Speakers

The following were the speakers for the ACT 8 Experience.

Make sure to save the date for the ACT 9 Experience. April 23-26

Donnyale (Doni) Ambrosine

Founder & Publisher, Culturs Magazine & Faculty Staff Member At Colorado State University

A globally mobile Afro-Latina and first generation American who, by age 19, lived in & identified with seven cultures on five continents. Ambrosine is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. She has presented around the globe as a Keynote, at conferences, universities & in media as a lifestyle expert focused on entrepreneurship, marketing, branding & cross-cultural identity (to organizations like Starz, Amazon and industry conferences). With this background, she developed university curricula for global culture identity. Doni uses her global, multi-cultural background, academic training, and career experience in media, management and business to position CULTURS as the first-ever digital-first print publication & product marketplace of its kind - one that addresses global and mobile cultural identities, with emphasis on hidden diversity.

Jay Annis

Vice President, Business Manager, Hello & Hola Media, Inc.

A 39-year veteran of the magazine industry, Jay Annis is Vice President, Business Manager for Hello and Hola Media, the U.S. subsidiary of Hola S.L., a worldwide publisher with 31 editions in 120 countries. Jay assisted in the launch of Hola USA in 2016 and now runs the U.S. office. Past experience includes Vice President of Trade Sales, both books and magazines, for The Taunton Press. Prior to Taunton, Annis was President of Jannis Publishing and Associates, a magazine consulting firm. He has assisted publishers with magazine redesigns, relaunches, circulation marketing, including single copy sales, digital editions, and purchasing. Jay has participated in the planning and eventual launch of over 35 magazines and is a past President of the Periodical and Book Association of America.

Rachel Barrett

Editor in Chief, Country Living Magazine, Hearst Magazines

Rachel Hardage Barrett was named Editor-in-Chief of Country Living in October 2013. A Tennessee native, Rachel started her magazine career at Glamour in 2001, where she wrote cover features, celebrity profiles, and once, in the name of a story, rode the Conde Nast elevator dressed as Wonder Woman.

After Glamour, Rachel moved to Real Simple in 2004, where she served as Deputy Editor and Executive Editor, Special Projects, working on the monthly print magazine (including international editions) and overseeing books, special issues, and licensed products.

From there, Rachel moved closer to her Tennessee roots as Executive Editor of Southern Living in Birmingham, Alabama, where she oversaw style, food, travel, and features (nabbing the brand's first ASME nomination in at least a decade) before taking the helm of Country Living.

Under Rachel’s leadership, Country Living’s playful farm-fresh approach has resonated with a wider, younger audience across print and digital. The brand’s monthly audience, according to the most recent Magazine Media 360 report, has seen 68% year-over-year growth, putting Country Living in the top 5 for growth among 110 measured magazine brands and at number 12 in terms of total brand audience of 33 million. The print magazine, in particular, has seen exponential growth with readers ages 18-34—up 1 million in the past year per fall MRI—as well as 10% YOY boost in HHI.

Innovative cover treatments, uniquely on-brand editorial franchises, and the growth of the Country Living Fair helped put Country Living on Advertising Age’s 2019 Publishers A-List. The year before, it was named one of Advertising Age’s Magazines of the Year. And new licensing partnerships—most recently, a hearty deal with Cracker Barrel—has contributed to overall growth and provided a new print distribution partner with 650+ retail locations.

When she's not fielding farmhouse pitches or scouring antiques shops, Rachel, alongside her writer-editor husband Brian (a News Editor at Wired) can be found chasing after their two young children, Emmy and Jack, and a black lab-chow mix named Bailey.

Andrea Butler

Founder & Editor in Chief, Sesi Magazine

Descendant of the Fulani tribe, Gettysburg-obsessed Marine Corps brat, and lover of all things magazine-related, Andréa Butler is an entrepreneurial writer, editor, publisher, and public speaker who reps hard for the culture, especially when it comes to Black teen girls. Prior to launching Sesi, the only internationally sold teen magazine for Black girls, Andréa worked as a high school English teacher, and after that, became a senior editor at LivingSocial. Her friends call her “Ms. Correcto,” because she is all about that editing life.
Andréa holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in Magazine Journalism from Kent State University.

