2020 Speakers

    We have two requirements of speakers: They must be subject-matter experts on the topic at hand, and they must be great presenters.  Being a “good” speaker doesn’t cut it for us.  For 2020, you can expect to hear fresh, new insights from the best of the best, whether they’re with pureplay Internet companies, local ad agencies, media companies, or top-level industry analysts.  We will be adding speakers regularly between now and the conference.

    Matt Britton

    CEO/Founder of Suzy

     

    Matt Britton is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and high-energy speaker who is considered America’s leading marketing expert on Gen Y Gen Z consumers. His unique ability to connect the dots between the consumer culture of today and the business trends of tomorrow has attracted more than half of the Fortun 500 companies to engage him as a brand consultant over the past two decades. Matt’s best-selling book, YouthNation, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s business book list in 2015 and has become a textbook for businesses wanting to reach younger consumers. In November he was featured on the cover of Radio Ink magazine and dubbed, “Modern Day Don Draper.”  Read More.  Matt’s Session

    Jennifer Donohue

    VP Local and Regional Sales, Hulu

     

    Jennifer has been with Hulu since February 2019 and is responsible for managing local and regional sales channels nationwide. She oversees all sales strategies related to local and regional market demands and guides the expansion of Hulu’s creative resource offerings for local and regional buyers. Before to joining Hulu, Jennifer served as the Vice President of Agency Sales for Entercom. Prior to that, she  spent 15 years at CBS Radio, where she was senior vice president of sales before CBS and Entercom merged in 2017. At CBS, Donohue oversaw all aspects of sales in the New York market, the largest local business for the company, and managed both the Integrated Marketing and Live Events divisions. She was also responsible for the launch of CBS NY Local Digital Media, servicing television and radio clients.  Jennifer holds a degree in Communications from Ohio University and lives in Manhattan with her husband and son. Jennifer’s Session

    Joe Walsh

    CEO & President, Thryv

     

    Joe was named CEO & President of Thryv in 2014, when the company was named Dex Media. Prior to that he was CEO and chairman of the investment and advisory firm Walsh Partners, and chairman of Cambium Learning Group (NASDAQ ticker ABCD), a leading educational technology company. He is best known for his leadership at Yellowbook, where he began as a sales rep in 1987 and served as president and CEO from 1993-2011. During his tenure, Yellowbook grew from a directory publisher to the nation’s premier provider of small business advertising and marketing solutions. He led the company through a series of acquisitions and new market launches, as well as unprecedented print and online growth. The company saw revenue expand from $38 million to $2 billion, with revenue doubling every two years for more than a dozen years. Early in his career, Joe co-founded IYP Publishing, a company he sold to DataNational in 1985.  Read More…
    Joe’s Session

    Amy Adams Harding

    Dir. of Analytics and Rev. Optimization for News and Publishing, Google

     

    Amy’s teams oversee ads and non-ads revenue opportunities for Google’s News partners. Amy also leads the data pillar of the Google News Initiative (GNI), Google’s $300 million commitment to the news industry, helping journalists and their publishers remain profitable in new and innovative ways.  Amy’s roots in media and analytics run deep. Her first job out of college was at NBC as part of GE’s Financial Management Program. After graduation, she joined a small startup called DoubleClick in 1997. In 2008, she joined Google as part of the DoubleClick acquisition. Amy’s other roles at Google include Head of Industry for eBay’s global partnership as well as being a founding member and Head of Publisher Development for Google Surveys.  Amy graduated cum laude from Duke University and is rabid college hoops fan. Amy’s Session

    Bill Livek

    CEO & Exec. Vice Chairman, Comscore

     

    Bill has been in the business of measuring consumer behavior for more than three decades. He joined Comscore in 2016 and was named CEO in November 2019. Prior to joining Comscore, Bill served as Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Rentrak, where he spearheaded the next generation of products to precisely measure movies and TV everywhere. He has also served as Co-President of Experian Research Services, Co-Chair/Co-Owner of Simmons Market Research Bureau, Co-Founder of Transactional Data Solutions (an LLC with MasterCard), Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Arbitron and was a principal shareholder in Birch Research, which was later integrated into Scarborough Research, where he served as President and CEO. Read More…
    Bill’s Session

