Always a collector and indexer, Mitchell "Mitch" P. Davis won the prestigious Georgetown University Bunn Award for Journalistic Excellence in his freshman year for all the photos he'd taken for the college newspaper. Davis was graduated from the Georgetown Business School in 1982.
His first "real job" with his business degree upon graduation, was in sales for a new company called Broadcast Interview Connection. Slated to start in the fall of 1982, the company ceased operation while Mitch was on a summer vacation in the Orient with a two-week visit to China.
Through two interviews with the company head, he'd learned enough to understand why the start-up failed. One, they sold memberships on a monthly basis and, two, they guaranteed ten radio interviews for $500. The monthly nature meant they had lots of churn with one-shot clients, and the guarantee meant that they had to continue to promote clients that were not newsworthy. Also, the guarantee attracted clients that were not newsworthy in the first place.
Then, in 1984 he reimagined the business as the Talk Show Guest Directory with two rules: 1) Sell only annual memberships to ensure continuity for the expert, and avoid short term clients. 2) Don't offer a guarantee, for if they were not newsworthy, it made little sense to keep experts on the roster. Now 33 years later he still has his first client and a majority of the experts profiled are long-term members.
In the intervening years, Davis continued his international travels completing circumnavigating all the meridians twice, making him a member of the Circumnavigator's Club. He's also returned for as extended visit to China in 2012.
He's seen a lot of change there over 30 years and marveled at the trains, particularly the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai that covers the same distance from New York to Chicago, but does so in five hours (rather than the 19 or more hours of the New York to Chicago trek). The Maglev to the Shanghai airport uses magnetic levitation to cruise at 268 miles an hour.
And yes, Davis is also a model train enthusiast.
The Talk Show Guest Directory was re-titled The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons® -- tens of thousands of printed copies have been requested by the news media. The New York Times called the book "Dial-an-Expert" Now the focus it the www.ExpertClick.com website and push syndication via www.NewsReleaseWire.com The web site was called: 'a dating service of PR," by PRWeek.
He is an avid dancer and often found at Glen Echo Park dancing Swing, Tango and Square Dances.