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tOM bASILE - pRINCIPAL

Tom Basile’s work in the worlds of business, government, and media have made him a trusted senior-level strategist.

For more than 20 years he has provided strategic and crisis communications and organizational development counsel to companies, government agencies, and non-profits. From crafting effective messaging and content development to jumpstarting on-the-ground operations and managing crises, Basile’s work has ensured his clients grow, adapt and face the future with confidence. His record of results has ensured the brand growth and development of organizations big and small.  Basile’s strategies and hands-on approach have garnered international attention for his clients in the world’s most influential media outlets.

Basile previously served as Managing Director of Middleberg Communications where he provided a range of counsel to companies in the consumer products, tech, environmental and legal sectors as well as businesses wishing to communicate about CSR and sustainability programs. He was tapped to be the Director of the Office of Communications for the US EPA in 2001 and later as an advisor to the Coalition government in Baghdad, Iraq, for which he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation.

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Russ Vernon
Team Leader, Business advisory services

Russ Vernon brings more than thirty years of experience to his work helping companies grow and adjust to changing conditions. He was formerly the founder and General Partner of BVM Capital and President of Commerce Capital Markets, Inc. Prior assignments include serving as Chief Operating Officer at Barrett Associates, Inc., a Legg Mason wholly-owned New York-based money management firm, the Director of Investment Operations at Warburg Pincus Asset Management and Chancellor Capital Management.

In these roles he was directly responsible for building a state-of-the-art infrastructure to support all client, business, product development and growth needs. He also served on numerous management and operating committees.  Additionally, Russ served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche where his consulting practice focused on management, M&A, financial service and due diligence engagements and issues. Early on in his career, he was a Vice President of Citibank, NA.

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