I began my consulting career in 1985 when I joined Epley Associates, Inc., one of the Southeast’s leading public relations firms. Over the years, 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 vice president and senior vice president of client services at Epley Associates, Inc. and The Catevo Group. My specialties include strategic planning, executive counsel, reputation management, crisis communications, issue management, media relations and spokesperson training.
A past visiting instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at North Carolina State University, I am a frequent guest speaker at local and national conferences and forums. I earned 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 serve on the Executive Committee of the Counselors Academy of PRSA 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
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