The Association of Magazine Media

Speakers

  • David Algire

    Partner

    MediaWorks 360

    David Algire, a partner of MediaWorks 360, has over 30 years of experience in the publishing media business with extensive management experience, leading some of the most renowned media brands across multiple platforms.  He has broad expertise in digital content and in-depth knowledge of editorial, advertising, consumer marketing, publisher services and international sales.

    Prior to founding MediaWorks 360, Algire was executive vice president, general manager for TEN: The Enthusiast Network and managed over 40 brands in the automotive aftermarket group. Algire led a transformational process which enabled multi-platform content creation and distribution, created new digital products and developed a premium affinity club to drive revenue.

    Additionally, Algire has experience leading retail strategy for major publishers, including Meredith, Reader’s Digest and PRIMEDIA. He was part of a small team to develop and launch Every Day with Rachael Ray and helped chart the growth for the Taste of Home brands. Algire also spent two years as President of Source Interlink Distribution.

  • Mel Allen

    Editor

    Yankee Magazine

    Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans nearly four decades. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, picked potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. But Mel claims his most memorable ones seem to involve the Red Sox including roaming  the back roads for talent with Red Sox scout Bill Enos; profiling Red Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak which required Mel to spend a week in spring training in 1986, the year the “Curse” came so close to being broken; and spending several days with the legendary Ted Williams at his fishing camp. Mel taught writing for 12 years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and currently teaches creative non-fiction in the MFA program of BayPath University in Longmeadow, MA.  He is the author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son” and his column, “Here in New England,” was twice a finalist for Best column in a city and regional magazine.

  • Jim Anderson

    CEO

    SocialFlow

    Jim Anderson is the chief executive officer of SocialFlow, a social marketing platform that more than half of the world’s top 150 media companies rely on to distribute their content to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SocialFlow clients include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, CNN, the BBC, Cox Media Group and Condé Nast.

    Anderson has more than 20 years of experience building software products, teams and companies. In the early days of the commercial internet, he joined MindSpring, an internet service provider that became part of EarthLink. He then became chief operating officer of Vitrue, a social media technology firm that Oracle acquired in 2012.

    Anderson regularly speaks about social media topics on networks including MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, Reuters and Al Jazeera.

  • Jack Bishop

    Chief Creative Officer

    America's Test Kitchen

    Bishop was part of the original team that started America’s Test Kitchen, beginning with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. Jack directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine in 2005 and the building of the company’s book publishing division.

    Jack is the tasting lab expert on our television shows, and he leads the creative teams working on the company’s TV shows, magazines, books, websites, and online cooking school. ​

    Jack is the author of several cookbooks, including Vegetables Every Day and The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook. Jack’s wife, Lauren Chattman, is a cookbook author and former pastry chef. They have two extraordinarily well-fed daughters.

  • Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

    Chief Executive Officer and Publisher

    MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the chief executive officer and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's media company. MIT Technology Review's analysis, features, interviews and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

    Bramson-Boudreau is leading the growth, expansion and modernization of MIT Technology Review's media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. She also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum. 

    Bramson-Boudreau has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Bramson-Boudreau was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

  • Beth Fuchs Brenner

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Domino

     

    Beth Fuchs Brenner, CRO, served as the founding Vice President and Publisher of Domino from its launch in 2005 until its close in 2009. Her effective leadership resulted in numerous industry honors including Adweek's "Hot List" and Advertising Age's 2005 "Launch of the Year." Brenner's Condé Nast experience also included eleven years as Vice President and Publisher of Self Magazine, from 1994 to 2004. In April 2010, Beth joined Meredith Corporation as publisher of Traditional Home, a position she held until she returned to re-launch Domino in September of 2013. Under Brenner's leadership, Traditional Home led all shelter titles in advertising growth in 2012 and was named to Advertising Age's A List and Media Industry Newsletter's Top 10 Ad Performers.

  • Linda Thomas Brooks

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    MPA–The Association of Magazine Media

    Linda Thomas Brooks was named president and chief executive officer of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in January 2016.

    Before joining MPA, Thomas Brooks came from the other side of the media desk.  She was Executive VP and Managing Director of GM Mediaworks in Detroit, President of Ingenuity Media at the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, and Executive Director of Media & Marketing at Trilogy, a privately-held business technology company.  She was also the co-founder and president of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency and a subsidiary of Wilson RMS.  Her experience in the media business has included creating new organizational structures and strategic approaches for the ever-increasing size and scope of the media landscape.  Thomas Brooks developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian.

