Keynote Speakers

Bob Carrigan


Mr. Carrigan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of D&B, the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses. He joined D&B in October 2013. Mr. Carrigan recently served as CEO of IDG Communications, Inc., where he led the company’s media operations, including online, print and events in 90 countries. Under Mr. Carrigan’s leadership, IDG transformed from a print publisher to a leading digital media company and the worldwide leader in the technology event and media space. Prior to becoming CEO of IDG Communications, Inc. in 2008, Mr. Carrigan held senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility at IDG, including President and CEO for its business units in the U.S. Previously, Mr. Carrigan spent four years at America Online, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President in the Interactive Marketing Group. Mr. Carrigan currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of IDG. He graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Stephen Carter

CEO, Informa

Stephen Carter is the Group Chief Executive of Informa plc, one of the world’s leading Business Information, Academic Publishing, Knowledge & Exhibitions businesses, with a career having spanned both the Public and Private sectors. In the Private sector he is a career Senior Executive, having held senior positions in a range of Media & Technology businesses, and prior to becoming the Group CEO of Informa, was President & Managing Director EMEA at Alcatel Lucent. In the Public sector he served as Chief of Strategy to the Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown, and was the first Minister for both the Media & Telecommunications industry, where he wrote and published the Digital Britain Report. Which subsequently led to the Digital Economy Act of 2010. Stephen was also the Founding CEO of Ofcom (the UK’s Media & Communications Regulator). Stephen has served on a number of Company Boards, including previously as a Non-Executive on the Board of Informa, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of United Utilities plc. He was awarded a CBE for services to the Communications Industry in 2007, and was made a Life Peer in 2008.

Additional Speakers

Scott Bailey

Managing Director, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Mackinac Partners

Matt Bowman

Partner, Tritium Partners

Matt Bowman is a Partner at Tritium Partners – a growth-focused private equity firm based in Austin. Tritium recently closed its inaugural fund in 2015 with $309 million in capital commitments. Matt joined Tritium in 2014 with over a decade of investment experience across all three of Tritium’s core investment sectors: Internet & Information Services, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Financial & Business Services. Prior to Tritium, he was on the direct investment team at Pritzker Group in Chicago helping to acquire and grow middle-market services companies. Matt was also a Principal at Austin Ventures where he spent over nine years as an investor in the Growth Equity practice. In addition to being responsible for sourcing acquisitions and advising portfolio companies, he also held specific responsibility for identifying and partnering with executives in the information sector under the firm’s CEO PartnersTM program. Matt started his career as an investment banker at MHT Midspan and RBC Capital Markets focusing on corporate finance and M&A transactions in the services and technology sectors. He received his BS in Accounting with High Honors from Brigham Young University.

James Capo

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.

KC Crain

EVP, Director of Corporate Operations, Crain Communications

KC Crain Jr. is executive vice president and director of corporate operations for Crain Communications Inc, overseeing the technology, knowledge management, audience development and digital teams for the entire organization. KC is also group publisher of Crain's Chicago Business, Crain’s Detroit Business and all brands under Crain's Automotive Group and Global Polymer Group which includes both Automotive News and Plastics News. Previously, he held roles of vice president of Crain Communications, as well as associate publisher and advertising director at Autoweek. He started at Crain as a reporter for Automotive News. Active in a number of civic and business activities, KC serves on the boards of the Detroit Children's Fund, the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Young Presidents Organization. He is also a trustee of the College for Creative Studies. In addition to keen interests and influential connections throughout the automotive, tech and publishing industries, KC is dedicated to Detroit’s economic development with investments and partnerships in real estate and restaurant ventures. KC Crain earned a B.A. in Communications from Denison University.

Steve Davis

President, Kantar Media SRDS

Steve Davis has been President of Kantar Media SRDS and Kantar Media Healthcare Research since August 2011 and has proudly served in both organizations since 1999. He has over 20 years of senior-level management experience in the media industry with a strong background in sales leadership, e-media product development, data-driven analytics and media research. As the online media discovery platform used by 15,000 agency and marketing professionals, is a media planner’s best friend. Subscribers can easily search, connect and buy advertising from over 125,000 potential media partners listed in its database of digital, magazine, newspaper, television, radio, out- of- home and b-to-b media publishers. Steve has helped successfully transform SRDS (Standard Rate and Data Service) from its roots as a print directory publisher into a thriving data and marketing services company.

Ward Downing

President, Winsight Media

Ward Downing is the president of Winsight Media, the only B2B media company providing actionable information and market intelligence to business leaders and suppliers in three of the fastest growing industries - convenience retailing, restaurants and noncommercial foodservice. In this role, Downing is responsible for bottom line growth of the company’s media brands, including print, digital, meetings, custom marketing services as well as enterprise-wide audience intelligence. Before joining the company, Ward was vice president, business planning and development for Farm Journal Media, whose website is one of the most heavily-trafficked in all of B2B. In this role, he oversaw audience and new product development. Earlier, Ward spent eight years as director of business development for Hanley Wood’s e-Media division. Downing is a graduate of the Trinity University (TX), with a B.S. in Business.

