Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Public Relations Strategist/Consultant

Open Door Communications
Public relations strategist/consultant with more than 30 years experience. Seeking freelance assignments while pursuing full-time work. Professional association, agency, corporate experience. Knowledge of real estate, urban affairs, hospitality and B2B industries. Developed media relations, internal and member communications, crisis communications and marketing plans. Sound, persuasive writing skills.
2008 - Present

Marketing Communications Work Group Chair

Universal Accreditation Board
Apr 1998 - Sep 2009

Senior Director of Public Relations

CCIM Institute
Managed external and internal communications for industry-leading, $18 million, 19k-member international commercial real estate association. Counseled senior elected leadership. Developed and executed public relations and marketing strategies to promote CCIM designation, education and membership. Manage all media relations. Coordinated participation at several industry trade events. Wrote collateral materials, web content, speeches. Developed crisis management plan. Executive producer and writer on four video projects. Liaison to two standing committees: member benefits and cultural diversity education and outreach program. Initiated research projects, analyzed results and recommended policy and program changes. Initiated and managed social media news release program and social networking program. Developed first podcast series to promote Institute real estate market reports, education advancements and membership activities. Built and maintain reciprocal partnerships with real estate industry associations and brokerage firms. Coordinated Institute participation at more than 50 industry trade events within established budgets; developed process to gauge ROI.
Oct 1995 - Jan 1998

Staffing Consultant

Remedy Staffing
Generated new business and manage existing corporate accounts for Loop office of national publicly traded staffing company. Extensive client contact, prospecting, lead generation discipline and new business development. Managed 25 accounts. Clients included corporations, service firms, manufacturers. Built client roster with individual effort through targeted calls, with an average of 40 staffing hours per week. Developed new sources of revenue with sales to communications, insurance and financial services firms.
Sep 1993 - Oct 1995

Director of Marketing

Recycled Office Furniture Systems
Director of Marketing. Managed all marketing, advertising, direct mail, sales promotion and public relations for re-manufacturer of office systems and free-standing furniture. Supervised sales staff of 10, maintained personal customer base with annual sales of $30k and negotiated dozens of furniture purchases. Initiated and managed reciprocal trade program to build advertising budget.
Jul 1988 - Aug 1993

Vice President

Schindler Communications, Inc
Supervised and managed account activity for small, prestigious Chicago public relations agency. (Now Hodge Schindler Communications.) Clients included real estate developers, law firms, urban affairs, health care, entertainment, commercial barter exchanges and other business-to-business and consumer areas. Generated new business through networking and targeted marketing programs. Helped build five-person boutique firm to 10-person firm and expand client base.
Jul 1984 - Apr 1988

Senior Account Executive

Dragonette, Inc
Managed accounts for Chicago business-to-business public relations/marketing services agency. (Later merged into GCI.) Heavy writing, media relations, issues management, special events coordination and new business development. Concentrated in commercial and residential real estate and urban affairs clients.
Jul 1983 - Jun 1984

Account Executive

Doremus & Co
Managed print advertising and public relations for Chicago office of national financial advertising agency. Clients included major banks and LaSalle Street brokerage houses.
May 1982 - Jul 1983

Account Executive

Albert Frank Guenther Law
Coordinated design and media placement of financial notices for Chicago office of New York-based advertising agency.
Jul 1981 - Feb 1982

Publications Editor

Triton College
Identified topics and wrote news releases, feature articles and collateral materials for progressive community college in suburban Chicago. Led media relations efforts. Worked with department deans, instructors and key staff.
Nov 1979 - Jul 1981

Reporter

Pioneer Press
Wrote and researched news articles, editorials and feature stories for one of Chicago's leading community newspaper groups. Covered four west suburban communities and two school districts.
Jan 1977 - Nov 1979

Editor, writer and reporter

City News Bureau of Chicago
Managed city desk, rewrite assignments, covered courts, police and general assignment beats for now-gone renowned local wire service.

Education

Education
Aug 1973 - Dec 1976

Bachelor of Arts

Illinois State University
1973 - 1976

Bachelor or Arts

Illinois State University

Skills

Skills

Association Management

More than 11 years of experience managing public relations and marketing for a leading commercial real estate association. Proven success with vendor relationships, project development and management, volunteer leaders and committees, budgets and trade shows.

Public Relations

Twenty years of experience in B2B public relations for agencies, associations and corporations. Concentration in real estate. Skilled at developing sound strategic plans built upon realistic, measurable objectives and driven by bankable tactics.

Writing

Highly skilled at many written communication forms, including copywriting, journalism, feature writing, web content, speeches and presentations, news releases, blogs and more.

Summary

Senior communications professional/strategic thinker skilled in public relations, marketing and related disciplines. Helped build brand for leading international commercial real estate association. Experience with associations, agencies and corporations. Proven strategic planning, project management and team-building skills. Generated revenue and delivered projects within budget. Outstanding written and oral communications, fluent in Web 2.0 applications. Developed and nurtured strategic alliances to reach goals and provide solutions. One of 5,000 PR professionals to hold Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Active blogger. Principal at communications consultancy serving real estate, mortgage and other businesses. Actively seeking full-time or project assignments.

Objective

Use my 30-plus years of public relations, marketing and communications experience to land a permanent position with a progressive company in Chicago. Help that company reach its goals through effective communication practices.

Interest

Music, writing, gardening, cooking and fishing.  Play guitar, harmonica and vocals in a Chicago cover band called Love House.

Certifications

Certifications

Accredited in Public Relations (APR)

Universal Accreditation Board