About Us

Renewd is an open and free community with no office space and no staff. Just a lot of great and useful programs to help specialized subscription, membership, and event professionals.

We named the community Renewd for 3 reasons:

  1. This is a community of professionals working with renewable business models – subscriptions, memberships, and events.
  2. Founded during the 2020 pandemic, Renewd is intended to be a source of renewed ideas and inspiration to help you maintain and grow your business.
  3. While industry associations are having a hard time attracting and retaining members, we believe the networking and learning benefits can be had through a renewed model where the community and programming is free and open to all.

Renewd is a self-run community that is here to serve you. It gets better every day as new members join, so welcome!

Executive Committee

STEPHANIE WILLIFORD, CO-CHAIR

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 throughout the organization. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Management. She is a very positive leader who 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.

ED COBURN, CO-CHAIR

Ed is CEO of investment advisory publisher Cabot Wealth Network and Executive Director of the Financial Freedom Federation which publishes Financial Freedom magazine. He has spent half his career in B2B publishing and half in B2C including running Harvard Health Publications. Ed also ran product groups at Cutter Information Corp., co-founded and ran Circadian Information, and was co-President of School Family Media. Ed has spoken at many publishing and media industry events and has served on the boards of the Specialized Information Publishers Association and the Software & Information Industry Association.

ELIZABETH PETERSEN

Elizabeth serves as Product Director for Simplify Compliance’s professional development and associations division. In her 17 years with Simplify and its associated businesses, she’s served in a variety of roles, including President of the healthcare division and Vice President of education. Elizabeth’s volunteer roles include work with the Specialized Information Publishers Association, the New England Rugby Football Union, the Boston Rugby Business Network, and MIT Women’s Rugby Club. A graduate of Boston University, Elizabeth resides north of Boston with her husband, son, and a bunch of cats.

VICTORIA MELLOR

Victoria has been an entrepreneur in the subscriptions and memberships space for over two decades. She was one of the co-founders of Melcrum, an advisory and training business providing thought leadership and services to the top communication leaders in global organisations. Since she sold Melcrum to CEB (now Gartner) in 2015, Victoria is a board advisor to and investor in a number of subscription businesses. She's also a co-founder of Kademy, providing virtual training and development to global communication teams through a membership model. Throughout her career, she has worked alongside her husband and business partner Robin, they have two children and live in Southwest London. She loves long-distance open water swimming and everything to do with Spain.

TOM GALE

Tom Gale is the CEO of Modern Distribution Management, a market research and media firm that provides market intelligence and guidance to wholesale distribution and industrial market leaders through its two brands - Modern Distribution Management and MDM Analytics (www.mdm.com). Since 1967, MDM has been the definitive resource for distribution management best practices and market trend analysis through its publications, webcasts, conferences and market analytics services. Tom was a fishing guide and boat pilot on the Great Lakes before getting a realish job in media, and believes successful sales and marketing is largely fishing done well. More to learn in both noble pursuits.

HEATHER FARLEY

Heather is COO of Access Intelligence, a b-to-b 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.

DAVID FOSTER

David is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the U.S.-based publisher of transaction, legal and other databases for the global business valuation profession. Like the other founders of this open association, he’s enjoyed the current revolution in information industry business processes—changes that have redefined sales, marketing, product development, technology, content creation, pricing, management strategies, and more. In addition to BVR, David 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, SIPA, and Bates College.

ROBIN CRUMBY

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.

Committees

PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Stacey Bailey (Co-Chair)

Jennifer Schwartz (Co-Chair)

Victoria Mellor (Co-Chair)

David Foster

Tom Hagy

Kim Mateus

Julian Rose

Suzanne Verity

MARKETING COMMITTEE

Greg Hart (Co-Chair)

Matthew Cibellis (Co-Chair)

Jaclyn Baldovin (Social Media Advisor)

Bill Dugan

Adam Goldstein

Bruce Rhodes

COMMUNITY MANAGERS

Sam Robinson (Chair)

Greg Krehbiel

Anna Motuz

Rob Ristagno

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Angela Korneger (Co-Chair)

John Hitchcock (Co-Chair)

Helen Coetzee

Brian Cuthbert

Dan Fink

David Foster

Nancy Graves

Victoria Mellor

Julian Rose

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Robin Crumby (Chair)

Robert Keenan

Rob Ristagno

Tripp Stanford

Linda Vassily

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