2017 Brand Masters Conference Presented by NBCUniversal

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"Highly Effective Brands that Drive Results”

The 2017 ANA Brand Masters Conference theme is “Highly Effective Brands that Drive Results”. Learn from CMOs and marketing leaders who will share their inspirational approaches to effective, results-driven brand marketing that drive sales, profitability, and return on investment.

The conference will also showcase winners from the 2016 Effie Awards North America program’s Sustained Success category. The Effie Awards recognize the most effective marketing communications efforts each year, while providing educational resources to bring its audience relevant and first-class insights into effective marketing strategy.

The hashtag for this event is #ANABrand.


Alex Ho
Executive Director, Marketing
American Greetings


Start: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:00pm

End: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:00pm


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

The ANA has negotiated a special room rate of $315/night. In order to use the ANA rate, you must be registered to attend the conference. A reservation link will be provided under the "Important Information" section of your conference registration confirmation email. The cut-off date is Tuesday, January 24, 2017, after which prevailing rates apply.

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Conference Registration ANA $995 BAA/BMA Gold $995 BAA/BMA Silver $1,295 BMA Individual $1,395 Non Member $1,395

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3:00pm Registration Opens

RC Ballroom Foyer
4:00pm Pre-Conference Session

RC Ballroom


The issue of media transparency burst on to the scene following a presentation at the 2015 ANA Media Conference and has probably been the biggest story in the advertising industry since then. ANA was recently honored to be recognized by Advertising Age on its 2016 year-end Marketer A-List for our work on transparency.  This session will recap the current state of the transparency discussion with a focus on practical action steps and solutions. 

Bill Duggan
Group Executive Vice President ANA


Marketers today are finding it tough to find their Zen.  Engaging with consumers has never been harder, with the ongoing expansion of devices and fragmentation of consumer attention across channels.  Join Resonate and Shinola to learn how you can find your path to marketing Zen, regardless of the size of your organization, via a framework that leads to becoming an Enlightened Marketer - one who has an always-on understanding of customers and prospects including the how, what and why they engage with your brand. Shinola will share their 60 day journey of enlightenment and marketing approach that resulted in a return of an 80% increase in website traffic and a 40% lift in conversions from their most valuable ($150k+) segment.

Bridget Russo
Chief Marketing Officer Shinola
Jason Schneider
Chief Revenue Officer Resonate
RC Ballroom
6:00pm Reception  

Pacific Promenade Lawn & Foyer
7:30pm Dinner  

Pacific Promenade
Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:30am Breakfast  

Reach and Frequency in an On Demand World

As eyeballs twitch between broadcast and on-demand channels, advertisers are finding it increasingly difficult to recover the impact that television had always delivered.  Successful brands are finding new ways to reach mass audiences through marketing strategies that go far beyond great creative and paid media.  Hear from Edelman Digital on how some of the world’s leading brands are integrating influencers, creative, earned, and paid to achieve Reach and Frequency in a unique and effective way.

Kevin King
Global Practice Chair, Digital Edelman
Pacific Promenade
8:30am General Session

RC Ballroom

Opening Remarks

Bob Liodice
Chief Executive Officer ANA


Marisa Thalberg, CMO of Taco Bell, will share her perspective on how Taco Bell achieves success by navigating between the  requirements of a broad-reaching, multi-billion dollar mass market business… and the qualities that make it a cult-like, culture-centric brand that transcends its category. Marisa will share how that duality plays out across the different layers of their marketing calendar.

Marisa Thalberg (@ExecutiveMoms)
Chief Marketing Officer Taco Bell Corporation
10:15am Coffee Break  

RC Ballroom Foyer
10:45am General Session Cont.

RC Ballroom


Steve Fund, CMO, Intel Corporation, is engaged in a monumental transformation of the Intel brand, creating new experiences, connections and touch points with people around the globe powered by Intel technology. Hear Steve speak to the critical connection between brand and business while providing salient examples of how Intel has leveraged the power of this relationship to evolve a brand that has quickly catapulted to renewed relevance, vitality and strength, and share the amazing results to date. 

Steven Fund (@stevefund)
Chief Marketing Officer Intel Corporation


Charles Schwab was one of the original challenger brands, standing up for ordinary investors by challenging the outmoded conventions of the ‘Wall Street’ giants. In doing so, Schwab spawned an entirely new industry of lower-cost ‘discount’ brokerage houses that have helped generations of Americans plan for their retirement. By 2010 however, Schwab’s marketing approach had lost its freshness and appeal. In this session, you’ll learn how Schwab re-invigorated its brand and business through deep consumer insights and rich brand-story-telling, sparked by a rediscovery of their unique challenger brand story.

Peter Boland
Senior Vice President, Brand & Advertising Charles Schwab & Company, Inc.
12:00pm Lunch  

Pacific Promenade
1:15pm General Session

RC Ballroom


Subaru sales had been stagnant for seven years and the brand suffered from low opinion. Yet, it had some of the most loyal owners in the category. Subaru knew that if they could determine what was driving that loyalty, they could find others in the market who shared those same values. Moving away from rational sales messages, Subaru embraced an emotional approach by positioning the car as the co-conspirator to living a bigger life. A move that has propelled Subaru from the best kept secret to the darling of the automotive industry. It’s amazing what a little love can do.

