Jeff Conroy: Three-time Emmy Award Winner; TV Show Executive Producer

February 28, 2018

Not everyone knows what they want to do when they get to Miami, but Oxford seems to set people on a path…and a path for success. This was the case for Jeff Conroy. It wasn’t until sitting with the Miami counselors half-way his Oxford run before he picked a major and a direction, and he hasn't stopped learning since. Jeff shares a great story about getting a crash course entertainment MBA by being a driver for a TV executive in Hollywood. The daily conversations helped him land his next job. Now twenty years and three Emmys later, Jeff co-runs BobCat, a multi-platform video studio based in Los Angeles. His team’s latest docuseries project, American Farmer, was just greenlit by the History Channel a few weeks ago.


Dave Knox: Author (Predicting The Turn), Venture Investor, Brand Owner

February 21, 2018

Dave brings a blend of classical marketing acumen (from his days at P&G) along with entrepreneurial instinct to navigate today’s changing business landscape. He is recognized throughout the industry as an innovator that bridges the worlds between brand marketing, digital, and entrepreneurship. He also co-founded The Brandery, one of the top 10 Startup Accelerators in the US. Most recently, Dave authored the best-selling must-read: Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips, which was recognized as the Grand Prix winner in the 2017 Atticus Awards. He has a B.S. Marketing from Miami and with Jenny Rooney, co-created the Cradle of Marketers program within the Farmer School of Business.


John Walton: Director of Broadcasting, Washington Capitals

February 14, 2018

Miami grad John Walton is living his dream at this very moment. He is in Korea, calling Olympic hockey games for NBC (you might have heard him last night calling the USA women's 5-0 win over O.A.R (Olympic Athletes from Russia). Quite a change of location from his days in Oxford and Cincinnati and then from Hershey, PA and Washington, DC. His twenty-year career has stretched from the Cincinnati Reds to now as the Director of Broadcasting and Play-by-Play voice of the NHL Washington Capitals (he is taking a three week sabbatical to do the Olympics works). As you’ll hear in our conversation, his entire career started with a tip and some help from a Miami professor. We caught up with John before he left for Pyeongchang, and he talks about the importance of storytelling and how he uses his voice to tell that story.


Rebecca Messina: SVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Beam Suntory

February 7, 2018

 Rebecca Messina is a well-respected global brand marketer who has led fast-growing entrepreneurial premium brands at The Coca-Cola Company and now at Beam Suntory.  She has lived and traveled the world teaching the values of ‘brand’. Interestingly, she says the difference maker in her initial job growth at The Coca-Cola Company comes from her Spanish-speaking skills honed at Miami. Fortunately I get to spend time with her every year in Oxford at The Cradle of Marketers…because I learn from her too. Our conversation begins as we dissect this past Sunday’s Super Bowl advertising game.


Rick Dudley: Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network, Chairman and CEO

February 2, 2018

With two days before the Super Bowl, I felt appropriate to get Miami alum Rick Dudley on the pod. Not only did he spend more than a decade at the NFL, he has been the CEO of Octagon, a global sports and entertainment marketing and management agency, for more than 15 years. And oh yeah, he is my boss. He references two Miamians in the pod that are very relevant to the Super Bowl too - Jim Steeg and Jon Miller. We'll get them on the pod shortly. In the below image, Rick is with Octagon's Janey Miller, John Shea and client and 4x 2016 Olympic Gymastics Gold Medalist (including the Individual All-Around) Simone Biles.