CAREERS: Where I Work - Bruce Ebert, Senior associate, Goldman & Associates

How long have you been working there? Nine-and-a-half years.

How long have you been working there? Nine-and-a-half years.

ou end up in your job? I had submitted my resume to Goldman & Associates and other organizations in Norfolk and DC. Dean Goldman, agency president, and VP Audrey Knoth mulled over calling me in for part-time work, but wondered if I was still available. Audrey said, "He is. I saw him jogging." Running is good for your health and your career prospects.

Describe the physical space you work in It's a rehabbed ex-auto dealership/repair shop, now very professional-looking thanks to the main tenant, an architectural firm. It's in a transitional area between a cool turn-of-the-century neighborhood and downtown Norfolk. And it's just a 12-minute walk from home.

Who is the funniest person you work with? Why? Mike Touhill. He's 22 and right out of college - and shows it in every way.

Who is the smartest? Audrey Knoth, our VP. She's bilingual, very witty, extremely well-read. She has "the vision thing." Compared to her, I have a serious case of astigmatism.

What is the best thing about working there? There are no office politics. There is no backstabbing, manipulation, or trying to put down someone else so that you can gain stature.

What is the most exciting project you have worked on recently? A program to boost seat-belt compliance in a 23-county region of southern and southwest Virginia - an area where folks don't want gov'ment tellin' 'em what to do. The program incorporated strong enforcement, ad messages, and media relations, and succeeded in raising the compliance rate from about 60% to about 72% - only a point or two below the national average.

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? Brian Fair's tea, which looks like grass clippings and would never make it through airport security.

What are you thinking about when caught daydreaming at your desk? Either the Virginia Symphony season or the Norfolk Tides.

What is one thing about you that none of your coworkers know? I once (unintentionally) got through a Secret Service barrier and ended up standing next to Betty Ford and Pearl Bailey at a post-debate concert in Williamsburg in 1976.

Number of PR dept. employees: 12

Address: 129 West Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: (757) 625-2518

Web: goldmanandassociates.com

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