Executive Committee

Secretary: Bill Carter
CEO, ALM

Carter took leadership of ALM in March 2012, and has since championed acquisition strategies advancing the growth and expansion of markets ALM serves. In 2013 and 2015, Bill was honored as a C-Level Visionary with a Folio: 100 Award. He joined ALM from Thomson Reuters where he led the successful reorganization and growth of the Small Law Business Unit. An accomplished expert in the digital and legal services industry, he also drove significant value creation at LexisNexis, Epiq Systems, Gerson Lehrman Group and GES Exposition Services.

Vice Chair: Peter Goldstone
CEO, Hanley Wood, LLC

Peter Goldstone is CEO of Hanley Wood, LLC, the premier information, media, event, and marketing services company serving the residential and commercial design and construction industry. Goldstone oversees the company’s strategic direction and spearheads new and innovative opportunities for the company’s growth. Goldstone oversees the company’s three operating platforms, which produce award-winning websites, magazines and events, must-have market intelligence data, and custom marketing solutions. Goldstone returned to Hanley Wood in 2012 after serving as president of Government Executive Media Group, the business-to-business media division of Atlantic Media. Prior to that, Goldstone spent 11 years with Hanley Wood, most recently as president, during a period of robust financial growth and expansion. Before joining Hanley Wood, Goldstone was vice president of the marketing division for Intertec Publishing, a division of Primedia. Goldstone also served as senior vice president and publishing director of Cowles Business Media’s magazine group, where he first led teams as publisher and then group publisher of the company’s marketing and media titles. Goldstone’s career also includes roles at Hearst Business Publishing and SRDS. Goldstone graduated from the University of Vermont, is a member of the board of directors of American Business Media, and is an active member of Magazine Publishers and Outsell. He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Recognition of his accomplishments includes induction in the MIN Hall of Fame, as well as inclusion in the Folio Forty and B2B’s Top Innovators.

Immediate Past Chair: Marion Minor
CEO, EPG Media & Specialty Information

Marion Minor is the CEO of Specialty Information Media, a multi-faceted publishing and business information company serving 5 vertical industries. Ms Minor is also the COO of EPG Media, publisher of consumer and trade magazines, websites and events in the powersports and boating markets. Ms. Minor’s career experience spans from retail sales and buying at Macy’s to the executive management of the information sales and services teams of some of the largest packaged goods manufacturers for A.C. Nielsen. Also while at A.C. Nielsen, Ms. Minor was responsible for developing and successfully expanding its business and product offerings in two untapped niche markets: alcohol beverages and fresh produce. Ms. Minor was recruited by A.C. Nielsen to join and become Managing Partner of its eight-year joint venture with Adams Business Media which successfully expanded the reach of new and existing business information services within the alcohol beverage industry. Through this association with Adams, Ms. Minor began managing their alcohol beverage publications and resource guides which she acquired along with a merchandising intelligence service in 2002.

Chair: Kevin Novak
CEO and Founder, 2040 Digital

Kevin, a 5 time International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) Webby Award winner, is a digital and innovation expert and seasoned executive with over 18 years experience helping organizations transform in the new digital global world. He is currently CEO and Founder of 2040 Digital providing digital, marketing and business strategy consulting to B2B and B2C Publishers, Non-Profits and Associations. Before his recent endeavor, Kevin was the Vice President of New Business Development and Digital Strategies for the American Institute of Architects, Kevin was directly responsible AIA’s new business development strategy, partnerships and product development focused on maximizing existing revenue streams and developing new revenue sources. He was also directly responsible for the AIA’s digital strategy emulated and realized through the web, mobile and apps to serve the Architect membership, the Built Community and the greater public. He is the former Chair of the W3C Electronic Government workgroup, Chair of the National Research Council/National Academies Panel on Communicating and Disseminating Engineering and Scientific Data for the National Science Foundation, and chair of the Internet in Developing Countries Task Force under the MOBI Foundation. Kevin is currently serving on the Connectiv Board of Directors and is a former member of the Board of the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

