Brian Livingston is an investigative journalist with more than two decades of experience who is now training his sights directly on the investment industry. Based in New York City from 1984 through 1991, he was the assistant information technology manager of UBS Securities; a computer consultant for Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. (now JPMorgan Chase); and technology adviser to Lazard Frres.
As a consumer advocate exposing the dark side of high tech, he wrote more than 1,000 articles from 1991 through 2010 for such publications as PC World, CNET, InfoWorld, PC Mag, and eWeek. He founded the Windows Secrets Newsletter, which grew to 400,000 subscribers, and co-authored 11 books in the Windows Secrets series (John Wiley Sons). The 6th Annual Internet Content Summit in New York City named him Entrepreneur of the Year for his creation of a profitable pay what you wish model to deliver technology information to consumers. He is a recipient of the Award for Technical Excellence from the National Microcomputer Managers Association. Livingston is president of the Seattle regional chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors.
Mike Adams, known as the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist, and science lab director.
He is the founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's most-trafficked natural health news website. He is also the creator of CounterThink.com, FoodInvestigations.com, HealingFoodReference.com, HonestFoodGuide.org, and several other websites covering natural health topics.
Adams is a prolific writer and has been called "the best health and natural products writer on the scene today,” by Ronnie Cummins, founder, Organic Consumers Association. He has received accolades and testimonials from several key influencers in the natural health space, including Dr. Michael T. Murray and raw food pioneer David Wolfe.
Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renowned, allergyfree, vegan, glutenfree and sugarfree bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles. She is also author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning cookbook Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery.
Debbie has appeared on national television and radio shows such as NBC’s Nightly News and NPR’s Here & Now, as well as in the Los Angeles Times and other national publications.
Lerzan Aksoy is an acclaimed expert in the science of loyalty management. She is associate professor of marketing at Fordham University, New York. Lerzan has co-authored and co-edited several books on loyalty and service: Loyalty Myths, Customer Lifetime Value and Profit Maximization Through Customer Relationship Marketing.
Vikram Akula is the founder of Bharat Financial Inclusion (formerly SKS Microfinance) in India, one of the world’s largest microfinance companies. In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the world’s’s 100 most influential people. He has received a number of awards, including the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader (2008), the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in India (2006), and the Ernst & Young Business Transformation Entrepreneur of the Year in India (2010). He has been profiled in media ranging from CNN to the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Vikram is also an investor in and serves as Chairperson of VAYA, which uses tablet-banking technology to deliver financial services. He is an angel investor in fintech start-ups Cloud Digital Finance and Arth Impact and in AgSri, a sustainable agriculture company working in India and Africa focused on helping small sugarcane farmers reduce water use. He is the founder and chairperson of the Bodhi School, which provides education for underprivileged children in India.
Christopher Allen is the managing editor and founder for ComicBookGalaxy.com. He has also written for The Comics Journal, Kevin Smith’s MoviePoopShoot.com, Ain’t It Cool News and NinthArt.com, and is one of the 2006 judges for the comics industry’s prestigious Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. He has two children and lives in San Diego.
Mark Allen, a resident of Santa Cruz, Calif., is known and admired by athletes around the world for his extraordinary six Ironman championships. Called The Greatest Triathlete of All Time by Triathlete Magazine, Mark has been on the cover of every major sports magazine and readers and the media will be hungry to know how he became “the fittest man alive.” Mark is not only presenting fitness guidelines for life, he is sharing the philosophy of physical and spiritual health he learned as a student of Brant Secunda that made the difference in his becoming a champion. This is the first time in print that he has ever told the real story of how he won the Ironman.
Peg Aloi has been a practicing witch for a decade and a half. She often rants about film and TV for The Witches’ Voice Web site. She is also a film critic for The Boston Phoenix and a professor of film studies. Her favorite on-screen depiction of The Old Religion is the 1973 film “The Wicker Man.”
Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and author. She is the founder of B Nutritious, www.b-nutritious.com, a private nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York City. Brooke’s expertise and nutrition knowledge has lead her to be featured on national television regularly including, The Doctor Oz Show, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and more. She was named one of the new up and coming stars in the beauty and health field in W Magazine and has been quoted and featured extensively in both national and international magazines including People, Shape, Glamour, Town & Country, Tatler, and more.
Brooke received her Masters of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in affiliation with NYU. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brooke, a former equestrian, is also a triathlete and a lover of mud runs. She resides in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.
Zalina Alvi is a contributing editor for a travel magazine in Toronto and moonlights as a pop culture aficionado. Visit her website at: www.zalinaalvi.com.