Keynote Speakers

Steven Van Yoder

Author, Get Slightly Famous, Get The Word Out Communications

Steven Van Yoder is a consultant, speaker and author of Get Slightly Famous: Become a Celebrity in Your Field and Attract More Business with Less Effort (2nd Edition). His firm, Get The Word Out Communications, helps companies become recognized thought leaders in their sector and reach high-end prospects with sustainable, growth-focused marketing programs. Steven is a seasoned journalist, published in hundreds of trade, business and industry media and regularly speaks to business groups about B2B marketing, branding and thought leadership strategies. Twitter @StevenVanYoder

Keynote Panelists

Brian Crotty

CEO and President, OPIS By IHS Markit

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.

Robin Crumby

Co-founder and Managing Director, Novatum Group

Robin co-founded Melcrum in 1996 and sold the business in November 2015. Melcrum is a research and training business, advising executives at Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. Robin stewarded the business from a "kitchen-table" start-up to an organization with offices in the US, UK and Australia and blue-chip customers in more than 90 countries. Based in London, Robin's current focus through Novatum Group is on helping growing businesses thrive in the digital age, sharing his knowledge and experience to accelerate performance. He recently published his first novel 'Hurst' a dystopian thriller set in a castle on the south coast of England.

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.


Josh Andersen

Production Manager, Fred Meyer

Josh Andersen is an award winning editor/videographer with more than 20 years experience using technology to effectively communicate messages from television news to corporate communications. He is a creative, enthusiastic media professional with the ability to get clients excited about their ideas and amazed by the finished product. He also helps clients communicate their message and navigate social media.

Sarah Andersen

Publisher, Business Valuation Resources

Sarah Andersen is the Publisher at Business Valuation Resources. An accomplished business leader with over 17 years of executive management and writing experience, Sarah leads BVR’s editorial staff and publishes newsletters, ezines, blogs, and books for the business valuation profession. With an eye on content delivery system innovations, Sarah and her team focus on evolving BVR’s publishing model to efficiently meet the needs of the current audience, while tapping into new resources to drive growth.

Jaclyn Baldovin

Online Content Manager, Business Management Daily

Jaclyn leads the social media and video content programs at Business Management Daily. Her role focuses on lead generation campaigns through digital marketing outlets and finding new ways to increase traffic to She also manages webinars on related topics. Jaclyn won the first place SIPAaward for 2014 Best Social Media Success Story and second place SIPAward for 2015 Best Social Media Initiative. She has also worked as a freelance marketing consultant and writer for an entertainment publication.

John Benbrook

CEO, Progressive Business Publications

John has more than 25 years of executive, sales and practice leadership positions with technology & professional services, marketing and publishing companies. Specific expertise and proven track record in strategic change management and company culture transformation. Values built on strong but compassionate leadership, relationship cultivation and measurable results. John joined Progressive Business Publications as their CEO at the start of 2015. Prior to joining PBP he spent 11 years at MMG, a global patient recruitment company in Rockville, Maryland. Identifying core issues and motivating teams to effectively and efficiently find the right solutions is what he enjoys doing.

Phil Binkow

CEO, Financial Operations Networks, LLC

Phil Binkow is CEO of Financial Operations Networks, the developer of InvoiceInfo, a suite of industry leading self-service SaaS applications for accounts payable and vendor relationship management. In 2002 FON founded The Accounts Payable Network, which was acquired by Diversified Business Communications in 2013. Prior to starting Financial Operations Networks, Phil founded and served as CEO of PayTECH, a highly respected electronic payables processing, disbursements and information services provider serving companies such as Oracle, Cisco, the Gap, Charles Schwab, JP Morgan, NCR and Viacom. PayTECH grew to process over 100 million invoices annually and was acquired by PRGX in 1999. Phil and his wife Nancy founded the Friends of North Springs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting North Springs Charter High School. Phil served on the SIPA board for six years and currently serves on the executive committee and is Vice President of the Specialized Information Publishers Foundation.

William Jefferson Black

Managing Director & Publisher, Transaction Advisors

William Jefferson Black is a Managing Director at Finance Information Group, which provides perspective and information on M&A, financing, and corporate strategy through educational conferences, transaction databases, books, and unique financial publications including TelecomFinance, Transaction Advisors, and SatelliteFinance. Mr. Black was previously with Stout Risius Ross (SRR), a fast-growing transaction advisory firm, where he served as both a Director in the Valuation & Financial Opinions group and as the firm’s head of Marketing and Business Development. In that role, Mr. Black led the rollout of the SRR’s market segmentation strategy, which integrated go-to-market approaches across the firm’s three practices. Within this strategy, he oversaw a significant expansion of the SRR Journal, a print and online publication that was recognized for enhancing the technical reputation of the firm. He also managed the development of a new content marketing optimized web site that received the 2011 WebAward for Financial Services. In his client facing role Mr. Black worked with public companies, accounting firms, and private equity firms on a variety of corporate transactions and related accounting, tax, legal, and financial reporting issues.

Chelsea Brookes

Associate eLearning Product Manager, HCPro

HCPro provides training and education on healthcare compliance, reimbursement, and regulation. Chelsea manages the elearning team and works with experts across departments to successfully build, implement, and maintain training courses. She focuses on streamlining processes and maximizing efficiency.

