Leadership Team

The TD Foundation has blessed by the generous efforts of a dedicated group of leaders who have given countless hours to promote the goals and fulfill the mission of TDF. They work tirelessly without any thought of compensation as we are an all-volunteer grassroots organization. We are truly grateful for their participation and commitment for so many years.


William Flatley

William Flatley, Co-Founder

Bill Flatley passed away on October 7, 2014.  We all admired Bill a great deal and not just because of his role in founding the TD Foundation.  In addition to his broad success in the media industry, Bill was a loving father and husband.

At the time of his passing, Bill was the Managing Director of SalesGain, LLC., a sales training and media consultancy.  Prior to that, Bill was Managing Director of ForbesAutos.com and ForbesTraveler.com from January 2007 through June 2008.  In this position, he was responsible for all P&L and operational issues relating to both of these websites. From 2001 to 2006, Bill served as Vice President and Chief Advertising Officer of Forbes.com. During this time, company revenue grew 700%. In addition, Bill’s team was recognized for their outstanding achievements by both the Jack Myers Report and Advertiser Perceptions.

Bill joined Forbes in 1989 as the West Coast Manager of the magazine and after relocating to New York to become Advertising Director, was named Vice President of Worldwide Sales in 1996. He was instrumental in the launch of four critical Forbes ventures, leading the sales teams in the creation of: Forbes.com, ForbesAutos.com, the Forbes Conference Group and Forbes Custom Media. Bill was an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and a board member of the Online Publishers Association (OPA). He also served on the advisory boards of a number of internet startups and philanthropic boards.

Prior to joining Forbes, Bill was at Newsweek magazine, both in its Los Angeles and Chicago offices.

A graduate of Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois, Bill and his wife made their home in Darien, Connecticut,where they raised three now-grown children.

Bill was an Elder at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien CT and was previously on the church board at Glenview Community Church, Glenview Ill. Additionally, was active in a number local and national of charities.

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan

Dave is a serial entrepreneur. He was the founder, CEO and Chairman of both TACODA, Inc., an online advertising company that pioneered behavioral online marketing in 2001 and was acquired by AOL in September 2007 for $275 million, and Real Media, Inc., one of the world’s first ad serving and online ad network companies and a predecessor to 24/7 Real Media (TFSM), which was later sold to WPP for $649 million. Most recently, Dave served as Executive Vice President, Global Advertising Strategy, at AOL, a Time Warner Company (TWX).

Dave has been a big supporter of organizations focused on building future media leaders and is a member of the boards of directors of both the American Press Institute and the International Radio & Television Society.

Morgan received a B.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, writer Lorea Canales, and their two girls.

Patrick O'Hanlon

Patrick O’Hanlon

Patrick is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Stanley’s Global Procurement Organization. He joined the Company in February 2010 to build and lead the Firm’s Supplier Risk Management Program.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Patrick led global reorganizational efforts across the Credit Suisse (CS) enterprise. Initially he was a founding member of the Investment Bank’s Global Expense Management Team and later was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Real Estate and Services Department. Finally, he was asked by CS’ Chief Procurement Officer to join his team in order to lead a global restructuring of the Firm-wide Sourcing organization.

Before joining Credit Suisse, Patrick was a Vice President of Finance at MBIA and a Fixed Income Capital Market’s banker at Goldman Sachs where he worked with Fortune 500 clients such as Disney, BellSouth, Motorola, and Toyota. He also served as a White House Fellow on the President’s staff at the Office of Management and Budget.

Prior to embarking on his business career, Patrick served as a US Army Airborne-Ranger in a variety of positions including Tank Platoon Leader in the Gulf War and Company Commander of a 150-person Armored Cavalry Company.

Patrick has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in Management and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Patrick has lived and worked in Washington D.C., New York, Zurich and London.

Patrick currently volunteers with American Corporate Partners, which is focused on helping Veterans transitioning from the military to the civilian sector. Additionally, Patrick has served as a Mentor at Student Sponsor Partners, an organization targeting at-risk youth, and as a volunteer and educator at Streetwise, teaching job skills to adults.

