CAREERS: My Big Break

I was turned down for a ten dollar raise. Ten bucks a week made the difference between a career in one of the smallest markets in the US and where I am now - SVP of communication and marketing with the nation's most respected humanitarian organization, headquartered in Washington, DC.

After a couple of years, and countless hours as news director at a tiny Michigan radio station, I asked the GM for a raise - dollars 10 a week. 'Can't afford it,' he said. That was the least expensive lesson I've learned yet.

A year later I signed on as a press secretary with a Congressman from Michigan. After working on Capitol Hill in press and campaign positions for a few years, I found religion - literally. I did PR for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. I saw my boss get elevated to Cardinal. I met Pope John Paul II. Then I interviewed with Elizabeth Dole and signed on with the American Red Cross. Now I'm heading up the communication and marketing department of an awesome organization - the American Red Cross.

When I think back, it all started over ten bucks a week.

Bill Blaul is SVP, communication and marketing, for the American Red Cross in Washington, DC.

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