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.

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.

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.