Educational Sessions

Monday, April 20


9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session TBA

11 a.m.-Noon

Executing the Amazon Flywheel: Using Advertising to Organically Rank Your Products 

Amazon has recently entered the triopoly of advertising, along with Google and Facebook. Learn the critical steps required to ensure that your products rank effectively and organically on Amazon using a combination of listing optimization and paid advertising strategy. Get expert insight into how advertising impact product ranking and how SEO integration is critical to success.


Shannon Roddy, Marketplace Seller Courses

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Media Mix in Transition

With industry estimates continuing to show erosion in the traditional TV audience, how are media outlets — linear and streaming alike — shifting their offerings to take create new video marketing opportunities for clients while also maintaining share of spend in legacy advertising?


Brian Judge, Discovery Inc.

Jennifer Karlson, ViacomCBS

Jeff Nash, MeTV

3-4 p.m.

Session TBA

Tuesday, April 21


9:30-10:30 a.m.

Podcast Power Hour

A key reason performance marketers are flooding the podcast space is the tight-knit relationships that hosts develop with both their audience and their advertisers. However, many misconceptions still remain about podcasts as a direct-to-consumer outlet. Join leaders from iHeartMedia, podcast measurement company Chartable, and Jake Brennan, host of the popular Disgraceland podcast, as they share case studies and highlight the growing data and measurement capabilities available to today’s podcast advertisers.



Jake Brennan, Disgraceland

Michael Keohane, iHeartMedia

Dave Zohrob, Chartable


Christina Wong, Havas Edge

11 a.m.-Noon

Government Affairs Roundup

A trio of the performance-driven and direct-to-consumer marketing industry’s leading attorneys discuss the latest in federal and state regulations, the class action space, and more. The conversation will touch on news about the FTC’s endorsement guides and negative option marketing regulation — plus topics like social media, individual liability, and more.



Ed Glynn, Locke Lord

Linda Goldstein, BakerHostetler

Leonard Gordon, Venable LLP

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Getting Creative in Expanding Video Media

The rise of OTT/streaming and other digital video marketing options is forcing marketers, agencies, and media outlets alike to get more creative — not just with creative, but with ad lengths, placements, and more. Hear from a group of ad sales executives from across the advertising outlet spectrum about what’s working — and what’s not — as more intriguing opportunities come available to performance and direct-to-consumer marketers.



Michaela Giovengo, Hulu

Mark Sullivan, ViacomCBS

3-4 p.m.

PDMI Town Hall 

The Performance-Driven Marketing Institute is nearing the second anniversary of its founding. As we turn our attention toward the second half of 2020, hear from the group’s leaders about where we’ve come from, where we are, and — most importantly — where we’re going. And, with a lengthy Q&A session planned, this is your chance — PDMI members and non-members alike — to share feedback and a vision for the PDMI’s future.


Thomas Haire, PDMI

John Yarrington, PDMI

Speaker Bios



Thomas Haire

Thomas Haire is co-founder and chief content officer of Definitive Media Group, an event and trade publishing company, as well as co-founder and board member of the Performance-Driven Marketing Institute (PDMI), a non-profit trade association. Prior to serving in these roles, Haire spent 17 years as editor-in-chief of Response Magazine. He also served as the content director of Response Expo, a trade event in the marketing industry, from 2007-2018. He is a four-time Western Publications Association (WPA) Maggie-award nominee as editor-in-chief of Response and a two-time Eddie Award winner as a magazine editor and feature writer. A native Southern Californian and graduate of USC, Haire and his wife relocated to Massachusetts last summer and welcomed their first child, a son, in September.

John Yarrington

John Yarrington is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Performance-Driven Marketing Institute (PDMI) and co-founder of Definitive Media Group (DMG), an event and trade publishing company. Prior to co-founding PDMI and DMG, Yarrington was the publisher of Response Magazine and executive director of Response Expo and the Direct Response Marketing Alliance (DRMA). With nearly two decades of serving the direct response, direct-to-consumer, and performance-driven marketing industry, he has become an experienced leader and seasoned veteran at building community platforms that unite, grow, and propel industries forward. Yarrington received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Shannon Roddy

Amazon expert Shannon Roddy is the founder of Marketplace Seller Courses, an online course designed to help brands, inventors, and entrepreneurs make the most of their Amazon selling experience. He has consulted with more than 90 companies during the past seven years, helping them to set up, optimize, and launch their Amazon storefronts, as well as successfully promote and protect their brands on Roddy has not only helped numerous sellers increase conversion rates and sales but also helped obtain No. 1 New Release rankings for several products — as well as assisted with multiple No. 1 Best Selling products on Amazon. His innovative approach to empowering sellers with practical takeaways and helping them focus on the essentials creates tremendous value opportunities. Roddy resides with his family in Atlanta.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan is the host and creator of the explosive music and true crime podcast Disgraceland and co-owner of the audio-driven media company Double Elvis Productions. Launched in 2018, Disgraceland rocketed to the top of the Apple Podcasts charts and was named to Apple Podcasts coveted “Best Of" 2018 and 2019 year-end lists. Disgraceland has been nominated for two iHeart Podcast awards and won the award for Best Music Podcast in 2020. In 2019, Brennan published his first book, Disgraceland: Musicians Getting Away with Murder and Behaving Very Badly (Grand Central/Hachette).

