2018 CFO Summit

Date: March 8-9, 2018
Location: Ft. Lauderdale Hilton

MFM hosts a CFO Summit annually, a gathering of top media industry leaders exchanging ideas and discussing the issues facing their industry.

Why attend MFM CFO Summit?
Rest assured, all of the burning issues facing CFOs and media executives who deal directly with financial management processes will be dealt with in no holds barred discussions at this innovative summit. We look for real solutions to the real problems you face every day. We know that the theories underpinning current developments in financial management processes don't necessarily pan out in the real world, particularly when examined in a global context. Which is why we invite you to attend so you can discuss your thoughts and feelings openly, and connect with like-minded people. The MFM CFO Summit is a prime opportunity for you to air your personal and business challenges with your peers. And...attendees can obtain an up to 9.5 CPE Credits over the 2-day summit.

Registration limited to most senior financial executives in media companies.  MFM reserves the right to refuse registration requests that do not meet registration criteria. 

Official Summit Hotel:

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
505 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

Room Rate:  $319.00 + tax/per night 

Click Here to Make Reservations Online 


  • Calling hotel directly (954) 414-2222:  Press 1 for Reservations and ask to make a reservation under the Group Code MFMC
  • Calling 1-800-HILTONS / Request to make reservation under Group Code MFMC

Hotel Reservation Cutoff Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

Registration Rates
                                                   Until 2/12/18    After 2/12/18
MFM Member Full Registration      $1,895         $2,395 

Non-Member Full Registration*      $2,145         $2,645

 *includes 1-year MFM Membership

        (Printable Registration


Preliminary Agenda 

Wednesday, March 7
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Registration / Dinner on own

Thursday, March 8
7:30-8:15 AM
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Szabo Associates 

8:20-9:30 AM 
Welcome, Introductions from Co-chairs: David Bochenek, SVP/CAO, Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Ryan HornadayEVP, CFO, and Treasurer, Emmis Communications

Opening Keynote: Davis Hebert, Director, Senior High Yield Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities  

9:30-10:30 AM 
Session: Economist 
Speaker: Jon Lieber
, Principal, National Economics and Statistics Practice, PwC

10:30-10:50 AM
Refreshment Break sponsored by BARR Credit Services

10:50-11:50 AM 
Session: Consumption Trends
Speaker: Mark Fratrik
SVP & Chief Economist, BIA/Kelsey

12:00-1:00 PM
Lunch sponsored by Chubb

1:15-2:15 PM
Session: Personal Skills Development
Speaker: Christine Ramirez Pallesen,
Partner and Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida

2:15-3:15 PM
Session: Cybersecurity
John Graham, VP, Cyber Product Manager, Commercial Insurance, Chubb; and Tony Dolce, attorney – Chubb cyber claims 

3:15-3:40 PM 
Refreshment Break sponsored by Bond & Pecaro

3:40-4:40 PM
Session: Legal Issues:  Workplace Violence to Digital Rights
Speakers: Traci Thomson,
VP, Human Resources, Emmis Communications; and Elizabeth M. Ellis, VP & Corporate Counsel, Emmis Communications

5:30-6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception co-sponsored by Fast Pay and PwC

7:00 PM
Dinner on own... Optional Dutch-Treat Group Dinner (location TBA)

Friday, March 9
7:30-8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Marketron

8:00-9:30 AM
CFO Roundtable (Industry Only)
Moderators:  David BochenekSVP/CAO, Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Ryan HornadayEVP, CFO and Treasurer, Emmis Communications

9:30-10:30 AM
Session: Connected Car
Speaker: John Ellis,
founder/managing director, Ellis & Associates

10:30-10:50 AM
Refreshment Break sponsored by Sciarrino & Shubert PLLC

10:50-11:50 AM
Session: Big Data
Speaker: Paul Brenner,
President of NextRadio/TagStation 

11:50 AM
Box Lunch sponsored by Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Summit Ends












Media Financial Management Association offers limited sponsorship opportunities for the CFO Summit with a maximum of two sponsor companies from any one service or product category.  Representation is restricted to one agent per sponsorship.  Sponsor companies have no guarantee of a speaking role outside that outlined in the sponsor package.   

 CPE information for CPAs 

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES/ADVANCE PREPARATION: Course prerequisites for sessions are indicated on pages TBA.   In general, Advanced level sessions require a comprehensive understanding of media business and experience with the topic being discussed.  No advance preparation is required for any sessions.     



Area – Maximum Number of CPE Credits


Business Law  






Specialized Knowledge and Applications  


CPE: 1 CPE credit available for a minimum of 50 minutes participation. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour.  Attendance at all CFO Summit sessions qualifies each CPA, or other person entitled to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours, for up to 9.5 CPE credits.  

Those eligible for CPE credits will be asked to sign in for each day’s sessions in order to receive a CPE certificate.  They will also receive a program evaluation form which they are encouraged to complete.  Attendance forms are kept on file for six (6) years.  

Media Financial Management Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.