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Gordon Borrell, CEO

Gordon Borrell is a sought-after speaker for conferences and company meetings and one of the media industry’s leading analysts. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He started his career as a reporter and editor for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1989 he began pioneering interactive ventures and helped establish the first TV, newspaper, cable and network TV websites. Mr. Borrell conceptualized and helped create InfiNet, an Internet access and hosting company later split up and sold to Earthlink and to Gannett Co. He is a member of the executive board of the Local Media Association and is past president of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation. He is married, has five children, and lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he has been active on boards and organizations supporting public education and community sports.


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Colby Atwood, President

Colby has been helping traditional media companies adopt new media technologies since the early 1980s. He was Vice President of Sales for an ASCII videotex system vendor in 1983, introducing the technology to banks. He then spent nine years with Brite Voice Systems, selling audiotex systems and voice information services to television stations, directory companies and newspapers. Colby founded two companies that provided interactive audiotex services through local media partners, and then became Director of Business Development for Pantheon Inc., which developed online content automation systems for media companies. He helped negotiate Pantheon’s acquisition by Zip2, which used an ASP model to provide Internet yellow pages and local information portal services to media company Web sites. As Director of Channel and Strategic Marketing there, Colby was involved in a variety of sales, marketing, product development and account management projects. Colby received a Bachelors degree in Communications from Stanford University, and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA. He is based on Vashon Island, near Seattle.


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Larry Shaw Jr., Vice President of Research

Larry has spent the bulk of his career at The Seattle Times Company. Most recently, he served as the Market Research manager heading up online research and market share. In that role, Larry has done everything from conducting surveys to moderating focus groups. Larry’s efforts helped inform The Seattle Times strategic direction and led to the development of effective research-based online sales presentations. Prior to that, Larry worked in nearly every department of the newspaper doing everything from managing a circulation district to managing daily pressroom operations. Larry is a graduate of The Maynard Institute for Journalistic Education Management Training Program and graduate of ANA’s Future Leaders Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Washington.


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Abby Sineni, Customer Relations/Research Manager

Abby has worked as a writer, editor, designer and researcher for newspapers, magazines, television stations, radio stations and online operations. She was a copy editor at the Times-Press in Streator, Illinois, for three years. Abby has a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with an emphasis in journalism, from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Baker College where she received her Masters in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.


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Andrew Martin, Director of Corporate Development

Based in Toronto, Andrew has worked for more than 25 years in the media sector. He managed the B2C and B2B online operations for CanWest Global, the largest newspaper publisher in Canada. Before that he ran the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency for seven years. His early career was with LexisNexis, where he was director of textbook publishing for the UK division, before moving to Canada in 1987 to head up their operations in Toronto. From 1992-1999 he ran the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency. He then joined CanWest (now Postmedia) where he was closely involved in developing CanWest’s web strategies and the expansion of their online aggregation businesses. He also contributed to drafting the newspaper industry positions on copyright law reform in Canada. As Director of Corporate Development for Borrell Associates, Andrew is responsible for financial management, aspects of sales administration, external partnerships, managing the annual local online advertising conference and all non-US sales. He has a law degree from the University of Cambridge.


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Chris Malpass, Director of Information Technology

Chris is the manager of the Borrell Associate’s Web site and is also responsible for the company’s technology needs and support. Before joining Borrell, Chris was a systems administrator, analyst and programmer at a local Williamsburg firm for over a year, previous to that he had worked as a Web and technology employee for the City of Norfolk and Old Dominion University. Chris has a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. He also attended Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.


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Shari Donnermeyer, Account Director

Shari Donnermeyer has more than 25 years experience in media sales, sales management and marketing. She's led sales teams in a variety of media companies. She was Director of Sales for a cluster of regional radio stations - now part of the Clear Channel franchise, and also Sales Manager for the ad sales division of Comcast, where she oversaw many years of significant revenue growth in her market. Shari left Comcast Spotlight to found her own company that became a premier vendor to Comcast. Donnermeyer's firm handled all political advertising sales for the 2007-2008 election cycle in six states, selling ads on 41 different television networks.


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Jim Brown, Director of Sales

Jim Brown has more than 15 years of innovative and results-driven leadership in fast-paced sales and marketing roles. Prior to joining Borrell Associates he worked for The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies as Director of Business Development. He has worked in various sales and development capacities over the years, developing an expertise in sales development and sales management. At The Pilot, he served as one of the company’s first managers of interactive products and helped the company build a series of highly successful online news and advertising ventures in the Norfolk, Va., marketplace. He has a degree in business administration from Longwood University. Jim is married, has two children, and lives in Virginia Beach, Va.


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Tanya Bowmer, Business Manager

Tanya has over 15 years of accounting and business management experience. Previous to Borrell, Tanya was the accountant for Sterling Event Planners located in Williamsburg, Virginia for five years. Prior to that, she was the Network Administrator for Vipar Heavy Duty and spent 13 years in hotel accountancy and management. Tanya has an A.A.S. degree in Accounting and an A.A.S degree in Management and is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.


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Brittney Head, Marketing Manager

Brittney joins Borrell Associates from Jacksonville, Florida where she worked as a public relations consultant at Baptist Health and in social media marketing at the Florida Baptist Convention. She joins us with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with an emphasis on public relations. Brittney is our Marketing Manager.


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Jake Newsom, Web Designer/Developer

Jake joins Borrell Associates from Richmond, Virginia where he cofounded a boutique web design and mobile app company. He is a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. Jake joins our IT department, where he will focus on web design, programming and Compass.


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Greg Harmon, Senior Research Analyst

Greg Harmon joined Borrell Associates in January 2011 after nearly 10 years at Belden Associates and Belden Interactive. Prior to Belden, Greg was Sales and Research Director at Survey.com in San Jose, CA. In all Greg brings over 15 years of digital and media research experience to bear on his work at Borrell. Greg has been a leading innovator in designing research and programs for understanding digital audiences since his time at Survey.com, where Greg was involved in some of the very first online consumer research for technology and media companies. While at Belden Greg developed the widely regarded “Sales and Site Survey” program for local news and information media—including managing over 400,000 online interviews while working with hundreds of newspaper, TV and other media clients. While at Belden, Greg was also responsible for developing the “Visitor Estimate” program, that allows clients to understand digital audience in more complex and effective ways than "unique visitor" counts.

In addition to these consumer programs, Greg developed the "Small and Medium Advertiser Survey" program, which continues at Borrell. Greg has an A.M degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.


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Grey Persons, Account Director

Grey Persons

Grey has over 23 years experience in media sales, marketing and sales leadership. Prior to joining Borrell Associates, Grey worked as Director of Sales for Military News of Virginia, a unit of Virginian-Pilot Media Companies. Prior to that, Grey worked at Pilot Media Companies in a variety of sales and leadership roles spanning media platforms. Grey is a talented marketing professional who’s ability to balance creative thinking with practical marketing principals earned him the reputation as The Pilot’s point person and leader in non-traditional account and business development initiatives. Over the course of his career, Grey has sold hundreds if not thousands of ad programs to SMB’s in newspaper, direct mail, targeted publication and online. He is an award-winning, forward-thinking leader who excels at thoughtful consultation, development of innovative business models and sound marketing solutions. Grey has a degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University. He resides with his wife and son in Norfolk, Virginia.


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