George G. Beasley: Chairman
With BBGI since: 1961
George G. Beasley founded Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in 1961 and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Beasley also served from 1961 until March 18, 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Throughout his 56-year radio broadcasting career, Mr. Beasley has received numerous broadcast industry distinctions as well as recognition from various civic and charitable organizations.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America honored Mr. Beasley with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 and the Library of American Broadcasting honored the radio pioneer as a “Giant of Broadcasting” in 2012. In addition, the Florida Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster of the Year” in 2011, the Country Radio Broadcasters awarded Mr. Beasley the “Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award” in 2010 and the Nevada Broadcasters Association inducted him into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
He has consistently been acknowledged by Radio Ink magazine its annual “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue and was celebrated by the publication with the Lifetime Achievement award in 2019.
The radio veteran began his career in North Carolina. He served on the board of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) for eight years as President, Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Beasley was honored with the NCAB’s Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and was inducted into NCAB’s Hall of Fame in 1998 upon receiving the prestigious “Distinguished Broadcaster of North Carolina” Award. In addition, he was inducted into the 2019 Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame as well as was named among the 2020 class of the Country Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University and was recognized in 1990 as one of the institution’s Distinguished Alumni. He has served as Chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.
Mr. Beasley is most proud of the George G. Beasley Media Complex, which stands as a promise that future generations of ASU students will also have the opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in broadcasting
Caroline Beasley: Chief Executive Officer
With BBGI since: 1983
Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, LLC on January 1, 2017. She previously served as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. Ms. Beasley has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983.
The media executive most recently served as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. In addition, she is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.
In 2017, Ms. Beasley was honored by Radio Ink magazine as “Radio Executive of the Year”. Ms. Beasley has been consistently ranked among the top five of the publication’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” list. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Radio” issue on an annual basis since 2003.
Ms. Beasley received the 2016 “Distinguished Service Award” from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and was the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry.
Ms. Beasley earned a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina.
Bruce G. Beasley has served as Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s President since 1997 and as a Director since 1980. He began his career in the broadcasting industry with the Company in 1975 and since that time has served in various capacities, including General Sales Manager, General Manager of a major market radio station and as Vice President of Operations.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau.
He earned a B.S. degree from East Carolina University.
Brian E. Beasley: Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
With BBGI since: 1977
Brian Beasley was appointed Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Operations from 1997 until December 31, 2016. Mr. Beasley has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since 1982. He brings 40 years of media experience to this position.
Mr. Beasley serves on the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau and is a past member of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. He earned a B.S. degree from East Carolina University.
Marie Tedesco: Chief Financial Officer
With BBGI since: 1991
Marie Tedesco was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as Vice President of Finance since 1996. She began her employment with the Company in 1991 as Corporate Controller.
Ms. Tedesco is a native of Sweden, where she attended Olympia College. After graduating from UCLA with a B.S. degree in finance, she started her radio career in Los Angeles. From 1984 through 1987, she worked in the accounting department of Radio & Records, Inc. Beginning in 1988, she moved to New York, where she was employed in the accounting department of Westwood One. In 1989, while still employed by Westwood One, she moved back to Los Angeles where she assisted in launching their Pirate Radio station, KQLZ.
Ms. Tedesco currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Finance Management (MFM) Association.
Michael Cooney: Chief Technology Officer/ Vice President of Engineering
With BBGI since: 2007
Mike Cooney is responsible for the general supervision and oversight of all engineering and technology matters for Beasley’s portfolio of 64 radio stations. Additionally, he is integrally involved with the management of the capital budgets and also the Company’s HD Radio initiative. Mr. Cooney is Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Technical Committee, 2016 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award recipient, a member of the NAB Automotive Digital Dashboard “DASH” Committee, a member of the Technical Committee for the Broadcast Traffic Consortium (BTC) and a former radio representative for the NAB FastRoads Committee. He has participated on the Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee and has presented at multiple NAB conferences.
Mike is a Certified Engineer for the Society of Broadcast Engineers (CBRE), FCC First Class license holder and certified electronic technician. He has been in corporate engineering management for over thirty years.
Justin Chase: Chief Content Officer
With BBGI since: 2009
Justin Chase was named Chief Content Officer at Beasley Media Group in January 2020.
Mr. Chase previously served as Executive Vice President of Programming since 2016. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of on-air content and digital on behalf of the company. Previously, Mr. Chase served as Vice President of Programming and Operations Manager for the Company’s four music stations in Las Vegas, including KCYE-FM, KKLZ-FM, KOAS-FM, and KVGS-FM.
The radio executive is a past recipient of Beasley Media Group’s annual “Program Director of the Year” award and has been recognized among the “Best Programmers in Radio” by numerous industry publications.
