General Manager, Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising Group
Kelly Abcarian is a media executive with 18+ years of industry and technical leadership in aligning cross product solutions for TV, digital and cross-platform. As General Manager for Nielsen’s new Advanced Video Advertising Group, Abcarian has helped to lead Nielsen in sharpening its focus to help shape the future of addressable TV advertising. She’s helped lead Nielsen in making strategic acquisitions - Qterics, Gracenote and Sorenson Media - that have strengthened the company’s technology offerings and positioned it as a player in the addressable TV space. Abcarian has received several awards including Cynopsis Top Women in Digital (2016 & 2019), Multichannel News: Women to Watch (2017) and Wonder Women in Streaming (2019), Diversity MBA Top 100 Executive Leaders (2018), and OUTstanding 50 Ally Executives (2019).
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Entertainment Studios & Allen Media Group
In 1993, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist Byron Allen founded his Los Angeles-based global media company, Entertainment Studios. Allen now owns one of the largest cable network portfolios in the industry, featuring ten, 24-hour HD TV networks. Further distinguishing Entertainment Studios is its status as the first African-American owned multi-platform media studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and content for all platforms. In 2015, Allen purchased Freestyle Releasing, now called Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service theatrical movie distribution company. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor. In 2019, Byron Allen formed Allen Media Broadcasting and began building the broadcast station group which includes four Big 4 stations. In 2020, Allen Media Broadcasting acquired an additional 11 stations from the purchase of USA Television. Mr. Allen partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire 21 Regional Sports Networks, and acquired Bayou City Broadcasting, which included 4 TV stations. In 2020, Byron Allen will debut The Weather Channel Español, the first 24 hour Spanish language weather service.
SVP, Business Development, TVB
Currently the SVP, Business Development, for TVB, Brian’s background includes over 20 years in marketing and advertising. In his role with TVB, Brian works with local broadcast stations and ownership groups by traveling the country and presenting to advertisers on how to grow their business through the right allocation media dollars. Brian also spearheads TVB’s successful AE Training program and AE Dashboard, TVB’s dedicated online sales resource. Brian handles the Midwest and West Coast Divisions for TVB. Prior, Brian had successful stints as a senior local sales account executive at a number of local TV stations owned by leading broadcast organizations including Meredith and Scripps.
Founder & Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Axelrod currently serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political commentator for CNN. He is the host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in depth conversations with public figures across the political spectrum. A former political writer for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod produced media strategy and advertising for 150 campaigns across the U.S., culminating in President Obama’s historic elections. Axelrod is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”
President & CEO, Graham Media Group
Emily L. Barr is the President and CEO of Graham Media Group, the television broadcasting division of Graham Holdings Company. She has held this position since July 2012. Barr oversees seven local media hubs - each in a top-70 market, representing just over 7% coverage in the U.S. The television stations, web and mobile platforms are recognized as news leaders across the media spectrum. GMG also owns Graham Digital, a digital media and technology development group based in Detroit and Atlanta-based Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users. Barr serves on the boards of the Associated Press and TVB. In addition, she is the Chairman for Television for the NAB and serves on the NAB Leadership Foundation. Barr is currently the Vice Chair of the NBC Affiliate Board and is a past Chair of the ABC Board of Governors.
Chief Commercial Officer, Nielsen Global Media
In this role, Peter has overall responsibility for nurturing and building Nielsen’s partnerships across the national footprint, including broadcast and cable television, MVPDS, digital, print and social media. Bradbury's career with Nielsen spans 24 years. Most recently, he led the company's commercial efforts across national television, radio, digital, local TV and social media, as well as Gracenote metadata, Nielsen Sports and gaming. His new role will expand his current remit to include Nielsen's Advertiser and Media Agency teams, as well as Media Analytics. Peter serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), and the Center for Communication; he also serves on Nielsen’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
VP, Digital, TVB
David began his work in digital sales for TV broadcasters in 2000 at Hearst-owned WCVB-TV in Boston, MA. He’s been driving digital revenue for the broadcast television industry ever since. As both a vendor and a broadcast corporate leader, he has structured and trained digital sales teams with a focus on profitability and client success. David is in his second year as VP, Digital for TVB and is the first to hold this newly created position.
Founder, BIA Financial Network and CEO, BIA Advisory Services
Tom Buono has overseen the growth of BIA Financial Network into a diversified network of firms focused on delivering a valuable portfolio of services to the media industry. He has been involved in the creation and management of BIA Capital Strategies, LLC, a communications industry investment bank; BIA Digital Partners LP, a $300 million mezzanine investment fund; and, BIA Advisory Services, a data analytics, consulting and valuation services firm focused on the local media and advertising sector. Tom is viewed as one of the leading authorities on communications industry business values, investments and strategies.
