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The FourBlock Podcast

Nov 18, 2019

This week's guest is Gerry Byrne. Gerry is the vice-chairman of PMC, guiding business initiatives across PMC's entire portfolio of media brands.

Gerry's decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur, and community leader are highlighted by his longtime run as the publisher of Variety Magazine, where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful diversified global media brand.

Gerry was also the launch publisher of Crain's New York business, a senior executive at Norman Lear's Act, the creator and chairman of the NBC Quill awards before he led a division of Nielsen that included the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, and Ad Week.

A graduate of Fordham University, Gerry served as a Marine officer in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” Distinguishing Device for Valor. 


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 

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