New speakers will be listed here as they are confirmed.
James Pogue Ph.D.
CEO, James Pogue Enterprises
Leadership and training are at the core of who Dr. Pogue is and the work he does. Beginning with his military service and overseas deployment he learned the critical importance of leadership, 'followship' and training for the benefit of both himself and his teams. He learned quickly that the improvement and survival of oneself and their organization is based not only on the best possible information but also the best training and leaders possible.
After spending nearly 10 years in Higher Education as a Researcher, Professor and Administrator focusing on issues of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Pogue expanded his work to include Multi-Generational Leadership, with the goal of helping companies recruit and retain Millennials and now Generation Z. His work in these two necessary and distinct areas has put him in front of 1000's of professionals seeking to improve their leadership and ability to engage today’s workforce. As an Expert Keynote, in Workshops or Executive Coaching, James continues to help organizations attract, engage and develop leaders and talent at all levels.
James has recently partnered with Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), the premier Leadership Development organization in the food industry to develop a Multi-Generational series of programs designed to attract, engage, develop and retain talent in the Food Industry.
James has worked with various organizations across the Food Industry including Chili's and Domino's.
President and 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 Jelli.
President & CEO, Advertising Specialty Institute
Timothy M. Andrews is president and chief executive officer of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), which serves a network of 23,500 suppliers, distributors and decorators in the $23.6 billion promotional products industry. Under his guidance, ASI has become the industry leader in technology and multimedia marketing across all platforms. Andrews is also president of the ASI Show Family of Events - ASI Show, fASIlitate and the ASI Roadshow in the U.S. and Canada - and vice chairman of ASI Computer Systems, Inc., an industry provider of innovative accounting and systems software. Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in digital media, publishing, information services, marketing and advertising, including 16 years at Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
CEO, IMPLAN Group
Bill began his career with Randall-Reilly in advertising sales with the trucking media group in 1999; in 2001 he was promoted to EDA President and in 2012 he was given overall responsibility for all of Randall-Reilly’s data businesses. Those businesses included EDA a business intelligence provider to the Construction, Machine Tool, Lift Truck, Graphic Arts, Trucking and Ag industries; RigDig Truck History Report, RigDig BI, Top Bid and the Serial Number Guide. In 2015, Bill took over as CEO of IMPLAN Group where he has led the transformation from a simple data provide to a full service SaaS provider.
Chief Revenue Officer, Omeda
James Capo is the Chief Revenue Officer at Omeda. Previously he served as Vice President of Digital Services and Business Development at Access Intelligence. At Access Intelligence, Capo is charged with developing new digital products and partnerships that focus on end-user engagement, data capture, customer insights, and revenue generation. Previously, Capo was with Cygnus Business Media where he lead the development of mobile and tablet applications as well as multiple new digital product launches. Capo also spent 7 years in technology and sales at the Associated Press working primarily in the digital broadcast space.
Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Digital, Hart Energy
Mark E. Chiles is a senior executive with a proven record of success. He is the Chief Digital Officer & Senior Vice President of Digital for Hart Energy, the leading energy information provider, and a Member of the Digital Officers Advisory Board for BPA Worldwide. Published on Forbes.com and a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Chiles is an executive with 18 years of progressive expertise in technology planning, implementation, product development, digital strategy, business operations and big data. In these roles, Chiles has been responsible for the overall digital strategy and vision, driving complex software engineering initiatives and collaboration, including all facets of product development, infrastructure and architecture requirement to manage hundreds of users, with millions of visitors to the digital products and apps under his direction. Chiles is an entrepreneurial spirit who thrives on challenges and building products. He has served his community as a volunteer firefighter for several years at Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department.
CEO, The Next Chapter Consulting
Tom Cintorino has been a digital media strategist and leader for over thirteen years. Cintorino most recently served as EVP digital media for Northstar travel Media. Previously, he built PennWell Corporation's Digital Media organization and led their transformation efforts creating one of their largest, fastest growing profit centers. Prior to being in the media business, Cintorino held various senior-level positions in early-stage venture-backed high-tech firms. Specifically, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for iCOMS, Senior Vice President of Sales & Sales Operations for Dr. Solomon's, and Vice-President of Worldwide Sales for Logicraft, Inc. Cintorino holds a BS in Mathematics and an MBA in Technology Management. Cintorino was awarded “Top Digital Media Executive” in 2011 by Media Business’s Top Innovators in Business Publishing and chaired American Business Media's Digital Media Council in 2004, 2005, 2012, and 2013.
