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Inaugural SmarTech event will bring global leaders in technology, sales, and marketing to Buffalo

On Thursday, March 15, MarteKing will host what is being called Buffalo’s inaugural SmarTech event, featuring a panel of global leaders in the fields of technology, sales, and marketing. This free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 500 Seneca’s Atrium. Resurgence Brewing and Lloyds Taco Company will provide refreshments and the event allows ample time for networking.

Moderating the event will be Sean Cahill, Co-Founder of MarteKing, a technology company that focuses on marketing, sales, analytics, and operations. Cahill is a Buffalo native who spent much of his career working with technology companies on the West Coast. About seven years ago, he and his wife decided to move back to their beloved Queen City. MarteKing launched in 2017 and was created with the goal of expanding the local reach of innovative marketing technologies.  

Paul Teshima, Co-Founder and CEO of

Joining him will be three panelists. First, Paul Teshima, a highly respected and sought after speaker in the sales and marketing technology arena, most known as one of the original leaders of Eloqua. In 2012, Teshima was instrumental to the IPO and subsequent acquisition of Eloqua by Oracle for $871 million. Currently, He is the CEO of which he co-founded. is a technology platform that uses artificial intelligence to identify and help sales professionals leverage their relationship networks.

Charlie Locke, Shutterstock

In addition, prominent sales-technology leader and serial entrepreneur, Charlie Locke, will also be joining the panel. Locke has launched several companies which harness artificial intelligence to benefit sales teams. Currently, He is the Vice President of Sales for North America at Shutterstock, which provides online stock photography, footage, and music, as well as editing, headquartered in New York City. Shutterstock is a leading marketing tool used worldwide.

Also joining the panel, is Brian Prokopowich, founder of StartupTech Unleashed Inc, which helps new and existing business startups “foster growth and nurture ideas from the conception stage to global domination.” They regularly host events in Toronto,ON; Kitchener/Waterloo,ON; Montreal, QC; and Buffalo, NY.

Brian Prokopowich, Startup Tech Unleashed

Sales and Marketing Technology is thought to be the fastest growing segment within technology. According to, a Chief Marketing Technologist Blog run by Scott Brinker, in 2017 the industry “grew by about 40%, to a total of 5,381 solutions (from 4,891 unique companies).” Cahill added that in the WNY area, “our goal is develop a community of sales and marketing leaders along the I-90 corridor that can compete with the west coast and tech communities throughout the world.” Cahill hopes that this event is just the first of “what will be a series of events and round tables throughout the region.”

Business owners, or anyone that leads a sales or marketing team in Western New York is encouraged to participate in this free event. The panelists are hoping to start the conversation on how companies can better leverage data, analytics, and new technologies to increase revenue and hopefully win more business in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Sean Cahill, MarteKing

“The explosion in available technology to sales and marketing teams is creating two-classes of organizations: those that are growing and taking advantage of the new reality, and those that are being left behind. Attendees to SmarTech will learn how to harness cutting edge tech, grow their revenue and join the global movement,” said Cahill, adding that “if Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse were considered a single region it would be larger than Denver with more institutes of higher education, at SmarTech we will seek to develop that regional approach and tribal knowledge.”

SmarTech Buffalo 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Atrium at 500 Seneca, Buffalo, NY

Click here to register for this free event. 

5:30 – 6:30pm: Welcome/Networking
6:30 – 8:00pm: Panel discussion
8:00 – 8:30pm: Closing remarks

Complimentary parking is available adjacent to the venue at 500 Seneca St. Buffalo, NY 14204

Paul Teshima: Paul is a highly respected and sought after speaker in the sales and marketing technology arena. As one of the original leaders of Eloqua he was instrumental to the IPO and subsequent acquisition by Oracle for $871m USD in 2012. He has recently co-founded and is CEO of which allows sales executives to better leverage their network to improve outcomes.

Charlie Locke: Charlie is a prominent sales technology leader and serial entrepreneur. He has launched several companies which harness artificial intelligence to benefit sales teams. He is currently the Vice President of Sales for North America at Shutterstock, a leading marketing tool used worldwide.

Brian Prokopowich: Brian is the founder of StartupTech unleashed and a a highly regarded speaker in the space of marketing and technology. Brian is a well seasoned speaker with deep knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a startup.

Written by Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is an author, speaker, coach, marketer, and business development strategist. Her professional consulting company, MEMC handles all aspects of marketing and business development planning and implementation, assisting with strategic planning initiatives and the creation of marketing action plans, as well as planning and executing private and public events, including: the coaching of individuals, multi-day conferences, as well as other development initiatives. In addition to her work with MEMC, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic marketing efforts at Local Matters, Inc. the parent company of Buffalo Rising.

She is active in her community and serves on several non-profit boards, such as WNY Heritage Magazine, O'Connell & Company Productions, and the Women's Business Center (WBC) Advisory Board. She is also a Democratic Committee Member in the Town of Tonawanda. Most recently, She has been asked to serve as the Marketing Consultant for the WBC's COVID Recovery Task Force.

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