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.
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.
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.
Chief Strategy Officer, Misfits Gaming Group
Hussain joined Misfits Gaming Group in 2016 as a coach. He became Vice President of Performance in 2018 and was named Chief Strategy Officer last November, overseeing the growth and development of the business needs for MGG, including influencer management, data services, and exploring new business and gaming verticals. Based in South Florida, MGG is a global esports and entertainment company that competes in some of the most successful video game titles worldwide. Among its investors are E.W. Scripps Corp., the Orlando Heat, Orlando Magic, and Cleveland Browns. Hussain was born in Abu Dhabi and moved with his family to Canada when he was 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Johnson Safran
VP Sales, iPublish Media Solutions
Kim is the Vice President of Sales for iPublish Media Solutions, a Legacy.com company, where she is living out her life long passion for finding technology solutions to increase advertising and audience engagement continues. Prior to joining iPublish Media Solutions and Legacy.com, Kim lead company – digital sales for media companies including Tribune Publishing and iHeartRadio. At Tribune, she worked in newspaper and broadcast at Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, WGN, WPIX, and KTLA, while simultaneously running a print ad sales team atLos Angeles Times. As VP of Business Development at Hostopia, she brokered deals with resellers including Naviga. At her own firm, Solidify Ventures, she represented multiple AdTech and SaaS solutions, selling millions of SaaS licenses to resellers including Endurance/Constant Contact.
Director of Partner Growth, Frequence
Sarah has worked for the past 17 years with media companies that include The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, E.W. Scripps, and Gray Television. Her experience in customer management spans ad operations, sales, and client success. She joined Frequence in 2021 as Director of Partner Growth, responsible for developing revenue-growing frameworks to help activate sales teams across the country. She holds a degree in Communications, Public Relations, and Advertising from Loyola University.
VP of Channel Partnerships, Infillion
Dan joined Gimbal | true[X], now Infillion in 2019 to lead Channel Partnerships. He is responsible for the health and wealth of the company’s partner sales portfolio. Dan is a digital media and ad tech veteran with over 20 years experience building video applications at the likes of CNN.com and The Weather Channel. Prior to Infillion, he focused on business development and solution delivery with AT&T Business Services, Tremor Media, and video technology pioneer On2 Technologies. Dan holds a Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Miami and is a devoted news and political junkie. He recently petitioned and succeeded in a re-election bid in his hometown of Stamford, CT, for a 2nd term as a city committee member.
Chief Revenue Officer, AdCellerant
As CRO of AdCellerant, Melissa is responsible for leveraging the company’s advertising technology with relevant advertisers and channel sales partners to increase results for SMB advertisers. Since she joined the company in 2017, AdCellerant has grown 204%, earning its place on the Inc. Top 5000 list for the last four years. Prior to joining AdCellerant, she held various positions in sales, marketing, and business development at Clicks and Clients, GateHouse Media, and Digital First Media. She attended the University of Dallas and has a business degree from Texas Tech University.
Julian has been in the advertising and monetization space more than a decade. In 2012 he co-founded Perk.com, a digital media publisher that was later acquired by RhythmOne. He founded Airtory in 2017 with Ashwin Krishnakumar, his co-founder from Perk, and has been working to democratize ad creation and ad serving for the past five years. Julian holds a degree in Science, Psychology, and Economic Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis.
Vice President of Business Development, MediaMint
Kevin is an entrepreneurial and innovative leader with more than two decades of experience helping brands, agencies, publishers, and platforms improve efficiencies that enable them to scale. In 2020 he accepted the role of Vice President of Business Development at Media Mint, which provides digital media & marketing staffing augmentation solutions to agencies, platforms and publishers. Prior to that, he held various executive leadership and sales roles, including VP of Local & Regional Sales at SpotX and SVP of Sales at TubeMogul. He holds a degree in marketing from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Director of Training & Market Development, Borrell Associates
Taryn is a results-orientated sales leader with experience in traditional and digital media planning and selling. She joined Borrell in 2019 and heads up the training program for Borrell’s Compass platform. Prior to joining Borrell, Taryn worked for WEHCO Media in Chattanooga in various sales and management roles as well as leading a digital team. Taryn has a degree in public relations and business administration from Lee University.