Timothy C. Busch
Timothy C. Busch has over 35 years of broadcasting experience and has been with Nexstar Broadcasting 20 years. Mr. Busch was appointed to President of Nexstar Broadcasting in January 2017. Prior to that, he served as Nexstar’s Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer from May 2008 to January 2017, as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager from October 2002 to May 2008 and as Vice President and General Manager at WROC (CBS) in Rochester, New York from 2000 to October 2002. Prior to joining Nexstar, Mr. Busch served as General Sales Manager and held various other sales management positions at WGRZ (NBC) in Buffalo, New York from 1993 to 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Busch worked in radio broadcasting holding various sales and management positions at WGR-AM and FM Radio. Mr. Busch currently serves on the TVB Executive Board, NBC Affiliates Board, The Ohio University Foundation Board and the Media Ratings Council Board. He formerly served on the CBS Affiliation Association Board with his latest role as Chairman as well as the Upstate Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and America’s first United Way chapter based in Rochester, New York.
National Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Julie Bykowicz is a national political reporter, focusing on money and influence in Washington. She has covered money in politics, including three presidential campaigns and the White House, since 2011, first for Bloomberg News and later for The Associated Press. Before that, she spent a decade as a crime and state politics reporter in Baltimore. She joined the Journal in October 2017.
VP, Partnerships, MadHive
Christiana Cacciapuoti is VP of Partnerships at MadHive, an enterprise software platform that leverages cryptography, blockchain, and AI to power modern media. Christiana also serves as Executive Director of AdLedger, the nonprofit consortium building open source technical standards that leverage blockchain and cryptography to promote transparency, efficiency and accountability in media. Christiana is a graduate of Penn State, where she earned 3 degrees in 3 and a half years without missing a single home football game.
Managing Director, Senior Analyst - Media & Advertising, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Steven Cahall is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Media Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. His coverage includes both traditional business models, and digital media companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Steve was the senior analyst covering media for Royal Bank of Canada. Steve was a runner-up in the Media sector in the 2018 Institutional Investor All-America equity research survey; he is also a three-time Institutional Investor All-America Research Team Rising Star in both the Media and Aerospace & Defense sectors. Prior to his career in equity research, Steve worked in the defense industry.
Account Executive, KENS5-CBS (TEGNA)
Albert Cantu started his sales career with KENS 5 in 2018. Previously he was the Spokesperson for San Antonio’s gas and electric utility company for 23 years. The energy company was a corporate sponsor for a show called Mi Casa Makeover which was a KENS 5 initiative in 2007. Albert’s role soon evolved from client to co-host of the show and quickly developed into a long-lasting relationship with KENS 5. After 10 years on the show, an opportunity opened for Albert to join the Sales Team in 2018. Today, Albert can leverage his experience as a former client to help his clients achieve business growth through proven marketing strategies.
Founder and CEO, Lincoln Digital Group
Lincoln Digital Group is a full-service consumer agency that specializes in serving large businesses and premium brands. His experience includes acting as Agency of Record in nearly 20 different consumer verticals throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. A thought leader, published author and keynote speaker, Justin is highly experienced delivering effective marketing insights, strategies and recommendations to senior business leaders and executives. More information can be found at justincerone.com.
President & Founder, Roof Fix
After 30 years of serving in the home-improvement industry and being a third-generation home builder & remodeler, it was Duane Charping’s dream to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as a business owner that could bring incredible value and service to his community. Working as a Sales Manager and GM in big box stores, Duane was mentored by some of the best service providers in the nation. Duane founded Roof Fix in 2009 and was soon awarded with the GAF (North American’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer) Master Elite Contractor designation that places the company in the top 1% of roofers in North America. Roof Fix’s accolades include winning the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service award in 2016, 2017 & 2018, ranking them the #1 roofing company in San Antonio and South Texas.
EVP, Director of Investment Operations, Publicis Media Exchange
Tracy Chavez oversees Publicis Media’s Local Investment team, working with clients across Starcom, Zenith, Spark Foundry, Moxie and Publicis Collective, a bespoke agency dedicated to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). She collaborates with her team on the activation of spot TV, radio, local digital, OOH and print. She has actively worked to ensure the local investment team has a more flexible and data-driven approach for Publicis Media clients, giving them a first-to-market model and key competitive advantages for their business. Prior to her current role, Chavez was the SVP and Managing Director at Starcom. Before that, Chavez served as the Director of Advertising and Strategy for JCPenney. She was named a Brand Innovators: Woman to Watch in 2016 and honored in Advertising Women of New York: Working Mother of the Year in 2015. Directly after high school, Chavez headed to the United States Marine Corps, where she received an Honorable Discharge after serving more than five years.
