Senior Vice President Product Leadership, Nielsen
Kelly Abcarian is a media research executive with more than 17 years of industry and technical leadership in aligning cross-product solutions for TV, digital and cross platform content and advertising. In her current role she is responsible for the strategic vision and roadmap for Nielsen’s National TV Ratings and Total Audience products, focused on the convergence of devices and cross platform audience measurement. Since joining Nielsen in 2005, Kelly has held numerous senior roles. Kelly is a member of the IAB Advanced TV Advisory Board as well as being an active participant on the MRC Standards Committees.
CEO, Fox Television Stations
Jack Abernethy has overseen 28 FOX-owned stations in the nation’s largest TV markets since 2004. The FOX stations are industry leaders based on the growth and success of locally produced programming, which have more than doubled under Abernethy’s leadership, with over 960 hours of locally produced news per week. He is directly responsible for the creation of the national network, MyNetworkTV, currently in its 12th season. From August 2016 through May 2018, Abernethy served as Co-President of FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network. In 2017 and 2018, Abernethy was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” and was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame in 2012.
Vice President, Media, The Ad Council
Kelly Apostolidis joined the Ad Council in 2000 and has held several positions within the organization during her tenure. In her current position as Vice President, Media, Kelly oversees the media department’s efforts to secure donated media and develop strategic partnerships with national media companies on behalf of the Ad Council’s 40+ campaigns which include Love Has No Labels, Buzzed Driving, Hunger Prevention and Reducing Food Waste. Prior to the Ad Council, Kelly held positions at Fox Broadcasting and CBS Television Network.
Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group
Bernard Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in international affairs and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street. A sought out international speaker, he frequently makes keynote presentations before conferences, workshops and legislatures on the latest economic and geopolitical outlook. In additional to his current post as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl is on the faculty of the New York Institute of Finance, where he conducts seminars on how forward-looking economic indicators can help business leaders better foresee turning points in the economy.
President, one2one Addressable, Cadent
Michael is co-founder of one2one Media, now part of Cadent. With over two decades of TV experience, he has worked with 200+ brands, successfully growing innovation and technology in the TV ad marketplace. Prior to joining one2one Media, Michael launched MODI Media, GroupM’s Advanced Television business unit, where he specialized in the strategy, implementation, and analysis of advanced video disciplines, including addressable TV, hyper-local TV, interactive TV, and digital distribution. Previously, Michael was Managing Partner, Director of Emerging Communications at GroupM.
Director of Brand Marketing, Audi of America
Ken joined Audi of America in 2015. He leads a team that is responsible for all brand marketing including creative, media, product placement and social media. He has over 20 years of automotive experience in various marketing roles including media strategy and buying, CRM, digital marketing, as well as product management.
EVP & CFO, Nexstar Media Group
Tom Carter joined Nexstar as EVP & CFO in August 2009. Mr. Carter has responsibility for all internal and external financial reporting, oversight of internal audit, compliance and controls, investor relations, and assisting in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Nexstar, Mr. Carter served as Managing Director, Media Telecom Corporate Investment Banking at Bank of America Securities. Mr. Carter began his banking career in 1980, serving for five years in various roles in corporate and international banking at a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase.
EVP, Local Investment, IPG/MAGNA
A 20+ year veteran of IPG/MAGNA, Kathy oversees all local activity for clients such as Amazon, Fiat-Chrysler Group, BMW, Coca-Cola, Arby’s, Hershey and Sony, among many others. Kathy believes that client success in the local market is achieved through leverage, knowledge & relationships that drive effective strategic execution. She manages a team that executes hundreds of local retail events for a multitude of clients on an annual basis. Kathy represents the agency with involvement in several industry associations, such as the 4As, Nielsen and the TVB.
Senior Director, Research, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Robin V. Flynn, with over 30 years of experience in analyzing broadcast and cable TV, is Senior Research Director for Industry Research at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Ms. Flynn oversees industry research activities for media & communications, metals & mining, FinTech, financials/insurance, energy, and LCD. She is also Senior Research Analyst for Kagan Research, contributing analytical commentary to the Market Intelligence platform. She has served in a consulting capacity for various litigations and provided valuation testimony and trial exhibits, as well as delivered dozens of broadcast valuations and consulting reports.
Managing Partner, Director of Implementation Research & Marketplace Analytics
GroupM North America
Ed Gaffney leads the investment research team at GroupM in the U.S., where he and a team of almost 30 researchers look at the holistic measurement of media across video, audio and image, including both print and display. Ed began his advertising career at Y&R, working in the then newly formed Print Services Group. He then moved to the AT&T planning group for a year. Outside of a three-year stint as the Director of Knowledge at Carat North America, Ed has been with WPP (Y&R, MEC, GroupM) planning and buying research ever since.
