Forecast 2020 Speakers & Panelists
Mary Berner was named president and CEO of Cumulus in October 2015 after having served on the company’s board for six months. Under her leadership, the company reversed four years of financial and listenership declines. Her previous experience includes serving as president and CEO of MPA — The Association of Magazine Media and as CEO of Reader’s Digest Association, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company where she developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy that ultimately led to a doubling of the stock price. Prior to that, Berner led Fairchild Publications, Inc. for more than five years, first as president and CEO of the standalone company, and later when it became a division of Condé Nast Publications, at which time she served as president of Condé Nast. She joined Fairchild from a position as VP and publisher of Condé Nast’s Glamour, and was previously the Publisher of News Corp’s TV Guide. She began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston.
Gordon Borrell is CEO of Borrell Associates and 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 quot-ed frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes, and other publica-tions. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Before starting Borrell Associates, he was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. Borrell 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.
Pierre Bouvard is chief insights officer for Cumulus Media and Westwood One. He works with brands and agencies to craft targeting and measurement solutions. Previously, Bouvard was SVP of sales for TiVo Research & Analytics, where he led cross-media targeting and measurement engagements for Procter & Gamble, Comcast, Turner Broadcasting, and NBCU. As president of sales and marketing for Arbitron Inc., Bouvard launched Arbitron’s Portable People Meter (PPM) and created the out-of-home and custom research divisions. Bouvard was also EVP at Coleman Insights, a leading radio industry market research and consulting firm. At Coleman, he helped launch the nation’s first Hip Hop radio stations in Los Angeles and New York City and shaped the programming and marketing strategies of successful major market radio stations.
Jonathan Brewster is CEO of Cherry Creek Media, a Denver-based company operating 50 radio stations in 10 medium and small markets across the Western U.S. A 35-year radio veteran, Brewster is committed to building high-performance cultures that attract, train, and retain top sales, programming, and management talent. For the last two decades, he has concentrated on radio’s transition to a multi-platform enterprise. Before Cherry Creek Media, Brewster held sales and management positions in Boston; Tampa,; Stamford, Connecticut; and Augusta, Georgia. Most recently he served 11 years as SVP Southeastern Region for Qantum Communications, managing up to 35 stations. Brewster currently serves on the board of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the NAB’s Small and Medium Market Radio Committee.
Matt Britton’s extensive background as a consumer trends expert has established him as a leading authority and sought-after speaker and lecturer on spotting and analyzing consumer marketing and branding trends. In 2002 Britton founded MRY, a digital and social media marketing services agency. Over the course of Matt’s 14-year career at MRY, the agency helped prominent global corporations including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motors, Visa, and Google develop innovative strategies and successfully launch products aimed at the Millennial generation. In 2011, MRY was acquired by the Publicis Groupe. In 2016, Britton joined CrowdTap, since renamed Suzy, as CEO. Suzy is a consumer intelligence platform that is being touted as “Siri for brands.” Suzy helps companies like Netflix, Coca-Cola, P&G, J&J, Citibank, Verizon, Nintendo, and Nestle, among others, validate critical assumptions so they can focus on creating compelling new products and developing effective marketing strategies.
Conal Byrne is president of the iHeartPodcast Network for iHeartMedia. iHeartRadio carries more than 250,000 podcasts, from its own to other major podcast publishers, and Byrne oversees the iHeartPodcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 127 million downloads a month, making iHeartPodcast the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally. He also oversees a team of over 50 podcast producers throughout Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Byrne led the launch of the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcast program 10 years ago as CEO, making it the central focus of the company. Byrne joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired HSW in October 2018. He also previously served as senior vice president of digital media for Discovery Communications, where he ran digital for all of Discovery’s U.S. networks and led the launch of Discovery VR.
