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Management Team

Dan Oswald, Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Petersen, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Division
Rafael Cardoso, Executive Vice President, Workforce Division
Lawton Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Robert L. Brady, J.D., Founder, BLR
Dan Oswald, BLR
Rodger Davis, North Street Mezzanine
Caroline Ducas, Tenth Street
Bill Nutter, Tenth Street Capital
Barry A. Peterson, North Street Mezzanine
Joel Posnansky, Columbia Books

 

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.

Elizabeth Petersen, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Division

Elizabeth oversees BLR healthcare’s product development and marketing functions. During her 12 years with the company, she’s served various roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s sales, product management, and content development departments. Prior to coming to HCPro, Elizabeth held editorial positions at Jones & Bartlett Learning and CCI Communications. She holds a BA from Boston University, where she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and captained the women’s rugby team. Elizabeth is also Pragmatic Marketing certified and Sandler sales trained.

Rafael Cardoso, Executive Vice President, Workforce Division

As Executive Vice President of Workforce, Rafael Cardoso oversees editorial, marketing, sales, product development, partnerships, and acquisition strategy for BLR’s group of workforce solutions, which currently focus on four industry verticals—human resources, legal, EHS, and training—and includes brands such as HR Daily Advisor, EHS Daily Advisor, Thomson HR, 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.

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 eight 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, event logistics, art services, fulfillment, content management services, 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.