Treasurer: Kate Spellman
Chief Marketing Officer, Questex, LLC

Kate is the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for accelerating growth in marketing services and audience engagement. She is an accomplished business leader who brings a proven and consistent track record to launching and driving rapid growth in marketing services revenue within information services businesses. Through her successes, Kate has exhibited a unique balance of strategic vision and executional precision and her highly collaborative style enables traction with marketing partners. Kate also brings a cutting-edge view to the rapidly evolving ecosystem of technology, events and practical applications in the marketing services arena. Kate most recently served as President of Informa Engage, the marketing services business of Informa plc, a global information services company. Previously, Kate was Chief Marketing Officer of Penton where she was responsible for a cross-functional marketing team and marketing services – connecting marketers and advertisers with business-to-business decision makers through turnkey products and solutions through audience, content and vertical knowledge across both events and digital platforms. Earlier in her career, Kate launched UBM Studios, the marketing services arm of UBM plc where she launched and drove rapid growth in the company’s digital business. Kate serves on Connectiv’s Board of Directors and is a member of the CMO Council. Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Ohio Wesleyan.

Board of Directors

Ty F. Bobit
President/CEO, Bobit Business Media

Ty Bobit is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Torrance, California-based Bobit Business Media, which was founded in 1961 by his father, Edward J. Bobit. The company now has 140 employees that publishes 22 B2B magazines, and produces 14 trade shows and 32 industry web sites. The company’s primary focus is niches within the transportation and automotive industries. Ty has been CEO of Bobit Business Media since 2006. He began his career with the company in advertising sales in 1975, when the family company had four titles and was headquartered in Glenview, Illinois. He advanced to publisher, vice president and then to president in 1987. He had the foresight to conceive Bobit’s first trade show in 1984 and subsequently founded numerous others. Ty currently is a Board Member of SIIA/American Business Media and Society of Independent Show Organizers. He is actively involved with the World Presidents Organization. Ty is proud to have two of his sons working with him at BBM. He attended the University of Colorado and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Jim A. Casella
CEO, Compliance Solutions Strategies Holdings Inc

Jim Casella is Chairman & Chief Executive Office of Compliance Solutions Strategies, a platform company that he founded with the backing of CIP Capital, a private equity firm. In January 2017, CIP Capital acquired three global companies: Advise Technologies, Ascendant Compliance Management & MoneyMate Group, that all came together as CSS. With offices in New York, Salisbury, CT, London and Dublin, Ireland, CSS focuses on regulatory compliance software & compliance services for the global financial markets. Prior to CSS, Jim executed a similar strategy with the backing of Austin Ventures Growth Equity to form Asset International. He acquired and merged 10 companies from around the globe, managing them for seven years before a successful sale to Genstar Capital in June 2014. Over the course of his career, Jim has held numerous leadership roles, including Vice Chairman of Reed Business, a division of Reed Elsevier (now RELX), and Chief Operating Officer of International Data Group. In addition to his role at CSS, Jim currently serves on the private company boards of Equilar and EnsembleIQ. He previously served on the boards of two formerly listed NASDAQ companies, IDG Books and Ask Jeeves, as well as Infomedia India LTD, which was listed on the Bombay Exchange. He also served on the boards of Jigsaw Data, Questex & Ziff Davis Enterprise. Jim received his BA cum laude from Boston College in 1970.

David Chun
Chief Executive Officer, Equilar, Inc.

David has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most respected and trusted names in the executive compensation industry and has been recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance" by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). David often speaks publicly on issues facing the executive compensation industry, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Directorship, The HR Policy Association, NACD, NASDAQ OMX, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), NYSE Euronext, RiskMetrics, Stanford's Directors' College, and WorldatWork. Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom billing software developer that was subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies. David is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a Charter Member of the Asian-American Multi-Technology Association (AAMA), a director of the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation, and a co-founder of the Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE). David earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

KC Crain
President, Crain Communications Inc

KC Crain is president and chief operating officer for Crain Communications Inc, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Crain Communications, as well as the company’s family of brands including Automotive News and Advertising Age. Previously, he held roles of executive vice president and director of corporate operations, vice president, and group publisher. He started at Crain as a reporter for Automotive News. Active in a number of civic and business activities, KC is board chair for the Detroit Children’s Fund. He also sits on the boards of the Young Presidents Organization, and the College for Creative Studies. In addition to keen interests and influential connections throughout the automotive, tech and publishing industries, KC is dedicated to Detroit’s economic development with investments and partnerships in real estate and restaurant ventures. KC Crain earned a B.A. in Communications from Denison University. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with their four young children.

