In the Beginning
Barrington Media Group was founded in 2003 by Peter Stavisky on the simple principal of approaching direct response media buying from a different point of view.
Pete figured he could achieve great media efficiencies for his clients by taking big personal risks and buying large blocks of network inventory upfront. First his friends told him he was crazy and that he was going to lose everything. Then the media strategy worked really well and pretty soon his clients were asking how much more he could buy for them…and the company was off to the races.
Fifteen years later, we continue to differentiate ourselves in everything we do, from our deep commitment to data, analytics and relentless campaign optimization to our BMG Performance Based TV & Radio Platform.
In our 15 years of business we have worked with some really great brands. Here are a few of them:
We have hundreds of millions of dollars in media and response data in hundreds of different business verticals. At any given time, we have active TV/Radio campaigns running in 30+ verticals. Here is a sampling:
Credit Card Debt
Discount RX Cards
Final Expense Insurance
Medicare Supplemental Insurance
Payday Loan Settlement
Peter’s professional background includes high level success in corporate America as well as his passion for entrepreneurial endeavors. Spending the first part of his career in telecommunications, Pete found himself in the battle ground of deregulation of the telco wars in the early 1990’s.Promoted seven times in six years, he was quickly escalated to the youngest company Director managing the New England Region at MCI Telecommunications. He went on to become President of one of the fastest growing direct response marketing companies ever, Talk America, managing a staff of over 750 people and $100 million in annual revenues. Peter founded Barrington Media Group in 2003 and has grown it into a several hundred million dollar top performing national media agency in the nation by focusing intensely on a results driven strategy.
Tim has spent the last 25+ years engaged in a diverse range of media and marketing focused positions in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. Tim began his career working for legendary adman George Lois, cutting his advertising teeth on accounts like ABC Sports.
He went on to a couple of different stints in radio, first in national business development for the Interep Radio Group and later as an executive for CBS Radio’s convergence marketing arm The Altitude Group
Tim spent a chunk of his career in professional sports serving as VP Sales & Marketing for the Continental Basketball Association and then as a part of the business start-up team for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, heading up corporate sales and marketing. Tim has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures including starting a direct response product development company in the natural health space. Tim joined Peter at Barrington Media in 2007 to help grow and expand the business.
As the father of three energetic boys, Tim enjoys living an active life where there’s rarely a dull moment.
Chris began his career in public accounting, highlighted by 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the New York Metro audit practice. At PwC, Chris served a diverse group of clients ranging from privately help start-ups up to publicly traded Fortune 100 companies in the technology, media, and entertainment industries. After public accounting, Chris has held various accounting and finance leadership positions primarily at high-growth media and technology companies like Refinery29 and Unified Enterprises.
Throughout his career, he has built highly effective teams; designed and rolled out scalable business process flows and has implemented a variety of systems to support high growth businesses.
As CFO, Chris oversees Accounting, Strategic Finance (FP&A), Budgeting, Treasury, Financial Reporting, Procurement, Tax, Financial Systems, Internal Controls and Investor Relations.
Chris holds an Accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University as well as CPA and CGMA licenses.
At home, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is an avid tennis player, golfer and sailor.
Scott brings more than 22 years of multi-channel brand response marketing success to the Barrington Media Group team. A universally respected industry veteran, his relationships run deep across all media and marketing services channels.
With an unwavering commitment to cost-effective customer acquisition, he has proven his ability to develop and execute campaigns to maximize the effectiveness and performance of all media channels. An expert in media mix optimization, Scott has consistently delivered growth and increased market share and awareness for his clients which have included Fortune 500 companies across the ecommerce, financial services, insurance, fundraising, telecommunications and consumer electronics categories.
Equally dedicated to maximizing lifetime customer value for his clients, Scott has been the architect of dynamic CRM platforms across various business models, delivering increased revenues and profitability through data-driven and targeted database marketing efforts.
Scott’s background gives him a unique set of tools to deliver data-driven solutions for companies of all sizes and in all stages of their business lifecycle.
Heather Benek was employee number one at Barrington Media Group. In the early years Heather wore many hats, doing everything from client management to financial analysis and book keeping. Ultimately Heather focused in on keeping the Barrington purse strings in order, and became the Director of Finance in 2008. Prior to her joining BMG, Heather was an entrepreneur as co-owner of a private child care center. She is very proud of her time at Barrington and the role she has played in making the company what it is today.
Matt first came to BMG in 2013 when he was originally hired as an analyst after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Statistics. Matt exceled quickly, learned the business, and was an important part of BMG’s core. Matt left BMG after a couple years to work in Corporate Finance at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he added to his analytical and project management skillset. Matt was accepted into Lockheed Martin’s Financial Leadership Development Program, but ultimately made the decision to return to BMG in July 2017 to oversee a portion of the Analytics department. Matt was promoted in early 2018 to Director of Client Services & Head of Accounts and has since taken on more responsibilities and helped grow some of BMG’s biggest accounts.