Rick Parkhill

Rick Parkhill

Rick Parkhill is the founder and Chairman of Poptent. The business concept for Poptent was a result of his many years in the interactive media world and watching his son grow up shooting, editing and producing homemade music videos. Rick recognized early-on that advertisers would have an increasing need for video content and that there was an ever-deepening pool of capable creative talent that was developing outside of agency walls. His vision was to empower that creative community by providing them with real opportunities to demonstrate their skills. Rick gathered friends Neil Perry, Tony Romeo and Richard Bruck to found Poptent in early 2007.

Prior to Poptent, Rick was the founder and CEO of iMedia Communications, the leading information provider and conference producer for interactive media and marketing. iMedia Summits continue to attract leading advertisers, brands, agencies, publishers and vendors throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Rick was a founding executive at Interactive Marketing, Inc. in the mid-’90s and founded Digitrends Magazine and the popular Camp Interactive events. In 1987, Rick converted a small newsletter he had launched for friends and clients into the first magazine for media and marketing executives. InfoText was a pre-internet publication that covered the emerging Audiotext and Videotext industries.

Rick’s fascination with the evolution of media has driven his career and continues to spark his imagination. An avid surfer, skier, boater and recovering tennis player, Rick loves to spend his time on the water and outdoors with family and friends. He serves on the DMG Worldmedia Board of Governors and is active fundraiser and board member for Pipeline to a Cure, the surfers initiative to end Cystic Fibrosis. He lives in Laguna Niguel with his wife Jeanne, daughter Reilly and nearby children, Andrew and Jennifer.


Tam Alesi
Tamara Alesi

Tam joined MediaCom in 2015 after an impressive 20-year career with several premier agencies. In just one year at MediaCom, Tam has reinvented two integrated client systems, Revlon and Subway. Under her leadership, the team at MediaCom injected Revlon’s communication system with consumer-centric storytelling (the award winning “Love Test”) and evolved the channel mix to follow the consumer.

Immediately prior to joining MediaCom, Tam led DigitasLBi’s New York media team and was the agency’s lead on L’Oreal USA, an account that spanned more than 25 luxury, consumer, active and professional brands. Before arriving at Digitas, Tam held executive positions at OMD USA, ZenithOptimedia, The Martin Agency and MEC. She began her marketing career at DDB and McCann Erickson. At MediaCom, Tam helps bridge creativity and media planning for multiple clients, and she has quickly assumed leadership roles on both Revlon and Subway. Tam is a passionate leader and mentor for talent, from making time for career development discussions with every member of her planning teams to her involvement mentoring Young Cannes Lions.

Tam has won many awards for her campaigns including Adweek Media Plan of the Year. In 2016, she was named one of Ad Age’s Media Mavens.

Heidi Browning
Heidi Browning

Heidi Browning serves as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of the National Hockey League. With over 25 years of marketing and advertising experience, Browning brings a valuable mix of client, agency and media owner perspective to the NHL. Heidi is known as an early and passionate pioneer in digital, mobile and social marketing and continues to drive thought leadership and innovation within the industry. Inspired by the intersection of media, technology and culture, she studies generational trends in attention and communication. Heidi is responsible for executing the League’s growth marketing strategy with a focus on innovation, digital, social and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Prior to joining the NHL, Heidi served as SVP, Strategic Solutions, at Pandora. Her team was responsible for developing marketing solutions that create value for fans, bands and brands within Pandora. Leveraging the power of Pandora’s passionate fans, first party data, and personalization, Heidi’s team launched live music and content experiences pairing Fortune 500 clients with emerging and iconic artists. She was recognized as one of the top “Women in Music” by Billboard.

Browning served as EVP, Global Digital Officer at Universal McCann. During her tenure she focused on global clients and the evolution of the agency’s media practice. Heidi launched Rally@UM, the agency’s dedicated social media unit.

Heidi also served as Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for Fox Interactive Media where her team provided centralized marketing services to MySpace, IGN, Fox, AmericanIdol.com, Photobucket and Fox Sports. Heidi focused on the evolution and monetization of MySpace. Under her leadership, MySpace positioned brand communities as a new way to build audience, create engagement and establish a two-way dialogue between consumers and brands. Heidi and team established and socialized the narrative around the consumer value of “friending” a brand, supported by qualitative and quantitative research.