Owner, Crowley Furniture & Mattress
Greg Crowley is a furniture retail veteran. Greg started working at Crowley Furniture when he was 15 years old in warehouse and delivery. Since then, he has accumulated 50 years of furniture retail experience in every facet of the business. Still passionate, Greg continues to work at all three Kansas City locations of Crowley Furniture focusing on sales management and advertising. He has been a lifelong Kansas City resident and continues to be active in the community.
Vice President, Sales Intelligence, TEGNA
Jessica is the Vice President of Sales Intelligence for TEGNA media. She is focused on using data to help TEGNA grow revenue. In this role she is responsible for TEGNA’s efforts around TV and OTT Attribution, Spot TV Pricing and Sales Analytics. Before joining TEGNA, she was the SVP of Analytics & Consumer Marketing for Remedy Health Media, where she was responsible for the measurement and audience development strategy for the company's network of health information websites. Prior to Remedy, Jessica ran an analytics team at Media Contacts, part of Havas Digital.
Chief Strategy Officer, PremiumMedia360
As Chief Strategy Officer, Cordie DePascale is instrumental in PremiumMedia360’s success, evangelizing their innovative technology solutions, driving customer acceptance and sales execution, and stewarding their internal strategic planning process. Cordie brings a very unique set of skills and experiences to PremiumMedia360: With 25+ years of experience in advertising and advertising technology, Cordie has a deep understanding of the market, the customers, and the products that make up this space. Cordie spent the first years of his career at J. Walter Thompson and IPG, two of the world’s best-known marketing communications brands. He then made the move to advertising technology, spending time at COREMedia and Mediaocean.
EVP, Managing Director, Local Investment, IPG/MAGNA
A 20+ year veteran of IPG/MAGNA, Kathy oversees all local activity for clients such as Amazon, BMW, Coca-Cola, Arby’s, CVS 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 4A's, Nielsen and the TVB.
Managing Director, BIA Advisory Services
Rick leads BIA Advisory Services' strategy consulting practice and serves as an advisor to its affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media industry clients to see and evaluate opportunities and develop strategies in with traditional and digital platforms to achieve business goals. He helps clients with strategic planning, partnership strategies, product planning, competitive intelligence, revenue growth and diversification. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients. Rick co-cofounded SpectraRep in 2000, a technology company that specializes in emergency alert and warning solutions. Prior to joining BIA, Rick headed NAB’s Research and Information Group overseeing all research, analytics and information technology initiatives.
Retired President and General Manager, WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Bill Fine spent his entire 43-year career in local broadcasting, most recently retiring from his hometown station and Hearst Television flagship WCVB, Boston’s dominant News Leader. Fine spent 28 years at WCVB, the last 15 as President and General Manager, and seven of his 10 years overseeing co-owned WBAL-TV in Baltimore. His association with TVB spanned 41 years, beginning with the sales trainee program in 1979, Chairing the stations sales committee and ultimately serving as TVB’s Chairman of the Board in 2013 and 2014 (which basically secures his continued service to TVB for life!) Bill is a proud Bostonian, as active in the city’s civic life as in broadcasting, serving on numerous non-profit boards. He is summa cum laude graduate of Boston University's College of Communication, where he now serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board.
CEO & CFO, Florida Dental Implants & Oral Surgery
Bruce Foster earned his BS in Marketing from Old Dominion University, and his MBA in Finance from the University of Tampa. In addition, he received a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from General Electric. Bruce is an established marketing thought leader within the dental and oral surgery space. As creator of the New Teeth Now brand, Bruce has been instrumental in spurring exponential revenue growth since the brand’s launch in 2012. Under Bruce’s leadership, the New Teeth Now brand is showing strong performance, even in the face of current market uncertainty. With a major expansion of the company’s Lakeland, Florida surgical center, and two recently acquired surgical facilities in the Tampa Bay area, Bruce continues to set the pace in this competitive industry.
VP Marketing, EW Scripps
Frank Friedman is vice president of consumer engagement for Scripps’ Local Media division, where he is responsible for growing Scripps’ portfolio of Local Media brands by bringing a consumer and advertiser lens to local market strategic plans and executions. Friedman has three decades of advertising industry experience, having spent nearly 15 years in executive management positions at the Publicis Groupe of agencies. As president of local investment for Publicis Media in New York, he led the industry charge toward local automation. Prior to that, Friedman led Zenith’s local investment team as EVP, stewarding the adoption of comScore in all 140 diary markets. In his time as CEO of ZenithOptimedia Canada, the agency developed the first fully transparent automated trading desk in the country. Friedman got his agency start at Wieden+Kennedy working on Nike.
VP & Global Editor-in-Chief, Broadcasting & Cable
Bill Gannon is currently Vice President & Global Editor-in-Chief of Future PLC, the publisher of more than 150 successful brands in specialist consumer and B2B sectors, including the Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News brands. Prior to joining Future, Bill was one of three lead executives who launched First Look Media, served as Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly Digital at Time Inc, led digital media for Lucasfilm, and was the Senior Editorial Director of Yahoo where he led all content strategy and operations. Previously, Bill was a print journalist who specialized in conflict reporting, national politics and investigative journalism. He is the recipient of multiple national journalism awards including the John S. Knight Fellowship.
EVP, Chief Research Officer, TVB
Hadassa Gerber was named Chief Research Officer of TVB in June 2014. She joined TVB from the Syndicated Network Television Association (SNTA), where she served as the Director of Research and Systems for 12 years. Prior to joining SNTA in 2002, she spent 20 years serving in several senior and executive director roles for leading advertising agencies including Y&R, Media Edge, DeWitt Media and McCannErickson. Known as an industry thought leader in traditional media analytics, media strategy and digital, Hadassa has worked with numerous blue-chip companies, agency executives and brand managers to help develop innovative solutions to complex marketing challenges and maximize return on investment. She has experience across all facets of the media services industry including strategic planning, media research, budgeting, targeting, channel selection and activation.
CEO, Matrix Solutions
Mark Gorman utilizes his 20+ years of experience to lead Matrix Solutions, the foremost sales ecosystem for media companies. Prior to being appointed CEO, Mark worked closely with Matrix as Managing Director for Main Line Equity Partners (MLEP), who provided growth capital investment to Matrix Solutions in 2013. Since then, Matrix has increased revenue over 45% and significantly expanded their customer base. Mark’s diverse experience in private equity and alternative asset industries gives him significant transactional, analytical, and marketing practice expertise.
CTO, Matrix Solutions
Possessing over 20 years of media industry and technical leadership expertise, as well as a passion for developing more automated and converged systems, Adam Gotlieb, CTO of Matrix Solutions, is leading the charge to advance technologies and help deliver next generation solutions. Prior to joining Matrix, he served as Director of Product Management for Imagine Communications where he played a key role in expanding, unifying, and evolving nine different software products within the company’s global portfolio, including traffic, content rights management, and program scheduling.
Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Lucinda Guinn, the first Latina to serve as Executive Director of the DCCC, brings years of campaign and management experience to her role. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Campaigns at EMILY’s List where she oversaw the group’s efforts to elect pro-choice Democratic women to local, state and federal office, which helped create the most diverse House Majority in history. She also served as a senior advisor to BOLD PAC, where she worked closely with CHC members. She worked at the DCCC in the 2008 and 2012 cycles, and has worked on campaigns up and down the ballot throughout her career.
Senior Director of Product Management, Imagine Communications
Graham is responsible for the strategic direction of Imagine’s Ad Tech portfolio. Graham has been working on the design and development of media software systems for more than 25 years, specializing in linear and nonlinear ad sales, rights management, scheduling, media sales workflow integration and audience-based optimization solutions, in a global context. Starting in the media industry as a software developer, Graham worked through roles in business systems analysis and product management before embarking on his current directorial role at Imagine.
Adam Helfgott is CEO of MadHive, which is building the next generation of technology to transition the television advertising industry to digital. At MAD Network, Helfgott leads the innovative digital advertising protocol leveraging cryptography and blockchain. Early on, Helfgott quickly recognized the need for new industry standards. Along with IBM and Tegna, he established the non-profit consortium, AdLedger. Its mission is to define and implement technical standards and solutions for digital media and blockchain industries. Today AdLedger encompasses more than 60 members representing brands, publishers, agencies and tech companies, including the Top 4 Agencies.
VP, Analytics, Net Conversion
At Net Conversion, Brett oversees the Analytics department, which includes media analytics, advanced analytics & marketing science, CRO, data collection and data management. While at Net Conversion, he was a key executive in growing the company from 10 to 60 team members. Recently analytics has focused on both probabilistic and deterministic measurement of brand media, including linear, CTV and other video channels. Prior to Net Conversion he worked in analytics and ecommerce roles at Hilton Worldwide, Universal Orlando, and Full Sail University.
Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times
Carl Hulse is the Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times and a recognized authority on congressional affairs and national politics. He is the author of the critically acclaimed HarperCollins book, "Confirmation Bias," which tells the inside story of the judicial wars rocking Washington and the damage they are doing to America's governing institutions. He is a sought after commentator and appears regularly on top political news shows. At the Times, Carl is the author of On Washington, his regular and widely read column chronicling developments in the capital from the perspective of a veteran of more than three decades of reporting on all facets of the federal government. He is also the drummer in a Capitol Hill garage band, The NativeMakers.
