Keynote Conversation Series with JJ Ramberg of MSNBC’s Your Business

Join JJ Ramberg as she probes the minds of our business and sport luminaries in this fun informal Conversation Series at NY Business Expo & Conference.  Get to know what makes these highly successful individuals tick, who they really are and what advice they can offer our attendees.  This is your way to “meet the experts” like never before! Only at the New York Business Expo & Conference.

Interviews will begin at 12:30 pm and run for 30 minutes each.


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Bess Yount, Facebook

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Dave Kerpen, Likeable Local

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Dwight “Doc” Gooden, 3x World Series Champion




JJ Ramberg, Host of MSNBC’s Your Business

JJ Ramberg is the host of msnbc’s Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners.  Now in its eighth season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and featured advice from countless small business experts and investors and government officials.  As a leader in this field, JJ often speaks to groups of business leaders and entrepreneurs.  She is author of the best-selling book It’s Your Business – 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business.

JJ is passionate about small business and has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur herself. With her brother, she co-founded, which works with thousands of online stores to provide shoppers the best coupons and deals and gives a percentage of virtually every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite cause.  To date, Goodshop has raised more than $11 for causes ranging from the American Cancer Society to local high schools and animal shelters

Before joining msnbc, JJ was a reporter at CNN where she covered a wide range of topics, ranging from breaking news to profiles of the country’s top business leaders. Her extensive field experience includes reporting from Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. She also hosted the daytime talk program The Flipside on CNNfn and was a producer on CNN’s profile program Pinnacle. She began her television career at NBC News, where she was an associate producer at Dateline NBC.

JJ graduated from Duke University  with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received her MBA from Stanford Business School.

Keynote Interviews

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Bess Yount, Small and Medium Business Engagement Team Lead, Facebook


Bess Yount leads Facebook’s Small and Medium Business Community Engagement team at its Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. She focuses on helping small businesses and small business communities better understand how to use Facebook to connect and grow. She has previously worked on the Small and Medium Business Marketing and Product Marketing teams at Facebook. Bess has her BA and MA from Stanford University.


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Dave Kerpen, CEO, Likeable Local


Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software startup for small businesses, as well as the chairman and former CEO of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm with triple digit revenue growth for 4 consecutive years.

Following a sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, Dave and his wife Carrie started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable, 1 of Facebook’s Top 65 Preferred Developer Consultants as well as the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for both 2011 and 2012.

One of Entrepreneur’s top 10 up and coming leaders, Dave has been featured on CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. Dave has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe and webinars for organizations such as WOMMA, TEDx, SXSW, and the American Marketing Association. Dave is backed by a team of 60 social media thought leaders who collectively have managed over 250 accounts on Facebook and other social networks, for brands such as Verizon, 1-800, Neutrogena, Logitech, The Pampered Chef, G.E, Medtronic,, and Heineken.

Dave is also a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y.

Dave’s 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – “Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and other social networks.” His 2nd book, Likeable Business, debuted November 2. Dave is proud of his Likeable business accomplishments but prouder of Charlotte and Kate, his two daughters at home in New York.

Dave Kerpen  is the the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, the cofounder  and Chairman of  Likeable Media, the NY Times Bestselling author of 3 books and the #1 LinkedIn Influencer of all time in pageviews, ahead of Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Mark Cuban and Barack Obama.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Gooden, DwightDwight “Doc” Goodin, 3X World Series Champion, Cy Young Award Winner and the Spokesperson for | Real Estate Professionals Networking For A Cure

Bio coming soon!