A current member of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board, Mr. Chase serves in leadership roles within numerous industry organizations, including the Media Ratings Council’s (MRC) Board of Directors, the MRC Radio Committee and the MRC Digital Committee. In addition, he served as a member of the Nielsen Advisory Council and participated in special projects with The Council for Research Excellence (CRE).
Todd Handy: Chief Digital Officer
With BBGI since: 2019
Mr. Handy is responsible for leading the digital efforts of the organization and has been at the forefront of the digital media space for more than a decade, specifically in local media responsible for sales, advertising strategy & products, ad operations & analytics, programmatic sales and native advertising. He has also led publisher development, implementation and customer success for an AdTech video startup, as well as worked with blue-chip digital pureplays in display, audio, video, mobile, performance marketing & retargeting and affiliate sales.
A Utah native, the media executive most recently held executive positions with several innovative companies, including serving as Vice President- Digital Media & AdTech at MarketStar, VP- Publisher Development at Tout and VP- Advertising Strategy & Products at Deseret Digital Media.
In addition, Mr. Handy has served on various sales and digital marketing advisory boards as well as the Executive Committee of the Local Media Consortium and the Local Media Association’s Chief Digital Club. In addition, he is currently a member of the Local Media Association’s Board of Directors, as well as Dream Local Digital’s Board of Directors.
Lori Burgess: Chief Operating Officer, Beasley XP (the company’s eSports Division)
With BBGI since: 2019
Ms. Burgess most recently served as Chief Digital Content Officer at Beasley Media Group. Previously, she worked as an integrated marketing strategy consultant on behalf of the company. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the company’s esports business.
Ms. Burgess has earned a stellar reputation as an authority in content and advertising alignment, with a focus on building revenue through creative multi-platform marketing and new media solutions.
Her portfolio includes more than two decades in the publishing industry, providing generation of profit and growth for iconic brands such as The Hollywood Reporter, Prevention Magazine, Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle and House & Garden; Elle Magazine; Seventeen Magazine, and Niche Media.
The media veteran’s national awards span 20 years, however her notable honors in 2016 include: Pixel Award Finalist R3 Summit.com Best Event/ Conference Website; MIN Best of the Web Finalist for R3 Summit.com, Best Custom Website.
Steve Meyers: Executive Vice President of Digital Platforms & Partnerships
With BBGI Since: 2016
Steve Meyers was named the Company’s Executive Vice President of Digital in 2017. He is responsible for overseeing Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s corporate digital teams.
Mr. Meyers joined the Company as the Director of Digital Operations in November of 2016. He previously led the digital division of Greater Media, Inc. as its Director of Digital Operations, where he was responsible for developing digital platforms, as well as providing new opportunities for the company’s commercial partners.
Erika Beasley: Vice President of Digital Content
Ms. Beasley previously served as the Corporate Digital Content Director for Local Markets since 2019.
In her role, she is responsible for overseeing content creation on the company’s many digital platforms.
Prior to joining the digital division, Ms. Beasley was the Vice President and Market Manager of the Company’s stations in Fayetteville, North Carolina, including WKML-FM, WZFX-FM, WFLB-FM, WUKS-FM, and WAZZ-AM. In addition, she held sales manager positions at several radio stations within Beasley’s Tampa and Philadelphia market clusters.
The broadcast veteran is a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Broadcast Leadership Training Class of 2017 as well as the BMI & Radio Advertising Bureau’s Rising Through The Ranks program, where she received the first-ever Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group’s (MIW) “Rising Star Award”.
In addition, Ms. Beasley has served on the boards of several industry and community organizations, including the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the United Way of Cumberland County, the Methodist University Board of Visitors and the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club.
Tina Murley: Vice President of Corporate Sales
With BBGI since: 2014
Tina Murley serves as Vice President of Corporate Sales for Beasley Media Group overseeing integrated sales for the company. She brings over 25 years of combined media, sales, marketing and management experience. Murley believes that every challenge should be attacked with a positive attitude and great work ethic. She specializes in Sports marketing, strategic alignments, media planning, event sales, digital marketing and live and local radio programs. Ms. Murley’s consultative sales approach has allowed her to drive creative results-driven marketing programs.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Rhode Island where the media executive graduated Summa Cume Laude.
Shaun Greening, a native of New Zealand, serves as Vice President of Financial Reporting for the Company. He joined Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in February of 2000 as the Company completed its initial public offering. Mr. Greening previously served as an Audit Manager for KPMG in Tampa, FL. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.
