Douglas S. Bennett serves as president of Freedom Interactive, a division of Freedom Communications. He previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer from 2006 to 2008.
Bennett has a 30-year track record in growing revenues and driving product development strategies within publishing, media, software and technology companies. In each of the last four years, Bennett has led Freedom to double-digit, year-over-year growth in interactive audience and revenues by expanding the accessibility and distribution of its hyper-local news and information.
Bennett has initiated numerous partnerships and technology solutions onto Freedom’s more than 140 websites, which include its daily and weekly newspapers, broadcast television stations and magazines. Bennett has orchestrated content-sharing and cross-selling partnerships with leading information companies such as Google and Yahoo, the latter having netted more than $3 million in advertising revenue.
Under Bennett’s leadership, Freedom is transforming from a traditional media company into a world-class, multi-platform information provider that reaches new audiences through mobile apps, tablets and social media.
Previously, Mr. Bennett served as president and chief financial officer for National Lampoon from 2002 to 2006, playing a major role in re-establishing the company as the pre-eminent creator of irreverent comedy material in film television, print and online media.
Prior to that he was chief operating officer at iUniverse, Inc., a digital publishing company that provides technology for multiple distribution methods of content such as ebooks, and print-on-demand deliveries. He also served as president at Macmillan Publishing, where he led day-to-day operations and product development for a portfolio of websites, computer books, software and game strategy guides.
Peter received the Interactive Advertising Bureau's (IAB) 2010 Service Excellence Award for his dedication and leadership in helping educate local marketers and ad agencies in 2009. He has been engaged in traditional and online business start-ups for more than 20 years. After selling a retail business in late 1996, he began work in Richmond, Va., on one of the first e-commerce marketplaces for a 1,000+ member local merchants association. Peter joined Landmark Communications Inc. in 1998 to develop and manage the highly successful Richmond.com Web site. He has also served as director of interactive media for Media General's Publishing division with shared responsibility for the online convergence effort of publishing and broadcast sites.Peter has been an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business teaching Global Internet Marketing. He attended the International Studies program at the University of Lund, Sweden, and holds a bachelor's degree in Radio, TV & Film from the University of Maryland.
Terry Delisa is the VP of Digital at Tribune Interactive, driving online and mobile revenue growth for 6 major dailies at Tribune Company. She started her digital media career in direct sales and worked her way up to VP in just under 7 years. Her specialty is building successful sales organizations and channels in marquis companies such as Media News Group, and Tribune Company. Terry has helped these companies build strategy, develop cross platform products, and grow revenue through effective partner management and developing the digital IQ in their sales teams.
Has lived in Bedford park, IL for 47 years. She purchased European Tan 9 years ago on a whim, and she has never regretted it! She offers tanning, lotion and moisturizer, jewelry, and purses. They specialize in unique retail items.Prior to owning a tanning salon, she owned a Cleaning Service.
Shayne is Director of Strategy and Business Development for Rhythm, the leader in premium mobile video advertising. Shayne oversees Rhythm's exclusive premier publisher relationships. He has led partnership efforts with various media entities, including top apps and mobile websites from CBS, ABC, NBCUniversal, Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Discovery, Viacom, and Associated Press. Shayne holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Greg is a co-founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Verve Wireless, an advertising technology provider that helps local media monetize their mobile inventory, and enables advertisers to reach a valuable premium audience. Greg has more than fifteen years of experience in business and consumer-based marketing, including brand management, product marketing, and communications strategy. Greg started his career at Intel in strategic marketing, working on the Pentium® III and Xeon® product launches. He then went on to product management positions at Swell.com and, more recently, led the marketing efforts at the leading out-of-home interactive entertainment company - NTN Buzztime. Greg earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder and went on to earn his M.B.A. from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
He is the author of "Reinventing Local Media, Volumes I & II and of the acclaimed series of essays Local Media in a Postmodern World, which is published in many languages worldwide, and writes the popular "Pomo Blog." He is a sought-after speaker on college campuses and at media conferences, and he's the author of three other books.
He coined the term "unbundled media" to describe not only what's happening to and with all forms of media but also as a strategy to move mainstream media to the web. He created definitions and descriptions of Media 2.0 that are now widely used by media observers everywhere, including "We are not in the content business; we're in the advertising business."
