Prestige Conference is a high-caliber business conference designed to help you reach an entirely new level of success.

Designed exclusively for freelancers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals operating in the digital marketplace, Prestige is an exceptional business building opportunity that will introduce concepts to create brand momentum, gain clients and customers, multiply revenues, foster new connections, and inspire you to reach farther and aim higher.

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Our Speakers

Instead of many tracks filled with volunteer speakers, we've scoured the digital marketplace for some of the very best speakers and are paying for their travel to come and speak in Minneapolis. What does that mean for you? You'll have a day full of great sessions on managing a business and your career.
  • Erica Hanna

    Erica is an Emmy-award winning Creative “Preditor” (Producer/Shooter/Director/Writer/Editor), Speaker, and Content Strategist. After spending 9 years in the creative department at WCCO-TV, she was brought on board at at the Director of Digital where she helped quadruple website traffic in just 10 months. Now…her company, Puke Rainbows specializes in video content, strategy, and also in leading workshops for businesses looking to “up” their video game. She’s had the chance to work with folks like Ellen DeGeneres, Lizz Winstead (Creator of the Daily Show), Harry Connick Jr., and Prince, loves karaoke, sarcasm, and is an expert at losing her keys. In her spare time she concentrates efforts on raising funds for the non-profit @charitywater through social media. To date, she has raised $30,000 for water wells in Africa. Erica is also the 2014 & 2015 Top Twitter Personality in Minneapolis.

    Puke Rainbows clients include: Mayo Clinic, Science Museum of Minnesota, WINGS Credit Union, Brightpeak Financial (Thrivent), University of Minnesota, as well as many Grammy and Emmy winning Musicians.

  • Brian Messenlehner

    Brian, a former software developer for the United State Marine Corps, is the Co-Founder & CTO of, a web development company that specializes in pushing WordPress to it’s limits. He is the Co-Founder of, a mobile app development company. He is also the Co-Author of “Building Web Apps with WordPress”, a book published by O’Reilly Media about using WordPress as an Application Framework. Brian enjoys learning about new technology and believes open source software is the key to successful cost effective tech solutions in most situations.

  • MIchelle Schulp

    Michelle is an independent graphic designer, who moved to Minneapolis from Chicago. She was formally schooled in design including print, branding, packaging, etc., with additional education in Psychology and Sociology, all tying together in a love of How To Solve Problems. Lately she has been specializing in WordPress websites, infographics, and high-end presentations for her clients.

  • Davis Senseman

    Davis founded Davis Law Office in 2010 after nearly a decade of practicing in the corporate department of a larger law firm. Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, she set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals. Her mission was three-fold: provide top-notch legal work, charge fair prices for it, and never stop evolving to meet the changing needs of clients. Over six years and more than 500 clients later, Davis is proud of the assistance DLO provides for companies large and small, and the expanding service they now offer for individuals and families. Davis is originally from the East Coast but now calls Minnesota home, except when it comes to football teams.  Davis graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with degrees in Sociology and English, and magna cum laude from Mitchell | Hamline School of Law. Davis now teaches the Business Law Clinic at Mitchell | Hamline School of Law (with Emily Buchholz of DLO as her co-teacher) and serves on the boards of PFund Foundation, the Midwest’s only LGBTQ community foundation and Still Kickin, a non-profit dedicated to building a braver, more supportive world.  Davis lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her wife Sarah, their two sons, two bulldogs and one exasperated cat.

  • Karim Marucchi

    Karim Marucchi is the CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group. In the past 20 years, his career path has encompassed a variety of opportunities including founding startups, managing large clients and teams in multinational agencies and taking companies public. This wealth of experience in taking digital teams across the globe has provided Karim with the necessary foundation and institutional knowledge in leading Crowd Favorite into the growing multinational organization it has become today.

  • John T. Meyer

    John T. Meyer is Co-Founder and CEO of Lemonly. Lemonly helps companies tell their story through visuals. Specializing in infographics, videos, and microcontent Lemonly works with brands like Marriott, Major League Baseball, Netflix, Lego, Under Armour, Salesforce, the Green Bay Packers, and the United Nations. John is a 2016 Finalist for EY’s Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2013 was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Emerging Entrepreneurs. John loves to cheer on the Minnesota Twins, spend time with his wife Paige and daughter Margot, and write about doing work that matters with a weekly newsletter called Point Letter.

