Annie Black is the Social Media Manager for Paste Magazine. Called “well-rounded” and “intelligent” by USA Today and “a well-respected, iconic brand” by Mashable, Paste Magazine covers music, film, politics, and much more. Annie manages all of the social media outlets for the brand as well as assisting in marketing for Paste Quarterly, the print-publication.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., Annie graduated in 2015 from University of North Florida with a B.S. in Communication (Electronic Media.) Her work has been published in Paste Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, wjct.org, and more. She currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. where Paste Magazine is headquartered.
Andy Blizzard is the Vice President of Revenue for Palm Beach Newspapers, a Cox Media Group property, where he is responsible for advertising sales for The Palm Beach Post, PalmBeachPost.com, the Palm Beach Daily News, PalmBeachDailyNews.com, and Ideabar.
Andy began his career with Cox in 1978 in Dayton, Ohio, working for the Dayton Daily News and The Journal-Herald newspapers, before moving to Palm Beach County in 2014. Andy currently serves as the Chair for Intersect Marketing Solutions, and as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of The Palm Beaches.
As publisher and creative director of South magazine, Michael Brooks is the creator of one of the region’s most award-winning magazines. Enamored of the richness and vitality of the culture here, he moved to Savannah in 2005 with a vision: a vibrant, energetic new publication that would document the people and places who were instilling the south with new vitality and style.
The result of that vision was South magazine, a bold and stylish reflection of the region’s dynamic culture. During its first year of publication, the magazine captured a strong audience that continues to grow, doubling subscriptions and quadrupling newsstand sales since its inception.
His success at South magazine served as validation to a long career spent honing his skills in publishing. Starting out at Ringling School of Art and Design, Michael pursued a graphic design career that brought him to the west coast with positions in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. It wouldn’t be too long before the south called him home, leading him back to his hometown of Albany, Georgia where he founded Albany magazine. The success if this publication brought Michael exciting new professional opportunities including the chance to serve as chair on the board of the prestigious Magazine Association of the Southeast from 2000-2003.
It all led him to South magazine, which continues after 11 years to garner awards and grow even further in its role as the first name in where to go, stay, eat, play and shop in Savannah and the surrounding region. Both in print and online, Michael and his crew at South magazine continue to break through boundaries and make the people of the south proud.
Ricardo Cabrera has been the Business Development Manager for Freedom Health & Optimum HealthCare for the past 11 years. He is responsible for developing business alliances with different broker channels to increase sales. Cabrera has over 30 years of marketing experience with roles such as Product Manager, Group Product Manager, Marketing Manager, and Marketing Director with large multinational companies such as Warner Lambert, SC Johnson, BASF, CPC, and Ricoh among others. He received a Business Administration and Marketing degree from Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia. He has two children and enjoys traveling.
Paul J. Campoamor, LHAS, BC-HIS, ACA, is the President and Co-Founder of Florida Medical Hearing Centers. He is a Board Certified Audioprosthologist with 15 years of experience. A lifelong resident of Florida, Campoamor has extensive training in testing and fitting the latest digital hearing instruments with an emphasis on aural rehabilitation. His affiliations include the American Conference of Audioprosthology and a National Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. He is a member of The Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals, International Hearing Society, American Tinnitus Association, and American MENSA.
Matthew Christiansen is the Platform Director, Local Media Companies for advertising technology company Simpli.fi. Formerly the Director of Sales for a performance marketing agency in New York, Christiansen holds a Sociology and Philosophy degree from Florida State University. He is married with two children, both in college. He enjoys golf, real estate, mentoring, and traveling with his wife.
John Cutter is managing editor of the Orlando Sentinel and a director of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group. His responsibilities include the day-to-day management of the newsroom and working with advertising and marketing on new strategic initiatives. He came to the Sentinel in 2002 after working for four years as a freelance health and aging writer for the New York Times, WebMD.com, Prevention, and other publications and for 13 years as an editor and writer at the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times. In Orlando, John had various editing positions, from running the criminal justice team to serving as online content editor before leaving in 2008 to work as digital media manager for WESH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. John returned to the Sentinel in 2010 as digital manager and was named managing editor in 2015. He is a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx.
Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global news media industry. As a media analyst and consultant for his own Newsonomics company, he fully employs more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of media. His quest: find and share new sustainable business models that will employ the next generation of journalists.
He’s become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics.
Ken can be found at @kdoctor on Twitter. He writes regularly on the business of media change for The Street, POLITICO and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.
He is at work on his second book, following “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. All of his work is freely available on his the Newsonomics.com website.
Ryan Dohrn is the founder of media sales training firm Brain Swell Media and the creator of the 360 Ad Sales System taught to over 5,000 ad sales reps in 7 countries. Ryan’s 25 year media sales and marketing career includes leadership roles at PennWell Publishing, Morris Publishing, Disney/ABC TV, Sinclair Broadcasting and The NY Times Company. He is an Emmy Award winner, business book author and has been featured in USA Today and on Forbes.com. Ryan currently works on a monthly basis with over 75 media companies and their related sales and management teams.
Carolyn Klinger began her career in media over 20 years ago. After graduating with a BA in Marketing from Georgia Southern University, Carolyn began her career in the big leagues working at Leo Burnett in Chicago. Managing the accounting systems for media systems, Carolyn literally learned the business from the inside out. Carolyn has previously worked for Starcom Worldwide, the Orlando Sentinel, and Orlando’s WOFL FOX 35. In 2010, Carolyn joined Intersect Media Solutions as an Account Manager handling Newspaper Print and Digital Strategies for Publix Supermarkets Corporate and their six Regional Divisions. Now as VP of Strategy, Carolyn oversees the day to day operations of the company as well as provides strategic and innovative business solutions for clients and media partners.
Jeff Klinkenberg wrote Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times for nearly four decades. His latest collection of book essays, Alligators in B-Flat, was published by the University Press of Florida in 2012. Previous books, including Pilgrim in the Land of Alligator, Seasons of Real Florida and Dispatches from the Land of Flowers, have been best sellers. A new collection, Son of Real Florida, will come out in 2018.
He started working at The Miami News when he was 16 and became a journalism graduate of the University of Florida. He’s in the UF Journalism College’s Hall of Fame. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award. He has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and was the first “Writer in Residence” for the University of South Florida’s Florida Studies Graduate program. Esquire, Outside, Travel and Leisure, and Audubon are among the magazines that have published his work.
Robin Lankton is the client strategy director at Gannett, USA Today Network for the west coast of Florida which includes the Naples Daily News, The News-Press, Tallahassee Democrat and the Pensacola News-Journal. She is an award-winning creative professional with 20+ years’ experience driving sustainable growth for a variety of nonprofit and media organizations.
She is a hands-on and authentic leader adept at conceptualizing and executing both traditional and online marketing initiatives that enhance company visibility, generate revenue, reduce costs, and improve communications.
Robin has achieved a Master of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University and a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and has won more than 250 world, national, state and local advertising and marketing awards.
Robert Lee has a reputation as an irreverent plain-spoken media guy. Some call him an interesting mix of sweet and salty. He has lead successful teams in large and small markets across the country.Rob began his advertising career at the New York Times regional group. He served in different positions across the group with assignments in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Ocala, Florence and Sarasota. Rob then went north to work with the Gatehouse corporate team in Rochester, NY as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Realizing that he belonged in Dixie, he joined the ad team at the Atlanta Journal Constitution as Senior Director of Metro Sales. Rob recently returned to Florida to join Sun Newspapers and the Sun Coast Media Group. Rob is the Revenue Chief for the coastal media group. Melynda and Rob have been married for 15 wondrous years. They have an amazing daughter, Amber who is practicing law in Boston. Two dogs, Buster and Honey round out the family.
Joanne Lipman is senior vice president and chief content officer of GANNETT, and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK. She began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post – and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. While at the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the paper’s Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards. Joanne is co-author of the acclaimed music memoir “Strings Attached,” and author of an upcoming book about closing the gender gap at work, to be published by William Morrow. Joanne is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications.
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez is the executive editor and senior vice president for news at the Miami Herald. She was named editor in 2010, the first Hispanic and only the second woman to hold the post. A veteran of the Miami Herald newsroom, she began her career there as an intern. after graduation from the University of Florida. She also worked as the Miami Bureau Chief for People Magazine. Her staff shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. A graduate of the University of Florida, she was recognized as an Alumni of Distinction. She also serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Eric Myers, VP-Advertising, joined Cox Media Group and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) in 2010 and has been a key leader in the reinvigoration of its sales operation.
