Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 2003. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.
Sherry Huss is vice president for Maker Media, Inc. overseeing Publishing, eCommerce, and Events. She is instrumental in the management, and production of Maker Faire and is focused on growing the MAKE brand throughout the Maker ecosystem. She has over 20 years of technology marketing and event experience and has held senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis, and Softbank. Product marketing and live events have been a focus for Sherry who was instrumental in launching and managing successful technology and consumer events such as Sun’s JavaOne, Oracle’s iDevelop, O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit and Dwell on Design. She is passionate about making and the Maker community.
Vickie Welch is the vice president of marketing. Vickie has spent her career in media marketing for leading technology print and online publishers, among them Ziff-Davis, IDG, Upside and CMP Media. During her fifteen years with Ziff-Davis, she held group marketing director and VP titles for the Mac Publishing Group which included Macworld Expo and the Consumer Media Group. Prior to joining MAKE in February, 2012, she worked with startup media companies such as Pandora and Ecast and ecommerce site FinditParts.com to develop strategies to monetize content, grow audience and customer bases, create new ad products, and leverage market research for new products and competitive positioning.
Jason Babler is the creative director. He has extensive experience managing creative teams in media and publishing. He has designed and managed projects for some of the largest tech companies, sports teams, video game and film studios today. In addition to traditional media experience he has worked developing video games and loves to sculpt traditionally.
Brian Jepson is MAKE’s book publisher, and is the co-founder of Providence Geeks and the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire. He’s written, edited, and published an assortment of books over the years. Before starting his publishing career, Brian developed database systems for commodity trading and for accounting. He has been active in the AS220 community for over 25 years. AS220 is a non-profit, unjuried, and uncensored center for the arts in Providence, RI that envisions a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential. Brian tinkers with electronics, microcontrollers, and 3d printers as often as he can.
Katie Kunde is the senior sales manager. She joined the MAKE team in 2006 to help produce the first Maker Faire. Today, she works with top national brands and leading companies to develop strategies to effectively market to the growing and influential maker movement. Her team leverages the strength of MAKE’s core media properties to customize integrative marketing opportunities for diverse clients, from automotive to financial to CPG and high-tech. She enjoys making wine with her husband and is an avid equine enthusiast.