Join NEMA publishers from across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada as we convene in the beautiful LGBT-friendly Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (click here to read the press release, and click here to read the conference program).  October 27–30, 2019 (with press trips to follow as the conference ends).

Major Sponsorship Provided by
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta
Visit Puerto Vallarta – Puerto Vallarta Tourism Bureau 
Publication Printers Corp. – Quality Web Printing


Additional Sponsorship Provided by:

The Top Sky Bar at Alamar Resort



If you are not a NEMA member, you may attend this conference as a non-member so that you may learn more about NEMA. If you wish to attend future conferences, you will have to join NEMA. You must be a part of an LGBTQ media outlet (print, online, or other) in order to register and attend.

For current members, dues are to be paid by the beginning of the conference. Click on the “buy now” button below to pay your dues of $299 per year.

Questions or need to check on your dues status? Email Bill Gemmill, NEMA treasurer.

Click here to register for the conference and to pay the appropriate fees. (through Eventbrite).

Click here to download the Conference Program 

Click here to read about and purchase special NEMA group travel health insurance we’ve arranged through Guardian Insurance. If you are injured or hospitalized while in Mexico, you will be asked to pay for the services when they are provided unless you have this special travel health insurance.

In order to receive the special pricing that we’ve arranged with our hosts, your publication must be willing to provide:

  • One article on LGBT weddings at the Marriott and Westin (copy and art will be provided by NEMA)
  • One full-page ad promoting Puerto Vallarta (ad provided by Puerto Vallarta Tourism)
  • One article on LGBT life in Puerto Vallarta (copy and art provided by NEMA) to be run in Oct. 2019
  • One article on Puerto Vallarta travel (copy and art provided by PV tourism, edited at your discretion) to be run in Nov. or Dec. 2019.

(This schedule does not include additional coverage you may be asked to provide if you participate in one of the after-conference press trips.)

Oct. 27:
Travel and Registration (registration is at your assigned hotel. A NEMA Representative will be onsite to greet you).
Travel arrangements are up to you. Please see the “conference program” for suggestions on how to get to the hotel from the airport.
5PM Publisher/Owner Opening Reception, at Marriott, sponsored by Marriott – @marriottpv 
7PM Publisher/Owner Opening Dinner, at Marriott, sponsored by Marriott – @marriottpv 

Oct. 28: Conference opens (held at Marriott)
7:30AM Breakfast Buffet at your hotel – sponsored by Publication Printers
9AM Opening Ceremony and Entertainment, Marriott
9:30AM NEMA Welcome, Board Introductions, Marriott
10AM Panel Discussion, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Marriott
11AM Networking Coffee and Snack Break, Marriott, sponsored by Design2Pro
11:30AM Reaching the LGBT Latino Audience, Jerry Jones, Marriott
12PM Publishers Award, Marriott
12:30PM Sponsor Presentations, Marriott
1PM Networking Plated Lunch, Marriott, sponsored by Publication Printers
2PM What R U Doing, and What R Ur Challenges Group Talk – Facilitated by Bill Gemmill, Marriott
3PM Get Counted, Improve Your Digital Rank – Michael Aaron, QSaltLake, Marriott
3:30PM Networking Coffee and Snack Break, Marriott
3:45PM Building Your Brand Beyond Print (Part 1), Jerry Cunningham, Marriott
6PM Publisher/Owner Cocktail Reception, WESTIN, Sponsored by Westin
7:30PM Dinner, TOP SKY BAR, ALAMAR HOTEL, Amapas 478, Zona Romántica, Sponsored by Alamar (Please pay gratuity)
9:30pm—Walking tour of Old Town

Oct. 29: Day Two (held at Westin)
7:30AM Breakfast Buffet, Westin, Restaurant, Sponsored by Publication Printers
9AM Building Your Brand Beyond Print Part 2, Jerry Cunningham, WESTIN
10AM Surviving and Thriving in the Digital Age of Publishing, Bob Witech, WESTIN
11AM Coffee and Snack Break Networking, WESTIN, sponsored BY Design2pro
11:30AM CMI and Pride Media, Orlando Reece, WESTIN
12:30PM Networking Plated Lunch, WESTIN by Publication Printers
1:30PM Digital Analytics and Programmatic Buying, Matt Skallerud, WESTIN
3PM KWIR Media Network – Your Help is Needed! DJ Doran, WESTIN
3:30PM Coffee and Snack Break Networking, WESTIN
4PM New Phone App from ION Arizona, Jack Tesorero, WESTIN
6PM Publisher/Owner Cocktail Reception, MARRIOTT, Sponsored by Marriott
7:30PM Dinner: On your own, explore the city!

