Norb Garrett is Executive Vice President/General Manager of TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s Sports & Entertainment Group, which includes TEN’s action/adventure sports business featuring brands such as Surfer, Snowboarder, GrindTV.com, TransWorld Skateboarding and TransWorld Motocross as well as Baseball America and SLAM and TEN’s Home Tech Group. Since joining the company in 2010, Norb has overseen the acquisition and integration of the Grind Networks digital media group (October 2010) which includes a content partnership with GrindTV.com and Yahoo! Sports, the re-branding of the Action Sports Group into GrindMedia (July 2011), and the acquisition/integration of TransWorld Media (May 2013).
Jennifer Hamilton Bingo is publisher of Oracle, Java and Profit magazines. She was named publisher of Oracle, Java and Profit magazines in 2012. Previously, she was associate publisher, production director, and sales director for Oracle Publishing Group. Prior to joining Oracle she was sales director for a Bay Area printing firm, and held production and management positions at a marketing agency. Jennifer has been a longstanding member of the Western Publishing Association and has served on the board for 2 years. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
John Brooks is director, New Business Development for BPA Worldwide. He has been involved with the publishing industry since 1991 and is currently the Director, New Business Development with BPA Worldwide. John has been involved with several industry associations over the years including AAMP, WPA, and ABM. An avid sports fan, John supports his local, Los Angeles sports teams and currently lives in Santa Clarita, CA with his twin fourteen year-old boys.
Our Board of Directors
Darren Buford is the director of editorial, design, and digital strategy for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Associated Skin Care Professionals, Associated Hair Professionals, and Associated Nail Professionals. He is also the editor of Body Sense magazine and the managing editor of Massage & Bodywork magazine and ASCP Skin Deep magazine. Darren has 16 years of experience in the publishing field, and the publications he works on have garnered 17 national magazine awards. He also serves on the planning and judging committees for Association Media & Publishing.
Jordan Gold is President of GoldStandard eBusiness a Digital Media and eCommerce company in Huntington Beach, CA. He has been a Publisher in the magazine, book and newspaper industries, working in executive management capacities for a variety of companies including Redgate Communications, Hayden Publishing, Pearson, Simon and Schuster, Viacom, Macmillan, Wiley, Sybex and Freedom Communications. He is the author of numerous magazine and web articles and nine books. Jordan has founded numerous publishing websites including InformIT, Frommers.com, Dog Channel, Cat Channel, ColoradoSprings.com and OrangeCounty.com.
A 30-year veteran of the publishing industry, Mike Goldman is editorial director of the Boy Scouts of America’s three publications — Boys’ Life, Scouting, and Eagles’ Call magazines — with a total circulation of more 3 million in print and digital. Mike has served at every editorial level since starting with the BSA in 1994, becoming head of the magazines in 2012. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mike began his career on the sports desk of the late Dallas Times Herald newspaper before transitioning into the magazine realm, first with a regional gardening title and then with the BSA.
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a custom content creation company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship, and the blog SmallBizDaily.com. A nationally- known speaker, best-selling author, and authority on entrepreneurship, Lesonsky has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine.
Juan Morales is senior director, membership publications, for the Television Academy and editor in chief of emmy magazine. He is responsible for all editorial, production, circulation and advertising sales for the magazine, as well as the Academy’s many other publications. Previously, he served as editor in chief of Detour magazine, editorial director of Movieline magazine and executive editor of E! Online. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook and many other publications. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Film & Television Studies.
Nick Patrissi is currently the Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Trend Offset Printing Services, one of the largest privately held printing companies in North America. Nick has worked for industry leading companies including Eastman Kodak, Creo, and 3M Company. He is a passionate marketing professional, speaker and teacher and continually gives back to industry, serving on the executive boards and planning committees for leading industry associations including the WPA, GCSF and PIA. He is also a dedicated adjunct professor and industry advisor for New York City College of Technology.
Christopher Schulz is the President and Publisher of Orange Coast magazine. Previous publishing positions include: President of Gulfshore Life, a division of CurtCo Robb Media; Group Publisher at Firebrand Media; VP and Group Publisher at Freedom Orange County Information; President of World Trade Media Group; along with stints at Reed Elsevier, Murdoch Magazines, and Ziff-Davis. Chris served as President of the WPA as well as a Director.
Jeff Tade is currently Vice President of Production and Creative Services at UBM. He oversees the production of UBM Americas print media as well as all design activities related to UBM events. Currently based in Santa Monica, CA, Jeff has been involved in print media for over 20 years in locations across North America.
Catherine Upton is Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group (EMG), and CEO of B2B Media Company LLC (B2B.) The 20-time award-winning publication, Elearning! Magazine serves the learning and workplace technology industry, a robust $220 billion marketplace. EMG produces 12 brands including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! Magazine, e-Magazines, 2elearning.com, Elearning! Alert and eNews, Enterprise Learning Summits, Enterprise Learning! Conference, Best of Elearning!. Learning! 100 and Elearning! Institute.
Ron Epstein is the immediate past president of the WPA and has served on the Board of Directors since 2000. Following a 20-year career in which he managed consumer, controlled circulation and academic publishing divisions, Ron started his own business with his wife in 2012 and is now the publisher of L.A. Parent (www.laparent.com) and the owner of the National Parenting Publications Awards program (www.nappaawards.com).
Jane Silbering has been executive director of the Western Publishing Association for 21 years. As its director, she is responsible for its fiscal well-being, its growth, helping to provide continuing education and managing and producing the annual MAGGIE competition and banquet. Prior to the WPA Jane was publisher and manufacturing director of Flowers&, a floral and gift trade publication for the floral industry. Prior to Flowers&, Jane was a publishing consultant. Her experience spans manufacturing, finance, editorial, and design.