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Chris Dessi      

Founder & CEO of Silverback Social

An award winning digital thinker, author, television & radio commentator, public speaker and educator, Chris Dessi is the CEO and Founder of Silverback Social. Silverback is an award winning digital marketing agency. Throughout his career in London and New York, Chris has worked with a wide array of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, as well as notable personalities, products and brands. Chris travels the country coaching executives and college students how to leverage social media to benefit their personal brand message and their career. Chris’ savvy marketing acumen has propelled his personality into the national media landscape. Chris regularly appears on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Good Day New York, & FOX BUSINESS's Varney & Co. He’s been quoted in Mashable, & has lectured to the United States Marines aboard the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum. In 2012 Chris identified a problem that there was no major digital summit in Westchester, NY. He produced the Westchester Digital Summit, and one year later Forbes named it one of the "Four Lesser-Known Conferences That Deserve Your Attention in 2013," in 2014 they named it one of the "Must-Attend Marketing Conferences For Leaders In 2014." In 2015 Forbes named it one of the "Conferences That Will Keep You Ahead Of Marketing Trends This Year." Chris has written three books. His first is a leading social media book titled "Your World is Exploding: How Social Media is Changing Everything - and How you Need to Change with it." It shot to #1 on Amazon’s “hot new releases” in its first two weeks. Chris is also author of a leading personal branding book titled “Remarkable You: Re-Boot, Re-Align and Re-Imagine Your Career in 7 Weeks.” As well as the accompanying online product of the same name, which offers users a deeper dive into personal brand building through online tutorials. He’s author of “Just Like You: 22 Interviews of Ordinary People Who've Achieved Extraordinary Success.” The book is a motivational look into the lives of successful people in Chris’s network. In 2012, Chris was selected by the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 Under 40 for exemplifying leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County, where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters. Consistent with the passion he holds for his professional career is the devotion he has to his family. Having never been a runner, Chris trained to run the New York City Marathon to raise money for the ALS Association after his father was diagnosed with the disease. When the Marathon was cancelled after Hurricane Sandy hit, Chris took it upon himself to run his own 26.2-mile marathon route in Westchester to honor his father.

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