Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> October 9, 2000

Christopher Ackerley – The Ackerley Group Inc (ak)

CHRISTOPHER ACKERLEY is co-President and Board Member of The Ackerley Group. As co-President, he oversees the daily operations of the corporation with co-President, Denis Curley. In addition, Mr. Ackerley joined the company's Board of Directors in February 2000. He most recently served as the company's Executive Vice President of Operations and Development. During this time, the company achieved many major milestones, including a move from the American Stock Exchange to the New York Stock Exchange, conducting a successful secondary stock offering, expanding its outdoor and television segments and selling AK Media/FL. Mr. Ackerley has also been key in expanding and developing the company's relationships with the analyst community and Wall Street. In 1999, he spearheaded the launch of Ackerley Ventures, an investment division of The Ackerley Group focused on creating synergies with the company's core media and entertainment operations through funding emerging media technology and communications companies. From 1997-1998, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Development for the company, where he played a significant role in branding The Ackerley Group and leading several major strategic initiatives, which included further enhancing the operations of the Sonics organization through the design of a new team plane and a significant remodel of the Courtside Club in KeyArena, the Sonics' home court. Prior to this, he also spent several years with the Sonics organization, managing the marketing and promotion efforts for KeyArena's premium seating program, during which time he significantly increased the sales of premium seating. Mr. Ackerley also spent several years with Seafirst Bank handling commercial lending, retail lending and securities. Prior to joining Seafirst, he worked for the London office of Bank of America, The Ackerley Group corporate offices and with The Ackerley Group's outdoor division. Profile
TWST: Could we start with a history and quick overview of The Ackerley

Group, Inc.?

Mr. Ackerley: The Ackerley Group is celebrating its 25th anniversary as

a media and entertainment company