President, Cabot Heritage
Ed Coburn is President of investment advisory service publisher Cabot Wealth Network. Previously Ed ran multiplatform publishing businesses at School Family Media, Harvard Health Publications, and Circadian Information. He began his career in publishing at Cahners Business Information and spin-off Cutter Information Corp. He also served as Senior Vice President and lead consultant at publishing strategy and technology firm Mequoda Systems. Ed is on the boards of SIIA and SIPA and is a past President of SIPA
Director of the Center for Content Analytics, HIMSS
Frank Cutitta is the senior director, Center for Content Analytics at HIMSS Media after serving on the HIMSS Board of Directors for six years. He specializes in the neuroscience of HIT buyers and the need for content to throw data exhaust, in an effort to avoid “random acts of content”. He has been recognized as one of the media industry’s top 40 innovators and influencers. Frank served for two decades as head of international at International Data Group where he worked on launches in over 90 countries and headed the first Soviet/American media joint venture in 1988. He subsequently served as CEO of the International Advertising Association and as the founder of the Center for Global Branding where his Weapons of Mass Discussion® practice specialized in driving social media conversations in business and governments. Frank has been prolific writer and researcher on cross-cultural communications, the co-evolution of marketing, IT and data science, and on the evolution of smart cities around the world. He is a graduate professor and doctoral candidate at Northeastern University in Boston. During his free time he produces “opinionated” beef jerky and teaches snowboarding to mature beginners as part of his Grays on Trays® program.
Editor, Digital Publications, AAA Northeast
Mike Dempsey is a seasoned digital executive with a background in journalism, content marketing, print publishing and digital production. His professional background includes a long stint in restaurant business journalism at Nation’s Restaurant News, along with an early start covering high school sports on Long Island. The diverse career has served him well as a digital jack-of-all-trades at AAA Northeast, where he has launched blogs and written compelling travel, automotive and insurance content, while leading a team of producers to execute the launch of the Your AAA Network in 2018.
Director of Marketing, Events, Government Executive Media Group
Allie joined Government Executive Media Group in 2016. As the Events Division’s, Director of Marketing, Allie plans, provides, and oversees the execution of all marketing strategies and audience recruitment for GEMG’s 90+ events a year. The GEMG events division produces a wide range of editorial, white label, live and digital events, growing by 30% YOY. Allie has led the implementation of adding gate revenue as a revenue line item for GEMG events, growing the events business by 15% YOY. Prior to her time at GEMG, she began her career in media and marketing at Access Intelligence.
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.
Managing Director, Money-Media, a Financial Times company
Dan is the Managing Director of Money-Media, a subsidiary company of the Financial Times which was acquired in 2008. Dan is a member of the FT's senior management group, is the Chairman of the FT's 401k investment committee, and is Co-Chair of the National Investment Company Service Association's East Coast Committee. Dan earned an MBA at Indiana University and was a national champion gymnast.
SVP Audience and Product, NetLine
David Fortino is SVP of Audience & Product at NetLine Corporation where he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of NetLine's audience, publisher, and client facing technologies, operations, platform and product development. He brings more than 15 years’ experience managing the development of content distribution, audience monetization, and digital marketing/targeting platforms. Prior to NetLine, Fortino served as Director of Strategic Alliances and Audience Development for VerticalNet. Fortino holds a B.A. in Media Studies with a Corporate Communications focus from Pennsylvania State University.
CEO, Business Valuation Resources
David is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the Portland, OR-based publisher of transaction, legal and other databases for the business valuation profession. In addition to BVR, Foster was the co-founder of IOMA, Inc., a management publisher he sold to BNA in 1998. He has served on the Boards of 14 information industry companies, and is the Audit Committee chair of Copyright Clearance Center. He has been co-chair of SIPA’s Owners and Publishers Retreat (join us in February 2019!), is a past president, and he won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award in 2000.
