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Jeri Cartwright, APR
President

photo of Jeri CartwrightJeri Cartwright founded Cartwright Communications in 1996, working for a number of well-known national, regional, and local clients in the following areas:

  • Business-to-Business
  • Finance / Banking
  • Education
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
  • Industry & Trade Associations

Projects, work examples:

  • Jeri has counseled and trained top-level executives in issue and reputation management, and crisis communications.
  • During the economic downturn, Jeri and her team developed strategies for clients deeply impacted by the recession.
  • As a 12-year advisor for a well-known university, she engaged in proactive news story generation featuring faculty experts, technological education trends, scholarship recipients, exemplary students, and alumni.
  • In both boom and downturn years, Jeri placed trend stories and opinion columns, and enhanced the image of management and top-level agents at a Utah-based commercial real estate company.
  • One day before the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, she worked with Reebok to stage its annual international Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony.
  • Jeri worked with the NBA to host reporters covering the Salt Lake NBA All-Star Game.
  • She also planned several VIP media events for the U.S. Olympic Committee's Nagano Olympics Media Briefing Event.

Past professional experience:

  • Ten years in television and radio news as a reporter, producer, and evening anchor.
  • Public relations and press secretary duties for government entities and the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Specializing in PR, media relations and executive counsel, Jeri was recognized as:

  • One of 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business magazine.
  • A winner of three Golden Spike Awards for excellence in public relations.
  • Recipient of a 2002 Giant Step Small Business Award from the Salt Lake Chamber.
  • A nominee for the 2009 Professional of the Year Award by the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
  • One of the Top Public Relations Bloggers chosen by ThePRCoach.com.
  • One of 101 Women Bloggers to Watch in 2009 chosen by We Magazine.

Community and professional involvement:

  • Past President, IABC / International Association of Business Communicators, Utah Chapter
  • Past President, Utah Advertising Federation, AAF-Utah
  • Former Board Member, PRSA / Public Relations Society of America, Salt Lake Chapter
  • Former Board Member for Tracy Aviary and the Better Business Bureau of Utah
  • Member of Society of Professional Journalists, the PRSA Counselor’s Academy, Social Media Club of Salt Lake City, and the Salt Lake Chamber

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Lisa Davis, Associate

photo of Lisa DavisLisa Davis provides strategic communications counsel, media relations and training, and spokesperson services for clients ranging from publicly traded businesses to government organizations and nonprofit groups. She has worked as a writer and editor for several financial news services, and as public relations counsel for San Francisco, Austin, and Utah organizations.

Noteworthy experience:

  • Media relations and presentation training for CEO-level clients.
  • Creation and implementation of full-scale communication plans.
  • Crisis communications and litigation support.
  • Shaping organizational, concept, and product messaging.
  • Advising companies during initial public offerings.
  • Management of large accounts.

Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah, and a current board member of Hawkwatch International.

Richard Spenser, Associate

photo of Richard SpencerRichard Spencer provides writing and editing for a wide range of clients such as higher education, software, high-tech tools, health care recruiting, and financial services. Client examples include:

  • Wright State University
  • Interface Systems
  • Everest VIT Remote Visual Inspection [RVI] Tools, now part of General Electric
  • CHG Healthcare Services

He’s also worked as a beat reporter and feature writer for newspapers in California, New York, Connecticut, and Ohio. Most recently:

  • Sonoma Index-Tribune
  • Sonoma Sun

Journalism taught him to think clearly, learn fast, meet deadlines, and deal effectively with a variety of people. He’s also been a contributing writer for The ASP News Review.

Richard worked pro bono for the following non-profit groups through the Taproot Foundation.

  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Family & Children’s Law Center, San Rafael, California

He’s served his community as president of the Yellow Springs Credit Union board of directors, volunteer reader for the Utah State Library Blind & Disabled Program, and member of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs board of trustees.

Before starting as a consultant, Richard worked at YSI Incorporated, a $50 million company that develops sensors for biotechnology, aerospace, medicine, and water pollution monitoring. At YSI, he led the team that created all the marketing communications—ads, brochures, direct mail, newsletters, trade show exhibits, videos—for a diverse product line. YSI sells its products around the world, which means creating marketing material in other languages. An often-heard compliment was that the high quality of its marketing communications made YSI seem like a large company.