VP of Partnerships & Sales, LocalPagePop
Chris is the Vice President of Partnerships and Sales for LocalPagePop. He oversees the overall growth strategy and direction of the agency, and he and his team are responsible for growing strategic accounts within the agency and media vertical. For over 15 years, Chris has been helping companies leverage technology and digital marketing to grow their revenue. Prior to joining LPP, Chris held the position of Area Director of the Pacific Northwest at ReachLocal, a digital marketing company offering a full suite of products to local SMB’s.
Head of OTT/CTV Ad Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Brian is the Head of OTT and CTV Advertising Sales and Data Strategy for Sinclair Broadcast Group. In his current role he oversees the CompulseOTT product, NewsOn, Stirr and Sinclair’s new initiative “The Data Kitchen”. Prior to joining Sinclair in 2018, Brian served in vice president and senior vice president roles at NBCUniversal, TEGNA, Viamedia and TCI (now Comcast). He holds a degree in finance from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Fontbonne University. Brian is based in the New York City.
Vice President of Local Digital, Televisa Univision
Erika is an accomplished senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in driving positive performance in multimedia sales. She joined Univision in 2020 to build on the growing success and continued transformation of one of the leading media companies in the nation. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Advertising for Tribune Publishing. A long time Florida resident, Erika and is involved with community organizatios, including the Boys and Girls Club & the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and lives in Winter Springs with her husband, three children and loyal labradoodle.
SVP, Partnership Strategy, Infillion
Lauri has more than two decades of sales and marketing leadership experience at companies such as Discovery Inc., Verizon Media, HuffPost, and Yahoo! As Senior Vice President at Infillion, Lauri leads the company’s mission-critical relationships with media, technology, and channel partners. Her experience with building relationships that create successful product roadmaps alongside go-to-market strategies have delivered more than $250 million in revenue growth for brands. Originally from the Midwest, Laurie lives in the New York City area with her family.
CEO, Cross Screen Media
Michael is a leading authority on convergent TV who has appeared on PBS Frontline, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR’s Planet Money podcast, and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Axios. He is the CEO of Cross Screen Media, a marketing analytics and software company helping brands, agencies, and networks succeed in the convergent TV space. Before Cross Screen, Michael co-founded Targeted Victory, which quickly grew to be one of the dominant digital agencies in politics. In 2020, he launched Screen Wars Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on the convergent TV industry. Michael 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 holds a degree in economics from Ohio State University.
Chief Strategy Officer, TV Squared
Bob is a three-decade industry veteran known for pioneering data-driven advertising and promoting better transparency and collaboration throughout the TV ecosystem. He joined TVSquared in September 2020, where he ensures that advertisers can measure the impact of their TV marketing. Prior to that, he was Chief Data Officer at Ampersand, leading the development of its advanced TV and media offerings. He has also held executive-level roles at Mindshare, serving as the agency’s first Chief Data Officer, and at Comcast, Comscore, Nielsen, Yahoo and I/Pro.
President, Borrell Associates
Jim has been helping local businesses and media companies for over three decades. He joined Borrell Associates in 2011 as the Vice President of sales and was named President in 2019, helping improve the company’s overall growth, client retention, training efforts, and product development. Jim began his media career in 1990 at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. He has held a variety of fast-paced sales and marketing roles, business and product development and general management. Jim serves on several non-profit boards, including Catholic Charities of Easten Virginia (Past Chair) and Eggleston Services, an organization providing education, training, and employment for persons with disabilities in Southeastern Virginia.
SVP, Cox Media Group
Joe is Senior Vice President at Cox Media Group, where he leads their digital marketing group, Local Solutions. He has 25 years in sales, product development, ad tech infrastructure, and implementation of operational strategies across multiple revenue channels. Prior to joining Cox, he held various positions at A.H. Belo Corp., including director of digital media at WFAA-TV, Vice President and General Manager of Digital for Belo, and Chief Revenue officer of DMN Media. He was nationally recognized as a Digital All-Star by Broadcast & Cable magazine and serves on multiple boards of start-ups and early-stage companies. He lives in Texas with his wife and two boys.