Alex DeBarr
CEO, Naylor Association Solutions

Alex DeBarr has been the president and CEO of Naylor Association Solutions since 2006. Since arriving at Naylor, Alex has led the evolution of Naylor’s product and service offerings, including the launch of a full digital product suite and the addition of a variety of event, SaaS, consulting and marketing services designed to serve the communication, engagement and non-dues revenue needs of business and professional associations. This expansion has included acquiring event management specialists Convention Management Group (CMG) in 2007, Global Exchange Events in 2012, Boxwood Technology, the leading career and job services provider for associations, in 2014, Timberlake Membership Software in January 2015 and W.J. Weiser and Associates, a leading association management company, in July 2015. Naylor now works with more than 1,800 associations throughout both countries. Naylor was acquired in December 2013 by RLJ Equity Partners, the Bethesda, MD-based private equity firm founded by Robert L. Johnson. Prior to joining Naylor, Alex spent 21 years at Advanstar Communications, a leading global media company providing integrated marketing solutions for healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences, and other industries, where he oversaw a number of Advanstar’s integrated market groups and managed company-wide editorial programs and review processes. He began his career at Advanstar predecessor Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publications in 1984 and held a number of editorial, sales and publishing management roles before being appointed an executive vice president in 1997. Alex is a 1984 graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, currently sits on the board of directors of Connectiv(The Business Information Association), and has four grown children.

Ethan Eisner
President, LexisNexis / RELX Group

Ethan Eisner has general management responsibility for leading the global commercial markets businesses, as well as overseeing global strategy and M&A for the Reed Tech division of LexisNexis. Prior to this role, Ethan led the U.S. Corporate Legal & Compliance business of LexisNexis, with general management responsibility for the market. He also led the LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions business, focused on serving corporate professionals outside of the legal related functions, including information, sales, marketing and procurement professionals. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Ethan served as Vice President, Marketing & Product Development for Worknowledge, a training solutions company he helped found. He has also worked as Vice President and General Manager for The Franklin Mint, running the ecommerce and catalog businesses, and as a Case Team Leader with strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, where he worked with the top management of clients to help them realize material competitive advantages to generate substantial, lasting financial impact.

Jim G. Elliott
President, James G. Elliott Co, Inc.

Jim Elliott has more than 40 years experience in the advertising industry, including media planning, research, and sales. Prior to founding the James G. Elliott Co., Inc. in 1984, he held numerous executive positions including director of field services at CBS Magazines and western advertising manager for Road & Track Magazine. He writes frequently for industry publication and often speaks at venues such as ABM, AM&P, digitalNow and Folio: events. The James G. Elliott Co., Inc. is the nation’s largest national outsourced media ad sales company and a full-service media solutions consultancy for print and digital publishers and organizations, with extensive experience in business-to-business, association, and consumer publishing. Elliott Co. offices are located in the major advertising centers of the United States.

Gary T. Fitzgerald
Chairman and CEO, Meister Media Worldwide

Gary sets the strategic direction for Meister Media Worldwide, leading the transformation of the company from a magazine publisher to a diversified global media, information, and services organization. The third generation of Meister’s senior leadership, he joined the company in 1979 as Western Advertising Manager and progressed through positions in sales, operations, and general management to his current role. Gary earned his B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University and his MM in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Christina Folz
Senior Writer, American Association of University Women

Christina Folz has been editor of HR Magazine since November 2013. She has 20 years of experience as an editor, writer and project leader. Previously, she was editor and content director for Optics & Photonics News, the monthly magazine and web resource for The Optical Society—a global scientific society based in Washington, D.C. She also served as senior editor of the Harvard Health Letter, a consumer newsletter focused on health and wellness, as well as for various magazines and newsletters published by the Massachusetts Medical Society and AcademyHealth. She is a member of the board of directors for Association Media & Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gettysburg College.