CEO, John French LLC
As a known leader in the B2B Media industry, John has earned his reputation by taking on challenging roles and producing results. He started his career in the Massachusetts area working for names like IDG, Penn Well, and CMP Publications. John then moved his career to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey where he worked with a number of groups and eventually became the Vice President and Electronics Group Director for Penton Media, Inc.
CEO, Hanley Wood
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.
Founder, BizHack Academy
Dan Grech is the founder and lead instructor of BizHack, a digital marketing training academy based in Miami that serves business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketing and sales professionals nationwide.
BizHack offers courses, workshops and private consulting in digital advertising, analytics, strategy and storytelling. Since 2015, BizHack has worked with more than 300 top businesses and corporations, including NBCUniversal, Univision, Royal Caribbean, Whirlpool and Novartis.
Dan is an award-winning digital marketer, journalist, storyteller and entrepreneur. He's headed marketing at a billion-dollar energy company and two software startups. He contributed to a Pulitzer Prize, worked as a correspondent for business shows on NPR and PBS, and was News Director of Miami's NPR station. Dan has taught at top universities including Princeton, Columbia and The University of Miami. He is vice chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at FIU’s Communication School
Dan is a proud member of the Miami innovation ecosystem. He's mentored startups and established businesses at accelerators and incubators run by the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Babson College's WIN Lab, StartUP FIU, The Idea Center at Miami-Dade College and more.
He has two Masters degrees, is a graduate of Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Spain.
CEO , 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.
Managing Director, Content Partnerships, FiscalNote
As COO & SVP at Washington’s most respected non-partisan media company covering Capitol Hill, Meg oversees a wide range of business operations in support of the company’s legislative tracking, news, analysis and advocacy software products. Meg also serves on The Economist Group’s Charitable Trust and 401(k) Committees, is a member of the SIIA Board of Directors and is a past President of SIPA, now a division of SIIA. Prior to joining CQ Roll Call, Meg served simultaneously as President & Publisher of Pike & Fischer and Vice President & Publisher of BNA Subsidiaries, LLC, both now part of Bloomberg BNA. Prior to her tenure at BNA, Meg was Vice President of Publishing and Content Development for global competitive intelligence aggregator MarketResearch.com, where she led editorial, product development, marketing and sales activity. Prior to MarketResearch.com, Meg developed political, legislative and regulatory information products and services for LexisNexis, a member of the Reed-Elsevier global publishing family. She started her career as a Research Assistant in the Washington Affairs department of McGraw-Hill. Meg has BAs in communications and history from the University of Scranton and lives in Washington, DC with her partner Michael and their dog Boo.
Vice President, Sales Enablement, Informa
Scott Harris, Vice President, Sales Enablement, is a driver of new revenue streams and builder of top-flight sales teams who knows how to capitalize on a competitive market position. Harris was most recently Vice President, Sales and Marketing at IDG TechNetwork. He has previous experience working with OneRiot, Ziff Davis, Inc. and Inform Technologies. At Informa Engage, Harris is responsible for creating strategic processes for sales teams to develop deeper conversations with prospects and customers at each stage of the buying journey.
Director, Global Advertising Sales & C&EN Marketing, American Chemical Society
Stephanie Holland leads the advertising sales and business development initiatives for C&EN, with nearly 15 years experience in digital media, marketing, and business development. She is passionate about media and is keenly interested in how traditional media continues to evolve, and how C&EN Media Group can bring its advertisers along with its evolution. Most recently, she received a FOLIO: Top 100 award, which is given to innovative media professionals.
Vice President of Digital Media, EnsembleIQ
Ronda Hughes is the Vice President of Digital Media which includes Audience Engagement, Email Marketing, Digital Advertisement Operations, and Digital Pre-Sales Consultation at EnsembleIQ. Formerly, she was with UBM Americas (and other associated companies) for over 30 years where she has held several different positions but most of her tenure involved audience data, engagement, development, and marketing. Ronda sits on several industry advisory boards. She was the 2012 recipient of NTCFI’s ARV award. She was a member of Business Publication Audit World Wide (BPAWW) Audience Development Advisory Committee for five years and was named as a finalist for America’s Business Media Circulation Career award in 2007 and 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Management/Organizational Development from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota.
