Surf Summit 20
May 17-20, 2017
Marquis Los Cabos
Jeff is the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Stance, a lifestyle apparel brand headquartered in San Clemente, California. Stance is best known for designing innovative socks and underwear as well as high profile collaborations with the NBA, MLB and Rihanna. Stance is backed by Menlo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, August Capital, Shasta Ventures, Sherpa Ventures and Universal Music Group.
Prior to Stance, Jeff co-founded Logoworks, an Internet startup backed by Shasta and Benchmark that was successfully acquired by HP in 2007. Following the acquisition, Jeff ran strategy and new ventures at HP.
Previously, Jeff worked as an Associate at vSpring Capital, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm with over $500M under management where he invested in both software and Internet companies including Altiris (IPO), Ancestry.com (IPO), Cerberian (acquired by Bluecoat Systems), Control4 (IPO),and MediConnect Global (acquired by Verisk Analytics).
Jeff is an angel investor having invested in over 30 startups including Coupa, Domo, Insidesales, Lithium, MX, Omniture and Uber. Jeff is an investor and serves on the board of directors at Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Needle and Julep.
Afdhel Aziz is one of the world’s leading experts in marketing innovation. He is an award-winning marketer who has led brands such as Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Absolut, and Nokia, in London and New York. He was most recently Director of Absolut Labs in the USA, highlighted by Forbes as ‘one of top three marketing innovation labs to emulate’ in the world. He is currently the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Conspiracy of Love, a think-tank and idea incubator that helps Fortune 500 brands use culture and technology as a force for good.
He is one of the world’s leading experts on how to deliver cutting-edge campaigns, content, and experiences; working with world-class artists such as Lady Gaga, Deadmau5, and Kanye West, as well as diverse partners like the TED Conferences, Art Basel, Coachella Festival, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Examples of his work include Absolut Reality, the world’s first live-streamed virtual reality concert; Absolut Deadmau5, a groundbreaking video game with electronic music superstar Deadmau5; and Absolut Open Canvas, which transformed entire city blocks in Brooklyn and San Francisco into contemporary art installations.
He has been a featured speaker at the Cannes Lions, SXSW, TEDx, Advertising Week, The Gathering, the Chief Digital Officer Conference: Silicon Valley, Columbia University and more. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, The Guardian, Coolhunting, Billboard, Hypebeast, Mashable and more.
Afdhel is the co-author of Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn (Regan Arts, 2016), a provocative manifesto for a bold new model of marketing, which helps brands become a force for good. The book was a #1 Amazon New Release in ‘Philanthropy and Charity’ and has been hailed as the new ‘Ogilvy on Advertising’.
Steve Astephen, Managing Partner at Wasserman
In 1998, Astephen founded THE FAMILIE an athlete representation and marketing agency for action sports. With a roster consisting of the world’s top action sports athletes, the agency quickly expanded their services past just marketing into creative, licensing, trend research and consulting, working with clients as big as ESPN, X Games, Nike, Nestle and more.
In 2003, THE FAMILIE was acquired by Wasserman, where Astephen now holds the position of Managing Partner. Today Wasserman has grown into is a full service, culture-centric agency serving the best talent, brands and properties with the world’s largest athlete roster.
While still representing some of the most notable names in sports, Astephen is focusing on growing the creative side of the business. Out of the Carlsbad office he leads a select team, developed to create innovative approaches to premium content that expand the consumer reach through diverse and tailored strategies.
A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.
Ebeling founded Not Impossible Labs, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of ‘commit, then figure it out’ allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. The company’s first project was the development of the award-winning ocular tracking device, the EyeWriter, which enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. Following suit was Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and Music: Not Impossible. Ebeling’s style of fearless innovation has revolutionized the inflated markets of medical industries and inspired collaboration around the world.
Eric Dahan is the CEO and Co-Founder of InstaBrand (soon to be Open Influence). Eric Dahan is both a Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017) and Inc’s 30 Under 30 (2016) CEO.
Founded in 2013, InstaBrand is a leader in the influencer marketing industry applying data and creative strategy to ad industry. InstaBrand has activated thousands of campaigns for top tier advertisers with tens of thousands of influencers worldwide for brands like Disney, Puma, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Oreo, Fiat, Ford, L’Oreal, Unilever, and many more.
Lindsay is the Area Community Manager for lululemon, a technical athletic apparel company for yoga, running and most other sweaty pursuits. She is a leader and innovator within the organization who is recreating the way stores drive brand resonance and engagement through an innovative mix of traditional and non-traditional media and marketing means. Lindsay is a long-time yogi that lives in the San Francisco Bay with her husband, son and giant mastiff Lola