EVP, Managing Director, Local Audio & Video Investment, Amplifi US | Dentsu
As Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Local Video and Audio Investment for Amplifi USA, Jennifer Hungerbuhler oversees the investment strategy for local video and audio across all screens and devices for clients within the Dentsu Aegis Network. Jennifer is responsible for over $1.5B in media spending and manages strategic partnerships with the supply side of the industry. With more than 25 years of experience in advertising and media buying, Jennifer has worked across nearly every vertical and has an impressive roster of high-profile clients. Jennifer resides in Atlanta, where she is active in the local media community. She is co-chair of the Local TV/Radio committee for the 4A’s, sits on the board of the NSI Audio Advisory Council and the TVB Programmatic Guidelines committee. Jennifer is also a member of the Council for Research Excellence and the Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club.
CMO, Rocket Mortgage
Casey Hurbis oversees both online and traditional marketing initiatives, while driving new, innovative strategies to captivate the audience of the nation’s largest and most trusted mortgage lender. To achieve these goals, Casey leads a marketing group of more than 300 team members known as Detroit’s premier in-house agency. Along with Rocket Mortgage, Casey oversees the marketing efforts for other successful businesses in the Rock Family of Companies, including Quicken Loans Mortgage Services, Rocket Homes and Rock Central, helping to elevate these brands in their respective industries.
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Nexstar; Co-Founder, TIP
Brett Jenkins oversees the company’s IT and technology functions for both broadcast and digital businesses. He joined Nexstar as part of the Media General acquisition where he was Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. He has held technology positions at LIN Media and ION Media Networks and executive positions for Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and Thomson. Mr. Jenkins has been active in industry standardization groups across all areas of broadcast technology including serving two terms on the Board of the Advanced Television Systems Committee while the ATSC 3.0 standard was being developed.
EVP, Sales, ProVantageX
Ted has spent the past 20+ years in local media sales and sales management. In 2016 he joined ProvantageX. In the last four years, Ted has grown the PVX team into a formidable organization comprised of experienced media professionals who train and manage both the demand and supply side of the platform under Ted’s direction. Ted’s day is comprised of interacting with platform development and design, stations and agencies. Ted is passionate about the PVX offering, which he believes will revive and elevate local broadcast for all users.
Executive Analyst, Cox Automotive
Michelle Krebs is executive analyst for Cox Automotive, based in in Detroit. An award-winning automotive writer, Krebs is a frequent guest on CNBC, FOX and other news programs. Before joining Cox Automotive, Krebs was a senior analyst and editor for Edmunds.com. She reviewed cars for The New York Times, was a columnist for Motor Trend and was a reporter and editor for Automotive News. She served as president of the Society of Automotive Analysts and the Automotive Press Association.
Contributing Editor, TVTechnology
Phil has covered TV and video technology for more than 30 years. During his career, Phil has served as technology editor at TVNewsCheck and has edited three monthly publications, Television Broadcast, AVVideo and Video Toaster User. He’s written feature articles and columns for many others, including Broadcast Engineering, Video Systems, Sound & Video Contractor and Videography, and was a co-owner of a technology-centric custom publishing company. Phil started his journalism career as a copyeditor in the international department of the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
Vice President of Local Audience Insight, Nielsen
Justin is responsible for a team that provides proactive media insights and thought leadership to Nielsen’s local media clients. He is also the author of Nielsen's recurring Local WATCH Report, and works closely with key client industry groups to help educate, and inform on the evolving media landscape. Prior to Nielsen, Justin worked at Turner Broadcasting and ESPN in various production and sales roles.
Chief Product Officer, MadHive
Brian Lin is Chief Product Officer at MadHive, a full-stack OTT advertising solutions company powering local reach extension, fraud detection, and data security features for many major station groups and advertisers. At Madhive, Brian is responsible for product strategy and development, data science integrations, and connecting local media with CTV and OTT as enterprise technology for sellers and DTC Brands. Prior to joining MadHive, Brian helped drive product innovation for companies like VideoAmp, Viacom, OpenAP, and Cablevision. Now, Brian is applying his forward-thinking ethos to one of the most innovative technology companies in advertising: MadHive. Brian is further developing and expanding MadHive’s platform offering, which is fueled by next-generation technologies like cryptography, AI, and blockchain. This includes OTT fraud detection capabilities and creating a system with privacy-by-design.