CEO, Jefferson Communications
Donna Jefferson is president and founder of Jefferson Communications. Started in 1990 with the parenting publication Chesapeake Family, the company has expanded to include annual guides, multiple websites, extensive online directories and weekly e-zines. Donna has pushed the company to become a leader in digital products and local website traffic. She has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Parenting Media Association and an advisory member for Annapolis Recreation and Parks.
Trevor is the CEO of Piano, a global software company that provides content monetization tools to digital publishers.
Piano’s suite of SaaS tools includes analytics, subscription commerce, and experience management. The company serves thousands of sites, including many of the world’s top media businesses such as The Economist, Gatehouse, Conde Nast, Bloomberg, Bonnier, AOL, and NBC Universal.
Founder, Keenan Consultants
Robert Keenan is the founder of Keenan Consultants. He previously served as Vice President of Media Integration at Edgell Communications, a BtoB media company based in Randolph, NJ. Rob is also the head of Edgell Mobile Services, which develops mobile applications for conferences/events, hotels, restaurants, and corporations. Since joining Edgell in 2007, Rob has been tasked with growing Edgell’s online business, which now accounts for 1/3rd of all company revenue. He has also lead the development and rollout of analytics platforms, content management systems, lead generation systems, ad management systems, mobile apps, and more. At Edgell, Keenan also has the task of managing Edgell’s print, online and event audience development efforts and was the lead project manager on Edgell’s Salesforce.com implementation.
Prior to joining Edgell, Rob served at the Director of the RFID World event, which was owned by United Business Media. He also worked as the Editor-in-Chief of UBM’s TechOnline network of web communities. Rob also worked as the Editor-in-Chief at CommsDesign.com and Communication Systems Design as well as a managing editor at dot-com startup VerticalNet.
CEO, Ebner Publishing Group
Gerrit Klein has been head of the Ebner Publishing Group since 2008. Prior to that he served as Managing Director of Vogel Business Media (Germany’s biggest publisher for the machine building and automotive industries), Deutscher Fachverlag (Germany’s biggest publisher for trade and the food industry). Previously, he was managing director of the Association of German Publishing Companies (VDZ). Gerrit has 29 years of experience in Germany’s publishing industry and was responsible for companies in Turkey, Poland, Russia, Hungary, China and the US.
Krystle founded Rev to pilot and support new revenue streams for media companies. After ten years in the media and marketing landscape, Krystle now focuses on helping companies build digital strategy, develop new products and transform sales teams. Formerly, Krystle led Atlantic Media's digital B2B efforts, which have become known as industry standards for success in revenue growth through innovation in service offerings and sales approach. While at Atlantic Media she won the annual Chairman's Award for revenue growth and was named an Emerging Leader by American Business Media and a Person to Watch by MinOnline.
MediaRadar’s co-founder and CEO is Todd Krizelman. Mr. Krizelman is an expert in Internet and magazine publishing. From 1994 to 2001, he was CEO of theglobe.com, leading the company from inception and taking it public on NASDAQ. The company hosted an Internet community 20 million monthly users and published a collection of video game magazine and websites. From 2003 through 2006, he worked for Bertelsmann in publishing, working in Barcelona and New York City. Mr. Krizelman, a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School, co-founded MediaRadar in 2006 to address the need for deep competitive intelligence to drive a more effective ad sales process for publishers.
Vice President, Customer Data Solutions and Market Leader, Informa
With deep B2B marketing industry experience, Joann Kropp is a proven strategic leader with a keen focus on company growth and ROI. Resourceful and entrepreneurial with a lengthy track record of business development, Joann leads the industry in applying direct marketing expertise to increase revenue, through solid sales and organic growth.
During her nine year tenure as Vice President of Customer Data Solutions and Market Leader at Informa Engage, she has focused on monetizing the company’s extensive audience database which includes nearly 20 million contacts across 16 markets in five core sectors.
In pursuit of this goal, she created Penton SmartReach, a new division, and unique digital media concept, blending direct marketing expertise with data driven marketing solutions, which has consistently produced increased revenue. Most recently, Audience Extension, a programmatic solution was added to the SmartReach portfolio of products resulting in the fast growing product launched in 2015. She will continue to enhance Penton’s programmatic strategy in the coming months.
