Founding Partners

Our partners possess depth of experience, judgment and enjoyment of advisory and transaction assignments for companies in the broadly defined media industries and have been successful in developing client relationships and performing investment banking and broader consulting services. Our impressive track records as individuals, along with our complementary skills and experience account for our success as a team.

Our combined history over hundreds of engagements offers clients the following:

Partners Bios

Robert Garrett

Robert Garrett is a Founding Partner of Media Advisory Partners, LLC, formed in 2010. Previously he served as President of Robert Garrett & Sons, Inc., originally founded in Baltimore in 1840, which he reconstituted in 1986 after the company's business had been sold in 1974 to Baltimore peer Alex Brown & Sons.

In 1990, Mr. Garrett founded investment banking firm AdMedia Partners, which developed in the succeeding years into one of the premier firms serving the media, advertising and marketing services businesses. There Mr. Garrett focused primarily on publishing and media companies, providing strategic advisory services and assisting them to raise new capital and to effect mergers and acquisitions, in addition to overseeing the business and growth of AdMedia itself.

Mr. Garrett served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a First Lieutenant for 3 years after graduating from Princeton University in 1959 with an AB degree in European and American History.

Following earning an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1965, Mr. Garrett began his business career at Smith Barney & Co. where he was active in the corporate finance department and became a partner in 1973. At Smith Barney he assisted a number of corporate clients in financial planning and raising capital. Included were companies like McGraw-Hill, Inc., The New Yorker Magazine, Inc. , TRW, Inc., Scott Paper Company, Trans World Airlines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

In 1978, Mr. Garrett became executive vice president of Security Capital Corporation where he was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent oversight of its financial services subsidiaries, and holding company financial strategy and investment banking, until his departure at the end of 1985 to restart Robert Garrett & Sons.

Mr. Garrett has been a director of a number of companies, including:

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Mark J. Holdreith

Mark Holdreith is a Founding Partner of Media Advisory Partners, LLC. Prior to co-founding the firm he established The Moira Group LLC, an investment-banking boutique providing financial advisory services encompassing private placement of equity and debt based financing, business planning, and mergers & acquisitions.

The Moira Group focused their advisory services to privately- held middle-market and lower-middle- market media, business information, and marketing/advertising agency companies. For select clients with unique circumstances, the firm also provided strategic and operational services to increase enterprise value.

Mark's background includes being a corporate leader, strategic consultant, and entrepreneur. He has over 25 years of international media experience, including twenty years managing portfolios and operating businesses serving technology, telecommunications, retail, and consumer markets. He has served in senior-level management positions, including President, General Manager, and Publisher for Nielsen, CMP Media, and Reed Elsevier. His experience spans over 25 media brands internationally.

As an entrepreneur Mark formed PIC LLC which co-founded and operated a telecommunications media and consulting business in Moscow, Russia. PIC also provided strategic consulting services including M&A due diligence and digital strategy development to companies in the healthcare, consumer & B2B media, and financial services markets including Willis Stein and Partners, McGraw-Hill, Johnson & Johnson, Scientific American, Nielsen (VNU, Inc.), MC Communications, and CP Moneycenter.

Mark serves on American Business Media's Digital Media Council and Entrepreneurial Committee, and is an advisor to The New York Technology Council. He also serves on the board as trustee of the Caring Hands Foundation, Manhasset, NY.

Mark, his wife Annie, and their ten year-old twin boys reside in Manhasset, New York. He is a regular runner and enjoys sailing.

John W. Hyland Jr.

Jack Hyland is a Founding Partner of Media Advisory Partners, formed in 2010. Mr. Hyland began his career at Morgan Stanley where he remained for eighteen years, becoming partner, head of Corporate Finance and subsequently head of the firm's international operation which was a joint venture with Morgan Guaranty.