    She is passionate about viewing the media landscape through the lens of the consumer and is an ardent believer in the power of strong media brands to change the world.

  • Trevor Carroll

    Manager, Content Partnerships

    Pressreader

    Having a diverse range of publishing experience across the UK and Ireland for the News Corp and Trinity Mirror brands, Trevor Carroll champions PressReader’s strategic market advancement for publishers in the U.S. and UK. He has led award-winning presentations in the London market, including placing first at Advertising Week Europe’s Last One Standing event, where he represented News UK to debate diversity in the advertising industry. Trevor helps guide publishers through a dynamic media landscape into a digital future, working closely with publishing partners to connect them to a global audience on PressReader, the world’s largest all-you-can-read platform with 7,000+ magazines and newspapers.

  • Sheila Colclasure

    Global Chief Data Ethics Officer and Public Policy Executive

    Acxiom

    As Global Chief Data Ethics Officer and Public Policy Executive for Acxiom and LiveRamp (an Acxiom company), Sheila directs the enterprise data governance, protection, and privacy program and the external data-focused global policy development for both organizations.  Designed around Ethical Data Use (EDU), Sheila runs an accountability-based, 360° program that also covers government affairs, consumer affairs and related public relations.   

    She is recognized as a global thought leader on applied data ethics, consumer advocacy and information policy. She participates in numerous domestic and international efforts to help develop effective data- policy, establish industry best practices and achieve maximum harmonization of information policy across the world. With extensive knowledge of laws governing the collection and use of information worldwide, she is sought out by policy makers, regulators and government agencies for her views on the ethical use of data and how to address the complexity of operationalizing next-generation data governance for the connected and digital data-driven ecosystem.  Sheila is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and was recognized by CSO as one of the “12 amazing women in security.” 

    She is frequently interviewed by the media on ethical data use, data protection and data governance and has advanced thought and practice leadership with government authorities and the industry in many forums, including the Consumer Electronics Show’s Digital Health Summit, US Department of Health and Human Services, Dublin Tech Summit, Global Data Transparency Lab, IAF Digital University, and Ibero-American Data Protection Network. Sheila has also taken the stage at Forrester analyst events, adExchanger events, International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Conferences, Digital Advertising Alliance Summit events, Data and Marketing Association annual conferences, Philly Phorum, Conference of Western Attorneys General, National Association of Attorneys General, American Legislative Exchange Council, American Bar Association annual conferences and Marketing Science Institute. 

    Sheila serves on the advisory boards of the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and is corporate liaison to several industry standards-setting groups and research and policy development groups, including the Center for Information Policy Leadership, Digital Advertising Alliance, Mobile Marketing Association and Cambridge Privacy Forums. 

    Sheila provides support and consult to the Acxiom and LiveRamp client and partner ecosystem – some of the largest marketers in the world – on effective data protection governance and the ethical use of data as a strategic business essential. Her primary focus includes enterprise-wide applied data ethics, ensuring compliance with legal and co-regulatory requirements and development of and compliance with Acxiom’s own leading-practice data ethics policies.  She specializes in data protection, use and governance laws U.S. FCRA, GLB, HIPAA, Privacy and Safeguard Rules, Telemarketing Sales Rule, CAN-SPAM, and the European Union General Data Privacy Regulation, ePrivacy Directive/Regulation. She has developed and implemented an annual data protection and governance audit function that is widely regarded as the best in the industry. 

    Prior to joining Acxiom, she worked for the U.S. Senate, and then managed congressional and political affairs for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in its Washington, D.C. office, focusing on legislative and regulatory initiatives as well as directing its political action committee. Sheila has a master’s degree in communications, specializing in business and political communication.

  • Eric Dallin

    Vice President, Digital Marketing Development

    Active Interest Media – Marine Group

    Eric Dallin is vice president of digital business and marketing development for the Active Interest Media Marine Group.  As an entrepreneur, Dallin successfully launched RealEStateVideos.com in 2001 and became the first to distribute online video content for the real estate industry.  He went on to build a marine-focused video production company as well as a marketing services agency before working at Active Interest Media. 