Alex Ford
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Praetorian Digital

Alex Ford is CEO of The Praetorian Group, the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market. Alex has successfully built the company from the ground up, co-founding Praetorian in 1999 and becoming its CEO in 2001. He has led the company through two economic downturns to a clear market leadership position, driving eight years of continuous profitability and 15% annual growth. Under his direction, Praetorian has launched more than 25 websites, including PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, CorrectionsOne.com and EMS1.com - all either the #1 or #2 online media properties in their markets. Prior to Praetorian, Alex served as a business strategy consultant and assisted multiple Fortune 100 companies in evaluating online opportunities, including GM, IBM and Harley-Davidson. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and French. One of the founders of San Francisco Wine Week, Alex lives in San Francisco and an active angel investor.

Ed S. Gillette
President/CEO, Scranton Gillette Communications, Inc.

Elizabeth Green
CEO / Founder, Brief Media

Elizabeth is the CEO/Founder of Brief Media LLC, the vertically aligned owner of top veterinary media brands Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, the industry’s top digital subscription product, Plumbs Veterinary Drugs and newly launched events New York Vet and Veterinary Team Brief Summit. Prior to founding Brief Media, she worked for MediMedia in New Jersey and in 2016 was named a Folio Top Women in Media for entrepreneurship. When not at work, you will likely find Elizabeth hiking, biking, playing the piano or mentoring aspiring female executives.

Kerry C. Gumas
CEO, Questex, LLC

Kerry C. Gumas is a veteran executive and entrepreneur with over thirty years' experience in business media and the global exhibition and convention industry. Kerry led the formation and currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Questex Media Group LLC, a leading international business event and information company. Questex produces over 50 events and related digital media and demand generation solutions serving industries such as hospitality, travel, beauty, entertainment, technology, life sciences and healthcare.

Taggart E. Henderson
Co-CEO, BNP Media

Taggart E. Henderson is an owner of BNP Media, a privately held, diversified b-to-b media company founded in 1926 and headquartered in Troy, MI. He began working for BNP in 1995 and held the Publisher position on a number of brands. In 2001, he and his two brothers became the fourth generation to run the company. The three of them share the title of Co-CEO. Prior to joining BNP, Tagg worked for KPMG in New York. He graduated from New York University with an accounting degree. Tagg has served on the boards of BPAWW and the Motor City Chapter of YPO, where he was Chapter Chair in 2012. Tagg lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI and when he is not training for his next triathlon, he is spending time with his wife, 3 teenagers, and 3 dogs.

Larry Hoffer
AM&P Advisory Board Member and President and CEO, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

Larry Hoffer is the president and CEO of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), a trade association representing companies which import and distribute woodworking machinery, tools, and supplies in North America. As the chief staff officer, Larry is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the association, as well as program development, board relations, strategic planning, and managing all aspects of member recruitment, retention, and engagement. WMIA has an annual budget of $1.5 million, and the association is the co-owner of the International Woodworking Fair, the largest woodworking industry trade show in the country. Larry has spent the majority of his career in senior staff roles for several nonprofit trade and professional associations, including the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Industrial Designers Society of America, National PACE Association, and the Brain Injury Association of America. He also serves as the incoming president of Association Media & Publishing, the premier membership organization serving the needs of association publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers, and content generators and the media they create. He holds a degree in criminal justice from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is also a culinary school graduate. A resident of Falls Church, Virginia, Larry is an avid reader and book reviewer, writer, pop culture aficionado, and perpetually disillusioned Washington, DC sports fan.