Clayton Clabaugh

Director of Fundraising and Product Annuity, Focus on the Family

Clayton joined Focus on the Family in June of 2016. His background is in Marketing, Operations, and IT Program Management. His experience spans from start-up to Fortune 50, with industry in financial services, technology, call centers ops, e-commerce retail, healthcare and now non-profits.

In his role as Director of Fundraising and Product Annuity, he oversees the Sustaining pledge programs, Magazine circulation for all Focus on the Family magazines as well as the development of recurring revenue products and services.

Clayton is a native of Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and was commissioned as a U.S. Naval Officer upon college graduation.

At Focus on the Family, Clayton’s primary objectives are growing the sustaining member program to 50,000 members, increasing circulation on all of the magazines and developing new products like online learning and virtual counseling that further the ministry’s mission and provide recurring revenue.

Clayton and his wife Leticia have been married for 26-years and have one teenage son, John. He enjoys ultralight backpacking, motorcycles, snow skiing, almost anything outdoors and restoring things that are broken.

Ask me about: Marketing, go-to-market strategy, operations, and recurring revenue products, and pledge member fundraising.

Daniel Dejan

Print Creative Manager for North America, Sappi Paper

As an educator, designer, humanist, mentor and lover of all things graphic arts, Daniel Dejan has been an evangelist for the power of paper and print for the span of his career. He is the face of the etc (education-training-consulting) Group at Sappi Fine Paper North America where he delivers etc services to Sappi's wide range of clients. With more than 40 years of design, production, print buying and on-press experience, Dejan is always ready to share his knowledge of the successful and effective marriage of print and paper. On the road 200 days a year, he is a hands-on, in-person resource - delivering presentations to designers, printers, corporations and paper merchants as well as to organizations at public and private events and conferences throughout North America.

Jim Elliott

President, James G. Elliott Co.

Jim Elliott has over 45 years experience in the advertising industry, beginning with media planning and management for three major New York advertising agencies. Before founding his own national media sales company in 1984, he held numerous executive positions, including director of field services at CBS Magazines and western advertising manager for Road & Track Magazine.
Today, the Elliott Co. functions as an alternative to a publisher’s own sales force. With offices in the major advertising centers, the Elliott Co. furnishes sales teams and sales management to media owners who prefer to outsource all of their sales nationally to one organization.
The Elliott Co.’s hands-on work with more than 400 media brands has given the leadership team a tremendous breadth of knowledge about the challenges faced by publishers and digital media owners today. Mr. Elliott has leveraged that knowledge to form a consulting division, Ads&IDEAS, with its own website and client roster, spanning b2b and b2c media, Internet and digital sales, single-title publishers, associations and large media conglomerates, including some of the largest publishing brands in America as well as three Fortune 300 companies exploring the market.

Alan English

Vice President, Communications, Military Officers Association of America

Alan English spent 30 years in the media industry, working as the leader of newsrooms and business units. In 2018, he left his role as publisher of New England Newspapers Inc. to join Military Officers Association of America. He has led several newspapers and magazines across the country, some included roles producing base newspapers at major military installations. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in narrative and documentary work from the Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y.

His media experience included leading innovation and award-winning coverage. At first, by implementing use of new digital techniques in coverage, ranging from digital cameras and pagination to advances in online publishing. His work on digital products and online subscriptions and publication events was among first in the industry.

During his career, the newspapers he led were nationally recognized for coverage, won top investigative awards and were named the best in their state or region. English served six years as a director on the Associated Press Media Editors board. Additionally, he has served in civic organizations and on local nonprofit boards in communities where he has lived.

At MOAA, he now oversees all print and digital products the association produces. This includes the award-winning Military Officer magazine. Their digital and social media channels won national awards in 2018. MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization representing 350,000 members from every branch of service.

John French

Co-Founder, French LLC

As a known leader in the B2B Media industry, John has earned his reputation by taking on challenging roles and producing results. He started his career in the Massachusetts area working for names like IDG, Penn Well, and CMP Publications. John then moved his career to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey where he worked with a number of groups and eventually became the Vice President and Electronics Group Director for Penton Media, Inc.

