Tell us about your current career outside of being a adjunct faculty member at Columbia College.
I'm a partner with Marketing Communication Department adjunct Rich Greb in P&G, Strategic Communications. We specialize in a variety of public relations areas, including news releases, media advisories, media relations, media kits, case studies, newsletters , speech writing and a host of other items. We also do combined PR/advertising projects with Larry Minsky, Advertising Professor in Marketing Communication Department. I cover professional and collegiate sports on a freelance basis for Associated Press.
What was your first “real-world” job?
I was an assistant account executive for an Indianapolis sports agent, who concentrated on basketball and football athletes. The job consisted of everything from making copies, coffee pick-up and chauffeuring to handling day-to-day tasks for the players and having the chance to meet them. Great fringe benefits - free tickets to Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts games and all the autographs from the players in our agent stable that you can imagine.
What are professional accomplishments you’ve achieved over the years?
From a journalism standpoint, I've had the opportunity to be published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press Newspapers and of course my work with Associated Press. In public relations, I've been fortunate enough to work for the largest PR firm in the world, Edelman, as well as midsize and small firms, providing a wide array of clients. Through luck in part, I've had clients featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, ABC News Nightline, CNN and CNBC, as well as a variety of Internet sites.
What drives your professional career?
I'm driven by the fact that I have a family. I'm also steering the wheel to broaden my professional career, combining public relations and journalism in sports, entertainment and mainstream business. Another area that feeds my interest is volunteering, which I do at the Gidwitz Senior Center and for Indiana University's Alumni Association. While making one feel more productive in this world, volunteering is also a wonderful way to network.
Three pieces of advice that would be helpful to any student.Know your current events backwards, forwards and even sideways. Network with your fellow students. Not just in your department or major, but everyone. Join a student club in your area of concentration - that ties into the networking, while also providing a rewarding educational experience