“The Top 5″ Social Media Award

Votes are in and our “Top 5″ will be announced at the Social Media Awards on October 25th during the Social Media Summit!

Technology News Bytes presents the 3rd Annual Social Media Awards honoring “The Top 5” during the 2013 Hawaii Social Media Summit taking place on October 25-26, 2013 at the Neil Blaisdell Center from 9:00am-5:00pm.

12 social media influencers have been chosen by Technology News Bytes & Emerging New Media to be nominated for the “Top 5″ Social Media Award!

These individuals have greatly and eloquently impacted their community through a variety of social media platforms . “The Top 5″ will be chosen by you, the public. Voting ends on August 31, 2013! The Awards will take place on Friday October 25th during lunch.

“We are switching things up this year by having the public vote for their favorite influencer from a highly qualified pool of people who have had an significant impact on their communities through a variety of social media platforms. Social Media has evolved and we want to recognize the once who have successfully grown with the social media evolution.” says co-owner Quincy Solano of Technology News Bytes.

Only ONE submitted vote per person will be accepted!

Anne Murata
Anne is a creative writer, broadcast producer, public relations, media and marketing strategy person. She’s received every international marketing and advertising award, including the prestigious CLIO, IBA, ANDY and ADDY awards. She was awarded SMEI’s Distinguished Sales & Marketing Executive “Marketing Genius” Award for 2012. Currently, she is director of marketing and business development for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
Brandon Suyeoka
Brandon is an advertising and marketing guy. You might know him from his LinkedIn/Twitter posts on industry related updates. He has over 15 years of experience working with brands and creating strategies for them to better engage their customers. He also has background on developing synergies with traditional marketing campaigns and social media to extend “conversations. Currently, he is a Marketing Manager at simplicityHR, a division of ALTRES.
Christa Wittmier
Christa is the person to know for Honolulu’s nightlife. Her followers read her blog, Honolulu’s Nightlife Diaries, and SUPERCITY in the Honolulu Pulse to find the latest news on Hawaii’s social scene. She is also the Senior Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Events for Young’s Market.
Christine Hitt
Since 2007, Christine Hitt has been the digital media manager for HONOLULU Magazine, of which includes managing HONOLULU’s social media accounts. She is also very active on her own personal accounts. She uses social media professionally to build her network, but also loves looking at social media in a broader sense via marketing campaigns and APIs to build engagement with her communities.@ChristineHitt
Erik Blair
Erik runs his own consulting firm in Maui, The Accidental Consultant. He helps small businesses focus on what they do best and enjoy most by providing a simple way to share their business or passion with a larger audience. He delivers fresh ideas and effective solutions using social media and WordPress.
Gina Salvador
Gina founded Network808, a company that focuses on building long-lasting professional relationships through face-to-face social networking, staying connected via Social Media and managing Hawaii business luncheons and mixers. These events benefit local small businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations that support the development of strong values, education, and mentorship.
Jason Seaborn
Jason Seaborn is a social media professional at Hagadone Printing Company where his experience has spanned a broad spectrum of campaigns, from commercial to political, nonprofit to retail, small business and major brand management. A husband and father of three, Jason feels passionate about social media because it allows him to network and share the joys of life in Hawaii with his extended circle of friends (online and IRL), and also see all the beauty and joy of their lives as well.
Linda Sherman
Linda has a background in traditional marketing as a successful marketing executive and CEO with multinational subsidiaries including Club Med, Coors, and Barilla. She has hands-on technical skills in building and search optimizing WordPress websites and an influential on-line presence. Linda teaches social marketing for business at the University of Hawaii. Her company, The Courage Group, provides websites, digital film, branding and social marketing strategy and training.
Liza Pierce
Liza is the blogger behind the popular A Maui Blog. Hawaii residents and visitors turn to Liza to get the inside scoop on all things Maui. Her blog was voted as the Best Blog on Maui from 2010 to 2012. She also works as a blogging and social media consultant.
Mike Prasad
Mike is a tech entrepreneur and marketing strategist specializing in niche markets, brand development, experience design, product development, social mechanisms and platform creation. He is the founder of Kinetiq Labs, Screenfuse, Hawaii Bitters Company, MXLGY, and Bit Love Media. Mike has spoken around the world on digital and social media, was one of the youngest CTO’s of a publicly traded company, and his work has been covered by most major news outlets.
Peter Liu
Peter is a photographer, digital media strategist, and TEDxMaui Digital Media Director. He integrates his passion for photography with social media to create a business he loves. Peter trains and coaches small businesses on their social media strategy as well as blog-site development. You can find him and his pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ryan Hew
Ryan is an attorney at law, and his practice is focused on providing legal services for transactional and compliance needs. He uses social media to educate others about the law, and make the law more approachable. When he’s not blogging, posting, or tweeting about contracts, corporate governance, and IP issues you can find him in the social media spaces taking pictures of food and his dogs.

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