John began to build his notable reputation when he became the President of the PRIMEDIA B2B Division. That division was later sold to Wasserstein & Co. and became PRISM Business Media. During his time at PRIMEDIA and PRISM, the company saw an average CAGR digital growth of 50% each year and had consistent top and bottom line growth. PRISM then acquired Penton and the combined organizations became Penton Media, the industry's largest B2B media company.

His most recent success story was with Cygnus Business Media where John became the company's CEO and served as a board member following the company's restructuring. With an innovative and break-out attitude, John lead the company through a recession and to new areas of success in the growing digital media industry. John helped Cygnus gain prominence in the B2B media industry by establishing and building digital platforms for the company's brands. Today, these platforms allow the company's new marketing initiatives to reach more than a million subscribers, readers, and online users every month. During John's last 18 months with Cygnus, he was tasked with leading the break-up of the company. Through this long process, John successfully did so in five separate transactions which ultimately returned all equity back to the shareholders.

John now plans to continue his career by sharing his experiences and advising senior management wishing to create their own success stories. He has started this LLC in partnership with his wife, Nancy, the company's COO.

Dennis Hecht

Vice President for Business Intelligence, Farm Journal Magazine

Dennis Hecht is the Vice President of Business Intelligence with Farm Journal leading the go-to-market approach for data products and insight strategy. He is responsible for leading a team of data consultants and scientists that apply innovative thinking to trusted data strategy frameworks using multichannel media data. He holds an MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business in global marketing, finance and business strategies; and recently earned a certification in enterprise artificial intelligence from the University of Oxford.

Dan Heffernan

Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Product Planning, Advantage CS

Dan Heffernan is Vice President & Chief Product Manager at AdvantageCS – an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company serving the publishing and membership association industries since 1979. Dan is responsible for sales, marketing, and product direction at this 85-person software and services company. With a global portfolio of clients, AdvantageCS provides solutions to publishers of both digital and print magazines, newspapers, newsletters, digital-only content, as well as membership organizations and service companies.

James Hewes

President & CEO, FIPP

Beginning his career at Barclays Bank as a Business Consultant, James worked across BBC Worldwide and BBC Magazines from 2001 to 2012 building a track record of success in marketing, digital and print publishing, events and international business development. He was the launch Publisher of olive magazine and grew BBC Magazines' licensing portfolio from 8 to 55 editions including 20 editions of Top Gear Magazine. James was also a key member of the team that sold BBC Magazines to private equity in November 2011 for £120m.

Rob Hewitt

Founder, Oh-So Magazine

Rob Hewitt is the founder of OH-SO Equal (a magazine that celebrates the global female skate community).

He studied graphic design at Emily Carr Art and Design Institute, in Vancouver. He has lived and worked in New York City since 2000.

Hewitt’s wide-ranging expertise encompasses the design of magazines, books, and packaging. He is currently the creative director of dwell magazine; having also served as the Design Director of Popular Mechanics, Condé Nast Traveler and designer at GQ magazine.

Hewitt’s work has been recognized and awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Society for Publication Designers, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and Communication Arts.

Samir Husni

Founder & Director, Magazine Innovation Center

Samir ``Mr. Magazine™`` Husni, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer at the School of Journalism. As Mr. Magazine™ he engages in media consulting and research for the magazine media and publishing industry. Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. and International media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions as well as On The Media. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.

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Joe Hyrkin

CEO, Issuee

more than 20 years of leading startup/growth companies in executive, business-development and product roles. He served as CEO of Reverb during two rounds of financing; in addition, as head of SingleFeed, Joe oversaw that firm's acquisition by Alibaba. Before that, Joe held sales and leadership positions at Gaia Interactive, Yahoo, Flickr and Virage. He directed the Economist Group's business in China and has extensive board and tech-advisor experience. Joe was educated at the State University of New York at Albany and as a foreign student at Beijing Normal University in China.

