2022 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 2022, 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.

Gordon Borrell

Founder, Borrell Associates Inc.

Gordon is considered the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in advertising and media trade publications, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He is past chairman of the Local Media Association and current chair of the Local Media Foundation. Gordon has five children, has been active in youth sports and local schools, and lives with his wife, an author, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Scott Anthony

Senior Partner, Innosight

Scott is a Senior Partner at Innosight, where he helps leaders design new growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, navigate disruptive innovation, and manage strategic transformation. Scott has written eight books, including Eat, Sleep, Innovate (2020) and Dual Transformation (2017), which describe how forward-thinking organizations can navigate disruptive change and own the future. In 2021 he was named the world’s seventh most influential management thinker by Thinkers50, and in 2017 he won the T50 Innovation Award. Scott graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Scott lives in Singapore, where he leads Innosight’s Asia-Pacific region.

Listen to Scott’s interview on the Local Marketing Trends Podcast. 

Bill Wilson

CEO, Townsquare Media

Bill joined Townsquare in 2010 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Digital Officer before becoming CEO in 2017. Previously, he was President of AOL Media from 2006 to May 2010m, where he had overall responsibility for AOL’s global content strategy. In his nine years at AOL, he also served in a number of roles including President, AOL Programming & Studios and Executive Vice President. Prior AOL, Bill was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing at Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), which he joined in 1992. He won an Emmy Award in 2006 for the record-setting Live 8 program and was named to the Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power List” in 2008 He has made the list of Radio Ink’s Most Powerful In Radio every year since 2018. Bill graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with degrees in economics and business management and earned his masters with honors in finance and marketing from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management.

Listen to Bill’s interview on the Local Marketing Trends Podcast.

DuJuan McCoy

Owner, President, & CEO, Circle City Broadcasting

DuJuan has spent the past three decades growing small, medium, and large-market TV stations into revenue winners while increasing profitability and community engagement. He began his career as an account executive for WTTV in Indianapolis upon graduating from Butler University in 1989. He founded Circle City Broadcasting in 2019 and soon thereafter bought CW affiliate WISH-TV and WNDY-TV from Nexstar Broadcasting in his hometown of Indianapolis. In November 2020 he launched a partnership with Cox Media Group to launch a national network known as the Multicultural News Network, broadcast live from Indianapolis. He is a member of the NAB’s TV Board of Directors and a board member of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, a Trustee of Butler University, and a board member of the Indianapolis Urban League.

Listen to DuJuan’s interview on the Local Marketing Trends Podcast.

John P. Garrett

CEO & Founder, Community Impact Newspaper

John started Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with his wife and best friend, Jennifer, from the game room of their home. After a seven years working for other publications in Texas, he launched their first paper in Austin on the belief that everyone should know what is happening in their own back yards. Today, Community Impact owns 35 editions serving communities in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Nashville. Prior to starting the company, John was Ad Director at the Austin Business Journal and an Account Executive at the Houston Chronicle.  He earned a degree in Radio & Television at Sam Houston State University and lives in Austin.

Corey Elliott

Executive Vice President of Local Market Intelligence, Borrell Associates

Corey is the nation’s foremost authority on local advertising.  He leads Borrell’s ongoing surveys of local marketers — the largest survey of SMBs in the U.S. — as well as the company’s expansive database of local advertising and marketing expenditures. He’s the co-host of the Local Marketing Trends podcast and host of his biweekly video program, Corey’s Local Market Minute, seen on YouTube. Prior to joining Borrell in 2014, he was director of market intelligence at Gannett. He holds a degree from Ohio University and lives with his wife in Williamsburg, Va.

Robert Hawthorne

President, Hawthorne Search

Robert has been president of Hawthorne Executive Search since founding the company in April 2003. With a dozen employees, Hawthorne Search has been helping companies in digital media, AdTech, MarTech and SAAS attract and retain top performers. Robert is a frequent speaker on hiring trends he offers a unique perspective on what companies need to do to successful compete in today’s intense hiring climate. Prior to forming Hawthorne, Robert was Vice President of E-Commerce Search at Amherst Human Resource Group. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in English and attended Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Listen to Robert’s interview on the Local Marketing Trends Podcast.

Monique Akanbi

Field Services Director, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Monique is a SHRM Certified Professional with more than 15 years of experience in senior leadership and all aspects of Human Resources in the public and private sectors. As a strategic change agent, she is credited with decreasing employee turnover, increasing employee engagement and satisfaction, and improving organizational culture. Monique is also a Master Examiner and Mentor with the Florida Sterling Council Board of Examiners, visiting organizations statewide to assess their leadership system and organizational performance. A Miami native, Monique earned her degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from Barry University.

Ezra Kucharz

Chief Business Officer, Draft Kings

Ezra has more than two decades of experience creating, evolving and managing several leading Internet, sports, media and entertainment properties. He joined DraftKings as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. He is responsible for expanding DraftKings’ business strategy, ad sales, international expansion and digital media, further solidifying the company’s position at the intersection of sports, technology and media, while advancing its footprint in the content space. Prior to joining DraftKings, Mr. Kucharz served as president of CBS Local Digital Media and special advisor to the CBS CEO. Ezra has also held several senior-level positions at NBC Universal, founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports, and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch.
He is a faculty member in Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative teaching Sports Entrepreneurship, holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, a master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Houston, and a master’s in Medical Informatics from Duke University.

