LEADERSHIP

Philip Palazzo, Jr.
Philip Palazzo, Jr.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Philip Palazzo, Jr.

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Phil Palazzo is recognized as a leading expert within the marketing services, digital and media industries in creating and maximizing shareholder value on behalf of his clients. With 30-plus years as a banker, agency owner and operator, he combines unrivaled, hands-on agency management experience with strategic and technical banking skills. As a former agency owner who navigated several highly successful sales on behalf of his partners, Phil is able to provide a truly unique perspective to clients seeking M&A and financial counsel.

Prior to founding PALAZZO, Phil’s industry experience includes:

  • Managing Partner of M&A Advisory firm
  • CEO of MC2, an event-marketing firm for corporate events, meetings, exhibits and environments
  • President Worldwide of Ammirati Puris Lintas, (Interpublic Group)
  • CFO & Partner of Ammirati & Puris, a highly renowned communications agency

Phil is often quoted in the press and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, where he is a recognized expert in developing practical strategies for creating and driving shareholder value, and in helping owners formulate succession and exit strategies.

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David Abraham
David Abraham
Managing Director

David Abraham

Managing Director

David Abraham joined PALAZZO’s investment banking practice in 2012, merging his long-time media advisory firm with PALAZZO to broaden the range of services he could provide to clients. David has completed over $800 million of private capital market transactions throughout his career, many in cable television, content and broadcasting segments. He has a wide range of corporate finance experience in addition to M&A expertise, with special emphasis on helping clients achieve their objectives.

David brings 30 years of experience to PALAZZO, including:

  • President of David Abraham & Company, LLC (DAC), a financial advisory firm specializing in electronic media transactions
  • General Partner of DAC Capital Partners, LP, which invested in a communications technology company
  • VP of Operations and Finance of AMSAT Cable, a cable television operator

At DAC, David advised and helped form JetBroadband. He was involved in its initial acquisition and related three-tier financing, and a subsequent accretive acquisition/trade of cable TV subscribers. Jet was sold for $150 million in 2009.

Among numerous other transactions, David served as financial and strategic advisor to SkyView Media Group (originally Ethnic-American Broadcasting Company), completing 10 transactions during a span of 6 years culminating in a $200 million multi-faceted transaction. These efforts enabled the company to achieve 11-fold growth during that period.

His extensive finance and operations experience provide a broad perspective to clients seeking strategic advice and financial counsel.

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Robert Solomon
Robert Solomon
Managing Director

Robert Solomon

Managing Director

Robert Solomon joined PALAZZO to oversee the firm’s Strategic Advisory practice, bringing years of experience as a senior marketing executive, consultant, author, speaker, and coach.

Most advertising people like to claim they “wrote the book” on account management, but only one person actually did write that book. It’s called,The Art of Client Service.

Author Robert Solomon is recognized as one of America’s most knowledgeable and respected client service experts, known for his skill in agency strategy, new business development, account management, and competitive assessment.

Robert previously was:

  • President and CEO of Rapp New York
  • President of Direct and Interactive Marketing at Ammirati Puris Lintas
  • General Manager of FCB Direct West
  • Senior Vice President and Associate Partner of Bronner Slosberg Associates (now Digitas)

Robert recently completed the 3rd edition of his widely read and well-respected book, The Art of Client Service, which has just been published by John Wiley & Sons. For more information on the book, visit http://artofclientservice.com/. To buy a copy, visit http://www.amazon.com/

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Eric Neihaus
Eric Neihaus
Vice President

Eric Neihaus

Vice President

Eric Neihaus is a Vice President at PALAZZO with 5+ years of Investment Banking experience in the marketing services, media and related technology sectors. While at PALAZZO he has provided quantitative and analytical support for several high profile transactions in the marketing services sector.

Eric has transacted with global marketing holding companies including WPP, Dentsu, Cheil, and Havas, and MDC as well as leading strategic acquirers such as Time Inc., EY, Hakuhodo, and Sapient. Additionally, he has transacted with private equity firms including H.I.G. Capital, PNC Riverarch Capital, WestView Capital Partners and RFE Investment Partners.

Eric is a graduate of the University of Florida, receiving his B.S. degree in Business Administration with High Distinction and an emphasis in Finance.

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