Featured Guests for 2015

Social Media Strategist You know that social media multiplies your branding and market share potential, but you haven’t yet discovered by what factor. Let’s explore the opportunities you’re missing and get you on top of the brand interactivity game. Crowdfunding Expert I’ve created over 180 podcasts and dozens of videos about crowdfunding, and have been published in major media like Forbes. I know what crowdfunding can and cannot do for you project, and I have the experience and connections to bring your project to full potential. Brand Visionary
Richard Bliss
Mike’s life of play began when he was a child playing piano, trumpet and singing. This brought him to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY for college. Then he continued playing after college by being a radio personality playing songs in New York at CBS FM for years. Then in 1994 after playing games his whole life as a hobby he started designing them with the trading card game Wyvern. 70 more games have followed including the Nitro trading card game for Wizards of the Coast, the Mystery Rummy Series, Wyatt Earp and most recently Diamonds and Baseball Highlights 2045.
Mike Fitzgerald
Aldo Ghiozzi is the owner of Impressions Game Distribution Services. Impressions handles the distributor and retailer side of things for about 80 game companies worldwide and is the longest running game distribution service in the hobby game industry. Back in 1996, Aldo started out self-publishing games under Wingnut Games, but soon realized he was not very good at art, layout or writing. He was pretty good at selling games though, so in 2000, Impressions was created to get games onto store shelves. Aldo is also the creator and organizer of the worldwide event, Free RPG Day.
Aldo Ghiozzi

Jonathan Gilmour is a Board Game Designer from NW Ohio. His credits include: Co-designer of Dead of Winter: A Crosssroads Game, and Vault Wars. His greatest weaknesses are writing Bios, and the color green. He loves long walks on the beach and playtesting games. Sometimes at the same time. His favorite color is Orange, so please let him have that as a player color. His favorite games are Cosmic Encounter, Nations, and Hanabi. His least favorite game is "The What Game Should We Play" game.

Jon Gilmour

I spent the majority of my professional career working in various executive positions within the AT&T Advertising & Publishing line of business, retiring as an Executive Director - Information Technology after 32 years of service. Since retirement, I have been designing games full time through my company King Richard LLC.

Richard Launius GrandCon

Mark McKenna is a 30 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 500 comics in all.

My artistic journey has allowed me to research everything from the prehistoric to contemporary symbols and images from cultures around the world. It has also focused on our relationships with animals, their stories and fables and how they differ from culture to culture. The salamander during Medieval times was thought, “to be born of fire”, an amphibian phoenix. For many cultures, insects are the signs of rebirth and growth, but also the harbingers of death and pestilence. So, if I have to classify myself, it would be as an image-maker.

Mark Nelson GrandCon 2013

Nolan N. Nasser, a freelance illustrator and concept artist from Grand Rapids. He began working in the gaming industry roughly one year ago as the artist for TCGplayer's MaxPoint Author Tokens. Reveling in the idea of creating characters and developing worlds his passion for gaming fuels his passion for art. Although enjoying the life of a freelance artist at the moment he also hopes to one day launch his own personal project. 

You can view more of his work at his website - www.n3art.com

Corinne Roberts is a local illustrator from Grand Haven. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design through the Illustration program and has taught a variety of drawing/painting workshops and classes throughout West Michigan. In 2012 she released her first self published written and illustrated children’s number book, Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her next book Out and About, she also self publishes children, anime, fantasy, and sci-fi prints and cards. Outside of art, she is also an editor for the comic series Rainbow in the Dark.