2016 ABA Annual Conference

Hoover AL

Aug 19 - 20, 2016

The Alabama Broadcasters Association is celebrating its 70th anniversary at the group’s annual conference.  The 2016 event will feature numerous sales, news, engineering, and management sessions.  In addition, the ABA is offering sessions on facility and personal security.  Join us as we also recognize our Broadcaster of the Year, Hall of Fame inductees, and Citizen of the Year.


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Brian Wright

Speaker -Fri, Audience Development Group

Bio: Brian Wright is a 30 year radio veteran who has successfully served many companies over the years as Program Director, Operations Manager and VP of Programming. After many years of success working for individual radio stations and clusters, Brian joined one of the most trusted consulting firms in the country, Audience Development Group. For the last 15 years Wright has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.

Christine Zuba

Exhibitor/Spkr Give Bag, Dielectric

Bio: Christine Zuba began her career as an antenna design engineer with RCA. With the acquisition of the RCA antenna business by Dielectric in Raymond, Maine, Christine was promoted to Antenna Product Manager and later served as Dielectric’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Currently, Christine is manager of National Sales accounts. Christine graduated from Penn State with an EE degree and earned her MBA from Rutgers University. Christine is a member of Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and has been a featured speaker on antenna systems design, transmission lines, and filter technology at regional and national Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) conferences.

Corey Maze

Speaker -Fri Give Bag, Atty General Offc

Bio: Corey Maze is a Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama. He has admission to the US Supreme Court; US Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; US District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; and, the Alabama State Bar. He has been with the Alabama Attorney General’s office since 2003. Corey served as Solicitor General from 2008 to 2011. During that time, he was awarded the National Association of Attorneys General Supreme Court “Best Brief” Award for 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was awarded the VOCAL “Miriam Shehane” Award for Justice for Crime Victims in 2010. Corey is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he received his Juris Doctorate and was SBA President. In 1999, he received his BS in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, from Auburn University.

David Chipman

Speaker -Sat Give Bag, Nielsen

Bio: David Chipman is a Vice President and Sales Director at Nielsen. In this role, Mr. Chipman oversees several regional sales teams, covering more than 100 different metros, including three of the top five markets and 19 PPM markets. He began his research career at Arbitron in 2001 as a Senior Account Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2007, he was promoted to Regional Manager, Director of Sales, and then VP/Sales Director when Nielsen acquired Arbitron in 2013.  Prior to media research, he spent 19 years in the local radio industry in Utah, beginning as an on-air personality. Following his introduction to radio, he advanced to marketing leadership for several years before discovering his true acumen in broadcast sales. After numerous years selling radio, he started advancing through radio sales leadership. With his local radio station operations experience and Nielsen’s audience estimates, Mr. Chipman uses his expertise to assist his clients in maximizing their investments.

Dr. Kerry Johnson

Speaker -Sat, International Productivity Systems

Bio: Dr. Kerry Johnson, MBA, Ph.D. is a best-selling author and speaker who speaks at least 8 times a month ranging from Hong Kong to Halifax, and from New Zealand to New York. Traveling 8,000 miles each week, he speaks on such topics as "How to Read Your Customer's Mind," "The Trust Connection,” and "How to Increase Your Business by 80% within Eight Weeks.” In addition to speaking, Kerry heads a personal coaching company. Peak Performance Coaching guarantees 80% increase in sales production within just a few weeks. Professionals around the world use Dr. Johnson and his coaches to increase business usually by 300% + within only weeks. Kerry currently writes monthly for fifteen national trade and management magazines whose editors have dubbed him "The Nation's Sales Psychologist." His weekly newsletter THE WINNING EDGE, is read by thousands around the globe on new research on sales psychology. In the 1970's, Kerry spent two years competing on the International Grand Prix Tennis Tour. He played both singles and doubles matches against some of the world's top tennis players. Kerry was also recognized by the U.S. Jaycees as one of the Most Outstanding Men in America.

Jeff Welton

Exhibitor/Speaker, Nautel

Bio: Jeff Welton has been with Nautel for almost 26 years, the first 17 of which were spent in field service and technical support roles. Since moving to Sales in 2007, Jeff keeps finding ways to get his hands dirty and can frequently be found assisting in the install of a transmitter he's sold.

