Derek DeVries: Public Relations, Marketing, Digital Strategist, Comm Geek, Speaker & Professor
Public Relations and Communications | Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area, US
I'm a life-long geek who has been been using "social media" since before it had a name.
I love this stuff and have the benefit of 15 years of immersion in the medium. I spent college in front of a computer monitor instead of partying, and one of my favorite things in the world is to get other people as excited about the intersection of communications theory and technology as I am.
If you're in to credentials, I have Bachelor's and Master's in Communications from Grand Valley State University and I've worked at Grand Rapids-based communications firms including Seyferth & Associates and 834 Design & Marketing. I've done crisis communications, online reputation management, written social media policy, developed training, and promotion for over a decade with Grand Rapids Community College.
Presently I'm a Digital Strategist at Lambert Edwards & Associates, Michigan's only state-wide public relations firm.
A former President and board member of the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), I've previously served on the Marketing Committees of GR Givecamp and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. I'm also an occasional adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University as well as the professional advisor for the GV PRSSA chapter, and student-run PR firm GrandPR.
Specialties: Online Reputation Management, ORM, Social Media Marketing, Ideation, Public Speaking, Environmental Scanning, Web Content Management, New Media Development, Project Management, Environmental Scanning, Branding and Identity, Media Relations, Crisis Communications, Technology Consulting, Customer Service Training, Copy Writing [Insert Other SEO-Minded Key Words Here]