Browning is a respected thought leader in the industry, and her expertise in digital and social media marketing is frequently sought by internet marketing professionals around the country. Heidi serves on the Ad Council Board and is the Western Region leader for the AAF. She served as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group (SFBIG), inaugural board member of Social Media Advertising Consortium (SMAC), and has chaired the User-Generated Content Committee for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) since 2008. In 2007, she led the first in-depth consumer segmentation and ROI study for social media – Never Ending Friending, A Journey Into Social Networking, which quantifies the impact of The Momentum Effect, or consumer to consumer pass along in social media. She is frequently quoted in the press, including leading trade publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Forbes and Adweek and is a featured speaker at industry conferences including TEDx Women in San Francisco and theYouth Marketing Summit in Brooklyn, NY.

Heidi holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in International Relations. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY.

Paul Bremer

Paul Bremer, Co-founder

As an accomplished and respected expert on digital advertising, Paul oversees Rhythm’s advertising sales and helps deepen relationships with premium brands on Rhythm’s network. Paul brings 15 successful years of digital advertising sales and management to this position.

Before joining Rhythm, Paul Bremer co-founded Inflection Point Media in 2008. Inflection Point Media helps marketers reach small and medium sized business decision makers.

In addition to a series of management and sales positions with WebMD, Lycos, and The Wall Street Journal, Paul previously directed national sales teams at Internet Broadcasting and with NBCOlympics.com.

At Internet Broadcasting he oversaw sales initiatives across IB’s 80+ TV station partner sites and sales teams in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Leading sales efforts for NBCOlympics.com for the 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games, Paul established relationships with blue chip advertisers that led to record-breaking revenue and first-time profitability for the sites.

Paul is also a co-founding board member of two charities, The Tom Deierlein Foundation that works to improve the lives of Iraqi children and the Rough Riders Foundation that supports better education for underprivileged youth. He earned a B.S. in History and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.

Rob Elder

Robert Elder
Robert serves as the SVP of Advertising Sales and Solutions for Thrillist Media Group. He is an accomplished and well-respected digital media thought leader with 20+ years of experience driving revenue, developing strategic partnerships and capitalizing on emerging technologies. Aggressive drive for results combined with a proven talent for building and leading top-flight sales teams and working with stakeholders to build and launch new & innovative products.

Prior to joining the Thrillist Media Group as the SVP of Sales, Robert oversaw advertising sales for People/People.com, generating double-digit digital growth in first half of 2016.

Robert served as the VP, National Digital Sales for Live Nation Entertainment. He drove the team to achieve revenue goals using digital media, custom content programs, proprietary programmatic data platform and experiential opportunities at music festivals.

Robert also held the position of SVP, Sales for GumGum, the largest in-image advertising platform. He built and managed the initial national sales organization; opening offices in NYC, Detroit and Chicago.

Robert built and managed the digital sales team for Independent Television Networks (ITN), the largest un-wired television network in the country. ITN Digital is a local online video and display network consisting of over 5,000 local newspapers, television and radio websites.

Robert held several key sales positions at Internet Broadcasting. He oversaw strategic and east coast sales initiatives across IB’s 80+ TV station partner sites. Robert first joined IB as National Sales Director for NBCOlympics.com for the 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games – a joint venture with NBC. He built strong relationships with Olympic sponsors and Fortune 100 advertisers helping to deliver profitability for the first time.

He has extensive advertising/marketing experience with special expertise in online, mobile, social media, video, custom content development, experiential opportunities and emerging technologies.

Beside his work with the TD Foundation, Robert and his wife Danielle are active supporters of the Church Street School of Music and Art in Lower Manhattan. Church Street School provides process-oriented art and music education to students of all ages. Scholarships and affordable programs serve a range of socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities.

Robert has a B.A. in History from Fairfield University. He resides in lower Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Sean Finnegan

Sean Finnegan, Co-Founder

Sean brings a veteran’s perspective to digital media, mobility and social interaction and has held global digital leadership roles at major agencies including serving as President and Chief Digital Officer at Publicis’ Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Media Group’s (OMG) Digital unit.

