The IMA is pleased to announce that noted media entrepreneur and political expert Jim VandeHei will be the keynote speaker at the IMA’s Business Day in Springfield on Wednesday, May 9. Jim is the co-founder and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. In addition to Axios, Jim was co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe.
At POLITICO, Jim directed the editorial coverage of the largest White House and Congressional teams in the country, and he co-moderated two presidential debates in 2008, including the first debate to incorporate questions voted on by a live online audience. He was named by Vanity Fair to its “New Establishment List” and Entrepreneur magazine named him one of the year’s “50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.” He is the first representative of a primary online news organization to serve on the Pulitzer Board.
Jim’s unique insights and expertise will deliver a riveting view of the intersection between politics, media, and business. He is better positioned than virtually anyone else to pull back the curtain and address what is happening in the White House, Congress, politics, and the media today.