Wayne M. Pecena

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Round Rock, TX

Wayne M. Pecena CPBE, 8-VSB, ATSC3, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Wayne M. Pecena is the Associate Director for Engineering of Educational Broadcast Services who operates public media stations KAMU-TV and KAMU-FM at Texas A&M University. Wayne has over 50 years of broadcast and IP network engineering experience and holds BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University. Wayne is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), a past President of SBE and holds the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) and Certified Broadcast Network Engineer (CBNE) certifications including all specialty endorsements available. He was named the 2012 SBE Educator of the Year and the 2014 Radio World Engineer of the year. He is an author and a frequent industry speaker on IP Networking and cybersecurity topics for the broadcast and media technology professional.

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Walid Hamri

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Walid Hamri is AVP, Media Systems Engineering at Sinclair Broadcast Group, leading the technology transformation and continuous improvement for Broadcast, Cable and Digital distribution.

Prior to joining Sinclair, he served as the VP of Solutions & Business Development at ATEME and Chief Product Officer at SeaChange where he led the Product and Solution team in promoting the multi-screen Video Delivery Platform. He holds a B.S. in Electronics and Computer Science and a M.S in Image and Processing and Multimedia from Grenoble Institute of Technology (France).

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Tyler Kleinle

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Tyler Kleinle runs the YouTube channel Antenna Man which provides videos on antenna reviews, reception tips, and information about free over the air TV. Tyler has been an antenna hobbyist since the age of five and is very passionate about the broadcast TV industry. With a background in video production, he used those skills to turn his antenna hobby into a successful YouTube channel that has helped millions of people across the country cut the cord with an antenna.

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Dr. Shawn DuBravac

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Acclaimed futurist and trendcaster, Dr. Shawn DuBravac is author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of business, healthcare, finance, transportation, and culture.

DuBravac is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker, delivering pragmatic and provocative insights on the trends, technologies, and paradigms transforming the globe. His research focuses on the forces shaping tomorrow that are percolating on the periphery of society and business today. By providing an elevated view of developing trends, DuBravac empowers leaders and their organizations to improve strategic decision-making capabilities by understanding the changing landscape and identifying the opportunities that lie ahead.

DuBravac is president of Avrio Institute. Borrowing from the Greek Αύριο meaning tomorrow, the Institute helps leaders prepare for uncertain and divergent futures. Clients include Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies, scrappy start-ups, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Grounded in economics, DuBravac served over 12 years as chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer tech companies, and owner and producer of CES.

DuBravac writes extensively on disruptive technological shifts and has been widely published on the topics of technology, finance, and economics. His analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on-air with CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS, and other media outlets.

DuBravac has been named one of the top 50 futurist speakers to have at your conference by Readwrite, one of 27 finance thought leaders to read and follow by Prophix, and to Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” list of people to watch in the technology industry. He is a past-President of both the CFA Society of Washington, DC and the Conference of Business Economists, a founding trustee of the CTA Foundation, and a past board member of the National Association of Business Economists.

DuBravac has taught at the George Washington University School of Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business, the George Mason University School of Business, Marymount University School of Business, and the University of Mary Washington. He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University. DuBravac resides in Virginia with his wife and three sons.

When he’s not helping executive teams decipher coming shifts, he can be found climbing 14ers, running marathons, and coaching youth sports.

DuBravac shares his insights and ideas at ShawnDuBravac.com, and on Twitter and Instagram at @shawndubravac.

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Shaun Dolan

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Shaun is a Partner at Inrush Broadcast Services, which provides consulting, integration, and maintenance solutions to media creators. He focuses on delivering the benefits of software-based infrastructure while incorporating tried-and-true broadcast technology. The Inrush team has completed studio, transmitter, and cloud projects for broadcasters of all sizes, from rural independent operators to 4 of the 5 highest-billing radio stations in the US.

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Peter Eckmann

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Peter Eckmann started in the broadcast profession in 1984 as a tower technician with Doty Moore Tower Services for a summer job.    He attended ITT Technical institute from 1988 to 1990 graduating as salutatorian with an associate’s degree in Applied Electronic Engineering.  Shortly thereafter a relationship was built with broadcast consultant William J. B. Smith.  During the next several years working closely with Bill Smith he honed his network analyzer skills.  Peter performed all of the RF work for Doty Moore Tower services until 2001 when he purchased the assets, client list, and endorsement of William J.B. Smith Broadcast Consultants, Inc.  Since then we have had many projects all over the US and many parts of the world. 