Upon leaving the Agency space seven years ago, Sean became a full-time entrepreneur, building a series of companies and taking them through to financial exits. He first constructed “The C4 Group” (C4), a strategic consultancy designed to guide and grow media and technology companies. C4 was sold to true[X], where he spearheaded the company’s strategy, sales and marketing teams, leading to its acquisition by 21st Century FOX. Finnegan also helped create “co/star”, a social influencer agency, along with partner and entertainer Kevin Jonas, which was acquired by The Engine Group. Sean is currently co-founder and partner of the Chameleon Collective, a global strategic consultancy focusing on the media, entertainment, retail and technology sectors.

Finnegan is committed to mentorship and as such, is a Guest Lecturer at such venerated institutions as Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Northwestern’s Medill Integrated Communications School and more. Sean has also provided Keynote speeches at global advertising conferences such as Sydney’s Ad:Tech, Cairo’s Nielsen 360, India’s GoaFest, The Cannes Advertising Festival, The Wall Street Journal’s “Digital Download” and many more.

For Finnegan’s professional efforts and accomplishments, he has been named an American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement Inductee, Advertising Age Media Maven, Mediaweek Media All Star, MediaPost All Star, one of min magazine’s “Most Intriguing People,” Internationalist.
Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan is currently the Co-Founder and CRO of Southside Inc. LLC, a Los Angeles and New York City-based advisory firm providing critical counsel and strategic direction to the media, advertising, entertainment and technology industries and to companies and institutional investors that interact with those sectors. Southside’s goal is to deliver measurable results that increase brand and shareholder value.

Earlier in his career, Hogan served as a member of the founding team of Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the internet travel company acquired by Interactive Corporation (IAC) for $5.1 billion in March 2005. At Expedia, his work included devising and implementing the company’s original media sales products and strategies. Chris previously held various management positions at American Airlines and 121 Media.

He lives with his Wife, two daughters and Dog in Westchester County, New York. When he is not on working or spending time with his family, he works with his wife on the Congo for Women charity.

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson joined NBC Universal in February, 2007 as Vice President Digital Media Sales and was elevated in early 2010 to Senior Vice President on the heels of 3 years of dramatic revenue growth overseeing the national sales force. Nick has also driven significant organizational change by pivoting the digital sales team out of individual-site silos into an agency-focused consultative sales group focused on selling the entire NBCU Digital Media portfolio consisting of NBC.com, NBCsports.com, AccessHollywood.com, BravoTV.com, Oxygen.com, Syfy.com and USAnetwork.com.

In mid-2010 Nick added responsibility for the Universal Audience Platform — a “first-party” advertising network, that he was instrumental in creating. Nick has been critical to the growth and vitality of the NBCU Digital Media division through steady stewardship of NBCU’s preeminent and engagement-rich digital video platform and through extensions like the UAP to the core digital advertising businesses.

Nick is a Digital pioneer having spent the last 15 years focused on the Digital space in a variety of sales leadership roles at places like Reuters, Revenue Science and CNNSI.com. Prior to joining the Digital revolution, Nick spent seven years on the agency side of the business in New York and Tokyo.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and resides in Madison, NJ with his wife and three children.

Eddie Koller

Edward Koller III

Eddie Koller III is a Managing Partner of Koller Search Partners, a retained executive search firm specializing in media and technology.  Eddie oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations and leads the firm’s digital and technology industry practices, as well as the firm’s go-to-market leadership search practice.   Eddie has the pleasure of working alongside his father, Ed Koller Jr., Founder & Managing Partner of Koller Search Partners.

Eddie has spent the last 10 years building and scaling the digital and technology practice of Koller Search Partners. Select clients of Koller Search Partners include Spotify, New York Media, Foursquare, News Corp., Shopkick, Grapeshot, Business Insider, Digiday Media, IDG, Bloomberg Media, Dollar Shave Club, Nielsen Catalina Solutions and many others.

Prior to joining Koller Search Partners in 2007, he spent over 5 years with JEGI as an investment banking associate, focusing on media and technology M&A. He also spent 2 years leading business development and M&A activities at Action Media, a private-equity backed digital media business owned by Great Hill Partners that was sold in 2006.

In addition to TD Foundation, Eddie is very active with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and is a former Junior Ambassador for JDRF.  Eddie and Ed are also Trustees of Joslin’s Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment Program (DO IT) a scholarship program that funds diabetes treatment and education at Joslin Diabetes Center for more than 200 individuals each year.  

