Ajit PaiChairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012. Chairman Pai’s regulatory philosophy is informed by a few simple principles: Rules that reflect these principles will result in more innovation, more investment, better products and services, lower prices, more job creationn and faster economic growth.
Congresswoman Debbie DingellMI-12
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, Debbie was the Chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.
For more than 30 years Debbie served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. In her commitment to job creation, Debbie led the effort to bring the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, a $20 million partnership designed to help create jobs and economic growth, to southeast Michigan. She is a past chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council.
With values instilled by her Catholic education, Debbie’s activism took root in her passion for issues important to women and children. She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women’s heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served on numerous boards related to women’s issues including the advisory boards for the NIH Panel for Women’s Research, the Michigan Women’s Economic Club, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the board of the Michigan Women’s Foundation. She was a co-founder of both the first Race for the Cures in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.
Debbie has led a number of efforts and initiatives related to young people and education stemming from her role as a WSU Governor and co-chair of the Children’s Leadership Council, a business-led advocacy group that promotes investment in early childhood education. She chaired the Michigan Infant Mortality Task Force, the Baby Your Baby public education campaign that reduced infant mortality rates in Michigan, and has served on the board of Michigan’s Children, the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career. She was appointed by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and the Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth.
Much of Debbie’s recent work has been focused on ethical issues and social responsibility as they relate to government and business. She co-chaired One United Michigan, which sought to preserve and support programs that ensure equal opportunity in Michigan. She chairs the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a statewide organization that brings business, labor and government together to find commonality on issues. She continues to serve on the Parade Company board of directors of which she is past chair, where she helped save America’s Thanksgiving Parade, an important Detroit tradition. A known “bridge-builder,” she continues to promote and lead efforts toward greater understanding among people of differing points of views and backgrounds.
Debbie is a respected voice in Michigan. She co-hosted Detroit Public Television’s “Am I Right,” regularly served as a panelist on “Flashpoint,” a public affairs program on WDIV-TV4 Detroit, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.
Debbie resides in Dearborn with her husband, retired Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan. She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Congressman Fred UptonMI-6
Congressman Fred Upton
Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the common-sense values of Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. A diverse section of the state that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, the Sixth District is home to key industries that range from agriculture to auto parts manufacturing to high-tech biomedical innovation centers. It includes all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, and most of Allegan County.
Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done. That has been Fred’s approach since he was first elected to Congress in 1986 and continues today.
From 2010 to 2016, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This pivotal committee has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations. Hard work and bipartisan success was a staple during Fred’s tenure as chairman of the committee. Under Fred’s leadership, the Committee passed 354 legislative measures through the House and saw 202 of those signed into law by the president. Fred currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, which has jurisdiction over national energy policy.
Fred’s top priorities remain job creation, economic growth, and working to help all residents of Southwest Michigan live longer, better lives.
Fred has long been an advocate for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. In 2014, along with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, Fred launched the 21st Century Cures initiative. This bipartisan effort aims to bring researchers, industry, and patients together to speed up the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures. The pursuit of these 21st century cures also supports Southwest Michigan employers and jobs by ensuring the United States remains the world leader in medical innovation. Marking the culmination of a three-year journey, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016.
Fred’s leadership on Great Lakes issues has earned him a local and national reputation. As an active member of the Great Lakes Task Force, Fred has an extensive, bipartisan record working to protect our Great Lakes. A leader on keeping BP from dumping pollutants into Lake Michigan, Fred has also been a long-time leader in preventing Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering our waterways, and working on bipartisan legislation to keep harmful pollutants like synthetic plastic microbeads from getting into Lake Michigan. Fred has also fought for consistent funding for the critical Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Fred will continue to protect our treasured Great Lakes so that generations to come can enjoy their beauty.
Fred has worked tirelessly to ensure Southwest Michigan remains a hub of commerce and innovation. Our local economy and jobs remain a top priority. From the Harbor Shores project in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor and working to ensure the St. Joseph Harbor remains dredged and operational, to the widening of I-94 and working with local leaders on the Kalamazoo River Superfund cleanup. Fred understands that when Southwest Michigan is connected and its residents empowered, it thrives.
Fred, and his staff, works hard to ensure that Michigan service members, veterans, and their families receive the benefits they have earned through years of service. From improving health care for our veterans, to improving the disability benefit system or getting veterans back to work, and providing overdue service medals, Fred has a strong record of supporting our brave veterans and their families. Additionally, Fred has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense to get the Missile Defense Agency Project approved for the Fort Custer Training Center.
