I enjoy sharing the insights I gained in my 30+ year career as a CEO, lawyer, writer, marketer, and publishing (digital and analog) executive. I've been fortunate to have had an eclectic, highly accomplished career that has taught me one great skill: judgment.
I've been the CEO of two publishing companies and cofounded one of them. I've run one of the editions of the Los Angeles Times and also served as the newspaper's chief consumer marketing executive, and General Manager, News. For 10 years I wrote a weekly consumer law advice column in the LA Times. And for several years authored a monthly management column for Folio, the trade journal for the magazine industry. I started my career as an entertainment lawyer representing movie stars, writers and directors, and, in the most intellectually stimulating job I ever had, was the First Amendment and libel lawyer for the editors and reporters of the Los Angeles Times.
I've taught graduate level courses in media entrepreneurship, business of journalism, media law and digital business strategies at USC (Annenberg School) and Columbia University (Journalism School).
I'm now the chairman of the board of a business to business multimedia company (1105 Media Inc.), and serve on the board of a community newspaper group (Embarcadero Publishing).
I've served on the boards of numerous nonprofits, including being chair of a large regional anti-poverty clinic (Meet Each Need with Dignity). I currently devote substantial time to my role as a member of the board of trustees of Claremont McKenna College.
I'm interested in serving on the boards of digital media companies, mentoring senior executives, and helping young people with their career development and planning. Feel free to contact me.
Specialties: Digital Media, Publishing, Magazines, Newspapers, Teaching, Leadership Development, Higher Education, College Admissions, Marketing, Branding, First Amendment Law, Entertainment Law.