Senior Vice President of Digital Sales, Nexstar
Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing leading media organizations with digital strategy and revenue development. As Senior Vice President Digital Sales at Nexstar Digital, Jenn leads revenue development and sales enablement for the Local Digital Sales division including digital sales strategy, product, training, and sales activation. Her team empowers the country’s largest local broadcast group, Nexstar Media Group with 199 TV Stations in 116 DMAs. Prior to Nexstar, Jenn was a vice president for Advance Local, Tribune Broadcasting, and Local TV LLC. Jenn holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from The Ohio State University, is married, and has five children.
Managing Director, LMA Technology Resource Center
Guy joined the Local Media Association in January as Managing Director of its Technology Resource Center. He is a nationally recognized expert in local media mobile, OTT/video, and edition-based publishing as well as paid subscription models. Prior to joining LMA, he was senior director of product management at WideOrbit. His has also held positions at Macworld Magazine, Ziff-Davis, The New York Times, and Calkins Media. In 2015 was named Local Media Association’s Innovator of the Year for his work bringing OTT and digital video to local news organizations. Originally from Hawaii, Guy resides in Oregon and holds a degree in Marketing, Finance, and Journalism from the University of Oregon.
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.
CEO, The Daily Memphian
Eric is a publisher, author, podcast, and TV host. He is CEO of The Daily Memphian, an online daily news source launched in 2018. He hosted a local PBS news program for 10 years and currently hosts a podcast called The Sidebar. Eric is also publisher of a community newspaper group in Tennessee, president of the American Court & Commercial Newspapers, and former president of the Tennessee Press Association. He is the author of four novels and more than 40 short stories. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University.
Group Publisher, Sumter Item and Gulf Coast Media
Vince is the Group Publisher of the Sumter Item (SC) and Gulf Coast Media (AL). Vince has led the transformation of longstanding, family-owned local newspapers across Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama in the past decade. His teams have twice been named finalists for the industry’s Mega Innovation Award, winning it once, and The Sumter Item has been named one of America’s ‘10 Newspapers That Do It Right’ by E&P under his leadership. In the last several years, Vince and The Sumter Item have been selected to and participated in the Meta Journalism Project’s Accelerator Program, Table Stakes at UNC-Chapel Hill and LMA’s Journalism Funding Lab, further transforming their business model for local journalism.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Director of Brand Agency and Sales Strategy, Graham Media
With more than 20 years of media experience, Stephanie has a reputation for her knowledge and passion for cutting-edge concepts in the digital space. She has been with Graham Media since 2019 and is responsible for multiplatform revenue, driving digital confidence, and driving digital talent. Prior to joining Graham, she held various roles at Dispatch Broadcast Group, LIN Media, and Sinclair Broadcasting. She holds a degree in Communications and Media Studies from Ohio University and a master of Liberal Arts, Management, and Digital Marketing from Harvard Extension School.
CEO, Local Media Association
Nancy heads up the Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation, non-profit organizations that work with more than 3,000 local media brands and R&D partners. The association’s mission is to ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news. Nancy is the 2019 recipient of the Borrell Award of Merit, presented each year to an executive who has done the most to foster innovation in the local media industry. Prior to joining LMA in 2000, she spent 13 years as a newspaper publisher, ad director, and senior level executive. Nancy holds a degree in Sociology from Villanova University and is the Immediate Past President of its Alumni Association. She lives in St Augustine and Jacksonville Beach, FL with her husband, Dr. Shawn Burton, and their adorable dog Hugo.
Dr. Frances Murphy Draper
Chairwoman and Publisher, AFRO-American Newspapers
Frances is publisher and chairwoman of the board of the AFRO-American Newspapers, founded in 130 years ago by her great-grandfather. She has held the position since February 2018 and was president of the company from 1987 to 1999. She holds a degree in Spanish Language Education from Morgan State University and was on the university’s Board of Regents for 25 years. She also holds a master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University, Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. In 2006, she received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Frances serves on the boards of the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association, the Y of Central Maryland, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Baltimore, the Advisory Board of Results Baltimore, and is a founding member of Word in Black (wordinblack.com). She also is a member of the Executive Alliance and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a national public service sorority co-founded by her grandmother in 1913. In 2021, the Local Media Association named her Content and Audience Innovator of the Year.
