Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis/St. Paul (SMBMSP) is where event where like minded folks across the Twin Cities get together to share & learn about social media. Membership in SMBMSP online has grown to over 2,300 professionals from all different disciplines and industries. Many partnerships, jobs, career changes, and friendships have blossomed because of this group’s ability to connect people who enjoy sharing what they know.

SMBMSP was modeled after the first-ever Social Media Breakfast, created by Bryan Person in Boston in September 2007. SMBMSP is now the largest of more than 40+ chapters in the US.

Organization Information

Founded: December 2007 by Rick Mahn
Event Count: 87 (and counting)
In-Person Attendance Average: 150
Attendance Record: 375 (in-person & remote)

Who We Are

myklroventineMykl Roventine
Mykl (@myklroventine) brings a lively and focused passion for the SMBMSP community to life and hosts our Social Media Boombox podcast. He is the owner and creative director of Orange Jackalope Creative, a web design & development agency that specializes in creating engaging web experiences with WordPress.  Mykl has a special passion for the social web and its power to educate and inspire. He also co-organizes the MN Blogger Conference, and speaks frequently about social media, WordPress, and typography.

danDan Bonebright
Community Management
Dan (@danbonebright) is a Senior Account Executive at Olson Engage with a strong background in writing, social, and digital. In addition to driving social strategy and content development at Olson, he also works game nights with the Minnesota Timberwolves group events team and previously volunteered on the MIMA social team. Dan is a graduate of St. John’s University, geeks out over sports and technology, and plans on road-tripping up the western coast of Australia.

saraSara Fleetham
Volunteer Coordinator
Sara (@fleetssara) has been immersed in youth and family programming in the Twin Cities for more than 20 years. She completed a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School in 2010 and is most comfortable in the middle of politics and advocacy. She is passionate about collaborative public engagement for the common good and currently working with the Woodbury Community Foundation on planning future initiatives. Cheese is her “bacon”.

Ron Mccoy
Technical Coordinator
Ron (@ronmccoymedia) is a video producer, director & consultant at “Make it Real McCoy” his 25 year old media production company. McCoy works with both large and small firms, including non-profits to enhance their video strategies through proven expertise developed over forty years in the Twin Cities media production market. Ron has owned and managed three multi-media and video production companies, including his pioneering work in the 1970’s community based video access centers. Ron provides his media production expertise to help make the live event presentations run smoothly. Ron’s been active in MN-AMA, MN-IABC, MIMA, BMA & AICP-MN.  Ron’s media expertise runs the gamut from retail commercial archives for Target to fundraising celebrations for UHCCF, Fraser & Arc. He’s been working the past nine years in the college safety marketplace on Title IX training and VAWA compliance projects. Ron’s an avid golfer and grandfather of two!

kellyKelly Kuhn-Wallace
Attendee Coordinator
Kelly (@kkdub) is a strategic marketing and growth services professional with 10+ years of experience working in industries as diverse as retail, financial services, and technology, in settings from startups to enterprise. As a marketing consultant, Kelly is continually refining growth strategies and the marketing tactics that drive them, particularly growth hacking and social media. In the local community, Kelly serves as a sounding board for marketing job seekers and is known as a connector and advocate for those who can benefit from a helping hand. Kelly is passionate about ice cream, about knowing and being your authentic self, and believes that in her case one cannot be separated from the other.

Missy VoronyakMissy Berggren
Strategic Planning
Missy (@missyvoronyak) is a strategic marketing & communications professional with 15+ years of experience. She has extensive background in brand development, digital/social strategy, advertising, corporate strategy and communications. Missy recently joined WCG as a director for the new Midwest office in Minneapolis where she’s working with Fortune 500 clients in the health care and consumer categories. Missy is a leader in the social media community. Not only does she serve as the director of strategic planning for Social Media Breakfast, she is also the co-founder of the MN Blogger Conference and a blogger herself. She is on the editorial board for MN Business magazine and is on the Board of Directors for the Food Allergy Support Group of MN.

Meg KnodlMeg Knodl
Strategic Planning
Meg (@DotMeg) is the Online Community Manager for Hennepin County Public Affairs. She spent the first decade of the millennium as a librarian. Meg established social media efforts for Hennepin County Library and was recognized as a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Meg’s favorite social network is Ravelry.com where she posts progress on her various knitting projects. She is married to a tumblr addict and together they like to travel, make things, and read to each other.

Lindsay-ValentyLindsay Valenty
Blog Contributor
Lindsay (@crayongirl_linz) is a social media professional with a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International of Minnesota. An Iowan turned Minnesotan, she’s passionate about social media, supporting local businesses, coffee and all things orange. Based in the Twin Cities, she’s a new member to both MIMA and AdFed hoping to learn all she can through osmosis by meeting new people and turning them into lifelong friends.

amandagebhardAmanda Gebhard
Blog Contributor
Amanda (@amandagebhard) is a social media professional and health care marketer based in the Twin Cities. She is passionate about leadership, strategy, and all things digital. She is also an avid runner and reader.

Teresa Boardman
Teresa BoardmanTeresa (@TBoard) is a Realtor, and licensed Minnesota real estate broker with Boardman Realty. She helps people buy homes and sells them too. She’s also blogger, writer, photographer and speaker. A life long resident of St. Paul Minnesota, and a graduate of The College of St. Catherine, Teresa is active in the community in addition to photographing SMBMSP events. Her volunteer work includes Meals on wheels and  she sits on the board of directors for the West 7th Community Center. More at stpaulphotos.com and stpaulrealestateblog.com.

Christopher-LowerChristopher Lower
Marketing Advisor
Chris (@MrChristopherLis the co-owner, with his wife Mary, of Sterling Cross Communications, an award winning public relations, marketing, web & mobile design, and social media firm celebrating their 10th year anniversary. He is an award winning Sales Manager & Marketer, with 25 years in the retail, hospitality and medical-technical device industries. He has been a corporate trainer, designer, and creator of business development programs and marketing campaigns for several firms. He is recognized as a Creative, an “out of the box” Social Media strategist, and a successful Public Relations and Business Writer.

Mary Lower

Mary Lower
Marketing Advisor
Mary (@PRMoxie) is co-owner of Sterling Cross Communications and brings her storytelling craft to SMBMSP by bridging traditional media to Social Media. With 20+ years in various roles within Public Relations, Mary has focused on integrating Social Media and PR over the past few years. She creatively uses the tools, mediums and language needed to tell the story of what SMBMSP is doing.

Our Founder

Rick Mahn
Rick (@rickmahn) brings his passion for connecting people, and helping organizations understand and implement social media for their customers and employees alike. Rick has over 20 years of technical and communications experience leading teams and projects in social & new media, bringing new ideas and functionality to organizations of all sizes behind the firewall. More at rickmahn.com.

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