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Management Team

Dan Oswald, Chief Executive Officer
Robert L. Brady, J.D., Founder
Guy Crossley, Chief Operating Officer
Bobby Edgil, Vice President of Sales and Business Alliance
Brad Forrister, Vice President of Training and Legal
Matt Humphrey, Chief Marketing Officer
Ed Keating, Chief Content Officer
Lawton Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Robert L. Brady, J.D., BLR
Todd Foreman, UCG—United Communications Group
Nathan Good, Prairie Capital
John Marozsan
Dan Oswald, BLR
Darren M. Snyder, Prairie Capital

 

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.

Guy Crossley, Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Guy oversees software/web development, IT, event logistics, operations, art and design. Previously, Guy was the Chief Executive Officer and Group Publisher of Institutional Investor News, a publisher of financial services databases and news services. Before that he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the list and media services divisions for MSGi Direct, providing direct-response list management and brokerage services, media planning and buying, and magazine advertising sales. Prior to that, Guy served as the Vice President of Marketing for Oxmoor House (a subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc.), a consumer publishing imprint and direct-response marketer. Guy received his BBS in Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His board affiliations include SIPA (Specialized Information Publishers Association), Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce (Chair 2011-), and the Maryland Farms YMCA.

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.

Matt Humphrey, Chief Marketing Officer

Matt has been BLR’s CMO since April 2010. He has been with the company for over 10 years. In that time, he has been President of the California Employer Resources division (formerly known as the Employer Resource Institute), which provides award-winning compliance help to California employers. In this role he led editorial, marketing and new product development. He has also run a cross-departmental team producing BLR’s audio conferences, webinars and several annual conferences. Matt began his career on the editorial side of the content business, and served as editor of the San Francisco Review of Books. He received his BA in English/World Literature from UCLA and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ed Keating, Chief Content Officer

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.

Todd Foreman, UCG—United Communications Group

Todd is Partner-CEO at UCG. He is a graduate of Emory University and George Washington University, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance. He is a CPA and began his career at KPMG and then spent four years in the commercial real estate business before joining UCG in 1992, as Director of Acquisitions and CFO. He became a partner at UCG in 1996. Over the years, Todd has led UCG’s acquisitions and divestitures. He has also worked closely with UCG’s portfolio company presidents on their business strategies, and with UCG’s corporate senior management. Todd is a member of the Young President’s Organization, and sits on the boards of BLR, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Manitou Camps Foundation. He loves family time, great wine, golf and travel.

Nathan Good, Prairie Capital

Nate Good currently serves as a Managing Director of Prairie Capital, and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, leading due diligence, structuring and negotiating transactions, and managing portfolio company investments. Nate currently serves on the board of directors for BLR, FCA Packaging Products, Messenger, Navman Wireless, Pyott-Boone Electronics and StatLab Medical Products. Prior to joining Prairie Capital in 2002, Nate was a Senior Analyst at BMO Nesbitt Burns Equity Partners, Bank of Montreal’s middle-market private equity fund. He began his career as an Analyst in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory and debt and equity financings in its Global Industrial and Services Group. Nate graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a BA in Accountancy. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He lives with his wife and two children in Western Springs, Illinois.

John Marozsan

In 1999, John R Marozsan retired as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee of CCH Incorporated, a leading provider of tax and business law information. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Wolters Kluwer U.S., of which CCH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, until his retirement. Prior to joining CCH in 1996, Mr. Marozsan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Publishers, also a Wolters Kluwer U.S. company, since 1986. Before that, he spent 10 years serving in a number of management positions at Aspen Publishers, Inc., including Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. He also has been a Director of Innodata-Isogen, a Nasdaq listed company. Mr. Marozsan received a B.S. degree in physics from Trenton State College (1967) and an M.A. degree from Harvard University (1970).

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.

Darren M. Snyder, Prairie Capital

Darren has over a dozen years of private equity experience in addition to his six years of middle market lending and insurance experience. He currently serves as Partner in Prairie Capital, and is responsible for investment origination, due diligence, deal structuring, and negotiation. Darren also has portfolio management responsibility for Prairie Capital, with board responsibilities for over sixteen companies across Prairie’s five funds. Darren is currently a director for five Prairie Capital portfolio companies, including BLR, GPA, Messenger, Pioneer Metal Finishing, and Plastimayd. Prior to joining Prairie Capital, Darren spent six years working closely with privately-held businesses as a Vice President for American National Bank and Trust Company (now part of J.P Morgan Chase). While with American National Bank, Darren's experiences included financing leveraged buyouts, venture backed firms, and managing a relationship-based lending portfolio of middle market companies. Prior to joining American National, Darren was a commercial underwriter for an insurance company, and owned and operated a family-held business. Darren has served on the board of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC), and is a former President of the Midwest Region. He is also on the executive committee and is a board member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA), currently serving as Vice Chairman, and as Chairman of the legislative committee, as well as serving on the board of its political action committee. Darren graduated magna cum laude from Drake University with a BA in Economics. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago, and continues to be active with the university, guest lecturing in private equity classes and acting as a judge in the New Venture Challenge competition.