Mr. Buono is the Founder of the BIA companies and a Managing Director and Co-founder of BIA Capital Strategies. He is also a General Partner and Co-founder of BIA Digital Partners, which invested over $300 million in mezzanine and equity funding in 38 lower middle market companies over ten years. Through his activities as CEO of BIA/Kelsey, he interacts with top executives at many large media companies and technology start-ups.
He started the BIA Financial Network, Inc. in 1983 and has grown it into a leading research and consulting firm serving companies providing advertising and marketing services to local communities. In 2008 he spearheaded the purchase of The Kelsey Group and expanded the company’s offerings to include conferences and advisory services. In his capacity, he has worked with many of the largest firms in traditional and new media. Over his career he has been involved in the valuation of hundreds of communications businesses, worth in aggregate several billions of dollars.
Mr. Buono possesses a BS in Applied Mathematics from Clarkson College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
He holds the Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.