AUSTIN, TX: A car crash claimed the life of Texas hi-tech PR pioneer Miller Bonner on March 15. He was 52.
A former AP reporter, Bonner worked for IBM and Sematech before founding GTT Communications in 1994 with long-time colleague John Pope and Bill Stotesbery, now marketing VP at Hart InterCivic. Edelman acquired GTT four years later, and Bonner became the agency's global tech practice co-chairman and GM of its New York technology office.
Bonner and Pope teamed up again in 2001, and with former USAA corporate communications SVP Steven Eames founded The Alliant Group, a small hi-tech firm with offices in Austin, TX and New York.
Colleagues remember Bonner's love of golf and habit of wearing cowboy boots with business suits.
"His quick mind and laser focus were deftly hidden behind a down-home, country-boy approach," recalled friend Tom Mattia, global communications VP for EDS.
"He was all about good fun and work, and bringing them together," said Pam Talbot, Edelman's US president and COO.