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Fuchsia McInerney's Roster of the Top 10 Sexiest Women in Social Media

Shown below is Cyan Banister

CEO and Entrepreneur, Fuchsia McInerney, names the top ten women in social media who are pioneering the industry and making a name for themselves.

Sexy and technology aren’t always two words you hear together. In fact women and technology aren’t two words you hear together that often, unless it’s highlighting the overwhelming lack of the former within the latter. That said, these ten women represent high-powered entrepreneurs, executive, artists and techies who are defying statistics, pioneering the industry and making a name for themselves. 

From ecommerce to marketing to blogging, spanning from corporate to indie, our top ten have taken the high-tech industry by storm, and quite frankly, they look good doing it!

As an update, I would like to point out that each of the women whose bio's and images appear below, selected the images for publication and wrote the information paragraph about themselves. As each of them have requested that images or descriptions be updated, we have been pleased and eager to do so...

"Exploitation?" I think not...

Savvy marketing professionals who know the value of "Personal Branding? I think so.

below: Veronica Belmont

"sleeps rarely and caffeinates often."

(My kind of lady! - RP)

Cyan Banister

1. Cyan Banister, Entrepreneur & Artist: Cyan was born into a family of artists and grew up around paint, photography and music. From these beginnings, she developed a life-long appreciation for the arts that eventually inspired the Zivity platform, an ad-free social network for models, photographers, and video artists. This platform she created is a new way for artists to profitably connect directly with their fans in the rapidly changing digital media landscape.Cyan has held many leadership roles throughout her career, from leading technical operations teams in an enterprise software company to helping women master technology as CTO of a nonprofit organization. She is also an angel investor and has invested in Facebook, EQAL, Mimoco, OtherInbox, Thumbtack, Tagged, Hot Potato, Powerset, Topsy and others. Cyan is also an event and portrait photographer and enjoys jugglers and magicians.

Heather Meeker

2. Heather Meeker: Heather brings over 13 years of experience working in communications, marketing and sales for technology companies. She started her career working in public relations for EarthLink and held similar positions at start-ups including Stamps.com and Homestore.com. After Sept 11, Meeker transitioned into an entirely new career in pharmaceutical sales at Pfizer, selling blockbuster drugs including Zithromax, Lipitor and Viagra. Despite success, Meeker decided her passion was communications and took a role as PR Manager for Yahoo Search Marketing followed by Manager of Burson Marsteller’s Consumer Technology Practice. Today, she holds the position of Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for geo-location start-up Pelago – makers of Whrrl. In addition, she volunteers as an Advisor for the LA Chapter of Girls in Tech.


Melissa Salas

3. Melissa Salas: Melissa is the Marketing Director at Buy.com. That’s right. The Director. Of Marketing. At Buy.com. Talk about a power player. She has also been the host of BuyTV for four years. She is the recipient of the 2008 Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award Winner for Affiliate Manager of the Year. She joined Buy.com in 2000 & manages various online marketing campaigns as well as their Affiliate Program. Born & raised in Southern California, she attended Long Beach State University & graduated with a BA in Communications & minored in Interpersonal Communication & Business Organization. She lives in Orange County & her hobbies include traveling, kickboxing, dance, going to live shows, concerts, the beach, Angels, Lakers, Chargers and of course USC FOOTBALL games! Check out Melissa on Twitter: @MelissaDSalas

Jolie O’Dell

4. Jolie O’Dell, Social Media & Tech Reporter: Jolie O’Dell is a journalist and startup veteran with a decade of experience in writing and editing the news. Formerly a writer and community manager for ReadWriteWeb and a freelance writer for tech blogs and various print publications, Jolie now writes on social media and technology for Mashable. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.A. in Media Studies in 2004; as a student journalist, she won state and national awards, helped teach and manage a team of reporters, and made it out alive with high honors.


Veronica Belmont

5. Veronica Belmont: Veronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host based out of San Francisco. Currently her projects include Qore (a monthly interactive magazine about the PS3 for Sony) and Tekzilla (a weekly tech help and how-to show on Revision3.com). She has also written for Slate, DoubleX, MaximumPC and PC Gamer. Veronica initially made her mark as a producer and on-air talent for CNET Networks (now CBS Interactive). She worked on such shows as Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, Crave, and Prizefight. In 2007 she left CNET to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes. An avid gamer and social-networking junkie (with over 1 million Twitter followers), Veronica often speaks about her interests at conferences and panels. She has also been the emcee at events for companies such as gdgt, Boxee, MacHeist and RiffTrax. In her spare time, she co-hosts the science fiction and fantasy podcast The Sword and Laser with Tom Merritt. She lives with one technology writer and two cats (and too many gadgets). Veronica graduated from Emerson College, B.A. in Audio/Radio, focus in New Media studies.


