Beet Retreat 2016

 The Revolution in Digital Video,
an Executive Retreat

presented by

Vieques, February 4-6


Keynote Speakers

Tim Castree, Managing Director, North America, Videology

Mac Delaney, Head of Programmatic, Merkle

Travis Johnson, Global President, Ansible & Global Head of Mobile,  IPG Mediabrands

Joe Kowan, President, Programmatic Buying Group, GroupM Worldwide 

Doug Ray, U.S. CEO, Carat

Patrick Reiter, Senior Group Manager, Digital Marketing and Media, Target

Jay Baum, SVP, Agency Partnerships, Tremor Video
Sean Buckley, Senior Vice President, Platform & Global Supply, SpotX
Boaz Cohen, GM TV & Advanced Platforms, Eyeview
Sam Cox, VP, Global Partnerships, MediaMath
Brian Danzis, Global Chief Revenue Officer, Virool
James DiGirolamo,VP, Commercial Enterprise, Videology
Dave Dugan, Global Agency Lead, Facebook
Noah Fenn, Head of Video Sales & Strategy, ‎AOL Advertising
Dan Frisbie, Executive Vice President, Media Sales, Jun Group
Brent Gaskamp, SVP, Corporate Development, North America, Videology
Stephanie Gaines, VP Corporate Marketing, YuMe
Giles Goodwin, CEO, Flite
Tom Herman, CEO, DashBid
Kevin Lenane, GM of Video, Integral Ad Sciences
Caroline McCarthy, VP Corporate Communications, trueX (21st Century Fox)
Scot McLernon, Chief Revenue Officer, YuMe
Alyssa Miller, Head of Industry, Media & Platforms, Google
Yoav Naveh, CEO, ConvertMedia
Mari Kim Novak, CMO, The Rubicon Project
Joanna O’Connell, CMO, MediaMath
Neil Smith, Sr. Director, Four Fronts Marketplace, FreeWheel
Matt Spiegel, SVP/GM, Data & Technology Solutions at MediaLink
Ashley Swartz, Founder & CEO, Furious Corp.
Jay VanDerzee, Head of Programmatic Media & Platform Sales, Google
Irfon Watkins, CEO, Coull
Mark Yackanich, CEO, Genesis


At the W Retreat and Spa Vieques, one of the most talked about media industry events will return on February 4-6: It is the Beet Retreat: a high-level executive retreat, a unique networking event  – and a made-for-TV show taping. It will be our fourth retreat on the Caribbean island.

Unlike past retreats, which have covered a wide range of TV and digital video topics, the February program will discuss digital video. Topics to include the changing formats of video consumption, mobile, social, content discovering and syndication, native advertising, Web original programming, programmatic video, data, analytics and cross device publishing and monetization.

There will be just 35 participants for three days of in-depth, staged sessions, video interviews and networking activities. Participants will be high level media agency executives, publishers and technology innovators.

Please see our Beet Retreat in November at the W Fort Lauderdale. This event was about advanced & addressable TV.

Watch these forty videos from our last Beet Retreat in Vieques.

Participation is by invitation only. For more information, request an invitation or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Andy Plesser   Registration is now closed.

Logistics and Schedule

All attendees are asked to arrive by mid-afternoon, February 4.  This involves arriving in San Juan by early afternoon and transfering via Cape Air for the 20 minute flight to Vieques.   The other preferred carrier is Vieques Airlink.   The connecting flight can be booked together with the carrier from the U.S. or separately.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday with keynote presentation followed by a reception and dinner.

Sessions continue all day on Friday, followed by a gala dinner. Sessions conclude on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  Networking programs continue all day.  Attendees are invited to stay Saturday evening. for a closing dinner and return on Sunday. For attendees who want to arrive earlier and stay longer, the W is providing additional discounted room nights.

Rooms can be booked at a dedicated page at the W which you can find here. Please note:  the discounted rooms will not be available to book after January 15.