He worked in investment banking, with both domestic and international clients, in advisory, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. Following Morgan Stanley, Mr. Hyland was Vice Chairman of Warburg Paribas Becker, a New York based international investment banking firm; then Vice Chairman of PaineWebber/Young & Rubicam Ventures, created to perform merger and acquisition advisory services for consumer goods and services companies. After PaineWebber/Y&R, Mr. Hyland was a partner with McFarland Dewey & Co, where he focused on media, internet and education clients.

Mr. Hyland majored in Theoretical Physics at Williams College, Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, President of Student Body, graduating in 1959; and from Harvard Business School, Finance, Edward Grant Noble Foundation Fellow, graduating in 1961. He has been on the boards of a number of companies including a finance company of Philadelphia National Bank, Presidio Oil, S. G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. and Copeba (Belgian affiliate of Paribas), and several early stage high tech companies.

Serving on not-for-profit institutions, Mr. Hyland is Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University, the first and largest school of education in the country; he is Chairman Emeritus of the American Academy in Rome, chartered by Congress, which awards the Rome Prize annually to U.S. artists and scholars; Vice President and Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, a museum of scholarship and fine arts in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Treasurer and Director of the College Art Association, the national organization of artists and art historians. Formerly he was also a Trustee and Treasurer of the National Building Museum in Washington.

Mr. Hyland has also written articles syndicated by the Hearst newspapers, as well as published a biography entitled Evangelism's First Modern Media Star, The Life of The Reverend Bill Stidger.

>Ralph T. Linsalata

Prior to co-founding Media Advisory Partners, Ralph served as CEO of GestureTek, Inc. GestureTek is the pioneer, multiple patent-holder and world-leader in camera-enabled gesture-recognition technology for presentation and entertainment systems.

Other CEO and senior operating positions include: Sr. VP of Hill, Holliday; Managing Director of Hill, Holliday Interactive Group; CEO positions at Lexidata Corporation, Silc Technologies, Inc., and Envoy Systems Corporation; CFO of Applicon Incorporated, and sales and finance positions with IBM.

Ralph was formerly, the Senior VP of Investments and Corporate Planning for Novell, Inc. a billion dollar public software company. Before Novell, he was the Executive Vice President responsible for Cambridge Technology Capital Fund I L. P. and NEWCO Investments. He was also a General Partner of Weiss, Peck and Greer Venture Partners, L.P.; VP of General Electric's venture capital subsidiary; and an investment banker with Laird, Inc.

Ralph also founded Weston Corporate Development, Inc., a strategic and management consulting company that has performed a wide range of consulting projects including: consulting to early stage venture backed companies; mentoring and assisting a young CEO of an early stage venture backed company in a turn-around situation; global ROI studies for SAP, one of the world's largest software companies; marketing segment analysis and market development strategies for a large mutual fund management company and a large investment banking firm; and, due diligence and valuation analyses for venture capital firms.

Ralph is committed to assisting non-profit organizations attempting to improve education, with particular emphasis on improving urban education for disadvantaged youths. He is a partner of Partners of 63, this is comprised of his classmates from Harvard Business School.

Ralph has a BSEE from Case Institute of Technology, an MBA from Harvard University, and did post- graduate work at New York University.

MAP Advisory Directors

Michele Clarke

Michele Clarke joined Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) in 2010 and leads the agency's Corporate practice. She also serves as acting general manager of WE's New York office.

A nationally recognized expert in integrated strategic communications, Michele's expertise spans the following disciplines: corporate, financial, merger and acquisition, restructurings, regulatory, litigation, internal communications, and marketing. She also has guided boards, individual executives and nonprofit groups through management transitions, category rehabilitations, crisis and issues management, high-profile litigation, partner loyalty and preference programs, and marketing communications. She led investor-focused communications for three of the most successful initial public offerings in Nasdaq history and communications strategy for the media industry's largest leveraged buyout. Her market knowledge spans financial services, telecommunications, consumer electronics, media, mobile content and technology.

