Celebrating Women’s History Month – Week 2

March 11, 2021 Beth Braen 0
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the female members of the Bob Gold & Associates team. For week 2 Q&A we’re featuring Roxanne Leone.   Roxanne brings two decades of experience...

Advocado Appoints Three New Strategic Leaders and Expands Its Board

March 10, 2021 Anabela Savulescu 0
Matthew Hong, Gayle Meyers, and Michael Beer Tapped to Drive Development and Adoption of Real-Time Data Management StartupAdvocado, a cross-media data management platform (DMP) fueling advertising performance, today announced the addition of three new senior executives to its board of directors and council of strategic advisors, who will help drive Advocado’s strategies across data optimization, media, branding, finance, capital formation, and business development. Joining the board as strategic directors are media expert Matthew Hong, former Chief Operating Officer at Turner Sports and Former Executive Director of Search at AOL, and AdTech entrepreneur Gayle Meyers, formerly Chief Growth Officer at LUMA Partners. Named as a strategic advisor is Michael Beer, Head of Financial Strategy at Luminar Technologies. “Traditional advertising is finally being held to the same high standards of performance, accountability, and precision that digital advertising has delivered for decades, and data is fast becoming the key to this transformation,” said Gayle Meyers, Board Member of Advocado. “Advocado's proprietary real-time, precise, and actionable data is consistently noted by its customers as a core differentiator that brings them value and quantifiable ROI.” “Since founding Advocado, it has been our mission to build a next-generation startup focused on leveraging the power of people, and one that would set an example for entrepreneurs everywhere,” said Jeff Linihan, President, COO, and Co-Founder of Advocado. “Matt, Gayle, and Michael have enormous experience and unique insight having served on countless boards and as advisors. Their joining Advocado further strengthens our strategic capabilities and validates our premise that a strong culture focused on people will attract the best there is.” Advocado’s newest board and advisory council members are known for their focus on intelligent tech, growth strategies, and results-driven approaches. They bring more than 60 years of experience in AdTech, media, finance, and business development. Matthew Hong brings more than two decades of media and intelligent tech expertise, and a blazing track record of effective business strategy, partnership development, rights acquisitions, marketing, and sales after advising some of the world’s preeminent organizations. Matt is the former Chief Operating Officer at Turner Sports and former Executive Director of Search at AOL, and continues to help steer top industry players like NASCAR and SAS Analytics Software & Solutions. An avid team builder and supporter, Hong was recently announced as an investor for the Washington Spirit, now the premier women’s sports property in the world. Gayle Meyers is an entrepreneur, consultant, and operating partner for numerous organizations in digital marketing, with over two decades’ experience in advertising technology and services. She leverages this experience to optimize growth strategies for the development and transformation of individuals, teams, and organizations. Meyers is currently a consultant, and formerly the Chief Growth Officer, at LUMA Partners, where she led overall marketing, branding, communications, and partnership strategy. Michael Beer brings a wealth of knowledge as the Head of Financial Strategy for Luminar Technologies, an autonomous vehicle sensor and software company, where he helped bring minority investments from the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler Truck AG, and Volvo. He also draws on over a decade’s experience as a research analyst for top organizations like CitiBank. “We’re experiencing a massive shift in how, where, and when consumers engage with the brands they love, and as a result, audiences and data have become more fragmented than ever before,” said Brian Handrigan, CEO and Co-Founder of Advocado. “Recent developments like the crumbling of third-party cookies and amendments to the CCPA have only exacerbated the issue. Advocado has the answer, and the rich experience and insight that each of our new board members and advisors provide will help us achieve ubiquitous, industry-wide adoption.” Available to advertisers worldwide, Advocado helps power over 210 local US markets and is the most robust real-time TV ad insights platform available to date. The company currently monitors over 2,000 national, local, and cable channels in real-time. In the last 12 months, Advocado has detected over 86 million commercial spots for its clients, and has activated more than 50 billion keyword bid changes in real-time, resulting in millions of new website visits. Using Advocado’s platform, customers have achieved as much as 11x return on ROI, a 390% increase in conversion, and a 400% increase in leads.  