Wilma H Jordan
Founder/CEO, JEGI

As leader of the most successful independent investment bank for the media, information, marketing, software and tech-enabled services sectors since 1987, Ms. Jordan has been instrumental in completing more than 600 M&A transactions for global corporations, private companies, entrepreneurs, and private equity and venture capital firms. Ms. Jordan’s Best Practices approach to M&A advisory services has been influential in forging the firm’s reputation for overall excellence, integrity and the ability to maximize value for its clients. Her experience includes having founded, owned, managed, advised and served on the Boards of Directors of media, marketing, interactive and technology businesses. Ms. Jordan was one of the founders and initial shareholders of the 13-30 Corporation. She also participated as shareholder, chief operating officer and principal negotiator in the revitalization and 1986 sale of the Esquire Magazine Group. Ms. Jordan has served on the Boards of Directors of four public companies – Lin Broadcasting (NYSE), Lin Television (NASDAQ), Clayton Homes (NYSE) and Lin TV (NYSE). She recently joined the Board of Directors of Fenimore Asset Management, a preeminent wealth management group. In addition, Ms. Jordan is a Trustee of Guideposts, Inc.

Rajeev Kapur
CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.

Rajeev is a noted entrepreneur and technologist who specializes in kick-starting revenue growth for small and mid-sized businesses. He has a unique view on how business in general and b2b media and information in particular will change in both the short and long-term, from a fundamental shift in one of our core business—lead generation—to an industry on the brink of mass consolidation and why b2b players need to become more vertically-focused.

Tom L. Kemp
Chairman/CEO, Northstar Travel Group

Tom joined Northstar Travel Media in January 2009. He has a unique combination of experience as a senior operating executive and private equity investor in business-to-business media. In 2008, he founded Oakstreet Media, a company formed to invest in and acquire lower-middle market business-to-business media and information companies. From 2004 to 2008, Tom was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a leading private equity firm investing in the media and communications industry. Prior to VSS, he was the Chairman and CEO of Penton Media, one of the largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S. Prior to Penton, Tom was President and COO of Miller Freeman Inc., a market-leading business to-business media company headquartered in San Francisco. He has been a board member of several business media companies as well as industry associations, including American Business Media and BPA International. In June 2010, Tom was honored as the CEO Top Innovator in business publishing by BtoB Magazine. Kemp was honored by American Business Media as the 2014 McAllister Top Management Fellow.

Richard Kennelly
CEO, Connotate Inc.

In his 25 years in the high-tech industry, Rich has built a successful track record of growing companies that help businesses deliver and leverage data via the web. He is responsible for the chief executive office role at Connotate, as well as leading sales. Before Connotate, he was President of Ipswitch’s File Transfer Business, where he returned the business to sustained growth. In the nine years prior to joining Ipswitch, Rich held a number of senior leadership positions at Akamai Technologies as it grew from $145 million to over $1 billion in revenues. His last role at Akamai was as Vice President of its Media Business Unit – a leader in delivering high-quality video and software downloads over the Internet, as well as providing critical real-time metrics on users and service quality. Prior to Akamai, Rich was an early member of New Oak Communications, a VPN startup credited with creating the industry’s first VPN switch – which allows users to connect to corporate networks over the Internet. Rich currently sits on the board of directors of ABM/CISD (American Business Media/Content & Information Services Division), is the holder of five industry patents, and earned a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dan Kortick
Managing Partner, Wicks Group of Companies, LLC

Dan Kortick joined The Wicks Group in May 2000. As a Managing Partner at Wicks, he is involved in all of its investment and management activities and serves on the Board of Directors of all of its operating companies. Prior to joining Wicks, Mr. Kortick spent 11 years in various capacities at Fleet Bank and BankBoston. Most recently, he served as Director in the Media and Communications Group of BankBoston, working with clients on financing mergers and acquisitions within several media segments, including broadcasting, publishing, cable, and entertainment. Earlier, Mr. Kortick worked in the loan work-out and asset-based lending groups at Fleet. Mr. Kortick serves in different capacities in many educational, community, and charitable organizations. Dan Kortick graduated from Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and has an MBA in Finance from Bryant University.

Lee Maniscalco
CEO, Haymarket Media Inc.

Lee joined Haymarket in February 2001 as CEO of the US medical division. Within a seven-year period he transformed the Haymarket US medical business from a $5 million, 16-person operation to a $48 million, 110-person enterprise. He became Chairman and US CEO in 2011. Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, coaching youth sports, playing golf and reading.

