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Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software startup for small businesses, as well as the chairman and former CEO of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm. Likeable Media experienced triple digit revenue growth for 4 consecutive years and was named to both the 2011 & 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Dave was named Most Social Inc. 500 CEO by CEO.com in 2012. He has written a New York Times bestselling book, Likeable Social Media, and a second book, Likeable Business -- he has successfully sold both via social media. Dave is not only social, but also extremely transparent and approachable; he makes a conscious effort to answer every message that he receives via Facebook, email, and especially Twitter (@DaveKerpen).Dave Kerpen has been a social CEO even before social media existed. It all started in 2006 when Dave got married to his wife Carrie Kerpen at a sponsored ballpark wedding. Their wedding ceremony was so likeable that a few weeks later the Kerpens began getting calls from their vendors asking what was next. Since they couldn't get married again, they decided to start a company instead. That company, Likeable Media, quickly became an award-winning, global social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm. From the beginning, Dave knew how to stand out and make a brand for himself. He was known as the Crunch 'n Munch guy (http://linkd.in/W2OGlE), a reality TV star featured on Paradise Hotel (http://bit.ly/Z7FCg9), and had a very strong personal and social brand. Throughout his career at Likeable Media, Dave consistently made efforts to become an incredibly social CEO. Dave's social following consists of 200,000 people. Despite his large community, Dave regularly surprises and delights via social media (http://bit.ly/13EIhBP). He was also named Most Social Inc. 500 CEO in 2012 by CEO.com due to his responsiveness and authenticity (http://read.bi/TS53AK). Dave is a thought leader in the social media industry, proven by his New York Times bestselling book, Likeable Social Media. To gain readers and sell copies of this book--as well as his second book Likeable Business--Dave utilized social media (http://bit.ly/ZlZPwO). Recently, Dave was added to the LinkedIn Influencer program, along with Richard Branson, Barack Obama and Deepak Chopra. His most popular blog, "11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader," is the 3rd most popular post within the program (http://linkd.in/ZdO8XD). Dave has been featured on MSNBC Your Business, CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. He has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe and webinars for organizations such as WOMMA, TEDx, SXSW, and the American Marketing Association. On social media, Dave exemplifies traits like responsiveness, authenticity, and gratefulness. He can be reached directly via Twitter and commits to responding to anyone who takes the time to tweet him. As Dave likes to say: "If someone takes the time to put a question into 140 characters or less, I can take the time to respond." Dave Kerpen isn't just the most social CEO -- he's the most likeable.
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Dave's full bio: http://bit.ly/12rSyBJ Dave was named Most social Inc. 500 CEO by CEO.com: http://read.bi/SbPcy7 He is part of the LinkedIn Thought Leader program and his blog 11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader is the 3rd most popular post: http://linkd.in/Z7G4LA Both his books used social media to make NYT bestseller: http://bit.ly/YtYIfh How Dave and Carrie Kerpen turned their wedding into a company: http://bit.ly/MR9lpq Social Media Is One Big Cocktail Party: http://bit.ly/Sjfngt How to Give Yourself a Promotion: http://linkd.in/W2OGlE He regularly surprises and delights via social media: http://bit.ly/YtYKUx