Lew Dickey is chairman, president, and CEO of Cumulus Media. He co-founded the company in 1997 and became its CEO in June of 2000. Before taking the reins as CEO, he served as vice chairman of Cumulus, spearheading the acquisition effort responsible for over 145 separate transactions to build Cumulus’ platform. A second-generation broadcaster, Lew founded Stratford Research in 1985 and built the company into a leading provider of market research and strategy consulting to the radio and television industries. He is also the author of The Franchise – Building Radio Brands, published by the NAB in 1994 and one of the industry’s leading texts on competition and strategy.
Bill Drewry serves as a managing in the Communications, Media, and Entertainment Group of RBC Capital Markets. Before joining RBC, he served as an operating partner and chairman of media investments at Diamond Castle Holdings. He has also served as managing director in the Global Media Group of UBS Securities. Before UBS, he served as Global Head of Media Equity Research at Credit Suisse. Drewry was a No. 1-ranked analyst in Institutional Investor, Greenwich Associates, and the Reuters analyst rankings over 10 times in a 10-year period from 1997 to 2006.
JP Engelbrecht is CEO of South Central Communications, an Evansville, IN-based media company with assets in radio broadcasting, digital marketing, and audiovisual solutions marketed under the names of South Central Media and South Central AV. South Central Media is a marketing company that includes top-rated radio stations, online strategies, and digital marketing services such as Web design, search marketing, SEO, and online display advertising. South Central AV is an audiovisual solutions provider that designs and installs music, pro sound systems, visual solutions, video surveillance, drive-through intercoms, and conference room A/V systems.
Deborah Esayian is chief revenue officer of Marketron Broadcast Solutions and co-president of Marketron Interactive. She oversees the sales and business development operations of all three of Marketron’s product lines — radio traffic, mobile, and interactive. Esayian is the architect of one of the most profitable Internet business models in media today, one that has served as a catalyst for corporate reinvention. She has managed radio stations and sales teams, and, over the past 10 years, trained and developed over 4,000 salespeople, publishers, editors, and managers in local media across the globe in using creative engagement solution techniques to monetize their websites. As CRO, she works with stations on several levels, helping apply software solutions to create efficiencies and empower better business decisions with data and analytics.
As president and CEO of the RAB, Erica Farber leads 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 radio consulting and Internet service provider the Farber Connection LLC, a firm she founded in 2010. During her 15-year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held various positions including COO, President, Publisher, and CEO. She has held nearly every position in radio sales and management, including rising through the ranks at the Interep Companies to servie as EVP/radio development director. Farber currently serves as chair of the Radio Creative Fund and is on the boards of the Ad Council, Arbitron, Broadcasters Foundation of America, and the Library of American Broadcasting.
Blair Faulstich is a managing director at Providence Equity Capital Markets based in the New York office. Providence Equity Capital Markets manages several credit funds that opportunistically provide capital to companies throughout the media, communications and technology industries. Before joining Providence in 2011, Faulstich spent 15 years as an investment banker primarily covering the broadcasting sector at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, and Alex. Brown.
Scott Ferber, chairman and CEO of Videology, has spent his career using mathematics and information technology to build profitable businesses and products. Videology's platform, designed to bring the accountability of digital media to the expanding video space, is used by some of the world's largest marketers and media agencies, as well as leading publishers and media companies. Before his work with Videology, Ferber founded Advertising.com in 1998; the company was sold to AOL in 2004 for nearly half a billion dollars. Prior to Advertising.com, Ferber held roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, where he developed computer systems and mathematical models to create business practices for plant production and raw material procurement. He also was with the Capital One Financial Corp., where he leveraged statistical approaches to marketing and financial risk management to develop new businesses outside the credit card industry.
David Field is president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications, one of the country’s largest radio broadcasting companies and a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Before becoming Entercom’s president in 1998, he served in a number of positions with the company, including COO and CFO. Before joining Entercom, Field was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Field serves on the boards of Entercom, the NAB, the RAB, and the Wilderness Society. He served as chairman of the Radio Board of the NAB from 2005-2007.
