Executive Committee

Vice Chair: Bill Carter

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

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

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

Chair: Kevin Novak
CEO and Founder, 2040 Digital

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

Board of Directors

Timothy Andrews
President and CEO, Advertising Specialty Institute

Timothy M. Andrews is president and chief executive officer of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), which has 450 employees and serves a network of 23,500 suppliers, distributors and decorators in the $24.7 billion promotional products industry. Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in digital media, publishing, information services, marketing and advertising. He joined ASI as president in 2003 and is responsible for the vision and operations of the privately held company. Under his guidance, ASI has become the industry leader in technology and multimedia marketing across all platforms. Customer satisfaction is the focal point of ASI's research and data services, marketing tools, trader shows, educational resources, award-winning magazines and catalogs. Andrews is also president of ASI Show, which annually hosts 15,500 distributor attendees at trade shows and events across North America, and vice chairman of ASI Computer Systsems Inc., whose accounting and business platform is used by nearly 1,000 companies. Prior to joining ASI, Andrews served as chief executive officer of Primedia Business Magazines, a $400 million media company. He led key business, editorial and product strategy for the company's 80 magazines, 100 websites, 24 trade shows and its group of 450 reference titles. Before Primedia, Andrews spent 16 years at Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where he served in a variety of senior management, editorial, marketing, technology and product development roles. He launched the first real-time news-alerting products in the industry, introduced a web-based version of Dow Jones Interactive long before other companies recognized the importance of the web, and led the team that developed Personal Journal, an electronic newspaper that later became part of WSJ.com.

David Chun
Chief Executive Officer, Equilar, Inc.

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

Christopher Crain
Senior Executive Vice President, Crain Communications Inc

Christopher Crain is senior executive vice president for Crain Communications Inc, as well as group publisher of Staffing Industry Analysts Group. Since 2005, Crain has also served as executive vice president and director of strategic operations, and associate publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business. As a strategic guide for the company, Crain is responsible for the implementation of new growth initiatives as well as the development of projects to broaden non-advertising revenues. These initiatives have included new events, marketing services products, internal reprint and brand licensing products, and subscription research products.

Ethan Eisner
President, LexisNexis / RELX Group

Ethan Eisner is the President of Reed Tech, a LexisNexis Company. Reed Tech provides unrivaled data analytics and workflow products, research tools and content management solutions to meet the needs of government agencies, the intellectual property market and the life sciences industry. Mr. Eisner’s career in the industry and with the company spans almost 15 years. Prior to this role, he led the Strategy and the Global Commercial Markets business for Reed Tech, and the U.S. Corporate Legal & Compliance business of LexisNexis. He also led the LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions business, focused on serving corporate professionals in information, sales, marketing and procurement. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Ethan served as Vice President, Marketing & Product Development for Worknowledge, a training solutions company he helped found. He has also worked as Vice President and General Manager for The Franklin Mint, running the ecommerce and catalog businesses, and as a Case Team Leader with strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, where he worked with the top management of clients to help them realize material competitive advantages to generate substantial, lasting financial impact. Ethan has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Quantitative Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University. Ethan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Connectiv/SIIA where he has previously held the position of Chairman.

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

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

Chris Ferrell
Founder, CEO, Endeavor Business Media

Gary Fitzgerald
Chairman and CEO, Meister Media Worldwide

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

Alex Ford
Chief Executive Officer, Lexipol

Alex Ford is an accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor, public speaker and executive, currently serving as CEO of Lexipol. He founded and was longtime CEO of Praetorian Digital, the leading learning and content platform for first responders and local government leaders, which was acquired by The Riverside Company in 2019 and merged with Lexipol, the leading provider of public safety policies. After founding Praetorian in 1999, Alex led the company through recapitalization and two market downturns to a clear market leadership position, driving 15+ years of profitability and double-digit growth annually. Now, as CEO of Lexipol, he’s leading a combined company that offers an unequaled portfolio of content and SaaS solutions in the public sector, including a library of 200,000 articles and reports, 16,000 policies and procedures, 4,000 training courses and a network of digital media communities that includes PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com and CorrectionsOne.com. Lexipol now serves more than 8,000 police departments, fire departments and municipalities, with nearly 2 million public safety professionals and local government leaders who rely on the company for mission-critical information, training and policies. Alex started his career as a business strategy consultant and assisted Fortune 100 companies in evaluating online opportunities, including GM, IBM and Harley-Davidson. He currently serves as an adviser for start-ups, enjoys working on wine-related projects in his spare time, and is a strong supporter of various causes related to public safety, including the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and French.

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

Fourth-generation CEO Ed Gillette has ushered the family business into a new era of communications excellence. Through his ability to react quickly to changing market conditions and smart growth initiatives, Ed has led the evolution of the 100 plus year-old company into the three specialty brands it is comprised of today: Scranton Gillette Communications, SGC Horizon and Nimble Thinkers. Ed was named a 2013 Top Innovator in Business Publishing by Crain’s Media Business, was the recipient of the 2017 McCallister Top Management Fellowship from Northwestern University, and serves on the Board of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Wilma Jordan
Founder/CEO, JEGI

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

Tom Kemp
Chairman/CEO, Northstar Travel Group

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

Barry Lovette
CEO, AC Business Media

Barry Lovette joined AC Business Media as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He has over 20 years of experience in various executive roles and is a proven strategic leader with a track record of transformative growth. Lovette has been a board member of several industry associations including SIIA/Connectiv and BPA Worldwide. He also was named as a 2014 Folio: 100 Honoree. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, watching college basketball and spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

Lee Maniscalco
CEO, Haymarket Media Inc.

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

Dan Oswald
CEO, Simplify Compliance

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

Gemma Postlethwaite
CEO, Arizent

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

Brent Reilly
President & CEO, Randall-Reilly

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

Diane Rusignola
Senior Director, Editorial, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

Diane Rusignola is the senior director of editorial content at Nareit, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, in Washington, D.C. She oversees the development, writing and editing of all editorial content for the association’s print and online publications, including REIT magazine, the weekly newsletter and all online and digital content. She previously served as deputy editor at the National Association of Convenience Stores, associate publisher and managing editor at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, and assistant editor at the Association of Corporate Counsel. Diane received her M.S. in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University, and her B.A. in communication and political science from Villanova University. For the past 15 years, Diane has been an active member of Association Media & Publishing, serving on the association's Board of Directors from 2011-2015, and rejoining for another term in June 2018 as treasurer.

Tony Uphoff
President & CEO, Thomas™

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

Greg Watt
President/CEO, WATT Global Media

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

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

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