Bruce Brumberg

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder,

Bruce has devoted most of his professional career to making complex legal and tax concepts understandable to people who do not enjoy reading the Internal Revenue Code or the securities laws. He is editor-in-chief and co-founder of, the premier provider of web-based educational content and tools on stock options, restricted stock, and other types of equity compensation. This award-winning online resource has a patent and been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Money. Bruce also produced the popular “Think Twice” insider trading prevention videos ( He graduated from the University of Michigan and University of Virginia School of Law.

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.

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.

Bob Coleman

Founder, Coleman Report

Bob is the Author of “Money Money Everywhere and Not a Drop for Main Street.” Coleman is the Editor of the Coleman Report, a trade newsletter for small business bankers. He is the nationally recognized expert on small business financing. He has appeared on Fox Business News and CNN and has been quoted by all major financial media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Bloomberg. He has spoken at numerous small business banking events across the United States. He speaks regularly for SIPA, including its U.K. and Germany events. Bob has been a SIPA member since 1996. He has a B.A. in Medieval History from the University of California Santa Barbara and a M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California.

Wayne Cooper

Managing Director, Greenhaven Partners

Wayne is the Managing Director of Greenhaven Partners, where he and his partners invest in and help build B2B information companies. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Chief Executive Group (publisher of Chief Executive magazine and producer of digital media, events, research and peer networks) and Bongarde (an information and training company in the corporate safety sector). He and his team have also transformed Kennedy Information, IOFM, Pyramid Research, Media Publishing International and Vizeum. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Wayne was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company and Monitor Company.

Brian Crotty

CEO and President, OPIS By IHS Markit

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.

Robin Crumby

Co-founder and Managing Director, Novatum Group

Robin co-founded Melcrum in 1996 and sold the business in November 2015. Melcrum is a research and training business, advising executives at Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. Robin stewarded the business from a "kitchen-table" start-up to an organization with offices in the US, UK and Australia and blue-chip customers in more than 90 countries. Based in London, Robin's current focus through Novatum Group is on helping growing businesses thrive in the digital age, sharing his knowledge and experience to accelerate performance. He recently published his first novel 'Hurst' a dystopian thriller set in a castle on the south coast of England.

Pat DiDomenico

Editorial Director, Business Management Daily

Patrick DiDomenico is the editorial director at Business Management Daily and the founding editor of The HR Specialist family of newsletters, special reports and online resources. He also manages the company’s webinar division and live conferences. Patrick’s more than 20-year career as a business journalist and thought leader includes stints as newspaper reporter, Washington speechwriter and White House press aide.

Todd Dills

Senior Editor, Overdrive, Randall-Reilly

Todd Dills serves as Senior Editor for Overdrive magazine, covering small-business trucking from a home base of Nashville, Tenn. His accomplishments in the role include several Neal Awards, including the 2014 Grand Neal for the inaugural CSA’s Data Trail series. Subsequent years’ work on the series has likewise been recognized for its utilization of roadside inspection data to chart the story of the intersection of truck safety, law enforcement, politics and federal safety scoring. He is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where he was born and raised, as well as the Columbia College Chicago fiction writing MFA program.

Stephanie Eidelman

CEO , the iA institute

The iA Institute (iA) is a media company that produces handcrafted news, events, education and community for the credit and collections industry. The iA team believes the value of your time and investment in our content should be undeniable, so we thoughtfully design everything we do with a focus on the details that make a difference. iA manages, the Consumer Relations Consortium (CRC), the iA Innovation Council, the iA Research Assistant, the Case Law Tracker, and conferences iA Strategy & Tech and Women in Consumer & Commercial Finance. Stephanie has a BS in human development and social policy from Northwestern University, and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School. She was recognized as SIPA's Volunteer of the Year in 2015, was named a Top Woman in Media by Folio in 2016, and was honored by her industry with a 2016 Trailblazer Award.

Heather Farley

COO, Access Intelligence

Heather is responsible for 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). 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.

Jack Farrell

Managing Director, Jack Farrell & Associates

Jack Farrell was an STM publishing lifer who left his post as Vice President of Digital Content at McGraw-Hill in May 2006 to start a publishing-centric recruiting firm. His publishing career included leadership roles in sales, marketing, international, editorial, and digital publishing. Jack Farrell & Associates features a team of former publishing managers who are expert at making right matches for our clients. This is evidenced by a 98% retention rate for candidates hired since 2014. Let’s Get Working.

Sheran Fernando

COO, Warren Communications News

Sheran Fernando is president of Publications Management, LLC, a sales and marketing consultancy serving B2B publishers. His publishing career began at the Taft Group, where he served in progressively responsible sales and marketing management positions culminating with his appointment as vice president. After Taft was acquired by the Thomson Corporation, Sheran remained in senior management until he launched his firm in 1991. Since 1991, Sheran's firm has consulted with numerous information providers, including Warren Communications News, the Times Mirror Training Group, National Journal, the Gale Group, IOMA, Legal Times, the Smithsonian Institution, Zero to Three, the American Council on Education and other commercial and nonprofit organizations. In parallel with his consulting practice, Sheran founded and served as president of Customer First, Inc., an information and training firm serving the hospitality industry. Customer First was acquired by the Times Mirror Corporation in 1997. Sheran has been a regular guest speaker at national industry conferences and forums, including those of the Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association (now SIIA), the National Directory Publishing Association, the Direct Marketing Association and the American Association of Museums.

