Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tom joined Northstar Travel Media in January 2009. He has a unique combination of experience as a senior operating executive and private equity investor in business-to-business media. In 2008, he founded Oakstreet Media, a company formed to invest in and acquire lower-middle market business-to-business media and information companies. From 2004 to 2008, Tom was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a leading private equity firm investing in the media and communications industry. Prior to VSS, he was the Chairman and CEO of Penton Media, one of the largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S. Prior to Penton, Tom was President and COO of Miller Freeman Inc, a market-leading business to-business media company headquartered in San Francisco. He has been a board member of several business media companies as well as industry associations, including American Business Media and BPA International. In June 2010, Tom was honored as the CEO Top Innovator in business publishing by BtoB Magazine. Tom received his BA with honors from Amherst College; he lives with his family in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Cohen joined Northstar Travel Media in 2013. Cohen, a seasoned financial executive with extensive experience in M&A, capital fund-raising and private equity investments, leads the financial team as the company continues to grow. Previous to Northstar, Cohen served as Chief Financial Officer for Remedy Health Media, a private equity owned health information and technology company. Prior to that, she was the Executive Vice President, Finance, of Sleep Innovations, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty bedding products. Her record of success in finance and accounting began at Ernst & Young in New York.
Janine L. Bavoso
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Janine Bavoso joined Northstar Travel Media in 2006. With over 15 years of experience in Human Resources Management, Janine has learned that no day is like the next. She strives to help shape a workplace that is unique, dynamic and rewarding – one that encourages people to excel in their jobs. She has a broad background in all HR disciplines in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Northstar, Janine was Human Resources Director at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey for close to nine years. Before working at Liberty Science Center she spent several years at Spencer Savings Bank in Garfield, New Jersey. Janine earned a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is a national and local chapter member of the Society of Human Resources Management and has earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Janine resides in New Jersey with her husband, son and daughter.
Executive Vice President, Digital Media
Tom’s experience exemplifies the dynamic and transformational role of digital media in today’s media companies. His background includes sales and operations management, strategy development, technology, and M&A. Tom joined Northstar Travel Media in November 2009 after spending over 10 years at PennWell Corporation as the digital media executive. Prior to media, Tom held various sales and marketing management positions in early-stage venture-backed technology product companies, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing for iCOMS, Senior Vice President of Sales & Sales Operations for Dr. Solomon's, and Vice-President of Worldwide Sales for Logicraft, Inc. Tom holds a BS in Mathematics, and an MBA in Technology Management. Tom also chaired American Business Media's Digital Media Council form 2004-2006 and was a board member for PennWell’s Renewable Energy World business. Tom is married with two children, and enjoys family travel, music, skiing, and golf.
Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, Meetings Group
Lori joined the company as a reporter for Travel Weekly covering the the cruise industry, Alaska and Asia/Pacific. In 1993, she moved to M&C as editor in chief, where she also helmed the magazine’s Asia/Pacific edition. She has represented the meetings brand around the world at events and on panels and guided M&C to numerous editorial awards, including Magazine of the Year from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. In 2005, Lori received the Medal of Tourism from France. A native of Western Pennsylvania, she graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., shortly thereafter writing and producing a series on the history of New York City for National Public Radio. When she’s not checking out hotel meeting space, she’s keeping up with her other passions, food and birding. She lives in New York City with her Canaan Dog, Odilee.
Managing Director, PhoCusWright
Tony D'Astolfo assumed leadership of PhoCusWright in July 2013. A travel industry veteran, he is an accomplished executive with rich expertise in travel and technology and a passion for moving the industry forward. As managing director, he builds on the strength of PhoCusWright’s premier research and events to foster growth and expand the company’s global reach. Prior to joining PhoCusWright, D'Astolfo served as Chief Sales Officer for next-generation car service GroundLink. Previously, he fueled substantial growth as senior Vice President, travel services at Rearden Commerce, where he assembled and led a team that built a distribution network of over 50 travel management companies and added 7,000 customers. His record of success in the corporate travel technology space began with B2B e-commerce leader GetThere, where he led the pre-IPO startup as Vice President, Sales during an explosive growth period that saw a tenfold increase in revenues and an increase in customer base from five to over 2200. Prior to GetThere, he spent more than 19 years in leadership roles at United Airlines, including his last assignment as National Sales Manager for the U.K. and Ireland.
Vice President, Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations
Rich Mastropietro joined Northstar Travel Media in 2000. With more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of IT areas, he enjoys the challenge of balancing the daily responsibility of ensuring that all computer systems are operational with longer-term goals of growing the Company’s IT infrastructure. Originally hired as an IT Network Engineer, Rich has progressed to heading the IT Network and Support teams, where his hands-on approach is an asset in managing projects and resolving technical issues. Prior to joining Northstar, Rich worked as a Systems Administrator for International Paper in Montvale, New Jersey, and as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer at the Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, New York. Rich received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1992, graduating magna cum laude, and has earned several Microsoft and Cisco certifications. He lives in Orange County, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Vice President/Group Publisher, BTN
Tim has more than a 20-year history in the corporate travel, meetings and incentive industries with an extensive background in publishing, marketing, sales management, direct mail, research, face-to-face event development, trade show management, content licensing, circulation and database management. Prior to forming ProMedia.travel, Tim served as vice president and group publisher of the Travel and Performance Group at VNU Publications. The brand portfolio included: Business Travel News, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive and Potentials. magazines.
