President and CEO
Steve Weitzner is Chief Executive of Summit Business Media. Weitzner has been a key figure in the business-to-business publishing industry since joining Hearst Business Communications as an editor in 1977. Following periods with Hearst and McGraw-Hill, he joined CMP Media, now United Business Media LLC, rising from Associate Publisher to COO and CEO over more than 20 years with that firm. Before coming to Summit, Weitzner was chairman and CEO of Ziff Davis Enterprise. His innovative work in transforming print-centric publishing companies to integrated marketing businesses has been honored with many of the top awards from the industry’s business-to-business marketing and publishing media outlets, including B2B Media Business’ CEO Innovator, B2B Who’s Who in B2B, B2B Media Business Who’s Who 100, Folio Magazine’s Top 40, Min’s 21 Most Intriguing People and Min’s Digital Hall of Fame.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Adam Marder is Summit’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. His deep background as a media executive makes him a CFO with an exceptional understanding of how B2B media businesses work. Adam joins Summit from Everyday Health.com, a NY-based digital media business, where he served as VP/General Manager-Sales. Before that, he was CFO at UpdateLegal and earlier at CMP Media (now United Business Media LLC). Adam has also held senior business executive positions at Primedia, VNU Business Media, and the Financial Times.
Chief Information Officer
Brian Magnotta is responsible for all aspects of information technology including strategy, development, implementation, infrastructure and support. Prior to joining Summit, Brian was Chief Technology Officer for Ziff Davis Enterprise where he led the development and implementation of solutions to drive the company’s digital and mobile technology strategy. He spent seven years at Reed Business Information in technology leadership roles helping accelerate the company’s transformation to a digital media company. A seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience, Brian also held various positions as an Information Technology consultant for McKinsey & Co., Coopers & Lybrand and Answerthink. He has managed and capitalized on information technology for numerous industries including media, publishing, financial services, professional services, transportation, waste services, healthcare and electronics. Brian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College.
Chief Audience Officer
Peter has more than 20 years of experience managing all aspects of interactive media businesses. His expertise includes on-line community building, development of partner ecosystems around technology platforms, and the architecture and execution of comprehensive results-oriented marketing communications programs. Programs developed by Peter and his teams have won “best of” internal marketing effectiveness awards from some of the largest IT products and services companies in the world. Peter is a former publisher and group publisher of Dr. Dobb’s Journal, Software Development Magazine, Microsoft Systems Journal and other IT-related publications. He has also launched and managed successful online and live events businesses, and held numerous senior direct marketing positions over the years. Prior to working in information technology media, Peter held senior management positions for regional consumer and business media companies developing custom media programs for clients. Most recently he worked as Senior Vice President of Audience Marketing at Ziff Davis Enterprise. Peter speaks frequently at industry events about database marketing and media transformation.
Executive Vice President, Media Division
John Whelan is responsible for publishing operations and business development of the Financial and Professional Services Group. Prior to joining Summit, John was the Group Publisher for Wicks Business Information before it was acquired by Summit in 2007. Before that, John spent ten years at Source (formerly Thomson) Media, most recently as Publishing Director of the Investment Advisor Group, which included a variety of print, online, and custom publishing products. During his 17 year career in publishing, he has served as Director of Electronic Media at Thomson Financial, Publisher of Financial Planning Magazine, and as Law Editor at Oxford University Press (UK). John is a graduate of Nottingham University and also attended New College, Oxford, England. He currently resides in Manhattan, New York.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Event Division
Jonathan Moore has over 14 years of live event/conference experience. Prior to joining Summit in 2007 he was Vice President of Events and Education at the Interactive Advertising Bureau responsible for the IAB’s event portfolio and professional development training. He spent eight years at Thomson Media/Source Media helping to build their live event business, including heading program development and serving as Senior Director of the Conference Division. He started his events career at Strategic Research Institute where he ran the Health Care and Finance divisions. Jonathan also spent time as a financial consultant with Smith Barney. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburg and holds a B.S. in Marketing.
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions Group
Jeff Patterson is responsible for the Customer Solutions Group, a unit that deploys custom integrated marketing, lead generation and data services to help our customers solve their complex marketing problems. Jeff is a results-oriented executive whose experience spans agency, research, media and digital content. He came to Summit from Mile 21 LLC, where he advised B2B media companies on new product strategy with emphasis on paid- and advertising-supported digital content. Before that, he was CEO at Safari Books Online, a joint venture between Pearson Education and O’Reilly Media. He has also held senior management positions at CMP Media (currently United Business Media LLC), Cahners Publishing (then part of Reed-Elsevier) and was co-founder and managing partner of Beacon Technology Partners, LLC, a research firm. He also held management positions at National Semiconductor, FCB/Impact, Raychem and Pinne, Garvin, Herbers & Hock.
Vice President and Managing Director, Professional Publishing Division
Richard Kravitz joined Summit Business Media is March, 2010. Kravitz, previously a senior executive at Wolters Kluwer US Corp., has 20-plus years in the professional reference sector, focused to the tax, accounting and legal markets. Kravitz’s 16-year career with Wolters Kluwer spanned a number of its units. Most recently he was Executive Vice President, Business Development, for the Law and Business Division, with operating responsibility for more than $100 million in revenue. In that role he restructured a number of legacy brands, focusing on digital transformation. Prior to that position, Kravitz was Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Aspen Publishers, growing that Wolters Kluwer unit to nearly $200 million in ten years, acquiring 19 businesses and product lines and leading business development initiatives, both resulting in strong growth for the unit. Kravitz also was group publisher at Warren, Gorham and Lamont, and a general manager at Diners Club, a Citigroup unit. He began his career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche, followed by several accounting and audit roles in media companies. Kravitz holds a BA in Economics and Spanish Literature and an MBA from New York University, is a CPA, Diplomate.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Colleen is responsible for the development of all Human Resources policies and programs. She brings to Summit more than 25 years of experience in leadership; strategic planning; organizational development; talent recruitment, retention and development; and compensation and benefits management. Prior to joining Summit, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at KnowlegePoint360 Group, global leader in healthcare information and medical communications. Prior to KnowledgePoint, Colleen served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at Penton Media. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University. She is a longtime member of the Society of Human Resources Management and a former member of the HR Committee for the American Business Media.
Senior Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing
Stephen J. Grande is Summit Business Media’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing. Steve brings to Summit skills and experience from a history of progressive and transformational successes in the media sector and competency in building competitive organizations. For the past ten years, Steve was with Fry Communications Inc., a 75 year old private company with sales in excess of $175 million, as Vice President/Sales. While there, he developed strategies, practices and product offerings that addressed customer needs and developed new markets. During his leadership, Fry Communications sales growth frequently outpaced that of most of its public competitors. Steve founded Grande + Associates. Inc., a private consulting firm, providing management advice and consulting in Publishing and Media Operations. Prior to that, he was VP/Manufacturing at CMP Media for over ten years and before that Director of Manufacturing at McGraw Hill for almost ten years. He is a graduate of New York University’s Center for Communications/Graphic Arts Management and Technology; attended Pace University’s Lubin School of Business for Business and Finance credits and is also a graduate of the City University of New York, City College of Technology’s Advertising and Graphic Arts Management and Technology Program. Grande was a recipient of Publishing & Production Executive Magazine’s Publishing Executive 1998 Hall of Fame Award. Steve is a frequent industry speaker and panelist and a native New Yorker.
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