Mark Gray is President of the Katz Radio Group, the largest division of the Katz Media Group, the nation’s leading media representation company. Katz Radio Group comprises the biggest radio sales force in the country and includes Katz Radio, Christal Radio, Eastman Radio, Univision Radio, CBS Radio Sales, Entercom Radio Sales, Katz Group Sales, and Katz 360 Digital Sales. In addition, Gray oversees the company’s national marketing and business development arm, Katz Marketing Solutions. Gray joined Katz Radio in 1988 as an AE in New York. He served as VP/manager, VP/GSM for the West Coast, and SVP/GM, and president of Katz Radio before moving into his current post in 2006.
Alexander J. Kates is a digital strategist, executive educator at Rutgers University, and author of Strategic Digital Marketing. When he's not engrossed in a high-tech venture of his own creation, he works as a marketing consultant to big brands, providing strategic guidance and targeted training to executives around the world. Kates speaks in training programs and at conferences on the topics of digital strategy, mobile innovation, gamification, and managing digital transformations. With Rutgers University, he has developed and led tailored digital training programs for Fortune 500 companies on four continents. Kates serves as instructor for a new Rutgers CMD course entitled Creating Viral Media, which aims to help managers leverage effective content strategy. Kates is the founder of several companies, including Planga, the Jersey Angels investment group, and GRX Digital. He is co-author of the new book Strategic Digital Marketing, released in October of 2013.
Fran Kelly is vice chairman of Arnold Worldwide and a 35-year veteran in the field of branding, advertising, and integrated marketing communications. He began his career in marketing on Madison Avenue in 1978 at Young & Rubicam. In 1983, he joined Humphrey Browning MacDougall and in 1989, joined Leonard Monahan in Providence, RI. Over five years, he helped the agency attract and win over a dozen high-profile new accounts while also winning numerous prestigious regional and national creative awards. In January of 1994, Kelly joined Arnold as chief marketing officer, and helped develop the famous “Drivers wanted” campaign for VW. Kelly became president of Arnold in 2002, was named CEO in early 2006, and became vice chairman in 2010.
Brian Lesser is global CEO of Xaxis, a digital media company servicing more than 1,500 marketers in 26 markets across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Lesser is responsible for delivering targeted digital advertising products that allow clients to reach and better understand their audiences at massive scale. Before his current role, Lesser was SVP/GM of the Media Innovation Group; as the leader of the MIG, WPP’s first technology-development organization dedicated to media buying and optimization, Lesser created the first integrated data management, targeting, and ad-delivery platform for media agencies. He was instrumental in creating the first and largest agency trading desk, the success of which led to the formation of Xaxis. Before leading the MIG, Brian was VP/production management and director of product marketing at 24/7 Media.
Andrew (Drew) Marcus is founder and managing partner of Sugarloaf Rock Capital, LLC, which manages SLRC Media Opportunities Fund. Marcus departed Deutsche Bank in 2008 after 16 years as vice chairman of global banking focusing on media and telecommunications. He was previously managing director, global head of media research at Deutsche Bank and senior media analyst. Marcus joined Alex. Brown Inc. in 1992 as a founder of its Media Group, which was subsequently acquired by Deutsche Bank. Before that he was in the Media and Technology Research Group at Kidder, Peabody. Marcus has been involved in nearly 200 banking transactions in the broadcasting, outdoor, and entertainment sectors, valued at over $100 billion. His deals include lead advisory and financing roles in the $24.5 billion acquisition of Clear Channel , $13.7 billion acquisition of Univision, and the $1.2 billion acquisition of Susquehanna by Cumulus Media Partners. During his 23 years as an analyst, he covered radio and TV broadcasting, outdoor, publishing, and entertainment stocks and published strategic overviews on the media group.
Wenda Harris Millard is president and COO of leading strategic advisory and business development firm MediaLink, which provides counsel and direction to the media, marketing, and entertainment industries. Millard's background includes terms as co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, chief sales officer at Yahoo, president of Ziff Davis Internet, and a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick. She spent 20 years as an executive in the magazine industry, at Family Circle, New York, and AdWeek.