Prominent projects include:

  • First DTV system, Raleigh, NC
  • CBS DTV system on Empire State building
  • Sutro Tower interim DTV system
  • Sutro Tower permanent DTV system
  • Sutro Tower Repack 2017 thru 2021
  • Rede TV DTV system, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mix TV Combiner 14, 15, 16, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Master FM repairs and tune, American Tower, Austin, TX
  • Travis Tower LLC, KVUE, KLRU, & KEYE, Austin, TX
  • CRP Radio, Lima Peru
  • American Tower Master Antenna System, Missouri City TX

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Paul Jacobs

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Paul Jacobs is the Vice President/General Manager of Jacobs Media, which for forty years has provided programming, digital, sales, and social media consulting to commercial, Christian, and public radio stations, including stations owned by Beasley, Hubbard, NPR, PRI, and many Public Radio stations. 

In a career in broadcasting and consulting that spans four decades, Jacobs began his career on the sales side of the business and WNIC and WRIF in Detroit, ultimately serving as a General Manager at radio stations in Dallas and Detroit before joining Jacobs Media in 1991.

In 2008, Jacobs also became the President of a startup mobile application development company – jacapps.  The company is one of the largest mobile application developers with over 1,300 apps developed worldwide.

Paul has been a tireless advocate for the industry, working with the automotive industry to insure radio’s place in the car today and in the future, the industry’s digital transformation, and future prospects for revenue generation.

Paul has served as Board Chair of Greater Public, which serves public radio and television stations, and is the past Board Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

He was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016, received the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award from The Conclave in 2019, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award from Michigan State University’s ComArtSci Department in 2021.

In 2022, Paul and his brother, Fred received the National Radio Award, the highest honor in the industry from the Nattional Association of Broadcasters.

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Pat Bryson

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Pat Bryson is the owner of Bryson Broadcasting International, a consulting firm that specializes in training and coaching radio salespeople and managers in Europe, Canada, Australia, Central Asia and the United States. Her work in Europe has included Poland, Albania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Malta, Romania and Bulgaria. Her radio career has included on-air, sales, sales manager and general manager of stations.

She has a degree in Communications from the University of Tulsa, a management degree from Oral Roberts University, and continuing studies at Georgetown University. She was the recipient of two prestigious scholarships from the National Association of Broadcasters: The Executive Development program and The Broadcast Leadership Training program.

She has been a featured speaker at Radiodays Ireland, Radiodays Sweden, Radiodays Denmark, Radiodays Asia, Radiodays Munich, EGTA, Radio Conference Poland, Krakfilm Festival, Australian National Radio Convention, Ontario Broadcasters Association, Christian Music Broadcaster’s Convention, Gospel Music Association of Canada, Asia Pacific Broadcast Union, and the National Association of Broadcasters in the United States as well as state broadcast associations throughout the U.S.

She is the author of “A Road Map to Success in High-Dollar Broadcast Sales” and a new book, “Successful Broadcast Sales: Thriving in Change” available on her website. Her sales articles have been published in radio broadcast newsletters in Australia, Poland and Brazil and she is a regular columnist in Radio Ink and Small Market Newsletter.

She has four times been named to Radio Ink Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Radio.

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John Tkac

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

John Tkac was in the retail automobile business for 32 years and operated some of the largest retail auto dealerships in the country. He now travels the country teaching broadcasters how to more effectively communicate with, and sell to, these important local advertisers. John will share with you, the most effective strategies, tactics, and techniques that will make the auto dealers in your area long-term customers and true believers in the effectiveness of broadcasting.

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Jessica Nyman

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Jessica Nyman is a Partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Washington, DC-based Communications group, working out of Pillsbury’s Austin, TX office.   Her practice focuses on communications regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.  In addition to advising on regulatory compliance issues and filings, Jessica has represented clients in a wide array of litigation before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Labor, the Copyright Royalty Board, and state and federal courts. She has also represented clients in a variety of transactions, including retransmission consent negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, ATSC 3.0 hosting and spectrum usage agreements, and information technology outsourcing transactions.  Jessica is a regular contributor to CommLawCenter.com, Pillsbury’s one-stop resource center for communications law matters.

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