Manhattan West Asset Management Bolsters Tax-Advisory Services with Key Hires

March 10, 2021 Alex Gold 0
Additions Further Round Out Los Angeles-Based Financial Services Firm’s Wealth-Management Offering Manhattan West Asset Management, an innovative and fully integrated modern independent financial solutions company, announced today two key hires in its growing tax advisory practice. Elliott Brack has joined as Managing Director of Tax Services to oversee the firm’s tax compliance and planning services. Brack previously was Tax Director at the Los Angeles-based accounting firm Gursey Schneider LLP and, before that, served in senior tax advisory roles at two other major California accounting firms – Seiler LLP and Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP. He has advised high-net-worth individuals and families, privately owned companies, fiduciaries and real estate syndications, among other clients, on multiple aspects of business and personal tax accounting and planning.   Devante Wilson has joined as Tax Manager, also from the firm of Gursey Schneider, where over the course of a decade he built a practice managing tax plans and handling complex issue-resolution matters on behalf of fiduciaries and real estate syndications among other clients. “Elliott and Devante are important additions to our growing wealth management practice,” said Lorenzo Esparza, Manhattan West Chief Executive Officer and Founding Principal. “They are exceedingly well equipped to help clients navigate an ever more complex business and personal tax environment.” Manhattan West, now celebrating its fifth year, provides a comprehensive suite of wealth-management and investing services for clients. In addition to traditional business management and tax services, the firm offers alternative investments in areas including real estate, venture capital, private equity and private debt, and serves a diverse set of private clients and addition to institutional investors.

Clutch Honors the Top PR Firms Across Multiple Categories

March 9, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
Bob Gold & Associates ranks #3 for crisis communications, #5 for online reputation management and #7 for event management.   March 9, 2021   Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews platform, released its list of the top 15 PR firms across various specialties for 2021.    These specialties include: Corporate Communications Crisis Communications (#3) Event Management (#7) Online Reputation Management (#5)   As more consumers demand authenticity in businesses they support, companies have to be ready to meet their needs.    Clutch factors companies’ level of industry expertise and ability to deliver in their rankings. The rankings also take into account comprehensive reviews collected from former clients through in-depth phone conversations and a detailed online form.    To read completes news release, visit Clutch.  

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 5, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the female members of the Bob Gold & Associates team. We posed a number of questions to each and asked them to tell us about themselves and their journeys. We’ll be sharing one per week throughout March 2021.   VP Beth Braen is an accomplished, passionate and creative leader with more than 25 years of experience helping companies and teams transform. During this challenging pandemic year she has done her best to find joy, treat folks with kindness, practice mindfulness meditation and when all else fails have a glass of wine (or two!). Q&A What words of wisdom can you share with an aspiring female PR professional?   Be fearless, curious and believe in yourself and your abilities. Don’t be afraid to give your insights and opinions, just be sure you have the knowledge to back it up! Who are your favorite cultural heroines? What appeals to you about them?   Some of my favorite cultural heroines are known for their fierce individualism, long careers, ability to pivot and all-around badass attitude.   - Patti Smith, singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who rose to fame as an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement and is often called the "punk poet laureate."   - Gloria Steinem, journalist and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokesperson for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Steinem was a columnist for New York magazine, and a co-founder of Ms. magazine.   - Eleanor Roosevelt, longest-serving First Lady, diplomat and activist. An inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader, she fought for social justice around the world throughout her life. One of my favorite quotes by her is, “A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” What in your life has given you the greatest satisfaction or sense of fulfilment?   I have gained fulfillment from the jobs I’ve had in marketing and communications including the opportunity to work with a diverse and eclectic group of clients at BG&A. Beyond that there are two experiences that bring me great joy. For more than 15 years, I’ve been in various leadership roles at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. It’s been a pleasure to utilize what I’ve learned in my professional life to help my community thrive. However, being mom to my daughter Mollie is by far the most gratifying experience in my life. It has brought me the most insight into who I am, challenged my beliefs and taught me patience and empathy. When it comes right to the point for me, it’s all about family, and friends that have become family. I am grateful that they are the mirror  to help me see myself clearly and the telescope so I can see far beyond myself. 

