Tonya is Founder & CEO of Backline Studios and President of Compass Partners Inc. She currently serves as Executive Director of The Parks Chamber of Commerce and as Commissioner for the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. Tonya has nearly 20 years of experience with business operations, change management, project and program leadership, fundraising, and board and investor relations in the creative industries and public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She led the creation of Illinois Bicentennial and managed the statewide Commission on behalf of the Governor's Office. She has also worked in radio, at concert and entertainment venues, and for leading economic development agencies, including the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Schaumburg Business Association.
David is an accomplished entrepreneur who has personally developed and successfully guided a series of small and medium-sized businesses. He’s been on the firing line for sales staff reorganizations, comp plan changes, sales process improvement projects, accountability challenges, sales candidate evaluations, and more. During a 17-year tenure with Radioworks, Inc., the company expanded five times and total revenue grew 20-fold. He negotiated and closed more than $50 Million in radio station transactions, and the company established unique and proprietary selling systems that were copied extensively as industry models. Most recently, David operated a multi-million-dollar, on-premise, special event marketing company that served multi-location retail clients. Over seven years, he expanded the company to a nationwide footprint and personally served as primary sales liaison with clients such as Verizon, Metro PCS, and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. David is a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve where he served as Public Affairs Officer for a Seabee Battalion.
Dave is a strategy and operations expert with proven capabilities in consumer and retail, structuring and negotiating deals and developing, measuring, and implementing innovative solutions. He has 20+ years of experience with Arthur Andersen, SD Retail Consulting (formerly Senn-Delaney), and boutique consultancies, serving worldwide clients like Walgreens, United Airlines, UltaBeauty, Office Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Caterpillar, and Best Buy. Experience areas include complex cross-functional processes, in-store and store-support processes, new concept development / launch / rollout, customer experience, innovating with new technologies, workforce management, task management, impact measurement, business-case development, change management, franchising and licensing, and large-scale rollouts. Dave is a consensus builder and connector, driving alignment across organizations at all levels.
Caroline Ziv is an award-winning producer with deep experience creating compelling content in multiple formats for a wide range of audiences. Her sweet spot is in telling stories that educate, entertain, and move people to action. In 2012, Caroline founded Big Red Bike Media, a full-service video production company that helps clients create digital content for advertising, fundraising, and outreach. Clients have included a division of Walgreens, Disney, PAWS Chicago, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Before launching Big Red Bike Media, Caroline produced for national television shows including Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, and for a decade at The Oprah Winfrey Show. With her extensive TV and production background, Caroline is a go-to resource on media strategy, marketing, and communications.