Kristin Cantrell is owner and CEO of CapCity Communications/7 Mountains Media. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, to a TV dance show host and his wife, she lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Georgia before landing in Kentucky. Frankfort is the final stop on a whirlwind tour through a fulfilling radio career, spanning 32 years and roles from DJ to corporate trainer and everything in between. Cantrell is currently the owner and operator of five radio stations in Central Kentucky and 42 radio stations in Pennsylvania and New York, broadcasting over 20 uniquely handcrafted formats, with live and local programming and content.
Leah Casterlin is a founding partner of Media Fortitude Partners. She started in the political media industry in 2000 at Message and Media, Inc. in New Jersey and became media director of the firm in 2007, responsible for planning and executing several successful multi-million-dollar statewide campaigns. In 2012, Casterlin was one of the first political media buyers to embrace digital media and incorporate it into many of her accounts. In 2017, along with partner Carrie Xu, she started Media Fortitude Partners, which executed the first political addressable campaign for Comcast with the Murphy for New Jersey Gov-ernor campaign. Since its launch MFP has executed several statewide campaigns, includ-ing both traditional and digital media. During the midterm elections in 2018, Media Forti-tude Partners worked on political campaigns in over 20 states.
John David transitioned to senior advisor to the National Association of Broadcasters in February 2018 after serving as NAB executive vice president of radio. In his EVP role, he was responsible for service to NAB member radio stations and liaison with the NAB Radio Board. David joined NAB in 1989 as vice president of Broadcaster Congressional Relations. His broadcast career includes programming and management positions at radio stations in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. David represented Kansas and Missouri as a member of the NAB Radio Board of Directors from 1984-1988. He is a past president of the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and the recipient of the MBA Distinguished Broadcaster Award. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was one of the first inductees into the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2018, David received the NAB National Radio Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
Darren Davis is president of the iHeartMedia Networks Group, overseeing a number of businesses inside iHeartMedia, including iHeartRadio and all iHeartMedia Digital businesses, Premiere Networks, Total Traffic + Weather Network, NBC News Radio Network, iHeartMedia’s in-house commercial creative agency, and iHeartMedia’s in-house graphic design team. Davis began his career as an intern at iHeartMedia’s WASH-FM/Washington, DC, 26 years ago. He grew into the program director role at WASH-FM when he was just 23 years old and has since worked as regional vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and Chicago. He worked his way up through the company as SVP of programming, to his previous role as EVP/GM of national programming. Davis serves on the boards of the RAB, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, the NAB’s Digital Officers’ Committee, and the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Erica Farber is president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau, leading radio’s advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising revenue, and communicate radio’s digital transition. Farber joined the organization in January 2012 as executive vice president, responsible for membership, services, and professional development. Before that she was the CEO of the radio consulting and Internet service provider The Farber Connection LLC. During her 15-year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held positions including COO, president, publisher, and CEO. She has held nearly every position in radio sales & management, including rising through the ranks at the Interep companies to EVP/radio development director. During the early years of her career she held positions at KRTH-FM, KABC-TV, and KIIS-AM in Los Angeles; her radio management career grew quickly when she was appointed GSM and GM at WROR-FM/Boston in the same year. Her success led to an appointment as VP/GM of WXLO-FM/New York.
David Field is chairman, president, and CEO of Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company that reaches and engages over 100 million people each week across the nation’s top 50 markets through its premier collection of highly rated radio stations, digital platforms, and live events Field has served as Entercom’s CEO since 2002 and its president since 1998. Under his leadership, Entercom has grown from 15 stations with $35 million in revenues to over 235 stations with $1.6 billion in revenues and become the nation’s number one creator of live, original, local audio content. Before becoming Entercom’s president, Field served in a number of positions with the company, including COO and CFO. Before joining Entercom, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. In addition to chairing the Entercom board, Field serves on the board of the NAB.