  • Jess Jurick

    Jess has consulted with Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and non-profits to achieve everything from improved employee engagement (Abbott); to the successful relaunch of personality-driven news brands (Grantland & FiveThirtyEight); to the deployment of an enterprise publishing system that enables 1000 + Canadian journalists to deliver the news everyday (Global News); to increased brand awareness and enrollment in a MBA program (Florida International University); to decreased tobacco use in high risk populations (Rhode Island Department of Health).

    As the VP of Client Delivery at 10up, Jess leads the project management discipline, oversees holistic project delivery for 60+ active accounts, and collaborates with the executive team to enable rapid growth and operationalize new service offerings. She is passionate about creating a transparent, excellent, value-driven client experience.

    Jess is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She occupies her free time with puppies, guacamole, photography, and playlists.

  • Charlie Patel

    Charlie is a serial entrepreneur in the technology and marketing industry. He is currently the CEO of 99 Robots – a digital marketing and WordPress development agency, CEO of, Cofounder and COO / CTO of JuiceTank – NJ’s largest startup incubator and coworking space, Cofounder of Gabfire Themes (a WP theme shop that caters to online magazines and newspapers), and is an active leader of the NJ and NYC startup ecosystem.

    He has a track record of successful ventures across various industries including several acquisitions. Charlie also spent 10 years in the corporate world leading large-scale financial systems implementations of projects ranging from 1MM to 500MM in budget for companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Accenture, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and GE Capital. Charlie is constantly sought after by well-known brands, publications, & conferences. He prides himself on being a do-er rather than a talker.

  • Peter Chester

    Peter is a partner at Modern Tribe, the digital agency responsible for The Events Calendar and Image Widget WordPress plugins as well as for large scale WordPress builds including Harvard Law, Stanford Law and Peter often leads large technical projects with budgets in excess of $500k. Peter is also a father, musician, artist, surfer and list maker with an obsession over google spreadsheet formulas (though not necessarily in that order).

  • Jeff King

    As Senior Vice President of Hosting at GoDaddy, Jeff oversees the development and operations of the largest platform for small business in the world. Jeff joined GoDaddy after 10 years with eBay, where he served as Head of Platform Strategy for commerce and held senior product management roles in Search, Trust and Safety.

    Prior to eBay, Jeff spent six years at Sun Microsystems, first as a Senior Product Manager and then as a Systems Engineer. Jeff holds a B.S. from San Jose State University.

    As a father of two, he enjoys adventure-travel with his family, “basically any water sport” and mountain biking. Jeff also mentors startups in commerce/cloud technology.

  • Jennifer Bourn

    Jennifer Bourn

    As founder of Bourn Creative, Jennifer is an award-winning designer who has been working in the creative trenches since 1997. She provides consulting on brand strategy, website strategy, and digital strategy, and leads Bourn Creative’s graphic design and web design projects. While she still loves getting her hands dirty in brand and print design projects, her specialty is custom WordPress theme design.

    When not obsessing over pixels, margins, and type, Jennifer manages the Bourn Creative brand and the creation and iteration of our internal systems and processes. She speaks often for podcasts, summits, and live events, and writes for the Bourn Creative, WP Elevation, and CoSchedule blogs, as well as the GoDaddy Garage. She also co-organizes the Sacramento WordPress Meetup group.

Our Schedule

  • Registration

  • Opening Remarks

  • Lifestyle Business: In pursuit of a life well lived

    Peter Chester, Partner, Modern Tribe

    I have been on a quest in pursuit of a life well lived. For me and for everyone working at Modern Tribe.

    Join me in savoring the fruits of my exploration of the role of a company in the lives of its workers. What can a small company do to build a platform for a life well lived? What does it mean to be a lifestyle company?

  • Growth Without Scaling: Traveling an Independent Path

    MIchelle Schulp, Marktime Media

    There's an abundance of advice available about finding success in business (including what you'll hear at this event!) However, so much of this guidance is focused on a singular path: scaling your business, hiring more employees, and becoming a larger company with bigger clients. But what if this isn't where you want to go?

    There are multiple reasons to become an entrepreneur, so why would there be only one possible outcome? Prosperity takes many forms, and some will send you in a completely different direction than the typical business growth model, but that doesn't make them any less meaningful. Following my own journey as a stubborn independent, we'll discuss how finding clarity about your destination will help you harness your hustle and keep you pointed on your chosen path.

  • The Helpful Culture: How Giving Small Businesses A Hand Up Can Expand Your Brand, Build Your Business, and Fill Your Pipeline

    Jeff King, Senior Vice President of Hosting, GoDaddy

    Technological progress is shifting the economy in favor of the entrepreneur. With more than 200 million existing small businesses worldwide and millions more added each year, the evidence is clear: the majority of businesses are in fact small businesses. At GoDaddy, we have seen how the democratization of technology is a major trend enabling people to do what they love as a career because the tools they need are accessible, affordable and easy to use.

