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Elizabeth Green

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.

Babak Hodjat

CEO and Co-founder, Sentient

Babak Hodjat is a co-founder and the chief executive officer of Sentient. A serial entrepreneur, Babak has started numerous Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, he was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Babak was also a co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc., which was acquired by Sybase in April 2004. He is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri. Babak is a published scholar in various fields, including Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence. He has 31 granted or pending patents to his name and holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.

Victoria Mellor

CEO and Co-Founder, Novatum Group

Victoria has been an entrepreneur for almost two decades, having co-founded Melcrum, an advisory and training business providing thought leadership and services to the top communication leaders in global organisations. Prior to selling the business in late 2015, Victoria led a global team achieving an enviable track record of profitable growth US and EMEA through the development of a shared cost, member-based consulting model. A regular speaker, Victoria is passionate about entrepreneurship. Her most recent venture Novatum Group partners with dynamic growth businesses to accelerate performance. She advises entrepreneurs, founders and owner-managers on growth strategies to help them achieve business goals. During her early career she was a business school teacher and editor in Spain and the United States and completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield University in 2004. She lives in Wimbledon, southwest London with her husband Robin and her two children Jake and Beatrice and is an accomplished long distance open water swimmer.

Kelly Parsons

CEO, OpsCat

The CEO of OpsCat and the former CEO of Melcrum Inc, Kelly helps business owners and teams redefine how they create value for customers and build the strategies, products and services to win big in market. Kelly joined Melcrum after running CEB’s Marketing Leadership Council and brought her expertise in strategy and innovation to bear in driving a wholesale transformation of Melcrum’s business model. Kelly holds an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins.

Debra Walton

Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters

Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings. Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy. An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market. Ms. Walton recently was awarded the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award. An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.

Speakers

Henry Allain

COO, 1105 Media

Gordon Anderson

Vice President of Content, InsideView

Gordon T. Anderson has been Vice President, Content at InsideView since the inception of the company in 2005. Before joining InsideView, Gordon was a Senior Producer at CNN/Money, Time Warner's flagship business-news service. Gordon's long career in media and technology includes co-founding five companies, including Individual Investor magazine, Myway.com, and a European investment vehicle, CIR Ventures, based in Milan. Gordon also served as VP and Editor-in-Chief of Hoover's, the pioneering business information provider, during the company's most rapid growth period before and after its IPO. Though an East Coaster by birth and inclination, Gordon enjoys life in San Francisco, where the wine and beer are both much better. With his wife Julie, he spends much of his time trying to avoid serious injury to his toddler son, Logan, and infant daughter, Tenley. Anderson graduated, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. "The opportunities presented by the rise of Big Data are both vast and inexorable. But for all the chatter about zettabytes and petabytes, Hadoop and Hive, an obvious fact is often overlooked: Bad data doesn't become good just by becoming Big. As processing information becomes easier and cheaper, data accuracy will become more difficult and more valuable. In fact, the same factors that have led to the rise of Big Data are also accelerating the pace of data decay. As the capacity of systems to process data expands, the range of data that is processed will grow in lockstep. At every point in that cycle, errors in the underlying content sets will be magnified. The challenge of Big Data, then, is not just to harness greater processing power, but also to address the limitations and deficiencies of content creation and maintenance. The challenge of Big Data, in other words, is a question of Right and Wrong."

James Arnold

Vice President of Digital Sales, Farm Journal

Matt Bartkavage

Senior Vice President, Operations, Reid Services, LLC

Steve Bookbinder

CEO, DMTraining

Steve Bookbinder has delivered more than 5,000 workshops and speeches to clients all over the world. He has trained, coached, and managed more than 50,000 salespeople and managers, and adds to those numbers every week. Steve continuously refreshes his training content to reflect the latest first-hand observations. Through Steve, participants learn the best practices of today’s most successful sellers and managers across industries. Steve is an entrepreneur and an active salesperson. His clients appreciate his real-world understanding of the sales challenges they face. His background in advertising and consulting give him a broad understanding of business across many industries. And, his stories about starting a successful business in the middle of a recession by using the processes he teaches inspires experienced pros and new-hires alike.

Jeremy Dempsey

VP, B2B Media, Integrate

Robyn Duda

VP of Brand Strategy & Experience Design, UBM

Ethan Eisner

Vice President and Managing Director, Lexis Nexis

Daniel Fink

Managing Director, Money-Media, a Financial Times company

Dan is a Managing Director at the Financial Times and the President of the Money-Media subsidiary, which was acquired by the Financial Times in January 2008. Dan is a member the FT's senior management group, sits on the FT's 401k retirement plan 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.