Chief Executive Officer, ANA
Bob Liodice is CEO of the ANA. He previously served as executive vice president, 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 an 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, Geopath, Advertising Educational Foundation, Digital Advertising Alliance, Trustworthy Accountability Group, and World Federation of Advertisers.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman, Comscore
As Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman for Comscore, Bill Livek’s passion for the media industry spurs him to be a driving force for innovation in consumer and audience measurement. Previously, Mr. Livek also served as the Executive Vice Chairman & President of Comscore, as well as Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Rentrak, 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. Mr. Livek is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Advertising Research Foundation, and a frequent speaker at industry events.
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Deep Root
Alex Lundry is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Deep Root, an audience analytics firm. Hailed in the book “The Victory Lab” as “one of the most methodologically sophisticated opinion researchers working in Republican politics,” Lundry has worked as a campaign data scientist, pollster, microtargeter, data-miner and data-visualizer for presidential candidates, national organizations and Fortune 50 companies. He ran the analytics efforts for both Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid and Jeb Bush’s 2016 primary campaign. He has been an adjunct instructor of statistics in the Government Departments of Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, and was named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
Dan Lyons is the President of SureWaves Inc., a TV ad technology company, which owns 50 technology patents and is globally pioneering artificial intelligence and sales operations automation for TV stations worldwide. Dan is an entrepreneur, owning a media consultation company and home contracting company that services residents in the greater Washington D.C. metroplex. Dan’s media experience is broad. Most recently he served six years as SVP of Sales Strategy and Development for TEGNA, four years as Vice President of Sales for the former New York Times Broadcast Group and eleven years in various stations and sales management positions with Clear Channel Communications.
President, Katz Television Group; Chairman, TVB Board of Directors
In his role as President, Leo focuses on driving TV business development, both linear and digital, while overseeing the overall strategic sales direction for the company. Under Leo’s leadership, Katz Television Group serves over 70% of the country, covering 188 of the 210 markets. Leo’s extensive background in media advertising began when he joined WERE radio in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1981, Leo left radio to join Blair Television as an account executive. He was promoted to President and CEO of Blair Television in 1998, a position he held for nine years. In 2007, Leo joined Katz Television Group. In March of 2012, Leo was appointed President of the Katz Television Group. Leo is currently the Chairman of TVB.
SVP, Business Development & Strategy, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and SVP, NBC Spot On
Shawn Makhijani is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, and NBC Spot On – the owned stations division’s new advanced video advertising business designed for local/regional CTV and OTT advertisers. In this role, Makhijani runs the NBC Spot On business, the division’s new advanced advertising venture, and handles sales strategy for NBCU’s local and regional sales arm. He is also responsible for all aspects of business development across the division. This includes 42 NBC and Telemundo stations and their associated digital platforms, regional news network NECN, a robust digital out-of-home group, in-house production, marketing and promotions companies, national multicast networks COZI TV and TeleXitos. Makhijani joined NBCU in 2007. Before this, he held business development positions at AOL, TellMe Networks, Excite@Home, Twentieth Century Fox and Indo American Enterprises. In addition, he worked in M&A and Equity Capital Markets for JP Morgan.
Chief Marketing Officer, Imagine Communications
Rob is responsible for Imagine's go-to-market strategy across the entire product portfolio. Before joining Imagine, Rob held the CMO/VP Marketing position at CLX Communications AB, a publicly listed Software/SaaS provider. At CLX, he was responsible for Global Marketing and Inside Sales for both their Operator and Enterprise Divisions. Before CLX, Rob was a long-time executive and the Product Line Manager for the core offering at Mblox Inc., the mobile messaging business that CLX acquired for $114M in 2016.
Founder & CEO, WideOrbit
Eric founded WideOrbit in 1999 after realizing that there was an opportunity to dramatically streamline and automate the buying and selling of media. Prior to founding WideOrbit, Eric worked at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco and New York, managing portfolios for wealthy technologists, as well as Kidder Peabody in Palo Alto, primarily focused on Equity Derivatives. Eric has been an active private equity technology investor since 1994 and maintains controlling ownership of WideOrbit. WideOrbit serves as the System of Record for more than 5000 stations and cable networks worldwide processing more than $35 billion in advertising revenue annually.
SVP, Marketing & Strategy, VIZIO Platform
Jodie McAfee is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for VIZIO. Jodie has led the strategic execution for advanced video advertising, interactive TV and content acquisition initiatives for more than two decades. A media and marketing veteran, Jodie previously led sales and marketing for Inscape, a subsidiary of VIZIO and leading provider of automatic content recognition (ACR) technologies. Prior to Inscape, Jodie was General Manager at Samsung AdHub, where he led the development and introduction of Samsung’s multi-screen advertising platform across US and European markets, while overseeing many of Samsung’s partnerships with major agencies and Fortune 500 brands both domestically and internationally. Previous to Samsung, Jodie was involved in the creation and operation of multiple emerging companies with expertise in connected TV, iTV and advanced advertising.