Jeff Joseph

Publisher & Editorial Director, Lockbox Magazine

A lifelong investment and finance industry professional, Jeff Joseph developed specialized expertise to become regarded as one of the most visible leading experts of alternative investment strategies such as hedge funds and private equity. Previously, Jeff was the managing director of Hedge Fund Research, an institutional consulting firm. He later became the founding managing director of Alternative Strategies for Rydex Investments, where he led the company to $15 billion in assets to become one of the first leading investment management firms providing alternative investment products to retail investors.

An active angel and venture investor, Jeff has mentored early-stage companies in financial services, healthcare, hospitality and media. In 2014, Jeff acquired print and digital financial media assets and began his work as a financial publisher. In 2018, Jeff was engaged by the tastytrade financial network to develop a new print and digital publication for their rapidly growing digital audience.

Luckbox magazine debuted in March of 2019. Jeff serves as editorial director and publisher.

Michael Kusek

Publisher, Different Leaf Magazine

Michael Kusek conceived of DIFFERENT LEAF following a chance conversation with a friend with a passion for cannabis cultivation. Following a few evenings of newsstand research he realized no magazine was effectively reaching the older cannabis consumer – one with little or no experience with the plant but who would be open to introducing, or reintroducing, it into their life. Part reference and part lifestyle guide, never stuffy, and beautifully designed, DIFFERENT LEAF presents editorial covering the people, products, businesses, and issues of the burgeoning cannabis industry across Massachusetts to sophisticated consumers hungry for locally sourced editorial. The first issue will arrive in July 2019.
Prior to founding DIFFERENT LEAF, he published the award-winning arts magazine TAKE and worked in public relations & marketing for over 20 years providing consulting to a portfolio of national and regional organizations, individuals, and businesses.
Kusek resides in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Jeremy Leslie

Founder & Curator, magCulture

Jeremy Leslie leads magCulture, dividing his time between designing, writing, curating and retailing. He’s a passionate advocate for editorial design, which he sees as an ever-changing discipline that has always adapted to new contexts. He has written several books about magazine design, and the magCulture online Journal is a key source of news and opinion on the subject, celebrating in particular the independent sector. He curates the annual ModMag conferences in London and New York, and opened the magCulture shop in 2015, selling a unique selection of 500 magazines from across the world. He was awarded the British Society of Magazine Editors Mark Boxer Award, for services to the magazine industry, in 2018.

Steven Lomazow

M.D. & Magazine & Periodical Collector

Dr. Steven Lomazow is a “neurologist by trade and an historian by passion.” He has a full time medical practice and a second passion for history and collecting periodicals. The Lomazow Collection is considered the definitive magazine and periodical collection of US magazines in private hands dating back to the first in 1731. Collectors and antiquarian sellers alike often identify a magazine as ``in Lomazow`` or not. He maintains a magazine history blog (magazinehistory.blogspot.com) and his collection can be appreciated online (AmericanMagazineCollection.com).

Jerry Lynch

President, Magazine & Books Retail Association

Jerry Lynch is President of MBR, the Magazine and Books at Retail association. MBR was formed in 2016 merging two organizations, IPDA, where he was President since 2006, and PBAA. He continues work to advance the book and magazine categories position in the bricks and mortar focused retail marketplace. Prior to joining IPDA, Jerry enjoyed a long career with Wegmans Food Markets where he held positions in store operations and merchandising. Within merchandising his career centered on General Merchandise. Today, through MBR, Jerry is engaged in a wide range of industry support and education activities both within the supply chain and the retail community.

Michael Marchesano

Managing Director, Connectiv/SIIA/AM&P

Michael Marchesano has been the managing director of Connectiv - The Business Information Association, formerly ABM, since October 2013. In 2017, he led the acquisition of Association Media and Publishing (AM&P) and its integration as a division of Connectiv. He also developed and launched Connectiv U, the associations distance learning platform in 2017.