Vice President, Business Development & Licensing
Sheila joined Northstar Travel Media in 2000, as VP of Publishing Sales for Travel Weekly, before moving to head up the Licensing Department, where she has developed a branded content licensing franchise with Northstar’s database assets. Sheila has cultivated strong partnerships with some of the biggest names in the travel market as well as broadened market alliances with companies in diverse industries such as music, logistics, insurance, technology and navigation providers. Sheila also holds a special place in her heart for the smaller companies and start-ups that depend on NTM content to build their business from the ground up. Before Northstar, Sheila was VP of Electronic Development at Cahners Business Information for the Retail, Design, Building/Construction & Printing Group, at a time when editorial and advertising cultures were beginning to migrate from being print-centric to media-neutral businesses. While at Cahners, Sheila was also the founding Publisher of Digital Television magazine, a sister publication of Broadcasting & Cable. Prior to that, she was Associate Publisher of TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics) and Advertising Director of Home Textiles Today. She started her career at Fairchild Publications with HFD-Retailing Home Furnishings. Sheila has a BA from Boston University and a Master’s from C.W. Post College. She lives in New York City with her two children.
Vice President, Marketing Solutions
Michelle brought her passion for media and travel to NORTHSTAR in 1990. Having served in both the editorial and sales organizations, she provides a unique perspective on the role and benefits afforded by B2B media platforms. Based in NTM’s Los Angeles office, she recently launched Northstar Marketing Solutions, a full service consulting and creative services department executing custom sales solutions and online platforms for travel suppliers. Michelle previously ran a portfolio of print, digital and event products including TravelAge West, TravelAgeWest.com, Family Getaways Magazine, FamilyGetawaysAgent.com, The WAVE Awards, and the ExecCONNECT symposium. Prior to rejoining TravelAge West in 1999 as Publisher, Michelle served five years with Travel Weekly as Regional Advertising Director, Western US/Mexico/Asia. She started her travel publishing career at TravelAge West as an Assistant Editor, before moving on to editorial and sales positions at Travel Agent Magazine. She also held several senior editorial positions with the Acorn newspaper in Agoura Hills, California, including two years as its Editor in Chief. She is a California native, a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Journalism, and currently resides in Oak Park, California, with her two sons, Connor and Sean.
Bernard W. Schraer
Senior Vice President/Group Publisher, Meetings Group
Bernie Schraer joined Northstar Travel Media in 1990. He spent 7 years with Travel Weekly, holding various positions including Regional Sales Manager, National Account Manager and Advertising Director. In 1997, Bernie started as Publisher of Meetings & Conventions and currently manages the entire Meetings Group portfolio including M&C, Successful Meetings, Incentive and Meetings News. Prior to Northstar, Bernie held several sales and management positions with the Bergen Record in Hackensack, NJ and the Ocean County Reporter in Toms River, N.J. Bernie is a Board Member of the Destination & Travel Foundation – a complimentary organization to both the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and United States Travel Association (USTA). Bernie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Georgian Court University. Bernie is married with two children and resides in New Jersey.
Robert G. Sullivan
Executive Vice President/Group Publisher, Travel Group
Bob Sullivan, CTC, has 20 years of travel-trade publishing experience. He currently serves as Executive Vice President & Group Publisher for Travel Weekly and Business Travel News. Joining Travel Weekly in the fall of 2000, Bob has been responsible for publishing matters related to the Travel Weekly Network and its portfolio of products, which includes Travel Weekly, TravelWeekly.com, HotelandTravelindex.com, OfficialCruiseGuide.com and Travel Weekly’s live events. Prior to joining Northstar Travel Media, Bob was Vice President and Group Publisher of the Miller Freeman Travel Group for seven years where he was responsible for the strategic direction and publishing of Leisure Travel News, Business Travel News and Meeting News, as well as its travel-trade show group. Before working for Miller Freeman Travel Group, he served as Publisher of Leisure Travel News and began his publishing career at Ziff Davis. Bob and his wife have five children – four of which are in college – and currently live in Darien, Connecticut.
Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, Travel Weekly
Arnie has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism, publishing and media for the past 25 years. His writing has won more than 40 national awards, he created the industry's first destination information service (Weissmann Reports), authored a best-selling textbook and has served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry. Arnie was also a web pioneer, creating the first core destination content for America Online and licensing web content to Apple, Time, Inc, CNN and Marriott International among others. Weissmann Reports was sold to Reed Elsevier in 1996, after which Arnie was given responsibility for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and a dozen OAG-branded publications in the UK. In 1999, he took on the role of senior advisor for business development with RTG's successor company, Northstar Travel Media. In October 2001, he was appointed editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the primary source of news, research, analysis and opinion in for the US travel community. Arnie’s comments have appeared on NBC, CNN, BBC and NPR, and he is often quoted in newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He sits on many advisory boards, including, the UN Foundation's Steering Committee for the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, ForbesTraveler.com, Futurebrand and Marquis' Who's Who, and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Group Publisher, Your Travel Insider
As Group Publisher of Your Travel Insider Roy's 20 years of experience in both traditional and digital media give him vast insights into consumer motivation and the needs of marketers—helping both groups sort through the “big data” to find the right data. Seeing an opportunity for travel marketers to address the “travel enthusiast” audience Roy launched Your Travel Insider and its sister pub Luxury Cruise News. An early proponent of behavioral based database marketing and content marketing he has applied those disciplines across all media—direct mail, print, TV to digital. Roy began with Ogilvy & Mather advancing rapidly to become general manager of Kobs & Draft (now Draft) Chicago office. At Hyatt Development, he helped launched Red Sail Sports. For 10 years, he ran his own commercial production company DRTV, Inc., with offices in Chicago and New York that produced 100+ commercials for blue chip clients like Time Life. He jumped on the email publishing train in 1999 and is a former board member of the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association. Roy lives in Chicago and has two teenage daughters.