Len Gilbert

COO, Digital Prism Advisors

Len has deep experience developing new product and business models while leading B2B and B2C media, eCommerce, and data businesses. He has run Product, Customer Experience, and Business Development organizations at Yodle, LexisNexis, Barnes & Noble.com, and McGraw-Hill and serves as an advisor and mentor at a number of start-ups.

Adam Goldstein

Publisher, Business Management Daily

Adam P. Goldstein is the publisher of Business Management Daily, a division of capitol Information Group, in Falls Church, VA. This is his second go-round with the company, having served as their marketing director in an earlier millennium. Business Management Daily produces newsletters, e-letters, books, reports, CDs, DVDs, membership websites, and over 200 webinars annually in the areas of human resources, leadership, office administration, office technology, and management. Adam has held marketing and publishing positions at Telecommunications Reports, Food Chemical News, Eli Research, and two stints at Business Publishers – his second as publisher and majority owner from 2005 to 2006. He also spent seven years as principal of MarketSmart (a marketing consultancy), and as the owner of a small company publishing energy and environmental newsletters. Adam is the former president of the D.C. chapter of SIPA. His articles have appeared in industry publications, and he has spoken at regional and national conferences. He’s really not as big a jerk as he seems once you get to know him.

Scott Gordon

Founder, Salutary Data

Kathy Greenler Sexton

CEO & Publisher, Subscription Insider

Kathy Greenler Sexton is the CEO & Publisher of Subscription Insider, a leading resource for intelligence on how to build, market and sell subscription-based products and services. Kathy is an executive leader with specialties in market strategy, brand development and digital information products with deep experience and achievements across the information industry in search, media, publishing and information services. Most recently, Kathy led the Software and Information Industry Association's Content Division as its VP & General Manager helping media, publishing and information companies navigate the dramatic changes in content creation, business models and technology impacting the content industry. She has played key roles in the successful acquisitions/mergers of Individual.com to Office.com, NewsAlert/ Inlumen to Screaming Media (Dow Jones), and HighBeam Research to Gale/Cengage. She launched and led the growth of leading digital brands and products, including: AltaVista, Individual.com and HighBeam Research. She also developed the strategy and executed turn-around and new market solutions for organizations that include: SIIA, ZoomInfo, Business & Legal Resources, Inlumen and OrderMotion. Ms. Sexton is known for injecting a great deal of energy and enthusiasm in her roles, offering strategic and tactical acumen to every project under her direction, and successfully leading new initiatives. She lives in the greater-Boston area with her husband and son. She is an avid skier and Boston sports fan.

Jeff Hardison

VP of Marketing, Lytics

Jeff Hardison is VP of marketing at Lytics, a customer data platform for media companies. Before Lytics, Jeff was director of marketing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's marketing-technology division and VP of marketing at Meridian, a mobile-app platform. Prior to his marketing career, Hardison worked in publishing.

Melissa Johnson

Manager, Marketing Automation Strategy, Penton

Melissa Johnson is a creative, award-winning digital marketer who produces measureable results for clients. As Marketing Automation Manager, she is responsible for managing, designing, developing and executing marketing programs for Penton’s internal and external clients to drive lead retention. In addition, she is responsible for the product management of two solutions that create integrated marketing programs. Melissa most recently presented at Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience on the power of interactive content. Melissa is a member of the team that was awarded a 2015 Oracle Markie Awards for “Marketing Team of the Year” and is also on the team that launched a new interactive content product offering which resulted in four awards.

Rajeev Kapur

CEO, 1105 Media

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 Kemp

Chairman and CEO, Northstar Travel Media

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.

Krystle Kopacz

CEO, Revmade

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.

Greg Krehbiel

Director of Marketing Operations, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

Greg Krehbiel is the director of marketing operations for The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in professional B2B publishing including lengthy gigs in editorial, product development, IT, audio conferences, web development, e-commerce development, electronic and traditional marketing. Greg focuses on solving technology problems and acts as the liaison between marketing, IT and fulfillment.

Todd Krizelman

CEO, MediaRadar

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.

Angus Macaulay

Chief Revenue Officer, STAT

As Chief Revenue Officer, Angus oversees STAT’s business team with responsibilities that include the overall business strategy, audience development, individual and group subscription marketing, ad sales, ad sales marketing and events. Before STAT, he spent two decades at leading media companies in New York including Hearst, Time Inc., and health and wellness publisher Rodale. Most recently Angus was at Pace, a content marketing agency, where he helped clients develop branded content strategies and programs.

