On the Horizon…
During my public relations and communications career, I’ve had many people ask, ‘Kevin, what exactly do you do?’ My usual response is ‘How long do you have?’ Explaining public relations, communications, media relations, business partnership development, community engagement, crisis communications and the many other things we PR people do isn’t as easy as it seems. Now that I have my new KBC website designed by the great team at The Edge Communications, I plan to answer the question about ‘what I do’ in a series of short stories and blogs. Here’s the first of many to come.
I’ve had the good fortune to work with many successful companies and organizations during my 24-year public relations career. This includes the opportunity to work on several major projects as well. Two that will always stand out as milestone memories for me are the Peace Valley OSB mill in Fort St John and the still-under-construction Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Prince George. In an upcoming news article, I will reflect on the many proactive and innovative communications and community engagement initiatives that accompanied the building of the Peace Valley OSB plant starting in 2004.
In this KBC News article, I want to thank Rod McLeod and his partners for the opportunity to provide communications and media services to the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel project in downtown Prince George. It took a few years and a couple of false starts before all the right partners came together last year to re-start the project. There may even have been a few people who never thought it would be completed. But Rod persevered and never lost sight of his end goal which was to help contribute to a revitalization of Downtown Prince George by getting the hotel built. On a recent tour of the project, members of Council and city staff got a bird’s eye view of the Canada Games Plaza from the rooftop. It’s a transformative project for the community and everyone involved is looking forward to a planned opening later this year.
— Kevin Brown