John George

Exhibitor/Spkr, RF Specialties South

Bio: John George has over 40 years of experience in the broadcasting industry. He began his extensive career as a disc jockey, progressing through programming, sales, engineering, and station ownership. For the past 20 years he has worked in sales for Harris Corporation, Dielectric Communications, LBA Technology and Broadcast Connection before joining RF Specialties South, Inc. He also provides technical services for broadcast stations in South Carolina through Broadtech Services, Inc. He upgraded WUSC-FM, the University of South Carolina’s student radio station from analog to full digital utilizing HD Radio in 2007, along with providing assistance to numerous other stations with their HD Radio upgrades. He is an Associate member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, a Member of the IEEE and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Kevin Benz

Speaker-Fri/Sat, i-Media Strategies

Bio: Kevin Benz is lauded as a media trailblazer and innovator. Kevin’s journalism and entrepreneurial media experience sets him apart from others in the field, lending an understanding of what journalists need and the real world issues facing leaders and staff. His understanding of the news media and how to leverage its unique power is based upon his 30 years experience as a journalist. Kevin launched two of the most innovative media organizations in the country — News 8 Austin, a 24-hour local news channel; and CultureMap Austin, the most read digital lifestyle magazine of the city. Kevin’s teams received national recognition with two Sigma Delta Chi awards, the National Edward R. Murrow award, three National Walter Cronkite awards for excellence in Political Journalism and was a finalist for the DuPont-Columbia Award.

LT Curtis Carpenter

Speaker -Fri Give Bag, Hoover Police Dept

Bio: LT. Curtis Carpenter is a 33-year law enforcement veteran and a retired Sergeant First Class from the Alabama Army National Guard. He is a past-president of the Alabama Tactical Officers Association (ATOA) and serves on the Alabama School Safety Task Force. LT Carpenter is assigned to the Hoover PD Training Division and also serves as the SWAT Unit Commander. He has developed and conducted active shooter training for the Hoover Police Department, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), church security teams, businesses and citizens groups. He is also certified as an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Instructor.

LT Sean Edwards

Speaker -Sat Give Bag, B'ham Police Dept

Bio: Lt Sean Edwards was born in Queens, New York but raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He has over 22 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Birmingham Police Department in 1993 and served as a Patrol Officer, Domestic Violence Detective, Academy Instructor, Patrol Supervisor, Academy Training Sergeant, Police Academy Director and currently as the Public Information Officer for the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Alabama. Lieutenant Edwards has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was awarded Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). He has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University in Montgomery. He is a graduate of the distinguished FBI National Academy and the Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Course. He is a member of the National Information Officer’s Association. He served part time as an Adjunct Professor at Miles College from 2013-2015. Lieutenant Edwards served over 22 years in the United States Army Reserves.

Lynn Claudy

Speaker -Fri, NAB

Bio: Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC. He joined NAB in 1988 and assumed his present position in 1995. Prior to joining NAB, he held a variety of technical and management positions at Hoppmann Corporation, a communications systems integration firm. He was also a part-time professor in the Physics Department at the American University in Washington, DC, where he taught courses in acoustics and audio technology. Previous to that, he was employed as a development engineer at Shure Brothers Inc., a manufacturer of audio equipment. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the ATSC, and serves on the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council. He has a BA degree from Oberlin College, a BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE and SMPTE.

Major General Vincent Boles

Speaker, Vistage

Bio: Major General (Retired) Vincent Boles was commissioned from the ARMY ROTC program at Niagara University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1976.He has served in a variety of assignments over a 33 year career, to include Command at every possible level and a number of combat deployments. His final Army assignment was as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G4 on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, where he oversaw Logistics Operations and Readiness for the 1.1 million Soldier force to include the surges into Iraq and Afghanistan. Retiring in 2009 to Madison, Alabama, he established Vincent E. Boles, Inc. A leadership and logistics consulting practice, speaking and working with corporate and association groups around the nation and overseas on the subject of Leaders and their team’s “Best Getting Better”. His audiences have included: Deloitte; Fidelity; USAA; Ernst and Young; AIG; The United States Secret Service; The Boy Scouts of America and The American College. He is the author of “4-3-2-1 Leadership…What America’s Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road from 2d Lieutenant to 2 Star General” Now in it’s 3rd printing a recent review of the book commented: “He didn’t write this book exclusively for the military audience and he does us all a great service by putting these leadership lessons into one volume and sharing them” In 2011 he was inducted in the US Army Ordnance Corps and Niagara University ROTC Halls of Fame. He serves as an adjunct professor of Leadership and Logistics at the University of Alabama Huntsville and the Defense Acquisition University – South.

