W. Kip Speyer
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
W. Kip Speyer has been our CEO, President and Chairman of the Board since May 2010. From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Speyer served as a director, the president and chief executive officer of Speyer Door and Window, LLC, which was sold to Haddon Windows, LLC (SecuraSeal, LLC, AccuWeld Corporation) in December 2009. From October 2002 to May 2005 Mr. Speyer had been a private investor. Mr. Speyer was president and chief executive officer of Intelligent Systems Software, Inc. (ISSI) from October 2000 through June 2002, whereby Mr. Speyer became chief executive officer of ICAD, Inc. (ICAD: Nasdaq) which was a combination of ISSI and Howtek, Inc. (HOWT:Nasdaq). Mr. Speyer was the president and chief executive officer of Galileo Corporation (GAEO: Nasdaq) from 1998 to 1999. Galileo Corporation changed its name to NetOptix (OPTX: Nasdaq) and was merged with Corning Corporation (GLW: NYSE) in a stock purchase in May 2000. From 1996 to 1998 Mr. Speyer was the president of Leisegang Medical Group, three medical device companies owned by Galileo Corporation. Prior to joining Galileo Corporation, Mr. Speyer founded Leisegang Medical, Inc. and served as its president and chief executive officer from 1986 to 1996. Leisegang Medical, Inc. was a company specializing in medical devices for women’s health. From 1982 to 1985 Mr. Speyer served as president of Hays Medical Companies, a six-company multi-national and part of the Hays Group. Mr. Speyer is a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1972.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Greg Peters is a founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDN, Inc. Upon the acquisition of NDN in November 2019 by the Company, Mr. Peters became the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bright Mountain Media, Inc. Mr. Peters has served as the President, CEO, and Board Member of Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP) and in the 1990s, Mr. Peters was Vice President of International Operations for Advanced Fibre Communications (NASDAQ: TLAB) and Adtran (NASDAQ: ADTN), where he led global expansion to over 40 countries. For nearly a decade, he held increasingly senior positions at AT&T Network Systems, the last being Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Peters conducted business for AT&T in over 60 countries and was responsible for directing the telecommunications recovery and reconstruction efforts in the Persian Gulf Region during and after the Gulf War. Mr. Peters holds multiple issued patents (No. 8,364,693, No. 8,849,814 and No. 8,849,815) focused on methods of searching, sorting and displaying video clips and sound files by relevance. Since November 2011, Mr. Peters led a partnership with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com). Through this relationship, NDN has assisted the Center in finding over 100 children. Mr. Peters serves on the Board of Reggie Jackson’s Mr. October Foundation and Bill Murray’s Murray Bros Caddy Shack Charity Golf Tournament. Mr. Peters has served on the alumni board of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, the Technology Association of Georgia Board, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Advisory Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Mr. Peters earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance & Accounting from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Thunderbird. Mr. Peters has continued his educational efforts in executive programs at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities.
Edward A. Cabanas
Chief Financial Officer
From March 2019 until July 2020, Mr. Cabanas, 49, served as Vice President Finance for ACAMS, L.L.C. (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) where he oversaw the finance function for the company and partnered with the operation focusing on Sales management, International expansion and Product development. From February 2017 until August 2018, he served as SVP, CFO for the Connectivity segment of Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ: ENT) where he oversaw the global finance and accounting functions for a leading provider of satellite-based connectivity to the Air, Sea and remote Land markets. Earlier in his career, he served in various senior finance (Corporate Controller and Regional CFO) and business development positions at Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) where he spent approximately 15 years (from 2001 to 2016) living stateside, as well as, abroad in Europe and South America for the largest private, for-profit, higher education group globally. Over this time span, he spent half his time acquiring and adding universities and/or institutions to the global network focusing on due diligence, securing local financing and integration activities once transactions completed. Additionally, he spent the other half of his time as Corporate Controller, Regional CFO for the Andean region (Chile, Ecuador and Peru) and Regional CFO for Central America. Prior to Laureate, he spent several years at Ernst & Young in New York City and Madrid, Spain in the Audit, Dispute resolution and Transaction Support Services groups. Mr. Cabanas received a BS in Public Accounting in 1993 from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York and obtained his CPA license (currently inactive) from the State of New York in 1996.
