Doug has over 30 years experience in sports marketing, corporate consulting, operations management, television production/distribution and multi-platform digital media. Throughout his career he has driven change and innovation for his own organization and its clients and customers, whether in the more traditional realm of sports sponsorship, or the cutting edge of digital technologies. Doug has spent over half of his career living and working internationally so his network of contacts is as far-ranging as his subject matter expertise.
Doug spent nine years successfully building his company, Sports Solutions International, into a leadership position as a sports technology consultant. His clients include the leading providers in peer-to-peer streaming video, mobile marketing, social media and gaming, event management/scoring/graphics software, 3D production, calendaring platforms and more. They hail from Israel, Spain, Australia, the UK and the US.
Prior to starting his own company, Doug spent 23 years working for IMG, the world’s leading sports management and marketing company, founded by the legendary Mark McCormack, acknowledged as the father of his industry. Most recently, Doug helped launched IMG’s entry into the interactive media business, TWIi, overseeing development and maintenance of 40 websites for clients including the US Tennis Association, Wimbledon, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (British Open), Manchester United, US Soccer Federation, Chinese Football Association, Tiger Woods, and the New England Patriots. He helped create a full service hosting operation to provide managed services to internal and external clients; developed strategy for the management of interactive rights in combination with traditional media rights for key clients; and managed the development of rich media asset management software, while overseeing a staff of 160 across production centers in Boston, London, Hong Kong and Sydney.
During a 16 year stay in IMG’s London office, Doug created and led the development of European Tour Productions (a joint venture between IMG and the PGA European Tour) from start-up to its establishment as the media and commercial arm of the Tour. Doug built a consensus with the amateur golf federations across Europe for the development of their media rights and built a model organization that is unique in world sport. It originates live television coverage from all of its own tournaments as well as highlights, magazine, closed circuit and radio content; distributes these to a network of 30+ broadcasters worldwide; manages sales and integration for the Tour’s official sponsors; manages europeantour.com and all the Tour’s digital assets; and functions as an in-house advertising agency to manage the media planning and buying for major golf and tourism brands in Europe. Doug and his successor replicated this model in joint ventures with the South African and Asian Tours.
Doug attended Phillips Academy – Andover, Yale University and Ohio University’s Graduate School of Sports Administration.
Hal Charnley is a serial entrepreneur and investor and has been an executive/CEO for the past 30 years. Hal spent most of his career in technology, but has been involved in a variety of businesses including commercial construction, sports promotion and others. He has raised in excess of $150M in angel, venture capital and private equity and has successfully exited 5 businesses. He has developed a keen sense of expertise in building and driving the growth phase of businesses and for leveraging M&A to accelerate growth.
He holds BS, MS and MBA degrees and is past Chairman of UMass Lowell College of Arts and Sciences. He is a founding member of the High Growth CEO Forum, and active member of the Boston CEO Club, a member of the Turnaround Management Association, a former adjunct Graduate School Professor, and a board member on several private company Boards. He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of business topics focused around entrepreneurship, change management and business transitions.
Michael Darviche heads Bridge22, a 5 person growth consulting firm in NYC, serving companies and investors in digital/data. He works for Brands, Agencies, Digital, and Platform companies, and for growth Private Equity, and their portfolio cos.
Mike is formerly a venture CEO, group GM, Chief Marketing & Chief Digital, leading Transformation, Product, Partnership, M&A at Acxiom, Marsh, Citi and Amex, specifically leading game-changing digital-data businesses for the CEO and Board.
Deep Domain Knowledge Areas:
Multichannel, Digital Media, Audiences, Consumer Engagement, Monitoring, Personalization,
Vast on-line, local & off-line Data, User IDs, Analytics, Targeting, Measurement, Privacy, Database Marketing,
Retail, Commerce, Mobile, Payments, SaaS Platforms, Adtech, Martech, Fintech
Strategies in Business models, Revenue models, Industry players.
Previous Career Roles:
Acxiom, Global CMO + chief strategy + M&A (NASDAQ) – Led the board and $1BB data company pivot to digital model
Marsh Inc., Global Chief Digital (NASDAQ) – Built a 400 person global digital and transactions platform for Insurance
Citigroup, CRO/CMO/BD – Led and launched Citi’s global commercial data business
American Express/CZI – GM of Small Business Card acquisition sbu; Led private label leads platform for Merchants;
Bigfoot Interactive, GM/founder – Built industry’s first email platform; Acquired by Epsilon
Board/advisory roles: IgnitionOne (DMP), Nexage(Millenial/AOL) (mobile ads), DataXu (DSP), BlueCava (SaaS, online/offline data), Covario (Search), Signal (Data Management), NetworkedInsights (Social DSP), Ansira/KRG PE (Retail Agency), as well as served on multiple children’s education Boards and was a startup contributor to CitiYear.
