SOURCE: Jumpstart Automotive Media

August 01, 2006 09:17 ET

John Durham Departs Carat Fusion to Join Jumpstart Automotive Media as President of Sales & Marketing

Adds Management Strength to Rapidly Growing Auto Vertical Ad Network

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 -- Automotive advertising network Jumpstart Automotive Media today announced that John Durham, who has been Carat Fusion's Executive Vice President of Business Strategy, has joined Jumpstart in the newly created position of President of Sales & Marketing.

"Our revenues doubled from 2005 to 2006 and we continue to grow at an extraordinary pace," says Jumpstart CEO Mitch Lowe. "John is one of the digital media industry's brightest minds and most respected leaders. He is the ideal person to join our executive team and help us manage our rapid growth."

"I have been a part of the Jumpstart family as a board director for the past 12 months and believe that these folks are some of the industry's brightest. I am thrilled to now be an integral part of the company," says Mr. Durham. "I leave behind some quality folks at Carat Fusion with Sarah Faye and her team and will miss working with them. But the opportunity to be hands-on at a company growing as quickly and leading its vertical like Jumpstart was too good to pass up."

For the past two years, Mr. Durham served as the Executive Vice President, Business Strategy at Carat Fusion, for Carat's offices across the country including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. Before that, he was a founder of Pericles Communication, a political digital firm that helped advocacy and political groups tap into interactive marketing.

Before the launch of Pericles, in 2003, Mr. Durham had been Chief Operating Officer of Interep Interactive which, under his direction became the largest independent online ad sales company in the United States, and through co-marketing agreements, the largest Internet rep company in the world. In 2000, Mr. Durham helped engineer the acquisition of Winstar Interactive Media from Winstar Communications by Interep Interactive a unit of Interep, one of the nation's largest radio rep firms. Mr. Durham had joined Winstar Interactive in March of 1998 as Vice President of Advertising Sales

Mr. Durham has been teaching advertising and marketing classes since 1992 and currently teaches advertising in the MBA program at the University of San Francisco. He also founded and is the president of the Bay Area Interactive Group, an Internet industry-networking group.


Jumpstart Automotive Media, Inc. ( partners with leading web publishers to create the Internet's largest and highest quality community of car shoppers. Jumpstart's targeted reach and innovative marketing programs help automotive manufacturers and dealers improve their advertising results and help web publishers achieve a maximum return on their audience. Jumpstart counts every automotive manufacturer and more than one thousand automotive dealers as customers. Key partners include NADAguides, Vehix, Consumer Guide Automotive, J.D. Power Autos, Google and Yahoo!.

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