Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team
Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team
Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team

Board of Directors

Michelle Duke
Michelle Duke

Michelle Duke

Michelle Duke

President
NAB Leadership Foundation

From Director of Leadership Programs to Vice President of Diversity and Development to her current role as the NAB Leadership Foundation President, Michelle’s career has been dedicated to shaping and developing the future of media and broadcasting.

Michelle works closely with broadcasting’s leaders to ensure that everything we do as a foundation is centered around and benefits the people who work in our industry. From defining the Foundation’s strategic development and partnership opportunities to overseeing our Broadcast Leadership Training program, Michelle is committed to helping everyone in this industry reach their fullest potential and exceed their personal and professional goals.

As a five-year recipient of Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio and board member of numerous industry organizations, Michelle is dedicated to building momentum and leading the development of our industry’s future, which centers an inclusive and diverse workplace for all.

When Michelle isn’t devising plans for our industry’s future and the paths to get there, you can find her back in her hometown of Nashville or treating her friends to a decadent home cooked meal.

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President
NAB Leadership Foundation

Darrell Brown
Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Chair
Bonneville International Corporation
Salt Lake City, Utah

Darrell K. Brown was appointed president of Bonneville International Corporation on December 13, 2013. Darrell oversees Bonneville's 22 radio stations in the Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City markets. He also oversees operations at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.

Darrell is an accomplished senior broadcast executive, previously serving as president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company. His career with McGraw-Hill spanned 28 years where he served in various sales and management roles for ABC and Azteca America television stations, including vice president and general manager roles in San Diego, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Additionally, Darrell is currently serving on the NAB Television Board and has served as chairman of the ABC Television Affiliates Association and as an executive board member of Minneapolis-based Internet Broadcasting Systems.

Darrell also deeply reflects and leads in areas related to the Bonneville mission. He has a tremendous background in building the communities he works in and has served on various executive boards in San Diego and Denver, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Primary Children's Hospital Board in Salt Lake City.

"Bonneville International is known across the industry for its integrity and quality," Brown said. "As a group these stations are committed to serving and building up their local communities. I am honored to be part of Bonneville's legacy."

Darrell and his wife Lise live in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have four children.

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Chair
Bonneville International Corporation
Salt Lake City, Utah


NAB Leadership Foundation Staff

Tim Dotson
Tim Dotson

Tim Dotson

Tim Dotson

Director of Development

With over 25 years working in the broadcasting industry, Tim knows a thing or two about broadcast sales and management. As the Director of Development, Tim takes the lead on the fundraising, sponsorships and donation funding that help support our programs, initiatives and events.

From Hearst Television (WBAL-TV) to Allbritton Communications (WJLA-TV), from Scripps Howard Broadcasting (WMAR-TV) to Sinclair Broadcast Group (WBFF-TV and WJLA), Tim understands what it takes to stand out in this industry to meet and exceed sales revenue goals.

Tim works closely with industry-specific and related businesses to identify partnership opportunities and help both sides reach business goals together. From recruiting the next generation of sales professionals or securing your seat at the Celebration of Service to America Awards, Tim works tirelessly to ensure your organization and brand is involved and exposed to the current and aspiring leaders of our industry.

When Tim isn’t capitalizing on the Foundation’s funding and future, you can find him spending time with his family or catching up on the latest binge-worthy television series.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

I enjoy working for the Foundation because in my role as director of Development, I have the opportunity to collaborate with all broadcast groups. I work with executives from every broadcast company, creating partnerships that involve their people in our programs. It is a true win/win, as they benefit by providing leadership training to their own people while supporting the Foundation. When I reach out to a broadcaster or a broadcast-related vendor with an opportunity and they say, “This is perfect, just exactly what we have been looking for,” it makes my day.

Looking to partner with the NAB Leadership Foundation or want to learn more about our programs, initiative and events? Reach out to Tim to learn more about how we are shaping the future of broadcasting.

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Director of Development

Paloma Johnson-Walker
Paloma Johnson-Walker

Paloma Johnson-Walker

Paloma Johnson-Walker

Education Program Coordinator

As the Education Program Coordinator, Paloma ensures all our programs and initiatives exceed participant expectations and help shape the future of broadcasting.

