CAREERS: My Big Break

"I was a television sportscaster for a while. In 1986, after four

years in Flagstaff, AZ, it was time to move on to a larger market. No

such luck. I realized I really wanted to live in Phoenix. No luck

getting a TV job there, either.

While moping around the tiny newsroom complaining that I couldn't walk

into a corporation and ask if they were looking for a sportscaster, a

co-worker said to me, "You're a great writer. Why don't you get one of

those cushy PR jobs and write press releases all day?" A couple of

months later, my resume landed on the desk of Ed Moser, then-president

of Ed Moser & Associates in Phoenix. The VP at the time was a classmate

of mine at Northern Arizona University and knew my work. I was hired as

an account writer, where I sat in front of my typewriter writing

articles, letters, and, of course, press releases.

Five years later, Ed decided he wanted out of the agency business.

Instead of looking for another job, I bought the company and changed the

name to Hanson, Moser & Associates. Ten years later, the name became HMA

Public Relations. I must admit though, after 15 years, I'm still waiting

for the "cushy" part."

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