Paul Kurnit is an internationally recognized marketing professional with over 25 years in the advertising and entertainment businesses. His advertising career began at Benton & Bowles and Ogilvy & Mather, where he managed a number of classic brands for Procter & Gamble, Kraft/General Foods and American Express. As president of Griffin Bacal (a DDB agency), Paul managed businesses in virtually every consumer and service business category. He was also executive vice president of Sunbow Entertainment.
As founder of Kurnit Communications, KidShop and PS Insights, Paul served as consultant for companies including Bayer, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Disney, FEMA, General Mills, Hasbro, Mattel, MeadWestvaco, McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, Pepsi, Polaroid, Scholastic, Sony and Universal Studios.
He is coauthor of Breakthrough! A 7-Step System for Developing Unexpected and Profitable Ideas, The Little Blue Book of Marketing: Build a Killer Plan in Less Than a Day, and Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity.
A trends expert on marketing and entertainment, Paul has appeared on The Today Show, ABC, CBS News, CNN, Fox, and in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Barron’s, Ad Age, AdWeek, BrandWeek, and Entrepreneur.
Paul is on the Advertising Educational Foundation board, the advisory boards of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Young Consumers: The International Journal of Advertising and Marketing to Children, and Advertising and Society Review.
He holds a B.A. in communication theory and rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin and in communication theory from Queens College, The City University of New York.
Paul is clinical professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, teaching courses in advertising, marketing, marketing planning and international advertising. He also serves Pace as university advisor for the American Advertising Federation and National Advertising Student Competition. He has taught at Parsons, where he developed the school’s advertising curriculum, and at The City University of New York at its Hunter, Queens and LaGuardia campuses, teaching communication theory, small group dynamics, mass communication, film and theatre. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Duke, Penn State University, Tufts, the University of Massachusetts, University of South Carolina, University of Texas and University of Wisconsin.