Senior Executive and Corporate Development Strategist who leverages unique expert knowledge of fine art industry with background in financial services to enable growth through affinity marketing and new product opportunities. • Developed and activated new financial products division for venerable online fine art market research organization; • Initiated partnership with leading index provider for co-branding novel art index methodology; • Team leader for strategic plans enabling over $1 billion in private equity and international capital markets financings, including the first successful IPO of a Chinese company on NASDAQ.; • COO of cable television network during which time the Company’s valuation doubled over a two year period.
Jan 2009 - Present
Predmore Holdings Inc.
Our consultancy offers several services: • Art market research, strategic planning and project leadership for organizations interested in affinity marketing or product/content development related to the fine art industry; • Art advisory services for fine art collection acquisition and deaccession planning in the primary and secondary markets; • Internet content development, activation and marketing; • Business plans and presentations for entrepreneurs and companies, irrespective of industry, for internal organizational use or external presentation; • Corporate development initiatives in China, such as strategic partnerships and alliances, product sourcing or distribution.
May 2004 - Dec 2008
Senior Strategist Financial Products
Artnet Worldwide Corp.
• Created, launched, and managed “Market Trends” Division, adding revenue streams through web-based financial products for over 4,000 artists. Managed custom reports business and evaluation services for world-class collectors, curators, art and financial institutions. • Developed new Contemporary Art index methodology, using advanced econometric techniques and data from the Artnet database. Negotiated licensing agreement with leading index provider. • Published journalist and art panelist, quoted regularly in business publications on art market dynamics, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Sun, New York Post, Miami Herald and Worth Magazine.
Jan 1991 - May 2004
Predmore Holdings Inc.
Founded consultancy specializing in strategic planning for growth companies over a wide range of industries seeking access to international capital markets. Major activities: • Advised Guotai Junan, one of China’s largest national securities firm, and numerous Chinese companies on strategic planning and capital market transactions, frequently traveling to China for extended assignments. Project leader responsible for comprehensive presentations to international institutional capital sources, including business plan leading to the first successful IPO of a Chinese company on NASDAQ. • Chief Operating Officer of a Latin broadcast and cable television network with operations in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Predmore took an equity position in this company and I had line responsibility for key aspects of daily operations and capital raising. Under our consultation over a two year period, the Company’s valuation increased from $16 to $30 million and additional private equity capital was secured. • Created business plan presentations and industry reports for several dozen clients that were used for capital transactions ranging from $1 million to $100 million of private equity and public offerings, aggregating over $1 billion.
May 1989 - Jan 1991
Assistant Vice President
Mergers and acquisitions specialist for several transactions exceeding $1 billion and numerous fairness opinion and company valuation assignments.
Jan 1985 - May 1989
Associate Director Corporate Finance
Corporate finance generalist for 10 mid-cap IPOs and several institutional private placements over a wide range of industries.