Mr. Greening holds a CPA license from the state of Florida. In the local Naples community, he helps manage the Optimist Club of Naples Soccer Program and volunteers in middle and high school classrooms on behalf of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Additionally, Mr. Greening served on the Finance Council of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Heidi Raphael: Chief Communications Officer
With BBGI since: 2017
Heidi Raphael serves as the Company’s Chief Communications Officer. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership in overseeing all aspects of communications, branding, and marketing on behalf of the Company. Ms. Raphael has been recognized among the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine, a leading national industry publication, on an annual basis since 2006.
She previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Greater Media, Inc., located in Braintree, MA.
Ms. Raphael currently serves Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Library of American Broadcasting and is a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. In addition, she serves on the Southwest Florida Advisory Board of Home Base, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families. The radio veteran is a past elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). Additionally, she is a former spokesperson and past Executive Committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW).
The Western New York native received her undergraduate degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Kimberly R. Sonneborn: VP of Digital Operations
With BBGI since: 2000
Kimberly Sonneborn serves as Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s Vice President of Digital Operations. In her role, she is responsible for evolving the company’s digital processes and ensuring alignment with corporate operators and partners.
Ms. Sonneborn previously served as Vice President of Digital Design and Production for the Company, with responsibility for directing all digital projects from conception to launch, formulating the initial design concepts and determining the most appropriate manner in which to present digital projects to both station personnel and advertisers.
Ms. Sonneborn joined the Company as its Interactive Coordinator in 2000. In that capacity, she was responsible for building the Company’s interactive department.
She is a graduate of Liberty University, where received degrees in Public Relations and Graphic Design. Ms. Sonneborn ranked first in her class in graphic design and was the recipient of the institution’s top graphic design award. In addition, she is a 2018 graduate of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group Mentoring Program.
Dan Frisbie: Vice President of Digital Sales
With BBGI since: 2017
Dan Frisbie joined Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. as Vice President of Digital Sales at Beasley Media Group in November of 2017.
Mr. Frisbie, a seasoned 17-year digital sales leader, founded Frisbie Consulting, LLC, where he helped clients with media/digital/mobile/video sales strategies and operations, including CRM implementation and process, forecasting and pipeline analysis, seller hiring and coaching, compensation and commission structures, product positioning and marketing, account penetration and analysis, and industry introductions.
Previous to that, Mr. Frisbie served as the executive vice president of sales at Jun Group, where he led the company’s national media sales efforts and eight years as the vice president of sales at iHeartRadio. While there, the digital veteran helped to build the organization’s digital sales offering and solutions for advertisers.
Mr. Frisbie also held senior roles at Performics, Fathom Online, Looksmart and Spinway.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel – Beasley Media Group
With BBGI since: February 2020
Chris Ornelas serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Beasley Media Group. He joined the company on February 1, 2020.
Prior to joining Beasley, the highly respected media executive most recently spent nearly a decade serving as chief operating and strategy officer of the National Association of Broadcasters, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of and providing strategic guidance to NAB’s advocacy teams in addressing the diverse legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today.
Previously, Ornelas served as Chief Counsel on Communications and Technology policy in NAB President and CEO and former Senator Gordon Smith’s U.S. Senate office, overseeing all matters relating to communications, media, entertainment and technology before the Senate Commerce Committee. In that role, he developed and advanced multiple legislative initiatives on a wide array of communications and technology issues and advised the senator on legislation that considered digital content protection, media ownership, spectrum allocation, broadband deployment and regulations, and telecommunications reform.
The broadcast veteran’s career also includes nearly a decade in the Washington offices of law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he represented broadcast clients on policy, regulatory and transactional matters before the FCC. In this capacity, Ornelas licensed some of the first HD Radio stations in the U.S. and assisted several broadcasters with regulatory matters surrounding the transactional matters around high definition television.
Ornelas earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at the American University and a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia.
He resides on Capitol Hill with his wife, Maria and their son Dante.
Jennifer Williams: Vice President of Digital Marketing
With BBGI since: 2016
Jennifer Williams is responsible for overseeing the marketing of the company’s digital content platforms and leveraging data to drive traffic, audience engagement and advertiser growth.
Ms. Williams previously served as the Director of Interactive Marketing. Prior to joining Beasley Media Group, she spent nearly 20 years at Greater Media, Inc. (GMI), where the media executive worked as the director of digital marketing and was responsible for overseeing the interactive marketing efforts on behalf of the company’s 20 radio properties. Ms. Williams initially joined the organization as the marketing director of WCSX-FM in 1997. Previously, the radio veteran held on-air and marketing director positions at WODJ-FM (Grand Rapids), WJXQ-FM (Lansing) and WIBM-FM (Jackson) in Michigan.
A graduate of Albion College, Ms. Williams is a past chair and advisory board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group.