Media’s Money C-Suiters Set For Florida Confab


An exclusive forum for an in-person exchange of ideas and discussions among the media industry’s senior finance executives has been confirmed for a Spring fling in Fort Lauderdale.

The MFM 2017 CFO Summit, presented by the Media Financial Management Association, also confirmed that its co-chairs are EVPs at two top radio broadcast companies.

Hubbard Radio CFO David Bestler and Brett Fennell, CFO and EVP/National Ad Platforms for Cox Media Group, are the summit co-chairs.

It is scheduled for March 2-3 at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort.

“Now in its 11th year, MFM’s annual CFO Summit provides the industry’s senior finance executives the chance to engage in a no-holds-barred dialogue focused on the most important issues facing CFOs and media executives who deal directly with financial management processes,” said Mary M. Collins, President/CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary. “We couldn’t ask for two more ‘in the know’ executives to help us lead an agenda focused on the needs of the industry’s financial leadership.”

Bestler has served as EVP/CFO for Hubbard since 2011, in conjunction with the company’s acquisition of radio stations from Bonneville International, which helped to lift its station count to 41. He joined Hubbard in 2004, as VP/GM for its KSTP-FM 95 in Minneapolis.

Since 2014, Fennell has been responsible for all finance, strategy, engineering and legal functions for Cox Media Group’s broadcasting, publishing and digital companies.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, he will take on the added responsibility of serving as Cox Media Group’s EVP/National Ad Platforms, which includes its CoxReps, Gamut and Videa operations.

Prior to his current position, Fennell was VP of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) at Manheim, a Cox Automotive company.