I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some really great communications pros who have influenced me and with whom I’ve worked over the years. I’ll be acknowledging more people later, but this is the short list.
When you’re looking for talented PR, Marketing, Branding, Events pros, everyone has a unique set of skills. Sure, most of us can bang out a press release when asked, but when you’re hiring someone, it’s really important that you “click” as well. That’s the secret ingredient to a great relationship.
Phil West of Luminaria Media & PR has been a friend and colleague since 1996. He’s smart, savvy and with an extensive background as a journalist, he’s gotten some great national media “hits” over the last few years.
Nettie Hartsock of Nettie Hartsock Communications is hands down one of THE best social media experts I’ve ever met. I’ve bombarded her with questions more than once, and the depth of her experience and her ability to help clients strategize about how to properly use the blogosphere has upped my own PR game significantly.
Cyndi Hughes of Hughes Literary Services ia just about the best go-to lady for all things books. Whether you have a publisher or not, Cyndi can help you navigate through marketing, publicity, book signings, you name it. She’s also a great editor!
Peggy Hubble of Vollmer PR was my mentor in the mid-90s and now operates a successful branch of Vollmer PR in downtown Austin. As the former PR Director for NBC News (among many other impressive titles) she is a seasoned communicator who is absolutely fun to work with. She’s had some great arts, entertainment, technology, non-profit and corporate clients throughout her career, and she delivers.
Jenny Medford at Websy Daisy is a no-nonsense small- to medium-sized business web designer. She has a great client roster, is fast, friendly, reliable and affordable. She’s a wonderful resource if you need a website for a new business, or revamping an old one.