Board of Directors


Ali Sabkar

New Chapter Management Director

@AliSABKAR | linkedin | email

Ali Sabkar is the founder and President of the Bahrain Chapter of Social Media Club. He is the Founder of the largest virtual Marketing Network for individuals and organizations involved in Marketing in Bahrain and GCC with a community of over 4,000 members.


Caroline Jones


@carolinej_smd | linkedin | email

Caroline Jones is a founding board member of Social Media Club Des Moines, currently serving as Advisor to SMCDSM, and is the Hashies Director for Social Media Club. Caroline works for Lithia Motors as a marketing manager and currently owns and operates her own web & social media consulting business.

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Jennifer Chan


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Jennifer Chan is a Senior Finance Executive with more than 16 years of experience in Finance and Accounting, Strategic Planning, and Investment Banking in Start-ups through Fortune 500 companies. She has deep background in GAAP accounting, corporate finance, fund raising, process design and implementation, and investor relations. 


Golden Ashby

Immediate Past President

@GoldenAshby | linkedin | email

Golden is the CEO/Social Media Director of Golden Opps (GO). He leads GO teams in managing new media, online marketing, public relations, web technology, customer service, drive engagement, develop communities, establish measurements, educate employees and direct cutting edge social media campaigns and strategies from start to finish for some of the best brands in the world.

Advisory Board

Chris Heuer


@ChrisHeuer | linkedin

Chris Heuer has been engaged in interactive communications since 1993, and launched his first agency, Guru Communications, out of South Beach, Florida in 1994. Over the years he has helped numerous startups with go-to market strategies, product design, web site development, online marketing campaigns, ecommerce and what is now widely referred to as Social Media.

Kristie Wells


@KristieWells | linkedin

Kristie is Co-Founder of Social Media Club, and is the Director of Global Social Media and Customer Engagement for Over the last 25 years, Kristie has helped organizations understand, engage and support their customers to strengthen their brand, improve their products and create better experiences for all stakeholders, internally and externally.

Ben Smith

@BenASmith | linkedin

Ben Smith founded the Lawrence, Kansas, chapter of the Social Media Club and is also an active member of the Kansas City chapter. Ben serves as Principal at social business agency Social: IRL, and as Social Media Director at Callahan Creek, a full service marketing agency working with national and regional specialty brands.