Stephen Moore is senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and a member of the Journal's editorial board. He is also a contributing economic commentator for Fox News Channel, where he appears daily commenting on economic, fiscal policy, and political issues. He can also be seen regularly on CNN and CNBC tv. Moore is a frequent lecturer to business, investment, and university audiences around the world on the U.S. economic and political outlook. From 1999-2004 Moore served as founder and president of the Club for Growth, a 25,000-member organization dedicated to helping elect free-market, tax-cutting candidates to Congress. Moore has served as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee under former Chairman Dick Armey of Texas, and from 1983 through 1987, he served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Moore is the author of six books; his latest is Who's the Fairest of Them All? The Truth About Taxes, Income and Wealth in America, published in 2012 by Encounter.
Gavin McGarry is founder of Jumpwire Media. Before founding Jumpwire in 2009, he worked for online video startup Joost and was the head of cross-platform business development at global television production company Endemol. McGarry has been working in the media space for over 20 years; his experience includes positions at major television networks as well as owning and operating a television production company and a boutique advertising agency. His company created some of the first cross-media TV content and worked with major networks including NBC, Discovery, CTV, and Global Television. The full-service ad agency serviced national clients and explored integrating brands into television and online properties Through his position at Endemol he worked closely with the UK's largest mobile operator, O2, and helped develop leading-edge content for multiple-platform release.
Jack Myers is a media ecologist and chairman of Media Advisory Group, which provides economic counsel to more than 250 media, advertising, marketing, entertainment, and financial services companies who subscribe to the weekly Jack Myers Media Business Report. His new book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, shares insights into the first generation to grow up with the Internet and the positive impact they are likely to have on business, culture, and society. Myers is an award-winning documentary film producer, author of four books, and founder of the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative and Syracuse University Newhouse Network. His career includes sales and management positions at CBS Television, ABC Radio, and Metromedia Outdoor.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel and a best-selling author. While on the bench from 1985 to 1995, he presided over more than 150 jury trials, and sat in all parts of the Superior Court — criminal, civil, equity, and family. Napolitano has been with Fox News Channel since 1998 and provides legal analysis on FNC and Fox Business Network throughout the day, Monday through Friday. Napolitano has written seven previous books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times best sellers. His works have also been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications, and his column is seen by millions each week.
Jim Palmer is CEO of Lowe Campbell Ewald. As leader of one of the most acclaimed full- service advertising and marketing communications agencies in the U.S., Palmer is known for his focus on driving business results for clients and his ability to expand and win new business. An agency veteran of 22 years, Palmer served as chief client officer for four years before being named CEO. In this role, he was responsible for leading all 35-plus agency client accounts, including Alltel Wireless, Cadillac, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, USAA, and the U.S. Navy. Since 1998, Palmer has been the major architect behind the agency’s “growth culture,” diversifying and expanding the client roster into new categories such as financial services, health care, consumer goods, and government services.
Larry Patrick is founder and managing partner of Patrick Communications and has completed hundreds of radio and TV brokerage deals. Patrick has worked with dozens of group owners, private equity funds, Wall Street firms, and lenders over the past 30 years. He's also owned more than 60 radio stations; his experience includes serving as COO of Gilmore Broadcasting and senior VP of the NAB. Patrick is chairman of the NAB's political action committee and a past president of both the National Association of Media Brokers and the Broadcast Education Association.
Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, joined Clear Channel in November 2010 as an investor and chairman of media and entertainment platforms, and took the CEO title in October of 2011. He oversees Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Clear Channel Digital -- operator of iHeartRadio -- and media services including Total Traffic Network, has become one of the radio industry's highest-profile cheerleaders, emphasizing the integration of radio into fresh total entertainment platforms. Pittman has also served in his careeer as CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, and other organizations. He is a founding member of New York private investment firm Pilot Group LLC.
Marci Ryvicker joined Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as an equity analyst in June 2002 and currently covers the media sector, with specific focus on broadcast, outdoor, and cable/satellite. Ryvicker ranked runner-up in the 2008 Institutional Investor survey and was ranked No. 2 in media in the Forbes 2008 Best Brokerage Analysts survey. She began her career as a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, and she is a CFA charterholder. Ryvicker is also a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Security Analysts, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Gordon Smith joined the NAB as president and CEO in November 2009. Before joining the NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior adviser in the Washington, DC, offices of Covington & Burling LLP. During his tenure in the Senate, Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which oversees all broadcast-related legislation. His 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. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the position of president of that body after only three years. Smith is an attorney who practiced law in New Mexico and Arizona before returning to Oregon to direct the family-owned Smith Frozen Foods business.