He oversees all AJC advertising sales efforts as well as Cox Media Groups’ Mundo Hispanico and Kudzu.com properties. He also leads national/major retail sales for all four Cox newspaper properties. He and his colleagues are building a team of unicorns within the organization to take on the relevant needs of the advertising community.
Prior to joining the AJC, Eric held several leadership positions with the St. Petersburg Times since 1999. Eric started his career in advertising in 1994 with a startup advertising agency in Telluride, CO where he balanced 100 ski days a year with his need for Grateful Dead and Phish shows.
Elissa is the Outreach Manager for FTRI, a nonprofit agency charged with administering Florida’s Free Phones for People with Hearing Loss Program, which provides free amplified phones to Floridians who cannot effectively use standard telephones. As Outreach Manager for FTRI, Elissa oversees the Community Outreach efforts of the 24 nonprofit agencies contracted by FTRI in order to deliver services to clients across the state. Responsibilities include managing the budget that funds this work, providing training and support to Outreach staff, exhibiting at conferences to raise awareness about the program, and most importantly, overseeing the newspaper advertising campaign and budget.
Elissa has been a member of TEDPA (Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association) for many years, and is currently on the TEDPA Outreach Committee. As a frequent panelist, moderator and event organizer, she has seen first-hand the evolutionary changes that have taken place in the telecommunications industry. When not focused on that work, Elissa enjoys making jewelry, attending classic car shows, and exploring the many museums and natural wonders of Florida. She is also a frequent visitor to Maine, where most of her family, and a piece of her heart, still resides.
Samuel J. Morley is General Counsel for the Florida Press Association, directs legislative and lobbying efforts on behalf of the association and oversees the Legal Hotline, a free service provided to FPA member newspapers. He is past chair of the Florida Bar’s Media and Communications Law Committee. Sam routinely provides advice in areas such as the sunshine law, libel, employment issues, copyright and trademark; legal advertising, and taxation. He has written several articles for the Florida Bar Journal and ABA Communications Lawyer. He can be reached at 877-NEWS-LAW (639-7529) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicholas Nehamas is an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, where he was part of the global team of journalists that broke the Panama Papers. He previously covered real estate and health care for the Herald. A graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, he joined the newspaper in 2014. He has also written for the New York Daily News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Record (Bergen County) and Al Jazeera America. He grew up in New Jersey and attended Harvard College.
Mark Nusbaum is the President of Times-Union Media. Before taking the position here in Jacksonville, Mark began his 44-year career in high school as a copy clerk for the Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas.
Over the years, Mark has held various positions at several newspapers including time as a reporter, copy editor, designer, business editor, managing editor, executive editor and publisher. In February of 2011, Mark became vice president of operations for Morris in Augusta, Ga. Mark is a third-generation Topekan. His father threw the Topeka Daily Capital on horseback in the 1920s. Mark majored in mass communications while at Washburn University and also obtained a secondary teaching degree. He is a 2007 graduate of the Advanced Program in Media Management at Northwestern University. Mark and his wife, Sherry, have five children and five grandchildren.
Laura Reiley has been the Tampa Bay Times’ food critic since 2007. She chose that path not because, as her brother uncharitably asserted, it combined her two favorite things: eating and criticizing, but because eating is among the most democratic of all human activities – we all do it. Reiley approaches food writing and reporting as a beat, carving out space to address issues of food ethics and safety, sustainability and food waste, GMOs, the challenges of small farmers, and detangling for readers the rest of our increasingly snarled food system. She was a Pulitzer finalist and James Beard finalist in 2017; has won numerous Association of Food Journalists’ awards; Florida Society of News Editors’ first prize (2013) and second prize (2015) for beat reporting, as well as being honored by the National Headliner, Green Eyeshades and Sunshine State Awards contests. She was the recipient of a 2015 ”Food, from Farm to Table” fellowship with the National Press Foundation. She is a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun and the author of four guidebooks in the Moon Handbook series. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, as well as the University of Virginia.
