Myles Martel, Ph.D.
Myles Martel, Ph.D., President and CEO of Martel & Associates, is one of the world’s premier leadership communication advisors. After serving as a full professor and debate coach within the Pennsylvania State University System, and as a professional mediator and arbitrator, he came to national prominence in 1980 as Ronald Reagan's personal debate advisor.
Although he has continued to serve political leaders, including governors, senators, ambassadors and presidential cabinet members, his practice is primarily focused on advising leaders of major corporations and professional organizations.
Taking a strategic approach to his counsel regarding both content and delivery, he advises leaders on how to define and strengthen their organization's culture through persuasive communication and to cultivate personal presence and credibility in a wide range of formal and informal settings. These include high stakes meetings, presentations, speeches and media appearances.
His counsel is usually provided in one-on-one and small group settings. His instrumental role in supporting his clients to achieve their goals is based significantly on a personalized planning process conducive to revealing the depth of his expertise and insights, as well as his grasp of his clients' issues. These factors are complemented by an engaging, supportive consultative style. His core premise: “Persuasive communication is the linchpin of leadership influence.”
His expertise has resulted in wide media exposure, adding valuable perspective to his media and crisis counsel. He has appeared on ABC’s “World News Tonight”, CBS’ “This Morning” and “Nightline”. His work has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Directors & Boards, Harper’s, USA Today and The New York Times.
Martel has published six books: Leadership Legacies: Words to Enlighten, Persuade and Inspire (Xlibris/Random House); Before You Say A Word (Prentice Hall); Political Campaign Debates (Longman); Mastering the Art of Q & A (Dow Jones-Irwin); The Persuasive Edge (Random House); and Fire Away! Fielding Tough Questions with Finesse (Irwin).
Martel has received numerous honors, including the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, the University of Connecticut’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, and was selected to deliver the Andrew W. Mellon Fund Lecture at Oxford University. He chaired the Pennsylvania student statewide speaking contest to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Inducted into its Hall of Fame of Temple University's School of Communications, he has taught Leadership Communication as a member of its graduate faculty.
Aram A. Aghazarian, Ph.D.
Aram Aghazarian is a specialist in issues management, message strategy development and delivery. He provides leadership communication, presentations, public speaking and Q&A counsel to leaders in one-on-one and group settings. His experience includes advising communicators in such diverse fields as pharmaceuticals, financial services, food production, data processing, chemicals, public utilities, healthcare and international banking.
Aghazarian’s expertise in persuasion and message analysis is applied to a variety of communication challenges, e.g. financial analyst meetings, initial public offerings, spin-offs, product launches, motivational and sales presentations, litigation support, crisis situations and regulatory hearings.
Aghazarian is an emeritus professor at Temple University where he chaired three departments in the School of Communication and Theater, including the Department of Strategic and Organizational Communication. He has taught courses in public speaking, persuasion, business and professional communication, interpersonal communication, speech criticism and political communication.
Aghazarian’s book Form, Genre and the Study of Political Discourse (with H.W. Simons) is quoted widely. He has been interviewed by the media during presidential debates and in addition to advising business leaders, has provided message and delivery counsel for political candidates.
He has served on the Editorial Boards of Communication Quarterly and Communication Education, and has been a reviewer for Critical Studies in Mass Communication. He holds a Ph.D. in from the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois-Champaign.
Carol M. Rosenbaum is a specialist in media and communication, with over 30 years as a TV journalist, documentary writer/producer and college teacher.
She has extensive experience in television news, serving for five years as Executive Producer for News Series at an ABC TV affiliate. Her journalism skills won her the coveted Robert F. Kennedy National Journalism Award for best television news series. The investigative news documentaries she wrote and produced for ABC also won top national and regional honors.
In addition to her consulting affiliation with Martel & Associates, Carol heads a media company that creates compelling training and informational programs - from script to screen - for the government, corporations and television. Her incisive writing and dynamic style have won two Emmys, three additional Emmy nominations and ten national first-place awards.
Throughout her career, Carol has coached professionals from the business, medical, legal and broadcast fields for on-camera appearances, presentations and media interviews. She has also developed expertise in e-media coaching, and in preparing speakers for teleconferences and webcasts.
She holds an A.B. from Smith College and an M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed additional graduate work in Cinema Studies/Film Production at UCLA.
Glenn Faulker, former senior office of NASDAQ and the NASD (now known as FINRA), served as Executive Director of NASDAQ’s Business Development Department and Customer Service Operation. At NASDAQ, he managed all aspects of the business development process, including strategic planning, budgeting, sales management, customer service management, goal setting, measurement, coaching and training.
He has a proven track record of building market share growth and retention in a highly competitive environment against one of the strongest brands in the world. He has more than 20 years experience in public speaking and presenting, the focus of his counsel in group and private seminars.
His Wall Street experience, plus his expertise in persuasive presentations, provide a unique combination of strengths for leaders as they shape messages and hone skills for presentations related to IPOs and other high stakes capital-raising events.
He also conducts seminars in conflict management using a special instrument to help leaders determine their own conflict management style and the style of others. As a result, leaders learn how to better manage conflict as they build trust-based relationships, an increasingly important requirement in today’s organization.
He received a B.S.B.A. in Economics from Florida Southern College (awarded the Most Outstanding Economics Graduate distinction) and an M.S.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Business.
Lauren Cotter Brobson
Lauren Cotter Brobson brings to the Martel team nearly 20 years of experience as a presentations and media strategist for leaders in the private and public sectors. Clients seek out her expertise on media relations, speeches and presentation, and her skills as a professional writer.
Lauren is adept at translating complex issues into well-defined, grassroots and consumer-oriented messages. She authored monthly columns for B2B Magazine and has written articles for Tech Talk and Project Oscar magazines and other trade publications. She has also written and produced multi-media and video presentations on workforce development and corporate site selection for regional economic development organizations, as well as criminal justice issues.
Lauren served as a senior level communications strategist and chief speechwriter for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
She has written hundreds of speeches on a wide range of issues, including substantive policy addresses, media statements, ceremonial and political remarks. Her portfolio also includes opinion-editorials, video presentations, magazine articles, news releases, broadcast advertising and collateral materials.
Working with businesses and economic development issues were Lauren's main focus at Pennsylvania's Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED). There she created a communication strategy to advance the commonwealth's national and international reputation in economic development, community renewal and tourism.
Lauren earned her B.A. from The George Washington University