Thank You 2018 Photo Booth Expo Presenters!

The 2018 Photo Booth Expo touted a fantastic line-up of business and Photo Booth savvy speakers and presenters. A broad variety of topics were offered to help attendees get maximum value from their KEY PASS. Watch for the roster of presenters for 2019, coming in October.

Alan Berg

Alan Berg has been called “The Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”. His 25 years of industry experience includes publishing 2 wedding magazines, 11 years at The Knot, most as Vice President of Sales and Education, and now, as a consultant and Education Guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. Alan is the author of the books “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?” and “Your Attitude for Success”, and the new, and much anticipated sales book“Shut Up and Sell More!” Alan speaks to thousands of entrepreneurs and local business professionals, domestically and internationally, through webinars, live presentations, Books and Audio CDs

Steve Bliesner

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Steve and his business partner Sophie launched The Photo Booth Guys in March of 2014. Within their first year of business, Steve and his team took nearly 500 bookings and expanded into the UK market. In just their second year of business, they are on target to hit $1,000,000 in revenue.

Catalina Bloch

Catalina is the founder of MDRN Photobooth Company. In 3 short years she grew her booth company from 1 booth in one city to 9 booth in 3 cities. Cat shares her knowlege freely through her photobooth training website, educational videos like Secrets To Running a 6 Figure Photobooth Business and weekly with Photobooth Supply Co Social Media.

Chris Breeze

Chris Breeze has established a worldwide reputation for his digital camera software, marketed on the internet since March 2001. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in software development and has been running Breeze Systems since 1994. Breeze Systems has a well-earned reputation for reliable, world class software for photo booths, for controlling single and multiple cameras and for digital workflow software.

Dr. Drax

Dr. Drax is an accomplished technologist, futurist, public speaker and entertainer. With over 30 years experience as an engineer, entertainer and public speaker, Drax comes to the table with a wealth of business experience and has helped thousands of mobile entertainers and booth owners to build better and more successful businesses.

Scott Faver

Scott Faver is known as the “game master” mostly because of his gregarious and bubbly personality which transforms a room into a giant celebration of life. Scott is an expert in corporate events, weddings and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations and is infamous for his “breakfast with the game master” get-togethers. He will share with the PBX audience his marketing tricks of the trade.

Sonny Ganguly

Sonny Ganguly is a widely acclaimed speaker, speaking on technology, marketing and strategy.

Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny is a founding member of NextGen Angels and an active member of the CMO Club, where he was awarded as a CMO Rising Star.

Ed Baker

Founder & owner of Alive Entertainment of New York and Las Vegas. Ed has 3,000+ events and 26,000+ hours experience over the past (12) years in the special events industry.

Greg Shirakyan

Greg Shirakyan is the CEO of Emergent Machines, Inc. where he invented OCCO – the only robot in the world designed to make people smile. Prior to founding his current company, Greg was a Robotics Researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA), and held a number of engineering and technical leadership roles at companies large and small all over the US and abroad. Greg’s background is in Theoretical Physics and Computer Science.

Ryan Salinas

Ryan Salinas is a photographer, designer, business marketing and media consultant. He currently operates a photography and photo booth company in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas. He specializes in working with large brands to create unique photo experiences for consumers. Ryan has been in the events industry for over 14 years and looks forward to sharing years of stories, tips, tricks, and strategies to increase your sales!

Rob Peters

Over 30 years ago, Rob Peters began DJing while attending St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine during his freshman year.  “I dj’d one of the on campus dances one night and had a lot of fun doing it.” notes Peters.  “DJing was a good fit for my personality at that time as I was ‘coming out of my shell’ then.” Rob continued to earn his degree and Djing , not only for campus events, but also on the radio at the college radio station, as well as at WGAN AM and WMGX FM in Portland.  Following graduation, Rob moved back to Boston where he grew up and eventually started working at WROL AM in Boston.  “At that time, I had stopped doing mobile work, until I was asked by a friend to DJ an birthday party and and things took off from there.” Since that time, Rob has developed his DJ company into a full time, full service business in greater Boston, including photo booth and “Photo-Tainment” services for Weddings, Corporate Events and Private parties.

Calvin Harrell

Calvin Harrell is the Immediate Past President of SPAC, the largest School and Sports photography organization and conference in the world.

