For 18 years, Marc has enjoyed the fast-paced environment of writing, editing, reporting and public relations. Before founding his own PR firm in 2005, Marc spent eight rewarding years in a leading role building the corporate communications division of EchoStar Communications Corporation and its DISH Network satellite TV service. As Director of Corporate Communications at EchoStar, Marc handled the urgent needs of national reporters on tight deadlines while leading internal employee and marketing communications initiatives for a Fortune 300 company that grew to more than 20,000 employees. In many ways, Marc’s contributions helped EchoStar go from 1 million customers to 12 million customers.
Marc has proven success in securing significant print, TV and radio press coverage for the following:
- New Product Launches
- Executive Profiles
- Legal Challenges
- Government Relations
- Financial Outreach
- Brand Awareness
- Grand Openings
- Trade Shows
One of Marc’s most challenging responsibilties was handling media relations during EchoStar’s two-year attempt to merge with larger satellite TV company DirecTV, a task that required 12-hour days and 24-hour availability to non-stop, worldwide press attention. He also regularly communicated to journalists the details of financial reports, legal cases, complex regulatory issues and new technologies such as the nation’s first digital video recorder. As a consultant, he helped EchoStar lead an internal PR team in the nationally acclaimed DISH City Makeover Marketing/PR campaign, winner of a Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation, in which EchoStar’s DISH Network offered free satellite TV service to a town in Texas in exchange for changing its name to “DISH.”
Marc received his journalism and English degrees with Honors at University of Northern Colorado. He started his professional career as a daily newspaper reporter, covering city government, university, police and fire, and outdoor sports features. (To the fury of the “real sports writers,” Marc was awarded first place by the Associated Press for his Sports Column Writing. Marc later stopped chasing fire engines and started riding in them as a public information official with the City of Westminster, Colo., assigned to the Fire Dept.
He is married, with two cats, and has a love of motorcycling, skiing, mountainbiking and traveling. He was born and raised in Alaska, once worked in the press secretary’s office for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C., and yes, he’s caught a 50-pound King Salmon but never mushed to school.