Gary Getto is president and Founder of Advertising Benchmark Index — ABX. He is a key thought leader in measuring communications effectiveness. For the past dozen years Getto has focused on correlating communications to business outcomes in PR, social media, advertising. By benchmarking the performance of every ad in every category and building a comprehensive global database of advertising performance metrics, ABX offers previously unknowable insights to advertising effectiveness. ABX clients significantly improve the return on their advertising investment and build a stronger understanding of how to improve creative.
Meg Goldthwaite brings 25 years of experience in branding, visual storytelling, digital communications, and media for a variety of major brands and nonprofits to her role as chief marketing officer of NPR. Before joining NPR, she served as CMO for Conservation International; as its chief storyteller, she oversaw brand marketing, digital, social media, partner marketing, analytics, and communications. There, she launched the award-winning Nature Is Speaking campaign and engaged new audiences with innovative communications tools, including virtual reality. Her portfolio of mission-focused work also includes leadership positions at Women for Women International and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a non-partisan organization focused on fostering economic opportunities in Haiti. During her time at the World Wildlife Fund, she brought Earth Hour — WWF’s signature climate change initiative — to the United States. Goldthwaite’s corporate background includes 15 years in the telecom industry, where she led teams in marketing, operations, and strategic partnerships.
Todd Hartman is vice president of Kalil & Co., Inc., a Tucson-based media brokerage company. He joined the firm in 1999 and has participated in the negotiation and sale of hundreds of television and radio stations, as well as outdoor and tower sales, valuing over $6 billion. Hartman is a consummate supporter of the broadcast industry, having been a member of the NAB for over 20 years and the NAB Leadership Foundation for five years. Kalil & Co., Inc. has been in the media brokerage business for over 50 years and is involved in all phases of the broadcast and outdoor brokerage industry. Kalil operates throughout the United States and is widely recognized as the nation’s premier media brokerage firm.
Tony Hereau is vice president of cross platform Insights for Nielsen. He is the “Audio Ambassador,” helping brands learn how radio can enhance their media plan. Leveraging the full suite of Nielsen’s services, Hereau demonstrates the impact that audio has on media plans, marketing execution, and sales outcomes. He has more than 20 years of experience in the buying and selling of media, and the entire industry benefits from his efforts to shine a spotlight on radio in the fragmented media landscape.
Paul Homer is managing director of Northwood Ventures. He joined Northwood Ventures in 1999, after serving as a financial analyst for a venture capital-financed retailer with over 80 stores. While there, he evaluated various capital-raising alternatives for the rapidly growing firm and developed a financial reporting system. In addition to reviewing new investment opportunities, Homer serves on the boards of many of Northwood’s portfolio companies including JVC Broadcasting, Community Broadcasters, Air Waves, Songclip, Point Dedicated Services, and Rudy’s Barbershops.
Fred Jacobs has led the growth of Jacobs Media as a respected company and a brand throughout the industry. The company’s annual Techsurveys have been widely quoted inside radio — and out — providing fresh data about the “connected car,” smart speakers, podcasting, and other key challenges and opportunities facing radio. Fred and his brother, Paul, formed a mobile app development company, jācapps (JAKE-apps), 100 days after Apple opened its App Store. jācapps has been at the forefront of connecting radio with the mobile revolution, having developed more than 1,200 apps that have generated more than 25 million downloads. Jacobs continues to “walk the walk” of innovation and transformation. In 2013, Jacobs Media partnered with Radio Ink to create the DASH Conference, held in Detroit. Jacobs Media collaborates with Podcast Movement, the leading podcasting conference, to produce its “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” track of sessions.
Jeff Keenan, co-founder and SVP of media attribution for LeadsRX, combines more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience to help customers understand how attribution and a customer-acquisition-centric attitude can improve revenue and the bottom line. He has worked in strategic business development roles at several companies, including Fortune 500 to technology startups. Keenan thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.