Andrew Mullins
CEO, Knowledge & Networking Division, Informa Plc

Andrew Mullins joined Lever Brothers (Unilever) after graduating from Bristol University in 1986. He subsequently moved to United Distillers in 1995, which became Diageo in 1997, before joining News International in 2001 and Associated Newspapers in 2007. During Andrew's period as Managing Director of the Evening Standard, it changed ownership in February 2009, converted into a free newspaper in October 2009 and now has a circulation of around 900,000. In May 2010 Andrew became Managing Director of The Independent alongside the Evening Standard. In September 2014, Andrew joined Informa PLC, becoming CEO of the then newly-formed Knowledge and Networking division. Andrew remains on the Boards of ESL, IPL and London Live as a Non-Executive Director, a role he has also held at Which? Limited since March 2011.

Susana Oropesa
Product & Program Management | Strategic Transformation | Business Operations, Wiley

Dan Oswald
CEO, Simplify Compliance

Dan is CEO of Simplify Compliance, a diversified training and information company that offers its customers innovative solutions, authoritative content, and practical, easy-to-use software tools to meet regulatory compliance obligations and adopt best practices. At Simplify Compliance, Dan has orchestrated a number of mergers and acquisitions that have propelled the company’s growth and entrance into new markets. Simplify Compliance operates with four business units; Argosy, BLR, CCMI, and H3.Group, covering financial services, human capital management, telecommunications, and healthcare respectively. Its brands currently include PE Hub, Regulatory Watch, PartnerConnect, BLR, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Thompson HR, Personnel Policy Servies, TelView, Qtel, Decision Health, HCPro, and HealthLeaders Media.

Gemma Postlethwaite
CEO, SourceMedia

Gemma Postlethwaite became CEO of SourceMedia in April of 2018. Prior to joining SourceMedia, Gemma was CEO of PIRA Energy Group where she led a major transformation of the company and established PIRA as the leading integrated, research and data provider to the global energy markets. In 2016 Gemma led the sale of PIRA Energy Group to S&P Global. Postlethwaite has spent several years in leadership roles in the business information sector. Prior to joining PIRA Energy Group, she was SVP, Strategy and Operations at Altegrity, a global provider of risk and compliance solutions; and Chief Product Officer and President of Infogroup’s SMB business unit. She also spent eight years at Thomson Reuters in leadership positions spanning product and commercial management and led the channel partnership business for the Investment and Advisory Division. Gemma is Chairman of the Board of Stratfor and Advisory board member at BizEquity. Gemma proudly serves on the New York Board of the All Stars Project whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. She is a graduate of the University of Kent.

Brent Reilly
President & CEO, Randall-Reilly

Brent Reilly assumed the role of President in 2012 and CEO in 2015. In tradition with his father, Brent has engineered several strategic changes since his assumption of the role. Prior, Brent served as Vice President of marketing for the company. Before that, he was General Manager of operations for Randall-Reilly’s Events. Brent has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. When he is not defending his alma mater to the Tide Nation, he enjoys fishing and reading.

Cathilea Robinett
President, e.Republic, Inc.

Cathilea is president of e.Republic, where she oversees operations for the company’s award-winning media platforms: Governing, Government Technology, Public CIO, and Emergency Management. Cathilea also oversees e.Republic’s websites, conferences and events, and its national research and advisory groups: the Center for Digital Government, the Center for Digital Education and the Governing Institute. In 2014 Cathilea directed the launch of the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program, an innovative initiative that encourages future generations of women to participate in public service. Cathilea is a frequent speaker for government and education organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, Harvard University, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the World Congress on Information Technology. She has been quoted frequently in publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and others. Cathilea is a recipient of NASCIO’s National Technology Champion Award for her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology innovation. She is also the winner of an Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is a Greater Sacramento Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Daniel J. Schaible
COO and Founder, License League

