News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
August 3, 2015
Ann Marie Cumming

NAB Education Foundation Announces Graduates of 2015 Executive Development Seminar

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty-three professionals from the broadcast industry completed the NAB Education Foundations (NABEF) Executive Development Seminar (EDS,) held July 19-23 at NAB headquarters. Designed to increase managerial effectiveness and taught by business leaders and professors from top-ranked universities, EDS equips attendees to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving broadcast industry. The fellowships were made possible by support from The Nielsen Company and Radio One.

The 2015 EDS graduates include:

  • TJ Baggett, Direcor of Business Development, WGNZ-AM, First Natchez Radio Group, Natchez, MS
  • Kathy Byerly, SVP/General Sales Manager, WSOY-AM/FM, WDZQ-FM, WDZ-AM, WCZQ-FM, Neuhoff Media, Decatur, IL
  • Kerri Cavanaugh, VP of News, WXIN, WTTV, Tribune Broadcasting, Indianapolis, IN
  • Erin Dozier, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.
  • Susi Elkins, Station Manager, WKAR-AM/FM, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Corey Hanson, Executive News Director, KPTV, Meredith Corporation, Beaverton, OR
  • Andrew Harby, Local Sales Manager, WFMB-AM/FM, Neuhoff Media, Springfield, IL
  • Tariq Islam, Director, Advanced Technology, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin James, General Sales Manager, KVVU-TV, Meredith Corporation, Henderson, NV
  • Jama Killingsworth, General Manager, WDBD, Raycom/American Spirit, Jackson, MS
  • Shelly Leslie, Creative Director, WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Raleigh, NC
  • Brian Lorenzen, VP/General Manager, WTOL-TV, Raycom Media, Toledo, OH
  • Peggy Milner, Controller, HR Director, KMOV, Meredith Corporation, St. Louis, MS
  • Mike Neale, Director of Sales, WITI, Tribune Media, Milwaukee, WI
  • Tristan Richards, Director of Operations, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Bangor, ME
  • Lena Rodriguez, Sales Operations Manager, KONO-FM, KISS-FM, KSMG-FM, KTKX-FM, KKYX-FM, KCYY-FM, COX Media Group, San Antonio, TX
  • James Sally, Production Manager, KBZK-TV, Cordillera Communications, Bozeman, MT
  • Paul Scott, General Sales Manager, WSMV, Meredith Corporation, Nashville, TN
  • Carlin Tools, Local Sales Manager, KBFB-FM, KSOC-FM, Radio One, Dallas, TX
  • Misty Wages, General Sales Manager, KLTV, KTRE, Raycom Media, Tyler, TX
  • John Ware, General Sales Manager, KPLC-TV, Raycom Media, Lake Charles, LA
  • Stacey Williams, Sales Manager, WFTV, COX Media Group, Orlando, FL
  • Shaun Yun, President/CEO, WDPR-FM, WDPG-FM, Dayton Public Radio, Dayton, OH

  • The NABEF Executive Development Seminar addressed a lot of topics, anything from HR to finance, that I know will benefit me in my career, said 2015 participant Paul Scott. I have learned things that I will take back to my station not just in the long-term, but immediately, and have an impact on business.

    Over the course of the seminar, participants learned how to implement strategy for successful business development, including the areas of finance, negotiations, and decision making. Managerial effectiveness was explored, including leadership theory, formulating human capital strategy and how to motivate employees. Participants also had the opportunity to meet with high-level staff in the NAB divisions of Government Relations, Legal and Technology.

    Registration for the 2016 EDS will open in September and can be accessed here.

    About NABEF
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