Senior Director for Journalism Sustainability and Partnerships, The Miami Herald
Jane is an award-winning travel and business journalist and longtime Miami Herald editor currently serving as Senior Director for Journalism Sustainability and Partnerships. For the past decade, she led the Herald’s print and digital coverage of real estate, tourism, economy and arts, winning team awards for first place in SABEW’s Best in Business Awards, the Esserman-Knight Journalism Awards and Florida Society of News Editors. Jane is the Immediate Past President of the Society of American Travel Writers and serves on the boards of directors of SATW and the SATW Foundation. She is a past first-place winner of the Lowell Thomas Journalist of the Year Award.
Director, Journalism, Knight Foundation
Karen joined Knight Foundation in November 2015. As a director in the Journalism Program, she identifies methods, models, programs, and projects that will lead to a financially sustainable future for local news, as well as prepare leaders in the field for impact and resilience. Prior to joining Knight, she worked as a news director and journalist for various organizations in New York, Atlanta, and Miami, including WNBC, WPLG, WLRN, and the Miami Herald. She earned a degree from Georgetown University and was a Maynard Institute fellow. Most recently, she served on the board of the Lyric Theater in Overtown and is currently an Ambassador for Black Art at the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Founder & CEO, Guarantee Digital & Fully Funded Marketing
Daryl has more than 25 years of experience in digital marketing. He founded Guarantee Digital in 2011. Prior to that, he held senior roles at Journal Communications, Knight Ridder, Scripps, and Advance Internet. Daryl’s newest venture is Fully Funded Marketing, which helps business owners fund a marketing program without increasing expenses. He holds a degree in advertising from the University of Florida.
Director of Sales, Salem Media Group, Chicago
Angenette has more than 25 years of media sales and management experience. She joined Salem Media Group in 2015, where she works with a team that supports two radio stations, an internet radio station, and Salem Surround, a full-service digital ad agency. She was a founding member of the team that started Salem Surround in Chicago, which has grown into an enterprise-wide division across all Salem’s markets. Prior to joining Salem, she worked at ESPN, iHeart Media, and CBS Radio, and at MAN Marketing, a full-service digital agency. She holds a degree in Communications at Loyola University Chicago.
Vice President of Digital Operations, Beasley Media Group
Kimberly is a Beasley veteran of 20+ years. She’s been integrally involved in the radio local media company’s transformation from a broadcast group to a media group, with significant focus on digital. Kimberly has responsibility for all of Beasley’s digital products, AdOperations and fulfillment, operational excellence with third-party partners, digital training, and various digital creative initiatives.
Chief Revenue Officer, Seaton Publishing
Bryce is CRO of Seaton Publishing, which owns radio stations and newspapers in Manhattan, Kansas and Grand Junction, Col. He worked on the circulation side of the newspaper business before becoming Publisher of the Craig Daily Press in 2005. Prior to joining Seaton in January, he served as the Director of Shared Services for Swift Communications. He is past chair of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies, and past chair of the Colorado Press Association.
Vice President of Advertising, The Seattle Times
Gary is a 32-year media veteran who has been involved with digital publishing since its inception in the 1990s. He spent 27 years at two McClatchy newspapers, The News Tribune in Tacoma and The News & Observer in Raleigh, where he became Vice President of Interactive Media and then Vice President of Advertising in 2014. Gary joined The Seattle Times in 2017 as Vice President of Advertising. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University and lives in Seattle with his wife of 37 years, Peggy.
Marketing Director, Kill Your Competition
Jessica Reyna is the Marketing Director for Kill Your Competition® and President of Chat2Pro. Her key focus areas are on air and online strategy, fulfillment and optimization, creative development, news stories and customer experience.Jessica started her career at a TV station in 2006 and has worked with national, regional and local agencies, brands and businesses on air and online. She is married to her business partner, a US Marine Combat Veteran, and has 3 kids, two of which she homeschools and one who is now in the Marines.