Matt Manning

President, Information Evolution

Matt is a 20-year database publishing veteran whose career has primarily involved the design and development of new information services. He held senior management positions at Oxbridge Communications, Peterson’s Guides, and Hoover’s where he developed over a dozen major new information products. He also worked as a vendor to the industry via his consulting firm New & Improved Media where he specialized in creating new online information services for companies like WealthEngine, Stratfor, and OneSource. Immediately before founding IEI Matt was the founder and Managing Director of an India-based publishing research operation where he successfully handled major database maintenance and enhancement projects for four of the world’s top 10 reference publishing firms. Over the last 10 years Matt has managed the growth of IEI from concept to a 300-person company serving dozens of customers from the company’s three production facilities. The company has been involved in crowdsourcing for six years and now manages millions of tasks every year using all of the major crowdsourcing management platforms. He is active with UT Austin’s Crowdsourcing Lab and has spoken at media and technology industry conferences run by the SIIA, SIPA, European Association of Directory Publishers, and AAAI. Matt is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Asian Studies.

Janice McCallum

Managing Director, Health Content Advisors, InfoCommerce Group Inc.

Janice McCallum has been actively involved in publishing and marketing information products for over twenty-five years. She is managing director of Health Content Advisors, a division of InfoCommerce Group that specializes in strategic marketing services for healthcare publishers, health IT and device companies, data analytics firms, and investors in the healthcare sector. Prior to InfoCommerce Group, Janice co-founded and led a market research company, GrandView Insight, and served in a number of product management roles at pioneering digital information services companies, including Dialog Information Services, Individual, Inc., and DeepCanyon, a Hewlett Packard company. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Inc. Janice has an MBA in marketing from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and French from Simmons College. Andy’s leadership role in the digital transformation included the conceptual development and commercial launch of MyIdentifiers.com – a comprehensive content identification, title management, online/social network marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) platform for the book publishing industry. Recognizing the increasing role of social media and search engines in book discovery, Andy’s product development efforts included the creation and launch of Bowker’s SEO Title Cards and interactive widgets that make publisher title data and full-text content shareable and portable into Facebook, MySpace, LibraryThing, Shelfari and dozens of leading or emerging social media channels used by readers. Andy is also credited with orchestrating international support and enterprise agreements for the identification of e-books using the ISBN standard from leading search engines and digital retailers including Google and Amazon. Prior to joining Bowker, Andy previously served as General Manager, Electronic Media for Advanstar Communications’ Life Sciences Group. In this role, he worked collaboratively with continuing medical education (CME) leadership, editorial, sales and technology teams to advance Advanstar’s strategic focuses on interactive promotion, market intelligence and e-learning.

John Morrow

Managing Director, Franklin Trust Ratings LLC

Morrow is a pioneer in the health care business intelligence sector, helping to create leading business analytical, benchmarking, and rating systems in the United States and Britain. Morrow established the first commercial US hospital ratings program in 1991 and subsequently a variety of performance indices measuring clinical, financial, operational, patient experience, perception, value, quality, and patient safety. Morrow was a director of the data board of The King’s Fund while chief executive officer of the largest outcomes consultancy in the UK. He has provided Congress, health care organizations and the news media with insights on proposed legislation impacting the hospital industry. Earlier in his career, he created: 100 Top Hospitals: Benchmarks for Success that hospitals have successfully embraced for improving outcomes (quality, safety, cost, experience, operating margins). As publisher, publications such as: Sourcebook: Comparative Performance of US Hospitals, Guide to the Nursing Home Industry, DRG Handbook, Length of Stay Guides, Guide to Managed Care Industry, all helped management teams benchmark performance and set new achievable goals. Morrow has remained on the vanguard of applied analytics while integrating metrics of population health and psychographics to institutional performance adjusting for risk, clinical severity and value. He has spearheaded research that identifies cohorts of US hospitals that excel under otherwise oppressive regulation. Ultimately, his work in the area of consumer health engagement and public ratings has set new standards for transparency and ultimately benefited patients by getting them to the right provider at the right time.

