Annie F. Downs is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and successful podcast host based in Nashville, TN. Engaging and honest, she makes readers and listeners alike feel as if they’ve been long-time friends. Co-founder of the That Sounds Fun Network—which includes her aptly named flagship podcast, That Sounds Fun—and author of multiple bestselling books including Chase the Fun, That Sounds Fun, 100 Days to Brave and Remember God, Annie is the friend who will shoot straight with you, remind you that God is good, and still manage to make you laugh in the process. For more about Annie’s work, visit anniefdowns.com.
Even though Lauree is originally from Boring, Oregon, she has lived and traveled to over 50 countries and is always excited to discover a new city, a new culture and a new expression of God’s amazing creation! She flew all the way to Iceland for just 12 hours.
Her first radio job (‘job’ might be generous, it wasn’t paid) was when she was 19 years old at a YWAM school in Northern Ireland.
Lauree loves adventures and has had some crazy ones in her life: tour manager for Tony Hawk and So You Think You Can Dance, missionary to the Czech Republic, skydiving-bungee jumping adrenaline junkie, leadership development consultant, being at gunpoint 12 times…online dating.
Seventeen years after those four shows in Northern Ireland a friend told Lauree, “I think you could do radio.” A PD in Dallas took a chance to teach her how to do radio. Lauree is celebrating 5 years as a radio personality and loves doing middays at K-LOVE.
Keeping the Gates of a Holy City
Be encouraged and challenged as we refocus our collective missions to include the idea of “gatekeeping” according to God’s intended design for it. We’ll explore what stewardship of platforms can spiritually and practically look like, and we’ll dive into how we can best honor God and one another as we serve in the Christian media industry.
EJ Gaines is Senior Vice President of Marketing at Capitol CMG and Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel, divisions of Capitol Records/Universal Music Group. An entertainment lawyer and former artist manager with 20 years of experience in the music business, EJ Gaines has guided the careers of GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artists, producers and songwriters, as well as producers and talent in film, TV and other forms of media and content.
EJ Gaines serves as a National Trustee for the Recording Academy, and sits on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Music Health Alliance, the Gospel Music Trust Fund, and the Gospel Music Association. In 2021, EJ was named a Change Agent by Billboard and, most recently, was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Board of Hope for Justice, a global nonprofit organization which aims to end human trafficking and modern slavery.
EJ Gaines currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife, recording artist and public speaker Janice Gaines, and their two sons.
Untapped Local Podcast Opportunity
More and more people expect audio to be available on demand. We’ll give you ideas and actionable strategies to build a successful local podcast initiative for your radio station.
A recognized leader in audio programming, marketing, and management, Steve has developed scores of successful radio brands around the country, nurtured and advanced local and national talent, and pioneered many podcasting and voice-first initiatives.
Amplifi Media is the go-to advisor for major broadcast networks, media companies, brands and podcasters, guiding audio strategy, development, and marketing for podcasts. Amplifi provides audio strategy, development and marketing services to clients including NBC/Universal TV, ABC News, Dave Ramsey, EY, Skyview Networks, CurtCo Media, Beasley Media, and more. He is also a guest lecturer and creator of the Business of Podcasting Course for NYU’s Steinhardt School.
Prior to founding Amplifi, Steve developed content for major broadcast companies including NBC and ABC. He was a founding partner of Saga Communications (NASDAQ: SGA), serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company’s formation in 1986 until 2015 when he started Amplifi Media.
In today’s Christian culture, we have more of everything, which often gets in the way of having more of Jesus. Let’s explore what more of Jesus looks like.
Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, just outside of Charlotte, NC. He is also the author of several books, including “How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and What the First Century Christian Knew about Racial Reconciliation.” You can follow him at @derwinlgray on Instagram, twitter, and Facebook. As well as derwinlgray.com.
Rooting for Rivals
Faith-based organizations are sometimes known for what we’re against–and, all too often, that includes being against each other. But followers of Jesus have a unique opportunity to link arms across our organizational boundaries and pursue a calling higher than our own agendas. Rooting for Rivals reveals how your organization can multiply its impact by cooperating rather than competing. This session celebrates case studies illustrating the power of collaborative partnership in pursuing the power of openhanded leadership.
Peter Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered economic development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally in Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda and received an MPP in political and economic development from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Peter’s favorite part of his job is spending time with the entrepreneurs HOPE serves—whether harvesting coffee with farmers in Rwanda, dancing alongside savings groups in Haiti, or visiting the greenhouses of entrepreneurs in Ukraine. As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has co-authored 14 books, including Mission Drift, Rooting for Rivals, The Gift of Disillusionment, and The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. More important than his role at HOPE is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Liliana, Myles, and London. While his sports loyalties remain in New England, Peter and his family live in Lancaster, PA.
Living a Life of More
Many of us feel called to live a life of more – more impact, more meaning, more purpose. But if we’re not careful, we can get stuck in The Drift and find ourselves living a life of mediocrity – or worse regrets. Daniel will share a time-tested model from the best-selling book, Living Forward, so you can use your life as a platform to make an even greater impact in those around you.
Daniel Harkavy has been coaching business leaders to peak levels of performance, efficacy, and fulfillment for more than 25 years.
In 1996, he harnessed his passion for coaching leaders and teams to found Building Champions, where he serves as CEO and Executive Coach. Daniel and his team of coaches have worked with thousands of clients and organizations to improve the way they lead and live.
Daniel is a sought-after author and speaker, most recently authoring The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders which was released in October 2020. His book Living Forward, a national bestseller, was published in March 2016. Daniel also authored Becoming A Coaching Leader: The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions in 2007.
As an executive coach and trusted confidant, Daniel works with high profile leaders to improve their leadership, decision-making, influence, and overall effectiveness. Daniel’s emphatic belief is that self-leadership precedes team leadership, and his goal is to help his clients optimize how they lead themselves first, then focusing on how to best work with their executive teams and all key constituents in their organizations. He engages with clients in many forms including one-on-one executive coaching sessions, executive retreats, speaking engagements and custom experiences.
Some of the clients he has worked with include: Daimler, Nike, Chick-fil-A, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Infineum (an ExxonMobil and Shell company), Bank of America, Wells Fargo, MetLife, PrimeLending, US Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and many others.
Daniel lives just outside Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife and family enjoy a little space for gardening and play. Daniel actively serves his community as a member of nonprofit boards and a mentor to those seeking his guidance. His other passions include surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.
The Theology of Calling
Scripture makes it clear that Jesus didn’t simply save us from something, He saved us for something! In other words, Christ followers are divinely designed to be both consumers of grace and carriers of grace. What would it look like to lean into our purpose with more passion while simultaneously leaning more fully into our Creator with gratitude and humility? How can we challenge our mindset by moving away from the feelings of inadequacy in our jobs and regaining our confidence in Christ?