Oct. 30: Day Three (held at Marriott)
7:30AM Publishers Breakfast, MARRIOTT
9AM NEMA annual business meeting, MARRIOTT
Hotel Checkout (respective hotel)
Press Trip to Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta (limited spots for each and will be based on first-come, first-served).


Oct. 30 to Nov. 2
Press Trip Guadalajara 
These trips are being arranged by the Jalisco Tourism Board in Guadalajara
There is limited space for either trip.
These trips will begin after the NEMA Conference ends on Wednesday, Oct. 30. They are only open to NEMA member publications.
DO NOT FINALIZE YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS IF YOU PLAN ON DOING ONE OF THESE TRIPS UNTIL YOU CAN CONFIRM WHICH PRESS TRIP YOU PLAN ON DOING. Because you’ll need to schedule your return flight from either Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara. 


Bob Witeck:  Witeck Communications

Bob Witeck

Bob Witeck is president of Witeck Communications, Inc., and for nearly four decades a pioneering communications strategist dedicated to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities around the world. He is a communications consultant, author, speaker and researcher. His firm – the longest established LGBTQ-owned business enterprise certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce – is based in Washington, D.C. Bob will talk about the legacy of LGBTQ media, why it matters, why it’s valued and significant, and also on future trends. Where are we going as a community and what role will community media play.

Matt Skellarud:  Pink Banana Media

Matt SkallerudMatt Skallerud, president of Pink Banana Media, specializes in LGBTQ online marketing, targeting gays & lesbians via content marketing, social media, programmatic ad banners, mobile smartphone apps and more. He also specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), keyword/search advertising (PPC) and social media analytics. He’s been in the LGBTQ online industry for over 20 years.  Matt will talk about how to survive and thrive in the changing publishing/media landscape.  How to maximize your digital assets and footprint by understanding programmatic and direct digital advertising trends.

Orlando Reece:  CEO Pride Media

Orlando Reece is the CEO of Pride Media, and an experienced senior executive known for transforming and disrupting business models with a proven history of success in revenue generation; sales management; linear, digital, print and cross media marketing; product integration; app development. Dynamic, engaging, collaborative communicator who can drive strategic initiatives through to completion. Orlando will be speaking about the recent acquisition of Community Marketing Insights and why NEMA members should participate in the annual marketing survey.

Jerry Cunningham:  OUTFRONT (Q MEDIA)

Jerry CunninghamJerry Cunningham, a native to the great state of Colorado and is Owner and Publisher of OUT FRONT, one of the longest-running LGBTQ media companies in the nation — 43 years and counting. He also has served as the President of the National Equality Media Association — the industry-only trade organization advocating for and connecting all independent LGBTQ media across the nation.  Jerry will discuss how he has managed to grow the once languishing newsprint publication into a full-service media company, exceeding sales revenues year after year.  How does he do it?  During his talk, Jerry will walk you step by step through the evolution of OUT FRONT, share the formulas for success that have proven to be profitable for his organization — all with the commitment that you each of the attendees leave with a “toolbox” of things you can implement in your own market.


DJ Doran:  CEO KWIR Media


DJ is the CEO of KWIR Media and an experienced publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. DJ has served as the president of NEMA since 2018. He is skilled in advertising, event management, editing, media relations, and journalism.  DJ will be talking about the development of the KWIR MEDIA NETWORK (Free content sharing platform for members).



Jerry Jones: Publisher/Owner, Out & About Nashville, Inc. and Out & About Puerto Vallarta, S. DE R.L DE C.V.

