Brian Boyle, co-Chief Executive Officer
Paul Schutt, co-Chief Executive Officer
Paul Schutt is the co-founder of Issue Media Group. He brings a background in technology, business development and strategy to IMG from his work with the other companies he has co-founded and led over the past 19 years.
Prior to founding Issue Media Group, Brian directed e-Business Solutions for Infinity Broadcasting (Viacom), where he created "small" media within a radio giant. The e-Business Solutions team managed the sales, marketing, and creation of 11 online publications targeting niche audiences for technology, automotive, human resources, alternative energy, small business and real estate. In consecutive years, Infinity recognized Brian as a Newcomer of the Year and New Business Leader of the Year for its seven Detroit stations.
Prior to joining Viacom, Brian was Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development for Drillbit, a publishing consultant specializing in niche online content models. The Drillbit approach and content management solution were instrumental in assisting national "alternative weekly" publications to leverage online content to grow new audiences and revenues. Drillbit created the award-winning www.metrotimes.com site. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.
In 2004, Paul sold the technology company he co-founded and led for 10 years, The Collective, which provided internet application development solutions for government, higher education, healthcare and corporate clients. Schutt also co-founded the rapidly growing Cleveland-based technology firm Easy2 Technologies in 1999. Easy2 provides rich retail solutions to the world's largest retailers and manufacturers in home improvement, consumer electronics, juvenile products, sporting goods, and housewares including Lowes, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target and others.
Paul serves on private and public boards including the board of trustees of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Washtenaw Community College Foundation and Summers-Knoll School. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Ferris State University.
Amy Elliott Bragg, Director of Content
As content director, Amy directs a national network of editorial publications, custom publications, custom content programs, and multi-market underwriting programs, and leads the creative talent that staffs them. Prior to joining IMG, Amy was senior editor of an online arts magazine in Milwaukee, WI. She is a graduate of Beloit College and a freelance Detroit history enthusiast who hosts frequent talks, tours, and events. She serves as board president of Preservation Detroit
Denise McGeen, Director of Client Services and Product Development
As Director of Client Services, Denise is responsible for cultivating lasting business relationships with Issue Media Group's partners by providing ongoing client support while ensuring projects remain within schedule, scope, and budget. Prior to joining IMG in September 2012, Denise worked as an historic preservation specialist and planner on urban development and infrastructure projects in both the public and private sectors. Her past employers include The Henry Ford, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Michigan Community Resources. Denise holds a master's degree in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany with a certificate in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.
Oksana Panarina, Controller
Oksana Panarina brings twenty years of experience in finance and accounting to her role as Issue Media Group's financial controller, where she leads day-to-day financial operations as well as the company's long-term financial strategy and reporting. Prior to joining IMG, Oksana was a Senior Accountant with All Media Guide in Ann Arbor, publishers of allmusic.com, and for five years owned and managed a sales and marketing firm based in Tecumseh, Michigan. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg International Institute of Management (IMISP) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and holds a Masters degree in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix.
Erica Schopmeyer, Strategic Development Coordinator
As Strategic Development Coordinator, Erica supports the sales department in driving new business in various markets and sustaining client relationships. In 2010, Erica received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, and went on to complete a Master of Arts from Wayne State University’s Employment and Labor Relations program in 2013. Prior to her employment at IMG, Erica worked in Human Resources for the Detroit Zoological Society, as well as the international architecture and design firm, Coop Himmeblau, in Vienna, Austria.
Alissa Shelton, Director of Strategic Development
As Director of Strategic Development, Alissa is focused on expansion into new markets and issues through partnerships with like-minded stakeholders and thought-leaders. Prior to joining Issue Media Group, Alissa was a freelance engagement specialist, working with organizations such as Detroit4Detroit, AdWater Media, and I am Young Detroit. Alissa has contributed to community education projects such as the Detroit Music Hall’s "Fela!" High School Assembly Program and Coventry Cares of MI’s Public Health awareness efforts. Prior to that, Alissa had a brief stint as a neuro-psychology researcher at Wayne State’s Brain Research And Imaging Neurosciences lab. Alissa was interviewed as a part of citizen archiving project Detroit Stories, and you can hear her thoughts on Detroit here
. Alissa holds a bachelor's of science from Wayne State University.