He retired from television news management in 1998 to concentrate on the internet. He is a 28-year veteran of television news and was a news director in six different markets.
Terry lives with his wife, stepdaughter and 3 dogs in Frisco, Texas.
John Hilton serves as the Executive Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Pandora. He is responsible for developing and spearheading Pandora’s local and reseller strategy to take advantage of the company’s explosive growth. As today’s leading personalized online radio service and one of the top downloadable apps on smartphones, Pandora has more than 100 million registered users and mobile listening now accounts for 70% of Pandora’s total listening hours.
Prior to Pandora, John was at Yahoo!, where he was one of the original executives to develop a strategic vision for Yahoo! to "go local” by developing a consortium of the country's major media companies and creating a mutually beneficial partnership with television stations and daily newspapers. Not only did this partnership generate millions of dollars by effectively connecting in market advertisers with Yahoo! users, it also pushed one global and many local media companies alike, several steps closer to understanding how to reach the holy grail of local advertisers.
Since 1994, while a sophomore at Santa Clara University, John has been working to understand the local advertising market. As founder of a San Francisco Bay Area media company that produced a monthly magazine, website and niche events, he utilized up to 80 energetic adult and student volunteers to build a local advertising machine that led to year over year growth for the 13 years of its existence. John also led efforts for Knight Ridder, the largest U.S. newspaper company at that time, to acquire both CareerPath and CareerBuilder and managed sales teams representing local sites such as BayArea.com and Miami.com.
David is Director of Product Management for Belo Interactive Group, the interactive division of Belo Corp one of the largest pure-play television companies in the country. His responsibilities include leading corporate product development, strategy and implementations for 15 local markets in the area of web, mobile and niche product offerings. David also oversees several of Belo's reseller partner relationships with organizations such as Cars.com and Yahoo! Since joining Belo in early 2010 David has led the team in a complete overhaul of the company's mobile technologies leading to exponential traffic and revenue growth. He is now is focused on working with the local markets to expand the companies mobile offerings and developing new revenue models to ensure sustainability. Prior to joining Belo David spent 13 years in the newspaper industry working mainly in the interactive space most recently as Director of Interactive Classified Sales and Product Management for the Bay Area News Group in San Jose California. David is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business with a degree in Business Management and Accounting, and a die-hard UM Football Fan.
Knitter is the co-chair of the IAB mobile committee and previously served as the president of the Newspaper Association of America's Research Federation. Additionally, she was elected the Oak Brook Park District Commissioner.
Knitter lives in Oakbrook with her husband Richard.
Sandhi Kozsuch is Director of Mobile Broadcasting for Cox Media Group in Atlanta where he leads the company's development of Mobile DTV and digital data opportunities for Radio. He serves on the Board of Pearl LLC, the recently announced consortium of major television media companies focused on the advancement of Mobile DTV.
Since 1995, he has worked in the Internet and Mobile fields serving as Director of Site Development for Cox Media Group Digital, Director of Digital for Cox Television, Executive Vice President - Development and Marketing for WorldNow in New York City, and as General Manager of Cox Interactive Media's Charlotte studio and part of the senior management team to launch Cox Enterprises' Internet division. From 1995 to 2000 he developed and led GoCarolinas.com/WSOC-TV.com to become one of the top television-based web sites in the nation.
Prior to 1995, Kozsuch has been in the television broadcast industry, serving in various positions in marketing, news, programming, and production. He served as Program Director for Cox Television's WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina and as Director of Marketing and Broadcast Operations for WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the American Broadcasting Company's Affiliate Marketing Board, and has won numerous Addy, Telly, and Promax awards.
Past affiliations include: Chairman of the IAB's Local Committee, member of the IAB's Video and Interactive Television Committee, National committee member of the American Heart Association, Leadership Richmond and Leadership Kingsport, committee chairman for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, committee member for the United Way, and committee chairman for the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.
He attended East Tennessee State University with studies in Communications, Marketing, and English and the National Association of Broadcasters' television management conference at Northwestern University.
He is married, has two children, and resides in Johns Creek, GA.
