My business is a reflection and extension of my inherently social
and inquisitive nature. The networking I have done around the
globe has an obvious commercial value and has seasoned and spiced
my life with a diverse collection of long and strong friendships.
Both my personal and
professional lives contribute to my hunger for perspectives
on life from all over the world. From current events, to family,
and cultural riches, getting to know people around the world
and becoming familiar with their perspectives on all kinds of
topics, contributes enormously to both the intellect and the
spirit with my only rule to remain as open as possible
to all perspectives. Few joys are greater to me than sitting
around a table to share a meal and conversation with friends
and colleagues from all corners of the earth.
In my spare time, (such as it is) I am raising three boys
(13, 14 and 16) with my beautiful and talented wife Kim.
What languages do you speak?: survival
Spanish and a smattering of English dialects from American
English to Australian English to English English, without
the accent, but using the idiom that best suits the situation.
Where is Boise, Idaho?: Boise, Idaho is at
the base of the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, about
375 miles south of the Canadian border.
Why do you live there?: Quality of Life
metro area of 200,000 people, greater valley 900,000 people.
Growth centered around high tech (Hewlett Packards
Printer Division, and MICRON Technologies, the 3rd largest
memory chip manufacturer in the world) has created an influx
of people abandoning life in the big cities for a place where
we have four seasons, loads of sunshine, and immediate access
to untouched land for hiking, biking, mountain biking, rock
climbing, river running, skiing, camping, backpacking, etc.
Come visit and see!
As the publication The Economist sees it: The Economist: In Praise Of Boise
Extensive skills in identifying and managing opportunities
in the global marketplace.
Unique and valuable knowledge establishing new overseas
Experience operating and communicating effectively across
multi-cultural boundaries. Valuable personal database
of individuals worldwide.
Deep knowledge of individual overseas markets.
By utilizing a unique set of abilities, knowledge and
database of executives and individuals in locations
around the world, I
assist companies in planning and delivering international
goals. From research to business planning, my expertise
in global media and broadcast markets accelerates international
growth and strategic objectives.
- Owner/Operator of René Global Associates
since 2000, providing global business development,
research, strategic planning and networking in broadcasting,
radio media production and wireless communication.
- Re-launched Premiere Radio Networks International,
a division of Clear Channel Communications.
- VP/General Manager of start-up SE Asian division
of a radio production, programming & syndication
network. (J-V of Australias leading commercial
radio group, Austereo Ltd.) Brought division to profit
in 15 months.
- Drove the international development of Westwood
One Inc., the largest network radio company in the
USA, from 1988 to 1996.
|PROFESSIONAL SKILL SETS
- Broadcast market research and development in deregulating
markets in Western and Eastern Europe, and East and
South East Asia from 1988 to 2001.
- Extensive contract negotiations for international
broadcast licensing in territories including: Malaysia,
Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong
Kong, Taiwan; Germany, Hungary, (former) USSR, the
UK, Ireland; Panama, Argentina, Venezuela.
- Consulting media and broadcast clients by introducing
business models and applications in developing broadcast
markets of Western Europe (late 1980s and early 1990s),
Latin America (late 80s) and Asia (90s).
- Establishment and management of international representation
- Executive production/creative oversight for original
broadcast programming and media packaging.
- Establishment of international co-production/distribution
- Media and Programming Sales.
- Successful long-term projects with agencies including:
Bates/Zenith, O&M/MindShare, McCann-Erickson,
J. Walter Thompson.
- Successful long-term project relationships with
clients including: Coca-Cola, BAT, Levi Strauss, Lintas,
Carlsberg, Guinness, Philips, Salem.
Dial Global Radio Networks (re-named Westwood One Sept 2013)
New York, New York, 2010-2012
General Manager; International Relations of entity that had acquired: network radio company JonesMediaAmerica, the 24/7 satellite delivered formats of Westwood One, jingle and audio production company TM Century and ultimately Westwood One Radio Networks. Oversaw efforts to develop international expansion and growth for all divisions.
austereo mcm entertainment australasia pty ltd.
Melbourne, Australia 1996 1998
International General Manager/Vice President of a South
regional start-up division of a broadcast production,
syndicated network business. (Joint-Venture of Australias
commercial radio group, Austereo Ltd. (now "Southern Cross Austereo" the radio
subsidiary of Village Roadshow LTD.) Brought division
to profit in 18
Westwood One International
Los Angeles, California 1988 1996
Director, International Development for the then largest
network radio company in America whose assets include:
The NBC Radio Network, CBS Radio Networks, Mutual Broadcasting
System, and The Westwood One Radio Networks. Spearheaded
development in newly deregulated markets. (Eastern Europe,
Sunshine 101 FM
Dublin, Ireland 1987
Consultant/DJ for private/commercial/land-based pirate
station reaching over 50 percent of the greater Dublin
market. Compiled analysis on the origins of commercial
radio industries in UK, Australia, Canada, and US as
part of a tender application for legal frequency
London, UK 1985 and 1987
Production Assistant for London-based global radio
program producer and global syndicator.
New York, New York 1984 1985
Affiliate Marketing Manager for U.S. based syndication
company for various radio programming formats.
B.S. (Radio, Television, Film Management), S.I. Newhouse
Communications at Syracuse University (1986)
Overseas semester in London, England, including weekly
private seminars with BBC and IBA (1985)