From matching mentors with college students to analyzing speaker and program evaluations, Paloma specializes in managing our programs and supporting the workforce of our industry. With over 40 program participants, Paloma works with individuals, partners and institutions to improve the quality of our program content and finding the best ways to expand program experiences outside the classroom.

As the NAB Leadership Insights podcast producer, Paloma is dedicated to giving the people who work in our industry a platform to discuss the industry’s future. She ensures the podcast provides leadership and industry insights and empowers students to display their expertise and knowledge.

When Paloma isn’t developing our future programs, you can find her supporting her NBA team, the Washington Wizards, producing podcasts or whipping up a delicious matcha tea.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

I enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation because of the people we serve and the experiences we create. I get to be inspired by college students with dreams of making a difference in broadcasting and to learn from top-level executives who are making that difference. This job is more than a job for me: it aligns with my mission to increase diversity in the communities we serve and every day I get to work with a great team of genuine people who know that the future of broadcasting is necessary and vital.

Curious to learn more about our programs or application process? Reach out to Paloma to learn more about program development and how these programs help shape the future of broadcasting.

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Education Program Coordinator

Jessica Stevens
Jessica Stevens

Jessica Stevens

Jessica Stevens

Marketing and Events Manager

As the Marketing and Events Manager, Jessica oversees and executes all branding and marketing campaigns for the Foundation. From developing strategic marketing plans to planning the Foundation events calendar, Jessica works to ensure the NAB Leadership Foundation’s mission is heard and the broadcast industry is equipped with leadership insights and knowledge to further their careers and goals.

Jessica plays a key role in the continuation and evolution of the NAB Leadership Foundation. As the marketing and events manager, Jessica drives growth in brand awareness, program participation, engagement and revenue support. Prior to the NAB Leadership Foundation, Jessica worked for a leading event marketing agency to drive national marketing campaigns.

When Jessica isn’t orchestrating the Foundation’s marketing campaign, you can find her exploring what D.C. has to offer, trying the latest buzzworthy restaurant or taking her family dog, Bear, on a long trail run.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

Working for the NAB Leadership Foundation is one of the most encouraging and inspirational positions I’ve held in my career. From helping a college student prepare for a successful life after college to discussing business growth and making a difference with a senior level executive, there are so many opportunities to experience the talent, resilience and power in broadcasting. Every day I am reminded how great the people who work in the industry are and of the promising future of the broadcast industry.

Curious to learn more about our programs and how you can engage our audience? Reach out to Jessica to learn more about our marketing and event efforts and how your organization can get involved.

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Marketing and Events Manager


NAB Ledadership Foundation Directors

Emily Barr
Emily Barr

Emilly Barr

Emily Barr

President and CEO
Graham Media Group
Chicago, Ill.

Emily L. Barr is the president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group, the television broadcasting division of Graham Holdings Company. She has held this position since July 2012. Barr oversees seven local television stations - each in a top-70 market, representing nearly 7 percent coverage in the U.S. All stations are recognized as news leaders on air, on the go and on line: KPRC-TV Houston (NBC); WDIV-TV Detroit (NBC); KSAT-TV San Antonio (ABC); WKMG-TV Orlando (CBS); a duopoly in Jacksonville: WJXT-TV (Fully Local) and WCWJ-TV (CW) and WSLS-TV Roanoke (NBC). GMG also owns Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users.

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President and CEO
Graham Media Group
Chicago, Ill.

Caroline Beasley
Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley

CEO
Beasley Media Group

Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. Ms. Beasley has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983. Over her tenure prior to 1994, she was employed in various positions, including Business Manager, Assistant Controller and Corporate Controller.

She currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. In addition, Ms. Beasley is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.

In 2017, she was honored by Radio Ink magazine as “Radio Executive of the Year”. Ms. Beasley was named one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Radio” listing on an annual basis since 2003.

Ms. Beasley received the 2016 “Distinguished Service Award” from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and was the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry.

She is a member of the Board of Visitors at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where Ms. Beasley earned a B.S. degree.

