Mike Paul has over 20 years experience in strategic PR, corporate communications, crisis PR, government relations and reputation management. He is known global as The Reputation Doctor, a nickname given to him over 15 years ago by a client. He is the president and senior counselor of MGP & Associates PR (MGP).
MGP was founded by Mr. Paul in 1994 and is a leading, boutique, public relations and reputation management firm based in New York with local, national and international clients. The awarding-winning, virtual PR firm provides senior counseling services to top corporate, government, non-profit, sports and entertainment clients in both good times and bad. No junior employees work at the firm at all. The virtual firm only employs top, senior freelancers working as “reputation doctors” on call from around the globe, with an average of 15 years experience. These top senior PR freelancers or counselors help service MGP’s leading client base of public organizations and public people.
Mr. Paul is known for building excellent teams of senior PR counselors and exceeding clients’ expectations. A few of the clients Mr. Paul has counseled over the years include: Citicorp, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Nuveen, United Airlines, Verizon, Time Warner, Pfizer, Baxter Healthcare, Manor Care, Motorola, Timberland, Dunkin Donuts, Duracell, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, NY Giants heroes Phil McConkey and Rodney Hampton, NY Jets legend Mark Gastineau, The Queen of Soul-Aretha Franklin, talk-radio star and bestselling author Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Ronald Lieberman (America’s Back Dr.), the World-Famous Laugh Factory Comedy Club, New York University, State University of New York, New School University, The King's College, American Red Cross, International Red Cross, Young Life, City Covenant Coalition, Vigilante Advertising, BrightLine Partners, Stratus Environmental and Metro Grass. Many other clients are not listed due to strict client confidentiality.
For over 16 years, MGP & Associates PR has served clients locally, nationally and internationally. Today, Mr. Paul is considered one of the leading experts in reputation management, crisis PR and strategic corporate communications in the field of public relations. MGP's clients include top global corporations, small and mid-sized companies, leading nonprofit organizations, elected and public officials, government organizations, as well as top athletes and entertainers.
He is a member of the Seminar and the Arthur W. Page Society, the two leading associations of top corporate communication executives and the Public Relations Society of America, where he has judged the prestigious PRSA Silver Anvil Awards. In 2004, PRWeek Magazine named Mr. Paul as one of the top crisis communications and reputation management counselors in the world. Mr. Paul is a current board member of PR News, another top PR publication and a former board member of the National Sports Marketing Network and the Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation. He is listed in Who’s Who in America. A column in the August 2, 2004 edition of Sports Illustrated proclaimed Mr. Paul "Mr. Fixit" for his counsel of pro athletes in crisis. And BusinessWeek magazine on July 16, 2006, called him "the Master of Disaster" for his counsel of global corporations in crises.
Mr. Paul is also a weekly guest news commentator regarding public individuals, organizations and corporations with reputations in crisis. He is interviewed weekly by top national and international T.V., radio and print news organizations including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, TruTV, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, Reuters, U.P.I., N.Y. Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and many others. Mr. Paul has been published in many leading magazines and professional journals. He is also a former political columnist and reporter. He is currently editor of a popular blog offering reputation advice called The Reputation Doctor.
In addition, Mr. Paul is a former adjunct professor at several universities in New York. He taught crisis communications and reputation management at New York University, government and nonprofit communications at Milano Graduate School at New School University, public and international affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and work-team dynamics and business communications at The King's College in New York City.
Mr. Paul took a leave of absence from MGP from 1998-1999 to serve in the administration of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani as EVP of communications, marketing and advertising for NYC Economic Development Corp. helping to retain and attract many businesses in New York City.
Before working full-time at MGP, Mr. Paul was global managing director of business strategy & marketing communications for MCI Systemhouse (now a division of EDS). Systemhouse was MCI's computer systems integration, information technology and outsourcing division. He was responsible for worldwide marketing and communications for the six global units known as the Vertical Markets Group.
Before MCI, Mr. Paul was vice president and senior counselor of Hill & Knowlton's (H&K) New York Public Affairs Group (then the #2 PR firm in the world). He served as the Group's leading executive and advised clients in the areas of corporate communications, public affairs and crisis communications. At H&K, Mr. Paul counseled many top corporate and government leaders in both good times and bad. Industries included technology, retail, healthcare, business services, aviation, insurance, finance, education, real estate, environmental consulting, charities, music, sports and entertainment.
Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Mr. Paul was senior associate at Burson-Marsteller (then the #1 PR firm in the world). He was recruited directly from graduate school at Columbia University and entered the firm's Aviator Management Training Program. He counseled clients in the firm's Global Corporate and Financial Communications, Healthcare, Public Affairs, Crisis Communications and Media Relations Practices. Mr. Paul was also founder and director of the Multicultural Taskforce at Burson-Marsteller. While with the firm, he developed and implemented numerous strategic public-relations programs for Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Paul also worked with several professional athletes and entertainers offering PR counsel in reputation management, media relations and sponsorship retention.
Before entering PR consulting, Mr. Paul was an aide to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) in both D.C. and NYC working on foreign affairs, economic development and defense issues. He was also an expert in opposition research and served as deputy research director of former U.S. Senator D'Amato's successful re-election campaign in 1992.
Prior to serving as a top aide to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, he was a former aide to N.Y. State Senator Nick Spano and Assemblyman Vincent Leibell, two leading Republicans in the New York State Legislature. At MGP, Mr. Paul also provides strategic PR counsel to elected officials throughout the U.S. and in Washington, D.C. and he also provides strategic PR counsel to top political leaders in several countries around the world.
Mr. Paul earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in International Management from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He received two distinguished fellowships for study at Columbia: the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship in International and Public Policy and the Patricia Harris Fellowship in Public Policy. Mr. Paul also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Mr. Paul is also a paid speaker on the global speakers’ circuit regarding the importance of reputation management for both organizations and individuals. His firm also provides pro bono PR services to several prominent national and global charitable organizations.