Manhattan West Real Estate & RanchHarbor Acquire Industrial Infill Property In Signal Hill

March 2, 2021 Alex Gold 0
Real estate investment firms form joint venture to secure rare value-add opportunity in supply-constrained port submarketNewport Beach and Signal Hill, Calif. (February 22, 2021) – Manhattan West Real Estate, a fully integrated real estate investment and management firm based in Los Angeles, and RanchHarbor, a real estate investment firm based in Newport Beach, Calif., today announced their joint venture (JV) partnership in the acquisition of a .79 acre value-add industrial property located in Signal Hill, Calif. The property consists of two single-tenant industrial buildings totaling 18,682 square feet with a shared, secured yard. Each building has one dock-high door and one grade-level door, a quality that is valuable and in high demand for tenants in this size range.Manhattan West Real Estate and RanchHarbor purchased the property off-market, substantially below replacement cost and at an attractive basis. The JV acquired one building with substantial term remaining on the lease and one building vacant at closing. The business plan is to perform deferred maintenance and capital improvements to the property including “white boxing” of the vacant building to improve its marketability and make it move-in ready. The JV has retained Marc Bonadando and Brad Connors with Kidder Matthews to market and the lease the available space.“Signal Hill is an extremely tight industrial real estate submarket with little turnover of asset ownership and limited new construction over the last seven years,” said Adam Norvell, director of real estate at Manhattan West Real Estate. “With vacancies around 1.3%, opportunities to acquire assets here are infrequent, and we are happy to partner with the experienced team at RanchHarbor on this investment. Together we will strategically enhance the property’s aesthetic and functionality, creating a facility that is in high demand.” RanchHarbor provided a full capital stack solution for the transaction. The company’s capital markets advisory platform, RH Advisors sourced a 36-month, attractively priced, fixed-rate non-recourse bridge loan from a bank lender. This debt structure will allow for maximum flexibility in executing the business plan while mitigating exposure to interest rate fluctuations. The subject property is well located at the northeast corner of Walnut Avenue and E. Burnett Street within the highly supply-constrained South Bay industrial submarket. It is approximately two miles from Interstates 405 and 710. The area is a central node for businesses associated with port activity and last-mile distribution. The property is a 15 minute drive to the San Pedro Bay Port complex and is easily accessible to air freight travel at the Los Angeles International and Long Beach Airports.“We are pleased to partner with Manhattan West, a well-respected operator with a solid track record, on this investment,” said John Meek, managing principal at RanchHarbor. “This is a rare opportunity to invest in Signal Hill, a submarket with extremely low vacancy rates and a short supply of industrial spaces of this size and specifications. The property is an excellent addition to RanchHarbor’s growing portfolio as we continue to find undervalued opportunities in the ‘small cap’ sector with proven operating partners that know their markets well.”Since 2019, Manhattan West has invested in three separate transactions and now has ownership in over 50,000 square feet of industrial space in Southern California. The firm is actively seeking value-add and opportunistic industrial investment opportunities in major western U.S. markets, with a focus on Los Angeles. This investment marks RanchHarbor’s first portfolio acquisition in 2021 and its third since the company’s launch in 2020. The firm is actively seeking value-add and opportunistic general partner (GP) and limited partner (LP) commercial real estate investment opportunities in select western U.S. markets with targeted equity commitments between $2 million and $8 million. ABOUT MANHATTAN WEST REAL ESTATEManhattan West Real Estate is a first-of-its-kind financial solutions company. The firm operates in three distinct areas that seamlessly integrate investment management with a full array of personalized services to manage day-to-day financial life. The firm’s asset management offering includes traditional equity and fixed income portfolios while the alternatives platform leverages strength in real estate, venture capital, private equity and private debt to deliver a meaningfully diversified portfolio. The Manhattan West Real Estate strategy offers real estate investment opportunities through a series of special purpose vehicles and direct investment funds. Currently, Manhattan West is open to admitting prospective investors into Manhattan West Tax Deferred Real Estate Fund III, LLC. For more information, visit mwestasset.com. Follow the company on LinkedIn. ABOUT RANCHHARBORFounded in 2020, RanchHarbor is an integrated, real estate investment firm based in Newport Beach, Calif. The company combines the real estate experience and industry knowledge of Isles Ranch Partners with that of former principals from Landmark Real Estate. RanchHarbor offers joint venture equity and general partner co-invest equity, targeting commercial and multifamily real estate investments between $2 million and $20 million in select western U.S. markets. It also provides sophisticated asset management, receivership and capital advisory services to institutional and private investors, asset owners and operators. For more information, visit ranchharbor.com. Follow the company on LinkedIn. Manhattan West Real Estate Property in Signal Hill - Building Manhattan West Real Estate Property in Signal Hill

