Hang on to your hats we’ve got good news and sad news.
Sad news first: Andi Narvaez, our dear friend and co-founder of SAMPRB, is leaving us. Lucky for her, the move is a good one. She is leaving behind San Antonio to become a full-time graduate student at the University of Maryland and further her communications savvy.
If you haven’t already surmised, Andi is one of those special people who lives, eats and breathes all things creative. She (being the PR in the SAMPRB) has been a driver of this big crazy bus and we will miss her bright mind, big heart and shiny smile. Lucky for us, Andi will be trying to set up a D.C. version of SAMPRB — so we will be working and connecting with her and her East Coast counterparts. Still, we will miss her warm Ecuadorean spirit.
Good news second: To help fill the void Andi is leaving behind, we are introducing two new members of the SAMPRB executive committee.
This guy has an enormous technological brain and he is always willing to share that information with anyone who asks. The proof: He’s got more than 4,000 followers on Twitter — many of whom seek his advice on PDAs, social media apps and more. The truth is that his talent was being wasted sitting in the SAMPRB crowd — we wanted him to be part of the team and help take us to new heights. Think of him as the B in SAMPRB.
He is married to the lovely Ashley Palmero, a wedding photographer, and they have a very cute dog with his own Twitter page: @clunkerspalmero
Nan is a coach for Strengths, a data-proven team-building process that teaches teams how to play to their strengths and manage around their weaknesses. He also is professionally trained with data-backed processes to teach companies how to better market themselves and attends several top-tier business conferences each year. Additionally, Nan is recognized as the resident Power User for BlackBerryCool.com, an international BlackBerry enthusiasts’ blog. His continued education in that arena also comes from attending world-class conferences around the country to learn the newest trends in technology and communications. Nan’s blog on mysa.com can be found here: http://voices.mysanantonio.com/nan_palmero/
Jessica Young,23, is an account coordinator at KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising here in town. Jessica will be the PR in SAMPRB — following in Andi’s footsteps. A native San Antonian, Jessica graduated from Alamo Heights High School and Texas State University. She has a passion for art — and that includes a particular love of cooking and baking. (I personally can attest to her incredible oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Burp.)
“I have only recently immersed myself into the world of social media and all it has to offer, but I have loved everyone that I have met and everything that I have learned,” Jessica says.
“Jessica is personable, a great listener and she has an apt mind for learning new things,” says colleague Andi Narvaez. “She shares our enthusiasm for discovering more uses for social media and innovating in the good company of colleagues and peers.”
To find out more about Jessica, check out her blog: http://jessyoung.wordpress.com
Joe Ruiz, KSAT’s nightside Web Editor, my other trusty SAMPRB co-founder, and I hope you’ll welcome Nan and Jessica. We’ve got some exciting things in store which we’ll announce on July 21st.
A journalist for more than two decades, Donna J. Tuttle is the projects coordinator for the San Antonio Business Journal, where she edits special publications, manages the newsroom’s Twitter account, and writes features and in-depth projects. A proud alum of Syracuse University, Donna also handles the paper’s editorial internship program and is one of the three co-founders of the San Antonio Media, PR, Business Tweetup. You can find her on Twitter @writeontime or read her blog WriteonTime.
* Graphic image by Addrox Kheiron