Matthew Watson

CEO, STN Video

Matthew is a seasoned executive who has helped several companies navigate from startup to global brand. He began working with STN Video (formerly SendtoNews) in 2009, assisting the company with the development of its video distribution platform and go-to market plan. Matthew became CEO in 2015. Today, STN is the largest sports video platform in North America, ranked No. 1 by comScore for sports video views and unique viewers. Matthew began his career as an executive with ACD Systems, helping it grow into a global leader in digital imaging technology. He has also held positions as COO of Carmanah Technologies, a solar LED lighting firm, and owner and Chief Executive of Armorlogic/Alert Logic, a web application security company. He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of British Columbia. Matthew and his family live in Victoria, B.C.

John Fitzpatrick

President & CEO, Force Marketing

John is the CEO / Co-Founder of Force Marketing and its family of brands which include WeDrive and GSM. With over 15 years in the automotive marketing industry and has been featured in top publications such as CBT News and Automotive News. He was most recently named one of The Atlanta Business Chronicle ‘s 40 under 40 in 2021. He was also featured in Zconomy, by best-selling author, Jason Dorsey, highlighting his strategies on how to best market to Gen Z consumers. John lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children. They love spending time on the water at Lake Lanier.

Listen to John’s interview on the Local Marketing Trends Podcast.

Julia Campbell

General Manager, The Meta Branded Content Project

Julia is an innovative branded content strategist who is leading a combined initiative focused on branded content for the Local Media Association, Local Media Consortium, and the Meta Journalism Project. A former Gray Television executive with extensive, award-winning television, OTT, digital, social and branded content experience, Julia is working with TV and radio broadcasters, print publishers and digital pure-play media companies across the country, facilitating branded content growth, engagement and success for local outlets of all shapes and sizes. Julia was named one of Adweek’s Creative 100 for 2021. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Peter Lamb

President, Lamb Consulting

Peter is a strategy consultant who has spent more than three decades helping transform media companies to make them more efficient, competitive, and profitable. For Peter’s clients, this entails an unprecedented focus on “new-new” revenue, an approach that targets customers who have never used the client’s products or services. Peter founded Lamb Consulting and began harnessing his unique and proven approach to marketing and business to guide publications all over the world. He lives in Miami.

Lenora Howze

Executive Director, The AFRO

Lenora is an advertising and marketing executive with more than 30 years of experience training, coaching, and leading sales teams to success. She began her career at The Philadelphia Inquirer and later was recruited to head up The Baltimore Sun’s first advertising telemarketing team. During her tenure at The Sun, she received several honors and awards, including the Tribune Corporation’s Value Award. In 2006 she founded LH&G, a sales, marketing, and customer-service training firm for small and medium-size businesses. Lenora joined The AFRO in 2012. As Executive Director, she helps lead the company’s strategic direction and oversees print, digital, and social media advertising and sponsorship initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Frank Mungeam

Chief Innovation Officer, Local Media Association

Frank is Chief Innovation Officer for the Local Media Association, which works with over 3,000 local media brands, as well as several hundred R&D partners in the industry. He leads LMA’s Center for Journalism Funding. Prior to joining LMA in September 2020, Frank was Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism. Previously, he was VP of Digital Content for TEGNA’s portfolio of local broadcast stations and news websites. His extensive media experience includes radio, print, TV production and digital.
Frank has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s degree in Leadership and Communication from Gonzaga, and is a frequent speaker and writer on news transformation, innovation, and leadership. He lives on a floating home in Portland, Oregon and is the proud author of one son and two books, including Dream It, Do It, which profiles the repeatable habits of successful innovators.

Andrew Ramsammy

Chief Content and Collaboration Officer, Local Media Association

Andrew serves as Local Media Association’s Chief Content and Collaboration Officer and leads Word In Black, a groundbreaking collaboration of the nation’s leading Black news publishers. He’s a multiple Emmy Award winner with more than 20 years of global experience in creative, content and production.
Before joining LMA, Andrew served as director of digital content for Global Sport Matters, a media enterprise at Arizona State University; director of audience strategy for Arizona PBS; executive director of United Public Strategies; director of content projects and initiatives at Public Radio International; and was executive producer of the hit Texas PBS travel show, The Daytripper. Andrew is based in Scottsdale, AZ.

Penny Riordan

Director of Business Strategy and Partnerships, Local Media Association

Penny is the Director of Business Strategy and Partnerships for Local Media Association. She runs the LMA Digital Club, including two web conferences per month. Penny also supports the work of the Oklahoma Media Center and LMA’s new initiative on local news startups with the Tributary in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to joining LMA, Penny worked for six years at Gannett and GateHouse. Prior to GateHouse, she spent 4 years at Patch.com. Penny started her journalism career at a daily newspaper in Connecticut and worked at newspapers in Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She was also the local chapter organizer of the Online News Association for several years.
Penny lives in Austin, Texas. When she’s not working, she is doing yoga, going for a run, or rock climbing (both indoors and out) with her boyfriend. Penny had her first experience with nonprofits serving on the boards of rock climbing advocacy organizations in Maryland and Texas.

M.J. Barnes

Professor, School of Communications, University of Miami

MJ is a two-time award-winning professor in the School of Communication at the University of Miami whose mission is to bring great brands to life. She began her advertising career in 2007 at the global ad agency, CP+B Miami, where she worked in account management, overseeing 360-marketing campaigns for American Express Travel, Volkswagen, Coke Zero, and others. Since 2016 she has been Managing Director of UM’s student-run communication consultancy, Orange Umbrella. At “OU,” MJ manages more than 70 students and more than 10 clients per semester. She oversees every facet of the business, from strategy development to creative execution to internal operations. MJ just recently opened her own creative shop, Made in July, with her business partner & former student, Alain Katsman