Board of Directors

The Local Media Association Board of Directors is comprised of innovative and forward thinking individuals representing some of the brightest minds in local media. Their collective support and dedication helps guide Local Media Association and its members on the road to success in today’s dynamic and ever-evolving, local-news-media industry.

Nancy is the dynamic leader of Local Media Association. In her role, she focuses on the organization’s mission: to help local media companies discover new and sustainable business models.

She is the author of more than a dozen industry reports on a wide variety of topics. Her disruption in local media blog has had more than 50,000 views since launching nearly 3 years ago. She is a sought-after speaker at a wide mix of media events. Over the past year she conducted sessions at the National Association of Broadcaster’s Digital Future Exchange, Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference, BIA/Kelsey’s ENGAGE program, WAN-IFRA’s World NewsMedia Congress/Cartagena, The Roundtable/Leap Media and Association National de la Presse/Chile. In 2017 she hosted a track dedicated to Facebook at Borrell’s LOAC17.

Nancy created the Innovation Mission in 2008 and has led eight tours since then. To date, the IM has visited with more than 110 of the most disruptive and innovative companies in the world.

Nancy spent 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher and advertising director in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Missouri before taking over LMA in 2000. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Villanova University and is the president-elect of the Villanova Alumni Association.

Nancy Lane

PRESIDENT (312) 631-3270 nancy.lane@localmedia.org

Jed Williams

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER (919) 265-8899 jed.williams@localmedia.org

Jed is the Chief Innovation Officer at the Local Media Association, where he leads industrywide digital revenue and business transformation initiatives for newspapers, radio and TV broadcasters, digital publishers, and R&D partners. These programs include Innovation Missions, Chief Digital Club executive networking groups, digital boot camps, and LMA’s consulting practice focused on disruptive innovation.

Previously, Jed was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Vendasta, where he managed partnerships with leading media companies and drove the company’s go-to-market strategy. He also spearheaded the development and launch of the Vendasta Marketplace, which connects channel partners to best-of-breed solutions.

Jed has also held positions as Vice President of Strategic Consulting at BIA/Kelsey and Director of Business Development at Main Street Hub. He has led strategic consulting projects for AT&T, Google, NBC, Time-Warner Cable and Yahoo!.

A veteran of the local media space, Jed is adept at analyzing and forecasting digital trends, and empowering partners to generate new revenue. His insights have been cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, FOX Business, and the BBC, among others. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and corporate meetings. He has written extensively on creative destruction and disruptive media. His work has been published and taught by the Columbia Journalism School and the Yale School of Management

Jed received his master’s in media business from the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was named the Outstanding M.A. Graduate by the school.

Jed Williams

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER (919) 265-8899 jed.williams@localmedia.org

David Arkin

Chief Content Officer 630-936-6070 david.arkin@localmedia.org

David Arkin is the Chief Content Officer for the Local Media Association. His experience spans nearly 20 years as an editor and content executive developing high-quality journalism and building transformative digital strategies.

For LMA, Arkin is launching and will run the organization’s Chief Content Club, a group of  audience development and news managers who learn about key content and audience development trends. He also runs LMA’s content training program, content consulting service and works on news partnerships with Facebook and Google. He oversees the organization’s website and social media accounts.

For the past year he served as Chief Content Officer for Community Impact Newspaper, where he oversaw content operations and strategy, for both print and digital, for the company’s 22-hyper-local newspapers, with distribution of 1.7 million in Austin, Dallas and Houston. His efforts led to several national journalism awards for the company.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Product & Development for GateHouse Media, a position he held for almost five years. His total tenure with GateHouse was nearly 10 years. During that time, he built and successfully scaled the Center for News & Design, and hired 275 people to provide original content, page design, digital development services and training. He also led the company’s content strategies and developed successful social media, video and digital storytelling strategies. In his last year, he overhauled the user experience and design of GateHouse’s 500 websites.

He was the LMA Digital News Innovator of the Year in 2015 and has served on the Local Media Foundation board of directors for the past five years, most recently as First Vice President. He also previously was a member of the Associated Press Media Editors board of directors.

