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.

Chris Hendricks

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

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

Liz White

FIRST VICE 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

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

Mark Poss

TREASURER | 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

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

Gordon Borrell

SECRETARY | 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

SECRETARY | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.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

Matt Coen

DIRECTOR | 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

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

Leanne Gemma

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

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

Leanne Gemma

DIRECTOR | Director of Product, McClatchy lgemma@mcclatchy.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

Erica Smith

DIRECTOR | Online Editor and Director of Digital Strategy, The Virginian-Pilot e.smith@pilotonline.com

Erica Smith | Online editor and director of digital strategy
The Virginian-Pilot | PilotOnline.com
| e.smith@pilotonline.com |

Erica Smith

DIRECTOR | Online Editor and Director of Digital Strategy, The Virginian-Pilot e.smith@pilotonline.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

Stephen Wade

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Topeka Capital-Journal/Gatehouse Media. (843) 632-1839 swade@gatehousemedia.com

Publisher, Topeka Capital-Journal/Gatehouse Media
725 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30907

Stephen Wade

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Topeka Capital-Journal/Gatehouse Media. (843) 632-1839 swade@gatehousemedia.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