“I was born in Syracuse, NY during the Reagan years. Then NAFTA came and I witnessed good paying union jobs disappear all around me. After college I did a dance with the AFL-CIO then I headed downstate to begin my career in public service. While jumping around in positions in politics and labor organizations, I realized that good, effective communications talent often left working people and their unions for bigger money in Corporate America.
One day, in a tiny little Local Union Hall in Hicksville, Long Island, a union who had hired me as an internal organizing consultant, I had an epiphany! I decided to offer my talents exclusively to the organizations that needed me most – organized labor. My paper resume shows in detail the various levels of government I have worked in, but what it lacks to show is the impact I was able to make advocating for the little guy, applying basic communications tactics using modern online tools to help them get the job done with style and speed.
I am proud of what we have been able to do at UCOMM. There is still so much more work to be done. We are proud of always being on the right side of history, of being there for labor’s most recent crown achievements, but if you are anything like me, we want to do more. I want the union message to be the talk at every kitchen table with workers earning fat paychecks and time to take the family on vacation to Ft. Lauderdale or an occasional Packers or Mets game.
When I am not devoting my time to my clients, I love spending time with my wife and kids. I still play baseball and ice hockey and enjoy an occasional cigar on the back nine.”