Mercury Capital Partners Team

 

Charles W. Banta - 42 Years Media Experience
President, Mercury Capital Partners. Between his two years at Harvard Business School, Mr. Banta worked for Time, Inc. developing a cable TV strategy for the company. Time Warner became one of the largest cable TV companies in the U.S.  In 1974 he co-founded Community Pacific Broadcasting which was based in Monterey, CA and which owned radio stations in Alaska, Washington State, Oregon and California. In 1989 Mr. Banta ran Rich Communications based in Buffalo, NY. In 1990 he became Group Head of Greater Media's radio division, the 10th largest radio group in the U.S. at the time, overseeing stations in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Long Island, Washington D.C. and Boston. In 1994 Mr. Banta founded Mercury Capital Partners I, acquired major market radio stations via Mercury Radio Communications, and exited successfully at peak valuations multiple communications in 2000. Subsequently Mercury Capital Partners has made a variety of traditional and non-traditional media investments in five other funds. Mr. Banta also has a 32 year track record in profitably trading in IGW wines (Investment Grade Wines).  Mr. Banta received his BA from Yale University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1970 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1972.

 

Sandra A. Miller - 42 Years Media Experience
Controller and Principal of Mercury Capital Partners.  She has been employed in the media business for over 42 years. Ms. Miller worked as Business Manager at a variety of radio groups from 1971 to 1977. Ms. Miller was the Business Manager at WUTV-TV in Buffalo, NY, from 1977 to 1986. Ms. Miller served as the Controller for Singer Advertising, a major regional advertising agency based in Buffalo, NY, between 1987 and 1989. In 1989 she was hired by Mr. Banta as Controller of WGR-AM/ WGRF-FM in Buffalo, NY, owned by Rich Communications. In 1995 Ms. Miller was again hired by Mr. Banta as Controller of Mercury Radio Communications. In 2000 Ms. Miller became a Principal of Mercury Capital Partners. Ms. Miller received her BA from Niagara University in 1985 where she majored in Accounting.

 


Bill Saurer - 35 Years Media Experience
CEO of Principle Broadcasting.  Mr. Saurer worked at a variety of radio groups from 1984 to 1992.  In 1993 Mr. Saurer was hired by Mr. Banta at Rich Communications as the Local Sales Manager for WGRF-FM/WUFX-FM/WGR-AM/WWWS-AM.  In 1995 Mr. Saurer was the General Sales Manager for Mercury Radio Communications. In 1996 he was promoted to General Manager and later Vice President/General Manager.  In 2000 Mr. Banta sold Mercury Radio Communications to Citadel Communications.  Mr. Saurer became acting General Manger for Citadel's Syracuse University Radio Network and the Vice/President/General Manager for Citadel's WGRF-FM, WEDG-FM, WHTT-AM/FM, WHLD-AM and CKEY-FM and the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.  In 2002 Mr. Banta hired Mr. Saurer to be Vice President/General Manager of the Millennium Radio Group in New Jersey.  In November, 2008 Mr. Saurer was promoted to President/CEO of Millennium.  In January, 2008 Mr. Banta hired Mr. Saurer to be President/CEO of Principle Broadcasting.  Mr. Saurer received a BS in Telecommunications Management from Syracuse University (Newhouse School of Public Communications).

 


Brad Behnke - 31 Years Media Experience
COO - Principle Broadcasting. Mr. Behnke worked at various radio stations as Special Events Manager and Director of Marketing from 1988 - 2001.  In 2002 he became Director of Sales/Vice President/Market Manager in Texas for Amigo Broadcasting/US Asian Broadcasting.  In 2005 Mr. Behnke became General Manager at WLIM-AM in Long Island for Polnet Communications.  In 2008 he worked for Davidson Media Group in New York City as the Company Consultant.  In 2009 Mr. Behnke was hired by Mr. Saurer as COO of Principle Broadcasting.  Mr. Behnke received a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from DePaul University.


Gregg Pirillo - 17 Years Media Experience
Director of Digital Initiatives - Principle Broadcasting.  From 1997 - 2006 Mr. Pirillo worked for the Millennium Radio Group in New Jersey as Music Director, Promotions Director, Program Director an On-Air Host.  In 2007 he became Vice President/Operations Manager for Linc Star Records and worked at Bamboozle Music Festival and TV as Executive Producer and Content Manager.  In 2001 he was hired by Mr. Saurer as Vice President of Digital, Programming and Events for Principle Broadcasting Network.  Mr. Pirillo has a degree in Radio and Communications from William Paterson University and a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

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