Deirdre Breakenridge

6. Deirdre Breakenridge: Deirdre is President, Executive Director of Communications at Mango! Marketing. Deirdre is the author of four Financial Times books. Her most recent book, “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations,” co-authored by Brian Solis and published in March 2009, is available in major bookstores and online. She has also authored: “PR 2.0, New Media, New Tools, New Audiences,” “The New PR Toolkit” and “Cyberbranding: Brand Building in the Digital Economy.” Deirdre is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey where she teaches courses on Public Relations and Interactive Marketing for the Global Business Management program. Deirdre speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of PR and social media communications.She was named Woman of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Professional Executive Women (NAPEW). Deirdre is a contributing editor of TechConnect, PRSA’s technology newsletter. She blogs about PR 2.0 strategies and is the co-founder of #PRStudChat, a dynamic Twitter discussion scheduled monthly for PR students, educators and PR pros.

Jenn Allen

7. Jenn Allen: Jenn’s a search technology geek, artist and musician. She is the CEO and founder of Rtist.com, a free, real-time, no-commission online marketplace and social meeting place for artists, art lovers and everyone else who enjoys immersion in a positive, humanistic art experience. Artists and art lovers are free to buy, sell, make conversation, chat, critique, ask questions, make recommendations, discuss art and artists, list shows/events, identify favorite artists, art buyers and art enthusiasts; and search for art by artist, rating, price, keyword and tags such as medium, color and texture. Rtist.com – basically a utopia for artists. When you think of sexy what comes to mind? How about someone who is rocking the web right now with a site that is only 8 weeks old? How about someone who is confident and self motivated? Jenn Allen is an entrepreneur and not just any entrepreneur either. She is the Sexiest Female Entrepreneur of 2010 according to getyourbizsavvy.com (if you don’t already know).

Joanna Lord

8. Joanna Lord: Joanna is the VP of Growth Marketing at SEOmoz, a SEO and social media software company out of Seattle. She is East Coast born, but did a five year stint in LA tech, before settling into the Seattle startup scene. Joanna is a well known customer acquisition expert and well versed in Internet marketing, PPC, SEO, social media and traditional media. She is a regular fixture at industry conferences, speaking all over the world. She “sleeps rarely and caffeinates often.” It also appears that Joanna has been known to sing a song or two on karaoke, but if asked, she will deny it ever happened.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Joanna Lord's photos and bio were updated at her request on 2/27/2013... We appreciate any opportunity to update this article.

Leah Culver

9. Leah Culver: Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at leahculver.com. In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.We recommend checking out her official blog.

Amy McInerney

10: Amy McInerney: Amy is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Social Focus Marketing, Inc., an Internet marketing company specializing in social media and search engine marketing. After spending two years at the helm of the marketing department at Pearse Street Consulting, Inc., a social networking software development company, Amy spearheaded Social Focus as a sister company (literally, her sister-in-law is the C.E.O. of Pearse Street) and since then, has been launching her clients’ online campaigns to the top of Google searches and driving traffic through innovative social media marketing strategies. In her rare down-time, Amy enjoys wine, concerts and spending time with her niece and nephews.

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Comment by Cathy Nesbit on March 1, 2013 at 6:53am

I was just kidding! You did a lot of work. Good job :)

Comment by Ralph Paglia on February 28, 2013 at 4:50pm

OK, fair enough... I thought about the men that I know in the business who are physically fit, well poised, consistently well dressed, seem to me to be handsome in a masculine way and out of them, which ones had made significant contributions to the auto industry...

1. Grant Cardone is simply Grant Cardone... This guy gets me so fired up that I leave his events with a productivity rate triple of that when i entered. His representation of the car business outside of automotive channels on national TV, Huffington Post, books, etc. has improved the public's perception of the retail auto industry. And, I am pretty sure he is a damned good looking man!

