I want to be your
Head of Communications
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” That’s what I’m thinking as I write this. See, my work history doesn’t shout, “Stephen is your next Head of Communications!” But if you’ll indulge me for a few moments, you may see why I’m more than my work history.
I’ve had a decades’ long dedication to words — and to how, where, and why they’re delivered. The most relevant example as Earned Media Director for a 2002 gubernatorial candidate in Florida. It’s the most-start-up-like job I’ve held. We needed to launch a website, position policies, and put together an organization that could get people to the polls by election day. And raise money. Lots of money. We worked until the tasks were done, instead of when the day was done, knowing that everyone putting in these Herculean efforts were solely dedicated to the cause. All this while running against the name recognition and deep pockets of Janet Reno in the primary and Jeb Bush in the general. It was the most amazing job I’ve ever had.
We communicated very differently in 2002. There just wasn’t the widespread democratization of the word that is available to us now. In the roles I’ve played since, I’ve experimented with new ways to market and communicate to all kinds of different audiences. They haven’t all been perfect, but each and every effort has taught me something about how to create, distribute, and evaluate refined messages for targeted audiences.
I created the first Twitter account dedicated to the Oracle OpenWorld convention. I also served as the convention blog’s editor-in-chief, assigning stories, covering events, and developing the editorial calendar. I’m also an award-winning news producer, who worked with both state-wide and national reporters as the Production Manager for the flagship Florida Public Radio station. And I’ve been a freelance writer for more years than I care to recall.
These are just a few examples of the vast experience I will put together to serve as your new Head of Communications. It may be a stretch goal, but without dreams, we accomplish nothing. So, thank you for reading all the way to the end. I’d love an opportunity to talk with you, meet the team, and see if my ideas can serve you well.
At the very least, it’ll make for a great story.