Management Team

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” As Executive Chairman, Dale is involved in editorial and content strategy, and both business and product development. As part of this process, he forges strategic partnerships in support of maker education, and global, cultural, and economic initiatives. Make: began at O’Reilly Media where Dale was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books. When not in the office, Dale can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.

Maker Trivia: Dale developed GNN, the first commercial website, in 1993. He identified and named the Web 2.0 movement in 2003. “Web 2.0” was declared the one-millionth word in the English language.

Gregg Brockway

Gregg Brockway was named CEO of Maker Media in October 2014. Gregg loves creating products and has a track record of building large teams and successful businesses on- and offline, including Hotwire, TripIt and most recently Chairish. After becoming an advisor to the company, Gregg became excited about helping Make: amplify the impact of the maker movement. “When I met Dale several years ago, I was inspired by his vision for the maker movement and its potential to have a positive impact on business, local communities, education and other things I care about. When he asked me to be CEO, I couldn’t help but say, ‘yes’.” Gregg and his wife, Anna are raising three little makers of their own in San Francisco, CA.

Maker Trivia: Gregg is a long time Maker Faire Bay Area fan and ran a Maker Club at his children’s school.

Sherry Huss

Sherry Huss is vice president of Maker Media and co-creator of the beloved Maker Faire. Her vision and passion for the maker movement is instrumental in growing the Make: brand within the maker ecosystem. Sherry brings over 20 years of product marketing and event experience to the team, joining Make: after holding senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis, and Softbank. Before Maker Faire, Sherry was instrumental in launching and managing successful technology and consumer events such as Sun’s JavaOne, Oracle’s iDevelop, O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit and Dwell on Design. When not in the office, Sherry and her husband enjoy exploring the maker scene around the world and seeking out exceptional cuisine.

Maker Trivia: Sherry co-owns Renga Arts, a company dedicated to functional art made from reclaimed, repurposed and recycled items.

Todd Sotkiewicz

Todd Sotkiewicz grew up in the Midwest. He got an undergraduate degree in accounting because it was the best way to get a job; he subsequently got a graduate degree in journalism because he wanted to make the world a bit better by building successful media companies. As such, Todd has broad range experience in finance/accounting, sales, marketing and product management. Before joining Make: as Chief Financial Officer, Todd’s adventurous spirit took him from the security of a job with Arthur Andersen to leaving it all behind to experience the world. After Todd’s journey of self-discovery, he became GM of Wired magazine, then served as President of Lonely Planet Americas and later became President of San Francisco’s 7×7, finally joining the Maker Media family of brands in January 2014. When not in the office, Todd is busy turning his wife and two children into adventure junkies like he is. Their latest adventure was to the Achuar-area jungles of Ecuador.

Maker Trivia: Todd attended his first Maker Faire in 2010. Fumbling over the last name? It happens…a lot. Sut-KAY-vitch.


Vickie Welch is a media marketing maven leading the charge as vice president of marketing for Maker Media. Vickie’s expertise has served leading technology print and online publishers, among them Ziff-Davis, IDG, Upside and CMP Media. During her fifteen years with Ziff-Davis, she held group marketing director and VP titles for the Mac Publishing Group, which included Macworld Expo and the Consumer Media Group. Prior to joining Make: in February, 2012, she worked with startup media companies such as Pandora and Ecast and ecommerce site to develop strategies to monetize content, grow audience and customer bases, create new ad products, and leverage market research for new products and competitive positioning. When not in the office, Vickie might be found hiking some of Sonoma County’s beautiful trails with her trusty sidekick, Bodacious (aka Bodie), a handsome Aussie shepherd.

Maker Trivia: Vickie loves to reinvent furniture and recast odd pieces she discovers at flea markets.

David Blaza headshotDavid Blaza is the VP of Sales,  originally from Yorkshire, he has spent his career selling and evangelizing technology, early on at IBM and Motorola but more recently in the electronics media at iconic brands like EETimes, Design News and EDN.  David has been steeped in the Maker ethos in the Embedded market where he created “build your own embedded system” and live product tear-downs at the Embedded Systems Conferences.  David has watched the democratization of technology from the core electronics market to the entire world with a product like the Raspberry Pi and sees the rise of the Maker as a major leap forward in the world of technology. David has dabbled in the wine business and beekeeping over the last few years and has the scars to prove it!

Maker trivia:  His fondest memory of his father is building a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver model seaplane as a child.  Ask him how the maiden flight went sometime!  You can follow him on Twitter: @dblaza

ben_smallBen Sanders is the VP of Engineering.  After graduating from MIT, he went on to work as a consultant in a variety of enterprise and financial companies.  He then moved to England where he helped develop and launch several products at a financial software startup.  Most recently, he was at Blurb as their Sr. Director of Engineering.  He has been a huge fan of Make since their first issue, and enjoys 3D printing and making strange creations with his wife and kids.

Maker Trivia: Ben had a subscription for issue #1 of Make:.

Rafe-workhRafe Needleman is editor-in-chief of Maker Media. He has been covering technology for over 20 years. He was the first editor of CNET reviews, served as editor-in-chief of the original personal computer magazine Byte, and most recently as the editorial director of Yahoo Tech. During the first dotcom bubble, Rafe was editor of Red Herring Online. where he covered a startup a day in the influential email newsletter, Red Herring’s Catch of the Day. Rafe has also worked in the technology industry directly; he worked for Nokia in one of their venture capital arms, and for Evernote as director of developer relations.

Maker Trivia: Rafe started his publishing career early in life, writing a Star Trek trivia book when he was 13.

Jason Babler

Jason Babler is the creative director. He has extensive experience managing creative teams in media and publishing. He has designed and managed projects for some of the largest tech companies, sports teams, video game and film studios today. In addition to traditional media experience he has worked developing video games and loves to sculpt traditionally.


Brian Jepson serves as book publisher for Maker Media. He’s written, edited, and published an assortment of books over the years. Brian wrote his first book in 1996, but has edited more books than he’s written. Technology books were his niche, but starting in 2007, with “Making Things Talk”, his editorial focus turned to DIY books. Before starting his publishing career, Brian developed database systems for commodity trading and for accounting. He has been active in the AS220 community for over 25 years. AS220 is a non-profit, un-juried, and uncensored center for the arts in Providence, RI, that envisions a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential. Brian tinkers with electronics, microcontrollers, and 3D printers as often as he can.

Maker Trivia: Brian is the co-founder of Providence Geeks and co-producer of both the DC Mini Maker Faire and RI Mini Maker Faire.

Katie Kunde

Katie Kunde is the senior sales manager. She joined the MAKE team in 2006 to help produce the first Maker Faire. Today, she works with top national brands and leading companies to develop strategies to effectively market to the growing and influential maker movement. Her team leverages the strength of MAKE’s core media properties to customize integrative marketing opportunities for diverse clients, from automotive to financial to CPG and high-tech. She enjoys making wine with her husband and is an avid equine enthusiast.