Outside of BMG, Matt enjoys golf (more than most) and Snowboarding, among other sports/outdoor activities. Matt is also currently working towards completing his MBA at the University of Connecticut and is always looking for ways to improve his skillset.
BMG’s VP of Media Planning and Analysis, Kevin has been an integral part of Barrington Media Group since he began his professional career here back in 2008. He was originally hired as a BMG analyst, utilizing his analytical skills and education in finance to maintain and expand the success of many key BMG accounts. In his career with Barrington, Kevin has been promoted six times and spent the majority of his time managing BMG’s team of analysts and full list of ongoing campaigns as Manager of Client Services.
Kevin sets the bar high for the entire management team, and his contributions to the business are a significant factor in the ongoing success and growth of BMG.
Thomas Starr has enjoyed the past 10+ years working in the fast paced world of media placements and advertising, helping companies acquire customers and grow their businesses. Along the way Thomas has built great working relationships with key representatives of radio and television stations/groups across the country. Having spent the beginning of his career working for a direct response radio agency, Thomas then went on to work in the Daily Fantasy Sports space for both Draftstreet and DraftKings. As the Marketing Specialist for Draftstreet, he introduced off-line media to the roll-out efforts helping to significantly grow the user base in a short period of time. Following his time with the Daily Fantasy sites, Thomas went on to do some consultant work and business development for several advertising agencies.
Thomas joined the Barrington Media family in January of 2016. His love, loyalty, and dedication to Barrington Media and his overall passion for the industry has served Thomas well. He is currently the Vice President of Media & Strategy. Since starting with BMG, he has helped expand the media department to new heights. Over time, Thomas has developed a capable and tenacious team that continually supports the growth of the department and the company overall. Outside of work, Thomas enjoys playing golf, baseball and football. Along with being an avid sports fan, Thomas also has the voice of a unicorn!
BMG’s VP of Business Intelligence & Technology, Jhon has quickly become a key component of Barrington Media Group since first being hired in 2014. Originally hired as an analyst, Jhon proved to be an asset to the business as he helped grow several important accounts and maintained a keen eye for optimizing the way analysis and data were used at BMG. After a couple of years at Lockheed Martin as a member of their U.S. Government Pricing Team, Jhon returned to Barrington in late 2017. Leveraging his experience in Business Systems and Technology, along with his analytical skills, he was promoted in early 2018 to lead the Operations department’s efforts in creating automation and big data solutions at Barrington.
When he’s not at BMG, Jhon enjoys staying up to date with the burgeoning blockchain/cryptocurrency industry, as well as crossing off countries to visit on his travel bucket list.
Daniel Palevo was hired as an analyst at Barrington Media Group in July of 2010 just after completing his MBA with a focus in accounting and finance. During his time in his role he honed his account growth and optimization skills, on many key accounts. The hard work and dedication over the course of his time here was rewarded when he was promoted three times over the three years, and currently holds the position of Client Services Manager. It was a smooth transition into this role as Dan always had a keen focus on clear and timely client communications, while never losing sight of the clients overriding key metrics and long term goals.
Preston joined the Barrington team in 2014 as a staff accountant after graduating with a degree in finance from Quinnipiac University. In his current role as the Director of Finance, he provides oversite to the internal accounting, tracking, and controls activities. He and his team also work to ensure that Barrington clients and employees have the correct up-to-date tracking to run successful, profitable, and mutually beneficial campaigns. Preston is always willing to lend a hand to keep things running smoothly across the company and can often be found tackling technical issues or assisting with long term company initiatives.
Outside of work, Preston enjoys hiking, cycling and is a certified scuba diver.
Growing up in Washington, DC, Maureen had always aspired to pursue a career in politics however, after graduating from Fairfield University with a double major in Business Communications and Spanish, she found that she had a passion for advertising, so any political aspirations would have to wait. She came to Barrington Media Group in 2012 after working in digital marketing and branding. Over her years at Barrington, Maureen worked her way up the ranks in both the media and finance departments. After a handful of promotions, Maureen used her diversified skillset to find her sweet spot in key account management.
Maureen earned her Google AdWords certification in 2017 and is constantly trying to learn new skills to expand her horizons. Outside of the office, Maureen is pursuing a personal goal of visiting 30 countries by her 30th birthday (which is fast approaching), 27 down, 3 to go.
Prior to founding Blackbird Garage, Steve was the founder of a mobile payments company called LineHop which provided a mobile SAAS offering to SMBs.
Outside of work Steve enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and gardening.
Nick joined Barrington Media Group through the acquisition of Blackbird Garage, a paid social media agency known for scaling some of the most successful DTC eCommerce brands. As a co-owner of Blackbird Garage, Nick had his hands in everything from biz dev, client management, product, strategy, leadership, HR and more.