Eddie graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a former Division 1 tennis player. He loves his NY Rangers, and he’s also a hockey player. Eddie lives on the Upper East Side with his wife and dog.

Kevin McGurn

Kevin McGurn

Kevin McGurn is Vevo’s Chief Sales Officer. He joined Vevo from Fullscreen, where he served as Head of Sales for the company as well as Otter Media properties including Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and VRV.

Prior to Fullscreen, Kevin was Chief Revenue Officer of Shazam. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Hulu for nearly seven years, where he grew the sales team from zero to half a billion dollars in advertising revenue. Kevin has also held prior senior roles at NBC Universal and DoubleClick. McGurn sits on the board of Zype, a cloud based OTT company, and acts as a limited partner and strategic advisor to venture capital firms Alpine Meridian Ventures and Revel Partners.

McGurn also sits on the board of Plainfield Country Club and Westfield’s Youth Lacrosse Club. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a 2-Time All-America pick in lacrosse. Kevin lives in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife Michelle, and 3 children, Finn, Ronan and Ruby.

John Murphy

John Murphy

John Murphy is Associate Director, Sales Support and Knowledge Management at Parade Publications part of Advance Publications/Conde Nast Media Group. He presently works on initiatives around sales force effectiveness, business intelligence, and sales and marketing knowledge management.

Before Parade, John worked in marketing and business development for Solbright, an online advertising software and consulting company. He started his career with several leading global advertising agencies working in media and account management with clients such as Canon, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Marriott, and Unilever.

He has also served as the Director of In-Kind donations for Habitat for Humanity/NYC, was a former board member of the University of Kansas Alumni NY Metro Chapter, and was on the career development task force for New York University/Stern School of Business.

John received an MBA from New York University/Stern School of Business and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Jack Myers

Jack Myers

Jack Myers is a media ecologist and chairman of MyersBizNet, home of MediaVillage and Jack Myers KnowledgeExchange. MediaVillage drives the business of media forward through industry- leading research, content marketing and business development tools that help companies advance across a changing media landscape. JMKE is an exclusive members-only network of senior brand marketers and influential C-Suite drivers of marketing decision-making. Jack has advised hundreds of leading corporations on media, cultural and technology trends, including General Motors, Aegis Group, Turner, CBS, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Disney-ABC, and NBCU.

Jack is author of Reconnecting with Customers: Building Brands in The Relationship Age; Virtual Worlds and Social Media: Rewiring Our Emotional DNA; The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century; Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World; and ADBASHING: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising. His prescient insights and counsel have made him one of the foremost global experts on the impact of technological advances on culture, society, business, advertising, marketing and human connections.

He has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for journalistic excellence and Academy and Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature. His TEDWomen Talk on The Future of Men can be viewed at www.futureofmen.com and you can follow his cultural and economic commentaries at Jack Myers TomorrowToday and Jack Myers ThinkTank.
Mark Naples

Mark Naples

Mark Naples has worked directly for two White House Communication Directors during his career – Jody Powell and Margaret Tutwiler, as well as with than 300 media and technology companies since 1987.

Mark started WIT Strategy in October 2002 after having been CMO, Director of Investor Relations, and Privacy Officer for 24/7 Real Media. This is the second iteration of WIT Strategy, which he’d originally started in 1994 with a focus on Senate Commerce Committee and FTC issues. The passage of the Telecom Reform Act in 1996, which he’d lobbied for on behalf of the MFJ/Baby Bells, effectively paved the way for the commercial web. Mark soon became acting managing editor of AOL.com. By 2000, he was CMO at Real Media and testifying before that same Senate Committee on web privacy matters by 2001.

Since founding WIT Strategy a year later, he has led dozens of corporate and product launches, complete company repositioning campaigns, and more successful crisis suppressions than anyone else in the business. Mark’s more than 30+ years of experience includes more successful client crisis suppressions than most firms in the US. In fact, national crisis management firms including Kekst, Ogilvy, Ketchum, Direct Impact, as well as The James Baker Library have retained him for his expertise in crisis management.

Naples holds a BA in Religion from Haverford College. He is a proud board member of both The TD Foundation and Puentes de Salud.

