Neal Polachek is an independent industry observer and advisor for nearly 14 years and an expert in Digital transitions and local search. Neal was the Director of Research and Consulting, VP of Advisory Services, CEO of The Kelsey Group and President of BIA/Kelsey. He advises companies operating in the local space - both established and start-ups - on the future of local and the possible strategic outcomes. Prior to joining The Kelsey Group in the late 1990s, he worked for a decade at Pacific Telesis Group in a wide variety of management and leadership positions. Neal speaks regularly at industry events in the United States and around the world. He holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.