“Operation Tribute to Freedom” was a U.S. Army campaign to thank soldiers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a media alert I drafted for one of the tribute events.
Here is a sample of my secured speaking events for “Why We Serve”, a Department of Defense initiative to inform the American public of the personal experiences our military have had while serving over seas. I contacted civic organizations within several states to pitch the chance to have a military spokesperson come speak at one of their events.
I took on what was supposed to be a short-term project for JWB Real Estate Capital, and with no prior knowledge in how to petition Duval County for lower property taxes, saved JWB almost $60,000 in taxes for 2015. By the time I was done with that project, I was also verifying the rental history of prospective renters for JWB’s leasing office, organizing and posting property management invoices for the accounting department, and helping its law firm partner with JWB-related acquisitions and sales. JWB has recently requested my help with the 2016 tax petitions as well.
I developed specialized media lists – using Cisionpoint and Meltwater software – for my employer’s clients, the main client being early childhood education nonprofit Zero to Three. I tracked early childhood education trends in the media, flagged the most relevant articles, noted the journalists that the organization should follow, and recommended articles to post on social media. Each month I compiled a list of impressions and the estimated viewership of every article in which Zero to Three was mentioned.
I also created specialized media lists used to pitch press releases and upcoming events for organizations like Voices for National Service, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the National Conference on Citizenship.
After my sophomore year at the University of Florida, I spent the summer interning at FleishmanHillard in Washington, D.C. My main project involved researching civic organizations (i.e., Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs) around the country that may be interested in having soldiers come speak to them about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. I then cold called each organization and pitched the idea of having our soldiers come speak at their organization meetings. My clients were the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.