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Board Members

Board and committee leaders volunteer their time to lead and manage ANA Business Marketing of Northern California (formerly NORCAL BMA). ANA Business Marketing of Northern California Board Members serve the needs of the Northern California B2B marketing communications community in a myriad ways, overseeing activities and programs, planning and organizing marketing seminars, and upholding the highest professional standards in B2B marketing. Their experience, expertise and commitment bring exceptional value to our organization.

2018-2019 Board

Exec Team

Sarah Autrand

PRESIDENT

Sarah Autrand

Sarah Autrand is a creative, strategic, and energetic marketing consultant with over 15 years experience acquired from a career spanning many top brands and over 30 successful emerging enterprises. Leading technology companies include Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Fujits, Sun Microsystems (Oracle), Apollo Group (University of Phoenix), as well as numerous emerging and midrange technology companies in a broad range of consumer and enterprise software categories, most of which have been acquired or continue to thrive as businesses. Not limited to marketing IT, her background includes driving marketing in the nonprofit, education, professional services, and life sciences fields. Sarah has authored several articles and whitepapers, and has been quoted on Silicon Valley marketing trends in the India Post, Palo Alto Weekly, San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley Business Ink, and San Jose Business Journal. She has ghost-written, authored or co-authored articles published in a variety of media, including Government Security News, Silicon Valley Business Ink, Corporate Counsel Magazine, and Cloud Times. She has won over 20 awards, including in the fields of Science, Management, and Leadership. She completed her undergraduate studies with Honors in English (Literature) at San Francisco State University, earned her M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and holds several writing diplomas and certificates. Contact ›

VP, FINANCE & TREASURER

Isabelle Coste

Isabelle has been an active member of ANA Business Marketing since 2015. She is currently the treasurer for the Northern California chapter. Previously, she was in charge of the ANA/BMA relations. This has been instrumental in maintaining the effectiveness of the chapter after the acquisition of the BMA by the ANA. Isabelle is a long-time demand marketing professional, most recently at Gigamon Inc. Previously she held marketing roles at Tely Labs Inc, Logitech and Hewlett-Packard. Truly multicultural, Isabelle has lived and worked in the US and various countries across Europe. She holds an MBA from the EMLYON Business School in France as well as an MSc in Finance from the University of Lancaster in the UK. She is a Tai Chi instructor and lives with her husband and 2 sons in San Jose, CA. LinkedIn › Contact ›

Vanessa Bright

VP, FINANCE & TREASURER

Vanessa Bright

Vanessa has been modern marketing enthusiast for over 15 years, helping several companies to move a little closer to the future of digital marketing and demand generation. She is currently Demand Marketing Manager at Imperva, a cybersecurity company, which protects websites, applications and databases wherever they reside. LinkedIn › Twitter › Blog › Contact ›

VP, ANA RELATIONS

Eric Andrews

A veteran of the marketing industry for more than 25 years, Eric Andrews has spent time on both the Client and Agency sides, and has lived and worked in New York, Australia, Japan and England and the Silicon Valley. Eric joined Oracle in April 2016 as Vice President, Demand Operations. In that role, Eric has global responsibility for marketing operations, demand generation, digital marketing and sales plays for the Cloud Infrastructure group. Prior to Oracle, Eric was Corporate Vice President of marketing at Juniper Networks where he helped launch Juniper’s demand generation capability. An avid skier, sailor and ceramic artist, Eric lives with his wife and 2 daughters in San Jose, CA. LinkedIn › Contact ›

Ted Konen

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Ted Kohnen

Ted has served on the ANA Business Marketing NorCal Board of Directors in different capacities over the years. First as VP of Finance and then as the Chapter's President from 2016-2018. In his role, Ted works closely with the Board to develop and execute educational programs, events and other opportunities that continually offer great value to ANA Business Marketing members.

Ted is an advertising agency executive who currently serves as President of the digital agency, Retina (a Transiris Company). As President, he works closely with CEOs, CMOs and other marketing decision makers on the development and execution of business, product and marketing strategies in order to accelerate business performance.

He is charged with the integration of a world-class marketing technology offering that includes AI, marketing automation, CRM and business intelligence and data solutions with award winning marketing strategy, creative and brand/demand go-to-market solutions. Throughout his career, he has pushed the boundaries of marketing and advertising. He and his teams have won numerous ANA Business Marketing awards and marketing technology accolades. Ted has led key account wins and assignments with ADP, Boeing, Centurylink, LG, NCR, Oracle, Tata Consultancy Services, Weight Watchers and Western Union.

