35th Anniversary Q&A
“I have always recommended BVIABC to newcomers as a source for networking and job availability—I think it is still the go-to organization for communicators.” —Carroll Hedrick
Question: When and why did you join or start participating in IABC? How did you become involved in the local chapter?
Answer: I think I joined in 2001 or 2002. Copy Corner received the Vendor Award and we decided it would be a good organization to have representation in.
Q: Have you held a leadership position with BVIABC? If so, which one(s) and when?
A: I was on the programs committee under Ann Kellet in 2002-03. I was program chair in 2003-04, President Elect in 2004-05, President in 2005-06 (we hosted the Southern Region Conference that year), and Past President in 2006-07. I personally received the Vendor Award in 2007.
Q: Please share any stories or comments about your service to our chapter. Was it a positive experience? Do you feel it has helped your career? Would you recommend it to others?
A: I have always recommended BVIABC to newcomers as a source for networking and job availability—I think it is still the go-to organization for communicators.
Q: What can you tell me about the early days of our chapter, or from the time when you first started participating? Who were some of the other members that were involved at the time you started participating?
A: I was very fortunate that I worked with some great communicators—I hesitate to name them for fear of leaving some out but ones who jump to mind immediately are Nancy Sawtelle, Laura Nowlin, Ann Kellet, Lesley Kriewald, and David Jones.
Q: Are you a member of other professional organizations, and if so, do you mind sharing which ones?
A: As a professional geologist, I also belong to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists with a local affiliation.
Q: Why IABC? What was it about IABC that made you decide to join?
A: Working for Copy Corner—it was a marketing decision—we offer print options for numerous jobs on campus—I wanted that group to know we were here.
Q: Would you share why you left the organization and how long you were a member? Do you miss being involved in the chapter? Have you continued participating in IABC as a member of a different chapter or as a non-member?
A: I maintained my membership for a number of years, but workload would not allow me to attend the monthly luncheons. Sam White referred to it as the “Past President’s Syndrome”. I slowly drifted away as the organization became more university-oriented.
Q: What’s the one thing you’d change about IABC if you could?
A: I campaigned hard as President for the Brazos Valley Chapter to become a more diversified organization—trying to include communicators not associated with TAMU.
Q: Would you share what your job is and why you love what you do? What draws you to communication as a profession?
A: I recently retired from Copy Corner as manager of Desktop Publishing. My education is in Geology and I moved from the Petroleum Industry because of volatility in the job marker. As a geologist, I have written, edited and published several books, newsletters, and guidebooks. My experience with computers landed me at Copy Corner, a job I have been very fortunate to have and enjoyed some success in.
Q: What is one thing that you wish you’d known when you were starting out in your career?
A: Networking will get you further than education.