Michael Theodore

Speaker -Sat, Interactive Advertising Bureau

Bio: Michael Theodore, like many digital immigrants, started his career in traditional media, with a 15-year stint in local and network television news and radio. After graduating with an MBA from Harvard, he worked as a management consultant in Arthur D. Little’s Media and Entertainment practice. That led to his introduction to the Internet, upon which he served as GM at both CitySearch and Kozmo.com. For the past 12 years he has served in a variety of senior management positions with industry trade associations, including the New York New Media Association, Connecticut Technology Council, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau, where he is currently SVP, Learning & Development. In 2012, he began development of the Digital Media Certification program, which has grown into a global program with more than 5,000 certified professionals in three separate certification programs in digital sales, ad operations and data solutions, and has earned ANSI accreditation, the highest standard possible for a professional assessment program. He is also the General Manager of the IAB Education Foundation, which has the dual mission of reducing the skills gap in the digital advertising and ad tech industries and increasing levels of diversity in the workforce.

Richard Hickey

Exhibitor/Speaker, Hilights

Bio: Richard Hickey began his career in FAA / FCC regulatory compliance roughly 20 years ago at Flash Technology, holding various management positions prior to joining First Light Resources as Chief Compliance Officer in 2013. In 2016, Richard joined long-time, trusted business associate Hilights, Inc. as Business Development Manager. In this role, Richard has the opportunity to work with an elite and industry-respected tower lighting service team, one which Richard contracted often throughout his career in FAA lighting. Richard has designed lighting systems within the applicable guidelines of the FAA, FCC, ICAO, Transport Canada, DGAC, NEC, NFPA, and IEEE standards for many global applications. His expertise was solicited for many high profile projects including a nation-wide communication tower deployment for the Egyptian Ministry of Aviation, the Suez and Panama Canals, wind farms in Austria and Germany, many catenary spans in the U.S., a maritime guidance system at Antwerp Harbor in Belgium, a U.S. Observatory in the Antarctic, the former World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Trump Spire in Chicago, Sutro Tower, and many of the tallest bridges, buildings, and broadcast towers around the world. Historical landmark curators, government entities, and other structure owners have consulted with Richard for advice regarding FAA and FCC compliance issues. In addition to many white papers, Richard authored a chapter in the 10th Edition of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Engineering Handbook and has spoken at numerous events throughout the U.S. and Canada, was awarded the Silver Scribe and served as Compliance Committee Co-Chair of ENTELEC, on the Board of Directors for the UtiliSite Council, received the Utilities Telecom Council Chairman’s Award in 2013, and holds membership in SBE 39.

Robbie McAlpine

Speaker -Fri Give Bag, Alpine Advertising

Bio: Robbie McAlpine, President of Alpine Advertising Agency, is a media entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the field.  Alpine Advertising Agency represents clients in the Auto and Telecomm industry.  Mr. McAlpine is also the owner of WCRL Classic Hits 95.3 and a partner in a company which owns and maintains towers for broadcast and broadband use. Robbie will be talking about his use of apps for his small market radio station to provide a radio station for each High School in Blount County. He will also speak briefly on the benefits of combining digital ad sales with Radio.

Scott Johnson

Speaker -Fri, Fletcher Heald Hildreth

Bio: Scott Johnson is a member of the firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC., Arlington, Virginia. Scott's legal professional life, commencing from his graduation from Duke University School of Law, has been devoted to the practice of communications law. Scott is well known for his representation of mass media clients, including radio and television station owners, broadcast networks and satellite program distributors, as well as universities, hospitals and cities with respect to telecommunications needs and funding. Scott also represents equipment manufacturers and companies which develop communications tower sites. Scott, likewise, has clients engaged in international radio and television and other international activities. He is legal counsel to the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. In recognition of his contributions as legal counsel to the Alabama Broadcasters Association, he was named "Broadcaster of the Year." Scott has also been named to the Alabama broadcasting "Hall of Fame." He is currently on the Board of Visitors of the University of Alabama School of Communications and Information Sciences. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College, and his law degree from Duke University School of Law. He is admitted to the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, and various other courts, and to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Alabama.