    Will Margaritis

    Sr. VP E-Commerce & Digital Mktg, Sellwin Consulting

    Will is the Senior Vice President of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing for Sellwin Consulting, an agency with the Dentsu Aegis Network. Prior to co-founding Sellwin, Will was the head of e-commerce for 360i. Prior to moving into advertising, Will worked in retail. He previously led the wholesale relationship at L’Oréal, before that he oversaw the retail relationship as a Senior Vendor Manager at Amazon, and prior to that he led the direct to consumer experience as a Senior Strategy Manager with Luxottica. Will holds an MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business, a JD from the Seton Hall School of Law, and a BA in Computer Science & English from Boston College. Will’s Session

    Nancy Lane

    CEO, Local Media Association

    Nancy is CEO of the Local Media Association, whose mission is to help local media companies discover new and sustainable business models. LMA works with more than 2,800 newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital news sites, and several hundred R&D partners in the industry. She has been with the organization since 2000 and led its transformation from a newspaper-centric association six years ago to a true umbrella organization that brings together all local media for the purpose of networking, collaborating and learning. Prior to 2000, Nancy spent 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher, ad director and senior executive. She is a graduate of Villanova University and president of its alumni association. When not working, Nancy is a fantasy football enthusiast who also enjoys international travel, golfing, hiking, social media and wine collecting. Full Bio
    Nancy’s Session

    Gordon Borrell

    CEO, Borrell Associates

    Gordon is one of the media industry’s leading analysts. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He started his career as a newspaper reporter and helped establish the first TV, newspaper, cable and network TV websites in the mid-1990s. He is chairman of the Local Media Association and is past president of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation. He is married, has five children, and lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he has been active on boards and organizations supporting public education and community sports. Gordon’s Session

    Corey Elliott

    EVP of Local Market Intelligence, Borrell Associates

    Corey is the Executive Vice President of Local Market Intelligence. Corey joined Borrell Associates in 2014.  Prior to Borrell, he was director of market intelligence at Gannett Co. Inc., where he managed the dissemination of market data and strategy to more than 80 local media properties. At The Dallas Morning News he led a B2B research team that helped create campaigns based on household-level consumer habits and clients’ own databases. His application of research as well as generation-based training programs have garnered awards from secondary research companies and were considered a Best Practice by Gannett Community Publishing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. Corey’s Session

    Jim Brown

    President, Borrell Associates

    Jim has more than 15 years of innovative and results-driven leadership in fast-paced sales and marketing roles. Prior to joining Borrell Associates he was director of business development for for The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies in Norfolk, Va. He has worked in various sales and development capacities over the years, developing an expertise in sales development and sales management. At The Pilot, he served as one of the company’s first managers of interactive products and helped the company build a series of highly successful online news and advertising ventures in the Norfolk marketplace. He has a degree in business administration from Longwood University. Jim is married, has two children, and lives in Virginia Beach. Jim’s Session

    Jed Williams

    Chief Strategy Officer, Local Media Association / Accelerate Local

    As the LMA’s head of strategy, Jed leads industrywide business transformation and digital growth initiatives for newspapers, radio and TV broadcasters, digital publishers, and R&D companies.  He also spearheads Accelerate Local, LMA’s business model accelerator purpose-built to foster profitable business transformation across local media.  Prior to joining the association in 2016, Jed was Vice President of Business Development for Vendasta. His insights have been cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Reuters, Digiday, FOX Business, and the BBC, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and corporate meetings, and his work has been published and taught by the Columbia Journalism School and the Yale School of Management. Jed holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a masters in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. Jed’s Session

    Bret Kinsella

    CEO and Founder, Voicebot.ai

    Bret Kinsella is CEO and founder of Voicebot.ai, the leading source of research, data, analysis, and news related to the voice and AI industries. Bret was named commentator of the year by the Alexa Conference in 2019 and speaks frequently on voice and AI technologies in the U.S. and Europe. A past executive at Sapient and Accenture as well as technology startups, Bret earned degrees from UCLA and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and can be found most weekends running in the mountains. Bret’s Session

    Steven  Goldstein

    CEO, Amplifi Media

    Steven Goldstein is CEO of audio innovation firm Amplifi Media. Amplifi works with top media companies, corporate brands, podcasters and individual talent to define and create effective digital strategy and content for on-demand audio including podcasts and smart speakers. Amplifi also produces content for brands via its Amplifi Originals initiative. Goldstein has long been recognized as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing, and management. He has created and developed scores of successful radio brands around the country, as well as nurtured and advanced local and national broadcast talent. Goldstein’s experience includes executive positions at The NBC Radio Network and ABC Radio. He was a founding partner of Saga Communications (NYSE:SGA), serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company’s formation in 1986 until 2015 when he started Amplifi Media. Steven’s Session

    Michael Beach

    CEO, Cross Screen Media

     

