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.  View 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…

    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…

    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.

    Nancy Lane

    President, Local Media Association

    Nancy is president 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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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