Kerri Pollard, former President of CJ, gave a keynote presentation that focused on attracting and retaining great talent. The keynote was at Affiliate Summit West 2016, which took place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. Joining affiliate marketing company, Be Free, in 1999, Kerri possesses sixteen years of industry experience. Having started her affiliate marketing career as a client account manager, she found her passion with publishers in the creation of the CJ Performer solution, the industry’s first publisher development and recognition program. Following Be Free’s acquisition by Conversant (fka, ValueClick) in 2002 and eventual merger with CJ in 2003, Kerri assumed the helm of the combined companies in 2007. Under Kerri’s leadership as President, the CJ Marketplace grew to over 3,000 advertisers, 70,000 active publishers, and according to Internet Retailer, is the number one affiliate marketing provider “by a long shot.” At the onset of 2015, Kerri made the difficult decision to step down as CJ’s President and currently operates in an advisory capacity.