Connected Teammates: Automakers & Suppliers
Radio famously knows how to build teams -- genuine partnerships -- that get great results for everyone. Today it's time to take those skills and become a real teammate to automakers and Tier 1 suppliers who can make your great audio content an active and successful part of today's connected car. At Radio Ink's DASH conference, set for October 23-24 in Detroit, the "Getting Connected in the Car" panel will feature Brian Lakamp of Clear Channel and Sarah Lumbard of NPR; both these radio companies are already well established and thriving on the new connected dash. AND you'll have the opportunity to hear from Scott Burnell of Ford Motor Co. on exactly what you need to do to earn your place on the dashboard too.
Scott Burnell leads business development and partner management efforts for the mobile industry at Ford Motor Co. Most recently he facilitated the creation and launch of the Ford Developer Program, the first developer ecosystem for in-vehicle connectivity open to all global app developers. Before joining Ford, Burnell had a successful 16-year career in the wireless industry. As the director of mobile content for a wireless developer agency, he assembled and led the mobile apps team at the largest content aggregator in North America. He was instrumental in launching hundreds of apps across dozens of storefronts and coordinating the mobile efforts for brands and publishers such as E! Entertainment, Maxim, and Turner Networks.
Brian Lakamp is president of digital for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, overseeing the company's digital strategy, including iHeartRadio. He also works closely with the company's key partners to develop cutting-edge tools and products for all of Clear Channel's radio, media, and entertainment properties. Lakamp's digital media experience spans business and technology strategy, financial and business modeling, and project development and management. Before joining the Clear Channel team, he served as EVP/digital media at Premiere Radio Networks. In 2007, he co-founded Fluxe, a digital media startup focused on online music; prior to that, Lakamp served as SVP/digital policy at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
As NPR's VP of content strategy and operations, Sarah Lumbard coordinates strategy across the news, programming, and digital divisions. Previously she was executive director of content strategy and operations, and before that role, she served as senior director of product strategy and development and led NPR's digital initiatives on existing and emerging platforms. Today, these platforms include connected cars, the Web, iPhone and Android applications for phone and tablet, podcasts, social media, and a variety of partnerships.
Reminder: The special $159 DASH rate at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport ends Friday, September 30. Register today.