Fred has led the effort to ensure seniors keep access to their physicians and low-income children keep their insurance coverage. In 2015, the president signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which permanently fixes the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, strengthens Medicare in the long-term, extends federal funding for community health centers, and extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that covers approximately 100,000 children in Michigan. More recently, Fred supported the efforts to reauthorize CHIP funding for six years – the longest and most generous reauthorization in the programs history. This legislation was signed into law in January of 2017.
Fred strongly supports an ‘All-of-the-Above’ energy strategy that focuses on American energy development, emerging clean energy technologies, and traditional energy. This focus keeps costs low for families and businesses and helps America become free from reliance on foreign oil. Fred is also fighting to bring a halt to costly federal rules and regulations that needlessly slow private-sector growth. Fred believes in ensuring that the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable to Southwest Michiganders.
Fred, and his staff, remain ever-committed to helping residents of Southwest Michigan who run into snags dealing directly with the federal government. He maintains two constituent district offices, located in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph (269-982-1986) and Kalamazoo (269-385-0039) as well as Washington D.C. (202-225-3761), where dedicated caseworkers serve as intermediaries to help them navigate the system. Learn more here.
Fred was born on April 23, 1953, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Amey, have two adult children.
Shawn DonilonVice President, Government Relations, NAB
Shawn Donilon joined the NAB Government Relations department in 2013 and over the course of more than 5 years has worked closely on all TV and radio issues before the Congress, including video carriage, music licensing, tax, appropriations, and spectrum policy. Donilon previously served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Rep. Charles F. Bass (R-NH), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, advising the Congressman on incentive auction legislation and communications and technology law and policy issues. Prior to joining Rep. Bass’s staff, he consulted on a major media transaction reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission. Donilon holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School.
Steven J. LanzanoPresident & CEO, TVB
Steven J. Lanzano
Prior to joining TVB, Steve was a 30-year veteran of media agencies, rising to CEO, North America of MEC as well as COO of Havas Media. His accomplishments include both operational and advertising honors including a Cannes Gold Lion for AT&T/Who Wants To Be A millionaire, 7-Time Adweek/MediaWeek Media Plan of the Year Award honoree, as well as being named an Adweek/MediaWeek Media All-Star the inaugural year of the award in 1986. He was also awarded the 1994 FCB Chairman’s Award. In 1999, MEC was also named Advertising Age “Media Agency of the Year” under his leadership.
Steve is currently in his 6th year leading TVB. Membership has grown 12% to almost 700 member stations since his arrival, accomplished through the creation of national and local new business development teams, renewed research offerings and a concerted effort to ramp-up advocacy efforts within both the industry press and general press as well as a fully revamped website.
TVB also expanded its annual Forward Conference from 225 attendees in 2009 to over 500 in 2014 with an upgraded venue and full day agenda.
TVB is now in its 11th year of partnering with the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Project Roadblock: Local TV Puts the Brakes on Buzzed Driving with almost 1,000 stations now participating in this campaign.
Steve serves on the boards of the Broadcast Foundation of America, The Ad Council, and the Emma Bowen Foundation. He is also involved with Drug-Free.org and The Greater NJ MS Society.
Steve has been the Principal Speaker at numerous events including Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, JP Morgan Media Summit, Sanford C. Bernstein’s Future of Media Conference, ANA Annual Conference, NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Annual Conference, Digital Hollywood Summit, and the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association Conference) where his presentation was chosen as best in class. He is married and resides in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Steve has three children, two of whom are married, and two grand-daughters.
David OxenfordPartner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
David Oxenford has more than 25 years of experience in representing radio and television broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory agencies, dealing with issues including the FCC multiple ownership rules, the conversion of radio and television to digital transmission, alien ownership, and all aspects of the content and technical rules regulating broadcast operations. Oxenford also provides advice to broadcasters around the country on political broadcasting, advertising rules and regulations, and represents Internet radio stations and other webcasters on music licensing and other regulatory and transactional issues. He currently a partner in the Washington, D.C office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He is a regular speaker at state and national broadcast and webcasting conferences and conventions.
W. Lawrence PatrickManaging Partner, Patrick Communications
W. Lawrence Patrick
Larry Patrick is the founder of Patrick Communications and has completed hundreds of radio and television brokerage deals. Larry has worked with dozens of group owners, private equity funds, Wall Street firms and lenders over the past 30 years. He also has owned over 60 radio stations and served as an expert witness numerous times. His previous experience includes service as COO of Gilmore Broadcasting and Senior Vice President of the NAB. Larry holds a Ph.D. in communications and management, as well as a law degree. He is a former Chairman of the NAB’s Political Action Committee, a Director of NABEF, and past President of both the National Association of Media Brokers and the Broadcast Education Association. He is also a Director of the Bayliss Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the University of Tennessee’s Board of Visitors.