David Arkin

Chief Content Officer 630-936-6070 david.arkin@localmedia.org

Lindsey Leisher Estes

DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS & MEMBER SERVICES (410) 838-3018 lindsey.estes@localmedia.org

Lindsey Estes has a strong background in marketing and social media and spent five years working for the Newspaper Association of America. While at NAA, she specialized in helping smaller-market publishers and organizing the annual mediaXchange conference. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia Tech.

Lindsey Leisher Estes

DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS & MEMBER SERVICES (410) 838-3018 lindsey.estes@localmedia.org

Jack Zavoral

DIRECTOR OF MEMBER DEVELOPMENT (608) 347-7565 jack.zavoral@localmedia.org

Jack Zavoral is a digital sales and marketing professional who has worked in dozens of markets with hundreds of merchants on their digital marketing strategy. He led the digital sales teams at the local broadcast and newspaper properties owned by Quincy Broadcasting, and also led the digital sales team at MyWeather, LLC. He is a regular speaker at digital marketing seminars focused on integrating digital with traditional media.

His earlier experience in brand management with packaged goods companies Birds Eye foods and Rayovac batteries put him on both sides of the advertising transaction table. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Marketing. He has been certified by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in  Advanced Digital Media Sales and the LMA’s Advanced Digital Sales course. Jack and his wife Tina are longtime residents of the Madison, WI area. Together they have four adult children. Jack enjoys fishing, hunting and all things in the outdoors.

Jack Zavoral

DIRECTOR OF MEMBER DEVELOPMENT (608) 347-7565 jack.zavoral@localmedia.org

Janice Norman

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE DIRECTOR (231) 839-8651 janice.norman@localmedia.org

Janice has been LMA’s Accounting & Finance Director since September 2001. Her previous accounting positions included, Accounting Supervisor, Senior Accountant, and Budget Analyst. She has experience in banking, legal, travel, property management, and transportation industries.

Janice received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting and Finance Specialty from Lawrence Technological University.

She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new grandson, the outdoors, gardening and the lakes of Northern Michigan.  Janice has also volunteered her accounting services to various organizations through the years.

Janice Norman

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE DIRECTOR (231) 839-8651 janice.norman@localmedia.org

Matt Coen

CHAIRMAN | President & Co-Founder, Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

President & Co-Founder
Second Street, Inc.
1017 Olive Street, Mezzanine Level
St. Louis, MO 63101

Matt Coen

CHAIRMAN | President & Co-Founder, Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

Mark Poss

FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

CEO
Big Fish Works
P.O. Box 2010
Red Wing, MN 55066


Mark Poss is CEO of Big Fish Works based in Red Wing, MN. Along with his wife Becky, they are the second generation family owners of the company formerly known as Red Wing Publishing. They operate a dozen community newspapers, a growing digital advertising agency and two commercial print operations. They are focused on transforming all aspects of their business to thrive in the ever changing media landscape.

Mark has a degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. But his real education has come from working with his in-laws and all the fantastic employees of Big Fish Works.

Mark Poss

FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

Robert Brown

SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

President & COO
Swift Communications
200 Lindbergh Drive P.O. Box 1500
Gypsum, CO 81637


Bob Brown was named as President of Swift Communications in November 2008. He continues to serve as Chief Operating Officer having held that position since January, 2005. He was the General Manager for Colorado Mountain News Media from 1999 to 2004. Brown has also been the Publisher of the Vail Daily, Summit Daily News, Summit County Journal, and Leadville Chronicle.

He has over 30 years of experience in the newspaper and communications industries. Brown is a Board member of Local Media Association, Associated Press, the Youth Foundation of Eagle County and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. He also volunteered with Vail Leadership and as a youth coach with the Western Eagle County Recreation.

Brown holds a B.S. degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Colorado State University.

Bob has been married to his wife of 29 years Lori and they have 3 children, Britney (28), Cameron (25) and Cody (22).