David Foster

CEO, Business Valuation Resources

David Foster is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the U.S.-based publisher of transaction, legal and other databases for the business valuation profession. Much of BVR’s growth results from responses to the revolution in information industry business processes during the last decade—changes that have forced BVR and other publishers to redefine sales, marketing, product development, technology, content creation, pricing, and every other part of their operations. In addition to BVR, Foster was the co-founder of IOMA, Inc., a management publisher he sold to the Bureau of National Affairs in 1998. He has served on the Boards and/or Executive Committees of 14 information industry companies, as well as a number of non-profits such as Copyright Clearance Center and Bates College. He was SIPA President in 1999, won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award 2000, and is current co-chair of SIPA's annual CEO Roundtable, which meets again in February 2020 (please join us!).

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.

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 &, and McGraw-Hill and serves as an advisor and mentor at a number of start-ups.

Matt Grant

Publisher, POWER Magazine

Matt Grant serves as Publisher for POWER, the largest leading global brand in the power generation industry with print, online, e-newsletters, videos, webinars, and conference offerings. He currently oversees the sales, marketing, and content effortsfor POWER, an Access Intelligence brand, and began his career with the company in 2006 in sales. Matt has been directly involved in the development of numerous e-media initiatives that derive from or enhance traditional media. He holds a BA from Texas A&M University.

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 to, 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, 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 Grizzel

Director, Quality and Enforcement Group, FDAnews

Jeff is a 22-year veteran of business-to-business publishing. After graduating with a degree in Economics from High Point College, Jeff started his career with The Taft Group under the tutelage of such greats as Marty Mattare, Wendy Muldawer and Bob Elster. He then moved on to Pasha Publications as a Marketing Manager and eventually rose to Director of Advertising Sales when Pasha entered the trade magazine market. With a background in ad sales he was recruited to Public Utilities Reports to turn around its flagship magazine, Public Utilities Fortnightly. During this time he also introduced seven special single-topic advertising-based reports and launched a new magazine. In 2000 -- with financial support from Tod Sedgwick -- Jeff, Randy Richard and David Givens formed a publishing start-up called Io Energy. Io Energy went on to produce two dailies, nine weeklies and select webinars. Io Energy was sold to SNL Financial in 2005. Since 2005 Jeff has been the Conference Director for FDAnews and is responsible for the creation, execution and profitability of 36 webinars, six virtual conferences, eight workshops and four major conferences annually.

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.

Dan Hanover

Group Vice President, Access Intelligence

Dan runs the largest network of event marketing content in the world, overseeing a print, web and face-to-face content portfolio that includes Event Marketer magazine, The Experiential Marketing Summit, EventTech and The Event Marketing Institute. He also leads the group’s corporate training practice, which produces executive training worldwide for marketing departments at such companies as Mercedes, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Coca-Cola Co. and Procter & Gamble. Before joining Access Intelligence in 2011, he built his b-to-b media career working and growing high-performance properties at companies such as Red 7 Media, Penton, Lebhar-Friedman and Nielsen.

Lindsey Harris

Director of Marketing, DecisionHealth, a division of UCG

Lindsey Harris is the Director of Marketing at DecisionHealth. An accomplished and award-winning marketer, Lindsey leads the marketing department to create, orchestrate and implement innovative and successful marketing initiatives across many channels and markets. Prior to joining DecisionHealth, Lindsey served in a variety of marketing roles across a diverse landscape of industries including investment publishing, power boat cruising and alternative medicine. Earlier in her career she worked at Inbox Interactive, one of the region’s first full-service email marketing agencies. For more than two decades, Lindsey has been dedicated to connecting unique people to specialized products.

CW Henderson Ph.D.

President, NewsRX

C.W. Henderson, PhD, has been on the covers of Billboard and USA Today, which selected him among Six Who Made a Difference. With eleven eHealthcare Leadership Awards, he is president of NewsRx, author at Penguin Random House, and executive director of Researcher Institute. NewsRx pioneered AI journalism and focuses on Fintech, Data/Analytics, Edtech with search apps, platforms, automated narratives, and SaaS. With 194 newsletters, The New York Times called NewsRx the largest health news company. NewsRx has produced 11.5-million articles and outputs 10,000 articles daily for its knowledge discovery engine BUTTER (Better Understanding Through Technology & Emerging Research).

Luis Hernandez

Director of Strategy, FDAnews

Luis Hernandez is Director of Strategy at FDANews where he oversees the content, marketing and event production efforts, and is charged with developing new products. Before that he was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Advisor at Mequoda Systems. At Mequoda he helped guide CEOs of media companies and their respective management teams through the process of growing and monetizing their multiplatform audience. As the Director of Publishing at Thompson Publishing Group, Luis started as a reporter and went on to direct and oversee the editorial, marketing and production efforts for the $15 million publishing company. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Specialized Information Publishers Association. Luis holds a BA in Journalism from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas — where he was born and raised — and has an MA in English from Georgetown University. Luis resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.

Stacy Hill

Manager of Analytics & Optimization, Access Intelligence

As part of the Digital Services team at Access Intelligence, Ms. Hill manages the implementation of Optimizely campaigns for over 20 brands in the Access Intelligence portfolio. She helped create a scalable testing strategy, to allow all Optimizely campaigns to be managed centrally within the company before gradually training brand teams to become more self-sufficient. Besides Optimizely, Ms. Hill has coordinated the set-up of a tag manager for all company sites to allow greater flexibility and control over tracking needs. She acts as an internal consultant for Access Intelligence, helping brand teams’ gain greater understanding of their business through data visualization and analysis. To better serve this purpose, she became certified in Google Analytics, and offers regular training and support to her colleagues. Her digital interests don’t stop with just data though; she also provides quarterly company-wide social media reports that cover best practices and relevant resources for all of Access Intelligence’s diverse markets. Before coming to Access Intelligence, Ms. Hill gained experience with digital marketing during her time with the non-profit, Dance/USA, and with the strategic marketing department for TLC network at Discovery Communications. She received her Bachelor’s in Public Communication from American University.