VP, Local Media, Amplifi US | Dentsu
Karine McMaster oversees Advanced Local Media across all clients within the DentsuAegis Network. Karine has been instrumental in utilizing her extensive media activation expertise of over 35+ years to help develop the vision, mission and business development of advanced local TV automation practices within Amplifi USA. Karine has been a key contributor and leader, responsible for collaborating with vendors in helping to design, execute and measure local advanced TV campaigns within the automated space.
Chief Product Officer, WideOrbit
Will Offeman is the chief product officer at WideOrbit, where he leads strategy, design, and development for all products, including WO Traffic and solutions for analytics, demand aggregation, digital proposals, order management, digital ad serving and payments and collections. As the media landscape continues to shift, Will is focused on evolving WideOrbit’s media operations platform to advance the unification of digital and linear advertising.
VP/General Manager, CMAG Division, Kantar
Steve Passwaiter is Vice President and General Manager for CMAG, Kantar’s political advertising intelligence unit located in Washington, DC. Steve joined Kantar/CMAG in 2015 and has experience in broadcast sales management, consulting and media research. Prior to joining Kantar Media, Steve was a Board Advisor to Sportsdigita, a digital sports marketing firm, and VP, Business Development for BIA/Kelsey. Steve’s broadcast career includes newspaper, radio and TV experience including leading the local sales staffs at WDCA-TV and WUAB-TV.
GM, Lithia Subaru, Fresno, CA
I started in Automotive sales back in 1987. A good friend of mine talked me into trying it for 30 days and since than I never looked backed. I have seen this car business go through the Junk bond crash, Dotcom bubble, Housing Market Crash and now through COVID. After the Housing Crash I promised myself that I would be prepared for the next one. I thrive on all the challenges and excitement that this business has to offer.
Parker Hamilton Poling
Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee
Parker Hamilton Poling was named Executive Director of the NRCC in January 2019, charged with the mission of regaining the Republican majority. She had previously served as Chief of Staff to Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry from 2007 to 2018. Prior to McHenry’s selection as Chief Deputy Whip in 2014, Parker was the Chief of Staff in his personal office. As Chief of Staff, she helped him develop from a junior Member to become a member of leadership and finally, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee. She served as Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee from 1999 to 2001. She was Assistant to the Director of Media Affairs in the White House in the administration of President George W. Bush and served as Communications Coordinator on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She has also worked for the Leadership Institute and several political campaigns. In 2018, she was named to Politico Playbook’s PowerList: Women to Watch.
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Kurt Rao serves as the senior vice president and chief technology officer at TEGNA and is charged with working across TEGNA to drive the development and implementation of the company's next-generation client and customer technology solutions in the areas of content, advertising, data and insights and media distribution. Previously, Rao was chief information and technology officer for Time Inc., where he led the transformation and growth of the media publishing organization into a digital content platform company. In addition, he optimized technology operations across the organization and built platforms to support content across video and digital, while enhancing consumer data analytics.
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.
Robin D. Roberts
President, National Media Group
Mr. Roberts oversees National Media Group, a family of companies focusing on providing research, planning and placement services to corporate, political, association and issue-advocacy clients. In 2009, Mr. Roberts founded the Washington Media Scholars Foundation, a 501 (c)3 organization that has provided over 630 undergraduate students nationwide with academic, scholarship, and career opportunities who are interested in the public affairs advertising industry. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Roberts received a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as president of the USC Alumni Association and is a member of the USC Board of Trustees.
Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day. Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, “Courage and Consequence”. His latest book is, “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters.”
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 25 years in broadcast TV, including time with Scripps and FOX O&O stations.
President and CEO, Ad Council
As president and CEO of the Ad Council, Lisa Sherman works at the intersection of media, marketing, technology, entertainment and advertising, convening the world’s best marketers to create public engagement campaigns. By leveraging leading-edge products, approaches and digital technologies, the Ad Council tackles the most pressing issues facing the country. Sherman is a thought leader, frequent public speaker, and an active participant on advisory boards for several industry and public service organizations, including the World Economic Forum’s Information and Entertainment Stewardship Board. In addition, she is an Advisor to Guild Education, a 2019 female founded EdTech Unicorn and a member of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Dickinson College. Lisa has also been recognized with a number of industry and community service awards, most recently receiving the prestigious 2019 Matrix award, from the New York Women in Communications.