Robert Brown

SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

Peter Newton

TREASURER | Chief Revenue Officer, GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing (617) 786-7011 pnewton@gatehousemedia.com

Chief Revenue Officer
GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing
GateHouse Media
108 Myrtle Street
Quincy, MA 02171


Peter Newton is CEO of Propel Business Services, a subsidiary of GateHouse Media focused on developing and scaling growth businesses, and Chief Revenue Officer of GateHouse Media.  PBS portfolio companies include Propel Marketing, provider of digital marketing services to local businesses.  Prior to joining GateHouse in 2012, Newton was president and founder of Big Rock Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in helping media companies grow.  Newton also previously worked at Monster.com as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Small and Medium Business.  He was responsible for overseeing and directing the entire Monster operation dedicated to growing the company’s small- and medium-sized business (SMB) segment.  Newton joined Monster after an 18-year career with The Boston Globe and Boston.com, where he served as Vice President of Advertising and President of BostonWorks, the multimedia recruitment services division launched by The Globe in 2001.  Newton began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Peter Newton

TREASURER | Chief Revenue Officer, GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing (617) 786-7011 pnewton@gatehousemedia.com

Catherine Badalamente

SECRETARY | VP, Digital Media, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Vice President, Digital Media
Graham Media Group
161 N. Clark St Suite 2900
Chicago IL, 60601


Catherine Badalamente is the Vice President, Digital Media for Graham Media Group. She has held this position since October 2012. In her role, Badalamente oversees digital sales, content, and technology for GMG.

Badalamente has been at the forefront of the changing television landscape and transition to new media throughout her career.
Under her leadership, Graham Digital has transformed from a small group of part-time employees to a leading edge development company. Graham Digital is made up of dedicated individuals passionate about the intersection of digital technology and cutting edge media.

Prior to her current role she served as Director of Digital Media, helping to create successful multi-platform convergent campaigns for clients and stations and was successful at driving growth in both audience and revenue for the group.

Badalamente began her Graham Media Group career in 2000 at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. There she held a variety of roles including Director of New Business Development from 2006 to 2010. She began her television career at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland as an Account Executive in 1997.

Badalamente serves as the chairperson for the National Association of Broadcasters Digital Officer Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Local Media Association, StormPins and Videolicious.

Badalamente is a graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in Communications.

Catherine Badalamente

SECRETARY | VP, Digital Media, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Gordon Borrell

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.com

CEO
Borrell Associates
1643 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185


Gordon Borrell is a sought-after speaker for conferences and company meetings and is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He started his career as a reporter and editor for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1989 he began pioneering interactive ventures and helped establish the first TV, newspaper, cable and network TV websites. Mr. Borrell conceptualized and helped create InfiNet, an Internet access and hosting company later split up and sold to Earthlink and to Gannett Co. He chaired the Local Media Association from 2015-2017 and was president of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation in 2000. He is married, has five children, and lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he has been active on boards and organizations supporting public education and community sports.

Gordon Borrell

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.com

Lisa Bishop

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Chief Digital Officer
Heartland Media, LLC
4521 Leavenworth St
Omaha, NE 68106


Lisa Bishop joined Heartland Media as Chief Digital Officer in October 2015. Bishop is a digital monetization and product specialist who has led transformational change in the local media industry for the past 17 years.

In her role at Heartland, Bishop oversees all digital operations, strategy, monetization and business development of audience and revenue for the growing station group.  Bishop led the launch of PulseLocal Marketing, Heartland’s digital agency in the spring of 2016 offering solutions such as: responsive web site development, social media management, reputation management, database and email marketing, and search engine marketing.

Prior to her time at Heartland, Bishop conceived and executed the formulation of Gray Digital Media in 2002 under the leadership of then COO Bob Prather. As the VP of Digital Media, she was the catalyst to a culture transformation of Gray’s local television stations and the creation of their local digital properties by transforming a traditional media distribution company to focus on content gathering and syndication across multiple digital platforms.  Bishop was responsible all digital initiatives including web, mobile, online operations, business development and revenue and monetization strategies. She also led the efforts to build out a fully supported digital agency, LocalX Marketing.

In the early 2000’s – Lisa led the first interactive team for Benedek Broadcasting, Benedek Interactive Media (BIM), from 2000-2002, bringing many local TV stations online for the first time.