Lisa Harper is described as both a hilarious storyteller and theological scholar. She’s written numerous books and Bible studies, teaches at churches and conferences around the world, and is in the thesis stage of an earned doctorate at Denver Seminary. But her favorite role by far is being Missy’s mom.
Creativity, Bravery, and Impact
Most of our cultural reference points for bravery involve heroic actions like storming a beach, risking everything on an unlikely business deal, or casting caution to the wind on a massive career change. When organizations are willing to confront uncertainty with clear and decisive action, greatness emerges. Discover the two key factors that must be present for habitual bravery to occur and how leaders and creative pros can cultivate “the brave habit” in their daily lives to grow both their platform and impact.
Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution,” Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code, Daily Creative) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.
With more than fifteen million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy. Todd’s book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013.
His latest book, Daily Creative, offers daily sparks of inspiration and practical advice for creative pros.
Neal “Neallytime” Hopson is a man driven by family and faith. He is a husband of 13 years to his beautiful wife, Kim and father to their 4 year old daughter, Gabriella. He’s a lover of Jesus and Chipotle. Throughout his exciting career, Neal has held titles as a nationally ranked professional tennis player, and an award-winning sales professional with Mercedes Benz.
Today, Neal reaches multitudes across the nation as the afternoon show host on BOOST RADIO, middays on NGEN Radio, and evenings on Pulse 101.7. Whether on-air, on the turntables as a live DJ, or through his sought after talents as dance choreographer or emcee, he has a passion for impacting people.
Neal’s company ‘One Goal Global’ serves a who’s who roster of clients through creating excellent experiences on world stages. He adds value in a way he’s only uniquely designed with the “Neallytime Touch”. For many years, Neal has had the opportunity to impact the next generation in stadiums and in small groups. His One Goal remains the same; to lead people to God and help them discover His purpose for their life.
The Core Strengths of Creative Champions
Everyone is creative but not everyone believes they are. Learn how to build your confidence using the three Core Strengths of Creative Champions: curiosity, connections, and courage. Unlock the creativity you and your team have that is waiting to be used.
Wade Kingsley is a Creativity Coach and Consultant from Australia. He is currently the Australian Ambassador for World Creativity & Innovation Week.
Over the past 25 years he has worked in the radio, media and marketing industries with leadership responsibilities at Nova Entertainment, dentsu, and SCA.
In 2017 he founded ‘The Ideas Business’ which helps brands use creative thinking to solve problems. In 2021, The Ideas Business was named one of Australia’s Top 100 fastest growing start-ups.
He created the ‘Creative Champions’ Course, taking his experience in one-on-one coaching to help people learn how to be better creative problem solvers. Wade believes everyone is creative and focuses on giving people the confidence to unlock and share their creative ideas with the world.
Wade lives outside Melbourne, Australia with his wife Suze, two children Joshua and Emma; Cavapoo and low-allergy cat.
Resisting Burnout = Embracing More Platform
Burnout is an epidemic in the workplace. According to some surveys, as many as 90% of people experience symptoms of burnout every year. Clearly, something’s got to give as we try to influence more people in more places for Christ. Learn strategies for not only overcoming but staying out of burnout for good.
Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter.
Carey speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. His podcast, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, has 18 million downloads and features interviews with many of today’s top leaders.
In addition, Carey writes one of today’s most influential leadership blogs at CareyNieuwhof.com. His online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He holds degrees in law, theology, and history.
Carey’s mission is to help people thrive in life and leadership. He has extensive experience helping organizations lead through change, develop high-capacity teams, deepen their personal growth along with their health.
His best-selling book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, is designed to help every leader escape stress and begin living at a sustainable pace and has been profiled by Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider.
His other books include Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, Leading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, co-authored with Reggie Joiner.
Carey and his wife Toni live north of Toronto, Ontario and have two grown sons. In his spare time, you’ll catch him barbecuing on his Big Green Egg, cycling, or boating.
Authenticity & Vulnerability: Deciding What, When & How to Share
Authenticity is the buzzword of the day. Personalities are encouraged to be more honest and authentic, yet many don’t know where to start…and some don’t know when to stop. Hear real-life examples, tips and templates for finding that sweet spot of being real without being, well, too real.
For 16 years, Angela has focused her career on the development of personalities and personality brands. Seeing a gap between the feedback needs of talent and the time and bandwidth of managers, Angela uses her unique combination of radio and life coaching expertise, creativity and candor to meet performers where they are and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Prior to launching her company in 2013, Angela spent over 20 years in programming at groundbreaking female-targeted stations, K101/San Francisco and Star 98.7/Los Angeles, winning multiple industry awards.
We all think we know where we’re heading in life, but the reality is most people (and organizations) have little idea where their journey will take them. And Tim Sinclair knows better than most. Once a budding architect, Tim is now the voice of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears, and he’ll use stories from his unlikely journey to help you grow your platform through wiser decisions and more effective goals, even though you might not know where they’ll lead.
After nearly two decades as an award-winning radio personality, Tim has made a name for himself in a different arena. Literally.
As the public address announcer for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, and Illinois Fighting Illini, Tim’s voice is synonymous with big-time sporting events…including multiple NBA All-Star Games, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten Championship Football Game and NBA2K.
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Dan is the Chief Creative Officer at Dunham+Company, pushing the boundaries of branding, marketing and media while staying rigorously informed by data and analytics. Creativity is both an art and a science – Dan and the teams that he leads model that balance.
Practical Tips For Podcasters
In today’s climate, it is important for your radio station to create compelling podcasts. Not only does this impact your station, it’s a great opportunity for non-traditional revenue. You will walk away with practical tools on how to launch or upgrade your podcast offerings. Plus, hear ten tips for keeping a new listener in the first 60 seconds of your podcast.
Matty Staudt is a podcasting pioneer, Webby Winner, and Ambie nominated Producer and entrepreneur. Starting at the age of 16 in West Virginia Matty became a morning radio mainstay in places like DC, NYC, and San Francisco. In 2008 he joined the start-up team at Stitcher as their first Director of Content. Over his podcasting career, Matty has launched over 400 shows, built podcasts for companies like Ford, Pfizer, and Estee Lauder, consulted for many independent networks, and was on the founding team of The iHeartRadio Podcast Network, where he served as radio’s VP of Podcast Programming. Matty has worked with and He’s an educator at two Universities and the Founder of Jam Street Media, a production and consulting house based in Los Angeles with hit shows Appalachia Mysteria and Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco.
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Matthew West is a five-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and a 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient. In 2022, Matthew was given the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award from the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI). He is only one of two Christian artists to ever win, and is the first to win it in over 20 years.
He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. A recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film “The Heart of Christmas.” He has been awarded a RIAA Gold certification for his single “Hello, My Name Is” and RIAA Platinum certification for the song “The Motions.”
