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Steve Wanamaker

Lead Tribune Media Group
CEO and Founder

Steve Wanamaker is the Founder and CEO of Lead Tribune Media Group, which owns and produces the comSpark Tech and Innovation Summit. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Steve and his wife Kim founded Inspire Magazine, which they then sold to Gannett in 2004 when they were both 34 years old. As a Fortune 500 Company, Gannett is a leading global media organization that owns media properties such as USA Today and regional media properties such as The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Lead Tribune Media Group is a full-service media company consisting of a custom publishing business producing publications for many local and national organizations and an event management group. The company is anchored by two print publications, Venue Magazine, a lifestyle publication, and Lead Magazine, a business-to-business publication. The event business hosts over 14 events per year, with over 6,000 guests annually. This culminates with their flagship event comSpark, an annual two-day Innovation Tech Summit that attracts thousands of guests. Lead Tribune Media Group owns online media products such as comSpark.tech and LeadCincinnati.com.

The Wanamakers reside in West Chester, Ohio. They have been happily married for almost 20 years and have three children. Steve is a graduate of the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of the Army ROTC program. Upon graduation he received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. His current board involvements include the West Chester Hospital President’s Advisory Board, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance, and the Xavier University Coach Chris Mack Family Foundation. He is also on the board of Franciscan Media, one of the oldest and most respected faith-based media foundations in the world.