Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ted L. Nancy (Barry Marder) Now on PodcastOne with Letters From A Nut: The Podcast

Barry Marder, the comedian and author (as Ted L. Nancy) of the Letters from a Nut series of books launches his podcast on PodcastOne

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, March 04, 2014 - Barry Marder, the comedian and author (as Ted L. Nancy) of the Letters from a Nut series of books launches his podcast on PodcastOne, the leader in audio on-demand programming and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group.

Mr. Nancy gained his fame by making inane requests of large companies and
publishing the hysterical back and forth that ensued. As heard at podcastone.com/Letters-From-A-Nut-The-Podcast. Ted L. Nancy recounts some of his funniest letters from his best selling book as well as occasional chats with fans and other funny folks.

Available at PodcastOne.com (http://www.PodcastOne.com), Marder joins the popular line-up of PodcastOne personalities and brands which include Bret Easton Ellis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dan Patrick, Brandi Glanville, Chris Jericho, Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, Steve Austin, Dennis Miller, Ron Paul, Jay Mohr, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York, NPR Los Angeles, 60 Minutes and more.

About Barry Marder
Barry Marder is a comedian and writer. Under his pseudonym and creation, Ted L. Nancy, he authored the highly successful “Letters From A Nut” books which have sold in the millions and are published all over the world. Mr. Nancy writes real letters and receives real responses from businesses, dignitaries, and celebrities.

Barry Marder was a writer on “Seinfeld.” He also was one of the co-writers of DreamWorks animated hit: “Bee Movie.” He has written for Jay Leno, Bill Maher, David Letterman, and wrote with George Carlin. Marder also authored “Stories From A Moron” under his character Ed Broth. Alan Marder did the illustrations for all the books.

Barry Marder is closely associated with Jerry Seinfeld as a friend and a collaborator. Marder currently works on Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” web series.

It was Seinfeld who first put his name on the “Letters From A Nut” books and got them published leading many to believe Jerry was the mysterious Ted L. Nancy. For years this mystery was rampant all over the Internet about who was Ted L. Nancy. Jerry revealed Marder to be the true author on “Larry King Live” and the “Today Show.”

Marder is from Miami, Florida. He was a medic in the United States Air Force for four years. He is in a long time relationship with his girlfriend Phyllis Murphy, also a writer.

About PodcastOne
PodcastOne (http://www.podcastone.com/) is the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group. Launched in February, 2013, PodcastOne hosts approximately 200 top podcasts including the ones previously mentioned, as well as Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Rooster Teeth, The Nerdist, CBS News, Loveline, Laura Ingraham, Penn Jillette, Ross Tucker, Yahoo! Sports Radio, Ask Women and more at www.PodcastOne.com.

Barry Marder
335 North Maple Drive, Suite 127
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Outlook for Urgent Care Center M&A in 2014

2013 brought growth to the M&A aspect of urgent care centers. However, with new government regulations and provider shotages, what will 2014 bring to the industry?

Dallas, TX, March 04, 2014 - 2013 brought growth to the M&A aspect of urgent care centers. However, with new government regulations and provider shotages, what will 2014 bring to the industry

Owners of such centers shouldn't suffer from a shortage of potential buyers, but preparation for sale will be the key to success.

“We have seen urgent care garner more and more attention from the health systems and that will also grow in 2014,” said Blayne Rush, president of Ambulatory Alliances, a healthcare investment banking and urgent care center broker firm. “Health systems see that urgent care is an entry point for the patients. I have seen where urgent care refer a great deal of patients to primary care and the systems are fighting over that influence.”

The pattern that some experts expect to see in the coming year is that of smaller deals, as oppossed to those involving urgent care companies with more than three locations.

“From a financial buyer perspective, the challenge is a shortage of platforms of sufficient scale,” said attorney Geoffrey Cockrell, co-chair of the private equity group at law firm McGuireWoods. “…It may require piecing together a couple [platforms] to have sufficient scale to absorb the overhead that a financial sponsor will want to overlay.”

The main threats anticipated involve state-level government regulation and national healthcare provider shortages.

“The regulatory market may put pressure on fragmentation as well,” said Cockrell. “You’re seeing it in New York, you’re seeing it in other states as regulators try to wrestle with this evolving industry. …This will make it more challenging for the smaller urgent care companies.”

Considering all factors, however, 2014 looks to be the year that those looking to do so should sell. Success in this regard will be heavily dependent on the preparations taken by physician owners prior to selling.

“An astute buyer will not buy compliance risk,” said attorney Jon Henderson, Corporate and Transactional Practice chair at law firm Polsinelli PC. “The stakes are too high from a reputation standpoint. An astute seller will engage in an appropriate level of self-diligence to understand his compliance profile.”

The growth and expansion of the urgent care market is thriving as a result of more factors than just the M&A aspect. Furthermore, while 2014 looks promising for investors and owners, experts would warn against letting this prosperous time pass by.

“Anything can be overbuilt, but there’s still a sense that there’s still green space available for building those businesses,” McGuireWoods’ Cockrell said. “If not, we’ll start to see more consolidation and that may be an alternative as well.”

Blayne Rush, MHP, MBA
The Ambulatory M&A Advisor
18181 Midway Rd. Ste 200
Dallas, TX 75287