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  Name:   Mr. Mike Paul
Month: March 2005
Schools: Columbia/SIPA, MPA, 1992
Organization: MGP & Associates PR
Title: President & Senior Counselor

Mike Paul is a 17-year veteran of strategic public relations, corporate communications and reputation management. He is the president and senior counselor of MGP & Associates PR (MGP) www.mgppr.com. MGP was founded by Mr. Paul in 1994 and is a leading, boutique, PR and reputation management firm based in New York with local, national and international clients. The awarding-winning PR firm provides senior counseling services to top corporate, government, non-profit, sports and entertainment clients in both good times and bad. No junior employees work at the firm. A few of the clients Mr. Paul has counseled include: Citicorp, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, United Airlines, Verizon, Time Warner, Pfizer, Baxter Healthcare, Manor Care, Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation, Timberland, Dunkin Donuts, Duracell, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, National Sports Marketing Network, Boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, NY Giant greats Phil McConkey and Rodney Hampton, NY Jet legend Mark Gastineau, The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, New York University, State University of New York, New School University, The King's College, American Red Cross, Young Life, City Covenant Coalition, Christian Hope Ministries, High Impact Leadership Coalition and Vigilante Advertising. Some clients are not listed due to strict client confidentiality.

July of 2004 marked MGP & Associates PR's 10th anniversary serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Mr. Paul is considered one of the leading experts in reputation management, crisis PR and strategic corporate communications in the field of public relations. MGP's clients including leading global corporations, small and mid-sized companies, nonprofit organizations, elected and public officials, as well as top athletes and entertainers. In 2004, PRWeek Magazine named Mr. Paul as one of the top crisis communications and reputation management counselors in the world. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Mr. Paul is also a national board member of PR News, another top PR publication. He also sits on the communications advisory committee of NYC2012, the New York City Olympic Bid organization.

Mr. Paul is also a weekly guest commentator in the news regarding public individuals, organizations and corporations with reputations in crisis, including Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, the Catholic Church, Martha Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Jayson Williams, Michael Jackson, steroids in sports, the global reputation of the U.S., government leaders and nonprofits in crisis and more. He is interviewed weekly by top national and international TV, radio and print news organizations including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, Court TV, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, Reuters, U.P.I., N.Y. Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and many others. Mr. Paul has been published in many leading magazines and professional journals.

He is a former adjunct professor at several universities in New York. He taught crisis communications and reputation management at New York University, government and nonprofit communications at Milano Graduate School at New School University, public and international affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and work-team dynamics and business communications at The King's College in New York City.

Mr. Paul speaks nationally on the importance of reputation management and ethical communications for both organizations and individuals. His firm also offers pro-bono PR services to several charitable and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Paul took a leave of absence from MGP from 1998-1999 to serve in the administration of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani as EVP of communications, marketing and advertising for NYC Economic Development Corp. helping to retain and attract many businesses in New York City.

Before working full-time at MGP, Mr. Paul was global managing director of business strategy & marketing communications for MCI Systemhouse (now a division of EDS). Systemhouse was MCI's computer systems integration, information technology and outsourcing division. He was responsible for world-wide marketing and communications for the six global units known as the Vertical Markets Group.

Before MCI, Mr. Paul was vice president and senior counselor of Hill & Knowlton's (H&K) New York Public Affairs Group (the #2 PR firm in the world). He served as the Group's leading executive and advised clients in the areas of corporate communications, public affairs and crisis communications. At H&K, Mr. Paul counseled many top corporate and government leaders in both good times and bad. Industries included technology, retail, healthcare, business services, aviation, insurance, finance, education, real estate, environmental consulting, charities, music, sports and entertainment.

Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Mr. Paul was senior associate at Burson-Marsteller (the #1 PR firm in the world). He was recruited directly from graduate school at Columbia University and entered the firm's Aviator Management Training Program. He counseled clients in the firm's Global Corporate and Financial Communications, Healthcare, Public Affairs, Crisis Communications and Media Relations Practices. Mr. Paul was also founder and director of the Multicultural Taskforce at Burson-Marsteller. While with the firm, he developed and implemented numerous strategic public-relations programs for Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Paul also worked with several professional athletes and entertainers offering PR counsel in reputation management, media relations and sponsorship retention.

Before entering PR consulting, Mr. Paul was an aide to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) in both D.C. and NYC working on foreign affairs, economic development and defense issues. He was also an expert in opposition research and served as deputy research director of former U.S. Senator D'Amato's successful re-election campaign in 1992.

Prior to serving as a top aide to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, he was a former aide to N.Y. State Senator Nick Spano and Assemblyman Vincent Leibell, two leading Republicans in the New York State Legislature. At MGP, Mr. Paul now provides strategic PR counsel to both Republicans and Democrats throughout the U.S. and in Washington, D.C. and he also provides strategic PR counsel to top political leaders in several countries around the world.

Mr. Paul earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in International Management from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He received two distinguished fellowships for study at Columbia: the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship in International and Public Policy and the Patricia Harris Fellowship in Public Policy. Mr. Paul also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the State University of New York at Cortland.
He and his wife, Jody, reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City and they are very active in their local church and in the New York community.

For more information regarding Mike Paul and MGP & Associates PR, visit our website at www.mgppr.com or call 212-595-8500. MGP & Associates PR. Because Your Reputation Is Everything! ™

 

 

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