Ralph Bender and Melissa Mitchell to serve as chairs for Media Finance Focus 2019, MFM & BCCA’s 59th Annual Conference

Conference scheduled for May 20 -22 in New Orleans
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Northfield, IL. - January 29, 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Media Financial Management Association (MFM)announced that Ralph Bender, CFO, Manship Media will Chair Media Finance Focus, the 59Annual conference for MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. Taking on Co-Chair responsibilities for the conference will be Melissa Mitchell, corporate controller Bonneville International. The conference themed “Big Ideas in the Big Easy” will be held May 20-22 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA.

Bender, current MFM & BCCA Board Vice Chair, has been actively involved with the two organizations for more than 25 years. Bender has served as board president of the organization and played an instrumental role in the combination of the two media finance organizations. He went on to serve as secretary, vice chair and chair of the MFM board and as co-chair and chair of the association’s annual Media Finance Focus conferences as well as a number of MFM committees. Bender is located at Manship Media’s offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that also serve the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. He is actively involved in his community and the Society of Louisiana CPAs.

Mitchell currently serves as MFM’s Board secretary and has been involved with the organization for over 10 years, also serving as Chair of the Radio Committee. As VP Corporate Controller at Bonneville, Mitchell is responsible for operational financial accounting and reporting, financial planning, analysis, financial systems, and operational process and reporting improvement for the company’s six markets in Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake, San Francisco, and Seattle.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the high level of expertise and industry knowledge that Ralph and Melissa bring to this year’s annual conference,” said Mary M. Collins, President, and CEO of MFM and BCCA. “We are continually reinventing this conference to address current market dynamics and our two chairs are thought leaders whose input has been invaluable in shaping this year’s conference agenda.”

About Media Finance Focus 2019

Media Finance Focus 2019 will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts, who will provide timely information on topics relevant to media industry finance professionals, including accounting, economic projections, valuations, M&A, taxes, human resources, regulatory and technological developments, and internal audit. BCCA, the media industry’s credit association, will provide a full track of sessions designed to meet the needs of today’s credit and collections professionals. The event will also offer formal and informal networking activities to foster idea-sharing. The Exhibit Hall feature the latest in products and services for addressing the industry’s financial management and credit and collections requirements. Registered participants can earn 20 or more CPE credits.

About MFM and BCCA

Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is the premier resource for financial professionals for media industry education, networking, and information sharing throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about MFM is available on its Web site: and via its updates on its BCCA subsidiary serves as the media industry’s credit association.

BCCA’s revenue management services encompass a variety of credit reports on national and local media advertisers and agencies, including Media Whys, a credit report for media businesses which offers a credit score based on industry-specific aging combined with trade data from Experian or D+B. More information about BCCA is available at http://bcaacredit.com as well as its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  

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