Scott Mozarsky

President, Legal Division, Bloomberg BNA

Scott Mozarsky joined Bloomberg BNA in March 2014 as President, Cross Platform Businesses. In 2016 he was named president of the Bloomberg BNA Legal Division. Previously, Scott held a number of leadership roles during a13-year tenure in the UBM plc Group. As President – Media & Marketing Services for UBM Tech, Scott was responsible for building the marketing services business and driving the evolution of leading websites Information Week.com, EE Times, Dr. Dobbs Journal and Light Reading to an online community model tied to UBM Tech’s live events. As EVP, Chief Commercial Officer of UBM subsidiary PR Newswire, Mozarsky oversaw commercial activities worldwide. Mozarsky also served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of CMP Media. From 2002-2009, he served as General Counsel and headed up M&A and corporate development globally for UBM’s subsidiaries in North America and Latin America. Prior to joining the UBM Group, he spent eight years at two multinational law firms representing media, technology, telecommunications, insurance and manufacturing companies. Mozarsky, who speaks Japanese and lived in Japan, has advised numerous companies on business, financial, and legal issues arising out of cross border transactions.

Russell Perkins

Founder & Managing Director, InfoCommerce Group Inc.

Russell Perkins, Founder and Managing Director. Russell has over 20 years experience in all facets of the database publishing industry. Most recently, Russell was President/CEO of Dorland Healthcare Information, a venture capital-backed database information company serving the healthcare industry. Prior to that, Russell was Vice President of what is now a division of Incisive Media. Previous to that, Russell was Group President at North American Publishing Company, where he was responsible for development and launch of its of media information and graphic arts industry databases. Russell has also been a staff consultant at AT&T, and an editor at Thomas Publishing Company. Russell is also the founder Morgan-Rand, Inc. a publishing and consultancy firm serving the yellow pages and specialty directory markets. Morgan-Rand produced the Report on Directory Publishing, a monthly newsletter, and the National Directory Conference, both of which were sold to SIMBA Information, now a unit of MarketResearch.com, and re-acquired in 2003. Russell is the author of Directory Publishing: A Practical Guide, which is now in its fifth edition, and InfoCommerce: Internet Strategies for Database Publishers. "One of the most important opportunities -- and challenges -- for data content producers is to move up the value chain from being providers of standalone information to providing what we like to call "data that does stuff" -- content integrated with applications and workflow so that it becomes a fundamental and inextricable part of the customer's business activities."

Rob Ristagno

CEO, Sterling Woods Group

Rob is the founder of The Sterling Woods Group and partners with companies to drive rapid digital revenue growth. The key is a successful digital membership program. Prior to creating Sterling Woods, Rob served as a senior executive for several niche media and e-commerce companies. Rob started his career as a consultant at McKinsey and holds degrees from the Harvard Business School and Dartmouth College. He has taught Product Strategy at Boston College.

Jim Sinkinson

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.

Robert Skrob

President, Membership Services, Inc.

For more than two decades, Robert has helped hundreds of membership programs launch and then grow from start-ups to become some of the largest membership and subscription companies across the globe. In a world where excessive churn rates are all too common and even accepted, Robert is able to transform subscription programs from what he calls “a series of one night stands” into long-term relationships.

Scott Stevens

Partner, Pamlico Capital

Mr. Stevens joined Pamlico Capital in 1999 and returned in 2003 following business school. His investing efforts are focused in the Business & Technology Services and Communications industries. Mr. Stevens' current board affiliations include 10th Magnitude, Becker's Healthcare, HOSTING, MetaMetrics, Secure-24 and Winsight. Representative prior boards include DayNine Consulting, Lightower Fiber Networks, MACTEC, TMW Systems, USA Compression Partners and Wilcon Holdings. Prior to joining Pamlico Capital, Mr. Stevens was an Analyst in the Communications and Media Finance Group at First Union Securities. Mr. Stevens received a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Tara Tesimu

SVP of Media & Audience Development, Winsight, LLC

Tara is Chief Digital Officer at Winsight. Prior to Winsight, Tara was VP of Content and Product Strategy for Patch Media. She helped launch 900 hyperlocal sites for the AOL network as well as a digital reverse-published local news product for the Chicago Tribune. Tara's career is focused on building highly engaged, loyal audiences. Her expertise is audience development with content, social media, SEO, email and fostering audience engagement and interaction. She's led teams of journalists, digital producers and development to create optimal user experiences online and offline with a focus on data-driven decisions with proven results.

