Josh Ochs, Founder and Digital Citizenship Author
With a background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh Ochs combines both to help teens and tweens use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh travels the nation speaking to over 30,000 kids each year sharing with them tips they can use to create a positive online presence. Josh’s book: “Light, Bright and Polite for Teens” teaches kids of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school Principal and someday colleges and employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” on by posting photos of community volunteer projects that will help them shine online. Josh Ochs' other 5 books teach people and brands how to shine online. Watch some of his videos at SmartSocial.com/josh-ochs/
Josh's Strengths according to the Gallup StrengthsFinder: (Roll over to see descriptions)
Positivity, Woo, Activator, Command and Individualization.
Elisa Croft, Content Marketing Manager
Elisa helps us create content marketing at SmartSocial and she wears a lot of hats at the company. She creates daily blog posts, coordinates guests for our podcasts and helps us reach thousands of families each week. She is one of the driving forces behind our content strategy and she helps us stay on track every day to make sure our properties shine online. Previously Elisa created and executed marketing strategies for an award winning hospitality group in Los Angeles.
Elisa's Strengths according to the Gallup StrengthsFinder: (Roll over to see descriptions)
Competition, Maximizer, Futuristic, Strategic, and Intellection.
David Kaufmann, Industry Advisor
David received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary 1-8 at Mount Union College and also has obtained his Masters of Science in Excercise Science with a focus in coaching at the University of Akron. Most recently has taken the required classes needed for an endorsement in Technology from Ashland University. David has taught elementary, middle school and high school classes in a variety of subjects over the last 19 years. The last five years he has been teaching 6th-grade digital media and 8th-grade computer programming at Claggett Middle School in Medina, Ohio. David has in the reviewed presentation submissions for ISTE National Convention along with obtaining the Google Certified Educator Level 1 recently. David has spent 23 years coaching youth, club and HS swimming. He resides with his wife and 3 girls in Medina, Ohio.
Jill Simonian, Industry Advisor
Known as 'The FAB Mom' on-air and online, Jill Simonian is creator of TheFABMom.com blog and author of the it-book for first time pregnancy The FAB Mom's Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast After Baby (Skyhorse, 2017) -- a motivating guide for first-time moms to stay Focused After Baby (FAB). Southern California television viewers know Jill well from her lively 200+ twice-weekly parenting segments & hot-topic talkers on KCBS-2 & KCAL-9 News between 2016-18 (a first regular parenting segment of their kind on Los Angeles television) that faced hot topics, offered tangible solutions for working & stay-at-home motherhood, solved perils of parenting and addressed self-care for women. Jill is national television regular -- a Family Lifestyle Contributor seen on NBC's TODAY Show & Access Hollywood LIVE, CBS' The Doctors, KTLA-5's Morning News (weekday & weekend), HLN's Michaela & Across America and more. From 2013-14, Jill worked for Hallmark Channel's Home & Family as the show's first weekly on-air 'Mom Expert/Contributor'. Jill is a top writer/contributor for the family lifestyle website Mom.me, TODAY Parenting Team blogger and and writes a monthly family lifestyle column for her hometown newspaper The Fresno Bee. Jill's famously-frank point-of-view on pregnancy and parenting has a loyal following and has been featured in Parents & Fit Pregnancy magazines, Babble, Working Mother, Redbook, First5LA, USWeekly, New York Family & LA Parent magazines, TODAY Show's Parenting Team and more. Digital influencer and brand ambassador content creation includes work with Dove, Got Milk, Dreft, Enfamil, Caruso Properties (Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA), Skechers USA and dozens of mid-sized mom/family lifestyle brands. Jill is a polished speaker/emcee and graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and specialty study/performance in musical theater. Prior to marriage and children, Jill was a full-time television host and entertainment reporter for programs on ReelzChannel, KTLA-5 Los Angeles, Travel Channel, CNN/HLN and more. Jill lives in Southern California with her husband, plastic/reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Panossian and two elementary-aged daughters. Connect with Jill on Twitter & Instagram @jillsimonian.
Scott Paul, Industry Advisor
Scott Paul is no stranger to helping people to shine online. In 2015 he sold his influencer marketing agency to Maker Studios (a division of the Walt Disney Company) and the largest influencer network in the world at the time. His company helped some of the world's biggest influencers to work with brands and maximize their online footprint.
After selling his company he then served as VP of Technology & Product at the Disney Digital Network. He leads a team of people who help Disney to shine online and influence families all over the world. Scott is a proud father of 3 and resides in Utah. He has his BS and MBA in Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah. He advises SmartSocial.com on ways we can reach more families with our digital safety message to protect families like his.
Dan Williams, Industry Advisor
Dan Williams is great at leading teams to build brands on the web. As the past president of both Intelligent Beauty and Dermstore.com, Dan understands how consumers navigate the web (and how to make a brand shine online). As the current Chief Revenue Officer and acting Chief Marketing Officer at 3 Day Blinds, he is tasked with meeting the needs of thousands of families to provide an excellent product (both online and in their home).
One of Dan's best skills is leading large teams of professionals to create a positive online image for a brand. He is great at nurturing young professionals by setting a good example and help them grow in their career at the company. Dan has a lot of fun at work and shows his team you can have fun online and offline while still working hard. Dan advises the team at SmartSocial.com how to grow their online image and help families to engage with our content. Dan, his wife and his two children live in Orange County, CA.