Previously, Marchesano was president and CEO of Aequor Media, a consulting firm dedicated to providing strategic, customized technology solutions for b-to-b and consumer magazines, newspapers, and Fortune 1000 companies. Marchesano was also managing director at the Jordan Edmiston Group, an investment banking firm, where he led the sale of Congressional Quarterly to the Economist Group. Before that, he was executive vice president & chief transformation officer at The Nielsen Company; president and CEO at VNU Business Media; president and CEO at Bill Communications (an operating company of VNU), and president at BPA International (now BPA Worldwide). Marchesano was an ABM board member from 2001-07, serving as chairman in 2006-07, and a SIIA Content Division board member from 2007-11.

Marchesano is a graduate of Marist College and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

John Mennell

Founder, Magazine Literacy

Literacy ends poverty - of the pocket, mind, heart, and soul. With titles for every reading level, interest, and language, magazines are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet. John Mennell founded MagLiteracy.org because he knows that the magazines he read as a child changed his life for good, and sparked a lifelong habit of reading and sharing the magazine media he loves. John's professional career spans Capitol Hill, Wall Street, Main Street, and the Information Superhighway. He is a humanitarian social entrepreneur recognized by the Benton Foundation, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award, and the United Way Eureka Award, and Folio: 40 Influencers for innovation, leadership, and public service. John earned his Public Policy degree from Cornell University. During a summer there, he helped teens in a nearby rural town launch their own community newspaper. After college, John worked as a press secretary and legislative aide for education and employment issues on Capitol Hill, and is an information technology consultant in the financial services, telecommunications, and human service industries. He is a member of the International Literacy Association and ProLiteracy, and served on the board of Reach a Child, which gets books to first responders to give to children in crisis.

Lori Oglesbee

Former Journalism Instructor, Prosper High School

For the last 35 years, Lori Oglesbee advised outstanding students at McKinney HS and Prosper High School to create award-winning yearbooks, newspapers and online sites. The 2005 Max R. Haddick Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year and 2009 JEA National Yearbook Adviser works as an independent educational consultant teaching staffs without having to assign grades. She has advocated for New Voices Texas legislation and student press rights. She uses Twitter to give pointers on writing: #WritingTipsFromMsO

Stephen Orr

Vice President, Group Editorial Director, Meredith Corporation, Editor in Chief, Better Homes & Gardens

Stephen Orr serves as Editor in Chief of Better Homes & Gardens, as well as the VP/Group Editorial Director at Meredith Corporation, the nation's largest brand-powered food, lifestyle and entertainment media company, engaging over 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month. In this role, Orr oversees the editorial direction of Meredith's food, shelter, and lifestyle brands, which includes Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, Allrecipes, Family Circle, Rachael Ray Every Day, Eating Well, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living.

With more than 25 years experience in content creation and design leadership, Orr has worked inside many of the media industry's most recognizable brands, developing content across multiple channels. Prior to joining Meredith, Orr most recently held the position of Executive Editor of Condé Nast Traveler and VP/Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living.

Orr has also held content creation and design leadership positions at brands such as House & Garden, Domino, Epicurious, The New York Times Magazine, W, and WWD. Orr is also the author of several books, including, most recently, ``The New American Herbal,`` an A-to-Z survey showing the full spectrum of useful plants with both recipes and projects.

Orr currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa and New York City.

Sebastian Raatz

Publisher/Co-founder, Centennial Media

Sebastian is president and co-founder of Centennial Media, a magazine publisher dedicated 100 percent to retail. Centennial publishes SIPs in a wide variety of segments including home, food, decorating, entertainment, travel, history, and current events. The company operates both in North America and in German-speaking markets. Before starting Centennial, Sebastian was Executive Vice President at Bauer Media Group where he developed and marketed celebrity weeklies as well as a portfolio of teen titles for the newsstand.

Jen Ripple

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, DUN Magazine

Jen Ripple is the Editor in Chief of DUN Magazine. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Fly Fishers International and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.

Bo Sacks

President, Precision Media Group

A veteran of the printing/publishing industry since 1970, Bob Sacks was always an innovator. Even back in the 70s he followed a more creative path than usual. He started his career where some people end -- with the founding of his own weekly newspaper in the metro New York area. After several years in the alternative press, publishing newspapers in New York and Tucson, AZ., he went on to become one of the founding fathers of High Times Magazine. Since then, Bob has held positions that include Publisher, Editor, Freelance Writer, Director of Manufacturing and Distribution, Senior Sales Manager, Circulator, Chief of Operations, Pressman, Cameraman, Lecturer, and Developer of web site companies.

