Gordon Borrell is CEO of Borrell Associates. He 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. Before starting Borrell Associates, Borrell 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. Borrell is past chairman of the Local Media Association and past president of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation.
Steven Cahall is a managing director and senior equity media/cable analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. His media coverage includes traditional and digital media companies encompassing entertainment, broadcasting, audio, and advertising, as well as the cable sector. Cahall was ranked No. 4 runner-up (analyst) in the media sector in the 2020 Institutional Investor All-America equity research survey; he is also a three-time Institutional Investor All-America Research Team Rising Star in both the media and aerospace and defense sectors. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2019, Cahall was the senior analyst covering media for Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to his career in equity research, he worked in defense exports in the Middle East.
Christopher Ensley is a managing director of technology, media & telecom (TMT) investment banking at Noble Capital Markets, where he focuses on capital raising, mergers and acquisition advisory, and valuation opinions for clients. During his tenure on Wall Street, Ensley has participated in over $16 billion in transactions. Prior to Noble, Ensley was a TMT investment banker at Coady Diemar Partners, a boutique investment bank in NYC. Prior to Coady Diemar, he was a managing director in the equity research department at Bear Stearns; while at Bear Stearns, Ensley was a member of the number one-rated broadcast equity research team for six straight years (2002-2007). He has also been a vice president of equity research covering the broadcast sector at Lazard. Ensley began his Wall Street career as an equity research analyst at Salomon Brothers, where he covered the tower industry in addition to the broadcasting industry.
Richard A. Foreman, president of Richard A. Foreman and Associates, has a broad history of involvement in broadcast operations, spanning over 50 years. His experience ranges from on-air to executive and senior management positions with Sudbrink Broadcasting (WLIF Baltimore) and General Electric Broadcasting, as a member of that company’s Communications Task Force. Foreman served Harte-Hanks Broadcasting as a corporate director of stations in Houston, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, and Memphis, and later as vice president of programming at ABC’s Radio Networks in New York from 1978 through 1981. In 1981 Richard A. Foreman Associates Inc. was founded and since that time has been involved extensively in media brokerage and consulting. Foreman has engineered a number of interesting media transactions, such as the 1988 swap involving radio stations held by Viacom Broadcasting and Keymarket Communications and the first radio duopoly involving two publicly held companies (ABC/Jefferson Pilot) in 1994. Since its inception Foreman Associates has closed media transactions in excess of $2.25 billion.
Mark Gray is CEO of Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company specializing in audio and video advertising solutions. Gray has been a leader in the media industry for more than 30 years, building a first-class sales organization that drives results for its broadcast partners and the nation’s top brands. As CEO, Gray oversees Katz’s radio, television, and digital companies. His primary focus is to lead Katz’s team of industry experts to deliver innovative ideas for advertisers and agencies; drive revenue for Katz’s partners; and continue to develop Katz’s technology and digital offerings, including bringing Katz to the forefront of the programmatic buying arena. During his tenure Gray has served in various capacities with Katz, including general sales manager and president of the Katz Radio division before being promoted to president of Katz Radio Group in 2006. Gray was named CEO of Katz Media Group in 2017.
Juliet Huddy is a veteran television broadcaster and host who now hosts the Early News on 77WABC Radio in NYC. Huddy joined WABC in 2018, providing news and entertainment updates on Bernie & Sid in the Morning. Soon after, she teamed up with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa to host the midday program Curtis & Juliet. Huddy got her big network TV break in 1998 as a national news correspondent for Fox News, based in Miami and later Los Angeles. After the 9/11 attacks, she was transferred to Fox HQ in New York City, hosting Fox & Friends, DaySide, and other shows. In 2007, she was given her own nationally syndicated talk show, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, interviewing everyone from Condoleezza Rice to Metallica’s James Hetfield. In 2012, Huddy moved to morning news at FOX 5 in NYC, and then launched her own music website, Blonde & Crossbones. She started her podcast Juliet: Unexpected in 2018, introducing listeners to the dazzling characters she meets through her trips. In January, she launched a travel segment on the Early News, Jet Set Juliet, that became the half-hour video podcast Roamin’ & Juliet.