Mike began his career with Bain & Co, and graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Business School.
Michael Collette is a highly experienced startup CEO and media technology expert. Most recently he was the CEO of Cognitive Networks. Mr. Collette joined as employee #4 in 2012, raised two rounds of financing, scaled Cognitive to become the market leading pioneer of automatic content recognition for Smart TVs and built a business licensing high performance, granular TV viewing data. Cognitive was sold to VIZIO in 2015.
Mr. Collette served as General Manager with VIZIO for 1 year, growing data revenues 10x year over year. Mr. Collette has been working at the innovation seam of media and communications for many years. He has a proven ability to evangelize new media technology.
Beginning with early work on the digital transition for U.S. cable, Mr. Collette has played a pioneering role in broadband media, interactive television, multiroom DVR, hybrid TV and advanced advertising. He was previously the CEO of uCentric Systems and PhyFlex Networks, and prior to that, SVP of Marketing for OpenTV. As a strategy consultant, he has provided services to more than 50 companies such as Google TV, Cisco Systems, Samsung and Philips as well as long list of startups.
Ted Arnstein is the founder and managing director of Variant Associates, LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in Boston. He has been involved with tech and tech-enabled companies for the past 20 years, first as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, and subsequently as a senior corporate development executive with several leading companies. At each stop along the way, Ted has focused on linking M&A tightly with strategy and implementing best practices throughout the entire M&A lifecycle to ensure the highest likelihood of successful outcomes.
Prior to founding Variant Associates, Ted was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Cimpress (NASDAQ: CMPR), the parent company of Vistaprint and other leading online mass-customization brands. While at Cimpress, he was responsible for acquisitions that constituted 20% of the company’s revenue and led the strategy and execution of Cimpress’ entry into the promotional products market with the acquisition of National Pen.
Before joining Cimpress, Ted was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST), one of the largest providers of highly engineered sensor solutions to the global transportation, industrial and aerospace markets, and a Bain Capital portfolio company that had recently gone public. Previously, Ted held the same position while living in The Netherlands with NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI), a division of Philips that was acquired by KKR, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Apax in a $10 billion LBO. At NXP, Ted helped engineer a major restructuring of the business into a global leader in high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits with over $4 billion in worldwide sales, enabling a successful IPO.
Over the course of his career, which included nearly 10 years as an investment banker, Ted has completed over $7.5 billion in transactions, including more than 35 mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other structured transactions as well as several public and private strategic financings. Ted holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from The Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Scott Kelliher is a sales, strategy, and business development executive with a track record of building partnerships that drive revenue growth. Scott spent most of his career in revenue strategy, sales leadership, AdTech, O&O, and Digital publishers, but has been involved in a telecommunications.
He has raised in excess of $150M in angel, venture capital and private equity and has successfully exited 5 businesses. He has developed a keen sense of expertise in building and driving the growth phase of businesses and for leveraging M&A to accelerate growth.
He is a founding member of the High Growth CEO Forum, and active member of the Boston CEO Club, a member of the Turnaround Management Association, a former adjunct Graduate School Professor, and a board member on several private company Boards. Most recently he served as President in Sales and Marketing in Time Inc. Previously, he was VP Industry Lead in Tech & Telecommunications at Yahoo, and Chief Development Officer at AOL.
Scott Kelliher resides in New York, and he earned an B.A. degree from Bates College.
Frank is a business leader and corporate strategist with more than 15 years' experience in high-level leadership roles for companies throughout Europe, the United States and South Africa. Frank has wide-ranging experience of executing international expansion strategy for global organisations, achieving growth both organically and via acquisitions. Frank's deep understanding of the core areas that transform companies, including sales, general management, operations and corporate development, enables him to effect rapid improvements in revenue and profitability for major businesses.
James Green was the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors at Magnetic since October 2011. As Chief Executive Officer of Magnetic, James drove the company’s rapid growth and strategic vision. With over 20 years of executive leadership experience across public and private companies, James has successfully lead the expansion of multiple technology firms in the digital media space.
James worked with the The Walt Disney Company for eight years, eventually being named the General Manager of the Japanese market. From Disney, James moved to Pixar Animation Studios where he worked for Steve Jobs as the Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development. After leaving Pixar, James became a founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Sabela Media, an Internet ad serving company that was sold to 24/7 Real Media for $70 million following an explosive 18 months of revenue growth. James stayed on at 24/7 Real Media to serve as President of Technology Solutions.
At his next position, as Chief Executive Officer at GiantBear, James successfully launched new products with major carriers (Cingular, Rogers AT&T and others) before selling the business to InfoSpace. James then became Chief Executive Officer at PVI, a publicly traded virtual advertising company, which he took private in 2003 before it was sold to Cablevison in May of 2005. James then joined Giant Realm, a vertical ad network, as Chief Executive Officer in January 2007 and sold the company to Burst Media in October 2009.