In addition to broadcast experience, Bishop also served as a sports correspondent for Chicago’s local newspaper The Daily Herald, covering local high school sports. In 1998 she served as Sports Information Director Assistant for Montreat College where she brought the college’s sports coverage online for the first time with the development of their Web site.  She also wrote sports articles for a small local newspaper in North Carolina, the Black Mountain News.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Montreat College in North Carolina. Additionally, she has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She lives in the Charlotte area with her husband and their two children.

Lisa Bishop

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

CEO
Spirited Media
P.O. Box 577
Great Falls, VA 22066


Jim Brady is the founder and CEO of Spirited Media, a mobile-focused local news startup.

Jim has spent almost 20 years in digital news, working in both digital-only and legacy operations, and has the gray, thinning hairline to prove it. He came to the digital world in April 1995 as sports editor of Digital Ink, the Washington Post’s first new media effort. He was on the core team that launched washingtonpost.com in June 1996 and has been a sucker for all things digital ever since.

Along the way, Jim has served as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, general manager of the now-deceased TBD.com, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and in various executive roles at America Online.

During Jim’s tenure as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards.

At Digital First Media, Jim was the editor overseeing 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites. He also oversaw the conception. launch and — eventually — the demise of Project Thunderdome, a centralized digital innovation hub that produced high-quality news products for DFM properties.

At TBD, Jim built a local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combined the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. As general manager of TBD, he was responsible for the business operations and editorial oversight of both TBD.com and TBD TV, a 24-hour local cable news station.

During Jim’s four-plus years at America Online, he served as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations. During his time at AOL, Brady was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election.

Jim is also a Past President of the Online News Association, where he’s been a board member since 2005. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation, on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute and on the advisory boards of GlobalPost, Kaiser Health News, The American University School of Communication and the Fiscal Times.

Brady earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989. Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Huntington, N.Y., he lives with his wife, Joan, and two stubborn beagles in Great Falls, Va.

In his spare time, Jim likes to rant on Twitter about the New York Jets, drinks an ungodly amount of Diet Pepsi, listens to Rush and, according to Philadelphia Magazine, wears Dad jeans.

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

Bill Caudill

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Media Sales, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc (502) 548-4333 bcaudill@nexstar.tv

Vice President of Digital Media Sales
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc
545 E. John Carpenter Freeway St.
Irving, Texas 75062


Bill is a digital and television advertising professional with a clear and consistent record of accurately identifying and capitalizing on interactive opportunities for media companies. Successful track record of growing multi-platform advertising revenue with direct sales teams and through partnership channels. Experienced with managing hundreds of account executives and sales managers specifically at FOX, Yahoo! and Raycom Media. Accomplished in strategic planning and digital audience growth. Well versed in commission/bonus plans that motivate multi-platform sellers and managers. Have built local and national digital advertising teams which includes sales, programming and creative. Recognized expert in developing digital and television sales training strategies for senior managers and account executives at media outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Advertising sales experience includes digital, mobile, television, radio, yellow pages and newspapers.

Bill Caudill

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Media Sales, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc (502) 548-4333 bcaudill@nexstar.tv

Dan Easton

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Victoria Advocate (361) 575-1451 deaston@vicad.com

Publisher
Victoria Advocate
311 E. Constitution St.
Victoria, Texas 77901


Dan Easton currently serves as Publisher of the Victoria Advocate and President of Advocate Digital Media. He represents the third generation of ownership of the newspaper, and has led much of transition to a multimedia organization. Dan has formerly served as IT Director, Digital Director, VP/Interactive, and Board Member for Victoria Advocate Publishing Company. Prior to his role at the Advocate, Dan was VP of Operations for Inquisite, Inc, an Austin-based software startup of parent Catapult Systems Corp. After a year consulting for Catapult, Dan was instrumental in launching the software company, including releasing the first Internet-enabled version in 1997, launching the Application Service Provider model (now known as Software as a Service or “Cloud” service) in 1998, and rapidly growing the company through penetration of Fortune 500 accounts. Prior to joining Catapult, Dan was a consultant and software developer for the Information Technology division of Wright Killen, a petrochemical consulting company, where he developed and implemented simulation and optimization software for the petrochemical industry.

