Mr. Callahan is an entrepreneurial business executive offering 30 years of success driving strategic business development programs in both domestic and international markets. With a career that started in 1983 founding TEC Communications and pioneering wireless video messaging products. Over the next 25 years Mr. Callahan grew TEC's event technology business into a multi-million dollar global supplier that has expanded to the municipal-hotel-office market for installed digital information systems.
In 2003 Mr. Callahan partnered with Convergent Media (Sony Electronics) to market networked digital signage and in 2004 launched Tradeshow Digital Media the digital signage business for TEC. In 2009 at the Chicago Dental Society Mid Winter Meeting TEC introduced the iSign an internet based icon activated digital information kiosk. A founder of Rural Wireless Internet (RWI) Mr. Callahan now combins his background in wireless networks and digital signage to bring experiential signage to public spaces.
VP Business Development
Dedicated technology executive helping organizations leverage media and technology to deliver results. With over 18 years’ experience in building and leading technology teams to drive products and revenue from cutting edge platforms and services. As part of the founding team that developed the concept of “Leading Americans Back to Savings” with the ING Direct banking platform. Built and managed systems to support over 4 million clients and over 12 billion USD in deposits.
Mr. Thompson has developed and exited several startups in the digital media and video space with several unique applications of technology and patents, to include innovative DOOH networks and online advertising optimization engines.
Mr. Thompson brings a strong passion to digital signage technologies and innovation with a commitment to helping companies win.
Steve started his career working for 21st Century Cyber Charter School where he found his love for automation and continual process improvement. Steve turned a manual imaging process from one computer at a time into an automated 50+ computer at a time using a network deployment system with post restore scripts that personalized each computer. Steve brought these skills to the IT Department at Millersville University where he worked part time during his time earning his degree. Upon graduation, Steve began working at Hosting.com where he was quickly promoted to a Server Engineer. He also helped develop the role Technical Team Lead as well as dedicated his time to special projects as a Platform Engineer where he helped develop new products with a special interest in automation. After Steve’s tenure at Hosting.com, he joined Ion-E Group as their Chief Architect. Steve along with a fellow partner of Ion-E helped co-found appSYGNA as their Chief Architect/CTO. AppSYGNA specializes in big data custom solutions and strive to implement these solutions with open-source software. Steve also co-founded Sgnify, a digital signage company that specializes in real-time interactive touchscreen digital signs. appSYGNA and sgnify give back to the community by contributing to projects like PyroCMS where they are helping upgrade the CMS to use PSR standards to take full advantage of new versions of PHP and framework agnostic code.
VP Sales / Marketing
Fritz Mills is a leading media and technology industry executive with a successful track record of building and managing broadcast properties, cable networks, syndicated networks, and satellite–based digital distribution networks.
Before forming Media LightBridge, Mr. Mills was one of the founding partners of Television Advertising Solutions, LLC. TVAS offers unwired networks comprised of local News telecasts and Golf telecasts that provide national advertisers with upscale, high–profile, high–value programming environments. In today’s challenging media environment, TVAS has excelled in providing highly–rated, competitively–priced vehicles to advertisers.
Prior to that, Mr. Mills developed unwired networks for TelAmerica Media. Mr. Mills created and patented algorithms for synthesizing local cable spots into national commercial units. Sales revenue, which was less than $7 million when Mr. Mills was recruited, exceeded $60 million when Mr. Mills left, and the company was sold.
In the middle 1990s, Mr. Mills was tapped to be President & COO of Adpath, a start–up company that provides small– and medium–sized local cable operators with digital ad insertion equipment. Adpath operates the equipment remotely, inserting advertising and retrieving performance metrics via satellite and the internet, on a revenue–sharing basis. By providing access to national advertising revenues, Adpath offers a strong revenue stream to small–town cable operators who could not have done so on their own.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Mills, was part of the elite team of professional broadcasters who built and operated Fox Net, Fox Broadcasting’s first national cable network. Under Mr. Mills’ direction as head of advertising sales, Fox Net ranked, on a revenue–per–subscriber basis, as the ninth-highest billing cable network in the US, and returned profit margins exceeding 40% of sales.
Previously, as part of a similar team of professional broadcasters that also included Mr. Murphy, Mr. Mills built and managed a succession of UHF television stations across the US, including WGBO, Chicago; WMSN, Madison; WNAC, Providence; WFYZ, Nashville; and WSMH, Flint, MI.
Mr. Mills began his career selling advertising for the Chicago Tribune. After he moved into TV advertising sales, he spent his early years working at several TV station rep firms in New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, including HRP, Telerep, and Katz. Altogether, Mr. Mills has more than 35 years experience in media and technology sales and management, including more than 15 years of experience building and managing start–up operations.
Mr. Mills is a summa cum laude graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in Economics, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.