What is your current position/company?
Senior Manager, Internal Communications, Apollo Group
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite thing is implementing new approaches and channels for sharing information with employees.
How long have you been a member of IABC?
I’ve been a member of IABC since 1994, when I joined the IABC Detroit chapter.
What do you hope to gain from your membership/involvement with IABC?
IABC offers a tremendous amount of opportunity: to meet new people from around the Valley, to learn what’s working at organizations, and help mentor new communicators. Most of all I look forward to working with a strong group of communicators on the Board to keep IABC Phoenix as a top-tier chapter in the United States.
What words of advice do you have for young professionals?
Two things: 1. Don’t be in a hurry. I remember when I graduated from college and I’d see ads for communications positions that required minimum experience of 10 to 15 years. I’d think to myself, How in the world does anyone get 10 years experience let alone 15? Well, I’ve blown past those milestones – though it didn’t feel like it while it was happening – by plugging away and aligning myself with good mentors. Which brings me to: 2. Join a professional organization like IABC and get involved. The more you put into it your membership, the more you’ll get out of it.
Who was/were your biggest professional influence(s)?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some highly skilled and exceptionally smart people over the past 20 years. One of my biggest influences as a writer was a college professor, John Cooley, who convinced me you actually could make a living as a writer. I also learned a great deal from my first-ever boss, Blaine Lam, whose quote “The client isn’t always right but almost always prevails” still resonates. Alan Kinsella, a writer I worked with for several years during my freelance days, taught me how to make anything I’m working on even better.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a big baseball fan, specifically my hometown Detroit Tigers, and my Tigers blog (www.DailyFungo.com) is a part of ESPN.com’s network of team sites. A good chunk of my spare time – that is, when I’m not hanging out with my wife and two children – goes to watching games and writing about the Tigers. Pathetic, I know.
What destination do you want to travel to the most?
Ireland is atop my list. If you’re Irish, you’ve gotta go there. Or so I’ve been told.