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.
My value-add is to 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). 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.