In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards five times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Danny Gokey and others, along with back-to-back No. 1 songs by Casting Crowns including their recent single, “Nobody,” which West is featured.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written six books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, Hello, My Name Is, and his latest, The God Who Stays. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story. Along with his father, Pastor Joe West, they founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. In what little spare time he has left, he is also creator and host of the Matthew West Podcast which is a part of Annie F. Downs’ That Sounds Fun network.
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Supporting Artists Beyond The Songs
Sandi Brown – President, JOY FM/Boost (KLJY & KXBS)
Dave Cruse – Program Director and Morning Host for The JOY FM Network
Corey Mann – Mornings / PD / Podcast Host, Family Broadcasting Corporation / Pulse FM (WHPZ)
Kenny Rodgers – VP, Capitol Christian Music Group
In an era where music fans can hear the songs everywhere, radio has the unique opportunity to expose the HEART of the artists. Through partnering with artists and labels to create unique events and promotions, there is opportunity to make listeners superfans of artists as well as your station!
2023 Why Listen Survey
Chuck Finney – President, Finney Media
In this just-released nationwide survey of Christian radio listeners, veteran consultant Chuck Finney shows why and how CCM listeners listen, why they give and why they leave—and what’s changed since the last survey. Come ready to engage with key insights and strategies you can use next week at your station.
Brand Intersection Tool Kit: Tools to Tell Your Station’s Story Alongside the Artist Brand
Leigh Holt – CEO / Manager, Maddjett
Ever wonder how to weave what matters to your audience while promoting the songs your station is playing? Let’s discuss how to integrate your station’s brand while partnering with the artist’s story to build a stronger narrative that your audience will want to engage with. Learn tools that you can use to simplify multiple messages and create content that is on point with your vision.
Unlocking the Power of Digital: Creating New Revenue Streams for Your Radio Station
Trey Morris – Vice President / Senior Consultant, The Center for Sales Strategy
Learn about the importance of offering digital marketing solutions to partners in order to increase revenue for your station. Trey will explain how to leverage a station’s content and talent to create new revenue streams and capitalize on the fast-growing digital marketing category. Leave with a deeper understanding of the benefits of offering digital solutions and practical strategies for implementing them.
Can We Reach More People Through Spanish Radio?
Brenda Aguila – Director of Spanish Ministries/Fuzión On-Air-Host, Encouragement Media Group-Fuzión
Marcos Barraza – Director of Broadcast Operations, Inspiracom/Manantial FM
Sadiel Castro – Program Director Spanish Brand Viva Unida, Hope Media Group
Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the US. Many of them are first generation migrants. Learn what tools are available to your ministry as well as how to develop a community outreach program. Walk away with proven strategies to reach more people through Spanish Christian radio.
The Surprising Shift in Generational Giving
Rick Dunham – Founder/Chairman, Dunham+Company
Let’s unpack Dunham+Company’s latest research on Generational Giving (published as a Special Report by the Giving USA Foundation). Walk away with a better understanding of how each generation is shifting in its giving behaviors, as well some surprising findings about the younger generations.
What Your Listener’s Heart Longs to Hear Using the Enneagram
Denise Harper – Program Director, The Bridge (WKNZ)
Ben Sorrells – Director of Community Engagement, The Bridge (WKNZ)
What if you could engage with your target listener in such a personal way that you could speak directly to what her heart longs to hear? Using the knowledge of the Enneagram, learn how to craft daily on-air breaks that transition into songs that speak to how she sees the world and the ones she loves.
Creative Champions Workout
Wade Kingsley – Founder, Creative Champions
This is going to be like a workout…a mental one! In this highly intense training session, you will practice the ‘Core Strengths of Creative Champions’ discussed on the main stage such as how to be more inquisitive, care about more things and use them as inputs to fuel the creative process.
Navigating your Social Strategy in Radio: Making Sure Your Content Generates Exceptional ROI
Heather Heuman – CEO/Digital Missionary, Sweet Tea Social Marketing
Feeling frustrated that the social media trends are constantly shifting and yet you are seeking to grow your radio station’s visibility and achieve your business goals? Let’s explore exactly what to focus on in your digital strategy using her signature S.O.C.I.A.L. Framework and give tactical things you can do each week to continue to have a thriving and engaged audience.
Hey, Is that Legal?
Scott Hunter – Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel to Salem Media Group
Jerry Woods – Morning Show Host/Director of Marketing, WGTS 91.9
So you’ve dreamed up the perfect contest, remote, or stunt. It’s going to get the listeners excited, and it’ll be great for ratings, too. Then the boss rolls through and asks, “Are we covered legally?” You could fake it and hope you’re okay, but that’s probably not the wisest course. Let’s walk through what works and what doesn’t, as we break things down with a broadcast lawyer. It’ll be the most fun allowed by law.
Unifying in a Diverse Culture
Melissa Montana – CEO/President, STAR 88.3 (WLAB)
Josh Raines – Director of Outreach & Director of Strategic Partnerships, STAR 88.3 (WLAB)
In a world that is becoming more diverse, we have to be able to speak to everyone in the building and to our audience. It’s important to be inclusive in our outreach as well. Not just one conversation and not just one event, but to make it a part of the world we live in as Christian broadcasters. Let’s talk about practical ways to be unified in a diverse world and how to have open discussions.
How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Industry
Danielle Rice – Chief Technology Officer, Dunham+Company
Technology is changing so fast. It can seem daunting, especially when it comes to AI. Hear about how AI is now available to everyone and how the ethical use of AI can help you achieve your mission in radio. Whether you’re using it to make informed decisions about content, improve processes and systems, or better engage your listeners, AI has many applications that you need to know about and have a plan for.
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Scott Herrold is Chief of Programming for Hope Media Group (WayFM, KSBJ & Vida Unida). He was also the Program Director & Morning Show Host for SOS Radio Network for 15 years. Scott was named one of “Radio’s 10 Best Program Directors” by Radio Ink. Edison Media also listed Scott as one of “Radio’s 30 Under 30 Shining Stars,” two different times before his hair was gray. In addition, his morning show consistently rated in the top 5 in Las Vegas, according to Nielsen. Through the years he’s worked in CHR, Hot AC & Christian radio with stations like 96.3 WDVD/Detroit, 93.1 DRQ/Detroit, Sos Radio/Las Vegas, 106.9 K-Hits/Tulsa, 102.5 WIOG/Saginaw, 100.3 The Kross/Tulsa & SOS Radio/Las Vegas. Scott is a Cum Laude graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s business school, and he was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2021.
Under Scott’s leadership, SOS Radio was awarded the CMB “Station of the Year Award,” in both 2020 & 2016. In addition, SOS Radio was honored with community service awards from both Christian Music Broadcasters and the Gospel Music Association, for the inventive service projects the SOS team has created with Hope for Prisoners, Project 150, TSA, Clark County Schools, The City of Las Vegas Faith Initiative & Henderson Hospital.
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Originally from Tulsa, Michelle has worked with radio and records in some capacity since 1988. She was invited to join the CMB team in 2011 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Michelle and her husband Dave have 3 children and live in Little Rock.
