Judges 2019

An international team of 28 judges, including Chair of Judges Judge, Dave Haynes of Sixteen:Nine scrutinised the entries for 2019. Each judge assessed around 25 entries and allocated a total of up to 100 marks for each entry in the final stage of judging the Digital Signage Awards.

In alphabetical order, after the Chair, these are the key people who formed the judging panel for the 2019 Awards:

Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Toronto-based Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. It may have started as a simple blog, but Sixteen:Nine is now a legitimate online news and analysis publication.
Sixteen:Nine is the media partner of the Digital Signage Awards and Dave Haynes has been a guiding mentor to the growing Awards and will again be Chair or Judges for the 2019 judging panel.


Ignacio Alonso is TRISON Chief Marketing, Sales & Strategy Officer. He began his career at global consultant, Kroll, headquartered in New York, then moved to Accenture in 2007, as Strategy Manager, focused on technology and innovation. From 2012 to 2017 he occupied various roles with Telefonica ending as Global Director for Consumer Electronics, Connected Car and Smart Retail. He then joined TRISON – a worldwide leader on digitalization of physical spaces and sensorial marketing – and a company that has equipped more than 14,000 locations in over 100 countries with LED displays, digital signage, audio systems and scent marketing to add value to the customer experience through the use of technology

Will Amos is a Director in the Digital Media Group at Diversified, USA. His experience spans well over ten years, starting with London-based Litelogic, creating LED display tech, but he earned his stripes and industry passion while at NanoLumens. He is a Board Member of the Digital Signage Federation.


Richard Atkins is Head of Digital Production and a Partner, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, UK – one of London’s great creative crucibles and now a global agency. Aside from overseeing all digital production at BBH London, Richard specialises in dynamic and programmatic advertising across online and digital OOH. In 2014 he launched JCDecaux’s huge Waterloo Motion outdoor screen with a 24/7 live, data-driven creative for Audi.


Mark Bennett is a 28-year veteran of commercial, digital signage and interactive production, and is the CEO and founder of microgigantic, a boutique brand storytelling, content strategy and digital signage shop located in Minneapolis, MN. From digital signage experiences and content to broadcast spots, micro-series and storytelling, Microgigantic can handle any size production. As Senior Group Manager of Media Production at Target, he drove strategy and creative execution for traditional and emerging media vehicles. Prior to Target, Mark spent 13 years produced award-winning television commercials for national and international clients that included Target, MTV, P&G, Kimberly Clark, and Coors Brewing.


Spencer Berwin has been co-CEO of JCDecaux, UK since 2016 – the largest and most digital Out-of-Home media company in the UK. Spencer and his team are driving a new digital future for JCDecaux with the vision for 2019 to be ‘the year of the brand’. At a time of significant change in the media and outdoor industry, Spencer has presided over the introduction of BranDO, a brand-safe charter for digital outdoor and the launch of an automated digital trading and delivery platform in 2018.  With all sectors of the UK business now digitally advanced in Rail, Airport, Roadside and Retail, Spencer’s goal is to further grow outdoor’s share and ensure the company’s delivery, digital products and data platforms provide a powerful brand-safe environment for clients.

Bryan Crotaz is CTO of award-winning Silver Curve, UK, and is the architect of PixelPipe Signage. He has been leading digital signage for over 20 years, designing and operating projects for Heathrow T5, St Pancras International, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Marks & Spencer, Net a Porter and O2 Retail amongst others. He was the first to show that the Raspberry Pi makes a great signage platform with the Aperture graphics engine and he now acts as a design and technology consultant around Europe helping customers get the best out of their technology budget. As a software architect he has designed three digital signage graphics engines and has worked with multiple signage vendors to help them solve intractable problems.

Steve Dawson is the Executive Technology Director of Second Story, where he leads teams of designers, producers, markers and dreamers to activate highly immersive and experiential environments in the physical world. Throughout his 10-year career specializing in immersive environments, Steve has had the opportunity to launch some of the most technologically advanced flagship, dealership and events spaces, including work for Audi, T-Mobile, Starbucks, AT&T, Delta, and Mercedes-Benz.

Jean-Stéphane Dufresne has more than 20 years of experience in communications and digital experiences, Jean-Stéphane is one of the founders of Groupe Viva that was bought by Stingray in 2015. He turned to multimedia in the early 2000s. Since the very beginning, he has been involved in content creation and management for clients and has built an experienced team over the years. He participates in the development of the various content strategies and provides the main guidelines to his award-winning team of experienced creators.

