Dale Dougherty
Dale Dougherty is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make:magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” Make: began at O’Reilly Media where Dale was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books. When not in the office, Dale can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.

Maker Trivia: Dale developed GNN, the first commercial website, in 1993. He identified and named the Web 2.0 movement in 2003. “Web 2.0” was declared the one-millionth word in the English language.

Sherry Huss
Sherry Huss is vice president of Maker Media and co-creator of the beloved Maker Faire. Her vision and passion for the maker movement is instrumental in growing the Make: brand within the maker ecosystem. Sherry brings over 20 years of product marketing and event experience to the team, joining Make: after holding senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis, and Softbank. Before Maker Faire, Sherry 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. When not in the office, Sherry and her husband enjoy exploring the maker scene around the world and seeking out exceptional cuisine.

Maker Trivia: Sherry co-owns Renga Arts, a company dedicated to functional art made from reclaimed, repurposed and recycled items.

Sonia Wong
Sonia Wong is the General Manager of Commerce for Maker Media. She brings 15+ years in technology and multi-channel commerce with a particular focus in online marketplaces and platforms. Sonia has both founded her own companies and led product teams at Fortune 500 companies like eBay. Sonia joined Make: to combine her passion for creating great consumer experiences with her personal mission to level the playing field through education. For more than 10 years Sonia has been involved with the education-arts non-profit Performing Arts Workshop that uses the performing arts to inspire creativity, learning, and self confidence.

Maker Trivia: Sonia’s first major project was to transform an old iron gate into a bed headboard. It involved a lot of sanding, de-rusting, and painting – all done inside her small apartment.

Todd Sotkiewicz
Todd Sotkiewicz grew up in the Midwest. He got an undergraduate degree in accounting because it was the best way to get a job; he subsequently got a graduate degree in journalism because he wanted to make the world a bit better by building successful media companies. As such, Todd has broad range experience in finance/accounting, sales, marketing and product management. Before joining Make: as Chief Financial Officer, Todd’s adventurous spirit took him from the security of a job with Arthur Andersen to leaving it all behind to experience the world. After Todd’s journey of self-discovery, he became GM of Wired magazine, then served as President of Lonely Planet Americas and later became President of San Francisco’s 7×7, finally joining the Maker Media family of brands in January 2014. When not in the office, Todd is busy turning his wife and two children into adventure junkies like he is. Their latest adventure was to the Achuar-area jungles of Ecuador.

Maker Trivia: Todd attended his first Maker Faire in 2010. Fumbling over the last name? It happens…a lot. Sut-KAY-vitch.

Amy Maniatis
Amy Maniatis is the Chief Marketing Officer for Maker Media. Amy joins Maker Media with both the passion and skill to help mission-driven brands create engaging experiences that build their communities and further their movements. In her prior roles as the CMO for the National Geographic Society and the National Trust, she pioneered new ways in which digital technology could help engage and connect new and younger audiences to their important missions.
Prior to her nonprofit work in Washington, DC, Amy held various marketing roles at major retail and technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including CafePress and Gap, Inc., where she expanded several of the company’s showcase brands.
As a philosophy grad from UC Berkeley (aka the Greatest Public University on Earth), Amy’s a fan of the Socratic values of the Maker Movement which she describes as, “Hey, how did you do that?”

Maker Trivia:  As one of eight kids raised by an architect father and artistic mother, Amy grew up Making both as a necessity and a way of life; she knew the difference between a “standard” and “Allen” wrench by age three.

Katie Kunde
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.