we are master communicators, senior marketing, brand and product strategists, seasoned legal and finance experts who bring both immediate and long-term impact to your team
our creative thinking, problem-solving, designs, campaigns, and strategic counsel accelerate progress and ignite differentiation and deep engagement with target audiences
working with companies and individuals that are either transformative or in transformation (or both) is the essence of what we do
helping market changers change markets and empowering disruptors to disrupt
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weconvene is the cloud-based event-management platform that helps the capital markets community book better® by making the creation, distribution, marketing and execution of professional meetings
the way you think determines your business objectives. we want to understand the core of your business – what it is that motivates you and who you want to reach. this insight allows us to create key messaging for a story that accurately reflects your brand.
what you say informs public perception, and effective messaging has the power to inspire a positive response. we can help you communicate what you value and what you’re hoping to achieve to the people who matter most.
the alignment of your thought and messaging controls what it is that people hear. staying true to a strong message and distributing it with consistency ensure effective communication between your business and your target audience.
our mission is to control the narrative after the comma®
rick is described by clients as a master message maker and storyteller, rick’s skills are unique, and he is currently writing a book titled after the comma® – its emphasis is on how to control the defining words that follow the comma. rick is also a senior advisor at mckinsey.
rick has been counseling individuals, companies and organizations with transformational ideas in the areas of sustainability, new economy, social justice,
economic / financial reform, lifestyle and business for over 40 years, serving the saudi royal family, paul tudor jones, george soros, the institute for new economic thinking, bill porter, bob stiller, the getty family, the coors family, zoe cruz, bertelsmann, vivendi, new york board of trade, options clearing corporation, international securities exchange, france, israel, australia, the conference board, the county of santa clara, vanke, the sandoz foundation, nikon, cylance, emirates, alain Ducasse, and many others.
bill is a seasoned marketing and business strategist, line executive and master communicator who has held executive positions in fortune 10, newly public, high-growth private and venture-backed startup companies.
he has worked at the forefront of several of the most important technology and media developments of the past three decades, including wireless messaging, smart phones, cloud computing, cybersecurity, online trust, digital rights management and digital content delivery among many others, with companies including ibm, at&t, general magic (sony, apple, motorola, at&t backed venture in silicon valley), audible, mail.com, easylink services and the comodo group. bill graduated from the s.i. newhouse school of public communications at syracuse university, new york university’s interactive telecommunications program (itp), and the columbia university executive program in business administration.
ben barnes is one of the nation’s leading public policy experts, providing insights, analysis, advocacy, and regulatory representation at both the state and federal levels. his relational capital is extensive in both the public and private sectors, making him a highly sought-after resource in a wide range of matters, from crisis management to strategic business development and financing.
a protégé of president lyndon johnson, ben barnes won a seat in the texas house of representatives at the age of 22. he became a top lieutenant and close ally of texas governor john connally. three years later, barnes was elected texas speaker of the house. at 26, he was the youngest speaker of the house in state history. five years later, barnes was elected lieutenant governor, again the youngest ever, garnering the most votes of any statewide candidate in texas history. he remains a major player in national politics and was referred to by the houston chronicle as one of the most influential texans in washington. he is a member of the board of directors of the eleanor and franklin roosevelt library and the roosevelt institute, is affiliated with the lbj school of public affairs at the university of texas and serves as the vice chairman of the lbj foundation.
matt is an attorney and entrepreneur with a deep background in the life sciences supported by more than a decade of academic research in neuroscience, physiology and molecular biology. having worked in highly technical areas, matt has a unique ability to integrate and communicate multiple complex concepts within the context of a single coherent research proposal, theory of the case or business plan.
matt has a law degree from fordham law school, a phd from stanford university school of medicine (molecular & cellular physiology) and an scb from brown university (biochemistry). he has served as a director, trustee or advisor for several non-profit organizations and for-profit ventures.
nick has 30 years experience in banking, sales and trading and startups, with a focus on strategy, tactics, platform operations and risk. he has held positions managing thousands of people and billions of dollars globally and locally at three of the top five investment banks. starting at ibm, moving to jp morgan, merrill lynch, morgan stanley and citi group.
on many occasions he has been recruited in to failing or under pressure businesses successfully identifying issues and solutions and executing on associated plans. he is known for his breadth of insight and ability to understand business from macro to micro creating detailed, integrated plans of action.
nick has a doctorate in engineering and computing he has strengths in analysis and problem solving and has led investments in nearly 40 startups with almost 80% being successful.