Joann has contributed extensively to the rapid transformation of Penton from a traditional B2B media company into an information services business, paving the way toward future growth through technology and product development for online solutions.
Prior to joining Penton, Joann was President of Walter Karl, a division of industry-leader InfoGroup. Prior, she worked in various senior leadership roles at the company, driving sales, M&A, P&L management and business development.
Jeffrey Litvack is the CEO of Adweek. Previously, Mr. Litvack was Group President and Chief Digital Officer at ALM responsible for shaping corporate, product and brand strategy for ALM’s digital, data, and intelligence businesses. Prior to ALM, he held a variety of executive positions at the Associated Press, The Museum of Television & Radio, and Mitchell Madison Group. Mr. Litvack is a highly regarded executive credited with winning more than 25 coveted honors and awards for product breakthroughs and industry leadership from Apple, IAB, The Webbys, and others. He was selected by Folio Magazine as a top digital executive in 2013 and 2014 and was inducted into min’s Digital Hall of Fame. He is a recognized speaker at industry events providing insights into a wide array of topics challenging the media industry including targeted advertising, big data, IoT, subscription and licensing models, and mobile and video trends. Mr. Litvack holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Business.
EVP & Chief Content Officer, SourceMedia
David Longobardi is EVP and Chief Content Officer of SourceMedia, a diversified business-to-business digital media company serving senior professionals in the financial, technology, and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, The Bond Buyer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Accounting Today, Health Data Management, and Employee Benefit News. As CCO, David contributes to SourceMedia’s strategic direction and oversees the company's editorial activities for all brands, assuring quality and alignment with the company’s overall mission. He led the consolidation of SourceMedia's editorial operations and accelerated the content organization’s shift to a digital-first publishing model. David also launched and now oversees the company's research capability, now an established line of business operating across all markets. David was previously Editor in Chief of American Banker, the flagship of SourceMedia. In that position, he oversaw an expansion of American Banker’s online presence and introduced numerous brand extensions and events. Prior to joining American Banker, David was publisher and editorial director of the financial technology media group at Securities Data Publishing. Before that, he was editorial director, North America, at Waters Information Services (now a unit of Incisive Media). During David’s tenure, SourceMedia content teams have won numerous honors, including American Business Media Neal Awards and awards from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers and the American Society of Business Press Editors. In 2013, the American Banker website won the Neal Award for Best Website and was named a BtoB Magazine Top 10 Website of the Year. David is a member of ABM/SIIA's editorial and content council and has been a speaker and writer on media and financial issues and trends. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s in journalism and mass communications from New York University.
President, Business Valuation Resources
Lucretia Lyons is President of Business Valuation Resources (BVR), and runs the company from its Portland, Oregon office. BVR is the leading provider of data, research, publications and continuing education for all stakeholders in the valuation of privately-held companies. BVR’s markets consist of credentialed business appraisers, lawyers, wealth managers, M&A advisors, business owners and financial officers of both public and private businesses.
Lucretia is President of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA), a division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is also involved with non-profit organizations dedicated to the revival of New Orleans, LA. Prior to joining BVR, Lucretia worked in various marketing, operations and strategic planning capacities for companies such as the Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA), Bookstream, Inc., The Wall Street Transcript, Downloadcard.com and Hibernia Bank/Capital One. Lucretia earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.B.A. from the Carroll Graduate School of Business at Boston College.
Founder and CEO , CyberRisk Alliance
Douglas J. Manoni was Chief Executive Officer of SourceMedia, a digital media company and provider of timely and essential information, research, and marketing services for the financial services, healthcare and technology industries. SourceMedia is the publisher of American Banker, The Bond Buyer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Accounting Today, Health Data Management, and Employee Benefit News, among many other market-leading brands.
In his 25-year career in media and information publishing, Doug has built a track record as an innovative leader and dealmaker, managing nearly 100 transactions valued at approximately $1 billion.
Prior to joining SourceMedia, Doug founded Wicks Business Information (WBI) in partnership with a private-equity firm, The Wicks Group of Companies. As CEO of WBI, he set the company’s strategy and was involved in all aspects of its operations, acquisitions and integration. The business was sold in two principal transactions, to Dow Jones & Company in 2004 and Summit Business Media in 2007.
