Bruce Merrin, a graduate from the UCLA Film School, has represented
celebrities via his Bruce Merrin Public Relations company. It has
been a top ten grossing
firm in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In l973, Bruce
booked his PR client, actor
on the "Tonight Show"
starring Johnny Carson.
Bruce credits Carson for inspiring the idea to launch a celebrity
speakers bureau. After the show at NBC in Burbank, Johnny Carson
invited Michael Landon and Bruce to his Malibu home for dinner. When
Carson suggested to Bruce that he create Bruce Merrin's Celebrity
Speakers Bureau, Landon offered to be Bruce's first client. Carson
became his second client. Then, Johnny's world famous executive
deCordova, became client number three!
Bruce immediately coined the phrase "Tired of Hearing The Sound of
One Hand Clapping" after he spoke with a meeting planner at
IBM. Bruce was
told that the IBM meetings and conferences were so boring, that
their executives were falling asleep! So Bruce responded to the IBM
meeting planner, "Are you tired of hearing the sound of one hand
clapping at your sales meetings, management meetings, conferences
and corporate parties?" The IBM meeting planner replied in one word:
"YES!" Merrin began booking speakers and entertainers for IBM, and
34 years later, we still work with IBM.
Bruce has served as Vice President on the Board of Governors of IASB
(International Association of Speakers Bureaus), the worldwide
leading speakers bureau organization. We regularly book clients with
companies, custom tailoring the speakers and entertainers for each
event. We recently booked
famous business motivational speaker, for
Fed Ex. Bodine
presented his award winning speaking presentation in the afternoon.
Then he dazzled the Fed Ex top executives with his close-up magic
performance that evening. The Fed Ex event was so successful, that
they re-booked Bodine for the next year. We work with each client
based upon their budget, the location of the event, the theme and
their wish list. We take great pride in our ongoing work with
companies like Microsoft.