A media and entertainment company, Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. (OTC BB: DBTB) supports its clients throughout North America while also improving shareholder value through targeted turnaround opportunities in the southeastern United States. Through its entertainment arm, Impact Radio Networks, Debut sells pre-recorded radio programs and related services to more than 1,400 AM and FM stations in the U.S. and Canada, and reaches more than 45 million listeners per week, making it one of the leading syndicators in the industry. The company also provides marketing, consulting and media buying for its radio broadcast stations. Through its media division, Debut identifies and acquires (or manages) underperforming and undervalued media properties in the southeastern U.S., and its first five acquisitions have given Debut radio dominance in the greater Greenville, Mississippi marketplace.
Robert Marquitz - President and Chief Operating Officer - has a background that is solidly based in broadcasting. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he served as Corporate Vice President of one of the nation’s most admired broadcasting companies, Malrite Communications Group. At Malrite, Mr. Marquitz was responsible for all aspects of operations, programming, research and marketing of the company’s 16 major market radio stations. In 1998, Mr. Marquitz co-founded The Marketing Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc., with Steven Ludwig, and has served as our President since that time. In 2003, Mr. Marquitz launched Direct Connection, a Christian program modeled after New Music Nashville, which currently has nearly 150 affiliates. Mr. Marquitz is Anderson Merchandiser Inc.’s official music/radio consultant and is deeply involved on a day-to-day basis with leaders of the record and radio business.
Ronald Heineman - Chief Executive Officer - has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 26, 2010. Mr. Heineman is also Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Riverfalls Financial Group, a private investment fund where he specializes in turnaround situations. Previous to his current duties with Debut Broadcasting and Riverfalls, he has held CEO positions with a diverse array of public companies. Mr. Heineman was also a Vice President for Frisch’s, a national AMEX traded restaurant and lodging chain. He has a Bachelors degree in business from Thomas More College, and a Masters degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio.
Sariah Hopkins - Chief Financial Officer - has over 12 years of financial experience in media, entertainment and advertising. In 2007, she joined Debut Broadcasting in the role of Controller. She previously served as a member of the financial management team of publicly traded Gannet Publications, serving as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Hopkins served as Controller to Marketshare, a privately held marketing and advertising firm headquartered in Michigan. Ms. Hopkins had additionally held a financial position with Bortz Entertainment Group from 2001 to 2004, and has prior financial experience with a leveraged SBIC venture capital firm and a regional National Public Radio affiliate in the Great Plains region. Ms. Hopkins holds a BA in Music Business, Magna Cum Laude from Columbia College, an MBA Finance, Summa Cum Laude from Baker College, as well as an MBA Accounting, Summa Cum Laude from Baker College.