2. Richard Bustillo would be number 1 if Grant Cardone was not such a stud muffin! Richard is knowledgeable  kind hearted, compassionate, driven to success, loved by all who work with him and plus he is married to one of the sexiest women I have ever met, which would seem to indicate qualification credentials... Taking Rick Case Honda on a profit and revenue growth tear over the past few years as one of the leading dealership GM's in the country has not hurt his qualifications for this list.

3. Brian Benstock is a competitive marathon runner, tall dark and handsome, he also happens to be a dealer operating one of the most successful Honda dealerships in America. While working with Brian, I have noticed so many women SWOONING over this man that his sex appeal is not to be denied. Brian inspires and manages a team of automotive professionals in one of the country's toughest markets whose execution of strategy, process and customer management work flows is simply amazing. He has turned Paragon Honda into a major force to be reckoned with in the auto industry. 

4. Sean Wolfington has long been one of the undisputed sexiest men in the auto industry and about 12 years ago he gave up the throngs of women who flocked to him, married a stunningly beautiful Spanish lady, settled into being one of the best husbands I have ever known and fathered 4 children since with his bride Ana... Hard to argue THAT is not sexy! While becoming a tremendous father and husband, he developed several automotive businesses and sold them for many millions of dollars while making a hit movie (Bella) along the way... And, he is the benefactor of several renowned charities, while continuing to develop over a dozen automotive related companies in which he has invested his time, expertise and capital.  The only reason Sean is not #1 is because he is such a close friend, personal mentor and sponsor of mine that his position on the list would unquestionably result from my own personal bias. I love this man, as do so many others that I know and respect!

5. David Boice is one of those car guys that has an amazing story of entrepreneurial success while cultivating his reputation as "Diamond Dave" accented by his Saville Row suits and penchant for high end events and accouterments  Besides his remarkable achievements in launching and building the success of AutoMark, his recent 7 years success story at Team Velocity marketing combined with charisma by the gallon ensure David Boice a spot on any top ten list of sexy men in the auto industry. Although not the rugged "handsome devil" type like Grant Cardone, Mr. Boice's smooth mannerisms, polish, demeanor, etiquette and silver tongue belie a genius at solving automotive industry related marketing problems.

6. Mark Gruwell is simply one of those car guys that I believe belongs on a list like this...

7. Jamaal McCoy is another personal pick, plus i was in his dealership on Tuesday and one of the woman who I was working with remarked about how incredibly sexy he is... 

8. Kurt Maletych is one of the only men I know that is as handsome and good looking as his ability to sell cars and manage a team of people doing it... I have seen Kurt get impossible projects completed and personally handle 70 Internet Leads in one month and deliver new and used vehicles to half of them! He looks like one of those male models that play on Mexican TV Novellas and is one of the most charming, charismatic and talented men I have ever met... If I was a woman, i would want to have Kurt's babies!

9. Alex Hultgren is a Ford Motor Company Marketing Executive with almost TOO MUCH style, flair and male imbued elegance to be a car guy... But he is! Alex is the marketing thought leader who educated me on the Ford eCommerce Monetization Study and the deep insights this in-house research provided. He taught me and my team how to use empirical data to determine stronger online advertising copy over weaker and how to rotate ads in a story board scenario using behavioral targeting micro-segments. Alex has a style and grace that seems to unnerve men and make women smile... That is why I put him on my list of the ten sexiest car guys.

10. Todd Stainbrook is one of those car guys who defies stereotype and continuously surprises people with his intelligence and creativity. While he was with the Ford Motor Company, Todd Stainbrook worked with me and the Ford Purchasing team to devise a mechanism for earnback credits that would allow Ford to hire regional Digital Marketing Consultants at a time when there was simply NO MONEY available for anything! (2009) Since that program's roll-out Ford has achieved so many successes with their dealers in the world of automotive digital marketing and social media marketing that the earnback credits are no longer needed to get funding... Profits and retail sales now drive a program that was Todd's vision for the future during Ford Motor Company's darkest days. Todd's tall, handsome, English nobleman's looks and demeanor are a powerful combination that i have seen him use to charm and disarm powerful female executives, thus making him a name I want on my list of ten sexiest car guys. Oh, plus he drives a powerboat like a pro and gets suites comped for him at the best hotel casinos in Las Vegas!

Comment by Cathy Nesbit on February 28, 2013 at 11:41am

What criteria did you base this list on? I don't know all of these guys. I should say I know Grant Cardone.It would be interesting to know in what ways these guys are innovating.