    Dallin is an entrepreneur, marine industry marketing expert, social strategist, consultant, technologist, event organizer, producer, photographer and speaker.  He has become an influential industry leader in marketing best-practices, on-site event video, digital production and photography services.  As a designer and digital artist, he has entertained tens of thousands of marine event participants throughout the U.S., the Bahamas and Central and South America.  This broad experience has helped him develop a unique understanding of the digital space and its impact on enthusiast consumers.

  • Jonathan Dorn

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Active Interest Media

    As Active Interest Media’s lead on digital, video, marketing services, and online education, Jon Dorn works with teams across the company’s 50 brands and 85+ websites. He oversees several central teams, including Catapult Creative Labs, AIM Studios and AIM U. He’s previously served as AIM’s editorial director, head of product development and digital senior vice president. Prior to that, as the longtime editor in chief of Backpacker, he led the brand to five National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence for both print and digital. Dorn lives and plays in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two daughters, and Bronx, a 100-pound Bernese mountain dog. He serves on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and volunteers with Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that provides wilderness mentoring to at-risk teens.

  • Vince Errico

    Chief Digital Officer

    Trusted Media Brands, Inc.

    Vince Errico is responsible for the company’s digital strategy and execution. He is a global executive with more than three decades of digital strategy and management experience. Previously, Vince served as SVP and General Manager of Lifestyle properties at Everyday Health Inc. a leading publisher of digital health and wellness information, working on such brands as South Beach Diet and What to Expect. He held global strategic planning, product development, and marketing roles at major financial services companies including American Express Company, Visa International and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In addition, he has extensive experience in advising digital startups. He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and has a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley. 

  • Jackie Ford

    Chief Financial Officer

    America's Test Kitchen

    Jackie Ford joined America’s Test Kitchen in November 2015. Just prior to joining the company, she was a director at CFGI, a Boston-based finance and accounting consulting firm.

    For the first 10 years of her career, Ford worked in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the middle market audit and transaction services practices. After PwC, she served as an interim CFO and controller, working primarily with private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

    Ford graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a A.B. in economics and accounting. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, skiing and boating with her husband, daughter and twin sons.

  • Adam Grossman

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Boston Red Sox & Fenway Sports Management

    Adam Grossman leads all marketing and communications efforts for the Boston Red Sox. In this capacity, the Cleveland, OH native oversees the club’s marketing, media relations, corporate communications, social media, and creative services departments. Grossman’s teams also work closely with the Red Sox’ ticket and sponsorship sales functions to build ticket sales marketing programs and integrated corporate partnerships. Grossman began his career with the Red Sox in 2002 as a summer intern and was named Special Assistant to President/CEO Larry Lucchino in 2004. He was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2008. Prior to his current role, Grossman served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins for three seasons from 2009 to 2011. A 2002 cum laude graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy, Grossman was one of eight members selected to the 2014 Eisenhower Fellowships program, an organization chaired by General Colin L. Powell. While at Duke, he co-founded a student-led organization to improve the Durham Bulls Youth League, and spearheaded a $450,000 renovation project to refurbish two baseball fields in Durham’s inner city. Grossman and his wife, Candy, reside in Brookline with their daughters, Stella and Luiza.

  • Daniel Hallac

    Chief Product Officer

    New York Media

    Daniel Hallac joined New York Media as chief product officer in 2017, overseeing the company’s product design, product management, technology, business development, and analytics functions, for brands including New York Magazine, Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, Select All, and the Strategist.

    Prior to his current role, Hallac held various roles at Bloomberg, most recently serving as the global head of product for Bloomberg Media’s digital team, where he led the product group in the re-launch and growth of Bloomberg’s award-winning digital properties, including Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com.

    Hallac earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Politics from Brandeis University and has resided in the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

  • Ken Harding

    Senior Managing Director and Publishing Practice Global Lead

    FTI Consulting

    Ken Harding is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Denver. Mr. Harding is the global practice leader for the Publishing Group and is part of the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice. He has 30 years of professional experience in the publishing and media industry. He has provided strategic business and operational advisory services and leadership to newspaper and media companies of varying size. Mr. Harding has worked at the corporate and business-unit level to lead business improvement and growth - performance improvement – engagements.    

    With direct involvement in more than 200 newspaper and publishing projects, Mr. Harding’s industry experience is unmatched. His recent projects have delivered value-based solutions for advertiser and consumer revenue enhancement and expense optimization in advertising and news operations; production; transportation and circulation/delivery.

