february 24-25 in san diego

A program created by family owners for family owners

A program created by family owners for family owners The Family Owners and Next Generation Leadership Conference coming up in San Diego Feb. 24-25 could hardly be more timely.


It’s the first of Inland’s gatherings exclusively for family owners after a couple of big developments in the last six months: The end of the cross-ownership ban, and the continuing high level of sales of newspaper properties.

Both topics will be the focus of sessions led by brokers, marketers and other experts who can outline the opportunities repeal and strategic newspaper buying have opened up. The session on the end of the FCC ban on same-market common ownership of newspaper and broadcast should be of special interest since family newspaper owners were among the most vocal opponents of the 40-year-old regulation.

Here’s the full program that awaits in San Diego:

Saturday, February 24

6 p.m. Welcome opening reception and dinner

Sunday, February 25

7:30 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions and discussion stimulation.
All participants will gather to discuss the goals of the separate Incumbent and Successor Generation Leadership discussions, settling on the four or five topics each group will address.

8:30 a.m. Successors Generation Leadership Discussion
This always-popular session provides the opportunity for the upcoming generation of newspaper owners to talk candidly about their hopes and concerns as they prepare to take leadership of the family business. Facilitated by Brandon Eyerly, Publisher, Press Enterprise Inc., Bloomsburg, Pa., and Francis Wick, President and CEO, Wick Communications.

8:30 a.m. Incumbent Generation Leadership Discussion
Also behind closed doors, this session explores the dynamics of structuring and operating a family newspaper business with a freewheeling, candid discussion on the topics most important to family owners in these times.

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Is there any value left in (my) newspaper?
Sure to spark a lively and interactive discussion, newspaper brokers share their observations about the market for newspapers, their valuations, the players on both sides of newspaper transactions, and the state of financing acquisitions.
With Sara April, Vice President, Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, and Randy Cope, Director, Cribb, Greene & Cope. Moderated by Brandon Eyerly, Publisher, Press Enterprise Inc., Bloomsburg, Pa., and Francis Wick, President and CEO, Wick Communications

Noon Lunch

1 p.m. So what did you talk about in your generation’s meeting?
Everybody gets together to give the perspectives on the selected topics at the separate meetings. Facilitated by Brandon Eyerly, Publisher, Press Enterprise Inc., Bloomsburg, Pa., and Francis Wick, President and CEO, Wick Communications.

2 p.m. What does the cross-ownership repeal mean for family-owned newspapers?
The FCC’s recent repeal of the 40-year-old ban could mean opportunity in many marketplaces. Broadcast brokers and experts will share their thoughts on the changing landscape as traditional media assets are able to come under one ownership.
With Jason Anderson, Vice President, Kalil & Co. Inc.; Rex Rust, Co-President, Rust Communications; Bob Woodward, VP Strategic Planning & Business Development.  Moderated by Francis Wick, President & CEO, Wick Communications.

3:00 p.m. Three operational stories from family-owned newspapers 

• 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Bob Woodward, director and vice president/strategic planning and business development, talks about Woodward Communications’ experience with its Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Through the ESOP, some 500 employees form the majority ownership of the Dubuque, Iowa-based company.

• 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
Cameron Nutting Williams, director of strategic initiatives for The Nutting Company, will talk about how they are leveraging newspaper assets to drive diversification in their markets—specifically the opening of real estate brokerages. In addition to working on growth initiatives for The Nutting Company, Cameron serves as a Regional Publisher for Ogden Newspapers. 

• 3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Ryan Binkley, co-publisher of the recently renamed Anchorage Daily News, discusses how his family investment group saved Alaska’s biggest daily from extinction, the decision to restore the original name of Alaska’s biggest daily and the content changes they are making.

4:30 p.m. Wrap up and adjournment

For registration and accommodations, please go to http://bit.ly/2ryn6oB or contact Patty Slusher at pslusher@inlandpress.org or 847.795.0380.