at TBWA\Chiat\Day and OMD USA, where he worked on clients including Kmart, ABSOLUT Vodka, Embassy Suites and Samsonite.

Joseph brings with him a diverse mix of both client and agency experience, on both the traditional and Interactive sides of the business. He is a regular contributor on and his weekly "Jaffe Juice" column is a favorite read within the industry. Jaffe's first book, "How to Fix Marketing" is due in Q4 of 2004.

Jaffe is a founding faculty member of iMediaLearning, and has also lectured part-time at NYU's Stern School of Business, Cornell's Johnson School of Business and Syracuse University.

Hailing from South Africa, Joseph lives with his wife and two children in Westport, Connecticut.