EVP & CFO, TEGNA
Victoria Harker was named Chief Financial Officer at Gannett, now TEGNA, in July of 2012. Victoria is responsible for all of TEGNA’s financial functions and operations worldwide. Before joining Gannett, Harker served as CFO and president of global business services of the AES Corporation, a multinational power company with consolidated 2012 revenues of $17 billion and assets of $45 billion operating in 28 countries. Before joining AES, Victoria was Acting CFO and Treasurer of MCI from November 2002 through January 2006, and served as CFO of MCI Group from 1998 to 2002.
Co-founder and CEO, Data+Math
Previously, John served as the SVP and GM of Rovi’s Analytics business following the 2013 acquisition of IntegralReach. John was the CEO and co-founder of IntegralReach, which developed the first audience based sell-side system for TV. Prior to IntegralReach, John lead sales and business development for Microsoft’s TV ad business following the 2008 acquisition of Navic Networks. Prior to the acquisition, John served as the VP of Business Development and Marketing for Navic Networks. Navic Networks focused on developing advanced advertising and set-top data collection solutions for the TV industry.
President & CEO, TVB
Steve Lanzano is President and CEO of TVB. Steve joined TVB as president on January 1, 2010. He came to the association from MPG U.S., where he was the chief operating officer. Previously he was the CEO of Mediaedge:cia, responsible for overseeing the agency’s operations across the U.S. and Canada, and global media director at sister agency Mindshare, where he was responsible for the American Express business.
Bob Liodice is CEO of the ANA. He previously served as EVP, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base. Bob joined the ANA as SVP in 1995. Prior to the ANA, he was VP of Global Marketing and Sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster. His previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods and tenure as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands. He is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Advertising Educational Foundation, Digital Advertising Alliance, Trustworthy Accountability Group, and World Federation of Advertisers.
Senior Economist, NADA
Patrick works with both NADA and the American Truck Dealers (ATD), a division of NADA. Patrick is responsible for many of the association’s monthly and annual economic reports including NADA Data and ATD Data. Prior to joining NADA Patrick was a graduate research assistant at the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research where he co-authored several economic impact reports for public and private clients in West Virginia and the surrounding regions.
Partner and Senior Research Analyst, Moffett Nathanson Research
Michael Nathanson has consistently been named the top media analyst in the U.S. He has been the #1 ranked media analyst in America by Institutional Investor Magazine for most of the past decade. He has also received Institutional Investor's top rankings in the now defunct Publishing & Advertising Agencies and the Broadcast & Radio sectors in past years.
SVP, Enterprise Customer Engagement & Investment, Bank of America
In his role he is responsible for communications strategy, media investment, measurement and marketing data, and tech platforms for the enterprise. Paskalis oversees media strategy and investment across traditional, digital and social channels with an eye toward driving innovative solutions across lines of business. He leads the bank’s efforts to orchestrate customer experiences in a more personal way across paid and owned channels. Prior to joining Bank of America, Paskalis was the Vice President of Global Media, Content Development and Mobile Marketing at American Express. Paskalis is Chairman of the Board of the North American Mobile Marketing Association and a board member of the Media Ratings Council.
Vice President and General Manager, Kantar Media/CMAG
Steve Passwaiter is Vice President and General Manager for CMAG, Kantar Media’s political advertising intelligence unit located in Washington, DC. Steve joined Kantar/CMAG in 2015 and has experience in both broadcast sales management and media research. Prior to joining Kantar Media, Steve was Board Advisor to Sportsdigita, a digital sports marketing firm, and VP, Business Development for BIA/Kelsey. Steve’s broadcast career involved leading the local sales staffs at WDCA-TV in Washington, DC and WUAB-TV in Cleveland.
GMMB’s media team provides world-class media strategy across all channels. Under Bradley’s leadership, GMMB puts its clients at the forefront of today’s changing mass media environment, helping them navigate consumer-controlled content, technology-driven micro-targeting and audience segmentation. When it comes to political advertising, Bradley has led teams who placed media for Presidential candidates: 1992 Clinton/Gore, 2004 Kerry, and in 2008 and 2012, the GMMB team was responsible for the Obama For America media plan, which was named the Media Plan of the Year by Ad Week. In 2016, his team work for with Hillary for America.
Alexia S. Quadrani
Managing Director, Equity Research, J.P. Morgan
Alexia S. Quadrani covers the media sector, including advertising and entertainment. She has been an Institutional Investor ranked analyst for the past 18 years, most recently ranking #3 in the media category in 2016. She has also been ranked among the top analysts in her sector by Greenwich, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Quadrani joined the firm through the merger with Bear Stearns. Prior to Bear Stearns, she spent several years in equity research at Smith Barney covering the beverage and tobacco industries.