Astrid Hernandez

With a background in International and European law, but always attracted to the business world, Astrid got immersed in the photo booth adventure 7 years ago when along with business partners Carlos and Claudia she launched Tuitboo in Panama. She later became co-founder of Tweetboo Europe.  Today, Tuitboo and Tweetboo are both part of the same group, the first one mainly focused on providing services to Latin-American clients wheras Tweetboo performs photo activations in Europe.

Ross Holman

Co-founder of Check Cherry, Ross is primarily focused on sales and marketing efforts. He has years of experience growing his entertainment business, LocalBoy, to a leading provider of DJ and Photobooth services in Southern California. Ross brings an incredible passion for helping others success in their business. In 2015, Ross was the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the city of Riverside, California.

Jordan St. Jacques

\Jordan St Jacques is a Coder & Tech Entrepreneur working out of the prestigious Bayview Yards Innovation Centre in Ottawa Canada. Coming from careers as Promoter and DJ, then Digital Marketer, he is uniquely qualified to discuss how photo booth operators can use digital tools & processes in order to leapfrog the competition and book more gigs.

Justin Jowett

Educator, Entrepreneur, Community Supporter and Blogger. Justin is an Aussie who started out as a boother in 2010 before creating The Photobooth Finder the free to list photo booth lead generation directory and the Australian Photo Booth Expo “BoothCon”. Justin is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experiences with everyone at PBX.

Keith "KC" KoKoruz

Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz is the owner of the Chicago based Keith Christopher Entertainment Group, Aberdeen Florists, Harry Fox Photo & Video, the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo. In 2010, he started his bridal show business which has quickly become one of largest bridal show companies in the country producing 20 show per year currently. His passion for entertaining is equally matched by his passion for marketing.

Robert Lindquist

Robert is best known among mobile entertainers as the founding publisher of Mobile Beat Magazine, Singer & Musician and co-producer of the Mobile Beat DJ shows. His current focus (FLX Web Design) is showing small business owners how they can maintain their own websites no longer tied to a specific platform, web developer or designer. He is also a partner in Las Vegas based Level 11 Media, which maintains several web sites and digital publications for musicians, DJs and touring sound engineers. Bob is a wealth of business knowledge. He has written several books, owned an advertising agency, spent two decades in radio and has even performed with a live band in Vegas (on Fremont Street).

Bryan Foley

Join us on Monday Morning from 8:00-8:50 am and get your day started off with
some nourishment for your Heart, Soul, Mind and possibly your Belly: as we share
ideas about growing your business options outside of just the wedding market.
Bryan Foley, and a few other surprise guest will be sharing business tools and
strategies that can add more money to your bottom line by showing you how to fill
your weekday and weeknight calendar through events aimed at Church Groups,
Community Events as well as Family and Kids Shows.
This morning networking session is open to ALL Attendees from all beliefs. We
welcome you to learn, grown and build your business based on examples and sound
advice from some of the industries leading business owners.

Wally Carnes

Operations Manager, Support Guru,Darkroom Software

A 35 year veteran of the photography industry, Wally has managed a professional studio, shot countless weddings and events and owns and operates photo booths. Wally blends patience and expertise to provide the best support in the business

Jack Hartzman

Jack has more than 30 years in professional photography and the special event industry. His work has been published in books, magazines, websites and adorns the walls of hotels and venues coast to coast. His event experience, passion for technology and determination to exceed photographic expectations has driven WTA Photo’s business to now include more than 15 photo booths, 10 green screen photo stations and a hand full of other event novelies.

Cherie Irwin

Cherie is a mom and an entrepreneur, in that order. She started her first photo booth business in 2007 and has been a leader in promoting education within the photo booth industry. Her website,, founded in 2009, was the first online photo community designed to connect photo booth business owners, giving them an platform share information and grow their businesses. Cherie also co-founded PBPI and assisted with the inaugural launch of Photo Booth Expo.

Lisa Oler

Lisa Oler, is an eternal optimist who believes in dreaming big, but “keeping it real.” Based in Los Angeles, she has owned and operated Smile Lounge Photo Booth for 8 Years. She specializes in logistics, partnerships, and networking within the industry. She lives the work hard/play hard motto. She believes that great marketing can change the world. As founder of Smile Lounge, Lisa believes in providing interactive, playful photo booth experiences to help clients connect with their audience and a platform to play. Her biggest advice? Say YES and then figure out a way to make it work. Don’t be afraid to stretch your imagination.