Michael Keohane

Michael Keohane is an 18-year veteran of the digital media space, having led sales teams at CNET, communications startup Meebo, and now iHeartMedia. As senior vice president of podcast sales, Keohane leads strategy and monetization efforts across iHeart’s industry-leading 177 million monthly podcast downloads.

Dave Zohrob

Dave Zohrob is the co-founder and CEO of, the podcast measurement company. Chartable helps podcasters understand and grow their audiences, and empowers advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their ads.

Michaela Giovengo

Michaela Giovengo is the director of performance marketing at Hulu, where she is responsible for leading the team focused on driving Hulu’s direct-to-consumer brand advertising revenue. Since joining Hulu in 2012, Giovengo has been instrumental in the development and growth of the Hulu performance marketing unit, which has tripled in size and has resulted in expansive revenue growth year-over-year. Prior to joining Hulu, she spent more than six years at NBCUniversal as an account executive across a number of the network properties, including USA, Oxygen, Bravo, and SyFy. Giovengo was born and raised in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fordham University. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and their two children, Siena and Luke.

Edward Glynn

Edward Glynn, a partner at Locke Lord, offers his clients decades of experience in advising leading consumer products and services, pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, advertising and marketing companies on federal and state regulatory matters, government investigations and litigation. He provides strategic business counseling involving consumer protection, marketing and trade regulation issues. As a former senior official in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Glynn's practice includes advising clients facing federal and state regulatory investigations, including FTC investigations; and reviewing advertising campaigns for compliance with regulatory requirements. He also actively represents clients in proceedings before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Glynn is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and was once again named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Advertising Law.

Linda Goldstein

Linda Goldstein is widely recognized as one of the leading advertising lawyers in the country and is co-leader of BakerHostetler’s Advertising, Marketing & Digital Media team. Goldstein regularly provides advertising counsel and regulatory advice to leading Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies in many different product and service categories. She represents clients in investigative and enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general, district attorneys, and other federal and state agencies with jurisdiction over advertising and marketing practices. Goldstein spends a considerable portion of her time advising clients on how to minimize the legal risks associated with mobile marketing, e-retail, social influencers, native advertising, email and telemarketing, sweepstakes and contests, fantasy sports leagues, and casual gaming. Goldstein is regularly called upon by national, business and trade publications to share her knowledge of the advertising and marketing industry. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, NBC’s TODAY Show, Adweek, Advertising Age, and the National Law Journal.

Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon, co-chair of Venable’s Advertising and Marketing Group, is a skilled litigator who leverages his significant experience working for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help protect his clients’ interests and guide their business activity. Gordon regularly represents companies and individuals in investigations and litigation with the FTC, state attorneys general, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Len also represents clients in business-to-business and class-action litigation involving both consumer protection and antitrust issues.

Brian Judge

Brian Judge helps lead one of the largest direct response teams in the industry at Discovery Inc. In his current role as director of integrated media sales, DR, he is responsible for managing a team of account executives selling linear networks in the portfolio, as well as spearheading all things digital, OTT, VOD, and programmatic. He started his career on the agency side andwas a director on a media buying team priorto joining Discovery. Judge resides in New Jersey with his wife, Sophia, and his three children: Liam, Ethan, and Kiera.

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan has been with ViacomCBS for 15 years and is responsible for co-managing a team of 13 sales executives across 17 networks and digital platforms. Top networks and digital platforms include Nickelodeon, MTV, Paramount Network, and Comedy Central. Sullivan has helped lead the team into the digital video side of the direct response business, and the Viacom team delivered 125-percent year-over-year (YOY) revenue growth in 2019. He lives in Hoboken, N.J. with his wife and three sons.

Jeff Nash

Jeff Nash is vice president, network ad sales, for Weigel Broadcasting’s MeTV Networks, the leader in the digital network space. He has been a key contributor in the launch and rollout of successful Weigel networks MeTV, Movies!, Heroes and Icons, Start TV, and Decades. In his role, Nash runs the Chicago-based sales group for MeTV Networks. He also oversees key hybrid DR, upfront, and scatter business for the group. Nash played a leading role in the creation of MeTV Unwired Networks, an aggregation of inventory from large market MeTV affiliates and other local broadcast and cable properties around the country. Nash has been with Weigel for more than 10 years, beginning in a local sales role with WCIU, Weigel’s Chicago independent station, and WWME, MeTV Network’s flagship affiliate. He switched over to the networks group in 2010, coinciding with the national launch of MeTV Network.


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