Networking and Service is Good PR Counsel

When Marriott Alumni Magazine called asking to do a profile on me and PilmerPR I was flattered. When I saw the hard copy issue with our story sandwiched between stories on Stephen R. Covey and Bart Oates, I was humbled. In 1982 entering the Business Management program at BYU seemed like a good idea, but my mind was greatly unsettled as to the final direction of my career. That career has had some interesting twists and turns that much later revealed my passion for Public Relations. Only in the last few years did the idea of starting my own company appeal to me. I’m glad that I did. With a motivated top notch staff, we have been able to score some great press hits for our clients. It is greatly satisfying that our custom public relations plans have raised the visibility of client companies like Avamar, Mozy, and AdvancedMD that have achieved successful investor harvests totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in the past couple of years. 

Young aspiring professionals can take solace in the fact that most people need a few years to figure out what they have passion about and what they are good at. If there is any magic counsel I could offer them it would be network, network, and network with people seeking excellence in their lives. Over the years I have learned great lessons and made helpful connections associating with many great mentors and leaders including Eric Schmidt, James Huntsman, Chris Stone, Hyrum Smith, Paul Allen, Alan Hall, Greg Warnock, Ron Heinz, Governor Michael Leavitt, Governor Jon Huntsman, David Saedi, Richard “Dick” Smith and spiritual mentors like Jack Christianson and Marshall Hayes…to name just a few. Add value to their lives and the lives of those you want to help you. Give back to the community and put family first!

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.

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