Televisionation Friday Fireside: Bob Gold Talks to The iTV Doctor about Surviving Covid-19

March 1, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
"Pain is the fuel for progress," says Bob Gold, Principal, Bob Gold & Associates.   On Televisionation's Friday Fireside, Bob Gold, Founder and President of Bob Gold & Associates, shares his story of surviving Covid-19 which, as Rick Howe observes, “scared the s*#t out of Bob's friends!” Speaking with his customary humanity and humor, Bob gives a first-hand perspective on what it means these days to simply be alive.     [embed]https://vimeo.com/516942148[/embed]     Televisionation: Friday Fireside features Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, in conversation with prominent figures from the advanced-TV/video industry.

Manhattan West’s CEO, Lorenzo Esparza, Speaks with 1080 KRLD About the Economic Outlook After Covid-19

February 25, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
Lorenzo Esparza, of Manhattan West Asset Management, never banks on conventional beliefs or engages in groupthink. While many economists are predicting 5% growth in the economy in 2021, Lorenzo is sticking with his prediction of 2-3% this year.     Lorenzo Esparza is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Principal at Manhattan West where he leveraged his legal, corporate, and financial experience to form the modern version of an investment firm. Based in Los Angeles, the independent financial solutions company offers a variety of customized financial services for Private Wealth Clients throughout the U.S. including business management, insurance, and tax in addition to in house investment management.  As an asset management firm, the company offers proprietary alternative investments across multiple asset classes including Venture Capital, Private Equity, Real Estate, Private Debt and traditional equity and fixed income portfolios.    Listen to Esparza and news anchor, John Liddle, of 1080 KRLD discuss the outlook for the economy post-coronavirus with the radio clip below.  