President, Frontrow Advisory
James is an experienced media business executive, specializing in the convergence, distribution and monetization of TV/Video. He brings a valuable Strategy & Development skill set that spans product strategy, general management, business development & partnerships. He currently leads the TIP Initiative on behalf of broadcasters.
President, Hudson MX
Before joining Hudson MX in June 2018, Jay was Chief Revenue Officer for Adform, Europe’s largest advertising technology platform provider. He was responsible for the company’s global revenue and looked after sales teams in more than 18 markets around the world. Prior to joining Adform, Jay served as General Manager, International for The Rubicon Project where he managed the company’s global expansion initiatives and owned the P&L for all markets outside of North America. Jay brings more than 20 years of digital media and international business experience to his current role. He has been recognized as Exchange Wire’s Ad Tech Personality of the Year 2015, one of AdAge’s Top 20 Interactive Marketers in the US, and hailed as the fifth most influential UK Digital marketer by Revolution Magazine.
Executive Automotive Consultant, TVB
Steve has been the Executive Automotive Consultant for TVB for over 5 years. He provides his unique perspective on current sales, market, brand and marketing updates to the industry. He has published an Auto Industry Playbook which provides a comprehensive review of the industry and key selling techniques. Steve and the Business Development team provide one‐on‐one calls to member stations for their key Auto accounts to help grow or gain new revenue. He is a widely accomplished senior automobile marketing and media executive who has driven billions of dollars in revenue and market share growth, while achieving industry leadership for new and established brands. Steve was a valued member of senior management teams at Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Sales USA.
Sr. Director, Product, Alphonso
Chaitanya oversees product management, product marketing, sales and business development for Alphonso Local, a suite of TV ad measurement and attribution software and services for local broadcasters. He leads the company's partnerships and initiatives with major broadcasters across the country, enabling their sales organizations to demonstrate TV ad effectiveness and ROI to local advertisers. Prior to joining Alphonso, Chaitanya co-founded a startup in the IoT space for in-home device analytics, where he served as the company's chief architect. He has also worked as both a software developer and product manager in various companies, including Microsoft and Citrix.
Director, U.S. Marketing, Ford Motor Co.
Matt VanDyke is responsible for building the Ford brand in the US. Since 2018, VanDyke has been leading integrated communications, digital consumer experience, brand alliances, revenue management and retail go-to market strategies. Previously, VanDyke was VP of Marketing for Ford of Europe, where he oversaw the launch of the all-new Fiesta, all-new Focus, and the range of ST Line and Active products. Prior to 2016, VanDyke served as Director for Global Lincoln, leading the marketing, sales and service team for the luxury brand. VanDyke joined Ford Motor Company in 2008 as Director, U.S. Marketing Communications & Global Fixed Marketing, where he led Ford and Lincoln advertising. Before Ford, VanDyke was the Group Account Director for Team One Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of the Association of National Advertisers and Ford Motor Company’s joint venture Ford Direct.
EVP, Local Markets & National Networks, Comscore
In his role as EVP, Local Markets & National Networks for Comscore, Steve Walsh works closely with management, sales, research and digital teams across the full television landscape – from TV stations at the local level, to station groups, up to national networks – to demonstrate how Comscore helps clients drive revenue and market share across all video platforms. Steve brings more than 25 years of proven strategic sales and management experience to his role at Comscore, which he joined after launching and overseeing the local television business at Rentrak. Previously, Steve held key sales leadership positions at research industry startups and standard-bearers including Integrated Media Measurement, Experian Research Services, IAG Research, TNS Media Intelligence and Nielsen Media Research. Steve is a member of TVB, the Advertising Research Foundation and the Radio & Television Research Council.
SVP, Business Development, TVB
In his TVB role, Brian is responsible for working with member stations to help support their efforts communicating local broadcast television as the leading medium for advertisers and agencies. Using decades of experience and solid market research, Brian is able to provide member stations and their clients a unique perspective on the advertising choices and marketing trends business owners face today. Brian represents the East Coast region, educating them on the power of effective and efficient advertising. He also works closely with station sales providing resources and support such as training, webinars, industry presentations and in-person meetings.
CEO, Talon North America
Jim Wilson has spent 20+ years at the forefront of transforming media and technology businesses. As CEO of Talon North America, he’s leading the award-winning, independent out-of-home advertising specialist. Previously, Jim served as President of Premion, TEGNA and Gray’s first-in-market streaming TV advertising platform. Before that, he served as TouchTunes COO, delivering growth ahead of its sale. As Atari CEO, Jim transitioned the business from retail distributor to digital publisher, leading to its sale. He also founded Universal Studios’ successful games business. Earlier on, he held management roles at Universal, Sony and Disney.
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