Life at Cobey Communications
Labor of Love
Cobey Communications is my true labor of love — for more than 20 years — and my work has made a significant contribution to the success of my clients.
A Senior-Level Partner w/Fortune 500 Experience
My experience with a wide-range of Fortune 500 companies has been invaluable to my clients who are busily building their own businesses and who are looking for a senior-level public relations partner.
Hire me and you get me. Hire me and you get things done. My fees are commensurate with my 25+ years of experience but less than what you would be charged if I were representing a PR agency. I will be the one who attends your meetings. I will be the one who answers your calls, texts and emails. I will be the one who writes your news releases.
I'll Do the Writing for You
Indeed, in addition to consulting, the assignments I like best involve writing. I am an excellent writer for all occasions and every challenge. I encourage you to take a look at some samples of my writing work.
I look beyond the PR arena to the role of communications in other organizational areas, including marketing, recruiting, lead and business building, leadership development and training.
Life Before Cobey Communications
With a degree in journalism from SIU, I began my career in communications as a copy editor, reporter and ultimately as the managing editor of the suburban supplements to the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times. There, at the age of 25, I was put in charge of 25 other 25-year-olds who were eager to succeed in journalism.
Corporate Public Relations
My next job in communications was in the field of public relations. First, I was national media relations manager for Allstate, where I served as the spokesperson on wide-ranging issues affecting the company's property/casualty and life insurance divisions. Next, I was national media relations manager for Motorola, where I helped to introduce the nation's first cellular system and cellphone. Also at Motorola, I was part of a team that introduced the MC68020 Microprocessor, the world's first true 32-bit microprocessor.
Agency Public Relations
After working in corporate public relations for several years, I turned to the agency side when I joined Lesnik Public Relations (KemperLesnik), one of Chicago's leading independently owned agencies. As an account executive, I worked on a variety of accounts in various industries. I was also responsible for developing Lesnik's largest (in fees) piece of PR business, for which I earned the title of senior vice president/account director.