Founder & CEO
Michael Nyman has made a career by being on the leading edge of marketing trends. With his latest venture, Acceleration Community of Companies (ACC), he has created another new go-to-market strategy.
With ACC, Nyman is developing a new go-to-market business approach with a series of strategic and complementary acquisitions, along with a Brand Advisory unit, aimed at providing a grouping of resources not currently found in the marketplace. Acceleration's expertise is focused on advising, investing in and guiding companies through this era of convergence and beyond. Acceleration is creating a unique community of specialized firms helping clients move quickly and efficiently with their branding, marketing, and media decisions.
Prior to Acceleration, Nyman was the longtime Chairman and CEO of PMK BNC, one of the world’s most influential communications and marketing firms whose expertise focused on leveraging popular culture and entertainment to help brand clients differentiate themselves and better connect with their consumers. PMK BNC was created in 2009, when Nyman led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity powerhouse PMK.
Within five years PMK*BNC had doubled its revenue and built up to 300 employees representing nearly 1,000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients.
Michael Nyman is a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and consumer brand marketing and has achieved numerous accolades. Recently, Nyman was named an Adweek Media All-Star of 2022 in recognition of his storied career, media expertise, and introduction of ACC’s innovative business model; previously Nyman was also named to The Holmes Report’s inaugural Innovator 25 list in 2013 for strategically positioning PMK*BNC as the experts on pop culture.
Under his leadership, PMK*BNC was named both PR and Marketing Agency of the Year by the 2016 American Business Awards, ranked #1 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 PR firms List, ranked #17 on Advertising Age’s 2016 Largest PR firms in the U.S., and ranked #29 on PRWeek’s 2016 Global Agency Report, among many other prestigious recognitions, rankings and awards. From 2013-2018 PMK*BNC garnered nearly 100 awards, including the Cannes Lions, The Clios, The Holmes Report, PRSA, Digiday, The Effies, Ad Weed, MarCom, PR News and 4As, among others.
Nyman is a recognized leader and speaker in marketing, communications, and entertainment, having been profiled in multiple media trades and spoken at a number of conferences and summits, ranging from Adweek and AdAge, to PR Week, The Holmes Report, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and NATPE, among others.
Nyman has served on multiple boards over the past two decades. Currently he serves on the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, the Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and most recently served as Chairman of the California Film Commission. Nyman received the 2019 Alumni Merit Award from the University of Southern California Alumni Association and has been a member of YPO for 22 years. Nyman is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having earned earned a degree in 2020 from the HBS Executive Education Presidents’ Program in Leadership (PPL).