Scott Libin

Speake -Fri/Sat, Univ of Minnesota

Bio: Scott Libin is the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has three decades of experience as a journalist, including jobs on camera and behind the scenes, as a news manager and as an educator. Scott is the former VP of news and content at Internet Broadcasting. He was news director at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and WGHP-TV in the Greensboro, N.C., market. He spent seven years on the faculty of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a consultant to news organizations and has trained journalists internationally. Scott is a member of the RTDNA Board of Directors and is chair of the RTDNA Ethics Committee. He is a director and treasurer of the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press and serves on the ThreeSixty Journalism Board of Advisers.

Speed Marriott

Speaker -Sat, P1 Learning

Bio: Speed Marriott began his career in broadcasting over 30 years ago as a copywriter. He quickly discovered that copywriters drove cars from the previous decade, while account executives drove cars from the current decade. Based on this revelation the move was made to sales and he has never looked back. In 1981 Speed joined the sales department of Shamrock Broadcasting (Disney). During this time Speed rose through the ranks from Account Executive, Local Sales Manager to General Sales Manager in Kansas City. In addition, Speed served as GSM for Shamrock's Pittsburgh and Denver operations. Other experiences include GSM for South Central Communications in Knoxville, TN. After six years on the road, Speed returned to his hometown Kansas City and assumed responsibility as Director of Sales for Entercom's seven-station cluster. In 2000, Speed left Entercom to join forces with the Advantage Systems team. In 2007, Speed partnered with broadcaster Katey McGuckin-Woolam to found an eLearning company called P1 Learning. Today P1 Learning caters to thousands of traditional broadcast stations and media based companies on an international basis. Speed earned a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from the University of Central Missouri. Professionally he has earned both CRMC, CRSM designation and has completed a variety of training programs including CSS, Disney's Service Magic, War College and the NAB Executive Management course at Georgetown University.

Trooper Chuck Daniel

Speaker -Sat Give Bag, State of Alabama

Bio: Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel has been with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for over seven years. He has served a total of 13 years in law enforcement. Trooper Daniel is the Public Information Officer for the Birmingham and Jacksonville, AL Posts.

Winfield Sinclair

Speaker -Fri Give Bag, Atty General Offc

Bio: Winfield Sinclair is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama. He has admission to the US Supreme Court; US Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit (inactive Eighth Circuit); US District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; and, the Alabama and Missouri State Bars. Winfield currently serves the Attorney General in the Constitutional Defense Division. He previously worked for the Alabama Attorney General from 1979 to 1983. Between 1983 and 2006, he was a Special Agent with the FBI for three years, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri and Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Winfield is a 1978 graduate of Cumberland School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. In 1975, he received his BA in Religion, cum laude, from Sewanee: The University of the South, where he received departmental honors.

Secretary of State John Merrill

Alabama Secretary of State

Bio: On January 19, 2015, John Merrill was inaugurated as Alabama’s 53rd Secretary of State. The Secretary is very active in his community and has served in many leadership capacities. He is a Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, where he has served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Sanctuary Choir.   He is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State and the Republican Association of Secretaries of State.  He is the Co-Chair of the NASS Voter Participation Committee and serves as the NASS Representative to the Steering Committee of the National Voter Registration Day.  He is also a member of the United States Election Assistance Commission Standards Board.   Secretary Merrill is or has been a member of numerous community organizations such as, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Children First Board of Directors, Friends of the Alabama Archives Board of Directors, Alabama YMCA Youth in Government Board of Directors, State Republican Executive Committee, National Rifle Association, Leadership Tuscaloosa, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, United Way of West Alabama, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes, Hillcrest High School Athletic Boosters Club, West Alabama Literacy Council, Alabama Constables Association and others.   He has also served as Southeastern Regional Vice President for the National School Public Relations Association and President or Chairman of many groups, which include the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund, Alabama School Communicator’s Association and the Alabama Community Education Association, American Red Cross, Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association, United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, Youth for Christ, and is a past Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Republican Executive Committee.

Don Logan

CoY, Don Logan Family

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