Barry Porter is a co-founder and a Managing General
Partner of Clarity Partners. Mr. Porter began his professional career as
an attorney at the Los Angeles firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman Kuchel
and Silbert. He moved to Wall Street in the mid-1980s as an investment
banker with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Porter became a Senior Managing
Director of Bear Stearns and amongst other responsibilities was co-head
of the media and communications practice, head of the gaming industries
group and an active participant in the firm's high-yield activities.
While at Bear Stearns Mr. Porter became involved in the private equity
business and he joined Pacific Capital Group in late 1993 to help focus
that firm's media and telecommunications investment activities. Mr.
Porter led Pacific Capital's investment in OpTel, which he and his
partners (including Clarity's other co-founders David Lee, Rudy
Reinfrank and Steve Rader) helped grow into the leading provider of
competitive cable television services to large multi-dwelling units.
While at Pacific Capital, Mr. Porter was a co-founder of Global Crossing
and he was involved with many of that company's early activities.