Sept. 22, 2010
Michael Mish Tapped as The Ad Club’s New Director of Partnerships
Trade organization says Mish’s national business experience makes him the “right fit”
BOSTON, Mass -- The Ad Club of Boston is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Mish as the organization’s new director of partnerships. With his extensive experience in economic development on a national scale, Ad Club President Kathy Kiely says he is the “right person” to cultivate the organization’s important relationships.
Mish will take on this position effective Sept. 27, 2010. He will work to maintain and develop relationships for the 8,000+-member trade organization serving New England’s marketing communications professionals. He will also ensure its growth through sponsorship and trade.
“The Ad Club is a well-respected organization, and I’m proud to join the team,” Mish said. “I will work to advance organizational growth and raise visibility for all companies branded in Boston and the New England region.”
“We are so excited to bring Michael on staff and I know he will thrive at The Ad Club,” added Kiely. “He’s joining a small staff with ambitious goals and he will prove to be a vital team-member for the club’s success. His extensive experience in business development and his ability to be a team player made him perfect for this role.”
In joining The Ad Club, Mish is leaving his position as “director of partnerships and collaboration” at MassChallenge, which is considered the largest global startup competition and accelerator program for early stage businesses. In this role, his primary responsibilities included securing corporate sponsorships, connecting with R&D communities from around the world and introducing startups to resources in Boston. He will use this experience to benefit The Ad Club’s goal of keeping a spotlight on the industry locally, and nationwide.
“While membership at The Ad Club is a very sturdy 8,000, we recently learned through a joint-study with the Boston Redevelopment Authority that the creative industry represents 4.4% of total jobs in Massachusetts alone. That equals 143,000 jobs,” said Andrew Graff, Ad Club chairman and CEO of Allen & Gerritsen. “We are just scratching the surface and I know Michael will successfully connect with those in the market we have yet to reach. “
Additionally, Mish has experience ranging from operations to business development with three Fortune 500 companies. Before MassChallenge he served as a major account executive with Image Technology Specialists, a Xerox company, and was the top performer in 2009. He also worked as an operations manager at UPS and an operations team leader at FedEx. During his time at FedEx he was a recipient of a prestigious Bravo Zulu award for going above and beyond.
The South Hadley, Mass. native also enjoys volunteering his time to the community, working with young entrepreneurs, local business owners and various business development groups.
Mish was recruited as a pitcher and played baseball for American International College, but left to pursue studies and play for the University of Massachusetts-Boston. In his last year in 2006, he finished his season pitching a perfect 6-0 record. He currently resides in East Boston with his wife Connie and his two children, Ryan and Kami.
Mish is replacing former Director of Development Anand Chopra-McGowan, who recently left The Ad Club to join SCVNGR, an Ad Club member company.
About The Ad Club:
Founded in 1904, The Ad Club is the trade group for the New England communications industry. Focused on networking, professional development, advocacy, and diversity, The Ad Club organizes more than 30 events and programs every year. Legacy events such as the Hatch Awards, Media Auction, and Rosoff Awards highlight and celebrate the latest in new media and the digital landscape. The Ad Club's membership represents the best in class advertising agencies, media companies, and brands in the New England region.
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Contact: Marsha MacEachern