During Dan’s tenure, the Victoria Advocate has been recognized for their excellence by numerous media organizations. Recent notable recognition includes the 2014 Newspaper of the Year award by the Local Media Association, the 2016 Spirit of Freedom award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and First Place at the 2016 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Dan was also recently awarded the Innovator of the Year award by the Local Media Association.

Dan is a native Texan, born in Houston and graduating high school in Corpus Christi. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is currently an active board member for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Media Association. He has also served the board of the Victoria Fine Arts Association, and Habitat for Humanity – Victoria and Victoria Business and Education Coalition. Dan has been married to Camille for 19 years and has two children – James (16) and Elaine (13).

Dan Easton

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Victoria Advocate (361) 575-1451 deaston@vicad.com

Chris Edwards

DIRECTOR | President, Fusionfarm (319) 398-8205 chris@fusionfarm.com

President
Fusionfarm
501 2nd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Chris Edwards serves in a dual role as president of The Gazette, a daily newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and also as president of Fusionfarm, a full service digital advertising agency. The business units are part of holding company that is 100% ESOP and his teams are charged with diversifying revenue streams and developing new business models beyond traditional media approaches. He has worked with both the newspaper and in the broadcast space when the company owned KCRG-TV9, the ABC affiliate for eastern Iowa.

Chris has a background in technology sales and marketing management with companies in the telecom, wireless and data management sectors. His experience has been with a variety of companies, from large publicly traded companies such as Nextel where he was Area General Manager for Texas, to small start-ups such as Dynamic Broadband which provided wireless broadband to rural communities in Iowa.

Chris is a graduate of Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism and serves on a number of state and national industry boards, as well as local charitable organizations in the Cedar Rapids area.

Chris Edwards

DIRECTOR | President, Fusionfarm (319) 398-8205 chris@fusionfarm.com

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Head of Innovation
The McClatchy Company
2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95852

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Eric Johnston

DIRECTOR | COO, Pioneer News Group (206) 284-4424 ejohnston@pioneernewsgroup.com

Chief Operating Officer
Pioneer News Group
221 First Avenue West
Suite 405
Seattle, WA 98119


With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of publishing disciplines, Eric Johnston brings a unique perspective and passion to the media industry. Having served in markets across the country, his experience includes that of photojournalist, print and digital designer, IT specialist, classified advertising sales manager, audience development manager, digital media business leader and Publisher.

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer for the Pioneer News Group, Eric oversees operations for the privately-held company’s two-dozen daily and weekly titles in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining the Pioneer News Group, Eric served as the Publisher and President of The Modesto Bee and the Merced Sun-Star, McClatchy Company newspapers located in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Through his career, Eric has been at the front edge of a number of industry-changing initiatives, including the development, integration and maturation of online business models, the introduction of digital photography and pagination into the newspaper production environment and ongoing workflow and process improvements including regionalized editing, design and customer service operations.

A graduate of California State University, Fresno, Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Susan. They have two daughters: Brittany, a US Navy veteran and nursing student and Morgan, a recent graduate of California State University, Chico.

Eric also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Local Media Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Local Media Consortium. He has also served in leadership capacities for a variety of industry and community-service organizations.

Eric Johnston

DIRECTOR | COO, Pioneer News Group (206) 284-4424 ejohnston@pioneernewsgroup.com

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Shannon Kinney
Founder and Client Success Officer
Dream Local Digital
463 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841


Shannon Kinney is Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local Digital. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, online sales and marketing strategies. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as cars.com, careerbuilder.com, Knight Ridder Digital and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer, advisor and consultant, and has worked with small and large companies alike, and has served more than 41,000 small businesses in online marketing workshops. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by Maine Biz, and as a Local Digital Innovator by the Local Media Association.