Prior to forming WBI, Doug was COO and CFO of Cowles Business Media (CBM), and subsequently held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Primedia Enthusiast Publications after CBM was sold to Primedia. Over his 10-year tenure with Cowles and Primedia, Doug helped acquire and manage a diverse media portfolio comprised of business-to-business and special interest consumer information services.
Doug is a long-time member of American Business Media (ABM), and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the industry association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Software & Information Association, and the Business Press Educational Foundation. Other current and former affiliations include the Magazine Publishers Association, the Society for Independent Show Organizers and the Specialized Information Publishers Association. Doug speaks frequently at industry events and is a regular contributor to industry publications and forums. He also sits on the board of two emerging technology companies.
Partner, Parker Gale
Ryan is responsible for sourcing and monitoring investments. For the eight years prior to founding ParkerGale, he was a Principal at Chicago Growth Partners where he helped manage the technology investment sector. Prior to CGP, he spent two years at Robert W. Baird where he worked in investment banking. Ryan received a BS from Boston College and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management. Ryan supports Chicago youth engagement initiatives through his work with boxing charity The Bloc, is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association.
President and CEO, Farm Journal's Pro Farmer
Grey Montgomery has filled the newly created role of president and CEO for the company's Pro Farmer division, directing the strategy and development of the Professional Farmers of America and Doane brands.
Montgomery, a Wharton MBA graduate, comes to Farm Journal with deep experience in both B2C and B2B media. In addition to management positions in his family's multimedia business, Montgomery has worked with Google, Gannett and The McClatchy Company in roles that include strategic planning, research and product innovation and development.
Most recently, he worked as chief content and innovation officer with Winsight, a data-centric paid information business serving the supply chain for restaurants, foodservice, convenience stores and grocery.
SVP Product Development, Northstar Travel Group
Roberta’s career at Northstar Travel Media spans 27 years. Her blend of technical knowledge, operations and leadership have helped transform Northstar’s digital business. Roberta focuses on complex project implementations, along with full project management lifecycle. Her expertise rests in email distribution systems, website content management systems, and audience data management applications, to name a few. Roberta’s goal is to transform innovate digital media ideas into sustainable and profitable products, while aligning support teams to drive cost savings and improve workflow efficiency. Roberta holds a BA in Communications/Marketing from Susquehanna University, PA. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three sons.
Managing Director, O'Brien Media Group
Dennis O’Brien is the managing director of the O’Brien Media Group and Vice President, US Client Services for Meritgroup. Dennis is an expert in building highly effective, data-driven audience development, product marketing, product development, and custom media services programs. Meritgroup supports these initiatives with mission critical data and coding resources that underpin some of the world’s most respected b2b brands. A seasoned executive and leading industry expert, his wide breadth of experience includes niche enthusiast, business, general interest, association, and healthcare markets. O'Brien's ideas and leadership have earned positive results for clients and employers for more than twenty years.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Growth Catalyst Partners
Scott Peters is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Growth Catalyst Partners, a lower middle-market buyout firm focused on information, marketing and tech-enabled services businesses. Mr. Peters, formerly Co-President of The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (“JEGI”) and CEO of JEGI Capital LLC, a registered broker dealer, has represented a wide array of companies in an M&A advisory capacity over his career. Mr. Peters played an instrumental role in building JEGI to one of the top middle market investment banks serving the marketing, information, media and tech-enable business services sectors. JEGI has led the Bloomberg M&A league tables in its core sectors since 2012. Mr. Peters sourced and managed over 110 transactions with JEGI and is known as one of the most innovative, strategic and effective bankers and advisors in his sectors.
Project Director, Simplify Compliance
Elizabeth is currently a project director at Simplify Compliance, working on corporate level branding, product development, and content generation projects. Prior to her current role, Elizabeth served as president of Simplify Compliance’s healthcare division, where she was responsible for growth strategy and the day-to-day operations of the business unit’s primary brands (ACDIS, DecisionHealth, HCPro, and HealthLeaders Media). During her 14 years with the company, Elizabeth has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the business’s sales, product management, and content development departments. Elizabeth has also held editorial positions at Jones & Bartlett Learning and CCI Communications. She holds a BA from Boston University, where she captained the women’s rugby team. Elizabeth is Pragmatic Marketing certified and Sandler sales trained, and currently serves on the board for the Specialized Information Publishers’ Association. Elizabeth lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and son.
