Thursday, October 16, 2008

Energy-industry PR reps speak at Mass Comm Week session

Three public relations professionals will make a presentation at Texas State as part of Mass Comm week.

The Energy PR session will feature Ed Clark, communications director for Austin Energy, Will Holford, manager of public affairs for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, and Colin Rowan, media relations for I&O Communications, as the guest speakers.

Clark, an alumnus of University of Alabama, is an advisory board member of Knowbility Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the availability of information technology to disabled adults and children. Clark’s past positions within Austin Energy include being a spokesperson and the director of corporate communications.

Holford earned a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism with a minor in history from Southwest Texas State University in 1999. Holford worked as a reporter for The Odessa American newspaper for 1 year after graduating, after which he took a position as the press secretary for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. He has since held positions within Bank of America such as the assistant vice president, Texas public relations manager and market development manager. Holford returned to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in July 2004 when he became the special assistant for communications for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Rowan writes a blog titled The Rowan Report. Rowan’s blog, which he also calls Rowan Communications, was designed to assist the media representatives of nonprofit organizations. Rowan has written editorials for The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS and The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight. Colin previously directed communications in Texas for Environmental Defense and helped run the organization on a national level at the Washington D.C.-based office. He held positions such as the vice president of TateAustin and communication director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s campaign before working for Environmental Defense.

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