David M. Grant, President
A long-time journalist and public relations practitioner, David has been a New Yorker since the age of five.
He is a graduate of Queens College and attended The New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, majoring in economics. His journalism career included being a New York City Hall reporter and deputy bureau chief for The Long Island Press, and writing many articles for a number of publications, including The New York Times.
In public relations, David is a former director of public affairs for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. After serving as vice president of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, he formed his own public relations firm in August 1974.
David is a Fellow in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has served as: president of the New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); an officer in the Counselors Academy, and of the Professional Services Section, of PRSA; a member of the executive committee of the New York City chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS); a member of R.E.N.T. (Real Estate Networking & Transactions), the oldest New York City real estate networking group (and a former member of its board); and a member of the board of directors of the metropolitan New York chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. He has frequently lectured and written on various aspects of public relations.
Alan “Max” Metrick, Senior Counselor
Max is a veteran senior counselor with extensive experience in crisis communications, litigation communications, public affairs and message development based on shared values research. He also has worked with environmental organizations on behalf of client firms to establish working relationships and avoid hostility and litigation.
An early social media adopter and proponent, Max consults with clients to help better focus their efforts at outreach, ultimately developing valuable, productive two-way communications between buyer and seller.
Some of his recent projects include:
- Original research and message re-frame structure and language for a coalition of environmental organizations
- Development of investor relations plan for a NASDAQ-listed company
- Supervision of communications for the successful merger of two U.S. and Canadian public companies
- Message development, publicity, and crisis response for a recycling facility in coastal South Carolina
- Development of support from environmental organization for new, luxury, high-end construction in Los Angeles.
Max spent several years as communications director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). There, he oversaw communications strategy; planning and development; internal communications policies; and crisis avoidance and management.
Some of his accomplishments there included: leading communications components in a successful campaign to save the Pacific Gray Whale breeding area from development; re-structuring the organization’s reports to make them more effective in encouraging policy change; increasing member renewal rates; re-vamping the organization’s advertising, introducing a more reader-focused message and focusing available ad money more effectively; leading research and developing recommendations regarding the organization’s appeal to younger audience; and working with the organization’s celebrity supporters.
Bob Rumerman, Senior Counselor for Financial Media
A former journalist, Bob began his career in public relations as a unit publicist for public television, then served as manager of PR and state society relations for the American Institute of CPAs before joining David Grant’s company, where he specialized in banking, real estate and real estate finance.
For 17 years he represented the New York-based Capital Markets Group of Kenneth Leventhal & Company, including the four-year period after the acquisition of Leventhal by Ernst & Young but before the Leventhal brand was fully absorbed into E&Y. He led initiatives built around Leventhal’s creation of innovative developer finance tools, the firm’s involvement in the growth of CMBS and REITs, and its high-profile consulting engagements.Among Bob’s other clients were 3M Company, Malkin Holdings, the Durst Organization, the Amalgamated Bank of New York, the Praedium unit of CS First Boston, and The Balcor Company, an American Express subsidiary.
He is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, with a bachelor’s degree in history. He is a proud resident of Queens.
Lauren Selikoff, Senior Counselor for Social Media
Lauren is a corporate communications executive and marketing professional with 15+ years of experience creating research-driven programs that build connections, communicate value, and drive growth.
Prior to launching Andrew + Selikoff, she served as Managing Director of Selikoff+Company, a branding consultancy specializing in helping entrepreneurial professional services, food/beverage, B2B, finance, and technology companies break into the marketplace. As the company’s marketing and strategy lead, she developed audience insights, brand positioning, messaging and architecture and created corporate communications and marketing programs for clients, including a new urgent care chain, a snack food brand, a B2B marketing agency, a top 25 independent PR firm and an OTC dietary supplement brand that went on to grow market share from 5% to more than 70%.
Before launching Selikoff+Company, Lauren was Chief Marketing Officer at two leading public relations and marketing firms; Director of Marketing at an SaaS business intelligence platform; and Director of Internet Strategy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an international environmental not-for-profit organization.
Lauren excels at helping companies achieve their next level goals by building branding and corporate identity programs, new product launch strategies and global communications programs that achieve business goals. She provides communications and marketing leadership and experience leading digital initiatives (social media, SEO/PPC, analytics and more) and integrated marketing programs (including content development and marketing, brand, corporate and market positioning, message development, thought leadership and public relations programs).