KEEN—for Keeping Entrepreneurs Engaged and Networking—is convening an eclectic and exciting group of top digital tastemakers, leaders, founders and innovators all under one roof from October 24 to 27, 2013 in a three-day B2B and B2C event and expo. This inaugural conference in Nashville welcomes social influencers, journalists, editors, developers, start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 brands to come meet, collaborate, and learn about innovative technologies and new platforms in the areas of travel, technology, food and spirits, family and entertainment.

Omni Nashville, which opened its doors on Sept. 30, is KEEN’s official hotel sponsor and the site of all content and programming. Speakers and special guests will engage their audiences on all levels with talks about targeted advertising, using social for good, Millennial marketing, email campaigns, visual messaging, digital media ethics and much more. Keep up to date with the summit schedule as it evolves.
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Vivek Surti

Nashville Wine Auction
Marketing and Communications
Nashville, TN
Vivek Surti is a first generation Indian-American who was born and raised in Tennessee. He developed a love for great food and drink growing up watching his grandmother and mother cook traditional Indian food daily. After a few years of working on numerous national political campaigns, Vivek luckily stumbled upon a job that allowed him to marry his love of food & drinks with his background in communications and non-profit organizational development.

At the Nashville Wine Auction, Vivek manages all marketing and communication efforts for the country's oldest charity wine auction, which has raised over $17M in order to fund the fight against cancer. In addition, he has an integral role in the development of the Nashville Wine Auction's two new events: Pairings and Champange and Chardonnay. Vivek is the founder of VEA (Vivek's Epicurean Adventures) Supper Club, a monthly gathering of food and drink enthusiasts who sit down to a five-course meal with cocktail pairings which highlight Vivek's cultural influences of both Southern and Indian food. It was voted as "The Best Secret Dining Option" by the Nashville Scene Editors in 2011.

Vivek has been blogging for three years and has written for numerous publications including The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, Drink Music City and The Daily Meal

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 25

1:15pm CDT