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2018 Advisory Board & Judges
- Michelle Robbins, Editor in Chief, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Chris Sherman, Founding Editor, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Ginny Marvin, Associate Editor, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Elisabeth Osmeloski, VP Marketing & Experience, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Pamela Parker, Executive Features Editor, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Debra Mastaler, Features Editor & Boot Camp instructor, Search Marketing Expo
- Greg Sterling, Contributing Editor, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Barry Schwartz, News Editor, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Amy Gesenhues, General Assignment Reporter, Search Engine Land & Marketing Land
- Brad Geddes, Adwords Workshop presenter, Search Marketing Expo
- Matt Van Wagner, Paid Search session coordinator, Search Marketing Expo
2018 Industry Guest Judges
- Christi Olson, Head of Evangelism for Search at Microsoft
- John Lee, Senior Manager Client Training & Development, Bing Ads at Microsoft
Judging the Agency Awards categories:
- Ilse Heine, Clutch.co
- Grayson Kemper, Clutch.co
Judging the In-House Awards categories:
- Jessica Bowman, SEOinhouse.com
- Michael Stebbins, OMCP.org
Judging the individual awards categories:
- John Lincoln, Ignite Visibility - 2017 Search Marketer of the Year
- Jennifer Lopez, Piston Agency - 2016 Search Marketer of the Year
- Eric Enge, Stone Temple - 2016 Search Marketer of the Year