Bruce joined WideOrbit in 2000 and oversees all client-facing departments, including sales, operations, account management and support. Bruce is a broadcast TV veteran who joined WideOrbit after more than 15 years with the ABC Owned and Operated Television Division. Prior to WideOrbit, Bruce was Executive Vice President of Sales for Salon.com. Before Salon, Bruce was General Sales Manager for KGO-TV in San Francisco as well as Sales Manager for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Bruce began his career in media working for HRP and Blair.
Editorial Director, B&C and Multichannel News
Mark Robichaux is editorial director of B&C and Multichannel News - covering the business of TV, broadband and digital video. Prior to his current position, he was editor-in-chief of Multichannel News and sister publication Broadcasting & Cable magazine. He was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 13 years, writing extensively for Page One and covering the TV industry, as well as an editor at SmartMoney magazine. He is the author of the book "Cable Cowboy" on the the life of John Malone and the rise of the cable-TV industry.
Marci Ryvicker has spent 16 years running the media research practice as Managing Director and Senior Equity analyst at Wells Fargo Securities with a specific focus on diversified entertainment, broadcast, outdoor and cable/satellite. Ms. Ryvicker began her career as a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC. After 5 years auditing small companies aiming to go public, Ms. Ryvicker earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and then happened to fall upon her position as a sell-side analyst at Wells Fargo Securities (then Wachovia), which she served between 2002 and 2018.
Reporter, USA TODAY
Fredreka Schouten writes about money in politics for USA TODAY, where she has been a reporter since 2006. She’s covered four presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment and hundreds of other stories in her career with Gannett. Before joining USA TODAY, she wrote for Gannett News Service, where she served as a regional reporter covering Congress for newspapers in the West. She later was named the wire service’s national education reporter and covered the development and implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. She’s a former city editor of The Idaho Stateman and a former reporter and bureau chief at The Virgin Islands Daily News, her hometown newspaper. She works in Washington, D.C.
EVP, Business Development, TVB
As EVP of TVB’s local and national business development, Brad oversees TVB’s business development efforts across all 210 DMAs. Brad travels the country presenting directly to advertisers at the invitation of TVB member stations in group and one-on-one sessions. Using research, media strategy and truth serum, TVB’s business development team has successfully moved millions of dollars in ad spend from other mediums to broadcast TV. Brad’s background includes over 20 years in broadcast TV, including time with Scripps and FOX O&O stations.
Partner & Founder, November Inc.
Mike Slanker has provided strategic consulting, creative advertising, and management to candidates, political organizations, charities, and corporations for over 25 years. Mike has run successful campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate and Congress as well as almost every other statewide and legislative office. He is a former Political Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and his clients have included the RGA, NRSC, RAGA, RSLC, RNC and the US Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in Ohio, Mike got his start in politics there in 1990 and has led efforts in more than 25 states and territories since.
Chairman, President & CEO, Nexstar Media Group; Chairman, TVB Board of Directors
Perry A. Sook has over 37 years of professional experience in the TV and radio broadcasting industries, covering all facets of the business including ownership and M&A, management, sales, on-air talent, and news. He founded Nexstar in 1996 with one local TV station in Scranton, PA and began building the foundation of what is today one of the world’s leading local marketing and content companies that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. He serves as Chairman of TVB.
Political Editor and Reporter for KTVK-TV (CBS)
Dennis Welch is a political news expert and the on-air reporter for KTVK-TV. He also co-hosts the station’s political show, “Politics Unplugged.” Prior, Dennis Welch served as owner and editor of the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government.
Managing Director, Local Media, Nielsen
Jeff Wender manages Nielsen’s local TV sales organizations and oversees the company’s relationship with more than 1,700 Local TV clients. Over the past nine years, Wender served in a wide range of roles at Nielsen including client service, product and business development roles. Prior to Wender’s current role, he served as SVP, overseeing strategy and product leadership for Nielsen Audio’s digital audience measurement product as well as Mobile and Telecommunications practices. Wender has more than 20 years of experience in mobile media, software and hardware technology. He has contributed across all aspects of media and content consumption.
Before joining comScore as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wiener served first as CEO and later as executive chairman of 360i, where he pioneered a new kind of agency designed to help brands capitalize on change, leveraging deep expertise in data, technology and innovation to drive measurable impact across all media platforms. From 2014 through 2015, Mr. Wiener concurrently served as chairman of Expion, a social content marketing software company that was successfully acquired by Sysomos. Mr. Wiener also previously held a series of senior management positions at public companies including serving as president of global services at the early VoIP software company Net2Phone.
Shereta brings two decades of professional and industry experience to Videa. As President, Shereta leads the organization’s overall strategic and product direction. She has over ten years of experience with Cox in various investment, strategy and development roles focused on digital media and broadcast TV. Prior to Videa, she served as Managing Director at a financial start-up focused on algorithmic trading, and began her career in Mergers and Acquisitions at Lazard. Shereta serves on the board of the IRTS Foundation, a charitable organization focused on training and educating the next generation of media and communications professionals, and is also a mentor for the Female Founders in Tech competition.