Steve Lanzano is president and CEO of TVB. He is a 30-plus-year veteran of media agencies, having served as CEO North America of MEC (now Wavemaker) and COO of Havas Media. His accomplishments include operational and advertising honors including a Cannes Gold Lion for AT&T/Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 7-Time Adweek/MediaWeek Media Plan of the Year Award honoree, and has been named an Adweek/MediaWeek Media All-Star in 1986, the inaugural year of the award. Lanzano is currently in his 11th year leading TVB. Under his leadership, membership has grown 20% to over 800+ stations, accomplished through the creation of national and local new business development teams, renewed research offerings, and a concerted effort to ramp up advocacy efforts within the industry and general press. Additionally, TVB’s annual conference has grown tenfold.
Curtis LeGeyt is chief operating officer of the NAB. In this role, he is involved in all aspects of NAB’s work on behalf of free, local television and radio broadcasters. He previously served as executive vice president of government relations before being named to his current position in 2020. Curtis also serves as the general counsel for the NAB Leadership Foundation.During his time at NAB, LeGeyt has led several highly successful efforts to advocate for laws that strengthen broadcasters’ ability to innovate and serve their communities. This includes permanent reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), inclusion of $1 billion in RAY BAUM’s Act to reimburse stations impacted by the spectrum auction repack, and successful passage of the Music Modernization Act. Before joining NAB, Curtis served as the senior counsel to then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, advising Leahy and the committee on intellectual property, antitrust, and First Amendment issues.
Drew Marcus is a senior advisor to Guggenheim Securities in its Investment Banking division. He has focused on media and technology during his entire career, which has included roles as an analyst, banker, portfolio manager, and venture capitalist. He is also managing partner of Sugarloaf Rock Capital, LLC, which invests in companies in the media, technology, telecommunications and consumer sectors and additionally serves as a venture partner at Walden Venture Capital. Marcus was founder and portfolio manager of SLRC Media Opportunities Fund from 2009-2016. The fund focused on long-term investing in public equity and debt securities in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Earlier he was vice chairman of global banking at Deutsche Bank, focusing on media and telecommunications, from 2005-2008. Marcus has been involved in over 200 transactions valued at over $100 billion.
DuJuan McCoy is the owner of Circle City Broadcasting, which operates WISH and WNDY in Indianapolis. He previously owned and operated television stations in Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas as the founder and owner of Bayou City Broadcasting. In addition to being an owner since 2007, McCoy has over 30 years in broadcasting and broadcasting management. He’s worked in different regions of the country for ownership groups such as Capitol Broadcasting, River City Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Fox Television stations. McCoy currently serves on the Board of Directors for, NAB, NABLF, the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, and the Broadcasters Foundation of America. He is on the FCC Advisory Committee for Diversity and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Butler University. He has recently announced a partnership with Cox Media Group to launch the Multicultural News Network (MNN), a 24-hour news network that focuses on America’s diverse communities.
Steve Newberry serves as CEO of Quu, Inc., creators of innovative technology enabling radio stations to provide an enhanced listener experience and monetize visual advertising through full control of the RDS/HD in-car visual display. Immediately before joining Quu, Newberry was EVP/industry affairs and strategic planning for the NAB. In that capacity, he was responsible for the organization’s television, radio, membership, and education departments and had primary leadership responsibility for NAB’s technology initiatives with the automotive. Before becoming a full-time NAB employee, Newberry served as the organization’s Radio Board Chair, NABPAC Chair, was twice elected the association’s Joint Television and Radio Board chairman, and was a recipient of NAB’s National Radio Award, the industry’s highest leadership honor. Newberry is the founder and chairman of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp, a radio broadcast group with facilities throughout his home state of Kentucky.