Alan Bethke
Senior Vice President, Marketing Subaru of America, Inc.
Marcus Fischer
President, Chief Strategy Officer Carmichael Lynch
2:00pm Coffee Break  

RC Ballroom Foyer
2:30pm General Session Cont.

RC Ballroom


Competitors were having a grand old time devaluing the insurance category into an easy decision made solely on price. So Allstate leveraged a character named Mayhem to reveal the truth about insurance: you get what you pay for.  In its first six months, the Mayhem campaign won over America — and it has not let up in six subsequent years. With wit and charm, Mayhem has made the most of the ever-changing media landscape in social, digital, sports, broadcast, and beyond.  Discover how Mayhem keeps people laughing, thinking about their coverage, and ultimately, choosing Allstate.

Katherine Roth
Marketing Senior Manager Allstate Insurance Company
David Brot
Executive Vice President, Account Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc.


Snickers' global "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign takes a universal insight – when you are hungry, you are off your game – and makes it culturally relevant in over 80 markets worldwide. Debuting six years ago in the 2010 Super Bowl, the campaign has been scaled from Super Bowl to street art, with each piece designed specifically for its medium. To date, the campaign has been honored with 13 Cannes Lions, 12 Effies, 13 One Show Pencils, two D&AD Pencils, two Emmy nominations, one IPA Effectiveness Award, the first-ever Super Bowl Clio and, most recently, a special Clio Hall of Fame Award. In this session, Mars and BBDO will speak to the creative power and effectiveness of a simple, universal insight at the core of Snickers' global campaign.

Allison Miazga-Bedrick (@amiazgabedrick)
Marketing Director Mars Chocolate Filled Bar Brands Portfolio, North America
Susannah Keller
Executive Vice President, Global Director BBDO New York
6:00pm Reception  

Monarch Bay Courtyard & Pool
7:00pm Dinner on your own

Friday, February 17, 2017
7:30am Breakfast  

Peter Minnium
President Ipsos Connect, US
Pacific Promenade
8:30am General Session

RC Ballroom


In an era of fragmented and new media, King's Hawaiian has doubled its business over the past three years by finding innovative ways to leverage TV and events while limiting its spend in relatively new digital and social mediums. Despite industry hype and a flood of new dollars into digital and social media advertising, King's Hawaiian quickly realized that many of these advertising platforms don't provide the impact needed to significantly grow a CPG food business. But with the advent of TV time-shifting, making TV work to deliver strong paybacks required an innovative approach. Erick Dickens, King's Hawaiian's Chief Marketer, will share the unique way this 65 year old brand from Hawaii achieved national fame.

Erick Dickens (@ErickDickens)
Vice President, Marketing King's Hawaiian


Since launching in 2010, TechStyle has become an international e-commerce leader with more than 2,000 employees and $650 million in annual sales, making them one of the fastest-growing fashion brands ever. By integrating sophisticated technology, big data and personalization, the company has reimagined the entire business cycle of retail, from product design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and customer experience.  Discover how the parent company of popular brands such as Fabletics, JustFab and ShoeDazzle is disrupting the retail fashion industry to deliver an entirely new shopping experience to customers around the world.

Shawn Gold
Chief Marketing Officer TechStyle Fashion Group (formerly Just Fab, Inc.)
10:00am Coffee Break

RC Ballroom Foyer
10:30am General Session Cont.

RC Ballroom


At the top of both Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500 and Inc. 500’s list of fastest-growing private companies, Loot Crate, a four-year-old startup, has an impressive future ahead. Loot Crate ships monthly mystery boxes filled with geek and gamer gear, serving more than 650,000 subscribers in 35 countries. In this session, Matthew Arevalo, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer - Loot Crate, will share how marketing plays a role in their growth and lessons learned along the way. You will also hear about Loot Crate’s culture which focuses on innovations and ingenuities to grow their market share.

Matthew Arevalo
Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer Loot Crate


A lot has changed since 1894, but the delicious taste of Hershey products is not one of them. Founded in 1894, The Hershey Company has worked to continually adapt to meet the changing desires and needs of consumers.  With a suite of some of the world’s most sought after iconic brands, including Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kisses, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher and more, The Hershey Company has worked to shift marketing models from old processes to new ones which are better suited for a digital-first culture.  In this session, you will discover Hershey's strategy of applying new marketing models to established brands to help evolve them and drive growth.

Mary-Ann Somers
General Manager and Vice President, U.S. Confection The Hershey Company
12:00pm Conference Adjournment

Cancellation Policy and Notes

Single ANA member and non-member conference registrations can be cancelled in writing only via email (registration@ana.net). Phone cancellations are not accepted. A 50% refund will be granted, if written request for cancellation is received by email 60 calendar days before the conference start date. No refunds will be granted for any cancellations received after the conference start date or for 'no shows.' Corporate packages are not eligible for cancelation. Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. ANA will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. A $125 processing fee will be assessed to change the name on a registration. Hotel room cancellations must be sent directly to the hotel. Please contact the hotel for further details.

     1. The conference agenda is subject to change.
     2. A portion of your guest room rate will be used to offset conference costs.
     3. ANA accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.
     4. Registrations received after two weeks prior to the conference may not be included in the attendee list.