9:00 - 9:20
President and CEO
Described as “a digital innovator and opportunist,” Tim Whitley has been passionate about innovating the world of technology since he was a young boy. For the past decade, Whitley has been a popular speaker on digital marketing at conferences and events throughout the country and Canada. He is perhaps best known for his keynotes on “TraDigital: The Art of Blending Traditional and Digital Marketing.” Tim is also highly respected in the TV broadcasting, meteorology, automotive and agriculture/equipment sectors. His talks are designed to inspire audiences to want to help invent the future of technology and how to look at every challenge as an opportunity or turn a “no” into a “what if."
An Abilene, Texas native, Whitley was fascinated by the weather and began interning at the local television station’s weather department at the age of 15. Earning a management spot by 17, he was then tapped to launch a brand-new TV station, launching additional newscasts, doing morning weather and developing high-energy programming.
By 2007, Whitley was advising Nexstar television stations nationwide on how to deploy information via digital media channels which led him to start his own company in 2010 called Team SI.
Whitley now leads 120+ employees at Team SI, innovating how more than 800+ clients distribute media and content. The company's growth and innovation has been recognized extensively, earning status as a Google Premier Partner, Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies, “50 Innovative Companies to Watch” by Silicon Review, Inner City 100 by Forbes, Best Places to Work in Arkansas, and Arkansas Business of the Year along with winning Entrepreneur of the Year.
Whitley is honored to be part of the Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” Class of 2015 and the Under 40 Forum to develop strategies of how to improve recruitment and retention of young talent to the state. Whitley also serves on the boards of directors of Camp Aldersgate and Women & Children First.
9:30 - 10:30
Washington and Farm Bill Update
Presented by Team SI
Delaney Howell is the host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market television program.
She is the founder of AgCulture Media LLC, which specializes in video production for technologically savvy agricultural companies and co-launched a daily agriculture news podcast, Ag News Daily. She is also a freelance reporter for “This Week in Agribusiness”, and Your Ag Network, and is a member of various organizations including the Iowa Cattleman's Association, and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) organization.
Howell grew up on a family farm in Southeast Iowa. Today, her father and oldest brother run a finish feedlot cattle operation, farm corn and soybeans, and her mom has a hobby chicken farm. Delaney holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and minors in Broadcasting and International Studies from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master's in Agricultural Communications through Texas Tech University. With a passion for agriculture, she has traveled the world, now totaling 20 countries.
11:00 - 12:00