Jimmy’s investor-backed digital publishing company was acquired in 2015 by the Maker Studios’ co-founders at Zealot Networks, where he served as SVP of strategy and monetization, managing revenue for its ViralNova and Allscreen properties and overseeing partnerships with long-time clients Conde Nast, AOL, Scripps Networks (Food Network) and Time Inc.
As founder and CEO of Hutch Media, Jimmy scaled revenue to tens of millions of dollars for its own content properties, including RumorFix, which aggregated a network of sites boasting over 100MM pageviews per month.
Jimmy is a managing member of Snakkle.com, alongside Rich Battista, president of People & Entertainment Weekly. He served on the advisory board of Affinity Networks from 2014-2015 and the advisory board of ad tech company nRelate from 2010-2012, which was acquired by IAC.
He was on the Board of Saving Innocence and the event committee of First Star. Jimmy began his career as an advertising executive at RWB, working with clients such as Intel, VW, Herbalife and Dow and helping procure engagements with Toyota and Lexus.
Mr. Johnson is currently CEO of Benevolent Capital, Co-chairman of Phoenix Rising Football Club, director of TerraCycle (http://www.terracycle.com) and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (http://www.ypo.org). He served as Managing Director, Zealot Networks, from 2015 to 2017, where Zealot acquired 17 digital media and marketing services companies, including Mr. Hutcheson’s last digital publishing business.
From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Johnson was a member of the board of directors, and the chairman of the compensation committee, at Blyth Inc. (http://blyth.com, NYSE: BTH). Blyth is a $1 billion direct to consumer sales company and leading designer and marketer of accessories for the home and health & wellness products. Blyth was acquired by the private equity firm, Carlyle, in November 2015.
From 2010 to August 2012, Mr. Johnson was the CEO and President of Forward Industries (www.forwardindustries.com, NASDAQ: FORD).
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a masters of business administration from the Presidential/Key Executive program at Pepperdine University. In 2014, Mr. Johnson graduated from the Harvard Business School’s President’s Leadership Program through YPO.
He is a member of the board of trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall and is a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship and a member of the board of visitors for the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.
Jay Westlin leads corporate development efforts for Next Management Partners and is also founder and CEO of Fastener.io, a consultancy he founded in 2013 to provide outsourced corporate and business development and publisher acquisition for consumer digital content publishers and advertising technology platforms.
A 20-year business development veteran of media, entertainment and advertising, Jay is a multiple-time founder, executive team member, advisor and mentor whose primary focus is on forging valuable corporate and business development partnerships among a deep base of digital content publishers and their surrounding platforms.
Before Fastener.io, Jay was executive vice president of corporate and business development at Spin Media (previously BUZZMEDIA) where he was originally recruited in 2007 to help turn Buzznet.com into a publishing group with more than 100 million global unique visitors per month across 40 digital properties.
Prior to Spin Media, Jay was vice president at AtomicOnline (sister company of Gorilla Nation and now part of Evolve Media) which owns and operates 50+ websites including men’s lifestyle publication CraveOnline and women’s lifestyle site SheKnows.
Jay received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Mitchell has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media and technology space, having held a number of senior executive positions at Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, and Fox Networks Group, as well as co-founding a number of digital ventures and managing them from ideation, to launch, to successful exits.
Most recently, he was Co-founder, COO and CFO of Timeline Labs, a social media data mining company, which sold to SeaChange International, and of 5to1, a premium online advertising platform, which sold to Yahoo!
Previously, he spent over a decade at News Corp. where he led strategic and new business development initiatives and M&A across the interactive media group, broadcast, cable and international networks.
He holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and currently resides in Manhattan Beach.