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Management Team

Dan Oswald, Chief Executive Officer
Robert L. Brady, J.D., Founder
Bobby Edgil, Vice President of Sales and Business Alliance
Brad Forrister, Vice President of Training and Legal
Rafael Cardoso, Vice President of Media
Patricia Trainor, Vice President of HR and Compensation Markets
Ed Keating, Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety Markets
Lawton Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Robert L. Brady, J.D., BLR
Dan Oswald, BLR
Tim Baskerville, HG Data Company
K. Rodger Davis, North Street Mezzanine
Bill Nutter, Tenth Street Capital
Barry A. Peterson, North Street Mezzanine

 

Management Team

Dan Oswald, Chief Executive Officer

Dan has been the CEO of BLR since 2011. Dan joined M. Lee Smith Publishers as President in 2003 and then purchased the company from Lee Smith in January 2005. In February 2011, M. Lee Smith Publishers merged with BLR to form a new company doing business under the BLR brand. Previously, Dan was president of Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Ragan in 1995, Dan spent four years with Aspen Publishers as a marketing manager and three years with Center for Management Systems, a privately held information company based in Iowa.

Robert L. Brady, J.D., Founder

Bob founded Business & Legal Reports (BLR) in 1977. In 2011, that company merged with M. Lee Smith Publishers to become the “new” BLR. After working as CEO and Editor in Chief for 34 years, he now serves as a director and consultant on special projects. Bob came to publishing by way of the University of Notre Dame, where he was managing editor of the student newspaper, The Observer. After college, Bob worked for the Bureau of Business Practice and Institute for Management, both newsletter publishers. He founded BLR during his final year of law school at the University of Connecticut. Bob is a board member and Vice President of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA). He is a long-time member of the board of the Valley Shore YMCA, Westbrook, CT.

Bobby Edgil, Vice President of Sales and Business Alliance

Bobby Edgil is Vice President of Sales and Business Alliance for BLR. In this role he charts the course for the company’s outbound sales efforts, while seeking opportunities for strategic partnerships. Previously he served in sales management, director, and general manager roles in the imaging and software industry where he was a winner of multiple top awards. His past accomplishments include being an 8-time winner of the President’s Club Award as a Major Account Representative and as a Sales Manager. Bobby has been instrumental in starting two sales forces in new start-up companies, as well as playing significant roles in merging and acquiring nine other companies while leading the sales efforts. Away from work he is very engaged with family and enjoys outdoor sports and is also active in the community. Currently he is working with Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, and our in-house charitable committee at BLR.

Brad Forrister, Vice President, Training & Legal

Brad Forrister joined M. Lee Smith Publishers in 1980 in the days of typewriters and index cards and guided the company’s transition to online information products. He led the teams that created HRhero.com, HRLaws.com, the online Tennessee Legislation Service, and other online products. He also produced the award-winning Danger Zones line of employment law video training products for supervisors and employees and helped guide the creation of TrainingToday.com. With a background in law, broadcasting, and journalism, he heads the company’s online learning and legal divisions. He serves on the boards of the National Online Legislation Association and Blackbird Theater, a professional theater company in Nashville.

Rafael Cardoso, Vice President of Media

As Vice President of Media, Rafael Cardoso oversees editorial, marketing, sales, product development, partnerships, and acquisition strategy for BLR’s group of media brands, which currently focus on four industry verticals—healthcare, human resources, EHS, and training—and includes brands such as HealthLeaders Media, HR Daily Advisor, Safety Daily Advisor, and their associated websites; digital solutions; research services; live and digital events. In his time at BLR, Rafael has launched several digital and print media products, leading BLR’s venture into ad supported media.

Patricia M. Trainor, Vice President of HR and Compensation Markets

Patricia M. Trainor, Vice President of BLR’s HR and Compensation Markets, has been with BLR since 2006, serving first as a legal editor and later as managing editor. Before joining BLR, Trainor represented employers and school districts in labor and employment matters in state and federal court, before the EEOC, and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Ms. Trainor received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University Law School in Chicago. She also has a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from San Diego State University. Ms. Trainor is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the national Human Resources Certification Institute. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar Association, and she is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Illinois.

Ed Keating, Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety Markets

Ed is an information industry executive with more than two decades of experience as both an internal manager and a consultant. He oversees BLR editorial content operations, stays abreast of new technologies, identifies new information needs and conducts periodic competitor assessments. Most importantly Ed will test new products and champion launches, building on BLR’s top-rate content team. He has led marketing, product management and sales organizations at both start-up and established information companies. He has helped numerous companies enter unfamiliar markets and launch new products by enhancing product processes and organizational effectiveness. He received his BA in Russian Studies at Hamilton College and his MBA from Northwestern University.