Nick Fearnley founder and CEO, SignStix, UK, has been developing technology solutions for over 25 years – initially for the investment banking sector, then subsequently for retail, broadcast and corporate environments.  With a solid foundation in software development, from Linux Kernel level upwards, he continues to be heavily involved in bringing innovation to fast evolving consumer marketplaces.  His knowledge and experience in systems development has helped bring a unique edge to his consultancy work

Stephen Gottlich leads Gable’s efforts to develop innovative digital solutions for clients. With decades of digital signage and consumer marketing experience, he has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading experts in digital and visual communications. With his extensive background and ability to ensure the highest quality and most innovative products are developed and sourced for Gable’s clients, Stephen has built relationships with Fortune 500 companies and leading brands in retail, real estate development, and convention center management, such as Macy’s, Detroit’s Cobo Center, and Simon Property Group, to name a few.

Dan Hagen is CEO, 10Net, USA and has spent his career leading start-up companies through omni channel business development, strategy and sales with the goal of contagious growth. He has built businesses to profitability and sustained them through long-term success. He has led diverse and international teams through a maze of complexities to bring products and services to market. He seems to possess a unique aptitude for stumbling upon or developing promising business situations.

Rachael Hinds is currently Content Marketing Manager at Peerless-AV, USA. In this role, she oversees content development and implementation of the company’s marketing communications collateral, including case studies, advertisements, website copy, brochures, digital assets and more. She also manages the public relations and SEO/PPC efforts, in addition to communicating strategy across Peerless-AV’s Marcom team. Hinds joined Peerless-AV in 2015 as a Marketing Communications Assistant, and has received numerous promotions in her time with the company.

Ann Holland is VP of Marketing at BrightSign, USA, and brings a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, event planning and management. Prior to BrightSign, she headed up the marketing department at Roku as it grew from a very small start up to a well-known consumer electronics brand. Before that, she was Marketing Director and then Director of Advertising at ReplayTV, overseeing a $20M advertising budget. She moved to ReplayTV from Miller Freeman, where she had launched and managed both sales and marketing of the Digital Video Expo tradeshow as Director of Marketing and National Sales Manager.

Roi Iglesias is Associate Director of Altabox, Spain. He is also Econocom Retail Global Product Manager and Emerging Techs Innovation Lab Director, part of Econocom Group. He is a founding member of Digital Signage inside IAB Spain; coordinator of “Digital Signage White Book, The Fourth Screen” published by IAB. He authors the blog Digital Signage Creativo (www.digitalsignagecreativo.com) – a reference blog in Spanish – and has worked on digital signage projects for Carrefour, Ikea, Santander Bank, DKV Seguros, Repsol, MediaMarkt, Sonae, Adidas, Desigual, Inditex, Samsung Stores,Deutsche Bank, Parfois, Orange, giving him experience in great depth.

Emily Ingram is the Marketing Manager at Prendi, Australia with over six years’ experience in the digital signage solutions industry. Prendi is a leading Digital Signage & Design Agency based in Brisbane Australia, creating and deploying turnkey solutions for clients all over the world. It specialises in content creation, interactive development, hardware and installation for simple digital signage (single screens, digital menu boards, videowalls, animated content) through to fully-interactive experiences (touchscreen development, projection mapping, self-serve kiosks, augmented reality, or anything else).

Mike Kilian is business development director at Mvix and a six-year veteran of the digital signage industry. Previously, he has worked in the audiovisual industry as an integrator, in both the commercial and consumer space. With experience working for a Fortune 100 and an SMB, he is well suited to help clients and partners alike find solutions to their unique communications gaps

.Denys Lavigne (Canada) is an industry consultant specialized in strategy development for next-generation audio-visual experiences. His expertise includes digital master planning, experience design, content strategy, digital media monetization and project planning. He collaborates with end-users and industry partners to help define, produce and implement best-of-class digital media experiences across varied markets. Over the years, Denys has had the privilege of collaborating with clients such as Barneys New York, Caterpillar, Deloitte, Dolby, Google, Jacobs Engineering, Mandarin Oriental, Miami Dolphins, NBC Universal, Okada Manila, and the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Joe’ Lloyd is an evangelist and practitioner of content marketing in the B2B space. With over 15 years working in technology, her career has spanned client services, sales and marketing with a strong focus in the retail world. As the Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for NanoLumens, Joe’ is a sought after speaker, outspoken proponent of social selling, networking and public relations, and is dedicated to providing marketing with a strong, dependable ROI.

