Renee grew up in New Jersey, moved to the Pittsburgh area after graduating high school and received a BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. She started her career in Advertising/Media at Zimmerman & Partners in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1999, Renee moved back to Pittsburgh and worked at Stern Advertising, Market Place Print, Ten United, Blattner Brunner and is now at RJW Media. She has been involved with the Media Association of Pittsburgh since 1999. Additionally, Renee has served as VP of Celebration.
Claire is the founder of Sterling Advertising Company, a Pittsburgh ad agency that focuses on blending traditional media with emerging media options, such as the internet and email and text messaging. Originally a Londoner, Claire graduated from the College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, but this big city girl has fallen deeply in love with Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Her advertising background started at an exhibition design company in London, and followed her through three countries and five cities. Claire has worked in radio, TV, internet and print advertising in multiple markets, and on national campaigns. Claire was also awarded the Best Account Executive 2007 award, and the Best Boutique Agency 2008 award by her MAP peers, and has served on the Board of the Business Marketing Association
Jimmy Kennedy serves as the Senior Marketing Manager for South University, part of the Education Management Coporation system of schools. In this role, Kennedy works on the development and execution of the annual media plan for all South University campuses for both online and traditional media. He has held this position since 2008 and has worked at EDMC since 2007.
Prior to working for South University, Kennedy served in various media planning and buying roles for MARC USA and RJW Media in Pittsburgh, PA. In his time at those two agencies, he developed media strategies and executed media buying initiatives on clients such as True Value Hardware, Rite Aid, The Pennsylvania Lottery, Guardian Protection Services, Mellon Bank, Giant Eagle, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kennedy also served as the President for the Media Association of Pittsburgh in 2008 and served on the board in other capacities for 5 years prior to that. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies in 1999 from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Mr. Hills has been in the television advertising sales industry for over 22 years. He has been with Comcast Spotlight for the past 10 years and initially served as General Sales Manager before moving into the Vice President/General Manager position in March of 2005. He is responsible for the Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Youngstown/Cleveland, Johnstown/Altoona/State College markets of Comcast Spotlight including approximately 142 employees. Prior to Comcast Spotlight, he served in sales and sales management for 12 years at Sinclair Communications, Inc. Michael received the first-ever Cable Advertising Sales Management Award at the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau’s (CAB) annual conference in 2002. He also has been recognized as Best Sales Manager by the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club in 2002, 2003, 2004 and Best Overall Professional – Television in 2005, and MAP’s Art Stein award in 2007. Michael served as President of the Media Association of Pittsburgh (MAP) in 2007 and led the transition of the PRTC to MAP and continues to be an active member of the club today.
Mr. Hills earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from St. Vincent College in Greensburg. He and his wife Michele were married in 2002 and reside in the City of Pittsburgh.
Rebecca Lamperski is a self-professed guerilla marketer who possesses a flair for the creative, and is results-based in her approach to sales and marketing. Rebecca joined the Comcast Spotlight sales management team in 1999, and has guided local sales efforts for the past 11 years. She is responsible for sales direction in the Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Youngstown and Johnstown/Altoona/State College DMA’s.
In 2007, Rebecca was nominated and accepted as one of 45 Nationwide participants in Comcast’s Executive Leadership Forum Program – the elite leadership development program at Comcast. In 2009, Rebecca was nominated for and won the Salesperson of the Year award from CableFAX Magazine. Rebecca was a recipient in 2006 of the Art Stein Memorial Award for Service to the Media Association of Pittsburgh, and she was named Best Media Professional in 2003 and 2004.
Rebecca is an advanced Toastmaster. She earned her MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca enjoys exercising, reading, gardening, and family time. She lives in Ohio Township, Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Jamie and two daughters, Jessica and Jackie.
Julie Orell Smith
Born and raised in Braddock, Pa., and armed with a degree in Business Management, Julie began her career in 1977 at WFFM (WLOA) Radio (currently known as BOB-FM) and then continued onto WTAE-TV in 1978, where she spent five years in programming and sales. Julie then moved to the other side of the desk working for 15 years in media at DDF&M (Dudreck DePaul Ficco & Morgan) Advertising, where she attained the position of Senior Vice President, Director of Media. An opportunity to work for the client then led her to the position of Advertising Manager for SUPERVALU-Pittsburgh division.
But media is Julie’s true love, and in 1998, she joined RJW Media, a full-service media firm providing media planning and buying for all media (traditional and interactive). Currently she is President and a Principal of the company and has a client list of industry leaders in a broad array of categories. She will soon take on the role of CEO from founder Richard Wolk when he retires.