Plume Raises $270 Million at $1.35 Billion Valuation

February 23, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
New financing from Insight Partners will fuel Plume's accelerating growth   Plume®, the company behind the smart home service offerings of more than 170 Communications Service Providers (CSPs) served to more than 22 million households across the globe, today announced that it has closed a $270 million minority investment from global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners. This Series E round at a $1.35 billion valuation brings Plume’s total equity funding to $397 million.    Plume was founded on the premise that a device will only ever be as smart as the network it’s connected to, and that the existing smart home services were sorely lacking. Instead of attempting to improve only  wireless coverage through distributed hardware, Plume’s approach is entirely different – a comprehensive suite of cloud-controlled front-end services delivered over a smart, software-defined network. Plume’s HomePass™ front-end services suite consists of adaptive and self-optimizing whole-home WiFi, AI driven cybersecurity and IoT device protection, sophisticated parental supervision, secure access controls, and motion awareness. HomePass is complemented by a powerful, data-driven back-end operations platform offering real-time and predictive customer support tools, network control center applications, deep analytics, comprehensive dashboards, consumer behavior and satisfaction insights, churn prediction, and retention marketing services for CSPs through Plume’s Haystack™ and Harvest™ suites.    Plume will use the funding to further increase investment in research & development and lean more aggressively into sales, marketing, and partnerships. The company will seek to continue its rapid product, revenue, customer, channel, and geographic expansion and plans to add employees in all of its offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.    “Growth in the smart home category is exploding, but the quality of consumer experience has fallen short,” said Insight Partners Managing Director Ryan Hinkle, who has been appointed as a director on Plume’s board. “We are convinced that Plume, with its scalable cloud data platform approach, highly efficient go-to-market strategy, strong momentum, top-quartile financial performance across all SaaS KPIs – including revenue, growth rates, gross margin, efficiency and retention metrics – and world class team is transforming this category. We’re delighted to join and support this exciting journey.”    Customers benefit from Plume’s constantly expanding platform through OpenSync™, the most widely supported open-source, silicon-to-cloud framework for smart spaces. With OpenSync, CSPs can decouple their service offerings from hardware and rapidly curate and deliver new services over a multi-vendor, open-platform architecture. Managed by a massively scalable cloud control plane, new services can often be delivered without requiring new equipment, reducing CAPEX spend and extending the useful life of existing infrastructure. Since its creation in 2018, OpenSync has grown to power more than 26 million access points and switches across a broad range of silicon SDK and CPE platforms, and has attracted many third-party developers and contributors.    “We could not be more enthusiastic about welcoming Ryan to our board, and our partnership with the entire Insight team,” said Fahri Diner, Co-founder and CEO of Plume. “By leveraging machine learning and AI, cloud data, open-source, deep ecosystem partnerships, and a scalable platform, we uniquely address the disconnect between the expectations of smart spaces and the service provider’s ability to deliver flawless experiences to them – while building a leading, high-growth SaaS business in a large, under-served market. An even stronger balance sheet through this cash infusion, coupled with our high operating leverage, sets the stage for Plume to continue to invest confidently in our future.”    Jefferies acted as financial advisor to Plume on the transaction. 

Cisco Virtual Media And Analyst Roundtable – The Power of Connectivity: 5G and Wi-Fi 6 for the Win

February 8, 2021 Robert Brownlie 0
Discussing impact across Mobility, Cable, Smart Cities and IoT   5G and Wi-Fi 6 are poised to be two of the biggest tech disruptors of the century. In a hyperconnected world, data will flow freely between more people, more places and more devices at speeds and volumes we’ve not seen before. With a wider, safer, faster network the possibilities are endless, giving way to a more inclusive future where everyone has the opportunity to stay connected to people and information, regardless of geography.   In an exclusive virtual roundtable Cisco brought together senior industry execs, media and analysts to discuss the impact of these technologies across industries. Experts from multiple industries looked holistically across networks and platforms and dove into the realities of where we are today, challenges overcome, and how soon we can reap the benefits. It's a conversation that should not be missed. Click below to watch:   [caption id="attachment_12559" align="aligncenter" width="300"]  [/caption] View here:  https://events-cisco.webex.com/events-cisco/lsr.php?RCID=f5399e6915fad433f96f37fb3634e9f7   Host/Moderator: Peggy Smedley, industry influencer, host ‘The Peggy Smedley Show’, author of “Sustainable in a Circular World: Design and Restore Natural Ecosystem Through Innovation”     Panelists:  Mo Katibeh, Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T Business, AT&T  John Chapman, CTO Broadband Technologies and Cisco Fellow, Cisco  David Graham, CIO, Office of Innovation + Economic Development, City of Carlsbad  Israel Madiedo, Innovation and Technology Director, izzi (Televisa Group)    Please share your comments around 5G and Wi-Fi 6 or contact us below if you have any questions.  We hope you enjoy this insightful discussion!
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