Bob Liodice is chief executive officer of the ANA. He previously served as executive vice president, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base. He joined the ANA as senior vice president in 1995. Prior to the ANA, he was vice president of global marketing and sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster. His previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods and tenure as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands. He is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, Advertising Educational Foundation, Digital Advertising Alliance, Trustworthy Accountability Group, and World Federation of Advertisers.
Tomás Martinez is CEO and owner of Solmart Media, responsible for all management aspects of the company’s three Southwest Florida stations: WZSP-FM, WZZS-FM, and WTMY-AM. Martinez has been involved in the radio industry for more than three decades. He earlier spent three years as GM and COO of Actualidad Media Group in Miami, managing four stations, and before that he was associated for 10 years with Prisa Radio as general manager of Radio Caracol Miami. While there he executed a power upgrade from 5,000 to 50,000 watts and secured the rights to the Miami Dolphins and the Soccer World Cup. He has also run the Miami and New York properties for the Radio Unica network.
Patrick McGee is senior vice president of political strategies for Katz Radio Group, overseeing the political vertical for Katz and leveraging the organization’s reach across more than 4,000 radio stations and thousands of digital platforms. McGee has an extensive background in political advertising and strategy. He started his career working for Katz Television Group. In 2002, McGee served as deputy political director for a Congressional race before moving back into advertising sales at Interep. In 2005, he joined Katz Radio Group to run Eastman Radio’s Philadelphia region. He was promoted to manager in 2009 to oversee all of Katz’s radio divisions in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., region. In 2011, he became vice president of political sales and strategy, overseeing all political advertising efforts for Katz Radio Group. In 2014, he was promoted to his current role.
John McLaughlin is partner and CEO at McLaughlin & Associates. He has worked professionally as a strategic consultant and pollster for over 35 years. During this time he has earned a reputation for helping some of America’s most successful corporations and winning some of the toughest elections in the nation. His political clients have included former Presidential candidates Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ,and 22 current and former U.S. Senators and 16 current Republican members of Congress. In 2016 he worked as an advisor and pollster for Donald Trump. Internationally, McLaughlin has done work in Israel for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, and former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and he advised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in his 2018 landslide re-election. He is a founding partner of Opiniones Latinas, a public opinion research company dedicated to researching opinions of Latinos nationwide. McLaughlin has appeared on every major broadcast and cable channel, as well as prominent radio talk shows across America. His articles have been published in a wide range of publications including National Review, Middle East Quarterly, Campaigns and Elections, and the Polling Report.
Randy Michaels, CEO of Radioactive LLC, describes himself as a “mediocre broadcast technician who has dabbled in programming, management, and station ownership.” He has been attributable in more U.S. broadcast licenses than anyone else and therefore has “extensive experience in guessing what stations might be worth.” That self-deprecating attitude may also partly explain some of the legend behind one of the most-well known broadcasting executives, who has been involved in the industry since the early 1970s. As CEO of Jacor Communications, he led one of the nation’s most successful radio groups, selling the company to Clear Channel in 1999; he remained as CEO until 2002. He later served as EVP of the Chicago-based Tribune Company and CEO of interactive and broadcasting operations as part of the management restructuring following the consummation of the Tribune Company privatization transaction. Michaels is now the sole proprietor of Radioactive, LLC, a holding company for radio broadcast licenses.
Paul H. Miller is managing director of Cerberus Capital Management. He joined Cerberus in 2014; before that, Miller spent four years, from 2010 to 2014, as a partner with Empire Investment Holdings, a private investment firm dedicated to acquiring underperforming corporate divestitures. At Empire, Miller focused on operationally intensive private equity investments in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Empire, Miller worked for the Marshall Fund (2009 to 2010), Communications Equity Associates (2004 to 2009 and 1997 to 2000), CIBC World Markets (2000 to 2001), and Oppenheimer & Co. (1995 to 1997). Miller has completed deals in the government services, media, manufacturing, healthcare, and IT industries. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Jack Myers is founder of MyersBizNet and MediaVillage; veteran trends and economic forecaster; consultant to leading marketers, media companies, agencies and industry service organizations; author and global advocate for the role and value of media to society, culture and business. MyersBizNet drives business objectives for clients through The Myers Report research and market intelligence, MediaVillage content creation and distribution engine, and Jack Myers Knowledge Exchange education and diversity initiatives. He is author of five books on cultural transformation and has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for journalistic excellence and Academy and Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature.