While Julie has been involved with many organizations throughout her career, including the Board of Governors for the March of Dimes and the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation, she has had a presence with MAP (formerly the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club) for nearly her entire career. She has been a long-standing board member serving on many committees, and has also held the position of VP of Membership, Treasurer and President. MAP/PRTC has recognized Julie with numerous Media All-Star achievement awards including:
- MVP Client/Agency Side in 1999
- Best Buyer/Planner in 2000 and 2008
- Best Overall Professional in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Best Media Director/Supervisor in 2005
Julie resides in Murrysville, Pa with her husband, Dave; Lhasa Apso, Shaggy; and Coton de Tulear, Andie. She loves spending her free time with family and friends. An avid dog-lover (and of all animals), Julie also enjoys golf, dancing, fine wine and everything Italian.
After more than 25 successful years in media marketing and management, Paige Beal puts her first hand experience in radio, TV, print and the Internet to work for her students as an Associate Professor at Point Park University School of Business and for her clients as President of Moxie Marketing Management Consultancy.
Her career in Pittsburgh includes Site Manager of Pittsburgh.com, General Manager of WRRK-FM, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Employment Paper, General Sales Manager at WWSW AM/FM, and Regional Sales Manager at AT&T Media Services.
Born in Boston, Paige earned a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology at Hood College and received her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. She is a graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh program, and is an active member of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, and member/Past President of the Media Association of Pittsburgh.
Morry Feldman is a native of Pittsburgh.
He graduated Taylor Allderdice High School in 1971, and earned a B.A. in English from Oberlin College in 1975. Morry started his professional career in media in 1976 as a radio on-air personality in Oregon.
From 1976-1983, Morry was a Program Director, Music Director, and Production Director as well as an on-air personality in Oregon.
Morry returned to Pittsburgh in 1983 and was hired as an Account Executive by the late Jay Davis at Hearst’s Hit Radio 96 WHTX.
Morry worked for Hearst’s two Pittsburgh radio stations (WHTX and WTAE) for 15 years.
He became Local Sales Manager in January of 1989, and also held positions of General Sales Manager and National Sales Manager through February of 1998.
Since early 1998, Morry’s media career has included a two year stint as General Sales Manager of TCI/AT&T Media Services (the forerunner of Comcast Spotlight); two years as Account Executive with KDKA Radio; five years as Senior Account Executive with Clear Channel Outdoor; and Senior Account Executive since January of 2008 with WQED.
Morry received the first Hearst Radio Eagle Award for outstanding sales performance in 1986; the Outstanding Achievement Award for Radio from the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club in 1995; and the Art Stein Award from the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club in 2004.
Morry has been very involved with the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club/Media Association of Pittsburgh since joining the Executive Board in 1992. He is a Past President of the organization, and held various Vice Presidential positions in Programming, Membership and Community Service before becoming President in 2000. Morry has also been the M.C. of the Media Association of Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Achievement in Media Awards banquet for the past three years.
Morry and his wife Sharon live in Wexford with their daughters Cara and Jamie.
Roger has been involved in media since he was 11 years old. He started as a studio engineer for high school football games on WEEF AM & FM, Highland Park, IL. When his voice changed, they let him go on the air as a disc jockey. He first got involved in advertising sales in 1975 selling for classical music station WEFM, Chicago. In college, he served as General Manager for the student-run radio station, WPGU, Urbana, IL. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1980, Roger sold television advertising in his native Chicago for TeleRep, a national rep firm. Before establishing CMS, Roger worked in advertising sales for KDKA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, Roger took part in the station’s record-breaking sales month. When Roger Rafson saw the need for media buyers to easily access air time on radio stations in small and medium sized markets throughout the United States, he established Commercial Media Sales (CMS). Since March 1982, CMS has been working with radio station owners and managers bringing them revenue by selling their airtime. CMS has expanded by offering radio station brokerage services.
- 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Media Award – Radio Media Association of Pittsburgh
- 1999 President, Pittsburgh Radio and TV Club (now Media Association of Pittsburgh)
- 10 Year Service Award for service to the Radio Information Service. October, 1998
- Art Stein Memorial Award for Service to the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club. March 4, 1994
- Association for Women In Communications Matrix Award for Best Radio Talk Show. Highmark on Health Care (formerly Blue Cross on Health Care). April 17, 1997
- Roger never got over being bitten by the announcing bug. Since 1981, he has served as Public Address Announcer for Carnegie Mellon University football, men’s and women’s basketball and track & field. In 2005, Roger was the Public Address Announcer for the 2005 Senior Olympics.
