PR Work Sample: World Chess Hall of Fame

The World Chess Hall of Fame is a unique cultural institution that is truly a treasure for St. Louis.  It has provided me with the opportunity to meet world-class artists, promote exhibitions on a international level, and be a part of the local arts scene in new and exciting ways.

Press for A Queen Within:


Studio 3 Magazine:

St. Louis Post Dispatch:


Chicago Sun-Times:



Brian Flowers, manager of Q Boutique at the World Chess Hall of Fame, does a Father’s Day gift ideas segment on KSDK:

Heidi Glaus visits the new exhibitions:

Full page article in the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Our first TV segment was for Q Boutique on KMOV:

And a great segment on KSDK:

Freelance Writing for St. Louis Business Journal

I’ve been working as a freelance writer for the St. Louis Business Journal and love the challenge that these assignments bring.  They’re a wonderful publication with talented editors who definitely make me want to bring my A game.

How to Choose a Data Center:

Efficiency Pushes Firms to Consolidate Office Space:

Federal Rule Changes Hit RE Market:

St. Louis Character: Jamie Jabouri:

Nordstrom, Von Maur Expected to Rev Up Area Retail:

Health Reform Creates Business for Consultants:

USTRANSCOM Moves Into New $130 Million Home:

PR Work Sample: Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival

I was asked by the board of the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival to increase awareness of their event starting in 2010 and have been pleased to work with them every year since.  I handles press releases, coordination, and all appearances.  The festival drew a record number of music fans to this historic district in 2013.

McGraw Millhaven Show:

Great Lineup in Place for 10th Annual Festival:

KWMU’s Steve Potter interviews Dan Warner and Dona Oxford on CityScape:

Dona Oxford is Happy to Be Stand-In for Johnnie Johnson:

Glen’s Band on Fox 2:

Writing Work Sample: Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

GSTLCF logoThe Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation is an innovative organization that brings together nonprofits, donors, advisors, and groups to create real change in our region. I am proud to have written text for their website and corporate brochure as they worked to breathe new life to their image and branding. The Foundation is now in a growth mode, busily raising their profile and incresing their endowments exponentially. Here’s to another century of success for this outstanding organization!


Writing Work Sample: Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri

MHA logoMy favorite writing assignments are the ones that teach me something, and I don’t know that I’ve ever learned more from a client than I did from Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. Their programs are fantastic, the information they provide is useful to everyone, and they are a true advocate for St. Louisans who struggle with everything from depression to deep mental challenges. And the real treat? The staff is a dream to work with!

A few of the pieces I wrote for MHA-EM:
Adressing Stress

REBOUND: Bounce Back Into Life

Care of Self

PR Work Sample: Back-to-School WaHoo! at The Boulevard Saint Louis

Parents: rejoice!  The kids are back to school and it’s time to have a little fun.  I helped team members at Pace Properties plan an event at The Boulevard Saint Louis that would be easy for their various tenants to participate in, would have broad appeal, and could be quickly implemented.  The Back-to-School WaHoo! met all these needs while also doing good for our charity partner, College Bound St. Louis.

A special thank you to Kristin Keane and Lisa LaVelle at Pace for being so fun to work with.

PR Work Sample: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Four Seasons logo

I led the PR efforts of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis during their opening phases as well  as partnering with them later to keep the property top of mind for potential hotel, restaurant, and spa guests.

Some examples of my work include:

I secured and coordinated this Today Show segment with Director of Catering Marianne Moore:



Cielo Chef Fabrizio Schendardi and his son Lorenzo provide lunchbox ideas for Feast Magazine:








Royal Wedding “Hen Party” on Fox 2:

Academy Awards party tips on KSDK Channel 5 and KDNL Channel 12:

New Year’s Eve Package featured throughout Fox 2’s December 23 morning show:

The hotel’s media kit:

Nine minutes of coverage on Fox 2’s morning show during the hotel’s first week open in February 2008:

Freelance Writing for Webster-Kirkwood Times


Student Transfer Program Set to End in 2013:

A New Level of Care for Autistic Children:

Derek Blaesberg Profile:

Kirkwood Restaurant Owners Mum on Smoking Ban:

Peterka Brothers Travel to Africa:

Home for the Holidays:

Board OKs 23-Cent Increase in Tax Rate:

Jazz & Blues in Old Webster:

Schools Ready for Flu Season, H1N1 Virus:

Citizens of the World:

PR Work Sample: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch needed help with outreach to local and regional media.  They contracted with me to develop press releases, invite targeted contacts into the hotel, and develop creative pitches and programs to gain exposure to a wide audience.

Current samples include:

Inspirational Wakeup Calls:

The Tower of Doom hamburger (starts around the 4:40 mark):

What Can You Buy for $63 Million?

Hyatt Free Parking Promotion:

Pyramid Companies Announce St. Louis Centre Plans

As the director of marketing for The Pyramid Companies, I was responsible for leading all marketing and public relations efforts of the then-largest developer in the metro region.  There was national as well as local attention when we announced plans to recreate the area surrounding the former St. Louis Centre shopping mall in downtown St. Louis. 



The press conference to announce the project was carried on all local news networks and included speakers such as Mayor Francis Slay and Governor Matt Blunt: