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Vegas RAIN conference to feature Brian Benedik, Jon Mitchell, Michael Papish

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 1:00pm

Brian BenedikToday RAIN announces the addition of three more industry executives to the agenda of RAIN Summit West 2012: Katz 360 Sales President Brian Benedik, Spotify VP of U.S. Adsales Jon Mitchell and Michael Papish, Rovi Corporation Director of Architecture & Innovation.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Brian Benedik (pictured right) is President of Katz 360 Sales, the Katz Media Group’s digital sales arm, and a RAIN Summits veteran. After starting his career at Eastman Radio in 1993, he was promoted to NY Sales Manager five years later. Benedik served as General Sales Manager of Clear Channel Radio Sales and became President of Christal Radio

Jon MitchellJon Mitchell (pictured left) oversees all elements of the ad business for Spotify in the U.S. He has been with Spotify for more than 4 years and was the founding member of Spotify UK. In January 2011 he moved to the U.S. to launch and build the ad business. Previous to Spotify, Mitchell worked in the UK radio industry for 8 years, serving at Capital FM, Classic FM and other brands.

Michael Papish (pictured right) Michael Papishoversees the Rovi search and recommendations R&D team and helps guide the strategy for recommendation technology in Rovi-powered user experiences. Prior to Rovi -- from 2000 to 2010 -- Papish was CEO and co-founder of MediaUnbound, a profitable entertainment content recommendation technology company which licensed solutions to companies such as Terra Networks, MTVN/Viacom, Ericsson and Motorola. Rovi acquired the assets of MediaUnbound in March 2010.

Other speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Pandora SVP of Advertising Sales Steven Kritzman, Managing Partner of TAG Strategic Ted Cohen, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger and others.

ESPN SVP, Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West 2012

RAIN Summit West will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th, in Minneapolis (at the Conclave) on July 20, and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

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