Chief Executive Officer, Wild Sky Media
Emily Smith is CEO of Wild Sky Media, a collection of digital brands that cater to multicultural women audiences. Her global team creates award-winning content on multiple platforms that has attracted over 70M followers as well as strong and loyal business from major brands and ad agencies. Wild Sky Media consists of Mom.com, LittleThings, CafeMom, MamasLatinas, BabyNameWizard, and Revelist. Their newest site Mom.com received a 2020 Webby award for Diversity and Inclusion
Prior to joining Wild Sky Media, she served as Chief Growth Officer, President of Media at Brit + Co, a content and commerce start-up with omnichannel extensions such as live events, a line of branded merchandise at Target, and for-pay instructional classes. During Brit + Co’s hyper-growth phase, Smith helped raise two rounds of funding and recruited the company’s next generation of leadership in editorial, marketing and tech. She led all product, marketing and growth efforts for the company, growing to a reach of over 129M people across site and social platforms.
At Tribune Publishing, Smith was the SVP, Digital, and was hired to lead a digital transformation as the company rebuilt itself, coming out of a four-year bankruptcy. She developed new digital products, growing audience and driving incremental revenues from subscriptions, sales, ecommerce, and partnerships. Her team was a multidisciplinary organization of engineers, product managers, UX designers, project managers, marketers, and social media specialists who supported over a dozen news and commerce brands.
In 2014, Smith’s team launched a new responsively designed website for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, completed a major overhaul of their news apps, created site-wide sponsorships, and implemented video distribution deals on DirectTV, Hulu, and Roku. The site design won that year’s top ONA award for general excellence.
Previously at The Walt Disney Company for 12 years, Smith oversaw marketing, product and business development for a portfolio of lifestyle and parenting sites, creating original videos, photo galleries, text-based content, mobile and tablet apps. Her team launched the first Disney-branded site for women in 2006, winning two Webbys for it in 2009. In support of creating premium ad opportunities, she negotiated and developed branded entertainment deals with high profile talent and led the sales development and implementation for all integrated ad campaigns. Her team was responsible for developing all consumer and trade marketing in support of Women and Family brands, running print, TV, social, and all forms of digital campaigns. To grow reach, she led the acquisition and integration of three companies, bringing scale and momentum to advertisers and partners.
Smith is an oft-requested speaker at digital industry events. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Todd F. Speyer
Chief Executive Officer, Bright Mountain, LLC
Todd F. Speyer has been a member of the board of directors and an employee of our company since January 2011, currently serving as our Digital Director. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Speyer was the marketing and product manager for Speyer Door and Window from 2005 to 2009. He was responsible for developing all the company’s websites, from product conception in 2005 through the sale of the company in 2009, including writing copy and initiating animations on the website to illustrate product concept prior to prototype completion. Additionally, he was responsible for market research, pricing, design, feature and studying distribution characteristics of other companies in the door and window space. His input was felt in product design areas including, pricing, colors, appearance, features, performance and overall perceived salability. Mr. Speyer created the Speyer Seven product features as the most important customer buying attributes based on customer feedback. Mr. Speyer graduated from Florida State University in 2004 with a BA in English Literature.
Chief Marketing Officer, Oceanside Media
Joey Winshman has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 2019. Mr. Winshman has served as Chief Marketing Officer of S&W since co-founding the company in February 2015. Since June 2018 he has also served as Chief Marketing Officer of Lumynox, a subsidiary of S&W. Prior to co-founding S&W, from June 2013 until January 2015 Mr. Winshman was Media Manager for Taptica International Ltd., now known as Tremor International Ltd. (AIM: TRMR), a leader in advertising technologies with operations in more than 60 countries. Mr. Winshman, who is a citizen of both Israel and the U.S., received a B.S. in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, from the University of Vermont.