Jeff Smulyan is chairman, president, and CEO of Emmis Communications. After operating two radio stations — WNTS in Indianapolis and KCRO in Omaha — Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994, Emmis owns and operates 20 FM and two AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets; six local, regional, and national magazine operations; and radio stations in Slovakia and Bulgaria. A former director of the NAB and former chairman of the board of the RAB, Smulyan served as past chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, a consortium of CEOs from central Indiana’s largest corporations. Smulyan has been a leading advocate for the FM chip in smartphones.
Peter H. Smyth is Chairman and CEO of Greater Media Inc., overseeing the operations of 21 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Jersey; a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States. Smyth began his career in broadcasting in 1977 as an AE with WROR-FM in Boston. He was quickly promoted to GSM, and in 1983 RKO General, the parent company of WROR, recruited him to serve as GSM of its New York stations. Smyth joined Greater Media in 1986 and has served in a variety of capacities within the company, including GM of WMJX-FM in Boston, vice president of the Radio Group, and COO of Greater Media Inc. Smyth has helped revolutionize the broadcasting industry by advocating for and adopting new technologies such as HD Radio and Internet streaming, and by developing and incorporating innovative content to improve media communications and meet the emerging demands of the industry and its advertisers. Smyth’s leadership has been recognized by industry leaders such as Radio Ink magazine, which in 2011 and 2005 selected Smyth as “America’s Best Broadcaster.” In addition, over the past decade, he has been recognized as one of Radio Ink's "40 Most Powerful People in Radio."
Radha Subramanyam is executive vice president of sales and marketing research at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, where she reports to the CEO and heads up market research and analytics across various forms of media. Subramanyam has previously served in senior executive roles at Yahoo! and MTV Networks. She was also one of the founding leaders of a new analytics and consulting practice at Nielsen that advises media and advertising clients on shifts in media consumption. At Nielsen, she also headed the social media practice and served on the leadership team of NMIncite, the Nielsen-Mckinsey joint venture.
José Valle is president of Univision Radio, a division of the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States, Univision Communications. Univision Radio owns and operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top U.S. Hispanic markets and five stations in Puerto Rico. Valle, a veteran broadcast executive, earlier served as VP/GM of Univision Radio/Los Angeles. Before joining Univision, he was president and GM of Telemundo’s flagship station, KVEA, as well as overseeing operations for Spanish-language independent KWHY in Los. Before that position, he was VP/GM of KXTX/Dallas. Earlier in his career, Valle held VP/GM posts at stations including Univision Radio precursor Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.’s three-station Las Vegas cluster and Dallas-Fort Worth’s seven-station, four-format cluster.
Bud Walters is president of the 22-station Cromwell Radio Group, which he founded in 1972. Cromwell has stations in Illinois (12), Indiana (three), Kentucky (four) and Tennessee (three). The Kentucky/Indiana stations operate from a studio in Owensboro, which is also home to the 30-affiliate Cromwell Ag Network. Cromwell Group has specialized in startup and turnaround stations; over the years, the company has owned approximately 35 station. Cromwell still operates its first station at Hawesville, KY. Bud Walters is active in the broadcast industry and serves or has served on the following boards: Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Tennessee Broadcasters Association (chairman), NAB, RAB, and the Radio Music License Committee.
Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw began construction of his first radio station while still a student at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He founded Connoisseur Communications Partners in 1993. Through strategic purchases of multiple single radio stations in medium to small radio markets, the company grew to 39 stations owned or operated. Connoisseur Communications Partners was sold to Cumulus Broadcasting in October 2000 for $258 million. In 2004, Warshaw launched Connoisseur Media, LLC, which has grown to own and/or operate 39 stations in 14 markets after its acquisition of 10 stations from Nassau Broadcasting and four stations from Cox Radio. The company has made over $100 million in radio acquisitions in the past 12 months.