General Manager, Miami, EVP, Corporate + Technology
David Baum works at the crossroads of technology, business and politics and serves as a valued strategic advisor to CEOs, entrepreneurs and founders. Baum works closely with leaders of global organizations and start-ups to develop integrated communications programs spanning technology, blockchain, financial markets, public affairs, thought leadership & media relations, crisis communications, brand building, go-to-market strategies and website development.
In 2020, David was selected to PRWeek’s prestigious 40 under 40 list of stars in the communications industry.
To wit, Baum developed and launched Allison+Partners’ Start-Up Lifecycle program, which provides advisory services for founders and business leaders as they scale their organizations. He led the development and implementation of multimillion-dollar global integrated communications programs for clients.
He advises CEOs and global business leaders daily, bringing his insights back to Allison+Partners to inform practice leads on trends and shifts in the market.
Shaina brings extensive blockchain and crypto experience to Allison+Partners, having spent years serving as a consultant and developer for various blockchain crypto projects from Silicon Valley to the Chicago hub of technology, and returning to her graduate school roots in Florida.
Starting her first online business at the age of 11, Shaina has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and in addition to blockchain, has experience working alongside stack and solidity developers and data scientists, including emerging tech platforms related to machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.
Shaina spent 16 years in academia and holds multiple degrees including a bachelor's degree in English & Genetics from the College of Charleston in her hometown of Charleston, SC, a Master’s in Classical Languages & Literatures from Texas Tech University and served as a Professor at the University of Florida during her tenure as a Ph.D. scholar.
Her career has ranged from computational data analysis to launching tokens from ground zero—having brought her first project from launch to $8.5M in less than three months—to analyzing complex theoretical algorithms and adapting interpersonal communications for large scaling solutions.
Global Partner & President North American Corporate Practice
Tom Smith is a global partner and President North America corporate practice of Allison + Partners in New York. Tom is a strategic, highly skilled corporate communications professional with a proven 25+ year track record of leading and implementing corporate campaign programs. With an incredibly diverse set of skills and experiences, Tom has led numerous multi-million-dollar global accounts and brings deep capability in numerous industries including technology, professional services, financial services, hospitality, education, healthcare and industrial. His specialties include investor relations, financial communications, integrated communications, corporate brand positioning, thought leadership, executive visibility, B2B marketing, financial communications, influencer management, and media relations.
Tom spent more than a decade at Ogilvy PR as an executive vice president leading the firm’s New York corporate practice. Before joining Ogilvy PR, Tom was a vice president in the corporate communications group at Fleishman-Hillard where he provided qualitative and quantitative investor relations analysis, shareholder identification and industry research. Tom was also a senior account supervisor with GCI Group and early in his career, he worked at Makovsky + Company, a New York-based public relations firm.
Tom received his bachelor's degree in communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has also been a guest speaker at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Annual Conference, New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) and Marquette University. Tom is an avid golfer and played at the Division 1 level.
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