QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Jamie Pearson

Jamie Pearson is related to Dorothy Parker, is kinky for power

tools and reckons she's a bit of an animal. Can you say 'Gggrrrrr'?



What do you do? I run Weber's Cambridge, MA office in Kendall Square -

what I like to think of as the flagship office, since it's where it all

began for the Weber Group back in 1987. I spend a third of my time with

current clients; a third with prospects and a third managing the office.

Somewhere in there I work on staying current with new technologies, key

business indicators, analyst projections and the latest shoe

fashions.



Tell us something interesting about your company I collect antique board

games and our senior management team plays bingo once a month to

determine who will choose the lunch for the following four management

meetings. It stinks when a dieter wins.



If you could work on one account, what would it be? Bloomberg. I greatly

admire the work Michael Bloomberg has done for the financial/investment

community and the news industry in general. And now, with his sights set

on the political arena, it's clear he's reinventing his 'personal brand'

again.



Write the headline for the story you would most like to read in PRWeek?

'George Clooney Makes Surprise Career Move; Joins Weber in

Cambridge.'



What was your biggest screw-up? Does anyone really answer this? I have a

feeling if I did, that would be my biggest screw-up.



What's the most daring thing you've ever done ? Pretending I was the

dean of students at Vassar and sending out an all-campus letter (on his

letterhead) citing bogus behavioral norms.



What invention would make your job easier? A personalized radio news

program that would summarize the current events, facts and trends that I

need most for my life and my work - kind of like a My Yahoo! on air for

the morning and evening drive times. Staying current is one of the most

critical, yet toughest parts of our job - clients pay us for what we

know and how we can use it to their advantage. Like most of us, I'm

constantly searching for better online/offline ways to stay ahead of the

information curve.



Who would you most like to work with? Thomas Jefferson, for his

imagination, breadth of vision and knowledge. Truman Capote, for

fun.



If you were an animal, what would you be? I am an animal.



Name one thing about your past people would be surprised to learn I like

power tools. My favorite gift from a loved one was a cordless driver

drill.



I'm hoping for additional attachments at Christmas.



What skill would you most like to have? I'd like to be a back-up singer

in a Motown revue.



Which historical figure would you most like to represent? Dorothy

Parker. We're related.



What is the secret of your success? I laugh excessively, often and

loudly.



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