Susie Opare-Abetia is the CEO and Founder of Wovenmedia, USA, a company that provides software and premium content for digital signage and online video networks. Today, Wovenmedia-powered video networks currently reach 122 million viewers in over 6,000 digital signage locations in the US and Canada, and on a variety of web and mobile networks. She has over 20 years’ experience launching successful new media services and technologies in Europe and the US, and has had the opportunity to develop a deep and broad understanding of the end-to-end video value chain across a variety of market segments.

Markus Pargfrieder is CEO of Responsive Spaces, Austria snd has almost 20 years of experience within the field of digital media and innovative technology. After spending his whole working life at Netural, one of Austria’s leading digital agencies, he became founding CEO of his new company at the beginning of 2017. Responsive Spaces creates and develops tangible and walkable digital installations. Its focus is on immersive and interactive storytelling and Responsive Spaces combines any kinds of digital world with physical places and locations. Recent projects range from trade shows, exhibitions and digital enhanced architecture to live-events and digital prototyping.

Stan Richter is CEO at signageOS, Czech Republic. His team of expert engineers is developing a unique software unification platform for digital signage devices, including deep integration of various SoC displays and digital signage players. Before co-founding signageOS, he was running a business incubator for early stage start ups, co-founded a Big Data analytics company and worked as a Management Consultant at PwC. He studied Business Administration in Prague, Czech Republic and part of his PhD in International Business is from UC Berkeley, CA, USA.

Rebecca Walt is a Director at YCD Multimedia, USA. Rebecca’s background in retail marketing and data analytics, coupled with her most recent years in digital signage solutions, provides a foundation that allows her to make an immediate impact on meeting her client’s goals. In 2017 Rebecca joined YCD Multimedia, a leading provider of experiential digital signage, whose solutions drive engaging experiences at many of today’s retail, financial, corporate, hospitality and transportation brands, such as Amazon Spheres, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T, Channel, Comcast, ING, Burger King, Imax, Bank of America, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Marriott Marquis, Orlando Airport, Zurich Airport, and many more.

John Wang is co-founder and CEO of IAdea Corporation, Taiwan, a company focusing on transforming the world with digital signage technologies. Passionate about the current and future development of the digital signage industry, he co-founded the Web-based Signage Business Group at the World Wide Web Consortium. He is also an active member on the Digital Signage Standards Committee at POPAI, shaping industry standards, and currently serves as the Section Chair of the Standardization Committee at the Digital Signage and Multimedia Alliance, a non-profit industry group representing over 180 member companies in Greater China.  

Beth Warren is head of marketing and the retail practice at Creative Realities, USA. Her role is to help clients understand how to apply design thinking to connect with customers along the journey from home, through life and in store.  She runs key engagements with Chanel, California Closets, 8 fashion brands within the Macy’s umbrella, including Calvin Klein and PVH, and Ryder. Beth built her profession on Madison Avenue, at global Agencies like DDB and Y&R, leading multinational Brands through integrated marketing campaigns across CPG, Beauty, Fashion, Luxury and Pharma.

James Wilder is Head of Special Projects for Esprit Digital, UK, the company that invented and supplied DEPs for London Underground escalators 13 years ago. Since then it has gone from strength to strength designing, manufacturing and installing many of the world’s most iconic digital media networks for clients like Westfield, Virgin, JCDecaux, Gatwick and Heathrow. 90% of Esprit’s business now comes from outside the UK and last year Esprit were rewarded for this by going to Buckingham Palace to receive the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Matthias Woggon is CEO & co-founder of eyefactive, Germany. A pioneer in interactive signage, eyefactive combines interactive touchscreens, hardware, software and technologies to offer innovative solutions for businesses. Furthermore, clients and partners can create ready to use apps with individual content and designs in the world’s first ever app store for professional touchscreens.

Larry Zoll is Associate Director, Technology, for Sensory Interactive, USA and is an industry leader in the design, implementation, and operation of digital experiences in the built environment. He has played a role in the launch of some of the nation’s highest-profile digital signage installations, including Times Square spectaculars such as 20 Times Square and 1552 Broadway; NFL, NBA, and MLB stadiums; interactive donor-recognition walls; and nationwide networks of digital directory kiosks and DOOH displays.