Kathleen Thomas

Managing Director, JEGI

Kathleen is Managing Director at JEGI. Kathleen was a Managing Partner at Drake Star Partners. She has over 20 years of experience specializing in mergers and acquisitions advisory in the business-to-business and consumer media, communications and marketing services segment, with expertise in content and information, trade shows, conferences, digital media and marketing services and the outsourced services that support these businesses. Prior to joining Drake Star Partners, she led the B2B and consumer media & marketing services practice at Berkery Noyes and previously served nine years at Veronis Suhler Stevenson. She has been instrumental in the successful completion of over 100 transactions, including such representative transactions as the sale of Innovation Enterprise to Wicks/Argyle, ETF.com events to Informa, FRA events to Wilmington Group, 1105 Media’s portfolio of EdTech Events to LRP Conferences, Vendome Group’s design tradeshow portfolio to Emerald Expositions, Robb Report to Rockbridge Growth Equity, Money20/20 to Top Right Group, Harris Publications’ Music & Lifestyle Assets to Townsquare Media, Euromoney’s MIS Training Institute to Boathouse Capital, Sheshunoff Information Services to LexisNexis, BioWorld to Thomson Reuters, the Internet Retailer conference and tradeshow to Providence/GLM, ENK International to Advanstar, the acquisition of CSP Business Media by Redwood Acquisitions, the sales of The New York Times’ Baseline/Studio Systems division, Material Connexions to Sandow Media, Medtech Media to HIMSS, LRP information assets to Thomson Reuters, Modern Luxury Media to Cumulus, Singlesnet to IAC, the New England Boat show to the NMMA, Investcorp’s acquisition of Randall-Reilly, BNP Media’s acquisition of Stagnito, GovSec events and Fawcette Technical Publications & Conferences to 1105 Media, McGraw-Hill’s Healthcare Information Group, Boucher Communications to Wolters Kluwer Health, National Roofing Contractors annual tradeshow, MedQuest Communications, Expoexchange tradeshow services, Asset Alternatives publications & conferences, Mealey’s Publications & Conferences, among many others.

Tony Uphoff

President and CEO, Thomas Publishing

Tony Uphoff is President and CEO of Thomas Publishing. 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.

Raul Valdes-Perez

CEO, OnlyBoth Inc.

Raul Valdes-Perez co-founded OnlyBoth in March 2014 and is CEO. He co-founded Vivisimo in 2000, a search software company that provided enterprise products and web-based consumer services, serving as its CEO for nine years and as Chairman for twelve until its acquisition in 2012 by IBM. At Vivisimo he was named a 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the North Central Region and a top ten reader favorite for Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine. Earlier, he was on the Carnegie Mellon computer science faculty. He received seven research grants from the National Science Foundation and published 50 journal articles and book chapters in computer, natural, and social science. He received a computer science PhD from Carnegie Mellon in 1991, where his advisor was the Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in information engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Raul authored the book Advice is for Winners: How to Get Advice for Better Decisions in Life and Work in late 2012.

Scott VanHoy

Managing Director, Leeds Equity

Scott VanHoy joined Leeds Equity in 2010. Mr. VanHoy has over 13 years of private equity and investment banking experience across a variety of sectors including business services, consumer finance, financial services, general industrial, healthcare, media and waste. Prior to joining Leeds Equity, Mr. VanHoy spent four years with DLJ Merchant Banking Partners where he worked as a Vice President. Prior to joining DLJMB, Mr. VanHoy spent three years as an Associate at Quad-C Management, a private equity firm focused on investing in middle market leveraged buyouts. He started his career as an investment banker in the leveraged finance group at Banc of America Securities LLC.

Barbara Weckstein Kaplowitz

President, Big Huge Ideas

AnnMarie Wills

Founder, Principal, Leverage Lab LLC

AnnMarie Wills is a media industry standout in the areas of Audience Development and Data Monetization and Insights. She has championed the value of first party data and has created numerous data products for such companies as Penton Media (now Informa), Vance Publishing (now Farm Journal Media), ABC Cap Cities and SourceMedia. AnnMarie recently founded Leverage Lab LLC, the industries first Customer Data Platform centric agency also specializing in audience development consulting and rapid first party data monetization.

Matthew Yorke

CMO, SourceMedia

Matthew Yorke is SourceMedia’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for marketing and marketing services product innovation. Matt is charged with advancing SourceMedia’s portfolio of digital marketing capabilities and products, and enabling profitable revenue growth across all aspects of the business. Prior to joining SourceMedia, he was Managing Director for Business Development and Marketing with the global media and marketing solutions agency OMD. Matt also spent 15 years at IDG where he held numerous senior positions, including CEO of IDG Global Solutions and CEO of IDG Enterprise, tasked with transforming IDG into a modern digital first media company. With more than 20 years’ experience in media, marketing and technology, Yorke is recognized for his leadership, customer-focused approach and keen sense of how technology trends impact customer habits, and in turn, marketers. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Folio: 40 as a C-level visionary in 2011, BtoB’s Media Business 2010 Business Publishing Executive Innovator and Min’s Social Media Superstar Award in 2009. Yorke also received the IDG Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneur of The Year in 2011.