Helen Hoart

Partner, Hoart|Beckerman

Helen has over 25 years in the publishing field, leading both B2B and B2C companies. Currently, she is president of Yikes! Media, a consulting company she founded in 2011. She works with publishing, media and training companies to develop business strategy, marketing programs, new product development, product repositioning, and new product launches. She has been a long-time supporter of Specialized Information Publishers Association. She served on the board of the SIPA from 1996-2001 and was elected president in 2000. Helen was inducted into the SIPA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Laurie Hofmann

Director of Market Development, Access Intelligence, LLC

Laurie Hofmann is the Director of Market Development at Access Intelligence, LLC, where she is responsible for generating online and print subscription revenue for AI’s cable and media industry publications and services. Her publishing career spans more years than she would care to admit, and includes ever increasing responsibilities starting at Sara Lee Corporation (Hanes), followed by Time-Life Books, Western Publishing, Phillips Publishing, Access Intelligence, IHS, Inc. and back to Access Intelligence. With her comprehensive marketing experience, she focuses on developing marketing strategies and executing promotion plans designed to generate leads and subscription revenue, through the use of for electronic media (SEO, SEM and email), direct mail, space ads, flyers and telemarketing—expertly using all for continuous revenue streams. She also develops and manages direct sales activities for enterprise-wide site licenses and negotiates partnerships with other organizations designed to provide mutually beneficial promotional opportunities. She has developed an abundance of accomplishments in diverse industries throughout her career, including children’s book publishing, apparel, continuity book series covering a variety of topics, and personal finance, alternative health, chemical, and cable TV publications. She has a B.S. in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.B.A. form Northeastern University with a concentration in marketing.

Matt Humphrey

President, Plain-English Media LLC

Matt Humphrey is President and Founder of Plain-English Media. He has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, product development, and general management roles at specialized information publishers. Plain-English Media serves the real estate and healthcare markets with leading content sites, events and advertising programs. Prior to running Plain-English Media, Matt held executive roles at BLR, including Chief Marketing Officer and VP, HR/Compensation Division.

Donna Jefferson

CEO, Jefferson Communications

Donna Jefferson is president and founder of Jefferson Communications. Started in 1990 with the parenting publication Chesapeake Family, the company has expanded to include annual guides, multiple websites, extensive online directories and weekly e-zines. Donna has pushed the company to become a leader in digital products and local website traffic. She has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Parenting Media Association and an advisory member for Annapolis Recreation and Parks.

Jeanne Jennings

Consultant, Online Marketing Strategy

Jeanne Jennings is an independent consultant with expertise in email marketing strategy; her direct response approach helps medium- to enterprise-sized companies make their online marketing efforts more effective and more profitable. She is also a recognized expert in the email marketing world. Along with being a sought-after speaker and author, recent industry accolades include being named one of the: - World’s Top 50 Email Marketing Influencers (Cision, July 2014). - Top Email Marketing + Design Thought Leaders on Twitter (Litmus, January 2015). Jeanne has over 20 years of experience in the email and online marketing and product development world; she began her career with CompuServe’s Business Services Group in the late 1980s and moved into the publishing world in the mid-1990s. For more details, visit her LinkedIn profile or her Blog ( Jeanne’s direct response approach to digital marketing strategy, tactics and creative direction helps organizations make their digital marketing initiatives more effective and more profitable. Clients include AARP, Consumer Reports, Hasbro, National Education Association (NEA), Network Solutions, PRWeb, Scholastic, Verizon, Vocus and Weight Watchers International.

Ed Klaris

Principal, Klaris IP

With his 23 years in the media and entertainment sector, Ed is a recognized expert on intellectual property, privacy, and media law and has extensive experience building revenue from content and other IP. He is the founding partner of Klaris IP, a New York based law and strategy firm. Prior to his current role, Ed was senior vice president at Condé Nast for more than eight years, where he transformed print magazines, photos, and articles into vibrant digital archives, film and TV projects, international branded franchises, and licensed product lines that have produced millions in net profit. Ed conducted business in 28 countries worldwide and was responsible for vetting potential partners, negotiating joint venture and license agreements, and launching and overseeing diverse branded businesses. Ed also led business affairs for all 18 Condé Nast brands and the company’s entertainment division, including movie and TV deals, rights-in and rights-out agreements, and all contracts related to production, talent, partnerships, advertising, and joint marketing. Prior to this, Ed served as general counsel for The New Yorker magazine, media counsel at ABC, and a litigator at the leading intellectual property firm Davis Wright Tremaine. He is a former chair of the New York State Bar Committee on Communications Law, and has taught at Columbia Law School since 2005. He is the current chairman of the board of Pilobolus, one of the world’s largest modern dance companies. He lives in New York City with his wife and two teenage children.

Krystle Kopacz

CEO, Revmade

Krystle Kopacz founded Revmade in 2016 to help publishers diversify their revenue streams through new digital products. Based in Washington, DC, Revmade has worked with American Chemical Society, Community Associations Institute, American Society of Association Executives, National Association of Manufacturers and American Trucking Associations, among others.