John Ebbert

Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor, AdExchanger

John Ebbert is publisher and executive editor of AdExchanger, an online trade publication he began in 2008. AdExchanger is devoted to the emerging trends in data-driven advertising and enables the exchange of ideas between all members of the ad ecosystem. Prior to AdExchanger, he worked for 15 years in digital marketing and operational roles for companies such as Viacom’s Nickelodeon, Arkadium and ContextWeb, as well as an entrepreneur.

William Friend

CEO, Bisnow

Will was one of Bisnow's first employees and has had hands on experience in all of the Company’s key roles, including being made Chief Operating Officer in 2012, prior to his appointment as CEO in late 2014. Will has been instrumental in Bisnow's extraordinary growth; moving the head office to New York and building the firm to become one of Inc. 5000's fastest growing companies. Under Will’s leadership, the current management team, backed by The Wicks Group of companies, bought out the original founders in April 2016, setting the strategy for international expansion and the next chapter of Bisnow’s growth plan.

Anthony Giles

Partner, NSF-ISR

Jeremy Goldman

Partner, Frankfurt, Klein & Seltz

Jeremy S. Goldman is a partner in the Litigation Group and Technology, Digital Media & Privacy Group, focusing on entertainment, intellectual property, commercial and privacy law. Mr. Goldman represents many companies and individuals in the media, entertainment, advertising and technology spaces in complex litigations involving copyright in the digital age, film and television contracts, trademarks and rights of publicity. He has litigated some of the most closely watched copyright and entertainment cases, including representing The Authors Guild in the Google Books and HathiTrust cases, and Hasbro in a 2014 trial in Los Angeles over the motion picture rights to Dungeons & Dragons. Mr. Goldman combines experience as an active litigator with a lifelong immersion in computers, the Internet, mobile technology and social media. He advises clients and attorneys on technology-related legal issues, including information privacy, data security, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, website terms of use, electronic discovery, and law firm information management, and he has written and presented extensively on these and other topics. His published work appears in The Lexis Practice Advisor and Bloomberg’s Federal Practice Law Reports, and he has been quoted in Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter, Courthouse News, and other media.

Kerry Gumas

President and CEO, Questex Media

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

Dustin Haisler

Chief Innovation Officer, eRepublic

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic, a California-based state and local government media and research company. As the prior finance director and later CIO for Manor, TX, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work over the years has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. and the Today Show on NBC. Dustin continues to work with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, academia, and non-profits across the globe on innovation and engagement strategies.

David Loechner

CEO, Emerald Expositions

David has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Emerald Expositions since 2013. From 2010 to 2013 he was President of Nielsen Expositions. He has more than 30 years of experience in trade shows and publishing, having started as a sales rep with the Outdoor Retailer Show and progressed steadily up the organization under numerous corporate owners, including Miller Freeman and VNU. David is active in industry associations and most recently served on the board of directors of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). He holds a BA from Principia College.

Doug Manoni

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.

Peter Marney

SVP and Chief Product Technology Officer, John Wiley & Sons

Peter Marney is senior vice president and chief product technology officer at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of content and services to professionals, researchers, educators, students, lifelong learners, and consumers worldwide. Peter has extensive expertise in content management, content strategy and information architecture. He has a proven track record managing industry-leading large, global content operations; devising, articulating and executing strategic change programs at all levels of the organization. In addition to content production, Peter leads the Smart Content strategic initiative. Smart Content is content that is granular, contextually discoverable and flexible for reassembly by Wiley and its customers. It is the key element to Wiley’s transformation from a traditional publisher to global provider of knowledge based products and services. Peter is active in the information services industry. He serves on the Advisory Board of CrowdComputing Systems and Kinnecions and is Vice Chairman of the Content Board of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). In 2011, Peter was selected by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to serve on its Subcommittee on Data Standardization. When he’s not obsessing about content, Peter is passionate about photography, marathon running and cycling.

Daniel Mayer

CEO, Expert System

Daniel is CEO of Expert System Enterprise. He joined Expert System following its acquisition of TEMIS, where as VP of Product & Marketing, he shaped and promoted the award-winning Luxid® line of text analytics products. With 20 years of experience in marketing and product strategy throughout the IT value chain, Daniel’s passion is in crossing the chasm by helping organizations leverage technologies that deliver significant business value. Daniel holds both a Masters degree in Business from HEC Paris and a Masters in Computer Science from Télécom ParisTech.

Scott Mozarsky

President, Bloomberg Law

Scott Mozarsky joined Bloomberg BNA in March 2014 as President, Cross Platform Businesses. In 2016 he was named president of Bloomberg Law. 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, 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.

Jonathan Murray

EVP & CTO, Digital Prism Advisors

Jonathan Murray, EVP/ CTO. Jonathan has a demonstrated track record of successfully helping clients understand and address the complex factors at play in an accelerating global digital transformation. Jonathan was most recently engaged as interim CTO and Head of Technology at The New York Times. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Warner Music Group. He is a published author and associate researcher with the University of California Berkeley’s Roundtable on the International Economy where he focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on social and economic development.

