AAN Web Publishing Conference 2008

Speakers' Bios

Gary Angel is president and co-founder of Semphonic, one of the largest web analytic consultancies in the United States. He's responsible for leading Semphonic's development of web analytics for web marketing professionals. He helps companies like WebMD, Intuit, American Express and Charles Schwab maximize their web channel marketing through intelligent use of enterprise web analytics. A frequent speaker on web analytics at events like eMetrics, VisCon, Searchnomics and Engage, Gary has published articles on web and SEM analytics in ADOTAS, DM News, American Demographics, CRM Guru, CRM Buyer, IMediaConnection, Business Geographics and Business Insurance.
Nick Bilton
Nick Bilton has worked in a number of different industries within the contexts of design, technology and journalism. Currently he is employed at The New York Times, where his time is shared between the newspaper, where he serves as design integration editor, and The Times' R&D lab, where he is the user interface specialist. During his tenure at The Times, Nick has worked editorially with Sunday Styles, Circuits, Business Day, Sports and a variety of special sections, including Elections, Oscars and section redesigns. He was also one of the co-creating team members of the Times Reader, a newspaper-like application that is downloaded to a computer, laptop or tablet PC and has the look and feel of the print publication while maintaining the immediacy of nytimes.com online news.
Max Brantley has been editor of the Arkansas Times since 1992. He worked almost 19 years before that as a reporter, city editor and political columnist for the daily Arkansas Gazette.
Thomas Burke
Thomas Burke is a media lawyer and partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco. For 20 years, he has represented media clients in the trial and appellate courts in newsroom-related libel, invasion of privacy and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Burke's internet practice encompasses all aspects of internet content liabilities including Section 230, DMCA, online disabilities and privacy issues. Mr. Burke is a regular columnist on internet legal issues for the California Newspaper Publisher's Association. He and his firm filed influential amici briefs on behalf of the media in the closely-watched Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley v. Roommates.com appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (addressing the scope of Section 230 protection for online speech) and the Bank Julius Baer v. Wikileaks.org (leaked confidential documents) internet law matters.
Jen Chan has been with NOW Magazine since 2001 and took on the Interactive Manager position in 2004. She oversees day-to-day nowtoronto.com operations, including online advertising as well as developing other content initiatives. She actively represents NOW on the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada's Ad Ops council, setting country-wide policies and standards, and is a member of AdMonsters.
Carol Flagg is a managing partner in HITECH Answers and founder of Pivotal Solution Group. Before going out on her own in 2008, Carol was the advertising director for many years for The Austin Chronicle. She resides outside of Phoenix, Ariz.
Julia Goldberg
Julia Goldberg is the editor of the award-winning Santa Fe Reporter, heralded by a blogger in 2009 as one of the country's most "fabulous" papers, notably for its coverage of domestic violence and wild animals (as separate topics). Julia also serves as the editorial chair for AAN's board of directors.
Jason Joyce is the digital media director for Isthmus, an AAN member paper based in Madison, Wis.
Janine Kahn is the web editor and a blogger for OC Weekly. Before joining the paper in May, 2007, she was an education blogger for the Los Angeles Times, where she helped build and customize the School Me! blog. While attending the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, she was a section editor and reporter for Annenberg's Online Journalism Review.
Tim Keck is the publisher of The Stranger and the president of Index, which also owns the Portland Mercury. Keck and Weekly Alibi Publisher Emeritus Chris Johnson co-founded The Onion in 1988 while they were students at the University of Wisconsin; they sold it to colleagues the following year.
Bob Kilpatrick is director of digital development for Seven Days in Burlington, Vt.
Donna Ladd
Donna Ladd is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Jackson Free Press, Mississippi's only alternative newspaper. She has written for many magazines, websites and alternative newspapers, including The Village Voice. She is the Diversity Chair for AAN's board of directors.
Dave Morgan is executive vice president of global advertising strategy for AOL, where he focuses on advertising strategy and partnerships. Prior to joining AOL, Morgan served as CEO and chairman of TACODA, a company he founded in 2001 and AOL acquired in Sept. 2007. Morgan has been an online advertising pioneer. In 1995 he founded Real Media, Inc., one of the first online ad networks and a predecessor to 24/7 Real Media, serving as its chairman and CEO until 2001. Morgan also has served as general counsel and director of new media ventures for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, where he helped launch more than a dozen new media businesses in the early 1990s. Previously, he was an associate in the corporate department of the Philadelphia-based law firm of Duane Morris. Morgan is a frequent speaker, writer, and commentator on advertising issues and is active in public policy issues relating to advertising and privacy. He is involved in a number of industry trade groups and holds board positions with both the Internet Advertising Bureau and the digital marketing board of the Direct Marketing Association.