David has over 15 years experience developing and managing technology products, the last six years focused on solutions for mobile publishers. He currently manages Publisher Products for AT&T Interactive, the digital local advertising division of AT&T. David directs strategy and execution for AT&T Interactive’s YP Local Ad Network, providing publishers access to one of the most comprehensive sources of local ads. A key initiative David is focused on is how mobile app developers can leverage local advertising to monetize their mobile sites and apps.
Pat LaPlatney joined Raycom Media in August 2007. He oversees the digital media business with responsibilities for the TV websites, digital spectrum opportunities, and other emerging-market platforms.
This is LaPlatney's second tour with Raycom, having spent eight years with Raycom Sports, departing there as Senior Vice-President of Programming and Distribution in 1997. While at Raycom Sports he had oversight responsibility for distribution, programming, the events group and business development.
Dick is the Executive Vice President of American Marketing & Publishing (AMP), the fastest growing local publisher in the United States with 480 community directory publications in 10 Midwestern states under the HomePages Directories brand. He manages a sales force of 235 professionals and is responsible for Text Marketing, printed directories, and the online and mobile directory, CloseBy.com.AMP focuses on small suburban and rural markets delivering customers to family-owned businesses through community directories and mobile marketing.
Prior to joining AMP, he was co-founder and President of Weblistic, an online advertising agency dedicated to local results. Prior to Weblistic, Dick was VP of Internet at TransWestern Publishing and Publisher of WorldPages.com, companies acquired by Yellowbook for over$1.5 billion.
He was the VP of Sales and Marketing for GTE Interactive Media, the consumer software arm of the $21 billion telecommunications company.
Dick publishes the Small Business Commando News, electronic publications focused on the needs of small businesses. He is the author of countless magazine articles, and the book Ringing Up Profits – How to Create Yellow Pages Ads that Make the Phone Ring.
He has a degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Fred Lebolt has been involved with online and print operations at the Sun-Times since the mid-1990s. As SVP for Sun-Times Digital, he oversees sales, content and technology initiatives for the digital division. He recently directed the implementation of an integrated print/online content management system for the company, and helped create a unified, multi-platform "media desk" operation. In addition to digital operations, Lebolt has served as publisher of the company’s daily suburban newspapers. Other organizations Lebolt has worked for include Liberty Suburban Chicago Newspapers, The Financial Post of Canada, and other media companies. A native of Chicago, Lebolt has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Steve receiving his bachelors in business administration with a concentration in finance from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He currently is the manager of European Tan. He received a Saint Xavier University Scholarship, is a State Scholar and is a Dean's List student.
Sam Matheny is General Manager of News Over Wireless, which is part of CBC New Media Group, LLC. CBC New Media Group is a division of Capitol Broadcasting Company with three principle areas of operation: digital television, Internet, and mobile wireless. Sam's focus is on strategic media applications, where he is currently engaged with mobile wireless content delivery.
News Over Wireless works with broadcasters and wireless phone carriers to provide news and information on mobile phones through video channels, downloadable applications, mobile web sites and SMS. News Over Wireless is partnered with over 185 television stations reaching approximately 90 million US television households and has on-deck relationships with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon as well as numerous very successful iPhone and Android Apps.
Sam has over fifteen years of experience in the high-tech world of computers and communications. Prior to joining CBC New Media Group Sam held management positions with satellite, digital television, web development, interactive video companies.
Sam is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Mobile Marketing Association, the Open Mobile Video Coalition and the Mobile 500 Alliance. He was a 2007 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University.
Away from work Sam serves as an advisory board member to NCSU’s Poole College of Management and as board member for the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Sam lives in Zebulon, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.
William McMahon has been the owner and operator of The Lincoln Inn Family Restaurant in DeKalb Illinois since 1994. The Lincoln Inn has been providing customers with enjoyable dining experiences in the heart of downtown DeKalb for over 40 years. Since purchasing the restaurant eighteen years ago, the McMahon’s have added a line of fresh baked goods and full service catering to the restaurant’s offerings. In addition to the daily operational duties or running the restaurant, McMahon focuses his efforts on using today’s evolving technology to improve marketing opportunities for the restaurant today.
