Founder & CEO – Next Coast Media
Kirk Laughlin is an award-winning expert in information technology and offshore BPO/ contact center trends and strategies. Laughlin has emerged as one of the foremost thought-leaders on the expansion of cross-border services, outsourcing and inward-investment in the Americas. He speaks frequently at conferences throughout the Americas. Earlier, Laughlin was a Managing Director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, based in New York City. He has won four awards for journalism achievements in his 24-year career. Laughlin and his team launched Nearshore Americas in September, 2009. He has been a guest speaker at over twenty-five conferences in the region, including forums in Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia, Antigua, Belize, Nicaragua and the United States.
News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with nearly a decade of experience in reporting on politics and international business. He works out of his base in India’s outsourcing capital, Bangalore.
British-born Matt Kendall brings a wealth of editorial experience and industry knowledge to the table as our Chief Editor. An avid student of English, Matt’s editorial career began as a technical writer for an ERP software developer. He then moved to Mexico where he became a correspondent for a leading digital news agency in Latin America and an editor for a Mexican publishing company. When he’s not attending numerous industry events around the region, Matt’s spends time sampling the many restaurants of Mexico City.
Tim has been a regular contributor to Nearshore Americas since 2012. He is a former Research Analyst with IDC in Toronto and has over 20 years’ experience as a technology and business journalist, including extensive reporting from Latin America. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, he has received numerous accolades for his writing, including a CBC Literary and a National Magazine award. He divides his time between Canada and Mexico. When not chasing down stories, he is busy writing the Detective Sánchez series of crime novels.
Director of Marketing and Conferences
Jessica Reyes directs marketing and conference programs for Nearshore Americas. She has multi-years of international experience in sales and marketing strategies