Andy Kowl

Senior Vice President, Publishing Strategy, ePublishing Inc

Andy Kowl is a journalist and entrepreneurial publisher with more than 30 years developing, marketing and growing publishing companies. He is senior vice president of publishing strategy for ePublishing Inc., the leading enterprise publishing system (EPS) provider which manages content, audience data, workflow, newsletters and/or e-commerce for more than 400 publications. He helps publishers increase reader engagement and response by integrating behavioral data with contextual content, and shows them direct ways to monetize the results. Andy writes the B2B Beat blog for Publishing Executive magazine. His background in B2B includes publishing, editing and/or owning magazines and information products covering specialty retail, horse breeding, real estate, credit unions, Wall Street compliance and wireless technology. Andy has worked with many associations and believes, too often the main association is not sufficiently leveraging publication content, and vice versa.

Carl Landau

Grand Poobah, Niche Media

Carl Landau is Grand Poobah of Niche Media. He is a media/event guru, SF Giants fan and part-time blogger and podcaster. His 15 minutes of fame took place in the mid-eighties when he launched his famous, “Buy an Ad, Get a Cat” ad campaign. He has long since patched things up with the SPCA. As head of Niche Media, Carl has created super niched-out events specifically for magazine publishers for over a decade. He has helped pave the way for the era of boutique events that connect specific audiences and provide great educational, friendly and super-fun environments! Niche Media has expanded to include many events, including an "event about events", and content-packed blogs for both the magazine publishing and event markets.

Arno Langbehn

CEO, B. Behr's Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Arno is the CEO at Behr’s Verlag, the leading specialist publishing house in German-speaking countries for the food industry for loose leaves, newsletters, books, CDs, DVDs, seminars and online products. He has over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. In addition to the general tasks of a CEO he focuses on cross-media product development for specialist information in existing market segments and new ones. He was the keynote speaker at the SIPA Annual Conference in 2014 ( ) and is the author of the book on customer-oriented new product development, called "Praxishandbuch Produktentwicklung" (Practical Handbook of Product Development).

Jeffrey Litvack

CEO, Adweek

Jeffrey Litvack is the CEO of Adweek. Previously, Mr. Litvack was Group President and Chief Digital Officer at ALM responsible for shaping corporate, product and brand strategy for ALM’s digital, data, and intelligence businesses. Prior to ALM, he held a variety of executive positions at the Associated Press, The Museum of Television & Radio, and Mitchell Madison Group. Mr. Litvack is a highly regarded executive credited with winning more than 25 coveted honors and awards for product breakthroughs and industry leadership from Apple, IAB, The Webbys, and others. He was selected by Folio Magazine as a top digital executive in 2013 and 2014 and was inducted into min’s Digital Hall of Fame. He is a recognized speaker at industry events providing insights into a wide array of topics challenging the media industry including targeted advertising, big data, IoT, subscription and licensing models, and mobile and video trends. Mr. Litvack holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Business.

Rick Longenecker

President, Chief Sales Leader

Rick is president of Chief Sales Leader™, a management consulting firm that shows business leaders how to bring precision -- effectiveness, efficiency and predictability -- to sales execution so they can build sustainable revenue growth year-after-year. Rick is best known for creating TheNaviGuide™ a breakthrough sales approach and knowledge management technology for executing sales calls, onboarding sales people, and for transferring product/service, and pricing information to sales people “live-time”. Rick has spent over thirty years building, improving and merging sales teams in over thirty industries and worked with over twenty SIPA members.

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.

Kim Mateus

Chief Strategy Officer, Mequoda Systems, LLC

Kim partners with the executive management teams of media businesses to develop strategic multiplatform publishing plans, to oversee implementation of publishing business plans, and to help clients grow audience, revenue and profits. She focuses on bringing new partners into the Mequoda client cooperative and also works with Mequoda’s Gold Members to plan transformative, larger-scale projects and services for growing their systems and maximizing profits. Kim monitors overall system best practices for Mequoda’s Haven CXMS platform and tracks industry trends. She founded the Mequoda Research Team in 2004 and has been a principal driver in documenting the thousands of best practices that govern our core Mequoda Method. She’s a frequent speaker at industry events and proudly serves on the board of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA). Kim earned her degree in journalism from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

John McGovern

CEO and Owner, Grimes, McGovern & Associates

John joined M&A Advisory firm W.B. Grimes in 2011 to run their Global Media, Events & Information Services Group, which had excellent growth under his tenure, branching out into new regions and more diverse businesses including events and information services. Under John, the group’s client list grew to include many more sellside and buyside retainer clients. John acquired W.B. Grimes in 2018 and is the sole owner of the renamed Grimes, McGovern & Associates. Grimes, McGovern & Associates is a leader in lower middle market M&A Advisory for Media, Events & Information Services companies – having completed 25 transactions in 2019. John brings 30+ years of strategy, business development experience in the global media, events and online services industries, holding positions such as Senior VP of Thomson Financial, (where he grew revenues from $30m to $90m in six years) Senior VP at the Fair Disclosure Financial Network (which grew from zero to $2m in 18 months under his tenure) and various positions early in his career at Dow Jones/Factiva. John has consulted for many Information Services companies including Newstex, Rapidata, PaymentSource, Zacks, NetProspex, and Advisen.