Jerry is NEMA secretary and serves on its Board of Directors. He started Out & About Nashville, Inc. more than 17 years ago, and has grown it into a successfully glossy monthly magazine in Nashville, Tennessee. He started Out & About PV in 2017 to serve the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with an upscale quarterly glossy LGBTQ magazine. Jerry works full time with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee as the public affairs manager for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, where he oversees marketing, public relations, and communications for one of the nation’s premier flight programs. Jerry has a background in working in complex organizational environments. Progressive growth and experience with integrated marketing efforts, including branding, digital operations, websites, social media, email, advertising, videos, reputation management, community relations, and public relations. Jerry holds a B.A. degree in communications/journalism and a master’s in public administration.  Jerry will talk about the challenges of reaching the LGBTQ Latino market.


Jack Tesorero: President and Publisher, ION Magazine

Jack has grown ION Magazine into one of Arizona’s larger LGBT magazines, and has owned the publication since it began in 2001. He is an experienced marketing director and advertising manager, as well as an experienced art director.  Jack will talk about APP development and showcase a new app that his publication has recently launched.



Bill Gemmill: Associate Publisher, Echo Magazine

Bill is NEMA treasure and serves on its Board of Directors. He has been with ECHO Magazine (Arizona) since 2014, where his focus includes daily operations of the media company. He was the former Chairman of the Greater Phoenix GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Phoenix Pride Board or the Pride Operations Manager for ten years. He is a licensed Realtor and had a previous career in airline management. Bill has a B.S. degree in Transportation. He will be facilitating a group discussion on “What are you doing? and What are your Challenges?”


Michael Aaron: Owner, Q Media Group; Publisher/Editor, QSaltLake

Michael is the vice president of NEMA and serves on its Board of Directors. Since 2004 he has been the publisher and editor of QSaltLake, Utah’s biweekly gay and lesbian news and entertainment magazine. Salt Lick Publishing, LLC also publishes QPages, an LGBT phone directory serving the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, event programs, playbills, and other advertising tabloids. Michael has a B.A. degree in graphic design. Michael will talk about ways to increase your website ranking and attract more traffic.


Howard Barbanel:  Design 2 Pro

Howard is the vice president/director of marketing at Design2Pro, and a seasoned media executive with experience in all aspects of editorial, business, and marketing. Design2Pro is a design and pre-press page production company for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals.  Howard will be speaking via video conference about the benefits and cost efficiencies of outsourcing your publication design team.


(you must be a current NEMA member to receive these rates)
Click here to purchase
Publisher/Owner – $200
Ticket price includes:
– Hotel Room (for 1 to 4 people)
– Breakfast (for publisher/owner, Monday and Tuesday) (at conference meeting location)
– Lunch (for publisher/owner, Monday and Tuesday) (at conference meeting location)
– Conference Breaks (4 total – two on Monday and two on Tuesday) for publisher/owner
– Publishers opening cocktail reception on Sunday at Marriott (1)
– Publishers Dinner on Sunday at Marriott (1)
– Monday Publishers Cocktail Reception at Marriott (1)
– Tuesday Publishers Cocktail Reception at Westin (1)
– Tuesday night dinner at No Way José!
– Attendance at all conference sessions

Additional Attendee (per staff member, etc.) – $125
Ticket Price Includes
– Attendance at all conference sessions
– Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday for one additional attendee (at conference meeting location)
– Conference breaks for one additional attendee
– Lunch on Monday and Tuesday for one additional attendee (at conference meeting location)
– Tuesday night dinner at No Way José!

Additional Hotel Rooms ($105 per night, can hold up to four people)
Need more than the one hotel room that comes with the Publishers/Owner ticket?
Choose this option for additional rooms for conference dates ONLY – please indicate by the number of tickets how many rooms you will need.
Ticket price includes:
– Three nights (3) of hotel room arriving on Oct. 27 and leaving on Wednesday, Oct. 30. If you need dates before or after, please indicate.

Additional Hotel Rooms (before or after the conference)
Want to enjoy your stay before or after the conference?
We’ve arranged for a special rate of $89 plus tax (it works out to about $105 a night).

Click here to purchase

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2019 NEMA Conference Program and Information

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