CTO , A Data Pro
Vladimir joined A Data Pro as CTO in 2011, bringing on board over a decade’s experience in digital media and business development, gained at Economedia, Bulgaria’s top news publisher. Under his leadership, the company has transformed into a fully integrated human-technology ecosystem, both in terms of service line-up and infrastructure. He also serves as CEO of A Data Pro’s artificial intelligence research and development hub, Identrics.
Beyond his work at A Data Pro, Vladimir is also a vocal advocate for digitalisation and the adoption of new technologies by businesses in Bulgaria. He currently presents а popular podcast on media and technologies, and has served on the boards of the Bulgarian Web Association and the local branch of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He also lectures on online business and digital media-related topics at Sofia University and New Bulgarian University.
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.
Managing Director, AAA Northeast
Andrew G. Rosen is a New York-based content director with experience boosting website traffic and sales through content and technology at MTV Networks, Fox News, and AAA. He is currently the Managing Director of Publications at AAA Northeast where he is responsible for a print publication that is sent to 2.8 million AAA members monthly. In 2018, his team successfully launched The Your AAA Network, a digital audience development system that attracts new visitors, gains them as email subscribers, engages them with daily content, and ultimately monetizes by converting people into paying customers. So far in 2018 the digital system has received 7M pageviews and created a lucrative new revenue stream for the organization.
VP, BPA Media Exchange, BPA Worldwide
SCOTT ROULET joined BPA in March 2017 as Vice President, BPA Media Exchange. During his 30-year career, Scott has led digital media and business information organizations around the world. Prior to BPA, he consulted with leading media organizations including American City Business Journals and Kantar in areas of developing scalable solutions for advertising automation, audience data enhancement and advertising sales. In 2008, Scott co-founded B2B digital ad network, BBN, where he served as President until its sale in 2015. Previously, he held a number of executive positions focusing on digital expansion with companies including Cygnus Business Media, ProQuest Company and Oklahoma Publishing Company. He is a graduate of the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.
President, Government Executive Media Group
Ms. Constance Sayers serves as President of Government Executive Media Group of Atlantic Media Company. Ms. Sayers served as Director of Events & Advertising Marketing of CQ - Roll Call, Inc. since November 2008. Ms. Sayers managed the marketing efforts for the advertising department, as well as assume responsibility for CQ Events, which were policy-focused events. She led the events division for National Journal, oversaw its convention business, and was on special assignment with The Atlantic for "The Public Dialogue Tour." She served as Managing Director of Events for Government Executive, producing events including the "Excellence in Government" conference, the "Service to America Medals," and the "Leadership Breakfast Series." Ms. Sayers holds a master's degree in English/writing communications from George Mason University and bachelor's degree in English/writing communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
Shanker has more than 30 years of experience directing transformational businesses, leading high performance teams and implementing operational efficiencies for profitable growth.
Prior to joining EnsembleIQ, Shanker served as CEO of The Americas at Lightspeed, Kantar’s global digital data collection firm. In 2012, he was named CEO of PinchMe, an industry leading digital marketing platform with a current community of more than 3 million members. Shanker has also held executive management positions at Ipsos, OTX Research and Information Resources Inc. (IRI) where he was president, client sales and service.
Managing Director and Senior Vice President, B2B, FUTURE
Christine joined Future in 2018 as the Managing Director and Senior Vice President, B2B driving Future’s growth in B2B operations. Prior to joining Future, Christine worked at PennWell where she served as Senior Vice President of the technology division for 17 years.
Senior Vice President of Data, Randall-Reilly
Prescott Shibles joined Randall-Reilly in 2014. As Vice President of Audience Data, Shibles manages our team responsible for EDA and RigDig Business Intelligence, while overseeing Randall-Reilly’s corporate audience intelligence assets. He and his team are tasked with on-boarding offline audience data and developing predictive profiling, audience targeting, and magazine circulation. Prior, Shibles served as Chief Digital and Marketing Officer for Advantage Media and as CEO of Vital Business Media. He was recognized by Min on their Best of the Web and Digital Innovators lists.
