From developing real-estate websites in the mid-1990’s to starting his own digital marketing agency in 2006, Matt has been at the forefront of entrepreneurship and digital marketing. After creating more than a billion dollars of revenue for his clients, he pivoted from his agency business to focus on training the next generation of digital marketers. He has since developed and delivered custom training workshops for many global brands, including Microsoft, Disney, Nationwide, Orange, HP, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, and The Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates. Matt’s unique and clear teaching style is in demand throughout the industry, as his training curriculum is featured at LinkedIn Learning, Udacity, Udemy, and Simplilearn – as well as in hundreds of universities such as Duke, Rutgers, and Purdue. According to Microsoft, "Matt has an uncanny ability to simplify the complexity of digital marketing into concepts that are understandable, relatable, and ultimately do-able." He’s the author of 3 books, Internet Marketing: An Hour a Day, Wired to be Wowed, Teach New Dogs Old Tricks and is currently co-authoring Digital Marketing Fundamentals: The Official Guide to OMCA Certification. When he isn’t immersed in the universe of marketing and technology, Matt spends most of his time being a husband and a dad (to four girls) and beekeeping.
After moving up the ranks at B2B media ranging from The Oil Daily to Aviation Daily, as well as leading marketing teams at Jane’s and Phillips, Anne went out on her own. She successfully launched and exited five media brands including MarketingSherpa Subscription Insider, and MJBiz. Currently, she lives in Rhode Island where she founded a booming statewide arts organization What Cheer Writers Club, and an award-winning flower charity, What Cheer Flower Farm.
Andrew is Foreign Policy’s Publisher and CEO. Prior to joining FP in March 2018, he was EVP – Subscriptions at Business Insider, ran the business side of Politico’s Capital New York acquisition (now Politico New York), and was Managing Director – Americas at the Financial Times, to which he helped build and sell the digital startup Money Media (with Dan Fink!). He started his media career as a journalist at Institutional Investor and was based in New York, London and Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in management, product development, digital and subscription sales, research, and strategy. Andrew excels at hiring people much smarter than him.
Andy Baker leads Collingwood Advisory's B2B Information Practice. He has over twenty years’ experience of building digital media businesses, including start-ups, turnarounds and acquisitions. Andy joined Centaur plc as Managing Director of The Lawyer in 2017, and he was a member of the 5-strong Centaur Executive Committee. Under his direction, The Lawyer became a market-leading subscription and information business, based on double-digit increases in subscriber usage, outstanding retention rates and yield increases, market penetration gains and new data-led product development. Previously, Andy spent 6 years as Managing Director of HSJ, the Health Service Journal. Andy led the team that transformed HSJ from advertising to subscriptions-based, from print-centric to digital-only, and from declining performance to healthy growth. Andy led the sale of HSJ from Ascential plc to Wilmington plc for £19m in early 2017. Andy holds a first degree from Oxford and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.
Cindy is president of WCG's Market Intelligence and Insight Group, which includes the media brands CenterWatch, FDAnews and MAGI. The group publishes newsletters, books, management reports, runs events, and conducts industry research on clinical trials and the life sciences industry. She was formerly the publisher and vice president of FT Energy, a division of the Financial Times, and was also vice president and group publisher at Capitol Publications. Before that, she was an editor at Government Information Services.
Robin is a serial entrepreneur with hands-on experience in starting, managing and advising high-growth subscription-based businesses via non-Exec Board roles, advisory positions or investment. Based in London, Robin is a regular speaker and writer on entrepreneurship and scaling businesses. He holds a BA Honours degree in French from Bristol University, a Diploma in European Business Administration from UWE and graduated from Cass Business School’s ‘Better Business Program’. Robin is the author of 'The Hurst Chronicles' book series, a long-distance runner, play and coach field hockey and enjoy tennis and messing around in boats.
Brian is a Group Vice President at Diversified Communications U.S., a global media company with market-leading exhibitions, conferences, digital products and publications. He is responsible for the Business Communities division, which includes the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM), Intersolar North America, The Running Event, Running Insight, American Society of Administrative Professionals, the Administrative Professionals Conference, Vinexpo America and Drinks America. Brian joined Diversified in April 2013 as the Director of Sales for IOFM and later became its Executive Director in 2015. Previously, he held sales and leadership roles at Greenhaven Partners and Kennedy Information. Brian graduated Fordham University with a B.A. in Journalism. Originally from New York, he now resides in Maine with his wife and daughter.
Stephanie is the owner and CEO of The iA Institute, a media company that creates information products, conferences, and membership groups for professionals in consumer finance. Stephanie’s passion is to use her position as an industry influencer to get more women - particularly women of color - into leadership positions. In 2018, she launched Women in Consumer Finance, a serious professional development event and an intimate, high-energy experience where attendees make genuine friendships, build bigger, stronger networks, enhance their executive skills and dedicate attention to their career aspirations. Stephanie serves on the board of LIFT (whywelift.org), whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty by investing in parents. LIFT builds families’ well-being, financial strength, and social connections to lift two generations at once. Prior to The iA Institute, Stephanie was part of the start-up team at Citysearch, the original online city guide, and held various leadership positions in (or consulted for) media companies making the transition from print to online. Previously, she was a materials manager at aerospace manufacturer Allied Signal, and a stage and production manager for The Walt Disney Company. Stephanie holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Heather is COO of Access Intelligence, a B2B media and events company serving the Energy & Engineering, Aerospace, Healthcare and Marketing & Media sectors. Heather began her media career as a subscription marketer for Phillips Publishing, ultimately becoming a group publisher across several vertical market sectors. Since joining Access Intelligence, she has added digital media, tradeshow & exhibition management and M&A to her areas of expertise. Heather currently sits on the Society for Independent Show Organizers board where she chairs the Health and Safety special Interest Group. She has previously served on the boards of the Specialized Information Publishers Association and the Software & Information Industry Association, where she held leadership positions.