How effective is your leadership? What is your relationship to risk? Are you ready to manage the changes required of your ministry in the coming years? As John C. Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” This workshop will focus on your strengths as a leader as well as identify your blind spots. You’ll walk through several exercises to sharpen your self-awareness to be the leader God has designed you to be and understand how your leadership characteristics relate to the other members of your team. You’ll discover your own emotional EQ. You’ll also have an opportunity to discover your personal “leadership compass,” including a summary of your leadership style.
Billy Dunn – Senior Consultant, The Center Consulting Group
Paul Goldsmith – Chief Business Officer, Vidare Creative
Dave Kirby – Chief Creative Officer, Vidare Creative
Bill Scott – Chief Client Officer, Vidare Creative
The AI and ChatGPT revolution has begun. There’s no way around it. How can we understand it in order to optimize this technology to reach more people? Learn the profound effects and implications for Christian music radio. Additionally, perceptual and music research can significantly impact your station when applied strategically. Hear from stations who are top 10 in their market and learn how they’re using research to make them successful in attracting more listeners and impacting their communities.
Joe Buchanan – Station Manager, WCIC
Bill Bumpas – VP of Programming, Encouragement Media Group (KVNE)
Dennis Clark – EVP Talent Development, iHeartRadio
Paul Jacobs – VP/GM, Jacobs Media & President, jacapps
Jeremy Morris – Operations/Content/Tech Director, KSGN
Matt Stockman – Brand Director, Pillar Media
Brennan Wimbish – Program Director, WGTS 91.9
It’s vital for your listeners to feel connected to you when they tune into your radio station. Explore the anatomy of a great show. The demo has morphed over the past few years not only because of Covid, but also because of the shift in culture. What does the demo look like today and how can we make sure we are meeting her needs? Plus, learn more about content filtering and how to build the muscle of quickly and effectively picking excellent content for your show.
Beth Bacall – On-Air Talent, The Fish (WFSH) & Media Coach
Candice Grey – Middays, The JOY FM
Jenn Pooler – Program Director and Middays, Life 101.9 / Evenings, Life 88.5 / Evenings at Life 97.3
Frank Reed – Host, ‘Keep the Faith’ / Former Morning Co-host, KLTY
Lisa Williams – Network Talent Coach, Northwestern Media
Andy Youso – Afternoons, KTIS / Syndicated Radio Personality, SmartRadio Suite / Podcast Host
As a radio station, it is imperative that you engage your community. You may ask yourself…How do I make the most out of an artist visit or promotion? How do I create a memorable experience for our listeners through our events and remotes? How do I use texting with our promotions? These questions and more will be discussed. You’ll leave this Workshop feeling empowered to influence and reach more people for Jesus.
Jennifer Bailey – VP Marketing & Promotions, Encouragement Media Group (KVNE)
Erin Branham – Creative Services Director, BRIGHT-FM (WRBS)
Jeri Cooper & Brian Thiele – Curb | Word Entertainment
Colton Dixon – Fair Trade Recording Artist
Lizz Ryals – Program Director & Morning Show Co-host, HIS Radio
Jordan Smith – Marketing Director, Educational Media Foundation
Michael Tedesco – Vice President Business Relations, Hope Media Group
Wally – Morning Show Host, WayFM
Jerry Woods – Director of Marketing & Morning Show Host, WGTS
Whether your station is non-commercial, commercial or a hybrid, revenue is crucial to maintain your station. All stations do some sort of fundraising. Let’s explore the many platforms that can be used to generate income streams resulting in a strong ROI. Plus, take a deep dive into the digital revenue opportunities available to radio.
Kelly Brandon – Managing Director of Donor Ministries, The Light FM
Jon Hamilton – President, Christian FM Media Group
Paul Martin – Chief of Development, Hope Media Group
Dave Patterson – Chief Commercial Officer, Smart 1 Marketing
Dusty Rhodes – Chief Development Officer, WGTS 91.9
Social and digital can be explained in two words…MORE PLATFORM. With the growth of technology and the advancement of social media, you have a bigger opportunity for more influence, more reach, and more connection with your listeners. Podcasting, texting, digital vs. programming…just a few of the topics we will tackle. Bring your social and digital questions so you can walk away with resources to help you grow your station in the digital space.
Carl Bliss – Director of Marketing, Northwestern Media
Zach Boehm – VP of Digital Content, Hope Media Group
Mike Cantrell – Managing Partner, Ministry by Text
Annie F. Downs – Author & Podcast Host
Cari Kates – Director of Digital Content, Pillar Media
Emily Thevarajoo – Digital Content Director, KCBI
He Gets Us, A Platform That’s Moving America
Learn about the strategy and insights that shape He Gets Us, the impact the campaign is having on Americans, and lessons you can apply at your own stations.
Jason Vanderground is President of BrandHaven. In this role, he provides overall strategic, client, and staff leadership for the firm. Over the past 18 months, that has included management of the He Gets Us campaign, a nationwide effort to raise the respect and relevancy of Jesus in our culture. Previously, Jason held significant marketing leadership positions at Spectrum Health System, Steelcase Office Furniture, and Irwin Seating. He began his career at Hanon McKendry over 25 years ago, where he worked with Bill McKendry, Chief Creative Officer at BrandHaven.
The Urgency Of Branding
Content may be king, but building your brand is essential to unlocking its full potential. Gain insights into why focusing on brand building is more urgent than ever for your show, network, or platform to be noticed by today’s distracted consumers. Hear specific examples of brand-building tactics you can add to your strategic plan, and why obsessing over ratings and other metrics can be detrimental to success.
Meghan has over 20 years of experience in media and music research and currently serves as Vice President/Consultant & Director of Qualitative Services at Coleman Insights. Coleman Insights provides quantitative and qualitative research- including perceptual research, music testing, content testing, focus groups, and online discussion groups – to media brands including the radio, podcasting, television, and streaming industries. Meghan lives in Raleigh, NC where she loves spending time with her family and is an avid fitness enthusiast.
Are Your DJ Breaks Long Enough?
Music is no longer the #1 thing listeners come to radio for; it’s our personalities. Is it time to rethink the tried and true best practices for air talents? From taking the first-exit to one-thought per break, we’ll get into rules that still make sense in 2023 and explore what’s best left in the past.
Mike Couchman is Operations Manager for JOY FM/St. Louis and the BOOST Radio network. He’s also grateful to have served at SOS Radio/Las Vegas, the WAY-FM Network, and has been on-air from Market #3 to markets with no numbers at all. Before Christian radio, Mike cut his teeth in mainstream CHR, Country, and Urban formats. It all started with a $9 RadioShack wireless FM microphone as a kid in Lansing, MI.
The Most Important Findings From The 2023 CMB Techsurvey
The annual CMB Techsurvey is a comprehensive look at the way listeners are engaging with media, technology, and more. Hear just-released findings and provide context and recommendations to help programmers and digital leaders grow all aspects of their stations.
