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Leadership

LEADERSHIP


Alex DeBarr ALEX DeBARR
PRESIDENT AND CEO

Alex DeBarr has been the president and CEO of Naylor Association Solutions since 2006. Since arriving at Naylor, Alex has led the evolution of Naylor’s product and service offerings, including the launch of a full digital product suite and the addition of a variety of event, SaaS, consulting and marketing services designed to serve the communication, engagement and non-dues revenue needs of business and professional associations. This expansion has included acquiring event management specialists Convention Management Group (CMG) in 2007, Global Exchange Events in 2012, and Boxwood Technology, the leading career and job services provider for associations, in April 2014. Naylor now works with more than 1,500 associations in the U.S. and Canada. Naylor was acquired in December 2013 by RLJ Equity Partners, the Bethesda, MD-based private equity firm founded by Robert L. Johnson.

Prior to joining Naylor, Alex spent 21 years at Advanstar Communications, where he oversaw a number of Advanstar’s integrated market groups and managed company-wide editorial programs and review processes. He began his career at Advanstar predecessor Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publications in 1984 and held a number of editorial, sales and publishing management roles before being appointed an executive vice president in 1997. Alex is a 1984 graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, currently sits on the board of directors of ABM (The Association of Business Information and Media Companies), and has four grown children.

John Bell JOHN BELL
CEO AND FOUNDER, BOXWOOD TECHNOLOGY

After automating his own staffing firm and implementing its nationwide affiliate network, John had a vision for a software solution to help associations participate in the electronic recruitment industry. His vision became reality with the founding of his 3rd company, Boxwood Technology, in 1998. John serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS) and is a frequent speaker at association, career and recruitment industry events. He is known throughout the association community for his “Giving back to the Industry” seminar series focused on generating non-dues revenue and building a successful and competitive career center. John is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College of Ashland, Virginia and leads Boxwood Technology from the Hunt Valley, Maryland office. Boxwood was acquired by Naylor in April 2014.

Marcus Underwood MARCUS UNDERWOOD
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

For the past five years, Marcus has led Naylor’s online product and services division, NaylorNet. The division is responsible for creating digital communication vehicles for our association clients and staying abreast of the ever-changing ways our associations and advertisers are connecting with their customers. Prior to joining Naylor in 2007, Marcus spent 13 years with Thomson Reuters’ Healthcare division– a leading B2B media company in the pharmaceutical and health care markets. Marcus was Senior Vice President in charge of Internet Initiatives with Thomson Healthcare and subsequently became President of Thomson Healthcare’s AHC Media division.

Tim Hedke TIM HEDKE
VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

As the most recent member of the senior management team, Tim began his Naylor career in 2012. Joining Naylor with more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience in the digital media services and publishing industries, Tim held the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller at XOS Digital, a leading provider of content management solutions and digital media services for collegiate and professional sports organizations. Prior to XOS Digital, he was Vice President of Finance and Operations at Advance Publishers, a consumer goods company focused on publishing children’s books.

Tim is a graduate of University of Central Florida, and received his Executive MBA from Rollins College in May, 2013.

Robert S. Ingraham ROBERT S. INGRAHAM
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Rob has more than 20 years of experience creating and operating profitable and highly successful media businesses across several industries. He is highly regarded among executives in multiple industries for his focus on developing valuable business opportunities for partners and stakeholders on all sides of the table. He has been both a successful entrepreneur and a senior executive for top publishers and event organizations including Reed Business Publishing, The McGraw Hill Companies, Advanstar Communications, and Questex Media.

Rob founded the appointment-based event company Global Exchange Events in 2009. GEE was acquired by Naylor in 2012.

Camille Stern CAMILLE STERN
VICE PRESIDENT AND GROUP SHOW DIRECTOR

As head of operations for NaylorCMG, Camille oversees a team of trade show managers and event management staff that produce more than 15 association shows per year. Prior to joining NaylorCMG, she served as Meetings Manager for the American Bus Association, the American Logistics Association, the National Association for the Remodeling Industry and the Travel Industry Association (now U.S. Travel), and was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans, LA. Camille is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Hospitality Management and leads NaylorCMG from its Fairfax, Virginia office.

Charles Popper CHARLES POPPER
VICE PRESIDENT OF ASSOCIATION RELATIONS

Charles has more than 17 years of publishing experience – 15 of those years have been spent exclusively working with trade and professional associations on building quality communications to position the association as the leading voice and authority to members. Charles oversees all consulting and content marketing for Naylor, heading a team of more than 30 publishing and communication professionals. In his role, Charles remains at the forefront of trends and best practices for effective member growth and retention within the association marketplace. As a result, he and his team have been integral in helping hundreds of national, regional and state associations achieve their communication and non-dues revenue goals.

Craig Judt CRAIG JUDT
VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION

IT veteran, Craig Judt, started with Naylor in 2000 as a consultant in workflow and production systems design. In January 2005, he joined the team as Director of Technology services and was promoted to Vice-President of Technology services in 2011.

Prior to working with Naylor, Craig was a consultant for JCL Associates, specializing in process control and automation systems. He has a Master of Science degree in Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, as well as holding credentials as a Professional Engineer.

Chip Sharkey 2 WILLIAM “CHIP” SHARKEY
VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT

Chip joined Naylor in 2006 from Direct Holdings Worldwide, LLC, where he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Direct Holdings, Chip spent 13 years with Lillian Vernon Corporation and 16 years with Busch Entertainment Corporation in VP and director roles. At Naylor, he oversees the Human Resource and Employee Development operations, including developing training materials for new hires, developing ongoing training for current employees, overseeing benefits administration and employee relations.

Jill Andreu JILL ANDREU
VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT

Jill is responsible for the overall strategy, direction, leadership and management of Naylor’s editorial department. Her diverse background brings both an editorial and strategic business growth perspective to the role. Jill started her Naylor career in 2003 as an editor after working as a news desk copy editor at The Gainesville Sun. From 2008-2014, she moved through the ranks from association account manager to publisher to group publisher, managing client relationships and inside sales. Jill is also responsible for execution of Content 360, a program that provides content strategy and leadership to the association marketplace.

Tara Ericson TARA ERICSON
GROUP VICE PRESIDENT

Tara began her career at Naylor in 1999 as trainer and sales coach. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Sales and opened a new office in the greater Atlanta area managing sales professionals for the NaylorNet online division and CMG events division. In 2013, Tara moved into the role of Group Vice President where she currently oversees four Group Publishers and specialized industry market teams located in Atlanta, Gainesville and Winnipeg.

Jon Meurlott JON MEURLOTT
GROUP VICE PRESIDENT

Jon joined the Naylor team in March 2001 as a sales professional, and in June 2002 was promoted to Corporate Manager of Advertising Sales. Today, as Group Vice President, Jon oversees six Group Publishers and specialized industry market teams, whose primary focus is to ensure Naylor’s association partners are consistently achieving their non-dues revenue goals.Jon is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a former United States Marine who also spent 13 years as a sales professional in the insurance industry.

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