Cathy Resmer
Cathy Resmer is the associate publisher and web editor for Vermont's Seven Days.
Dave Schmall is publisher of Creative Loafing Media in Atlanta.  Since 1991, he has held a variety of titles in sales, marketing and business development, and has served as publisher with several media companies. He began honing his media chops as advertising director at City Pages (Minneapolis). Before moving to Atlanta to head up Creative Loafing, he consulted for Knight Ridder Online, worked as publisher at Sacramento News & Review, helped his friends launch The Rake magazine in Minneapolis, and helped launch and operate Quick, a free commuter daily published by the Dallas Morning News. Over the past several years, his expertise has been launching new publications and emerging media platforms to reach 18-34 year-old adults. Dave is also the president and founder of a Schmall World, a loosely defined and dysfunctional movement of drunkards and madmen seeking world domination.
Jason Schwartz is the founder of Robber Baron Music, a digital music label, where he ensures artists are provided with a forward thinking approach to online marketing and distribution. Jason is primarily interested in marketing through online social communities, alternative monetization strategies for the music industry, and developing industry shifting web applications. Formerly a consultant in the digital media and entertainment industry, Jason provided innovative approaches to the Internet's power to market, generate momentum for artists, and monetize content. Jason provided new solutions at Island Def Jam Records in media diversification and piracy. Additionally he assisted the launch of Viacom's BET Interactive mobile platform. Jason graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Eva Sollberger
Eva Sollberger produces editorial and advertising video for the Seven Days website.  Her weekly Stuck in Vermont vlog profiles local artists and oddballs. Prior to joining Seven Days, she worked in the film industry for more than 10 years, producing visual effects on big-budget pictures, staffing the San Francisco International and Sundance film festivals, and projecting 35mm films at art houses.
Todd Stauffer
Todd Stauffer is the publisher of the Jackson Free Press, as well as the author or co-author of over 35 books on computing, technology and the internet, including his latest, "How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog" (McGraw-Hill/Osborne). He's been a television host and writer, radio host, magazine editor and trainer, mostly about techie crap, but sometimes about cars and travel.
Lisa Stone
Lisa Stone is a journalist, blogger and originator of BlogHer --where she leads product development and works across the organization as CEO to advocate for bloggers and partners that fulfill their vision. Before BlogHer.com and BlogHerAds.com, Lisa helped launch three sponsored blogging networks: American Lawyer Media| Law.com's legal blog network (2004), Knight Ridder Digital's Thatsracin.com (2005), and Glam Media (2005). Previously, while executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com (acquired by iVillage in 2001), Lisa launched an 18-channel network and helped grow it to a Top 30 site, overseeing all original content programming and newsletters, including a team of 25 and an annual budget of $3 MM. She launched successful online networks and interactive programming for many national brands, including Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO's Sex and the City and Bloomberg. Her team's best-known work included Bachelors of Silicon Valley, The Women.com | Bloomberg Index, R U A 10? and Majority 2000, an election initiative with Good Housekeeping, Gallup and CBS Good Morning America. Lisa has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Oakland Tribune, Publisher's Weekly and Frommer's, among other publications. She is the first internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. Lisa's personal blog, Surfette, began as an extension of her 2004 convention blog for the Los Angeles Times. Lisa also blogs on BlogHer, often on politics and media.
Andrew Sullivan is the president of eLine Communications, an internet solutions provider that blends e-commerce, community and rich content systems to create interactive transaction environments that improve operational efficiencies and the user experience. Examples include AT&T's HomeTown network, CBS's MarketWatch.com, IDG Books Worldwide (Dummies Series, Websters, Frommers Travel), the University of San Francisco, and Louis Vuitton's eLuxory.com.
Thomas Vander Wal
Thomas Vander Wal  is a popular speaker and consultant on tagging/folksonomy, social web, and web applications around well structured information. Often recognized as the person who coined the term 'folksonomy', he is principal and senior consultant at InfoCloud Solutions, a social web consulting firm. Thomas has been working professionally on the web since 1995 (with a professional IT background beginning in 1988) and has breadth and depth across many roles and disciplines around web design, social web development & research and general web development. He is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee and helped found the Information Architecture Institute and Boxes & Arrows web magazine. In the blogosphere, you can find him at 'Off the Top' (vanderwal.net).
Molly Zanone is director of new media for Contemporary Media, Inc., publishers of Memphis magazine, The Memphis Flyer, and Memphis Parent, supervising all web products for the company. Molly has been with CMI for over 15 years, and has held several positions including (among others) delivery driver, receptionist, circulation manager for Memphis magazine, classifieds manager for the Flyer, and most recently marketing/promotions director for CMI.
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