Prior to Blackbird Garage, Nick was the 5th employee and VP of Sales at GrubHub for 7 years. While there, he built a sales and account management department from scratch and grew it to about 100 people. GrubHub successfully IPO’d in 2014.
Earlier in his career, Nick held sales positions at ESPN Radio and StubHub. He also had a short stint as an assistant international basketball scout. When not working, Nick spends his time enjoying life in SoCal with his wife and two daughters.
Courtney graduated from Bryant University with her B.S in Marketing. Soon after graduation she set to work honing the business development and administrative skills that would quickly make her an asset to Barrington Media Group. In her early days with BMG, Courtney worked as a Business Development Specialist where she built and cultivated new client relationships, worked to broaden existing verticals and represented the organization at trade shows, all while meeting and exceeding her quarterly and yearly goals. Her keen eye for detail, ability to manage countless projects at various stages of the sales cycle, industry knowledge and go-getter attitude eventually led to her taking on more responsibility within the company. From procuring voice talent, coordinating sales conferences, and providing both media and creative analysis, there’s not a hat in the office that Courtney doesn’t wear. Her hard work and dedication culminated in her promotion as Senior Manager, Creative Development & Research. In this role Courtney adds managing the creative team and process to her list of daily responsibilities. She continues to deliver for our clients in every way possible, from ensuring the accuracy and timely delivery of new creatives, to cross-departmental communication and more.Outside of BMG, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and beloved pup, Gunner, and traveling near and far (just ask her about her recent adventures)!
Kaitlin joined Barrington in late 2017, with several years’ experience in television buying; specifically local cable and local broadcast. Kaitlin helped grow Barrington’s local initiatives for all active campaigns and began to learn the world of direct response on a local and national level. Building strong and key relationships with vendors is what sets Kaitlin apart and has made her an asset to BMG. Her hard work and dedication to the television department has helped her grow into her current position of Manager of Media and Planning. Outside of work, some of Kaitlin’s hobbies include working for a non-profit very near and dear to her heart- The Michael Ness Memorial foundation, traveling, spending time with family, and of course, shopping.
Eduardo arrived at BMG in 2014 where he was originally hired as a Media Buyer after graduating from Pace University with a B.B.A in Finance. He took on BMG’s very first digital campaign and took his first steps into digital advertising.
After a year he left BMG to join Zenith Media in New York City on their analytics team where he analyzed all aspects of digital campaign performance ranging from paid social, SEM, programmatic, display, online-video, native and high-impact for the General Mills and COTY two giants of the CPG food and mass/prestige beauty industries.
He later joined Stella Rising as Analytics Manager where he gained experience contributing to digital transformation, attribution, business intelligence, data science and exposure to mid-size brands in the CPG, beauty, retail, e-commerce and services industries and their unique challenges to demonstrate return on media investment.
In mid-2020, he rejoined Barrington to lend his experience and contribute to establishing digital performance and omni-channel measurement capabilities.
Outside of BMG, Eduardo enjoys hiking, visiting new countries, playing with his dogs, catching the next Manchester United game as well as constantly adding to his programming and data science skills.
Prior to joining Barrington in early 2015, Tyler completed his Undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in 2013 and started his MBA with a concentration in Finance. In the early part of 2015, Tyler accepted an Analyst position with the team here at Barrington Media, quickly learning the ins and outs of the position, growing his accounts and continuously taking on additional assignments and larger workloads. After a year at Barrington, Tyler accepted an opportunity at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, as an US Government Pricing Analyst, where he continued to demonstrate and continuously improve his financial and analytical knowledge and program management capabilities. After a three year career at Sikorsky, Tyler made the decision to rejoin the Barrington team at the start of 2019, taking the role of Manager of Media Analytics, managing a team of Analyst and the corresponding workload and responsibilities.
During his free time, Tyler can be found skiing the slopes, walking the golf course, enjoying the outdoors with his dog, or hanging out with his family and friends.
James Johnson is a 2016 graduate of Syracuse University where he was a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management. He was first hired as an Analyst at BMG where his responsibilities included managing an extensive portfolio of client accounts. James excelled in numerous business verticals and was promoted to his current position of Manager of Media Analytics in 2018 where he now manages a team of analysts. Outside of work, some of James’ hobbies include golfing, weightlifting, marathon training and volunteering at local unified sports teams through Connecticut Special Olympics.
Brandon has a passion for working closely with business units and reaching timely and effective resolutions to the issues that arise while operating a business. Brandon’s legal background is rooted in in-house practice. After graduating from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2017 with a concentration in Intellectual Property law, his first job was as corporate counsel at an outsourced sourcing and procurement firm. There, he helped optimize the company’s legal function and gained a wealth of valuable legal and business experience. Brandon quickly rose the ranks, and ultimately became the head of the legal department after only eighteen months with the company. Hungry for a new opportunity and challenge, Brandon came onboard at BMG as its Associate General Counsel to build out and manage its Legal and Compliance operations.
In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golfing, traveling, music, and spending time with his family.