    Michael leads Cross Screen Media, a software company building the next-generation convergent TV platform. Prior to Cross Screen, Michael co-founded Targeted Victory, which quickly grew to be the dominant digital agency for the Republican party with more than 800 clients, $250 million in revenue and 130 employees.  He is also the founder/editor of State of the Screens, a weekly newsletter focused on video advertising that is a must read for thought leaders in the advertising industry. He has also appeared in such publications as PBS Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios, CNBC and Bloomberg. Michael’s Session

    Catherine Badalamente

    VP & Chief Innovation Officer , Graham Media Group

     

    Catherine is the VP & Chief Innovation Officer for Graham Media Group. She is the current chairperson for the National Association of Broadcasters Digital Officer Committee. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Local Media Association and was the recipient of the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Digital Leadership Award. Catherine’s Session

    Liz White

    Record-Journal Media Group

     

    Liz White is a 5th generation executive in the 152-year-old family business, Record-Journal Media Group in central Connecticut. In November 2019 she was named publisher of the Record-Journal, the company’s 15,000-circulation daily newspaper in Meriden, CT. She holds an MBA from Yale School of Management, a bachelor’s from Boston College, and was recognized in 2016 by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of The 25 Under 35 in the industry. Liz is also chair of the Local Media Foundation Board of Directors. Liz’s Session

    Mike Orren

    President, Belo Business Intelligence

     

    As head of Belo Business Intelligence and Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News, Mike responsible for all digital products, analytics and business intelligence. Prior to that role, he was president of Speakeasy, a content marketing agency founded in partnership with The Dallas Morning News and a Dallas ad agency. He also founded Pegasus News, one of the largest pure-play metro news sites, and was publisher of Texas Lawyer and General Manager of D Magazine. Mike is on the board of the Local Media Consortium and the Agape Clinic. He earned a degree from Duke University, is a TEDx and SXSW speaker, and has been recognized with awards from The Dallas Business Journal, NBC 5, Editor & Publisher and the North Carolina Press Association. Mike’s Session

    Matt Bartels

    Principal, Alexander Group

     

    Matt Bartels is a principal and media practice leader for the Alexander Group, where he has worked since 2005. Prior to that, he was a consultant at IBM Business Consulting Services and at Deloitte. Matt has a proven record of working with clients to develop actionable growth-oriented strategies, go-to-customer transformations and productivity enhancements. Matt is an expert in global and domestic sales compensation design and a leader in the revenue growth space. He is a frequent speaker and author of thought leadership content. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indiana University Bloomington. Matt’s Session

    Bill Day

    Vice President, Magid

     

    Bill Day is an experienced media executive with a successful record leading project teams to improve sales and reduce expenses for Fortune 500 companies. Bill has spent the better part of the last two decades working in and with multi-media companies, helping to build and implement market-leading applications for properties from major metros to community papers. While at Tribune, he led projects as diverse as the CareerBuilder.com rollout, event marketing development and pricing strategy for multiple publications. At Gannett, Bill was integral to the design, development and launch of Sunday Select, leading the sales effort with national retailers like Target, Best Buy and Staples. Bill has also been named to the faculty of American University’s School of Communications where he lectures on Media Economics, Management and New Media Ecosystems. At Magid, Bill leads the Revenue Strategy practice focused on helping media companies, advertisers, and agencies improve their business models. He resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Sharon, and their two delightful children, whose names he often gets wrong. Bill’s Session

    Zak Rosen

    Director of Podcasts, Graham Media Group

     

    Zak Rosen is a Detroit-based story maker and Director of Podcast at Graham Media Group. His radio features have been heard on NPR, CBC, BBC, PRI, APM, Deutsche Welle and Radio Helsinki. He was a staff producer on NPR/PRX’s “State of the Re:Union” and was a co-founding producer of WDET’s “Detroit Today.” He facilitates workshops and consults with museums, high schools, universities, and community organizations on various story-based projects. He’s also a coach at the Detroit Writing Room and counselor at Radio Campfire, a live listening event series.Zak’s Session

    Alan Fisco

    President and CFO, The Seattle Times

     

    Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. He is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press. Fisco celebrated his 25th anniversary with The Seattle Times in 2017. He joined the company as the Single Copy Sales Manager in 1992 and has held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Circulation and Marketing. In 2013, Fisco was promoted to Senior Vice President and in 2016, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Fisco is currently Vice President and a board member of America’s Newspapers. He is a board member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and also serves as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and is a past Board Chair and Treasurer as well.  Fisco has a B.A. of Economics from the University of Washington. Alan’s Session

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