To secure a full-time position with a company I respect in an industry I am passionate about. Namely, Apple, Inc. I'm looking for a company that fosters creativity, nurtures personal and professional growth.
Creative Content/Writer/Editor/Marketer with a spicy blend of experience and education. Journalism major with a minor in English from University of Nebraska.
My ultimate goal is to work with a company that I have a genuine passion for. I have made great strides towards that goal with my position at Apple. My new goal is to work for them full-time and transition to a position at corporate.
Real world experience includes:
- 10+ years in radio as an on-air personality, a copywriter for commercials, producer for bits and station imaging and offering assistance conceptualizing promotions and events.
- 3+ years in print media as an account executive, promoter and writer for Omaha's premier alternative newsweekly, The Reader and affiliated publications.
- 2+ years experience as copywriter, marketing consultant, conceptual art/layout concept lead for a "top 50" independent broker/dealer, QA3.
- Marketing consultation for small businesses across a broad range of industries for over 10 years.
Skills include: the ability to generate a plethora of creative concepts; snappy, concise copy that is as entertaining and easy to read as it is informative; proficiency with most major office software; grace under pressure; quick learning curve; and creative ideas ranging from the basic to the interstellar mind-blowing and/or game-changing.
Please follow this link to see a small sample of my work.
Oct 2008 - Present
Marv Pratt Creative Services
Freelance copywriter, editor and creative marketing consultant. Clients include QA3, OJM Group, Guardian Publishing, Gaucho, Robb Smith Financial, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.
Projects have included the following:
- Direct Mail/Response Mail Creation
- Brochure Design and Content Generation
- Radio Ad Copy Written
- Newspaper Ad Design and Copy Written
- Coordinate Regional Advertising Buy and Placement
- Provided Copy Editing and Localization of Multiple Financial Planning Books
- Newsletter Design and Content
- General Marketing Copy Written for Web and Print
Jun 1998 - Present
Founding member of the Weisenheimers Improv Comedy Troupe in Omaha. Current member of the Institution Theater of Austin, lead by Second City teaching alumnus Tom Booker. An improv-trained stage actor, I have appeared in multiple local stage productions as well as TV commercials and radio voice-over work. Currently working on a monologue series about the long hard road to fame (or in my case, obscurity), to be mounted probably in a coffee shop somewhere in Austin, TX.
Jul 2010 - Present
Small Device Specialist
Specialist in iOS devices at the Domain, store 216. Currently undergoing small device certification for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Additionally I can offer expertise in Macs. I have been a lifelong Apple evangelist and it is a dream come true for me to work for this company.
Dec 2006 - Oct 2008
The position of Creative Specialist was originally created to offer QA3 and affiliate companies a full-time, in-house copywriter for the great deal of marketing materials they were generating. In my time at QA3 I expanded this role into the creation of a collaborative in-house marketing department that developed all the internal and external marketing materials and creative input on the web presence of QA3 and its associated companies.
Because my department ran more efficiently thanks to our team collaboration model, I expanded the capabilities of the marketing department and offer complete creative agency services to our financial advisors nationwide. In this capacity my team created the look and brand for several financial advisors, and provided all levels of marketing services for many other advisors around the country.
I was the Master of Ceremonies for QA3's annual conference in 2007 and 2008. My team created all the marketing materials to promote the conference and all the on-site marketing, giveaway, educational material and signage. These two events were the largest events the company had ever held.
My presence along with the abilities of my team gave QA3 an unparalleled in-house marketing department that provided all the services other similar sized broker/dealers need to use agencies for.
Sep 2002 - Dec 2006
Account executive, promotions and contributing writer for print advertising and events with Omaha’s premier newsweekly, The Reader. Consistently the highest billing representative during my tenure with some of Omaha's most well regarded institutions as clients. Sales and promotions for other affiliated publications: Today’s Omaha Woman Magazine, Heartland Healing Magazine, El Perico, the Auto Revista and the Reader's Annual Bridal supplement.
Duties for this position included:
- Account management
- Public presentation of the Reader and Affiliated Publications
- Relationship management
- Event planning
- Ad Design
- Campaign Design
Dec 1998 - Sep 2002
During my time in terrestrial radio I held many positions, all of which relied heavily upon my creative abilities. Over the nearly four years with Waitt I hosted the morning show on 106.9 KCTY-FM, was Co-host and Producer for “The Otis Twelve Show,” 1290 KKAR-AM, Producer for “Omaha’s Morning News with Kent Pavelka,” “The Jim Fagin Show” and “PM Omaha with Charlie and Mary,” 1290 KKAR-AM. This position also required I create station imaging, production pieces, comedy bits, manage guests, schedules and come up with creative topics for talk radio.