Debra OConnell is president of networks for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED). OConnell oversees operational leadership including P&L oversight of all of the company’s linear television channels, as well as business planning, network/channel commercial marketing, and audience strategy for the ABC broadcast network and eight ABC Owned stations, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN Networks, FX Networks, Freeform, and National Geographic Networks. At the company for over 20 years, OConnell most recently served as president and general manager of ABC7/WABC-TV New York, where she had overall management responsibility for the station and all of its ancillary businesses, as well as Live with Kelly and Ryan. In her previous executive roles, she served as executive vice president/sales and marketing for Disney|ABC’s consolidated advertising sales group; president, national TV sales, ABC Owned Television Stations; and vice president of marketing at WABC-TV.
Larry Patrick is a partner at Patrick Communications and Legend Communications. His firm has sold over $8.5 billion worth of television and radio stations over the past 20 years. In all, the firm has completed over 700 transactions. He and his wife, Susan, also own 25 small radio stations in the Rocky Mountains and have an interest in several major market television stations. Patrick is a former senior vice president of the NAB, chairman of Ion Media, and COO of Gilmore Broadcasting and has owned or operated over 100 radio and 85 television stations. He holds a Ph.D. in communications and management as well as a law degree from Georgetown University. He currently serves on the NAB Radio Board.
Greg Scasny is the CTO of Cigent Technology, Inc., leading the strategic and technological vision for the cyber security products and services provided by Cigent, including network and endpoint cyber defense software, offensive and defensive cybersecurity services, incident response, threat hunting, expert cybersecurity consulting, and training. Scasny has over 20 years of IT and information security. During his career, he has researched, implemented, and designed intrusion detection and prevention systems, performed vulnerability and threat assessments, performed penetration testing, adversary emulation and Red Team exercises, designed and implemented deceptive cyber systems, implemented security and information event management systems, designed and implemented incident response programs, designed and implemented security operations center operations, and designed multiple threat and research labs. Scasny is a seasoned speaker, educator, and adviser, providing training, keynote presentations, guest lectures, and governance for organizations such as NASA, the IRC Cybercrimes Division, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Gordon H. Smith joined the NAB as president and CEO in November 2009. Before joining NAB, Smith served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. He also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Smith’s role on the Commerce Committee and as chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.
Jen Soch is the executive director, specialty channels (audio & local video, DR, publishing, and advanced TV) at GroupM. She was most recently the integrated global investment lead at Mindshare, overseeing the Facebook business. Before that, Soch was with FairShare, where her focus was on driving strategy, analytics, operations, and investment for Domo, as well as the EVP/Commercial at the Guardian, where she ran the U.S. commercial operations focusing on effective delivery of advertising solutions. Soch has spent over two decades working for media agencies such as Ammarit Puris, Dentsu-Aegis, MEC, and MediaVest where she headed up planning, strategy, and investment activity for a range of client accounts. Soch spent over 10 years in the advanced TV space where she helped to define the addressable and digital marketplaces (including OTT, VOD, and mobile).
Bayard “Bud” Walters is CEO of the Cromwell Group. In 1969, he applied to the FCC for permission to construct a new AM radio station in Hawesville, Kentucky. That station debuted in November 1972, and served as the foundation for Cromwell Group, which now includes more than 31 radio stations in the Midwest and South and a 38-station Agricultural Network. Over the years, Walters has been named to the Broadcaster Halls of Fame in Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee and to DePauw University’s Media Wall of Fame. He was named 2014 National Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Broadcasters and a Pioneer by the Broadcasters Foundation. Before forming his radio group, Walters worked on the advertising side for Leo Burnett in Chicago.
Bill Wilson is CEO of Townsquare Media, which he joined in September 2010. He previously served as president of AOL Media from 2006 to May 2010, where he had overall responsibility for AOL’s global content strategy. Before moving to AOL, Wilson was the senior vice president for worldwide marketing at Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), where he was responsible for worldwide marketing including artist, digital, and nontraditional marketing across more than 50 countries for the world’s biggest artists including Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, and Santana. Wilson won an Emmy Award in 2006 for the record-setting and innovative Live 8 program and was named to the Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power List” in 2008, profiling the 50 people most influencing the creation and distribution of content online.