Prior to entering the restaurant industry, McMahon earned a Master’s Degree in Pure Mathematics and his MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Diane Mermigas is an award-winning, independent business writer and analyst specializing in interactive digital media content, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. She is a veteran speaker and conference presenter, who advises companies on developing digital strategies and new business models from their existing resources. Ms. Mermigas also is an adjunct professor of new media studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and a co-collaborator on a book being written by former NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Bob Wright. Her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews can be found at Mediapost, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, The Hollywood Reporter, BNET, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 352-5849. A more extensive bio can be found at Seeking Alpha.
Joe Meyer is the President and CEO of HopStop, a leading location-based service that provides transit-routing and pedestrian navigation in 57 major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Russia.
Prior to HopStop, Mr. Meyer was a Vice President and General Manager for AOL's Quigo Technologies. At Quigo, a leading contextual ad network that was acquired by AOL in late 2007 for $376 Million, Mr. Meyer was responsible for on-boarding and managing exclusive partnerships with hundreds of leading online publishers including Time Inc., ABC News, CareerBuilder, ESPN, Forbes, FoxNews, USA Today, Fodor's and several other top digital media companies.
Before Quigo, Mr. Meyer was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for Onset Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meyer was a General Manager at eBay where he launched eBay's inaugural co-op advertising program, and managed several large product categories for the e-commerce leader including Collectibles and Sporting Goods.
In addition to his responsibilities at HopStop, Mr. Meyer was most recently on the Board of Advisors for Adtuitive (acquired by Etsy) and Belief Networks (acquired by BenefitFocus); and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Snooth, Lot18, Spongecell and Kalexo. Mr. Meyer lives in Mamaroneck, NY with his wife and four children, and earned a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Wharton.
In addition, she is leading Fisher's effort to create an integrated, multi-platform content and advertising solution for broadcasters. As part of this effort, she is working to create original broadcast and digital content specifically designed to give local broadcasters the ability to distribute and monetize content across TV, radio and newly created digital platforms. She successfully launched mobile applications and Dot 2 channels. She handles retransmission consent negotiations and group programming across all Fisher markets.
A veteran of the broadcasting industry, Ms. Minkarah joined Fisher in 2002. Over the past eight years, she has held a series of roles of increasing responsibility, including leading Business Development and Market Development initiatives throughout the company and General Sales Manager of KOMO 4 in Seattle.
Ms. Minkarah is a Board Member of the Foundation for Seattle Community Colleges and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and she also serves on the Marketing Committee of the Pacific Science Center Board. Ms. Minkarah earned her BFA in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati.
In his current role, he is responsible for developing the mobile strategy for AutoTrader.com to include dealer specific products as well as consumer facing products.Prior to joining AutoTrader.com, Jose was CEO of Avenida America, Inc. a multimedia Spanish language communications company with products including yellow pages, auto guides, apartment guides in print, online and mobile. He is an expert in the Hispanic consumer market as well as emerging technologies. In 2008, he was recognized by Catalyst magazine as one of the top 10 entrepreneurs in Atlanta. He is a native of Mexico and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his family.
Co-founded xDSL Networks Inc. in June of 1998, a start-up high-speed data access ISP based in Baltimore, MD. The company, licensed as a CLEC, intends to begin offering facilities based services in the third quarter of 1999. The company will utilize Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technologies to offer high speed, low cost data services to the business and residential markets. The company will initially focus their efforts on the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets, with intentions to expand their presence to encompass the twelve states comprising the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions within eighteen months of their initial service offering. Mrs. Schelle is responsible for state and legislative and regulatory licensing, interconnection and carrier relationship matters.
Previously Mrs. Schelle served as Vice President of External Affairs for American Personal Communications (APC) the nation's first and most successful commercial PCS venture. Mrs. Schelle was responsible for all strategic partnerships, external affairs, and all legislative and regulatory matters.
Mrs. Schelle came to APC from the Personal Communications Industry Association, a wireless communications trade association in Washington, D.C., where she established a PCS section to give representation to the emerging PCS industry. Mrs. Schelle has also worked as a manager of business development for LCC Incorporated, a cellular consulting firm, and as a financial analyst for McCaw Cellular Communications and previously, MCI/Airsignal.