    Mr. Harding has recently provided services to Publishers of varying scale; including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, GFR Media, Houston Chronicle, LocalEdge, Miami Herald, Portland Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Bay Times and U-T San Diego.  Recent corporate clients include Advance Publications, AH. Belo, CNHI, Cox Media Group, Gannett, Hearst Newspapers, Hearst Magazines, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Postmedia and The Enthusiast Network.

     

    A recognized industry leader, Mr. Harding has served on nationally and globally-focused technical committees for the media industry. He has spoken at several industry events and conferences, including WAN/IFRA, IFRA Expo and various Newspaper Association of America events. Mr. Harding is a contributing writer and resource to several industry publications. He works closely with publishers and industry executives to develop project solutions that will garner immediate positive impact to the business.

    Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Harding was president and chief executive officer of Harding Consulting Alliance, a boutique consulting firm specializing in performance optimization across media businesses’ core functional areas.

    Before that, he was corporate vice president of operations and distribution for Tribune Publishing, where he was responsible for publishing group initiatives and support of operations and distribution at each of the business units through local vice presidents. In that position, Mr. Harding reviewed and approved capital projects for all Tribune newspapers and directed benchmarking and continuous improvement initiatives in operations and distribution, as well as other areas of publishing. Mr. Harding’s career has included ownership roles for established industry firms, including Design Alliance and Blevins Harding Group.

  • Dan Hickey

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kalmbach Media

  • Bryan Kinkade

    Vice President, Publisher

    AFAR Media

    Bryan’s career in digital media, marketing and advertising spans over 15 years working on some of the world’s most influential travel brands.  Before being promoted to the Publisher role at AFAR in January 2016, Bryan served as the Associate Publisher for 3 years where he oversaw the company’s business strategy including global sales, marketing, production, media solutions and content operations.  Prior to joining AFAR, Bryan was the Travel Director at National Geographic Adventure, senior sales director at the New Yorker, and most recently had served as the Associate Publisher at Outside Magazine.

    Bryan is active in many philanthropic initiatives with organizations involved with water conservation, sustainability and conservation.  He has served on several boards including the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Benefit Committee of the Africa Foundation and GreenTeam USA.

    Bryan is a graduate of Union College and resides in Hastings-on-the-Hudson with his wife and 8 year old son. 

  • Simon Leslie

    Founder and Joint Chief Executive

    Simon Leslie

    Simon is founder and joint Chief Executive of Ink, the global leader in Travel Media. Working with the world’s largest airlines, and travel brands, Ink’s media reaches just shy of a billion-real people every year. His talk is about change, and not allowing market conditions, people or one’s own stupidity to get in the way of success. In a world where print continues to struggle, Ink’s titles continue to deliver double digit growth.

  • Jeff Levy

    Director, Consumer Marketing

    Harvard Business Review Group

    Jeff Levy is the Director of Consumer Marketing for Harvard Business Review Group, where he leads global consumer marketing for the brand (HBR magazine and HBR.org). He is responsible for strategy and execution around subscriber acquisition, engagement and retention utilizing digital and traditional media. Under his management, HBR has reached the highest growth levels in customers and engagement in the company's history.

    Prior to HBR, Jeff was the Director of JewishBoston.com, Boston’s second largest non-profit, and was the Founder and VP, Marketing of Mother USA/Tunefly, a subscription digital music platform. He has also held senior marketing positions at Comcast, AT&T, and Media One.

  • David Liu

    Co-Founder

    XO Group Inc.

    David Liu is cofounder and Chairman of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; www.xogroupinc.com), a leading technology and media company that helps millions of couples navigate and enjoy life's biggest moments together through industry-leading digital brands that include The Knot and The Bump.

    In 1996, Liu and his business partners (including wife Carley Roney) predicted that Internet technology would enable the perfect solution to the frustrating, antiquated process of planning a wedding. Their vision: a bridal media brand that would reinvent the $70+ billion wedding industry by appealing to modern couples and providing 24/7 access to stylish editorial content, modern wedding advice, thousands of local professionals and an online community. The Knot has become the nation’s leading digital wedding resource with more than 12 million unique visitors per month to TheKnot.com and more than 3,000 app downloads per day.

    Under Liu’s leadership, XO Group Inc. expanded its reach to serve its audience across multiple lifestages from brides to newlyweds to first-time parents, adding The Nest and The Bump to its brand network. The company has extended these brands across multiple media platforms spanning magazines, books, mobile applications, TV shows and social media as well as a massive merchandising arm that includes gift registry services.

