Panel Spotlight: Calvin Lee, Alana Joy, Garick Chan, Jonathan Nafarrete, Sven Johnston, Paul Meyers, Mike Prasad, Sukhjit

Calvin Lee is a self-Proclaimed Media Ho and Design Guy; Tech, Social Media and Twitter Addict. In his spare time, Stunt Doubles for the Hulk and a really Nice Guy! You can even ask Chris Brogan or Guy Kawasaki

Calvin is the Principal and Creative Director of Mayhem Studios. A small award-winning design firm located in Los Angeles, California, developing identity and brand recognition for the business sector across the nation. The Studio uses strategic and creative design with effective messages targeted to the client’s specific audiences to produce identity and branded collateral pieces, annual reports, brochures, logo design, advertising and interactive web sites with social media marketing.

His work has been featured in more than 15 design books, magazines and can be seen on many design websites; profiled on Forbes, BNET and Interviewed by Bloomberg Television for his Twitter Influence; designed for such companies as MGM Studios, Alltop and Guy Kawasaki. You can follow Calvin @MayhemStudios on Twitter.

Alana Joy is a digital marketing strategist with a passion for edgy brands and innovative technology startups. She also provides design and branding services, offering her clients cohesion between insight and aesthetic.

She was the mastermind behind the Facebook Protest, which gained national media attention raising awareness about the importance of privacy and transparency online, and was featured in CNBC’s documentary, The Facebook Obsession.

Alana was co-Host of This Week In Twitter, a webseries interviewing relevant guests and providing insight in regard to social media.

She is former co-Managing Director of Girls In Tech’s Los Angeles chapter, was on the advisory board for Social Media Week LA, and has spoken at numerous events and panels. She also does the occasional tech post for LA Weekly.

She won an LA Web Award for being “LA’s Best Most Shameless Self-Promoter” … and she finds that just as amusing as you do. You can follow Alana on @AlanaJoy on Twitter

Garick Chan believes in technocratic solutions to a communal future, He is  a connector, matchmaker and community-builder through both technical staffing and career-advising. He is also the Community Manager for & Communications Chair for Social Media Club Los Angeles. Find him on Twitter at @ilovegarick Or connect with him at

Jonathan Nafarrete is the founding partner at the Orange County based social media agency ActiveMatter.

In the past he participated and was a member of the Ford Fiesta Movement, an innovative social media initiative in which 100 young trendsetters test drove and lived with a Ford Fiesta for six months, traveling as agents and relating their experiences through social networks. Jonathan is also credited for his participation in the Ford Fiesta Project in which he created and contributed to the development of a zombie chasing webisode.

He has also been seen in the original MSN web series, “The Tastemaker”, where contestants tested their social media and marketing expertise through community challenges.

Currently Jonathan is working with clients in developing strategic social media programs and creating outreach programs that drive consumer engagement and advocacy. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter at @Jonathan360.

Sven Johnston is the VP of Strategic Partnership for GigaSavvy an emerging media marketing agency specializing in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing and Web Design & Development.  In 2009 Sven decided to take on LinkedIn and started a campaign to give Orange County its own location code on the very popular social business platform. To support his campaign he founded a group called “We are Orange County!”, which currently has just under 5000 members. After using social and traditional media for over 5 months he finally succeeded and LinkedIn gave into the pressure creating a new location code for Orange County.  Sven is very involved in the community sitting on the board of Tech Biz Connection as well as the Social Media Club of Orange County. He volunteers for Laguna Niguel Connectors and is a founding member of Costa Mesa Connectors. He is the co founder of Orange County Connectors that organizes monthly networking events with 100+ in attendance. You can follow Sven at @SvenJohnston on Twitter.

Paul Meyers is a Social Media Marketing Manager for M80 where he works to raise awareness for the Audi brand by engaging with the brand’s fans and followers. Before joining the Audi team, Paul spent four years on staff at Robb Report magazine, driving and reviewing a wide range of cars as the Associate Editor for the publication. He continues to contribute to the magazine’s print and online outlets as a freelance editor. Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and is a native of California—he currently resides in Los Angeles. You can follow Paul @thePaulMeyers on Twitter.

As a Los Angeles-based tech entrepreneur, Mike Prasad co-founded media site, a digital community and media site for female gamers, and later Ani.ME, an anime & manga community and media site. In 2010, using the underlying platform technology developed, Mike founded Bit Love Media, a community-driven media network focused on niche audiences, blending social platform and content publishing functionality.

Previously, as a founder/director at {M} Consultancy and consultant since 2000 focused on brands, marketing, social platforms and niche audiences, Mike is best known for his key role in creating and launching the industry-changing twittering food truck Kogi BBQ, where he created and launched the brand, identity, social media and marketing, business development, and more. He also was half of the team that pioneered the first FourSquare Special Offer Campaign with Fatburger, and more recently, for his success with launching Ani.ME to grow to 100,000+ Facebook fans in under 3 months.

Mike is a frequent speaker on social media and integrated marketing focused on niche and cultural audiences and is also an early investor in MobileRoadie, where he facilitated key deals, such as the Wynn Hotels app. Mike also advises 2 undisclosed/stealth startups. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikePrasad

Sukhjit Ghag’s Bio

Sukhjit is moderating a panel with Calvin Lee, Alana Joy, Garick Chan, Jonathan Nafarrete, Sven Johnston, Paul Meyers and Mike Prasad about:

A look into the Social Space- Community Management, Brands, Influence  and Strategy

A discussion on what makes social media a growing medium for community management, targeting influencers, creating brand awareness and marketing strategy.

There will be time for a Q&A session and some surprises too.

Social Media Camp: San Diego is April 30th from 9am-5pm at Sony Electronics. You can purchase your tickets at our EventBrite Page.

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Why so many men? Missing female Social Media = female era right?

You asked for some questions on twitter

Do you have any concerns “Social Media” has reached or is reaching a saturation point?

Do you feel big companies that use Social Media to communicate is a good use of the platform or is detrimental to that ecosystem?

What do you feel is the strongest aspect of Social Media?

Are companies that don’t leverage Social Media living is the stone ages?

If you were forced to make 1 last tweet and never allow to tweet again, what would that tweet say? “Thanks for all the fish” is not an acceptable answer.


This panel is made up of friends. Some of the females in the crew couldn’t make the trip down to SD.

Hey @erno.. I’m on the panel, so is Alana Joy. We’re both women and very involved in social. I promise we will do our best to represent!

What is the best app or solution for creating a facebook ecommerce store? Looking at Payvment and Volusion. Thoughts?

What social media platform are you most passionate about?

What do you think of Empire Avenue? Is this useful information for brands? Or just a fun game for people to virtually buy stock in each other and waste time?

How did you start in this business?

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