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CEO
Beasley Media Group

Andrea Berry
Andrea Berry

Andrea Berry

Andrea Berry

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcast & Television
Production Resource Group, LLC
San Fernando, Calif.

Andrea Berry serves as Senior Vice President, Media Services, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations (Fox NE&O) where she oversees all aspects of Digital Media Management for FOX, the Fox Sports Media Group and the Fox Networks Group. Ms. Berry’s responsibilities include managing the migration of the Fox facilities in Los Angeles from a traditional tape system to a digital-based system where Fox is able to ingest, track and catalog media that support not only internal groups but peripheral businesses that require the use of this media, such as VOD and other digital media platforms.

Prior to being elevated to her current position, Ms. Berry had served as Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations, Fox NE&O since January 2004. In that role, she was responsible for all broadcast operations and transmission that support FOX and all of the Fox Networks’ cable entities. Ms. Berry joined Fox in 1996 as Vice President, Field Operations, Fox Sports Net (FSN) and was eventually elevated to Senior Vice President, Field Operations, FSN where she was responsible for the remote technical operations for Fox Sports’ live high-profile NFL, NASCAR and Major League Baseball telecasts; and for the remote technical operations of over 5,000 live national and regional telecasts on FSN.

Ms. Berry began her television career as a studio technician at WMAQ Chicago, an NBC owned-and-operated station. In 1984, she moved to CBS and served as Studio Technical Manager at the network’s New York City broadcast center. She later became CBS’ only female Field Technical Manager at the time, working on network sports, news and entertainment broadcasts. She finished her career at CBS in 1995 as the Director of Technical Operations at WBBM-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Chicago.

At CBS and at Fox, Ms. Berry has received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Technical Team Remotes for the networks’ coverage of the World Series, figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and for NASCAR.

Ms. Berry graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Electrical Engineering. She also received an Executive Certificate in “Management and Leadership” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business and an Executive Certificate in New Media Management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Currently, Ms. Berry serves as Chairperson for the Alumni Board of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and she is also a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. As an advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, Ms. Berry also assists in supporting the Middle School Girls Computer Discovery camp in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology; a program that exposes young girls to the world of Computer Technology.

Ms. Berry also serves on the Board of the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF). She volunteers in leadership positions for various non-profit organizations such as the Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy; the San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. and Legacy Ladies, Inc. Ms. Berry also is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Women in Cable Television (WICT), and sits on the Advisory Board of the Sports Video Group and the International Society of Black Latinos.

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Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcast & Television
Production Resource Group, LLC
San Fernando, Calif.

Emerson Coleman
Emerson Coleman

Emerson Coleman

Emerson Coleman

Senior Vice President, Programming
Hearst Television, Inc.
New York, NY

Emerson Coleman has served as senior vice president, programming, for Hearst Television since 2018. He was previously vice president, programming since 1999. Among the industry's most highly regarded programming executives, Coleman oversees the company's program development and acquisitions.

Previously, Coleman was vice president and director of broadcast operations at Hearst’s WBAL-TV, Baltimore, where he developed the highly honored nationally syndicated public affairs series The Remarkable Journey. He also worked at WBZ-TV, Boston and WJZ-TV, Baltimore, where he was executive producer of local programming. Coleman has been honored with national and regional awards from organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. He created and serves as executive-in-charge of production of the weekly national political talk show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien.

Among a number of board responsibilities, Coleman serves on the Advisory Board of the Peabody Awards, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), and the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Senior Vice President, Programming
Hearst Television, Inc.
New York, NY

Kim Guthrie
Kim Guthrie

Kim Guthrie

Kim Guthrie

President
Cox Media Group
Atlanta, Ga.

Kim Guthrie is president of Cox Media Group (CMG), an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga. As president, Kim oversees all content, sales and operations for 14 broadcast television stations, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers, 11 non-daily publications and more than 100 digital sites and services like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut and Videa.

Previously, Kim was executive vice president of National Ad Platforms and president of CoxReps, based in New York City, where she also had oversight of Gamut and Videa. Prior to that role, Kim was executive vice president of Radio, where she was responsible for all programming, operations and sales for CMG’s radio division.

