Joseph Berkery founded Berkery Associates in 1980 because he had a strong belief that as the information revolution grew and became an essential part of peoples’ lives, there would be an ever increasing desire for information and entertainment. This need would create a long-term opportunity for information companies to grow through mergers and acquisitions. An investment bank that understood this marketplace would be singularly positioned to help its clients realize this unique opportunity.
In 1983 Joe joined forces with Noyes Partners, a specialized investment firm, to create Berkery Noyes, a full service investment bank exclusively serving the Publishing, Media and Communications industries. As President and Chief Executive Officer Joe has been credited with shaping through mergers and acquisitions some of today’s leading publishing and media conglomerates.
Under Joe’s leadership, Berkery Noyes has advised and closed on hundreds of transactions ranging from small to medium sized firms to multi-national conglomerates and involving tens of billions of dollars in transactions changing hands.
As a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry and the investment banking business, Joe is well known for completing numerous high visibility transactions across the information industry. Some of the more notable transactions completed include the sale of Simon & Schuster to Pearson; Wolters Kluwer in their acquisition of Little, Brown & Co.’s Legal and Medical divisions; ProQuest in their acquisition of Voyager Expanded Learning; Taylor & Francis in their acquisition of Marcel Dekker, Inc.; and approximately 15 companies sold for Thomson Corporation, to name a few.
Before founding Berkery Noyes, Joe was President/Director of Alesco, where he developed the first centralized library program for placing the company’s products and forming libraries for thousands of schools. Other career highlights include executive positions at Baker & Taylor, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Division and Litton Industries.
Joe is an active member of the American Business Media (ABM), Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), the Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA), Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).