George McQuade III returns to MAYO Communications as General Manager/Managing Director

George McQuade III, LAHSA
George McQuade displays his front page story about the Winter Shelter program published on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily News.

After taking a 1.5 year break and working for a City, County and HUD funded government agency, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority,  George McQuade III, the former Communications Director, LAHSA, has returned to MAYO Communications this month to manage the LA based full service public relations firm.

Award-winning MAYO’s past and present clients in music included: Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Alice Cooper band members, Saints of the Underground  and Warrior Records(NY/LA) and Nuttin’ But Stringz, a top five America’s Got Talent entry and the violin duo, which became the first instrumental act on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on its 10th Anniversary show.

In TV and the Movie industry MAYO has represented the legendary film director Martin Campbell (James Bond movies, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, Mask of Zorro and Green Lantern to name a few). During the 2008 Writers Guild Strike, MAYO earned 85 million media impressions and placed five clients including the late Chief Economist Jack Kyser, LAEDC and Actor/Producer Timothy Woodward Jr. in the cover story, “Incentives to Film in America”, the Hollywood Reporter, which was published on the first day of the WGA strike. International clients included Hydra Executives reality TV series, Dubai UAE and Americans On DDay, Dublin, Ireland.

George McQuade III with NBCLA Robert Kovacik
NBCLA award-winning Anchor Bob Kovacik and KNBC TV TLAW alum George McQuade III hold one of several of the peacock’s Golden Mike awards at the RTNA 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards.

In the high tech industry MAYO launched Linux 6.O Operating Software in America, which became product of the conference, San Jose and “Product of the Year” on August 18, 1998. RedHat, LINUX first distributor went public and stocks soared from $9 a share to $109 in less than two hours. Other high tech companies included CIHost.com, Dallas, TX, the largest independent hosting company in America; SafeMedia, a Boca Raton, FL software company with the only technology that stops illegal downloading of movies, music and copyright materials over the Internet. MAYO also represented the nation’s number one Smart Grid Technology company, PERI Software, N.J. in a battle with U.S. Dept. of Labor.  in 2010, MAYO launched the media campaign for the largest global mobile phone company (1 billion customers), China Telecom Americas, which open a data center in the business district of downtown Los Angeles.

In government MAYO has represented Southern California Assn. of Governments (1992); Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) with the four former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian (also Attorney General now Governor Jerry Brown) in a statewide government nonprofit organization; The East Alameda Corridor and nonprofits included: The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, The International Trade Education Association (ITEP) and Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)

KNBC Studios with George McQuade III
George McQuade III visits his former employer KNBC-TV, where he was one of two original writers on the first 90 minute weekend show in L.A.”TODAY IN LA WEEKENDS (TLAW).

MAYO’s George McQuade III moderates Social Media workshops and upon requests speaks to universities such as USC, UCLA, Layola Marymount and others nationwide on how to brand yourself and prepare for the Communications industry. McQuade is also a contributing features editor to Yahoo.com and business/high tech/entertainment industry writer for Examiner.com.

For more info about MAYO Communications, visit http://MAYOCommunications.com

Footnote: McQuade also was the voice on KGIL Newstalk Radio, KFI and KNX News Radio covering earthquakes, wildfires and the LA Riots.

In 1978, McQuade was awarded a Medal of Valor by the California State Firefighters Assn. for rescuing a noted cardio vascular radiologist, UCLA Medical Center from his burning SUV in a vehicle accident. LA Council also presented a hero’s award. McQuade is a hero to his wife and two sons.

McQuade serves on the Silicon Beach Young Professional Board (SBYP) in Santa Monica, CA, which is the fastest growing young professionals group in Southern California.

 

Brace for tourist crowds coming to LA this summer – next stop the Hollywood Museum with Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS)

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Hollywood Museum is gearing up for a blockbuster summer tourism season and for good reason, too. LA Inc. reports a new record number of visitors and spending in the history ofLos Angeles occurred last year. About 26.9 million people visited LA in 2011, a jump of 4.2 percent more overnight visitors than in 2010. Tourist spending also rose with visitors racking up $15.2 billion in expenditures – an eight percent hike from the previous year.

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(L-R) George McQuade, Henri Bolinger and Julian Myers at EPPS Winter Mixer at the Hollywood Museum, Highland and Hollywood Blvd.

“It looks like the economy is getting a little better,” Donelle Dadigan, founder & president, Hollywood Museum told this writer at the annual Winter Mixer of Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS). Dadigan said the museum has 10,000 real showbiz treasures, located in the historical Max Factor building near the Kodak Thater and Hollywood Walk of Fame
(Highland Ave. & Hollywood Blvd.).

Max Factor, wizard of movie make-up,
has worked his magic on motion picture stars since 1935. On the ground floor, you’ll find many original displays from the old Max Factor Make-Up Studio.

The lobby, has been restored to its original grandeur. A polished Art Deco gem – a white and rose-colored oasis of lavish marble, recreated historic chandeliers, pastel hues, antique furniture, trompe l’oeil, faux finishes with 22kt. gold and silver leafing.

EPPS Pres. Henri Bolinger poses for a shot with Founder and Pres. of Hollywood Museum, which is expecting record Crowds this summer.

The Hollywood Museum features four floors of exhibits
(two floors above the lobby and a basement below), offering more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space. To give you an idea of the size, it is seven times the size of the nearby Guinness World of Record Museum (5,200 square feet). It is nearly four times the size of the neighboring Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum (10,000 square feet), and five times larger than the Warner Bros Museum
(at 7,000 square feet).

“We still really don’t have enough room to do justice to the thousands of items on exhibit here,” explain Dadigan.

The ground floor is made up of the historic Lobby, plus Max Factor’s restored make-up rooms, a vintage B&W photo gallery featuring more than 1000 B&W photos, Cary Grant’s Rolls Royce, Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park, a tribute to Judy Garland and the “Red Shoes”.

The second and third floors are devoted exclusively to costumes worn by famous stars in famous films, corresponding props, photos, memorabilia and posters. Also featured is a wealth of Hollywood memorabilia, ranging from the earliest Technicolor film ever shot, to a Roman bed from “Gladiator”, to the dog from “There’s something about Mary”, to the gold Cadillac from “Dreamgirls”.

Marilyn Monroe's 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood. You could almost hear Marilyn say, "Okay, home james."

When you go down stairs to the open lower level Marilyn Monroe’s 1961 Cadilla Fleetwood greets you in mint condition. Be sure to visit the lower level, which was once a bowling alley and speakeasy during Prohibition days. Now it is where the Museum houses “all things creepy and scary”

You get to walk down the same jail cell corridor that Jodie Foster walked in “Silence of the Lambs”, and see Hannibal’s cell and a fantastic array of props from the film including Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s mask. Wear tennis shoes, because there are floors and floors of posters, black and white photos and memorabilia from Hollywood. If you park at the Kodak complex, the first two hours of park is free with validation.

LA Inc’s Mark Lieberman  said, This year’s impressive growth in tourism is great news for our local businesses that rely on tourist spending to make their companies both successful and profitable.” According to those people keeping track one out of every 10 jobs are related to tourism, which employs 364,000 people. And that’s why we should see a huge economic impact on tourism this summer, too.