Ryan Avent is an economics writer living in Washington, DC. He authors The Economist’s Free Exchange economics blog, as well as a bi-weekly column on urban economics and transportation issues for the environmental publication Grist. He also writes on a wide range of economic topics at his personal blog, The Bellows, at www.ryanavent.com. He also writes a column for Portfolio.com called Market Movers (www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/market-movers). He has previously contributed to The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, and The Washington Examiner.
Mark Adkins currently volunteers for PDMA as a board member and their Vice President of Marketing. He is the former Director of Technology and Marketing at Kennametal Extrude Hone. While at Kennametal he successfully integrated independent development groups from Europe, Asia & N. America into a global team that dramatically streamlined the product portfolio and launched three next generation products.
Prior to working at Kennametal Mark was president of Turnkey Marketing, a company he founded in 2000 to help clients grow their businesses through entering new markets, establishing strategic alliances and by developing new products. While at Turnkey he helped win $1.9M in government funding to start the Lean Innovation Program, a product development improvement program that helped industrial companies greatly improve their new product development results.
Before founding Turnkey Marketing, Mr Adkins was Director of Marketing and New Product Development at Cincinnati Machine. While at the company he spearheaded the design and implementation of their product development process that was recognized as the best in the nation in 1998 by the PDMA, receiving their coveted “Outstanding Corporate Innovator” award. His team of product managers led projects that launched products with lifetime sales of over $1B.
Mark has a degree in Business Administration from Xavier University and is currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.
Garland Pollard writes about media, branding and technology from Sarasota, Florida. His website BrandlandUSA.com is America’s authority on legacy brands. A native of Virginia and the former editor of Virginia Living magazine, by day he is Director of Communications for the Florida diocese of the Episcopal Church.