NEW YORK: John Marino has taken over as president of Marino.
His father and the founder of the firm, Frank Marino, had previously been president as well CEO. He will remain as CEO.
John Marino said the move won’t create substantial changes in the day-to-day operations of the firm; he’s been COO since 2015 and the two men have been working towards the switch for some time. He will not be replaced as COO.
He explained that the move will help formalize his role as the operations man, and his father’s role as a strategic adviser.
"For the most part, my focus has been running the day-to-day operations, not just from an operations standpoint, but also from a client perspective," John Marino said. "But you know, titles are titles. My father has a tremendous amount of experience and he’s got amazing relationships that he carries with him, in both the media and the client sides. And he really is a consummate adviser to a lot of our clients. We don’t want to lose that."
John Marino said the move will also alter the father/son dynamic in the office.
"I really look at it as putting us on a little bit more of an equal footing to collaborate more," John Marino said. "I think what this does is give us the ability to really work together and look to what the next 25 years are going to be like."
John Marino joined his father’s firm in 2002. He became involved in the day-to-day operations of the company in 2015 when he was promoted to MD and COO, according to a release.
Marino was founded by 1993 by Frank Marino. Prior to starting the firm, he had worked in the administration of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Marino has represented McDonald’s, Walmart, The Home Depot, Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, and the One World Trade Center, as well as nonprofits, real estate developers, and trade associations, according to a release.