Chairman & CEO
Michael Nyman has made a career by being on the leading edge of marketing trends. With this latest venture, Acceleration Community of Companies, Nyman is developing a new go-to market business approach with a series of strategic and complementary acquisitions, along with a Brand Advisory unit, aimed at providing a grouping of resources not currently found in the marketplace. Acceleration's expertise is focused on advising, investing in and guiding companies through this era of convergence and beyond. Acceleration is creating a unique community of specialized firms helping clients move quickly and efficiently with their branding, marketing and media decisions.
Prior to Acceleration, Nyman was the longtime Chairman and CEO of PMK BNC, one of the world’s most influential communications and marketing firms whose expertise focused on leveraging popular culture and entertainment to help brand clients differentiate themselves and better connect with their consumers. PMK BNC was created in 2009, when Nyman led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity powerhouse PMK. Within five years PMK BNC had doubled its revenue and built up to 300 employees representing nearly 1,000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients and projects across their Los Angeles, New York and London offices.
Under his leadership, PMK*BNC has been named both PR and Marketing Agency of the Year by the 2016 American Business Awards, ranked #1 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 PR firms List, ranked #17 on Advertising Age’s 2016 Largest PR firms in the U.S., and ranked #29 on PRWeek’s 2016 Global Agency Report, among many other prestigious recognitions, rankings and awards. Nyman was also named to The Holmes Report’s inaugural Innovator 25 list in 2013 for strategically positioning PMK BNC as the experts on pop culture.
Nyman has served on multiple boards over the past two decades. Currently he serves on the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, the Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and most recently served as Chairman of the California Film Commission.