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President
Cox Media Group
Atlanta, Ga.

Rebecca Hanson
Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HC2 Broadcasting Holdings, Inc.
New York, NY

Rebecca is EVP and General Counsel for HC2 Broadcasting, which operates a broad range of television stations in the U.S. She was previously head of Policy for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Prior to that, she was a senior advisor, Broadcast Spectrum with the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, and served on the Incentive Auction Task Force as the point person for broadcaster participation and issues affecting nonparticipating broadcasters. Prior to joining the FCC, from 2007 to 2009, she was the vice president, Strategic Initiatives at Sprint Nextel. She also held the positions of senior vice president, Business Development and vice president and deputy general counsel at XM Satellite Radio, Inc.

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Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HC2 Broadcasting Holdings, Inc.
New York, NY

Julie Koehn
Julie Koehn

Julie Koehn

Julie Koehn

President
Lenawee Broadcasting Company

Julie began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She served on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation from 2011-2012 as the vice chair and is currently the board chair. She is also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee.

Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include three NAB Crystal Radio Awards, two NAB Leadership Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards, one NAB Marconi Award for AC Station of the Year in 2004, one NAB Marconi Award for National Small Market Station of the Year in 2011 and five MAB Station of the Year Awards.

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President
Lenawee Broadcasting Company

Kevin P. Latek
Kevin P. Latek

Kevin P. Latek

Kevin P. Latek

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs
Gray Television

Kevin P. Latek, has been our Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, and Secretary since July 30, 2013 and previously as our Vice President for Law and Development and Secretary since March 1, 2012. In the preceding 15 years, Mr. Latek represented television broadcasters as well as financial institutions in FCC regulatory and transactional matters with the law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC, in Washington, DC. Mr. Latek received a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University School of Business Administration (summa cum laude) in 1992 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Mr. Latek also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the CBS Affiliate Association and previously served on the Fox Affiliate Board of Governors.

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Senior Vice President, Business Affairs
Gray Television

David Lougee
David Lougee

David Lougee

David Lougee

President and CEO
TEGNA
McLean, Va.

Dave Lougee is president of TEGNA Media for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc., overseeing the company’s 46 television stations (including those served by TEGNA). TEGNA Media is the largest independent operator of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets and covers one-third of all television households nationwide. Lougee was named president of Gannett Broadcasting in July 2007.

In 2015, Dave was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2014, Lougee was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by RTDNF and the Broadcaster of the Year Award by Broadcasting & Cable. He serves on several industry boards: he is the joint board chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); serves as vice chair of the NBC Affiliates Board; is a member of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Board of Directors, the Broadcasters Foundation of America and a past chair of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors.

Previously, Lougee served as executive vice president, media operations for Belo Corp. At Belo, he also served as senior vice president; president and general manager of TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma; and news director at KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma. Before that, Lougee was vice president, news at WRC-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington DC and vice president, news director at KUSA-TV in Denver.

Lougee is a graduate of the University of Colorado and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004.

Dave and his wife, Danni, reside in Northern Virginia with their son, Nash.

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President and CEO
TEGNA
McLean, Va.

DuJuan McCoy
DuJuan McCoy

DuJuan McCoy

DuJuan McCoy

Owner, President and CEO
Bayou City Broadcasting
The Woodlands, Texas

DuJuan McCoy is a 1989 graduate of Butler University, where he earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Sales. He began his television career soon thereafter in 1989 as an Account Executive for WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana, his hometown. He now has over 24 years of local television experience and has built a great career growing small, medium and large market television stations into revenue winners while significantly improving company profitability.

His experience includes 13 years of Television sales management of which ten were as General Sales Manager/Director of Sales in market sizes ranging from #105 to #10. He has worked with small, medium and large ownership groups in different regions of the country, including Capitol Broadcasting, River City Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox Owned and Operated Television stations and he has successfully managed revenue budgets ranging from $4 million to over $130 million annually.

