My career started on the ad/marketing side, but in the '80s I landed my first PR job at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. That experience helped me land a PR job at Gateway in '93. I gained plenty of hi-tech experience there, and was courted by Porter Novelli's tech practice.
Next, I made the move from Gateway to Silicon Valley, which was the place to be in hi-tech PR in the mid-'90s. I spent six years with PN representing Hewlett-Packard. It was a fantastic opportunity filled with tremendous growth. In six years, I went from AE to VP/GM, and opened PN's Phoenix office in 1999.
With the economic downturn, PN has made some changes. The agency closed the Phoenix office and a few others last fall. I spent the next five months searching for opportunities and eventually landed the PR director position at Lavidge & Baumayr, one of the top firms in the Phoenix area.
I work with an incredible team on some great accounts. Now, in addition to nonprofit, corporate, and hi-tech work, I'm gaining experience with clients in different industries, and with a focus on local efforts, grassroots tactics, and creative budgeting.