Paul Jacobs is the Vice President/General Manager of Jacobs Media, which for thirty-eight years has provided programming, digital, sales, and social media consulting to commercial and public radio stations, including stations owned by Beasley, Hubbard, NPR, PRI, and many Public Radio stations. The company is credited with the creation of the Classic Rock radio format for commercial radio, and its breakthrough research studies, including its Techsurvey studies for commercial, Christian, and Public Radio.
Jacobs has become a leading spokesperson for the radio industry regarding the changing in-car audio experience and the necessity for the digital transformation of the radio industry. Along with presentations for broadcasters on these important trends, Jacobs helped create the DASH Conference – a gathering of broadcasters and leaders from the automotive industry designed to foster understanding and cooperation – and has consulted the National Association of Broadcasters Connected Car Committee.
In a career in broadcasting and consulting that spans four decades, Jacobs began his career on the sales side of the business and WNIC and WRIF in Detroit, ultimately serving as a General Manager at radio stations in Dallas and Detroit. In 1991, Jacobs joined his brothers Fred and Bill at Jacobs Media.
In 2008, Jacobs also became the President of a startup mobile application development company – jacapps. The company was formed to create mobile apps for radio stations, and has since broadened out into multiple categories, including construction, legal, and others. It is one of the largest mobile application developers, with over 1,300 apps developed worldwide.
Paul is a frequent speaker at various conventions around the world, including the NAB/RAB Radio Show, CMB’s Momentum, Canadian Music Week, and at public radio conferences including PRPD, the Super Regional, and PMDMC.
Paul just concluded six years on the Board of Greater Public, spending the last three years as Board Chair. Greater Public is a service organization dedicated to growing revenue for public radio and television stations across the United States via underwriting, development, and other fundraising endeavors. He is also the past Board Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.
He was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016, received the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award from The Conclave in 2019, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award from Michigan State University’s ComArtSci Department in 2021.
Paul is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising.
Don’t Let An Algorithm Get Between You & Your Listeners
Are you tired of keeping up with ever-changing social media algorithms to reach your listeners? When your radio station posts about an upcoming promotion, ministry opportunity, special event, podcast launch, or pledge drive, you can expect to reach around 5% of your total audience. (Insert sad trombone wah-wah-wah sound effect). Learn about the most effective ways to leverage your current social media channels to grow your email and SMS list so you can reach your audience anytime, about anything, without having to force your morning show to do the latest TikTok dance trend.
Matt has done digital marketing strategy and digital content creation for Christian radio stations and record labels since Myspace was created. He’s worked for industry leaders like K-LOVE, Air1, KCMS, Tooth & Nail, and Provident Label Group. Naturally curious, he is always discovering and testing the latest digital trends, while being thoughtful and strategic about which trends to implement for his clients. This bio may, or may not have been written with the creative assistance of AI.
A Station’s Success Is Centered In Its Story
Any compelling brand is defined by its fans by the story it tells. Stories are powerful mechanisms to differentiate brands from competitors and develop believers. Rooted in history, truth, and its values, your story is what humanizes you, makes you relatable, and turns listeners into evangelists. As a PD, you are the catalyst for spreading the power of your station’s story and how that strategic decision is at the center of being a unique radio brand listeners will always remember.
Steve Reynolds hosted morning shows then realized the industry would need strong coaches to help keep talent relevant and additive to the build out of the radio station.
Steve coaches high profile talent in major markets of the US looking to level up and new programs needing to launch strategically. Steve is the Top Ten Talent Coach, working with the biggest shows in America, Canada, and The Netherlands, helping them stay fun and relevant on all content platforms so they continue their ascent to building radio brands that are impenetrable in competitive environments.
Strategy, great content, innovation, connecting with an audience, and building strong cultures for radio’s biggest wins are Steve’s passions.
Innovating With History: Learning Lessons From The Past For Our Future
Keeping up with technology trends can feel overwhelming and confusing for radio stations! What do we do with AI, AR, VR and all of the other “technologies of the future”? We’ll take a look back at history and learn from the lessons of organizations that both thrived and died during key technological shifts and how we can lean into the opportunities and soar into the future rather than get left behind in the midst of confusion.
Nils joined the Dunham+Company team in 2016. With his extensive background in social media, innovation, and communication, Nils helps Dunham+Company clients create more impact through the latest social media and online best practices.
Before coming to Dunham+Company, Nils worked as the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country. While there, Nils led a talented team that grew their church’s online engagement. He pioneered their use of mobile apps and TV apps, and built the online church platform that now reaches 12,000 people in 400 cities each week.
He is the author of The Social Media Guide: Insights for Effective Engagement and Crypto for Good: Demystifying Cryptocurrencies for Nonprofits. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications. Nils is regarded as a world-leading expert at the crossroads of social media and nonprofit strategy, and his expertise serves Dunham+Company clients every day.
Nils has a Business Management degree from Texas State University and holds a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Amp Up Your Air Check Session: Tools Every PD Needs
Program Directors have a lot on their plates. Sometimes, we back burner air-checks due to packed schedules, but this decision has long-term consequences. Air-talent matter. Relationships matter. Connection matters, on and off the air. Let’s discuss the “why” of air checks and then the “what” or the “coaching clock” that allows you to make the time together meaningful, talent focused, and beneficial for radio skills.
Lisa Williams is the Network Talent Coach for Northwestern Media, a ministry of University of Northwestern – St. Paul, serving Faith Radio, KTIS Minneapolis, Life 100.7 Omaha, Life 101.9 Waterloo, Life 102.5 Madison, Life 107.1 Des Moines, Life 88.5 Kansas City, Life 96.5 Sioux Falls, Life 97.3 Duluth, Life 97.9 Fargo, 107.1 KSLT Rapid City, Spirit FM Camdenton, WBGL Champaign, and WCIC Peoria. Lisa currently co-hosts the podcast Wow God Stories at WowGod.com. In her 33 years on Christian radio, she has served on-air at K-LOVE, Z88.3, Star 99.9, KCVO, and KCWN as well as hosting the syndicated show Life with Lisa Williams for 6 years in 15 states. Lisa lives in Denver with her sons JD and Jesse. You can find her at www.godsradiogirl.com.
How Traditional Media Is Leveraging YouTube For Growth…And Radio Can, Too
Traditional media outlets are becoming more savvy in how to leverage YouTube to grow their media empires. Everything from taped TV shows like Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and Survivor, to live broadcasts of professional sporting events are using YouTube as an intentional part of their growth strategy. It makes sense because their online content often reaches far more viewers than the TV show ever will. Although their approach requires a shift in how content is generated, it’s a relatively simple shift to understand. Radio is perfectly positioned to take advantage of leveraging YouTube just like big Hollywood production studios do, but with a fraction of the budget.