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Terry Kukle

DIRECTOR | VP, Business Development and Acquisitions, Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar (905) 279-0440 ext 250 tkukle@metroland.com

VP, Business Development and Acquisitions
Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar
3125 Wolfedale Road
Mississauga, ON L5C 1W1, CANADA

Terry Kukle

DIRECTOR | VP, Business Development and Acquisitions, Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar (905) 279-0440 ext 250 tkukle@metroland.com

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Strategy & Digital, Metroland Media Group (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

Senior VP Strategy & Digital
Metroland Media Group
3715 Laird Road, Unit 6
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 0A3

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Strategy & Digital, Metroland Media Group (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

Chris Lee

DIRECTOR | Global President, Deseret Digital Media (801) 333-7400 clee@deseretdigital.com

Global President
Deseret Digital Media
55 North 300 West Ste. 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Chris Lee

DIRECTOR | Global President, Deseret Digital Media (801) 333-7400 clee@deseretdigital.com

Ryan Moore

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group (410) 568-1500 jrmoore@sbgtv.com

Vice President of Digital Sales
Sinclair Broadcast Group
180 Lake Front Drive
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Ryan Moore

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group (410) 568-1500 jrmoore@sbgtv.com

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

General Manager / Suburban Group at Shaw Media
Shaw Media
444 Pine Hill Drive
Dixon, Illinois 61021


Tom Shaw is Vice President of Shaw Media, and General Manager of the company’s suburban operations. Previous to the ten years with Shaw Media, Tom was in radio and television advertising sales. He has a journalism degree from Colorado State University, and an MBA from University of Colorado at Denver.

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

Tom Sly

DIRECTOR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

VP, Digital Revenue
E. W. Scripps Company
312 Walnut Street
2800 Scripps Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tom is the Vice President of Digital Revenue at the E.W. Scripps Company and leads digital revenue development and strategy across Scripps, broadcast, and digital operations.  He joined Scripps in 2012 and prior to that led business development, revenue, and operations for a number of large and privately held broadcast companies and several digital startups including Nowlive.com, 10LocalCoupons.com, and Vehix.com.

Tom Sly

DIRECTOR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

Jon K. Rust

CHAIRMAN | Co-President, Rust Communications (573) 335-6611 jrust@semissourian.com

Co-President
Rust Communications
301 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 699
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702


Jon is co-president of Rust Communications and publisher of its flagship daily, Southeast Missourian. He is a former vice-chairman of the Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization and a past chair of the Local Media Association. He currently serves as chair of the LMA Foundation board.

He is an honors graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was president of the Leadership & Ethics Forum, later hired as Dean’s Research Fellow to write cases on digital media companies. He received a Morehead Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Russian and English.

Jon has served on the boards of Certified Audit of Circulations, LocalPoint Media, Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, Missouri Division of Youth Services, Dance St. Louis, United Way of Southeast Missouri, the Cape Girardeau Civic Center, the Greater Cape Benevolent Society, and the Downtown Community Improvement District, among others.

He is a former editorial page editor, columnist, and reporter who has covered government in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Dr. Victoria Vygodskaia-Rust have four girls, all under 13 years old.

Jon K. Rust

CHAIRMAN | Co-President, Rust Communications (573) 335-6611 jrust@semissourian.com

Matt Coen

TREASURER | President & Co-Founder Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

President & Co-Founder
Second Street, Inc.
1017 Olive Street, Mezzanine Level
St. Louis, MO 63101

Matt Coen

TREASURER | President & Co-Founder Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

Chris Hendricks

SECRETARY | VP, Products, Marketing and Innovation, The McClatchy Co. (916) 321-1898 chendricks@mcclatchy.com

VP, Products, Marketing and Innovation
The McClatchy Company
2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA  95852


Christian A. Hendricks has been Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at McClatchy since February 2017. In this role, he is responsible for managing existing strategic and equity partnerships for the company. In March of this year, his November retirement, after serving 25 years at McClatchy, was announced.

Hendricks joined the company in 1992 and held marketing and technology-related executive positions until 1996 when he was promoted to President and Publisher of Nando.net (renamed McClatchy Interactive), a pioneering digital publishing and software company. He remained there until 1999 when he was named Vice President, Interactive Media for McClatchy. In June of 2015, he became Vice President, Products, Marketing and Innovation. In this role, he was responsible for digital and print audience development, mobile initiatives, marketing, product management, corporate communications, partnerships and innovation.

