John is a senior public relations professional with corporate and agency experience in QSR, automotive technology, home technology, vehicle remarketing, wireless technology, insurance, financial services, travel & tourism and sports.
John is best known for leading regional media teams for multi-national clients, including McDonald’s in the QSR space, Chevrolet and Verizon, as well as leveraging his deep media relationships in the Southeast for his main clients and others including Anheuser Busch, The Coca-Cola Company and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, he guides the national media relations efforts for USAA Insurance, including the auto insurance program lead, and Old Dominion Freight Line (OD), focusing on national media outlets, U.S. and Canadian-based transportation and insurance trade publications and regional media based in Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as Upstate New Yok and Pennsylvania. Additionally, John has supported many Weber Shandwick clients in Georgia and Southeast Regional projects and story opportunities. Additionally, John has supported many Weber Shandwick clients in Georgia and Southeast Regional projects and story opportunities, including DraftKings, Tork Paper, Stanley Black & Decker and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
During his 25-plus-year PR career, John has expertly led media relations campaigns, developed communications strategy, directed spokesperson teams, led media training programs and served as company spokesman. A former print and online journalist in Atlanta and Upstate New York, John is an experienced media pitcher and spokesperson who touches multi-platform media channels, including traditional (broadcast, print and online), social media and influencers. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, John held leadership roles at Verizon Telematics, Cox Automotive, Manheim Auto Auctions, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate’s Southeast Region, the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Club and CNNSI.com.
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