You probably know this, but HMA Public Relations is all about public relations. But, thanks to our great relationship with the local and regional media – not to mention HMA president Scott Hanson’s former career as an on-air sportscaster – we are proud to be members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter’s Board of Directors.
NATAS, who you can follow on Twitter by clicking here, is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. Our chapter, which was formed in 1959, represents Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and El Centro, Calif. Among our chief annual responsibilities are the regional Emmy Awards, the prestigious Gold and Silver Society inductions and university outreach/continuing education. Each member of the board has some tie to the television community. Alison Bailin at HMA, for example, is the on-air spokesperson for various clients and also performs pro-bono public relations efforts on the association’s behalf.
This week’s #FollowFriday recommendations are just some of our fellow board members:
Adam Kress – one of the Valley’s VERY BEST and most active journalists on Twitter – is the multimedia reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal. In addition to his work with the Journal, Adam can be seen reporting on breaking business news on ABC 15 and heard on News-Talk 92.3 KTAR.
Bob Adlhoch is a 13-year veteran of Phoenix Suns broadcasting and has been working in the Valley sports world since 1990. He is also the current national trustee for our NATAS region. Bob has been part of the sports production community in the Valley since 1990.
Jeramie McPeek – who also tweets here and here – is quickly becoming a national “go-to” guy for everything social media-related and just returned from a two-day international Twitter conference in New York City. Aside from his life in the Twitterverse, Jeramie is the vice president of digital for the Phoenix Suns.
Tiffany Jarratt wears many hats for her television station, FOX 10. Currently, Tiffany is the booker/producer/web reporter and even an on-air personality for the five-hour FOX 10 Arizona Morning show. Often Tiffany tweets when looking for great, visual story ideas, so she is a “must-follow” for any public relations practioner.
Clay Stubblefield, who is always dishing out great advice with his tweets, is the production manager for Metro Studios in Phoenix. Beginning as a video production company in 1985, Metro Studios has evolved to become one of the most respected production entities here or anywhere and offers a wide array of advertising and marketing services as well as production and web services.
Doug Mummert is the division chief for the Phoenix Fire Department. Often quoted in both local broadcast and print media, Mummert is a go-to expert on fire and water safety as well as the alternate trustee for our association.
Theresa Maher is the director public and job seeker relations for Jobing.com in Phoenix and can often been seen on local television offering the community insight on possible jobs opportunities as well as career advancement advice.
Andrew Beneze is a videographer and photographer with Next Edge Video in Scottsdale. For more than 20 years, Andrew has traveled around the world, covering some of the most compelling and history making stories of our time. From sitting down with the President of the United States, to documenting life under the ocean in a nuclear submarine, you could say “He’s been there, done that” but he is always up for new challenge.
Vik Narayan is the investigative and special projects editor for ABC 15 as well as the 1st Vice President and Awards Committee Chair of NATAS. Over the past 16 years, Vik has directed, edited, composited, color corrected, and created motion graphics for projects ranging from high-end commercials to low budget long form documentaries. He has been widely recognized for his accomplishments including 13 Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award in 2008.
Syleste Rodriguez is currently a reporter on 12 News Evening Edition and an anchor on 12 News Weekend Today. She has also been an instrumental part of the Rocky Mountain Emmy Committee and spearheaded the association’s “Vegas theme” in 2008. Oh, and if you don’t see many tweets from here from time to time, cut her a little slack – she is about to have a baby!
Mark Reda is a coordinating producer for FOX Sports Arizona who also worked as the media director at Central Christian Church of the East Valley and as a broadcast producer at the Arizona Diamondbacks.