knowDigital Executive Team
Sam Milkman, co-founder, has managed media-related consumer research companies for a number of years, including Music Forecasting (servicing the music industry) and mediaEKG (focusing on video and audio content testing). Previously, Sam held a variety of leadership positions in the broadcast industry, including programming and operational positions at radio stations in New York and Philadelphia. Sam was operations director of WXRK ("K-Rock") New York, research director of WHTZ ("Z100"), New York and program director of WMMR Philadelphia.
He began his career as a litigation, intellectual property and entertainment attorney at the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.
Jon Coleman, co-founder of knowDigital, has spent his life's work developing industry-leading research methods to provide deeper insights to the broadcast and music industries. With a focus on music, trends, and branding, Jon is recognized as one of the preeminent researchers and strategists in the media sector.
In addition to knowDigital, Jon has been CEO of radio research firm Coleman Insights since founding the firm in 1978. Under Jon's leadership, Coleman has grown to become the leader in its field. Jon also established Music Forecasting, a consumer research company dedicated to the music industry, in 1997.
Through much of the 80s, Jon also served as a Vice President of television and radio operator Capitol Broadcasting Company, where he oversaw the company's radio stations in eight markets.
Prior to forming Coleman and leading Capitol's radio group, Jon held various positions with TM Programming in Dallas, Frank N. Magid Associates in Marion, Iowa and The Media Associates in Dallas. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Oregon.
David Baird has directed the media research department at knowDigital for the past two years and has served a similar role at Coleman Insights since 2004. Previously, David held several leadership positions in the broadcast industry, including programming positions at several radio stations in Missoula, Montana. He was program director and on-air personality at KMSO ("102.5 Mountain FM") and promotions director and on-air personality at KYSS ("Hot Country 95").
David began his career in the publicity department at Asylum Records in Nashville. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Indiana University.
Kelly Ellis, Senior Research Analyst, has managed media research projects for knowDigital since 2009 and held a similar position at Coleman Insights since 2004, leading a variety of domestic and international research projects for major media, entertainment and music industry clients. Previously, Kelly held a number of marketing roles, including a position at Hi Frequency Marketing, an entertainment marketing firm, promoting such artists as Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne and Jimmy Eat World. She also had the honor of working for the prestigious Peabody Awards in 2003 and 2004.
Kelly holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in Journalism & Mass Communication and dual Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with Highest Honors and Distinction and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Eileen Genna has managed the operations and business affairs for knowDigital since 2008. Eileen has over 30 years of experience in operations in the music, film, and television industries.
Her early experience in accounting started in California with Casablanca Records, which recorded such artists as Donna Summers and The Village People. After returning to the New York area, Eileen was contracted as the Production Accountant for The Cotton Club with Richard Gere and went on to work as an independent accountant on various movies and television productions. Thereafter she became Director of Operations for a New York cable television production company, Chelsea Communications. Eileen spent six years as Director of Operations for Megaforce Records and Crazed Management, who recorded and managed early heavy metal bands such as Anthrax and Metallica.
In 1995, Eileen moved to North Carolina with her family and eventually became Director of Business Operations, after starting as the accountant for Coleman Insights.
Seth Nuddle, Research Intern and pre-law student, plans to continue his studies in both the music industry and law. Seth has participated and qualified for many state competitions and scholarships in leadership, business and accounting.