NAB Announces 2016 Broadcast Leadership Training Class

15 industry professionals make up 2016 class
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WASHINGTON�College kids aren�t the only ones heading back to class, as the NAB Education Foundation has announced a group of 15 industry professionals who will take part in the 2016 class of the Broadcast Leadership Training program. Selected through an application process, the 15 selected individuals will partake in an executive training program for the broadcast industry.

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The BLT is a 10-month program of weekend sessions once a month that teach the fundamentals of purchasing, owning and operating radio and TV stations to senior level broadcast executives. Students have the opportunity to network with session instructors while learning how to apply the skills taught to real-world situations.

Here is the 2016 class:

  • Erika Beasley, General Sales Manager, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
  • Lori Flowers, Marketing Director, Radio One, Inc.
  • Kenneth W. Forte, President and General Manager, R & F Communications, Inc.
  • Tricia Gallenbeck, Director of Sales, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
  • Laura Griffith, Director of Finance, Futuri Media
  • Karima Khajwa, VP/Director of Sales, Univision Communications, Inc.
  • Paul Levingston, Director of Sales, Sinclair Broadcasting Group
  • Rita Marcocci, VP/General Sales Manager, 21st Century Fox
  • Jim Roberts, President/General Manager, Schurz Communications
  • James Robinson, General Sales Manager, iHeartMedia, Inc.
  • Samuel Tatum, General Sales Manager, Radio One, Inc.
  • Cedric Thomas, General Sales Manager, Cox Media Group
  • Lori Waldon, News Director, Hearst Television, Inc.
  • Timothy Ward, Managing Partner, M-Street Ventures, LLC
  • Steven Zafiropulos, Digital Sales/New Business Manager, Tribune Media

Industry experts have been selected to serve as the deans of the programs. Diane Sutter, founder, president and CEO of ShootingStar Broadcasting, will serve as the BLT program dean. Associate deans include Trila Bumstead, owner Ohana Media Group; Anita Stephens-Graham, co-founder and managing director of Graham and Associates; Marc Jaromin, president, Roundtable Broadcasting; DuJuan McCoy, president and CEO, Bayou City Broadcasting; and Jeanette Tully, CEO, Aloha Station Trust.

The first weekend session took place this past weekend, Sept. 18-20.

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