Daniel is currently the force behind License League, Inc. the focus of which is the monetization of content at the article level in the context of an aggregated format. This is a new and innovative BtoB delivery channel based on access rather than viewing. The real purpose is to provide content creators with a viable financial model to augment the shrinking ad revenues. It includes the acquisition and delivery of feeds of compliant content. Prior to this Dan had oversight of all things copyright, from provider agreements to fulfillment as well as digital acquisition of content for BurrellesLuce, a media monitoring company, where I continue to consult on the operation of the Publisher Services Div. After college, Dan seemed destined to be in publishing, representing the 3rd generation to do so. He sold recruitment ad space in the Newhouse owned Star Ledger. This eventually led to the position of Mgr. of Department Store Advertising. He ended up as the assistant production manager before leaving the Ledger to start his own mortgage bank. Dan succumbed to a friend’s enticement to get involved with the production operation at the NY Post. He eventually led the 300+ member production team as the head of production and labor at the then Murdoch owned NY Post which he left to take a job with Thomson to build a printing plant in St. George, Utah. A year later, in 1998, He moved on to The SF Chronicle as the IT Director. In 2007, Dan took over Content Management and IT at BurrellesLuce, a 120+ year old media monitoring company. The IT dep. had 60 FTE's in 7 locations. This included a development team focused on apps for monitoring both online and print content as well as the online, client facing delivery app for the monitoring and analysis results . Mr. Schaible sits on the International board of the International Association of Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) as well as the Connectiv division board of the SIIA.

Tony Uphoff
President & CEO, Thomas™

Tony Uphoff is President and CEO of Thomas™. He previously was CEO of Business.com; the leading online destination that over 30 million, small-to-medium business executives rely on to acquire the knowledge, products and services they need to run and grow their businesses. He is a uniquely accomplished operating executive with an unparalleled track record of building, growing and transforming media and marketing businesses. He has been a leader in media innovation and transformation for the last 20 years. Before joining Business.com in 2013, he was CEO of UBM TechWeb, where he led the transformation of a declining $125M print-centric business into a fast-growing $225M digital media, live event and marketing services powerhouse. Prior to that, Uphoff was founding CEO of Beliefnet, an Internet startup that was sold to News Corporation in 2007. He served as President of VNU Media’s Entertainment Group and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, growing the business to $100M in revenue and delivering the 3 largest years in The Hollywood Reporter’s 75 year history. Uphoff was Publisher of InformationWeek in the mid-90′s, growing revenues from $15M to over $150M and into the largest brand in the history of B2B media. Uphoff also served in several key management positions at Ziff-Davis during the company’s rapid growth in the early 1990′s. Uphoff was named “Folio Forty C-Level Visionary” by Folio Magazine in 2011 and is regularly named in the Top 100 business media execs by B2B Magazine. He was named “Top Media Innovator” by Mins B2B in 2009. Uphoff is acknowledged as an industry expert on media, marketing and technology and serves as a regular speaker at industry conferences and leading business schools. Uphoff serves on the boards of NTN Buzztime, the HIMSS Media Group and as a Trustee of Linfield College. He also serves as a Business Mentor at Mucker Labs Accelerator and on the advisory boards of the data company Connotate and the Internet radio company

Greg A Watt
President/CEO, WATT Global Media

Gregory A. Watt is President & Chief Executive Officer of WATT Global Media where he directs the company’s strategic vision, corporate culture initiatives, revenue growth and acquisition selection/integration.

Mr. Watt is the 4th generation to lead the company which was founded in 1917 by James W. Watt his great-grandfather. Corporate offices are in Rockford, Illinois USA with employees and partners across the United States, England, China, Spain, Greece, and the Netherlands. The global audience and client base for WATT media is located in more than 190 countries.

WATT brands serving the global animal agribusiness and petfood industries include Poultry International, Feed International, Pig International, Industria Avicola, WATT PoultryUSA, Egg Industry, Feed Management, Petfood Industry, Petfood Forum, Executive Guide to World Poultry Trends, WATT IPP Directory, FIAAP Conferences, the Chicken Marketing Summit, WATTAgNet.com and PetfoodIndustry.com. Partner brands include Poultry International China Edition, Pig International China, and the International Poultry Forum China.