To hone his management skills further and to fulfill his lifelong dream to be an owner of television stations, Mr. McCoy was accepted into the exclusive National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Leadership Training Program in September 2007. The NAB BLT program is an exclusive 10 month executive style MBA program designed to educate tenured broadcast executives on all aspects of purchasing broadcast properties including critical business elements that are not necessarily directly taught or learned while working for a broadcast property. Mr. McCoy completed the program in June of 2008.

In December 2007, Mr. McCoy founded, and became Owner, President and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC. In January 2008, while still a BLT participant, his company agreed to purchase 7 TV stations from Sage Broadcasting Corp (KXVA-Fox Abilene, KIDY-Fox San Angelo, KIDZ-MyNet Abilene and 4 Class A Stations in Abilene.) With this purchase, Mr. McCoy and Bayou City Broadcasting earned the distinction of being the only African American company to own and or operate a Fox Affiliate in the United States and purportedly the first African American to own and operate a major affiliate in the state of Texas.

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Owner, President and CEO
Bayou City Broadcasting
The Woodlands, Texas

Rosemary Mercedes
Rosemary Mercedes

Rosemary Mercedes

Rosemary Mercedes

Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Univision Communications Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Rosemary Mercedes is executive vice president and chief communications officer (CCO) for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America and the rising diverse, American mainstream. As the first CCO for the company, Mercedes defines Univision’s overall communications strategy, including the media relations approach for all corporate and business matters, industry issues and programming and talent publicity efforts. She works closely with a broad and varied range of constituents, across all business and corporate units to develop communications strategies that contribute to and advance UCI’s business plan and operating objectives. Mercedes is an accomplished communications leader with nearly 20 years of public relations experience.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Univision Communications Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Beth Neuhoff
Beth Neuhoff

Beth Neuhoff

Beth Neuhoff

President and CEO
Neuhoff Media
Jupiter, Fla.

Beth Neuhoff is the President and CEO of Neuhoff Communications, a privately held broadcast television, radio and digital media company focused on small-to mid-size communities. Since her hire by the NCI Investor Group and taking command of the company in August 2012, Elizabeth has dramatically expanded operations and improved the company’s value.

A 2013 participant of the NABLF’s signature program, the Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT), Ms. Neuhoff is recognized for her innovative approach to small market broadcasting. “BLT and the NABLF have been fundamental in my company’s ability to consistently overachieve. The 250 plus BLT graduates have formed a network focused on moving the broadcast industry forward as a whole with an understanding that we must each ‘pay it forward’,” Neuhoff said.

A proven leader in the broadcast industry, Beth’s previous role was Executive Vice President of the Midwest division of Interep, a publicly held national media sales and marketing firm. She oversaw all sales activity across five major cities while working with the nation’s largest advertising agencies to create dynamic and memorable media campaigns.

Ms. Neuhoff has extensive not-for-profit board experience and currently serves on the boards of the Broadcaster’s Foundation of America, the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and is immediate past Chair of the Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute. Additionally she is on the Legacy Board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization, and was honored for her creation of the “Wear the Bear for Kids with Cancer” campaign with the William J. Casey Hope Award.

Her professional affiliations include the Young President’s Organization (YPO), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Radio Advertising Bureau, the Illinois Broadcasters, the Idaho Broadcasters, Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads), the International Women’s Forum, and the Alliance for Women in Media. Additionally she was recently named as one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine and was a finalist for “Best Broadcaster in America” at the 2014 Radio Show.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Neuhoff resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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President and CEO
Neuhoff Media
Jupiter, Fla.

W. Lawrence Patrick
W. Lawrence Patrick

W. Lawrence Patrick

W. Lawrence Patrick

Chairman Emeritus
Patrick Communications
Elkridge, Md.

Larry Patrick serves as president of Patrick Communications, LLC, a media investment banking and brokerage firm that also provides management consulting services. He is also president of Legend Communications, a 13-station radio group, valued at over $25 million. Patrick Communications was established by Larry in 1984 and is based in Ellicott City, Md.

Larry also previously served as CEO of Gilmore Broadcasting of Kalamazoo, Mich. Gilmore owned four radio and three television stations as well as 18 cable television systems. Prior to this he served as senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters. Larry also served as a professor of communications at both the University of Tulsa and the University of Maryland for four years fulltime prior to joining NAB and continued to teach at Maryland for an additional 12 years as an adjunct professor. He got his start in broadcasting in the operation and management of stations.