Associate Publisher, FOLIO, Access Intelligence
Danielle Sikes is the senior marketing manager for Folio:, where she’s spent the last 8 years producing educational, networking and award recognition events for media professionals. She oversees marketing and operations for some of the publishing industry’s most inclusive awards programs including the Folio: Top Women in Media Awards, Folio: 100 and the brand’s cornerstone program—the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards—which garners 2,000+ entries each year from publications across the entire publishing spectrum (association, b2b, mass-consumer, enthusiast, city & regional and custom magazines).
Partner, Fired Up! Marketing
Jim founded Infocom Group in 1980 and sold it in 2015. The company produced online information services, webinars, books, special reports and live events for the corporate communications market. Sinkinson has won numerous awards, including two Gold Awards from Newsletter on Newsletters, editorial awards from SIPA, and an Axel award. Sinkinson served as president of the Northern California chapter of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) for 25 years, served on the SIPA board of directors for 12 years, and served as SIPA president in 1993-94. In June, 2001, Jim was named to the SIPA Hall of Fame. He offers expertise in copywriting, online marketing, editorial content, conferences, sales, strategic planning, product development and innovation.
Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
Mr. Topping serves a wide variety of clients across the media, entertainment and sports industries, including traditional and digital, technology, cable and wireless, and business information services; as well as private equity-backed companies within the broader Consumer and Technology Practices.
Mr. Topping serves his clients not only with expertise in Executive Search, C-Suite and Board services, but also offers Korn Ferry’s preeminent organizational, talent management and leadership advisory services.
He joined Korn Ferry from a global human capital advisory firm, where he was Partner and Global Head of the Media, Entertainment and Sports Practice.
He is the co-author of a number of thought leadership articles, including: Professional Motivation Revisited: The Achievement Society for the 21st Century, and Destination Digital Finding and Building the Talent to get there.
Assistant Director, Digital Enterprise Strategy, American Chemical Society
Chief Technology Officer, Thomas
Hans Wald has been CTO of Thomas since 2010. In that role, he is responsible for strategic technology vision and planning, as well as engineering and operations for product and business technology platforms.
Before joining Thomas, Hans served as CTO of Next Jump, a B2B e-commerce startup in New York City. There, he was responsible for the architecture and design of a white-label integrated e-commerce and email marketing platform. He also led the architecture and design of a registered payment card and loyalty point transaction and redemption system now used widely across the Fortune 1000.
Hans has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering and related technology across a wide variety of companies and products, including IP television, product data management, digital marketing and website automation, and CAD/CAM/CAE.
Chief Data Officer, SourceMedia
Chief Operating Officer, Brief Media
Natalie is the COO of Brief Media, the niche publisher of top veterinary media brands Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, the industry’s leading digital subscription product, Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs and events New York Vet and Veterinary Team Brief Summit. During her tenure at Brief, she has managed the audience and technology teams responsible for driving data and digital subscription revenue, including Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs, which won Folio’s Digital Momentum Award this year for astounding year over year growth. Prior to joining Brief Media, Natalie spent 15 years in human healthcare, specializing in hospital and physician network marketing.
Director, UX Research and Strategy, Squarestack
Known to his colleagues as “Captain Empathy”, Brian is a customer experience researcher and strategist with over 20 years experience in helping companies understand their customers better. Through proven research and synthesis methods, he helps companies learn empathy for their customer’s experience. It’s this empathy that helps organizations find new opportunities and the keys to innovation.
He has worked with large brands such as Allstate, Aon, Cardinal Health, Careerbuilder, CenturyLink, Kohl’s, Humana, Northern Trust and United Airlines. Brian also gives back with his skills on social good projects with UX For Good.
Kylie Wright Ford
CEO, Reputation Institute
Kylie Wright Ford is the CEO of Reputation Institute. Wright-Ford was previously the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50, a company that manages private peer communities enabling CEOs and C-level executives from globally respected organizations to stay ahead. Prior to World 50, she was part of the leadership team at New York-based Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) for seven years. Wright-Ford is the co-author of a book about leadership in the fourth industrial revolution, The Leadership Mind Switch, and lived and worked in Australia and the UK before coming to the US. She brings a track record of driving significant revenue growth, leading innovation and building great teams in global settings.
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