    Since founding XO Group Inc. in 1996, Liu led the company from an Internet start-up to a publicly traded multimillion-dollar media leader in the wedding and lifestyle category, raising more than $150 million in public and private financing along the way. Liu also led the acquisition and integration of the company’s closest competitor, WeddingChannel Inc., uniting two leaders in the online bridal industry.

    In 2008, Liu was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Media category. In 2011 he received the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award. Currently, Liu serves on the boards of MOCA and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). He lives with his wife and three children in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Tom Maloney

    National Account Director

    Time Inc. Retail, a Meredith Corp. Division

    Tom Maloney has been with Time Inc. Retail, a division of Meredith Corp, since 2010, and has been representing magazines and trade books to the bookstore class of trade since 2014. Prior to joining Time Inc. Retail, he was director of retail sales at Source Interlink Media, overseeing retail strategy for a portfolio of 80 enthusiast titles. Maloney spent the first seven years of his career at Wenner Media, where he developed front-end strategy for the launch of Us Weekly, implemented newsstand goals as newsstand director and served as business manager of Wenner Books.

  • Kim Mateus

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Mequoda Systems

    Kim Mateus partners with the executive management teams of media businesses to develop strategic multiplatform publishing plans, oversee implementation of publishing business plans and help clients grow audience, revenue and profits. She focuses on bringing new partners into the Mequoda client cooperative and also works with Mequoda’s Gold Members to plan transformative, larger-scale projects and services for growing their systems and maximizing profits. Mateus monitors overall system best practices for Mequoda’s Haven CXMS platform and tracks industry trends. She founded the Mequoda Research Team in 2004 and has been a principal driver in documenting the thousands of best practices that govern our core Mequoda Method. She’s a frequent speaker at industry events and proudly serves on the board of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA). Mateus earned her degree in journalism from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

  • Chris McDonough

    Chief Sales and Brand Officer

    L.L.Bean

    Chris McDonough is Chief Sales and Brand Officer at L.L.Bean, responsible for brand, marketing, and e-commerce strategy as well as the Company’s Direct-to-Business and International departments. He joined L.L.Bean in June of 2016.

    Chris has a proven track record as a believer in and builder of brands. He came to L.L.Bean from Homebase, a British home improvement and gardening retailer where he served as Marketing Director (Chief Marketing Officer). Prior to Homebase, Chris served in marketing and brand directorship positions for a number of European retailers including Asda, Muller UK & Ireland Group, Molson Coors, and Mars Europe.

    Chris earned a Bachelor of Science from Aston University in Britain and an International Marketing & Business diploma from Grenoble Business School. Outside of work, Chris and his family enjoy travel and time in the outdoors. Chris is an avid runner, skier, tennis and squash player.

  • Nicco Mele

    Director

    Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

    Nicco Mele is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath and co-founder of EchoDitto (now Echo & Co.), a leading internet strategy and consulting firm. Mele also is a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

  • Fran Middleton

    Chief Digital Officer

    America's Test Kitchen

    Fran Middleton joined America's Test Kitchen in 2014 and was promoted to chief digital officer in November of 2015. Middleton and his team are responsible for defining and executing the company’s digital strategy across ATK’s three membership websites, online cooking school, digital marketing, social media and ecommerce.

    Prior to joining America’s Test Kitchen, Middleton was part of the founding team at Rue La La. As vice president, project and product management, he helped launch Rue and grow the membership file to over 12M highly engaged members in six years. Previously, he held leadership positions at Smartbargains.com and Agency.com. Middleton graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

  • David Nussbaum

    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

    America’s Test Kitchen

    David Nussbaum is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of America's Test Kitchen, the leading food and cooking media brand in the US.  ATK features two top-rated TV shows, two highly regarded magazines, three subscription-based websites, an online cooking school and a vibrant cookbook business. Nussbaum joined ATK in October 2015.

    Previous to that, he served as the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of F+W Media, from 2008 to October 2015.  Before that, Nussbaum was an operating partner at ABRY Partners, one of the top Private Equity companies in the world. Going back even further, Nussbaum was the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Penton Media.

    Nussbaum has served on boards for both Summit Business Networks (now part of American Lawyer Media) and Thomas Nelson Publishing (now a division of Harper Collins).

