Michele Cobb worked for years as a theatre director and general manager across the globe before she became involved in audiobooks, which provided her an excellent background in sales, marketing, people management and presentation. Now a recognized expert in the audio publishing industry, she began her audiobook career as Assistant Managing Director for L.A. Theatre Works, became Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the British Broadcasting Corporation audiobooks division and has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and Executive Director. As a consultant for PR, Sales, Marketing and Business Development services, she works with a long list of clients and is Publisher of both AudioFile Magazine and MMB Media LLC. Michele is an avid traveler who enjoys being in front of a crowd and she is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, events and panels. Michele enjoys traipsing the globe with her husband and daughter whenever she can, and winning Fitbit step contests.
Michele and Mike have worked together for over a decade, running, establishing and acquiring businesses. They are experienced working with small organizations to maximize performance, improve efficiencies and increase revenue. Forte Business Consultanting is the culmination of their work and built to respond to demand for their services both as individuals and partners.
Michael Desrosiers has been leading organizations finance and operation area for over 20 years. After passing the CPA exam, Mike began his career in the corporate office of the precious metals division of Cookson America in the late 80’s. This was where Mike was first exposed to acquisitions/divestitures as well as working intimately in operations and identifying synergies and implementing integration plans in corporations. At Cookson, he worked his way through several division controllerships as well as director of financial reporting opportunities. Upon leaving Cookson, Mike served several medium sized entities in the capacity as CFO. These included publicly traded, foreign owned and private equity back organizations where he spearheaded several acquisitions and mergers. Mike joined a division of the British Broadcast Corporation as director of Finance and Operations and later was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, in charge of the day to day operations of the BBC Audiobook division in North America. He is currently President of MMB Media LLC. A married father of three, Mike enjoys a round a golf when he can squeeze it in.