Ray Shaw

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, MagNet

Ray has been in the magazine newsstand business for nearly 4 decades, beginning his tenure with Distribution Services, Inc. or American Media, Inc. as it is known today. After 22 years with AM and holding multiple executive positions, Ray moved to MagNet where he was the primary architect of the online reporting system we know today as NIRC (Newsstand Industry Resource Center). Today, Ray is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of MagNet. Ray oversees all operations of MagNet, including Operations, Publisher Services and Business Intelligence. MagNet is the industry's only complete resource for day to day newsstand results.

Tony Silber

Founder of M10 Magazine and President Long Hill Media

Tony Silber was part of the acquisition team at Red 7 Media that purchased FOLIO:, CM, and their related products in August 2004. Before the acquisition, Silber, in 2003, launched M10, the executive-level magazine and information service for the magazine industry. He is also president of Long Hill Media and considered one of the experts in his field. Prior to M10, Silber was publisher of FOLIO: and Circulation Management when it was owned by Primedia. Silber was also editor of FOLIO: from 1998-2000. Silber has a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany.

John Thames

Founder and Editor, Covey Rise magazine

John Thames is the CEO, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Covey Rise. ``My goal with Covey Rise is to create a magazine that readers will enjoy many decades from now, and that means a 100# cover, 80# paper, perfect bound, with content generated from award-winning writers and photographers. We receive daily accolades and strong subscription sales which mean that readers and advertisers prefer quality to quantity.``

John Thomas

Publisher, Psychology Today, Sussex Publisher, LLC

John Thomas is the Executive Vice President of Sussex Publishers and the Publisher of its flagship title Psychology Today. Prior to joining Sussex 10 years ago he worked for a diverse variety of media titles including: Rolling Stone, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Victoria, Esquire and Elle. John also launched his own magazine Men's Perspective in 1994--and sold it in 1999 when he co-founded Route 224 Media Group an advertising and branding agency specializing in prestige retail. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University Graduate Program of Journalism.

Newell Turner

Editorial Director Hearst Magazines Design Group

Newell Turner is the editorial director of the Hearst Design Group, where he is responsible for the collective editorial direction of ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, and Veranda. He served for five years as the 22nd editor in chief of House Beautiful, and in 2012 under Newell's leadership, the magazine won its first National Magazine Award for general excellence - the industry's equivalent of an Oscar - and was a finalist in the category in 2013. As editorial director of the HDG, he has continued to lead in the publishing world with the development of innovative editorial production models and business strategies across print and digital platforms.

Liz Vaccariello

Editorial Director, Parents Magazine Network Meredith

Vaccariello has led many of the media industry's most recognizable brands, developing content across print, digital and social channels. Prior to joining Meredith, Vaccariello held numerous executive editorial roles including serving as the Chief Content Officer for Reader's Digest. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Rachael Ray Every Day; Editor-in-Chief of Prevention; Executive Editor of Fitness; and Editor-in-Chief of Cleveland Magazine. Vaccariello regularly appears on national broadcast media including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and Dr. Oz. She is the author of nine best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet!

Jeffrey Vitter

Chancellor, The University of Mississippi

Jeffrey S. Vitter is the 17th chancellor of the University of Mississippi and Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science. He is a passionate advocate for higher education, with 37 years of experience at Brown, Duke, Purdue, and Texas A&M Universities and the University of Kansas before becoming chancellor of Mississippi's flagship university in January 2016.

Thomas Whitney

President, Democrat Printing & Lithographing

A 2005 graduate of Southern Methodist University, Thomas began his career in 2005 at Democrat Printing & Lithographing. DP&L was founded in 1871 as the commercial printing arm of the Arkansas Democrat Newspaper. Thomas is a third generation owner of DP&L and current President. Thomas continues his grandfather's solid belief in the power of the printed page. An active member of the printing community & avid outdoorsman, Thomas enjoys all that the woods & waters have to offer.