    Currently, Nussbaum is on the advisory board of Compound Ventures, a leading NYC-based early stage technology venture fund and is on the advisory board of Boston University's School of Communications.  Nussbaum is also on the board of IMAG, MPA’s Independent Magazine Media Group.

    Nussbaum was also the founder and president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology (FAST) in Roslyn, NY and the former co-president of the Roslyn Booster Basketball Club.

  • Hayley Romer

    Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer

    The Atlantic

    Hayley Romer is Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of The Atlantic. In this role, she leads The Atlantic’s global sales team, award-winning in-house branded content studio, Atlantic Re:think, and brand marketing for The Atlantic. Through deep passion, relentless foresight, and progressive initiatives, Hayley has driven four consecutive years of record sales and profits for the brand.

    At a time when the media and advertising industry is experiencing mass-disruption and companies are completely restructuring and changing their go to market strategies, Hayley has doubled the advertising revenue for The Atlantic and more than doubled the size of her team. Hayley has helped to establish The Atlantic and Atlantic Re:think as the leader in native advertising for the industry. Native will drive three-quarters of The Atlantic’s digital ad revenue in 2017. In both 2016 and 2017, Atlantic Re:think was named Content Best In-house Content Studio by Digiday.

    Prior to joining The Atlantic in May 2012 as associate publisher, Hayley spent five years at the Condé Nast Media Group. As Executive Director of Corporate Sales, she managed an integrated sales and marketing team across titles such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Before joining Condé Nast in 2007, Hayley spent seven years Forbes Media and began her career in publishing at American Heritage magazine. In 2016 Hayley was named to AgAge’s 40 Under 40 list for her work helping establish The Atlantic as an innovative leader within the media and advertising industry.

    Hayley has two children, son Adler (6) and daughter Pierce (3) and is the wife of Adam Schoenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Hook and Albert, a men’s accessories company.

  • Eric Schwab

    Group Senior Vice President, Sales

    Motor Trend Group

    Eric Schwab is group senior vice president, sales at Motor Trend Group, responsible for sales, marketing solutions and advertiser revenue across the organization as well as overall commercial strategy and development. Schwab is a highly experienced senior management, media and marketing executive with 22 years of experience in media sales, integrated and cross platform marketing and leadership positions.

    Schwab has been with Motor Trend Group for over 17 years. Prior to his tenure at MTG, he was integrated sales director for an online ad network and start up leading integrated digital solutions for the websites they represented.

  • Laura Simkins

    Chief Operating Officer

    AFAR Media LLC

    Laura Simkins is the chief operating officer of Afar Media, a media company devoted to serving the needs of experiential travelers.  Simkins has over 18 years of experience in media with 15 of those spent at launches or start-ups. She was part of the original launch team for Dwell, 8020 Media and Afar. Simkin’s media experience also includes stints at Mother Jones and Health.  She enjoys a good challenge and likes collaborating with teams with diverse talents.

  • Krifka Steffey

    Director, Merchandising, Newsstand

    Barnes & Noble, Inc.

    Krifka Steffey joined Barnes and Noble in 2015. Her experience with newsstand comes from five years of working on behalf of retailers at Source Interlink Companies, providing newsstand distribution and logistics solutions. Steffey has led the charge to invigorate the Barnes & Noble Newsstand with exciting sales and traffic-driving promotions, omni-channel campaigns, partnerships with key publishers for the creation of exclusive products as well as conducting a global search for new international magazines.

  • Eric Thorkilsen

    Chief Executive Officer

    This Old House Ventures, LLC

    Eric G. Thorkilsen is CEO of THIS OLD HOUSE VENTURES, LLC, a leading multi-platform home improvement brand that offers homeowners trusted information and expert advice through two highly rated and award-winning television series, one of the category’s leading and fastest growing online destinations, a highly-regarded magazine, as well as capabilities including custom video production, digital marketing, brand licensing, live events and custom publishing.  He is also Founder and CEO of LIFESTYLE MEDIA PARTNERS, Inc., a strategy, management and production company that identifies and develops existing trademarks and intellectual property across multi-media distribution and revenue streams. As part of his work at LMP, Inc., he acquired Edible Communities Inc. in 2013, the leading multi-platform brand in the growing farm-to-table, local food space, and served as its CEO until the acquisition of THIS OLD HOUSE in April 2016.