Larry has testified in 22 federal and state court cases as an expert witness on station valuations, contract damage claims, libel damages and station management and operations. He also has testified before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal and the Australian Communications Department.

Earning a B.A. in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky, Larry also holds a M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, a Ph.D. in communications and management from Ohio University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He was admitted as a member of the Maryland Bar Association in 1980. He has co-authored three books on broadcast station management and finance as well as several journal articles. He is also currently an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Central Michigan University.

Larry is a past president of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and of the National Association of Media Brokers. He was awarded the Distinguished Education Service Award by BEA in 2005.He has also served as chairman of the University of Tennessee's College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors and a member of the University of Tennessee Development Council. He also currently serves as chairman of the board and trustee of the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (NABPAC).

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Chairman Emeritus
Patrick Communications
Elkridge, Md.

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

RMichael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

President and CEO
Broadcast Music, Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Michael O’Neill is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®). In this role, Mr. O’Neill oversees all of BMI’s business operations, both domestically and globally, and directs the Company’s strategic growth to benefit BMI’s writers, composers, music publishers and licensees. He is also a member of BMI’s Board of Directors.

Mr. O’Neill has served BMI for nearly 20 years, most recently overseeing all aspects of BMI’s writer, composer and publisher relations, domestic licensing and revenue generation including radio, television, cable, satellite and the General licensing division, and managing royalty distributions and administrative services groups. He has led licensing negotiations, developed new licenses and sales policies and spearheaded a new customer relations campaign.

Additionally, Mr. O’Neill has overseen the exponential growth in signing up more than 40,000 new affiliates each year over the past four years, and has been instrumental in developing the groundbreaking BMI Live program, which pays performing songwriters for live performances in small venues. Under his leadership, BMI has maximized revenues to support its affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers.

Mr. O’Neill joined BMI in 1995 as Director, Group and National Accounts from CBS-TV Network, where he was Director, CBS Affiliate Relations. Within two years, he was appointed Assistant Vice President, Media Licensing and two years later, Vice President, Sales and Administration, Media Licensing. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Licensing, and in 2010, Senior Vice President, Repertoire and Licensing. In September of 2013, he received his most recent appointment as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. O’Neill holds an MBA from Rutgers University in Marketing and Finance and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Montclair University. He is a member of the Broadcaster’s Foundation Golf Committee, the BMI Foundation Corporate Advisory Council and is on the Board of Overseers of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Board of Directors of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the T.J. Martell Foundation.

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President and CEO
Broadcast Music, Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Bob Okun
Bob Okun

Bob Okun

Bob Okun

Chairman and CEO
The O Team
Washington, D.C.

Bob is currently President of "The O Team", a Washington DC based government relations, media business strategy firm, he formed in early 2011. He also holds the position of Chairman and CEO of ThanksUSA, a non-profit group which raises funds to help underwrite the educational expenses of children and spouses of the men and women on active duty. This includes all branches of the armed services, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Prior to starting his own firm, Bob served for 16 years as Vice President Washington for NBCUniversal. As head of NBC's Washington office he was responsible for the development of NBC's policy positions on legislative and regulatory issues and representing NBC's positions to the Congress, the Administration and the FCC. Bob has served as Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U. S. Department of Education (1991-1992) and was Floor Assistant to former House Republican Leader, Robert Michel. In this position, he served as principal liaison to the Senate, as well as to governors, mayors and other leaders and groups involved in the legislative process.

In the House of Representatives, he has long experience as Executive Director of the Republican Conference (1989-1991), Executive Director of the Republican Policy Committee (1987-1988), and Executive Director of the House Republican Research Committee (1983-1986). He also served in the House as Staff Director for the Task Force on Regulatory Reform (1981-1983) that focused on telecommunications regulation reform.

Bob is summa cum laude graduate of Duke University with an honors degree in economics. He studied economic history at New College, Oxford, England. He serves on the Boards of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, So Others Might Eat, the Children's National Medical Center Foundation and ThanksUSA. Bob is married to Deanna Okun, has two daughters, Rachel and Kelsi, and resides in Virginia.

