Here are the people who will guide the development, operation and growth of Accelerate Local.
Jed Williams, LMA’s chief strategy officer and principal architect of Accelerate Local, is relentlessly focused on forging new, profitable paths for media. He built LMA’s unique experiential learning programs, started its strategic consulting practice, and expanded its Innovation Missions. In previous roles, he built marketplaces, launched new business units, and led numerous cross-functional teams. He is a builder and entrepreneur at heart.
“Incremental growth simply isn’t enough in a climate of rapid change and significant creative destruction. The time for transformational thinking – and action – is now.”
Peter Newton, managing director of Accelerate Local, thrives on transformation. Most recently Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Media, he’s built innovative new business approaches in local media and digital companies: Propel Marketing/Thrive, UpCurve and consumer data at GateHouse Media, SMB/Media Alliances at Monster.com and the ground-breaking BostonWorks recruitment division at the Boston Globe.
“It starts with understanding the customer, whether that’s consumer or business. Putting yourself in their shoes,” Newton says. “Then thinking with no boundaries about how to best meet their needs.”
Nancy Lane, LMA’s president, understands the challenges better than most. She spent the last 19 years helping local media companies with their transformation strategies. She is the 2019 recipient of the Borrell Award of Merit, presented each year to an executive who has done the most to foster innovation in the local media industry. Prior to joining LMA in 2000, she was a publisher at numerous Journal Register Co. newspapers over a span of 8.5 years, running operations as large as $50 million.
Jay Small, LMA’s chief innovation officer, should know. He has led digital businesses, operations and development for media companies including Cordillera Communications, The E.W. Scripps Co., Belo Corp., Central Newspapers, and Thomson Consumer Electronics. In every case, Small says, he guided attempts at innovation and new business models under all kinds of frameworks and processes.
“If nothing else, I learned what not to do and how not to do it, and that’s a big part of finding new paths that might just lead us somewhere great.”
Learn about Accelerate Local
- Accelerate Local introduction: Reinventing business models for news
- How does it work? From ideation to rollouts, the process is well defined.
- Projects in the pipeline: Work has just begun, but gives promising indications for the potential of Accelerate Local.
- Interested in funding Accelerate Local? Consider a donation — here’s how.
- Have an idea to submit? Get it in front of the Accelerate Local team.
- Meet the team: The people who will guide this important initiative.