Since 2011, Tim Schmoyer has been one of the leading YouTube strategists in the online video industry. His agency, Video Creators, has worked with industry giants such as Disney, Warner Brothers, HBO, eBay, and even YouTube itself. Through his agency’s guidance, they are responsible for their clients amassing over 20 billion views and 100 million subscribers on YouTube.
In 2021, vidIQ acquired Video Creators, where Tim now serves as Chief Creator Coach as he develops a robust coaching team to support the company’s extensive network of two million YouTube creators.
Today, he resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and their seven children.
Creating Human Connections With Artificial Intelligence
When ChatGPT launched in late November 2022, it quickly became the fastest-growing internet app of all time, gaining more than 100 million users in just over a month. It enabled the average person to get hands-on experience with artificial intelligence (AI) that was previously used mainly by technology developers, and it showed the world how far the development of AI has come. Hear fascinating insights into how AI can be used to help you create, distribute, and optimize your content to reach the widest possible audience — and increase the impact of the work you and your teams do.
Maria Kestner is National Account Manager at Futuri, the leading provider of AI-driven content, audience, and monetization technology for media companies and creators. Prior to Futuri, she spent 16 years at Cox Media Group, where, working with properties like the ACM Award-winning K99.1 FM, she built genuine relationships with business owners by focusing on audience data, marketing trends, and a personalized approach to branding and growing market share. Kestner, who has a passion for the intersection of media, content, and technology, is based in the Dayton, Ohio area with her husband, four athletic kids, and the family dog.
Retention Rate: The New Metric For Measuring Hit Potential In Streaming Data
How can we make sense of streaming? Why is the data fundamentally different than other song performance measures? Learn how to calculate a song’s hit potential from streaming data. Plus, find out why a song’s initial streaming data isn’t reliable, and why you should ignore streaming rank numbers entirely.
One night when Matt was three, his dad gave him a little black transistor radio. He’s been a radio fanatic ever since. Today, Matt is the President of Integr8 Research, specializing in helping radio stations pick the right new music. In addition to once being an advertising copywriter for Salem’s 104.7 The Fish in Atlanta, Matt previously worked with iHeartMedia, Cox Media Group, and Coleman Insights.
The Connected Vehicle – An Opportunity For Radio
How listeners consume content in the vehicle is evolving rapidly! The great news…Radio is still the #1 source of entertainment inside the vehicle. Remaining competitive and relevant is the biggest question for radio. Join as we walk through how the Connected Car is evolving with the newest technology and how it is changing the listener experience in the vehicle.
As a strong supporter of radio’s future in connected platforms, Juan has spent the last decade working with broadcasters on the adoption of HD Radio, computer vision, connected devices, metadata and audio processing technologies. Juan’s passion for radio began at WXTU-FM, and continues to this day with stops along the way at WIHT-FM, WMZQ-FM, and WASH-FM in Washington, DC. Throughout his tenure at Xperi, Juan has advocated for broadcasters to utilize technology that enhances the listener experience. His work has helped stations around the world to improve their in-vehicle, mobile, connected device, and metadata delivery, ensuring a competitive listening experience in challenging ecosystems.
Steven Furtick is a pastor, Grammy-award winning songwriter & producer, & New York Times best-selling author. As founder & lead pastor, he has helped grow the multi-site Elevation Church into a global ministry through online streaming, television, & the music of Elevation Worship. He holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Theological Seminary & is the author of Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, Sun Stand Still, (Un)Qualified, Seven-Mile Miracle. Pastor Steven & Holly live in Charlotte, NC with their two sons, Elijah & Graham, & daughter, Abbey.
James Cridland is Editor of Podnews, the daily podcast newsletter. He is a radio futurologist – a writer, consultant and public speaker on radio’s future.
James has worked in audio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, radio presenter, and internet strategist.
He launched the world’s first streaming radio smartphone app in March 2005, for the original Virgin Radio in London, launching daily podcasts earlier that year.
In 2007 he joined the BBC working on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service’s audio quality.
Part of the team that laid the foundations for the UK Radioplayer, he has since worked for a variety of businesses across the world, including Canada’s Vista Radio, receiver and silicon manufacturers Pure and Frontier Silicon, talkSPORT, the ABC, and a variety of media companies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business. He was an advisor to podcast host Captivate, which was acquired by Global in December 2021.
One of the organisers of Next Radio, the UK radio ideas conference, James has worked with the world’s largest radio conference, Radiodays Europe, since its inception. He’s also part of the programming team for Radiodays Asia and Podcast Day 24.
A founder of the hybrid radio technology association RadioDNS, he is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and was made an Honorary Life Member of the UK’s Student Radio Association.
Born in the UK, James lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife and daughter.
Have you ever wanted to go from good-to-great on the air, on-camera or on-stage as a media presenter, but you were not sure how to get there? In his tenth year as a talent coach with The Randy Lane Company, Jeff McHugh will share secrets on quick improvements that help any talent engage authentically with today’s short-attention span audiences, and long-term strategies for building an emotional bond with listeners that creates more loyal fans that any music format.
Jeff has coached winning presenters at Apple, Google, Meta, Sirius XM/Pandora, iHeart, Hubbard, Cumulus, Saga, Alpha, NBC Universal, Rogers Media in Canada, Groupo Imagen in Mexico and many others.
Grant Skeldon has a passion for finding and uniting diverse, dynamic young leaders to reach this generation. He serves as the Next Gen Director for THINQ Media with Gabe and Rebekah Lyons. THINQ educates and equips Christians to engage our cultural moment.
He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, The Gospel Coalition, and is the youngest leader to be featured on the cover of Outreach Magazine. His book, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and leaders to reach, raise, and retain the next generation.
Grant and his wife Cheyanne reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves on the preaching team at Way Church.
Power Up The Music: Put Your Finger On the Pulse
Radio stations in general, and especially Christian stations in particular, are making three critical mistakes in collecting data and applying research to their music mix. Learn the three critical reasons your station may be limiting your appeal to a larger audience and effectively chasing listeners away from your station. Hear clear, actionable steps to get more people, including Gen Z, involved with your music research.
I’ve loved influencing audiences since I turned on a microphone in Central Nebraska as a 14-year-old with no idea what I was doing. At 21, I hosted the morning show and programmed a top-rated station (KFRX) in Lincoln, Ne.
I’ve been a music director, Program Director, Consultant, Operations Manager, Market Brand Manager, and Director of Audience Engagement (Triton Digital).
I was named Best Radio Programmer in America by Radio Ink magazine.
I earned multiple PD and Station of the Year awards from media trade publications.
I led two brands in San Diego from worst to first in three years.
My book Morning Radio is described as The Bible of Personality Radio and is used by media personalities worldwide.
But one thing has been the backbone of my career: We help personalities and programmers find their voice and reach their potential by helping them see the forest for the trees and meeting listeners where they are, not where we would like them to be.
