Robert Folliard is Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Distribution, for Gray Television, Inc., which owns leading local television stations in 113 television markets. Mr. Folliard oversees federal regulatory matters for Gray Television, including its compliance with federal laws and FCC regulations. Mr. Folliard also negotiates Gray’s retransmission consent agreements and maintains Gray’s relationships with MVPDs, OTT operators, and other distributors of Gray’s content.
Mr. Folliard is the chair of Pearl TV, the organization of leading local broadcast companies that are spearheading the Next Gen TV transition. Before joining Gray in 2014, Mr. Folliard was an associate in the Communications Groups at Cooley, LLP and Dow Lohnes, PLLC in Washington, DC.
A 55-year industry veteran, Gil has done almost everything there is to do in Radio – and better than most anyone else – but engineering was his calling card and we’re all the better for it.
He spent 35 of those years helping build Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia).
As a Corporate Regional Vice President of Engineering, he managed technical operations for more than 125 stations in Texas and across the nation.
He also served as disaster coordinator for 1,200 Clear Channel Radio stations during several hurricanes and disasters.
Throughout his career, his natural curiosity and eagerness to apply new insights and share them with others, made him a natural teacher.
And as a keen observer of the industry, he knew that – just as he was retiring – it was more important than ever before to start teaching future engineers and other station leaders in charge of a station’s physical plant.
After a few long conversations with the TAB team, the TAB Technical Academy was born!
Tapping every resource he had – former colleagues, longtime friends, the folks at the Society of Broadcast Engineers and, of course, his own wealth of knowledge – Gil got to work developing a new Radio Chief Operator curriculum reflecting station operations and demands of the 21st Century.
Hundreds of slides, dozens of real-world examples, custom video instruction…he left no stone unturned.
The program graduated its first class of students in May, 2022 – after being delayed for two years by the pandemic.
Perry Priestley has worked in the professional broadcast industry for over 49 years. He joined Broadcast Electronics in June 2019 in the position of Chief Operating Officer and now is the Chief Sales Officer. Previously he held the position of CEO at Anywave Communication Technologies Inc. He has also held positions in Sales and Business Development with Linear Industries Brazil, Ibiquity Digital Corporation (now Xperi), Thales-France (now Thomson Broadcast), EEV-Marconi, and Philips (Pye TVT) in the UK. Perry has presented at over 200 technical broadcast conferences worldwide, has been the lead commercial coordinator in notable projects around the world, and has been a significant contributor to many new product releases in the radio and television broadcast market.
Perry earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge University, England, and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Telecommunications from Cambridge College of Technology.
Jessica Jett Hill holds dual roles at Advantage Systems, Inc. as Vice President of Digital and Director of Logistics. As VP of Digital, she oversees digital sales team training and client pitches, and evaluates digital solutions offered by Advantage Systems Interactive. Jessica also handles behind-the-scenes details for Advantage Systems as the leading Revenue Generation partner in the Broadcast Industry, contributing to process and presentation development.
She joined the company in 2003 as a Project Manager and played a key role in establishing Advantage Systems Interactive, which has evolved into a full-service digital agency. Jessica collaborates with small businesses and broadcast sales reps, shaping digital strategies, overseeing training and proposals, and coordinating projects nationwide.
With a background in the radio industry, her true passion lies in marketing, particularly assisting small businesses. She has gained valuable insights from her experience as a Sales Rep, Promotions Director, and local business Marketing Coordinator, and excels at simplifying complex concepts for others.
Jody Holland is a graduate of Angelo State University with a B.A. in Communications and M.S. in Applied Psychology. He has received specialized certifications in Team building, Leadership, Management, Fundraising, Personality Assessment, Physiognomy (Face Reading) and Conflict Management. He has worked with companies from Fortune 50 to small organizations. He measures the success of his programs by increasing performance for his clients’ companies and decreasing turnover.
Jody has worked in 14 countries to develop leadership, interpersonal skills, sales success, service excellence, and right attitudes. Jody is the author of 23 books with 8 on Audible and more than 30 training programs. He is a master-trainer in Team-Building, Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship, and Behavioral Sciences. He has delivered the keynote speech for more than 300 conferences, done hundreds of break-out sessions and has trained more than 200,000 leaders from all industries.
Jody has a unique style of bringing both education and entertainment to his lessons while inspiring others to see their own potential.
With a creative legacy that spans decades, Doug Harris has earned a reputation as a master of branding, marketing, promotions, and public relations initiatives. A former Billboard Magazine Marketing Director of the Year and the recipient of dozens of industry accolades, this native Houstonian is known for his decidedly eclectic approaches to traditional marketing challenges and his ability to balance the needs of broadcast programmers with their counterparts in sales. His boundless enthusiasm and seemingly endless capacity to generate bold new ideas have served the needs of broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies and small business owners with equal success. Harris is a member of the CCA (broadcast film critics), a past president of the Houston Film Critics Society, the Executive Director of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, and a frequent speaker at gatherings of marketing professionals.
Brian Wexler is Senior Vice President, Business Development at TVB, the national trade association representing America’s Local Broadcast Television Industry.
At TVB, Brian is responsible for working with local TV stations around the country to help support their sales and marketing efforts. Using decades of experience and solid market research, Brian is able to provide member stations, and their clients, a unique perspective on the advertising choices and marketing trends today. Brian speaks frequently at State Broadcast Conventions and Advertising Conferences about the state of the Television Industry today and tomorrow.
Residing in Tampa, FL, Brian represents the East Coast and Mid-West regions. He works closely with station management providing resources and support such as Sales Training, Category Webinars, Group Advertiser Presentations and In-Person Client Meetings. As a seasoned veteran in Broadcast and Digital Sales Management, Brian has the ideal complement of experience that makes him an asset for any team. Sharing Information and learning thru other’s achievements, is how we help our clients achieve greater success.
Brian is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio ‘89.
David Ostmo is a Regional Engineering Director for the Sinclair Broadcast Group based in San Antonio, Texas. He oversees the technical operations for 27 Sinclair owned stations spread out over 14 markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah.
Since becoming a Regional Engineer for Sinclair in 1998, Ostmo was involved in several broadcast industry initiatives including the DTV transition, station HD conversions, spectrum repack and the current roll out of ATSC 3.0. He’s overseen major station construction projects in San Antonio, El Paso and Beaumont, Texas in addition to significant facility renovations in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ostmo began working at KABB-TV in San Antonio, Texas in 1992 as Director of Operations and Engineering. For 21-years he was in charge of commercial and news production in addition to On-Air Operations and Engineering. In that capacity Ostmo produced live coverage of 71 football games, parades, and special events.
David’s broadcast career started in 1976 as a radio announcer and production assistant for KGLO Radio and TV in Mason City, Iowa. Ostmo was Program Director at KCPS Radio in Burlington, Iowa when he returned to the television side of the industry in 1980. He worked at five different TV stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Texas.
Broadcast History is Ostmo’s passion. He began writing on the subject while he was a columnist for TV Technology in the late 1980s. His personal library includes 1,500 books on broadcasting and motion pictures dating back to the early 1900s. Ostmo is a frequent speaker around the country delivering presentations about the evolution of broadcasting.
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