Michele has spent much of her career helping clients successfully navigate highly regulated industries, the investment community, union and consumer activism, highly distributed employee populations, and attention from government bodies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Senate and Congressional Commerce committees. She is equally adept at helping reposition companies and industries to be relevant and successful within dramatically disrupted categories so they can seize new opportunities.

Michele speaks on integrated communications and media management strategies at national conferences and earned a Gold SABRE Award for Best Business-to-Business Marketing Program for work on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She is a member of the Council of Communications Management and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Counselors Academy. She's been a judge of the PRSA's prestigious Silver Anvil Awards since 2001.

Peter W. Cookson, Jr.

Peter is president of Ideas without Borders, a new and innovative Washington D.C. based educational consulting firm specializing in developing effective and creative methods for integrating the new disruptive communication technologies with the best teaching and learning strategies. He works closely with technology companies, publishers, school districts, higher education, and government agencies to find business and educational solutions to the challenges facing the industry today. Ideas without Borders is also a R&D lab generating dynamic 21st century curriculum which unites learning communities and enhances global understanding.

Peter has over thirty years of experience in the field of education; he has been a K-12 classroom teacher, private school administrator, research analyst, university professor and administrator. He is the author of a dozen books and numerous professional and popular articles on educational innovation; his most recent book is Sacred Trust: A Children's Education Bill of Rights

Peter received his Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education from New York University. Additionally, he was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and Certificates in Leadership from the Harvard Institute of Higher Education.

In 2010 he received a Master of Arts in Religion from the Yale Divinity School.

Gordon T. Hughes II

Gordon T. Hughes II is currently a partner and producer of DFB Productions, LLC which also manages DFB Partners 1 LP, a private partnership organized to invest in theatrical productions on Broadway, in London's West End, and other venues throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to joining DFB, Hughes was president and CEO of American Business Media, which he joined in July 1994. During his tenure at ABM, Hughes leveraged his 25 years of advertising experience and business acumen to reposition the association from a traditional publishing group to a global organization of business information providers.

Hughes recharged the business media industry's influence in Washington, D.C. and under his leadership, American Business Media has won major victories before the Postal Rate Commission. Prior to leaving American Business Media, he positioned the association's presence in Washington to address key issues affecting magazine publishers, including potential online privacy legislation.

In addition, Hughes developed a number of initiatives to raise the visibility and stature of business media. These include the prestigious Creative Excellence in Business Advertising (CEBA) Awards, the Timothy White Award for editorial courage and integrity and the Gertrude R. Crain Award for women in business media.

Prior to joining ABM, Hughes served as vice president of marketing for CBS Stations Division. While at CBS, he won two Emmy Awards as a producer of major sports and entertainment events, as well as the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award. Earlier in his career, Hughes was vice president and station manager at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and director of sales at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

Hughes is a graduate of California State University and Harvard's Sterling Institute of Business.

William P. Kane

Bill Kane is a seasoned business executive with significant investment banking, senior level operating (Chairman, CEO) and entrepreneurial experience. He has successfully led large strategic business units within major enterprises and entrepreneurial companies from launch through rapid, hyper growth and turbulent market conditions.

In September 2001, Bill co-founded Arkose Consulting LLC which offers marketing, strategy and technology consulting services focused on large data sets, financial instruments, business intelligence and mobile and interactive TV form factors. Clients served include: NDS Limited plc; IBM Corporation; NTT DoCoMo; the National Association of Realtors; PREO Inc., BlueFreeway Limited; Electronic Game Card Ltd.; and Manpower.

Prior to Arkose Bill was Group Executive at marchFIRST's Technology, Management Consulting and Brand Building East Group (staff of 1,100). Clients served include: Audi of America, Sony, NTT DoCoMo, Sprint PCS, Ziff-Davis, JPMorgan and Fidelity.

In 1992 Bill invested in and became the CEO and Chairman of Reach Networks Inc. which provided online and Web services to clients including : Coopers & Lybrand, the National Association of Realtors, KPMG Peat Marwick, Time Warner, Barnes & Noble and Bertlesmann. In 1997 he and his partners merged Reach into USWeb Corporation which subsequently merged with marchFIRST.

