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THE PRINCIPALS

BOB LASIEWICZ
President
Business Development


Bob Lasiewicz has been at the forefront of the digital information industry for over 20 years. In 1982 he founded Media InfoSystems,Inc. to provide business and computing support to the entertainment industry. A variety of system design and support projects included a syndication management system for then Lorimar/Telepictures (now Warner Bros.) along with training services to Columbia Pictures and others. 

In 1983, Bob and his wife Nalini launched ShowBiz Expo, a trade show and conference that developed into the world’s premier entertainment production show during their tenure as owners. Through a groundbreaking consortium of 225 trade groups, unions and guilds and active support from trade publications and exhibitors, this industry gathering that heralded the age of digital convergence expanded to two bi-coastal annual events with 30,000 participants and 500 exhibitors at the Los Angeles confab.  While continuing to serve other clients, Media InfoSystems developed and maintained advanced custom tools for CRM, registration and marketing for ShowBiz Expo. 

In 1994 Bob led the profitable divesture of ShowBiz Expo to Advanstar Communications.  Subsequent projects included real estate ventures, M&A activities for select clients, and R&D on IP business systems.  In July, 2000 Bob joined the Hollywood business-to-business pioneer, Creative Planet, as Brand Manager V.P. for its’ Internet Production Showcase.  Restructuring and downsizing shuttered the division in 2001.  Recent Media InfoSystems’ projects have included installation/management of Salesforce.com for a distributed workforce and RFP/negotiation/selection of a hosted trade show/conference multi-departmental management system. 
 
A graduate of the School of Communications at Northwestern University, Bob enjoyed a multi-year stint in a family-owned Chicago based high-tech manufacturing business before moving to Los Angeles where he was involved in radio, record and television production as well as management of the Intersound post-production sound facility in Hollywood.

NALINI LASIEWICZ
Vice President
Marketing

Born in Holland and raised in Hollywood, Nalini has worked with hundreds of small businesses and non-profit to improve their marketing, administrative and public relations profiles. Alongside her partner and future husband, Bob Lasiewicz, Nalini launched and produced the ShowBiz Expo, a tradeshow for the film and television industry. The event was held annually in Los Angeles and New York and Nalini was responsible for oversight of the Finance and Accounting staff as well as managing the Conference and the Marketing Departments for the ten years prior to its sale.

Nalini also pursues philanthropic goals under The Lasiewicz Foundation, a nonprofit corporation launched in 1993, dedicated to education and social action for human development. The Lasiewicz Foundation is a non-profit project that provides PR, marketing and organizational assistance to human rights, peace and independent media groups. and most recently has launched a project to promote and fund early childhood music education.


THE TEAM

MARY ANDERSON HARRIS
Press and Trade Group Relations

Mary Anderson-Harris has been a public relations professional for over 25 years. Her current clients include the Los Angeles cluster of Salem Communications radio stations and the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC).

Mary’s association with Bob and Nalini Lasiewicz began fifteen years ago when they hired her as PR Manager for ShowBiz Expo. At boutique public relations firm, The Strickholm Company, Mary was part of the team that handled consumer and trade PR for the consumer products divisions of Viacom Entertainment Group and Artisan Entertainment. For five years, Mary served as Director of Publicity for leading event production and licensed merchandising firm, Creation Entertainment. In addition to consumer and trade publicity, she was responsible for corporate sponsorship sales as well as management and sales of the company’s extensive consumer databases. Prior to relocating to the Los Angeles area in 1982, Mary resided in Las Vegas where her PR clients included superstar magicians Siegfried & Roy.

ROBERT GELMAN
Marketing/Product Management

Robert contributes to the MIS team with over 20 years experience producing, managing, and marketing tradeshows and conferences (primarily in the technology space), as well as theatrical and arts-oriented events. His initial project with Bob and Nalini Lasiewicz was as a marketing manager for the ShowBiz Expo project.

For over a decade, Robert has been an Internet developer and activist, having helped to build communities of affinity on The WELL, America Online, and elsewhere on the Web. His skills include product and channel management, user interface development, and interactive content development.

Robert is the author of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s guide to online safety, freedom, and privacy (Harper Collins), and has also served as a contributing editor to InterActivity, Keyboard, and other technology publications.


 

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