QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Jason Fulp

He's moved on from his hair metal obsession to idolizing such famous baldies as Ari Fleischer and Winston Churchill. Meet Jason Fulp, Missouri's bright spark.

He's moved on from his hair metal obsession to idolizing such famous baldies as Ari Fleischer and Winston Churchill. Meet Jason Fulp, Missouri's bright spark.

Describe the company you work for. I work for the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative in Kearney, MO, which is a small bedroom town north of Kansas City. We have about 75 employees and our core business is electricity retail sales. In short, we're the power company.

What do you do? My title is communications director. Basically that means I do all PR and media relations, advertising design and placement, and website administration.

Tell us something interesting about your company. Our headquarters are in Jesse James' hometown.

What is your greatest achievement? I got my CEO, Mike Torres, profiled in the Kansas City Business Journal. It was a very complimentary piece, approximately a half-page long, and featuring a big picture of Mike at the front. Not bad press for a small, unassuming co-op struggling to gain name recognition in an industry facing possible deregulation.

What was your best pitch? The best pitch I made to the media was about this advanced, internet-based automated meter reading system we were field-testing a few years ago. A boring topic, but it got a lot of press in local newspapers. It even got some national coverage from industry publications.

If you could work on one account, what would it be? Dell in Austin, TX. They are progressive, have an open corporate culture, and are dedicated to being the best at what they do.

What invention would make your job easier? An ESP machine so I could read everyone's mind.

Who would you most like to work with? Ari Fleischer. He is the essence of good PR. He's factual, concise, focused, media savvy, and very personable despite the pressure he's under as White House press secretary. Like him or not, he's a natural.

What's your poison? A glass of Crown and Coke, and a cigarette.

Name one thing about your past people would be surprised to learn. In college, I had a pierced ear, long hair, and was obsessed with Def Leppard and Duran Duran.

What skill would you most like to have? I'd like to be more diplomatic. I'm a very impassioned person, and that sometimes gets the better of me.

Which historical figure would you most like to represent? Winston Churchill. He was a brilliant communicator and politician. He was also the underdog most of his life. Most people underestimated him. I like working with those whose talent and potential is great, but unrecognized. Not to mention that he was incredibly witty, insightful, stubborn, always in trouble, and personable. I bet he was a lot of fun.

What is the secret of your success? When I get to be successful, I'll tell you.

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