Roberta Muller

SVP Product Development, Northstar Travel Group

Roberta’s career at Northstar Travel Media spans 27 years. Her blend of technical knowledge, operations and leadership have helped transform Northstar’s digital business. Roberta focuses on complex project implementations, along with full project management lifecycle. Her expertise rests in email distribution systems, website content management systems, and audience data management applications, to name a few. Roberta’s goal is to transform innovate digital media ideas into sustainable and profitable products, while aligning support teams to drive cost savings and improve workflow efficiency. Roberta holds a BA in Communications/Marketing from Susquehanna University, PA. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three sons.

Brian Murphy

Director of Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists, HCPro

Brian Murphy, CPC, is the director of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), a 5,000-member association headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, dedicated to the unique needs of the CDI profession. He oversees management of its award-winning resources, leads association outreach, and develops industry CDI guidance in conjunction with the ACDIS Advisory Board. Murphy also oversees the annual ACDIS Conference, the nation’s first and largest conference dedicated to the unique needs of the CDI specialist that now draws more than 1,500 attendees. Murphy is a former managing editor at HCPro, with experience in developing products and services serving health information management (HIM) professionals. He has extensive knowledge of CDI and HIM, with an emphasis on documentation, coding, Medicare regulations, and the revenue cycle.

Doug Murphy

President, Thought Industries

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.

Donald Pazour

Chief Executive Officer, Access Intelligence, LLC

Don has led the strategy and growth of Access Intelligence for over a decade, taking magazine-centric businesses and converting them to an integrated media, web-centric group of market focused product clusters serving the media/marketing, energy/engineering, aerospace, and healthcare markets. His focus has been on providing the best quality information and most effective marketing services to the company’s customers. Don and his team have built the business through countless launches and 18 acquisitions that have been bolted onto and integrated into the Phillips Business Information newsletter and magazine platform that Veronis Suhler Stevenson bought from Tom Phillips in late 2000. In 2010, the integrated, subscription revenue, chemical and energy information business was sold to IHS. Since that time, the company has leveraged its strong balance sheet and robust online market presence in its served markets to create high e-media and event revenue growth. Through this combined build and buy strategy, Pazour says, “the strongest asset we have built is the management team that AI has today. They are seasoned managers with passion for the markets they serve and are thus able to seize opportunities for growth within those markets.” Before joining Access Intelligence, Don was at Miller Freeman, a subsidiary of United Business Media, for 23 years and he was named CEO in 1997. His ascendance through the company included management of conferences, magazines, and high-value information businesses. Don launched and grew Miller Freeman’s presence in the high-tech publishing sector, culminating with the acquisition of CMP Media in 1999. Under his leadership, Blenheim USA’s trade shows were acquired by Miller Freeman, which then became the largest trade show producer in the United States. Don is a frequent speaker at events held in conjunction with FOLIO: Magazine; American Business Media, where he is a Board member and Chairman of the Events Council; Society of Independent Show Organizers, where he is a Board member and past Chairman, and Specialized Information Publishers Association. He also serves on the Board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. Pazour has been named CEO Innovator by Media Business Magazine, Industry Icon by TSNN network, and in 2013 was recipient of the McCallister Award which afforded him the opportunity to work with Medill School of Journalism students at Northwestern University.

Russell Perkins

Founder & Managing Director, InfoCommerce Group Inc.

Russell Perkins is the founder and Managing Director of InfoCommerce Group Inc., a Philadelphia-based researcher, consultancy and publisher serving the database information industry. Infocommerce Group is also the publisher of InfoCommerce Weekly Perspective, a weekly industry newsletter, and the sponsor of the annual InfoCommerce Conference and Health Content conferences. Russell has over 20 years experience in directory and database publishing. He was most recently President and CEO of Dorland Healthcare Information, a venture capital funded healthcare database publisher. Prior to that, he was a Group President at magazine publisher North American Publishing, and previous to that Vice President of a legal news publisher that is now a subsidiary of American Lawyer Media. Russell has also worked at AT&T, and began his career at Thomas Publishing Company. Russell was also the founder of Morgan-Rand, which became widely known in the industry for its consulting and contract database publishing activities. In addition, Russell is author of two books: Directory Publishing: A Practical Guide, now in its fifth edition, and InfoCommerce: Internet Strategies for Database Publishers. Russell has also served as a director of the organization that is now the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is active in the Association for Business Media (ABM) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA).

Jacob Perry

Database Marketing Manager, Business Valuation Resources

Jacob Perry has been a driving force behind Business Valuation Resource’s (BVR) analytics for nearly five years and was recently an Emerging Leader Award Finalist recognizing the next generation of executives shaping the future of the B2B media and information industry. He has kept BVR at the forefront of online marketing and sales technologies with the successful implementation and adoption of marketing automation and CRM systems. Jacob works with BVR’s management on reporting and manages key performance indicators and analytics dashboards which bring together key customer data from a multitude of sources empowering executives to make informed decisions.

Kevin Perry

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Innodata

Elizabeth Petersen

Product Director, Simplify Compliance

Elizabeth is currently a project director at Simplify Compliance, working on corporate level branding, product development, and content generation projects. Prior to her current role, Elizabeth served as president of Simplify Compliance’s healthcare division, where she was responsible for growth strategy and the day-to-day operations of the business unit’s primary brands (ACDIS, DecisionHealth, HCPro, and HealthLeaders Media). During her 14 years with the company, Elizabeth has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the business’s sales, product management, and content development departments. Elizabeth has also held editorial positions at Jones & Bartlett Learning and CCI Communications. She holds a BA from Boston University, where she captained the women’s rugby team. Elizabeth is Pragmatic Marketing certified and Sandler sales trained, and currently serves on the board for the Specialized Information Publishers’ Association. Elizabeth lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and son.