James has spoken at several industry events including Ad:Tech, dmexco, IAB, DMA, Integrated Marketing Week, MediaPost and J.D. Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable.
From 2009 until joining Magnetic in 2011, James fulfilled his lifelong dream of traveling around the world on his sailboat with his wife and two children.
James earned his MBA in Finance from University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management and his Bachelor's degree in Music from McGill University.
As General Manager of The Weather Company, Domenic Venuto is responsible for leading the company’s consumer digital business which includes the global consumer product portfolio and marketing solutions under Watson Advertising. In this role Venuto is also introducing millions of consumers to IBM Watson’s AI capabilities while creating innovative, predictive solutions for marketers that harness Watson’s insights for greater ROI.
Venuto’s Consumer Product portfolio includes applications for mobile, web, desktop, wearable devices and more for both The Weather Channel® and Weather Underground consumer brands. He’s also responsible for global expansion; data distribution; and leading an award-winning digital editorial organization. The Weather Company’s consumer products offer immersive storytelling and personalized experiences for an average of 225 million monthly users.
Within Watson Advertising business, Venuto brings marketers media, data and SaaS based AI solutions that take advantage of Weather’s trove of location and weather data, as well as the groundbreaking AI ad solution, Watson Ads.
Prior to Weather, Venuto served as global president, data, technology & partnerships at VivaKi, of Publicis Groupe. There he led a global team, overseeing product, strategy, engineering and partnerships to develop proprietary programmatic products that interface with external data, ad tech and publisher platforms. Venuto led all aspects of product development, from strategy and technology to experience and data. He also oversaw global enterprise partnerships, including Amazon, AOL, Apple, comScore, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo!.
Before that, he was NY managing director of Razorfish’s NY Office. Domenic began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he developed long-term strategic business plans and led large-scale technology implementations for Australian and American clients.
A native Australian, Venuto received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne, a graduate degree in computing from Monash University, and an MBA from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
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Tom O’Brien is a proven strategic, innovative digital and television business leader who successfully operates at the nexus of digital, media and technology. He successfully drives growth in both large and small-scale companies by developing customer-focused strategies, products, cultures, and business models in news/editorial, programming, digital, technology and revenue.
A corporate officer of the Nexstar Media Group for nearly four years, Tom was recruited by the Chairman/CEO to become part of a four-person executive operating team that grew Nexstar from a $500MM to $2.5B+ revenue company. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, he was responsible for developing strategies and tactics to drive holistic revenue and audience growth across the company’s pure play digital and broadcast subsidiaries to accelerate Nexstar’s transformation into a next generation, multi-media company--which culminated with Nexstar’s $4.6B acquisition of Media General in 2017. Nexstar currently operates 171 TV stations, 110+ websites and close to 200 mobile apps in 100 markets, and four pure-play digital companies.
Initially joining Nexstar as Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Chief Revenue Officer in 2013, he was the operating business leader of Nexstar’s digital group. Tom significantly expanded Nexstar’s digital portfolio by growing Nexstar’s local digital capabilities; in addition, to creating pure-play digital subsidiaries. Under his leadership, digital revenues grew from $30MM to over $250MM, an 8-fold increase. His responsibilities included managing Nexstar’s local digital business including content, product, technology, and sales for what grew to 100+ websites and close to 200 mobile apps; executive leadership of Nexstar's digital publishing technology company, video/ad technology companies and digital agency businesses; development and execution of the Nexstar’s digital M&A and multi-screen strategy; and catalyzing multi-platform audience and revenue development across the company.
Before joining Nexstar, O’Brien worked for over 14 years in senior leadership roles at NBC Universal with operating responsibility for both television and digital businesses. In his most recent role at NBC, he was recruited to be CNBC’s first EVP/Chief Revenue Officer, where he was responsible for transforming the revenue strategy to fully monetize this global, multi-platform brand by expanding their digital capabilities and diversifying revenues.
Tom was the President and General Manager of NBC’s flagship station, WNBC, prior to transferring to CNBC. He led WNBC’s transformation into one of the nation’s first true multi-platform news organizations; maximizing the production and delivery of video content to TV and digital platforms including NYC taxis, PATH trains, and other out-of-home venues as a strategy to develop new audience and revenue opportunities for NBC in New York. Prior to be being promoted to run New York, Tom was the President and General Manager of NBC’s KXAS in Dallas/Ft. Worth and NBC’s WVIT in Connecticut.
Recognized for his work in the industry, Tom received the 2015 Technology Leadership Award from Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, and was named a 2014 Digital All-Star by B&C. He was honored in April 2010 by New York’s City Harvest with their prestigious “Heart of the City” award.
O’Brien graduated at the top of his class from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Management.