Dan Hammond‘s career has centered around media. All three of the companies he founded have focused on celebrating the good news story in hometowns and food across America. Couple this theme of community content with a solid background in advertising and marketing, and Hammond has found a recipe for success.
Before founding American Hometown Media, Hammond was the founder of American Hometown Publishing (AHP), which acquires and manages local community newspapers by forming partnerships with local publishers. Through these efforts, AHP helps improve business operations, increase profits and build readership among its paper partners.
Prior to forming AHP, Hammond was the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Publishing Group of America, where he oversaw the creation and launch of American Profile magazine, the largest successful magazine launch in U.S. history, followed by Relish magazine, the largest epicurean magazine in the U.S., with an uncommon focus on American hometown people, communities and food. He also created Hometown Content, the first syndicated service for community newspapers and developed a channel for promotional advertisers to reach Neilson C&D America. Hammond and company sold Publishing Group of America to Bain Capital and Shamrock Capital Partners in November of 2007.
Earlier in his career, Hammond served as the senior marketing officer for a number of Fortune 500 operations. He has directed strategic marketing and media services for national and internationally based consumer and business advertisers, including DuPont, McGregor, Bostonian, NOMA, Clarks of England, Dial Corp. and Ceridian. He serves on various advisory groups and boards including the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the Tennessee Rugby Foundation.
Mike Meyers’ 25 year career has been focused in publishing. First analog and then digital media including specialty magazines to websites. Mike has run publishing, operations, revenue generation, business development, network strategy and general management duties including co-founding Sheknows, LLC as CEO of one of the largest women’s lifestyle and advertising networks. Sheknows was successfully grown from concept to 20 million monthly unique visitors and subsequently sold to Evolve Media, LLC.
Saying Mike is an expert in digital media is certainly an understatement. Adding to his repertoire is the fact that having built and run plenty of network models, he has helped create the modern-day network platform concept here at Just a Pinch/American Hometown Media making it a publisher first concept.
Heralding from Wisconsin, media endeavors have taken Mike from the upper Midwest including Chicago, through Phoenix, San Francisco and the Western US, to New Orleans, Atlanta and the deep South, and now placing his roots in the Mid-South of Nashville, Tennessee.
Doli Stepniewski brings with him more than 25 years experience in application design, development and management. Stepniewski is currently CTO for American Hometown Media and Chief Application & Database Architect for Just A Pinch Recipes.
Prior to joining AHM, Stepniewski served as Chief Architect and partner at echomusic, LLC (echo), an entertainment marketing company in Nashville, Tennessee, where he led the development of the patent-pending echotools™, a web application and database that powered more than 300 entertainment brand websites and managed over 20 million consumer records. In February 2007 Ticketmaster purchased echo and the echotools™ which became part of Ticketmaster’s direct-to-consumer ticket sales platform.
In addition to his media work, Stepniewski has developed custom applications for an array of industries. As Interactive Producer at direct marketing company SmartDM (Acxiom), he created compelling web-based data collection portals for their proprietary online CRM solution. And early in his career, he worked at Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development where he developed custom database applications to manage properties for the HUD funded HOPE3 program, providing home ownership opportunities to hundreds of low-income families.
Brad Webb‘s 20+ years of digital media product, technology, and operational experience runs the gamut between bootstrapping start-ups to operating established brands.
Previously, Brad held executive positions at SheKnows Media (now SHE Media), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), vSocial, Womensforum, and several other media holdings. His expertise is in building cream-of-the-crop, focused teams and scaling technology, product, and operations from there. Having both guided materially-substantial exits and multiple-rounds of fundraising, Brad is adept at juggling hats and roles as the team may require.
Beyond his career, Brad spends as much time with his sons as they’ll let him. Wrangling both a teenager and toddler is his proudest accomplishment, which he shares with his wife. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Brad joins AHM by way of Phoenix, AZ, and loves to share (dry and warm) weather updates with the team.
Jerry Lyles has spent his career in media, starting as a newspaper publisher in his home state of Kentucky. He jumped at the chance to move to the national publishing world when Dan Hammond founded Publishing Group of America (PGA). Jerry successfully led the PGA publisher sales team to create the largest publishing launch in US history.
Following the sale of PGA in 2007, Jerry continued his media journey at Athlon Sports where he was an integral part of the executive management team leading publisher relations to fulfill a strategy of growth through circulation expansion and acquisition. He then moved to Dobie Media and TownNews – where he facilitated the sales and delivery of digital solutions to news publisher websites by collaborating with publishers and delivering products to meet their online needs.
Keeping his teenage granddaughter in tennis shoes is one of Jerry’s favorite hobbies, and when he isn’t at Disney or the beach you can find him spending time with his family.