08.26.2010

The day after Labor Day I begin the next chapter in my professional career when I report to Davenport University as the newly appointed Executive Director of Communications. I’m excited to be joining a university that is “on the grow.” With a brand new campus near the junction of M-6 and M-37 just south of Gerald R. Ford International Airport, there’s a new excitement surrounding Davenport and the programs it operates statewide.

The position will provide a wonderful opportunity to contribute strategically to the university, and I look forward to sharing more about what I’ll be working on after I start!  Meanwhile, I’m working on finishing up assignments for some of my Luymes PR LLC clients, including LEAD Marketing Agency, Brann’s Steakhouse & Sports Grille, the Alliance For Health, IMN Inc., RapidGrowthMedia.com, and more. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with so many great companies this past year.  From Adoption Associates to Zondervan, West Michigan is blessed with quality organizations.

My Davenport start date is just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of my last day at Amway Corp. It’s been a great year learning what it means to be an independent consultant, to be an entrepreneur, to service clients even as you seek new ones. This past year was marked by the generosity of so many others who gave of their time and counsel to me, referring business, and offering unlimited encouragement.  While starting a new business is always difficult and typically not so profitable in the beginning, I am happy that I was able to come out on the plus side and have such a rich experience as well!

This story, I am certain, is to be continued!

Comments

  1. Beth Dornan on 08.27.2010

    I’m glad you’re writing a new chapter in your life and career with Davenport. Good luck as you go “back to school” and on to a new opportunity!

  2. Craig Rantz on 08.27.2010

    Robin,

    Much success!

    My one thought, having been involved with universities, is to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in every student you touch – even indirectly. You will do then more good in that simple act than most of their professors will do in a semester…

    CR

  3. Robin on 08.27.2010

    Thanks Craig. Won’t be teaching, but you’re right, I’m likely to come in contact with a lot of students and I look forward to being their encourager and supporter!

  4. rocket on 08.28.2010

    I wondered what had happened to you! Congrats on the new adventure! Glad to see you are doing OK.

    What will you be doing in your new role? From what you are saying, you’ll be promoting the university & the programs it has to offer?

  5. Robin on 08.28.2010

    All communications. Marketing materials, PR programs, digital/social media, alumni magazine, speeches, employee communications, etc. So, it will be an exciting and challenging role working with excellent people for a great organization. What else could I want?

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