agbeat's top 50 influencers

AGBeat’s top 50 industry influencers

January 2, 2014
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Top 50 influencers you must meet this year

There is endless talent in the world today, some are famous in their own industries, and others are just getting started, so we sought out to highlight 50 people that we believe have a lot to offer, are unique, and influential for various reasons.

In this list, you’ll meet artists, public relations folks, authors, politicians, and budding comedians. You’ll meet experts in everything from Facebook to photography, and it is our hope that by connecting with this group of people, you’ll expand your horizons beyond your own industry, because let’s face it – you’ve already seen the same ol’ people on every “Top 100″ list in your world.

We challenge you to follow at least ten of the following influencers that you didn’t know yet, because we’re certain that they’ll enrich your life. They don’t know they’re being named, they didn’t petition for any votes, they are finding out as you are that we find them to be influential regardless of follower count, but based on their talent.

The influencers are listed in alphabetical order, not their level of influence. Enjoy!

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  • http://generationbsquared.com/ Linda Bernstein

    So many terrific people here! I love this list.

  • http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com Christopher S. Penn

    Thanks for including me! Much appreciated.

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  • Ted Rubin

    Honored to be included :-)

  • Miriam Slozberg

    Very honored to be included! Thank you.

  • Amber Osborne

    Honored to be included among those who inspired me to get into this industry. Thank you!

  • annhandley

    This list is stuffed full of people I’m lucky enough to call friends, as well as many who have influenced *me*. Thanks for adding my name to the roundup.

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  • Charles E Gaudet II

    Thank you for the honor! I’m both humbled and grateful to be included among this least of extraordinary people.

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Thanks so much for the honor folks. I’m fortunate to have met many of these folks, and now have a whole list of others I want to make sure I catch up with!

  • http://www.successful-blog.com Liz Strauss

    Thank you, AGBeat, for the thought and work that went into writing about all of us. You captured the people who have influence not just their resumes, making this fun to read. I’m honored that you included me.

  • Michelle Poccia

    This list is chock full of GENIUS! Congrats to all who are on it! And thanks AGBeat for my 2014 Stalker List!

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  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    Nice to see such a diverse group, and appreciate the fact you took the time to share reasons why people might want to connect, versus a generic “OMG, these guys are just awesome, y’all!!”

    Cheers for the kind inclusion, and Happy New Year!

  • http://westchesterrealestateblog.net/ J Philip Faranda

    I hope to meet Michael McClure in person someday! He is remarkable.

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    Gee! A bunch of people I look up to. :) How I wish to be one of them someday.

  • http://www.tellagence.com/ Matt Hixson

    This was a great way to start the year. Thanks for including me.

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    Gee! A bunch of people I look up to. :) How I wish to be one of them someday.

  • http://thesocialjoint.com/ Lucretia M Pruitt

    Some of my favorite people on here… Glad to see AGBeat and I agree on so many awesome people as influences!! Congrats for a solid list and kudos to some awesome folks.

  • http://thesocialjoint.com/ Lucretia M Pruitt

    Some of my favorite people on here… Glad to see AGBeat and I agree on so many awesome people as influences!! Congrats for a solid list and kudos to some awesome folks.

  • http://xeeme.com/mqt Michael Q Todd

    Great list and especially great endorsements well done for taking the time and effort have subscribed to you

  • http://www.thesalesblog.com S. Anthony Iannarino

    Thanks so much for including me on this all-star list! I am honored!

  • Heather MacLean

    Great list. Nice to see some really familiar faces as well as some new ones.

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  • agbenn

    As the Founder and Publisher of The American Genius, I certainly do not want to sound callous, and text can be so impersonal. We hear your feedback, and have noted it for future reference. When we see people, we see human beings, whatever their race or gender.

    In saying that, our pick if we were considering race or gender ie. a particular Hispanic Influencer, it would have undoubtedly been His Holiness, Pope Francis. However, because we’ve covered His Holiness, several times in the past month, it gave way to another open spot out of hundreds of thousands of potential people we considered one by one. To be quite honest, I actually had to go back and look and read every entry to see if anyone was or wasn’t Hispanic.

    For the record, I am Hispanic, and I am honored to have our team present this list as it is, and with innocent hearts. We do know several of the persons you’ve mentioned and do hold them in very high regard.

    So thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback and encouragement, and we look forward to meeting and getting to know a few on your list. :)

  • http://BrianHansford.com/ Brian Hansford

    So nice to see some new faces in a list. It gets old seeing lists with the same names over and over just to get SEO juice.

  • agbenn

    Maya, bless your heart for sharing your kind thoughts and ideas with us. We agree with your sentiments profoundly, and thank you for recoginizing the complexity of what we’re presenting through our lists. We’ll take your idea and have the team bounce it around and see if we can’t do something as meaningful more often. As you know, things become passe when over done, even when done well. For the record, you influence me in thought provoking ways, and that’s not easy to do with a guy like me.

    Happy New Year, and kick 2014’s ass!

  • tracysestili

    I love listening to Brian Carter speak. He’s not only funny, but real. Plus he presents data in a way that you didn’t think of. Glad to see he made the list and a few of my other faves. :-)

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  • Eve Mayer

    Whoa, I’m so lucky to be on this list! Thank you very much for thinking I’m somewhat as cool as all those respected peeps!

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