Chantilly, VA - Feb 19, 2014 - BIA/Kelsey has promoted Mark Fratrik, Ph.D., to senior vice president. Since joining the company in 2001, as a widely recognized media economist, Fratrik has been a leader in the firm's research and forecasting initiatives on the local media market, including the recent growth of online, digital and mobile. Fratrik manages the company's Media Access Pro (MAPro) product, a database and analytical application that provides hundreds of information fields for the radio, television and newspaper industries.
Fratrik developed BIA/Kelsey's Media Ad View forecasts that track local advertising by media and business category. This analysis has expanded the firm's coverage of ad spending within local markets and the shift to online. Fratrik is the author of BIA/Kelsey's Investing In publication series, which includes quarterly market reports on radio and television, as well as the company's State-of-the-Industry Radio and State-of-the-Industry Television reports. Fratrik is a frequent keynoter and speaker at major media conferences and is frequently quoted in the general and trade press.
Fratrik oversees a staff of 15, consisting of analysts, client support services and a call out staff supporting MAPro. In addition to his established work, he is currently leading BIA/Kelsey's practice on the valuation of spectrum, as broadcasters continue to consider whether to sell their spectrum to the FCC.
Prior to joining BIA/Kelsey, Fratrik served as a vice president/economist at the National Association of Broadcasters. While there, he conducted primary research about the broadcasting industry and wrote several research studies on the radio and television industries. Before joining the NAB, he worked for the Federal Trade Commission in the Bureau of Economics where he spent nearly five years conducting analyses of industry practices to evaluate overall economic impact.
Fratrik received his B.A. in mathematics and economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and his masters and doctoral degrees in economics from Texas A&M in College Station, TX. He had also served as an adjunct professor of economics at John Hopkins University.