Tom Kemp

Tom Kemp


Tom Kemp Chairman

Tom Kemp joined Northstar Travel Group in January 2009. He has a unique combination of experience as a senior operating executive and private equity investor in business-to-business information, events, and media. Tom has provided the strategic vision and leadership to transform Northstar to the leading high growth, multiplatform, information, marketing solutions and e-commerce Company serving the global travel industry.

In 2008, Kemp founded Oakstreet Media, a company formed to invest in and acquire lower-middle market business-to-business media and information companies. From 2004 to 2008, Tom was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a leading private equity firm investing in the media and communications industry. Prior to VSS, he was the Chairman and CEO of Penton Media Inc., an NYSE listed public company and one of the largest business-to-business information companies in the U.S. Prior to Penton, Tom was President and COO of Miller Freeman Inc. a market-leading business to-business information, events and media company headquartered in San Francisco. 

Kemp has extensive experience in sourcing, negotiating, closing, and integrating more than 100 transactions in his career as well as successful exits. Kemp has experience as a public company CEO including successful execution of equity, high yield bond, and senior secured debt offerings.

Tom is currently a board member of SISO, The Society of Show Operators, the leading global association for event and exhibition for-profit producers.  He was recently a board member of Destinations International, the global association for destinations and CVBs, as well as Connectiv, the association for B-to-B marketing services and information providers. Tom has previously served on the boards of several business media companies and industry associations, including American Business Media, SIIA, and BPA International. In June 2010, Tom was honored as the CEO Top Innovator in business publishing by BtoB Magazine. Kemp was honored by American Business Media as the 2014 McAllister Top Management Fellow. Kemp was named a C-Level Visionary by the 2015 Folio: 100 Honorees. Tom was inducted into the B-to-B Media Hall of Fame in February 2023.


Tom received his BA with honors from Amherst College; he lives with his family in Mill Valley, California.