VP of Digital Sales and Agency Strategies, Lee Enterprises
Jolene joined Lee Enterprises 17 years ago and has held various sales and advertising leadership positions in that period. She became Vice President of Digital Sales and Agency Strategies in March 2020. Her passion is developing and supporting Lee’s evolving marketing and advertising solutions, driving results for a diverse portfolio of clients. Jolene holds a degree in Applied Science, Elementary Education, and Teaching from Southern Illinois State University Edwardsville and resides in Godfrey, IL with her husband, Nathan, and two sons.
Director of Digital Sales, TEGNA
Jay has more than 25 years of advertising and marketing experience. He’s been with TEGNA since 2015, starting as a digital sales manager and later being promoted to his current position, where he oversees strategy and sales for TEGNA’s digital advertising solutions across 51 markets. Previously, Jay led sales teams at Google, AT&T AdWorks, & Westwood One/CBS. He has experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Eddie Bauer, GM, Nokia, and many small to medium businesses.
Director of Agency Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Ray is an omnichannel sales professional with more than 18 years of experience in strategy and execution of integrated marketing campaigns. He has coached and managed successful sales teams and is currently heading up the Agency Sales division of Compulse since 2019. Prior to that, Ray held sales management positions at other Sinclair stations, as well as a Digital Sales Manager for Hearst Digital Media, Vice President of Interactive Media for New England Newspapers Inc., and Digital Sales Manager for the Journal Register Co.
Regional Sales Director, Compulse
Paolo is a seasoned digital marketing specialist obsessed with creating winning ad campaigns for his clients. His career in the industry began in the early 2000s when he founded Discount Mortgage America, one of the first paperless mortgage companies in New England and one of the first to employ digital marketing as the primary driver of new business. Before joining Compulse last October, Paolo Served as Digital Director for AdTaxi and as Strategic Digital Director at The Hearst Corporation.
University of Miami – Student Panel
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.
Computer Science & Business Sustainability major, University of Miami
Ally is a computer science and business sustainability student and holds executive board positions in both Greek life and the on-campus Media Management Club. She is a project manager at Orange Umbrella, overseeing numerous marketing projects. Her mission is to encompass her undergraduate knowledge to help further sustainable marketing initiatives.
Marketing & Business Law major, University of Miami
Ashleigh is a marketing and business law student. She loves spreading positivity as an account manager at UM’s Orange Umbrella and as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a business class discussing cultural competency in the global workplace. With previous experience as a legal studies intern for a law firm in Manhattan and as a social media marketing intern for a wealth management company, she has worked to prepare herself for the real world and develop both legal and marketing skills.
Marketing & Entrepreneurship major, University of Miami
Ayden is a marketing and entrepreneurship student. With a freelance background in graphic and web design, Ayden has helped small businesses present themselves to the world and has expanded these skills at the university’s communication consultancy, Orange Umbrella. As the Director of Account Management, Ayden oversees the operations of his own accounts while ensuring the success of the entire client-facing department.
Africana Studies & Sociology major, University of Miami
Mia is a junior who is double-majoring in Africana Studies and Sociology with minors in Management and Communications. She is the founder and director of Beyond the Umbrella, Orange Umbrella’s first Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiative. With intern experience working in DEIB, Mia has found her passion for talent and acquisitions and educating others. Mia’s goal for Orange Umbrella is to not only be a diverse space that is welcoming to everyone regardless of background, but also a space that embraces diversity and creates a sense of belonging.
Advertising major, University of Miami
Samantha is a sophomore studying advertising with a triple minor in marketing, art, and interactive media. Both her role in Orange Umbrella as a social media strategist and account manager and internship as a marketing specialist & web designer for a local real estate team highlights her value of learning through experiences. Samantha’s mission for her undergraduate studies is to build connections, knowledge, and experiences to enter the workforce in a role she’s passionate about.
Business Analytics major, University of Miami
Jared is a senior studying Business analytics with a minor in media management at the University of Miami. He serves as Orange Umbrella’s Director of Insights and Analytics, an area in which he has previous experience. Prior to joining OU, Jared worked on the Volkswagen account at PHDMedia in its Marketing Science department. He hopes to become a data analyst at a music company.