Jonathan Ray

Director of Analytics, Access Intelligence

Jonathan Ray is the Senior Digital Product Director at Access Intelligence, a leading B2B media and events company based in Rockville, Maryland. Jonathan oversees the digital development strategy for the Aerospace, Energy and Engineering and Healthcare groups. Jonathan and his team work directly with brand managers to create new digital platforms, focussed on boosting audience engagement, exposing user identities, behaviors and optimizing communication between buyers and sellers. In his previous role as Director of Analytics, Jonathan led the development of performance analytics of AI's audience assets, digital media and events. Jonathan joined Access Intelligence in 2004 as a web marketing manager for the company's paid content division. Jonathan received his BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from University of South Carolina.

Bruce Rhodes

Founder, KWI Partners

Bruce is the Founder of KWI Partners, a consulting firm focused on marketing and monetizing content and data services for higher education organizations and media, research and information services companies. Prior to KWI, he has held various product development, audience development and revenue generation roles at MIT Technology Review, Harvard Business Review and Morningstar. He has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Kalani Rosell

VP & Publisher, NewsRx

VP and Publisher at NewsRx, Kalani founded Pubz, an online research solution sourced from periodicals, which merged with NewsRx in 2015. He and the NewsRx team then created the next evolution of the company: BUTTER, a SaaS platform merging NewsRx’s artificial intelligence and publishing prowess to allow professionals to monitor business movements and research. A 2016 SIIA Emerging Leader Finalist, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale, and completed the Yale Publishing Course. Kalani surfs and was guest lead performer for the New Haven Ballet.

Sara Ross

Sr. Director, Event Operations, 1105 Media

Sara Ross is an accomplished event logistics professional, with over 18 years of experience in conferences, trade shows and special events. Sara is the Senior Director of Event Operations at 1105 Media. In her current role with the company, she handles site selection, contract negotiations and all aspects of event logistics for the Enterprise Computing Group. She is known for her strong negotiating skills, staying within (or under!) budget and creative problem solving. Sara has served on the Orange County Convention Center Client Advisory Board and been a member of both MPI and IAEE. Before joining 1105 Media, Sara worked at Miller Freeman and 101 Communications.

Jim Sinkinson

Partner, Fired Up! Marketing

Jim Sinkinson founded Infocom Group in 1980 and sold it in 2015. The company produced online information services, newsletters, webinars, books, special reports and live professional development conferences for the corporate communications market. Sinkinson has won numerous awards for his work with publishers, including two Gold Awards from Newsletter on Newsletters, editorial awards from SIPA, and an Axel award for a personalized marketing package he created for Tom Peters’ On Achieving Excellence. In 2015, Sinkinson received a Gold Award from SIPA for his launch of a conference series. 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 Sinkinson was named to the SIPA Hall of Fame. He has spoken on specialized information marketing and content at dozens of SIPA events and today, as a publishing consultant, continues to assist publishers worldwide. He offers expertise in copywriting, online marketing, editorial content, memberships, renewals and website development.

Robert Skrob

President, Association Marketing, Inc.

Robert Skrob is an expert in subscriber sales and renewals. After creating membership marketing campaigns for more than 47 associations in the first ten years of his career, for the last ten years he’s been the retention specialist for for-profit marketers in hundreds of niches selling newsletters, home study courses, seminars, online training and coaching programs. In 2006, Robert launched a newsletter business, selling it in 2012 to, who he continues to consult with today. Robert has been married to Kory since 1994 and has two children, a daughter Samantha (20) and a son Robert (17).

Katie Smith

Corporate Events Director, Meister Media Worldwide

With more than two decades of event management experience, Smith currently manages more than 18 MMW events which include conferences, trade shows and custom events held in locations throughout the U.S. as well as China, Africa, Mexico, Turkey and Singapore. During Smith’s career, she was the Conference Director for Food Retail Events at Penton Media; a senior member of Questex Media meetings management team with responsibilities for a number of events including the Nightclub and Bar show in Las Vegas; and Corporate Conference Director for M2Media360, specializing in events for the on-premise and off-premise beer, wine and spirits industry. Smith is highly regarded for her negotiating abilities, expense management and leadership skills.

Lucy Swedberg

EVP and Publisher, Wellesley Information Services, a division of UCG

Lucy oversees all publications, content marketing programs, and information products at WIS, a publishing and events company that helps IT and business professionals succeed in their careers. She manages an award-winning team of editors, writers, and product managers to create quality content that exceeds the information needs of customers and partners — through whatever channel they wish to consume it. Lucy is passionate about leadership, management, and high-quality content. She holds an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, a certification in publishing and communications (CPC) from Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, and a bachelor’s degree in literature from Harvard College.

Andy Swindler

President, Astek Consulting

President of Astek Consulting, is an entrepreneur passionate about using communication technology to expand our understanding of one another and our bottom lines. In 2003 Andy founded Chicago-based Astek Consulting, an interactive agency that delivers a comprehensive set of integrated Web and mobile products and services designed for publishers. He speaks regularly about communication technology including social media and mobile.

