PMVG media organizations own and operate over 100 public stations that collectively reach nearly 250 million people.
Marc Hand is CEO and founder of PMVG and co-founder and former CEO of Public Media Company (PMC). His media experience of more than 30 years includes serving as Managing Partner and co-owner of a group of commercial stations in Colorado, and as an associate with two national media brokerage and investment banking firms. Marc worked with the Station Resource Group, along with co-founder Susan Harmon, in the development and launch of Public Radio Capital (which transitioned into PMC) where he and Susan Harmon served as co-CEOs when it became an independent entity in 2001.
Vinnie Curren is the principal of Breakthrough Public Media Consulting. Breakthrough helps public media companies navigate today’s dynamic and competitive media world. Breakthrough’s primary client for the past few years has been the Public Media Venture Group. In that role, Curren works with PMVG members to plan their transition to NextGen TV and develop business and service models that leverage the expanded capabilities of the new technology. Prior to forming Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, Curren served as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position that he held for nearly a decade. Curren had overall responsibility for managing CPB’s policy, grant-making and station support activities, with the objective of ensuring that all Americans receive robust public media services for free and commercial-free. Prior to being named COO, Curren was CPB’s Senior Vice President for Radio. Curren has been a major market station general manager (WXPN, Philadelphia). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center at Michigan State University and has served on the boards of the Development Exchange (now Greater Public) and the Station Resource Group, which he chaired for several years. Curren has received several awards including Public Radio International’s award for innovation and leadership. He holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo (Psychology) and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania (Organizational Dynamics). In his spare time, Curren is an avid motorcycle rider and shade-tree mechanic, and has toured parts of Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. on two wheels.
Skip Pizzi is Owner and Principal at Skip Pizzi Media Consultant LLC, a media technology consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area. His career has spanned the radio, television and digital media industries, with 13 years at NPR, 11 years at Microsoft, and 10 years at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where he was Vice President, Technology Education and Outreach. He has also been a featured columnist for numerous industry publications, and spent 7 years as an editor at Broadcast Engineering magazine. Skip has authored, co-authored or edited several books, most recently A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th edition, and the NAB Engineering Handbook, 11th edition, both published by Focal Press/Routledge. He has served as Vice Chair of Advanced Television Systems Committee’s Technology Group 3 (TG3, which developed the ATSC 3.0 standard) since its inception in 2011, and currently also chairs the ATSC Brazil Implementation Team (IT-4), which is working with Brazilian broadcasters and technologists to design that country’s next-generation television standard. He was the 2017 recipient of ATSC’s Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award, the organization’s highest technical honor. Skip currently represents LG Electronics/Zenith and Fraunhofer USA in various media standards development organizations, and is senior advisor to the Public Media Venture Group. He has also served as project manager for the NextGen transition of public TV stations WNET and WLIW in New York City.
Liz joined the Public Media Venture Group in 2018, where she handles company operations and communications. Liz began her career in public media at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2010. While at CPB, she had the privilege of working on projects such as CPB's Ready To Learn partnership with PBS KIDS and the U.S. Department of Education, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, and the Television Community Service Grants program, among many others. Liz is also a screenwriter and playwright and lives in beautiful Brooklyn with her spouse and 2-year-old son.
Liz brings 20+ years of experience in administrative support to her role providing scheduling and calendar management for the PMVG team. Liz lives in Minneapolis and enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking around the lakes in the Twin Cities.