Andrew Neblett

President, ALM Intelligence

Andrew Neblett leads the ALM Intelligence and Advisory business providing market and competitive intelligence to business leaders allowing them to act with confidence to grow and run their businesses. Prior to ALM, he held several senior executive roles at Thomson Reuters building its Risk business. Most recently, he led the Enterprise Risk Management businesses delivering Governance Risk & Compliance intelligence, software, services and training. He joined Thomson Reuters when they acquired EDGARfilings, where he was co-found and CEO.

Leanna Orr

Managing Editor, Chief Investment Officer Magazine

Leanna joined Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer Magazine in 2012, and writes for the world’s largest investors as the brand’s managing editor. Canadian by background and in spirit, she holds a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s from the University of British Columbia. Leanna is committee chair of Connectiv’s 2016 Jesse H. Neal Awards.

Scott Peters

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.

Kevin Pianko

Partner, Weiser Mazars

Kevin is the Technology, Media and Communications Group Leader. He performs audits of public and private companies, and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin helps clients obtain alternative sources of capital and provides merger and acquisitions, and strategic alliance analysis. Kevin’s industry expertise crosses numerous sectors, including technology, private equity activities, venture capital, life sciences, SEC/public companies, professional services, and financial services. He has more than 10 years prior experience at two of the Big 4 accounting firms. Kevin has extensive experience working with private equity and venture capital entities at the fund level and the portfolio company level. He possesses practical experience working with earlier stage companies, assisting them with the issues they face as they develop. He is actively involved in many technology focused organizations and is an angel investor in the Angel Round Capital Fund located in New York City and serves on their Executive Committee and also chairs the Audit Committee.

Brent Reilly

President and CEO, Randall-Reilly

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

Cathilea Robinett

President, e.Republic

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

Vince Sgro

Co-founder and CTO, Connotate

Vincent sets the direction for Connotate’s core web data monitoring and extraction technology. Before he cofounded Connotate, Vincent served for 10 years as a research programmer at the Computer Science department at Rutgers University. There, he helped departments to create their own web presence, and supported the development of web applications – including web crawling/indexing software that Rutgers used to search the web before the birth of Google. Vincent was also the Internet evangelist for the State of New Jersey, developing and launching key intranet and Internet sites providing video, teleconferencing and Internet services. Vincent is a published academic expert in compiler optimization technologies, and holds an MS and BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Whit Shaw

President and CEO, American City Business Journals

Evan Smith

CEO, Editor-in-Chief, The Texas Tribune

Evan Smith is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website,, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including eight national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and six awards from the Online News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.

Kollin Stagnito

CEO, Stagnito/Edgell

Kollin has dedicated the past 25 years to delivering industry-leading trade media and critical business information to retailers and manufacturers in the retail marketplace. Prior to the founding of Stagnito Business Information and Edgell Communications, Kollin served as CIO at Stagnito Business Information, where he managed the business’s information infrastructure, including its Information Services platform, retail database, IT group, digital media group, and Carbonview research division. Before that, he served as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for P&L management, forecasting and day-to-day interaction with the brands' editorial, production, promotion, digital media, events, custom media and audience development departments. From 1991 to 2007, Kollin was Sr. Vice President and Group Publisher at Stagnito Communications, where he managed the print, digital, and event components for eight of Stagnito's 16 food and beverage brands. Over the course of 16 years, he gained hands-on experience in every facet of publishing and integrated marketing. Kollin was an early believer in the possibilities of online media and developed and launched digital media components including digital magazines, digital newsletters, and educational websites updated daily with original content - which were tightly integrated into the print brands.

Heidi Sullivan

SVP and Product Lead, Content & E-Commerce, Cision, Inc.

Named as The Hub's "Individual Influencer of the Year" for 2014 and one of PRWeek's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in 2012,Heidi Sullivan is currently the Interim Managing Director of Cision Canada and Senior Vice President of Digital Content for Cision. Sullivan is responsible for the overall business results and sales activities in Canada and leads the company's digital and broadcast content teams, the global research team for Cision's media database and the company’s content marketing strategy. Prior to this role she was Vice President of Global Media Research and managed the enhancement and maintenance of Cision's media database of more than one million media outlets, journalists and influencers. Heidi is a host of the popular Cision Webinar Series, a founding blogger for Cision Blog and frequently speaks at industry conferences and events on best practices in social media, communications and the changing media landscape. She was formerly an editorial manager and creative director for a firm that produced regional business magazines, an account executive at a PR agency and an editor and media researcher for a major newswire service. She joined Cision in 2004.

Jen Wilga

Chief Revenue Officer, MediaRadar

Jen Wilga is a dynamic sales champion who is leading MediaRadar’s global expansion efforts. Prior to joining our team, Jen played a critical role in developing and executing the sales strategy for Careerbuilder’s HR SaaS solutions. She has a proven ability to build new business and develop broad support for successful product adoption among clients. Jen received her BA from Misericordia University.”One of the things I love most about MediaRadar is how passionate our clients are about our solution.”

Ted Wirth

President & CEO, Diversified Communications


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