Publisher, Hartford Courant
Newspapers have always fascinated Nancy Meyer.
As a communications major in college, she tested the waters as a reporter. But after writing for the student newspaper, Meyer dove into the advertising side of the business – and never looked back.
Meyer began her career in 1987 with Gannett newspapers in New York before spending nine years at Hearst Newspapers. She first worked as display advertising director at the Times Union in Albany, NY, then as classified print and online sales director at the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com, where she was responsible for the launch of all new classified verticals.
In 2006, Meyer returned to the East Coast to become vice president of advertising at The Courant and courant.com. The move also had a personal upside, bringing her closer to family.
Helping clients realize the potential of digital advertising is a passion of hers. Offering solutions across print, digital and broadcast platforms is another.
“Because we are fully integrated, we are one-stop shopping,” she said. “We listen to our clients, get an understanding of their goals and customize programs that are super creative and deliver ROI. Between broadcasting, digital and the newspaper, we build alliances for clients.”
Meyer majored in education and communications at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa., and at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Ct. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct.
Meyer serves on the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Connecticut affiliate. She lives with her family in Hartford’s West End.
Vice President & General Manager, WTIC-TV & WCCT-TV
Chris Geiger has been Vice President, General Manager of WTIC-TV and General Manager of WCCT-TV at Tribune Company since April 2014.
Geiger is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the stations, including strategic planning and day-to-day operations. He joined Tribune from Sinclair Broadcast Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group) where he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sinclair Broadcast’s Syracuse media properties including WSTM/NBC, WTVH/CBS, WSTQ/CW, CNY Central Digital, a 24-hour news broadcast, and CNYcentral.com.
He has spent 16 years with Sinclair/Barrington serving in positions of increasing responsibility, created and developed the CNY Central brand as the largest stand-alone broadcast media operation in New York State, outside of New York City.
He serves as a Director at CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. He serves on the Board of Directors of Centerstate CEO, Central New York’s Economic Development Group and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York, most recently as President.
Mary Lou Stoneburner
VICE PRESIDENT, ADVERTISING
Mary Lou Stoneburner began her career at The Hartford Courant as a local retail account executive. Stoneburner¹s sales success and leadership resulted in her ascending roles in advertising sales management including retail sales manager, classified sales manager, assistant classified director, classified director, and most recently, senior advertising director.
Stoneburner has a provided strategic vision during the course of her career.
She has built integrated sales teams, implemented new products, and managed successful business operations for print, online and multimedia.
As the classified sales manager, Stoneburner launched real estate and automotive online products such as cars.com and apartments.com. She also developed two newspaper special sections, Wednesday¹s On the Road (formerly Wednesday Wheels) and the Friday Real Estate section. As classified director, she added recruitment to the categories she oversaw, continuing to focus on integrated sales strategies to grow print and online revenue.
As digital advertising has gained traction over the past few years, Stoneburner has been there step by step to champion the integrated sale. As the Courant¹s senior advertising director she was responsible for digital retail sales, providing an overarching strategy for all digital platforms, sales teams and product lines.
Stoneburner¹s enthusiasm comes through in her ability to grow market share in the changing world of digital and social media. During her career as an advertising executive she has consistently shown a passion not only for what she does, but for her customers as well.
Stoneburner lives in Rocky Hill with her children, Julianne and Christopher, and her dog, Kooda.
Director of Sales for Broadcasting
Mark Oxton, a Brooklyn, NY native, is a hard-charging sales manager with career stints in New York City and Boston.
He studied communications at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Oxton’s goal was to be behind a television camera, shooting the action at NFL football games. He took a job as a sales assistant for TeleRep Inc., with the idea of getting his foot in the door.
Oxton worked his way up as a TeleRep account executive, responsible for selling spot time for 12 stations in the top 50 television markets. Still in New York City, he continued his career at New World Sales & Marketing, where he smoothed the company’s affiliation change from CBS to FOX.. In 1996, he moved to Boston to become vice president and sales manager at Fox Television Sales. After four years, he jumped to WLVI-TV as an account executive. He was promoted to local sales manager in 2002, overseeing eight account executives and a staff responsible for more than $28 million in ad revenue.
At CT1 Media, Oxton mentors a 21-person staff, emphasizing the synergy created from the integrated television stations, web sites and newspapers.
The father of four children, he lives with his wife, Kate, and daughters Addison and Avery, in Avon.
Jennifer T. Humes
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Jennifer T. Humes juggles branding campaigns, website launches – and T-ball games.
“I’m a Mom – I know how to multitask!” Humes says.
As director of marketing and communications at CT1 Media, Humes oversees an integrated department of print, digital and broadcast teams. She also directs the company’s public relations efforts.
Humes began her marketing career as an account manager at EMCI in Stamford where she created fully integrated entertainment marketing concepts. From 2000-2001 she focused on trade marketing, consumer promotion and branding as a senior account manager at J. Brown LMC Group, also in Stamford. Among her accomplishments was helping to manage the Nabisco co-marketing initiatives for its entire product line and executing a Kraft/Nabisco/Coca-Cola Super Bowl promotion, J. Brown’s first three cross-brand promotion.
Humes came to the Hartford Courant in 2001 as a marketing account manager, and was promoted to assistant brand manager in 2004. During this time she executed the re-launch and re-positioning of courant.com, and developed marketing programs that established CareerBuilder in the local market. She left the Courant briefly in 2005, serving as an account supervisor at Ryan Partnership in Wilton. At Ryan she delivered strategic solutions for the No. 1 bottled water company in the U.S.
Humes rejoined the Courant as it was being integrated as a multi-platform department for CT1 Media. Promoted to marketing manager in 2011, Humes launched ctshopshere.com, which became the top-performing shopping website for the Tribune company.
Humes is a proud alumnus of UConn, having received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1995. She lives in Simsbury with her husband, Michael Humes, a public relations manager at ESPN, and the couple’s two sons, Carter and Griffin.