    The foundation of Thorkilsen’s extensive career is nearly 30 years at TIME WARNER INC., where he held senior domestic and international circulation and publishing leadership positions across the Company’s leading brands, including TIME, TIME International, PEOPLE and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  Most notably, he was the creator and founding Executive of both MARTHA STEWART LIVING and THIS OLD HOUSE Ventures, which were the first brands in the industry to build successful multi-media platforms. With an industry vision and leadership that led to a major paradigm shift, he created multiple distribution vehicles under individual brand umbrellas to deliver high quality content and products to consumers, and a compelling multi-platform reach to advertisers.  At peak levels, MARTHA STEWART LIVING and THIS OLD HOUSE had combined market valuation in excess of $1B.

    Following his tenure at TIME WARNER, Thorkilsen was SVP, Business Development, SCRIPPS NETWORKS, where he profitably developed and directed all multi-media brand development and extensions for HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Fine Living Network, and the newly acquired Great American Country.  At Scripps, he created and negotiated an exclusive product licensing program for Food Network with Kohl’s, the country’s fastest growing mid-tier retailer, resulting in over 1000 SKU’s and seven figure royalty streams. He also created a unique strategic partnership with Taunton Press, providing online content for HGTV.com; and initiated magazine publishing for the Food Network, ultimately resulting in the launch of a highly successful joint venture with Hearst in 2008. 

    Following Scripps, Thorkilsen served as President of Consumer Media at MOVE, INC., the leader in online real estate, and the operator of realtor.com.  With responsibility for advertising sales and operations, he led a team of 500+ sales and marketing professionals.  With a primary focus to seek new revenue streams through development of a rich media, video-based Home & Garden content channel, he negotiated content deals with leading brand producers, reorganized and trained the sales force to sell a wide range of new online capabilities (e.g. behavioral targeting, online video), supervised product and engineering teams to create the new environment, and built a financial model—identifying 40% incremental revenue opportunity in first 18 months.

    Thorkilsen is a graduate of Hamilton College and Harvard Business School (PMD).

  • Jamie Trowbridge

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Yankee Publishing

    Jamie Trowbridge is president and chief executive officer of Yankee Publishing and publisher of Yankee magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, New Hampshire Magazine, and other publications and websites.  As a grandson of the founder, Trowbridge is committed to keeping the company, which is based in Dublin, New Hampshire, a successful and independent family-owned business.

    Before joining Yankee Publishing, Trowbridge worked in the publishing field for several years in Seattle, Washington, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Trowbridge is a member of MPA’s IMAG Board for Independent Publishers.  He also serves on the Boards of the N. H. Travel Council, N. H. Business Committee for the Arts, Monadnock Community Hospital and The MacDowell Colony, America’s premier artist residency program.

  • Amy Wilkins

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Smithsonian Media

    Amy Wilkins is the Chief Revenue Officer of the Media division of Smithsonian Enterprises whose sole purpose is to deliver profit that furthers the Smithsonian’s mission (the increase and diffusion of knowledge). She is responsible for developing strategy and leading the team that monetizes all media platforms including digital, print and events. This is Amy’s second stint at Smithsonian as she served as the Publisher from 2000-2005 and was thrilled to return to a brand that is so aligned with her values.

    Previously, she served as SVP Sales & Marketing for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as well as publisher of A&E’s Biography Magazine and Time Inc.’s Health Magazine. Amy is passionate about developing talent and has been a significant contributor to She Runs It (formerly Advertising Women of New York), an organization devoted to the development of women at every stage of their career.

  • Mike Woods

    Vice President, Sales and Client Services

    Acxiom

    Mike Woods serves as a sales leader in the Acxiom Marketing Solutions division. Working in the Consumer Group, Woods is responsible for leading strategic sales initiatives among current and prospective Acxiom clients in the retail, travel, media and entertainment sectors.

    Woods’ mantra is “My bags are packed!” as he works to inspire his team and serve clients by being present and collaborative. His team has added new clients to the Acxiom roster, including The Children’s Place, GNC and CIBT, while helping current clients like Walmart, TJX, Marriott and Lowe’s expand their data-driven marketing expertise.

    After working for over 25 years in advertising and media, Woods made the leap to the world of people-based marketing at Acxiom. He served in several senior posts at Forbes Media, where he was part of the executive team that reformed the company to prosper in the digital age. Forbes assignments included president, Integrated Solutions Group and senior vice president, client services.

    Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Northwood University. He and his family live in Commerce Township, MI.