The ROUNDTABLE uniquely combines case studies, education, experience and research in tackling a diverse range of issues related to the media business model and industry transformation. This event puts an unparalleled emphasis on interaction. Unlike the traditional conference setting, The ROUNDTABLE is a series of discussions led by faculty members that have “been there, done that.” They will share their business challenges, their approaches to resolving those challenges, and the results they have achieved – followed by a conversation about whether or not it makes business sense for the rest of the folks in the room.

The preliminary agenda is outlined below. You are invited to stay apprised of updates by joining The ROUNDTABLE @ Vail LinkedIn Group.


8:00-2:00: Optional Networking Activities (golf, hiking)

3:30-5:00: The ROUNDTABLE Shark Tank

5:30-7:00: Welcome Reception


8:00: Welcome & Introductions

8:30: Earl Wilkinson (Executive Director & CEO, INMA): The Strategic State of News Media Worldwide

10:00: The Executive Roundtable

12:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: TBD

3:00-5:00: Nancy Lane (President, Local Media Association) – Innovation in Local Media


8:00-10:00: The Strategy Behind Digital Transformation – A panel of digital leaders responsible for developing and implementing a cohesive strategy for their respective companies will share the details of those efforts in a moderated panel discussion. Moderated by James Green (VP/Digital, Lee Enterprises)

10:30-11:15: Jim Moroney (Chairman/President/CEO, AH Belo) and Sammy Papert (CEO, Wormhole) – Dynamics of the Client/Vendor Relationship

Frustrated with an industry partner? Chances are they are frustrated with you, too! Jim Moroney and Sammy Papert explore both sides of this dynamic with the goal of providing a few suggestions about how to create the best partnerships. Moroney served as publisher of the Dallas Morning News for 18 years before recently turning those reigns over to Grant Moise. Prior to that gig, Jim lead multiple television stations after coming up the ranks on the sales side. Papert has been a newspaper partner since ’81 beginning in the national rep world, 10 years at Belden Associates and now represents two revenue generating platforms and consults.  Oh yeah, they were roommates in college so there’s no telling what they might share.

11:15-12:00: TBD

12:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: Dr. Paul Wang (Associate Professor, Northwestern University) – The ROUNDTABLE Case Study

3:30-4:15: Adams Publishing Group: The New Generation CRM

4:15-5:00: Honolulu Star Advertiser: The Digital Billboard Network

7:00: The ROUNDTABLE Dinner