Florence Torres

Group Show Director, Penton

As Group Show Director at Penton, Florence is responsible for the strategic management and financial growth of ten conferences and tradeshows as well as successfully launching events within the portfolio. Florence has extensive experience working with ‘publication born’ events to implement best practices and team development to build result-driven shows. With nearly twenty years of event experience she has navigated every type of event team structure including matrixed shared services event support. Fun fact about Florence…it took her several years to embrace her given name of Florence. Can you guess what name she signed on assignments in early school years?

Jess Tyler

Show Director, Access Intelligence

Jess Tyler serves as Show Director at Access Intelligence’s healthcare group. She oversees the overall content development, continuing education accreditation, sales, marketing, and logistics for AI’s healthcare tradeshow. Jess previously served as Director of Operations for Access Intelligence’s aerospace, healthcare, media and marketing event portfolios and Conference Manager for events within the aerospace and healthcare portfolios.

Steven Van Yoder

Author, Get Slightly Famous, Get The Word Out Communications

Steven Van Yoder is a consultant, speaker and author of Get Slightly Famous: Become a Celebrity in Your Field and Attract More Business with Less Effort (2nd Edition). His firm, Get The Word Out Communications, helps companies become recognized thought leaders in their sector and reach high-end prospects with sustainable, growth-focused marketing programs. Steven is a seasoned journalist, published in hundreds of trade, business and industry media and regularly speaks to business groups about B2B marketing, branding and thought leadership strategies. Twitter @StevenVanYoder

Linda Vassily

VP of Marketing, Cabot Heritage

Linda is Vice President of Marketing at Cabot Investing Advice in Salem, Massachusetts, one of the oldest and most respected independent investment advisory services in the U.S. Prior to joining Cabot in 2012, Linda served four years as marketing director for United States Biological and 18 years at New England BioLabs, first as a product manager, then as part of the web development team. Linda graduated from MIT with a degree in life sciences.

Suzanne Verity

Publisher, EB Medicine

Suzanne Verity is Publisher at EB Medicine, where she manages the editorial team and leads new product development strategies and initiatives. Most recently, she launched ED CLEAR, a multi-media blended learning program for emergency department physicians and staff. Dividing her career between publishing and trade association management, Suzanne has worked with CPAs, attorneys, physicians, dentists, corporate real estate professionals and engineers, as well as patients and consumers. She founded two national nonprofit trade associations. Over the years, reporters at the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg Business News, Reuters, National Public Radio and Inc. magazine, among others, often turned to Suzanne for expert commentary, and she has been quoted extensively.

Christopher Ware

Vice President of Business Development, Development Magazine/NAIOP

Christopher Ware is Vice President of Business Development for NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. He's an association event pro with expertise in making niche events profitable through creative corporate sponsorships that benefit both the association and the industry it serves. Chris has been working in niche media and events via trade associations for over 15 years, proving that history majors can in fact make productive citizens.

Timothy Warren

Managing Editor, Warren Communications News

Timothy Warren is a Managing Editor of International Trade Today at Warren Communications News, where he began his career as a reporter in 2009. WCN is the leading publisher of hard news, analysis and research covering the telecommunications, electronics, broadcasting, satellite and international trade industries. WCN newsletters include Communications Daily, Consumer Electronics Daily, International Trade Today and Washington Internet Daily among others. Timothy holds a degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

Jared Waters

Training Director, Business Valuation Resources

Jared Waters is Training Director at Business Valuation Resources (BVR) where he focuses on creating training content, expanding the customer base and developing new products. Previously he was an Account Executive with BVR selling content, data and training solutions for valuation professionals in the top 100 accounting firms. He lives in Portland, OR, and graduated with a degree in Political Science from Boise State University.

Joe Webster

Managing Director, SmartBrief

Joe Webster is a media executive specializing in digital and business development. As Managing Director at SmartBrief, he's responsible for building and maintaining new business relationships with media companies, agencies and the private sector to drive revenue and guarantee the best possible content experience for 5M+ B2B subscribers. Prior to joining SmartBrief, he managed U.S. business development at Storyful, the Dublin-based social news start-up, now a division of NewsCorp. Before joining Storyful, he spent close to a decade at the Associated Press where he led the effort to bring the AP into social media.

Jake Williams

COO, The Capitol Forum

Jake Williams is a co-founder and COO of The Capitol Forum, an investigative news and analysis service for policymakers, investors, law firms, and other industry stakeholders. Prior to The Capitol Forum, Mr. Williams helped grow The Advisory Board’s best practice roundtable for higher education business executives. Mr. Williams has also held business development positions at Atlantic Media Company, where he focused on analyzing acquisition targets, and at Insight Strategy Group, a boutique market research firm. Mr. Williams received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Carleton College, and holds an M.B.A from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Stephanie Williford

CEO, EB Medicine

Stephanie is the CEO of EB Medicine, a world leader in evidence-based continuous education resources for physicians. She is the chief strategic planner for the company and has pioneered numerous innovations. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Management. She is a very positive leader who demonstrates a high level of strategic planning and analytical thinking. She encourages her team to utilize new tools and resources and to further their knowledge and education. Stephanie and her team are committed to rapid growth, and she is proud to lead a company that strives for excellence in creating products that improve the lives of thousands of physicians and their patients around the world.

Michelle Wyatt

CEO, CadmiumCD

Michelle Wyatt is a founding partner at CadmiumCD, a software company focused on the collection and distribution of electronic content for live conferences and events. Michelle has both a chemical engineering degree and a MBA. In her position, she works with and talks to over 100 meeting planners a year about the goals and challenges in managing and distributing content for their meetings. Michelle is also the mother of two boys and actively involved in Boy Scouts.