He is also chairman of the Local Media Consortium’s (LMC) executive committee, whose leadership team is dedicated to leveraging the collective digital strength and assets of its members’ 1,700+ newspaper and broadcast outlets to the benefit of members. LMC members of note include McClatchy, tronc, Scripps, Cox Media Group, Digital First Media and Nexstar.

Hendricks speaks regularly at digital conferences, works closely with numerous start-up companies and serves on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards including Careerbuilder, Engage3, Moonlighting, Aggrego, The Local Media Association and The Maynard Institute.

Chris Hendricks

SECRETARY | VP, Products, Marketing and Innovation, The McClatchy Co. (916) 321-1898 chendricks@mcclatchy.com

Emily Walsh

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRWOMAN | Publisher, Observer Media Group (941) 366-3468 ewalsh@yourobserver.com

Publisher
Observer Media Group
1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Emily Walsh is the Publisher of the Longboat, East County, Sarasota and Siesta Key Observers; Season, LWR Life and Home magazines and YourObserver.com with the Observer Media Group, a family-owned multimedia company that publishes 12 newspapers, three magazines, six Web sites and multiple social and video channels in Florida. Previously, Emily ran the Observer’s digital operations for 7 years and as Social Editor for 8 years. Emily also was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet from 1995 to 2000. Emily serves as the Chair of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees; Immediate Past Chair of the Local Media Association Foundation Board of Directors; serves as a member of the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors; serves on the Ringling College Library Association Board of Directors as 2018 Town Hall Chair; and serves as a regional director of the Calusa chapter of Leadership Florida. She is on the Board of Directors of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Foundation board. Emily’s awards and achievements include winning Girls Inc.’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 2006, being named one of Sarasota Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” in Sarasota in 2007, Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35: The Next Generation of Publishing Leaders” in 2012, First Step of Sarasota’s “Caring Heart of the Year” in 2012 and the American Jewish Committee’s Civic Achievement Award in 2016. Emily’s most proud achievement is her six-year old son, Rhys Parry.

Emily Walsh

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRWOMAN | Publisher, Observer Media Group (941) 366-3468 ewalsh@yourobserver.com

Eric Bright

DIRECTOR | VP of Marketplace Ecommerce, Deseret Digital Media (801) 231-4025 ebright@deseretdigital.com

Vice President of Marketplace Ecommerce
Deseret Digital Media
55 North 300 West Ste 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-3502


Eric Bright is Vice President of E-commerce at Deseret Digital Media, focusing on marketplace commerce products (including classifieds, local commerce and travel verticals). He has over 15 years of experience in e-commerce, online and offline marketing, and general business management. Prior to joining DDM, Eric was a partner and Vice President of E-commerce at FranklinCovey. Previously he was Senior Director of Interactive & Direct Marketing for eBags.com and Senior Director of Consumer Marketing with FranklinCovey. He and his wife, Cicely, have a litter of kids that keep them on their toes. He’s competed in many endurance events around the country, and on early mornings and weekends you can find Eric riding or running the pristine singletrack of the Wasatch Mountains.

Eric Bright

DIRECTOR | VP of Marketplace Ecommerce, Deseret Digital Media (801) 231-4025 ebright@deseretdigital.com

Suzanne Schlicht

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Swift Communications 775-283-5500 sschlicht@steamboattoday.com

Publisher
Swift Communications
580 Mallory Way
Carson City, NV 89701


Suzanne Schlicht is publisher of Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper owned by Swift Communications, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Swift is a family-owned media company based in Carson City, Nevada. The company owns newspaper and magazine brands across six states including California, Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas and Utah. Schlicht has enjoyed a long career with Steamboat Pilot & Today. She joined the organization in 1991, shortly after its free daily newspaper, Steamboat Today, had been launched.

Schlicht earned her Bachelor of Journalism from University of Nebraska. In addition to serving the board of the Local Media Foundation, Schlicht is board member for Wick Communications, based in Sierra Vista, Arizona. At home, Schlicht is a board member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and served as president of the organization in 1998/99. Schlicht has been a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs for 24 years. She was named Rotarian of the Year in 2007 and served as president of the club in 2010.

