President and Co-founder
With more than 35 years at the helm of successful business media company MTG Media Group, Lefens has been instrumental in the launch and acquisition of a number of leading business-to-business publications and websites serving the meat processing, foodservice, and hospitality industries in the United States, Canada and Latin America. His commitment to adopting leading-edge methods of delivering targeted publications and digital content to the markets MTG Media Group serves, combined with his commitment to producing exceptional content has made it possible for the company and its brands to achieve their full growth potential.
Chairman and Co-founder
His vision, strategic thinking, and business prowess made Franklin the ideal person to co-found MTG Media Group. With his expertise in publishing, circulation, research, journalism, and acquisitions, Franklin has been key to the successful launch and acquisition of leading media brands in a variety of industries. Previously Franklin held positions as President and CEO of LPI Media and VP of Finance and Administration at Crain Communications. He also served as chairman of the financial committee of the American Business Press and Executive Director of Red Tag News Publications Association, as well as assistant professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for FOLIO Magazine, American Business Media, and the Association of Business Press Editors.
VP and Editorial Director
As Editorial Director, McDowell oversees the content strategy and operations of the Meatingplace, CarneTec, Plate and HOTELS brands. He has spent his entire career covering different segments of the food and hospitality industries as reporter, writer, and editor and understands the importance of connecting with his audience. “Our editors want to be an essential part of each reader’s day,” says McDowell. “We spend a lot of time and energy engaging and listening to our audience to understand the kind of information and questions that are truly important to them.” McDowell has managed award-winning editorial operations in print and online media and his editorial teams have won 20 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzer Prize of business media.
VP, Group Publisher
As Group Publisher, Kinross is responsible for the strategic direction of the Meatingplace, CarneTec and HOTELS brands. In the 11 years since becoming publisher of Meatingplace, he has created a highly successful platform for multimedia marketing, well ahead of most publishers. “The most satisfying part of my job is helping suppliers build their brands through access to our highly engaged audience,” says Kinross. He also works with meat industry associations, such as FPSA, AAMP, and NAMI, to address industry challenges and opportunities. “I love my job, and enjoy working with people who are passionate about their jobs and committed to enhancing the lives of others. They approach each work day with a vigor that inspires and energizes me.”
VP Publisher Plate
Szymanski is a 23-year veteran of foodservice media, having served in all aspects of sales and publishing at Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Business and Restaurants & Institutions. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing for SPINS, a market research and consulting firm specializing in the natural and organic products sector. She is an active member of various industry associations, including Les Dames d’Escoffier and Blessings in a Backpack. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University and resides in Chicago. Upon arrival at Plate, Szymanski professed , “I am thrilled to be returning to the foodservice Industry and continuing the legacy that Steve Mayer created with the Plate team. Plate has always been a beacon of new ideas for the chefs and the entire foodservice industry."
VP Publisher HOTELS and HOTELS’ Investment Outlook
A 30-year hotel industry veteran, Wood has spent more than 26 years contributing to the success of the HOTELS brand. His strategic thinking, sales acumen, and unrelenting drive have perfectly positioned Wood for his current role as Publisher of HOTELS and HOTELS’ Investment Outlook. Wood leads global sales and marketing initiatives for the brands’ print, online and event brand extensions. Prior to HOTELS, David prepared for his successful hospitality industry career with four years with Marriott International.
VP Information Technology
Delmont’s 25-year publishing career has run the gamut from magazines to newspapers to e-books. A pioneer of new media and technology, he started the first online restaurant guide in 1996 with real-time food delivery services. From there, he moved to newspapers where he planned, launched, marketed and managed more than 25 news websites. True to his first love, publishing, Delmont launched an e-book and print-on-demand company, publishing authors from around the world. Simultaneously, he partnered with a journalist in the Chicagoland area to launch a regional news website, which led him to MTG Media Group, where today he is VP Information Technology with responsibility for website, digital, and new product development.