Rose Oberman is a director in the Corporate Ratings group at S&P Global. Based in New York, she is part of the media and entertainment group, where she is primarily responsible for a portfolio of television and radio broadcasters and outdoor advertising companies. For the first four years of her career at S&P Global, Oberman followed companies in the telecom industry, where her portfolio primarily included data center operators, satellite service providers, and business process outsourcing providers. Before joining S&P in 2014, Oberman worked for FactSet Research Systems as an assistant vice president in their Global Banking & Brokerage division.
Kevin Perry is president and CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company. Perry Publishing & Broadcasting comprises a a statewide Oklahoma newspaper, The Black Chronicle, and 20 radio stations throughout the United States. He is a native of Oklahoma City, a proud graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and an equally proud second generation of the family broadcasting/media business. Perry has served on many corporate and civic boards, but his true passion and commitment is to the communities the media company serves.
Oren Rosenbaum is a digital media agent at leading talent and entertainment company United Tal-ent Agency, where he spearheads the agency’s emerging platforms division, focusing on podcasts and other interactive entertainment platforms. Rosenbaum represents a variety of podcast net-works, creators, and early stage companies, including Wondery, Wattpad, Tenderfoot, iHeartMe-dia/HowStuffWorks, The Boston Globe, Guy Raz (TED Radio Hour / How I Built This), Marc Smerling (Crimetown, The Jinx), Aaron Mahnke, American Public Media, Anna Faris (Unqualified), Karen Kil-gariff and Georgia Hardstark (My Favorite Murder), and DJ Khaled. He was instrumental in brokering Ron Burgundy’s landmark podcast deal with iHeartMedia. Previously, Rosenbaum was an agent at Paradigm, where he started the digital department, and prior to that, started PTONES, a national nonprofit after-school program.
Matthew Sacks is founder and executive chairman of Luminary, leading all strategic and operational aspects of the firm. Before co-founding Luminary, Sacks was a principal at NEA, a global venture capital fund with $20 billion in assets under management. At NEA, Sacks focused on consumer internet investments in the content and commerce sectors, working on 40 investments over four years. Prior to joining NEA, he was a member of the technology, media, and telecom investment banking team at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on the consumer internet sector and private company coverage. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Sacks interned at First Round Capital and was on the launch team at Splash.fm, a social network for music sharing and discovery.
Andrew Sippel, EVP of Media at Advertiser Perceptions, is a seasoned media executive with more than 25 years of extensive sales and marketing experience including digital, magazines, newspa-pers, radio, and cable and broadcast television. He has run large sales and marketing organizations including ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Sports. While at ESPN, he was a key part of the team that created the first true multi-media sales organization focused on helping marketers create first class sports marketing solutions. At Advertiser Perceptions, Andrew is focused on work-ing with clients such as Cumulus/Westwood One, Warner Brothers, Hulu, Turner, and AT&T.
Tom Webster is senior vice president of Edison Research, a custom market research company best known as the sole providers of exit polling data during U.S. elections for all the major news networks. He has over 20 years of experience researching consumer usage of technology, new media, and social networking, and is a frequent keynote speaker on consumer behavior and data. Webster is the principal author of a number of widely-cited studies, including The Podcast Consumer series, The Social Habit, Twitter Users in America, and is the co-author of The Infinite Dial, America’s longest-running research series on digital media consumption. He is also the co-author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution, and directed the research study behind Hug Your Haters, the best-selling new book by Jay Baer on modern customer service.