- McKinney, TX
Speeches & Multimedia
When Words Matter
Words have consequences. That’s why leaders in diverse fields rely on me to craft words that bring desired results.
My C-level support has ranged from remarks at Davos to internal town halls. The Public Affairs Group included two of my works in 80 Top CEO Speeches, and Vital Speeches of the Day has reprinted my work multiple times. You can find one of my speeches at www.NobelPrize.org.
In addition to executive communications, I have won awards in California, Hawaii and nationally for video productions and communications projects. My client portfolio includes Toyota, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Dell, Texas Instruments, GTE, Perot Systems, Texas Central Railway, Hawaiian Telcom and more.
I seek your success. Let’s see what we can do together.
External Communications / Investor Relations: Media, community, analyst and investor relations. Secured PAETEC’s first national broadcast coverage. Managed high-profile crises involving Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other prominent US media. Wrote and edited quarterly earnings releases, investor presentations and annual reports.
Branding / Marketing Communications: Create brand positions and unified messaging to link diverse business operations. Design and production experience in digital and print channels.
Public Affairs, Crisis and Issues Management: Crisis strategy helped cut regulatory fine to fraction of peer’s experience in similar situation. Appointed to TI Corporate Social Responsibility Team. Diversity champion.
Internal Communications: Crafted M&A communications that generated over 95% employee support for a takeover.
Differentiate and defend the leading online service provider to non-profit universities. Helping extend higher education to individuals worldwide through distance-learning technologies. Broad activities include media relations, internal communications, B2B marketing and community affairs. Extensive work with universities to advance access to higher education by leveraging online capabilities.
Designed and implemented strategic and crisis communications, and thought leadership campaigns. Client portfolio includes LinkedIn, Deloitte, TXU Energy, Sabre, Perot Systems and Dell Services. Account team leader, mentor and key strategist.
First dedicated communications executive for largest US competitive local exchange carrier ($1.6 billion, 3.9K employees, 41 states).Developed first unified messaging platform, hands-on supervision of integrated communications, mentored staff and managed PR agency.
Previously, served as Sr. Director-PR for McLeodUSA (acquired by PAETEC in 2008).Led IPO and M&A communications, and re-launched internal communications.
Established corporate communications department for state’s incumbent local phone company ($550 million, 1.9K employees), taken private from Verizon in 2005.Defined communications policies and procedures.Chief spokesperson and communications strategist. Member of Senior Team. Supervised PR agency and hired in-house team. Supported investor relations, regulatory relations and marketing communications.
Developed C-level speeches and investor presentations for America’s Most Admired Semiconductor Company, (third-largest in world and largest in wireless communications; $11 billion, 35K employees, multinational). Wrote quarterly earnings and annual reports. Extensive communications support for executives and colleagues in India, Mexico, China, Japan and other locations.
Received five promotions in nine years with GTE.
Served in corporate headquarters from April 1998 to December 1999. Wrote speeches for chairman/CEO and his direct reports at largest independent US local phone company ($20 billion, over 100K employees, multinational).Supervised three-person team that supported unit presidents and managed events.
GTE Hawaiian Tel, Honolulu
Director-Public Affairs & Communications
Top communications executive and spokesperson for major corporate region.Supervised managers of external and internal communications, and community relations.Managed ad agency, philanthropic program and executive communications.
Previous positions at GTE
Established suburban weekly newspaper during senior year.
“Dan is the finest PR professional I have worked with in my career. He has done a fabulous job promoting PAETEC in a very cost-effective manner.” December 2008
Jeff Burke, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PAETEC.
“I am so very pleased to give Dan Smith my highest recommendation as a PR professional. Dan has an outstanding ability to work with senior team members, understand overall goals and objectives, and quickly discern what's critical and what's not and earn the respect and trust of execs.That overall insight also helps him write a range of materials needed to move the business forward. He is able to do so with whatever resources are available, be they great or small, and to provide advice on doing what needs to be done short term without being distracted from the long-term agenda.” January 2009
Catherine Weekley, VP & Chief of Staff, McLeodUSA
“Dan Smith is a consummate professional: exceptionally talented, totally dependable, and a trusted colleague and adviser on matters great and small. He works well with all levels of the organization and daily demonstrates the values I associate with the highest levels of leadership: integrity, honesty, and a deep caring for employees and the community.” September 2008
Tom Pipal, Training & Organizational Development, Hawaiian Telcom