Professional Associations include: National Association of Media Brokers, Society of Broadcast Engineers and The Media Association of Pittsburgh.
- Married to Bobbie Bugle (32 years) with 2 children, Stephanie and Cliff
- Elected 3 times to the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club
- Served as President during the PRTC’s 50th Anniversary year (1996)
- Appointed, Board of Directors, Advertising Association of Baltimore
- Seminar Presenter; Radio Advertising Bureau, Cable Television Advertising Bureau and Catholic Press Association.
- Current Chair of the Finance Committee, St Margaret’s Parish in Bel Air, MD
- Graduate, Duquesne University, BA Political Science
- Hobbies include Civil War Reenacting, Golf, Gardening, and Steelers Football
Richard J. Wolk
A lifelong Pittsburgh native, Jack D’Amico C.M.D. attended Michigan State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Jack has been actively involved in the arts, as well as the advertising profession, most of his life . talk about starting young, Jack was an employee of KDKA-AM 1020 Radio (when they were located in the Grant Building) beginning at the age of 3 years old in 1945. He was a solo vocalist on the live program “Betty Dugan’s Starlets on Parade” . the M.C. of the program was “Uncle” Ed Schaughency . . . Jack has fond memories of sitting up on the knees of Rosie Rosewell and Bob Prince who were the KDKA Radio voices (there was no TV) of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the mid-40’s.
Early in high school, Jack formed a singing group called “The Four Jades.” They recorded and performed live throughout the tri-state for
several years. Jack’s first of four recordings occurred when his high school English teacher sent a taped pep-rally performance of the Jades to Roulette Records. Jack went on later to again be a solo performer, and studied voice in his twenties with Joe Negri. He also performed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre for Merv Griffin’s syndicated and nationally televised Group W “Late Nite Show” in the ‘70’s.
Jack began his 43 year advertising career at the Pittsburgh Press in 1961 as a Proof Messenger; then, within weeks, he moved on to Ad -Sales. Later, his career moves included NCR in Retail Marketing, The Hertz Corporation in Public Relations on Madison Avenue, and The Rouse Company in Shopping Center Marketing and Special Events.
Since 1973, Jack has been the C.E.O. of AD-EASE Communications, Inc., a full-service advertising firm representing clients both nationally and in the Pittsburgh market (doing business in 17 states). AD-EASE designed the Pirate Parrot for (the previous owners of) the Pittsburgh Pirates. Many of the owners, managers and even general managers of the tri-state media, called on Jack, as young account executives at one time or another.
AD-EASE Communications, Inc., has been a prominent Pittsburgh advertising agency for four decades. As countless mergers have swirled in recent years, Jack has remained fiercely independent, continually proving that there is room for the mid-sized agency which offers the utmost in client service. Anecdotally, D’Amico is renowned in the advertising industry for pursuing the “best pricing” in media for his clients; and , is affectionately nick-named “The Senator” as a result of his ability to buy at or near (the lowest) political rates.
Jack is a Past-President of the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club, (M.A.P.; Media Association of Pittsburgh), and had served as a Vice-President, or on the Board-of-Directors of that Organization for many years. He still actively participates as ex-officio in order ]to fulfill his passion for the club. He is, without question, one of the true “consciences” of M.A.P., and a very active past president and mentor, who tries to contribute vital input and guidance . . . year in, and year out.
Jack has earned certification by the International Council of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) as a Certified Marketing Director (C.M.D.), a very coveted, and narrowly awarded ,“certificate on of excellence.”
In 1992, the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club honored Jack D’Amico with The Art Stein Award, their annual “Person of the Year” recognition to the individual who has significantly contributed to the betterment of the industry.
Jack was also honored by his peers and the Media Association of Pittsburgh when he was awarded the 2005 OAMA (Outstanding Achievement in Media Award) for lifetime achievement in media.
Jack prides himself in the fact that he attempts to personally answer/return each and every call made to his office. Also, giving guidance to youngsters in the business has always been one of Jack’s passions. Among Jack’s best friends are many of his competitors!
I am a past president and board member of various committees of PRTC/MAP over the years.
I am an Outstanding Achievement in Media Award Winner of the Art Stein Memorial Award in 1991; and also for Radio in 2004.
I began my selling career in the media business at KQV, WPXI-TV followed by a management positions with WEEP/WDSY.
Have been an account executive with WORD-FM since 1993.
I live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with my wife Patty.
We have two adult children; our daughter-in-law; and two beautiful grandchildren.
I enjoy the Performing Arts, golf and hunting; plus our grandchildren’s many activities!