Leadership

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.

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS:

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.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

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.

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.

Heidi Browning

Heidi Browning serves as Chief Marketing Officer of the National Hockey League. With over 25 years of marketing experience, Browning brings a valuable mix of client, agency and media owner perspective to the NHL. Heidi is known as a 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 consumer attention and brand engagement. Heidi is responsible for executing the League’s growth marketing strategy with a focus on social media, digital, data and innovation. She was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports” by both Forbes and Ad Week, by Forbes as one of the Most Influential CMOs in the world, and by Crain’s as one of the Notable Women In the Business of Sports.

Prior to joining the NHL, Heidi served as SVP, Strategic Solutions, at Pandora. Her team was responsible for developing marketing experiences that create value for fans, bands and brands. Leveraging 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.

As Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, Heidi evangelized the value of social media in the marketing mix and positioned brand communities as a new way to build audience, create engagement and establish a two-way dialogue between consumers and brands. She led the first in-depth consumer segmentation and ROI study for social media – Never Ending Friending, A Journey Into Social Networking, which quantified the impact of The Momentum Effect.

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 is a featured speaker at industry conferences including TEDx Women, Mobile Marketing Association CMO Summit, Youth Marketing Summit, Hashtag Sports, Cannes Lions, SXSW, Forrester and CES.

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.

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 is Vice President and Head of Advertising. He is the architect of McClatchy’s multi-channel advertising structure focused on driving growth for client success in the digital age.

With 30 owned and operated local news brands in 14 markets, plus excelerateTM, McClatchy’s full service digital advertising agency, Johnson mobilizes his sales team strategically, targeted to distinct customer segments — National Digital, Strategic, Key Accounts, Local and C3 (the company’s advertising call center).

Johnson formerly worked at Turner Ad Sales, where he served as senior vice president of digital ad sales strategy. He led digital sales strategy and business growth across the company’s portfolio of brands, including CNN, CNNMoney, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Super Deluxe.

Johnson also spent nearly a decade with NBCUniversal, most recently as senior vice president, digital media sales for NBCUniversal Sports.

Johnson was also part of the team that launched the digital advertising sales strategy for CNN Interactive.

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.

Molly McArdle

Molly McArdle joined STAQ in 2015. In her position of Account Director, she architects and executes operational processes and enforces structure for client support across Account Management and Technical Analyst teams. Molly advises and collaborates with clients on data consolidation and implementation of custom solutions tailored to their unique business goals.

Prior to STAQ, Molly began her career as the first female employee of ad tech startup, OneScreen Media, in Orange County, California. During her time there, she led the Account Management team and was a key contributer in the expansion of the company.

As an active member of the community, Molly volunteers for both Kids in Crisis and Inspirica Women’s Shelter in Stamford, CT. She is also a member of New York Road Runner’s.

Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administraton and in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

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 has more than three decades of educational leadership, serving in advisory roles with the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. He has a Masters Degree in Education and Media Ecology from NYU and has been an adjunct professor of advanced media at the school.

Jack has founded three organizations focused on professional advancement: AdvancingDiversity.org, WomenAdvancing.org and 1stFive.org. He co-founded with his wife, Ronda Carnegie, the Jacaronda Foundation, which provides college loan relief grants to economically challenged young people. He is a well-known and respected advisor to leading brand marketers, media companies, agencies and industry service organizations; an author and producer; and global advocate for the role and value of media to society, culture and business. Jack also serves as a trustee for She Runs It (formerly AWNY), is chairman emeritus of IRTS Foundation, founded Newhouse 44, and has been a long-standing board member of John A. Reisenbach Foundation and TD Foundation.

His company, MediaVillage, focuses on talent development and business education through The Myers Report, MediaVillage Knowledge Exchange and AdvancingDiversity.org. He is author of five books on cultural transformation and has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for journalistic excellence and Academy and Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature.

 

Mark Naples

Mark Naples

Mark Naples started WIT Strategy in October 2002 after having been CMO, Director of Investor Relations, and Privacy Officer for 24/7 Real Media. Today’s is the second iteration of WIT Strategy, which he’d originally started in 1994 with a focus on Senate Commerce Committee and FTC issues. Naples has worked directly for two White House Press Secretaries during his career – Jody Powell and Margaret Tutwiler – as well as with more than 350 media and technology companies since 1987.

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 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, when he warned Senators about DoubleClick’s intentions having acquired Abacus. The FTC forced DoubleClick to sell Abacus soon after. Mark has been at the forefront of web privacy issues since, launching the DAA and managing dozens of privacy-related initiatives for clients.

Mark has led dozens of corporate and product launches, and managed more successful campaigns than anyone else in the business. His 30+ years of experience includes more successful client crisis suppressions than most firms in the US. 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, which provides preschool education and comprehensive medical care to the underserved immigrant population of Philadelphia.

