Neil Bedwell and Andrew Osterday with Local Industries often describe themselves as reformed marketers. They learned and honed their craft over the last 15 years at agencies and brands in the U.S. and Europe. Their experience at Coca-Cola navigating internal cultural barriers while leading global digital programs – including the 2014 FIFA World Cup global campaign – was the catalyst for the creation of Local Industries.
Over the last 18 years, Neil has led work, teams and businesses in London, Amsterdam and San Francisco. Most recently, at Coca-Cola driving global digital strategy across multiple brands, leading the digital program for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, developing new ways to create and publish content in real-time across multiple social channels, and managing global digital agency relationships. Neil is a regular speaker and advisor to multiple start-ups, and spends his spare time messing around with old racing cars.
Andrew began his career as a freelance artist, designer, and self-taught developer in the up-and-coming Atlanta agency scene. An original digital native, Andrew crafted campaigns for brands like the Atlanta Braves, The Home Depot, Delta, Porsche NA, Goldman Sachs, and Jack Daniels before moving to Coca-Cola’s Global group where he lead Cannes award-winning digital creative for Coke Zero. His work at Coca-Cola also included real-time social content and production for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, leading the world’s largest user-generated photo contest ever and crafting Coca-Cola’s employee engagement program spanning all 206 countries Coca-Cola serves. Andrew is a frequent mentor and people connector, and still taps his artist roots when he’s not chasing his kids around.
As Founder & President of THE PMO SQUAD, Joe Pusz is the driving force and initial SQUAD member. Known as PMO JOE, he leverages his experiences from leading corporate PMOs to provide services which satisfy real world needs. He has lead Project Management functions in several industries including Aerospace & Defense, Aviation, Finance, Healthcare, and Technology organizations with budgets up to $600MM+. Joe is also a strong supporter of Veterans services which lead to starting the Veterans Project Management Mentoring Program.
Denise W. Grove with CFO Support Inc./Grove Solutions provides customized business and personal financial coaching services to owners, leaders, employee groups and individuals with the “Heart of a Teacher.” Denise is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Coach Master Training (FCMT). Currently, she is excited to be working towards her Profit First Professional certification (completing Spring 2018). Denise’s vast experience helps to quickly identify financial report problem root causes, develop realistic budgets and key performance measures plus devise cost-effective finance and accounting models to achieve improved financial performance. Her background is an outstanding combination in large to small organizations, public or privately held companies and non-profits to offer broad based finance, accounting and organizational advice. An Auburn University accounting graduate, Denise is active with the Women’s Philanthropy Board, the Harbert Business School and supports future students with scholarship donations. A few business and professional activities include serving in national, state and local volunteer positions with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Journal of Accountancy editorial board, the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) and the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy. A Georgia native, Denise and her husband enjoy travel, sailing, college football and time with their friends, family and two rescue dogs. She is passionate about “Doing Good”.
Matt Lanford is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of InComm’s Financial Services team. He leads InComm’s consumer-facing VanillaTM brand, which produces prepaid consumer solutions like Vanilla Gift and OneVanilla. Lanford came to InComm from MasterCard Worldwide, where he was Senior Vice President – ESS, Processing and Network Solutions Lead, North America. Lanford has more than 25 years of experience in the payments industry. He joined MasterCard in 2006 and held a variety of different roles in the organization in both product management and strategy development. Before his latest role as Senior Vice President, he was a Vice President and Prepaid Product Lead in Europe and later joined the Investor Relations team. Prior to MasterCard Worldwide, he worked for Citigroup, first as a Vice President of Business Development in its global ATM and PIN POS debit transaction processing business and later as Director of Corporate Investment Bank Global Transaction Services. He has also worked internationally with Euronet Worldwide, Inc., holding positions in Budapest, Hungary and the U.S. He was named the Most Influential Figure in the European Prepaid Industry in 2012 and 2013, holding the top spot in the Prepaid Power 10 for consecutive years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.