Mrs. Schelle holds a B.A. in Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Greg is responsible for strategy, direction and operation of the sales and partner relations teams. He joined Zillow in 2006 as Vice President of Sales and has built a national sales team and the company's advertising sales platform for the website and location-based mobile platform.
Andrew is the proprietor of www.localseoguide.com and one of the top local search consultants in the industry. Andrew offers full service SEO, search engine advertising, website strategy and local search consulting with a specialty in yellow pages and local directories SEO. He has provided his services to numerous media, ecommerce companies, franchises and start-ups including Bing.com, Amazon, DexKnows.com, Yellowbook.com, The Yellow Pages Group Co. of Canada, Truvo, Telegate Media, Business.com, The Los Angeles Times, Cox Communications, The New York Daily News, Ingenio/AT&T, D&B, Sequoia Capital, Friendster, MOG.com, ChaCha.com and Spoke.com. Local SEO Guide also provides small businesses with search marketing services.
Andrew also is the editor of the popular Local SEO Guide blog, the local search engine optimization and local search marketing blog that provides simple tips, trends, how-to's and strategies for small businesses and marketers in the local search industry. In 2011, Andrew launched a partnership with BIA/Kelsey to provide social media consulting services to BIA/Kelsey clients. He also is a regular contributor to SearchEngineLand.com.
Andrew is a frequent speaker on SEO, local search and web strategy at conferences such as BIA/Kelsey's Interactive Local Media, Directional Media Strategies, The Local Search Association, SMX, SES, RadioInk, Deals3D and the Daily Deals Summit.
Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the Internet. He was a founding member of NBC's Internet group and a former GM of NBC.com. While at NBC, Andrew created NBC-IN, the first national network of local TV station websites. Most recently he was VP Business & Product Development at Insider Pages, a pioneering local-social search engine which was recently acquired by CitySearch. At InsiderPages, Andrew developed local SEO strategies and techniques that helped attract over 3 million monthly unique visitors and over 600,000 reviews of local businesses almost entirely via search engine referrals.
C. Lee Smith is the President and CEO of Ad-ology Research - a division of Sales Development Services, Inc., a company he founded in 1989.
Ad-ology Research analyzes key marketing and advertising trends in over 440 industries and what motivates end-customers. - including the firm's recently completed "2011-2012 Auto Buyers Forecast."Lee is also the creator of the AdMall new business development system for local advertising sales. AdMall is currently used by sales teams at more than 2,000 media properties across the United States.
His company’s mission is to help marketers and business owners “Advertise Smarter” by using customer psychographics, shopographics, and technographics, rather than just rates and ratings.
Prior to forming the company, Lee spent 10 years in advertising sales for newspapers in Columbus, Ohio; Providence, Rhode Island; and Athens, Ohio; along with radio sales research experience in Marietta, Ohio. Lee enjoys cycling, playing golf, ice hockey and curling, and is active in Rotary International. Lee received his degree in Advertising from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
A seasoned digital marketing veteran with more than 13 years of experience, Brent Turner joined Marchex in October 2009. As the executive vice president responsible for Marchex’s Digital Call Marketplace and Call Analytics business units, he oversees the daily operations and strategic direction of the company’s Digital Call Advertising business. Before joining Marchex, Turner was General Manager of Search and the Microsoft Media Network for Microsoft Advertising, where he oversaw the launch of both the Bing and Microsoft Media Network brands to advertisers and agencies.
Prior to his role at Microsoft, Brent worked for aQuantive for eight years, holding numerous strategic roles, including Vice President of Operations for Avenue A (Razorfish), Founder and Vice President of Atlas' Publisher division, and Founder, Vice President, and General Manager of aQuantive's Vertical Networks business unit.
In the years before he entered the digital marketing space, Turner was Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary for VanOwen Group, a small private equity firm in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he executed takeover and turnaround activities on small manufacturing firms in the high-tech sector.
Turner is a General Partner in the Seattle Founder’s Co-Op, a community of early stage investors, and is an angel investor in several Seattle-area startups. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade, a nonprofit organization that serves minors who are victims of prostitution. He is directly responsible for the organization’s strategy and development, and he supports similar nonprofits in Cambodia and Thailand.
Turner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis and an MBA from theOwen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he is President of the Alumni Board of Directors.