Solis is the principal of FutureWorks, an online PR/communications firm he founded in 1999. The company combines traditional PR with social media techniques. In 2008 Solis was listed by the San Jose Business Journal as one of “Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40.”
Solis entered the technology public relations field in 1991, working for the Dodge and Mansfield agency, an advertising/ PR firm in Ventura, California. Solis also held the position of Director at The Benjamin Group, a Silicon Valley PR agency which was later acquired by Weber Shandwick.
Solis is a co-founder of the Social Media Club, a national organization which convenes events for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing standards and promoting social media literacy. He is an original member of the Media 2.0 Workgroup.
Solis coined the phrase “PR 2.0″, and is described in the 2008 book PR 2.0 as “a founding father of the PR 2.0 concept” who “realized early on how PR, multimedia and the Web would intersect and create a new breed of PR/Web marketers.”
Jesse Thomas is the founder and CEO of JESS3, a creative interactive agency that specializes in data visualization. JESS3 continues to push the limits of what creativity and storytelling mean, providing services that range from UI / UX, animation, and social media strategy to developing large-scale installations, data visualizations and infographics for clients that include Samsung, Nike, Facebook, NASA, Microsoft and Google. JESS3 also has a dedicated Labs division, which funds and launches its own products. Headquartered outside of Washington, DC, JESS3 has team members in more than a dozen cities, in ten countries, on several continents, which allows the company to draw from a diverse set of resources and time zones to deliver for its clients.