Schlicht is a past president of Colorado Press Association (2003) and was named Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year in 2006 by the organization.

Schlicht has participated in three LMF Innovation Missions in the past (2011, 2012 and 2104), visiting such companies as Google, Facebook, Word Press, Twitter, PayPal, New York Times and Washington Post.

Schlicht is mom to two children, Allison (15) and David (11). She enjoys trail running, horse riding, biking and skiing behind her lightening fast children at the Steamboat ski area.

Suzanne Schlicht

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Swift Communications 775-283-5500 sschlicht@steamboattoday.com

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | VP, Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media (215) 354-3150 gtasaka@calkins.com

VP, Chief Digital Officer
Calkins Media
8400 North Bristol Pike
Levittown, NY 19057

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | VP, Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media (215) 354-3150 gtasaka@calkins.com

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital, WBNS (614) 460-3700 stephanie.slagle@10tv.com

Director of Digital
WBNS
77 Twin Rivers Drive
Columbus, OH 43215


Stephanie Slagle is the Director of Digital and Digital Strategy at 10TV WBNS and RadiOhio Inc.  Shortly after joining the team, she spearheaded the launching of a digital department by recruiting and developing top performing teams with in-depth digital strategy experiences. In addition to her digital experiences, Stephanie is a dynamic sales, marketing and communication leader.

Stephanie has over 15 years of media experience with companies such as Dispatch Media Group, Lin Media, and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. She has established a well-earned a reputation for her knowledge and passion for cutting edge concepts in the digital space. From embracing these qualities, she has implemented several innovative digital strategies in each position she has held.

Stephanie’s constant execution of digital strategies has been celebrated on multiple platforms for her leadership, delivery and commitment.

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital, WBNS (614) 460-3700 stephanie.slagle@10tv.com

Stephen Wade

DIRECTOR | Pres.of Chronicle Media & The Augusta Chronicle for Morris Comm. (706) 724-0851 stephen.wade@augustachronicle.com

President of Chronicle Media and
The Augusta Chronicle for Morris Communications
725 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30907

Stephen Wade

DIRECTOR | Pres.of Chronicle Media & The Augusta Chronicle for Morris Comm. (706) 724-0851 stephen.wade@augustachronicle.com

Chris Weatherly

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital Sales and Products, WRAL (919) 595-5621 cweatherly@wral.com

Director of Digital Sales and Products
WRAL
2619 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27606


Chris is the the Director of Sales and Operations for WRAL Digital Solutions and WRAL.com and is passionate about simplifying the complex world of digital advertising and marketing for local businesses. His main day-to-day responsibility is making sure the talented team at WRAL Digital Solutions continues to evolve and generate great results for our clients. Additionally, Chris oversees the programmatic and local sales strategy for WRAL.com, sits on the Local Media Foundation Board and has spoken at industry conferences on a variety of topics including OTT, DMPs, beacon targeting and WRAL Digital Solutions.

Prior to his current role, Chris held positions in broadcast media sales and sports marketing. Outside the office, Chris is active in his church, serves on the Meals on Wheels of Wake County Young Professionals Board, enjoys Cross Fit and traveling with his wife Kristina.

Chris Weatherly

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital Sales and Products, WRAL (919) 595-5621 cweatherly@wral.com

Liz White

DIRECTOR | EVP & Assistant Publisher Record-Journal (203) 317-2226 lwhite@record-journal.com

EVP & Assistant Publisher
Record-Journal
500 S. Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450


Liz White is the executive vice president and assistant publisher of the Record-Journal in Meriden, CT and she is the 5th generation of the family business. The Record-Journal is 150 years old but has evolved into a cutting edge business, and the company was recognized nationally in March 2016 by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.

Liz is excited for the opportunities for growth and innovation in the future as the company evolves in a quickly changing environment. She has an MBA from Yale, a BS from Boston College and was recognized nationally in April by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of The 25 Under 35 in the industry and in July by the Hartford Business Journal as one of The 40 Under 40. She is also currently serving her third year as president of the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA board of directors.

Liz White

DIRECTOR | EVP & Assistant Publisher Record-Journal (203) 317-2226 lwhite@record-journal.com