It's kind of demeaning for these men to be put on some meat market list when the girls got to have photos & credentials! -sarcasm- sorry font not currently available.  :)

A real man is secure enough to make a sexy men list :) good job Ralph!

Comment by Ralph Paglia on February 28, 2013 at 9:36am

@CathyNesbit - I might just do that... No problems here on gender perception security issues! Let me take an initial stab at the first ten that come to mind for the "Ten Sexiest Men in Automotive":

  1. Grant Cardone
  2. Richard Bustillo - Rick Case Honda
  3. Brian Benstock - Paragon Honda
  4. Sean Wolfington - Entrepreneur
  5. David Boice - Team Velocity Marketing
  6. Mark Gruwell - Courtesy Chevrolet
  7. Jamaal McCoy - Findlay Chevrolet
  8. Kurt Maletych - Ken Grody Ford
  9. Alex Hultgren - Ford Motor Company
  10. Todd Stainbrook - Specific Media, Inc. 
Comment by Cathy Nesbit on February 28, 2013 at 7:23am

Ralph, I think you should make the list. LOL

Comment by Ralph Paglia on February 27, 2013 at 2:51pm

I am all for the "Ten Sexiest men in Social Media" or "ten Sexiest men in the Auto Industry or whatever you want to cal it... What I would like to see is somebody other than myself create it and then I will work to promote it... Sort of like this article.  I definitely do NOT want to be the arbiter of deciding who is on the list!

Regarding age of posts, Joanna Lord contacted me and wrote a very encouraging message around this article getting revived in her social media spaces and asked me if she could update her images and bio because it is being viewed so frequently.  I (of course) was delighted to do so!

Comment by Tom Gorham on February 27, 2013 at 2:16pm

I'm with you Cathy!  Nothing wrong with reviving old posts if relevant.  I have a feeling this one will be relevant for a long time!  I'm waiting for the men's list.  I'm sure it will be entertaining!

Comment by Cathy Nesbit on February 27, 2013 at 1:27pm

I didn't mean the title, I was referring to the email subject line which was referred to in the responses.

I actually didn't realize this was an old post until I'd responded. Someone shared it today in a Google + community so I had assumed it was new content.

I think a men's list would definitely be much less controversial, and would be taken much more lightheartedly. It Would be interesting for sure! 

Comment by Tom Gorham on February 27, 2013 at 12:59pm

Cathy,  I love your measured response.  However, I think the title accurately described the article.  You are definitely correct that sexiness is a lot more complex than physical attractiveness.  Studies have shown for years that women find successful men more sexy than those who are not successful.  So it's no surprise to me that that the reverse is true as well.

Actually, I think Ralph is pretty sensitive as it is.  I like him the way he is. I think his very intelligent and successful wife likes him that way too.  Just guessing.

I think that if it is ok to glamorize beautiful women and men in movies, and on the covers of magazines, that it may be ok, as well, to feature them on ADM as both beautiful and intelligent, when it applies to digital marketing.  It may not be important or inspiring, but it's all in fun.

You, or someone else could post a featured article about the top 10 sexiest men in Social Media. I don't think it would receive the same negative reaction.  Maybe some boohoos and laughter.  Maybe some wows! What do you think?

Comment by Cathy Nesbit on February 27, 2013 at 12:17pm

These ladies have quite the list of accomplishments, and that is sexy.

My two, maybe three thoughts from reading this (and the feedback) are:

1. I don't think there's a thing in the world wrong with looking great and being smart. If it's ok to be ugly and smart it oughta be just as ok to be good looking and smart. (like anyone can control their brains or the beauty they are born with)

2. --Ralph's quote ""Sexy" is a lot more complex than physical attractiveness alone, although it certainly helps!"  ---is so true & subjective and sometimes has very little to do with looks. That goes for turns offs too, but that's not part of the discussion, so moving on...

3. I don't think it was the best idea to use the subject line that was used. It does sound a bit food-like to me. I don't think that was intended to be offensive. It was not a good judgement call, but as a person who says what she thinks when she thinks it, I know sometimes it happens. There are so many times I do and say things that I don't think twice about then when someone points out my insensitivity I'm shocked that I hadn't considered it at all. I do try to learn from it and become more sensitive (to the degree that I can tolerate. I'm not going to sugar coat something because some people are to sensitive to take a breath without whining about it) :)  So I ain't mad at you, but it might suit you better to be more sensitive on your next go at it.

 :)

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