MY BIG BREAK: David Hammer is an account executive at PierpontCommunications in Houston

After college, I moved to Houston to begin my PR career. I called

Phil Morabito, president of Pierpont Communications, twice a day for two

weeks until he interviewed me. He didn't offer a job, but he said my

persistence was admirable and he offered an internship. "Prove your

value, and we'll make a spot for you." I started the next day.

One day, I was pulled aside and told about a community relations

Christmas project. I jumped at it. What I didn't know was that the job

not only included media relations support, it also required me to

assemble bikes and load toys on shipping trucks in a warehouse six days

a week. Prove my value, huh? It seemed my value went beyond PR skills.

Thankfully, I stuck it out. In January 2000, I was offered a permanent


Without a doubt, I'm the only Pierpont employee who went from assembling

bikes to being one of the "Top 10 most eligible people in PR" (PRWeek,

February 12, 2001). It seems my value still goes beyond PR skills.

I've learned some incredible things already. First, persistence pays

off. Second, always know what you're getting yourself into. Finally, a

Huffy bike takes 33 minutes to assemble, once you get into a rhythm.

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