It’s true: I’ve got a diverse blend of personal and professional interests. I’ve spent the last 25 years in media, marketing, communications, business development and branding. I’ve worked in radio (KUBE 93 Seattle and KBIG Los Angeles), print journalism (Wall Street Journal) and television (E! Entertainment). I’ve been a communications consultant for 20 years and have worked with multi-million dollar companies assisting in strategic marketing and identity branding, as well as with non-profits assisting with board development and public relations.
Currently I’m creating specialty publications from concept to creation through my business Magazine Makeover. I’ve done extensive projects for several notable universities including University of Portland, and the prestigious University of Washington Foster School of Business Executive MBA program. For more about my extensive creative and editorial projects including case studies, I encourage you to visit www.magazinemakeover.net .
From 2004 – 2014 I was owner, publisher and editor of Portland Family Magazine, a monthly print publication. In jest, it can be said that as owner and publisher, I fulfilled a range of roles from janitor to the CEO. Being a business owner requires creativity, adaptability, resourcefulness. I spent a lot of time in the community, cultivating mutually beneficial revenue-driven partnerships, overseeing the editorial direction, and ensuring quality of story-telling. People want positive stories about amazing things happening in the world to offset waves of sensationalized media. We deserve hope and opportunities to make a difference. Let’s be inspired by what’s possible.
Other professional career notables include being selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be a featured speaker at a national grantee conference, writing several travel books for Fodor’s, being assigned national magazine features, having a regular newspaper column “In Mother Words,” and in my role as publisher and community leader, frequently appearing as a guest on radio and television programs to discuss current events.
Along the way of making a living, I picked up a few passions. One is photography. I adore getting lost in life’s overlooked details and then finding them with a camera. Eventually I want to learn to photograph the night sky.
Another passion is tequila. Yep, good ol’ hardy 100% blue weber agave. I spend time, through my hobby business, TequilaStarr, teaching classes, consulting and educating about good tequila; not the Jose Cuervo, bouncing beach ball, ugly sombrero-type, but rather the sophisticated spirit-lifting type. A personal mission is to make people believers who’ve sworn off tequila from prior unpleasant encounters.
I’ve donned myself a “cynical optimist.” I love good french fries. My favorite TV shows include Six Feet Under, Northern Exposure, The Office and Sex and the City. You may find me listening to Led Zeppelin or a mix of 1970’s radio. I broke a fear barrier and went skydiving from 18,000 feet – that was a trip! My #1 bucket list item was to see the Northern Lights. This was accomplished in October, 2015.
I’m married to the love of my life, Mark, and have two amazing kids, Alayna, 18 and Evan, 14.
I look forward to helping you share words, images and ideas that make life so endlessly interesting. (connect at firstname.lastname@example.org)