Bill started his business career after earning his BBA at the University of Notre Dame and his MBA at New York University. Bill served in the U.S. Army stationed in Pentagon as a direct appointment officer responsible for operational aspects of RAPIDS, the Army's online personnel system. He joined the corporate banking division of the Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) where he focused on corporate finance activities and bank holding company initiatives including the formation of the bank's REIT and leasing activities.

Bill later joined the Wall Street investment bank Warburg, Paribas Becker where he managed global equity sales, trading, research, correspondent clearing and commodities activities (1,000 professionals). The lure of entrepreneurial freedom attracted Bill with partners to create a brokerage business which structured and placed several financing partnerships for multi-family complexes and office and commercial buildings, several hedge funds and fund venture capital situations, one of which was Reach Networks.

Abe Peck

Abe Peck is both an educator and media professional. His specialty is content and Journalism — now digital content and journalism.

Abe retired from full time teaching in 2008 but still is Northwestern University's first Director of Business- to-Business (B2B) Communication and also serves as Professor Emeritus in Service. As a Senior Director of the Media Management Center, he brings innovation and cross-platform collaborations to MMC, the executive seminar program affiliated with Medill School of Journalism and the Kellogg School of Management. He conducted and analyzed landmark research on “reader experiences” of magazines (Magazine Publishers of America) and other media.

Abe taught full-time at Medill for 27 years and was the first professor there to be awarded an endowed chair (Sills Professorship) and the first to be awarded a second endowed chair (Helen Gurley Brown Professorship). In 2006, he became Chair of Journalism & Cross-media Storytelling after 25 years of chairing Medill's program in magazine writing, editing and publishing.

In 2008, Abe received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his long involvement with business-to-business publications. He now serves on the ASBPE ethics committee and has judged the Jesse Neal Awards for American Business Media over many years.

Abe was the 2003-04 Educator of the Year of the Assn. for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's magazine division. He was acting and associate dean at Medill, and participated in raising nearly $25 million dollars to fund the complexities of contemporary journalism education.

Professionally Abe specializes in magazine launches, strategic editorial performance reviews, vision and mission statements, cross media positioning, magazine architecture feature writing and ethics. He has consulted or reported in China, Hong Kong, India, the U.K, Ecuador, Finland, the Philippines, Senegal and South Africa. He has helped launch numerous titles, and has worked with more than 100 print magazines, Web sites, portals and newspapers worldwide. He also has advised a number of major corporations on their communications strategies.

Abe received a BA from New York University, did graduate work at the City University of New York and earned a certificate from the Advanced Executive Program of the Media Management Center.

Joseph T. Plummer

Dr. Joseph Plummer is adjunct Professor in the Columbia Business School and Senior Associate at Olson Zaltman Associates. He is co-author of The OnLine Advertising Playbook focusing on the emergence of the internet as a marketing platform.

Prior to teaching at Columbia Business School, Dr. Plummer was EVP at McCann Worldgroup, Vice Chairman at DMB & B, EVP at Young & Rubicam, and SVP at Leo Burnett. He was also a managing director at Paine Webber/Y&R Ventures, and Chief Research Officer at the Advertising Research Foundation.

Dr. Plummer is a board member of Zogby International, Voxpop Investing, AdSafe, Innerscope, LLC, and C3 Research. Previously he was a board director of Sunstus, Audits & Surveys, McCann Worldgroup, DMB & B, and Young & Rubicam. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater Westminster College, where he earned his BA; and on the Presidents Council at the Ohio State University where he received his Masters and PhD degrees.

In addition to The OnLine Advertising Playbook, Dr. Plummer has published more than twenty-five articles in journals, written over twenty chapters for books and been the editor of of The Journal of Advertising Research. He was selected Distinguished Marketing Practitioner by the Association of Marketing Science in 2007.