Local Media Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation board is charged with some of the organization’s most innovative work. As such, the board attracts executives with backgrounds in digital, IT, pure plays, and more. These are big thinkers with disruptive DNA. And they are tackling the Local Media training division, annual and regional Innovation Missions, monthly Local Media Innovation Alliance research/case study reports, and much more. They welcome your comments, input and ideas for future projects.

Liz White

CHAIRWOMAN | 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

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

Gordon Borrell

FIRST VICE 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

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

Robert Brown

TREASURER | 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

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

Leanne Gemma

SECRETARY | Director of Product, McClatchy lgemma@mcclatchy.com

Leanne Gemma
Director of Product | McClatchy
lgemma@mcclatchy.com

Leanne Gemma

SECRETARY | Director of Product, McClatchy lgemma@mcclatchy.com

Chris Hendricks

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | President, Local Media Consortium (916) 207-0047 chris@localmediaconsortium.com

President
Local Media Consortium
(916) 207-0047
chris@localmediaconsortium.com


Chris joined the Local Media Consortium (LMC) team January of 2018. In his current role, he works with the LMC team to drive value for LMC members through the development of valuable partnerships with market-leading service providers.

He is a well-known and highly-respected media executive having served a 25-year executive stint at McClatchy and has also served on boards of many for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations such as Cars.com, Careerbuilder, News Media Alliance, Local Media Association and Local Media Consortium. Chris currently serves on the board of directors for Moonlighting, Wellness Within and the Maynard Institute. He is also an advisor to Recruitology, The Fresh Toast, Impact Venture Capital and Managing Director for Extol Digital.

Chris Hendricks

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | President, Local Media Consortium (916) 207-0047 chris@localmediaconsortium.com

Brock Berry

DIRECTOR | Adcellerant, CEO (303) 903-6696 brock@adcellerant.com

Berry is an accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and board member with over 17 years of success in marketing, advertising, and technology. His broad areas of expertise include radio, TV, broadcast, video, digital, online, and mobile advertising; search engine marketing (SEM); social media and email marketing; new business development; sales management; and people development.

Berry has held leadership positions at AdCellerant (Co-Founder/CEO, 5 years); Affinity Express; AdTaxi; Digital First Media; Clarity Media Group; The Denver Post; and Schurz Communications. He has been responsible for co-founding AdCellerant, a leading digital advertising and technology company, leveraging award-winning proprietary ad software platform that delivers digital marketing plans based on campaign industry and objectives, creating operational efficiencies and revenues. In its first 4 years, the company experienced over 4,000 percent growth.

Brock Berry

DIRECTOR | Adcellerant, CEO (303) 903-6696 brock@adcellerant.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

Samantha Johnston

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Aspen Times and Associate GM, CMNM West sjohnston@aspentimes.com

Samantha Johnston
Publisher | The Aspen Times
Associate GM | CMNM West
Swift Communications | Colorado Mountain News Media

Samantha Johnston

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Aspen Times and Associate GM, CMNM West sjohnston@aspentimes.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

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | Founder/Managing Partner, Tasaka Digital (215) 354-3150 guy@tasakadigital.com

Founder/Managing Partner
Tasaka Digital
8400 North Bristol Pike
Levittown, NY 19057

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | Founder/Managing Partner, Tasaka Digital (215) 354-3150 guy@tasakadigital.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