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Matthew Cibellis

Director of Programming, Live & Virtual Events, Education Week

Matthew spearheads event programming for Education Week, the nation’s source for K–12 education news and information. He develops both custom and editorial events showcasing best practices in the field. Annually, he oversees “Leaders To Learn From” and the production of 65+ webinars, live chats, livestreams, and 25 sponsored dinners. Matthew is responsible for developing videos with thought leaders, PSAs with celebrities, and other multimedia projects to generate interest in and drive registration. Matthew has held event leadership roles at Reading Is Fundamental, Post-Newsweek Tech Media Group, Magination Press, and Fox Television.

Ed Coburn

CEO, Coburn Media

Ed is President of Coburn Media, a new platform company he founded to complete an acquisition of a publishing/media company. Most recently Ed was President of PTO Today, a division of School Family Media of which he was Co-President. Previously Ed was Senior VP and Lead Consultant at Mequoda Systems, Publishing Director at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and Managing Director of Circadian Information, and Group Publisher at Cutter Information Corp. Ed has taught content strategy and organizational structure and has been a frequent speaker at SIPA and other industry events. He is a past SIPA President and was elected to the SIPA Board of Directors in 2017. He graduated from Cornell University and Babson College.

Brian Crotty

CEO and President, OPIS, an IHS company

Brian's publishing background stretches back more than 27 years during which he has created and managed a variety of information products, including newsletters, magazines, databases, software, and conferences. Before assuming the role of CEO at OPIS, Brian was a vice president at Hart Publications, a magazine, directory and newsletter subsidiary of Phillips Publishing International. He has a master's degree in journalism from American University. He is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (he served as a Board member from 2000-2005 and 2009-present), and has won two awards for journalism excellence from that association.

Heather Farley

COO, Access Intelligence, LLC

Heather is a senior level operating executive responsible for overseeing the operations and strategic direction across AI’s portfolio. She works closely with her division leaders to identify, acquire and integrate synergistic businesses as well as create strong organic growth through new product launches. Additionally, as a member of Access Intelligence’s Board of Directors, Heather plays an integral role in ensuring that the vision and mission of AI’s core strategic initiatives are successfully executed across all operating units. Heather is a recognized leader in the b2b community and sits on the board of SIPA (Specialized Information Publishers Association) and SIIA (Software & Information Industries Association) and is often tapped for speaking engagements. In her tenure at AI, Heather has worked on more than a dozen acquisitions and countless product launches. Her expertise in both direct marketing and paid content have been instrumental in the company’s dynamic transition from a traditional b2b media provider to an integrated global media platform company comprised primarily of face-to-face events and online members-based communities. Prior to Access Intelligence, Heather was a senior vice president and group publisher with Phillips Publishing International, where she began her publishing career in 1988.

David Foster

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 2018!), is a past president, and he won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award in 2000.

Lynn Freer

President, Spidell Publishing Inc.

Lynn is president and publisher of Spidell Publishing Inc. Spidell is the premier provider of California tax research and education for tax professionals. Spidell offers monthly newsletters and a profit-generating online research service. Over the past 15 years, Spidell has transformed itself into the go-to company for over 18,000 tax professionals who get their education via seminars, webinars and self-study courses.

Bruce Guzowski

President, Guzowski Advisory

Bruce is a highly successful former entrepreneur CEO who now advises other entrepreneur owned media companies on their growth strategies and financing and sale options. His deep knowledge of the industry and 35-year history of work on both the buy-side and sell-side of acquisitions sets him apart from other alternative resources available to small to mid-sized healthcare service and media companies. His clients have ranged from B2B media platforms to lead generation, health care IT service, database and consulting companies.

Lani Harac

Director of Content, School Family Media

Lani manages the in-house content team and is responsible for producing articles, expert guides, free toolkits, videos, newsletters, and other digital projects for publication on, as well as taking a national companion magazine to press 4 to 6 times annually. She works with the sales team to ensure that sponsored content meets client objectives while serving the needs of readers, and she brings a decade of expertise in working with the web operations team to build out and use both new features and existing functionality in the site’s CMS. is the flagship property of School Family Media Inc., which focuses exclusively on promoting and enabling practical and meaningful parent involvement in schools.

Mark Jarvis

Managing Director, World Textile Information Network

Hyon-Young Kim

Webinar Producer, Education Week

Gerrit Klein

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.

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. Greg is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including a guide for homebrewers. He is an award-winning brewer, an out of shape black belt, an amateur swing dancer, an avid reader, occasional fisherman and washed up musician.

Lucretia Lyons

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, 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.

Brian Malone

CEO, Malone Media

Kim Mateus

EVP & Client Success Group Leader, Mequoda Systems, LLC

Kim leads the client success team for PON at Harvard Law School, Yankee Publishing, Indian Country Media Network, Biblical Archaeology Society, Countryside Network, LPM Media Group, National Association of Plan Advisors and CSPI. Kim partners with the executives of these organizations to develop and oversee the implementation of strategic multiplatform publishing plans and helps them grow revenue, profits and influence. She proudly serves on SIPA's board of directors and earned her degree in journalism from RWU in Bristol, RI.

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.

Elizabeth Petersen

Chief People and Strategy Officer, Simplify Compliance

Elizabeth Petersen is Vice President of BLR’s healthcare division, HCPro. HCPro provides training and education on healthcare compliance, reimbursement, and regulation. Elizabeth has held roles in the HCPro’s sales, product management, and content development departments. Prior to joining HCPro, Elizabeth held editorial positions at JBLearning and CCI Communications.

Diane Schwartz

SVP & Group Publisher, Media Communications Group, Access Intelligence

Diane oversees the fast-growing Media Communications Group, which serves the forward-thinking professionals in the media, digital, public relations, TV, technology and entertainment spaces with a wide range of events, services, products and digital offerings. Brands include PR News, Cynopsis, Cablefax, Admonsters, VerticalFeed, Social Shake-Up conference, StudioDaily, min and Folio. In her nearly 20 years with Access Intelligence, Diane has launched more than 50 conferences, web sites, publications, awards programs, books and e-media ventures. Diane has served on several association boards, including for the Specialized Information Publishers Association and American Business Media, serves on numerous other PR, media and business committees and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. She resides in Wilton, CT, and can be caught blogging at or tweeting @dianeschwartz.