Program - thursday, July 21, 2022



Tyson Bird is the digital strategy manager for Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas. In this role, he develops new products and engagement strategies for audiences to find travel content and learn more about Texas. He previously worked in a variety of digital and newsroom roles, including product strategy at GateHouse Media (now Gannett), interactives designer at The Spokesman-Review (WA) and page designer for CNHI. Originally from Idaho, Tyson studied journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Tyson Bird


Marianne is President and Co-Founder of Coda Ventures. Her primary focus is working with newspaper clients to deliver high quality, innovative audience and strategic research to help companies sustain and grow revenue. 

Previously she was co-founder of Affinity LLC which developed new and innovative audience and ad effectiveness metrics for the national newspaper and magazine industry. Marianne has also held executive positions at Audits & Surveys, IntelliQuest Media Group and Kantar’s Print Division.  

Marianne Grogan


For over 30 years, Kelly Wirges has assisted media companies increase sales and revenue in all facets of business. In her career, she has enjoyed positions in sales, marketing and management and has been a partner at an advertising agency focusing on small business development.

Kelly Wirges

Workshop Registration & Accommodations

REGISTRATION - $30 (includes lunch)

*use discount code WORKSHOP22 to be invoiced



Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Room Rate: $129.00
Wi-Fi is included with room rate!

Hotel reservations accepted at the discounted rate until
Friday, July 1, 2022.

Deadline to register for the conference is July 14, 2022.