Peter Naylor

Peter Naylor is the SVP and Head of Advertising Sales at Hulu where he oversees all sales and operations teams driving the company’s billion-dollar advertising business. Under Naylor’s leadership, Hulu’s sales team has significantly expanded its offerings for brands, introducing new interactive ad units and alternate ad solutions, and deeper data and analytics. Within his tenure, Naylor has secured some of the largest brand partnership deals in the history of Hulu while leading the comprehensive enhancement of Hulu’s ad-product and ad-tech operations. Naylor has also been the leading force in delivering solutions for measurement in the OTT space, achieving complete measurement of viewership in OTT and launching the industry’s first closed-loop attribution tool.

Prior to Hulu, Naylor was an EVP of Digital Media Sales for NBCUniversal (NBCU) where he ran digital advertising sales for NBCU’s entertainment, news and sports digital properties. Before NBCU, Naylor served as the SVP of Sales for the iVillage Properties, which was acquired by NBCU in May 2006. Prior to joining iVillage, he served as Vice President of Sales for Terra Lycos. He started his internet sales career at Wired Digital.

In the advertising community, Naylor is on the Board of Directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), in which he served as the Chairman in 2012 and was named the founding chairman for the IAB’s Video Center of Excellence in 2014. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Ad Council, the IRTS Foundation and the TD Foundation, an not-for-profit organization that provides aid to children of wounded warriors. Naylor previously sat on the board of the Online Publishers’ Association for more than 10 years, serving as Treasurer from 2010 to 2013.

Naylor has earned several accolades for leading Hulu’s advertising platform, including being honored as one of Variety’s Digital Innovators pushing the boundaries of media and one of the 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Media by Adweek. He was also recognized in 2020 as Digiday’s Video Executive of the Year.

Liz RitzcovanLiz Ritzcovan

Liz Ritzcovan is Chief Revenue Officer at Namogoo. Liz Ritzcovan was Chief Revenue Officer at Foursquare. Prior to that Liz Ritzcovan was the Global Chief Revenue Officer at Sizmek. She joined Sizmek from Parade Media Group, where she served as CRO overseeing sales, marketing & creative teams.

Prior to Parade Media Group, Ritzcovan served as the VP Strategy & Marketing Solutions at Yahoo!, where she was responsible for overall business growth, creating, building and executing strategic initiatives across the entire brand and product portfolio. At Yahoo!, Liz managed teams globally and drove an increase in profits and overall integrated solutions.

Before Yahoo!, she served as VP Corporate Sales, Digital at Time Inc., where she grew business significantly year over year. Ritzcovan’s technology experience extends across brands, publishers and agencies, having been at Interbrand prior to Time, Inc.

Liz is originally from North Carolina and she loves a unique combination of surfing, kayaking and cooking, especially pulled pork BBQ & brisket. Liz resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband Nick, former Marine Officer who now locally practices Dentistry.

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.

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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

Over the past 22 years, Doug Weaver has worked with over 650 leading companies including Samsung, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Hulu, Viacom, LinkedIn, Turner, Twitter, Fox Sports, Refinery 29, Cars.com, USA TODAY, CBS Digital Media, NBC Universal, The New York Times, NPR, VEVO, The BBC, DISH Networks, Snap, Pandora, and TIME. For these clients and many others, he’s trained thousands of internet media and technology sellers through both public and private workshops focusing on sales strategy, digital landscape perspective, management and leadership coaching, along with company culture and values.

Doug has been a frequent moderator, host and keynote speaker at leading conferences produced by the IAB, AdExchanger, iMedia, PubMatic and AdMonsters. For the past 17 years, he’s hosted Seller Forum, the industry’s only peer-to-peer networking and content event just for digital sales leaders. Each week he writes The Drift, a provocative industry blog that directly reaches nearly 5,000 top industry executives and is syndicated and referred to hundreds more.

After a 15-year career in print advertising sales with companies like Hearst and Condé Nast, Doug became advertising director and east coast employee number one 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 VP of Sales for Firefly Network, a pioneering company in personalization, targeting and community.

Doug was elected to the Board of Directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau in 1997 and managed the development of both the IAB Roadshow and the IAB Professional Development Series. In 1999, he received the first IAB Service Award for commitment and contribution to the industry; in 2007 Doug received the “Oldtimers Award” from the Aspen Group, a gathering of top digital agencies; in 2011, ad:tech honored him with its Industry Achievement Award for lifetime service; in 2016, 212NYC presented Doug with its Thought Leadership Award and the following year inaugurated the Weaver Award for Digital Sales Excellence, recognizing an outstanding digital sales manager and an individual contributor in the New York market.

Doug’s company, Upstream Group, is based near his home in Vermont, which he shares with his wife and partner of 33 years, Sharon Richards. They have two grown daughters, Lucy and Madeline. Doug is a grateful beneficiary of public education and a proud graduate of both Long Beach City College and California State University, Fullerton.

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.