I started in newspapers – as a reporter in the sports department of The Atlanta Journal – a year after graduating from the University of Georgia. For an avowed sports junkie and a guy who wanted nothing more than to write about games, I was in heaven. But as my boss, the inimitable Lewis Grizzard, warned, there would come a day when many of us would tire of interviewing naked jocks in a smelly locker room on Saturday nights.
My time finally came, and I did what a lot of newspaper guys did – I joined a public relations and advertising agency. After a couple of years, I was hired by one of our other clients, an insurance company, and got my first taste of corporate life. A couple of years later, I was hired by a former colleagueContact Bill
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at the pr/ad agency to manage the communications team for a technology marketing center in Atlanta.
Several years later, I took all the skills I had picked up at different stops along the way and went out on my own, as an independent communications consultant and speechwriter. One day I told one of my clients that I wanted to come back inside, and he gave me the chance to go from one of the world’s smallest companies (one with my name on the letterhead) to one of the largest, as Manager of Executive Communications for UPS. Now I’m back as a consultant. But this time I’m working from the beach and our new home on Jekyll Island, Georgia. I have to admit, it’s a good gig.