Peter Naylor

Peter Naylor

Peter Naylor is the Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at Hulu where he oversees the company’s advertising sales and sales operations functions.

Prior to Hulu, Naylor was an EVP of Digital Media Sales for NBC News Digital. Prior to his post at NBC News Digital, Naylor ran digital advertising sales for NBC’s entertainment and sports digital properties. While at NBCU Naylor also spearheaded the launch of the Universal Audience Platform, a “first party” online ad network of NBCU owned-and-operated digital properties. He also led the sales efforts of social TV platforms such as Bravo Talk Bubble and Sunday Night Football Extra.

Prior to his time at NBC Universal, Naylor served as the Senior Vice President of Sales for the iVillage Properties, which was acquired by NBC Universal in May 2006. Before joining iVillage, he served as VP of Sales for Terra Lycos. He started his internet sales career at Wired Digital Interactive, an online pioneer of commercial publishing on the Web. Naylor began his ad sales career and at radio stations WSSH and WSRO in Boston, Massachusetts and then went into print sales at Spin and Vanity Fair magazines.

In the advertising community, Naylor served as the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in 2012 and sat on the board for over ten years. Naylor also served as Treasurer for the Online Publishers’ Association from 2010 to 2013 and sat on the board for over ten years. In addition, he was a founding board member of 212, a New York interactive media trade association. He also was a board member for LiveRail until the company was successfully sold to Facebook in August 2014.

Liz RitzcovanLiz Ritzcovan

Liz is currently the Chief Revenue Officer at Bazaarvoice. She joined the Company in December 2015 to lead Bazaarvoice’s global field sales organization, including direct sales, market development, sales operations, pre-sales solution consulting and business development. She joined the company with 20 years’ experience in the print, digital media and software sales industry and is skilled at building business through the expansion of client and partner bases, generating new revenue opportunities and designing, launching and directing high-impact strategic plans.

Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Liz served as Global Chief Revenue Officer at Sizmek, a company that provides open ad management platforms for multiscreen campaigns, and before that, spent time as the Chief Revenue Officer at Parade Media Group. Earlier in her career, Liz was the Vice President of Marketing Solutions at Yahoo, Inc., and has held similar roles at Time, Inc., Interbrand, Conde Nast Publications, Miller Publishing and H&H Publishing.

Active in the New York community, Liz is a strategic advisor to DigiFSi, a start-up for digital coupon solutions and Splashes, an all-natural beverage start-up. She also serves as a Board Member with the NY Pops and is an executive member of the Advertising Women of New York.

Liz has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of New York at Potsdam. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. When not working, Liz can be found cooking, enjoying a mommy and me class or having dinner with her hubby.

Gary StraussGary Strauss

Based in New York City, Gary Strauss joined TechMedia Network in April 2010 as VP of Sales. Gary leads the display advertising monetization efforts and sales strategy for Tech Media, the 2nd largest publisher of original digital content in the technology and news field. Founded in November 2009, Tech Media produces brands such as Top Ten Reviews, Space.com, Laptopmag.com, Live Science, TechNews Daily and many others.

Gary is a 20 year plus veteran of the media industry and has been involved with online media since 1997 when he joined DoubleClick as a Sr. Account Manager. Since that time Gary has been an integral part of several successful digital sales organizations in various leadership positions including Go2Net/Infospace (Director of East Coast Sales), Imaginova (VP Sales) and Director of Online Sales at Rodale and Sporting News.

Gary is married with 2 children and lives in Westchester County. Once a highly touted basketball player he still likes the NY Knicks, is an ardent NY Ranger fan and enjoys golf. He coaches youth basketball and is on the Board of Directors of the Tom Deierlein Foundation.

Kate Thorp

Kate Thorp

Kate Thorp is President & CEO of Beauty Noted a direct sales platform for personalized styling of cosmetics. Prior to Beauty Noted, Kate was CEO of Real Girls Media (acquired by Meredith Corp 2010), President of AKQA (acquired by WPP), and President & CEO of Lot21 (Acquired by Carat 2003). She also serves on the Global Board of Directors for News Republic (formerly Mobiles Republic).