Hector Sanchez is an award-winning art director specializing in editorial design. Sanchez has received numerous design honors, including medals from the Society of Publication Designers, the Society of Newspaper Design, The City and Regional Magazine Association, and nominations for National Magazine Awards. His work has appeared in Print Magazine and he has led panel discussions on publication design trends and management.
Bill Schiller is the CEO of REfindly, an integrated platform of solutions solely customized for the real estate industry. REfindly has gained recognition among the Top 50 Real Estate Service Providers in North America, has captured both State and National Awards for Technological Innovation, yet the firm has also advanced through forming strategic alliances with Gannett, Morris Communications and WHECO. While initially hired for content development, today Bill serves as CEO (Chief Evangelist) but among the team of millennials at REfindly’s SWFL headquarters, he’s simply known as “the old man.”
As Managing Editor for opinion for Philadelphia Media Network, Sandra Shea oversees the editorial and opinion operations for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com.
After joining the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board in 1998, she became the editorial page editor in 2003 and has covered a range of issues impacting the city, from budget and legislation to poverty and development. A series of editorials she wrote on the city’s park system was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and she has received numerous awards for her editorials.
In 2012 she was awarded a Pulliam Fellowship in editorial writing, based on her proposal to study poverty in the city. That study resulted in a week-long collaborative series in the Daily News that won a national Clarion Award as well as a first place award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Shea also serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Philadelphia Media Network. In that capacity, she develops cross-media collaborations on special journalism projects with news organizations, foundations, universities and others. She has a master’s degree from Bennington College.
Cheryl Sone is the Media Director for Ulta Beauty. She has 30 years of experience in media, primarily at ad agencies, before coming to Ulta. She has led media for McDonald’s, Got Milk?, Honeywell, and Andersen Windows. Sone holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. She is married to a Creative Director and has two daughters.
Amy Swartz is the Lead of Traditional Media Sales Enablement for SEM premier partners at Google. She is responsible for the education of Google’s products, sales, and strategy to the North America Premier SMB Partners. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she has spent the last 18 years in California and now lives in NYC.
Emily Walsh is the Publisher of the Longboat, East County, Sarasota and Siesta Key Observers; Season, LWR Life and Home magazines and YourObserver.com with the Observer Media Group, a family-owned multimedia company that publishes 13 newspapers, four magazines, eight web sites and multiple social and video channels in Florida. Previously, Emily ran the Observer’s digital operations for seven years and as Social Editor for eight years.
Emily also was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet from 1995 to 2000.
Emily serves as the Chair of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees; Immediate Past Chair of the Local Media Association Foundation Board of Directors; serves as a member of the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors; serves on the Ringling College Library Association Board of Directors as 2018 Town Hall Chair; and serves as a regional director of the Calusa chapter of Leadership Florida.
She is on the Board of Directors of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Foundation board. Emily’s awards and achievements include winning Girls Inc.’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 2006, being named one of Sarasota Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” in Sarasota in 2007, Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35: The Next Generation of Publishing Leaders” in 2012, First Step of Sarasota’s “Caring Heart of the Year” in 2012 and the American Jewish Committee’s Civic Achievement Award in 2016. Emily’s most proud achievement is her seven-year old son, Rhys Parry.
Dana Wardeh is the Director of Digital Sales & Media Strategy for the Orlando Sentinel Media Group. She is responsible for developing multimedia sales strategies for the National, Major Retail, Classified and Ad Operations divisions. She leads a team focused on delivering creative solutions including print, digital, mobile, direct, database and events for our most loyal customers.
Dana graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in Communications. She joined the Sentinel in 2001 as a part of a competitive year-long multimedia sales track that gave her extensive training in all areas of media and marketing. Since that time Dana has worked in various sales, management and leadership positions and is an active past board member of the FNAME (Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives).
When not at work, Dana can be found spending time outdoors with her husband and kids enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.
Mike Wilson has been editor of The Dallas Morning News since February 2015. He started his career at the Miami Herald, then worked for 18 years at the Tampa Bay Times. As a reporter in Tampa Bay, he was on a team that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His staff won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure as an editor. In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight. During this time he also served on ESPN’s editorial board. He is the author of two books, Right on the Edge of Crazy and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison. He and his wife, Alisa, live in Dallas and have three grown children.