Dennis Marentette

Dennis Marentette has been part of the special event industry for over 30 years. As a videographer and photographer, he gained strong name recognition with creativeness and quality in his market. In 2001, he was named to the WEVA Videographers, Hall of Fame. He has lectured at international conferences on videos. In 2012, Dennis added a photo booth to his business to diversify his income. In a market that is high competitive with good quality booths, he was able to get his market share. Using traditional marketing and online exposure, he was able to build a strong market brand. Dennis will share what made him successful in difficult market.

Chris Meyer

Chris is a marketing and business wiz. With operations in 20+ cities in under 20 months he runs the most experienced slow motion company in the US.

Brian Miller

Brian Miller launched Photo Party Upload as the first solution to market to make any photo activation integrate with social media—In addition, to being in the custom photo activation game since 2007. LA Photo Party designs custom photo related software and manufactures The Photo Party Station—known for having the most robust suite of features of any photo booth on the market.

Justin Miller

Justin Miller is a small business sales and marketing automation specialist. He is also an Infusionsoft certified partner and helps business owners get more customers and sales by implementing marketing systems in their companies.
With a 20+ year background also running an event company (sold in 2017), Justin is one of the leading experts on marketing and sales management in the wedding, event, and entertainment industries.
He is also a published author and presents seminars and workshops internationally for his marketing agency, Profit 911 Consulting.

Steve Napolitan

International best-selling author and award winning marketer, Steve Napolitan, works with entrepreneurs, C-level executives, coaches and consultants that are challenged with not knowing how to grow. They are often struggling in that “spinning wheels” mode, working hard but going nowhere and a lot of times they feel very much alone. Steve has helped his clients to reach millions, literally, in traffic, impressions and revenue. Most importantly, he shows them how to turn this response into real business growth while regaining control of their lives.

Frederik Peters

Finance Manager and automation solutions specialist, after developing a strong interest in the entertainment world, Frederik along with business partners Astrid and Carlos launched Tweetboo. At the moment, the company is providing photo and video booth services in Panama and across Europe with strong presence in Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands where the main office is located. The Tweetboo team led by Creative Designer Carlos Herrera is pleased to announce the launch of the product “SELFIC”, an innovative 3D printed, stylish case designed to fully cover a portable Selfie photo booth which is easy to carry and move around.

Greg Tutwiler

Greg Tutwiler has been a Virginia Mobile DJ since 1985. He was a 1997 American Disc Jockey Award recipient, and has received the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice award seven out of the last nine years. He’s a former columnist for Mobile Beat Magazine, co-founder of Singer and Musician Magazine, and is the current publisher of Americana Music Magazine. Greg is also an ordained and licensed Christian minister, and co-founder of the Christian Wedding Chaplain’s Association.

Bill Vahrenkamp

Bill has 35 years of experience photographing weddings and events. He started printing on-site 23 years ago and has been operating photo booths for 8 years. Bill combines his BA in photography, experience, patience and sense of humor to lead the tech support team at Imaging Spectrum.

Ismail Humet

Ismail Humet runs a consulting group that specializes in software development and business marketing. He currently operates a photo booth company based in New York. Based on that experience, he built a CRM software specifically for photo booth businesses.

Sidney Valenta

Before founding sharingbox in 2013 in Brussels, Belgium, Sidney worked as a recruiter for eight years. It was during this experience he realized companies were in need of brand ambassadors. To meet this demand he set out to build his first photo booth, the sharingbox Original. Five years later the company operates 800 photo booths across 20 countries and serviced over 35,000 events for some of the world’s biggest brands as well as private clients. Since its inception, sharingbox has developed proprietary hardware and software that allows it to scale and efficiently run its global business.

Mike Fernino

Mike Fernino is the owner of In Motion Photo Booth from Seymour, CT. He is also founder of DJ Idea Sharing. A movement started in 2001 for DJ education. Mike brings his open-forum discussion and idea exchange to the photo booth Expo. Take notes or take the mic and contribute.

Stephen Lynch

Stephen Lynch is a 26 year veteran of the Special Events Industry. In addition to running Atlanta Photo Booth since 2005 with his lovely and talented wife Teresa, Stephen owns and operates Extreme Event Design, an extremely successful production, rental, and event fabrication studio in Atlanta Ga. Stephen’s specialties include events for schools, corporate functions, and servicing Television/ Film and Music industry clients.

The educational content for the 2018 Photo Booth Expo has been programmed with the assistance of the Photo Booth Association (PBA). The Photobooth Association is the industry leader in educational training with live events, and webinars to help Boothers  build and grow their business.

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