As executive, advertiser, publisher and co-founder of the influential Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), she and her companies have earned numerous accolades; RGM was named both an AlwaysOn Top 100 OnMedia and Top 100 OnHollywood Company. Kate has been inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement (Hall of Fame for Execs under 40 – in 2000) and the IAB Hall of Fame in 2008. Among her many other awards, she’s been named one of the Top 25 Women to Watch by Advertising Age and a Media All Star by OMMA. Under her command, both Lot21 and AKQA were named Agency of the Year.


Matt Wasserlauf

Matt is a digital media pioneer.  In January, 2013, Matt founded Torrential; The Mobile Video Company.  Before Torrential, Matt started BBE, the industry’s first online video company in 2004.  As CEO, he led the company’s development in three operating segments: the Vindico technology platform, content production & syndication, and ad sales.Vindico’s innovative technology architecture was the first video ad serving and measurement platform and continues to be the gold standard for advertising agencies and publishers today.  In 2010, BBE was successfully acquired by Specific Media.

Prior to founding BBE, Matt helped lay the foundation of today’s digital media industry as VP of Sales at The FeedRoom for four years and Director of Sales at CBS.com for two years.  Previous to his work in digital media, he was a traditional media executive at Warner Bros, Petry Television, and Waring & LaRosa.  He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in marketing from Indiana University.

Doug Weaver

Doug Weaver

Those in the online marketing world know Doug Weaver through many different venues. He’s the author of The Drift, a provocative blog read by more than 6,000 top industry executives; a frequent moderator, host and speaker at iMedia Summit and Ad:tech events; and through both public and private sales workshops he’s trained thousands of interactive salespeople at more than 400 leading companies, including Yahoo!, USA TODAY, CBS Digital Media, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Universal, National Public Radio, ESPN, About.com and The New York Times.

After a 15-year career in print advertising sales with companies like Hearst and Condé Nast, Doug became the advertising director for Wired Magazine in 1994 and sold some of the Web’s first ads on the company’s Hot Wired site. He then served as Vice President of sales for Firefly Network, a pioneering company in personalization, targeting and community. He founded Upstream Group in 1997.

Doug was elected to the Board of Directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau and managed the development of both the IAB Road Show (the organization’s main presentation to marketers) and the IAB Professional Development Series. He has spoken on internet advertising issues to CIMA (the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association), the Direct Marketing Association, the

Magazine Publishers of America, the Advertising Research Foundation, the Advertising Club of Toronto and other leading organizations on three continents.

In 1999, Doug received the first IAB Service Award for commitment and contribution to the industry, and in 2008 he received the “Old Timer’s” ASPY Award from the Aspen Group, a coalition of digital agency leaders. In 2011 he received the Ad:tech Industry Achievement Award for his career-long contribution to the growth and development of the interactive marketing business. Doug lives and works in Vermont, in sight of historic Lake Champlain and the beautiful Green Mountains, with his wife, Sharon Richards, and daughters Lucy and Madeline.
Thomas J. Deierlein

Thomas J. Deierlein – Co-Founder

Tom is a successful serial entrepreneur who has help found and run early stage companies in media and technology for the past decade holding various C-Level titles. Tom is also a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, and a retired U.S. Army Major who is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Vet. Graduating from United States Military Academy, West Point in 1989, Tom spent nearly five years in the military first earning his Airborne Ranger qualification and then onto various leadership positions with the Berlin Brigade in the early 90’s. In late 2005, Tom was recalled to active duty serving as a Civil Affairs Officer in East Baghdad. In September of 2006, he was shot by a sniper and critically wounded. After 8 months of intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the VA Polytrauma Rehab Center in Tampa Florida, Tom returned to the business world in June 2007.

Tom earned a Masters of Science in Systems Management from University of Southern California in 1993 and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in 2000.

Additionally, Tom is a Certified Peer Mentor with Wounded Warrior Project, and mentor with Care Coalition. He coaches and supports other severely wounded and disabled Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) soldiers and their families to assist in the transition to the civilian world and workforce. (http://www.socom.mil/carecoalition). Tom is a founding board of advisors member of Troops First Foundation: Troops First Foundation develops, operates and supports a synergistic group of wellness, quality of life and sports-based initiatives in support of today’s military personnel. http://www.troopsfirstfoundation.org/. His previous volunteer work included StreetWise Partners and Student Sponsor Partners.