Jeff Warshaw (left) and Mike Driscoll (right)
Jeffrey D. Warshaw
Founder and CEO, Jeff Warshaw is a lifelong broadcaster. He built his first station while still a student at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993 Jeff founded Connoisseur Communications Partners LP, a 39 station group which he later sold to Cumulus Broadcasting in 2000 for $258MM. In 2004 Jeff formed Connoisseur Media which now operates 31 radio station brands and digital assets in 8 markets. Highly respected and celebrated industry wide for his outspoken candor, Jeff’s spirit of innovation and long held principles of integrity, accountability and improvement remain core values of the company and guide its team members. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Advertising Bureau, and is a member of the Nielsen Advisory Board. Read More about Jeff
Michael O. Driscoll
EVP/CFO and co-founder of the company, Mike Driscoll has worked with Jeff Warshaw since 1996. Mike is responsible for the banking and financial transactions for the company, as well as its operating financial management and strategic planning. Upon joining Connoisseur Communications Partners LP in September 1996, the company owned 10 radio stations, and Mike’s financial and operational skills were utilized to help grow the company from 10 to 39 stations. For the 10 years prior to joining Connoisseur, Mike was CFO of US Radio, Inc. which owned and operated 18 radio stations across the country. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in management from Purdue University, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.
David P. Bevins
COO of the company, David Bevins worked with Jeff Warshaw from 1993-2000 as General Manager with Connoisseur Communications Partners LP and reunited with him when he joined Connoisseur Media in 2006. David is responsible for each market, working with the general managers on a daily basis. In between working with Jeff, David held Director of Sales and Station Manager roles with Clear Channel in Chicago, and was Market Manager for Radio One in Cleveland. David serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters responsible for District 20-Wyoming, Utah, and Montana and is Chairperson for the Sales Advisory Council with the Radio Advertising Bureau. David is a graduate of Ball State University’s telecommunications department with an emphasis in radio and television management.
Michael L. Dufort
SVP of the company since September 2013, Mike Dufort focuses on creating, enhancing, and sustaining the organization’s array of management systems and integrating new acquisitions into the overall operation. For the 12 years prior to joining Connoisseur, Mike was as officer and member of the executive leadership team at Pamal Broadcasting, a top 35 radio broadcast company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration for Siena College, a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a past member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and currently serves on the Marketron Customer Advisory Board.
James S. Condron
SVP of the company since October 2014, Jim Condron is responsible for uncovering regional opportunities for our clients and radio stations and oversees our national sales efforts, Weather and Traffic Networks, and large scale events. Jim was previously responsible for the Long Island and Frederick Maryland Markets of the Aloha Station Trust, and oversaw WALK 97.5 on Long Island successfully for over 12 years after a successful career in NYC with Clear Channel at 106.7 lite FM. Jim is active in the community and serves as a board member on Advocates of Hop, is a member of the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital task force, is a past board member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and remains very active with LICAAD. Jim is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America where his studies included hotel and restaurant management.
Kristin L. Okesson
SVP of the company, joined Connoisseur Media in 2013. Kristin Okesson is responsible for managing Connoisseur’s entire Connecticut operations which cover the Bridgeport, CT; New Haven, CT; and Stamford/Norwalk, CT Nielsen markets.
Kristin previously ran the stations for Cox Media Group and has been involved in the radio industry in Connecticut for over 18 years. She was recently named “One of the Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink and has won numerous other prestigious awards. Kristin serves on the board of the Greater Norwalk Chamber as the Secretary and the CT Broadcasters Association as the Secretary as well. Kristin works very closely with the Center For Family Justice in Bridgeport which focuses on breaking the cycle of violence in domestic abuse, as well as volunteering for other good causes.
Kristin is a graduate of Sacred Heart University.
Director of Brand Management, Michelle Stevens is responsible for overseeing the programming and content strategy of the company’s brands. Prior to joining Connoisseur Media, Michelle served as EVP of Programming for Nassau Broadcasting from 2001-2012, responsible for overseeing programming strategy, marketing and brand management. Prior to that she served as SVP Programming. During 28 years in the business Michelle has worked with over 90 stations in multiple formats. Michelle has served on the Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the NJBA Convention Committee, NAB Programming Committee and has received various industry awards. She has been recognized as Program Director of the Year by Billboard, Gavin and FMQB. Michelle is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Oliver G. Price
VP of Finance and Accounting. Joining Connoisseur Media in November 2012, Olly Price is responsible for overseeing the Finance and Accounting departments as well as Acquisition due diligence. For the 6 years prior to joining the company Olly worked first as a Manager of Financial Planning and then as a Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions for Liberty Global; the largest international cable company. Prior to that, Olly spent 3 years working for KPMG in London, UK. While at KPMG he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bristol, UK.
Jane P. Manley
Director of Human Resources, Jane Manley has an extensive HR generalist background and has created a formal HR department for the Company. Jane works closely with key stakeholders to develop and implement strategic and operationally sound HR business practices, as well as managing mergers and acquisitions as it relates to HR. Prior to joining Connoisseur in 2013, Jane served as VP Human Resources at a (shopper) marketing agency where she oversaw all strategic, operational and administrative HR functions, and was instrumental in developing HR best practices at the corporate level to present a unified platform for all newly acquired companies. She received certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and attended Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Jane is a member of the National and Local Chapters of Society of Human Resources (SHRM), and the Society of Executive Women of Fairfield and Westchester. Jane has a particular interest in supporting women and children who have been affected by domestic violence.
Charles G. Lelievre
Chief Technology Director, Charles Lelievre has worked with Jeff Warshaw and Mike Driscoll since 2002. Charles is responsible for all of Connoisseur’s facilities, delivery platforms, and information technology infrastructure. Charles’ diverse skill set has been used to grow the company from inception to our current portfolio of properties. Prior to Connoisseur, Charles ran the gamut from Wall Street as a web developer and creative director, technology sector consulting, to product development in telematics and global positioning systems. Charles attended New York University’s School of Advanced Technology and Fairfield University in Connecticut.