    As consumer expectations for ease, accessibility and design continue to rise, small businesses must meet this demand. These evolving customer needs present a prime opportunity for web designers and developers, as well as other service providers, to expand and market their services to help entrepreneurs and SMB owners stay competitive against big businesses.

  • Lunch

  • Marketing WordPress Themes and Plugins: What Works? What Doesn’t?

    Charlie Patel, CEO, 99 Robots

    An inside look at how a focused marketing strategy can influence the sustainability and profitability of WordPress products, as well as their impact on your service offerings. Using results from an actual marketing campaign executed over the course of a few months, Charlie will share lessons learned as well as what worked and didn’t work.

  • Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket!

    Brian Messenlehner, Co-Founder, CTO of WebDevStudios

    Increase overall revenue by diversifying your business! Brian will talk about the various brands under the WebDevStudios umbrella and how they all complement each other under one common theme.

  • Don’t F&ck Up Your Business

    Davis Senseman, Founder, Davis Law Office

    No one can make your business soar, or fail, like you. Let’s discuss some of the most common ways business owners f*@k up their businesses (or let others do it to them) and some easy, non-painful ways to avoid them. Lots of practical, easy-to-implement information from a lawyer who refuses to fall back on the standard lawyer answer - “it depends.”

  • Networking Happy Hour

    Kieran’s Irish Pub. 85 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • Check-In

  • Opening Remarks

  • Consistency Establishes Reputation: Brand Platform Strategies To Ensure You Are Remembered, Respected, And Referred

    Jennifer Bourn, Founder, Creative Director, and Digital Strategist, Bourn Creative

    As with the first workshop, we'll do this hands-on style, walking the audience through the concept of creating a brand platform and why it's a critical step for every business brand and personal brand. Then we'll move into the hands-on exercises with worksheets.

  • Advice From the Purple One: What Prince Taught Me About Business, Trust, and Risk

    Erica Hanna, Founder, Puke Rainbows

    Risk. It's something many of us are averse to. But, what if your entire career was dependent on doing things that made you uncomfortable? What is out there, that you could be missing by falling victim to imposter syndrome? We'll look at the statistics behind risk, confidence building, and how a simple phrase from the musical genius from Minneapolis, made one business Puke Rainbows.

  • Lunch

  • Origin of Opportunity: How to Discover, Create, and Maximize Opportunity.

    John T. Meyer, Co-Founder and CEO, Lemonly

    Where does opportunity come from and how do you find it? John T. Meyer will explain where to find opportunity, how you can create your own opportunities, and prove to you that more opportunity means more luck and more success.

  • The Importance of Estimating: An Exploration of Estimating Philosophy, Methodology, and Practical Application to Scalable Resource Planning

    Jess Jurick, VP of Client Delivery, 10up

    This session will strive to shift common perceptions around estimating, encouraging strategic, collaborative, transparent practices that strengthen client relationships and project outcomes. A methodology primer will highlight simple techniques for improving the accuracy and effectiveness of estimates. Finally, we'll discuss how estimates inform agency resource planning and growth.

  • Running Your Project with Enterprise-Grade Account Management

    Karim Marucchi, CEO, Crowd Favorite

    Come take a behind-the-scenes look at how enterprise service providers manage their client accounts, with specific tips on how you can implement those practices on even your smallest projects.

    Have you had a specific client management problem that you weren’t sure how to resolve? Have you noticed a trend among a few of your last challenging projects that seems to be hindering your “project profitability”? Then this session is for you. The first part of the session will focus on techniques large-scale agencies use to give a white-glove client experience while controlling scope creep.

    Once we’ve covered the groundwork, the larger part of the session will be an interactive discussion on how and when to apply these tools and strategies. Your business is built on your daily interactions with your clients, and the goal of this session is to discuss the very real scenarios your business encounters. Come ready to dig in on a tactical level to transform your account management skills, improve your client experience, and ultimately increase your profit margins.

  • Networking Happy Hour

    Hell’s Kitchen (Far Side Pub). 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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PrestigeConf was a refreshing experience as a speaker and for the attendees seeking to enhance their business prowess. Scoring from top to bottom, starting with communication of the organizing team to the logistics the day of, the PrestigeConf team receives an A+ in my book. (read more)
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