Ron Spink Chief Executive Officer
Ron Spink joined AC Business media in 2021 as Chief Executive Officer. He has 30 years of experience in executive media and management roles, specializing in driving reinvention of brand and product through digital strategy, data integration, and performance marketing innovation. In his previous role as CEO and founder of SpinKorp LLC, he led a national media consultancy focused on transformative digital product strategy for his clients.
His prior experience includes leading brand, product, and revenue as Executive Vice President for Hanley Wood media, an integrated B2B information & solution provider for the housing and building construction sector. Spink has also held several executive and management roles with Hanley Wood, Crain Communications, ACC Communications, and BPA Worldwide – along with serving on numerous board and advisory groups in the media and construction space. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, earning a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate.
JoAnn Breuchel Chief Financial Officer
JoAnn Breuchel joined AC Business Media in 2014 as the CFO and is responsible for the overall financial management of the company. She has 20 years of experience in various finance and accounting roles. Her prior experience includes 3 years as the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager for Cygnus Business Media as well as 12 years in various financial management roles with US Cellular and TDS Telecom. JoAnn graduated from UW-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in accounting prior to earning her CPA license.
Kris Heineman Chief Digital Officer
Kris holds over 15 years of experience leading digital strategies and envisioning product roadmaps for multiple large media organizations. Most recently the Senior Audience Development Director for American Media, he directed product and business development strategies for Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, Snowboarder and more. His prior media experience comes from leadership positions at TEN: The Enthusiastic Network, Bonnier Corporation, TransWorld Media, and Freedom Communications.
Amy Schwandt Chief Revenue Officer
Amy Schwandt is a seasoned and recognized professional in the B2B media space and currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer. She previously held leadership roles at the company including Group Publisher and Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Amy is ultimately accountable in driving revenue growth in all areas of the business, by leveraging and aligning all revenue-generating departments. Her diverse role includes sales management, expertise in the trade show sector of the business, as well as helping to identify and strategically develop new product launches and acquisition opportunities. Amy also serves on many boards and committees in the industries she serves and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Her work has been recognized by respected industry media outlets and she was named by Folio magazine as a Top Women In Media and TSNN Trade Show Manager of the Year in 2016.
Sean Dunphy Group Publisher
Sean Dunphy is Group Publisher at AC Business Media. He has management responsibility for the heavy construction and landscape portfolio, manages custom content for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, and has sales responsibility for several key construction advertisers. He has more than 20 years of B2B publishing experience in sales and management. He has worked in publishing, media and database technology for his entire career. Sean’s expertise in B2B marketing, media transformation, ad tech and mar tech is very much appreciated and recognized by all of his clients. Sean holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jason DeSarle Group Publisher
Jason DeSarle has been in the B2B and B2C media space for over 20 years and has worked at various publishers including Penton Media, Advanstar Communications, and Questex Media. Over his tenure in the media industry, Jason has managed numbers brands in various industries including manufacturing, power sports, landscape, and golf. Most recently, he worked at the National Association of Landscape Professionals as their Vice President of membership and marketing. Jason resides in Cleveland, OH, where he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Nick Raether Director of Digital Operations
Nick Raether utilizes a decade of Information Technology experience and his business-driven technical skillset to lead Digital Operations and technical infrastructure for AC Business Media. In his multi-faceted role, Nick oversees IT and Infrastructure strategy, manages the day-to-day Digital Operations team and workflow, and works with the Executive management team to create technical solutions to facilitate digital and data product growth. Nick has played a key role in new technological advances implementations at AC business Media and has led the integrations of many new systems and acquired print and digital properties.
Joel Franke Director of Digital Strategy
Joel brings 15 years of experience in media, where he started in sales and publishing for 7 years and moved into digital sales management thereafter. Joel has proven success in digital product launches, revenue generation and lead gen campaigns.
Jon Minnick Group Content Director
Jon Minnick has spent his career in B2B publishing covering residential building and remodeling, surgical and medical products, and the technology and software side of manufacturing. Just prior to joining AC Business Media, Jon managed the long-term strategy planning and daily operations of 13 brands across Manufacturing, Distribution, and Design/Engineering industries.
Jon has a B.S. in writing, marketing, and advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he graduated with honors and was president of the Nu Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta-The National English Honor Society.
Ronda Hughes VP of Audience Development
Ronda Hughes joined AC Business Media in March of 2020 and is the centralized resource to champion audience growth across all channels with a particular focus on connecting and growing behavioral data and insights. Her prior experience included being the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Digital Solutions which included Audience Engagement, Email Marketing, Digital Pre-Sales Consultation, and Marketing at EnsembleIQ. Prior to that, she was with UBM Americas (and other associated companies) for over 30 years where she has held several different positions but most of her tenure involved audience data, engagement, development, and marketing.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Management/Organizational Development from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.