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Raleigh Chamber President Harvey Schmitt to Retire by March 31, 2015
- Forge Communications: Designing Reputations. Building Value.(tm) We help clients make smarter communication decisions that strengthen their reputations. What can we do for you?Principal, 2009 - present
- Epley Associates, Inc.SVP, VP, Director, Account Manager, 1995 - 2006
- The Catevo GroupSVP, Client Services, 2006 - 2009
Hi, I'm Roger Friedensen. I began my consulting career in 1985 with Epley Associates, Inc., one of the Southeast’s leading public relations firms.Since then, I've managed a wide array of strategic communication programs for a broad range of regional, national and international clients across dozens of industries.
Before co-founding Forge Communications in late 2009, I served as senior vice president of client services at Epley Associates, Inc. and The Catevo Group. My specialties include future-based strategic planning, reputation design and management, crisis communications, issues management, writing, media relations and spokesperson training.
A past visiting instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at North Carolina State University, I am a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and forums. I hold master's and bachelor's degrees in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and am a rabid Tar Heel fan during basketball season. Active in the community, I'm a steering committee member of and counsel to the Regional Transportation Alliance and have served on the boards of many other local and state organizations. An accredited member of PRSA, I served on the Executive Committee of the Counselors Academy and am past president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society.
A professional guitarist, I perform regularly around the Triangle and have released two CDs. In addition, I'm a father, husband, cook, gym rat and music geek. To listen to some of my original music, visit: http://www.forgecommunications.com and find me on the Leadership page.