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McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La (Business)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Graduate Coursework)
I've been self-employed in the advertising and marketing industry for over 15 years. As president and "creative wizard" of Ideas and more, based in Sugar Land, I serve in the functions of writer and creative director for a variety of media such as brochures, web sites and video.
I'm from Louisiana and have a business degree from McNeese University in Lake Charles, my hometown, and did post-graduate study in International Relations at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. Geaux Tigers! Additionally, I have attended numerous seminars and workshops in many areas of marketing and communication as well as creativity. I also give presentations and speak to various civic clubs and advertising federations on the subjects of idea generation and enhancing creativity in the Houston area and the five state region.
My teaching style, if I have one, is like my personal business style: very hands on and personable but with a straight-talking sense of delivery. I feel I can always learn something, as can the student/audience member. I'm always open to questions and I participate with All Experts, a global site fielding marketing (in my case) questions from around the world. I've been self-employed in the advertising and marketing industry for over 15 years. As president and "creative wizard" of Ideas and more, based in Sugar Land, I serve in the functions of writer and creative director for a
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First off, I know Macintosh a lot better than I do Windows. I'm a long time member of the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) and have been a devoted Mac fan since the early 90s. I own a desktop G4 Power PC and a MacBook Pro laptop. I'm pretty well versed in most Apple software as well as Microsoft Office for Mac and some of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Like most of us, I'm constantly learning and experimenting.
I have set up a home network using a D-Link router. I'm well versed in back up procedures to both external hard drives and off-site servers.
If there are specific questions you have, let me know. :)
I practically grew up on the golf course. I started out with Putt-Putt Golf (won my first tournament at age 8) and then graduated to the "big" course when I was 10. I played on my high school golf team and throughout college. When I was playing a lot, my handicap got down to about a ten. Taking the game seriously, I had my current set of clubs custom made to my swing and build. Though I haven't played in several years, I still know the basics of the game and how to deal with the mental aspects while on the course. One unusual thing about me and my game is that I play tee to green right handed, and putt left handed. That's usually gotten some interesting double takes! :)
As a writer, I've used different Mac computers for almost twenty years and am a long time member of the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG).
My tutoring experience has been one-to-one while listening and then showing different procedures. Then, under my guidance, the student performs the process at their own speed. Questions are asked and answered throughout.
Most of my work is now done on my MacBook Pro laptop using Office for Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud.
For any questions you have, just let me know.
I've been active in the advertising and marketing industry for over 20 years. I've served on the American Marketing Association board of directors and currently serve on the board and executive committee of the American Advertising Federation - Houston. I also lecture and give training workshops on various aspects of marketing and creativity. I'm a firm believer in developing a sound marketing strategy before worrying about what the message will be or how it's going to look.
I've always felt pretty comfortable in front of people when presenting something and I still try to maintain that appearance. Sure I get nervous, but I try never to let the audience see that. I maintain that a speaker who comes across as genuine and sincere, can project his/her voice sufficiently so that the folks in the back row can easily hear and can be viewed as credible will win over any audience no matter the subject.
I've been speaking to various civic clubs, trade associations and advertising clubs for several years. Some of my appearances have been in the Houston market but most have been out of town and within the four state region (Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma). I've spoken to business owners, community leaders, creative professionals within the advertising and communication industry, students and adults alike. I've experienced live audience interaction as well as speaking into a camera for streaming to a private, global audience. While my interest and specialty may be creativity and marketing, I can also address the pitfalls to public speaking and how to overcome them.
I've been writing a variety of ads, articles, blogs, feature stories, etc. for as long as I can remember. As the owner of my advertising and marketing business, I strongly believe in the importance of clearly communicating one's message to the appropriate market. Sure, design is integral to the process, but if one doesn't write the correct and interesting type of content, no one will notice.
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