Ken Coleman is a two-time national bestselling author, host of The Ken Coleman Show, and co-host of the nationally syndicated Ramsey Show. Since 2014, he has served at Ramsey Solutions, where he offers expert advice to help people make more income, create a bigger impact, and win at work and in life. Coleman has helped thousands of people identify what they do best, the work they love doing, and the results that matter deeply to them.
His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love, released May 2019.
Pat Bryson has worked in the radio industry for over 25 years. During that time, she was one of the highest billing salespeople in the radio industry in her market. She was promoted to General Sales Director, managing and training both experienced and inexperienced salespeople. Her career advanced to General Director where Pat created a culture of over- achievement for her stations.
Pat is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a degree in Mass Communications-Radio/TV. She was also the recipient of two prestigious educational fellowships from the Education Foundation of the National Association of Broadcasters: a fellowship to the Executive Development Program, held at Georgetown University in 2004 and a fellowship to the Broadcast Leadership Training Program in 2005.
Since founding Bryson Broadcasting International in 2006, Pat has worked with broadcasters in Kazakhstan, Albania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Poland, Canada, Malta, Australia and has been a featured speaker at Radiodays Europe in Dublin, Radiodays in Denmark, Radiodays in Sweden, Radiodays Asia, Radio Conference Poland, Krakfilm Festival, EGTA in Zurich, the Gospel Music Association of Canada, the Ontario Association of Broadcasters, Asian Broadcast Union, the Australian National Radio Convention, the Broadcast Education Association during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, and the Consultant’s Corner at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Radio Show. She has also conducted training seminars for the many of the State Associations in the United States.
Pat is one of Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio for 2023. This is the third time she has been so designated.
She is the author of “A Road Map To Success In High-Dollar Broadcast Sales” and a new book released in November 2020, “Successful Broadcast Sales: Thriving in Change.
Janet Cherry is the Principal of JC Leadership Group, enjoying a successful 25-year career marked by her expertise in developing thriving and profitable organizations, particularly during times of growth and significant change. With an extensive background encompassing diverse industries and Chief level positions, she brings invaluable insights into effective organizational and people strategies and a track record of successful execution.
At the core of Janet’s leadership philosophy is the belief that the most effective leaders strike a balance between people and results. This approach goes beyond merely achieving objectives and driving outcomes; it entails prioritizing the cultivation of strong relationships with team members while ensuring personal well-being. Although implementing this balanced leadership style presents challenges, it can yield numerous benefits, including an enriched and inspired workforce, heightened job satisfaction, and sustained organizational success.
Janet’s impact within organizations is evident through tangible returns on investments, such as a deeper leadership bench, reduced turnover rates, and impressive culture ratings. Moreover, she places a strong emphasis on enjoying the process and fostering a sense of comradery and fun throughout the journey of leadership.
The PD Mission To Insure Listener Tribe, Connection & Trust
Join the lively conversation focusing on the importance of a local tribe, fame development, Familiar Surprise™, creation of wonder and the role each plays in creating an actual brand as personality.
Loyd has programmed in small, medium, large and major markets in the U.S. and was the Senior Ratings Strategist for a major stealth marketing company for over a decade working directly with the ratings teams of virtually every major broadcast company and many local broadcasters coast to coast. He regularly created innovative contests, marketing strategies and data-driven solutions for unique ratings challenges broadcasters regularly face during that time. He currently serves as the president and CEO of Rainmaker Pathway Consulting Works (RPC) and provides coaching for both on-air and sales talent, music research, station architecture and branding. He is host of The Encouragers™ The Radio Rally™ podcast (Apple, Audible, Spotify), writes a weekly column for RadioInk.com and has over 830+ articles of encouragement to “encourage radio pros at all levels” on his company website. Today Loyd lives in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife Theresa and their dog Spiderman.
Clay is the author of the best-selling books How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, How to Lead in a World of Distraction, and The Aspiring Leader’s Guide to the Future. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary.
For almost 20 years, Clay Scroggins served in many pastoral roles at North Point Ministries, a multisite church started in Alpharetta, Georgia led by Andy Stanley. Most recently, Clay served as the lead pastor of Buckhead Church, one of North Point’s largest campuses.
Clay is now speaking and writing about leadership, faith, and golf. He’s making a career out of the first two and actively trying to convince his wife that the latter has potential.
Clay lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their five children.
James Poulter is a distinguished digital marketing professional and technology expert, with a particular emphasis on Conversational AI strategy. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Vixen Labs, James has been instrumental in establishing the company as Europe’s leading full-service Voice Agency. Vixen Labs specializes in voice consultancy and design, assisting brands in leveraging voice-first technology and conversational interfaces for effective communication and promotion.
A recognized authority in Conversational AI Technologies, James has extensive experience in the ethical use of AI, corporate deployment of advanced AI systems such as ChatGPT and GPT-4, and the integration of conversational AI into marketing and business strategies.
In 2018, James founded Poulter Ventures, a strategic consulting firm providing start-up and scale-up advisory services, focusing on innovation, culture building, and the metaverse. As Principal Advisor, he shares his insights on integrating Conversational AI technologies into various industries, ensuring ethical and responsible AI practices.
As a part-time Start-Up Advisor for Strategy & Innovation at Impact Central since 2020, James offers guidance to social impact start-ups and scale-ups dedicated to creating businesses that contribute positively to society and the environment. His expertise spans innovation, culture, marketing, and digital transformation, with a special focus on integrating Conversational AI solutions ethically and sustainably.
Before founding Vixen Labs, James served as the Head of The LEGO Group’s Emerging Platforms & Partnerships team, where he successfully identified and collaborated with innovative technologies and partners, bolstering LEGO’s digital engagement globally.
James has an extensive background in marketing, advertising, and public relations, having worked with esteemed agencies such as Edelman and Ogilvy. He has managed digital marketing, mobile, and social campaigns for a diverse clientele, including Diageo, Unilever, Bose, PayPal, HP, and Adobe, both in the EMEA region and globally. His expertise in Conversational AI strategy has played a pivotal role in driving results for these clients.
In addition to his professional pursuits, James is an advisor to the Church of England’s digital board and offers support to various charities, entrepreneurs, and start-ups, often providing insights on the ethical implementation of Conversational AI technologies.
Sandi Brown is the founder and President of JOY FM / BOOST RADIO. She has been on the airwaves of St. Louis radio for over 35 years. Sandi has written 3 books, including Healing Out Loud. She also worked as a Producer and Creative Writer for Focus on the Family. Sandi and her husband, Mike, have 3 kids and 2 redheaded grandsons.
Curt Swindoll’s career has spanned six industry sectors where he has served in multiple C-level roles and consulted in operations, strategic planning, business development, fundraising and marketing, board development, and more.
He has provided advisory council to dozens of Christian ministries and senior leaders, and was Chair at WAY-FM when the decision was made to merge with KSBJ/Hope Media Group. He plays the bass guitar in his church worship band which offers many lessons on leadership.
In 2000, Curt earned a Presidential/Key Executive MBA at the Graziadio (GRAHTS-zee-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and taught for several years in BIOLA University’s Masters in Organizational Leadership program on nonprofit leadership and management. He posts regularly on business and leadership issues, based on his personal journey and integrating his faith with his work.
Mark Hunter, “The Sales Hunter” is recognized as one of the top 50 most influential sales and marketing leaders in the world. He is author of multiple books, including “High-Profit Prospecting” and “A Mind for Sales.” Mark can also be heard on The Sales Hunter Podcast and Sales Logic Podcast.
Mark has spoken in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and travels more than 150 days per year working with people helping to show them how to find and retain better clients.
Best of all, Mark gets to wake up each morning thanking the Lord for his family and the ability to serve Him.
For the past twenty years, John Barrett has been a trusted and inspiring leader in the professional world. His extraordinary expertise in coaching, speaking, and writing has made him an invaluable asset to individuals, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits alike. With a deep commitment to helping leaders reach their full potential, John’s impact is invaluable as he encourages creative growth strategies that are tailored for success. A true innovator in the field of leadership development, John Barrett remains dedicated to changing the world one day at a time.
Named one of Radio Ink Magazine’s Top 50 Program Directors in America, Mandy Young has been in radio for nearly 25 years.
She started her career in Grand Rapids, Michigan at WJQK as Promotions Director and eventually found her way to the Morning Show.
After 10 years in West Michigan, Mandy took the role of Morning Show Co-Host at Air1 and has been with EMF since 2009. Serving in roles with the ministry such as Music Director, APD and Program Director, Mandy is currently the Vice President of Radio for both K-LOVE and Air1.
Mandy has been helping stations across the country fundraise for 20 years. She’s currently a top fundraiser on K-LOVE and Air1 and also helps talent achieve success in this field.
Mandy is a graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in Communications and Music.
Young and her husband Rod reside in Nashville, TN. They have 2 sons in college (Jack and Owen) and a 10 year old daughter (Mamie).
Jeff Scott has been with WBGL for 21 years. He serves several stations across the country as an on-air fundraiser including KTIS, Word FM, and KLRC. He challenges those he works with to “Go deep, not wide” when it comes to relationships with listeners/donors. He has been married to his awesome wife, Shari, for 35 years, has 3 grown children, and by the time of this event, he will be Papa to his second grandchild…Luna’s little brother.
Sandy Rees is the founder and director of Get Fully Funded where she shows passionate nonprofit leaders how to fully fund their big vision so they can spend more time changing lives instead of worrying about money. She got her start raising money for a homeless shelter and a food bank and since then has gone on to help thousands of small nonprofits go from “nickel-and-dime fundraising” to adding 6 figures to their bottom line. As a trainer, she shows her students how to find ideal donors, connect through authentic messaging, and build relationships that stand the test of time, so that fundraising becomes easy and predictable. Find out more at GetFullyFunded.com.
Al Andrews is the Founder and Executive Director of Porter’s Call, a non-profit in Franklin, TN that has offered free counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists since 2001. He’s written a couple of books, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind and A Walk One Winter Night. He loves southern novels (Wendell Berry, Pat Conroy), poetry (Mary Oliver and Billy Collins), and is quite partial to chicken wings and movies at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville.
Brian is passionate about leadership and culture while creating paths for people and organizations to achieve their dreams. While working in the music industry for about 25 years, he cultivated his desire for these things. Brian now leads Prime Dialogue – focusing on creating best in class people and organizations through relationship. He has created the Cycle Of Belonging – a training on how to create a culture of belonging. Brian also teaches leadership one-on-one, with teams, or larger organizations to help people move from expert player to expert leader. His PRIME concept helps create a winning plan for starting or growing a business, product development or brand creation. In his spare time Brian is also an official Disney Trip Planner!
As a Nine-time GRAMMY® nominee and Five-time GMA Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant has become an icon in Christian & Gospel music. In addition to garnering more than 500 million streams and multiple number #1 albums and singles on the Billboard Charts, she is also a respected author and philanthropist. She is the co-founder of Hope for Justice, a non-profit organization in the fight against human trafficking, which has 32 offices across 9 countries and 5 continents and has helped 102,803 children in the last year.
For nearly twenty years, Erin Branham has been implementing digital technology for Brighter Media Group, where she currently serves as Creative Services and Social Media Director. She’s well-versed in utilizing digital and social media, text, and email to help her organization develop a strong relationship with its audience. Outside of her work at Brighter Media Group, she runs a popular health and fitness podcast…which means if she hands you a slice of chocolate cake, don’t be surprised if zucchini is hidden inside.
Mandy is a graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in Communications and Music. Young and her husband Rod reside in Nashville. They have 2 sons in college (Jack and Owen) and a 10 year old daughter (Mamie).
Kelly Blackwell • Music Director / Midday Host – The Promise FM
Chad Bradley • Morning Show Host / Podcast Director – The River (WCVO)
Erin Branham • Creative Services Director – Brighter Media Group (WRBS)
Chad Davis • Marketing & Media Relations – Awakening Events
Rob Dempsey • Station Manager – HIS Radio Network
Candice Grey • Midday Host – The JOY FM
Josh Hooper • Program Director – The River (WCVO)
Jeremy Louis • Program Director – JOY FM (KLJY)
Doc Maranville • Managing Director / Programming & Digital – The Light FM (WMIT)
Bill Martin • Morning Show Host – The JOY FM
Matt McNeilly • Station Manager – Moody Radio
Pat Scott • CEO – The Promise FM
Johnny Stone • Afternoon Show Host – WGTS
Stacey Stone • Afternoon Show Host – WGTS
Jonathan Unthank • Assistant Director, Programming & Content – The Light FM (WMIT)
Andrew Wilson • Director of Promotions & Engagement – Moody Radio
Nik Curtis Beal • Founder – Bandkind
After spending 30+ years working at some really great radio stations, Todd Stach launched a coaching and consulting business, Beyond615.com, on March 15, 2021. There he strives to help others build confidence so that they can connect on a deeper level. He and his family live in the (615) area code, aka the heart of the CCM industry. Todd volunteered as a consultant and talent coach for many years at Cedarville University’s student radio station. He also taught post secondary radio classes for Mount Vernon Nazarene University at Mansfield Christian School for two years. Currently, Todd serves as a talent coach/consultant at Olivet University’s SHINE.FM.
During the afternoon commute or homework hour in Washington, DC, Stacey Stone finds ways to bring faith to life and an encouraging message to the listeners of WGTS 91.9. Stacey has 30 years of on-air experience, including 23 in Christian radio, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice. She loves to speak Jesus, hope, faith and laughter to the listeners, staff, and donors of WGTS 91.9 in the Washington, DC metro along with her husband Johnny Stone. She is also a Texan who still carries the swagger of her home state along with a little of the accent. Stacey is also a writer, popular speaker and the author of The Rescued Breed: When Jesus Shows Up and Transforms Your Pack.