Dan oversees the Money-Media business unit, which was acquired by the Financial Times in 2008. Money-Media is a native digital publisher with over 130 staff, 10 products, and operations on three continents. Money-Media sits within FT Specialist, the Financial Times' specialist publishing division, and publishes premium news across multiple industries. Dan is a member of the FT's senior management group, is the chairman of the FT's 401k investment committee, and sits on the executive advisory board for multiple publishing industry groups, including Renewd, MediaGrowth, and the AM&P Network. Dan earned an MBA at Indiana University and was a national champion gymnast.
David is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the leading data, training and research provider for the global business valuation profession. Much of BVR’s growth results from responses to the revolution in information industry business processes during the last decade. In addition to BVR, Foster was the co-founder of IOMA, Inc., a management publisher he sold to the Bureau of National Affairs in 1998. He has served on the Boards and/or Executive Committees of 14 information industry companies, as well as a number of non-profits such as Copyright Clearance Center and Bates College. He was SIPA President in 1999, won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award 2000, and is now a co-founder and executive committee member of Renewd.net, the open community for information industry professionals.
Hannah is a group managing editor at Money-Media. She joined the company in 2007 as a reporter covering tech & ops on Ignites, which covers the mutual fund industry. She was managing editor of GatekeeperIQ, and then of Ignites before taking on her current role.
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Kathy is the CEO of Subscription Insider, a media company uniquely focused on the business of subscriptions. Kathy is a recognized expert in subscription business models, market strategy, brand development and information products. Subscription Insider delivers daily subscription economy news and provides best-practice information, training and research through memberships, training events and conferences. Subscription entrepreneurs and executives representing all sectors of the subscription economy depend on Subscription Insider to improve decision making, team skills and business profitability. Learn more at www.subscriptioninsider.com and www.subscriptionshow.com
Debbie recently began a new role as Training Director at Business Valuation Resources, LLC (BVR), the leading data, training, and research provider for the global business valuation profession. Debbie’s association with David Foster and Lucretia Lyons began a few decades ago at IOMA where she founded Institute Lists, an in-house list management division. She has maintained Institute Lists under BVR while working with the management team on special projects. Her current focus is growing the training division of BVR with continuing education opportunities for business valuation professionals. Debbie holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a certificate in Organizational Consulting from The William Alanson White Institute. Debbie lives in Montclair NJ where she is an avid pickleball player and an actor with a Playback Theatre group.
Greg's decades-long career in B2B and B2C publishing has included lengthy gigs in editorial, marketing, product development, web development, management, and operations. He's an expert at bridging the intellectual and cultural divide between technical and creative staff. Working as a consultant, Greg solves technology, strategy, operations, and process problems for publishers. His expertise includes Customer Data Platforms, acquisition and retention, e-commerce, RFPs, fulfillment and project management.
Kate leads the product team for E&E News, which was acquired by Politico at the end of 2020. E&E News covers energy and environmental policy for professionals. She also manages E&E News’ social media and guides its content strategy. In a previous life, she was a journalist covering energy policy and technology and had a brief stint as a communications consultant. She is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and Yale University.
Lucretia is President of Business Valuation Resources, LLC (BVR), the leading data and research provider to the private company valuation profession. She has been with BVR since 2005. Lucretia served on the board of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) and is now an active and appreciative member of the Renewd community. Prior to her leadership position with BVR, Lucretia worked in various marketing, operational and strategic planning capacities for companies such as Bookstream, Inc., Downloadcard.com (two technology start-ups), the Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA), The Wall Street Transcript, and Hibernia Bank (at the time of acquisition by Capital One). Lucretia holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. from the Carroll Graduate School of Business at Boston College. She enjoys living life and experiencing natural beauty in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.
George has been a financial editor and journalist since 1997, working in print, digital, audio and video. Currently Senior Editor, Axios Pro, he manages five deals-focused newsletters, covering Climate tech, Fintech, Health tech, and retail. Prior to Axios, George was Chief Content Officer at InvestmentNews, the leading news resource for the financial advice community. Prior to joining IN, George worked at Seeking Alpha from 2012 to 2019. Before joining Seeking Alpha, he was Editor-in-Chief for Online Platforms at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Co-Executive Editor of TheStreet.com, Editor of Investment Dealers' Digest, and Editor-in-Chief (Private Equity News) at Thomson Financial/Venture Economics. He started his career as a broker in the fixed income markets.
Stephanie is the CEO of EB Medicine, a world leader in evidence-based continuous education resources for physicians. She is the chief strategic planner for the company and has pioneered numerous innovations. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Management. She is a very positive leader who demonstrates a high level of strategic planning and analytical thinking. She encourages her team to utilize new tools and resources and to further their knowledge and education. Stephanie and her team are committed to rapid growth, and she is proud to lead a company that strives for excellence in creating products that improve the lives of thousands of physicians and their patients around the world. Stephanie is also co-founder and President of Renewd, the open network for specialize subscription, membership, and event professionals.