Lawton Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Lawton joined BLR in April 2008 in the Chief Financial Officer role after serving in similar executive positions in the office supply industry for 15 years. He served as Vice President and CFO of Radar Business Systems during a period of rapid growth overseeing the financial area while being involved in the due diligence and consolidation of seven acquired companies. After Radar’s acquisition by US Office Products, he served in various district and regional controller positions of this $3 billion public corporation. In 2002, he became one of the original founders of MyOfficeProducts, Inc., serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of this start-up business-to-business office products provider. His current responsibilities include oversight of the financial/accounting, customer service, circulation and human resource functions. Prior to entering the office supply industry, Lawton was with Hospital Corporation of America for four years. Lawton received his BS degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Public Accountants.

Board of Directors

Robert L. Brady, J.D., BLR

Bob founded Business & Legal Reports (BLR) in 1977. In 2011, that company merged with M. Lee Smith Publishers to become the “new” BLR. After working as CEO and Editor in Chief for 34 years, he now serves as a director and consultant on special projects. Bob came to publishing by way of the University of Notre Dame, where he was managing editor of the student newspaper, The Observer. After college, Bob worked for the Bureau of Business Practice and Institute for Management, both newsletter publishers. He founded BLR during his final year of law school at the University of Connecticut. Bob is a board member and Vice President of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA). He is a long-time member of the board of the Valley Shore YMCA, Westbrook, Connecticut.

Dan Oswald, BLR

Dan has been the CEO of BLR since 2011. Dan joined M. Lee Smith Publishers as President in 2003 and then purchased the company from Lee Smith in January 2005. In February 2011, M. Lee Smith Publishers merged with BLR to form a new company doing business under the BLR brand. Previously, Dan was president of Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Ragan in 1995, Dan spent four years with Aspen Publishers as a marketing manager and three years with Center for Management Systems, a privately held information company based in Iowa.

Tim Baskerville, HG Data Company

Tim is President of HG Data Company (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a venture-backed provider of business intelligence produced through natural language processing. He also serves as non-executive Chairman of Wanted Technologies Corp. [WAN.V], a Canadian-headquartered online B2B publisher of data on the employment marketplace in 22 countries. He has served in a leadership capacity for a variety of business information and consulting companies: Chief Executive Officer of JupiterResearch (New York), President of Kagan Research (Monterey, Calif.), Founder of Baskerville Communications Corp. (London, UK), President of Vidmar Communications (Hollywood, Calif.), Executive Vice President of International Media Publishing, L.P. (London), and General Manager, Paid Content, 1105 Media, Inc. (Los Angeles). He began his career in broadcast journalism (CBS, Cox Broadcasting) after receiving a B.A. in theater arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

K. Rodger Davis, North Street Mezzanine

K. Rodger Davis has 25 years of banking experience. Served as the Executive Vice President of the $290 million revenue sized Commercial Products Group where he was responsible for all aspects of the business including commercial banking, commercial real estate banking and all specialty finance lines of business including leveraged finance through Provident Capital Corp, asset-based lending, and all mezzanine, direct equity and fund investing. He is responsible for the acquisitions and growth of Capstone Realty Advisors and Red Capital, a specialty provider of debt capital to the multi-family and healthcare industries. In addition, he was responsible for all non-credit products and services including treasury management, international and merchant services. He spent almost 18 years at Provident on the commercial side of the business. Prior to Provident, he worked for FBS Mortgage, a national real estate lending division of First Bank Systems (now US Bank), and Centralbanc Mortgage Company, a national real estate lending division of The Central Trust Company (now PNC Bank). He has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati.

Bill Nutter, Tenth Street Capital

Bill Nutter has almost 20 years of direct investing and portfolio management experience in the mezzanine industry. Bill joined Tenth Street Fund III at the inception of the fund in July 2010, after having co-founded and managed the Morgan Keegan Strategic Fund in 2005 and the Morgan Keegan Mezzanine Fund in 2000. Prior to joining Morgan Keegan, Bill served in a variety of investment and portfolio management roles with Finova Mezzanine Capital (formerly Sirrom Capital), First Union National Bank and Bank of America. Bill currently serves on the boards of Motionwear, Fast Pace Urgent Care, and Plasma Ruggedized Solutions. Bill Nutter earned his B.S. in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University in 1986, and his MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University in 1994.

Barry A. Peterson, North Street Mezzanine

Barry A. Peterson has 21 years of Asset-Based, Commercial Banking, Technology, and Mezzanine Finance lending experience and four years of industry management experience. Served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commercial Products Group of Provident Bank where he was responsible for credit administration and portfolio management of the $5.0 billion commercial banking portfolio, sales and product development, numerous special projects. He served on the Risk Management, Portfolio Management and Executive Loan Committees. He was also responsible for starting and building Provident Business Credit, a national asset-based lending business with $650 million in loans. He worked with Rodger Davis at Provident for eight years. Prior to Provident, he was responsible for sales and marketing of American Louver Company. He also spent 10 years with Continental Bank in Chicago and Los Angeles and is credited with building the Bank's West Coast presence for its Business Credit Group and for helping start and build its Technology Finance Business. He has B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame with studies at the London School of Business.