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Where Are They Now: Phillip Zannini, Ignite Charlotte 4

Phillip (PhillyMac) Zannini
Photo Credit: Josh Putnam, Silent Images

Remember PhillyMac? He unlocked the geek (not Greek) language with his talk on How to Speak to Your Geek He identified 4 different geek types, best ways to speak to geeks, and applied geek-speak to business and life. Definitely worth watching, if you missed it the first time.

We caught up with PhillyMac, err Phillip Zannini (to be official) and asked him what he had been up to since Ignite Charlotte 4.

“Doing Ignite Charlotte reminded me to focus more on my ideal state – where I really wanted to be versus just being where I was,” he reflected. “I love to speak, share, and motivate.”

Presenting at Ignite Charlotte also gave a boost to his confidence as a speaker. “I’m submitting as a speaker to events within my industry,” he said. Not to mention, it helped expand his social network, too. “I also met some really cool folks.”

True, we are a pretty cool bunch.

In addition to staying busy with his job as a user-experience (UX) professional, he has also become a BeachBody coach to help others achieve their health goals. “When I was younger I was crazy in-shape and I got everyone around me working at it, as well.”

At age 50 with a family of 6 kids and many more dreams to fulfill, this fellow Igniter may come back as PhillyBIGmac! “Maybe I’ll have the opportunity [to] share that story in a future Ignite Charlotte.”

We certainly look forward to it!

Follow PhillyMac on Twitter @phillymac or check out his site at

Written by: Biray (@befitt), Ignite Charlotte 5 Volunteer

Talks Revealed: Ignite Charlotte 3

The following talks have been selected for Ignite Charlotte 3 and speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Chestnuts & Nanocycles: The Rhythm of Feedback
Denny Abraham @dennyabraham
A Laugh a Day…
Greg Bartos @theGagency
How to Turn a Bad Date Into a Good Date
Matt Charron @businessmanwlks
The Passion of Latin American Boleros
Ana Lucia Divins @annadivins
Your Office Chair is Killing You
Adam Howell @how
Your Digital Shadow        
Genevieve Jooste @genevievejooste
The Accomplishment Culture
Marion Spears Karr @karrcomedy
Designers Taking Action: Help Communities in Need
Scott Lagueux @slagueux
Zach McNabb
You Are Not Creative, Deal With It!
Jim Mitchem @jmitchem
Like Your Spacephone? Things Are Only Now About to Get Weird
Josh Oakhurst @joshoakhurst
Public-Key Cryptography
Peter Squicciarini @twoseventythree
Bringing Up Green Baby
Megan Van Fleet @meganv
Who Dares, Wins: Misevaluation of Risk in Modern Culture
Max Wallace @wmaxwallace
Micro-fame:  Navigating Pleasures & Pitfalls of Instant Success in a Life Lived at “Internet Speed”
Douglas A. Welton