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Chairman and CEO
The O Team
Washington, D.C.

Kevin Perry
Kevin Perry

Kevin Perry

Kevin Perry

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President
Perry Publishing & Broadcasting
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Kevin S. Perry is the president and CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, a second-generation family owned company based in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company owns and operates 13 radio stations in Oklahoma and five radio stations in Georgia and South Carolina. In addition, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting owns and distributes the Oklahoma statewide newspaper, The Black Chronicle. Perry Publishing & Broadcasting also owns O’City Source, an apparel and music store in Oklahoma City. As a native Oklahoman, Mr. Perry is involved in the community through several boards and civic activities. Mr. Perry obtained a BA in Banking and Finance from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, Mr. Perry is a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Leadership Development Program and the Broadcast Leadership Training Program. Mr. Perry is husband to his lovely wife Tori and the proud father of two sons, Miles and Sebastian.

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Chief Operating Officer and Vice President
Perry Publishing & Broadcasting
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Craign Robinson
Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NBC Universal
Universal City, Calif.

Craig Robinson is the executive vice president and chief diversity officer for NBCUniversal. He reports directly to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. Craig is responsible for defining, enabling and fostering a corporate culture that values diversity of talent, ideas, values and backgrounds across all parts of the company. He acts as the main liaison between NBCUniversal and key national and local figures and oversees the company’s diversity and inclusion commitments, working closely with senior executives to promote these efforts throughout the organization. He also helps guide the company’s multiple internal affinity groups and serves as a member of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s Joint Diversity Council.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NBC Universal
Universal City, Calif.

Gordon H. Smith
Gordon H. Smith

Gordon H. Smith

Gordon H. Smith

President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Sen. Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, Sen. Smith served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Smith's committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. Sen. Smith also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Smith's role on the Commerce Committee and as chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.

Born in Pendleton, Ore., Sen. Smith attended college at Brigham Young University, received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and practiced law in New Mexico and Arizona before returning to Oregon to direct the family-owned Smith Frozen Foods business in Weston, Ore. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Sen. Smith was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the position of president of that body after only three years.

Sen. Smith and his wife Sharon live in Bethesda, Md., and are the parents of three children and two grandchildren.

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President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

NAB Leadership Foundation Officers

Trish Johnson
Trish Johnson

Trish Johnson

Trish Johnson

SVP and Chief Financial Officer
Treasurer for NAB Leadership
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Tim Dotson is director of development for the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF). In this role, he is responsible for identifying and securing sponsors and donors to support various foundation initiatives, as well as manage all sponsorship activities for the foundation’s annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala.

Before joining NABLF in July 2018, Tim held positions in broadcast television sales and sales management in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets for over 25 years. During his broadcast career, Tim has worked for Hearst Television (WBAL-TV), Allbritton Communications (WJLA-TV), Scripps Howard Broadcasting (WMAR-TV) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (WBFF-TV and WJLA).

Prior to his work in broadcast television sales, Tim held the position of media specialist/buyer for Faulkner Advertising, based in Baltimore.

Tim received his Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in English and Advertising from the University of Baltimore.

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SVP and Chief Financial Officer
Treasurer for NAB Leadership Foundation
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Curtis LeGeyt
Curtis LeGeyt

Curtis LeGeyt

Curtis LeGeyt

NAB Leadership Foundation Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Curtis LeGeyt is executive vice president, Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters. In that role, he leads NAB's advocacy before the U.S. Congress and White House to protect and preserve free, local broadcasting.

Prior to joining NAB in 2011, Curtis served as senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy's (VT) Judiciary Committee staff. In that role, Curtis advised the chairman and committee on intellectual property, antitrust and first amendment issues impacting the telecommunications, high tech and entertainment industries. Previously, Curtis worked as a staff attorney for the Obama for America presidential campaign, and as an associate with the Howrey LLP law firm in Washington, D.C.

Curtis received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and his B.A. from Providence College in quantitative economics.

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NAB Leadership Foundation Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.