Ted earned his B.A in International Business and Management from Dickinson College and his M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University.
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VP, BRAND & SOCIAL MEDIA

Michael Ruby

With nearly two decades of experience as a writer, director, strategist and performer, Michael is the Chief Content & Experience Officer at Stein IAS, helping B2B brands of all kinds embrace cutting-edge creative technology and brand storytelling. Michael has helped the agency become one of the most awarded B2B agencies in the world, leading brand, creative, digital, and experiential initiatives for distinguished organizations such as ADP, Boeing, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), Merck Animal Health, Korn Ferry, NCR, Oracle and Republic Services. He’s been cited or had his work featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CMO.com, among others – and Ad Age once heralded him for the “best use of the word ‘boo-yah’ in a b-to-b ad ever.” Before relocating to the Bay Area, Michael was a founding member of FWD, the early career marketer program of the ANA/BMA of New York City. Michael is also a recovering actor and an acclaimed librettist whose award-winning musicals and songs have been performed across the United States, and in England and South America. Most importantly, he is Benjamin and Vivian's dad. LinkedIn › Contact ›

Venkat Raman

VP, COMMUNICATIONS

Venkat Raman

Venkat is a freelance direct response copywriter and marketing consultant specializing in B2B content and sales copy. He focuses on content marketing and email marketing for B2B technology companies. With over 30 years of experience as a software engineer and writer, Venkat has worked for a variety of clients, large and small. His clients include OTA Insight, DerbySoft, San Francisco Writers Conference, Tri-City Voice newspaper, and he has worked at Williams-Sonoma, AltaVista, Compaq, and Digital Equipment Corp among others. Venkat is a graduate of IIT Madras in Electrical Engineering and has picked up graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering (Stony Brook) as well as Computer Science (Penn State). More recently, Venkat trained as a copywriter through American Writers and Artists, Inc. LinkedIn › Contact ›

VP, SPECIAL EVENTS

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VP, MEMBERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Leslie Brell

Leslie is a solution-focused salesperson with extensive experience working with B2B marketers to solve their challenges and drive marketing ROI. She has worked with companies including R2integrated (formerly CatapultWorks), The Pedowitz Group, PR Newswire and Infogroup. Leslie is currently working at Accelerate Marketing Solutions, helping companies with their customer acquisition needs, by providing lead generation and data services . Leslie has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has been involved with ANA Business Marketing for over 10 years. Off hours, Leslie can often be found on the tennis court or traveling. She resides in San Francisco. LinkedIn › Contact ›

VP, PR

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VP, PROGRAMS

Bala Venkat

Bala Venkat is a seasoned executive with over 25 years marketing, general management, and P & L leadership across SAP AG, Trend Micro, Sprint, Exodus Comm., Procter & Gamble and Cenzic. As the CMO of Cenzic, he drove the branding, positioning, communications, operations, and demand generation culminating a successful M & A transaction rewarding the shareholders and the board. Recognized as a visionary, Bala brings the unique talent to blend business, technology, and market trends into compelling value proposition. His career is marked with valuable contributions in the enterprise software, internet security, data center, mobility, analytics, and the cloud computing domain. Bala is frequently quoted in leading publications including eWeek, Dark Reading, PC Magazine, Info Security, MSNBC, Network World etc. He also received the received the Top 20 CMO Award @ 2013 PR World and Marketer of Year: Digital Innovation Award in May 2014. Bala earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Bombay, India, and master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas. Contact ›

VP, ROUNDTABLES

Tanya Salah

Tanya Salah is serving as Vice President of Roundtables for ANA Business Marketing of Northern California (formerly NORCAL BMA). Tanya has over 17 years of professional Sales experience in the Tech Publishing and B2B Demand Generation sectors at organizations including, Mashable, Geeknet, Ziff Davis, True Influence and others. Currently, Tanya serves as Senior Sales Director at NetLine Corporation, the #1 B2B Content Syndication Lead Generation Network globally, for over 20 years. An alumna of the University of San Francisco, off hours Tanya can be found surfing and sailing the beautiful waters of the Monterey Bay. Contact ›

VP, SCHOLARSHIPS

Helene Eichler

Helene is substitute teaching a full core curriculum of subjects including: Math, Science, Language Arts, Engineering, Computer Science and Social Studies in multiple school districts.She has 10+ years’ experience defining, developing and executing end to end B2B channel marketing strategy and programs including: demand generation campaigns, designing partner/end-user messaging, launching re-branded channel program and establishing first time networking solution pricing model. Contact ›

VP, SPONSORSHIPS & PARTNERSHIPS

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VP, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMUNITY

Joe Bertoldi

Joe is an enthusiastic TriNet business consultant who works with small to medium size businesses to create operational efficiencies while driving an increase in ROI. He has been supporting businesses in the Silicon Valley over the past 5 years. Joe is fun, energetic, hard-working, self-motivated, and has the ambition to make it happen. He is constantly working to enhance his industry knowledge which makes him the perfect candidate to work with other young professionals looking to grow themselves. In his current position with TriNet he is passionate about working with small to mid-sized businesses helping them contain costs and improve operating margins through strategic HR and Large Group Benefits Admin and Compliance Functions helping his clients stay focused on their mission critical. TriNet’s bundled HR solution offers a cloud based business model that dovetails nicely with Joe’s skillset and enables him to deliver both for TriNet, and as an advocate for his clients. He is a true consultant in his role with TriNet educating his network constantly. He is excited to work with Young Professionals looking to enhance their skill sets and gain industry knowledge. Contact ›